Why our financial system nearly collapsed – UPDATED

Yes, I know is voice is grating, yes I know he can be too rude by half on his program, but take the time to listen to this audio of last Friday's Mark Levin show. (H/T Ace) You want the breakdown of what happened and why it happened? Levin gives it to you in plain language. Listen to it, even if you really don't want to. I didn't want to, but it's important that we understand what happened, here, historically, that we don't simply succumb to spin. Look past Levin's politics and his cranky … [Read more...]

Invading Palin's privacy – UPDATED

Remember in 2000, when Rick Lazio was running against Hillary Clinton for the NY Senate, and he walked across the stage to hand her a piece of paper and was instantly condemned as "threatening" and excoriated for "invading her space?"A lot of people regard that as the moment Lazio lost the race. People didn't like perceiving a woman as being "threatened." They did not like her "space" being invaded.Now the Obamaphiles - the angry, crazed, hate-filled part of the left who cannot understand … [Read more...]

Does Brokaw remember Carter? – UPDATED

After noting that the AP took the good economic news released yesterday and re-wrote the headline and lede into negatives, I just noticed this:The second quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was revised upward Thursday by the Commerce Department from the initially estimated 1.9 percent to a robust 3.3 percent, but neither the CBS Evening News nor NBC Nightly News mentioned the good news...NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw, however...asserted from Denver:Beyond this arena, and this city, the … [Read more...]

Linking around…

A 9 minute video is usually not my speed, but this one's clever and fast-moving.The light sabers and "Kentucky Fried Analogy" cracked me up. (H/T Bookworm, who features another - succinct and entertaining - vid by one of the players, here.) I don't know who this guy is, but he's smart, charismatic as hell, and has beautiful eyes and a great smile.Bookworm is also calling olly-olly-oxen-free to "secret conservatives" in Marin County and elsewhere.It's a sad thing, isn't it, when … [Read more...]

Publishing Obama's prayer…

In a two-year election season we see a lot of ugliness, and a lot of boundaries pushed, and the publishing of Barack Obama's prayer at the Western Wall - the holiest site in Judaism - is seriously out-of-bounds.I'm kind of appalled that anyone took his prayer out of that wall, more appalled that it was made public, and incredibly appalled that some a faith-based site is "fisking" the prayer while a few bloggers (and forum commenters) are daring to mock it or to judge its content as being … [Read more...]

Your Afternoon Chesterton

Yes, I'm on a kick, but don't stop me - this stuff is good for us."Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice." - G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News 9/11/09 … [Read more...]

Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny e … [Read more...]

If the GOP does not now trash the farm bill…

...they will be beyond saving.Especially now that Nancy Pelosi - as incompetent a House Speaker as has ever held the post - has decided that Congress does not even have to send the president whole and complete bills (staggering arrogance!), if the GOP does not find the gumption to first DEMAND a revote and then do a 180 and represent the will of the people over their own fat, they deserve to lose everything, for the foreseeable future.Ed Morrissey explains it better than I can.It seems to … [Read more...]

Huckabee and End-Times Advocates

Honestly, I see this sort of crap in my email all the time - I get an "is it the end-of-the-world" missive every day or two - but I just blew it off as fringe element stuff. Now, Novak is bringing it to mainstream attention:An element of the Christian community is not reconciled to McCain's candidacy but instead regards the prospective presidency of Barack Obama in the nature of a Biblical plague visited upon a sinful people. These militants look at former Baptist preacher Huckabee as "God's … [Read more...]

"Teenage" America says "yeah, whatever."

Yes, I've been saying this all along...Indeed. And indeed.A while back (pre-Obama-surge) I wrote:Come on - the last president who had a "D" after his name saw the 5.6% unemployment rates trumpeted as "essentially full employment" with no "ifs, ands or buts" about it. Every day was a rainbow day when the last "D" President was in office, and most of the news was good news. If the stock market went up - you heard about it. If it went down, that was just a correction and some … [Read more...]