Monday Open Thread

Jamie Lee Curtis in a still from Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis in a still from Halloween

Poker, Straight, Two Faced

Here is Jonoathan Rauch, in the New York Times, highlights what is wrong with out politics — justifying lying — so long as it’s done in order to get things done. Here’s a taste:

Often, the only way to get something done is to have separate private and public truths. Behind closed doors, nothing is settled until everything is settled. Until the deal is done, everyone can pretend not to have decided anything. But the moment the conversation becomes public, plausible deniability ceases. Everyone knows I’ve made an offer. Angry interest groups, adversaries in the other party, and even purists in my own party start cutting attack ads and lining up challengers to prevent a deal and defeat me.

In diplomacy, having two faces is similarly indispensable. Until recently, the existence of the United States’ use of drones for targeted killing was classified — not because it was a secret (everyone knew about it, especially the targets) but because public acknowledgment would embarrass key allies. As long as we pretended not to tell, they pretended not to know.

So there you have it. Rationalization is complete and clear. Here’s the link.

The Veins of America


Geologist and Imgur user “Fejetlenfej” has created a map of the United States showing all the rivers running through the country. The result is a unique look at the geology of America. The pink area in the middle is the Mississippi River and the river systems that feed into it.

h/t Daily Mail.

From The Trailer Park - A Cure For Wellness

A man travels to a wellness clinic in the Swiss Alps that holds disturbing secrets. Stars Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs. Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring).

Sunday Open Thread

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Durer

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Durer

Cubs vs. Indians in the World Series… the end is nigh.

You Guys Are Dangerous

Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but the man has been in a lot of great movies. And he’s clearly a good sport, as evidenced by this video of him and James Corden acting out most of Cruise’s filmography in a very funny nine-minute montage.

Saturday Open Thread 

Instant Pill of Gratification

Because he is “Weird Al” Yankovic, and, quite simply, we are not.

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The Waitresses.

10 Things Republican Politicians Can Do To Turn America Red


Yesterday I posted about how the Democrats are able to beat us because they’re focused only on farming for votes rather than doing anything worthwhile for Americans. It’s corrupt and despicable, but sadly effective. The good news is, it is possible for us to beat them at their own game. And best of all, because we’re conservatives and our solutions actually work, we can do it while staying true to our principles and actually making things better for Americans.

We don’t know what will happen in November, but whether we win or lose this election, sooner or later (hopefully sooner) we will be in a position like we were in 2000 where we control the White House and both houses of Congress, and will actually be able to get legislation passed without partisan gridlock. When that happens, Republicans will be in a unique position to use that power to move the country to the Right, and they need to be very shrewd about what they do with that power.

Personally, I’ve got my own wish list that I’d like to see fulfilled in my lifetime – the progressive income tax abolished, Roe v. Wade overturned, government pruned down to its constitutional functions, etc. – but Democrats will always be able to prevent or reverse those changes unless we disempower them. We need to play the long game, like they do, and focus on reforms that improve things both for everyday Americans and for Republicans at the ballot box. Here are 10 things Republican politicians can do to move this country’s electorate to the Right, long-term. I believe that if we do them, we will rarely, if ever, lose another election.

1. Pass nationwide school choice. There is no reason why any American child should be stuck in a failing public school. We throw more and more money at the problem every year, and students only get dumber. School choice is a reform that even many liberals support, but Democrats will never agree to, because it benefits bureaucrats and the teachers’ unions, who return the favor by scratching Democrats’ backs. (Rent Waiting For Superman if you don’t believe that’s how it works.)

Giving poor and middle-class parents a choice about what school to send their kids to will not only immeasurably improve the lives of generations of Americans and save the taxpayers billions of dollars in the long run, it will be a strategic victory for the GOP. It will help Republicans win over voters who care about their children’s futures, it will disempower the teachers’ unions and it will give leftist activist teachers less incentive or opportunity to propagandize in the classroom. All three will give Republicans a big boost in future elections.

And while we’re on the subject of education…
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