Baseball Crank
"It gets late early around here." - Yogi Berra
August 31, 2014
POLITICS: Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

WSJ front page, "Senate Control Comes Down to Eight Races":

Recent election data supports the belief that Democrats dominate in the closest races. Since 1998, Democrats won 13 of 16 Senate and governors’ races that were decided by one percentage point or less, according to a recent analysis by Dan McLaughlin, a lawyer, on the conservative website the Federalist.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:02 PM | In Print • | Politics 2014 • | Writings Elsewhere
August 12, 2014
POP CULTURE: Robin Williams, Suicide, Depression, and Evil Spirits

My latest at RedState.

Robin Williams What Dreams May ComePeople are talking about depression and suicide in the wake of the shocking death of Robin Williams. That's mostly a good thing - the lives and deaths of celebrities are a common language, and we can use it to discuss the world we live in. But these conversations seem to me to end up oversimplifying the issue in a way that creates pointless conflict and obscures what we really need to understand about depression and suicide.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:20 PM | Pop Culture • | Religion
August 8, 2014
POLITICS/LAW: Recent Posts Roundup

Now that my posts are single-sourced to RedState and The Federalist (for Google/traffic reasons), I've been forgetting to link to them all here. A roundup of my latest:

At RedState:

Halbig's Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards

Obama Peddles Impeachment Conspiracy Theories To Raise Money

John McCain on the Decline & Fall of the United States Senate

Josh Marshall & TPM Promise a "BOOM," Deliver A Dud

Obama Administration Lied About Insurance Company Bailouts

At the Federalist, a cross-posted version of the Obamacare bailouts piece.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:05 PM | Blog 2006-Present • | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014 • | Politics 2015
August 1, 2014
LAW/POLITICS: Josh Marshall & TPM Promise a "BOOM," Deliver A Dud

RS: Josh Marshall & TPM Promise a "BOOM," Deliver A Dud


There's a well-known saying among lawyers that when the facts are against you, argue the law; when the law is against you, argue the facts; and when the facts and the law are both against you, pound on the table and yell like heck. The behavior of Josh Marshall of TalkingPointsMemo is just the latest illustration of this axoim among the critics of Halbig v Burwell, who keep ratcheting up the temperature of their rhetoric in a none-too-thinly veiled effort to paper over the weakness of their argument on the law and the facts. But don't just listen to me - look at the evidence.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:00 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014