Archive for July 2011

Ayn Rand Predicted Detroit, Greece, Illinois, California and More to Come

In Atlas Shrugged Comes To Detroit Cato Institute Senior Fellow Dan Mitchell comments on a CNBC story from last Wednesday, Detroit to set services by neighborhood condition. Mitchell says, “In a perverse way, I’m glad that there are places such as Greece and Illinois. These profligate jurisdictions are useful examples of the dangers of bloated…

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Smart Girl Summit

This is from yesterday before the latest secret dealmaking but it’s brilliant.  I’ve noticed that it’s the Republican women in Congress that have the cojones and aren’t afraid to ride, shoot straight and speak the truth.  Republican men either in elected office or in prominent party positions seem gutless and cowardly.  How they can be…

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Forty Three Republican Senators To Harry Reid — Your Debt Ceiling Bill Is Dead

UPDATE @10:00AM Sunday:  Harry Reid sidetracked by Obama and McConnell.  Heh.  That may be the only good thing to come out this “deal” being negotiated in secret.  Remember those promises of “transparency”? UPDATE @9:30PM MDT: A “DEAL’ is in the works between Mitch McConnell and Obama. These deals that sell-out Republicans make with Democrats always…

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How Far Will A Cougar Wander? 1,500 Miles!

This is a great book I read a couple of years ago. The author, who lives in Boulder, Colorado has a most interesting Op-Ed in the NYT today about a 140-pound cougar that was killed when it was hit by a car on Wilbur Cross Parkway near Greenwich, Connecticut. Big surprise since Eastern cougars are…

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Remembering The Dust Bowl

About to be engulfed in a gigantic dust cloud is a peaceful little ranch in Boise City, Oklahoma where the topsoil is being dried and blown away during the years of the Dust Bowl. Severe drought, poor farming techniques and devastating storms rendered millions of acres of farmland useless. This photo was taken on April…

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Obama Approval Sinks To New Low of 40%

Gallup Poll: The poll consisted of a random sample of Adults. That means his approval number is even lower among Likely Voters. Gallup is quick to point out that: Obama’s 40% overall approval rating nearly matches the recent 41% approval Americans gave him for handling the debt ceiling negotiations. Though Americans rate Obama poorly for…

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A Gutsy Bar Exam Performance

I passed the Colorado Bar Exam in 1976 on the first try. Not too gutsy, but good. So then in 2007 at age 62 I took and passed the Wyoming Bar Exam on the first try. A bit more gutsy that one. Especially since I couldn’t keep my mouth shut about it and was facing…

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Law Enforcement Contact With Lawfully Armed Citizens

Armed citizens should think clearly about encounters with law enforcement when they are legally armed. It’s been a bad experience for some, but a positive one for others. The former is pointedly illustrated by the recent contact made by Officer Daniel Harless of the Canton, Ohio police with citizen William Bartlett. A sickening 17-minute video…

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A Reworked Boehner Plan Will Work

House Speaker John Boehner’s plan provides some spending cuts and raises the debt ceiling enough to allow things to go on for a while but not through the next election.  Those italicized words are the most important part of Boehner’s plan.  The plan has been criticized for not going far enough with spending cuts, especially…

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