Obama to urge school kids to ditch public school
President Obama will urge students to get out of public schools and attend private schools if they want to emulate his success. The story was broken by former satirist and current Washington Examiner hard news reporter Scott Ott. According to Ott: Although Obama attended public school in Indonesia early in life, he soon switched to a private Catholic school, and from fifth grade through graduation | Read More »
The Magic of Diversity
It is a tenet of the diversity movement that variation of individuals within a group makes the group better. Every team, committee, or board must be formed with diversity in mind. The magic of diversity will lead to better decisions, avoid groupthink, and save us all. The trouble is that most often the wrong kind of diversity is chosen, and the magic uses up all | Read More »
A Time for Leaders
Over at Classical Values, Simon asks how that Glenn Beck boycott is coming along. It turns out that Glenn’s ratings have gone Apollo, and may or may not return to Earth. But while I’m going to talk about him, this diary is really about you. Beck has been an outspoken critic of the policies of Dear Leader. That’s not surprising, since Obama’s ideas are antithetical | Read More »
FrankJ Brings Teh Funny
Frank the Artist is back. I can’t copy the images, because you have to see it all, and there’s this whole law about copying stuff wholesale. I can’t just do a transcript, because you really have to see the images to get the full effect. In short, do yourself a favor and go read FrankJ at IMAO.us.
We Are Not God’s Partners
I don’t normally use Biblical references in blogging. The people I wish to convince don’t typically accept the Bible as authoritative, so I use other arguments. In a spiritual discussion, however, spiritual authority is proper. Mr. Obama invoked God, so he deserves to hear what God says.
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So Now We Know What Sarah Will Do
he didn’t hide what she was about to do. It was what many of us hoped she would do: leverage her notoriety, the power of the Internet, and not least her own talents to show that one doesn’t need an army or a PhD to have a voice, and one needn’t quote Von Mises* or Sun Tsu* if the truth is on his, or her, side.
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Obama Speech to the Council
Good Morning. I will try to keep this short. Since I became President of the United States and acknowledged rightful leader of the universe, several issues remain from the eight long millennia of the term of my predecessor, Zeus. The central challenge we have confronted as a universe has been the need to lift ourselves out of the worst period cultural stability since the Renaissance. | Read More »
Logical Fallacies 101: The Appeal to Authority
In everything from legal and scientific writing to blog posts, we sometimes see a kind of error known as a fallacy. Fallacies take lots of forms, but they fall into several distinct patterns, such as Argument at the Man (ad hominem) and the Red Herring, a kind of non sequitur. Another type is the Appeal to Authority. Appeals to authority are not always fallacious. If | Read More »
Toward a new Separation
I propose a new set of Walls of Separation
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Health Care is a Right
Promoted from the diaries by Jeff At one of the McCain-Obama debates in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, the candidates were asked in turn if health care were a right or a privilege. Obama answered unequivocally that it was a right, while McCain fumbled a bit and declared that it was a privilege. I disagree with both answers. The reason both were wrong | Read More »
Health Care Kennel Rationing
Mark Levin featured an article by Shannon Love* at ChicagoBoyz.net entitled The Dangers of Decompartmentalized Health Care Spending. Under Obamacare, politically-managed health care spending would become a society-wide zero sum game: Right now we compartmentalize government health-care spending. We have one program for the poor (Medicaid) and one for the elderly (Medicare). Each is paid for by a separate flat tax on wages. The government | Read More »
If You Take The King’s Gold
An old proverb says “If you take the king’s gold, you do the king’s bidding.” For us today, this means that no government benefit comes without a loss of liberty.
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On Reasoning from Truth to Error
Two men valiantly faced the public one day, armed with the truth, and came away with complete failure. First man: He also disputed the notion that adding a government-run insurance plan into a menu of options from which people could pick would drive private insurers out of business, in effect making the system single-payer by default. As long as they have a good product and | Read More »
Catholic Bishops: If Obamacare Funds Abortion, We Oppose Obamacare
According to the Catholic Key Blog, the US Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will oppose Obamacare unless it specifically denies funding for abortion. The USCCB, which is to say, the Catholic Church, has long been an advocate for health care reform. But the Bishops are unwilling to accept a health measure unless language is inserted prohibiting coverage for abortion in any government-run health insurance. On | Read More »
The Free Way
Saul Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals as a guide for his fellow socialists in gaining power in a world owned by The Man. Alinsky postulated that gaining power required suppressing any scruple, any principle, or any long-term goal which interfered. I reject that premise on several grounds. Briefly, principle is all we have, pragmatism bores the base, and since power corrupts I wish not to | Read More »
We have a name for someone who doesn’t believe in accountability: liberal.
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A Conservative Manifesto
From DoctorZero at HotAir.com’s Green Room, comes this statement of who we are, so the other side can get a clue. Naturally their hatred of us stems only from their misunderstanding of our intentions, not from willful disregard or innate evil nature, slash snark. Here’s the money, but RTWT: We don’t invest our hopes in the government. It is beneath the dignity of free men | Read More »
Retaking Territory Lost
The why and how of taking back the narrative.
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What no one else is saying about the Economy
The gas price spike last summer scared the living daylights out of people.
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Since Fred Maidment did a nice overview of Redstate Gathering ’09 [ahem], I’ll post a more personal one. I drove to Atlanta from my home in Central Illinois, a distance of 562 miles. On the way, I realized that they put Atlanta in the wrong time zone and oops, I was going to be late. So I drove fast. It was great fun, even though | Read More »