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"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built." Abraham Lincoln

It's Christmas. Why not drop by Soldiers Angels and send our guys overseas some Christmas Cheer? You don't even have to know a soldier's name just purchase a package, click 'for any soldier', and you're done. Soldier's Angels do the rest for you. Maybe you could even adopt a soldier to correspond with while you're at it.

  • Private School/Home School/Public School. In a widely publicized decision, Obama decided to put his children in the Sidwell Friends School, a private school costing $29,000 a year Given this, one would presume that he supports alternatives to public education. Earlier in the year, he actually did sound supportive "If there was any argument for vouchers, it was 'Let's see if the experiment works' . . . And if it does, whatever my preconception, you do what's best for kids," Obama said.

    This is the one subject nearest and dearest to my heart as my children are enrolled in a private/cooperative education program. My kids are happier, learning more, and have actually been much healthier outside of the 'public' school system. It's been a challenging adjustment, full of rewards, and we wouldn't have it any other way. (Via Intellectual Conservative)

  • Outnumbered 10:1 and our guys still win. Oh, and by the way, they'll be receiving 10 Silver Stars for their trouble. From the Washington Post. (Via Patriot Room)

  • Rahm under pressure to resign, US MSM ducks the story. Have we seen anything in the MSM about pressure on Rahm Emanuel to resign? Nothing from the L.A. Times. Or the New York Times. But the U.K. and Australian papers often print stories their liberal American cousins will not. And they think something is afoot. . (Via Patriot Room)

  • Yet another subject near and dear to my heart. The heart breaking lack of knowledge of the Constitution. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative non-profit group, surveyed 2,508 Americans about their knowledge of America's founding principles, political history, international relations and the free market. More than 1,700 people - about 70 per cent - failed the test: (Via Pajama Hadin)

  • Making Money the Socialist, Secular Humanist Way! It's fast, fun and easy! Here's how you do it. (Via KT Cats Post)

  • Playing by the rules Woooo! Found a new (to me) blog through KT Cat. The local telephone companies are bound down by the same lilliputian web of union rules under which the Big Three auto companies suffer. Having worked for, and consulted with, these telcos during my career, I know quite a bit about that problem. (Via Secular Apostate)

  • Russian warship 90 miles from US coast MOSCOW - Russian warships will visit U.S. foe Cuba for the first time since the Soviet era, the navy said Monday.
    The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two support ships from a squadron that has been on a lengthy visit to Latin America will put in at Havana on Friday for a five-day stay, navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said.
    It will be the first visit by Russian warships to the Communist-led island just 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the United States since the 1991 Soviet collapse, Dygalo said.
    (Via Yahoo News)

  • UAW and Detroit 3 have failed There can be no doubt that the American auto industry is failing. Numbers don't lie, and besides, they admit it. The corporate leaders have been to Washington to "beg" for money several times now, and they've even brought along token union leaders. (Via Flopping Aces)

  • Liberals worry that there are not enough entitlement programs to throw money at You know the second coming of Jimmy Carter has arrived when MSM hacks complain about Obama not having enough stuff to spend our taxpayer dollars on. I have no worries on this. I'm certain they will create enough entitlement programs to waste money on. (Via Flopping Aces)

  • Israel turns away UNs 9-11 troofer JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has turned back UN human rights envoy Richard Falk upon his arrival at Ben Gurion airport, authorities said on Monday, accusing him of "legitimizing Hamas terrorism."

    "Israel has made clear that Mr. Falk was not invited, nor would be welcome in Israel, under his capacity as special rapporteur" for human rights, the foreign ministry said. They barred him from the country too. (Via LGF)

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    SCOTUS has now prevented it... (Below threshold)

    SCOTUS has now prevented itself from acknowledging the question whether Obama is or is not a "natural born citizen" (as distinguished from "citizen") three times and counting: First before the Nov 4 general election and twice before the Dec 15 vote of the College of Electors. Other cases on the same question are at, or are heading to, SCOTUS. Whether SCOTUS ultimately decides if Obama is or is not a "natural born citizen" only after the Electors vote, only after Congress acts on the Electors' vote, prior to Obama's inauguration, or only after Obama's inauguration, SCOTUS will have to decide -- or the people and/or the military will. The issue no longer is Obama. The issue is SCOTUS.

    Umm, Ted, I take it you fee... (Below threshold)

    Umm, Ted, I take it you feel I missed an important news link?

    Every time I get a link fro... (Below threshold)

    Every time I get a link from you it makes me smile. Thanks!

