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Entries from February 2009

Strike Two

February 28th, 2009 · 9 Comments

A few days ago I blogged about the badly reasoned attacks of “hypocrisy” from Las Vegas City Life blogger Steve Sebelius.  He found my post, and yesterday attempted to justify his initial argument with some more bad analogies and a dirty joke.  Apparently the Las Vegas City Life website doesn’t do trackbacks, so I’ll do […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics

Writing Your Benefactor’s Will – And Then Complaining about What You Get

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Writing Your Benefactor’s Will – And Then Complaining about What You Get

In President Obama’s speech Tuesday night, he complained on several occasions about his “inherited deficit.”  I heard him do it again this morning.  It was a classless dig and unnecessary to say, but beyond the rudeness it of course was true, at least to a point.  George Bush spent too much money on social entitlements […]

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Tags: Economy · Obama

Venn Obama’s Speech is Visualized…

February 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Via House of Eratosthenes, best summation of a Non-State of the Union State of the Union speech ever:

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Tags: Economy · Obama

Traitor or Patriot? Soldiers and Constitutional Law

February 25th, 2009 · 8 Comments

During the Bush Administration, there were a few members of the military who deserted their country and their brothers in arms.  In order to justify their treason, they decided on their own that the Iraq war was Unconstitutional.  Their legal reasoning was absurd, but more importantly, they didn’t have the authority or standing to make […]

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Tags: Constitutional Law · Military Service

“All The Arms We Need”

February 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on “All The Arms We Need”

Oh good Lord.  (Seen yesterday morning in Carson City, NV, on a utility van of all things.)

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Tags: 2nd Amendment · Bumper Stickers · Hippies

Quote of the Day

February 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

From Big Hollywood’s highlight/lowlight reel, here’s number 4 on the lowlights: Let’s just say that last night Hugh Jackman did for Wolverine what Hayden Christensen did for Darth Vader. Heh.  I would have said the total shunning of Gran Torino should have that spot, but I love the line anyway.

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Tags: Movies · Quotes of the Day

So Now We’re Going to Live In China’s Basement?

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on So Now We’re Going to Live In China’s Basement?

Apparently, the Culture of Dependence isn’t just something Obama wants Americans to take part in with regard to their own government.  Now the Secretary of State is begging China to buy up more and more of our country, so we can be dependent on and at the mercy of a rising foreign power.  Brilliant! In […]

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Tags: China · Diplomacy · Economy

Can You Oppose the Bailout and Still Take Bailout Money?

February 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Las Vegas City Life columnist Steve Sebelius doesn’t think so – at least not without being a rank hypocrite! Wait a second — you’re telling us that two Assembly Republicans totally disagree with the concept of the stimulus package, but also that they think Nevada didn’t get enough in the stimulus package? What kind of […]

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Tags: Economy · Nevada Politics

A Renter’s Revolt?

February 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on A Renter’s Revolt?

As I was perusing through one of Instapundit’s many great links earlier today, I followed one and found this comment on another article that really caught my attention.  It’s worth quoting in its entirety: Please continue to talk about this. I love that so many people are talking about how unfair it is for people […]

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Tags: Economy

A Nonsensical Liberal Argument that Admits Liberalism Doesn’t Work

February 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on A Nonsensical Liberal Argument that Admits Liberalism Doesn’t Work

Yesterday in the RGJ, there was a piece by local columnist David Jacobs snarkily noting that neither George Bush nor Congressional Republicans (back when they held majorities) were all that fiscally conservative.  He further suggested that lack of economic smarts helped cause the economic problems we have now. He’s right. So why, then, would he […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy · George Bush · Liberals · Nevada Politics · Obama · Partisanship · Republicans · Taxes

A Prescient Warning From a Founding Father

February 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Amused Cynic points out this centuries-old but all-too-relevant warning from James Madison in Federalist No. 61: It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; […]

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Tags: Big Government · Constitutional Law · First Documents · Obama

Quote(s) of the Day

February 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At a protest of President Obama: They held their signs up high: “Don’t tread on me,” “Spend all you want, I’ll pick up the tab,” “I’ll keep my freedom! You keep the change!” “Free fertility drugs now.” And “B.O. smells and so does Socialism.” A Gilbert woman, with a sign that said, “Fund bikini wax […]

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Tags: Big Government · Economy · Health Care · Nanny State · Obama · Quotes of the Day

I’m Shocked – Shocked! – to Find Gambling Going On Here!

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on I’m Shocked – Shocked! – to Find Gambling Going On Here!

Embattled Sen. Roland W. Burris’ legal and political problems deepened Tuesday as Democrats in Washington and Illinois signaled that they would support an investigation into whether the senator lied under oath about his appointment to the Illinois Senate seat. So who would have thunk that a guy appointed by an impeached Chicago politician would be […]

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Tags: Blagojevich · Congress · Corruption · Democrats

Don’t Just Do Something – Stand There!

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Don’t Just Do Something – Stand There!

I recently received a fascinating small business take on the stimulus, which articulated very well some thought I have had that have been percolating for awhile.  The bottom line is that while we may argue about whether spending or tax cuts are the best way to “stimulate” the economy, the worst possible thing you can […]

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Tags: Capitalism · Economy · Obama

Diplomacy = Subsidizing Terrorist Weapons Supply Methods

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Diplomacy = Subsidizing Terrorist Weapons Supply Methods

Despite harboring insurgents killing our soldiers in Iraq, and supplying Hezbollah terrorists elsewhere in the region, Obama has decided to make overtures to Syria a first-month priority, sending no less than John Kerry to that country to make sure they know how friendly we are these days to our certain-to-be-soon-to-be-former enemies. (For some unrelated reason […]

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Tags: Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · Iraq · Obama · War on Terror

The Need for Speed?

February 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Need for Speed?

Remember when the bailout had to be passed NOW NOW NOW?  When every second counted?  When every hour that went by meant hundreds of lost jobs that could otherwise be saved?  Obama himself wrote of the urgency of each day: Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more […]

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Tags: Congress · Economy · Obama

The Disorientation of a Liberal Mugged By Reality

February 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Waking up to reality after being in a dream world is never a pretty thing, as evidenced by this profanity laced screed excoriating a fellow “journalist” over at the Huffington Post.  It’s from a very liberal (self described Marxist) who nonetheless realized that he couldn’t deny the truths of our still fragile but undeniable success […]

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Tags: Iraq · Liberals · Media · War on Terror

If Only The REAL Bailout Was This Funny…

February 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Via Instapundit and a bunch of other people, a Calvin & Hobbes take on the “stimulus”: Read the whole strip here.

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Tags: Economy · Silliness · Socialism

Quote of the Day

February 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on Quote of the Day

On the stock market’s reaction to the non-information given to us by Obama’s treasury secretary, the man who was so singularly indispensable that we were forced to disregard his tax cheating: He came. He spoke. The market tanked. He went. The market tanked some more. Such is the power of Treasury Secretary Geithner.

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Tags: Economy · Quotes of the Day

Liberal Leadership Paradox Paralysis

February 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“Leadership” requires “Decision making.”  In order to make a decision, you have to look at two or more choices and make a value judgment about them – which one is better than the other?  You have to “discriminate” between the choices. But extreme liberalism teaches us that choosing one value over another and discrimination are […]

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Tags: Liberals