Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

The Intersection of Leftism and Reality

Let us chronicle the joy of discovery experienced by a couple lefty’s as they discover what they have been told to believe isn’t quite so true.
Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act…are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.
Yet, like many other Bay Area residents [...]

The Connecticut Shooting

Yesterday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut kindergarten hit awfully close to home. Mrs. Manifesto and I are beginning to look at kindergartens for Little Girl Manifesto. Plus we have friends in Connecticut, having gone to school in New York.
Already the predictable and vague calls for more gun control are beginning. Funny [...]

Obama Wins, America Loses

So, Obama has been reelected.  It is going to be a tough few years.  Here is what to expect:

Slow economic growth
Sustained high unemployment
Reduced opportunities for the lower middle class
Reduced opportunities for the poor
Upper middle-class people who are go-getters will be okay but upper middle class people used to the idea of just being a “good [...]

As the Dems Convene…

The Democrats have kicked off their convention in the otherwise lovely city of Charlotte, NC to defend a failed presidency and try to convince people that more progressive policies are just what we need.
In related news:

The national debt has hit $16 trillion.
A federal judge has ordered tax payers to fund an inmate’s sex change operation.
A [...]

Leftist Suppresses Dissent

Not surprisingly in the wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting my lefty dominated Facebook wall had many calls for more gun control.  One friend posted a particularly bad poster that was filled with basic factual errors.
I posted a response gently correcting the record. Another lefty reacted to my comments with a borderline incoherent, utopian [...]

Gun-Owning Law Students

In one my classes today, our professor asked how many of us were gun owners.  I’ll spare you the details but it was a logical, if surprisingly blunt, question given the subject of the class that day.
4 out of 14 students answered yes.  Of the 4 gun owners, two were women.
If this is a representative [...]

Those Doomed Dems

As I have mentioned many times, I am not a fan of political parties.  I am more sympathetic to the Republican Party because it sometimes does the right thing on taxes, spending, regulation and freedom, in contrast to the Democrats who invariably get it wrong.  But I generally view political parties as unhelpful, if unavoidable.
Given [...]

That’s My Girl

Baby Manifesto Toddler Manifesto Little-Girl Manifesto has show-and-tell at school today.  The theme is “something patriotic” so I picked up a small U.S. flag for her to use.  Before we left for school this morning she was walking around waving the flag, then handed it to me and told me to hold it up.  She [...]

The Epistemic Closure Yawn

Jonathan Chait, referencing a Washington Post article, is accusing conservatives of epistemic closure in their treatment of Obama’s comments on American Exceptionalism.  Please.
First of all, the description of of American Exceptionalism as “the idea that the United States is inherently superior to the world’s other nations” is wrong.  It would better be described as “the [...]

No More Happy Meals

It’s amazing to me that Progressives Regressives still pass themselves off has being pro-freedom.  As far as I can tell their ideology is about control and little else at this point.  Case in point: San Francisco just banned the Happy Meal.
Can you really claim to be interested in liberty while banning Happy Meals?  Maybe they’ll [...]

A Case Study in Leftwing Thought

Oklahoma voters approved an amendment to their constitution that bans the use of Sharia law (as well as international law) in its state courts.  A federal judge promptly put issued a temporary restraining order.  I find the left’s reaction to it informative.
Politico has a nice concentrated dose of leftwing thought by people who are supposed [...]

Peace, Love and Firebombs

You may recall that a few months ago a Malaysian court ruled that Christians had the right to use the word “Allah” in their publications.  The response, predictably, was outrage and violence by Muslims.  Well it turns out that the Ground Zero mosque imam, Faisal Rauf, had something to say about this.
I’m sure you’re thinking [...]

Rough Edges of Freedom

I can across this in the explanatory comments of the Second Restatement of Torts Law.  Restatements are documents produced by the American Legal Institute to describe the current state of laws in certain areas.  This comment is in an area on the subject of outrageous conduct relating to the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The rough [...]

About that Ground Zero Mosque…

You know.  The one Obama likes so much.
Would it be okay for the Sons of Confederate America to build a facility next to where Martin Luther King was assassinated?
Would it be okay for the Mormons to build a church near where Matthew Shepherd was murdered?
Would it be okay for the Klan to sponsor the upkeep [...]

Unpublished Letter

I submitted this letter to the editor a couple weeks ago.  It was not published and unfortunately I did not save a link for the original letter.
A letter in today’s paper derided Sen. Sessions’ description of Elena Kagan as a “dangerous progressive”, saying progressivism is by definition forward-moving.  I disagree.  There is little forward-thinking about [...]

Anti-Intellectual?

You know conservatives are landing punches when the left starts trotting out the “conservatives are anti-intellectual” argument.  The ever-predictable EJ Dionne pulled this one off the shelf today.
It’s not that we’re against the systematic study of ideas.  We’re all for it.  But for too many intellectuals “systematic study” involves “systematically ignoring” anyone to the right [...]

Lefties: Economic Illiterates

Mrs. Newbie Shooter once told me a story about a crusty old teacher who said she new the leftists had won when economics was pulled from the curriculum in New York.  I bring this up because the Wall Street Journal had a great piece today quantifying just how poorly lefties understand economics.
The summary is this: [...]

Pay Taxes, Get Screwed

I received a letter from a private real estate appraisal company which was apparently hired by NJ to perform tax assessments in our township.  The letter says the company will be measuring and photographing our houses, and that they will be “conducting an interior inspection”.  It further states “it will be necessary…to examine the interior [...]

Dictator Love

Woody Allen provides us with yet another example of what the left is really about (power and control).  Woody says Obama should “be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.”
That’s surprisingly similar to Thomas Friedman’s dreamy column about the awesomeness of one party rule in China. [...]

Letter Published

I had a letter published in today’s Inquirer.  Amusingly, Mother Manifesto read the letter in the paper and said “yeah!  right on!” before she noticed it was from her son.
It’s amazing how the people who claim to hear the echo of Jim Crow in the tea parties fail to hear the rumble of Marxism on [...]