Rush Gets Clean Bill of Health

In the press conference Rush said he got the best health treatment in the world “right here in the United States of America.”

He also said, “I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system,” Limbaugh said. “I got no special treatment other than what anybody else that would have called 911 and had been brought in with the same kinds of symptoms.”

Referring to the above comments by Rush, The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “Limbaugh couldn’t resist a few political comments during his short news conference at the Honolulu hospital.”

Even when Rush gets sick he drives liberals out of their minds so they make fools of themselves.

Violent Encounters and Their Avoidance

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I wanted to know more about this book as soon as I saw that the first chapter is entitled “Awareness is Your Best Defense.” I have always liked the advice given by veteran firearms trainer John Farnam who counsels that the best way to avoid a violent encounter is not to be there when it happens. In order to not be there requires personal mental preparation by thinking in advance about situations where you may be compelled to use force in order to save your life. Avoidance is possible if you see trouble far enough in advance.

The book is divided into three logical sections. Section One is “Before Violence Occurs,” Section Two is “During a Violent Encounter,” and Section Three is “The Aftermath of Violence.” This last section should be important. The chapters include such subjects as dealing with the police, finding a good attorney, and understanding that courts are about resolution, not justice.

The reader reviews are also good so I plan to read this book. After that I’ll report on it again. It’s available on Kindle.

UPDATE: I now have read it and found it to be very good. I wasn’t as interested in the second section as the first and third because at my age I have to depend on my common sense to stay out of trouble and will have to rely on my wits to get out it if I can’t avoid it. I believe that in order to do anything you must be able to see yourself doing it and I can’t see myself doing many of the things that are discussed in the second section. One, because I’m too squeamish and two, because they require skills that I won’t take the time to learn. But for those who can see themselves learning and performing martial arts maneuvers, there are some good tips in there. The third section on the aftermath of a violent encounter is a tutorial of matters everyone who is at risk of being involved in a violent incident should have spent some time thinking and reading about. Everyone who either stays home or goes somewhere is at some risk of needing to know the stuff that is covered there, and I think the authors did a good job with it.

While reading the first section I often thought, “Well, this is pretty much common sense, what’s new?” But then I remembered that my common sense is not everyone’s. I’ve stayed out of trouble in life by knowing and doing most of the stuff the authors talk about in section one of the book. But a lot of others, especially testosterone driven young men, don’t have that same common sense, at least judging by some of the things I read about them doing. Since I once was one of those young men I also have some memories to back that up.

The third section contains information that cannot be derived from common sense alone. Here the reader will likely learn some new information that will prove valuable should they be so unfortunate as to need it someday.

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Quotes for a New Year

“…the argument against government in this case (and in most other cases) is not based on the IQ or goodness of the individuals that populate it. The argument is that even good people in groups make terrible decisions due to problems with their information and incentives.”

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“The task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they know about what they imagine they can design.”

— F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit

“Don’t expect to see much media criticism – even if it’s objective and deserved – of our infant Messiah president. The media has a lot invested into him and they unofficially hung the last shred of their validity on his success. It’s not to say that conservatives don’t want a successful president; we define success differently than liberals. Conservatives want the United States to be successful in foreign relations, we want a thriving economy, success in maintaining individual liberty, all the good stuff of which America is made. Conservatives don’t want to see plans to nationalize and thereby socialize the private sector because the very irony of such economic strategy is that it hasn’t been successful in a multitude of countries in which it’s been implemented.”

— Dana Loesch, Big Government

“Legislate how you will, establish universal suffrage, if you think proper, as a law which can never be broken. You are still as far as ever from equality. Political power has changed it shape but not its nature. The result of cutting it up into little bits is simply that the man who can sweep the greatest number of them into one heap will govern the rest. The strongest man in some form or other will always rule. If the government is a military one, the qualities which make a man a great soldier will make him a ruler. If the government is a monarchy, the qualities which kings value in counsellors, in generals, in administrators, will give power. In a pure democracy the ruling men will be the wirepullers and their friends. . . . Changes in the form of government alter the conditions of superiority much more than its nature.”

— James Fitzjames Stephen (1829-1894), Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (1873). Quoted from PP. 154-155 of the Liberty Classics Edition, 1993.

“Whatever may be the benefits of democracy, it also levies severe costs that render it a languid business. For the “wirepullers” need only satisfy an ignorant multitude, and this, Stephen feared, would lead to a debased and mediocre culture, one predicated on sordidness and vulgarity. In order to satisfy the unenlightened, these new rulers would extend government into the deepest recesses of the lives of individuals, willingly abandoning certain liberties along the way.”

— Professor Stuart D. Warner, Roosevelt University, 1992.

In 2009 Americans caught on to the machinations of that Triumvirate of wirepullers— Obama, Reid and Pelosi— and their friends in the state-run media. Let us hope that movement continues and intensifies in the year ahead.

