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2016 Post Mortem

Looking like Michigan is Trump's (12000 votes) and New Hampshire Clinton's (2600 votes), to finish 306-232. Or much higher than I expected. Hell, I expected 2012 map to hold, or about flipped on the EV count. Even going into Tuesday evening, I thought P-E HRC was a fait accompli and figured it was a good thing Pens hockey was on to distract. Then we watched two hours off the DVR before turning on FNC about 1145pm, to quite the surprise of the results. Small vote margins: Looks like Ayotte lost in NH Sen by about 700 votes.

The Perils of Rejecting ObamaCare

An incredibly chilling interview with Neal Katyal, US Solicitor General who argued in defense of ObamaCare's individual mandate in the lower courts. Read it and weep: The original text of the interview can be found here.

Follow the jump for my take on it.


Rejoice! Osama bin Laden was found in Pakistan by Navy SEALS and double-tapped twice in the head. After a religiously-sensitive funeral service aboard a military vessel his body was buried at sea. Follow the jump for discussion and observations.

Castro Oh!-fended by Video Game

Cubans Vs. Call of Duty

This just in: the new Call of Duty: Black Ops video game to be released next week has got communists in a stir. Seems that one of the early missions in the game includes the assassination of Fidel Castro. The game's mission supposedly takes place around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Breitbart reports:

Cuba's state-run media and bloggers are not amused at "Call of Duty: Black Ops," a new videogame in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro.

"What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now it attempts to accomplish by virtual means," said comments Wednesday on the website Cubadebate, where Castro regularly publishes opinion pieces.


Ignoring D-Day

Reagan at Normandy

We have celebrated D-Day here on BP in the past, with a 65 year rememberance post just last year. Presidents have celebrated year-in and year out, with one of the most famous appearances being Ronald Reagan's 40th anniversary speech at Pointe de Hoc in Normandy in 1984. Every President has marked this day in some fashion until 2010, even Obama last year.

Greek Unionists: "Give Us Cake!"

Give Us Cake!!!

Legend has it that French princess Marie Antoinette*, when told that the peasants did not have bread to eat, illustrated her detachment from reality by blithely remarking, "Let them eat cake." Since then governments have struggled and strained to become more open, more free.

NYT Finally Admits Obama is Wrong

The Chosen One!

In a stunning turn of events, that bastion of journalist integrity, that speaker of truth to power, has publicly disagreed with Barack Obama:

“The tough measures that we took — measures that were necessary even though sometimes they were unpopular — have broken this slide and are helping us to climb out of this recession,” he said in a speech at a factory making battery components in North Carolina.

Mystery of the Week: Clark and Blair Woodcock (or the case of the two Rebeccas)

This installment of the Mystery of the Week series [they are infrequent enough, perhaps "of the week" is a bad label...] looks into two brothers, Clark and Blair Woodcock, who lived in and around Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon counties in the mid-nineteenth century, and who both died as a result of action in the American Civil War. Blair died in May 1864, near the Po River in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Clark died at Saylor's Creek, Virginia in April 1865.

On this day... in 2009

Above criticism?

Today marks one year since the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.  Truly, it was an historic day… but with Martin Luther King Jr. Day just two days ago… I can’t help but think that only when we are ready to stop labeling every historical event as “the first time <insert race or gender here> accomplished <insert accomplishment here>” will we truly be embracing what MLK stood for and “dreamed” about.  It is then that we will truly realize we’re part of the “human race.”

On this day I’m also reminded at all the criticism levelled at the Obama administration and all the criticism levelled at the critics as well.  A logical perspective can see that Obama is not perfect… but also that he is not “the answer” to all our ills.  But perhaps the most disturbing criticism of the critics that I’ve heard… is that it all comes down to race.  Let’s face it, there is definitely a contingent of Americans that still can’t accept that we have a black president, but every angle of criticism is certainly NOT from a racist perspective… lest we forget, the other people probably as if not MORE criticized than Obama are Pelosi and Reid… and they’re white.

Remember the Arizona

Today, 68 years ago, was the day of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack by Japanese forces upon American Naval (and Army Air Corps) assets in and around Honolulu, Hawaii. FDR immortalized December 7, 1941 as "a date which will live in infamy".

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