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February 2016

"Paula Poundstone on How She Started Telling Pop-Tart Jokes"

Interesting, especially if, like me, you're a fan of her Cops, Cats and Stuff, easily one of the best comedy sets I've every seen. When I saw it my question was this: is the stuff with the audience scripted? If not, is it the best parts of a couple dozen shows edited down? I now know the answer to both questions, amazingly, is no.

And that makes her one of the two quickest comedians I've ever seen, in a class only with Robin Williams. But even in Robin's case I had the impression that he worked from a large library of predetermined accents, lines, and bits that were tightly organized and that he simply called upon as needed. (He even alludes to this in his great performance "Live at the Roxy".)

But surely that can't be the case with Paula's performance. She can't have had a prearranged bit for someone yelling out "insinuated" or for someone's mom "tearing her face open on a lube rack". Can she?

"Presidential candidates are ignoring the economy's most ominous statistic"

Brief summary of a paper by Auerbach (UC Berkeley) and Gale (Brookings)--not known members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy--". . .that runs the numbers on the federal debt and deficit over the medium-term and long-term. Not only is the picture they paint not a pretty one but it has become dramatically worse in just the past few months."

"Progressives Can’t Seem to Stick to Any Principle . . . Except More Government"

Truth from Jonah Goldberg.

More government is the one indispensable conviction of modern progressivism. Everything else is up for negotiation.

Related: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit links to an article, "Dems Struggle to Explain Away SCOTUS Hypocrisy" and writes: "Just invoke Marxism – Groucho Marxism – 'These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, well, I have others.' That’s always worked before for Democrats."