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Entries from January 19th, 2009

It Just Goes to Show –

January 19th, 2009 by Chuck · 3 Comments · Politics

In this article, Warren Buffett opines: Buffett’s interview centered on President-elect Barack Obama and the tough task he faces in fixing the U.S. economy. “You couldn’t have anybody better in charge,” the Omaha resident said of Obama, who’ll be sworn into office on Tuesday. As one of Obama’s economic advisers, Buffett said the president-elect listens […]

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Use Your Head, Not Your Hands

January 18th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 2 Comments · The Horror File

From the which-is-more-efficacious department: “Some passengers screamed, others tucked their heads between their knees, and several prayed over and over: ‘Lord, forgive me for my sins.’ But a man named Josh who was sitting in the exit row did exactly what everyone is supposed to do but few ever do: he pulled out the safety […]

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Inauguration Obamanation

January 17th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 7 Comments · Politics

President Bush declared the Washington, D.C. area a federal disaster area and in a state of emergency in anticipation of the Obama coronation next week. This was done to allow federal funds to flow to the city to cover costs associated with the inauguration, which the city estimate at $75 million. Total costs for the […]

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Man The Hero

January 17th, 2009 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Culture

An Objectivist friend in Ohio, Tim DiVeto, sent me this email on Jan. 16th. With his permission I post it in its entirety below because it matches my thoughts exactly. “When speaking to the press about flight 1549 NY Gov. David Paterson said. “We had a miracle on 34th Street. I believe now we have […]

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Nothing Like a Teachable Moment

January 16th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 8 Comments · Comment Contest Friday

Many blogs do a caption contest every Friday wherein the blogger posts a picture and then visitors leave their take on an appropriate and funny caption for that photo. I really enjoy contributing to those sorts of things, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for TNC so how about a comment contest on Fridays. We select […]

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The Way of the Ruling Class

January 15th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Politics

Michelle Obama’s $300,000 “job” at the University of Chicago Hospitals has been eliminated. It’s no longer necessary now that Mrs. Obama has moved on to bigger things and does not need a $300,000 kickback for earmarks her Senator husband sends to the institution. As Ace of Spades puts it, “The Chicago Way. Cush no-show jobs […]

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A Confederacy of Dunces

January 14th, 2009 by Chuck · 8 Comments · Foreign Affairs

According to this article, Hugo Chavez is willing to allow foreign oil companies to begin investing in Venezuelan oil projects again, since Venezuela’s state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA, is in dire need of new victims to despoil.  It is a telling sign of how deeply the global economic crisis has cut: President Hugo Chávez, who […]

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With Defenders Like This…

January 13th, 2009 by Mike N · Comments Off on With Defenders Like This… · Politics

The Monday 1/12/09 print edition of the Detroit News printed most of an LTE I sent taking issue with an op-ed of 1/07/09 by Rep. John Dingell from Michigan. For those who may not remember, Rep. Dingell was recently voted out of the chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce by his colleagues […]

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Browner the Watermelon

January 12th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 5 Comments · Politics

In the latest revelation regarding President Obama’s Cabinet-to-be, Carol Browner—his climate change “czar”—was outed as a leader of Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society. The blogging right is outraged by The Washington Times report, but I’m sure Obama picked her precisely for the sort of beliefs she would have to have to be […]

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Emotionalist Politics

January 12th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Politics

Dr. Paul Kengor reminds us of the left’s virulent hatred of President Bush for the last eight years, as seen most famously in Howard Dean. Perpetually angry, Vermont Governor Howard Dean not only disagreed with George W. Bush but detested him. In fact, it was that palpable sentiment that on Jan. 11, 2004 prompted 66-year-old […]

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Gran Torino

January 10th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Movie Reviews

Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a retired auto worker in  Detroit. He is a crotchety old man and a racist, the last white guy in a neighborhood that now has Hmong immigrants from Laos. Kowalski calls them slopes, zips and other epithets.

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The Shape of Things to Come

January 9th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Politics

We got two ominous signs of the shape of the Obama Presidency this week in the President-Elect’s speech on economic policy, “American Recovery and Reinvestment,” and less important, in his appointment of Leon Panetta to head the CIA. In domestic policy Obama wants to take the state further into the economy and our lives than […]

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Change of Heart

January 9th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 5 Comments · Comment Contest Friday

Many blogs do a caption contest every Friday wherein the blogger posts a picture and then visitors leave their take on an appropriate and funny caption for that photo. I really enjoy contributing to those sorts of things, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for TNC so how about a comment contest on Fridays. We select […]

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Dancing With The Ones Who Brung Them

January 9th, 2009 by dismuke · 7 Comments · Culture

I guess the ongoing financial implosion at The New York Times and its desperation to gain revenue wherever it can has gotten to the point that, in order to pick up a few more subscribers from its core audience, it no longer even pretends to be something other than a cheerleading Democratic Party version of Pravda.  […]

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Dangerous Idea

January 7th, 2009 by Mike N · 10 Comments · Culture

The Monday 12/29/08 Detroit News carried a commentary by Pete Maurer, a local school teacher, titled “Bullies don’t have self-esteem issues”. The article starts: “For years, the conventional wisdom was that bullies picked on others because they had low self-esteem and often turned to hurting others so they could feel better about themselves. I’m not […]

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Don’t Believe the Hype

January 7th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 20 Comments · Politics

The “crisis” we are told is getting worse. Paul Krugman’s recent column is breathless in its anxiety: The fact is that recent economic numbers have been terrifying, not just in the United States but around the world. Manufacturing, in particular, is plunging everywhere. Banks aren’t lending; businesses and consumers aren’t spending. Let’s not mince words: […]

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A Good Sign?

January 6th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Culture

Secular Right notes that this campaign video did not help Elizabeth Dole get reelected. As Walter Olson notes, If this sort of thing goes over badly with voters in North Carolina, a state with strong evangelical church attendance and long the base of Sen. Jesse Helms, it’s hard to see it as a viable strategy […]

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Overstimulated

January 5th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 3 Comments · Politics

Barack Obama’s latest radio address, wherein he announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, deserves a thorough fisking because of its importance as well as its pregnancy: As the holiday season comes to end, we are thankful for family and friends and all the blessings that make life worth living. But as we mark the […]

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The China Syndrome

January 4th, 2009 by Chuck · 6 Comments · Politics

This post has nothing to do with nuclear energy.  I’m trying to find an explanation for a seemingly random event – a good policy decision emanating from the camp of the President Elect, Barack Obama.  According to this article Obama may be militarizing NASA: President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between the […]

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Another Day at the Freak Show

January 4th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

Governor Richardson has withdrawn as Obama’s Secretary of Commerce because of scandal. Looks like Al Franken is on his way to the Senate. (Prediction: Franken will be funnier as a Senator than he was as a comedian.) Looks like Caroline Kennedy is on her way to the Senate. (More laughs!) Looks like Roland Burris, appointed […]

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