    Rahm Emanuel has never met ... (Below threshold)
    Pretzel Logic:

    Rahm Emanuel has never met a microphone he didnt want to spew and spit on with his hatred for the Bush administration. This guy has something to hide without a doubt.

    Obama is spending $29k a ye... (Below threshold)
    retired miilitary:

    Obama is spending $29k a year to put his kids in one of the best private schools in the country.

    DC spends over $13k per year per student to educate children in some of the worst public schools in the country.

    Give parents a $10k per year student voucher so that they can enroll their children in private schools and save the city more than $3k per year per student.

    Also RM, Barry's new appoin... (Below threshold)
    Pretzel Logic:

    Also RM, Barry's new appointment Arnie Duncan, oversaw the schools Barry refused to send his kids to! Duncan's list of accomplishments are about as long as Barry's. (thumb and forefinger like this far apart)

    Earlier in the year, he ... (Below threshold)

    Earlier in the year, he actually did sound supportive

    Except immediately after he said this the teachers' unions started calling and he promptly issued a press release stating: "Senator Obama has always been a critic of vouchers."

    BTW, Melissa, not that I'm ... (Below threshold)

    BTW, Melissa, not that I'm complaining or anything - but you do know you've got the time stamp on this post set so it'll be at the top until 11:08 PM TONIGHT, don't you?

    I usually just pop in and check what's new - with this stuck at the top folks might miss stuff...

    "Earlier in the year, he ac... (Below threshold)

    "Earlier in the year, he actually did sound supportive"

    Brack Obama is like a box of chocolates, you never quite know what your going to get.

    Kudos for not a single ment... (Below threshold)
    Dave Noble:

    Kudos for not a single mention of Blagojevich.
    Newt Gingrich and John McCain have it right - it's a distraction from more pressing issues.

    Also thank you for the Soldiers Angels link.

    Re school vouchers - I'm al... (Below threshold)

    Re school vouchers - I'm all for them. The theory seems to be that if your local school isn't doing well, you should get involved and try to change things around... and that may have worked once upon a time or in places where the school systems are small and parents had more time to involve themselves. Nowdays, institutional inertia will block darn near any efforts to change the courses decided upon at high levels, no matter HOW badly the work is taught.

    I have nothing but respect for teachers to struggle against the system, trying like anything to make sure something gets into the skulls of their students that'll stick longer than Hanna Montana and Spongebob Squarepants. And I've got nothing but disdain for the teachers who are just marking their time, going through the motions, sure that the teacher unions will protect their sorry hindquarters until they retire...

    And then there's the parents who try to do what's best for their kids, even though it's expensive.

    That Obama wouldn't put his children into the DC School system isn't surprising - I've seen enough of public school systems to know that there are some systems that are barely functional, warehousing the kids more than they're teaching them.

    But he ought to explain just WHY he wouldn't trust his kids to the DC system, and WHY the parents who don't have a choice or barely have the money to get their kids out of the system deserve to have their children in a system he wouldn't put his own children into...

    You obviously don't know mu... (Below threshold)

    You obviously don't know much about political reporting in Chicago. It's a blood sport.

    None of Murdock's reporters is going to have anywhere near the connections that the local press has.

    And none of them would risk sitting on a story that their competition would break.

    If Rham is being pressured to quit, the local TV, radio, and print would know it, and report it first.

    But the U.K. and Austral... (Below threshold)

    But the U.K. and Australian papers often print stories their liberal American cousins will not. And they think something is afoot.

    They do?

    The Chicago Tribune and New York Times did not suggest any wrongdoing by Mr Emanuel, citing sources as saying he had presented suggested names to take over the seat without offering any inducements to Mr Blagojevich. ... Commenting on the reports about Emanuel, [Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan] told NBC television that it "doesn't appear from what I've heard so far that there is anything improper that has occurred." ... But wire-tap transcripts released by prosecutors suggest that Mr Blagojevich was not being offered anything beyond appreciation from the Obama camp, much to the Governor's foul-mouthed frustration.

    It would help if you actually read that which you cite. You might have noticed that they also said this, which more accurately explains your position:

    Republicans are salivating at the prospect of tying the president-elect to the notoriously corrupt Chicago machine in which he forged his career.
    Whoopsie, JL, I just got ho... (Below threshold)

    Whoopsie, JL, I just got home from work and wondered why I was still at the top.

    Hey, no biggie - not like I... (Below threshold)

    Hey, no biggie - not like I haven't done something similar on my blog.. (grin) Now, when you get the YEAR wrong, your post will either disappear into ancient history, or it'll be at the head of the line until the proper year and date hit!






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