Eric Florack on December 22nd, 2007

Steven Taylor at OTB: Via the LAT: Grim tales from Zimbabwe Life here is full of Catch-22 dilemmas that would strain credulity if they were fiction: It costs more to go to work than you can possibly earn, for example. There is no economy to speak of, either, just the black market, where even the […]

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Eric Florack on December 16th, 2007

Glenn says: YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: Sadly, you don’t have to: A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela. Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss […]

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Eric Florack on December 3rd, 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela,Monday, Dec. 3 —(New York Times)- Voters in this country narrowly defeated a proposed overhaul to the constitution in a contentious referendum over granting President Hugo Chávez sweeping new powers, the Election Commission announced early Monday.It was the first major electoral defeat in the nine years of his presidency. Voters rejected the 69 proposed […]

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Eric Florack on November 11th, 2007

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “shut up” Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Chavez, who called President Bush the “devil” on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to […]

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Eric Florack on October 9th, 2007

I am reminded in my hopping around this morning that we are close on if not already by the anniversary of the death of one of the biggest monsters the world has ever known Che Gueava. Here’s a comment I left on the point last June, which will serve as my response to all leftie […]

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Eric Florack on August 17th, 2007

Over at the Captain’s Quarters: Jeb Koogler, a staunch liberal at The Moderate Voice, has defended Hugo Chavez for a long time. He thought that Chavez intended to help the poor and downtrodden and made excuses for his tough tactics as a necessary interlude towards a better society. He disregarded Chavez’ authoritarian impulses as unimportant […]

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davidl on August 10th, 2007

Mrs, Clinton gets snotty and sloppy with the facts.  When asked why she favored socialized medicine, i.e. HillaryCare, Mrs. Clinton flatly denied having ever favored socialized medicine.   Alllah Pundit, Hot Air, has the video. Last week, Mrs. Clinton openly admitted a canidate should not speak everything he might think.  Now she denies having favored, and still […]

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Eric Florack on July 8th, 2007

Asked, a while ago, What are the real consequences of FDR?  I pointed to an article by Amity Shales in the Wall Street Journal subtitled “Reconsidering our reverence for FDR.” I suspect that that particular article in the Journal  started a small avalanche.  Because now we find by way of Captain Ed, George Will noting […]

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Eric Florack on July 6th, 2007

You know, it almost seems useless to bring this up again, since both David and myself have mentioned it several times in the last four days or so.  But this is an interesting angle: Michelle Malkin points to Doug Heye, who in turn notes that the Carbon dioxide generated at the “LIve Aid” concerts tomorrow […]

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Both McQ at Q&O, and James at OTB note the wailing from Susie Madrak. Only because it’s handier, will use the comments of James to start this off; Susie Madrak, under the attention-grabbing headline “No More Dead Bloggers,” laments “the utter injustice of a Democratic political system that is very, very happy to take the […]

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Ya know, some things are just too rich to pass up. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested for drug possession on Wednesday after he was stopped for allegedly speeding in his hybrid Toyota Prius, a sheriff’s official said. Al Gore III — whose father is a […]

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Eric Florack on July 2nd, 2007

perhaps it’s a little late to be looking at this, now, but Amity Shales in today’s Wall Street Journal as, as the byline says “reconsidering our reverence for FDR.” It’s about bloody time. The real question about the 1930s is not whether it is wrong to scrutinize the New Deal. Rather, the question is why […]

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davidl on June 28th, 2007

Senator George Voinovich goes on Sean Hannity and shows that Voinovich is not ready for prme time.  Allah Pundit, Hot Air, has the audio. In fairness to Voinovich he deserves credit for going on to Hannity even if less that prepared.   No senator can be prepared to defend a bill that they have never read. […]

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Eric Florack on June 19th, 2007

An interesting interview of James Pierson at NRO today. Here’s a snip: JAMES PIERSON: Kennedy’s assassination, happening the way it did, compromised the central assumptions of American liberalism that had been the governing philosophy of the nation since the time of the New Deal. It did this in two decisive ways: first, by compromising the […]

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davidl on June 18th, 2007

Now I admit that I was not familar with Rob Port, Say Anything, but I like what I see. Since Moore says he doesn’t mind his movie being shared on the internet (something I really doubt is his true feeling on the subject), and since I’m a firm believer in the idea that one of the […]

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