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Archive for February, 2011

Quote of the Day: Beware of “Kook Tests” Edition

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Popehat writes: Here’s the thing: people with unscientific, irrational, and foolish ideas about evolution and global warming might still have something worthwhile to say about other topics. Take, as one example, Senator Tom Coburn. Coburn doesn’t believe in global warming. He also thinks that lesbian gangs were terrorizing Oklahoma’s school bathrooms. But he’s a been […]

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Comment of the Day: “Education” Edition

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Re: “Don’t Forget Your Homework…or Your Miranda Card” Liberalism in the United States has, over the past forty years, been usurped by the socialist agenda. Our public schools are little more than indoctrination camps for the pacification of future generations. At the same time, conservatism in the United States has been usurped by war-hawks and […]

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Unjustified self-righteousness

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Apparently, a member of the Denver teachers union thinks she knows what work is: That’s your problem. You’re an entrepreneur, so you don’t work. You don’t know what work is until you get into an educational area. Warren over at Coyote Blog replies: Yep, some day I will have to stop loafing around and take […]

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“Don’t Forget Your Homework…or Your Miranda Card”

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I don’t know how much play if any this story has received in the national media but it has been a subject of local news and talk shows here in the Denver media market. Basically, an 11 year old boy drew a disturbing picture for his school counselor and later that evening, the boy was […]

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There’s More Missing from the Collective Bargaining Debate for Government Workers than Democrat Legislators

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In all the coverage I’ve read, listened to, and watched concerning the public sector unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere, there is one term that is usually very much present in the political debate that seems to be conspicuously absent: special interests. Special interests, we are so often told, have a very corrupting influence on our […]

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Mike Huckabee’s American History Lesson

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Or to be more accurate, alternative American history lesson. Mike Huckabee, who is leading ABC’s latest G.O.P. presidential poll, informed George Stephanopoulos that President Obama will be very difficult to beat because “only one time since 1868 has an incumbent president been taken out who ran for reelection and that’s when Jimmy Carter ran in […]

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War and Peace

Monday, February 21st, 2011

No, seriously, War and Peace. I found it on the top 100 lists of free Kindle books, and decided that reading War and Peace was one of those things I probably had to do in my life to call myself a serious reader. Bad decision. As I remarked to a good friend, it was meandering, […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Barbara Boxer, on what apparently is the greatest outrage she’s ever seen in Congress. A lot of them are sleeping in their offices. You tell me one other person that you know Mr. President that is allowed to sleep in the office of their corporation that they may work for. As far as I know, […]

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Exonerated After 18 Years on Death Row, Anthony Graves Will Not Be Compensated on a Legal Technicality

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Anthony Graves, the 12th death row inmate to be exonerated in Texas, will not receive his $1.4 million compensation for serving 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The sum of $1.4 million might sound like a lot of money until one considers all the years of lost income potential, time […]

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USA PATRIOT Act Extension Provisions Passed the House; Time to Name Names

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Just yesterday, the GOP led House, after failing to do so last week, renewed three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act concerning government agents snooping private business records, so-called “lone wolf” individuals suspected of being a terrorist, and the roving wiretap provision. Despite glaring civil liberties concerns, the bill was rushed through with virtually no […]

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Gary Johnson At CPAC 2011

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico and a likely candidate for President, addressed the crowd at CPAC this morning in what was a well-delivered and fairly well-received speech: I spoke briefly with Governor Johnson last night at a meet and great that was attended by a large number of people. He strikes me […]

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Rand Paul At CPAC

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Rand Paul’s speech yesterday at CPAC was very well received. and while Donald Trump may have thought that the Standing Room Only crowd in the ballroom was for him, it was actually for the guy who was speaking after him, the Senator from Kentucky: Of course it probably wasn’t a good idea to follow up […]

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Libertarain Party Erects ‘Republican Wall of Shame’ at CPAC

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Libertarian Party sent out a press release today targeting ‘small L’ libertarians and Tea Party members at CPAC: Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict commented, “Our goal at CPAC is to reach out to libertarians who have been misled into thinking of conservatism as a small-government ideology. In fact, conservatives just want their own […]

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Reason.tv’s Tim Cavanaugh Interviews Steve Silverman of the Flex Your Rights Foundation

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Money quote from the interview: “Asserting your Constitutional rights is not a trick in any way. What the police officers do is a trick […] police officers are legally allowed to lie.” You can watch the 10 Rules for Dealing with Police series in its entirety here (which I highly recommend whether you are one […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

From the hockey mom: Though Palin was critical of Aguilera’s performance, she claimed her attack on the songstress wasn’t personal. “I’m sure Ms. Aguilera is a very nice person, but I just think the American people deserve better than a demanding beauty queen who’s clearly in over her head.” LOL!

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WTF Quote Of The Day: Hillary Clinton Edition

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Via Jacob Sullum, here’s a truly bizarre comment from Hillary Clinton during an interview with Mexican media: Maerker: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion? Clinton: I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. […]

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House GOP Anti-woman Language Struck from “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In an attempt to restrict the practice of federal tax funded abortions, the House GOP committed one of the most incredible political PR blunders imaginable: narrowing the definition of rape to “forcible rape.” The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” included provisions that would in fact allow for taxpayer funded abortions provided that the pregnancy […]

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Rand Paul, Henry Clay, And The Morality Of Compromise

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Rand Paul’s maiden speech before the U.S. Senate was an interesting look at one of his home state’s most famous Senators, and the future of the Tea Party:

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South Dakota Lawmakers Confused By Federal/State Distinction — Embarrass Selves

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

[shakes head] A group of South Dakota lawmakers has introduced a bill that would require almost everyone in their state to buy a gun once they turn 21. Turns out it’s not a serious attempt. Rather, the lawmakers are trying to make a point about the new health care law — that an individual mandate […]

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It really does get better…

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

And now it’s time for another post in which I irritate my socially conservative readers… Watch all the way to the end please, and listen… unless rather serious vulgarity and profanity offend you in which case don’t watch the video, or just skip to the end spoken word bit (yes, this is VERY VERY NSFW): […]

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