Evil does exist. It may be found in the hearts of conservatives everywhere: The problem is this: We conservatives think liberals are silly; they think we’re evil. Tell a liberal that you hope President Obama will be defeated in the upcoming election, and you’ll be branded a racist. Voice your opposition to same-sex marriage, and you’re a homophobe. Express outrage at the idea of building a mosque on the spot where one of the planes’ fuselages fell in the 9/11massacre, and you’re an Islamophobe. If you support the tea party, or Rick Santorum for president, or defunding Planned Parenthood, or….
President Obama has apologized to Afghanistan because copies of the Koran were destroyed by US military personnel. In Western culture, an apology may mean something (Edit: It always means something: the point I was trying to make was that apologies are part of the give and take of Western culture where we all know we fail from time to time.) In Eastern culture (of which Afghanistan is part) an apology is usually regarded as a sign of weakness. And, in this case, I agree with the local culture–this apology was most assuredly a sign of weakness. The White House Dossier….
P&R says that the wrong question to ask about the current South Dakota education bill is what it would take for the teachers to approve of it. He’s right. After looking at some of the numbers for teachers and salaries, he makes this observation: Every teacher I’ve ever heard about is described as dedicated by friends and family. Maybe the teacher even is dedicated. That doesn’t mean he’s any good at it. I’ve come across more than one very dedicated, very nice, very lousy teacher in the course of overseeing the education of my children. Somehow my child’s future is….
Energy. We all need some. Some of us need more than others. Without it, we die. Our President is an expert on the topic of energy–or at least thinks he is. So, like most experts, he recently gave a speech on the matter which some folks examined and came to a surprising conclusion: he wasn’t being truthful with us. While there are many issues which can and will be brought up as part of this election cycle, the issue of our national energy policy and our national monetary policy should lead.
Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as New Hampshire’s original motto, does it? Unfortunately, it would appear that the new motto is more accurate for Dennnis Fleming: A New Hampshire man who fired his handgun into the ground to scare an alleged burglar he caught crawling out of a neighbor’s window is now facing a felony charge — and the same potential prison sentence as the man he stopped. Dennis Fleming, 61, of Farmington, was arrested for reckless conduct after the Saturday incident at his 19th century farmhouse. The single grandfather had returned home to find that his….
I’m sorry, but this seems, well, it’s hard to put into words: The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers. All respect to these soldiers, but the only way to feel like a pregnant woman (according to my several times been pregant wife)….
Get in line, get in line, get you some of Uncle Sam’s dime: People involved in the specialty crop industry in South Dakota can now apply for select federal funding of projects that enhance the competitiveness of fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops and horticulture. The funds can be used for projects that involve research, food safety, nutrition, promotion, distribution, best management procedures, and a variety of other uses to advance the specialty crop industry in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages applicants to develop projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops…..
Scott Johnson nails it: Mitt is an inspirational candidate. The problem is that what he inspires is intense apathy among a substantial number of conservatives and Republicans. They (we) resist him. He goes on to say that this inspiration is precisely why we conservatives keep on dating the alternatives–not because they are in themselves that attractive. Given all this, what’s a conservative to do?
President Obama may claim time and again that he’s a supporter of the Second Amendment, but his actions belie his words. Outside of those actions, his regular references to “common sense” regulations tells us just about everything we need to know. And then there is saying that we as a country need to do “whatever it takes” to stop gun violence. Mr. President, let us stamp out evil in the hearts of humanity and violence perpetuated with the use of guns as tools will stop. That’s where the violence is–not the chamber of a 9mm pistol. But, back to his….
Most of us have not walked on to a car dealer’s lot and said “I want that car right there and I’ll pay cash.” Those of us who have done this, or something similar, have found that we can negotiate very good deals compared with what we would get on a financed vehicle. Why is that? Pretty simple, really. If we pay cash, then the dealer has the cash today to invest in new stock, etc. If we don’t pay cash, the dealer only gets a little bit (usually the down payment or trade in) up front. Blake Hurst, a….