Eric Florack on April 15th, 2012

They came for my cigarettes — who among you said one word against it? I could ask questions like this all day long and there are no answers. Why should I care? I’ve got a bagful of nice guitars, and when they take them away from me, then I’ll be in the same leaking kayak […]

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davidl on October 23rd, 2011

If you run around with signs attacking private property as theft and extolling expropriation of others’ wealth, can you be surprised when your fellow would- be- communards steal your good stuff like Apple iPhones and iPads? If you discourage law enforcement from entering your occupation territory, should you be surprised when your fellows assault and […]

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Eric Florack on September 19th, 2011

Queens, NY– I’m at College Point again, unloading as this is written. I’m writing ths on m Palm Pre’ so it’ll be a ittle shorter than usual, perhaps.  A nice weekend, but a bit short. It’s cooler around here this week and the leaves in the upper elevations along I80 and I81 are already starting […]

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davidl on September 13th, 2011

From a straight faced Washington Post: Lawyer: Iran sets $500,000 bail each for 2 American ‘hikers’ The associated article: TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian court Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after […]

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Eric Florack on August 29th, 2011

Queens, NY– Yes, I’m in the city. Some flooding, mostly in Jersey, and a number of trees down, again in Jersey, mostly.  I came in at 1am, so you can imagine that traffic was better than usual. I’m not looking forward to trying to drive out of here, but… at least I got in without […]

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Eric Florack on July 18th, 2011

Hickory Run, PA– I’m at my stop for the night, along Interstate 80. This is actually a favorite stop of mine… not for the facilities…. they need some help, actually… but because it’s very near to a place I load from frequently. It’s started raining just now, and I expect it’ll be a bit cooler […]

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davidl on June 5th, 2011

The so-called National Association for the Advancement of  Colored People likes to pretend to supports black.  Rather the NAA[L]CP, that is the National Association for the Advancement of [Liberal]  Colored People simply advances to cause of her liberal masters.    Case in point, the NAA[L]CP is opposed to charters schools and in favor of failed public […]

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davidl on April 6th, 2011

Micheal Steele right on Afghanistan, from Dan Riehl, Riehl World View: It seems to me, Steele and his defenders on that issue understood the implications of Obama’s changes in Afghanistan, while many of the self-professed intelligent folks in DC did not. Bush didn’t pursue a high intensity ground war in Afghanistan as conditions were and […]

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davidl on March 14th, 2011

Dumbo on Guns, Barrack Obama, Arizona Daily Star: It’s been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation. It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost. And in the attack’s turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained from […]

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davidl on February 2nd, 2011

Coherence from Cohen, some sobering questions from Richard Cohen no Egypt, from the Washington Post: Egypt’s problems are immense. It has a population it cannot support, a standard of living that is stagnant and a self-image as leader of the (Sunni) Arab world that does not, really, correspond to reality. It also lacks the civic […]

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Eric Florack on January 16th, 2011

I have very few conclusions to draw about this entire sordid Loughner affair, but there are a number of things that should be commented on. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jared Lougner is a nut case.   Of course, that should go as the first point in any attack such as the […]

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davidl on December 13th, 2010

The moral case for unions—protecting working families from exploitation—does not apply to public employment. Government employees today are among the most protected, well-paid employees in the country. Ironically, public-sector unions have become the exploiters, and working families once again need someone to stand up for them. Tim Pawlenty, Wall Street Journal.

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Eric Florack on November 28th, 2010

Over at OTB, James Joyner looks at the current wave of reports surrounding Tom Delay: Tom DeLay, the poster boy for everything that was wrong with the last Republican majority in the House, has been found guilty of money laundering. NYT (“Ex-House Leader DeLay Found Guilty in Texas Case“): Tom DeLay, one of the most […]

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The news events of the last few months have certainly put the Obama Administration in a peculiar position.  The Gulf crisis notwithstanding, most of these events have been created by this president and his staff.

Team Obama went the the G20 Summit in Toronto this weekend to chide the other 19 nations to continue to stimulate their economy through Keynsian economic principles.  “Not so fast”, said the other countries.  “We have to make choices, and right now, we choose fiscal solvency and prudence”.  What a concept!

Passage of the Financial Institutions Reform package was always tenuous, at best, but the death of Senator Robert Byrd over the weekend makes passage more difficult.  One less Democratic vote means that it’s more likely that Republicans can filibuster this package, and this is a good thing.  Here’s why:  Any bill that increases regulation, drives up costs to the consumer, and squeezes financial services companies’ margins will negatively affect the economy.  The costs of increased regulation always get passed along to the consumer in some way, shape or form.  Limiting profits also limit tax revenues […]

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Eric Florack on May 18th, 2010

Welcome one and all to the most intense nightly raid anywhere on the web… The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble It’s a somewhat shorter version this evening because I am out on the road. MISS, USA: Why is it that beauty pageants so often end up exemplifying the axiom that the more beautiful woman is the more […]

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