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Monday, February 20. 2012
Snake-Hunting Labradors Rid Everglades of Invasive Pythons
Free Booze for Alcoholics: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Yet another study shows government workers are overpaid
Who Killed the Jobs?
For jobs, get Washington out of the way
Obama Likes High Gasoline Prices, But Won't Admit It
Global warming -- the great delusion
'Terse, Old' Constitution Outdated for Failing to Guarantee 'Entitlements' Like Health Care
More Food Police: CA Lawmaker Says Food Trucks ‘Threat’ To Kids’ Health
End of tax credit a blow for wind power industry
The Left's Hatred of Religion
The Real Obama - The budget of a left-wing progressive.
Brokest Nation In History Fusses Instead About Sex
How 'Occupy' went wrong - A trashed house in Brooklyn has become a symbol of a movement that failed to capitalize on popular anger
Can Romney find a way to connect with GOP voters?
Social issues and Repub electoral success
Is Iowa A Nest Of Vicious Racists?
Obama’s Peculiar Idea of Fairness
Amateur hour with Santorum: Trolled by Charlie Rose
The European project is splitting apart at the very core - A gulf is growing between France and Germany over the future of the eurozone
Fraudulent attack on Heartland Institute exposes Alarmist desperation
Belmont: For years the European Social Model — and Europe itself — was such an act of faith that to express skepticism would have been blasphemy. It still is.
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez faces an uprising at the ballot box:
Polarization and the Independents - An ever smaller number of swing voters will decide the presidential election:
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For decades, Democrats have preferred greater social welfare to low taxes,... Republicans have preferred the opposite, so they are horrified.
I think our language is broken, because my understanding is not that Republicans prefer worsening social welfare, but that they think "social welfare" programs are counterproductive -- isn't their line "if you subsidize something, you get more of it"?
--if that 'terse, old' Constitution had wanted to entitle healthcare, it would've mandated leeches.
No, the real ones, like on Bogart in that movie.
Go ahead - laugh. Leeches are very in beneficial post trauma surgery (like limb or digit amputation) and recent research is towards leech saliva having a big time effect on reducing and sometimes even eliminating cancer tumors.
Maggots too I believe.
The number of those damn things I collected in SEA - I could have been rich.
No more tax credits for Wind Farms? That's raaaaacist (somehow)!
Labradors find pythons--so cool.
Libs don't like it when food is convenient to "those who must be protected from themselves".
Same for smokers.
--instapundit at 10:15 this morning:
CANADA: Campaign against Canadian Keystone XL pipeline driven by US foundation millions. “A Powerpoint presentation obtained by The Daily Caller shows that during a July 2008 meeting, the $789 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund proposed to coordinate and fund a dozen environmental and anti-corporate activist groups’ efforts to scuttle pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Canada to the United States.”
MY LETTER TO THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AUTHORITY ABOUT BILDERBERG AND THE CREDIT CRUNCH
Oil market manipulation to strike narrow extreme political (NWO, the oblivious red fascism) targets in the lead-up to the notoriously-politically-fuel price-sensitive "summer driving season" --this one prior to election 2008 --is the main and/or secondary subject of both URLs, or all three if include the somewhat overwrought #3.2 here:
They're all parts of the same damn story. As are the links (see the zero hedge link for the stochastic expression) in comment #7, #7.1, and #8 just below on BD's Saturday Morning Links:
WHEN is JAIL ???
Mitt having a problem selling himself to Conservatives? Perhaps he and his campaign team should pay attention to what John Derbyshire wrote at Taki's Magazine, to wit, "grow a pair":
"Stupid? The Republican Party’s EEG trace is flatter than Kansas.
"It is to this party of cowardice and stupidity that the American conservative movement has yoked itself—a party very well populated with politicians all too ready to jump when a foul-mouthed leftist bully such as Alex Pareene cracks the whip.
"Conservatives need to reclaim some of the discourse by standing up to these crude thugs. If it’s not venturing too far into Salon.com’s favored linguistic territory to say so, conservatism needs to grow a pair."
Suggest beginning passage of Mitt's next speech:
"I've been advised to put some fire in my campaign. Okay, what if I beat the living snot out of Barney Frank next time I smell him? Assault & Battery? Who cares?! I'm richer'n four feet up a bull's ass, I can pay a fine that'd make you poor schlubs bite holes in your britches --and never even feel it! The fine I mean, not the hole in your britches."
(...and then he'd proceed to the other regularly-schedyuled immaterial)
In a stinging slap at Mitt Romney, the Romney campaign today released the new campaign theme song, "White Rabbit":
In other news, the Gov. Walker recall campaign today presented an alternative state budget alternative, developed by the Wisconsin Economics Teachers' Union's Wisconsin economics teachers union representatives:
The United States Constitution is terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights.
False. It guarantees an enormous number of rights, especially if you take Amendments 9 and 10 into account.
It guarantees no entitlements, however. Most new countries' prior governments had controlled their country's resources and set themselves up as the source of all good. This, of course, meant they had all the power and could extract all manner of bribes, etc. The people are used to this form of government and don't have the education to understand the difference.
The people setting up the new government don't want a democracy - they just want to throw out the old power-holders and substitute themselves in their place. So they surely don't want the U.S. Constitution, which was designed to prevent that kind of thing.
But the Constitution is out of step with the rest of the world in failing to protect, at least in so many words, ... entitlement to food, education and health care.
And there you have it in black and white.
The world was out of step with us 223 years ago, and it's out of step with us now. If you want a strong independent country it must be filled with strong independent people. If you want strong independent people you must secure their rights but entitle them to nothing that would make them dependent on the government.
OMG--Buddy--how am I gonna get this DH of mine to sit still and shut up long enough to read through this and understand the implications? He is coming around but from Swedish left it is quite a rotation. As always I thank you for your wonderful self !!