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Archive for January, 2009

John Yoo Continues to Defend Torture

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Barack Obama may have once again banned torture as U.S. policy, but Bush torture apologist John Yoo is once again defending the egregious practice.  From the WSJ: In issuing these executive orders, Mr. Obama is returning America to the failed law enforcement approach to fighting terrorism that prevailed before Sept. 11, 2001. He’s also drying […]

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Off Topic — The Bacon Explosion

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

This is all I need to say: Happy Saturday, folks. Eat it before it becomes illegal. Hat Tip: Radley Balko

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The Borg Obama vs. Cardassian Republicans

Friday, January 30th, 2009

To the right is a photoshop found at Gawker which illustrates a relevant question. Over at reason, Matt Welch makes reference to a posting at DailyKos which “compares Republican non-assimilationists to The Borg.” Dear Americans THIS is the Republican party you are left with… a crew of people (?) unwilling to defend the needs of […]

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Susette Kelo Tells Her Story at The Cato Institute

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Interestingly, this new development that was supposed to bring in so much revenue and jobs to the City of New London remains an empty lot. The city has lost a tax base and the only new jobs which were created were for demolition. Here’s hoping that New London does not recover from this immoral stealing […]

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Lawsuit Filed Alleging Hillary Clinton Is Ineligible To Serve As Secretary Of State

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Judicial Watch, which was a thorn in the side of the Clinton Administration back in the 1990’s, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton is ineligible to serve as Secretary of State: WASHINGTON — A conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing that Hillary Rodham Clinton cannot legally serve as secretary of state, […]

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Let me just talk about numbers again for one second…

Friday, January 30th, 2009

So let me ask you, what do you think would stimulate the economy more: $819 billion of taxpayer money and bad debt on our national credit cards; distributed via political favoritism, cronyism, and cherry picking of favored causes $2,676 in the pocket of every single man, woman, and child in America $7,122 for each and […]

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The Unselfaware Irony of Fascism

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Eric Arthur Blair famously said “The word FASCISM has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies “something not desirable.“. In this he was referring (among other things) to the tendency of those on the left to call anything which restricted their tendencies or desires in any way fascists; which in such usage […]

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Oh, Look! The French Aren’t Working!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! More than one million French workers downed tools yesterday in the first general strike to hit a major industrialised nation since the start of the global financial crisis. Unions said more than two million public and private sector workers took to the streets across France to protest against President […]

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Blagojevich Gets the Boot

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Fox News Reports: Illinois senators stripped Gov. Rod Blagojevich of power Thursday in the final act of a political drama that handed the reins of state government to his estranged lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn, and likely will end Blagojevich’s career in politics. Senators voted unanimously to convict Blagojevich and bar him from holding political office […]

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Obama For Pittsburgh Steelers and American Steel

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

From the USA Today: There’s no more doubt: President Obama says he’s rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl. “I wish the (Arizona) Cardinals the best,” the president told reporters at the White House, “but I am a long-time Steelers fan” and a friend of the Rooney family that owns the team. And […]

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Render Unto Caesar Whatever The Hell He Wants

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Commit a crime? No? Have a reason to carry a lot of cash? Yes? Don’t expect to hang onto it: Over at the poker forum Two Plus Two, pro poker player David Peat writes that he was essentially mugged by DEA agents at an airport in Toledo, Ohio. According to Peat, he and his girlfriend […]

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Nanny State Republicans

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

According to Rasmussen, “62% of adults say there should be a nationwide ban on smoking in all public places, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, and five percent (5%) are not sure.” Here comes the money line: Republicans, who usually frown on government restrictions, are more emphatic about […]

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PETA’s Banned Sexy Video

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I’m much more of a fan of hot women in sexy videos than I am of the policies organizations like PETA propose.  If you enjoy eating red meat as much as I do, I suggest that you go throw a ribeye on the grill.  If you don’t have any ribeyes in the ‘fridge, any sort […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Stephen Green on the Republican Party’s newly re-discovered “commitment” to fiscal conservatism: The problem of course is that ever since about 1998, the Republicans haven’t had a leg to stand on when it comes to spending restraint. If they’re going to sounds ballsy on the radio, they’d better act ballsy in Congress — otherwise voters […]

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So What Is Barack Obama’s Carbon Footprint ?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Apparently, our new President likes to crank up the thermostat: WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, […]

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USPS Looking To Cease Saturday Mail Delivery

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

In typical government (well, quasi-private) bureaucratic “sense”, a failing government service needs a bailout. Rather than face the music and look for ways to streamline their operation and improve efficiency, they just figure they’ll piss off voters quickly enough to get the sniveling, cowering politicians to hand over a few billion. They’re not saying that […]

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Judge Demands Remorse From Criminal For Victimless Crime

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

In the year of my birth, Jimmy Carter actually did something good: he legalized homebrewing of beer. About 27 years later, I took advantage of that legality by beginning to do so myself, and have been enjoying the hobby ever since. I appreciate the fact that it’s legal. While I’m not one to personally respect […]

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House Republicans Grow Some Cajones

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The big news isn’t the stimulus package just passed the House, but that Obama’s “bid to woo Republicans failed to convince even a single GOP member to join Democrats to back the bill.” “I can also promise that my administration will administer this recovery plan with a level of transparency and accountability never before seen […]

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More Government Spending Required to Stimulate the Economy? At Least 207 Economists Disagree

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Notwithstanding reports that all economists are now Keynesians and that we all support a big increase in the burden of government, we the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance. More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

From The Economist’s Free Exchange Blog, discussing Boeing’s layoffs and our Fed’s response to the economic crisis: This is fortuitous—Boeing, as it happens, manufactures helicopters. It would seem that Ben Bernanke is in the market for one. And yet, somehow I’m sure Bernanke won’t be flying over my house with that chopper…

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