Ten Years Of Punditry And Mayhem

Jon, Todd, Steve and myself started Exurban League ten years ago today.

What a long, strange trip it’s been. I live in Florida now, and this blog is pretty much shut down. Todd and Steve don’t blog (never really did, to be honest), I’m writing over on my gun blog and a bunch of other places, and Jon is Editor In Chief of Ricochet.com.

We started late in the blog world, and we missed catching the wave of blogs that drove many people to the top of the journalism ladder, but thanks to our great good decent adequate writing skills and a wry sense of humor, both Jon and I have both come a long way, for which we credit God’s grace, good luck and a lot of hard work.

With a little nepotism and sucking-up thrown in for good measure.

Please consider joining Ricochet as a way to keep up with we have to say. Some of what we write is pretty good, the rest is merely brilliant.

 
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August 17th, 2016 by exurbankevin

Local Boy Makes It To The Big Time

Four guys were hanging around a coffee shop on a Saturday morning in 2006, solving all the world’s problems in just a few hours. We’d known each other from college, and all of us shared a passion for technology, Christ, our families, and our country.

Oh, and Salma Hayek. Her too.

We decided to start a blog to let the world know we’ve solved everything that ails it, and the rest, as they say, is history. Two of the guys from the coffee shop made a few posts and then never wrote again, and a fifth friend joined in as well, but two of the guys wrote often, and started to get some notoriety for what they wrote.

Now one of those two guys is the editor-in-chief of Ricochet.com.

Congratulations, Ex(urban)Jon.

On a related note, I think I’m going to begin powering down this part of the blog and move my political rants to the member feed of Ricochet. I believe in their model, and it’s time to support it with money and content. I’d encourage everyone reading to join Ricochet, it truly is a unique outpost of civility in the ever-increasing vulgar wasteland of the ‘net. Other things working against keeping up the blog is that I’m not wired in to the local scene like I was in Arizona, and I’m just not as motivated to write about politics as I was in 2008. The gunblog will continue, but it will be moved to the MisfiresAndLightStrikes.com domain and spun off on it’s own.

 
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September 26th, 2015 by KevinC

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

Rowdy Rodham Clinton

Jon’s right. Totally not creepy at all

obey

 
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June 25th, 2013 by exurbankevin

C’est Une Falaise

In other words, this is not a cliff.

The notion of a “Fiscal Cliff” is a bit of a misnomer.  After all, what is being called a fiscal cliff is an artificial construct engineered by our political leaders.  It was created as a vehicle that would prompt both the White House and Congress to agree on fiscal matters since both sides were at an impasse during the debt ceiling talks.  The idea was that the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts would force both parties to negotiate a solution that was palatable to both sides and could be signed by the President.

So how’s that working out now?

Meanwhile, back in reality (read “outside the Beltway”), some are discussing the fact that the current fiscal problem is much greater than our leaders acknowledge.  The profligate spending and its attendant fiscal irresponsibility by the Federal Government is an addiction that shows no signs of being corrected.  ExurbanLeague alumnus Jon Gabriel writes about this situation over at Freedom Works using the analogy of the Prodigal Uncle.  The article is a great illustration of the behavioral problems associated with our current predicament.  Read the whole thing, but here is the takeaway line that sums it up:

The political posturing surrounding the “fiscal cliff” is so much kabuki, intending to make politicians on both sides appear fiscally responsible. Let’s face it, the car went over the fiscal cliff years ago — politicians are just pretending to steer so the passengers don’t panic.

The fiscal cliff will come and go, either there will be a deal or not.  There will be talks on increasing the debt ceiling early next year and maybe even a budget will get passed.  However, the real problem of unfunded commitments and unsustainable government spending will continue to loom.  Sometime in the near future, there will come a point where bondholders will refuse to purchase any more debt and there won’t be any borrowed money to spend.  Then things will get really interesting and some major changes will take place.  No matter what you call it, a day of reckoning is in our nation’s future.

