davidl on December 31st, 2011

If being voluntarily associated  with a racist  is bad for one politician, it should not be good for another,  yet,, Roger Simon, PJ Media: That inability to select even marginally acceptable (non-racist) employees and colleagues should, on the face of it, disqualify Paul as a candidate for president of the United States. Can you imagine […]

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davidl on September 17th, 2011

:Jill may be missing the forest for the tree, Pundit & Pundette Obama’s hostility not confined to women in the White House In his new book about the inner workings of the Obama White House, author Ron Suskind quotes insiders who accuse President Obama of being “hostile to women”: If you had to go home […]

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davidl on August 4th, 2011

Obama has lost that loving feeling, from Dr. Milton R. Wolf, Washington Times: Is President Obama really a different man today than he was before he entered the Oval Office? The same Illinois legislator who voted “present” 129 times is now the debt-crisis-AWOL president who refused to present a specific plan of his own. The […]

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Brian Nygaard on April 8th, 2010

Brian NygaardIn the February 16th, 2010 Wall Street Journal, Gerald F. Seib wrote an article called Senate Woes Flag Wider Disease.  The premise of the article is that the center of the political continuum has been eroded and that the bridge historically connecting the left and the right is being dismantled.  He goes on to indicate that the result is a Senate without an ability to accomplish anything.  The Framers, along with many who have followed, have long-since understood the power of the majority in a democracy.  Accordingly, they have inserted safeguards against the potential “tyranny of the majority” that are now coming into clear view.  Mr. Seib also points to the rapidly expanding use, over the last twenty years, of filibusters and cloture votes used to end those filibusters.  In the end, the article concludes, “The broader political system, more than the filibuster, is the problem.”

The notion of the “broader political system” is an interesting focal point for the current situation.  And while I am not certain what Mr. Seib intended by his use of the words, I am certain that the problem we have is much greater than a purely political problem.  To cast blame on the system is to address a second-order cause, as opposed to any level of fundamental or first-order cause.  The issues we face today are simply a proxy for the broader existential and self-identification issues we face as a nation.  We face an array of ontological problems that have been emerging over several decades, but are now, for the first time, exhibited for everyone to see.  The fundamental issue we face today is one of determining whether we as a nation are going to be governed by the use of power, or whether we will continue to be governed via “authority.” The distinction is becoming essentially clearer with every passing day.  And the distinction could not be more significant.

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davidl on April 3rd, 2010

Pirates – 11, Navy – 0, Dana Hughes and Kirit Radia from ABC News: A U.S. Navy ship has sunk a pirate “mother ship” in the Indian Ocean and captured 11 pirates, and then promptly let them go. While those five pirates remain in custody, the 11 captured Thursday were allowed to leave in small […]

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davidl on April 2nd, 2010

Bravo Zulu, Navy,  Squids – 5, Pirates – 0, from NBC News: NAIROBI, Kenya – U.S. naval forces said Thursday they’ve captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship. Job well done gentlemen.  Now waiting for Eric Holder to screw this up.   Dead pirates are good pirates. […]

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Eric Florack on February 11th, 2010

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere: The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble POPULISM? Frankly, I have always had my difficulties with political populism.  But it strikes me is nothing shy of hilarious that the biggest complaint about Sarah Palin these days is that she is better at being the […]

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Eric Florack on October 27th, 2009

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere…The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble A SECOND PLACE at OTB’s Caption Contest. Been a while since I’ve done anything with that, so It’s nice to see I still have the touch. NO KIDDING? Slobberin’  Barney Frank (D-MA)  says Democrats are “trying on every […]

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Eric Florack on October 17th, 2009

I noted the other day an article in the Wall Street Journal by Naftali  BenDavid, with the headline: Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy. As you might expect from the title, the piece comes out in the first para to complain: The rise of conservative “tea party” activists around the country has created a dilemma […]

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davidl on August 21st, 2009

Attributed to the moron, b/k/a Barack Obama via Adam Kredo, Jewish Week, and Ben Smith, Politico: In a morning conference call with about 1000 rabbis from across the nation, Obama asked for aid: “I am going to need your help in accomplishing necessary reform,” the President told the group, according to Rabbi Jack Moline, who […]

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