You just know they wrote this sentence with gritted teeth.

Imagine you’re a copy editor at the Washington Post and this comes across your screen: “Still, the new findings suggest that most Americans are ideologically at the center to center-right.”  

AHHHHH!!!!! IT BURNS!!! IT HURTS US!!! TAKE IT AWAY!!! TAKE IT AWAY!!!!!!!

And it just goes downhill from there for the statist left

“Nationally, conservatives had a 14.6 percentage point lead on liberals, though that was more than a full point smaller than last year’s lead. The gap in 2013 was largest in Wyoming, where 40.5 percentage points separated those who identified as conservatives from those who identified as liberals. Only Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont and D.C. had more liberals than conservatives. The top 10 liberal states voted for Obama during the last two elections, while the top 10 conservative states chose the Republican nominee.”

I almost feel sorry for them. 

Almost.

 
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January 31st, 2014 by exurbankevin

The kids are alright

There’s nothing in the streets, looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again

Obama and the statist left are finding out that when you ARE The Man, it’s kinda hard to convince rebellious young people to join your cause against the man

Young people, who turned out in droves in 2008 and put the first-term Illinois senator in the White House, have grown increasingly disillusioned, seeing him now as just another politician who makes promises he has no intention of keeping.

Just 41 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing — down 11 points from April — and 54 percent now disapprove, a Harvard poll found. A whopping 57 percent disapprove of Obamacare (just 38 percent approve). Worse, 40 percent say health care will get worse (18 percent think it will improve) and 51 percent think costs will rise (34 percent say costs will stay the same; just 11 percent think costs will decrease).

Much, much worse: 54 percent of 18-24-year-olds say they would vote to “recall and replace” the president — in Washington, that’s called “impeachment.” 

Freedom. Once you taste it, you want even more of it. 

 
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January 28th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Freedom is breaking out all over.

The Tea Party is gaining favour in the land that popularized tea

Nigel Farage’s right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) has once again rocked the British political establishment by coming first in a recent poll which quizzed Brits on their feelings towards the four main political parties.

While UKIP hasn’t yet mustered up any elected members of the UK Parliament, the party this week registered as

Britain’s most favoured political organisation, scoring 27 percentage points ahead of the left-wing Labour Party’s 26 and the Conservative Party’s 25 percent.

UKIP is also expected to take a huge chunk of seats at the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May, promising more Eurosceptic Members (MEPs) who will no doubt argue for a return of sovereignty to national governments across the continent, away from the bureaucratic talons of the European Union.

Americans tend to think that the foundations for the American Revolution began sometime around 1772 and were unlike anything that had ever been seen on the face of the Earth before or since. 

The reality is, however, that revolution in America was the final stage of revolution in Britain: The same Whig/Tory and Dissenter/Anglican/Catholic divides that fermented rebellion in Britain spilled over into Britain’s colonies

And now instead of rum and tobacco, America is exporting freedom back to Britain. The student has indeed become the master. 

 
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January 28th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Rand Standing

It’s a long, long time since I’ve been excited about a political candidate, because they’re hasn’t been a candidate that does things that encourage excitement.

Rand Paul is making waves, and I’m liking it. 

First off was his inspiring filibuster against assassinations of American citizens on American soil that galvanized the left AND the right against the police state. 

Then it was having the cojones to go to Howard University and take the message of personal freedom to a bastion of Democratic racial politics. 

Now it’s calling out the Dems on their ridiculous “War on Women” crusade to point out the obvious:  President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was not empowering feminism, it was a creepy middle-aged man preying on a much younger girl. 

Truth to power, indeed. 

And with New Jersey’s Chris Christie turning out to be the New Jersey politician we all knew him to be, Senator Paul is moving to front-runner status for the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate

More power to him.

 
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January 27th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Ten new gun bills in the Arizona Legislature

There’s a lot of variety in these new bills: Some of them appear to advance gun rights in Arizona, some don’t really affect the status quo in any meaningful way, and some try to repeal the gains that gun rights have made in the past few years.

