September 2005 Archives

September 29, 2005

Louisiana - Money they don't need - Yet

Katrina - A disaster that was bound to happen. A disaster that effected an enormous area. A disaster that displaced thousands. A disaster that destroyed many many homes, schools & businesses. Another 'disaster' is waiting to happen. While our Nation still has strong feelings of empathy, for the people of New Orleans and Louisiana, their Politicians are trying to take advantage of our 'goodwill'.

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Posted by Dawn at 1:46 PM

September 28, 2005

kill the poor, take the oil *

What I know is that Anti-war protests are not covered very well at all. Would it kill the MSM to report some facts? For instance, is it pertinent to to know who organizes these protests? The A.N.S.W.E.R. might actually surprise you.

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We are # 2 (Behind Finland)

The latest world competitiveness lists are out and the U.S. second overall - same place as last year. The Geneva-based World Economic Forum publishes the report each year. Other countries in the top ten are small Nordic or Asian Tigers. Besides size, it is a diverse group, showing that the free market has many manifestations. The big Euro countries (France, Germany) and Japan declined. India rose a little; China lost a little, but neither is very efficient yet. Chad is last.

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Posted by Jack at 2:27 PM

The Incumbent Protection Racket

Being elected to Congress is tantamount of a lifetime appointment similar to being named to the Federal bench, at least in the House of Representatives. According to government watchdog, Common Cause, in 2004, 399 Congressional incumbents ran for re-election. Of that number only seven lost and two of those seven ran against other incumbents in Texas. Thus, a 98.3 percent incumbent re-election rate nationwide and a 99 percent re-election rate for all states outside of Texas. Since 1976, the incumbent re-election rate for the House has dipped below 90 percent only once, in 1992, when it was 88.3%.

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September 27, 2005

Surviving Rita

I had the pleasure of seeing my city safely above sea level on Saturday morning. And that is no minor achievement. Hurricane Rita was very serious, and it was only by the grace of God it did not do more damage to more people. This is cold comfort to residents of Port Arthur and Lake Charles, no doubt, but at least the looting and loss of life we saw in New Orleans was prevented by vigilant local authorities and provident citizens. The Hurricane's impact to Texas and New Orleans will be manageable.

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Posted by at 9:43 PM

If I had the right tools . . .

A persistent theme on the left is to compare messy reality to an ideal that Lefty believes should have been. But there is a big problem with the critique. It misses the point that if something is to be done SOMEBODY has to do it. That somebody is government and sometimes it can't.

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Posted by Jack at 10:05 AM | Comments (29)

September 21, 2005

On Illegitimate Presidents

Why did Hugo Chavez receive such a warm reception at the recent UN reform meeting? For what he said obviously: Capitalism is the cause of all the evils in the world, the US is a terrorist state, we need a 'new international economic order' patterned after that of Venezuela... etc., etc. It's the same propaganda peddled in our universities by liberal professors and increasingly by the democratic party itself.

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Practical Thoughts on Fixing Campaign Finance

The recent spate of activity at the FEC regarding regulations and litigation, namely the Club for Growth suit, has brought about some new thoughts about how real campaign finance reforms should be implemented. Specifically, we are on the wrong path entirely and unless we make a turn for the better, significant political freedoms will become limited.

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September 19, 2005

More on how New Orleans is 'Militarized'

Where does Cindy Sheehan get her information? My guess is that it's not FOX News. (Which is too bad, a good dose of FOX might help her regain a sense of reality.) My guess is that she gets her 'news' from 'independent' media who postulate that the U.S. military enforces the fascism of the capitalist oligarchy, or some such, and like to put out reports like this one about how New Orleans has been 'militarized'.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 7:14 PM

September 18, 2005

A Great Statesman

Republicans can find a lot about Bill Clinton not to like, but you have to admit that he is trying to be a statesman and that he probably has the brains and charisma to pull it off. If you watched President Clinton on This Week or you heard him talk about the Clinton Global Initiative you found criticism of the current President's policies, but without the acrimony you get from howling Howard or broken record Boxer. He also has some ideas that are not just negations of Bush's competence or mere assertions that Dems can do better.

