From the monthly archives:

February 2010

A New Greek Oracle

February 28, 2010

The ancient Oracle of Delphi used to be a spot where ancient Greeks would go to breathe in various toxic fumes and listen to Pythia tell them about possible futures in cryptic phrases and symbols.  Well, millennia later, the Greeks still have some prophesying to do — this time on the eventual collapse of what [...]

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Nigel Farage Lambasts EU President

February 27, 2010

The European Union can be a little shady as a Democratic institution sometimes.  It elected its first President in a back room deal and nations are forced to cede their sovereignty away without a referendum despite being promised one by their leaders.  Basically, decisions are often made with little or no regard for the views [...]

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8.8 Quake Hits Chile

February 27, 2010

A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at about 3:34am local time.  Aftershocks have followed throughout the morning, day and now into the night.  The power of the quake set off a tsunami which is (at the very moment I write this post) hitting Hawaii with about an 8-foot swell.  Because of the new early [...]

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What to do with a Bad Poll with a Great Outcome

February 26, 2010

I kind of experienced what it must be like to be a Lib today when I read that in a CNN poll, 56% of the American people believe that “the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans.” “But wait!” you say, “that’s not a Liberal position!” No, but it is a poll of [...]

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Government Is as Government Does

February 26, 2010

Nine-year old Kate Harding of Worcestershire, UK was probably excited after digging in her backyard garden back in 1996.  Sure it wasn’t worth much, but it isn’t everyday a little girl finds a 700 year old “coin” depicting the 1322 ascension of King Charles IV to the French throne.  Not a bad haul for that [...]

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Tea Time for the UK!

February 26, 2010

British patriot Daniel Hannan, the hands-down best member of the EU Parliament, is speaking at a UK-style Tea Party in his home town of Brighton tomorrow!  Hannan rejects that the “Taxed Enough Already” concept over here in the States is unique to the Red White and Blue — he notes a sparse history of the [...]

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And They Shall Assemble

February 26, 2010

I was doing some research that involved looking up something in the U.S. Constitution, and came across this section, which struck me: The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day. Oh, if only [...]

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Obama’s Healthcare Summit Backfires

February 25, 2010

The Health Care Summit, an attempt by President Obama to recapture the momentum on the ObamaCare debate, occurred today, and was a disaster for the President and Congressional Democrats.  The Republicans came bringing their A-game, armed with the facts, and highlighted copies of the bill.  They spoke substantively, bringing up their objections to the bill [...]

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A Nor’easter by Any Other Name

February 25, 2010

Central Jersey already has had about three or four inches and it’s going to get much worse.  In the midst of all this global warming, we have another double-digit snow storm (the third in February alone!).  We should have 10-16 more inches before tomorrow afternoon as the latest Nor’easter hits this area. “Nor’easters” are large [...]

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Why the Filibuster is Important

February 25, 2010

There has been a lot of talk lately on ending the filibuster.  Democrats have proposed ending the 60-vote cloture threshold as well as the idea of pushing sweeping controversial legislation through via reconciliation.  The filibuster is an important institution in our nation and needs to be preserved.  But don’t take my word for it, take [...]

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Dump Ron Paul, Already

February 24, 2010

I realize that I am basically inviting trolls with this, but here it goes.  The GOP and the Conservative movement need to dump Ron Paul.  Yes, he has enthusiastic and well-organized supporters.  Yes, in some ways he espouses the principles of our founding in ways that other elected leaders are afraid to, and he’s very [...]

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The Central Falls Precedent

February 24, 2010

I lived in Rhode Island for about 24 years.  I can say without hesitation that Central Falls is one of the worst square miles one could find outside of Detroit.  One doesn’t drive through it… you find ways to drive around it!  OK, that’s a little exaggeration (nothing in the developed world is nearly as [...]

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Attaching a Price to Carbon, the Most Basic Element of Life

February 24, 2010

Cap and trade Cap-and-Tax legislation appears to be at a standstill due to a disagreement at the mechanism for setting a price for carbon.  Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (RINO-SC) are attempting to come up with the best way to determine the price for carbon. Think about that [...]

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Super Mario Bros. for Piano

February 24, 2010

A bit of pop-culture nostalgia for a boring Wednesday.  I happen to be a huge fan of all things Nintendo.  I grew up with the original NES, and Super Mario Bros. was the first game I got for the system.  I also happen to be a piano player.  So, imagine my (somewhat geeky) surprise when [...]

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Charlie Cook Says Democrats are Cooked

February 24, 2010

Charlie Cook, who runs the Cook Political Report, is a widely-respected political commentator.  He analyzes the political races in detail, and provides a handicapping on all of them.  While I don’t always agree with his assessments, I appreciate his analysis.  In a recent interview, Cook essentially said that the Democrats are cooked, and he does [...]

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Is Obama a Socialist?

February 23, 2010

He’s orchestrated the wholesale takeover of the auto industry, he is attempting to confiscate 1/6 of the U.S. economy, he wants to nationalize the student loan industry, he wants tighter control over the banking industry and mortgage industry, and he wants to control the salaries of executives.  Bill O’Reilly doesn’t think he’s a socialist, but [...]

