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Intellectual dishonesty?

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Now that the Obama  administration has announced it doesn’t need new legislation to govern indefinite detention of some Gitmo inmates,  the  WaPo has twisted its knickers into such a wad that it has climbed upon its editorial highchair and shrieked  “intellectual dishonesty!”  at their dear leader.

48% of the country sussed that out last year and didn’t vote for His Oneness.     How is it that nearly half the country actually listened to what Obama said and managed to ascertain what a radical he was,  despite the Washington Post and most of the rest of the media assuring us he was just the most moderate,   post-racial fellow ever?

Apparently,  a considerable portion of the electorate has the ability to reason,  to think logically — talents which have long escaped liberals,  who must think emotionally in order to support their world views.

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September 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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Cap-and-trade reality…

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The graduate student who dreamed up cap-and-trade four decades ago is now a retired economist who doubts that the system is the most effective way to regulate carbon.

This is no less important for Barbara Boxer’s having announced that Ted Kennedy’s death and John Kerry’s hip replacement surgery have delayed her push for this job-destroying monstrosity.

And now small mining firms are announcing they don’t support any part of the bill.    There is a crack in the progressive dam,  and we all need to be vigilant,  searching for ways to enlarge it,  especially with the Senate version due out.

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September 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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Rangel the ready…

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Gregory Kane has a trenchant column on race everyone should read.    He uses a nickname for Rep.  Charles Rangel which made me laugh out loud.    And he asks a question no liberal dares answer.

I’ve long referred to the New York congressman as Rangel the Ready — a bit of a play on Ethelred the Unready, a long-forgotten English king —   because  the motor which runs his mouth apparently has no “OFF” switch,  although I’ve noticed that as the tonnage of his ethics problems has increased,  he’s rather less of a camera hog than he used to be.

The Washington Examiner had a good piece on his big pharma connections,  and there was some trouble about his niece as well.  Whether traveling or making contradictory claims in mortgage documents,  or failing to disclose substantial assets,  Charlie  has claimed the prize for absent-mindedness,  and it’s contaigous  for his staff.     House Democrats are trying to save their colleague,  but he’s apparently making campaign contributions only to the three on the Ethics Committee.

One might expect the Examiner to say Rangel should resign,  or the Buffalo News,  but when the Washington Post says he should step aside as chairman of Ways and Means,   it’s big trouble.   Charlie knows it,  because he is now playing the race card.

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September 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Irving Kristol, RIP…

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There have been many tributes to Irving Kristol,  who died recently, and nearly all of them featured a remembrance of an act of kindness to another.   He hasn’t made many tv appearances in the last few years,  though you frequently see his son,  Bill,  on the boob tube,  and he’s published in many places besides his Weekly Standard.

This piece does a good job of showing the graciousness and modesty of a man who was a conservative thinker and powerhouse.    You would be well served to read some of Irving Kristol’s work.

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September 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

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Ketchup profits…

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Here’s a masterful put-down of John Kerry by the Senate Republican Study Committee,   which also showcases his customary hypocrisy.

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September 30, 2009 at 5:21 am

Tiny ray of light…

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There is a tiny ray of  light peeking through the fog….

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September 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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The man who saved my guns…

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Even if you aren’t a gun-lover, thank your lucky stars that Judge Laurence Silberman was on the bench at the right time.   What a pity someone of his logic and reason isn’t one of the Supremes instead of the quite uninspiring Sotomayor.

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September 29, 2009 at 4:54 am

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Chicago style…

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Fromn the Drudge Report comes this cautionary tale of the local FOX station being ordered not to run its report on Chicago residents who do NOT want the Olympics to visit their already miserable burg.

This is the “leadership”  style which has been voted into the White House,  and you’d be well advised to study it so you’ll cease being surprised by anything unsavory which emanates from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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September 29, 2009 at 3:29 am

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It’s good for you!

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The next time a politician or government functionary tells you that a law or tax or regulation is really for your ultimate benefit,  laugh while you hand   ’em a copy of this.      Yes,  the alliance of preachers and bootleggers which have made it impossible to buy spirits legally in certain places has been run over by governments desperate for revenue.

So the same governments which insisted alcohol was an evil are now urging you to buy it so they can have more money to waste.  There are few smells worse than that of government hypocrisy,  but let it be a lesson to you — governments lie, cheat and steal — ALL from you.

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September 29, 2009 at 1:39 am

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What we really want…

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When Frank Luntz talks,   I listen,  because he makes his  living listening to people.   He has heard from a lot of us,  and this column tells us what he found.   Yes,  we are mad as hell,  and our willingness to join tea parties and participate in town halls and the 9/12 march speaks of our anger.

I can’t even disagree with Mr. Luntz’s  finding that along with the anger is a lot of fear.    I have a high threshold for fear for a civilian,   and my father’s sunny disposition,   so I’m just furious.   And while I am a Christian,  I’m not much of a church-goer,  and I believe firmly that God helps those who help themselves.

I’ve been blessed to be able and willing to help myself.    I have sympathy for those who are willing,  but unable,  but none for those able but unwilling.   Unfortunately,  Obama intends to create a permanent voting bloc of the latter,  who have little dignity to sacrifice,  and are willing to exchange it for government checks rewarding their lack of responsibility and self-reliance.

You say you don’t know any of these people?   Of course you do.    You see them in all major urban areas,  sitting on porches,  sidewalks,  park benches,  just hanging,  waiting for what will never come,  because opportunity hit a brick wall miles ago and can’t get to them.   They assisted in the construction of that wall,  because most have five-minute clocks,   unwilling to forego something now for greater benefits later on.    Most of them say they thought those checks would make life better.   Few would try to convince you they were right,  and too many would claim they aren’t getting enough to make it right.

If you don’t want to become them,  sit down with your family,  decide on your priorities,   set goals and develop steps to accomplish your plan.   Put your anger,  and fear,  to work for yourself and your family,  and for your country.

My goal is 7 hours each week communicating with politicians and bureaucrats on matters of national importance,  and no,  this blog doesn’t count,  nor does my study to stay informed on the issues.    I don’t have small children to chase,  and my commute is out the back door,  so I don’t expect you to spend  that much time if you don’t have it to spare.   But please,  pick one topic,  educate yourself,  use your common sense,  tell the politicos where you stand and that you hold them accountable.

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September 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

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