Turkey Time

I have a relatives who do not hold the same religious beliefs I do, and we have a great time at Thanksgiving and other semi-religious events because I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, enjoy their company, let family be family, and be a witness to what I believe in, not a spokesman. 

What’s the difference between the two? A witness testifies when called upon, and does so from first-hand knowledge. A spokesman talks whenever possible, and may or may not know what they are talking about. One is trusted, the other… not so much.

Moms Demand Action has not learned that lesson, but then again, zealots are always the last to understand.

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Because nothing says “Thanksgiving!” like being a Puritanical prude. 


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November 24th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Legal Immigrants Just Took It In The Shorts

My family did it right. We played by the rules, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1983. It took us a lot of time and money to get our immigration visas to the United States, and I love it here. It’s an amazing country, and I’m honored and proud to live here.

However, this country is now looking to take those same rules and throw them onto the trash heap of history for no apparent reason at all, and that makes me INCENSED. 

There is one political party who claims to be for “the little guy” and wants to help those oppressed others against those who rig the system in their favor.

Well, the system has now been rigged against me. Where is that political party now? They’re doing the rigging. 

Friend of the little guy, indeed.

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November 21st, 2014 by exurbankevin

The problem with a cult of personality is…

…that its appeal is, well, personal.

People who follow that personality aren’t a part of the equation when the person they follow isn’t a part of the equation, either.

Evangelical Christians know this from hard experience: Time and time again, a preacher arrives on the scene who dazzles everyone and promises his followers the Sun, Moon and stars in return for their faith (and a small cash donation), and time and time again, that preacher is shown to be a fraud with feet of clay and a heart of stone.

And now the secular messiah, the Kwisatz Haderach, the Lightbringer, is being shown to be just another hustler pushing himself up while pushing others down.

Democrats should have been more suspicious of the notion propagated by many partisan analysts over the last six years which postulated that the president’s electoral coalition of minority voters, young people, and single women is the new Democratic base. 

Surveying the four national elections that have occurred in the Obama-era, analysts will find virtually no evidence to suggest that the Obama coalition is synonymous with the Democratic coalition. When Barack Obama is on the ballot, his coalition of voters shows up at the polls. When he isn’t, they don’t; even despite his personal appeals.

Evangelical Christianity has the advantage of divine inspiration and 2000 years of history to help it weather the slings and arrows of outrageous preachers. The Democrats have neither of these. Gonna be a long, hard road ahead before the can rebuild from the damage that Obama has done to them.

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November 12th, 2014 by exurbankevin

The New Party Of No

Let me explain this simply, clearly and plainly.

If you ally yourself with schoolteachers, restrictive sexual mores, speech codes and domestic spying, don’t be surprised when young people rebel against you


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November 6th, 2014 by exurbankevin

And now, a word from Larry Correia.

Larry Correia posted this on Facebook just now, and I’m stealing it and re-posting it here. Enjoy.

I love how the day after the election the Libertarian Unicorn Calvary rides in to explain how the two parties are EXACTLY THE SAME and NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

Yeah, I can totally see your point, except for the Republicans being better on economics, business, foreign policy, taxes, entitlements, welfare (both individual and corporate), national defense, healthcare, guns, framing any policy disagreement as racism, reading your mail, tapping your phones, using the IRS to attack opponents, running illegal guns to Mexico to frame American gun owners, and basic f***ing math, they’re totally the same. Yes, you want an ice cream cone RIGHT NOW and the republicans didn’t give it to you, so they’re totally the same.

Yes, the Republicans suck. But they are a far more manageable form of suck. Republicans are gonorrhea, Democrats are brain cancer. Any problem you can name with Republicans, you can name the same problem worse with Democrats. There are SOME freedom loving Republicans in office, yet there are ZERO freedom loving Democrats in office.

So thanks for letting us all know how you are pure as the driven snow, and all sins are equal in your eyes. Other than their being EXACTLY THE SAME in totally different ways, the two horrible Republican crimes I keep seeing get tossed out there this morning are opposition to gay marriage and the war on terror. Except that most Republican opposition to gay marriage evaporates once you frame it as a religious freedom issue, and not a bunch of statists forcing religious people to do things that religious people don’t want to do issue. Hell, after last night we elected gay republicans (both openly and LIndsey Graham) and sane gay people are sick of being unemployed and yelled at by Social Justice Warriors too.

As for the war on terror, the only reason that the whole Obama killing of American citizens without trial thing is an issue is because it was brought up and made into a spectacle by a bunch of young Republicans! Derp.

BUT EXACTLY THE SAME. Because you rode up on your unicorn upset that the new majority didn’t give you your f***ing ice cream cone RIGHT NOW and they can’t magically fix every ill and override a veto so EXACTLY THE SAME.

Thank goodness most of America realized they needed to stop the slide to crazy town and voted for the manageable bunch rather than the ones who think Pol Pot and Mao were just swell. Meanwhile the Libertarian party was too busy arguing about the definition of moral perfection to get elected to dog catcher.

So no, they’re not EXACTLY THE SAME. f***ing deal with it.

The “Libertarian Moment” isn’t going to get here because of the Libertarian Party, it’s going to get here because society demands such things.  If you want to change the country, you need to be in the game, not on the sidelines.

