Archive for November, 2009

Climate Email Hacked

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Climate Change

To paraphrase Julie Andrews, “The Blogs are Alive …”, but this time with stolen emails rather than “Music”. Documents and archived emails were stolen from the University of East Anglia’s Hadley Climatic Research Center (CRU). The first accounts indicate that 1,072 emails and 72 documents were stolen and then posted anonymously on file servers. The […]

November 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Uh, oh, “virus” infected NY-23 computerized voting machines

By John Burke | Related entries in News

A local newspaper in upstate New York’s 23rd Congressional District, scene of the hard-fought and nationally prominent special election (won — so far anyway — by the Democrat after his Conservative opponent conceded), reports that a computer virus may have “tainted’ the results:   GOUVERNEUR, NY – The computerized voting machines used by many voters in […]

November 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Big Spenders, All

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Politics

The deficit explosion under the Obama administration is a common complaint by fiscal conservatives, and is often represented with a graph such as this one, courtesy of the libertarian think-tank, However, as Cato points out, the fiscal year starts in October of each year, and the budget for 2009 was signed into law by […]

November 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Jon Stewart Interviews Lou Dobbs, Reveals More Paranoia

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Independents, Media, Obama, Video

As many of you know, I’ve been a fan of Dobbs. Yes, he has been leading the far right on issues like immigration and border security, but he opposed the Bush tax cuts, wanted to raise the minimum wage, is pro choice and favors gay marriage. Meanwhile, he values fiscally responsibility and has a pro […]

November 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 12 Comments »

CBO Says Senate Health Care Bill Cuts Deficit By $127B

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, Legislation

And it’ll achieve 94% coverage. And it costs $849B. CNN has more about some of the key points in the new bill… Among other things, they’ve agreed to subsidize insurance for a family of four making up to roughly $88,000 annually, or 400 percent of the federal poverty level. They’ve also agreed to expand Medicaid […]

November 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 26 Comments »

Newsweek’s Dumb (And Sexist) Sarah Palin Cover

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Palin

Why oh why oh why oh why? They gave her an incredibly easy way to ignore the more substantive arguments against her legitimacy as a candidate and focus on their dumb decision to run with the above nonsense. And this isn’t just coming from her corner. It’s coming from Media Matters and other voices in […]

November 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Stimulate This, Baby

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Taxes

Michael Boskin is a professor of economics at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Today, in the Wall Street Journal, he proposes a temporary payroll tax reduction as a second try at a stimulus. He starts his argument with consideration of what would have happened with a temporary payroll tax reduction […]

November 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Free the Yuan

By donar | Related entries in Barack, Cartoons, China, Economy, Obama, Political Graffiti


November 17th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Jobs, What Jobs?

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Stimulus

The administration’s claim of nearly 640,000 jobs created or “saved” by the $787 billion stimulus bill continues to be savaged by traditional media outlets for inaccuracies. From the Washington Examiner: More than ten percent of the jobs the Obama administration has claimed were “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus package are doubtful or […]

November 17th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Is a Federal Mandate Constitutional?

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in health care reform

Journalist Ezra Klein has come out in favor of the proposition that a federal health insurance mandate is constitutional, but the question remains a thorny legal problem. If a reform bill is passed with an individual mandate, will it pass constitutional muster? The answer isn’t quite as clear as Klein would have us believe. PENNumbra, […]

November 17th, 2009 | Permalink| 23 Comments »