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Quirky America…

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America is full of quirky things.   This site  features many of them.

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June 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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Byrd in retrospect…

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After skimming past the zillionth tribute to Sen.  Robert Byrd,  I was pleased to see John Howting’s  brutal recitation of Byrd’s real past.  MSM does love its liberal lions…..

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June 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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Kagan hearings…

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I didn’t watch much of the first day,  because it’s mostly speeches and grandstanding, but I did read Kagan’s prepared remarks and they reminded me of nothing so much as rice pudding,  which I loathe.

I checked in today, but Daniel Foster is  live-blogging the hearing at the On The News blog at National Review Online,  while Bench Memos is also keeping an eye on them.   They’re good sources for seeing how Kagan doesn’t answer questions.    She has been exhaustively rehearsed,  but when she gives the same answer five times in a row,  none of which answer the original question,  she begins to look rather robotic and unengaged,  rather like watching Robert Gibbs or Bill Burton giving answers to unasked queries.

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June 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

McCrystal retiring…

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Gen. McCrystal has informed the Army he  intends to retire.   Like me,  Stephanie Gutmann  wonders whether a very smart man did something stupid,  or whether he fell on his sword for a purpose.

The two things I am certain of are that we won’t know unless Stanley McCrystal chooses to tell us,  and that His Oneness won’t voluntarily heed the general’s warning on the  civilian policy side.

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June 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

Second Amendment lives!

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This is the best explanation — and the simplest — of what the new Supreme Court ruling does.   It puts a huge squeeze on Chicago,  New York,  and all the other anti-gun cities run by liberals.

The amusing thing is that those same cities are too broke to get away with spending public money on useless lawsuits.   Even liberals will scream bloody  murder if their “services” are in any danger of being cut by the need to find money for a lawsuit.

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June 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Byrd has flown…

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By now you probably know that Sen.  Robert Byrd has died.   MSM is carefully ignoring his KKK history and his long-held position as champion pork-grabber,  but Jim Antle  does not.

I was no fan of Byrd,   finding him pedantic and full of self-importance,  fond of using high-flown language to cover the fact that he was as venal and grasping as the rest of the Fools on Capitol Hill.  The only thing which interests me about his death,  besides the fact that I won’t have to listen to him any more,  is that the laws regarding his replacement seem to be a bit vague,  as Philip Klein lays out  here,  though Nate Silver  (h/t Stephen Spruiell)   has no such concerns.

UPDATE:  The West Virginia Secretary of State says there will be no special election until 2012,  so whoever the Governor appints will serve until then at least.

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June 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

How to fight back banks…

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The Wall Streeet Journal offers a  timely piece about avoiding the raft of new bank fees that the financial regulatory reform legislation will produce.

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June 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm