Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winter Classic Bound

Today, the family and I will be experiencing some old time hockey here in Philly at the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game.

For those that don't know, the Winter Classic games are National Hockey League games that are played outside in football or baseball fields that have been turned into hockey rinks.

The game today will feature past players from both the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers...

For the Flyers: Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, Derian Hatcher, Chris Therien, Bill Barber, Brian Propp, Mark Howe, Joe Watson & Rick Tocchet.

For the Rangers: Mark Messier, John Vanbiesbrouck and some other guys...

How awesome that my young boys will be able to say they saw Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Eric Lindros and Mark Messier play!!!!

WooHoo...Go Flyers!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

"USA Sucks!"

Not sure how many of you have been watching, or keeping tabs on, the IIHF World Juniors in Alberta...but the fact that Canadians will cheer for ANY country over America is really pissing me off.

The players say they thrive off of it, but to have everyone in a Canadian jersey erupt with boos and "USA sucks" chants every time an American blade touches the puck (even when Canada isn't even on the ice!) is unbelievable.

And NO ONE is talking about it.

I found this one essay from a few years ago when the same thing was happening in Vancouver and this guy seems to think it' all about politics...

Excerpts from the essay Anti-American Hockey:

"It was near the end of the United States' semi-final game at the World Junior Hockey Championships when a group of foreign relations experts in the stands began chanting: "U.S. Sucks!"

Small detail here: A Canadian team was not on the ice at the time. If one were, that would have gone some way toward explaining the Yankee animus oozing out of the stands: file it under home-ice over-exuberance. It would have been forgivable. Barely.

But the Americans were playing the Russians at the time. And the Canadian crowd wasn't just rooting for the Russians, it was rooting against the Americans. And the chanters weren't so much interested in a hockey game as scoring points against America the country, not the team. (Take away the beer bellies and the baseball caps, and you could have had yourself an anti-World Trade Organization demonstration. When the hockey louts start chanting the same slogans as the local Trotskyist cell, you know you have an ugly trend.)

This wasn't a one-game phenomenon, either.

(And imagine the Canadian reaction if an American hockey crowd had chanted "Canada Sucks!" Imagine the country-wide alarm! Imagine the indignant frothing! Imagine the CBC-televised forum hosted by Peter Mansbridge on the crisis in U.S.-Canada relations, featuring the nationalist ravings of Maude Barlow!)" (SOURCE)

When I was living in England, I did encounter quite a few nasty, anti-American Canadians (who were sure to have a Canadian flag sewn to their backpacks to enure they weren't mistaken for Americans --and this was long before George W. fact Clinton had just been elected to his second term)...Yet, anyone I know that has gone to Canada says they are treated wonderfully --even in the Frenchie parts.

I wish this ongoing phenomenon was making the should reach a crescendo on Saturday when The United States verses Canada.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

That's One Badass Marine

Have you heard about this guy?!

Meet USMC Lieutenant Colonel Karl Trenker.

This 48 year old veteran of OIF and OEF was shot 3 times in a Craig's List sale gone wrong.

"Iknew I was shot,’ he said. ‘I just didn't know I was shot that many times.’

‘I put my fingers in the holes to stop the bleeding and ran back to the truck and told my kids I had been shot, but not to worry.’

Lt Colonel Trenker added: ‘I go to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times, and I haven't been shot or blown up, and I'm here at home in Florida." (source)

When is the action figure coming out?!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Occupy Nashville

Did you Occupy Christmas by beating the crap out of a kindred protester that was pregnant? No? Because this girl in Nashville did... I'm assuming the pregnant chick (wearing green) tried to take some of her food...? What a disaster these people are --even the clips of the 'peaceful' ones are a nightmare --you can almost imagine you have smell-o-vision, can't you?

Video: Occupy Nashville Protesters Fight:

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Profile of an OWSer

"Computer hackers are avenging the Occupy movement by exposing the personal information of police officers who evicted protesters and threatening family-values advocates who led a boycott of an American Muslim television show.

In three Internet postings last week, hackers from the loose online coalition called Anonymous published the email and physical addresses, phone numbers and, in some cases, salary details of thousands of law enforcement officers all over the country.

The hackers said they were retaliating for police violence during evictions of Occupy protest camps in cities around the country, but law enforcement advocates slammed the disclosures as dangerous.

“I hope the individuals behind these cyberattacks understand the consequences of what they are doing,” said John Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. “There are very dangerous criminals out there who might seek retribution” against any of these police officers." (Read the entire story)

Yet another telling piece of data for profiling the members of Generation-Entitlement that make up the population of OWS. The self-centered, shallow, narcissism is jaw dropping...

