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Archive for December, 2008

Washington State tax dollars at work: should it be Almond Roca or Aplets & Cotlets

Posted by Liberty on December 30, 2008

Official State Candy

“A state lawmaker from Wenatchee says
he’ll introduce legislation to name Aplets & Cotlets the official
candy of Washington.

      Rep. Mike Armstrong says the cubes of nuts and apple and apricot
gelatin, covered with powdered sugar, have been made by Liberty
Orchards in Cashmere since 1920. He says they are made from
Washington fruit and identify the state to confection lovers
worldwide.

      But the bill could face stiff opposition from backers of Almond
Roca – the crunchy treat that has been made by Brown & Haley in
Tacoma since 1912. In 2001 a bill was introduced to make it the
state candy. It failed to pass.

      Armstrong says his colleagues might appreciate a non-budget
issue to debate in the session of the Legislature that begins Jan.
12.”

First of all, I like both Almond Roca and Aplets & Cotlets.  They’re both tasty but neither of them should be the “official” candy of Washington State.  Want to know why?  Because our lawmakers shouldn’t be wasting time and tax-payers’ dollars so frivolously.  You can contact Representative Armstrong through his website.

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Ann Coulter on Human Events newspaper’s Conservative of the Year

Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008

Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year

“I assume Palin was chosen because McCain had heard that she was a real conservative and he had always wanted to meet one — no, actually because he needed a conservative on the ticket, but that he had no idea that picking her would send the left into a tailspin of wanton despair.

But if anyone on the McCain campaign chose Palin because she would drive liberals crazy, my hat is off to him!”

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From the U.K. Telegraph: Global warming has been disproved

Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved

“Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects.”

Christopher Booker points out three important facts about global warming: 1) Temperatures have not risen.  They have actually dropped and this was unforseen by the computer models.  2) There is not a consensus among scientists that global warming is taking place.  3) The world’s economy can not afford feel good “solutions” for a problem that does not even exist.

“Suddenly it has become rather less appealing that we should divert trillions of dollars, pounds and euros into the fantasy that we could reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent. All those grandiose projects for ’emissions trading’, ‘carbon capture’, building tens of thousands more useless wind turbines, switching vast areas of farmland from producing food to ‘biofuels’, are being exposed as no more than enormously damaging and futile gestures, costing astronomic sums we no longer possess.”

Great article.  And simply stated enough that even libs should be able to understand it.

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One more reason to break up the UAW

Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008

Autoworkers Union Keeps $6 Million Golf Course for Members at $33 Million Lakeside Retreat

“Even as the industry struggles with massive losses, the UAW brass continue to own and operate a $33 million lakeside retreat in Michigan, complete with a $6.4 million designer golf course. And it’s costing them millions each year.”

 

“But the Black Lake club and retreat, which are among the union’s biggest fixed assets, have lost $23 million in the past five years alone, a heavy albatross around the union’s neck as it tries to manage a multibillion-dollar pension plan crisis.”

And the UAW  is a heavy albatross around the auto companies’ necks.  And the bailout is a heavy albatross around the taxpayers’ necks.

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Merry Christmas to all Bold Colors Blog readers!

Posted by Liberty on December 24, 2008

I’m looking forward to a joyful Christmas spent with family and friends.  Let us not forget that the birth of Jesus is the real reason we will celebrate tomorrow.  I wish you safe travels, contented children, lots of gratitude, plenty of fudge and no fruitcake on your Christmas table.  Take the time to relax and reflect on all that you have.  Remember to thank God that you have the privilege to celebrate the birth of His Son in the greatest nation that has ever existed–America.

“In spite of everything, we Americans are still uniquely blessed, not only with the rich bounty of our land but by a bounty of the spirit—a kind of year-round Christmas spirit that still makes our country a beacon of hope in a troubled world and that makes this Christmas and every Christmas even more special for all of us who number among our gifts the birthright of being an American.”

