Quote of the Day, 4/29 Edition

“Leading from behind is not leading. It is abdicating. It is also an oxymoron. Yet a sympathetic journalist, channeling an Obama adviser, elevates it to a doctrine. The president is no doubt flattered. The rest of us are merely stunned.” 

Charles Krauthammer

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April 29th, 2011 by admindude

The Conservative Case for a Royal Wedding

Nancy French lays it out plain and simple

But I’m here to say to American conservatives#…#go ahead and enjoy it! There’s a lot for us to love in today’s wedding celebration.

In our modern era where we bounce from trend to trend, from celebrity to celebrity, and from style to style, weddings are popularly noteworthy only if they stick their thumbs in the eye of tradition. Sixty-five million people saw the wedding video, for example, of a Minnesota couple who danced down the aisle to “Forever#…#Yeah, Forever.” So, let’s allow ourselves to enjoy the fact that 2 billion people saw the royal wedding, which included exactly zero pairs of sunglasses and absolutely no bridal-party somersaults.

Today’s proceedings are inspirational, and not because they include dozens of people Americans can’t identify who look like lost Kentucky Derby attendees in their frilly hats. Instead, we are glued to our monitors because the wedding so deeply connects today to centuries of British history and honors two of England’s greatest institutions — church and military. And it doesn’t hurt matters that all of this tradition is gloriously wrapped around the most long lasting and fundamental of any cultural institution — marriage. 

I’d also add the Labour Prime Ministers tend to be against the monarchy, and Tory PM’s like Churchill and Thatcher understand the monarchy is the bedrock on which British culture is built on. 

God Save the Queen, and long live Prince William!

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April 29th, 2011 by admindude

Ron Paul Announces Mascot for 2012 Presidential Campaign

Rooowr!

(Explainer.)

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April 27th, 2011 by admindude

The boots were made for Gunwalker

Roll out the red carpet, the Feds are investigating themselves

CBS News has learned that House and Senate investigators have descended upon Arizona for their probe into the so-called “Gunwalker” scandal. They’re gathering interviews from witnesses, including ATF insiders and area gun shop owners. Sources tell CBS News the congressional investigators are frustrated by what they view as across-the-board stonewalling by government agencies which have refused to provide information in the investigation. Government officials have said they won’t provide information while their own investigations are ongoing. 

Lessee… cooperate with investigators and risk losing your job (and possibly go to jail), or stonewall them claiming “ongoing investigations” and keep collecting your pay. 

Stonewalling it is! 

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April 27th, 2011 by admindude

Go Canada!

I am a HUGE Stephen Harper fan: He went to U of C (Go Dinos!), likes the Flames and attends a CMA church. How could I NOT like him? And the good news is, it looks like his Conservative Party will FINALLY get a majority in the Canadian Parliment this year

This is a bellweather election for Canada. For decades (if not centuries), the Liberal Party has been the de facto governing party, dominating the national elections from their bases in Ontario and Quebec (think Chicago-style politics, but spread out over all of the Midwest and NorthEast). 

Not no more. Maybe, just maybe, Canadians will begin to get the freedoms they so richly deserve, and it all starts on May 2. 

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April 26th, 2011 by admindude

Trainwreck

Thomas Friedman’s favorite country has a problem.

Hmmm, looks like another bad “investment” by a government fixated with high-speed rail.  High-speed rail is costing them billions ($27.7b USD in 2011 alone!) with losses and debt service for the forseeable future.  With over $250 billion in debt, the Chinese Railways Ministry has a deep hole to dig out of.

You could say its a financial trainwreck.  Hopefully the safety standards that were ignored during construction won’t result in actual trainwrecks…

Winning The Future?  Not likely.

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April 25th, 2011 by admindude

What did Sheriff Joe know, and when did he know it?

Any PR flack will tell you best the time to drop bad news to the media is late Friday afternoon, when people are getting ready for the weekend and the scripts for that day’s evening news have been set, but Sheriff Joe has proven once again that he’s America’s Toughest Media Hound™ by releasing bad news not just on a Friday afternoon, but on Good Friday

Well done, Joe, well done. If only you picked your lieutenants as well as you pick your press release dates. 

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fired two of his top commanders on Friday. According to public records and MCSO spokeswoman Lisa Allen, Chief Deputy David Hendershott and Director Larry Black lost their jobs based on findings from a six-month investigation by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. 

A former MCSO employee is heard in the conversation talking about Hendershott allegedly using money from the Sheriff’s Youth Assistance program to pay off a personal gambling debt he racked up while on a cruise with his family. 

David Hendershott isn’t some copper-come-lately: He’s been Sheriff Joe’s Chief Deputy for over ten years and is on paid administrative leave pending investigation a myriad of questionable actions

Hendershott’s actions (if true) are reprehensible in the extreme: Stealing money from a youth assistance program to pay off gambling debts is almost cartoonishly evil, but is speaks of an air of casual flouting of the rules that has been Sheriff Joe’s signature style while in office.

This legacy of corruption and scandal at the highest level of the Sheriff’s office inevitably leads us to one of two conclusions: 

  1. Sheriff Joe had no knowledge of his right-hand man’s machinations, despite a working relationship that stretches out over more than a dozen years.
  2. Sheriff Joe knew what his Chief Deputy was up to, endorsed his plans and and gave Hendershott his blessing for everything that happened. 

Either way, the cover over the cesspool that is the MCSO has been cracked. Let’s see what other rotten things leak out. 

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April 25th, 2011 by admindude

A Bad Investment

Looks like the taxpayers lost again.  The US Government is planning to sell its stake in GM at a loss, somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 billion.  With politically-connected finance people like Dan Akerson at the helm, some are predicting that its only a matter of time before GM fails again.

This is becomming a familiar theme these days, companies that are considered “too big to fail” and politically well-connected, go to the lender of last resort, the US taxpayer (aka “The Government”) for a bailout.  Rather than let the market decide winners and loosers, politicians decide who merits Federal money to keep selected  companies going.

And if you are not “too big to fail” or not tied to an important constituency (ex. organized labor) then you are out of luck.

W should have let GM (and Chysler) fail and let the chips fall where they may.  This would have led to the unprofitable parts of the business being liquidated and the valuable ones sold to investors or debt-holders.  Instead, he left this matter to the incoming Obama Administration to address.  $50 billion later, it looks like this investment is going to loose over 20%, not a good rate of return.

Another opportunity for economic rationalization squandered, more billions of your tax dollars wasted.  Hope, change, failed companies!

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April 24th, 2011 by admindude

For now is Christ risen from the dead

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

He is risen. He is risen, indeed.

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April 24th, 2011 by admindude

And by His stripes, we are healed.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows!
He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.

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April 22nd, 2011 by admindude