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Posted by Jack at 3:26 PM | Comments (65)

Politically Correct Currency

The way things are going, is it possible that our money could be changed to represent the true diversity of the American people? After all, our dollar bills only feature European-Americans.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 11:31 AM

September 17, 2005

Political Speak - Listen Closely

We have had the benefit? of listening to a lot of Politicians since Katrina hit. Have you been listening closely OR simply hearing what you like to hear ?

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Posted by Dawn at 3:32 PM | Comments (58)

September 16, 2005

Get our troops out...

...of New Orleans? The spokesman for the anti-war movement has spoken. Our soldiers are not welcome in Iraq or New Orleans! Cindy Sheehan has been the darling of the media and the left for several months now, such that they pronounced that she is sparking an anti-war movement just like that of the Vietnam era (when we had protestors spitting on soldiers). Unfortunately that seems to be the history they want to repeat.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 6:07 PM

September 15, 2005

Happy poor? It Works.

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in Cancun. Mrs Real Debate and I took a day trip to Chichen-Itza and the trip was lead by a Mayan guide. We stopped in an authentic village to get a gauge of the real Mexico.

These people are VERY poor. But you know what? They are VERY happy. All along the 3+ hour drive we noticed people living in squalor, but they were all working.

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Posted by RealDebate at 1:19 PM

Still Better than Kerry

According to the latest Zogby poll, our president is unpopular. When put in a head to head contest with recent ex-presidents, he loses to every one - even to Jimmy Carter. These of course are hypothetical match ups. The interesting thing is that, according to the poll, HE STILL BEATS JOHN KERRY. It just goes to show that when people have to make real world choices, they are a little more circumspect. After all the beating Bush has taken, opinions really haven't changed that much.

Posted by Jack at 11:03 AM | Comments (64)

September 14, 2005

Roberts the Technocrat

Roberts is certainly very impressive. He's bright, articulate, appropriately humbled by his role, and seems to understand the constitutional structure. But I think conservatives may be too gleeful in their enthusiasm for Roberts. Most seem to think he's a Trojan Horse who betrayed his real conservative ideas through the penumbras of his Reagan White House memos. But this is no measure of a man.

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Posted by at 6:44 PM | Comments (21)

Line Drawing on Affirmative Action

As expected, Judge Roberts is getting a grilling from Senators Kennedy, Biden and others on the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding affirmative action. Roberts views on this are pretty well known, he doesn't like affirmative action. However, like all Senate hearings, this confirmation hearing is looking to the past to ask questions instead of asking questions about the future impacts of issues, as Professor Jeffrey Rosen suggested in this New York Times article (subscription required-sorry) which originally appeared on August 28 in the NY Times Magazine.

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 1:20 PM

September 13, 2005

Business, government and society

The purpose of government is to help its citizens do for themselves, not to do things for them and certainly not to get in the way of their efforts to help themselves. The Katrina experience has highlighted the inability of government on all levels to act swiftly and effectively. It also highlighted the amazing resiliency of communities, as well as the amazing efficiency of the private sector firms and non-profit organizations.

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Posted by Jack at 2:36 PM

September 12, 2005

Big Pimpin' in the Big Easy

One benefit of living in Houston is that we get to hear public radio broadcasts by participants in and beneficiaries of the relief effort at the Astrodome. The conspiracy thinking from victims and the various black "leaders" is beyond belief. One guy noted how New Orleanians were traumatized by water, then put on navy ships for shelter, and that this was an insult, particularly because black people were brought to America in slave ships. He made a point of saying that this was likely not "all a coincidence."

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Posted by at 3:29 PM

September 9, 2005

Never antagonize anybody . . . unintentionally

What I like about Watchblog is that people are generally polite, sometimes even witty. Of course there is the occasional lout, someone who thinks he is "keeping it real" by being blunt and vulgar. I don't have anything against insults, per se. There are people who need insulting, some more often than others. But any fool can repeat crude insults. Who really cares if you are "pissed", and saying "Bush sucks" says lot your education.

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Posted by Jack at 10:06 PM | Comments (51)

Country devastated: Democrats ecstatic.

