Archive for July, 2009

Pretentious and Dumb - A Bad Combination

So I’m driving behind a car the other day that has an “Impeach Bush” sticker on the back window.  Whatever - they’re a dime a dozen in these parts.  Only this genius thought he was being slick now that Bush is out of office and modified it to read “Indite Bush”.  If you’re going to [...]

The Self-Parodying Left

It’s amazing how if you just hand them a microphone, they’ll often take care of things for you.  Cue John Conyers…

Local Bloggers Confab

Bitter was kind enough to include me in a local gun bloggers’ confab today.  It was a splendid event.  The first of many, I hope.

The Passing of History

Harry Patch, Britain’s last surviving WWI veteran, died at the ripe old age of 111.  Another story said there are no surviving French or German veterans and one remaining American WWI veteran (a mere 108 years old). 
It’s really amazing to think about everything Patch would have seen in his life.  A transition from horses to [...]

The Left’s Preferred People List

In thinking about some of the debates I’ve had with leftists, I began to recognize the left doesn’t simply have favored special interest groups that are on equal footing with each other.  There is actually a very clear hierarchy of groups worthy of deference and positive consideration in the leftwing worldview. 
Interestingly, groups lower on the [...]

Acting Stupidly

That the president should have said northing at all about the arrest of Henry Lewis Gates, Jr is pretty clear.  But having decided to weigh in on it, his choice of words was instructive.  He said Cambridge police “acted stupidly”. 
Notice he didn’t say they acted rashly or even unlawfully.  Neither would be true but at [...]

Letter to My Senators

I sent the following Senators this afternoon.
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Dear Senator,
I absolutely oppose the healthcare reform bill currently being considered by the Senate (the Affordable Health Choices Act).  While I support improvements to our healthcare system, this is fundamentally the wrong approach.
For one thing, the public option combined with the employer mandate or employer fine will clearly drive [...]

The Virtues of Being Less Wrong

As readers of this blog may be aware, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat.  When push comes to shove, however, I am more likely to hold my nose and vote GOP because they are generally less wrong (not exactly a ringing endorsement to be sure).  But it’s safe to say I’m no GOP [...]

Lies and Collusion

Not surprisingly, the health care legislation in congress has many things tucked into it that are of questionable relevance to health care reform.  Among the gems are “billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers’ markets….”
What’s particularly interesting is a comment defending these items by Ted Kennedy’s spokesman.  He said:
If improving [...]

Better Than No Health Care?

I recently posted the following response to someone on a social networking site who said about government run health care that it was better than no health care at all.  It ends rather abruptly because of a character limit.
But of course government health care IS no health care if you develop a potentially fatal condition [...]

A Sorry State of Affairs

Things are going to get worse for the U.S. economy in the long run unless our great thinkers in Washington get the message that we already have uncompetitive corporate tax rates and their schemes are only going to exacerbate the problem.  You know things are ugly when corporations are moving from the U.S. to Canada [...]

Washington Post Scandal or Why McCain-Feingold is Bad

The recent scandal over the Washington Post’s plan to sell access to key Washington players is a good reminder of one of the reasons I opposed the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance “Reform” law.  A NY Times piece on the blow up over the Post’s plan summed it up very nicely.
Access, and its very close cousin, influence, [...]