Attack Botch

Suppose they gave a snitch party and nobody came

The creators and managers of the Obama campaign web site “ATTACK WATCH” have not Tweeted since September 14, and the last “Attack File” was posted September 12. 

I’m starting to worry about them. Attack Watch hangs out with a tough crowd: Crooks, liars, drunks, gunrunners and perverts, just to name a few. With friends like that, I fear the worst. 

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September 30th, 2011 by admindude

(The) Mind of (a wannabe) State

With all the talk of a Palestinian state, perhaps some historical perspective is in order.  Take a look…

You can say this about the Palestinians, they are a predictable and hostile lot.

When offered a state and peace with Israel, they have always said “NO!”  Even now, they would rather continue fighting a conflict with the Jews than live in peace beside them.  At the UN, the leader of the Palenstinian Authority made it clear during his quest for statehood that he would not recognize the State of Israel.

“They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state,”

Mahmoud Abbas

If this represents that mind of the Palestinian “state” then it should be no surprise if the current conflict continues indefinitely.

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September 29th, 2011 by admindude

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Remember the video I posted a while back from Ford?  Well, its been removed by Ford from YouTube at the request of the Obama Administration.  Apparently criticizing automakers who took taxpayer “bailouts” is not acceptable in the current political environment.

Chilling indeed…

You can read more about it here, but here is a key concept to remember:

With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can’t have that.

Big Government just told Big Business to hush, after all they can make life difficult for a large company in a high-regulated industry.

The First Amendment apparently precludes companies from criticizing policies that benefited their competitors.

Hope. Change. Suppression of Free Speech.

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September 27th, 2011 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 9/27 Edition

“Tea Partiers, if you want a scandal that highlights your critique of how large and dangerous really big government is, Gunwalker is it.” 

Sipsey Street Irregulars 

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September 27th, 2011 by admindude

For the Children?

When it comes to education, the default call is for more money.  Anybody who opposes higher spending (and taxes) for education is branded as cruel and heartless.  After all, its for the children.

But what about the results?

If we are to examine the Department of Education, more money has not resulted in better test scores.  But that may not be the purpose of the agency, maybe a jobs program for bureaucrats and money for unions is what it really is.

Oh wait, I forgot…its for the children.

Not that there are local school districts and state agencies that are in charge of education within their boundaries.  More money is what’s needed to fix our ailing educational system.  Oh, and more federal government involvement.

Remember, its for the children.

You can read the entire article over at FreedomWorks but here is one of the takeaway sections worth considering:

The Department of Education’s 2011 budget is nearly six times greater than its original budget. It has increased from $13.1 billion (in 2007 dollars) in 1980 to $77.8 billion in 2011. The federal government throwing more money at education has done virtually nothing to improve educational outcomes. Student test scores in math, reading and science have remained flat or declined over the past four decades.

Remember that the Department of Education has only been around since 1979.  Republican candidates should renew their call to abolish this unnecessary (and un-Constitutional) agency in order to get the government out of education.  In the end, it will be the best course of action to take…for the children.

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September 25th, 2011 by admindude

Econ Beat

Flowin’ wit da big papa Economists, old school (20th Century) style.

Representin’ on the mic, straight outta Cambridge…John Maynard Keynes!

And from the mean streets of Vienna, his posse calls him F.A. but we call him…Hayek!

Its how we roll yo!

If you want to see Round Two, go here.

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September 23rd, 2011 by admindude

Debunking Global Warming

Here is a fun, yet insightful, video regarding global warming.

…err, “Climate Change” is the new term used.

Call it what you will, here is the video.

Those of us on the center-right need to do more of this.  In a media-saturated world, content like this will help get the message across that the Global Warming/Climate Change scare is a bunch of hot air.

Good job Declaration Entertainment!

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September 22nd, 2011 by admindude

Perspective on Dubya

A lot of people can answer “yes” to this question.

This is despite some bad decisions and policies.  Let me list a few of them…

  • Medicare Part D
  • No Child Left Behind
  • “Compassionate Conservatism”
  • The Clear Skies Initiative
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Increasing regulation
  • Nominating Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court
  • Not vetoing a single spending bill

Take some time to read this article about President George W. Bush.

It shows that W had depth far beyond what the media chose to show.

I am not a huge GWB fan but think the vitriol directed against him was unwarranted.  In time, a clearer picture of both the man and his policies will emerge.  My guess is he will look much wiser than his contemporaries.

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September 19th, 2011 by admindude

Looking Back

Bill Whittle from Afterburner talking about what we got right after 9/11.

There is something else that Captain Ed reminds us of:

But there’s another issue with Iraq that sometimes gets forgotten. We had enforced a no-fly zone in Iraq using bases in Saudi Arabia for 12 years while Saddam refused to comply with more than a dozen UN declarations. He also routinely lit up those flights with anti-aircraft radar, an act of war as a violation of the cease-fire. The sanctions regime had fallen apart, giving Saddam Hussein billions to use in oppressing his own people and fund terrorist attacks in Israel — a failure the scope of which was unclear until we crushed Saddam in 2003 and seized his regime’s records, exposing the corruption among our supposed allies.

I am sure a lot more will come out in the coming decades.  For now though, remember that OIF was undertaken (with the approval of Congress) after a lot of thought and analysis.

HT to HotAir for this gem.

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September 19th, 2011 by admindude

The Contrition of a Liberal

Canada overwhelming rejected the center-left Liberal party in general election this year, Led by Michael Ignatieff, a Harvard professor and intellectual whose world view was primarily shaped outside of Canada, the Liberals, who once thought of themselves as the rightful permanent ruling class of Canada, are in disarray, unable to pick a leader and unsure of their place in Canadian politics. 

Boo-frickin’-hoo. 

The complete and utter failure of a Havard prof and intellectually aloof elite to succeed in Canadian politics should have some lessons for politicians in the U.S. Let’s see if we can learn from Canada’s mistake

More personally, he (Ignatieff) had achieved the intellectual’s ultimate dream: Bringing ideas — in this case, interventionist ideas — into being in the real world of politics. Ignatieff’s vision offered a harsh either/or choice to Canadians, who in the last few decades have gravitated toward the semi-neutralism of conflict resolution through international agencies rather than following the United States.

Ignatieff suffered avoidable self-inflicted wounds as well. In prematurely announcing his intention to force an election in September of 2009, he lost a large section of the election-weary Canadian electorate. His book True Patriot Love, released the same year, was a ham-handed attempt to establish his Canadian bona fides. “Loving a country is an act of imagination,” he wrote in the book — a line that caused one reviewer to quip: “I’m not even sure what it means, but you wouldn’t write that if you were really secretly a Harvard professor at heart. Right?” 

He suffered from the fact intellectuals do insincerity much more clumsily than “natural” politicians. After making a major push to fight climate change in his leadership run, for instance, he quickly jettisoned the idea in favour of a toothless but more popular Liberal plan devoid of specific targets.

His book True Patriot Love, released the same year, was a ham-handed attempt to establish his Canadian bona fides. “Loving a country is an act of imagination,” he wrote in the book — a line that caused one reviewer to quip: “I’m not even sure what it means, but you wouldn’t write that if you were really secretly a Harvard professor at heart. Right?” 

An intellectual, snobbish, aloof college professor out of touch with the people of his country turns out to be a miserable failure of a leader. Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?

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September 16th, 2011 by admindude