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Video: Man Falls Off Treadmill While Checking Out Woman
But a solid 9.5 on the recovery. I'm sure she bought it. [rdbrewer]

Ben Shapiro, Truth Revolt: Michelle O: Racist Target Shopper Asked For Help Taking Something Off A High Shelf
Thing is, two years ago it was just a short lady who needed help. And Michelle felt good about helping her. (Michelle is apparently unaware the David Letterman show is taped.) [rdbrewer]


Hans Fiene: 3 Ways The Biblical Blockbuster Can Get Its Groove Back
"Step 3: Pretend Mel Gibson Is Roman Polanski." [rdbrewer]


Mollie Hemingway: 5 Reasons Why Jeb Bush’s Presidential Exploration Is Going Nowhere
"4) Too close to his brother’s big government legacy." [rdbrewer]


Jim Tankersley: The great start-up slowdown
"The country doesn’t have enough of the kind of entre­pre­neur­ship that creates jobs and too much of the kind that boosts rich executives at the expense of everyone else." Crony capitalism. [rdbrewer]


Michelle Malkin: Jeb, the Chamber’s Water Boy
"Jeb’s indulgent (and ultimately doomed) enterprise has three privileged constituencies: Big Business, Big Government, and Big Media." [rdbrewer]
Ralph Peters: Is Our Priority Protecting Humanity, or Protecting Monsters?
While the NYT whines about "torture," the Taliban clarifies the issue for us by slaughtering 150 schoolchildren
Shock: Gay Bakeries Refuse to Make Cakes With Inscription "Gay Marriage Is Wrong," Turn Away Customers
So I guess some people are permitted to retain their moral beliefs...
Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2014? George Clooney's Wife, Just Because She Landed Her Man
This is what a feminist looks like... oh and I think we may be at Peak Celebrity and therefore Peak Decadence
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal: Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril
"In September, Gallup found that only 41 percent of respondents thought that 'government should do more to solve the country's problems.'" [rdbrewer]

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg: Russia's Problems Are Everyone's Problems
"[T]he world is about to experience a major financial crisis in a country that seems to deal with its internal troubles by slicing off bits of neighboring countries." [rdbrewer]


Editors: Going for 45
"Jeb Bush, who says he is considering running for president, is a strong conservative." The rhetorical trick here is to take the biggest knock on a person or thing and confidently state the opposite of the truth, hoping people buy it, like "Cap'n Crunch stays crunchy in milk." No, it does not. It's an attempt at persuasion, not accurate communication. Annoying but not surprising. They jumped on the Romney bandwagon early too, didn't they? [rdbrewer]


Charles C.W. Cooke: Jeb Bush: The Wrong Name at the Wrong Time
"Dynastic objections aside, it strikes me also that Jeb is almost perfectly wrong for this moment in American history." [rdbrewer]


Erick Erickson: House Conservatives Have the Power and Should Depose Speaker John Boehner
"Although many would have you believe otherwise, Boehner has not yet been elected Speaker for the new term. House Republicans elected him as their nominee for Speaker in November, but the full House of Representatives needs to vote on his nomination in January." [rdbrewer]

Ross Douthat, NYT: Jeb and Dynasties
"[T]here really would be something historically unusual about having the same two families alternate in the American presidency for, potentially, twenty-eight out of thirty-six years." [rdbrewer]

Ashe Schow: Atticus Finch: American literature's most celebrated rape apologist
"Finch would have to be labeled the villain of the book for not accepting at face value an accuser’s tale of rape and for posing difficult, painful questions to her on the witness stand." [rdbrewer]
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