Not a Good Year For Obama

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A 61% approval on immaculation day has fallen to 50% in the Real Clear Politics average of 11 different polls, and to 46% in both the Rasmussen and Quinnipiac Poll. The Rasmussen polls are well regarded for their large sample (1500) and they cover “likely voters” as opposed to merely registered voters or just people who answer the telephone, as in most other polls.

Click Photo to Enlarge. (Source: Big Government)

Obama’s approval index stands at a minus 18 by Rasmussen today, has been as high as a minus 21 in the last few weeks. The approval index is the difference between the percentage of respondents who strongly approve and strongly disapprove. This index is informative because it registers the intensity of feelings toward Obama and voters with intense feelings are more likely to actually vote on election day. Since is only votes and not responses to pollsters questions that count, the approval index is an important number.

Fouad Ajami blasts Obama’s year of little progress at home or abroad in today’s Wall Street Journal. Says Ajami: “No despot fears the president, and no demonstrator in Tehran expects him to ride to the rescue.”

Obama has spurned America’s allies and embraced enemies and despotic dictators. The latter are not returning the love, however. Even Cuba is now critical as reported in today’s New York Times.

The usually supplicant and sycophantic Maureen Dowd has Obama disillusionment in her recent NYT column: As the Nation’s Pulse Races, Obama Can’t Seem to Find His

On the Dowd column Ed Morrissey said “If Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, then perhaps the outrageous outrage that erupted this morning over Cheney’s remarks should be reconsidered. Be sure to read Dowd’s entire column, a sentence I thought I’d never write.”

On Cheney’s remarks see my post from yesterday: Obama The Great Pretender

As Maureen Dowd ended her Column:

Heck of a job, Barry.

Rush Taken to Hospital in Honolulu With Chest Pains; Now Resting Comfortably

Rush was taken to the hospital with chest pains at 2:40 P.M. Hawaii time, 7:40 PM Eastern time, yesterday. He was said to be in serious condition, but is now reported to be resting comfortably after this health scare.

Get well, Rush. And when you do, as we all hope you will, think about losing those stupid cigars! And stay with the diet that has been so successful (His weight is said to be in the low 200’s now. He once weighed about 360 and has bounced up and down a few times. It helps if you can afford a personal chef who prepares all your food and you only eat what they give you).

Rush Limbaugh’s father died in, I think his 70’s. His mother lived to a much older age, and his grandfather lived to be 103.

Ann Althouse: “The people calling for Rush Limbaugh to die are the same people who want to run your healthcare.”

The Looming Fannie and Freddie Scandal

The three videos below should be viewed in conjunction with these two posts at Charles Rowley’s Blog:

The Scandal At 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The Scandal Widens to Both Ends of Pennsylvania Avenue

UPDATE: At The Wall Street Journal Peter Wallison reports: The Price For Fannie and Freddie Keeps Going Up–Barney Frank’s decision to ‘roll the dice’ on subsidized housing is becoming an epic disaster for taxpayers.

Wallison says:

Most of the damage was done from 2005 through 2007, when Fannie and Freddie were binging on risky mortgages. Back then, [Congressman Barney Frank. D-MA] was the bartender, denying that there was any cause for concern, and claiming that he wanted to “roll the dice” on subsidized housing support.

The one below is in stills and features audio from the Mark Levin Radio Show and Bill O’Reilly at Fox News. The language is strong and the speakers are passionate. It might be a bit much for some folks. But it’s the hard truth.

In this video Barney Frank says in July, 2008 on Bloomberg that Fannie and Freddie are not insolvent and will not need a bailout.

Republicans should be all over this. Will they? I don’t know, the Republican party is famous for missed opportunities.

Homicide: Down in D.C.-Up in Baltimore

Unless killers make a big push in the next two days Washington D.C. will end the year with the fewest number of homicides since 1964. So far in 2009 D.C. homicides number 138 compared to 184 at the same time last year.

The decline in D.C. follows a national trend that I detailed in my previous post, More Guns, Less Crime

In Baltimore there has been no decline in homicides with 235 so far this year compared to 233 at the same time last year.

The decline in D.C. defies the dire predictions that D.C. would quickly resume it title as the murder capital of the world as a result of having it draconian handgun ban struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. ____(2008). The core holding in Heller is that the Second Amendment is an individual right intimately tied to the natural right of self-defense.

It is now possible in D.C. for law-abiding citizens to own handguns for their personal protection. In Baltimore, gun ownership is still severely restricted. Could it be that the new disparity in homicide rates between D.C. and Baltimore means that criminals are plying their trade where the working conditions are better?

Obama The Great Pretender

Dick Cheney made this statement yesterday to Politico:

“As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, ‘war on terror,’ we won?t be at war.

“But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency — social transformation — the restructuring of American society. President Obama’s first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war.”

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