Monthly Archives: June 2009

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Turning Tragedy into Catastrophe

A tragedy is what happens to somebody else. A catastrophe is what happens to everybody including us. We have a health care problem that needs some new rules. For an individual family with serious illness bankrupted by medical bills it…

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The Tax on Cow Farts

Just how ridiculous can it get?

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A Bad Bet

There is much debate about global warming. Apparently enough skepticism is emerging to change the term to “climate change”, or better yet, “man made climate change.” That way the real problem, “man” can be held accountable no matter which way…

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The True Believer

“For men to plunge headlong into an undertaking of vast change, they must be intensely disconnected yet not destitute, and they must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique they…

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Intellectual Blindness

I just finished reading “the Conscience of a Liberal” by Paul Krugman. I am trying to remember what drew me to the book, but it was likely a curiosity of how a true confessed liberal, Nobel Prize winning at that,…

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Men of the Gun

The Memorial to Che Guevara in Santa Clara about a four hour drive from Havana features a huge 50 foot tall statue of the famed guerilla leader in his fatigues holding an M-1 carbine in his left hand below his…

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The Freedom to be Left Alone

Freedom as a concept is thrown around like a drunken midget at a frat party (tips to metaphor maven Dennis Miller). The same conservatives that proudly send their sons and daughters half way around the world to fight for freedom…

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Surge in Anti Semitism in Turkey

From American ThinkerJune 13, 2009 Talking Turkey: My Own Speech in a Muslim Country By Joel J. Sprayregen excerpt:I recalled tense days last January when I was in daily contact with leaders of Turkey’s Jewish community of 22,000 members–living among…

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Which Party is More Hostile towards Jews?

from The Weekly Standard here Kristol: Democrats, Republicans, and Jews There’s an article in the May/June Boston Review on an interesting study that seems (I wonder why?) to have gotten little attention. Neil Malhotra, of Stanford Business School, and Yotam…

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The Wars Over Women’s Rights

As the unrest in Iran has showed the conflicts in the Middle East are largely about women’s rights. Which side are we on?

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Swatting at Flies

During an interview the young agile president smacks a fly that is distracting the conversation. The film crew films the event including a close up of the dead fly, the president acts a bit ‘tongue in cheek’ macho. Barbara Boxer…

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What I Look For on Twitter

I find Twitter a fascinating market of thoughts and ideas, and I am generally impressed at how responsible most Twitterers are without any regulation or guidance. I consider Twitter an adjunct to my blog, Rebelyid. I look for intelligent comments…

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Do Facts Matter?

Victor Davis Hanson challenges the facts in Obama’s Cairo speech Just Make Stuff UpPresident Obama’s war on the truth. By Victor Davis Hanson excerpts In the Cairo speech, nearly every historical allusion was nonfactual or inexact: the fraudulent claims that…

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Netanyahu Clarifies Israel’s Existence

Netanyahu speech is commented on in American Thinker by Leo RennertJune 15, 2009Netanyahu Lays Down His Markers Excerpts: That said, Netanyahu also took sharp issue with Obama on several fronts, starting with his rejection of the president’s view that Jewish…

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