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August 08, 2012

Reforming Government

This article should be required reading and a blueprint for reformation of how we do things.


American culture is still strong, but our democracy is broken. It cannot be fixed by this reform or that. Its failure is now embedded in a subculture that is devoid of individual responsibility. Government needs a complete makeover -- not only new rules, but a transformation of how public choices get made. We'll never have a responsible government until identifiable people have the responsibility to get things done and can be fired if they don't.

linked via Glenn R.

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July 01, 2012

Silk purse

I am really tired of hearing George Will and others try to make the best of the Obamacare ruling. It was a bad ruling, a sow's ear and you cannot make it into a silk purse.
They should have thrown the whole thing out.

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February 12, 2012

local and not so local politics

I was at a neighbors house this week to meet someone running for the Texas house. As I told them when I left, "I was depressed when I came in and now I am even more depressed"
IT seems that we are so F*ed up in some many ways and there doesn't seem to be a way out but I guess what we all need to do is to stick together and get what little victories we can to make things right.
It is not easy and it won't be a short struggle, indeed it is the fight that will never end because the other side will never quit but we must hang in there.

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July 11, 2010

June 03, 2010

Day 45 of oil leak

nuff said!

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January 08, 2010

Held to account, by Cnn

Jack Caffery really lays into Obama in this clip actually going so far as to call him a liar. A big WOW.

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November 27, 2009

ClimateGate

The best the left has been able to come up with so far is that we are taking things out of context. 172 megs is a lot of out of context.

I think the mainstreams are going to have to pick this up at some point though they are trying their best not to.

This is a real scandal and if the best the left can come up with is "out of context" they are in a lot of trouble.

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October 07, 2009

number 13 in world

Power line has an article on the UN index of best places to live.
I totally agree that the index is bogus, BIG time.

A better index would be where people are moving to for a better life but don't expect to see that anytime soon coming out of the UN because

The UN is a wasteful organization that should have been done away with years ago.

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February 21, 2009

Rick Santelli

Let's have a tax revolt.

Update: as of now this has been viewed on youtube over 424,000 times.

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November 06, 2008

Last word on the Election

It is over at last.

I was listening to Rush today and he thinks that Obama is going to ride over congress to get what he wants. Sorry Rush but I don't see it.

As much as I would like him to be successful (for the good of the country) I think he is going to end up as Jimmy Carter redux. Congress is going to do whatever it wants even if he is not on board with it.

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October 31, 2008

Your 401k





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October 25, 2008

Not Good news

The headline reads "Palin's 'going rogue,' McCain aide says".

If she is or isn't no one on McCain's team should be saying that right now. the time to air dirty laundry in not in the heat of the campaign. If I were McCain and found out someone on my staff was talking to the press like this they would be gone as fast as possible.

It is not good and not professional.

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October 19, 2008

The Conservative Cocoon

In between sightseeing I have been following an exchange between Mark Steyn and Ross Douthat and Ross again about Elites opposed populism.

If you want to follow it in order go to the first Ross post then Steyn and then to Ross's latest.

First off I want to say that this sort of thing is good and shows that we are still a vibrant party where we can disagree in public and still be civil. We have not descended to the depravity of the left where descent is not to be tolerated and any deviation must be punished by putting the offender in stocks or worse.

We are a big tent and to remain we it is important that we here from both sides of the tent even if we don't agree with them. We agree with a strong America, smaller government and freedom for all.
Almost all of us (Mr. Buckley not included) have issues with some of what John McCain stands for but are in agreement that whatever a McCain presidency would look like it would be much better than the alternative.

We need everyone. John McCain and Sarah Palin are not going to have all the answers be it with Katie Couric or Vlad Putin but that is what we have advisors for. What we need from our President and Veep is the ability to look at all sides, listen to them and make the decisions that are in America's best interests.
I don't think this is something that Obama will be able to do because he is took wrapped up in the establishment and special interests. He had never shown the ability or inclination to throw off their chains and the hope that this will suddenly change when he is president is the height of folly.

