Outing a couple of ex-vegans

So there’s a website that “outs” vegans. Well, I myself turned a couple of vegans into ex-vegans. 

Did it last weekend. Turned a few vegan Eurasian collared doves into ex-vegans, aka stew meat

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June 27th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Rowdy Rodham Clinton

Jon’s right. Totally not creepy at all


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June 25th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Noted “Champion of Conservatism” Champions Another Cause Hated By Conservatives

First it was the largest sales tax increase in our state’s history. 

Then it was ramming through Obamacare into our state, come hell or high water. 

Now it’s supporting amnesty over border enforcement

Wow, it’s a good thing Jan Brewer signed SB1070 and wagged her finger at Obama or else we might think she’s not a Republican or something! 

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June 24th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Not just “yes” but HELL YES!

“The federal bureaucracy, and in particular the growth of public sector unions, has created an inherent and undeniable tension between those who believe in limited self-government and those who stand to benefit from its growth. Let’s face it, when elected leaders and union bosses tell the folks who work at these agencies that they should view half the people they’re supposed to be serving as a threat to democracy, it shouldn’t surprise any of us that they would. Why would we even expect a public employee — whose union more or less exists to grow the government — to treat someone who opposes that goal to a fair hearing? When the head of the union that represents unionized IRS workers publicly vilifies the Tea Party, is it any wonder that members of her union would get caught targeting them?

On the federal level, the first thing we should do is stop the automatic transfer of union dues from employee salaries at the taxpayer’s expense. If the unions want their dues, it should be incumbent on them, not us, to pay for it.”

Mitch McConnell

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June 21st, 2013 by exurbankevin

This senseless fighting must cease.

Jim Sharpe and John McJunkin go after Mike Broomhead for supporting Governor Brewer on Medicaid. 

Mike Broomhead returns fire

There are some people who say that we must support either Jim/John OR Mike. 

This is a false choice: We can hate them both with equal vigor. 🙂 

But let us set aside the divisions that tear us apart. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war between talk show hosts and as one, we came together to fight our common foe. 

Barry Young


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June 20th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Brandenburg Fiasco


President John F. Kennedy at the Brandenburg Gate: 

Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was “civis romanus sum”. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner!”… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!” 

President Ronald Wilson Reagan at the Brandeburg Gate: 

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

President Barack Hussein Obama at the Brandenburg Gate: 

Ummn, errrr, ahhh, say, why isn’t my teleprompter working?

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June 20th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Tars. Feathers. A Fence Rail. Some Assembly Required.

Special agents at the IRS accidentally shot their firearms 11 times between 2009 and 2011, and at least three of the cases “may have resulted in property damage or personal injury.”

Number of times I have accidentally negligently discharged my firearm(s) in the same period. 


First off, there really is no such thing as an “accidental” discharge: Guns go off by themselves about as often as Toyotas crash into garage walls by themselves

The report also found that the agency, which is now training with AR-15s, does not always provide remedial training to agents who fired their weapons due to “negligence.”

The last time my local range had a negligent discharge during a shooting match resulting in an injury, it was a law enforcement officer shooting his first match who didn’t listen to the Range Officer’s instructions and shot himself in the foot while reholstering. 

Barney Fife was unavailable for comment.

The people who run said match were hauled onto the carpet and told in no uncertain terms to improve their safety training, including a mandatory briefing for all new shooters and a written instruction sheet for all participants. 

Number of accidents since then: Zero. If a small range in the Arizona desert can correct their mistakes, so can the IRS. 

According to the audit, “there were a total of eight firearm discharges classified as intentional use of force incidents and 11 discharges classified as accidental during FYs 2009 through 2011.”  In other words, agents were more likely to accidentally fire their weapon than to fire it intentionally.

Wait, but Michael Bloomberg and the Violence Policy Center want me to believe that common citizens are the REAL criminals, not government agents who shoot more by accident than they do by intention, never mind that concealed carry permit holders some of the most law-abiding people out there

But I can see Bloomberg’s point. You never know when we CCW holders could snap and start targeting our political foes. The IRS would NEVER do something like that, right? 

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June 20th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Business, schooled.

Sun DomeThe SunDome is getting torn down for that paragon of modern American culture, a shopping center. 

No, really.

When it opened 33 years ago, the Sundome in Sun City West was the largest single-story performing-arts center in the country.

It cost $8.6 million to build and was designed primarily as a concert hall with 7,169 seats. 

The venue opened in September 1980 and was designed by architects for the Del E. Webb Development Co. as a marketing tool to sell homes in Sun City West.

It’s being demolished after decades of financial losses and repeated attempts to make it a viable performance space.

What makes this tale different from every other Arizona real estate deal gone bad is ASU’s involvement. You’d think that a university that prides itself for having a top-notch business school would avoid things like this. 

The venue could handle individual performers such as Tony Bennett or Henry Mancini, but lacked a backstage area big enough for the sets of a major production, such as “Phantom of the Opera” or “Miss Saigon.”

ASU officials grappled with those same problems in 1984, when the Webb company deeded the Sundome to the university.

The center immediately started draining ASU’s public-events budget. Between the cost of booking acts, property taxes and electricity bills, the university had a Sundome-related deficit of $273,000 within two years. This piled up, despite a $200,000 annual payment that Del E. Webb made through 1988, just to cover losses.

In 1995, ASU asked the Sundome’s affiliated association to try to raise $5 million for renovations, only to discover that anywhere from $14 million to $20 million would be needed to make the venue profitable.

The university tried to put it on the market over the years but could not find any suitable buyers. One bidder in 2004 offered $50,000. A recent appraisal had put the value of the land alone at more than $7 million.

By 2005, the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts was a white elephant and was sold by Arizona State University to Maricopa County for just $10.

The county gave the Sundome back to ASU in 2007 and last year, a developer bought the 16-acre site for $2 million. 

The land was worth $7 million, but somehow, the geniuses at Arizona State ended up giving the SunDome back to the county and let them sell it for $2 million. Good thing these guys don’t teach people accounting, finance or public policy, or else we’d really be in trouble!

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June 18th, 2013 by exurbankevin

The Delusionist

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in

– Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher 

Remember how Democratic political strategist  Bill Carrick was certain CERTAIN that the Mountain West would turn blue because, and I quote

“The libertarian thing is no longer about property rights or gun rights,” he said. “It’s now about letting people live their lives as they choose.”

Does the Obamacare debacle, the NSA scandal and the IRS scandal, the AP scandal and the hacking reporter’s computers increase the mistrust of big government, and if so, does that benefit the nanny-state policies of the Democrats, or small-government conservatives? 

If Bill Carrick and other Dem strategists think that the continuing revelations of the Obama administration’s intrusion into our private lives is helping them win over the rugged individualists of the Mountain West, they’re smoking something, and it ain’t Marlboro Lights.  

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June 17th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Temper, temper, Jan Brewer


Frustrated by her own party in her attempts to bring ObamaCare into Arizona, Jan Brewer has announced her next move. 

The Governor released a press release today stating that “If they don’t pass my budget and do what I want, I’m going to sit in this corner and hold my breath until I turn blue.” and threatened GOP leadership in the Arizona House and Senate that she just might “quit playing and take her ball and go home.” 

When asked if her initial response to GOP pushback on her agenda was to throw herself on the floor and start crying, ‘Why? Whywhwhywhywhywhywhywhy can’t I have that money from Obama!!!? I wantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantit!!!!!! Andy Tobin is a big meanie, I don’t like him!!!!”, Governor Brewer responded with “…………………………………………………………“.

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June 12th, 2013 by exurbankevin