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1959 was a very good year, unless

Posted by  ▪  August 9, 2011
1959 was a very, very good year.  More so than you know.  Unless you were Cuban. Very, very good years are not always what they seem. Thanks to reader Jim who took this photo in Bradenton, Florida, of a bumper sticker which says “Cuba got ‘Change’ in 1959, be careful what you wish…
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My assessment of the situation

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
We are rudderless on a captainless ship.
 

#downgrade Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
Today’s hashtag is #downgrade. There were may good tweets to choose from, but I picked this winner:
 

Obama’s Address to the Nation: Draws line in sand, there must be no lines in sand other than the ones I draw

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
Barack Obama read a statement today, my paraphrases and quick transcription: Disputes downgrade. Quotes Warren Buffett that U.S. should have AAAA rating. Need “balanced long term approach” – needed “day I took office.” Blames “prolonged debate over debt ceiling” for downgrade, and string of economic disruptions in Japan, Europe…
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Happy InstaBirthday

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
Today is the 10th anniversary of the first blog post at Instapundit. The first week of Instaposts are here. While we frequently wish bloggers happy blogoversaries, Instapundit really deserves thanks.  It’s hard to imagine where the conservative blogosphere would be without Instalanches, and the support of Prof. Glenn Reynolds. I am particularly grateful because readers…
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Happy Victory Day!

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
You probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Victory Day, formerly known as VJ Day, formerly known as Victory Over Japan Day, no longer is celebrated anywhere in the U.S. except in my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  It is celebrated the second Monday in August, even though Japan…
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Eh

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
Nothing interesting to write about this morning.  At least nothing that hasn’t been beaten half to death already. Suggestions?  Thoughts?  Comments?  Anybody out there?
 

Sold Out

Posted by  ▪  August 8, 2011
You bought into it, so you own it. Thanks to Bruce from Where Are My Keys who sent along this photo he took recently in Denver:
 

Were we better off with the debt deal?

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller argues that taking a compromise deal allowed Republicans to avoid blame for the S&P downgrade (although David Axelrod and John Kerry are claiming otherwise) and any other negative consequences: In the few days since the debt ceiling was raised, the Dow has dropped more  than 500 points and…
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Hollywood tries to rescue Obama, unexpectedly (Reader Poll)

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
Soon after the raid in which Obama got bin Laden took place, as Obama was in the midst of his not-spiking-the-football victory lap, I asked readers to predict when Hollywood would roll out a major motion picture about the raid in order to help Obama’s reelection chances. Readers predicted the weekend prior…
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#ObamaDownGradeExcuse

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
Thanks to reader and blogger Voting Female for alerting me to the new hashtag #ObamaDownGradeExcuse. Considering how much fun readers had with #BeforeBlackPresidents, there should be some good tweets and comments coming. Here’s my contribution:
 

Liberal women, conservative men, and “anger management”

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
Yesterday I reported how the Dean of Widener Law School, Linda Ammons, had sentenced conservative law professor Lawrence Connell to a psychiatric evaluation and “anger management” therapy: Professor Connell will comply with all conditions and recommendations issued by the psychiatrist/psychologist, including, without limitation, appropriate counseling and anger management, prior to the lifting…
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Wisconsin Dem Spokesman Threatens Reporter

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
Graeme Zielinski, Communications Director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, is quite a guy.  He was a focus of a post here last month when he tweeted that people should celebrate the 45th anniversay of Medicare by “punching a Republican.”  He then claimed he was just joking. But Zielinski doesn’t appear to be jok…
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Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing …

Posted by  ▪  August 7, 2011
… the owner of this vehicle. Saw this in the parking lot of a local supermarket in Rhode Island:   Update: One LI reader took the post title as an insult, believing that I was referring to Texans and the car owner as idiots (which is how the sentence ends in the moronic anti-Bush…
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Things falling apart

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
Consider this just an ideas open thread. Keep it clean, children could be reading. I’ll start:  There is a deep sadness at the loss of members of SEAL Team 6.  Every soldier is valuable and mourned, but this tragedy seems to be special. Updates:  This chart from Division of Labour (one of the Blogs…
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Saturday Night Card Game (#BeforeBlackPresidents)

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: It never ends. The attempt to turn disagreement with the policies of the Obama administration into a racial issue. In the past weeks, as there was a dispute over raising the debt ceiling, claims were made that…
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The man who voted present now says “I told you so”

Posted by  ▪  August 6, 2011
Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan.  Ever. All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present.  But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements…
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