Nary a thought to the fact that these police officers were doing their JOBS (a foreign concept to them?) and would be required to do so EVEN IF THEY AGREED WITH OWSers. Not a care about the officers' wives, husbands and most importantly their children --who have now been exposed to harm.

I didn't realize it was possible for me to disdain this movement more than I did yesterday.

This is a felony and I hope it is pursued and treated as such.

Damning Video for Mitt -or Same Old Stuff?

We have seen this all before,but damn, it does look really, really bad compiled into one package...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guest from the Right: Free0352

Dear "Anti War Movement"... put that in your pipe and smoke it!

From Syria.

....Maybe they can get Iraq to help them out? There are already rumors of pro freedom groups from Iraq headed to Syria. One of my old interpreters from Iraq is in such a group - or so he says at least on Facebook.

Is this the ultimate irony? Iraq, liberating Muslim Dictatorships. If that is so, the Bush Doctrine wasn't just successful, it was wildly successful!

Anywhoo... Since I'm out of the game now, and its seems all my friends from Sadr City both American and Iraqi need an enemy to fight, perhaps we should think about helping out the Syrians? This time on our own time and dime. I wonder if Americans and other nations would donate to us? Kind-of an Anti-Mujahideen? We'd need guns, food, gas, medical supplies, vehicles... AMMUNITION. Where would we store that stuff? How would we get into Syria undetected? How would we link-up with resistance fighters who weren't Islamic wackos? These are the questions I've been asking myself. Even if it's just a fun fantasy to play out in my mind, it's a fun game to play. I think it would be kind of fun to play the insurgent for a change. I'd like to see how those bastards like IEDs.

(You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

What a Difference a Month Makes

Apparently the public is starting to appreciate the leadership gap between the president and those who inhabit the GOP's political clown car. His approval rating has gone up six points in a little over a month.

(You can read J. marquis daily at Major Conflict)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Economic Equality is Impossible 101

After watching MTV's True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street and HBO's Reagan documentary this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about the fight over the economy.

More than two decades later, Reaganomics are still being debated --and some in that documentary argued that it was Reagan's 'trickle down' policies that caused the ongoing extinction of the middle class.

The OWSers want "economic equality," but what does that even mean?

Even if we stripped each and every American of what they currently have and gave them an acre of ground, a bag of seed and a horse...

There would be a group that got up at 4 am and planted the seed, worked deals to breed the horse and made the most of the land. Then there would be those that slept until 11, roasted and ate the seeds, sold the horse and ended up working for the first guy.

Forget spreading the wealth, we need to find a way to spread work ethic. Until there is work ethic equality, there can't be economic equality. Why is this very simple fact never acknowledged by the OWSers?

Oh right, because we're dealing with people that hope to make social change by lying in a park. Yeah, they would have definitely eaten the seeds...

Primary Season in a Paragraph

By one of the only bloggers I still make time to read: Jeff at Protein Wisdom

"...I am throwing my own feeble endorsement right now behind Michele Bachmann. With Rick Santorum and Rick Perry to follow. After that, Newt gets my vote.

I have no interest in a Mitt Romney candidacy — largely because I see it as a pointed, establishment rebuke to the TEA Party, which establishment it is increasingly clear views the ideological-driven segment of its base with obvious disdain and distrust, if not absolute disgust (witness, eg., John Boehner’s forcing a vote on a 1200 page omnibus bill nobody read). I have no interest in a Ron Paul candidacy, because Paul’s foreign policy is not much different from Obama’s, with the caveat that Obama may in fact be more of a hawk, and that, in the final analysis, Paul may be even more of a pander (though to a niche bloc of supporters). And I have no interest in a Jon Huntsman candidacy because, well, why the fuck would I?"

You can read the whole post here.

Mitt, the establishment embodiment of a rebuke to the entire Tea Party movement --now why didn't I think to say that?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

2012 Presidential Candidates Quiz

Take the 2012 Presidential Candidates Quiz to find out which candidate your views are most closely aligned with.

Here are my results:

Interesting...If all my answers were pretty Conservative and it aligned me 89% with Bachmann...and Gingrich only 6% points behind...but only 75% with Mitt...verifies that Mitt's positions ARE NOT Conservative...


Friday, December 16, 2011

Happening Now...

  • If this story is true--what would the USMC, the Pentagon and the Obama Administration have to gain by embellishing the deeds of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer?