Ronald Reagan

From his Christmas Day radio address; December 25, 1982

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Stop the presses! The New York Times got it wrong

Posted by Liberty on December 23, 2008

From Newsbusters:

New York Times Blames Housing and Financial Crisis on Bush

The New York Times published a story the other day blaming the mortgage market crisis solely on President George W. Bush.  I clicked on the headline, skimmed the first page of the article [it was six pages long], determined it was as biased and inaccurate as the New York Times generally is and moved on.  I’ve decided to revisit that article because, for once, The President is defending himself from attack.  Here’s the NYT hit piece:

White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire

“Today, millions of Americans are facing foreclosure, homeownership rates are virtually no higher than when Mr. Bush took office, Fannie and Freddie are in a government conservatorship, and the bailout cost to taxpayers could run in the trillions.”

And here’s a Fox News story about the response from the White House:

 White House Fires Back at Times Over Housing Meltdown Story

“The White House is pushing back hard against a New York Times article that essentially blamed President Bush for the sub-prime mortgage mess and the Wall Street collapse by linking those crises to a policy goal he stated more than six years ago. 

That goal? 

‘We want more people owning their own home,’ as Bush said in December 2003.”

The Times goes on to claim that Bush encouraged sub-prime lending to lower income and minority families as a way to win more voters.  The Times is conveniently ignoring the complicity of Democrats, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank.

“…the Times made no mention over the weekend of President Clinton’s aggressive deregulation of the financial services industry, which empowered banks, brokerage firms and insurance companies to engage in some of the very practices — such as credit default swaps — that contributed most to the current fiscal crisis. 

While the Times mentioned that mortgage bankers and brokers donated almost $850,000 to President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, the newspaper omitted the fact that the top three recipients of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and its sister organization Freddie Mac over the last two decades were all Democrats. 

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, head of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; President-elect Barack Obama; and Bush’s 2004 opponent John Kerry all benefited from Fannie and Freddie.”

And, as Noel Sheppard points out in the Newsbusters article:

“housing policies encouraging lax lending standards have existed in this nation since Jimmy Carter signed the Community Reinvestment Act in 1977. This required financial institutions to make loans to lower-income individuals in the communities they served. Non-compliance with this Act would prevent a bank or savings and loan from being able to expand within the states it was currently in and beyond.”

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I voted for Putin

Posted by Liberty on December 23, 2008

The Drudge Report has a poll up this morning.  You can vote on which shirtless stud you find more appealing–Vladimir Putin or the chosen one, Barack Obama.  Currently, Putin is leading with well over 50%.

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How not to fix the economy

Posted by Liberty on December 23, 2008

States set to impose bevy of new taxes

“Governors want to levy higher taxes next year on clothes, soft drinks, gasoline, auto licenses and other items that likely will hit low- and middle-income families struggling to make ends meet in a deepening recession the hardest.

Officials say they are required by law to balance budgets and that tax increases are necessary as state governments face sharply declining tax revenues, but fiscal analysts say raising these taxes during an economic downturn will only worsen local economies and prolong the recession.”

 

“But spending critics said that not enough attention was being paid by the national news media to the plight of taxpayers, whose incomes were being stretched even further by rising sales taxes and fees, and higher property taxes.

‘Most reporters are covering the state budgets and thinking ‘Oh, the poor states,’ and no one is looking at this from the perspective of the taxpayers who are the ones whose wallets are going to be on the line,’ said political strategist Trent Duffy.”

 

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Seattle’s eco-friendly snow strategy…the city’s latest colossal failure

Posted by Liberty on December 23, 2008

Seattle refuses to use salt; roads “snow packed” by design

“To hear the city’s spin, Seattle’s road crews are making ‘great progress’ in clearing the ice-caked streets.

But it turns out ‘plowed streets’ in Seattle actually means ‘snow-packed,’ as in there’s snow and ice left on major arterials by design.

‘We’re trying to create a hard-packed surface,’ said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. ‘It doesn’t look like anything you’d find in Chicago or New York.'”

Seattle is fore-going the use of salt and de-icing chemicals over concerns of run-off.  In a city of hills, they are deliberately transforming streets into ice rinks.  Smart.

“The icy streets are the result of Seattle’s refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.