Time is running short but it is not too late for us to all pull together and talk not about what divides us but about what we share in common.

Let us stop fighting ourselves for the moment and focus on the real opponent

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September 19, 2008

Politics of Wind

I just got a call from a Telemarketer working for T. Boone wanting me to call my congressman in support of T.B.P.'s wind farm scam. I did call me congressman and informed his office of the call and that I thought it was a scam and that I wanted him to oppose this bid by Boone to become even wealthier from the taxpayers hard earned money.

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September 18, 2008

Advice for Gov. Pallin

When you get asked about Foreign Policy experience don't shy away, you have nothing to be sorry for. What is important is not how many leaders you know the names of.

the most important quality is having a clear understanding of America's place in the world and a vision of how we can create a better world for every one.

The American dream is why people still come here in droves and not china or Russia or even France. Make the US as good as it can be and the world will follow our lead.

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Trump Endores McCain

Not that this is a big deal or anything but I was stuck by this snippet from the Larry King show.

TRUMP: I'm endorsing McCain. I am basically very strongly you have to understand: I've known him. I like him, I respect him.

KING: So you're endorsing him?

Well yes Larry he just said that. I would be the last to suggest that Larry's hearing is going so perhaps he was just in total shock at this point.

It continues.


TRUMP: I think he's going to be a great president.

KING: So you're endorsing him.


Duh! Larry must be in shock or else like bettlejuice he needs to have the Donald say it three times.

TRUMP: Sure, I'll endorse him on your show.

KING: You just endorsed him.

TRUMP: I endorse him.

Finally King gets it. The fact that he was regarded as the "King" of talk for so long just shows how thin the field was back then when CNN had things all to itself.

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McCain Blogs

I have added the McCain Blogs logo to the sidebar and urge everyone to vote for him.
This is a very important election, actually every one is, but I am not happy that Obama will take the country in a good direction if he is elected.

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September 06, 2008

Palin Power

While I was not surprised at her speech I still thought it was awesome.
Why was I not surprised?

Come on, she beat a sitting governor in the primary and then did the same to a two time former governor in the general, that told me and anyone who really thought about it that there was something special about our next vice president.

Unless I miss my guess she is headed for the top slot as our first woman President and I don't think Hillary or anyone else is going to stop her.

From here she just will get better.

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March 29, 2008

state convention

Today is the state conventions and I will be attending if I can find it.
I went to one years ago and it was a very interesting experience in grassroots politics.
I will try and get some pictures also.

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February 12, 2006

The everyone Hates America myth

The major media has picked up on this and I don't know where they get it from.
I have said it many times before that this is the one country that people want to come to more than any. Maybe it is just the ones left behind that hate the US.

More confirmation came today as I overheard this conversation in a game I play a lot.

"So what does a 22 year old Swede want the most out of life?"

"a greencard"

lol

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December 04, 2005

Zombies and Democrats

This video clip is just too funny not to share. It is related to this post from Dr. Helen's site and shows that in some ways thing change very little over time.

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February 13, 2005

Case for Democracy

Rather long but interesting post over at Solomonia on a couple of talks that Natan sharansky gave at Harvard to promote his new dook, the Case for Democracy.

Good stuff.

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November 20, 2004

The Clinton Legacy

I don't often watch late night TV since I get up at 5am but tonight I did and these two jokes caught my attention.

1- The Clinton Library opened this week. It costs $7.00 to get in but the good news is that every night is lady's night.

2. The Clinton Library opened this week with 80 million items, three of which had not been inside Monica Lewensky.

Pretty funny but not the kind of legacy he imagined for himself.
Forget Hillary in 2008, she's toast.

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October 10, 2004

Predictions

I was busy with work on Friday so I ended up missing the debates. IT sounds like Bush did a lot better.
Our local hometown internet paper CronicallyBiased.com has an article where Dan Patrick predicts Bush winning with 275-300 Electorial votes.
The vacationing Connie duToit has predicted Bush getting 300 E. Votes.

