Monthly Archives: January 2010

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Edwards, Palin, and Obama

Richard Cohen Writes in the Washington Post, From John Edwards, lessons on celebrity and politics Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Excerpt We have substituted the camera — fame, celebrity — for both achievement and the studied judgment of colleagues. The political…

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Intellect, Intelligence and Wisdom

“The capacity to grasp and manipulate complex ideas is enough to define intellect but not enough to encompass intelligence, which involves combining with judgment and care in selecting relevant explanatory factors and in establishing empirical tests of any theory that…

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Arrogance at Fannie Mae

“In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending (subprime) Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government -subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an…

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Karma, Demons, Small Stupid Steps and Facebook

Random thoughts GM’s effort to target Toyota’s  customers  in the midst of their record recall notice seems in poor taste, especially in light of the record amount of taxpayer money that is now supporting GM.  This is like the arrogant…

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Post Partisan Politics

The Senate election in Massachusetts may signal much more that dissatisfaction with the current administration; it may signal and end to partisan politics as we have known it. Given the euphoria and high expectations at Obama’s election in the midst…

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The Difference Between Campaigning and Leading

A salient point made by Fred Barnes in the Wall Street Journal Why Obama Isn’t Changing Washington (Nov 26, 2009): Mr. Obama misread his own ability to sway the public. He is a glib, cool, likeable speaker whose sentences have…

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The Other Side of the Microphone

Wall Street’s financial leaders have been paraded before Congress to explain their efforts to restore stability to our financial system. Obama has turned on the populist spigot to demonize Wall Street to justify bigger taxes and fees and hip shot…

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Reckless Regulating

We clearly need financial reform. Yet Obama’s reckless, populist, anti-business pronouncements only serve to harden the prevailing attitude that business growth and job generation is just too risky. Financial reform should be thoroughly vetted and discussed in the appropriate House…

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A New Center

Brown’s victory over Coakley is certainly a setback for the current administration no matter how they spin it. But another major development in the electoral process was largely missed. When Ben Nelson flipped for Obama Care in the Senate it…

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A Blow to Lobbyists

The McCain Feingold bill sought to restrict the influence of big money in politics. Yesterday it was struck down as a violation of free speech. It should have been. When one avenue of influence is cut off it just finds…

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Careful with Those Phylacteries

A17 year old Orthodox Jewish boy was ‘wrapping tefillin’ on a flight from New York to Louisville. The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia because the pilot was concerned about some strange boxes that a passenger was strapping to…

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A Need for Mutiny

It is stunning to see such a reversal in the Democrat’s fortune in the course of one year.  As the electorate sees the hopes and dreams degenerate into deficits and taxes, the administration will be inclined to spin the outcome…

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Anger vs Nasty

I find that following and being followed by a few thousand people on Twitter gives one a certain feel of the pulse of the electorate. I realize that most of my followers are right of center, thought I aim to…

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Going Galt

My second article in American Thinker A Political Recession Excerpts: Growth is being restricted by political uncertainty more than economic policy. More business people who are either able or nearing retirement are “going Galt”, downsizing or reducing their income and…

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Healthcare outrage will reduce the number of doctors.

This may be anecdotal, but I keep hearing doctors becoming outraged over the greater intrusion of government into the healthcare delivery. Some threaten to retire early, work less, refuse Medicare patients, or otherwise adjust to the interference. Doctors already face…

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How Low Can You Go

This is how desperate  and how low the Massachusetts Democrats are willing to go. This is the Democrat Party mailer Scott Thomas is suing over.  I realize that political operatives from both parties have often believed in the effectiveness of…

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The Magical Fed

The poor business environment is driving down wages and costs, but inflation looms because of the government’s record deficit.  Record low interest rates are not having the desired effect because the recession is more due to political policies than economic.…

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The Nail in Kennedy’s Coffin

The race in Massachusetts is stunning.  If Democrat Coakley is unable to beat Republican Brown in the bluest of blue states, then any Democrat is vulnerable. Just the fact that this race is close  should be a startling wakeup call…

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Notes on The Global Warming Contest

When climatologists such as John Coleman debunk AGW, the believers contest that he is not the right kind of scientist to dispute the “science”.  He is after all “just a weatherman”. Al Gore is certainly no scientist and has less…

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