From the monthly archives:

November 2008

Black Friday Results Show Economy Not So Bad

November 30, 2008

Black Friday 2008 Retail sales rose 3% during this supposedly “Second Great Depression” year.  It is the smallest gain in three years (retail sales declined 0.3 in 2005, an otherwise good economic year). So in spite of all the “Sky is Falling” news surrounding the economy, and in spite of hysterical drive-by media coverage over [...]

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NY Times Tries to Credit Iraq Victory to Democrats

November 30, 2008

It is no secret that the surge in Iraq has been a major success, turning what seemed to be approaching a quagmire into a victory.  The Bush administration, after many setbacks during the first four years of the war, turned it around thanks to the leadership and counter-insurgency strategy of General David Petraeus.  Now, victory [...]

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Giants’ Burress Shoots Himself in the Leg

November 29, 2008

File this one under “Huh?”  A day after being ruled ineligible to play in tomorrow’s game against division rival Washington Redskins due to a hamstring injury, New York Giants’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg and was rushed to the hospital.  There aren’t too many details at this point. OK…  Plaxico [...]

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Matthews Exploring Senate Run

November 28, 2008

Obama-worshiper and MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews appears to be planning a run for the Senate, according to Five-Thirty-Eight. He appears poised to run in his home state of Pennsylvania in the 2010 election against RINO Arlen Specter.  I know, I was surprised too to see Matthew’s running as a Democrat.  He was always so fair [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving, 2008

November 27, 2008

From Mike, Ryan, and myself, best wishes to all of our readers for a Happy Thanksgiving.  In spite of everything going on in the world, America is a great country, and we all have much to be thankful for. Our prayers to those who are in the midst of the horrible crisis in India this [...]

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Terror in Mumbai

November 27, 2008

As you’ve probably heard by now, a new terror group calling themselves the “Deccan Mujaheddin” pulled off your standard al Qaeda-style multiple attack yesterday on 10 targets in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), killing over 100 people, injuring over 300 and taking Western tourists hostage.  Some of the dead have been identified as Western –British, Australian, [...]

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Franken Will Drag This Out

November 26, 2008

The Minnesota Senate race is still going through a recount.  Since the final result was within a few hundred votes, Coleman’s lead is widening in the stronghold of Minneapolis.  With 82% of the vote counted, Coleman has increased his lead to 231 votes.  It now looks like Franken is preparing for a court challenge.  Already, [...]

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Bush Twins Turn 27 Today

November 25, 2008

Jenna and Barbara Bush turn 27 years old today.  They still seem much younger in my head — kind of how I’m still shocked Chelsea doesn’t have braces anymore!  I still think of the twins like they’re at the 2004 RNC giving a hammy speech on behalf of their dad.  Apparently, they have been more seasoned [...]

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Old Labour Is New Again

November 25, 2008

Gordon Brown’s Labour Government threw a political Hail Mary yesterday when it proposed raising taxes in a slew of areas, including a 60 percent rate on top earners, coupled with borrowing levels Britain has never seen before. With his party badly trailing the Conservatives in the polls, the idea was to copy Barack Obama’s playbook [...]

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The Cost of the Bailout In Perspective

November 25, 2008

Barry Ritholtz is writing a book entitled Bailout Nation, about the current economic crisis and how we are using bailouts to try to solve it.  On his blog, he posted an interesting point, about the cost of the bailout.  When adding in the Citi bailout, the total figure thus far comes somewhere between $4.6 trillion [...]

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Freedom of Choice Act Damages Religious Liberty

November 25, 2008

In 2007, Barack Obama said that one of his first acts as President would be to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act.  This radical, pro-abortion law, would end any regulation whatsoever on abortion in the 50 states.  Currently, many states have sensible, popular regulations on abortion, such as parental notifications for minors, requiring [...]

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Health Care Innovation with Bobby Jindal

November 25, 2008

During the 1993-1994 period when Republicans were out of power in Washington DC, much of the Conservative innovation which contributed to the Republican Revolution in 1994 occurred at the state level, through innovations put forth by GOP governors.  Today, we are back again to where we were as a party in 1993-1994.  It will be [...]

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Funny Tribal Council Starring Crystal, Randy, and Sugar

November 25, 2008

As someone who has watched every season of Survivor, I can say that last week’s tribal council was one of the funniest I’ve ever seen.  To those who follow the show but missed the episode, all you need to know is that Sugar convinced one of Randy’s allies gave him a fake immunity idol. Oh, [...]

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Rudy for Senate?

November 24, 2008

With the now near-certainty that SWMNBN is going to leave the Senate to become Secretary of State, speculation turns to who will replace her?  Currently, it is expected that Democrat Governor David Paterson is reportedly expected to appoint New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to fill the vacancy until a special election in 2010. [...]

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Alan Colmes Leaving Hannity & Colmes

November 24, 2008

Alan Colmes has announced that he will leave Hannity & Colmes after 12 years of reading laundry lists of Democrat party talking points while his guests try to speak.  He will remain with the network. Although he seems like a decent fellow, I can’t say I’ll miss Colmes.  His debate style consisted of nothing more [...]