  • A new USA Today/Gallup poll has Romney OR Gingrich beating Obama in all 12 swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin) --SO, the NOW the question is, which candidate will stand firm once they're in office. Bush's downfall was wanting to be liked. I see Romney as having that same downfall. I see Newt not caring what the other side thinks of him...

  • Michael Savage is offering Newt one million dollars to drop out of the race: "Newt Gingrich is unelectable. Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a chance of defeating Barack Obama, and there is nothing more important than that for the future health, safety, and security of the United States of America,” the statement [on his website] read. “Therefore I am offering Newt Gingrich one million dollars to drop out of the presidential race for the sake of the nation.” Some might see Savage's disdain as an endorsement...

  • Rassmussen just published an interesting poll that shows "more Americans than ever say they celebrate the upcoming holiday of Christmas as a religious one." (88% of American Adults say they celebrate Christmas, and 81% of this group celebrate it as a religious holiday. Just 16% of those celebrants regard it as a secular holiday)

  • Here's some scary information to keep in mind as the infighting of the GOP primary continues: "Soros aids hundreds of left-wing groups in America each year under the auspices of his Open Society Foundations. In just 10 years, Soros has given more than $550 million to liberal organizations in the United States.

    That’s just the beginning. That total represents about 27 percent of the $2 billion given out by the American branches of his Open Society Foundations from 2000 to 2009. (2010 forms are unavailable and Open Society staff uncooperative.) Overall, he has given more than $8 billion to those foundations since they first started in 1993, as an outgrowth of his “open society” charity efforts dating back to 1979. His foundations credit him as having given that money “to support human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education in 70 countries.”

    According to The New York Times, the foundation claims “it is on track to give away about $860 million” this year. If things stay true to form for Soros, much of that money will head toward liberal groups in the United States." (source)

  • Have you seen the cartoon from 1934 that seemingly depicts/predicts the OWS movement?
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    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    OWS Mom Puts 4 year Old on Train Track

    ...and her reasoning is classic. My sister works for a large train company --and she could go on for hours about the carnage left by people who seemed to think trains can stop on short notice...

    #worstmomever #portlandchildprotectiveservices #owslosers

    (H/T: Weasel Zippers)

    24/7 Flyers Rangers

    Just making sure you all caught HBO's first installment of 24/7 Flyers Rangers Road to the Winter Classic last night... It did not disappoint...

    Next installment, next Wednesday at 10pm EST.

    "If there's ever a documentary about my boring little life, let it be Liev Schreiber who narrates."

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Get the Facts on Unions....

    I'm wondering if this commercial is running somewhere other than FNC? I hope it is.

    I have shocked many a union member with news that their dues are given to political candidates. Obviously not the big union guys with the Union and Proud bumper stickers...but the little guys...the laborers and apprentices...the ones that are first laid off and sitting in the union halls or forced to stand with the inflatable rat. Many of them have no idea that their dollars funded Obama's election and are current;y being pumped into his reelection.

    They are also shocked to meet The Man and find out he makes a lot more than anyone on their jobs, has better benefits and doesn't go through seasonal layoffs... They have been told that independent shops underpay and have no work -WRONG.

    It's good to see websites like The Center for Union Facts start to expose that Union Bosses are only out for Union Bosses, and expose some of the frivolous things happening with members' dues...

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    Do you remember the calls for the Tea Party to be Time's Person of the Year? We knew it would never happen...but this year 'The Protester' is indeed the 2011 Person of the Year and we know that the OWS movement is in their right beside the Arab Spring...wondering if the Tea Party (which, unlike OWS, actually prompted change) is even mentioned?

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    Guest from The Right: Free0352

    I called it.

    Remember when I warned you about Glen Beck?

    Well, turns out I was right.

    I guess I know a megalomaniac when I see one. It's why I won't vote for Newt, and why I turned on Glen Beck over a year ago.

    (You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

    Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

    God (Maybe), Religion (Not So Much)

    Whenever I watch presidential debates (especially the GOP ones) I always feel like there is an awful lot of assuming being done about voter's religious beliefs.

    Newt Gingrich, the Orwellian Candidate

    Do you ever just stop and think "How in God's name is it possible Newt Gingrich is the leading contender for ANY political office?"

    (You can read J.Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Never Meet Your Hero...

    ...unless it's Bernie Parent.

    My middle son is an unlikely goalie.

    As some of you might remember, at 2 he was diagnosed with Apraxia and we were told he would never speak. He muscled through years of intensive speech therapy 2-3 times a week and, miraculously, by first grade he had caught up to most of his peers.

