July 2006 Archives

July 31, 2006

July 30 Sources: Getting Taxes Right

Predictions about taxes are always wrong, as recent unexpected surges in tax revenues again confirmed. Errors are not random. They systematically underestimate the beneftis of tax cuts and overestimate revenue from tax hikes. By ignorning economic dynamism, they predict a tax increase of a dollar will produce a dollar of revenue or that a dollar cut will reduce revenue by that amount. This is NEVER true. Starting in 2007, the government will begin to use dynamic analysis, lliterally changing the equation and improving accuracy.

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July 30, 2006

Unconditional surrender

Why hasn't the UN demanded the unconditional surrender of Hezballah?

Amid the calls for Israel to 'stop the violence' something seems to have been lost. Moral clarity. The international community seems unable to find the moral clarity to oppose Hezballah, a terrorist organization, with anything more than a few token words. It's so much easier to demand that Israel 'stop the violence'. The pathetic incompetence of the UN takes some time to digest but it staggers the imagination how very incompetent and pathetic it actually is.

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July 29, 2006

Listen to what they say

Howard Dean, the Chairman of the Democratic Party, yesterday said that Kathrine Harris was like Stalin for daring to certify the vote count in Florida in 2000. He also called the Iraqi Prime Minister an anti-semite.

You have to admit that they picked the perfect person to represent and lead the Democratic Party. Just bringing people together left and right.

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One Issue Wonder

Campaigning on one issue is all you need, if that idea has the most momentum.

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July 28, 2006

Democrats: When You Stand For Nothing, You Fall For Anything

Democrats define themselves by what they ain't and who they hate. They are not Republicans and they hate Bush. We knew that. What are they for? Beyond castigating Republicans and punishing Bush, they are bit hazy, but to accomplish that goal they are willing to humilitate friendly foreign leaders, imply Joe Lieberman is a Nazi and campaign on the issue of impeaching the president. Hate, contrary to my prediction, is selling well among unhinged activists. Democrats may eventually need to stand for something. Let's find it.

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More Tax Supported Elections

Brad Smith, Chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics points to recently introduced legislation that would increase taxpayer subsidies for federal elections by some 400 percent. Every year when you file your tax return, there is a box on your return that asks if you want to contribute $3 dollars to the presidential campaign financing program (I once had a tax preparer tell me I had to check the box--I no longer employ her services).

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July 27, 2006

You ARE Safer Today Than You Were 6 Years Ago

I know you don't FEEL safer. You are like a man who feels invincible eating pork rinds and bacon before a heart attack. After the attack, eating right and exercising, he is in better shape but never again feels secure. Now we are more vigilant with controversial but effective programs to attack terrorists' financing or listen in their communications. We have taken a more aggressive stance against terrorists. NATO is deployed in Afghanistan and training counterterrorist forces all over. These are just a few examples.

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The Democratic hoax

There's a lie circulating--you've probably heard it--that Democratic politicians support the troops in Iraq. They've done a laudable job stifling the truth thus far, devising politically savvy expressions to disguise the duplicity, but the deception is going to unravel sooner or later.

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July 26, 2006

Ahmadinejad Quivers At The Prospects Of War

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has apparently backed down from his usual, "kill all the Jews" rhetoric and is, instead, calling for a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon.

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July 25, 2006

The People - United - Will Never Be Defeated: Go Joe Lieberman

Who are "the people"? What do they want? In non-democracies, these are mystic concepts. In the U.S., we need not speculate; we ask. They vote and make choices about products and lifestyles. In the last thirty years, the American people have been increasingly conservative. Many of those who are not Republican are supporters of DLC Democrats. Leftists don't do well with the people, so why do they still pretend to represent them?

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July 24, 2006

Kerry's pedestrian pomposity

"If I was president, this wouldn't have happened."

There's a word for this kind of stuffy arrogance. Haughtiness? Somnolent pretention? Self-assured pomposity? Yes, that's it. Pompous. That is, in a word, the reason why Kerry lost the election in 2004.

