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Archive for November, 2006

Simon Says: Thuggery (2)

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Speaking of thugs, and the people who adore them… Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy. Simon Says: Say it, loud, John! And reprint it, Kim! >;-D

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Big Brother Is Checking Your Meal

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Proving that it is on top of the latest developments in terrorist detection, the Department of Homeland Security has revealed it tracks airline passengers based on what meal they order: WASHINGTON (AP) — Without notifying the public, federal agents have assigned millions of international travelers, including Americans, computer-generated scores rating the risk they pose of […]

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Why The Republicans Won’t Recover

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Doug has been highlighting the reasons why the Republicans lost a few weeks ago. The question among many of us is whether they’ll have learned their lessons and have any chance of recovery. Judging by the people they’ve elected to party leadership positions, the answer is no. And judging by what outgoing RNC chairman Mehlman […]

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Why The Republicans Lost Part III

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Chester Finn, a former Assistant Secretary of Education under President Reagan sums up quite nicely what’s wrong with the Republican Party today: What’s gone wrong with the GOP? Let me start by quoting a friend who is both gay and conservative (yes, I know several such): “I’m for low taxes, strong defense and limited government. […]

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It Could Be Worse

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

For all the complaints one can make about politics in the United States, it pays to remind ourselves that things could be worse, we could live in a country where the public has so thoroughly bought into the big government ideal that there is little hope of things ever changing. For example, take our neighbor […]

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Simon Says: Thuggery (1)

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

In New York there lives a mug A violent, race-baiting lug No justice, nor quiet; He incites to riot — A Councilman? Yes, and a thug. >;-D

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The ‘Fair Trade’ Myth

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

In today’s Washington Post, Robert Samuelson demonstrates that the arguments in favor of so-called ‘fair trade’ are, quite simply, nonsense: American trade deficits haven’t destroyed U.S. job creation by sending work abroad. Consider: From 1980 to 2006, the trade deficit jumped from $19 billion to an estimated $786 billion, or from less than 1 percent […]

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The more things change…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I’m watching Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life and there was a quote from her from 1979 that I think rings so true today: “I want to make something clear, I am not a conservative. I think that today’s conservatives are worse than today’s liberals. I think that they are, if anyone destroys this country, […]

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Simon Says: For My Buddies At The AP

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire! Pants, you drecklich chooms. Not Sunnis. Pants. “Useful Idiots.” ALVAREZ had more clues than you. Love and kisses, >;-D

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Abstinence: It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Apparently concluding that we’ve solved every other problem in the world, the Federal Government has now decided to tell adults when they should and shouldn’t have sex: The federal government’s “no sex without marriage” message isn’t just for kids anymore. Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its […]

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The GOP Must Move To The Center and Lose Limited Government Voters

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

In yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, former New Jersey governor and EPA head Christine Todd Witman had an interesting column: Moderate Republicans paid a heavy price in the GOP’s loss of control of Congress. After the 2004 election, pundits were predicting the dawn of a generation of Republican dominance. Karl Rove was being hailed as the “architect” […]

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The War On Drugs: The Afghan Front

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

As part of the war in Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have engaged in an effort to wipe out the opium trade that has existed in that part of the world. Not surprisingly, their efforts have been less than successful: U.S. and European efforts to end heroin production in Afghanistan have done little […]

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Arguing the Drug War

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Over at Jason Pye’s blog, he wrote a post bemoaning the prevalence of no-knock raids, and asking what we can do to improve a situation which is clearly not working. Quite a long comment train followed regarding the entire drug war. Head on over and take a look. The main tactics of argument on the […]

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Damage Control: Why We Need To Lock Down The Borders

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Introduction: I know for a fact that several of the contributors to this blog will disagree with my stance on border control. Doug just posted about it. Brad’s mentioned it in the past. And if my memory (currently taken up by such wonderful things as bone cancers and endocrine disorders) serves correctly, there are a […]

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Local Government Bans Charitable Meals

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Fairfax County, Virginia has told local churches and charities that they must stop donating prepared food to the counties poor residents unless the food was prepared in a county-approved kitchen: Under a tough new Fairfax County policy, residents can no longer donate food prepared in their homes or a church kitchen — be it a […]

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The Greatest Threat To Our Rights

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The Bush Administration would have us believe that the greatest threat to our rights comes from al Qaeda and its allies. However, as McQ states in a post at The QandO Blog, the real threat comes not from our enemy in the War on Terror, but from a war being fought much closer to home: […]

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Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Stephen Bainbridge and James Joyner both comment on this Dennis Prager column at Human Events. Prager. it seems, is atwitter because Keith Ellison, a Democrat elected in the 2006 elections and the first Muslim elected to Congress, wants to take his oath of office with his hand on the Koran, not the Bible. Keith Ellison, […]

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Police Culture is the Problem

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

To all those who say that the problem leading to incidents such as the shooting death of Kathryn Johnston is not a police problem, I point you to some comments I’ve made about what police should be vs. what they are. Specifically, I’ve said that cops have an obligation to protect citizens and that protecting […]

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Simon Says: Goodbye, Alcee

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Goodbye, Alcee… Goodbye, Alcee… Goodbye, Allllllccceeeeee… WE’RE finished with you, now. >;-D

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Freedom of Speech And The War On Terror

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke in Manchester, New Hampshire yesterday on the topic of freedom of speech. When it comes to applying freedom of speech to campaign finance laws, Gingrich made this excellent point: MANCHESTER, N.H. –Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says First Amendment rights need to be expanded, and eliminating the McCain-Feingold law’s restrictions […]

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