    He is an academic. A self-proclaimed nerd. And he had no interest in playing sports or hanging out with the "sports kids." He was content with his books, his legos and researching the finer legalities of the citizens' arrest.

    Everything changed when he was 9 and his older brother stuffed him with pillows and cushions from the couch and made him stand in the street for all his friends to shoot pucks at. I told him he was just say no to them...but he became obsessed with the physics of the game of hockey and relished the solitary yet protected role of the goalie.

    He has watched hours of video featuring the world's finest goalies, best saves, AHL and college goalies, etc. and has many YouTube mentors...but since he is also a Flyers fan, it's no surprise that Bernie Parent is his hero.

    Mason had the opportunity to meet the Hall of Famer this past weekend and I almost didn't take him. Meeting someone you idolize is always an iffy proposition.

    Not only is Bernie Parent the most magnanimous and positive person I have met in a long time, he took the time to talk with Mason one on one about being a goalie, he let him touch the Stanley Cup ring AND told him that when he was younger people constantly told him he would never make it --that he was too small, not strong enough and didn't have enough natural athletic ability.

    People have said the same to Mason. You're not athletic enough. You can't play hockey with asthma. You don't skate fast enough. But he's done it for two seasons now, including a six game Iron Man Tournament and having the lowest goals against in his league this past season. It was great for him to hear that even Bernie Parent had faced an uphill battle.

    My favorite piece of advice that he imparted to my aspiring goalie:

    "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room."

    I LOVE that. What a great way to live your life.

    And what a pivotal moment for my son --to have a two time Stanley Cup winner and personal hero take the time from his day to encourage an 11 year old with a seemingly impossible dream. Mason has already overcome so many obstacles in his 11 years, and to have someone like Bernie Parent validate his dreams means the world to him...and to me.

    Just put this one in the 'I just had to share' file.

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    Friday, December 09, 2011

    Romney's New "Leader" Ad

    This could have been a pretty potent ad before the LAST election, BUT...we have a President that is a good husband and father. Faithful to his wife for all that we know for the past 19 years --and look at the state the country is in.

    And, given that the divorce rate in America is exceeding 50% --this ad might offend more than it enlightens...

    Though I have stated that I would vote for Newt over Mitt, I am NOT one of those people that normally says, "who cares if someone cheats...that's their personal life" because, in my mind, it speaks to character. I used to get hung up on the 'he left his first wife while she was dying of cancer,' but once I read more I found out that Newt's daughter from that marriage says her mother asked Newt for a divorce before she ever went in to the hospital.

    Also, being 100% honest, I guess I believe the Chris Rock statement about most men only being as faithful as their options --and these guys have a lot more options than your average Joe. So, am I softening to infidelity or just finally being realistic --or do I just dislike Mitt that much?

    Though, on the other hand, if cheating excluded you from presidential politics I guess the next CIC would HAVE to be a woman! ;)

    Sad Sign of the Times

    This time of year it's pretty easy to come up with examples of the war on Faith in this country (i.e. Now teachers can't even have Poinsettias in the classroom?!)

    But lately I have been thinking a lot about how absolutely despicable the blatant hatred for Tim Tebow is.

    I am no football fan and I have avoided posting about this because I don't really know anything about what Tebow does that is so different from other quarterbacks. I do know that 'his style' is the reason many NFL commentators CLAIM they dislike him...Does he always run the ball instead of throwing it, or something like that...?

    Anyway, even one of my NHL guys, Paul Bissonnette (@biznasty2point0), joined in and tweeted that he wondered when "Tebow would be coming out with his own KoolAid --oops I mean Gatorade." Biz, I think he's had enough HaterAid without you hockey boys chirping in.

    So, we'll readily forgive Michael Vick for mutilating dogs, we'll forgive Tiger Woods from serial cheating, we'll forgive Lawrence Taylor for having sex with an underage prostitute...but God forbid we have a football player out there that loves God. What a friggin' disgrace to the game!

    Headlines no longer even try to hide the reason for the ire:

    "The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith." (WashPo)

    So, here's someone that they haven't even even been able to catch jaywalking --someone you could comfortably let your kids idolize --and the media and experts loathe him.

    You'd think, since all the 'experts' said his style could never make it in the NFL...and he keeps on WINNING...that they might try a little prayer themselves.

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    Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    What's Fair About Obama's "Fair Share?"

