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  • Despite the pundits who've decided the race is over, polls show the Donald refuses to die

    10/24/2016 12:30:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | October 23, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    As we prepare to enter the final two weeks of this presidential campaign, here's how things shape up: On the one hand, we have a candidate who's accused of hiring crazed fanatics to aid in her campaign. On the other hand, we have a candidate who gets crazed fanatics to help in his campaign for free. Who's going to win? At the moment the most reliable poll in recent history is giving a slight edge to the guy who fires up fanatics for free. That's Donald Trump, and as of Saturday the Investors Business Daily/TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence Poll had him...
  • Place your bets: I got a sixer that says Donald Trump doesn't make it to the end of the year

    07/12/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | July 11, 2015 | Paul Mulshine
    As I have noted, I never bet more than a six-pack on politics. That keeps it at a level that is fun but not serious. In that regard, I made a bet last spring with state Senator Mike Doherty over whether Chris Christie would formally enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. I said yes. Mike said no. Frankly I was a bit surprised. Mike is a conservative Republican from Warren County who has been quite outspoken in his assessment of Christie's overbearing ego and ambition. I thought he of all people would predict that Christie would make...
  • Jersey-born judges get it right on guns

    07/01/2008 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies · 300+ views
    NJ Voices ^ | July 01, 2008 | Paul Mulshine
    I was walking around Rutgers the other day when I came upon a memorial to students who had fought in World War II. The list of names was impressive, but I imagine most major universities in America have similar memorials. It was only when I happened to walk by Old Queens that I noticed something you wouldn't see on just any campus. It was a plaque honoring the Rutgers men who had fought in the Revolutionary War. Nearby is the spot from which Alexander Hamilton directed cannon fire against the British in cover of George Washington's army. You don't see...
  • Unhappy Kwanzaa - the media are still falling for that fake holiday created by a felon

    12/26/2013 3:09:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | December 26, 2012 | Paul Mulshine
    It's that time of year again. You know what time I mean - the time when the media promote that fake holiday created by a crazed california felon who wanted to create racial discord. That's right - Kwanzaa. Do a news search and you'll find hundreds of articles about wonderful Kwanzaa celebrations held all over America. Good luck finding a single one that mentions the sorry fact that the holiday's creator was imprisoned for torturing a couple of African-American women.
  • The climate just turned cold for non-physicists

    09/06/2011 7:14:57 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 09.06.2009 | Paul Mulshine
    Henrik Svensmark on Global Warming (part 1)Question: What could a climate scientist bring to the debate among physicists over the interaction of cosmic rays with the Earth’s atmosphere? Answer: the coffee. Physicists have long maintained that the question of climate change was properly within the realm of physics rather than that of those glorified weathermen who call themselves “climatologists.” Last week we got confirmation of that. It came in the form of a study by physicists in Switzerland .  The study, which was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed science publication Nature, gave support to an alternative theory of climate change...
  • Rick Perry a right-winger? Don't make me laugh

    08/19/2011 10:14:10 PM PDT · by Tempest · 99 replies
    NJ.com ^ | August 14, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The media may have pronounced Rick Perry the darling of the right wing, but Justin Raimondo has a different take. Perry's a liberal internationalist, just like the Texas governor before him: Another clueless Texas Governor surrounded by the same Praetorian Guard of conniving neocons who led us down the road to imperial overstretch and fiscal ruin last time around – isn’t that just what the GOP needs right now? The neocons have anointed their candidate, and it’s clear they have some sense he’s swimming upstream: "’He will distinguish himself from other Republicans as a hawk internationalist, embracing American exceptionalism and...
  • Explaining the flaws in cap-and-trade

    08/03/2011 7:18:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.29.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Economist Greg Mankiw does so here and here. the virtue of market-based policies to deal with externalities is that they are more efficient than command-and-control regulations. In the case of carbon emissions and global climate change, putting a price on carbon is supposed to be a better substitute for government micromanagement. Apparently, that lesson is lost on the writers of the bill now making its way through Congress. Although the bill changes incentives by putting a price on carbon, it also offers a large dose of command-and-control regulation. Essentially, the sponsors don't seem to believe that getting incentives right is...
  • Further proof the climate is too complex to be easily modeled

