A Nice Place To Live…

I just saw that the town I live in made number 7 on Money’s Best Places to Live 2009 list.



Is This What Congress Needs To Be Focused On?

“Today the Senate antitrust subcommittee will hold hearings on perhaps the only American institution less popular than Congress itself: the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).”

Sheesh! Really? Of course this is being led by two Republican congressmen. Yeah great, way to lead by example guys. This is exactly the kind of thing that most Americans are concerned about, you’ve really got your finger on the old national pulse. Here’s the full story from the Wall Street Journal.

Royale With Cheese

The following was posted by Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard. The last line is true genius.

In the course of Donald Morrison’s review of Au Revoir to All That by Michael Steinberger, we learn that McDonald’s is the largest private employer in all of France, which is sort of like being the largest provider of health insurance in North Korea, but nonetheless, it feels like a major triumph for American culture and cuisine. I once ate at the McDonald’s right next to the Arc de Triomphe. My quarter pounder tasted like hegemony.

Is The First Amendment On Life Support?

If you need examples of how America is moving in the direction of our neighbors to the North and across the Pond regarding curtailing free speech and religious expression, look no further than the three below:

Obama’s administration is moving to “restrict criticism of stimulus projects” because, you know, the stimulus is so important and critical that it trumps your 1st amendment right to free speech.

And then there’s the hopsital worker in Mansfield, Texas. She has a daughter in Iraq and decided to display an American flag in her office on Memorial Day. But the flag “offended” one of her co-workers and the hospital made her take the flag down. It looks like the hospital has now apologized and let her put it back up, but the fact that they would have made her take it down in the first place is just ludicrous.

And finally, there’s this couple in San Diego who are being threatened with fines if they don’t shut down the weekly Bible study that they hold at their home every week for about 15 people.

I think this quote from Reagan sum up my thoughts best –

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.

Biting The Hand That Feeds You – The Radical Left Begins To Turn On Obama

The latest editorial by Ted Rall is a great read from a Conservative point of view, despite the painful lack of logic in the rant. Rall is the latest liberal to join in the ACLU’s attack on Obama for not living up to their expectation that Obama would overturn all of Bush’s lawless, Constitution-shredding policies. Rall claims that “It is amazing and incredible, after eight years of Bush’s lawless behavior, to have to still have to explain these things. For that reason alone, Obama should resign.” Can you say “arrogant”? It’s really just nice to see the left grow disenchanted at the fact that even their Messiah has had to admit to himself (even if he won’t say it out loud) that Bush was right.

It’s also nice to see a liberal throw ridiculous hyperbole at one of his own for a change. At one point Rall actually says that “He [Obama] is a monster, and he should remove himself from power.” Come on. I’m not a big fan of  Obama but a monster? Really?

But let’s get to that painful lack of logic that I alluded to earlier. I particularly like the following lament:

We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama’s inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.

So you expected broken promises. But you’re suprised by the broken promises? In other words you knew Obama was lying,  you just thought he was lying about his promises to moderates. He would never, ever lie to you. In other words you were like a naive child and, despite your professed scepticism, really bought into the Hope and Change and all the nonsense about Obama being a “transformative” and “post-racial” politician. Now you’re shocked – shocked, I say – at his, what’s the word you guys have been using since last summer, oh yes, his “pragmatism”.  You see, Conservatives have known all along what Democrats mean when they use the word “pragmatic”. Pragmatic means “I’ll say whatever is required to get elected or get you to go along so that I can then impose my will.” I guess sometimes pragmatism backfires on you.

It’s always sad to see children (or people with a child-like mentality) have their delusions shattered against the rocky shores of cold, hard reality, but in this case…maybe not.