    "President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Americans need to be ready to "pay their fair share" to narrow the deficit, previewing his proposals to Congress that are expected to include more taxes on the rich." (source)

    Wasn't this entire speech an oxymoron? The President it arguing that everyone do and pay their FAIR SHARE by proposing a tax increase on "the rich" while 40% of Americans don't pay taxes? I'm perplexed here. When are the Occupiers going to do their FAIR SHARE? When are the 40% of Americans that pay NO TAXES going to do their FAIR SHARE? Why doesn't someone ask Obama this?

    How about, if you get welfare and pay no owe public service time? Picking up trash, leaves, painting, etc. If you want everyone to do their fair share --put your voting block where your mouth is Mr. President...

    Conservative Bloggers & the 2012 Primaries

    Right Wing News polled more than 250 right-of-center bloggers on which candidate they’d support if the 2012 Republican primaries were today.

    If you had to pick a 2012 GOP contender today, which of the following candidates would you select?

    7) Jon Huntsman: 2.5% (2 votes)
    6) Rick Santorum: 5.1% (4 votes)
    5) Michele Bachmann: 6.3% (5 votes)
    4) Ron Paul: 7.6% (6 votes)
    3) Mitt Romney: 12.7% (10 votes)
    2) Rick Perry: 26.6% (21 votes)
    1) Newt Gingrich: 39.2% (31 votes)

    Which candidate would you LEAST like to see as the GOP nominee in 2012?

    7) Rick Santorum: 1.3% (1 votes)
    6) Rick Perry: 1.3% (1 votes)
    5) Newt Gingrich: 3.8% (3 votes)
    4) Jon Huntsman: 9% (7 votes)
    3) Michele Bachmann: 11.5% (9 votes)
    2) Mitt Romney: 25.6% (20 votes)
    1) Ron Paul: 47.4% (37 votes)

    If you had to choose between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, which candidate would you select?

    Mitt Romney: 26.3% (20 votes)
    Newt Gingrich: 73.7% (56 votes)

    Which candidate do you think would be more likely to beat Barack Obama in 2012?

    Mitt Romney: 42.3% (33 votes)
    Newt Gingrich: 57.7% (45 votes)

    Go to RWN to see the rest of the survey results.

    Also, here is the full video of the full Glenn Beck - Newt Gingrich interview yesterday. I am only half way through it, so I can't comment yet...

    Tuesday, December 06, 2011

    Guest From the Right: Free0352

    A case against altruism.

    Altruism holds that being moral consists in self-sacrificially serving others. Despite its self-destructive nature, altruism is accepted to some extent by almost everyone today. Of course, no one upholds it consistently- at least not for long. Rather, most people accept it as true and then cheat on it. All religionists: Christians, Jews, and Muslims... are altruists. Their holy books demand it. All so-called "Secular Humanists." Utilitarians, Postmodernists, and Egalitarians are altruists. Their philosophies demand it.

    From the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim points of view, the significant "others" are "God" and "the poor." They are the "others" for whom you should sacrifice. From the Utilitarian point of view, the "other" is "everyone in general" (the Utilitarian principle is "the greatest good for the greatest number"). From the Postmodern and Egalitarian points of view, the "other" is "anyone with less wealth or opportunity than you have"; in other words, "the better off you are, the more you should sacrifice for others--the worse off you are, the more others should sacrifice for you."

    Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Everyone believes it is the moral thing to do. And no philosopher has been willing to challenge this idea. Except Ayn Rand.

    There is one word- a single word- which can blast the morality of altruism out of existence and which it cannot withstand. The word: ‘Why?' Why must man live for the sake of others? Why must he be a sacrificial animal? Why is that the good? There is no earthly reason for it- and, ladies and gentlemen, in the whole history of philosophy no earthly reason has ever been given.

    On examination, this is true. No reason has ever been given as to why people should sacrifice for others. Of course, alleged reasons have been given, but not legitimate ones. Let's consider the alleged reasons- of which there are approximately six as I can tell- each of which involves a logical fallacy.

    1. "You should sacrifice because "God says so." This is not a reason- certainly not an earthly one. At best it is an appeal to authority, that is: to the "authorities" who claim to speak for God. More fundamentally, it is an arbitrary claim, since there is no evidence for the existence of God. But for our purposes here, suffice it to say that it is an appeal to authority) Just because some preacher or some book makes a claim does not mean that the claim is true. Among other things, the Bible claims that a bush spoke.

    2. "You should sacrifice because Society says so." This is not a reason, either. It is an appeal to the masses. Matters of truth and morality are not determined by what society or a group of people say. American society used to say that slavery should be legal; some societies still do. That did not, and does not, make it so.