‘If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,’ Wiggins said. ‘We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.'”

Typical.  Let’s risk human life instead.

“By ruling out salt and some of the chemicals routinely used by snowbound cities, Seattle has embraced a less-effective strategy for clearing roads, namely sand sprinkled on top of snowpack along major arterials, and a chemical de-icer that is effective when temperatures are below 32 degrees.

Seattle also equips its plows with rubber blades. That minimizes the damage to roads and manhole covers, but it doesn’t scrape off the ice, Wiggins said.”

Update 10:11 am:

In the article, the strategy is described as plowing  “the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains.”  Rush pointed out something ironic when he discussed this story.  Liberals want to force us into tiny, gas-sipping, hybrid, alternative, green [insert politically correct buzzword here] vehicles.  Where are the Smartcars and Prius’s today in Seattle?!  Libs want to get rid of the popular, functional SUV’s and trucks [that Americans want and need] so that we may all comply with their environmental agenda .  Meanwhile, Seattle, a bastion of liberal insanity, is paralyzed by snow and their own incompetence.

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Brilliance on the auto bailout from Mark Steyn

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Can You Still See the USA in Your Chevrolet?

According to Mark, “Route 66 is looking ever more like a one-way dead-end street to Bailoutistan.”

And, he points out:

“General Motors, like the other two geezers of the Old Three, is a vast retirement home with a small loss-making auto subsidiary. The UAW is the AARP in an Edsel: It has three times as many retirees and widows as “workers” (I use the term loosely). GM has 96,000 employees but provides health benefits to a million people.”

I love Mark Steyn’s learned perspective and smart, satirical humor.  Great article!

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From the annals of Conservatism…

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Barry Goldwater

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The City of Seattle doesn’t plow snowy roads–is it so they can afford salary hikes for pencil pushers?

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

From Crosscut & Kent Kammerer this morning:

Memo to city pols: times are tough

“We are now experiencing the full impact of WaMu layoffs and downsizing of hundreds of other Seattle area employers. While local businesses and the public are feeling the pinch, Seattle decision makers seem much less concerned.

Consider that the City just passed an increase in spending. Seattle’s budget for 2009, will be $3.9 billion. The general fund, which pays for most City functions, is $910 million, up 1.6 percent from 2007, and is projected to rise to $925 million in 2010. To fund the increase, the City will raise parking fees, raise the garbage rates 42 percent and water rates by 38 percent to help pay for the increase in spending. At the same time, it will reduce city revenues with property tax deferments to developers.

Mayor Greg Nickels also just announced that a Seattle top administrator needs a 37 percent pay raise to $302,000 per year. So, is spending on City employees getting out of hand, particularly in a time when many others are making salary sacrifices?”

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Analysis of Obama’s pick for Secretary of Labor

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Quantum of Solis

“There is joy in Unionville this Christmas. Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of Labor — Hilda Solis — brings impeccable big labor credentials. The California Congresswoman first rode to power with labor backing against a fellow Democrat, has voted with the AFL-CIO 97% of the time, and got three-quarters of her campaign contributions from unions.”

This should make Conservatives nervous.

“Ms. Solis says her goal is to expand the reach and power of unions in America, and she supports such union priorities as the Employee Free Choice Act, which would do the opposite of its name and end secret balloting to unionize a workplace. Look for a showdown on that legislation in 2009. Meanwhile, the other drama to watch is whether Ms. Solis will turn a blind eye to union corruption by weakening federal oversight.”

Very nervous.

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What the U.S. can learn from Japan’s failed experiment with “zombie businesses”

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Return of the Living Dead

“After Japan’s asset bubble burst in the late 1980s, their economy took a sharp downturn, prompting government officials to try bailing out banks and investing in infrastructure, much like the activity and proposals floating around America today. The results were terrible.

With the government propping up poor business models rather than allowing further job losses, firms wound up operating over the long-term without making a profit or adding any value to society. Their utter lack of vitality earned these perpetual money-leaching entities the moniker ‘zombie businesses.’ And unless American policymakers understand the failures of the Japanese response, we will suffer the same zombie fate.”

