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While I Was Out

The Sun rises over the Moon. What's not to like.

One of the useful things about going away is that when you come back everything seems new. I'd been taking things for granted in Seattle over the endless winter. Even the strangest environment after awhile can come to seem almost normal. Yes, even


Posted by Vanderleun May 31, 2007 7:58 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink

"Why right to vote, without an ID, is worth fighting for" by State Sen. Mario Gallegos, D., Houston (Houston Chronicle) Translation: People can vote Democrat more than once!


Posted by Vanderleun May 23, 2007 6:18 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Zeal for the Rights of the People"

"A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants." Hamiliton -- The Federalist Papers #1

Posted by Vanderleun May 19, 2007 5:40 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Questions that come back to bite you in the ass:

At Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds is taking on Andrew Sullivan in the endless gun debate: "ANDREW SULLIVAN ASKS: "If gun rights are civil rights, why would anyone feel the need to hide the fact that they own one?"


Posted by Vanderleun May 9, 2007 11:10 AM | Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The "Hold On to the Hashpipe" Press is Already Out of Rudy Options

It's well over a year and a half to go and the Rudy surge is already giving the media and Clintonistas a blockage that a high-colonic with a fire hose cannot move.


Posted by Vanderleun May 9, 2007 9:49 AM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
PhotoSchlocking "The Once and Future Obama"

[An item imported from my day job]


Posted by Vanderleun May 8, 2007 9:14 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The New Excuse: Middle East Is "Irrelevant"/ "Doesn't Matter"

The ever-expanding throng of those who want to "get out now even if we have to come back later" seem to be trial-balooning a new Middle East meme. To wit, "That troublesome region? Hah, it isn't really important. Just a bunch of Arabs and Jews bopping about. Who cares?"

The American Interest showcases this devil-may-care attitude with The Irrelevance of the Middle East by Philip Auerswald: "As the 21st century unfolds, the Middle East (leaving Israel aside for the moment) will matter less and less to the United States and to most of the rest of the world." You've got to love that aside about leaving Israel aside.


Posted by Vanderleun May 3, 2007 3:41 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Sides

That our present politics is even more toxic than our television is news to nobody. Indeed, in more ways than one, television battening on ignorance, enhances the toxicity while the Internet amplifies it.


Posted by Vanderleun May 1, 2007 6:00 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Stick It

Brokow @ Psst, Over Here is tired of reading car butts: "I'm just so over this political bitchfest. Yeah, contratulations, you've spent 10 minutes and $4.95, now you've got some Cool Opinions!  And you want the world to know all about it."



Posted by Vanderleun May 1, 2007 3:31 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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