From the monthly archives:

December 2008

Goodbye 2008!

December 31, 2008

I’m kind of glad to see this year go.  While fun was had, disappointments and external events put a particular funk on this year as I look back on it. The biggest story of the year happened on my birthday when America chose to embrace our new status as an Obama Nation.  We deserve what [...]

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Blago Makes His Senate Pick

December 30, 2008

Blago’s not going anywhere soon and asserted himself today in a surprising manner.  He’s still the Illinois Governor and using his gubernatorial power has done what no one thought he had the gall to do under his current political circumstances – he picked a person to replace The One’s vacant Senate seat by appointing political insider and former [...]

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Vacation From Politics

December 30, 2008

I’ve been off from work since Christmas Eve, and while I had planned to do a significant amount of blogging this week, my heart just hasn’t been in it.  Politics has consumed so much of 2008 with the election, and I think that personally I have gone into politics overload.  So for the last week, [...]

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Mangini Fired

December 29, 2008

Two years ago, he was not just Eric Mangini, new coach of the New York Jets, he was the “Man-genius” for taking Jets to the playoffs in his first year as head coach.  The Jets were 10-6 that season.  Following that was a meek 4-12 season.  Yet, behind the scenes the Jets had built a team [...]

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Meadowland Mauling Killed the Patriots

December 28, 2008

The football gods are still inflicting more karmic mayhem on the New England Patriots. After the Spygate fiasco, the football gods waited until the last possible moment to exact their revenge against the Pats — waiting until the last three-minutes of the Super Bowl to take the possible undefeated season out of reach by losing [...]

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Renewed Violence in Gaza

December 28, 2008

“Second verse, same as the first.”  “You sound like a broken record.”  “Been there, done that.”  “Renewed violence in Gaza.” Get the picture?  Hamas decided last week that it would be prudent to end the latest ceasefire with Israel.  Then Hamas proceeded to get its butt kicked.  Now they are complaining about the very violence they restarted [...]

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“Change” 12 Months Later

December 26, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson has a great article reprinted on RCP which deals with a retrospective on the year that was.  Since Obama’s “change” mantra was embedded in our brains in such a “Sieg Heil” kind of way this past year, I thought Hanson’s take on what “change” means about a month-and-a-half after Election Day was enlightening: [...]

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Now Santa Wants a Bailout

December 26, 2008

Here’s how crazy things are getting in Washington these days: Happy Boxing Day, by the way!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

December 25, 2008

From all of us here at AOR, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas full of family, friends, egg nog (hiccup), and gifts!  Have a great day!

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Bush Pardons 19, but Missed One Biggie

December 23, 2008

President Bush exercised his Constitutional right to pardon some folks today.  His number is up to 191 – much less than BJ or Reagan over their two terms.  Today, Bush issued 19 pardons and one commutation, none of which seem very controversial, and a couple were even posthumus. Missing from the pardons was Scooter Libby.  I [...]

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Yeah, What Peter Said

December 22, 2008

Seriously.

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Ann Coulter: Sarah Palin Is Conservative of the Year

December 22, 2008

Today’s Ann Coulter column naming Sarah Palin as Conservative of the Year on behalf of Human Events had me laughing out loud when I first read it. Of course Ann Coulter columns always make me laugh out loud, but trust me, this one is a real doozy. The entire column is worth a read, but [...]

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The “Fort Dix Six” Found Guilty

December 22, 2008

A federal jury out of Camden, New Jersey, found five of the “Fort Dix Six” terror-plotters guilty of plotting to murder US soldiers at the New Jersey fort.  The sixth potential attacker admitted guilt and has already been charged with a gun offense.  Given that Fort Dix is a mere 40-minute drive from my front porch, this is a [...]

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Barry’s Green Shamrock Shore

December 21, 2008

Barack O’bama was known to play up his Irish heritage every now and then during the last campaign.  Most people don’t know it, but it turns out that Obama is a seventh generation Irishman (I refuse to hyphenate Americans).  Inspired our next president’s ancestry, the Irish band the Corrigans decided to write a little song [...]

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But Doctors Should Earn A Lot of Money

December 21, 2008

The Telegraph is reporting that thousands of British doctors earn six figure salaries.  What’s troubling to me about the article is not the fact that British doctors earn so much, but that the tone of the reporting suggests such a high salary is a bad thing. Becoming a doctor requires more talent, training and sacrifice [...]

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The Kennedy “Mistake”

December 21, 2008

I grew up in Rhode Island.  Like New Jersey has New York envy, RI has Massachusetts envy — we just want to matter, so we’ll latch on to certain aspects our more exciting neighbor to bask in some of their glow.  That being said, RI is in love with the Kennedy’s.  John and Jackie were married in [...]

