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Sullivan was a lying Republican hack, and is incapable of becoming "more" because he doesn't have the capacity to change. He was the chief internet cheerleader of the Kerry swiftboat and Iraq war lies. He didn't add to anything and should not be remembered. He's only quitting now because the Internets have eliminated his ability to lie and not be immediately called out on his BS.
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Republicans deliberately lie because they think anything evil is worth doing if their goal of power can be achieved? That's not the Republican party I know!
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McArdle can't shoehorn facts about history into her fantasy world? Shocking. You simply can't win an argument with an idiot, Brad.. they pull you down to their level and beat you with experience. McArdle is by far the best example of this on the internets.
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mg: It's a good time when you define "left-wing" as "one who uses fact." So, to recap: Say you as a conservative are consciously choosing a position against all known fact. Then, if your position ever actually wins, to be intellectually rigorous you must now flip-flop and be against your own earlier position, because you're anti-fact.
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The best comparison is the Panic of 1873 followed by the Long Depression from 1873-1896.
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The most apt comparison is the Panic of 1873 and the resulting worldwide Long Depression of roughly 20 years, from 1873 to 1896.
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To be fair, the Japanese wasted 6 days puttering around with 50 guys and an old fire truck. The issue with these reactors is that the water which boils off from around the rods needs to be continuously replaced so that the core isn't exposed.. and it looks like that wasn't done. The part that's frustrating is that the Japanese/US militaries have the heavy lift helicopters and the Japanese/US navies have the portable generator/pumping equipment [ also used for damage control onboard a ship ] to get this fixed. All they had to do for each reactor was pump water up 100 feet to the top and none of this would have been a big deal. A problem that started from too much water now cannot be solved due to lack of water. Chernobyl had tons of graphite to burn to be able to carry radiation high into the air.. these plants don't have that. Also, whenever anyone says something about the flaws of the plant: all of them were scheduled for decommissioning on 3/26. It's really nonsensical posturing to claim "i told you so" (that the plants were flawed) after one of the top 5 earthquakes in the history of the world caused a catastrophe. Note that the governor of Fukushima Prefecture is complaining on national Japanese TV that the national government not only is failing to get food, water and fuel to Fukushima, they are not even communicating with him. So this isn't entirely "all the fault of nuclear power" - there's very serious issues with disaster command structure within the Japanese government as a whole.
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Brad: Here's your nuclear engineer blog. http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-13-2011-how-black-is-japanese.html
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Brad.. it would have been better to simply link FreeExchange and be done with it. That article's legitimacy is gone for me after seeing McArglebargle in their list.
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1) City and county building regulations (voted on by residents of your city and county.. they're different for every area) have a political bias? Please prove this assertion. 2) Please list these "public health hacks earning 6 figures telling me what to eat." What is the job description, who is this person or persons, and what organization do they lead? 3) Core functions of government are useless? Which ones, precisely, and why? 4) If you "don't deserve" to follow the local building codes, then don't, pay the fine, and live your life. Also, note that your house's fire insurance voids when code is not met. That's private industry for you! Details matter. Simply asserting a point doesn't make it true.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2011 on Paul Krugman: Eat the Future at Economist's View
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510,000 people rolled off the labor force. Unemployment dropped because another half a million people are officially unpersons!
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Peter Baker: King of Obsequious Bloviation.
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The problem is not the insuring of the plan or the enforcement of the funding. The problem is the ridiculous and nonsensical "assumptions" that are set by the unions for whom the plan is run. The only brake on nonsensical plan contribution requests is... bankruptcy for the private company involved. Public sector unions do not face such a constraint, and therefore have no problem making ludicrous requests. After all, "You're anti-education!" is the election statement if you don't support things such as a 12% annualized return forever. I am absolutely shocked anyone at this blog is remotely considering having other citizens pay for the stupidity of any public-sector union. No more bailouts.
Facts don't align with my pet theory? As a Republican, I simply won't pay attention until the facts change.
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Vetted? You silly man - Republicans don't bother with such nonsense. Facts are whatever Republicans want them to be, so there's no need to bother with "testing" or "fact-checking" proposals! Of course they'll work.. we said so!
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My favorite line : "I stand by the posts, the facts in them, and the points they were making."
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2010 on Oh Dear... at Grasping Reality by Brad DeLong
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Your lawn now has a higher IQ than the Republican party. Congratulations, I think.
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This isn't shocking at all - McChrystal was given 110% of what he requested, and Obama is still "soft?" Based on what, precisely? McChrystal's desire to perceive his boss as being a wimp? Ironically enough, it's McChrystal's complete lack of what's known as "soft skills" that ended up getting HIM fired. Obama's not soft - rather, McChrystal isn't soft enough.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on Time to Fade Away at Grasping Reality by Brad DeLong
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Republican politicians do see that unemployment continues to rise. And they fundamentally don't care - because they see their actual constituents to be Wall Street and Wall Street only. Yes, I am stating that they are sociopaths. Other than Foxconn Business News, I can't wait to see evidence that proves me wrong. Remember, happy talk doesn't matter!
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We didn't quit when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, and we won't quit now! Manuel, we'll pretend you didn't post that - if you'll scroll through Brad's history on this blog. He's liveblogged all of world war 2 from the invasion of Poland onward.. 70 years later, to the day. I think it's a fun and noteworthy retrospective.
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Brownstein: "Over time, voters are likely to judge Obama by his degree of success in eliminating that deficit and reducing unemployment" And when you judge Republican presidents using the same metrics.. they're an epic fail.
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It's a trick question, Brad. You can't possibly know any Hispanics who aren't maids... because none exist!
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Where's Goldman's benefit from doing this? OK, $15M fee from Paulson for doing the deal. But they lost $90m. I'm sure it's there somewhere.. but what's Goldman getting from Paulson for taking this loss?
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Becoming gratuitously partisan does not make you "right" - and it does not "earn" you some vague notion of respect from those you're vilifying. If you don't like being marginalized, don't take the position of "Either you agree with me or you're (racist / ignorant / obtuse)!" I do not today - and will never - respect the Republican decision to take everything to the gratuitous extreme and then wonder why they are simply ignored. Don't you see the bizarre irony, Neal? YOU are incapable of respecting the legitimate points of other people.. and you have the temerity to not see that you're turning around and wondering why those people who you don't respect... don't respect you in return?
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I'm waiting for a Republican Congressman to admit that selecting Bush as their leader was a mistake. Not that anything would change, of course.. I'd just enjoy savoring the sweet, sweet irony.
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