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Obama is none of the above?

Commenting on ten day old CNN commentaries is exactly the kind of timely news analysis you’ve come to expect from the old Baron and I’m not going to disappoint.  I followed some link over there and found a real gem from Gloria Borger.  In her piece entitled, How could Obama not have known? she posits: […]


Is it time for a belated hat tip to John Roberts?

Back when John Roberts allegedly changed his vote and joined the majority of the SCOTUS in deciding that Obamacare was constitutional under the government’s taxing power many of us on the right were gnashing our teeth at the perceived betrayal.  How could he change his mind?  How can it be constitutional for the government to […]


If only President Obama knew…

Since the Democrats are dusting off and advocating old Soviet era “fairness” policies it seems fitting to bust out some Soviet era humor.  I gotta admit, I really envy Barack Obama.  Not the perks of office or the capability to smite my enemies or the prestige all presidents enjoy.  Sure, all that would be nice.  […]


If you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance

The only difference is you will pay less – on average $2,500 less.  Does anyone else remember hearing that repeated over and over and over by somebody in speech after speech and commercial after commercial? Speaking of health insurance, and we were at my office this week, how about that Obamacare?  Oh, not the website.  […]


Arsonists lament flaring of arson under arsonist…

At least that was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the headline on Drudge.  Well, that and the old gag about the guy on trial for murdering his parents who pleads for leniency from the court because he’s an orphan.  See if you can guess why. Black lawmakers lament flaring […]


Breaking news from the Department Of Stunning Studies

Years ago I was shooting the breeze with a buddy and some study that had recently been released came up and I started kicking around the idea of starting a foundation dedicated to securing grant monies to conduct studies.  His momma is Mexican so he’s a protected class even though he doesn’t speak a lick […]


Zeitgeist and other signs of the times

So it occurred to me that the last time we discussed zeitgeist was in the context of Republicans ignoring “Girls” at their peril due to its zeitgeisty reflection of our times.  I’d pretty much forgotten about it (the zeitgeist and Girls…) until I saw today that the season premier of Duck Dynasty drew a cable […]


Estados Unidos – El Colegio comunitario de América Latina

Time flies when you’re having fun, huh?  It was scarcely six years ago when we had our last great amnesty putsch and here we are again at the crossroads.  I remember those halcyon days of 4.6% unemployment and measurable economic growth.  Hell, that makes today seem like a much better time to flood the market […]


Another reason to love the store progressives love to hate

The ever-so-wise Washington DC city council apparently decided to pass what essentially amounted to an economic bill of attainder against Wal-Mart mandating that retailers of a certain size pay $12.50 per hour minimum wage vs. the city’s existing $8.25 per hour minimum wage. Wal-Mart is currently building three and planning three more stores in economically […]


Inside the mind of a liberal

There’s been lots of doings transpiring at stately Von Ottomatic manor lately.  You may recall that I entered into an unwanted period of funemployment a few months back.  Rather than hop right into a job search I took the opportunity to invest a little time, along with some severance and my two plus months of […]


Why does the U.S. have immigration laws?

Why does the U.S. have immigration laws?  I ask not over exasperation that a Senate gang-of-eight is once again considering a blanket amnesty for people who have been living in the U.S. illegally as part of comprehensive immigration reform, but from a purely practical perspective.  It stands to reason our immigration laws are there as […]


All aboard the gay marriage express!

Gay marriage is sure popping up all over the place these days, isn’t it?  Not actual gay marriages as it were but the push to normalize gay marriage.  I guess it’s a very important issue.  America is just a cruel, heartless place until gays are permitted the same joy of acrimonious divorce proceedings and bitter […]


Girls! Girls! Girls!

As a general rule I try to avoid commenting on things about which I am ignorant and have no knowledge.  To do so often makes one look like a fool.  There have been many shining examples lately as media types have chimed in on guns.  Having gone to great lengths to completely insulate themselves from […]


Why a $1 trillion platinum coin?

Yet again life imitates The Simpsons.  Supposedly serious minded people have suggested Obama could circumvent congress and negotiating the debt ceiling by commissioning the Treasury Department to mint platinum coins in one trillion dollar denominations and depositing them to the Federal Reserve.  Presto!  Crisis averted. Setting aside questions of legality or wisdom, why a $1 […]


The funniest thing you’ll read all day

This from Andy Sullivan via Reuters in his article titled, Analysis: Budget constraints limit Obama’s second-term agenda, comes this unintentionally hilarious howler: Since taking office in 2009, Obama has tried to balance his belief in an active government with concerns that the nation’s finances are on an unsustainable course. Classic.  I assume the hilarity is […]


No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer

So sayeth New York Governor Andrew “Son of Mario” Cuomo in his State of the State speech today as he railed against the semi-automatic rifles with a detachable magazine politicians refer to as assault weapons and high-capacity magazines used in said assault weapons and many modern handguns.  As much as I hate to agree with […]


Please go read and sign my White House petition

As the debates over gun control have escalated one thing I’ve mentioned several times is that alcohol is responsible for far more overall fatalities as well as more children’s lives cut short than firearms.  I don’t honestly believe alcohol prohibition is a good idea, but if the government is going to arbitrarily ban certain objects […]


She’ll never make it in politics

It’s interesting where wisdom turns up these days.  I imagine most people are by now aware of a reality TV phenomenon by the name of Honey Boo Boo.  Reality TV isn’t my cup of tea, but as a human on Earth with Internet access I am familiar with the basic premise of the show – […]


If Dianne Feinstein has seen far…

…it is because she stands on the shoulders of giants.  Forcing the law-abiding to present themselves and be registered by government agents has long been a staple of freedom-loving rulers.  Why even today we see shining beacons of freedom taking the common sense measure of passing laws to register lawful users of an inanimate object […]


A view from the other side

Lots of arguments flying back and forth on gun control these days, and I came across and interesting piece from the other side.  Other side of the globe, that is.  From the glorious pages of Pravda comes this editorial from Stanislav Michin, reprinted from his blog Mat Rodina.  I did a little editing to clean […]


And so it begins

In a shameless rush to use the murders at Sandy Hook as a soapbox from which to show her ass to the law-abiding gun owners in America, perennial gun-grabber and all-around lackwit Dianne Feinstein (D, California) has released an outline of the gun control legislation she intends to introduce to the Senate in 2013.  Drawing […]


Well worth it to ensure constitutional rights are preserved

You think you know where I’m going with this but you better sit down and buckle up your chinstrap.  This is one of those stories that I could never understand if I lived for a million years and read a billion law books. Judge: State must pay more than $700,000 in legal fees to attorneys […]


No easy answers, no cheap fix

As we struggle with the tragically short lives viciously ended in Newtown last week, emotions and anger are running high.  So it should be when unspeakable acts like that occur.  As grief and shock subside, the inevitable calls to do something will reach a fever pitch.  But what can we realistically do to make sure […]


Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut madman to snap

Lots of speculation in the media about motives, and like everything else we’ve seen so far this should be taken with a grain of caution.  Fox News is reporting the madman in Newtown snapped over his mother’s attempts to have him committed to a mental facility against his will and targeted the school because he […]



So yesterday we discussed the chorus of vapid calls for Washington to “Do something!” in the wake of a demented murderers actions in Newtown.  It’s expected from the usual suspects and I should have expected it when I clicked the link, but under his non-football thoughts in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column Sports Illustrated […]