Check out this article in Reason Magazine today that foreshadows the consequences that we’re likely to face in return for passing out government bailouts like Halloween treats.  Ding dong, here’s $700 billion.  Japan has dealt with a similar economic crisis and they made significant errors that prolonged the problem.  We’re headed down that same road and I predict that Japan’s errors will be our errors.

“First mistake. The Bank of Japan tried to ease economic pains during their downturn through the 1990s by loaning large amounts of money to businesses. However, such attempts to recapitalize the market were counteracted by underlying management problems endemic to the dying firms.”

Check.

“Second mistake. With all those loans, the Japanese government was simply too integrated into the market to have adequate incentives to create the right policies. Daniel Okimoto, former director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center, points out that the interests of Japan’s economic bureaucracies, such as the Ministry of Finance, became interdependent with the banking industry.”

Check.

“Third mistake. The length of Japan’s asset deflation, recession, and liquidity struggles has been blamed largely on the lack of foresighted policies and political leadership. Politicians bent on retaining their power took action that sought to solve the present day concerns, such as infrastructure projects, without regard to their long-term effects. As a result, economic growth was not sustained.”

Check.

“Fourth mistake.Japan tried to climb out of its economic mess by raising taxes and cutting interest rates. Okimoto cites a series of policy mistakes in a report on Japan’s economic stagnation that includes a consumption tax hike, business taxes, and heavy-handed reliance on interest rate cuts that reduced investment incentives.”

Are you getting my drift here?

“Fifth mistake. With the Japanese government enabling lending to zombie businesses, taking cash away from productive ventures, and passing tax laws and other regulations that did not promote growth, the private sector was actively discouraged from investing.”

I encourage you to read the whole article–Anthony Randazzo has done his research.  Clearly our politicians have not.

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A terrifying environmental trend

Posted by Liberty on December 21, 2008

Schools Unleash ‘Eco-Kids’ to Badger Their Parents

This should scare you more than the prospect of eating polar bears

“Educators sometimes give the impression that they are in the business of protecting their pupils from the negative influence of their parents. Schools are sometimes devoted to the project of correcting the “outdated values” that parents have taught their children. That’s bad enough! However, in recent times policymakers and educators have also embraced the idea that through influencing children they can reeducate parents. Instead of parents socializing their children they advocate a reversal in roles.

It is in the domain of environmental education that the project of socialization in reverse is most systematically pursued. Many environmental educators advocate pester power as a contribution to changing the behavior of adults. David Uzell, a professor of environmental psychology at the University of Surrey, recalls attending an educational conference a few years ago where “everyone was absolutely convinced” that pester power was “the answer” to the problem of climate change. Uzell’s own research has focused on what he calls ‘inter-generational learning through the transference of personal experience typically from the child to the parent / other adults / home.’”

First of all, what exactly is a professor of environmental psychology?  Are environmental psychologists behind the massive obnoxious global warming propaganda campaign in the MSM?  Fortunately, for me, all the “green” advertising and pseudo-news reporting has had the opposite effect that they intend.  I can’t even look at a compact fluorescent lightbulb without screaming in rage anymore.

“In the U.S., socializing children through the promotion of environmental education has been practiced in schools for over a decade. The New York Times reports that a new cohort of ‘eco-kids’ devoted to green values ‘try to hold their parents accountable at home’ and adds how adults become defensive under the ‘watchful eye of the pint-size eco-police.’ School districts across the U.S. have sought to capitalize on the idealism of ‘eco-kids’ to integrate environmental values into whatever subjects they can.”

This is only one reason why it is so important for parents to be involved in their childrens’ education.  Don’t think that you’re bothering teachers by asking to see for yourself the curriculum being used in your child’s class.  Those teachers work for you!  If they are teaching based on a biased agenda and undermining the values you’re trying to instill in your child, they need to be set straight.

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California voters: your voice doesn’t matter to Attorney General Jerry Brown

Posted by Liberty on December 21, 2008

Calif. AG Urges Court to Void Gay Marriage Ban

“The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.

In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters.”

