Have you ever lost an argument? Perhaps even one where you came to understand that the preponderance of the evidence was against you and you belatedly realized that the only thing you had propping you up was sheer stubbornness? I’ve certainly been there. And I’m certainly not alone. To be human is to be on the losing side at one time or another. Fortunately, we live in a world where we can make those who cause us discomfort to go away. OK, so maybe we don’t yet live in that world–but it’s not for want of wishing it to be….
President Obama’s administration has saved us, again: The Obama administration put out the word this weekend that the president’s new budget will end several years of “austerity” in Washington. Come again? Austerity? Since 2009, federal borrowing has skyrocketed by $6 trillion. This year’s budget deficit is expected to fall to somewhere near $500 billion, which sadly is progress, because the first-term Obama deficits all exceeded $1 trillion. It is true that federal spending has trended downward since 2011, but this is only because in 2009 and 2010, the $830 billion of federal stimulus spending drove federal outlays from about $3.5….
It’s pretty common to show that something is banned by publishing an image of the thing with an X or stroke across the image. Right? Apparently, that is too much for some folks: “I think the general public will be alarmed by [a sign showing a marked out gun] and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan said. “I have no knowledge of guns ever being in this building,” she said of her 22 years with the school district. Nolan said she was not opposed to the law or posting the sign,….
Am I the only one who cringes every time I hear a politician or news personality say a sentence with the words “comprehensive national” in it? I doubt it. But then, I suppose we’d need a comprehensive national survey to find out for certain. Arrghh! Of only slightly less concern is hearing the word “comprehensive” in front of just about anything. I’d make a list, but it might be dangerous to my my mental health were I to do so.
How many times did the President say, in public, to the American public, that people would be able to keep the health care plans they liked? Thirty-six times–or more, but these times are all documented in the following video: In addition, a number of these statements included the use of the term “Period”, meaning a definitive exclusion of other explanations or caveats. There’s no need for explanations, but there is most assuredly a need for some apologizing on the part of the President. I do not, however, believe such an apology will be forthcoming. The good news? A number of….
Instapundit brings our attention to a textbook: HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOK rewrites the Second Amendment. As Horace Mann said, men are cast iron, but children are wax. Anybody know which textbook this is? I’d like to publicize the names of the authors and publisher. If we click the link, we get the following information. Here is a summary of the rights guaranteed by each amendment: First Amendment. Congress may make no laws that infringe a citizen’s right to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Congress may not favor one religion over another (separation of church and state). Second Amendment…..
If you’ve not seen it, the following video by Elbert Guillory (a Louisiana state senator) is powerful truth. For those of you who read faster than you listen, or just want to see the words, the transcript follows: “Hello, my name is Elbert Lee Guillory, and I’m the senator for the 24th district right here in beautiful Louisiana. Recently I made what many are referring to as a ‘bold decision’ to switch my party affiliation to the Republican Party. I wanted to take a moment to explain why I became a Republican, and also to explain why I don’t think….
Our Commander in Chief has spoken: [Obama] argued that “modest encroachments on privacy” were “worth us doing” to protect the country, and he said that Congress and the courts had authorized those programs. A National Security Agency telephone surveillance program collects phone numbers and the duration of calls, not the content, he said. An Internet surveillance program targets foreigners living abroad, not Americans, he added. “There are some trade-offs involved,” Mr. Obama said. “I came with a healthy skepticism about these programs. My team evaluated them. We scrubbed them thoroughly.” In the end, he concluded that “they help us prevent….
The press will no longer be permitted to fulfill its legitimate function without explicit permission from the rulers of the state: Unless they register with a “press register” (established by Royal Charter), anyone who makes publishes “news-related material” will be liable for “libel damages” with huge fines. Even if they register, they can still be liable if in the government’s opinion they were not punished by their “regulator” sufficiently. This ends the legal right of publishers to publish without censorship or attack by the government, which was established by John Wilkes back in 1771. While a press which largely parrots….
Sarah Hoyt has a good, discursive piece on culture groups and related matters which ends as follows: I’ve never introduced myself as Portuguese-American. I renounced previous allegiances when I naturalized. Yes, of course, my origins are Portuguese, and it shaped a lot of my thought. So it’s not like I hide that I grew up in Portugal. But when the chips are down, I know who my tribe is. My name is Sarah A. Hoyt, and I’m an American. I’m increasingly impressed by the reality that first-generation Americans are far more appreciative of what we have–and what we have to….