    3. "You should sacrifice because other people need the benefits of your sacrifice." That is an appeal to pity. Even if one person's sacrifice could produce benefits for another person (which it cannot), it would not follow that this is a reason to sacrifice. If it were a reason to sacrifice, then anyone could walk up to anyone else at any time and demand anything: his money, his time, his effort, his property, his wife, or his life. Everyone has needs. I need a bigger house. Should other people give me one? Does my need constitute a moral claim on their time, their money, their effort?

    4. "You should sacrifice because if you don't, you will be beaten, or fined, or thrown in jail, or in some other way physically assaulted." Think that is an extreme statement? Try not paying your taxes. The threat of force is not a reason; it is the opposite of a reason. If the force-wielders could offer a reason for why you should sacrifice, then they wouldn't have to use force; they could use persuasion instead of coercion.

    5. "You should sacrifice because, you might need 'help' someday." This is not a reason, but a personal attack and an insult. It says, in effect, "You're immature" or "You're stupid." as if demanding a reason in support of a moral conviction could indicate a lack of maturity or intelligence.

    6. "You should sacrifice because only an evil person would challenge this established fact." This kind of claim assumes that you regard others' opinions of you as more important than your own judgment of truth. It is also an example of what Ayn Rand called "the argument from intimidation": the attempt to substitute psychological pressure for rational argument. Like the personal attack, it is an attempt to avoid having to present a rational case for a position for which no rational case can be made.

    That's it. Such are the "reasons" offered in support of the claim that you should sacrifice for others. Don't take my word for it: Try to think of another reason. Ask around. Ask a priest or rabbi. Ask a philosophy professor. Email this post to your friends, and see if they can think of another reason. You will find that all the "reasons" offered are variants of these... each of which, so far from being a "reason," is a textbook logical fallacy. Most even have fancy Latin names. I have one name. Bullshit.

    (You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Reap What You Sow

    The Republican Party has nobody but themselves to blame for the candidates they're now stuck with.

    They're Catching On

    More and more top executives are starting to understand
    the economy will only get better if we get taxes a bit more back in balance.

    (You can read J.Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

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    Saturday, December 03, 2011

    Herman Cain "at Peace with His God & Wife" but Drops Out of the Race

    Bowing to public pressure this afternoon, Herman Cain "suspended" his race for President of the United States of America. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit upset...

    Part of me really wanted him to stay and fight the good fight like he's been doing his whole life and prove all the pundits wrong --but I get not wanting to destroy his family in the meantime...

    Godspeed Herman, your life has been an inspiration.

    Friday, December 02, 2011

    Dick Morris Nails It...

    Dick Morris' article posted at The Hill, "Room at the top in the GOP field," is a must read.

    His assertions about each candidate are spot on (his description of Santorum especially) and the only thing I might take exception to is the possibility of another candidate surging past Mitt or Newt this late in the game...

    Our "Gut Check" poll from the other day definitely bears out his theory...

    "Evangelicals don’t like Romney because he is Mormon. Unfair, unjust, bigoted — but true. Tea Party types don’t like him because of RomneyCare in Massachusetts, a more legitimate beef. Both groups would probably prefer Gingrich to Romney, but neither is enamored with Newt. Evangelicals choke on his personal baggage and remember that, as Speaker, he tended to put fiscal and economic issues first. Southern Baptists — who make up half the evangelical vote — are not thrilled with a converted Roman Catholic from the South. Tea Party people see Newt as part of the Republican establishment. He’s not as bad as current Speaker John Boehner, in their view, but he’s not simpatico with the Tea Party, either.

    In a two-way race, the Tea Party and evangelicals probably would go with Gingrich to stop Romney, but it’s too early to have to settle for a candidate they don’t really like. So there is clearly an opening for another candidate to make it a three-way race — at least in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina."

    Someone (I believe it was Peggy Noonan) said that dwelling on personal baggage (i.e. Newt) seems "self indulgent" when the country is in the disarray that it currently is. And if someone (i.e. Newt) has the desire and know-how to fix this mess --then let's get him in there. I think this is the point that many Conservatives-Libertarians are getting to in their decision making...

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    Thursday, December 01, 2011

    Gut Check: Will Obama be ReElected?

    "A new Gallup analysis of President Barack Obama’s approval rating released on Tuesday concludes that Obama’s approval level is now well below where it probably needs to be next year for him to win reelection.