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Obama Proposes Takeover of America’s Health Care System

February 23, 2010

Barack Obama put forth his health care proposal yesterday, a nearly $1 trillion budget-busting takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. Economy.  Now, usually, American Presidents typically propose legislation before both houses of Congress pass their own versions, but I digress.  The plan is very similar to the Senate plan, but imposes new taxes, weakens the [...]

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Credit Default Swaps on Treasuries Becoming Hot Commodity

February 23, 2010

Credit Default Swaps on U.S. Treasuries are rising in price and becoming a hot commodity.  Credit default swaps are essentially insurance against default.  They are typically purchased against other countries’ debt, not the debt of the United States.  Investors are getting nervous about the unsustainable $14 trillion debt and $1.9 trillion annual deficits, and are [...]

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So Scott Brown Voted for Reid’s Job’s Bill. Get Over it.

February 22, 2010

So Scott Brown voted to start debate on Harry Reid’s $15 billion scaled-back “jobs bill”.  The original “bi-partisan” bill was supposed to be a lot more – $85 billion.  The bill from the House is even larger still – $154 billion.  Now, this so-called jobs bill won’t do anything, and sure, I’m disappointed that my [...]

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The Obama Administration Exploring the Nationalization of 401ks

February 22, 2010

We all know that the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress are spending this country to insolvency.  With the record deficit of the last year, the increase in programs in this year’s whopping $3.9 trillion budget, and the lack of growth in the private sector to produce revenues, the government is going deeper and [...]

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A GOP Congressman in RI?

February 22, 2010

John Loughlin is running for congress in RI-1, the seat currently held by the soon-to-be-retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI).  Redstate caught up with him at CPAC last week and posted their conversation with him.  He appears to be a charismatic, effective Conservative, and may have a shot now that Patches is not seeking reelection, especially [...]

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The Obama Stimulus and the Economic Climate

February 22, 2010

This ad, put out by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, clearly outlines the chasm that exists between what the Democrats promised in regards to the 2009 stimulus package, and what has actually occurred over the past year.  It illustrates the complete failure of the stimulus in clear turns, and I am sure is a preview [...]

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Amazing Race Liveblog: Episode 2

February 21, 2010

Last week was the season premiere of the Amazing Race.  Starting in Los Angeles, the group made their way to Chile where Dana and Adrian were Philiminated before they even reached the Pit Stop thanks to their brilliant decision to let the fat guy walk the high wire. Big Brother favorites Jeff and Jordan won [...]

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The Iraq War is Now “Operation NEW DAWN”

February 21, 2010

The Iraq War is getting an official name change from Operation Iraqi Freedom to the much clearer and more succinct “Operation New Dawn.”  Like changing the name of the War on Terror to “overseas contingency operations” the Obama Administration has done it again — change the name, infer the completion of the mission, and claim [...]

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Alexander Haig Dies at 85

February 20, 2010

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has died from complications resulting from an infection at the age of 85.  A distinguished Korean and Vietnam War vet, NATO Commander, and four-star general, Haig served under President Nixon and Ford as White House Chief of Staff from 1973-1974, and most famously as the State Secretary under President [...]

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Newsflash: Iran May Be Making a Nuclear Bomb!

February 18, 2010

I know, I know!  It’s so shocking and such a surprise — news that just seemingly appeared from nowhere! Mind the sarcasm, but Captain Obvious strikes again:  the IAEA has just released a report indicating that it seems like Iran is making a nuclear bomb.  Hans Blix was nowhere to be found in the report, [...]

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More Unexpected News: Inflation Rising Faster than Expected

February 18, 2010

In addition to the news on the ‘unexpected’ rise in new jobless claims, more economic news was released today regarding inflation, with producer prices rising at a rate of 1.4%.  Analysts were surprised.  However, it makes sense that when a government gets more and more involved in the economy, pumping trillions in through debt spending, [...]

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Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly, As Expected

February 18, 2010

First time jobless claims were up 31,000, to a seasonally-adjusted 473,000.  As expected, this rise was “unexpected.”  I have yet to see any economic report where the analyst’s expectations were met.   Rush is right on this.  If they are so often wrong, and results are always “unexpected”, why bother expecting anything in the first [...]

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If it’s Comprehensive, Throw it Out

February 18, 2010

Victor Davis Hansen has written a piece entitled Beware of ‘Comprehensive’ Anything, in which he details how Comprehensive legislation rarely becomes law, and any that does is usually disastrous.  Just take a look at the ‘Comprehensive’ bills or strategies we’ve had in the past few years: Comprehensive health care reform Comprehensive climate change reform (cap-and-trade) [...]

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J.D. Hayworth – Birther?

February 18, 2010

A lot of Conservatives were excited to see J. D. Hayworth enter the primaries against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) due to McCain’s constant thumbing his nose at Conservatives for the past eight years.  True, McCain has been seemingly more conservative since his electoral defeat to the chosen one, but one obviously has to question his [...]

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