The Shame of Colin Powell

    There are few spectacles more sad than to see a man burn down his own integrity. Watching someone who has lived their life according to a certain ethos, in this case I will be referring to “Duty. Honor. Country.”, and callously cast that lodestar aside for no discernable reason other than to settle a score shames those who witness the act nearly as much as | Read More »

    Reining in the Regulatory Beast

    From House Speaker John Boehner Dear Mr. President: Last year, on August 16, 2010, I wrote to you about my concern that the Administration’s published regulatory agenda included a total of 191 planned new regulations, each of which had an estimated annual cost of $100 million or more, with some involving billions of dollars annually. In my letter, I noted that at public forums, private | Read More »

    More On Perry And Gardasil

    Yesterday I made a post that has created some waves in which I offered a defense of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to require girls in Texas to be vaccinated against the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer. A couple of things have happened today which have convinced me to revisit that post. One is a report in Politico on Perry’s involvement in the | Read More »

    Rick Perry And the Gardasil Decision

    Now that Texas Governor Rick Perry has entered the race for the GOP presidential nomination his actions as governor are coming under close scrutiny. One of the items being tossed about is his Executive Order requiring all girls in Texas to receive the vaccine to prevent infection by human pappillovirus (HPV) prior to entering sixth grade. There are reasons to criticize the decision but they | Read More »

    A Rational Shut Down Strategy

    In case you haven’t noticed it part of the federal government is now shut down. The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget is caught up in a disagreement between the House and Senate. The House has adjourned, except for pro forma sessions which prevent Obama from placing more commies in positions of power, which means the FAA will be unfunded until September. As we approach yet another | Read More »

    Reflections on the Deficit Deal

    I don’t make claims to prescience and have no idea what the final product of the current debt ceiling negotiations will produce. I’m guessing it will not be as good as the boosters claim and not as bad as the partisans on both sides suggest. Make no mistake about it, the debate and deal were of historic import. This is the first time that an | Read More »

    The Speaker’s Plan Is A Bad Bargain

    Unlike several of my colleagues, I find there is a lot to like in the plan put forward yesterday by Speaker Boehner. I like the idea of a smaller increase in the debt ceiling to give time and a sense of urgency to work out some very difficult problems that can’t be solved in the short term. I like the idea of this debate taking | Read More »

    The No Social Security Payments Myth

    In the past couple of days both President Obama and Senator Harry Reid have claimed that unless the debt ceiling is raised that there is no guarantee that Social Security checks will go out in August. This is true as far as it goes. However, if Social Security checks don’t go out it will only because Obama has decided he’d rather send the money to | Read More »

    Our Petulant Child President

    From AFP WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama stormed out of tense debt-limit talks Wednesday with his top Republican foes after declaring he was ready to stake his reelection on the outcome, a Republican aide said. After Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proposed to raise the US debt ceiling in more than one catch-all vote, Obama got “heated” and insisted on one comprehensive deal, | Read More »

    Small Victory For Democracy In Maryland

    Photo credit: During the last session of the Maryland General Assembly a law was passed which gave in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. This was an off shoot of the federal DREAM Act which also made being an illegal alien essentially legal. On the surface this looked warm and fuzzy and benign and only racists would oppose illegal aliens getting in-state tuition rates. The | Read More »

    Casey Anthony and the Law And Order Effect

    I’m not a lawyer and I don’t even play one on the internet but I am a concerned citizen and the trial, but not the acquittal, of Casey Anthony concerns me greatly. I’m a conservative, not a libertarian. Generally speaking I’m all in favor of putting asses in jail. What I’m not in favor of is the life, liberty, and property of American citizens being | Read More »

    The Foreseeable Consequence of the “Arab Spring”

    “The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same. By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian people’s hunger for change, but this is not the end of Egypt’s transition. It’s the beginning.” Barrack Hussein Obama, president and inadvertent prophet. We’ve been skeptical of the so-called Arab Spring since the very beginning. Months ago we | Read More »

    Geezer White House Correspondent Rewrite History

    Today Paul Bedard’s Washington Whispers column in US News and World Report covers a panel discussion by veteran White House correspondents on the state of the White House press corps. Several veteran and prize-winning journalists who covered presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush say that the current crop of White House correspondents are too timid and deferential and have played a role | Read More »

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Unlikely Macho Man

    Like many, when I heard that IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in New York for a variety of sexually related crimes my first thought was: who? Since then I’ve found that Strauss-Kahn (“DSK” to his Euro pals and “sweet thing” to his Rikers Island cohabitants is, in fact, the single indispensable man to the economic system of the entire planet. I was | Read More »

    No To Extending Robert Mueller In Office

    On September 4, FBI Director Robert Mueller’s statutorily limited ten-year term comes to an end. The Obama Administration has said it will ask the Congress to amend the law to allow Mr. Mueller to stay in office for two additional years. Congress should decline the offer.