After reading the news story about this I realized that what Kerry said is also completely incoherent.

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Socialism or Death?

Speaking at the World Social Forum Hugo Chavez proclaimed that the destruction of the Imperialist Hegemon ruled by 'Mr. Danger' would be difficult-- but not impossible.

He ended his speech with a call to build a global anti-imperialist alliance to defeat the U.S. and spread socialism-- or die trying! Now that I think of it, Hugo travels quite a lot for a third world dictator, so what is he up to?

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July 23, 2006

July 23 Sources: Fog and Friction of War

The article The Fog of War on Cable TV and events in Iraq and Lebanon motivated me to dig up my notes from an old seminar on war. These ideas are from long-dead guys like Thucydides, Clausewitz or Liddell Hart. It is amazing how much applies today. War is the collision and interaction of living forces. It is never rational. Both sides think they can win (otherwise why fight?) and each side adapts to the other. Most things in war are simple but implementation is hard and never predictable because of fog and friction.

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July 22, 2006

The Smartest Politician in America

Modern politicians rarely are idea producers. They get them from focus groups and polling data. The exception is Newt Gingrich. He is the most exciting political thinker in America today. He not only has ideas; he makes them happen. We recall his past success with Ten Lessons of Welfare Reform and then see the future with his ideas for a 21st Century health plan.

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The Treasonous Times Befriends Hezbollah

The New York Times has again published sensitive information that undermines Israel's efforts to eradicate the Hezbollah threat on its northern border while simultaneously attacking the policies of President Bush. It's no wonder that the Times is the preferred news-source among terrorists.

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July 21, 2006

Worse than Nazis?

Liberal cartoonist Ted Rall weighs in on how Israel (and Bush) are acting like Nazis. You know that's precisely what President Ahmadinajad said as well. Coincidence? Or just another example of the toxic anti-western bias of the left?

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Why We Blog (and Who We Are)

Technorati.com tracks 48.6 million sites and 2.7 billion links. Japanese are the biggest bloggers, but they tend to be kids posting personal trivia to friends. English is the most common political blog language. The average American political blogger is a well-educated, middle class white guy. Liberal bloggers outnumber conservatives, but conservatives get more comments.

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July 20, 2006

Immigrants, Assimilation and Public Schools

American public schools are supposed to enhance and support an American national identity, mitigate differences of race, class, ethnicity and sectionalism, and give students the tools and habits they need to become productive and useful citizens. Local control provides diversity, but the test of success is fairly practical. If most graduates become successful and good citizens, the system works. If not, it didn't.

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July 19, 2006

Hezbollah's War, Hezbollah's Responsibility

The loss of civilian lives and infrastructure in south Lebanon is the direct result of Hezbollah's terrorist strategy: They hide behind civilians while launching attacks from population centers. Hezbollah alone is responsible for the damage that Lebanon continues to endure, despite the numerous voices casting blame in Israel's direction.

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July 18, 2006

All We Are Saying is Give War a Chance

"I want the world to address the root causes of the problem, and the root cause is Hezbollah," says President Bush. Hezbollah must be disbanded, disarmed and degraded, agrees the UN. Security Council Resolution 1559 calls for the dismantlement of militias (including Hezbollah) and for the Lebanese Government to exercise control over all of its territory. Hezbollah's power illegitimate. Everyone should thank the Israelis for abating the Hezbollah nuisance. Give them a chance to finish the job.

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July 17, 2006

Iran's Unanswered War Against The West

With American and Allied Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Israeli forces in Gaza and Lebanon, and homegrown Jihadists rearing their ugly heads throughout the world, the War on Terror has taken on the global dimension that it was rightly ascribed back in 2001. Radical Islamist terrorists are sworn to the destruction of the Western World and they will continue down that bloodstained path until their singular objective is achieved.

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July 16, 2006

Why Negotiate?

We negotiate only when we believe that we can achieve better results negotiating than not negotiating. Negotiations are a means, not an end. They can be a good or a bad idea. I recalled that as I heard Israel criticized for not negotiating with Hamas or Hezbollah. What good can come from that?

