Archive for January 2012

One Moment in the Florida Debate

Rick Santorum gave an effective breakdown of some of the flaws in Romneycare. Among other problems that he cited with what became the blueprint for Obamacare was the individual mandate:  “In Massachusetts, everybody is mandated as a condition of breathing to buy health insurance,” Santorum said. “And if you don’t, you have to pay a fine.”…

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Ideas That Are Right For America

Speaking to Univision Obama was asked whether he’d rather run against Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. His answer: “What I can say is this: That whoever their nominee is, they represent ideas that I think are wrong for America.” Yeah, like capitalism, free markets, individual liberty, limited government, a federal budget, the Constitution, the Declaration…

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What Really Happened In The Gingrich Ethics Case In 1995?

No one needs to wonder about that because Byron York has written the comprehensive examination of the matter at the Washington Examiner: Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it’s worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small…

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Obamacare In the Supreme Court — Uncommon Knowledge

Peter Robinson is a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan. He wrote the line, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” that Reagan delivered so well at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987. He has for the last several years taped regular videos for his “Uncommon Knowledge” project in which he interviews public figures on political…

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Newt Gingrich on Fox and Friends — Applause In Debates

The New York Times and Drudge both say Newt Gingrich threatened to pull out of future debates if the audience is not allowed to applaud. They claim Newt said as much on Fox and Friends.  Below is a video of that appearance.  You can judge for yourself if Newt actually threatened to pull out of…

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Chutzpah — On Stilts

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Tom Steyer and John Podesta have a piece titled “Why We Don’t Need More Foreign Oil and Gas.” Here is the money quote of the their “reasoning:” In the hubbub around the president’s decision not to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the United States, Americans missed…

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Losing A Cell Phone

Most people use their cell phone as a address book.  You have all the names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. of the people you want to remember, and even of people you probably want to forget but have some reason to keep their contact information.  So if you lose your phone, especially if it’s a smart…

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Searching For Light Emitted From Black Holes

A story in The Washington Post recounts a new effort by astronomers to find a black hole in our galaxy: A dozing monster of a black hole lies at the heart of our galaxy, and a global group of astronomers wants to snap its picture. They expect to see a ring of hot plasma swirling…

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2012 SHOT Show Sets a Record

In a previous post I detailed the record of one-month gun sales in the United States during December, 2010. The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor, Trade Show, called the SHOT show, was held last week at the Sands Expo Center in Law Vegas. The SHOT show is not open to the general public. It is a trade…

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02 Gauge Shotgun — The Punt Gun

You know that a 20 gauge shotgun is a smaller caliber that a 12 gauge, and a 10 gauge is a real big shotgun.  The guns get bigger as the gauge numbers get smaller. So how about a 2 gauge shotgun?  What would that look like and what it be like to shoot?  Could you…

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