 
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December 9th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Blood on his hands

Courtesy of Blogger Emeritus ExJon:

Eric Holder as well

Why is blood on the streets of Mexico is no less a horror than blood on the streets of Main Street, USA? 

Shame on the mainstream media for covering up the horrors of this story. A pox on all their houses. 

When did covering up the mistakes of a President become more important than the murder of hundreds of Latinos, some within earshot of the US-Mexican border

I say again: A pox on everyone who thinks that hundreds of dead Mexicans is a small price to pay for re-electing Obama.

Update: 

… y en otra manera: Latinos murió. Obama mintió. 

Latinos murió. Obama mintió.

 
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October 1st, 2012 by exurbankevin

The Top Ten Harry Reid Campaign Slogans

From the home office on Twitter… 

First, our humble efforts: 

I geeve you taco keeses. (Explainer)

You people smell 

Because a Democrat would never sell out Hispanics, unless they live near the Bay of Pigs  

Keep your chalupas ! Vote Harry Reid! 

And now, the real Top Ten

I don’t know how anyone who speaks with a negro dialect could be a Republican, need I say more? (Explainer)

¡no se puede!

Some of my best friends use upside-down punctuation

Well, all MY servants vote Democrat!”

I’m down with OPP(Other People’s Pesos)

I was totally pulling for you at the Alamo

Ask not what your country can do for you, instead ask what OUR country can do for you

There are 2 kinds of people in the world, Tuco. Those with patronizingly racist views & those who dig. You dig.

¡Yo Quiero Harry Reid!

Vote For Pedro

More …

 
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August 12th, 2010 by exurbanjon

ExLg interviewed on Phoenix’s KFYI.

Exurban League’s domination of media is proceeding apace.

Jim Sharpe of Arizona’s talk radio behemoth KFYI was kind enough to interview me and Kevin while we were attending Right Online in Vegas a couple of weeks back.

Jim played the interview this morning on his fantastic show and uploaded the whole shebang on his blog this morning.

Check it out here …and listen to his show religiously!

More …

 
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August 2nd, 2010 by exurbanjon

Obamas take 4 vacations in 1 month.

Barack Obama: Man of Leisure.

While many Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans or eliminating them altogether, Barack Obama is setting an aspirational example for all of us. Sure, times are tough, but perhaps we can enjoy a life of leisure vicariously through our betters.

On July 16-18, the Obamas enjoyed their first summer vacation in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. The idyllic town has long been favorite summer getaway for the rich and powerful going back to the Gilded Age. Truly a resort fit for a king public servant.

Anticipating exhaustion from two long weeks in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama is hosting her eldest daughter and several family friends on a “private vacation” to Spain, August 4-8. Staying at the luxurious Villa Padierna, Americans can rest easy knowing the accomodations will “pamper guests with elegance, spaciousness and a comforting array of amenities.” With three golf courses on the property, it’s quite a shame Barack must attend a party thrown in his honor by one of his billionaire friends. Despite this hardship, I’m sure Michelle will sing “Don’t Cry for Me, America”. Or at least hum a few bars. (After the spa’s Chakra Balancing treatment with Hot Stones.)

The five days back in the White House will be a horrible burden to the family. Thankfully, the Obama clan will take a third vacation, Aug. 14-15, to Florida’s Gulf Coast, following charges of hypocrisy for vacationing in Maine earlier. As any PR pro will tell you, the best response to “out of touch” accusations is to face them head on. Preferably from a balcony, sipping a mojito while watching Helios’ golden rays paint the beach in myriad shades of gold as the fiery orb slips ‘neath the azure horizon.

But if the Obamas are anything like me (and it sure seems that way!), sometimes they feel more tired after a vacation than before it. Luckily for all of us, the family will take a fourth vacation, Aug. 19-29, in exclusive Martha’s Vineyard. It’s about time that poor man got a little R and R.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Instapundit for the kind link. You can follow me on Twitter here.

 
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July 26th, 2010 by exurbanjon

A message to L.A.

 
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May 12th, 2010 by admindude