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Facts versus Speeches

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Let's look at reality versus fantasy: Speech: Sarah Palin says Obama wants to raise income taxes. Fact: The independent Tax Policy Center and other analysts have concluded that Barack Obama's tax policy will result in tax cuts for 4 out of 5 American households. Speech: Palin says she and McCain will lead efforts ...

We Can’t Get Fooled Again

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

A lot of politics always consists of negativity – Monday-morning quarterbacking, dredging up past sins or mistakes, and general finger-pointing that can sound like kids whining, “I’m telling!” It would be port st joe fishing charters to focus on the future and on the positive – what do we want to change? How ...

Sarah Palin and Animal Cruelty

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Why does Sarah Palin hate wolves so much she tries to use her office to fund animal cruelty with taxpayer revenues? We’ve been hearing about Sarah Palin’s talents as a hunter and “sportswoman.” Overall the net impact seems to be mainly the novelty factor; a lot of Americans fall on each ...

General Query, Apropos of Not Much

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Does anyone on BIO live in the Raleigh, NC area?  My sweetie is taking me on vacation there next month, and it's fun to meet online friends face to face, the way we had a chance to get together with Ken Grandlund on a trip to San Diego a while ...

Another Republican Class Act

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The NJ state Republican web site was running a banner slogan saying "Obama Loves America like OJ Loved Nicole" - boy, that's the kind of political discourse that elevates the process.  Who, them racist?  No "oh my God, it's a scary black man!" theme there.  Subtle as a flying mallet, ...

A Grateful Patriot, not a Proud Nationalist

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Thinking about the meaning of Independence Day... maybe I'm weird, but I've always wondered about people taking pride in something they had no part in accomplishing, whether that's who their ancestors were or winning the Revolutionary War.  Maybe it has to do with confusing different definitions of the word "pride",  ...

How to Solve the Energy Crisis

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Any time there’s a crisis, some demagogue or politician (is there a difference?) will come up with a magic solution. And somehow this “solution” always seems to be the exact same thing that this demagogue has always wanted to do. How convenient. Ask Grover Norquist to solve a problem, any problem: ...

A Conservative Republican’s Problem With Dick Cheney

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Mickey Edwards is the author of "Reclaiming Conservatism" and served as a Republican Congressman from 1977 to 1993.  He was a long-time ally and supporter of Vice President Cheney, but as he notes in this piece in the Washington Post, cannot reconcile his respect for the office and the man ...