A Unique And Special Flower, Even When He’s Not.

“No president in modern history has ever inherited a bigger mess of problems, bigger unemployment, bigger deficit, longer wars, than President Obama.”

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

“Do tell.” 

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“What he said.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Riggggghhhht.” 

-George Washington

 
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October 21st, 2014 by exurbankevin

Unsolicited Product Endorsement: Harry’s Shaving.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I bought a Harry’s razor partly because I knew it would help pay my former co-blogger’s salary, but mainly because I wanted to elevate my shaving game. Unlike Jon, I am not into the retro-shaving gig, but I knew that the men’s shaving industry was badly in need of some innovative disruption. Just like bundled cable, which forces you to pay for 200 channels you DON’T want in return for the ones you do, the shaving industry forces you to pay for their bloated advertising and marketing budgets by tying you into one razor and one type of blades. 

Harry’s does the same thing of course, but without the bloated overhead. And what razors! What blades! 

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I popped for the higher-grade “Winston” set (cigar and scowl not included), and was glad I did so. The razor itself very well-balanced and so well-made, and and appears to be meticulously crafted and beautifully made. There’s a solid, pleasant heft to the razor, not unlike the feel of a well-made kitchen knife or high-end 1911 pistol. This is, quite simply, a man’s razor. 

I selected the foaming shaving gel as my emollient of choice, and it foams up nicely, with a rich, pleasant smell that is neither floral or dank which lingers after the shave is over but stays in the background and is not overpowering. 

The shave, you say, what about the shave? 

I’ve had one fantastic shave in my life, in a barber shop in a Smitty’s grocery store that is now long-gone. Now I’ve had two. The difference between shaving with my old Mach3 razor and the Harry’s razor is the difference between writing with a Pilot and a Mont Blanc. It’s the difference between Dewar’s and Glenfiddich, or LG and Blaupunkt. Will a Pilot pen write? Sure. Do you get more out of the writing experience with a Mont Blanc? You betcha. 

Shaving is one of the few things a man can do that is a brief moment of relaxing luxury in an otherwise frantic day. Take a moment for yourself, and make your shave something you look forward to, not something you have to do. 

Yes, if you haven’t figured it out, I LIKE THIS RAZOR, and if you type in Ricochet (plug), you get it for $5 less than you normally would. Try it, and keep the store-bought razor around if you don’t like it. I think you’ll soon toss the Gillette in the dustbin, and switch to a higher form of shaving lifestyle. 

 
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October 17th, 2014 by exurbankevin

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Towards Bigger Government

Phillip Klein writes about something I’ve noticed as well, the outcry on right for increased intervention from the government in the Ebola crisis that is coming from people who usually treat bigger government like, well, Ebola. 

Though there are fair criticisms of the CDC’s handling of Ebola, by giving into the temptation to point fingers at Obama, Republicans run the risk of reinforcing the idea that any crisis or perceived crisis can be handled if only there were a better person in charge. And this could cut against many of the arguments that conservatives usually make about the inherent problems with federal bureaucracies.

I’d like government to be competent, but if it can’t be that, then get it out of the way and let us deal with the problem. Passing laws and increasing the reach of the .gov in the midst of a crisis inevitably leads to horrible laws that have far-reaching effects way beyond their original intent.

Does anyone REALLY think that the “Ebola Czar” position will go away once this initial panic is over? Let’s find solutions to the Ebola problem that don’t involve the .gov. 

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem.” 

– Ronald Reagan

 
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October 17th, 2014 by exurbankevin

The World Is About To Get A Little Less Smart

I don’t like talk radio. I don’t listen to Rush or Hannity, and when my co-workers play Mark Levin, I turn up the volume on my Surf Rock Pandora mix and rock out with my headphones on.

I don’t like talk radio. But I liked the Jim Sharpe show when I lived in Phoenix, and now it’s going off the air

Jim’s a friend, and he was stupid enough to let me into the studio every once in a while to rant on the air. Obviously, he’s never seen “Play Misty For Me“, or he’d know how that sort of thing ends. 

I digress. 

In a world full of radio polemicists who use repetition and the volume of their voice to make their points, Jim and John McJunkin (the Sancho Panza to Jim’s Don Quixote) used reason and consistent, logical arguments. That was why their show was #1 in their time slot for years on end, and that’s what made them so special.

And now it’s ending. Jim and John, you’ll be missed, even from 1500 miles away. Ride hard, shoot straight, tell the truth, and may we meet again around a mic (or a cold beverage) very soon. 

 

 
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October 16th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Mumbai…Oklahoma City…Nairobi…Woolwich…Ottawa?

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Mumbai: An attack by militant Islamists shooting randomly into crowds kills dozens and injures hundreds. Military and police forces were almost powerless to stop the rampage.

Oklahoma City: A convert to radical Islam beheads one coworker and attempts to kill others, but he’s stopped by a good guy with a gun.

Nairobi: Radical Islamic terrorists attack a crowded mall with guns and explosives, committing slaughter on a wholesale level until they are stopped by a mixture of armed citizens and government forces.

Woolwich: Islamists attack a drummer in the Fusiliers with knives and cleavers in revenge for British involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Police and military are unable to stop the murder, and the killers waited around to be arrested.

Ottawa: “Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada.” 

Maybe one day, the U.S. and Canada will be willing to admit that the best way to fight a dispersed threat like radical Islamic terrorism is a dispersed, flexible response, but until that day comes, I’m going to carry my CCW, keep a bigger gun nearby and have a first aid kit handy

 
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October 9th, 2014 by exurbankevin

The Glower Behind The Throne

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John Fund goes there

On Capitol Hill, members of both parties are more and more mystified at Obama’s apparent disengagement from parts of his job. Months before he dropped the ball on ISIS, he failed to keep himself properly apprised of the problems with Obamacare’s website. Jarrett appears to exercise such extraordinary influence that in some quarters on Capitol Hill she is known as “Rasputin,” a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.

No one suggests that Jarrett is solely responsible for the administration’s slow response to the crises, contradictory communication, and labored political calculation that have become its hallmarks. But many do think that she has failed to encourage the president to bring in new people with fresh ideas. 

Is Jarrett solely responsible? No, bad advice is only damaging when you heed it. Is she Obama’s go-to person for (bad) advice? Yes. As much as progressives wanted to blast Karl Rove as the evil genius behind George Bush, the fact is, Valerie Jarrett *is* what they imagined Rove to be. When the Fifth Estate decides to stop being Fifth Columnists for the Democratic Party and start to report the honest truth about the Obama Administration, we’ll find out it was Valerie Jarrett who was the Obama’s Ike Turner. 

Only this time, it was our country that took a beating. 

 
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October 3rd, 2014 by exurbankevin

“For The Children” is the new last refuge of the scoundrel

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” – Samuel Johnson

Attorney General Eric Holder ripped technology companies Tuesday that he said are ‘thwarting’ the federal government’s ability to stop child abuse” – Time Magazine

Mr. Holder, please stop. My privacy is, well, MY privacy, not yours. If that means it’s a little bit harder for you to arrest the people who need arresting, so be it. The default setting on everything about my life should be “none of your business” unless I choose to make it someone else’s business. That’s changed over the last few decades, though, due to the War On (some) Drugs, War On Terror, War On (some) Women, and the War On Whatever We Want To Go To War With. 

Enough. What we’re really fighting is a war on the private citizen. The preamble of the Constitution starts with “We, the people of these United States…” 

When was the last time you felt you were a part of the government of the United States? When did that change, and how can we change it back? That’s the war we need to fight. 

 
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October 1st, 2014 by exurbankevin