From the monthly archives:

April 2009

Note to NRSC: Stay out of PA Primary

April 30, 2009

With Specter’s defection, one would think that the National Republican Senatorial Committee would now back Pat Toomey, or at least remain neutral until his nomination is secured.  Instead, however, it appears that the NRSC is attempting to convince former PA governor Tom Ridge to run for Senate, and plans to back him if he does.  [...]

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Obama’s First 100 Days According to Hannity

April 30, 2009

Scott Martin over at The Patriot Room has posted numerous videos commemorating Obama’s 100 days, including videos by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Dennis Miller, Newt Gingrich, the Fox News Reporters Carl Cameron and Major Garrett, along with videos of Obama’s Gaffes and a reminder of what a real President is like.  My personal favorite video, [...]

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Republican Resurgence

April 30, 2009

The defection of Arlen Specter has been touted as the death-knell of the Republican party, a sign that the party has become a regional, exclusive party with no room for dissent.  While the conventional wisdom looks at the GOP as being down, and polls show the GOP’s continued irrelevance, there are signs of a GOP [...]

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The First 100 Days

April 29, 2009

One hundred days into the Obama Nation and life continues, though things seem more insecure and ominous every time Obama speaks.  And there’s 1,361 more days until January 20, 2013!  A lot of damage has been done, which has been cataloged here since Day One: Year Zero, (January 20, 2009, in the PO calender: PO,”Pre-Obama” or in our case “PO” could easily mean [...]

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One Less Pale Pastel

April 28, 2009

Pennsylvania Senator “Benedict” Arlen Specter finally jumped ship and embraced his inner wuss — he’s become a Democrat.  On March 17th in an interview with The Hill, he said this about staying a Republican: So why the jump?  Principle or politics?  Hmm…  We all know the answer to that. Check out this poll taken Friday which [...]

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Lecturing the Iraqi Police

April 27, 2009

Here’s a video of a US soldier saying to a group of Iraqi policeman everything America needs to say at this stage of the game: WARNING:  Profanities directed at lazy Iraqi policemen Where does this soldier’s outburst come from?  The Iraqi Security Force is becoming a great group of fighters.  They are the Iraqi Army [...]

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Heading Towards a Bursting of the Government Bubble

April 27, 2009

Yesterday, April 26, was Debt Day, and it was the earliest debt day ever.  Debt Day is the symbolic day of the year that Congress runs out of money obtained normally through taxes and revenue, and the day that it has to begin financing its expenditures through debt.  This year, it is far earlier than [...]

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Swine Flu Arrives in the USA

April 26, 2009

Another surprise from Latin America:  the US, Canada, Israel, Spain, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand are either testing for or confirming cases of a deadly swine flu outbreak from (of all places) Mexico! Aside from targeting war vets and political conservatives as potential “man-made disaster makers” (that’s “terrorists” to those living with a post-9/11 worldview), Homeland [...]

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Bea Arthur Dies at 86

April 25, 2009

Bea Arthur of “All in the Family,” “Maude,” and of course “The Golden Girls” fame has died of cancer today at the age of 86.  She was a great actress, perfect for whatever character she played.  I knew her for her role as Dorothy on “The Golden Girls” before I even heard of “Maude” and [...]

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Waxman vs. Gingrich on the Environment

April 25, 2009

This video excerpt truly indicates the difference between those in Washington who want to solve our problems with facts and those who want to maintain the political status quo by not wanting to listen to other viewpoints: Waxman indicated that he believes we should all just not listen to dissent (which equal ”scare-tactics” to Waxman) or information contrary to his earlier-formed opinions – [...]

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Proposing a Federailsm Amendment By Threatening a Constitutional Convention

April 23, 2009

Randy Barnett, a Constitutional Law Professor at Georgetown, had an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal that proposed a Federalism amendment to the Constitution, which would, among other things, repeal the 16th amendment (providing for the income tax) and require congress to preform only such functions that are enumerated in the Constitution.   Understanding that [...]

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GE Shareholders Upset at MSNBC

April 23, 2009

General Electric is the parent company of NBC, and by extension owns NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC.  At yesterday’s shareholders meeting in Orlando, FL, shareholders criticized GE CEO Jeff Immelt for MSNBC’s extreme left-wing tilt.  With the likes of Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Ed Shultz, MSNBC has turned into the TV version [...]

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The End of the Third American Republic

April 22, 2009

For Political Science and History junkies out there, James DeLong has an interesting article at The American Enterprise Institute entitled “The Coming of the Fourth American Republic.”  The article is lengthy and scholarly, but it makes an interesting case that our current governmental system is on the crux of collapse and will be replaced in [...]

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Spiegel Im Spiegel

April 21, 2009

Most of the world is enamored with Susan Boyle at the moment and I can’t say I blame them.  But it was another music piece on British media that caught my attention this week.  I don’t often listen to classical music, but I stumbled across this gem while listening to BBC One in the car [...]

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Obama’s Cybertax Increase

April 21, 2009

The Obama Administration is considering a proposal that would tax online purchases at the sales tax rate of the state in which the purchasers live.  This proposal comes as no surprise to those of us who knew Obama was lying when he promised tax cuts during to the campaign. During the campaign, Obama promised to [...]