One after the other, liberal after liberal takes the opportunity to be gracious and inspiring, to unite and not divide, to lift up and not tear down, to bring America together and help their fellow Americans-- and then they just flush it down the toilet in the most petty, shallow, baseless, and vindictive partisan attacks I've ever seen.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 4:04 PM

Political Fallout following Katrina

The Political Aftermath of Katrina is as sickening as the contaminated water on the New Orleans' streets. Why can't people figure out what went right and wrong without making it Republican or Democrat? What is wrong with ALL of us?
PLUS... Update on Mike Brown

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Posted by Dawn at 10:16 AM

September 8, 2005

I've Had Enough

Those damn gays are at it again! They are trying to force their deviant lifestyle onto us. They are corrupting the morals of this country. I've had enough of their "flair" and it's time to take action. Now! Why can't the gays and the queer loving left just show us some respect and leave us alone? Gay Marriage

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Swamps Versus People

Protecting the environment is an important part of conservatism. Who but the most blinkered and unimaginative ideologue would be indifferent to the destruction of wildlife, endangered species, and unique scenic landscapes. But conservatives also believe that nature has a hierarchy, and that our protection of the environment ultimately is a duty to ourselves, God, and future generations.

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Posted by at 11:33 AM

September 7, 2005

Compassionate Conservatism Lives

In the first comment to my post last night, Ron Brown kindly wrote:

Good ideas, now if only the government would read them and then follow them.

Well, Ron, apparently they do.

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The Financial and Political Aspects of Disaster Relief

Disasters like the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina routinely demonstrate the best of human nature, and unfortunately, the worst as well. The unbelievable charity of average people, the heroism of the man on the street, and the scope of private response to natural catastrophes boggles the mind, giving everyone hope in the face of calamity. While private efforts are lauded, public and governmental efforts are vilified and, out of necessity, limited.

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September 6, 2005

Building The New South

The Gulf Coast has been destroyed by what most people now agree is the worst natural disaster in American history. Never before has so large a region been so utterly annihilated. Estimates of the rebuilding cost have grown exponentially, from $6 or $7 billion during the first few days to $150 billion now. Right off the bat, President Bush is seeking $40 billion to begin the rebuilding effort. No doubt we will have more accurate estimates in the months to come, but it is clear that a gigantic sum of public, non-profit, and private money will be spent to help Gulf Coast residents get their lives back. But how should it be spent?

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General Honore

I think that Gen. Honore said something very important recently in his press conference. The only way to have had a more rapid federal response would have been to have emergency assets in the path of the Hurricane, where they could have gotten destroyed before being deployed. The usual drill is to have states and localities keep things under control for a few days until more help can arrive. They so proudly call themselves "first responders." The fact that so many national guard and federal troops have arrived less than a week later is commendable and a better response than one could have expected.

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Posted by at 4:12 PM

September 5, 2005

Western Culture Trumps all other Cultures

Western culture is the best culture in the world. I may have just stated a politically correct heresy - tough - it's true.

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September 3, 2005

We can never run out of oil

Katrina hit our oil infrastructure hard. Coming at a time of already tight supply, this will mean higher prices and talks of the end of oil. But this too will pass and if we don't repeat the price control debacles of the 1970s it will pass quickly.

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Posted by Jack at 12:32 AM

September 2, 2005

Why the left will never win another National election.

This is from Mark Green of the Huffington Post:

We owe Pat Robertson and Ann Coulter a big thank you. These two American mullahs of the far right are helping to expose how The Bush Team is in the extreme and we who question this war most prominently Cindy Sheehan are in the mainstream.

I'll grant the fact that Ann Coulter and Pat Robertson are out there, no argument.

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Posted by RealDebate at 12:38 AM

September 1, 2005

Where Were You?

Still groggy, I hit the snooze button for what would probably be the first of several ten minute extensions of my deprived sleep. My mostly-still sleeping wife blurted out, "What did he say?". After a couple of seconds, my brain, still trying to distinguish the dream world from the reality of awakening, pieced the words of the classic rock DJ together: "It's confirmed, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have been hit."

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Posted by The OttO Show at 1:14 PM