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….
Do tax increases kill jobs? Minnesota soon to find out I’m flabbergasted.
Once again, we hear about the state of the peace process in Israel. We’ve become so inured to that phrase that I believe we are overlooking the obvious. Peace is not a process. How many years (decades by now) have we been hearing about a peace process where there is no peace?
In the books which I read as a child and not-quite-an-adult, heroes were relatively easy to pick out: Natty Bumpo, Tell Sackett, Frank and Joe Hardy, Bilbo, Tommy and Tuppence, King Henry V, Uncle Tom . . . and the list goes on. While none of these characters were perfect, they all had that special something which allowed me and millions of others to recognize that they were the good guys, the ones we could back as the story got rough, the ones who wouldn’t let us down. The older I got, the more confused, conflicted and downright evil the….