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Entries from August 2008

Thoughts on Palin

August 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

I had heard about Sarah Palin only recently, and had done a little reading up on her last week.  The more I read, the more I liked.  I thought she would be a great pick, but thought it was an awful long shot. And then I flipped on the TV Friday morning.  My instant, gut […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Palin

Who Said That?

August 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Obama

Michelle Obama’s Two Speeches

August 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It was very interesting to see Michelle Obama give two speeches at the same time last night at the DNC.  One was actually full of hope, while the other one claimed that mantle while actually espousing a philosophy that is grounded and mired in bleak hopelessness.

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Tags: Democrats · Michelle Obama · Principles · Welfare

What A Time For The Computer To Be Sick!

August 26th, 2008 · 3 Comments

So much going on, so much to blog about, and there was my laptop, getting its screen fixed.  Burning Man, Biden, The Olympics…  Argh!  Oh well, it’s back now, and after watching Hillary give her tepid, second-thought-esque endorsement of Obama, I’m starting to get really excited and confident about this election.  In the meantime, a […]

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Tags: Burning Man · Democrats

Bumper Stickers

August 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bumper Stickers

The hippy freak-fest that is Burning Man officially starts here in Northern Nevada tomorrow, and I’ve decided to celebrate the occasion by rolling out a new feature here at First Principles that I’ve been toying with for awhile. When I lived in Seattle, hippy bumper stickers abounded.  Most of them were ridiculous, but they often […]

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Tags: Bumper Stickers

Smacking of Ridiculousness

August 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I got a campaign call yesterday from a supporter of local pawn shop manager and proud pit bull owner James Smack, a self-proclaimed “Constitutionalist” running against Dean Heller for his Congressional seat in the Republican primary.  He’s a Ron Paul type, and I’m not, so I politely told his supporter I was voting for the […]

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Tags: Abortion · Constitutional Law · Constitutionalists · Federalism · First Documents · Nevada Politics · Principles · Ron Paul · War on Terror · Yucca Mountain

Why 30% Of Us Still Like Him…

August 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Why 30% Of Us Still Like Him…

I’m just glad Yahoo News is reporting on the important stuff.

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Tags: George Bush · Olympics · Silliness

Rooting For My Team

August 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

For their global sponsorship of the Olympic Games, Visa has gone with the sepia toned ad campaign they call simply “Go World.” Blech.

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Tags: Olympics · Principles

1 for 1 with 12

August 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on 1 for 1 with 12

First jury trial today, and first win.  Whooo!!  I’d quit now so I could go around bragging about being undefeated with juries (’cause it sure as hell doesn’t figure to last), but it’s just too much fun to do a trial. I’ve always had a lot of faith in the jury system, and after today […]

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