Memo to Jerry Brown: California’s “ban” on same-sex marriage was about more than which marriages will be recognized by the State of California.  It was also the common man’s pushback against judicial tyranny.  A vote of the people is how these matters should be decided–it’s how more issues should be decided, in fact. 

California’s voters spoke decisively [with a 52% majority] to affirm that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized by state government.  They also made it clear that they would not accept radical policies forced upon them by activist judges.  If Jerry Brown cares so much about the Constitution, perhaps he would recognize that creating law is not the function of the judicial branch of government.

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A small update on Skagit property taxes

Posted by Liberty on December 20, 2008

According to a poll on goskagit.com [aka, the closest thing the Skagit Valley has for news], out of 218 total votes, 162 voters have seen their property taxes increase.  That would be 74%.  Here’s the poll:

Have your property taxes in Skagit County,
Total Votes: 218
Raised
200 %  74% (162)

 
Lowered
16 %  6% (12)

 
Stayed the Same
29 %  11% (23)

 
Do not Pay Taxes
27 %  10% (21)

 

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Have I said lately how much I love Carpe Diem?

Posted by Liberty on December 20, 2008

I’ve linked Professor Mark Perry’s blog, Carpe Diem before…hmmm, trying to link and WordPress’ hyperlink function is not working right now.  [Normally, WordPress works great.  If you want to start a blog, I highly recommend WordPress.  And e-mail me the link.  I promise I’ll read, even if you’re a lib or a Husky fan]. 

Anyhow, go to http://mjperry.blogspot.com/ because his blog today is incisive as usual.  He’s excerpted an article from the Wall Street Journal by Andrew B. Wilson on how the Conservative principles espoused by Margaret Thatcher helped to pull Great Britain out of economic difficulties in the 1980’s.  [Wow, isn’t that about the time that Ronald Reagan was helping America recover from our Jimmy Carter-induced economic difficulties through free-market capitalism?]  Here’s a brief quote from Mr. Wilson’s article:

“By sticking to her policies of lightened regulation, reduced trade barriers, privatization of a raft of publicly owned companies, reduced taxation, and the adoption of laws to prevent abuses of union power, Mrs. Thatcher achieved something few if any of today’s economists have begun to consider. She achieved a genuine, productivity-led recovery that transformed Britain from perennial basket case into the Europe’s most improved and vibrant economy.”

Naturally, I’m a little sad to think that this economic recovery will not be ours, at least not during the next four years.  The socialist blueprint has been drawn, and time and time again, the house has fallen.  Obama’s going to build his policies on the failed philosophy of socialism, a system counter to all that America was founded on.  It will fail us, too.  So, I guess I love Carpe Diem today for the information that Professor Perry disseminates, not for helping me feel optimistic.

He also has a post entitled “Ford’s State-of-the-Art Factory in Brazil: A Model for the Big 3’s Survival. But The UAW Hates It.”  In it, there are details about an innovative Ford factory in South America.  According to Professor Perry,

“It’s not just above-market UAW wages and benefits, along with overly generous lifetime pensions and health care coverage that have all contributed to pushing the Big Three to the brink of bankruptcy. It’s also the outdated work rules, multiple job classifications, and union inflexibility and resistance to greater efficiency that have crippled the Big Three (see the 22 pound, 2,215 page UAW-Ford contract here).
Isn’t it sad that U.S. automakers like Ford have to go 5,000 miles away to “the global sandbox” Brazil to try out new production methods, instead of introducing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology here in the U.S.? Even if GM and Chrysler reduce wages and benefits to competitive levels as part of the $17.4 billion bailout, they still might not survive in the long run if they are prevented by the UAW from introducing lean, flexible, state-of-the-art technology inside the U.S., like Ford has been able to introduce outside of the U.S.”
Sad.  American taxpayers are bailing out the Big Three while the UAW is still alive and well.  And, liberals have the nerve to bitch about out-sourcing.
 
 

 

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Are you kidding me?

Posted by Liberty on December 19, 2008

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

“A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.”

So we’re supposed to believe that the congress with record low approval ratings deserves even more of that substance that they love the most–tax dollars?

