January 2006 Archives

January 31, 2006

Proud of my President; less proud of my Governor

President Bush reached out to Democrats with his State of the Union speech. I especially liked his commitment to math and science education and his plans for greater energy independence.

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January 30, 2006

Is the United States running out of gas?

When a country is on the decline, its citizens tend to look to the past. A rising country, on the contrary, has a populous looking to its future.

The Wall Street Journal's Neal E. Boudette reports that U.S. automakers are "reaching back to the legendary cars of their past in hopes of brightening their future" and therefore recalling "the glory days." GM plans on relaunching the Camaro, Chrysler plans on reproducing the Dodge Challenger, and Ford continues releasing redesigned Mustangs. Meanwhile, Asian car manufacturers are full speed ahead with improvements in technology and something else that first set the Big Three ahead: innovation.

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January 29, 2006

The Google Capitulation

Google will censor itself to comply with demands of the Chinese government. This is a symptom of the biggest shift in our lifetimes, something we can't help seeing but don't see. It is a new stage in propaganda.

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January 28, 2006

The People who have it Best are the Most Pessimistic

A recent study by the World Economic Forum found that Western Europeans are the most pessimistic about the future, followed by us Americans. On the other hand, 77% of the Afghans think the next generation will live in a safer world, while in Iraq this view is held by six in ten.

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January 26, 2006

The Importance of being Earnest

You have to make real world choices and alternatives come in packages that contain some things you like and others you don't. You have to take the sweet with the bitter if you want to be effective. That is why we are members of parties and that is why political parties persist even though so many people seem to be disgusted with them all the time.

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When Party Trumps Policy

Might the man from Texas be the worst president our nation has seen since Herbert Hoover?

To be fair, he came into office with the odds stacked against him. His predecessor was a youthful, charismatic leader whose following seemed more like that of a rock star than a politician. And the nation was coming off years of peace and prosperity. In many respects, he had nowhere to go but down. Nonetheless, consider the following:

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Power Grab

Exactly which Branch of our Government is overreaching?
Depending on the circumstance, and one's personal opinion, we could point to any one of them.

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January 25, 2006

Connecting the Dots

We had all the information we needed to prevent the 9/11 attacks. We just didn't connect the dots. We just didn't see the big picture. We just didn't perceive the pattern that in retrospect it is so clear. One reason is we were not looking.

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January 24, 2006

Operation Elephant Takeover

Democrats and the Kerry campaign engaged in election fraud and dirty tricks in Wisconsin-- so where's the news media?! Where's the 24 hour coverage? Where's the 'Culture of Corruption' headlines? Where are the protests demanding every vote be counted?!

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January 22, 2006

Iran: No connection to 9/11

I just noticed something: Hillary is demanding action against Iran ...but does Iran have any connection to 9/11? Have they attacked us? Is Iran is an imminent threat? Democrats in general need to answer some of these questions before they can even think about criticizing Bush for not already taking action.

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January 21, 2006

Preservation, Restoration & Conservation

The great issues of war and peace often affect us less than where and how we live. Most of us are familiar with the recent Kelo case of eminent domain, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Every day, people are losing control of their properties as our land use patterns become a matter of other people's tastes.

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January 20, 2006

Beware Easy Healthcare Fixes

It is generally accepted that we have a problem with healthcare in this country, but we had better make sure we fully understand the nature of that problem before we start enacting solutions that may exacerbate it. Otherwise we could find ourselves with a patchwork of well-meaning but ill-conceived legislation similar to the so-called Walmart healthcare bill enacted in Maryland last week.

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Osama’s Swan Song

The latest taped message from UBL, the terms our cousins across the pond use for Osama is very close to a message of defeat. UBL is following in footsteps of Prophet Mohammad, exactly as required of a dutiful true Muslim by asking for negotiations when faced with a sure defeat. His hope is to sue for a truce, resulting in a treaty for say ten years, while regrouping and strengthening his forces and then violate the treaty at will just as Muhammad did in the trouncing over the ten year Treaty of Hudaibiyah, 18 months after signing it.

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'Exiled Saudi Dissident' and other fairy tales

Any statement made by an enemy of the United States is news-- and apparently so is what the 'exiled Saudi
dissident'
(Osama Bin Laden) says... I wonder what kind of world the AP lives in?

Also, what color is the sky in the Democrats world? Did Hillary Clinton really just eviscerate Bush for failing to act unilaterally? I love it! How delicious.

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January 18, 2006

Women in Power

Many women are gaining more power around the globe.
The question is: Are these the right women?

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January 17, 2006

You Shall Know the Truth

All the troubles in the world are coming, but most never get to you if you just stand still. Unfortunately, by the time the truth comes out, the searchlight of the media has moved on to a new dreadful threat to civilization. Some sites specialize in calling attention to the foibles of the media and the culture.

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God speaks to Ray Nagin. Is he the next prophet?

It appears that we have a new prophet. God seems to have chosen Mayor Ray Nagin to convey to the Americans that he is mad at US. God berated America for attacking Iraq under false pretenses. God is also not happy about the violence and political infighting in black communities. Apparently God did not mention the political infighting in Washington that has seemed to slow everything within the belt.

