Archive for December 2013

Finger Friend

It’s a baby marmoset, a New World monkey that is about 8 inches long at maturity.  Adult marmosets are not nearly as cute as this little guy.  They live in the upper canopy of forest trees in the jungles of South America.  They eat insects, fruit and leaves. One of nature’s smallest primates clinging to…

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Good news for cops — police officer fatalities take big drop in 2013

Good news for cops is that felonious killings of police officers fell to the lowest number in 2013 since 1887, according the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Only 33 officers were killed with firearms wielded by criminals in 2013. A total of 111 cops died “in the line of duty” in 2013, the largest…

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This could be the best headline of 2013

Ice Breaker Gets Stuck Trying to Rescue Global Warming Scientists Trapped in Antarctic Ice This headline is from a post by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit. It could be the best of the year because it captures the irony of those who religiously cline to the myth of global warming, even at risk to their…

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Obamacare will drive health care to the free market

Compelling Evidence Makes the Case for a Market-Driven Health Care System by James Capretta and Kevin Dayaratna, at the Heritage Foundation. The authors make the following key points: The United States does not have a market-driven health insurance system, much less a functioning competitive market for health services. Through overly restrictive policies, Medicare, Medicaid, and…

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A different take on the Duck Dynasty, A&E, Phil Robertson flap

Now that A&E has caved and announced Phil Robertson will be back it’s time to take a second look as this whole thing. Steven Hayward sees it this way: I think we’re all being played here. The entire controversy seems contrived to me, but very very good for everyone’s business. The gay rights grievance groups…

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Obamacare in one sentence

I’ve posted this before but it is so good and with Obamacare now causing real disruptions in more and more lives, it seems like a good time to revisit this very funny and delightfully prescient video.

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Only 29% have favorable view of Federal government

Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters now view the federal government at least somewhat unfavorably. That’s up from 64% in October and 63% in November of last year. Just 29% view the feds favorably. This includes five percent (5%) who view the government Very Favorably and 29% who view it…

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A tax on the stupid

Duke Economics Professor Michael Munger, from his blog Kids Prefer Cheese: Why is the “news” that “Man Wins $1 million Picasso with $138 lottery ticket“? Why isn’t the news that 49,999 people won nothing at all with $138 lottery tickets? After all, if you multiply 50,000 x $138 you get more than $6.5 million.  So…

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The End of the Beginning

It reminds me of this great quote (Don’t know where I got it to give proper credit): The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to…

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Obamacare more like a mugging than a benefit

Obamacare was sold to the American people as the answer to the alleged problem of millions of uninsured.  The assumption was that those millions wanted insurance but couldn’t afford it.  That was an unwarranted assumption since the bulk of the uninsured are healthy and young, thus disinclined to spend much on something they think they…

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