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Entries from January 2008

Some Thoughts on the Nevada Caucuses

January 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Saturday was the first time I have ever actually physically gone somewhere to cast a vote. Always before I voted absentee, either because I was away to college or in the Navy, or because I was in Washington State where they let anyone vote by mail and it was a lot more convenient. The caucus […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Nevada Politics

The 2nd Amendment, Crime, and Faith

January 18th, 2008 · 6 Comments

No, not Christian faith. I’m talking about the faith in an ideology of liberalism in the face of facts to the contrary. Seven years ago, Michigan made is substantially easier to obtain a concealed weapon permit. At the time, opponents warned of mass increases in violence, deadly road rage as a daily occurrence, and more […]

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Tags: 2nd Amendment

The Ron Paul Goons

January 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, my in-laws were harassed by a crazy Ron Paul phone banker. My father-in-law called the local paper, which gave a pretty nice summation in their political blog: Tom Gilb, a Reno Republican, said he received an automated solicitation phone call from the Paul campaign. Not being a Paul supporter, Gilb said he pushed ‘1’ […]

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Why the Partisan In Me Wants Hillary

January 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Why the Partisan In Me Wants Hillary

Today in Michigan, Hillary Clinton was running virtually unopposed (sorry, Kucinich). Even so, with 100% of the precincts reporting, she was only able to garner 55% of the Democratic vote. But what’s so much worse for her is that 40% voted for “Uncommitted.” Think about what that means.

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Hillary Clinton

You Stay Classy, Governor Huckabee

January 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Before he got trounced in Michigan earlier today, Mike Huckabee was meeting with supporters when: Confronted by crying toddler on Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee quipped the child must be for his rival Mitt Romney. “He’s not the happiest boy today,” Huckabee said, smiling for a picture with the boy and his brother and […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Mike Huckabee

Who Needs More Data?

January 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Who Needs More Data?

Oranges are freezing in Florida.  Cold weather in India kills 23 people.  For the first time in 100 years, it snowed in Baghdad.  The warmest year on record was 10 years ago, and in the US, the warmest year on record was more than 70 years ago. All of this is proof of global warming. […]

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Tags: Global Warming

Where Did the Disappearing Middle Class Really Go?

January 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Every liberal I have ever heard talk to be about how terrible President Bush is, from fellow law students to the Democratic Presidential candidates, talk about how the Great Middle Class, the Backbone of America, is harmed or shrinking or “losing.”  Hillary Clinton tells us, “After six and a half years of Bush administration policies, […]

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Tags: Capitalism · Class Warfare

How To Run a Political Debate

January 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I just finished watching the Republican debate on ABC in New Hampshire.  I loved this format.  Why can’t they all be like this?  I despise the “stand at the podium and shoehorn your answers in before the buzzer” format everyone else has gone with.  How can you learn anything about anything when the only answers […]

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Tags: Campaign '08

Someone Call Clark Kent!

January 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

John Edwards just said he’s going to incapacitate al Qaeda by ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Who knew it was so easy? How could you not vote for the guy with the Superman IV foreign policy? Sheesh.

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Tags: John Edwards · War on Terror

A Midwestern Setback for Conservatism – Why I Don’t Heart Huckabee

January 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I was in high school in the early 1990s when the Religious Right was perhaps at its loudest and most ascendant. Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell and talked about how they were taking control of the Republican Party and were reveling in their political power. As a result, as I was awakening to […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Mike Huckabee

Corporate Hate

January 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Corporate Hate

Why do liberals love to hate “Big Corporations”? It’s a standard villain for the populist politician on the stump. Perpetually outraged hippies paste anti-corporate fliers all over college campuses, among other things calling for an end to “corporate personhood”. Corporations always seem to be wearing black hats in recent Hollywood fare, at least when it’s […]

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Tags: Capitalism · Corporations

What I Learned in 2007

January 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

2007 was a great year for me. I finally got grown up life underway, by which I mean I have a real job that doesn’t have a definitive end date, I no longer have homework to do, and I live in a house that I intend to live in for quite a while. And like […]

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Tags: Housekeeping