Update:

Another link:

A raise for Congress, Sarah Palin, and a poem

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I couldn’t agree more…

Posted by Liberty on December 19, 2008

CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory ‘Arrogant’

With approximately a foot of snow out in my yard, my mind is more made up than ever that manmade global warming is a fraud.  The only thing that really leaves me really dismayed is the prospect of a period of prolonged cooling.  I was looking forward to hotter summers…heck, living in Western Washington, I’d settle for having summer at all.

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on December 18, 2008

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

Samuel Adams 

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A.W.R. Hawkins takes Colin Powell to task in Human Events

Posted by Liberty on December 18, 2008

A RINO vs. El Rushbo

Bravo Mr. Hawkins.  Just in case you missed it, Colin Powell was highly critical of Rush Limbaugh in an interview on CNN.  At one point he said, “Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?”  Mr. Powell, thank God more people listen to Rush than listen to you!

A.W.R. Hawkins’ article contrasting Powell’s political perspective with Limbaugh’s is terrific.

“Powell, like former Bush speech writer Michael Gerson, wants to remake conservatism into something without form or substance, something that is liberalism in all but name. They say the only conservatism that can be effective in future elections is conservatism divorced from conservative principles.

Powell and Gerson — and too many other phony conservatives — are the problem, not the solution. It was by their philosophy and political strategy that the Republican Party ended up abandoning conservatism in favor of McCainism. And that was the path to failure, not victory. “

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Media bias: not just against Conservatives anymore?

Posted by Liberty on December 18, 2008

I heard David Boze discussing this on his radio show yesterday afternoon and thought it was interesting.  This story is linked on his blog.  He was describing how he was reading this report on his lunch hour and was laughing out loud [in some un-named public place] at how ridiculous it is.  It literally is a laugh a minute, if you can get over the fact that a public university is wasting money researching the media’s portrayal of homelessness.  Do not interpret my mirth over this report to mean that I think homelessness is funny, because it’s not.  The homeless being used as a political football–that’s what I think is funny. 

Is the media unfair to the homeless?

A gaggle of English professors [among others] at the University of Washington conducted a study of how homelessness is portrayed in the media.  They focused specifically on media coverage of the City of Seattle’s clean-ups of homeless encampments and have concluded that the camps are unfairly portrayed as dirty, drug-laden and dangerous. 

Well, not everyone can exist in the cushy, tenured subjectivity of a university liberal arts department.  Words have concrete definitions and certain situations warrant that specific words be used.  I’m guessing that the journalists who have written about these squatters’ camps are correct to describe the camps as garbage-strewn, unsanitary and a threat to public safety. 

Perhaps the UW team could have rounded up some creative writing professors to formulate a list of more colorful language so that the words “dirty” and “dangerous” wouldn’t be so over used.  Instead of “dirty” and “dangerous,” the journalists could use: vile, sordid, tainted, toxic, insalubrious, obscene, perilous, unlawful, obnoxious, objectionable, repugnant or intolerable.

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For those who didn’t get a sub-prime mortgage–work 100 hours, get a house

Posted by Liberty on December 18, 2008

HUD hands out sweat-equity funds to 3 nonprofits

“The grants, through HUD’s Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program, consist of $13.25 million for Habitat for Humanity International and $6.625 million to the Housing Assistance Council, both of which are headquartered in Washington, D.C., and $6.625 million to Spokane-based Community Frameworks.”

“Self-Help” affordable housing…a nifty government give-away just in case you didn’t get a house you couldn’t afford via a sub-prime mortgage.  Just happened to notice the real money line near the bottom of this article.  Here we go:

Kooistra also decried the huge disparity between the budgets for HUD and the Defense Department, saying: “We need to change the way we think about affordable housing.”

Marty Kooistra is chief executive of Habitat for Humanity [Seattle/South King County] and I think he needs to brush up on the Constitution.  The common defense is mentioned in the preamble of the Constitution.  Giving away houses is not.

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Check out www.libertylive.org

Posted by Liberty on December 17, 2008

Two-thirds say teachers union has wrong priorities

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