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Don’t Apologize for Your Opinions

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

One thing that always bothers me, is when intelligent, thoughtful people; feel it is necessary to apologize for their ideas and opinions… or for even having ideas and opinions at all (much less opinions contrary to those around them, or which are unpopular). You don’t have to apologize for your views to anyone, for any [...]

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How far we have fallen…

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Reading the point/counterpoint posts on the question of how the supreme court would decide on Obamacares constitutionality, was quite disturbing to me in several ways. On the one hand I was heartened, because clearly both Brad and Doug are sane and rational folks with a reasonably solid background in both law and politics, and a [...]

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The REAL grass roots of American politics: A report from the first ever Idaho Republican Caucus

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Since 1920, the 43rd state has had either a convention, or a presidential primary to select the the Republican party presidential candidate (the Democratic party allowed each county to decide whether to have a caucus or a primary, up ’til 2008, and the counties varied between caucuses and primaries. In 2008 they changed the rules [...]

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Impossible Ideology, False Dichotomy, and Unacceptable Conclusions

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

This post is a clarification of an ongoing theme I’ve addressed before… and which has been addressed many times before by myself, by other bloggers, and by scholars like Victor Davis Hanson, and Thomas Sowell. I’m talking about the “Stupid or Evil” false dichotomy. Those of us with a libertarian, or economic conservative bent (social [...]

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An explanation for… Almost everything really…

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm-but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” – T.S. [...]

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We don’t go black… We try to turn on lights

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

We’re not going black today, over SOPA or PIPA. In case you by some miracle hadn’t noticed it yet, tens of thousands of web sites around the country and around the world, are “going black” or putting up banners explaining that they are not available or there is no content today etc… In protest against [...]

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It’s not about “Elites” or “Idiots”…

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Over the past few years, there has been a constant drumbeat from “progressives” (and even some non-lefties) that conservative anti-elitism is effectively “anti-science”, “anti-education”, “pro-stupidity” etc… This is partially in response to the fact that many conservatives use the terms “elitist” or “the elite” (in the political and social context, not in the context of [...]

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Exactly what you’d expect…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

“The state is broke. Unemployments about to tank. Public Health insurance has no funds. All other agencies as well. Its a mess. What in Gods name is happening?” — A question from a friend It’s rather simple really… The government spent everything they could squeeze from us when the economy was good. Then, when the [...]

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A Brief Constitutional Lesson for Congresscritters… Particularly those from Kentucky…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

United States Constitution Article 1, Section 7 All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. The issuance of debt is a revenue raising measure. The “debt ceiling” is, in fact, legislation initiated in the House of Representatives, which [...]

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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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Yaknow, I was going to write something about this, now I don’t have to

Monday, November 15th, 2010
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Correcting the so called “Corrections” system

Monday, November 8th, 2010

As of today, it should be clear to everyone in this country, that our system for dealing with criminals (I won’t call it a “criminal justice” system since justice has so little to do with it), is utterly broken, beyond any conventional concept of repair. At this point, again I say, it should be clear [...]

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Every argument for the right to keep and bear arms, in just 8 minutes

Monday, November 8th, 2010
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High Stakes Handicapping

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I’mna keep this relatively simple, since I’ve done detailed breakdowns on this subject (as to why I think these are the numbers) a couple times over the last few months. So here’s my line on tomorrow (revised at 2200, because I was working off old numbers): +8 Republican, -0/+4 to the senate +63 Republican, -0/+16 [...]

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A little inisight as to why the Democrats are losing so badly this election

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

It’s because they don’t realize that the elements of their “turnaround plan”, are what is causing them to lose in the first place: From Mark Halperin, writing in Time: “What has kept the easily panicked denizens of Capitol Hill from open revolt until now was a shared confidence that there was still plenty of time [...]

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Majority Math

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Ok, so I’m hearing a lot of noise from people on the right and libertarian side of the aisles that “the dems are going to lose everything this election and we can undo everything Obama has destroyed yaaaay!!!!” Yeah… No. Not Gonna Happen. Oh, I agree the dems will lose huge, but I doubt they’ll [...]

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Yes, the Second Amendment really means what it says… and that means you too Chicago

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

This past Monday, Samuel Alito, writing for the majority (with separate concurring opinions from Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia) in the case McDonald vs. City of Chicago and Village of Morton Grove; handed down what in 30 years will I believe, be held as one of (or perhaps half of a pair of, or the [...]

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Welcome, but insufficient to the needs of the day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

David Cameron today apologized for the  British Armies conduct on Bloody Sunday. Great… now do something of substance. Either treat the north as a real part of the rest of the damn country, or get the hell out. The UK is firmly wedded to a lot of government involvement in industry, in finance, in development… [...]

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Congratulations Mr. Chairman

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate Mark Hinkle, for winning his election as the new chairman of the Libertarian Party of the United States. Mark is the former chair of the California Libertarian Party, with over 30 years experience in local and state politics and activism. Outside of politics, Mark has extensive [...]

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I wasn’t sure which one I liked better…

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

… as quote of the day yesterday, so I just decided to post them both today: First, from Travis Corcoran: Let’s call it “phase 1? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/us/pol… Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage In a better world, the headline would read “Democrats Hide in Secret Bunkers to Avoid Voter Bullets”, but I’ll take what [...]

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