Category Archives: Politics

I Was Just Robocalled by Dr. Ben Carson

My first robocall of the ’16 Presidential campaign came about 8:30pm on Nov. 11, 2015.

Dr. Ben Carson offered a recorded update on the state of his campaign — “We’re off to a tremendous start that has shocked political experts …the political class may be surprised but I’m not.” Carson said his campaign is winning because of his positions: “Stop adding to debt” and “deal with terrorism and ISIS” and, of course, “repeal and replace Obamacare so you can make your own health choices.” (A doctor against health care for the poor. Lovely.)

Then came the pitch: “Press 1 to support Dr. Carson’s campaign.” And, “If you do not ant to receive these calls call 1 855 598 2069.” If the call said who paid for it, I missed that part. Maybe if I had held on longer?

Interesting that they are robocalling in Florida already.

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Carson/Yale Latest

New evidence: Carson got more details right than you’d suspect — and yet missed the main point?.

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Ironic Part of Dr. Carson’s 2011 Miami Speech

In 2011 Dr. Ben Carson gave the commencement address at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, on May 14, 2011. It shows off his considerable talents as a speaker (although the religiosity at the end of it is a bit odd given the circumstances). The full video is here. But one little piece, the ten second snippet above, has ironic resonance in light of multipe questions about his biography, not least this one about his supposed award for honesty. (Bonus: this Doonesbury tie-in.)

Hat tip: My #1 Twitter Troll, who gave me the link to the Carson speech at UMiami, apparently thinking that the medical school’s endorsement of Carson’s medical prowess should matter to my views of Carson’s fitness as a candidate or President.

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Yup.

GOP Frontrunner Outraged Over Claims That He Wasn’t A Violent Psychopath.

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Great Immigration Video

Never heard of the authors, but “Heard it Before” gets it right:

Spotted via Daily Kos.

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The Overton Window Has Moved

Bernie’s First Commercial

(Overton Window explained.)

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Who Gets to Say Who Won

NakedCapitalism asks the obvious question:

Sanders won the CNN focus group, the Fusion focus group, and the Fox News focus group; in the latter, he even converted several Hillary supporters. He won the Slate online pollCNN/Time online poll9News ColoradoThe Street online pollFox5 poll, the conservative Drudge online poll and the liberal Daily Kos online poll. There wasn’t, to this writer’s knowledge, a poll he didn’t win by at least an 18-point margin. But you wouldn’t know this from reading the establishment press. The New York Times, the New YorkerCNNPoliticoSlateNew York Magazine, and Vox all unanimously say Hillary Clinton cleaned house. What gives?

As far as I can tell there was no scientific polling done of “who won” which is very odd given that there were such polls after the GOP debates. All the above are unscientific polls. But so too is the poll of pundits.

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