Nov 23 2008

Nothing new here, except that they admit it

Category: media,politicsharmonicminer @ 9:13 pm

I’ve written on the credibility problems of the major media, so just consider this to be one more data point in the case. I think this is just the beginning of the fallout for the major media.  There will be more.  Lots more.  The major media spent ALL its meager remaining capital of trust on this campaign.  But the truth is going to come out, in a way that will be persuasive to all but the 20-30% of people who are totally committed to the Left, no matter what… call them “blue dog socialists”, I guess.

.  The major media will pay for this, in coin of which they have little, even if they don’t know it yet.

The mainstream media’s support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was so biased that even major insiders are now admitting they were shocked by its depth and depravity.

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Nov 22 2008

Have you been abusing your consitutional rights?

Category: Obama,politicsharmonicminer @ 12:28 pm

So, President-elect Obama’s vetting questionaire includes this tidbit.

“Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”

The last time I looked, there is a Second Amendment to the Consitution. Yes, firearms ownership and possession has been restricted in various ways, but the Supreme Court has decided that it IS a personal right, not a group right, and that greater scrutiny must be applied in the future regarding limitations on it.
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Nov 22 2008

You’ve seen these, but maybe you haven’t thought about them lately

Category: politicsharmonicminer @ 1:25 am


“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”  [Mark Twain]

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Nov 15 2008

As goes Chicago goes Illinois

Category: Obama,politicsharmonicminer @ 10:50 pm

In an interesting description of the jockeying involved in trying to get President-elect Obama’s senate seat filled, for the remainder of his term, we find this nugget about the man who will make the decision. Sounds like Illinois politics and Chicago politics were twins, separated at birth, and reconnected shortly after…

And smack dab in the middle of the maelstrom is the current governor, Milorad “Rod” R. Blagojevich, proud Serbian-American. He is also a man on the cusp of becoming the fourth Illinois governor out of the last seven to be indicted for corruption. He was mentioned prominently and not in the best light, during the trial of Obama friend, financier, and patron Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted of fraud in connection with a statehouse “pay to play” scheme. Federal prosecutors have leaked the information that they think they have enough on the governor for an indictment, largely — it is believed — because Rezko is singing to the feds in exchange for a lighter sentence. There is also a move among members of his own party in the Illinois House to impeach him. The governor is not only unpopular in the state, he is spectacularly and universally hated. A recent poll conducted by the Chicago Tribune found that just 13% of residents approved of the job he was doing.

In short, Governor Blagojevich might want to hurry the process of selecting Obama’s replacement along since he may not be sleeping in the governor’s mansion much longer. He claims he wants to settle the matter before Christmas. If so, he will probably be able to make that deadline — barely — before either resigning in disgrace or being kicked out by members of his own party.

At least the Democrats dislike him, too…. that’s something.


Nov 09 2008

P.J.O’Rourke: We Blew It

Category: left,politics,rightharmonicminer @ 7:49 pm

The satirist at his dyspeptic best.

A look back in remorse on the conservative opportunity that was squandered.

Read it all. You won’t agree with this or that, but it’s hard to deny a great deal of it.

I have only one addition: the Left is bound to blow it, too, though the kind of damage the Left can do is much harder to undo.

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Nov 03 2008

A BUNCH of knockout videos, short, sweet, and to the point: bumped AGAIN!

Category: election 2008,McCain,Obama,politicsharmonicminer @ 9:01 pm

I think these videos are so great that I just want to keep them up front and center, so I may promote them occasionally. Here they are again!

This is the campaign to defeat Obama, in a nutshell.

I watched them all.  Obama supporters may complain about interpretations, but these videos do not have a factual error I can see.  They’re quite concise, delivered engagingly, and make their point very clearly.

The McCain campaign should take a lesson from these people.

