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Like a Hurricane

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Once again, another hurricane or tornado, another member of the left politicizing it. This time around, it’s comedienne Lizz Winstead, the co-creator, back in the 1990s, of Viacom’s The Daily Show, before its current incarnation with Jon Stewart: She thought she was making a topical political joke, but a co-creator of ‘The Daily Show’ managed […]

Finding Nemo

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Storm Shuts Down Northeast; Thousands Without Power, Airports Closed,” Newsmax reports: A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight, where more than 650,000 homes and businesses lost power and New Englanders awoke this morning to more than 2 feet of snow. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through […]

Other Than That, How Did You Like the Earthquake, Mrs. Lincoln?

Monday, January 28th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Congresswoman Says Deadly Haitian Earthquake ‘Was A Blessing,’” as spotted by Florida’s Shark Tank blog:  I’ve been to Haiti prior to the earthquake, and I would consider the earthquake even it might sound strange, but the earthquake was a blessing, it  eventually will be.-Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) The congresswoman added that the people inhabiting the […]

Like a Hurricane

Monday, January 7th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“New Jersey Senate President: Christie May Have ‘Prayed’ For Sandy To Come,” CBS-New York reports: New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said Monday that Gov. Chris Christie might have “prayed” for Superstorm Sandy, because it has provided cover for what Sweeney said are the governor’s failed economic policies. Sweeney said the Republican governor’s jobs plan […]

The Decline and Fall of the Boardwalk Empire

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Way back in 2003, James Lileks explored what the concluding scene of The Towering Inferno said about the infantile state of 1970s pop culture: At the end of the movie comes a perfect 70s moment, a Deep & Profound comment from Paul Newman, the architect of the skyscraper. He’s sitting on the curb with Faye […]

The Perfect Storm: Sandy as the Ultimate October Surprise

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

A couple of posts by Ace of Spades should be bring a modicum of comfort to GOP voters: If, as we are all now saying, “the polls were right,” then they were right pre-Sandy, too. If they weren’t right pre-Sandy, why is the left covering Nate Sliver with laurels? His entire thesis was “the polls […]

Marathon Mike

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

“‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy,” ABC reports. However, as the New York Daily News notes, such horror stories aren’t preventing Mike Bloomberg from focusing on more important mayoral duties: Desperately needed food, water and generators were being rushed Thursday to Sandy-ravaged Staten Island while […]

It’s the Personal Touch That Counts

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Past performance is no guarantee of future results: “There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or […]

Urgent Memo to Mitch Landrieu

Monday, August 27th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

“This time, before the storm hits, please remember you have half a thousand buses to evacuate your citizens who need help this time,” Doug Ross writes, in an “Urgent Memo for the New Orleans Mayor.”

‘Not Understanding God’s Plan’

Monday, August 27th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

This just in from actor, theologian and meteorologist Samuel L. Jackson. Apologies in advance for the blast of Tarantino-esque language: “Unfair Shit: GOP spared by Issac ! NOLA prolly Fucked Again! Not understanding God’s plan!” Why do liberals root for hurricanes so often? “Has God forsaken the Republican Party?…Weather forecasts show that a storm, likely […]

Failing Upward: The Narrative and the Journalists Who Advance It

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Last night, Glenn Reynolds featured the “Blog Comment of the Day,” which could be found at William A. Jacobson’s Legal Insurrection site: “Fascinating that a man shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ as he mows down 35 people on an army base isn’t motivated by Islam… but a guy who has the same name as hundreds of others—and […]

Convention Clusterfark Bad Omen for Dems?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

According to the lefty Talking Points Memo site, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is the latest Democrat to bail on her party’s presidential convention: “In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” the aide said, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.” […]

New Developments in Tolerance, Diversity and Multiculturalism

Monday, March 5th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Or thuggishness, misanthropy and nihilism, depending upon how you look at it, as our enlightened betters on the left demonstrate their love of mankind: “UNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion.” “Exclusive Audio: Harvard Anti-Israel Conference: The Jewish People Does Not Exist.” “Civility alert: Liberal radio host says tornado victims forsaken by ‘their God’” What is […]

Hurricane Experts Admit They Can’t Predict Weather; AlGore Hardest Hit

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

The Ottawa Citizen reports, “Hurricane experts admit they can’t predict hurricanes early; December forecasts too unreliable:” Two top U.S. hurricane forecasters, famous across Deep South hurricane country, are quitting the practice of making a seasonal forecast in December because it doesn’t work. William Gray and Phil Klotzbach say a look back shows their past 20 […]

Michelle Bachman: Hurricane Proves ‘God Is On Our Side’

Monday, August 29th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Whoops, sorry, that was Don Fowler, then chairman of the Democratic National Committee, back in late August of 2008, when Hurricane Gustav caused the first day of the 2008 Republican convention to be scrubbed: Similarly, Michael Moore added back then, “I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in Heaven,” […]

Pretzel Logic

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Two posts at Instapundit highlight the circular logic of today’s society. First up, check out this New York Times paragraph, and the text highlighted by Gerard van der Leun on Mayor Bloomberg’s evacuation plans for Hurricane Irene. Or the lack thereof: On Friday, city officials issued what they called an unprecedented order for the evacuation […]

Quote of the Day

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

“People on twitter might be joking, but in all seriousness, we would see a bigger boost in spending and hence economic growth if the earthquake had done more damage.” – Paul Krugman, or his ghostwriter, today. Presumably Japan had a sufficient quantity of broken windows for Krugman’s liking. Update: I doubt that Krugman would appreciate […]

Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake in Virginia

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

As Instapundit notes, “A magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Virginia:” UPDATE: Readers felt it as far away as Baltimore, Delaware, and Lehigh, Pennsylvania. ANOTHER UPDATE: Hard to believe, but reader Eric Halpern says he felt it in Hartford: “My vertical blinds were rocking back and forth, and we all came out of our offices to ask, […]

One Million Gone in 30 Seconds

Monday, July 18th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

“1 Million Dead in 30 Seconds” — that’s one scary headline on Claire Berlinski’s new City Journal article: While it is very expensive to tear down and replace, or reinforce, inadequate housing, it isn’t expensive at all to bolt heavy goods to the walls or to move heavy furniture away from beds. Rarely is this […]

Quote of the Day, Early Entrant

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

“Before I begin, I must point out that behind me sits a highly admired President of the United States and decorated war hero while I, a cable television talk show host, have been chosen to stand here and impart wisdom. I pray I never witness a more damning example of what is wrong with America […]