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Entries from October 2008

Obama Voters on an Escalator

October 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Obama Voters on an Escalator

Heh. This perfectly encapsulates the problems with the kind of responsibility free world liberals think they can achieve…

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Tags: Democrats · Nanny State · Silliness

Political Hate Comes to My Doorstep

October 28th, 2008 · 15 Comments


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Tags: 1st Amendment · Campaign '08 · Liberal Fascism · Nevada Politics · Obama

Obama’s Fundamental Constitutional Misunderstanding

October 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Obama’s Fundamental Constitutional Misunderstanding

A lot has been already made about Barack Obama’s lament that “economic justice” and “redistribution of wealth” wasn’t a priority for the Warren Court.  (I’ve even heard some people call his arguments “conservative” because he suggests that the courts may not be the best places to achieve such re-distribution.)  Not enough has been made, to […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Constitutional Law · Federalism · First Documents · Obama · Principles

Autobot Pumpkin

October 25th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Yes, this is my pumpkin.  Yes, I’m that nerdy. But then, since Optimus Prime’s motto is, “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings,” I think he’d totally be on board with this blog.

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Tags: Silliness

Fake Voting – Already Underway?

October 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

It’s begun: Likely among them are the 12 people who have registered to vote since August using the address of the 1,175-square-foot Brownlee Avenue house. Some of them already have voted. Others requested absentee ballots but have yet to return them to the Franklin County Board of Elections. None of them, however, seems to have […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Obama · Voter Fraud

Don’t Blame Race

October 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Sometimes, conservative principles are extolled in the most unlikely of places.  Today I found it in The New Republic of all places, urging Obama supporters not to blame racism if he loses. For 40 years, black America has been misled by a claim that we can only be our best with the total eclipse of […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Obama · Race

SHOCK: Socialized Medicine Doesn’t Work!

October 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on SHOCK: Socialized Medicine Doesn’t Work!

Who would have thought that a socialized medicine program would result in free riders, reduce the quality of care, and break the bank to boot?!?  Hawaii just got done learning the hard way: Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said […]

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Tags: Free Markets · Health Care

Peggy Noonan vs. Sarah Palin

October 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Peggy Noonan is glum, of late.  Bitter, even.  I heard her on a radio broadcast of Meet the Press complaining about the grace “both sides” needed, in commiseration with Glen Ifell who sat next to her and complained that how unfair criticism of her for moderating a Vice-Presidential debate in a race in which she had a direct financial stake.  She […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Palin · Principles

One Year!

October 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on One Year!

A year ago today I found out I passed the bar.  A few days before that, I started this blog.  I can’t believe it’s been that long!  Thanks to all my readers thus far, and to all the people that have made the last year great!

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Tags: Housekeeping

Liveblogging the Final Debate

October 15th, 2008 · 24 Comments

And that’s it. If McCain pulls this out, he’ll have Joe the Plumber to thank. I think this was by far the best debate, both in format, in McCain’s performance, and in moderator performace. I’m fired back up, but still unsure if a victory is possible at this point. The next few weeks will decide.

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Economy · John McCain · Obama

“Americans can only hope that those in charge know what they’re doing.”

October 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

That’s how the Reno Gazette Journal summed up the bailout package this Sunday in their lead editorial.  The funny (not ha-ha) thing is that it was how they summed up a positive editorial on the situation. The only thing worse than the summation was the headline:

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Tags: Big Government · Economy · Principles

Liveblogging the Second Presidential Debate

October 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

And it’s in the books. I think McCain decisively whupped up on Obama on this one, especially on the issues.  It’s clear why Obama didn’t want to do any more of these.  The questions, though, seemed pretty pedestrian.  I wish Brokaw hadn’t filtered them first – it would have been much better had people been […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Liveblogging the VP Debate

October 2nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Bottom Line: Thanks, first of all, to all the new traffic for visiting.  Come back often, and I urge you to comment and challenge me vehemently on this blog.  The key to philosophical strength is tempering that philosophy in the forge of debate.  If I’m wrong and can’t defend myself, I want to know. I […]

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Tags: Biden · Campaign '08 · Palin

Where’s the Porkbarrel Warrior?

October 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

What a disgrace that John McCain voted for the Senate’s bailout version yesterday.  The core – the heart and soul – of his domestic economic policy is to oppose wasteful spending, and to give no quarter to those who sneak in absurd and unrelated spending measures that give millions to their constituents and allow the […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Economy · John McCain

What Happened

October 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on What Happened

From Reason Magazine, an excellent and detailed explanation of how the financial sector got into this mess.  I couldn’t agree with the summation more: Congressional leaders have vowed to bring a new proposal for a vote, possibly as soon as Thursday, proving yet again that Washington is fertile ground for really bad ideas. But with […]

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Tags: Congress · Economy