    08/03/2011 6:56:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.23.11 | Paul Mulshine
    A study of NASA data by scientists at the University of Alabama shows much more heat is being released into space than was thought:  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 26, 2011) — Data from NASA’s Terra satellite shows that when the climate warms, Earth’s atmosphere is apparently more efficient at releasing energy to space than models used to forecast climate change have been programmed to “believe.”The result is climate forecasts that are warming substantially faster than the atmosphere, says Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist in the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.  The previously unexplained...
  • Ain't democracy wonderful? Only if you like Islamic fundamentalism

    08/03/2011 1:50:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.28.11 | Paul Mulshine
    One thing I've noticed about the rather naive types called "neo" conservatives is that they all believe the war in Iraq was somehow intended to reduce the influence of Islamic fundamentalists in that country.  Perhaps it was. But the result of removing a secular fascist from power was the rise of the sort of Islamic fundamentalists who prevail in that part of the world.  A reader sends this article from the Guardian on how the liberation of Iraq has led to a vast increase in Iranian influence there.  The article describes the vast powers over Iraqi politics held by the...
  • I’m with stupid: How Rupert ruined the Republican Party

    08/02/2011 7:46:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.26.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Someone forgot to tell him that nerds are supposed to be smart. I’m talking about the geeky ex-governor of Minnesota. The other day, the New Republic carried a piece titled "The Tragedy of Tim Pawlenty" in which the writer, Walter Shapiro, tells of watching the wannabe GOP presidential nominee deliver his stump speech. It offered the following passage about how Pawlenty ended up in law school: "I remember walking past my dentist’s office," he recalled, "and, as I looked at his Buick Riviera parked in the driveway, I began thinking that, to get ahead in life, you had to be...
  • Sorry Grover, but it's over; the no-tax-hike pledge failed

    08/01/2011 2:14:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.27.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Let me dispense with all the nonsense and penetrate to the heart of the current brouhaha in Washington: If we’re not going to have death panels, then we sure as heck are going to have tax hikes. I bring this up because on Tuesday I got to spend some time with the man most responsible for the current standoff in D.C. That’s Grover Norquist, who is the head of Americans for Tax Reform and the originator of that pledge politicians sign promising they’ll never vote to raise taxes. That sounds good, but let us consider it in light of the...
  • An alternative to neocon nonsense

    07/24/2011 5:52:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.21.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Listen to what Michele Bachmann has to say at the 1:08:50 mark of this video. She honestly appears to believe we could direct the secretary of the treasury to pay off all "pay off all debts of the United States, all interest, all obligations" now. (Note: I inserted the exact language and employed the italics because I noted that in the comments section various Bachmannites were claiming she called for paying off only the interest. If you can't understand plain English, this is not the blog for you.)  She then goes on to say she would balance the budget.  Huh?...
  • Misreading the tea leaves: Media can't figure out the tea party

    04/18/2010 12:54:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 737+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 201004/ | Paul Mulshine
    Watching my fellow members of the media try to dissect the tea party movement is endlessly amusing. They tend to seize on the first thing they encounter and then employ it to describe the rest. The effect is that of a man approaching a smorgasbord, picking out the boiled potatoes, and then deciding Swedes must be vegetarians. As a connoisseur of conservatism, I like to sample from all the plates. So when the tea partiers congregated on the steps of the Statehouse Thursday, I gravitated to the John Birch Society table. Like the tea partiers, the Birch Society is something...
  • Sarah Palin: Just another whiny liberal claiming victimization

    03/09/2010 9:17:09 PM PST · by pissant · 152 replies · 2,586+ views
    NJ.com ^ | 3/9/10 | Paul Mulshine
    On her blog, Elizabeth Wright offers an excellent analysis of the mass hysteria that is the Sarah Palin phenomenon. Wright is a black conservative who specializes in debunking the sense of victimhood that so many black leaders love to employ to their advantage. She argues that the many wannabe conservatives who are Palin fans are employing the same tactic. They invoke the liberal sense of victimhood in her defense. That of course is the essence of the Palin cult. It consists of people who feel that they're being put upon by their betters. It never occurs to these characters to...
  • Mark Levin: Paul Mulshine is a jackass