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This Is Not the Second Great Depression

November 24, 2008

Calm the rhetoric.  Despite assertions to the contrary, the nation is not going through a second Great Depression.  When one looks at the two situations, there are very few similarities. From a strictly numbers perspective, we have a long way to go before we end up in a Depression-era financial situation. Great Depression Unemployment reached [...]

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New Harry Potter Trailer Released

November 23, 2008

While thumbing through some movie websites looking for the reason behind the buzz of that Twilight stuff everyone’s been obsessed with lately, I stumbled onto the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer.  Alas, Twilight seems too much white-washed teenage vampire angst, rather than the Anne Rice or Blade vampire stuff with ghoulishness and lots of blood, to [...]

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Ozzy’s in a New Samsung Commercial

November 22, 2008

I wondered what happened to Ozzy after “The Osbournes” got cancelled a few years ago.  Well, he looks and sounds just the same.  Here’s a new Samsung commercial highlighting the humorous side of Ozzy’s near inability to speak: I’ve been an Ozzy fan since the 1980s and even bought a few Ozzy documentaries back in the [...]

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Say “No” to Conservative Class Warfare

November 21, 2008

There is a movement of “reformers” within the Conservative movement who want to target Conservative policies to the middle-class.  Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review is one of them.  I don’t have a problem with coming up with ideas that benefit the middle class, but it should not turn into class warfare.  Ponnuru, I feel, is [...]

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Obama Cabinet Disappoints the Left

November 21, 2008

The picks announced so far for the Obama cabinet are disappointing the left.  Code Pink and other anti-war activists are upset that his National Security Team is made up of so-called “hawks” (by leftist standards…) such as nominating SWMNBN for Secretary of State, and having current Sec. of Defense Robert Gates remain in the post [...]

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Haleigh Poutre and the Sanctity of Life

November 20, 2008

Two years ago on these pages, I followed the remarkable story here in Massachusetts of young Haleigh Poutre.  A victim of abuse, she ended up on a feeding tube and breathing machine.  Doctors diagnosed her as being in a persistent vegetative state, and unable to recover.  The state wanted to bring murder charges against her [...]

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Massachusetts Standardized Testing To Get Liberal Overhaul

November 20, 2008

Being a resident of the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, I get frustrated with government fairly often.  As bad as the mess is in Washington, DC, it is nothing compared to the mess on Beacon Hill or with the people of this state, who year after year hand their government over to the same people who [...]

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Star Trek Returns… and so does a little geek in me

November 19, 2008

I must confess that I had an uber-geek moment last night when I first laid eyes on the new Star Trek movie trailer.  It looks really good!  As a minimal kind of fan-boy I used to really enjoy Star Trek, though I’ve spent most of the last decade focusing my inner geekdom on Lord of the Rings and the new Star Wars [...]

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Al Qaeda’s Al Zawahiri Taunts Obama

November 19, 2008

Apparently Al Qaeda big shot Ayman al Zawahiri is hurling insults at Barack Obama while hiding under his rock, even calling him a “house negro.”  The link contains no video, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen at least part of it.  Oh yes, here an excerpt of the terrorist’s rant. Looks like I jumped the gun [...]

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It’s Our Money, Congressman!

November 19, 2008

Neil Cavuto had Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) on his show last night to discuss the proposed automobile bailout.  Now, I understand the importance of the auto industry for Michigan, but Knollenberg, in arguing with Cavuto, stated that the government’s money is not our money. Knollenberg has a point about the auto industry doing everything that [...]

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What a Strange Person

November 18, 2008

I loved watching this video when I stumbled upon it.  The clip is a classic and the legos were clever.  Although the ending is disappointing, its worth a few minutes of your time.  Enjoy.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Ted Stevens Loses Senate Seat

November 18, 2008

The Republican Party lost another Senate seat tonight as Mark Begich defeated Senator Ted Stevens by a slim margin.  With two races still up in the air, the Democrats will hold at least 58 Senate seats when the new Congress is sworn in. It is rarely a good thing when the Democrats gain a Republican [...]

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Movie Review: Quantum of Solace

November 18, 2008

I have a renewed faith in the Bond franchise with the second consecutive stellar movie with Daniel Craig reprising his role as James Bond.  Casino Royale (2006) was the best Bond movie I’d seen in a long time — Bond was real, gritty, unrefined, shadowy.  I guess (as a dude) the whole Roger Moore/Pierce Brosnan suave 007 [...]

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The Role of the Media in 2008

November 18, 2008

How Obama Got Elected is a new site created by John Ziegler and dedicated to exposing the role of the news media in the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.  The site has been put up to show some of the work being done on a full-length documentary of the complete [...]

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Michael Steele and the Art of Communication

November 17, 2008

An indispensable part of the Republican National Committee Chairman’s job is communication.  With Michael Steele being the center of attention in this year’s race for RNC chair, it might be helpful to revisit the last time he needed to put a message together, his 2006 Senate race against Ben Cardin. Steele did not win that [...]

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