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Criminalizing Politics is a Dangerous Idea

April 21, 2009

We are traveling down a very dangerous road.  President Obama has indicated that actions taken during a time of grave crisis in our nation’s history are up for selective legal prosecution.  The dangerous precedent would be this — criminalizing the decisions of one administration once another party assumes control.  Think of our history to this point:  Jefferson did [...]

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Cheney to Obama: Release ALL the CIA Memos

April 21, 2009

Dick Cheney has come out swinging against Obama’s selective release of memos detailing the interrogation techniques the CIA used against terrorists during the Bush administration.  Cheney, speaking to Sean Hannity in an interview to be aired later tonight, called for a release of all the memos showing the effectiveness of the techniques and the intelligence [...]

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Miss California’s Gay Marriage Controversy

April 20, 2009

The Culture Wars were alive and well at the Miss USA Pageant last evening.  In a Q&A segment, Ms. California Carrie Prejean randomly selected a question to be asked by a particular judge.  Here was the exchange: Some think that Prejean lost her bid for the crown because of her answer to this question — [...]

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Have We Still Lost the War, Harry?

April 20, 2009

Here’s the Senate Majority Leader roughly two years ago: What’s horrible is that his ilk is now in charge of two branches of our government!  When it was “Bush’s War” it was OK to declare defeat as such when the biggest military turnaround in American history since General Grant took over the Army of the Potomac in [...]

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Cutting Spare Change from the Federal Budget

April 20, 2009

In what is nothing more than a PR stunt, Obama is meeting with his cabinet for the first time today to ask them to cut, collectively, $100 million from the Federal Budget.  That’s right, $100 million.  Not $1 billion, not $10 billion, not $100 billion, not $1 trillion.  With the spending that has gone on [...]

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Obama’s Logic in Latin America

April 19, 2009

What’s he getting at I wonder?  See, I’m trying to look passed the obvious — Obama wants other countries to like us so much he’s willing to throw away our long-held principles against left-wing dictatorships in our own hemisphere for temporary political gain.  Like his ideological predecessor, Jimmy Carter, Obama will undoubtedly learn that getting [...]

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Sarah Palin’s Choice of Life

April 17, 2009

Sarah Palin spoke last night at a pro-life fundraiser in Indiana.  While there, she gave a very real, human accounting of the thoughts that went through her mind when she found out that she was pregnant with her fifth child Trig, who also suffers from Down Syndrome. In it, Palin admits to briefly contemplating an [...]

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Released CIA Memo Details Interrogation Techniques

April 17, 2009

Water-boarding, bugs, leashes, loud music, diapers, sleep deprivation:  all techniques used in the interrogation of really bad people at Club Gitmo.  All of them were used with the intent not to do permanent harm, but to leave that impression with the prisoner; hence, skirting any potential claims of torture from a legal stand-point — the [...]

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Final Harry Potter HBP Trailer Released

April 16, 2009

Ever since this movie got moved from last November to this coming July, I’ve been very impatient to see one of my favorite Harry Potter books turned to film.  I have reread Half-Blood Prince more than any other and while I think Deathly Hallows is still supreme, the accessibility and journey of HBP keep me coming [...]

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John Madden Leaves the Booth

April 16, 2009

Former NFL coach and renowned commentator John Madden is retiring from the booth.  The last game he called was Super Bowl XLIII last February.  He will be replaced on Sunday Night Football by Cris Collinsworth. If he follows the Favre model, we’ll see him in September, but most sources believe this retirement is legit, that [...]

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No “Fair-Weather” Patriots in Trenton

April 15, 2009

I’ve just returned from a Tax Day Tea Party in Trenton, New Jersey, in front of the State Capitol Building.  It was rainy, wet, windy, nasty — no “fair-weather patriots” as the lead organizer Brian indicated.  My feet were freezing and my throat raw, but the spirit was there from the young to the very old.  We [...]

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Providence Tax Day Tea Party Preview

April 15, 2009

I had the opportunity today to speak to William Faulkner, President of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute and one of the organizers of the Rhode Island Tea Party, part of the National Tax Day Tea Party movement.  We spoke briefly on the tea party, what it is about, and what attendees to the Rhode [...]

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Tax Day: On Taxes and Tea Parties

April 15, 2009

Today is April 15, the day that federal income tax returns are due to the Department of the Treasury.  It is a good time to remind ourselves how oppressive the tax code is.  Our tax code is probably among the most complicated codes in the world.  While the trend among world nations is to move [...]

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Perry Pushes the 10th

April 14, 2009

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) took a bold step which is just getting press this week:  the right of a state to reject federal money which has strings attached that will be harmful to that state’s economic well-being.  Perry’s justification for his support of HCR 50 is the states’ rights amendment to the US Constitution, [...]

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2009 NFL Schedule Released

April 14, 2009

My two favorite sports to watch are football and the men’s college basketball tournaments.  If the Celtics are doing well, then I’ll watch the NBA playoffs.  I’m going to try once again to get into baseball this year — each season I get more into it so the trend line on the baseball-fan-in-me is good.  [...]

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