Archive for February 2011

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Michelle Obama exhorts us to eat twigs and bark while she eats baby back ribs, which appear to be sticking to her ribs. Her husband wants us to drive less (which we’re doing as gasoline hits 4 bucks a gallon) and lower our “carbon footprint.” So now we learn he flies his personal fitness trainer…

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Twenty-Five Lawyers Kicked Out of Wyoming State Bar

Reminds me of that joke, “What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea?” Punchline: “A good start.” Well, that’s just mean. I take it back. I shouldn’t be so obnoxious about my fellow members of the bar. But this does raise a point about the legal profession. It is, after all,…

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New Hampshire Man Charged With Felony For Recording A Traffic Stop

The Union Leader reports that the Waere, New Hampshire police have charged a man under the state’s felony wiretapping statute for recording a traffic stop. As the police officer approached the man’s car he made a call on his cell phone. Apparently, the person he was calling didn’t answer and he left a voicemail message.…

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Former president of MADD arrested for DUI

I’m not one who thinks that a moral standard must fall simply because one of its proponents didn’t live up to it. Human beings are flawed creatures. We can all sometimes violate the very principles we try to live by. But MADD is a fanatical and powerful lobbying group on a mission to punish everyone…

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Morning in Girne Cyprus in 2002

The boat I was on is tied up right behind the large wood boat. We are the third one from the dock. Click photo to enlarge. Girne is a city that has been continuously inhabited for at least 6,000 years. There’s some pretty old stuff there. It’s in Turkish Cyprus and you can’t get to…

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Crossing The Rubicon in Wisconsin

If A and B negotiate a contract where all of the benefits go to them but all of the cost of performing the contract are to be paid for by C, who has no say in the terms of the contract, everyone would recognize that as a perverse state of affairs. It is a fair…

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Obama’s Friends and Enemies Are Not America’s Friends and Enemies

Bill Whittle explains…well, actually there is no explanation for it…Barak Obama’s foreign policy of sneering at America’s allies while sucking up to America’s enemies. Some of those enemies want to kill us. While it’s difficult to figure out what Obama is up to (unless we attribute it to either villainy or stupidity), it is easy…

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Public Employee Unions Are Special Privilege For The Few Against The Many

Public Employee Unions have enabled their members to enjoy nearly twice the compensation, in wages, salary and benefits, as their counterparts in the private sector. Since government employees also have civil service protection and cannot be easily fired, even for gross incompetence, they also have a level of job security no one in the private…

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The White Rose — February 22, 1943

Today is the anniversary of the executions in Munich, Germany of three members of the White Rose, an underground student group that anonymously distributed leaflets critical of the Nazi government. Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, and Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine on this day in 1943. They created their leaflets on mimeograph machines and…

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Why Did Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Exempt The Police?

Not because they supported his election because they didn’t. Of 414 police and fire unions in Wisconsin only 4 endorsed Scott Walker, contrary to Democrat spin. The rest supported the Democrat candidate who lost. So why did he exempt the cops from his proposal to disallow collective bargaining for pension and health benefits of public…

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The Death of The Music Industry?

It’s not dead yet but it’s sales are down 64% from the peak in 1999. Sales in any industry is a bit like oxygen to a human. If your oxygen level were down 64% from its peak when you were younger you’d be on life support. The interesting part is where the music industry has…

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