From the monthly archives:

January 2013

Hagel Hearing Debacle

January 31, 2013

In the spirit of full disclosure, we here at AOR have a history of not liking Chuck Hagel.  Mike even wrote this in September 2007: As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s [Hagel] worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party. That was then.  In [...]

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US Economy as Bad as It Feels

January 30, 2013

Data was released today indicating that the economy contracted 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012.  This signals the first time the economy actually shrank since the second quarter of 2009.  If it shrinks in the first quarter of this year, we’ll be officially in a recession.  Regardless, I don’t trust much out of this [...]

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Stymieing Immigration Reform

January 29, 2013

A conglomeration of eight Senators, including Marco Rubio amongst the usual suspects of Lindsey Grahamesty, John McCain, Chuck Schumer, came out yesterday with a possible road map for comprehensive immigration reform.  Not to be outmaneuvered, President Obama offered his enthusiasm, but also a caveat tor two which should make the fledgeling sprouts of consensus wither [...]

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Obama Targets Football

January 28, 2013

The week before the Super Bowl, our President decided to give an interview with the New Republic in which he took aim at player safety in football: I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play [...]

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Rand Paul’s Great Week

January 26, 2013

Rand Paul had two opportunities this week to shine and did so brilliantly.  Here was Senator Rand Paul taking it to Hillary Clinton and the administration on Benghazi: Here’s Rand Paul the next day asking John Kerry (who wants to be Secretary of State) to reconcile his support of Obama’s constitutionally suspect actions in Libya, [...]

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JJ is Dyn-O-Mite!

January 25, 2013

JJ Abrams, that is (not that JJ!). If you haven’t heard, Disney bought out the Star Wars franchise last November and has decided to go forward with a new Star Wars trilogy set after Return of the Jedi.  Rumors were flying around about who may or may not be involved in the upcoming project.  As [...]

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Women on the Front Lines

January 24, 2013

Word came out today that outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is paving the way for women to be on the front line of combat by 2016. While I agree in principle with the policy change, I have a feeling that this opportunity for women is done in-hand with civilian political calculations — another “first” [...]

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Feinstein’s War on Guns Continues

January 24, 2013

Today, California Senator Diane Feinstein re-introduced a plan to expand the current list of banned guns in the US, opening the Democrat’s latest salvo in their War on Guns.  If this bill would put in place a policy that could have prevented Newtown short of a complete ban or confiscation of all guns, then I’d [...]

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40 Years of Roe

January 22, 2013

January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, 7-2, with only Justices White and Rehnquist dissenting.  Since then an estimated 50-54 million babies’ lives have been ended as a result.  Today, issues of religious freedom, sex-selective abortions (aka gendercide), paying for other people’s abortions, and a seriously pro-abortion President in [...]

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Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

January 21, 2013

President Obama gave his second inaugural address today — I only saw the last ten minutes of it.  Due to all the missed school days from Superstorm Sandy, I had work today. Ten minutes was enough.  Soaring, airy rhetoric, to be sure.  Delivered well, but the same ol’ horse manure.  In the mere ten minutes [...]

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The Obama Nation, Take 2

January 20, 2013

Today around noon President Obama will be sworn in for a second term as our President, while Joe Biden already took his oath this morning.  Tomorrow, the big party takes place — constitutionally, the official swearing in must take place on January 20, but given that today is Sunday the public ceremony has been moved [...]

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Republican Buzz — Adjusting the Electoral College

January 19, 2013

While I am a defender of the Electoral College, there is no denying that most Americans don’t like the system.   However, alternative national popular vote schemes are unconstitutional on many levels.  Seizing on this, some Republican-dominated state legislatures and governors in blue states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, among others, want to alter the EC [...]

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Cuomo’s New NY Gun Law Missed a Spot — Cops!

January 17, 2013

Apparently, no one seemed to have noticed a glaring problem with New York’s new slew of gun control laws before they passed it this week.  The part that limits magazines to hold only seven bullets failed to exempt police, whose 9mm magazine holds 15 bullets! Technically, if this isn’t fixed by March every cop in [...]

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Obama Issues 23 Executive Orders on Guns

January 16, 2013

The President today decided to bypass Congress yet one more time on yet one more issue and signed twenty-three executive “actions” regarding gun control, while nagging Congress to do more.  These orders were quickly criticizedfor not doing anything which would have prevented the Sandy Hook Massacre, which should be the litmus test for any new [...]