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January 16, 2006

"Pullout must look like defeat"

If there is one thing that marks the general consensus on the left today it's that losing is somehow a winning position. The determination with which the left seems to pursue securing a political defeat for America is astounding. Is it just that the wrong party is in power? or would this be their position if a democrat were in power as well? I begin to wonder.

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Lamenting the Dreamer

In his brilliant song of lost dreams, The River, Bruce Springsteen asked, "Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?" For Dr. King's dream, it is something worse. Today we stand in supposed celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose principles and message need to be celebrated.

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January 15, 2006

Paying for Good Press

The Washington Post ran an article discussing why the U.S. paid to get fair treatment in the Iraqi media. Although there is no indication that the information contained in them was false, the revelation created outrage among the chattering classes. Personally, I would pay to place friendly articles in the Iraqi media under only two conditions: I would have to have the money and I would have to find journalists would accept it.

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January 14, 2006

Equality - Not a Good Idea

Equal opportunity and rights under the law are noble goals, but expecting equal outcomes is silly, impractical and pernicious. Everything we value creates or results from inequality. Diversity, choice, variety, multicultural and tolerance of differences all are either causes or consequences of inequality.

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January 13, 2006

Insulting Communists & Liberals

Do we need a more democratic economic system in America based on co-operation not competition? Is your idea of Campaign Finance Reform to have the state take over the funding of campaigns? Are the words, 'profit-motive', an epithet in your mind? If so, you may be offended by the rest of this article, please read on...

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January 12, 2006

Our Bloggin' Business

I got some interesting insights from an event I attended yesterday evening, Europe, America and the Blogosphere. Two Europeans and two Americans talked about why Europe has not developed as vibrant an Internet culture as the U.S. Some key points.

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Hearings on the SCOTUS Nominee

As he leaves his glass house, on his high horse, toting his self absorbed speeches and questions he already answered (or knows can't be answered), he arrives at his seat on his thrown....

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January 11, 2006

Raise Taxes

Government interventions usually crash on the concept of price. Prices are not accidental. They not only regulate supply and demand, but also contain information about scarcities and expectations that allow everyone to make sound decisions. Governments cannot permanently lower prices without creating shortages. But they can create inefficiencies and scarcities that push prices higher. Sometimes this might be an appropriate use of government power.

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January 10, 2006

U.S. Immigration Policy: Biased Against Whites?

Meet Manuel Bartsch. He's a good ol' American boy who plays football, has a girlfriend, and works hard in school. He's about as American as Apple Pie.

One problem: He is undocumented.

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January 9, 2006

Images

Just something interesting. Comment if you like, or just watch it.

Our troops.

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Fighting corporate America

The left would have you believe that demonizing corporations (like Wal-mart) have nothing to do with any particular or historical socio-political agenda. Nay, when a liberal slips and praises, say, a communist dictator whilst simultaneously calling Bush a terrorist-- well, we are probably taking the quote completely out of context, aren't we?

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January 7, 2006

Save the Tomatoes!!

Listen closely ... When you pluck a tomato from the vine ... you can hear it scream.
Are some of us simply going off the deep end ?

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Posted by Dawn at 1:00 AM

It's the Economy, Stupid

The great American economy is getting tougher to ignore. Pessimists are having a harder time finding things to complain about. The declining economy the President inherited was a good target for a while, but the economy has grown an average of 4.1% since the Bush tax cuts and policies began to take effect in 2003. Not to worry, jobs lag economic growth. Complain about that. But this year the economy produced 2 million jobs and brought the unemployment rate down to 4.9%. Okay, we are spending ourselves into debt. Well . . . no. As any accountant knows debt alone tells you nothing. Net worth - assets minus liabilities - is the key measure. Household net worth is at an all time high, 27% higher than during the high point of the Clinton boom and twice as high as in 1995.

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January 4, 2006

Economic Freedom Makes Good Things Happen

The new Index of Economic Freedom was published today. The United States improved its ranking over last year. If you look at the report about our country, you see we had a very good year. What drags us down the most is fiscal burden, which is the cost of government. (Raising taxes, BTW, does not improve this score.) Unfortunately government has grown under George W. Bush and we clearly need to cut spending. We also do relatively poorly on the government intervention scale.

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Science and Magic

Recent debates about evolution have revealed the august and nearly sacred position of modern science in our world. In many respects, science and technology define the world we live in: the length of our lives, our expectations of convenience, our sense of tragedy, our ability to impose our will on others, our concept of knowledge and truth. But science has triumphed in part by displacing other sources of knowledge, in many cases dismissing them as being of merely antiquarian interest.

I recently re-read C.S. Lewis' Abolition of Man and was struck by his treatment of the scientific project's shady origins.

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January 3, 2006

Who Owns the Past?

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past", wrote George Orwell in "1984". Who should own the past has no simple answer. Consider an ostensibly simple case of countries like Greece, Turkey, and Egypt demanding "back" ancient works of art - their history. Should they get them? Maybe not.

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