Congress of Lucy and Charlie Brown

I had a conversation today, with a young adult in my family, a sweet-natured, gentle and very moral person with a highly functioning brain, who still favors free markets and a strong military, but has adopted some socialist leanings, nonetheless.We have many interesting and loud discussions about health care and global warming. Neither of us has ever managed to convince the other of anything, but we do argue respectfully, and we know when not to engage the other.This person wandered over … [Read more...]

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Obama's West Point Speech

AP Photo, before the speechThe president is doing the right thing, and he deserves props for it. Good on you, Mr. President, for listening to your generals.In his speech last night, though, he seemed like a man very unhappy to be doing the right thing, and rather testy about it. There was a defensiveness, and others have noticed, as I did, the scolding tone. As Althouse says, "he seemed annoyed at us."Yes, that's what I got too. The speech didn't soar, fly or inspire; it actually kind … [Read more...]

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Obama & Private Sector are Strangers

Via Instapundit (again), this is a pretty remarkable chart.Nick Schulz looks at difference between Obama's cabinet and all other presidents beginning with Teddy, with a background in the private sector. He writes:When one considers that public sector employment has ranged since the 1950s at between 15% and 19% of the population, the makeup of the current cabinet — over 90% of its prior experience was in the public sector — is remarkable.To which one can only add: how can you respect or r … [Read more...]

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Driscoll vs NY Times & other fun things

This is really very good. Head over to Pajamas Media and take a look at Ed Driscoll laying out how hap-hap-happy the NY Times has always been to celebrate the state, and statism.I do love to see alternative media bite the ankles of the media establishment, particularly these days, when a paper like the Washington Post can publish something as lazy, cliche-ridden and vapid as this so-called "review" call it "journalism."But I'm just in a cranky mood about that execrable "review" and the fact … [Read more...]

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"Un-American" to oppose KSM trial in NYC

During the Bush administration, we heard the frequent straw-man charges, from the Democrats and the left, that they were being called "un-American" for opposing various policies. Hillary Clinton famously bellowed about it, but if the accusation of being "un-American" had been made with anything like the frequency the Dems pretended, it's nebulous in my memory.Since January of '09, the Democrats have unleashed the "un-American" charge with some real frequency. Jon Stewart, who should know … [Read more...]

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The Rich are Different from you and me…

So, let me get this straight. According to Victor Davis Hanson (who would know) there's some folk out there not making their full disclosures in a timely manner:[Peter Galbraith] . . . The son of share-the-wealth John K. Galbraith, Galbraith Minor barnstormed the air waves in the dark days of Iraq, in solemn tones predicting the end of Iraq, why Iraq must be trisected (e.g., giving the Kurds an independent country), and in general (in two books) predicting the end of constitutional Iraq. He … [Read more...]

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Obama, KSM Open Thread

Okay, you guys all seem to want to talk about it, and I am really tied up elsewhere, so I'll do something I don't think I've ever done and leave an open thread - you can yell and shout about this all you want, but I ask you simply keep to the basic comment guidelines.A few links about this, if you haven't seen them:James Taranto: Obama's Show TrialsThe Boyz at HillBuzz who made an extraordinary apology to President Bush the other day, are rip-roaring mad about this, and are shouting … [Read more...]

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Bang, Zoom! And other questions

Mark Shea, utterly disgusted with the press, and offended by the rank "truthiness" by which they and the government prefer to run, unleashes the dogs of hell:One thing you can give our media Chattering Classes: They are utterly consistent. After Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on a roomful of defenseless people in Fort Hood, it was absolutely assured that we would immediately be told that this outrage had nothing to do with his Islamic faith and that it was not an act of terror. Then, as … [Read more...]

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It is such a serious crisis…UPDATED

...that once again (as with the daisychain ad, and the "can I have a glass of water" ad) the left turns to exploiting children again.Let the children tell us how the earth is going to die, unless America gives her sovereignty away, laying it down on the altar of global warming climate change, and all the high priests of that sacrificial religion."We need YOU, President Obama, to go to Copenhagen!"As if Copenhagen is not already a done deal in Obama's brain.It's painful to watch. It's … [Read more...]

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