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Obama on Debt Limit… in 2006!

January 15, 2013

After listening to pieces of Obama’s press conference yesterday on the debt ceiling, I couldn’t help but add this statement by then Senator Obama in 2006 to the echo chamber: The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the [...]

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France Leads Military Effort in Mali, Latest Front in the War on Terror

January 14, 2013

I’ve always thought that President Bush’s greatest accomplishment was his recognition that terrorist acts committed by networks of global reach and the nations who harbored them were really acts of war that should be treated as such.  Rather than serving terrorists with legal papers and affording them U.S. Constitutional rights, Bush believed that a wider [...]

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Secession Advocates Get Their Response From DC

January 13, 2013

I hope that all those secession petitions sent to the White House are merely symbolic, and that the people involved don’t think seriously about it.  If so, they are just as bad as the statists who want to ignore the constitutional process for their own ends.  In a re-airing of a 150-year-old settled argument, the [...]

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Movie Review — Zero Dark Thirty

January 12, 2013

The highly anticipated film about the search and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, opened on screens across the country yesterday.  Here’s the trailer: As you may know, this movie is controversial for some on both sides of the aisle.  Some Democrats (and John McCain, of course) don’t like the “torture” scenes [...]

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Beck Weighs In on Musburger Controversy

January 11, 2013

While the BCS National Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama was still competitive (which, if you were watching, wasn’t long unfortunately), ESPN commentator Brent Musburger said this about Katherine Webb, Ms. Alabama and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend: At the time I didn’t think it was weird — Musburger’s an old guy (73) and let’s [...]

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Just Cocky College Kids or “Deluded Narcissists”

January 10, 2013

An exhaustive study indicates that Millennials, those who were born from c. 1982-1999, have a wildly inflated sense of self-infatuation and a notable overconfidence.  When asked about their abilities, their “above average” attitude didn’t match their level of achievement. But is this study just a reflection of college students being college students or is there [...]

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Biden: Some Gun Control By Executive Fiat

January 9, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden made it clear today that the President has many options in the upcoming gun control debate saying, “There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken.”  He went on to imply that action is key to getting things done: “it’s critically important that we act.”  The word “action” struck me, [...]

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Sessions’ Debt Ceiling Solution: Pass a Budget!

January 8, 2013

In a startling move, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions suggested that the people ought to know how their trillions of dollars are being spent if we are to raise the nation’s credit card limit.  So, on the 1,350th day without a budget being passed by the Senate, Sessions suggested that Reid pass a budget, then talks [...]

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Trillion Dollar Coins. Seriously?

January 6, 2013

New York Democrat Representative Jerry Nadler and others are supporting the idea of the Treasury minting a trillion dollar platinum coin a few times and merely depositing them at the Federal Reserve so as to avoid a debate over the fiscal cliff.  What could go wrong! How did a rule mostly used for the creation [...]

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Sandy Victim Rant on Cavuto Nails It

January 5, 2013

This interview with Hurricane Sandy victim Scott McGrath aired on Neil Cavuto’s show yesterday — it really captures the frustration working people have with our dysfunctional government and administrative state.  Check it out: There’s really not much to add other than that there is a middle class protest movement railing against the government ruining our [...]

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Unemployment Steady at 7.8%

January 4, 2013

Unemployment remained at 7.8% in December along with the U6 figure, which also stayed put at 14.4%.  I find it interesting that November’s number was initially 7.7%, but got revised up to 7.8%.  Funny how that happened with relative quiet. Although we added 155,000 jobs last month, we need 250,000 to keep pace with population [...]

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GOP, Boehner Falling Off Their Own Cliff

January 2, 2013

What a mess! In a typical Obama Nation move, the Senate had three minutes to read and vote on a 154-page bill which was immediately sent over to the House and eventually voted on last night.  Obama didn’t even wait to sign it before he was on a plane back to Hawaii — he’ll likely [...]

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The Tale of the Former Lesbian Couple, the Craigslist Sperm Donor, and the U.S. Regulatory State

January 2, 2013

This one has to be filed under “anything else.”  I don’t know if this story is a reflection of world as it is at the beginning of 2013 or just how the world reacts to crazy here at the beginning of 2013.  Either way, I’m sure you could call it the manifestation of several symptoms [...]

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Happy 2013!!!

January 1, 2013

After that disastrous election, the uncertain fiscal cliff scenarios, and the impending Mayan apocalypse, we are still here! May your 2013 be a great year!

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