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Let the West Coast B@stards Freeze In The Dark

February 28, 2013 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Environment, Humor, Kevin, politcs.

Once again, California is facing rolling brownouts this summer due to its insistence on using unproven, untested but (allegedly) “renewable” power sources.  The epidemic of power outages and “rolling blackouts” which nearly shut down California in the early 2000s may be returning. Back then, the culprits were unscrupulous energy providers like Enron and a poorly-thought out process • Read More »

Hit ’em where it hurts

February 26, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Hit ’em where it hurts | Filed in: Advertising and Marketing, computers, Crime, Culture, Democrats, Economics, Entertainment, GOP, Kevin, Law, Movies, MSM and New Media, politcs.

The current push to ban the best-selling rifle in America began as a reflexive response to the tragedy in Newtown. It’s not an appeal to common sense, it’s a play on emotions, because “even if it saves just one life, it’s worth it”.  Two can play that game.  Hollywood, academia and big media have been • Read More »

They Told Glenn Reynolds That If He Voted For Mitt Romney…

February 26, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on They Told Glenn Reynolds That If He Voted For Mitt Romney… | Filed in: Crime, Current Events, Democrats, Guns, Kevin, politcs.

… that neo-Puritans would try to legislate everything fun and exciting out of existence, and they were right!  “We will make the case that these (“assault”) weapons do not belong on the streets of our cities,” she said, during an MSNBC appearance. “I recognize it’s an uphill battle. … [But] the mothers, the women, the men of • Read More »

That all depends on what your meaning of Jihad is

February 25, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on That all depends on what your meaning of Jihad is | Filed in: Crime, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, War On Terror.

Daniel Pipe asks, ordinary crook, or the start of something bigger?  Because the media, law enforcement, and elected officials are so reluctant to give out information about the attackers’ religion, much less their motives, it’s basically impossible to tell from the outside if they represent a wave of jihadi attacks by Islamists or are just • Read More »

Two Unrelated, Related Stories

February 22, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Two Unrelated, Related Stories | Filed in: Economics, Education, Family, Kevin, politcs.

K-12 Teacher Job Satisfaction At A 25 Year Low.  Only 39 percent of teachers described themselves as very satisfied with their jobs on the latest survey. That’s a 23-percentage point plummet since 2008, and a drop of five percentage points just over the past year. Factors contributing to lower job satisfaction included working in schools where the • Read More »

Think Nationally, Vote Locally

February 21, 2013 | By KevinC | Comments Off on Think Nationally, Vote Locally | Filed in: Crime, Culture, Current Events, Democrats, GOP, Guns, Humor, Kevin, Law, politcs.

  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” campaign is the driving force behind most (if not all) of the recent legislation against the right of self-defence. They also have a crime rate that FAR exceeds that of concealed carry permit holders: Funny how it’s always criminals who want lawful citizens to disarm… • Read More »

A Divider, Not A Uniter

February 20, 2013 | By KevinC | Comments Off on A Divider, Not A Uniter | Filed in: Crime, Democrats, Kevin, Law, politcs.

Professor Neil Synder chimes in on America’s rocky future.  President Obama has done one thing superbly well: he has demonstrated skill par excellence on a national scale as a community organizer. He is second to none when it comes to inciting, agitating, race baiting, stoking fears, and motivating the masses. If you discount voter fraud, more • Read More »

We don’t like your kind around here, boy.

February 19, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on We don’t like your kind around here, boy. | Filed in: Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Kevin, Music, politcs.

You see, we don’t like the music you listen to, because you’re not the right kind of people.  (Smiths guitarist Johnny) Marr has issued several bans on (Conservative Prime Minister) Mr Cameron liking their music, repeating the warning in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. This time he specifically ruled This Charming Man • Read More »

Show me what sequestration looks like

February 16, 2013 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Economics, GOP, Kevin, Military.

This is what sequestration looks like.  Citing budget concerns, Luke Air Force base announced Friday they are cancelling the “Storm on the Horizon” air show scheduled for March. “While I value the importance of this event to both the Air Force and our local community, given the budgetary pressures and expected repercussions if sequestration goes • Read More »

Soy De Arizona

February 14, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Soy De Arizona | Filed in: Arizona, Democrats, immigration, Kevin.

There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and Mexican drug lords. Let them come to Nogales. There are some who say that open borders are the wave of the future. Let them come to Nogales. And there are • Read More »

ABC: Anywhere But California

February 14, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on ABC: Anywhere But California | Filed in: Arizona, Economics, Humor, immigration, Kevin, politcs.

In the words of an old Internet expression (“The Net treats censorship as damage and routes around it”), businesses treat excessive taxation as a hostile environment and work around it.  California chief executives have been arriving since January at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, eager to relocate their companies and bring thousands of new jobs to • Read More »

The Once and Future Party

February 13, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The Once and Future Party | Filed in: GOP, Kevin, Marketing, politcs.

An IBM marketing exec and b-school prof looks at the GOP’s branding and finds it wanting.  Using word clouds from the two national conventions, McNeilly concluded that Republicans fail to emphasize terms with emotional resonance while Democrats make extensive use of them. The GOP ought to be talking more about “families,” “opportunity,” and “values” rather • Read More »

Are you experienced?

February 13, 2013 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Law.

So Obama wants “a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America.”  Good. I have a suggestion for him: Get rid of the long lines at polling places by requiring voters to show positive ID that they are who they say they are.  Like a driver’s license or a passport, for starters.  That way, only the • Read More »

If they’re called “Progressives”, why do they keep making the mistakes of the past?

February 12, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on If they’re called “Progressives”, why do they keep making the mistakes of the past? | Filed in: Current Events, Democrats, Guns, Kevin.

Biden pleads with Democrats to push through new restrictions on self-defense rights. “I’m not asking you to vote for something you don’t believe, but I don’t want to hear about, ‘well we can’t take it on because it’s too politically dangerous.’ The world has changed.” I agree with the Vice President. The world has changed: • Read More »

Stupid is slightly better than evil

February 11, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Stupid is slightly better than evil | Filed in: Crime, Culture, Democrats, GOP, Guns, Humor, Kevin, politcs.

PDB lays it on the line.  We can witness every day the foul results of runaway state power: 500 murders a year in Chicago. The silencing of critics in Argentina. Price controls, food shortages, slavery, war, Gulags, ethnic cleansing, genocide, forced medical experiments — these do not occur because of racism or sexism or other • Read More »

Growing up is hard to do

February 7, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Growing up is hard to do | Filed in: Culture, Economics, History, Kevin.

Walter Russell Mead has been doing an excellent job documenting the last days of the “blue” government model, and if you have’t been reading it, you’re missing out on some insightful, in-depth coverage of the challenges western society now faces. “In the old system, both blue collar and white collar workers hold stable jobs, a • Read More »

A kinder, gentler machinegun hand.

February 5, 2013 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A kinder, gentler machinegun hand. | Filed in: Democrats, GOP, International, Kevin, Law, Military, politcs, War On Terror.

  “The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in • Read More »