Archive for October 2013

Crony Capitalism: This Example Shows How it Works For the Cronies and Against Taxpayers

First, one must understand that the Federal Government was the architect of the U.S. Housing Bubble of the 2000s.  The government has always had programs to encourage and facilitate home ownership.  Tax deductible mortgage interest, tax exemptions on gains realized from the sale of principal residences, FHA loan guarantees, direct government loans at low interest…

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Americans invent as the Greeks sculpted and the Italians painted

On this day 71 years ago, October 6, 1942, Chester Carlson patented xerography, a process he had invented in 1938.  Americans have always been inventors.  Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod and bifocal lenses, and Americans have been inventing new things and better mouse traps ever since.  Bill Bennett’s American Patriot’s Almanac contains a listing…

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Danger on the Highway — to the troopers

Dash board cam shows an Oregon state trooper, stops a car for speeding, driver gets out of car, is belligerent, refuse trooper’s commands to get back in the car, starts walking toward the patrol car and then pulls a gun and shoots at the trooper, hitting him in the side. Trooper returns fire hitting shooter…

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Please Republicans, don’t make the same mistake again

Republicans made a huge mistake during the government shutdown of 1995, and could replay it now if they don’t hold together.  The 1995 shutdown ended when Republicans surrendered to Clinton.  Newt Gingrich was an excellent strategist and a poor tactician.  We now know that he made a crucial error just as Republicans were on the…

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Call Obamacare’s national hotline for help: I-800-F***YO

The Daily Caller reports: Need health insurance? The Obama administration has you covered. Simply dial 1-800-FUCKYO to reach the next available health care provider. Far from being a mistype, that’s the official number that Health and Human Services wants Americans to dial when seeking health care. Obamacare’s national call center really did list its number as…

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Who you gonna blame?

If you’re a low-information voter you’ll dutifully take your instructions from the television pundits and you’ll blame Republicans for the government shut down.  If you’re informed and intelligent you’ll blame Obama because he, and only he, has the power to shut down the government.  Every agency of the government is part of the executive branch,…

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Feral cats do more good than harm

5 ways feral cats do more good than harm This is amazing. The Big Island of Hawaii, and the others as well I suppose, has lots of feral cats.  They’re not the typical skinny runts you’d expect. They don’t look like death warmed over, as the ones I saw in Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon did.…

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