    01/23/2010 4:06:56 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 10 replies · 781+ views
    Mark Levin Fan ^ | January 23, 2010 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin writes: Paul Mulshine, or Moonshine if your prefer, believes justices should be free to do whatever they want, as long as they do what he wants them to do. Moonshine believes a judge's job it is to do good, or justice, or spread liberty, or whatever. The problem, of course, is that liberal judicial activists believe they are doing exactly the same thing. The standard is to apply the Constitution as best as possible. That's what "originalism" means. That's what great conservative judicial and constitutional scholars have argued from the beginning. Moonshine is a jackass.
  • Why health care reform is mandated to fail (thanks for nothing, Mitt Romney!)

    12/31/2009 9:58:20 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 654+ views
    The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ ^ | 2009-12-31 | Paul Mulshine
    The Democrats’ biggest accomplishment of this decade was getting a package through both houses of Congress mandating that every American have health insurance. Their biggest accomplishment of the next decade will be watching it fail. Then they can get what they really want, a government takeover of health care. That’s my prediction. It’s based on what I call the Frito-Lay theory of health reform: Mandates are like potato chips; you can’t have just one. Just for fun, I ran that theory by someone who has been watching the health care debate up close, Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute, a...
  • Union thugs aren't helping Obama on health care

    08/08/2009 4:29:30 PM PDT · by libstripper · 59 replies · 2,602+ views
    nj.com ^ | August 8, 2009 | Paul Mulshine
    I wonder who's the genius who first thought up the idea of having a bunch of thugs all wearing the same colored shirts show up to intimidate opponents of the government. Now I remember! It was that funny little guy with the mustache from Austria. What's his name again? I think it was "Schicklgruber" or something. Anyway, that sort of stunt loses a little something when it crosses the Atlantic, as you can see from the above video. A gang of thugs wearing matching shirts bearing the initials of the Service Employees International Union can be seen engaging in what...
  • Why the liberal media love Sarah Palin (Mulshine ALert)

    06/21/2009 9:45:31 PM PDT · by pissant · 62 replies · 1,564+ views
    NJ.com ^ | 6/21/09 | Paul Mulshine
    It has long been my contention that the most regrettable development in American politics has been the takeover of the Republican Party by those denizens of the heartland who tended to infest the Democratic Party until quite recently. And I find further confirmation of this in the events involving Sarah Palin and that joke told by David Letterman. The joke involved may have been tasteless. But taste is not Palin's strength. She first came to prominence parading her pregnant daughter and the daughter's soon-to-be-ex-fiance around the national Republican convention. Recently the lad has been making the rounds of talk shows...
  • Rush Limbaugh is little more than a streetwalker (A 'conservative' goes after Rush)

    03/10/2009 7:05:15 PM PDT · by pissant · 141 replies · 3,496+ views
    NewJersey.com ^ | 3/10/09 | Paul Mulshine
    When I wrote about Rush Limbaugh last week, I got hundreds of responses from so-called "dittoheads." They assured me that they take him seriously when he asserts his status as the spokesman for American conservatives. This is ridiculous. I know conservatism. I was writing groundbreaking conservative commentary back when Limbaugh was spinning vinyl records. Limbaugh is no conservative. So then what is he? Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele recently termed him "an entertainer." For that, Steele is said to be in danger of losing his job. But that term seems a bit too polite when you consider what Limbaugh's...
  • My wife's a primate, and so are you

    02/26/2009 1:27:47 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 42 replies · 1,137+ views
    blog.nj.com ^ | February 26, 2009 | Paul Mulshine
    This whole controversy over the tragic incident involving Travis the chimpanzee has restored my faith in my fellow Americans. My faith that they're really dumb, I mean. Democrat or Republican, rural or urban, Americans are ignorant of the most basic facts of their own existence.