Congressional Terms Limited to Only One?
Pilgrim recently sharpened his quill and delivered a very interesting diary titled, No Country for Old Men. Extra interesting because it didn’t mention immigration, Al Gore’s body, or Deepwater Horizon and BP. His thesis was that we should have age-based term limits, and the country would benefit because it would spare us the agony of listening to the final few years of quavering voices as | Read More »
Stuck on Stupid
Attention Mike Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, CEO’s of Disney, Marriott, and Boeing, and US Senators including McCain, Kyl, McConnell, Brown, and Graham: COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IS A NON-STARTER. We, the great unwashed, may be dumb ourselves, but we aren’t “Stuck on Stupid.” We observe. We experience. We learn. We know that any bill that passes the President’s desk that includes elements of what you call “comprehensive | Read More »
Who says Obama can’t govern?
One thing we might all agree on: He’s doing the best he can. Now that we’ve dispensed with that–why are we in the mess we’re in today? Doing the best he can at what? I think the answer lies somewhere along a continuum. A. He’s incompetent and clueless. That is, he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, and even if he did, he wouldn’t know | Read More »
We Should Be Thankful, and So Should Obama
We have been studying petroleum, intensely, for over 100 years. We know what it is, how it behaves, and what it can do. We have many years of experience with it. There are thousands of people with BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering. Therefore, when a deep-sea well failed in a way that left a gaping hole in a pressurized oil deposit, it | Read More »
Deepwater Horizon is NOT Comparable to Hurricane Katrina
The news readers and pundits keep trying to draw parallels between the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher and Hurricane Katrina. The way they look at it, they both have to do with water and Louisiana, and with the federal government’s ability to solve a problem or at least ameliorate a bad situation. They’re looking at the politics of Presidential action, not the physics of the two | Read More »
“Arizona Police are Racist Pigs!” say Obama Administration and Democrat echo chamber
The headline may not be a direct quote, but it captures their message very nicely. If you consider the wording of the law resulting from AZ SB1070, with or without its clarifying amendments, and then consider what President Obama, Attorney General Holder and Secretary Napolitano have said about it, no other message can possibly be intended. Federal law is much less fettered than is this | Read More »
Fifteen Minutes with CNBC and the Market.
In the last several minutes of the three o’clock hour today, CNBC was reporting on the fall of the Dow-Jones Industrial average, the S&P 500, and US stocks in general. Several commentators were discussing the fact that it was down quite a bit, but according to Jim Cramer, with the Dow at a negative 400 points or so the market wasn’t down enough to be | Read More »
“What’s in a Big Mac?”
Free advice abounds on the internet. I’ve spread plenty of my own around, here and elsewhere, but some free advice is more valuable than other free advice. Some of the most valuable comes from the keyboard of Bill Whittle, contributor to Pajamas Media and PJTV. Even when he’s simply riffing, he’s better than most–sort of like a serious Dennis Miller, and about as funny. When | Read More »
Letter to Ann Kirkpatrick, (D) AZ, and the Blue Dog Coalition
I just sent this probably useless email to my Representative in Congress and to the Blue Dog Democrats via the Michael Medved website. It follows another, different one sent via her own website, and a telephone call (message machine, of course). The whole thing makes me sick. Dear Representative Kirkpatrick and Fellow Democratic Citizens: I am firmly opposed to this “health care” bill. It is | Read More »
Why the Tea Parties Mystify the Media
Tea Parties and their participants have been an ongoing mystery to the media, including some commentators that we sometimes think are relatively unbiased. When it comes to the participants, even though they’re acknowledged to be mostly independents and Republicans, the pundits have strange ideas about what motivates them, where they came from, and what they mean for the future of the Republican Party. One reason | Read More »
It’s not the Medium–The METHOD is the Message.
Political argument, represented in political advertising and public statements, is more than simply persuasive words. By its nature it is biased and partisan, promoting one philosophy over all others. To be effective, it must be one-sided, uncompromising, certain of itself, and aimed more at the emotions than at the mind. It must also be repetitive and persistent, never giving an inch. Most important, it must | Read More »
Those of us who still read the newspaper comic strips (which now requires a fair-sized magnifying glass) are familiar with the Bumstead family. Nominal head of household is Dagwood Bumstead, father of Alexander and Cookie, and husband to Blondie, after whom the strip is named. The family has aged only slightly in the 79 years since it was first published. The kids have gone from | Read More »
Things I’m absolutely, positively sure about. Mostly.
President Barry hasn’t found a campaign promise he isn’t willing to break. It will be a mistake if Republicans help Democrats “fix” their health care disaster. Bipartisanship is a losing proposition for Republicans. In that football game, the Democrats are Lucy and the Republicans are Charlie Brown. Personal biases make any political event difficult to analyze on live TV. Liberal commentators have the added handicap | Read More »
They can’t help themselves. Thank goodness.
Watching the Liberal Sycophantic Democrat cable news channel, MS/LSD, I saw Keefe Uberdorker’s head explode as his bowels spewed out of his mouth. I heard the words “homophobic,” “sexist,” and a few others I can’t remember because I was laughing so hard. Oh, yes, “teabagging.” A few moments earlier, I had heard him ask Howard Fineman if racism was a factor in the expected results | Read More »
In Defense of Tareq and Michaele Salahi
And of the Secret Service, too. Now that the White House security has been breached by a pair of mere tourists, I can delve into the memory bank and pull out a few facts and opinions about the Salahis. They have been upbraided by White House spokesmen. They’ve been vilified by solid conservatives concerned about the safety of the President. There have been calls for | Read More »
Now Is (Almost) the Time
If ever there were a time for a Conservative Republican leader to step forward, it’s either now or coming soon. There are plenty of candidates for the title of Republican leader/spokesman, and some of them have conservative leanings, but few of them espouse the principles of Conservatism every time they speak in public. I’m not suggesting that someone should come forward with a list of | Read More »
Was it an act of Terrorism?
Yes. This may be obvious to everybody else by now, but it wasn’t obvious to me until today. At first (and still, to some extent), I didn’t think it mattered much just what we called it–it was murder, I’d also say treason, and certainly worth the death penalty. There were plenty of more important aspects to this event. And I have no idea whether anything | Read More »
“Moderate” has more than one meaning
This appeared in only slightly different format as a comment on a front page column, responding to the question, “What is a moderate?” Due to overwhelming popular demand (Penguin and Jaded) I’m posting it here with only slight modification…. “Moderate” is a label other people apply to someone else more frequently than they apply it to themselves. I notice that it isn’t often applied to | Read More »
I Can Guarantee Re-election for President Obama
[This was written in November of 2009. Although directed at President Obama for effect, it's really (mostly) a menu for conservatives and Republicans to follow in their campaigns to defeat him. Several more excellent ideas were provided by readers in the comments. There were plenty more specific suggestions that went unsaid. The key to it all is that Fiscal Conservatism Gets Votes! And so far, | Read More »
Straight Talk About Health Insurance, or How To Achieve Portability and Accessibility Without a Government Plan
Two of the health issues that we all seem to generally agree about are the desirability of portable insurance policies and facilitating access to affordable policies by everyone who wants to buy them. Both of those goals are achievable without a massive overhaul of the existing health care and insurance industries. There are more than a few ways to skin those cats, but let’s look | Read More »