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The Rise of Kos

After reading some of the comments in my last post, this Newsweek article about Markos "Screw them" Moulitsas Zuniga summons an eerie analogy. It brings to mind a previous unhinged and unstable power-seeking radical who, through a combination of perfect circumstance and unrelentling psychotic ambition, rose to power. The similiarities in are in fact startling.

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July 15, 2006

July15 Sources: Fat Cats Like Regulation

The established rich are rarely friends of free markets. "The Big Rip Off" explains why. Big firms can afford the staff to cope with regulations, while expense and nuisance keeps out new players. Big firms also buy good will at the expense of weaker competitors. Wal-Mart supports minimum wage hikes because it already pays above it. Enron advocated Kyoto and Ken Lay discussed strategies with Clinton and Gore as far back as 1997. Firms can do well by appearing to do good.

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July 14, 2006

Peace across the earth?

The left, a lofty single-minded folk, always thinking about how to bring peace across the earth. So it is with these kinds of posts at DailyKos by the 'nutroots': "Imagine a world without Israel,"

...obviously, liberal logic is at work here.

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July 13, 2006

Immigration Realization

The Senate's version of immigration reform may benefit America in the most unforeseen way.

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July 12, 2006

No More Donuts for the Fat Guy

Deficits matter. President Bush & the Congress have to answer for creating our current debt. But let's be angry for the right reason and that reason is spending, not tax cuts. Let's be clear about the solution: spend less. We could raise taxes, but tax revenues are already booming. The Feds are analogous to a fat man who remains hungry (stomach deficit) after his super sized meal. Do we chip in for a dozen donuts to fill him up or do we tell him that he has already eaten too much?

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The Devil in Mr. Jones

As pathologically twisted as many on the lunatic left are, there are many on the far-far-right who are just as cognitively challenged. The term that best describes this persistent worldview is conspiracism. A definition of which is a willingness to believe almost any kind of stranger-than-truth fiction as long as the evidence is lacking and it adds up to world events being manipulated by a devil worshipping global secret society engaged in a history-long conspiracy to control the world.

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You Can't Know the Facts

Before the printing press everything was unique and idiosyncratic, including information. There were no facts. People had to judge separately the veracity each statement each time. Printing allowed multiple copies of the same thing. It permitted comparison and checking. The "fact" was born. Society developed dictionaries & encyclopedias as fact repositories. Guinness published a reference book to settle bar bets.

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July 11, 2006

A Dormant US Emboldens N. Korea

Since launching a series of missiles less than a week ago, the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, has yet to face the promised consequences of his actions. The United States and Japan were particularly vocal in their opposition to the planned missile launches, which were known of weeks in advance. However, the collective warnings issued by the two countries must have sounded more like barking puppies to Kim Jong Il, who has long engaged the West with a far more inflammatory line of rhetoric.

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July 10, 2006

A Strong, Rich & Democratic Russia

The G-8 will meet this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russians economy does not really qualify for the rich club and its commitment to democracy is tenuous and slipping, but we still respect a former superpower that retains the ability to lay waste to much of the globe. It is tempting to consign Russia to has been status. That would be a mistake.

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Vote Delay

Why have Democrats fought hard to keep Tom Delay on the ballot in Texas? Answer: To disenfranchise voters.

Now we know, "...let every vote count," actually means only when it benefits Democrats.

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July 9, 2006

July 9 Sources: Our Houses are too Big

A home built today is more than twice as big as one built in 1950. Our parents thought nothing of a family of five sharing one bathroom. Today a couple thinks it uncivilized not to have a bathroom for each with one to spare. Behind the Ever Expanding American Dream House tells the story. We are a lot richer, but are we happier? This, BTW, is one problem even the most radioactive activists cannot blame on Bush.

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July 8, 2006

Christian fascism?

The National Socialist Party was a global threat with a genocidal program. So what kind of image does the title: "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism evoke? Just what is Christian Nationalism supposed to be?