    Gallup noted that with the exception of Harry Truman, all incumbent presidents who successfully sought reelection in the post-World War II era had approval ratings that averaged 50 percent or higher in the year in which they ran.

    “Obama's initial 2011 approval ratings, averaging 49% in January, were just at the threshold that Gallup historical trends suggest are needed for a president seeking re-election to succeed,” said Gallup’s analysis." (source)

    That being noted, many people I have spoken with in recent weeks believe that Obama's reelection is a given. Perhaps soured by the media pass given to Obama during the first go-round or the maybe the inability of GOPers to rally behind a single candidate...or maybe just a general defeatist attitude that this economy and state of the world is fostering?

    However, I don't share in their pessimism. I'm not in love with Mitt OR Newt as a candidate for 2012, but I think either of them could beat Obama. I am resigned to give up my hopes of an honorable and faithful CIC and have to settle for a smart, financially savvy one...until 2016 when hopefully we have our first, strong, Conservative WOMAN!!!!

    Dana Perino 2016?

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Newt V. Mitt

    Is it now pretty safe to say we're down to these two?

    Many Conservatives were sticking by Herman Cain throughout the sexual harassment accusations because based on his character people believed him over the women. Now that his character has been seriously impugned by the latest accusations of a 13 year affair, that unfortunately tends to make the other accusations more believable... But we didn't just lose a Presidential candidate --his wife and kids have had their whole perception of who he is rocked to the core. My heart goes out to them as they attempt to swallow this bitter pill.

    And Rick Perry. I forgave many a gaffe. I figured, hell...Joe Biden is the Veep...obviously gaffes aren't that big of a detriment in politics. But bad debating is one thing. Not knowing that you have to be 18 and not 21 to vote is another. I registered to vote 6 months BEFORE my 18th birthday and the GOP rep in my area just held the application so it could go in ASAP. I remember filling out that Voters' Registration like it was yesterday. I was so excited. So, why doesn't Perry have that memory? Did he not register to vote until after he was 21?

    So, it seems to be Newt or Mitt. And, unlike Anne Coulter, I'm gonna have to go with Newt if it's between those two. Thoughts?

    If it's between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, who will get your vote?
    Newt Gingrich
    Mitt Romney
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    Do Petitions Work?

    The internet (and now Facebook) is rife with seemingly worthy petitions from everything to saving dolphins being slaughtered in Japan to requiring that anyone working with young children is background checked...

    But do they work? says no.

    I bring this up because this morning I came across Rand Paul's petition for a National Right to Work Act. Of course I 100% support the idea of EVERY state being a Right To Work State, but will my eSignature really do anything to move the country closer to attaining save haven for Japanese dolphins, more stringent laws for those that work around/with children or people that just want to work without Union dues and PACs?

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    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Guest from the Right: Free0352

    Why they love us

    Got an email today from some liberal who objects to my post about how Iraqi kids love us. He says there is no way Iraqi kids could love the people who invaded their country, and the real supporters of the Iraqis are the ones who wanted to "end the criminal war." I can see how he would get confused.

    This is what Iraqi kids know about us.

    And this is what anti-war protesters know about us.

    Soldiers who shield them from bombs with their bodies vs hippies with a cause celeb. Those same hippies who argued for years to take we Soldiers from the equation, leaving said kids defenseless. No wonder they love us, and you're the butt of their jokes.

    Any questions?

    (You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Are You Tired of the Rat Race?

    Here's an interesting piece by Harold Meyerson...we've always assumed capitalism and democracy worked hand in it time to maybe question that paradigm just a little bit?

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Monday, November 28, 2011

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    Can. Not. Wait.

    Even if you 'don't like hockey,' watch this! Last year's 24/7 with the Caps & Pens was phenomenal, so Flyers & Rangers will definitely be amazing. I wish HBO could film every game...

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    The Truth About Taxes

    A poll taken in 2010 revealed that only two percent of Tea Party supporters knew that Obama had lowered taxes. Forty four percent of them thought that the President has raised their taxes.

    One of J's commenters responded with this:

    "It's due to Fox. New research has come out that shows that those who watch Fox News are less informed than people who watch no news at all. Scary." ~Dave Splash

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Guest From the Right: Free0352

    Yes, it's because we hate her.

    So Daily KOS just can't figure out why NASCAR fans booed Michele Obama.

    Well, let me think. A trip to Spain on the public dime with 35 friends in tow, not being able to wait four hours for her husband and a flight on AF One she took her own 757 at taxpayer expense on yet another expensive tax payer funded trip. 300k tax payer funded date night to Broadway? Never ending, condescending speeches on how to feed our kids. Only being proud to be American when her husband got votes.

