Nov 26 2008

Obama’s “center-right” economic team?

Category: economy,Obamaharmonicminer @ 9:18 pm

Larry Kudlow, no raving Leftist he, evaluates Obama’s economic team as being predominantly center-right. And this seems to give him hope that Obama is going to talk a Left leaning game, while governing more from the center.

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Nov 26 2008

Getting a leg up on the rest of us

Category: terrorismharmonicminer @ 7:41 pm

I know, some of you think Ann Coulter should not be allowed in polite society. However, I’m not particularly concerned with being polite to terrorists, and neither is she. Here’s a bit, but the whole thing is hysterically, sadly funny, and well worth reading.

I thought the rest of the world was going to love us if we elected B. Hussein Obama! Somebody better tell the Indian Muslims. As everyone but President-elect B. Hussein Obama’s base knows, many of the Guantanamo detainees cannot be sent to their home countries, cannot be released and cannot be tried. They need to be held in some form of extra-legal limbo the rest of their lives, sort of like Phil Spector.

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Nov 26 2008

Trying not to laugh at ignorance, but it’s hard

Category: gunsharmonicminer @ 6:10 pm

The state of Delaware has a large deer population that has to be kept in check or it will overpopulate, threatening habitat for other species, and perhaps reaching Malthusian numbers itself. There weren’t enough deer being taken in the traditional deer season, so the state recently created an extension of the season specifically for handgun hunters. By definition, these people have to be skilled stalkers to get close enough to take a deer with a handgun, and very skilled shooters as well. But there are always nitwits in the woods, or the journalistic woods, at least:

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Nov 26 2008

Foundation of our nation

Category: religion,societyharmonicminer @ 10:00 am

“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

–James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785

There are very similar quotes from most of the founders.  It’s pretty simple.  This is not a chicken or egg question;  precedence is clear.  They knew what came first.  They believed that if you lack a fundamental foundation for moral behavior, it is far less likely that you will be a citizen who ever looks much beyond immediate short-term self-interest, to what is good for the society as a whole.

Events have not proved them wrong.

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Nov 26 2008

Obama’s national security appointments

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 3:00 am

The Kossacks aren’t happy that Obama may keep Gates as Secretary of Defense.

More fuel for the belief that even Democrats think Democrats are weak on defense and only Republicans can serve as Secretary of Defense.

Obama may be considering steering a center-left foreign policy, as opposed to an extremely Left one. Another hint: his choice of Gen. Jim Jones for National Security Adviser.

We’ll have to see how this goes, but at least there is a small ray of hope here and there that the president-elect isn’t completely a captive of the loony Left.  What remains to be seen is if he understands the connection between national defense and a strong military that isn’t gutted to pay for social programs.  And, of course, we don’t know yet how he’ll handle himself in a crisis or challenge; unfortunately, his reflex seems to be inappropriate moral equivalence, at least when on the campaign trail.   But maybe he’ll “grow in office”.

Pray that he does.

Nov 26 2008

Thomas Sowell on goats

Category: economy,governmentharmonicminer @ 2:24 am

Thomas Sowell helps us separate the sheep from the goats.

There is an old Russian fable, with different versions in other countries, about two poor peasants, Ivan and Boris. The only difference between them was that Boris had a goat and Ivan didn’t. One day, Ivan came upon a strange-looking lamp and, when he rubbed it, a genie appeared. She told him that she could grant him just one wish, but it could be anything in the world.

Ivan said, “I want Boris’ goat to die.”

Variations on this story in other countries suggest that this tells us something about human beings, not just Russians.

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