According to Salon.com senior writer, Michelle Goldberg, Christian Nationalism is a real threat facing America, and her purpose is evidently to warn everyone of the danger before our not-too-far-off American krystalnacht.

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Democrats Need to Get Right with God

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God, but only a minority (29%) think Democrats are friendly to religion, according to a recent Pew study . Dems remain out of step with ordinary Americans and don't even know it. Even voters who favor Dems on other issues don't like the perceived Democratic disrespect for faith. Maybe Dems should center their party around Obama & Lieberman instead of Pelosi & Dean.

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July 7, 2006

The Mitt Man in '08

Watch out for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, he's beginning to play well in the big leagues, and once he catches his stride, he may be a factor in the upcoming presidential elections. Here's one guy's take on the Mitt Man:

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The Death Knell for Valedictory Speeches

The past month or so has seen a number of conflicts, some not new, over what is acceptable content in a high school valedictory speech. The latest interations cover matters ranging from the proper role of religion, to whether a blunt criticism of the education provided by the school is properly addressed in a valedictory speech.

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July 6, 2006

Republicans and "Big Business" are environmentally conscious

Don't listen to Democrats foaming from the mouth over how "Big Business" executives don't feel they have a moral obligation to better society, and how the Republican dominated government is "trampling" the environment--those Air America stalwarts probably have rabies anyway.

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July 5, 2006

We're Toast

The world cannot or will not reduce CO2 emissions. CO2 we have already emitted will be around a long time and the world will emit more in 2050 than it does now. Experts disagree about how much the earth will warm or the seas will rise, but they will. It is coming and we can do nothing to stop it. So what do we do?

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Market Effect

It simply baffles me. Every time the leader of a not so favorable nation makes a comment or performs a failed missile test...

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July 4, 2006

An act of war: North Korea

On America's 230th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Associated Press is reporting that North Korea is prepared to strike with an "annihilating" nuclear assault, if the United States pre-emptively attacks North Korea's long-range Taepoding-2 missile, which, according to satellite images, is allegedly armed and primed for launch.

This sort of rhetoric cannot be tolerated.

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July 3, 2006

Hauling Superman Into Court

Superman today would need a secret identity just to avoid lawyers and activists. Pundits would second-guess his heroic deeds deeds. (Lex Luther was no imminent threat.) Activists would show statistics proving that saving the world disproportionately benefits the rich. Environmentalists would blame him for bad weather or extinctions. A decisive man of action is unpopular in today's world, even if he is made of steel.

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Carter: the anti-president

Besides sipping tea with dictators, Jimmy Carter also enjoys long walks on the beach, beautiful bouquets of flowers from ardent admirers (like Kim Jong Il), cute little puppies (always), and rampant anti-americanism. He is, in all candor, the anti-president, which prophecy predicted would come in the last days.

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July 2, 2006

Bush Solves the Homeless Problem

At least makes a good start. Dramatic drop offs in homelessness reflected in street counts taken over the past year has ranged from 30% in Miami and 28 % in Dallas to 20 % in Portland, and 13% in New York. Thirty jurisdictions reported declines in their homeless populations, including the 28% drop in San Francisco and a 4 percent drop reported this week in Denver. What is happening?

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Is Disarming The Sunnis an Answer?

Today, Osama Bin Laden issued another of his MTV videos. This time he has called for al Qaeda in Iraq to wage war against the Shia, making it official: all he cares about now is starting an all out civil war between the Shia, Sunni, and Kurds in Iraq.

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July 1, 2006

Confirmation Bias

We think that we look for facts to make decisions. More likely, we make decisions and then look for confirming facts. This explains some of the polarization in our society. Confronted by the same evidence, our prior decisions lead us to different conclusions. This article shows how deep in our brains this goes. Media choice exacerbates it.

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Politics and Progressive Religion

Barak Obama made an incredibly smart speech the other day. He 'chastised' Democrats for making religion into a boogeyman to be hunted down and killed where ever it appears in public. Obama's warning is smart for the simple fact that it is true. Democrats have positioned themselves as the party of anti-religion. Still, despite Obama's speech I don't think this will change anytime soon.

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