    Yeah, regular people... NASCAR people... don't like her. In fact we hate her. If the crew over at KOS have a problem with that, frankly I don't think one of "us" gives a shit. It doesn't matter she was out there for a good cause. She shouldn't support those causes, because her presence makes me not want to help those things. I don't like her. She could be announcing a cure for cancer and I'd boo. They should lock her up in the White House basement and never let her out.

    And please Liberals, spare me all the feigned outrage. I'm still being nicer to Michele than you were Bristol Palin.

    Yeah it's personal and mean, and we don't care. In case you haven't figured it out progressives, we're so over being nice to you. When this Presidency began, I had some differences of opinion with the President and his entourage but it wasn't personal. As the years and arrogance out of the administration went on however... well frankly I've grown to just not like these people. Bill Clinton? I don't agree with him but I could have a beer with that guy. Not these folks. If the President offered to have a beer with me I'd turn him down. I don't like him, his staff, or his family... or his politics. I think he's a prick, and I don't care for his wife either. Clinton was a real guy... god love him... ruthless, cunning, salacious, but a real guy. The Obama's are not, they're the quintessential limousine liberals. Arrogant elites looking down at "bitter clingers" like me. Well Obamas, thanks but no thanks. Go away. Think about it. You can see Bill Clinton at that NASCAR race, chilly dog and big gulp in hand, hitting on the track girls having a ball... and you know he'd be the life of the party. Bill's lost some weight and all, but when he gets in the moment you know he'd be eating a turkey leg and eyeing the beer bong. The Obama's would be meticulously trying not to shake too many hands to avoid getting dirty. Clinton would be giving you a drunken hug.

    The Obama's are over scripted, hyped, handled and fake. People hate a fake, and loath an arrogant one.

    You want us to respect the first lady, try getting a respectable first lady instead of this Marine Antoinette clone. In an era where we're all tightening our belts, her excess with our money is blatantly offensive - but of course she doesn't know any better. She's part of the Chicago Way and that's how they roll. In Chicago, power has it's privileges; and so to it seems Washington D.C. Hillary Clinton had a lot of faults as first lady, but I don't ever remember her jetting off to blow a few million of our tax dollars. She might have been a stone cold bitch, but at least she didn't revel in the free government cheese.

    In the future Mrs. Obama - when your husband is demanding more tax money from us and at the same time you are taking lavish vacations on those tax dollars... expect boos.

    (You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

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    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Perry to Cain to Gingrich A.K.A. Anyone But Romney

    We went from this:

    to this:

    in two short months.

    It's such a different experience than the 2008 run. I had my man early then. Endorsed and campaigning for Fred Thompson right out of the gate. This time not so much...though my thoughts have been trending with the rest of the Conservatives. First I was thinking I would jump into the Perry boat, then I was definitely leaning toward Cain and now I am thinking that Newt it will be...

    It doesn't make us fickle --actually just the opposite --I think it means we are resolute in our commitment to Anyone But Mitt.

    Truthfully, as a candidate, I still like Perry the most. I can forgive the vaccine thing and the even the illegal immigrant thing (I am not in a border state, so feel he's better qualified to have an opinion there) and certainly the debate thing doesn't bother me at face value, but will Obama obliterate him in their debates and has the media successfully damaged him enough that he couldn't weather the general election...?

    Herman Cain was a magnificent long shot. He is inspiring and an embodiment of the American Dream (someone the OWS folks should learn about). I think the allegations (though I have heard nothing more about them in the past week) will be more than even he can surmount.

    Newt is a skilled linguist and he won't need a teleprompter to eviscerate Obama. But, much like Cain, will WOMEN be able to pull the lever for Newt? Forget lobbying for Freddie or Fannie --that's a job --How about a mistress becoming the First Lady? That's a lot to stomach. Mitt is lucky in that he has a group of amazing opponents that all have a fatal flaw --yet his fatal flaw is politically incorrect (even for Conservatives) to talk about...

    I feel like whenever politics and the candidate I really wish I could vote for are involved, I find myself saying, "Why couldn't you just have kept it in your pants?!" It seems not even the promise of the most powerful position in the world can tame the evil beast...

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Where Do We Stand?

    If the Primary in your State were held today, you would vote for...
    Rick Perry
    Newt Gingrich
    Jon Huntsman
    Herman Cain
    Michele Bachmann
    Mitt Romney
    Rick Santorum
    Ron Paul
    Gary Johnson
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