From the monthly archives:

February 2011

Elevating the Discourse — Union-Style

February 28, 2011

When the Tea Party decided to counter-protest the union demonstrations around the nation these past few weeks, the unions (predictably) didn’t like it.  The Tea Party’s been great at exposing one of the Left’s fatal flaws — that the Left simply hasn’t gotten a handle on the amount of damage YouTube can do to their [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #11, February 27, 2011

February 28, 2011

Episode #11 of Axis of Right Radio is now available.  This episode is the most random episode of Axis of Right Radio ever.  Completely unscripted, Mike, Sal and Ryan discuss the situation in Wisconsin, the Budget battle, the 2012 election, pop culture, and more. Axis of Right Radio is available on iTunes, or you can [...]

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Deval Patrick Praises Mitt Romney on Health Care

February 27, 2011

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick doesn’t agree with every decision his predecessor, Mitt Romney, made when he was Governor.  To be fair, Romney probably doesn’t agree with every decision Romney made either.  Nevertheless, it is newsworthy when two political rivals put partisan differences aside to praise each other, and Patrick did just that on ABC News [...]

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Democrats Receptive to Boehner’s Proposal to Avoid Government Shutdown

February 26, 2011

The Republicans promised during the last campaign that they would stop the President’s runaway spending.  Part of that was a down payment of $100 billion in spending cuts during their first year in charge.  Predictably, the GOP backed off that initial number by pushing for a pro rata reduction of $60 billion.  Even more predictably, [...]

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And Now, Charo, on Madonna and Lady Gaga

February 25, 2011

It’s Friday, so how about a pop culture post that also serves as evidence of the decline of western civilization?  People my age may remember Charo from VH1′s the Surreal Life.  If you’re really old, then you’ll remember her from the Love Boat.  Regardless of which group you belong to, you’ll probably appreciate, on so [...]

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Paul Ryan on the “Fleebagger” Phenomenon

February 25, 2011

If you haven’t heard, the Wisconsin and Indiana legislators who have fled their respective states so that a vote on the budget with which they disagree have become known as “fleebaggers” by the right-wing blogosphere.  While calling them the “Fugitive 14″ in Wisconsin is more p.c., I like the obvious play on the Left’s “teabagger” [...]

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Chris Matthews Warns America About Mike Huckabee

February 24, 2011

I don’t know what America would do without Chris Matthews.  A few weeks ago, he informed the uneducated plebs that the Panama Canal is in Egypt.  Last night, he did the country an even greater service by warning about the nefarious intentions of one of the potential Republican presidential candidates.  Apparently, Mike Huckabee supports ethnic [...]

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Obama’s Scheduled Libya Speech

February 24, 2011

More on-the-job training from our President this week as it took him nine days to give a real public speech on the escalating violence in Libya, which is currently sending shockwaves through the world’s oil markets.  Happily, the delay was completely clarified yesterday:  there was a “scheduling issue“, causing the delay.  In perspective, union hack [...]

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Democracy For Me But Not Thee Isn’t Democracy at All

February 23, 2011

We’ve said hundreds of times before.  A democracy is only viable so long as those on the losing end accept the result.  After Barack Obama won the 2008 election, the American right accepted it.  Sure, we also started a Tea Party to oppose the President’s agenda, but that movement’s opposition was conducted through the political [...]

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Ditch Daniels?

February 23, 2011

Fresh off of an excellent CPAC speech just a few weeks ago, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels seems to have caved on Indiana’s right-to-work legislation at perhaps the worst possible time.  Unfortunately, in heated times nuance often gets lost.  Politicians need to understand that, especially those who have 2012 Presidential buzz surrounding them. Daniels doesn’t like [...]

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Unions Strike Back, Dems Take Sides

February 22, 2011

We all know that through their proxies in the Democrat Party the public employee unions have halted legislative action in Wisconsin.  But now Indiana can’t move similar legislation either!  In both cases, a specific number of Democrat legislators have literally fled their respective states to those controlled by Democrat governors to postpone their inevitable fetching [...]

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The Legend of Zelda Turns 25

February 21, 2011

I remember one Christmas back in the late 80s very well.  It was the Christmas I received my classic Nintendo Entertainment System as a Christmas gift, along with what became my favorite game for that platform, The Legend of Zelda.  I spent hours navigating through the land of Hyrule as Link, looking behind every rock, [...]

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Libya: The Next Domino

February 21, 2011

The chaos enveloping the Middle East is approaching the breaking point in Libya.  Libyan dictator and retro-fashionista Muamar Qaddafi (or Gadhafi or Gaddafi), their leader since a 1969 coup overthrew a monarch, may have fled the country and is possibly en route to Venezuela, leaving his son behind who promises to fight “until the last [...]

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Unhappy About the Demise of the Incandescent Light Bulb? Drink Beer!

February 19, 2011

They’ve already gone after light bulbs.  Next year, the incandescent bulb will be illegal and everyone in America will be forced to buy compact florescent  bulbs for their homes.  All this under the guise of reducing one’s carbon footprint and helping saving the planet from that hoax perpetrated with fake data by junk scientists  known [...]

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Who’s Your Favorite President?