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November 5th, 2014 by exurbankevin

A Delicate Balancing Act

In 2008, Republicans had to balance not ticking off conservative Christian voters, who at the time were an essential element in the party, with the fact that one of their heroes, George W. Bush, had become absolutely toxic on the campaign trail as a whole. 

In 2016, it’ll be the Democrats who will go under the sword of Damocles. Barack Obama’s popularity numbers will be even lower than they are today (assuming that’s even possible…), but he will probably still be popular with African-American voters, who are as critical to the Dems as Evangelicals are to the GOP. 

So how do you court the voters you need to win without looking like you’re supporting a candidate that everybody else absolutely loathes? 

McCain didn’t figure that out in 2008, and I doubt that Hillary, Biden or Warren will figure out how to do it in 2016.

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November 5th, 2014 by exurbankevin

First in Arizona, then in the rest of the nation.

Michael Barone talks about what today’s elections will mean for the Democrats

President Obama’s ideology — expanded government, Obamacare — has been less widely acceptable and his reputation for competence is currently in tatters. He was able to eke out re-election with a reduced percentage by good organization. But he leaves his party in trouble.

Yes, Hillary Clinton leads in polls for 2016. But her numbers have been sagging. And other Democrats poll worse against not-very-well-known Republican alternatives than I can remember any party’s potential candidates polling in the last half-century.

Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah, because that’s just how Janet Napolitano left Democrats in Arizona when she bolted for the Obama Administration

With Napolitano gone, Camacho worries about a Democratic “power vacuum” in her absence, though some political observers suggest the void will be filled by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, the state’s highest-ranking Democrat.

Re-running a perpetual second-place finisher like Goddard didn’t work out so well, and re-running Hillary in 2016 is going to work out just as well for the national party as it did for Arizona Dems. 

That’s not to say that things are rosy for the GOP after today, either. It’s up to them now to provide an alternative to the wretched hive of suck and fail that has been Obama’s big government style of (non)leadership, and if Republicans see their mandate as Compassionate Conservativism v2.0, they’re also facing a short trip to the dustbin of history

People are voting for the GOP right now because they’re not Obama, and that’s a valid reason to vote. It is not, however, a valid vision of government, and that’s the battle that the Republican party faces these next two years.

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November 4th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Out of the one, many.

Leave it to a Libertarian to notice the (decentralized) elephant in the room.

Just 39 percent give Democrats a favorable rating and just 33 percent do the same for Republicans. Not coincidentally, each party has also recently had a clear shot at implementing its vision of the good society. If you want to drive down your adversary’s approval rating, just give him the reins of power for a few years.

What’s going on? The short version is that political, cultural, and even economic power has been decentralizing and unraveling for a long time.

Good grief, I’m agreeing with a Libertarian. What’s next, re-watching Iron Man 2 to catch the subtle Randian plot nuances it contains?

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November 4th, 2014 by exurbankevin

A Unique And Special Flower, Even When He’s Not.

“No president in modern history has ever inherited a bigger mess of problems, bigger unemployment, bigger deficit, longer wars, than President Obama.”

- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

“Do tell.” 

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“What he said.”

- Abraham Lincoln


-George Washington

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October 21st, 2014 by exurbankevin

Unsolicited Product Endorsement: Harry’s Shaving.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I bought a Harry’s razor partly because I knew it would help pay my former co-blogger’s salary, but mainly because I wanted to elevate my shaving game. Unlike Jon, I am not into the retro-shaving gig, but I knew that the men’s shaving industry was badly in need of some innovative disruption. Just like bundled cable, which forces you to pay for 200 channels you DON’T want in return for the ones you do, the shaving industry forces you to pay for their bloated advertising and marketing budgets by tying you into one razor and one type of blades. 

Harry’s does the same thing of course, but without the bloated overhead. And what razors! What blades! 


I popped for the higher-grade “Winston” set (cigar and scowl not included), and was glad I did so. The razor itself very well-balanced and so well-made, and and appears to be meticulously crafted and beautifully made. There’s a solid, pleasant heft to the razor, not unlike the feel of a well-made kitchen knife or high-end 1911 pistol. This is, quite simply, a man’s razor. 

I selected the foaming shaving gel as my emollient of choice, and it foams up nicely, with a rich, pleasant smell that is neither floral or dank which lingers after the shave is over but stays in the background and is not overpowering. 

The shave, you say, what about the shave? 

I’ve had one fantastic shave in my life, in a barber shop in a Smitty’s grocery store that is now long-gone. Now I’ve had two. The difference between shaving with my old Mach3 razor and the Harry’s razor is the difference between writing with a Pilot and a Mont Blanc. It’s the difference between Dewar’s and Glenfiddich, or LG and Blaupunkt. Will a Pilot pen write? Sure. Do you get more out of the writing experience with a Mont Blanc? You betcha. 

Shaving is one of the few things a man can do that is a brief moment of relaxing luxury in an otherwise frantic day. Take a moment for yourself, and make your shave something you look forward to, not something you have to do. 

Yes, if you haven’t figured it out, I LIKE THIS RAZOR, and if you type in Ricochet (plug), you get it for $5 less than you normally would. Try it, and keep the store-bought razor around if you don’t like it. I think you’ll soon toss the Gillette in the dustbin, and switch to a higher form of shaving lifestyle. 

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October 17th, 2014 by exurbankevin