Monthly Archives: November 2007

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Picking a Candidate

Particularly in local and state politics you are asked to support a candidate and you must consider whether you want to write a sizable check. I consider these four factors in this order: 1. Do I agree with this candidate…

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Bias in the Media – Part Deux

The party plants in the Republican debate have strirred some controversy. Why did not CNN do the minimal google check that millions of surfers did within minutes of the obvious ‘fixed’ questions? Because they did not think to even ask…

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Benevolent Dictators

I try to avoid the simplistic distinctions between liberal and conservative, but I seem to notice that among my more liberal leaning friends and more openly liberal celebrities there is a tendency to wish for the ‘benevolent dictator’ form of…

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The Gift of Family

Hyman and Esther Mendel came from Russia to New York in the late 19th century and settled in Atlanta. He sold soft goods from a back pack walking. He was 19. Hyman borrowed money, bought a horse and increased his…

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Brief and Wise

A few quotable randoms from recent readings- Political Correctness– A doctrine fostered by a delusional minority and the mainstream media, which puts forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end. (forgot…

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Did The Syrian Nuclear Facility Originate in Iraq?

I have posted a few articles contending there were nuclear weapons development in Iraq. This article in the Jerusalem Post contends that the very early stage facility in Syria taken out by the Israelis a few months ago orginated in…

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The Difference Between Legitimate Criticism of Israel and Anti Semitism

Natan Saransky distinguishes legitimate criticism from anti-Semtism by the the three D’s: 1. Demonization– when Jews are described as an aside from humanity. When they are collectively held accountable for individual acts, and described with evil ‘tendencies.’ This is common…

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Arabs in America

Too many of us tend to confuse Arabs and Muslims. According to Mitchell G. Bard in “Will Israel Survive?” * There are 1.2 million Arabs in the US. 38 % are Lebanese, primarily Christians. 6% of Arab Americans are Palestinian…

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Your Eyes as Economic Indicators

If the economy is getting weak and consumer spending is threatened you can not discern it on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The sidewalk is so thick that it barely moves. There is a waiting line at the food court in…

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Is There Any Shame in Academia?

fromCommentary – November 2007Books in Review Academic ProtocolsThe Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign PolicyBy John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt Review by Bret Stephens Excerpts by HKO What their collective labors have demonstrated beyond any doubt is that behind…

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The Rage Against Political Discourse

In the OpinionJournal PETER BERKOWITZ wrote of the destructive power of rage in politics in a great piece called The Insanity of Bush Hatred http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110010861 He demonstrates how the rage against Bush sacrifices basic facts and reason to reach the…

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Watered Down Judicial Confirmations

Headed to the airport I weas listening to the news and heard that Ted Kennedy was against the confirmation of Mukasey as Attorney General because the appointee would not take a definitive position on whether waterboarding was actually torture. Waterboarding…

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Making Voting Easier is Not Making it Better

The push to get out the vote by making voting easier (using the internet) or bribing people to vote is often pushed by the more liberal side of our political debate, assuming that all of the young non voters would…

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How Many Shirts Can You Wear at One Time?

The reason the superwealthy are often so liberal is often a question of scale; if you make a billion dollars a year, whether the tax rate is 30% or 40% is irrelevant. You will have to make do with a…

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The Income Inequality Myth

from the Opinion Journal Movin’ On Up A Treasury study refutes populist hokum about “income inequality.”Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST The Treasury study examined a huge sample of 96,700 income tax returns from 1996 and 2005 for Americans…

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NASA Doubts Global Warming

from www.foxnews.com Perfectly Natural Many global warming activists point to changes in the arctic icecap as proof of the dangerous effects of man-made global warming. Now a report from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says those changes are in fact the…

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It’s a Small World – Maybe Not

The “It’s a Small World After All” ride at Disneyland will be shut down for a rehab. One of the problems is that the boats originally from the New York World’s Fair in 1964-65 can not handle the 200 pound…

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Will Ron Paul Accept Support from Hate Groups?

I have expressed some concern over the association from the hate groups of the far right to Ron Paul’s campaign. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in his intent or willingness to attract this element. This article in…

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The BIG Republican Tent

Did you ever think you would see the far left San Francisco peace marchers support a Republican candidate? Check them out at:http://www.zombietime.com/sf_anti-war_rally_oct_27_2007/the_republican_anti-war_march/ I could not help but think that Ron Paul running as THE antiwar candidate has effectively neutered the…

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Muslims Against Sharia

Quite a relief to see efforts of Moderate Muslims to reform Islam. Ultimately the answer to Muslim fanatics must come from their fellow Mulsims. Check this out: http://www.reformislam.org/ Tips to Blond Sagacity

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