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Polls – Unfit Parent – Open Thread

Filed under: General — JD @ 11:56 am

[guest post by JD]

Some of the trolls liked to point at polls to prove how pointy their heads were. The newest Pew poll shows that the leftist bubble of epistemic closure and collectivist thought is still going strong.

Disapprove – 59% on healthcare. 65% on economy. 60% on immigration. 56% on foreign policy.

In other news, in NYC, a father is deemed to be an unfit parent by a court appointed shrink (that he had to pay for) for not giving in to a child’s temper tantrum over not going to McDonald’s for dinner. I thought Bloomberg outlawed fast food? Don’t take that literally, Sammy.

Oregon beaten by Standford 26-20, their furious rally in the 4th quarter fell short.

Baylor thumped Oklahoma 41-12, so 1 of the 2 more entertaining teams showed up last night.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY to all that served.


Chicago Sun Times On Teh One

Filed under: General — JD @ 11:39 am

Guest post by JD

Lynn Sweet of the Sun Times wrote an interesting column on Teh One.

A remarkable feature of Todd’s interview with Obama — whose hair is noticeably grayer — is the president’s inability to sincerely express empathy. I know he tried, but is that the best he’s got?

I don’t know her history, but I would be shocked if Ms Sweet wasn’t a sycophantic fangirl.

Oh, and yet another journalist misses the points about decreased access, the coming wave in the employer market, and how many plans that are being cancelled are not substandard. It is easy for them to call out his lies on the obvious one, now that everyone else is. That they continue to let him lie about the rest is telling.


Obama Screwing Up on Dealing with Iran Too

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:55 am

We’re talking “deal” with Iran despite no actual reason to do so, and we are already softening on sanctions:

The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.

While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago.

A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan al-Rouhani, in June.

Candidate Obama on this issue in 2008:

My presidency will strengthen our hand as we restore our standing. Our willingness to pursue diplomacy will make it easier to mobilize others to join our cause. If Iran fails to change course when presented with this choice by the United States, it will be clear — to the people of Iran, and to the world — that the Iranian regime is the author of its own isolation. That will strengthen our hand with Russia and China as we insist on stronger sanctions in the Security Council.

This is about right:

Unlike the pledge about keeping your doctor and your health care plan, this promise is one Obama will likely keep.

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