By Grant DaviesMatt Drudge must have thought it was important to highlight the "filibuster without a bill" (as the LA Times reporter Lalita Clozel dubbed it) on his mega influential website this morning.Otherwise he wouldn't have made it the main headline. "Dems Declare War on the Weather" was his headline.It's hard to tell why he thought the dog and pony show was newsworthy but one might speculate that he sought to show how crazy the Dems are on the whole "global warming/man made climate change" charade. Or maybe it was just a slow news day.But I look at it a tad differently than most. I see it as just another diversionary tactic in the Dems war to keep the Obamacare debacle off the front pages.[...]
By Dean_L. Cross-posted on Nonsensible Shoes.News today that Russia has it's eyes on eastern Ukraine is indicative that the former Soviet approach to world hegemony is back in vogue with Russian leadership - if it ever really even went away. The notion that communism could not conquer the world in a single fell swoop meant for Soviet leaders during the Cold War that they had to move communism forward at a creeping pace, or a slow roll. Country after country fell to communism for decades, typically not through a violent overthrow as espoused by Marx and Engels, but rather through subterfuge, aligning "useful idiots", planting seeds of discontent around the world and the occasional[...]
Yesterday, showing determination rivaling that of Jerry Rice and his insane workout regimen, I powered through Sam Harris' ghastly pamphlet, Free Will. The thing is 66 pages long on paper and an interminable 70 or so minutes when read by the Samster himself. As I posted last night, the synopsis is: You don't have free will, but that's OK.Old Samuel seems to think that if we all just knew that we don't have free will, things would be so much better. We'd all live in a state of reasoned and logical harmony, sharing kindness, charity and forgiveness as we realize that our enemies and irritants cannot help themselves.Why Sammy thinks we'd end up with Christian ethics rather than Caligulan ethics is never fully explored. That's[...]
K T Cat 3/10/2014 8:20:27 PM I'm off my meds tonight*, so I'm going to make this short and sweet.I finished Sam Harris' Free Will today. It taught me stuff and there's not too much wrong with it, but only because there's not much in it. For the most part, what little there is of it is horrible. I think my IQ dropped 20 points reading it.Very short version of Sam's book: You don't have free will, but it's OK.The book reminded me of the Dwight Longnecker post I linked to a while back that laughed at atheists who have all the imagination of old oatmeal. I felt like I was listening to a mad scientist who had developed a tiny power source that could generate 3GW and whose chief ambition was to use it to run a toaster oven.You could see one of[...]
Dear Readers: March 13th is going to be a luck day this month, as we have America's Conservative Warrior Princess Teri O'Brien as our guest on Canto Talk (Please click here at 7 pm PST/ 9 pm CT/ 10 pm ET or after for an archived podcast). Teri OBrien Americas Conservative Warrior Princess Teri is the host of another outstanding BlogTalkRadio.com show, The Teri O'Brien Show.Because it's impossible to be free and ignorant LIBERALS LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK If you're going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. Otherwise, they'll kill you. George Bernard ShawOur topics will probably include her wonderful book: Teri OBriens The ABCs of Barack ObamaNot surprisingly, my favorite letters in her tome[...]
Dear Readers: We have a double header this Thursday, Feb. 27th at 7 pm on Canto Talk. Our military historian, Barry Jacobsen, will review the insanity breaking out globally (e.g., the Ukriane, Venezuela) and our newly deputized show psychologist Dr. Rochelle Perper will sharing her insights on divorce, in light of the Divorce Corp. movie opening. (Click HERE at 7 pm Pacific Time/9 pm Central Time, 10 pm EST or for archived podcast afterward).First, Barry Jacbosen will be reviewing items such as:The Medievaland Highly EffectiveTactics of the Ukrainian ProtestsBut to understand why the protests succeeded in toppling Yanukovych, its worth taking a glance at its strategies and military-style tactics. The protesters not only built[...]
Yes, there are probably more productive uses of my time than arguing with myopic, model-worshipping, economics Ph.D.s.But this is Menzie Chinn, of losing-a-battle-of-wits-to-Sarah-Palin fame.Today's episode is Chinn defending Obama's GDP forecast by comparing it to a projection based on the last half-century's unprecedented debt boom.Read the comments and enjoy.
Mrs. Daddy and I visited Carl DeMaio's campaign headquarters today, meeting up with family there. I got a minute to chat with DeMaio about the campaign. I told him that I appreciated his work on Proposition D and Proposition B. He related that the effort to reform county pensions in Ventura County had run into problems because of unions trying to block signature gatherers. A little research on that issue revealed that the Ventura County sheriff had joined the union protestors, which any taxpayer or advocate of free speech should find disturbing. DeMaio said that "we" had been able to get the intimidation and blocking to stop. I was not clear as to whom he was referring to, as this was not an[...]
B-Daddy 3/7/2014 4:36:43 PM This week's music somehow snuck into my 80's mellow station on Pandora, even though released in 2005. I find this version pretty relaxing.Here is Sufjan Stevens with the Adult Contemporary Version of his hit Chicago.From the same Pandora station here is Bryan Ferry with Don't Stop the Dance:P.S. I seeded this Pandora station with a single song and it has been by far my consistent and favorite.
We apologize for the infrequency of posting here of late, a condition we will chalk up to a busy work schedule and the dog days of February and March where nothing happens, right?We were able to get off some thoughts this past week via Twitter which we will share below:Another day, Another constitutionally dubious unilateral executive order ObamaCare delay...http://t.co/FUPjua9iPt. Preezy: if you like your "bad apple"/"sub-standard" plan that I originally banned, you can keep that plan. #ACA— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) March 4, 2014http://t.co/FUPjua9iPt. WaPo not even pretending anymore that this thing is not an unholy mess. #ACA #ObamaCare— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) March 4,[...]
. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Senate majority leader, Harry Ried, rather infamously accused the Republican nominee Mitt Romney of not paying any taxes for the previous ten years. This, of course, was based upon nothing. It was a shameless partisan smear that Reid has become famous for.Reid was at it again this past week on the floor of the Senate essentially calling the tens of thousands upon tens of thousands of American who had lost their healthcare coverage, had lost their doctor, had been denied treatment under ObamaCare or had seen the premiums sky-rocket calling them liars.In Reids own words:Despite all that good news, theres plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but[...]
Doo Doo Econ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:13 PM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
You may have seen some news reporting a "crisis in bitcoin", but that is very far from the truth. At its lowest point, bitcoin was worth $430 (02/24/2014 11:30 PM PST). One dollar was worth 1/430th of a bitcoin (.00232557 BTC). At the time of writing this post, 12:25 AM PST 02/26/2014, the dollar had fallen to 1/592nd of a bitcoin (.001689189 BTC). Bitcoin gained $162 or 37.7 percent.BitcoinWisdom.com graph: Why Did The Price of Bitcoin Fall?The price of bitcoin was driven down due to problems at one of many exchanges. Exchanges are like stock markets where you can exchange bitcoins for other coins or fiat money like dollars. ObamaCare consultants might have been used on this Japanese[...]
Lets keep this short. Here are the Ten Commandments to make money trading in Bitcoin. Detailed explanations follow where needed.Do not follow trollbox adviceBuy low, sell high OR sell high, buy back lowKnow your break even numberNever let a Whale (big trader) buy cheaper than you, stack up on their position if necessary.Look up and down the orders list and find the big ordersCut loses or cost average when you make a bad trade, but let profits runBe patient and do not be mastered by market sentimentBuy when the market is selling, sell when the market is buyingRead the chart firstDo not trade to fiat Where do you trade Bitcoin? You trade on one of the Bitcoin exchanges, but start small and work your way up[...]
It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels playing on my lawn.As always, I turned on my computer. Back then, Yahoo was my Homepage. As it booted-up, I glanced[...]
That was then, this is now.Then there wasa Republican President. Then Democrat Presidential Candidate Obama said:Obama:The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. - Interview with Charlie Savage of theBoston Globe,December 20, 2007Now President Obama seems prepared to take military action against Syria, without even seeking the authorization by the United Nations or Congress.Then a certain DemocratSenator from Delaware threatened:The president has no constitutional authority to take this country to war against a country of 70 million people unless were attacked or unless there is[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
If I have to pull one more person off the ledge today Im going to start pushing. Honestly, people I thought we were all about strength and American Values...why is everyone acting like they got kicked in the balls?We, as Americans, collectively let Progressivism fester for over a century...and the chickens have come home to roost. Did anyone really think we would make up all that lost ground in four years? Wake-up call: its going to take generationsSo do what Progressives have done forever, get back on the damn horse and start infiltrating our schools, government, media and pop culture trends. Sidebar: you selfish isolationists who are home schooling because you dont want to have to deal with socialist[...]
Its not every day a spaceship rolls down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Southwest Los Angels.In fact, it only happens once in a lifetime.About 12:30pm yesterday I decided that my kids could not miss the one and only chance to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor travel through the streets of LA to its final home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Without my husband (who was working), I grabbed my 4 and 6 year-olds, printed a map of the route, turned on KFIAM 640 in Los Angeles and headed into the great unknown...as Ive never explored that region East of USC (I lived in Long Beach for 15 years before becoming a country girl). As we exited off the 110 onto Vernon to feel our way parallel to[...]
Leslie Eastman Touted as one of the best state health insurance exchanges, Covered California is launching a major enrollment drive:With less than a month left for enrollment in Obamacare, California's insurance exchange is applying a major dose of peer pressure.In a new TV ad blitz, recent enrollees extol the benefits of having coverage for checkups or a serious illness. A man plays soccer with his sons, a musician carries his guitar down the street. I'm in, young, fit-looking people say. Are you in? the announcer asks.This new marketing marks a more direct appeal to millions of uninsured Californians before open enrollment ends March 31. After March 31, people can't enroll in most health plans again until late fall.Some Legal Insurrection[...]
Leslie Eastman Given the fact that A seems to be the most common grade given in many college courses, the reports of hackers electronically altering records seems almost quaint.However, there have been several incidents that have campus IT professionals concerned.Former Purdue University student Roy Sun was sentenced to 90 days in jail for hacking a college computer to change his grades.On paper, Roy Sun seemed an exemplary student. During his senior year at Purdue University, he made As in every class, despite rarely attending any of them.But in reality, he was failing. Instead of studying, he spent his time stealing professors passwords so he could hack into the computer system and change his grades from Fs to As.It became so much easier[...]
Leslie Eastman A black conservative group notes the glaring hypocrisy in the protests associated with the selection of Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient.A few years ago, Rutgers University paid MTVs drunken reality star Nicole Snooki Polizzi of Jersey Shore-fame $32,000 to talk to students about getting wasted and maintaining a fake tan.This is the same university that is nowprotesting the selection of Condoleezza Rice the first ever female, black U.S. Secretary of State as a commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient?Afacultyresolution recently passed at the New Jersey-based publicinstitutionsays Ricecondoned torture, such as waterboarding, and misled Americans about the reasons for[...]