I don't make predictions. I hope they are both right but this whole situation is still much to fluid for me to be relaxed. Both camps are saying it will be close and I think that is the right thing to do. They both need to fire up their base's now. It is time to pull out all the stops and go for broke.

I do hope Connie and Dan are correct but I won't celebrate until after the election.

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October 01, 2004

Debates Number 1

Pretty much a draw.
I wonder if anyone will make a fuss over Kerry's mistaken claim that the NY Subways were closed during the convention.
I would expect the Mayor would say something but he probably goes everywhere by limo.

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September 28, 2004

Dems vs. USA

Chris Hitchens is on target as usual in this article.


We are invited to believe that these hard-pressed soldiers of ours take time off to keep Osama Bin Laden in a secret cave, ready to uncork him when they get a call from Karl Rove? For shame.

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September 19, 2004

Meet The Press - South Dakota

Watching Thune and Dashle go at each other on MTP. The are getting hot and heavy and Tim is just sitting back and letting them go at each other.

Dashle is good but Thune is holding his own.

Great TV.

Update: It seemed to that Thune won this. Dashle was very bad at the begining on Iraq where we he said exactly the same things two or three times in a row. When it moved to Domestic issues Dashle got better but still there were questions that Tim asked where Dashle went somewhere else rather than answer. On the last question about rolling back the tax cuts and not spending the money (as if there would be any) Tim had to ask him three times for him to commit to not spending. (fat chance)

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Meet The Press - South Dakota

Watching Thune and Dashle go at each other on MTP. The are getting hot and heavy and Tim is just sitting back and letting them go at each other.

Dashle is good but Thune is holding his own.

Great TV.

Update: It seemed to that Thune won this. Dashle was very bad at the begining on Iraq where we he said exactly the same things two or three times in a row. When it moved to Domestic issues Dashle got better but still there were questions that Tim asked where Dashle went somewhere else rather than answer. On the last question about rolling back the tax cuts and not spending the money (as if there would be any) Tim had to ask him three times for him to commit to not spending. (fat chance)

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August 22, 2004

Swift Vets

In case you are not sure about this story you can go here and judge for yourself. This of course is the swift vets side that is not getting into a lot of the major media. The Kerry side you can get from abccbsnbc or the ny times.

I did hear that the Wash. Post did a good piece on it but I can't find the link.

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August 29, 2003

Predictions

John Kerry's Blog is titled We Will Beat Bush but unless they manage to beat Dean he will never get the chance.
Look for him to stop going after Bush and going full steam after Dean. If not, he is history.

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August 21, 2003

Responsibility

I just finished Bill Whittle's new essay, Responsibility.
It took me two days ,sittings , to finish it all and now I have 200+ comments to read through.
Go check it out.


Listening to: I Really Haven't Got the Time - Moody Blues

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August 09, 2003

The California 125

We got the final number.
There will be 125 candidates in the recall election.
According to a CNN poll Arnold would win easily if the election was held today.
As I predicted no other name candidate has entered, in fact the other Dem was forced dropped out , leaving Bustamanate as the only alternative for hardcore Dems.
They are hoping that Arnold is at his high point and will go down from here.
I think that is wishful thinking of the part of the Dems.


Listening To: Killer Queen - Queen

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August 06, 2003

Arnold

Arnold
I just watched the Tonight show, which is something I rarely do and saw Arnold declare himself as a candidate for Governor.
He didn't sound half bad.

He made a good move by preemptively listing all the bad things that Gray Davis might say about him.
That is always a good move, admit your a womanizer which he didn't do but he did.

He said, Davis will say I am a womanizer.
He didn't admit it but he brought the issue up so if Davis does all it will get is a big yawn.

I predict he will be hard to beat.
Tomorrow there will be dems getting into the race. That will be the end for Davis.
Jay set up a press room in the back and Arnold is holding forth with every LA journalist not in Eagle Co.

Arnold gave two movie quotes during the show. One was from of his movies, the other was from one of my favorites.


Listening To: Your Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues

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