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Entries from October 2007

Looking For the Pity Vote

October 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

I didn’t watch all of last night’s Democratic debate, but it’s been fun to see the reaction to Hillary Clinton’s performance – and first big stumble. (Watch it – it’s too funny.)  She was for drivers licenses for illegals before she was against them, she both will and won’t privatize social security, and she’s not […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Hillary Clinton

Rich Guy Complains About Having Too Much Money; Keeps it Anyway

October 31st, 2007 · 3 Comments

No, it’s not a headline from The Onion. It’s billionaire hypocrite Warren Buffet complaining yet again how the capitalist system that made him so rich shouldn’t be so capitalist any more. “The taxation system has tilted towards the rich and away from the middle class in the last 10 years. It’s dramatic; I don’t think […]

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Tags: Taxes

Why Our Prosperity Threatens Itself

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Why Our Prosperity Threatens Itself

In her column this last Friday, Peggy Noonan discusses the ever more mind-boggling absurdity that is the “Baghdad Diarist” TNR debacle. (If you don’t know the Scott Beauchamp story, a soldier agreed to blog for the magazine, and decided to fictionalize his account in ways that a) painted our soldiers in the worst possible light, […]

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Tags: Big Government · Principles

The First Principle

October 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence When I first started conceiving of this blog, I imagined the Principles to […]

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Tags: Principles

If the Post-Katrina Madness was Bush’s Fault…

October 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on If the Post-Katrina Madness was Bush’s Fault…

…will liberals give him credit for the “almost festive atmosphere” in Qualcomm Stadium? Of course not.  And nor should they. By almost all accounts, the federal-state disaster relief coordination has been far, far better in California than it was in New Orleans.  But was the difference that FEMA and President Bush had learned their lesson? 

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Tags: Federalism · Principles

The Quest for Conservatism is Over….

October 22nd, 2007 · 3 Comments

…because Chuck Norris has spoken. On the other hand, why doesn’t Chuck just run for President?  I mean, does anyone really think that Mike Huckabee pushes the Earth down instead of doing push-ups?  Does anyone believe the chief export of Ron Paul is Pain?  Can Rudy lead a horse to water AND make it drink? […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Silliness


October 16th, 2007 · 5 Comments

I never have to take another bar exam again. I can’t describe the relief. But I also can’t say enough how much I deeply appreciate all the love, prayers, thoughts, and encouragement during a really stressful time. Thank you all – especially my wife, who put up with me going crazy in the last few […]

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Tags: Life

Just Doin’ My Part…

October 15th, 2007 · Comments Off on Just Doin’ My Part…

Today is “Blog Action Day,” where we all are supposed to leave our energy sucking computers on a little longer in order to save the environment. Just like Al Gore, we can all cut the world’s emissions if only we use a lot more of them – for the right reasons, of course. But what […]

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Tags: Global Warming

Is THIS What Dems Mean By “Restoring Damaged Alliances”?

October 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Over the objections of the Bush Administration, this past Wednesday the House Committee on Foreign Relations passed a resolution condemning Turkey for their alleged genocide of Armenians nearly 100 years ago. In response, the Turks recalled their US ambassador, may send their military into Iraqi Kurdistan (threatening the most stable part of Iraq), and now […]

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Tags: Democrats · Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · War on Terror

First Principles – But Which Ones?

October 15th, 2007 · Comments Off on First Principles – But Which Ones?

So just what is (or what should be) a “real” Conservative? “con·ser·va·tism n. The inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order. A political philosophy or attitude emphasizing respect for traditional institutions, distrust of government activism, and opposition to sudden change in the established order.” — The American Heritage® Dictionary of the […]

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Tags: Principles

Waitin’ for the bar results, Drinkin’ some wine…

October 13th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I find out if I passed the bar this Tuesday around noon. Why that has anything to do with blogging, I don’t know, except for a general sense of not wanting to do anything new or different lest I jinx the results somehow. That, and I’m drinking a lot of wine this weekend. And whatever […]

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Tags: Housekeeping

Fun with Video

October 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on Fun with Video

I was screwing around to find a fun video to see how to embed it in the blog. The “Don’t tase me, bro!” guy seemed played out, but then I found this little bit of awesomeness. Tiny pieces – roll out! I was going to delete this, after I got it going, but it’s too […]

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Tags: Silliness

Ah, blogging! How I’ve missed it…

October 12th, 2007 · 5 Comments

I’m still working on this site (and waiting until I’m sure I have a job before I start spouting off too profoundly).  This is more of a placeholder until I can get a proper introduction written, finish figuring out the site setup, etc.  In the next few days you may see some goofy changes, odd […]

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Tags: Housekeeping