Abandon hope all ye who enter here

I’m about to start carving our Jack O’ Lantern for tonight, but I wanted to have something else to decorate our house with tonight.

Something scary and timeless, that represented our deepest fears.

Something I could put in the yard that would portray sheer hopelessness and despair. 

Something that would tell everyone who passed by that this was a dead-end, that all hope was lost, and nothing they could do would save them from imminent disaster.

Then it hit me: I’ll just put up one of these.

That’ll do it.

 
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October 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

¡Viva la Reformación!


In honor of Reformation Day, allow me to pursue my Vocation in design and commerce.

Quite a while back, I created three “Viva la Reformación” designs featuring Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox. As Bono might say, Che stole the iconic rebel pose and so we’re stealin’ it back.

The three designs are available on CafePress on shirts, posters and stickers. Rush out now in a buying frenzy!

 
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October 31st, 2009 by admindude

Saturday Music Blogging – Mike Oldfield

Some Halloween music that doesn’t suck.

Oh, and Happy Reformation Day. That too.

 
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October 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

Saturday Movie Blogging – The Gumball Rally

So much better than the Cannonball Run series.

Raul Julia said it best, “In a Ferrari, what is behind me, is not important.”

 
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October 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

Golfing: 96 hours. Afghanistan strategy sessions: 20 hours.

White House Spokesferret Robert Gibbs announced that Obama met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the war in Afghanistan. Gibbs bragged that Obama will have spent 20 hours on Afghanistan strategy sessions (after today, of course). Gibbs even called this 20 hours over nine months “an extensive and exhaustive review” of the situation.

Meanwhile, Obama has played golf 24 times in the same period. Let’s see… 24 sets of golf at about four hours a pop… that’s 96 hours on the links, and that doesn’t count the drive to and from the course.

Leadership is all about priorities. And apparently, golf is about five times as important to Obama as the life and death struggle in Afghanistan. Perhaps Gen. McChrystal can buy a set of Pings to get a little more face time with the CinC.

 
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October 30th, 2009 by admindude

The Bible: 600 pages. PelosiCare: 1,900 pages.

For all the Democrats’ environmentalist rhetoric, they sure love killing trees. David Harsanyi runs some numbers:

The King James version of the Bible runs more than 600 pages and is crammed with celestial regulations. Newton’s Principia Mathematica distilled many of the rules of physics in a mere 974 pages.

Neither have anything on Nancy Pelosi’s new fiendishly entertaining health-care opus, which tops 1,900 pages.

So curl up by a fire with a fifth of whiskey and just dive in.

But drink quickly. In the new world, your insurance choices will be tethered to decisions made by people with Orwellian titles (“1984” was only 268 pages!) like the “Health Choices Commissioner” or “Inspector General for the Health Choices Administration.”

You will, of course, need to be plastered to buy Pelosi’s fantastical proposition that 450,000 words of new regulations, rules, mandates, penalties, price controls, taxes and bureaucracy will have the transformative power to “provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending . . . .”

It’s going to take some time to deconstruct this lengthy masterpiece, but as you flip through the pages of the House bill, you will notice the word “regulation” appears 181 times. “Tax” is there 214 times. “Fees,” 103 times. As we all know, nothing says “affordability” like higher taxes and fees.

The word “shall” — as in “must” or “required to” — appears over 3,000 times. The word, alas, is never preceded by the patriotic phrase “mind our own freaking business.” Not once.

The Bible tells the story both of salvation and damnation. I get the feeling Pelosi’s tome provides only the latter.

 
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October 30th, 2009 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 10/31 Edition

“While they don’t explicitly say so, it seems natural for New York and Pennsylvania papers to endorse Corzine, considering all that he’s done to bring New Jersey jobs to those states.”

Jim Geraghty

 
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October 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Friday Music Blogging – Suicidal Tendencies

Time for another quick trip into the depths of my reptilian brain stem.

Be right back.

Oh, and feel free to crank this one up to eleven and a half.

 
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October 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

PelosiCare: Immunity for insurers who wrongfully deny care?

Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) has discovered a horrible provision in the House health care reform bill that Pelosi released this morning. This proposed rule would give immunity to insurers when they deny recommended care that results in injury or even death to one of their patients.

Shadegg was looking for this provision since he tried to defeat it in committee. Alas, it is still included iin section 514 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) (p. 140). Here’s a video clip of Shadegg explaining this rule earlier this year.

Expect many, many more of these ugly little details to be revealed over the next few days. Even more troubling will be those bad rules which will remain hidden somewhere in the 1,990-page bill.

 
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October 29th, 2009 by admindude

Trent Franks jumps on board the Hoffman Express

From a press release we just got today:

“When conservative candidates lose in a Republican primary and then run as a third party candidate in the general election, they almost always end up splitting the Republican vote, allowing the Democrat to win and badly hurting the very causes they sought to protect.

“Thus, I have traditionally never supported third party candidates and have instead given my support to the Republican candidate in any general race.

“But in the race for New York’s 23rd Congressional seat, I must make an exception.

“The Republican Party has consistently included within its official platform statements acknowledging society’s (and the party’s) responsibility to defend those who cannot defend themselves, including unborn babies— even if our very own Supreme Court deems them less than human.

“By nominating Dede Scozzafava, the county party chairs within the 23rd District have chosen a candidate who is radically out of the mainstream on issues that constitute the core of the Republican Party’s principles and, just as concerning, someone who does not reflect the values of the 23rd District’s constituents.”

Good for him. A Republican Party that doesn’t stand up for the core values of Republicans isn’t a Republican Party at all. If I wanted to vote for a Democrat, I’d vote for a Democrat, and until zombie Scoop Jackson appears on the horizon, that ain’t happenin’.

In other news, we’ll be announcing our endorsement in the NY-23 race next week on November 4th.

It’s easier for us that way, and we’ll know for sure that we’re backing the winning candidate by then.

I hope.

 
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October 29th, 2009 by exurbankevin