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Entries from March 2008

Quote of the Day

March 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Quote of the Day

From the Weekly Standard: When Obama delivered his famous (and effective) “just words” rejoinder to Hillary Clinton’s barbs, the speech inadvertently revealed the emptiness of Obama’s rhetoric. “All men are created equal” was indeed more than just words. It was more than “just words” because the men who signed the document that made that claim […]

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Tags: Obama · Quotes of the Day

Legislating Morality vs. Legislating Space for Morality

March 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

A friend of mine and I were recently discussing the role of government in acting morally, or rather, its role in a moral society.  The area of contention was whether there was a moral imperative for a government to provide for the needy, and if that was a “legislation of morality.” My belief is that […]

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Tags: Class Warfare · Principles · Welfare

A Second Round of Badassity

March 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Second Round of Badassity

If you haven’t checked out the first round picks in the previous post, you should do that first.  And without further ado…

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Tags: Silliness · Sports

Badassiest Mascots – The First Round

March 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again. Every year in whatever pool I’m running, I submit a “Badassiest Mascot” bracket that bases its predictions solely on the badassity of the team’s mascot. (I generally decline to put money down on that one.) This has been the subject of controversy in years past, as the “badass” standard […]

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Tags: Silliness · Sports

What Makes a Democrat?

March 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I saw this column from a disaffected Hillary supporter in the Seattle Times today, complaining about the Clinton campaign’s “race baiting.”  The silliness of the article was boundless, but this line in particular caught my eye: When a kid [sic], the sight of black people being mowed down with water hoses in Alabama made a […]

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Tags: Hillary Clinton · Obama · Race

Stupid or Dishonest?

March 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

When I first heard about Barack Obama’s radical church, I was troubled. But as a friend of mine put it, I initially “scoffed” at the idea that it would make much of a difference in the election. Besides – even though I wouldn’t vote for him, I respected that he wasn’t overtly playing the race […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Obama · Race