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Oct 26 2008

Evidence That Demands A Verdict

Category: politicsamuzikman @ 11:58 pm

This, the title of a very good book by author Josh McDowell.  First released in 1972, the book deals with the subject of Christian apologetics and it was written to help Christians defend their faith in everything from casual conversation to doctoral dissertations.  I think the book has been updated since it’s first date of publication and is still a very credible source related to the historical evidence of the Christian faith.

If I may I’d like to borrow this book title as a challenge and a plea to voters.  A volume of credible and verifiable evidence now exists relating to both major candidates for president.  Though there have been various attempts to mask and otherwise obfuscate the histories and governance philosophies of both men, there is now no excuse.  It is not a difficult task to investigate the candidates, to learn about their past, their plans, their guiding principles, their hopes and desires, their successes and their failures.  The evidence is plentiful.

All this evidence is meaningless, however, if it is not taken into account when deciding a verdict.  Just as a jury should never convict a defendant without examination of the evidence, I believe a voter should never cast a ballot without a thorough examination of the candidates.  Just as criminal conviction of a defendant based on their race would be a terrible injustice, so would election of an African American to the highest office in the land without examination of that person’s resume’.  Just as a defendant is innocent until proven guilty a political candidate must be given the benefit of the doubt about the veracity of their statements until such time as the reliability of those statements can be verified – and they MUST be verified.

Now the prosecution and defense of both candidates is about to rest.  You, the voter are the jury, and your vote is your finding, your final judgment.  What will be the basis on which you cast your vote? Age? Dress? Speaking ability? Eloquence? Skin color? Warm fuzzy feelings? A simple belief in the candidate? Or will it be based on examination of the evidence?  Evidence that does indeed demand a verdict.

If you cannot be bothered to examine the evidence then you have no business voting any more than you would to serve on a jury.  If you have not and will not examine the evidence then maybe you should sit this one out. Consider yourself recused.  The stakes are too high and the possible wrong verdict could punish ALL of us for a very long time.

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Oct 22 2008

Not new, but probably true

Category: freedom,philosophy,politicsharmonicminer @ 9:39 am

I was reminded of this at

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of Athenian Republic some 2000 years earlier: “A democracy is always temporary in nature: it simply cannot exist as a pemanent form of government.”
“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.”

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Oct 20 2008

Evangelicals, politics and society: what the Left wishes was true, but isn’t

Category: election 2008,left,philosophy,politics,right,theologyharmonicminer @ 2:17 pm

J. Daryl Charles, author of “Between Pacifism and Jihad“, comments on an example of journalistic wish-fulfillment in which David D. Kirkpatrick prays earnestly for the “crack-up of Evangelical politics”. Well, to be fair, he only cheerleads what he wishes was the end of Right-leaning evangelicalism.  After pointing out that the trends present in mega-churches and the “emerging” church are not dispositive of the major part of evangelical Christendom, Charles, whose knowledge of evangelicalism is wide and deep, provides plenty of examples that were in Kirkpatrick’s backyard, but which he failed to notice…  maybe the fences were too high in New York City, so Kirkpatrick had to go to the midwest to find something to write about.  Ending graphs, though Charles’ entire take is worth reading:

And yet, had Kirkpatrick done his homework, his research would have taken him, not to Wichita, Kansas, but to his own backyard and New York City, where evangelical congregations are vibrant and socially engaged. Consider, for example, the very large and increasingly influential Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which embodies what is salutary, healthy, and encouraging about Protestant evangelicalism. But because Redeemer, given its simultaneous commitments to theological orthodoxy and social responsibility, has been making a difference in the city for almost two decades (and doing so without a so-called leftward political shift), such evidence would undermine Kirkpatrick’s thesis. Similar examples abound in metropolitan areas nationwide.
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Oct 19 2008

Global warming reduction: at what cost?

Category: economy,environment,global warming,politicsharmonicminer @ 9:05 am

Bjorn Lomborg asks, why cut one 3,000th of a degree? That’s about how much difference Britain’s proposed policies will make, while costing ENORMOUS sums of money. Key graphs:

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