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Entries from January 2009

Nope. No Unrealistic Expectations Here.

January 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Nope. No Unrealistic Expectations Here.

In Saturday’s RGJ, one of the contributing columnists wrote a piece so absurd, so hyperbolic, that there are only two possibilities:  That the writer is mentally ill, or that he is a Republican impersonating a liberal in order to discredit the Left. For sheer comic value, it must be examined in detail.

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Tags: Liberal Fascism · Nevada Politics · Obama · Race

Partisanship Disguised as Non-Partisanship

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Friday, President Obama predictably re-opened the funding sluice to abortions overseas.  Leaving aside the propriety of the federal government paying for abortions at all, much less people in foreign countries getting abortions, especially at a time when we don’t exactly have the extra ducats to throw around, Obama’s statement about the decision bothered me […]

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Tags: Abortion · Partisanship

Thanks for Nothing, Jerk

January 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments

Yeah – I’m talking to you, Guy Who Rammed His Car Into the Planned Parenthood Clinic.  Good work.  You just helped make sure your cause is stunted for about another decade.  If you think the unborn are lives worth saving as I do, you just did your part to ensure a lot more of them […]

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Tags: Abortion · Principles · Religion

O Brother

January 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Maybe it’s just because I just finished reading the original, but this spoof on Homer’s Odyssey from Iowahawk (via Big Hollywood) is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time. But Obamacles was only momentarily dissuaded from his task, for he knew the people of Demos longed to return to the White […]

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Tags: Obama · Silliness

Obama Swag – An Investigative Report

January 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Obama Swag – An Investigative Report

On Deaf Ears investigates a shop dedicated to Obama paraphernalia. Welcome to Austin–People’s Republic Of.  A city where Obama-mania has run so amok, there is an entire store devoted to selling Obama merchandise, open until Inauguration Day.  Did you think it stopped with commemorative plates?  By no means, my naïve friend. By no means. What […]

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Tags: Obama · Silliness

Hoping For a Lie

January 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Instapundit posted a video of Jon Stewart making fun of Obama’s inagural address as sounding very Bushian.  It’s quite funny, and I have to say I’m glad to see Stewart getting the jabs in early.  I worry seriously about the Presidency becoming a worshiped personality cult, and a little cynical humor goes a long way […]

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Tags: Obama · Silliness

Thoughts On the Inauguration

January 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

First, The Good.

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Tags: Education · George Bush · Obama · Socialism · War on Terror

A “Servant” to President Obama?

January 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Whoa – not in this country. First there are the unsettling Obama/dictator posters.  Then came the media slobbering love fest.  And now we have a video of a bunch of celebrities literally making public pledges to be Barack Obama’s “servant”. The Obama love-fest keeps getting creepier.

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Tags: Hollywood · Liberal Fascism · Obama

Four More Years!!

January 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

No, it’s not a reelection cheer.  It’s the countdown to certain DOOOOOOOM!!!!

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Tags: Environment · Global Warming

Horse S[tuff]

January 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This morning in the Reno Gazette-Journal there was a front page story about a roundup the feral horses that roam the BLM land around Nevada.  Some people call them wild, which I suppose the are in the same sense that the mangy cats who roam back alleys looking for sewer rats “roam wild and free.” […]

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Tags: Environmentalists · Nevada Politics

High School Debate

January 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on High School Debate

The other day a friend of mine sent me an article from my home town paper in Rapid City, SD, reporting that my once top-notch high school debate program has atrophied and faces the very real possibility of being cut: It’s been a rough decade for the Stevens High School debate team. They’ve had seven […]

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Tags: Education

Liberal Cheeseheads Are About To Put Other People’s Money Where Their Mouths Are

January 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’ve always said that people who think global warming is the existential threat its proponents claim it is should go all in.  They should ban Christmas lights, street lights, impose blackout-like energy curfews, enforce limits on home sizes, etc.  We could go back to WWII style gas ration cards, and ban unecessary road trips.  People […]

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Tags: Environment · Environmentalists · Global Warming · Liberal Fascism


January 13th, 2009 · 17 Comments

Today Obama went to a dinner party at George Will’s house, along with conservative writers Bill Kristol and David Brooks.  I have to give all involved a lot of credit, and how much would I have given to have been a fly on that wall! The one thing you can take to the bank, though, […]

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Tags: Culture · Media

Peace Protesters

January 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Peace Protesters

The Reno Gazette Journal had an article yesterday about a handful of hippies who continue to agitate for “peace.”  By “peace” they mean for us to leave Iraq, Afghanistan, and rid ourselves of the military-industrial complex.  Apparently they want to remind Harry Reid and Barack Obama that Obama’s election was a mandate for college-know-it-all hippidom, […]

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Tags: Hippies · Nevada Politics · War on Terror

Big Hollywood

January 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Andrew Breitbart launched an awesome new blog today, a clearinghouse of Hollywood Conservatives blogging together in a site called “Big Hollywood.”  In my mind, this is a critical step in the rebirth of real conservatism in America.  I’m linking to it, and will check it often. One of the big differences between conservatives and libertarians, […]

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Tags: Culture · Libertarians · Media · Movies · Principles

And You Thought YOU Had a Bad Day At Work…

January 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on And You Thought YOU Had a Bad Day At Work…

This guy was just trying to help all of his fellow ice fisherman get to their shacks.  The fact that he had a shack on the same Minnesota lake had nothing to do with it. Personally, I think he should sue the oil companies for their role in global warming, without which the ice surely […]

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Tags: Global Warming · Silliness

Careless Spending

January 3rd, 2009 · 4 Comments

One week.  That’s all the House of Representatives might have to read, discuss, debate, and vote on a bill that will spend an estimated three quarters of a trillion dollars.  (And that’s before President Elect Obama has his input, which I somehow doubt will lower that number.) One week to vet the spending of $2,500 […]

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Tags: Big Government · Economy

Sloppy Reporting

January 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Sloppy Reporting

While reading this article about how the Democrats want to pass a $1 Trillion “rescue” bill in less than a week, I noticed this little paragraph that grated on my brain like fingernails on a chalkboard: With an ongoing recount in Minnesota’s Senate race and the process for replacing Obama in the chamber still uncertain, […]

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Tags: Media

How We Can Know For Sure Obama’s Replacement Is Corrupt

January 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

It’s easy.  The fact Roland Burris accepted the nomination proves it.

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Tags: Blagojevich · Obama