  1. Senate Bill 1063: Allows people to carry guns in public establishments and events if they don’t offer secured storage areas for the firearms. Public establishments include buildings and vehicles owned by the state or its political subdivisions. Public events include those conducted by a public entity or a private entity that has received a permit from a public entity.
    My take: This is a bill that needs to become law as soon as possible I took my son to a Suns game last year and I had to make the walk to the Arena through darkened downtown streets with just a flashlight on me because there’s nowhere to stash a CCW gun at US Airways arena. We can’t support this bill too much, it needs to happen now.
  2. Senate Bill 1064: Modifies the definition of “firearm” in the criminal code to exclude those that cannot be fired without mechanical repairs or that were manufactured before 1899. 
    My take: A good idea, but not essential.
  3. House Bill 2186: Allows faculty members to carry concealed firearms at universities and community colleges. The rule only applies to permanent faculty, not visiting or adjunct professors, for example.
    My take: Why do we need a law to let adults act like adults and take responsibility for their own personal protection? This is a law we should have, but I’m afraid it’s not likely to happen.
  4. House Bill 2190: Creates an Arizona Citizens’ Marksmanship Program to teach shooting skills and sell firearms that can help members hone those skills. Though the bill is not especially detailed, the program sounds similar to the national non-profit Civilian Marksmanship Program, the modern version of which was authorized by federal law in 1996.
    My take: A good idea, but what does this do that the CMP/Project Appleseed doesn’t do?
  5. House Bill 2207: Makes it a Class 6 felony to discharge a firearm with criminal negligence if a person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or greater. Law-enforcement officers with reasonable suspicion that this crime has been committed can require suspects to take blood, breath or urine tests. Those convicted of this crime may not possess a firearm for five years.
    My take: Some may cry “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!”, but I am perfectly ok with this. I almost lost my parents to a drunk driver, and being drunk and having a gun is a stupid, stupid idea.
  6. House Bill 2337: Raises the legal standard, from “reasonable suspicion” to “probable cause,” for a law-enforcement officer to ask whether someone is armed. Current law makes it a crime for someone to answer that question untruthfully.
    My take: Again, why isn’t this the law of the land already? Do the cops need “reasonable suspicion” to arrest me for slander?
  7. House Bill 2338: Expands the definition of aggravated assault to include instances where someone takes or attempts to gain control of a person’s lawfully possessed firearm. That’s a Class 4 felony.
    My take. Another no-brainer. If it’s my gun and you want to take it away from me, that is AT LEAST Assault With Intent, IMO.
  8. House Bill 2338: Expands the definition of aggravated assault to include instances where someone takes or attempts to gain control of a person’s lawfully possessed firearm. That’s a Class 4 felony. 
    My Take: Not sure how this differs from the first one, but it’s still a good idea.
  9. House Bill 2346: Requires people to sell or transfer “assault weapons” — semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns with features as defined in the bill — through licensed firearms dealers, who in turn must conduct background checks. The checks can cost no more than $50. The bill includes private sales at gun shows.
    My take: My opinion on this law is not something I can post here, as I strive to maintain a PG-13 rating or better in these parts…
  10. House Bill 2345: Requires a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Permit holders must successfully complete an eight-hour firearms-safety training program approved by the Department of Public Safety.
    My take: Not. Going. To. Happen. Yes, I’m ticked that Nevada and other states dropped CCW reciprocity. Not, this is NOT the way to fix that.

Kudos to Brenda Barton, Carl Seel and Rick Murphy for advancing the cause the cause of freedom, and Chad Campbell? Please move to New York City where you’re wanted. Arizona is no place for a politician like you.

 

 
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January 24th, 2014 by exurbankevin

We talk a good game, but…

I’m afraid Chuck Schumer might be on to something here

Schumer will argue that Democrats must defend popular government programs such as extended unemployment benefits and student loan subsidies to persuade Tea Party voters that they can benefit from federal programs.

“The average Tea Party member, like the average American, likes government run Medicare, likes government built highways and water and sewer lines, likes government support for education, both higher and lower,” he will say.

Two anecdotes: 

  1. At one of the largest 3 Gun matches in the country a few years ago, I was chatting with my fellow shooters when the subject of the long-term viability of Medicare came up. I casually mentioned that I thought Medicare was unstable in the long term (it is) and you’d have thought that I just came out in favour of pedophilia. Keep in mind, these are people with “Molon Labe” and “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For The American” stickers on their car, but the thought of not fully funding Medicare was a heresy worthy of burning at the stake. 
  2. I was in Fry’s Electronics awhile back, watching the last Space Shuttle land while looking for a new TV when the gentleman next to me turned to me and said “I can’t believe Obama let that program die!”. I then defended the cancellation of Space Shuttle and the radical downsizing of NASA because I think that private enterprise can do 90% of what NASA does better, faster and cheaper. I might as well have been talking Urdu to him, however, because he refused to believe that NASA was just another bloated .gov wasteland. 

Bonus anecdote: Does anyone REALLY think that military procurement is up to 20th century standards, let alone the demands of the 21st century?

 
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January 23rd, 2014 by exurbankevin

Point, Counterpoint.

China A Leader In Fighting Global Warming

China is ‘doing it right’ when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said. The nation has some of the toughest energy-efficiency standards for buildings and transportation and its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80 percent since 2008, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg News headquarters in New York.” 

Beijing Smog So Heavy City Resorts to Artificial Sunrises

In a scene like something out of a science fiction novel, the smog is so heavy in the city of Beijing, China that residents have taken to eagerly flocking around giant LED television screens broadcasting beautiful images of artificial sunrises because they can no longer see the real thing, thanks to heavy air pollution. The screens, which are placed all around China’s capital city, are normally used to broadcast advertizements for tourist attractions, but they are now used to broadcast images of sunrises, a sight that residents can no longer view for themselves due to density of the air pollution in the city.

 
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January 18th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Neutral No More.

I sat on the sidelines during the 2008 Arizona Republican Senate primary because I didn’t see J.D. Hayworth as an upgrade from McCain. Yes, Hawyworth spouted all the right immigration buzzwords, but lordamighty, his voting record in the House was anything but a model of fiscal conservatism. 

This primary, though, things are different. McCain has got to go. It’s not just his enthusiastic support for drone strikes on American soil, it’s not just his involvement on amnesty for illegal aliens, it’s not just his pushing Obama’s gun control agenda in the Senate

… it’s all of that. The fact is, John McCain no longer represents the best interests of Republican voters in Arizona. 

Plain and simple. Thank you for your service, Senator McCain. I know you love boxing, (as do I), so you should know that a good boxer knows when it’s time to leave the ring before his legacy and ability to fight are lost forever. 

 

 
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January 10th, 2014 by exurbankevin