March 2011

Obama’s Dukakis moment

March 30, 2011
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“This is another fine mess you’ve gotten us into,” Barack Obama may be telling Nicolas Sarkozy as he reads the latest reports from Libya: Hundreds of rebels fled Ras Lanuf Wednesday morning as pro-Kadhafi soldiers used tanks and heavy artillery to seize the port city. Some of them called on France to bomb their opponents […]

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Wheee! Cash for clunkers 2: Rise of the Green Machines

March 29, 2011
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Senator Debbie Stabenow–not content with the soaking American tax-payers took over the miserable failure known as Cash for Clunkers to prop up her home state of Michigan–has proposed that the horror-producing studio of our federal government greenlight its sequel, “Charging America Forward.” Although the “charging” there is supposed to refer to all the hours and […]

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Tall hat and lots of prattle

March 28, 2011
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Is there anything this dilettante isn’t an expert on? “Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students,” the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. Obama, who is pushing a rewrite of […]

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Our most ridiculous war

March 21, 2011

Given we are led by a President who thinks publicly filling out his NCAA bracket and golfing are high duties of office, it comes as no surprise that when committing our forces to yet a third front in the Middle East he immediately flies to Brazil to play street soccer. While bending it like ‘Bama […]

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Obama: Through the Constitutional looking glass

March 20, 2011
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“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Thus spake presidential candidate Barack Obama. So according to his own words and stated beliefs, the current military action in Libya is unconstitutional. Dennis […]

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Sunset in the Land of the Rising Sun

March 15, 2011

One reason it is so enjoyable to read old newspaper stories published on the day of some great historical event is the pleasure comfortable hindsight affords us as we look back knowingly on the people who endured the crucible moment. We know how it all turned out, and thinking of their uncertainty affords the same […]

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Gunpowder plot explodes in Madison

March 10, 2011
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Make no mistake that the events of the past few weeks in Madison, Wisconsin will go down in the history books alongside such precursors to great upheavals as the Boston Massacre and Harpers Ferry. Only five weeks after Jared Loughner’s shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others elicited calls for a new civility in […]

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Obama DoD insourcing failure

March 7, 2011
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Yesterday I posted about how recent government outsourcing–as one way of cutting long-term liabilities associated with pensions and benefits–ties into the desire for states like Wisconsin to reduce the power of collective bargaining. Out of self-interest unions will block such efforts when they can. I also asked whether outsourcing makes fiscal sense for government, especially […]

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Outsourced: help desk sitcom highlights ongoing trend

March 6, 2011
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Outsourced help desks have become so prevalent for American consumers calling product customer support that setting a sitcom in one seemed inevitable. After all, stand-up comedians have been describing the customer telephone ping-pong among heavily accented operators in their routines for years. Moreover, the sitcom as form tends to move where people spend much of […]

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Wisconsin siege update

March 4, 2011

The standoff in Wisconsin continues, and from afar it appears that the longer it lasts, the more likely Governor Walker will lose. Aside from his domestic opposition, he has the power of the White House and most media against him, not to mention organized labor’s recognition that they cannot afford to lose in Madison. Walker […]

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