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Sacrificing The Rule of Law for the Sake of Change

December 20, 2008

Michelle Malkin has uncovered documents regarding the approval of the illegal change.gov website (which, incidentally, now has details of Obama’s agenda after being removed immediately after the election.)  The change.gov site in itself is illegal because .gov sites are legally supposed to be informational for citizens to get needed information on government services.  The Change.gov [...]

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Bush Continues March to Socialism with Auto Bailout

December 19, 2008

President Bush today defied the will of Congress and voted to use $15 billion of TARP money (the original Paulson bailout that was appropriated to save failing financial institutions during the credit crunch) to bail out the auto industry.  The bailout went to Chrysler and GM, as Ford decided it did not need a bailout [...]

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Al Franken’s Parody of Al Gore Might Best the Original

December 19, 2008

How about mixing some math and politics on this snowy Friday evening?  Problem: If an election goes into overtime because it’s too close, what two possible outcomes are likely to emerge? 1.  If [the Republican] is behind, the people have spoken and [he/she] concedes after the initial recount has taken place. 2.  If [the Democrat] [...]

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Rick Warren Saddling-Up to Pray at Inaugural

December 18, 2008

From time to time Obama will try to mess with the political scene to grow his base.  He knows that part of this will entail treading on conservative grounds once in a while — remember that The One is going to probably ask for some crazy “executive powers” in order to meet the “economic crisis” so it’s good for him [...]

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The Answer to NY’s Budget Woes: Tax EVERYTHING!

December 17, 2008

New York Governor David Paterson is acting exactly the way Democrats do when dealing with budget issues: cut little meaningless stuff if anything at all, and make sure you get creative in raising existing taxes or by creating brand new taxes.  You’ve probably heard the details by now, but just in case here are a few new taxes [...]

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Debunking Keynesian Economics

December 17, 2008

As the Economic Crisis remains the main issue of the day, talk in Washington continues to revolve around a Keynesian stimulus as an attempt to “revive” the economy.  Dan Mitchell, of the Cato institute, has produced a YouTube video which clearly and concisely explains why Keynesian economics does not work. The Obama plan is nothing [...]

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Greek Riots are a Harbinger of Things to Come

December 16, 2008

Riots have rocked Greece for over a week now — they’ve even taken over a TV station today.  On the surface, it seems like the police shooting of a 15-year-old sparked the whole thing, but the bitterness amongst the Grecian youth has been simmering for years and has finally erupted onto the streets.  The youth of Greece [...]

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The Real Ponzi Scheme

December 16, 2008

The news surrounding  the scam perpetrated by Bernard Madoff has been widely publicized in the last few days.  Madoff, using the classic Ponzi scheme, defrauded investors of over $50 billion dollars, possibly the largest private-sector scandal, and certainly the largest private-sector Ponzi scheme in history (of course, Washington stands by to give Madoff’s victims a [...]

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We Never Even Called Her By Her Name

December 15, 2008

It is my great pleasure to announce that the She Who Must Not Be Named taboo has been lifted.  From this point forward, we call Hillary Clinton by her name. When we began this site in 2005, we envisioned a conservative political blog with a touch of reality television and other pop culture topics.   At [...]

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More Scandal for Obama

December 15, 2008

As if Barack Obama didn’t have a big enough headache with the Blagojevich investigation, there are now reports that a grand jury is investigating allegations that Gov. Bill Richardson had suspect dealings CDR Financial Products, an investment firm based out of California, that may have included receiving contracts and fees as a result of contributing [...]

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Fixing the GOP Primaries

December 15, 2008

One of the tasks facing the next chairman of the Republican National Committee is the drafting of new rules to govern the primary process for 2012.  Looking at the primaries in 2008, it is apparent that several factors led to John McCain’s victory.  The primary process has been broken for a long time.  It is [...]

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Giving Bush the Boot

December 14, 2008

Check out this video from President Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad.  He was on a trip to celebrate the new Status of Forces (SOF) agreement that the Iraqi Parliament finally passed. You know Obama would have hit the deck and whimper for his guards, possibly soiling himself slightly.  Bush not only gets back up after each [...]

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Colin Powell: Another Whiney RINO

December 13, 2008

Colin Powell is a well-established RINO.  So, I suppose his endorsement of The One last month was just another way for him to demonstrate his Republican credentials, at least according to the tone of this CNN story.  Among other things, Powell takes a swipe at the conservative direction the party needs to go in by picking [...]

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Thwarting the Will of the People

December 12, 2008

Last night, Senate Republicans successfully defeated the auto-bailout bill in a cloture vote (which requires 60 votes to succeed) due to lack of union concessions.  It is now being reported that the Bush Administration, through the Treasury Department, is going to ignore the will of the people’s elected representatives, and take $15 billion of the [...]

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