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Good day, Ricochetti in the Research Triangle Region. Vrouwe, Maedel and I are coming out there to visit and are asking if anyone would be able and willing to accommodate three slightly-more-than hobbit sized Charismatholic houseguests for a couple of days. If you would be, please send me a PM here.  Tusen Takk, besten Dank, […]

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Rubio’s Ideas Start to Offer the GOP A Challenge and An Opportunity

 

RubioHow would a 21st century American president deal with America’s 21st century economic problems?

More than a decade in, we really don’t know. The Bush administration was consumed, by necessity, with war. The Obama administration, by choice, with preserving the FDR-LBJ welfare state and adding a key missing component: nationalized healthcare. Obamanomics has been an expensive effort in economic nostalgia to recreate the supposedly prosperous, egalitarian 1950s. The Obamacrat obsession with bullet trains, the latest in 1960s transportation thinking, is illustrative and telling.

And not that the left doesn’t know where it wants to next take America. It has a big, if unoriginal, idea: a vastly more expansive and intrusive welfare state, universal in nature, financed through higher taxes on the rich, business, and eventually middle-class through a value-added tax. If it’s good enough for Scandinavia, it’s good enough for Obama’s America.

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I thought, in the aftermath of last quarter’s 2.9% GDP contraction, that reprinting what Franklin Roosevelt’s Treasury Secretary had to say about the profligate spending and debt of that Progressive President in his own attempt to spend and borrow our country out of a very serious economic dislocation would be á propos.  Henry Morgenthau had […]

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While the Supreme Court decisions today are welcome, first let’s remember they were only by a 5-4 majority. That’s a thin thread to hang our freedoms on. Second, regarding the Hobby Lobby decision: While we might consider this a setback for Obama, we have to wonder what was really his purpose in trying to impose […]

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A GOP Civil War?

 

Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow win over challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s Republican runoff last week was the latest in a series of dustups within the GOP — this, on top of Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat only a few days earlier. A common view in the press is that the Republican Party is therefore in the midst of a full-blown, ongoing ideological civil war between Tea Party conservatives and a moderate establishment. Some conservatives — and some Beltway Republicans — share this view.

But is the GOP really so fundamentally torn? On Thursday, the Pew Research Center released a major survey of U.S. voter attitudes and opinions, entitled Beyond Red vs. Blue. Pew has been doing these surveys every few years since the 1980s, and they are extremely useful in gauging the state of public opinion on the great political issues and alignments of the day.

SCOTUS Sides with Hobby Lobby

 

Just in from the Supreme Court, according to the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

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We had two great rulings from the Supreme Court today.  I expect the next episode of law talk will be a good one,  however, it still bothers me that all these cases hinge on the mood and whims of one 77 year old Harvard Law graduate.  Perhaps I am being unfair? Preview Open

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Recently, a Swiss startup produced and marketed a new smartphone, designed to maximize user privacy. It was sold out in the preorder phase. Not even vaguely resembling a techie, I wonder if a computer and/or operating system or software exist which provides users with more online privacy and which is accessible to ordinary users. It […]

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There’s one problem with this: “Here’s a simple (but I fear challenging) idea for my Republican friends: Let’s try cooling off the rhetoric we’re using against one another for the rest of the election season. It’s unproductive and it’s getting a little creepy, too, because it’s being used to shame and silence people — which […]

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I’ve been wracking my head over this one for several years, ever since I heard it used in Mercury Rising (1998).  There, it is used in a complimentary way, but by an authority figure who will, of course, turn out to be a civil-liberties-violating kind of bad guy.  That puts a decidedly negative spin on the […]

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I posted a previous press statement this young congressman made. It was about Benghazi, and it was scathing to the press – who mostly disregarded it (obviously – else we might actually have some serious questions raised about the whole incident). Then recently he had an absolutely devastating set of comments to the jerk running […]

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Watching the SCOTUS liveblog this morning. The court takes a swing at public employee unions: In Harris, the Court refuses to extend Abood. These employees can’t be required to contribute to unions. Good news for Hobby Lobby, I believe Alito has the opinion on that one too! Update: Closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception […]

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Would You Read Conservative Fiction?

 

NR Cover 2014.07.07National Review’s current cover story makes for an interesting companion to our discussion last week about what makes for great fiction. In it, book publisher Adam Bellow suggests that conservatives open a new front in the culture war: prose fiction.

To hear some conservatives talk you’d think movies were the Holy Grail, the golden passkey to the collective unconscious. This gets things precisely backwards…

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the Narnia books by C. S. Lewis both produced big-budget movies that reached millions of people with what most of us would probably agree is a subtly conservative message. Yet both of these successful movie franchises ultimately pale in comparison with the impact of the books. Even at their best, movies are essentially cartoons and their effects are superficial and fleeting. Books engage the reader much more deeply, at a level of identification with the characters and plot that can instruct the soul and edify the mind. A hundred years from now, moreover, these classic books will still be read all over the world in dozens of languages when the films on which they are based are long forgotten or superseded by new forms of entertainment.

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Just had my first “swanning around” sighting that doesn’t involve Rob Long. From  http://nypost.com/2014/06/28/why-democrats-insist-on-lying-about-how-poor-they-are/ No, Hillary, contra your interview in The Guardian, you didn’t strike it rich by “hard work.” Swanning around the world staying in five-star hotels, reading speeches drafted by someone else and signing your name to books written by someone else is […]

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Good News from the Courthouse (For a Change)

 

shutterstock_185887181Almost two years ago, I reported over at PJ Media on an arrest made by LAPD officers, one in which officers dished out a bit of the rough stuff (but only a bit) to a skateboarder who apparently felt that if he made it inside his apartment before they could grab him, he wouldn’t have to answer for the minor traffic offense he had committed. The arrest was caught on someone’s cell phone camera and ended up on the news, with the result being the usual displays of outrage from the usual crowd of people who seem to have an inexhaustible supply of it and a great eagerness to air it publicly.

I also explored in the PJM piece the dishonest reporting on the part of one Los Angeles television station, the apparent aim of which was to gin up controversy at the expense of the truth. 

The so-called victim sued, of course, literally making a federal case out of it and alleging all manner of mistreatment and sinister motives on the part of the police. It almost goes without saying, but the man who was arrested is black, and he sought to cloak himself in the comforting mantle of victimhood while trying to deflect responsibility for what happened away from himself and onto the police officers.

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We had a great time this weekend at the Mackinac Island Meet-Up!  If you get the chance, I encourage you to attend at least one.  Attending these allows you to meet people from other stations in life you would not otherwise get the opportunity to meet, and you leave having forged closer friendships with them. […]

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My company is looking to hire a superb Mechanical Engineer who wants to achieve a real career-capper.  Must be very good at managing/juggling trades, and have a wealth of experience. Must also not suffer from the “High Priest” school of dealing with management. Aerospace experience would be great, but automotive could work, too. This is […]

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