February 19, 2011

In honor of President’s Day, Gallup has compiled a Presidential ranking list.  Guess who’s on top?  Ronald Reagan is with 19% of the vote — followed by Lincoln and… um… Bill Clinton.  Washington comes in fifth place and even Obama gets 5%, beating out Truman, Jefferson and Eisenhower.  So, obviously, this is merely a popularity [...]

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GOP Votes to Defund Obama’s Czars

February 18, 2011

Obama has been prolific in appointing non-cabinet overseers to run various portions of the executive branch, known as Czars.  The Czars have always been a point of contention due to the fact that, unlike Cabinet members, they are not required to appear before the Senate for oversight.  Even the late former Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) [...]

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Where are all the Dems in Madison?

February 17, 2011

As the union crisis grows in Madison, Wisconsin, another development bears watching:  all 14 Democrats in the Wisconsin state legislature have left the state in a procedural move to prevent the public employee benefit reform vote from even taking place!  Some of the more obnoxious protesters and their supporters have compared Governor Walker to Hosni [...]

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Union Showdown in Wisconsin

February 17, 2011

Like many other states around the nation getting serious about their long-term fiscal solvency, Wisconsin is on the verge of making profound changes to their state and municipal worker health and pension benefit system.  Like New Jersey, the teacher unions are getting the most attention because they can cause the most immediate and widespread disruption.  [...]

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Time to Tackle Entitlements

February 16, 2011

It’s going to be an interesting two years.  The GOP, at the prodding of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the GOP Freshman Class, is apparently serious about attempting to tackle entitlement reform this year.  Obama’s sham budget does nothing to address the fiscal mess that we have gotten ourselves into, and the GOP appears ready [...]

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Obama’s 2012 Budget Sham

February 14, 2011

Anyone who’s ever read the George Orwell novel 1984 knows of the concept of Newspeak, a way of using rhetorical tricks to convince people that a lie is true.  Obama has released his 2012 budget proposal, and it is a classic example of Newspeak.  In it, Obama claims to be “cutting the deficit”.  The budget [...]

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Multiculturalism’s Failure in Europe

February 13, 2011

Sociologist Neil Howe observed in 1997 that we in America get the feeling sometimes that “millions of self-actualized persons don’t add up to an actualized society,” that the fractious niche-making of multiculturalism may do more to divide us than unite us.  Celebrate diversity — fine.  But at what point does our diversity become a liability?  [...]

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Egypt’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment

February 11, 2011

A new day dawns in Egypt.  Mubarak’s out but the military is still in charge over in Egypt. Listening to Beck on my Sirius/XM radio today I heard about one particular sign the protesters held up: I remember that it was May 1, 2003, when Dubya landed a plane on that carrier and declared major [...]

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Viral Video: Johnny McEntee, Trick Shot QB

February 11, 2011

Lots of other blogs are posting it, so why shouldn’t we?  In this video, UConn backup QB Johnny McEntee performs some trick shots to the tunes of M.I.A. and MGMT. Hat tip:  Hot Air

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Confusion from Mubarak in Egypt

February 10, 2011

With protests still growing on the streets of Egypt, Egyptian dictator President Hosni Mubarak gave a speech today to tell his people he’s leaving.  Well, leaving in September after an orderly transition by his self-selected Vice President Omar Suleiman, to whom Mubarak has ceded his authority.  Kind of. So, is Mubarak still in power, not [...]

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Jon Kyl to Retire

February 10, 2011

Yesterday, the Democrats learned that one of their incumbent Senators would not seek re-election.  Today, it’s the Republicans’ turn.  At noon today, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona will announce that he will not seek re-election. This isn’t as much of a blow to the GOP as Jim Webb’s retirement is to the Democrats because Arizona [...]

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Cutting Spending by $100 Billion

February 10, 2011

The GOP in the House is now determined to cut $100 billion from the continuing resolution that needs to be passed to keep the government going.  This is after heavy tea-party lobbying, which succeeded in getting the GOP to raise their planned cuts from approximately $75 billion to $100 billion in order to keep a [...]

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Rhode Island Forecast: Economic Death Spiral

February 9, 2011

Ever since Rhode Island elected big spending former RINO union-shill Lincoln Chafee governor last November, I personally believed that this signaled my home state’s fast track to fiscal oblivion.  As it turns out, I am not alone.  Using nearly any measure of economic metrics, RI is at or near the bottom and is getting worse.  [...]

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Senator Jim Webb Not Seeking Re-Election

February 9, 2011

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2012.  A Reagan cabinet official turned liberal, Webb first won his seat back in 2006 by masquerading as a moderate and capitalizing on the country’s anti-Republican mood and his opponent’s campaign blunders.  After taking office, he dutifully voted for Obamacare and [...]

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The Manufacturing Myth

February 8, 2011

“U.S. Manufacturing is dead.”  “How can an economy survive that doesn’t produce any goods?”  “China and India are taking away all of the manufacturing jobs.”  These are comments that I have heard over and over again in conversations with various people over the state of the economy and our prospects for economic recovery.  The conventional [...]

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The Darth Volkswagen Ad

February 7, 2011

I was not impressed nor gave much more than a polite chuckle to any ads featured in this year’s Super Bowl.  I’m not trying to be snotty or hard-to-please– they just weren’t that good.  I might see some of the movies advertised, but I’m not going to buy a Passat and have yet to visit [...]

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