Author: The BPI Squirrel

The French Election and Pundit Poll Panic

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face each other in a runoff for the French Presidency, and pundits are poll-panicky. (More) “I want to construct a majority to govern and to transform” As predicted by most polls, Macron and Le Pen led the crowded field, with Macron finishing at 23.7% and and Le Pen at 21.5%. And of course that has Sarah Palin and other conservatives giddy, as they see the ‘reformed’ (cough) Neo-Nazi as ‘France’s Trump.’ And she does sound a lot like him: You have brought me to the second round of the presidential election. I’d...

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Funding Showdown with the God-King as Terrorist-in-Chief

The God-King’s last-minute demands may shut down the government next weekend. (More) “It’s going to be the battle of the titans” With not a single substantive policy accomplishment so far, the God-King is desperate for a win and willing to shut down the government to get it: With the government set to run out of funds at the end of next week, congressional leaders were making steady progress toward a new, bipartisan spending bill – when the White House barged into negotiations with a list of weighty demands. Specifically, President Trump is demanding billions in funding for a border...

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Democrats in ‘Existential Crisis?’

The media never get enough of the Democrats In Disarray narrative…. (More) “The basic Clinton-Sanders rift that sunk the party in 2016” As Everyone Knows, in 2016 Hillary Clinton got clobbered and Democrats lost the House and Senate because the Democratic Party turned its back on Real Progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders. If you don’t believe me, just read Brian Beutler’s piece at The New Republic, headlined “The Democrats’ Existential Crisis Won’t Resolve Itself”: This backdrop explains why Democrats were taken aback this week when Senator Bernie Sanders – in the midst of a nationwide speaking tour with Tom...

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Fox Fires O’Reilly, plus Other Stuff

In a move that may shatter many liberal websites, Fox fired Bill O’Reilly. (More) “The Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel” The 21st Century Fox statement was short and to the point: After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel. Who knew Fox was actually the CIA? Oh, they meant “the Company” another way. My bad. Anyway, “the allegations” are a slew of sexual harassment charges that...

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Hillary Meltdown Myths, plus Other Stuff

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes paint a myth of an inevitable Clinton loss…. (More) “Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” That’s the subtitle of Allen’s and Parnes’ new book Shattered, and the word “doomed” reveals a classic fallacy of retrospective determinism: because This happened in These circumstances, This was inevitable in These circumstances. It’s a subset of the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy: This happened after That, therefore That caused This. That is, Allen and Parnes know Hillary Clinton lost the election and, perhaps without realizing they done so, infer that her loss was inevitable. They then set out...

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