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Wisconsin sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves

by John Lott on Sunday, January 27th, 2013

This is article 368 of 603 in the topic Gun Rights

It is difficult for me to understand how recognizing that police won’t immediately be there when a victim is facing a criminal is controversial.  Nor is it clear why advising that the most effective way to defend themselves when they face a criminal is with a gun is also controversial.  But surely there is a huge difference between self-defense a criminal who is attacking a person and vigilantism?  From Fox News:

A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says personal safety is no longer a spectator sport.

“I need you in the game,” he says.

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” he adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. … Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”

The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and anti-violence advocates. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roy Felber, said it sounds like a call to vigilantism. . . .

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The "Best Revenge" and the Worst Economies

by Austin Hill on Sunday, November 4th, 2012

This is article 1250 of 1298 in the topic 2012 Elections

It’s “game on” for the politics of retaliation.

While campaigning in the swing state of Ohio, President Obama’s supporters began to boo last Friday when he uttered the name “Mitt Romney.”

“No, no, no,” the President shouted, “don’t boo. Vote. Voting is the best revenge…”

Those who support the President’s re-election are to seek revenge on others. That’s quite a directive from the President of the United States, and it is quite a departure from the candidate of four years ago who promised to unite all Americans in the pursuit of higher purposes.

But it is nonetheless an example of that for which President Obama has become known -turning American against American. It’s more than an “our campaign versus theirs” remark. The implied message is that I will be made to feel better, if you are sufficiently maligned and impugned.

In particular it is meant to convey that if my government punishes you by taking away more of your money, then my life will somehow become more wonderful. It is a false premise that has emanated throughout Mr. Obama’s campaign for re-election and throughout his nearly four years of policies as well.

Reaction this weekend to the President’s “revenge” admonition was eerily similar to that which followed his famous “you didn’t build that” vitriol aimed at business owners last spring. Romney and Ryan made it a talking point from the stump, while the President’s surrogates went in to the usual “he was taken out of context” and “what he really meant was” explanations.

But consider how the President’s propensity for “revenge” on certain categories of Americans is at the epicenter of his economic ideas and rhetoric. Even back four years ago when he was promising to “bring us all together,” candidate Obama nonetheless consistently expressed disdain – and yes, an attitude of revenge – towards successful business enterprises.

Speaking to a stadium full of adoring followers in August of that year, then-Senator Obama went-off with a tirade about how American oil companies were making too much money! As the crowd cheered him on, he said, in part:

“…You’ve got oil companies making record profits…no… no companies in history have made the kind of profits the oil companies are makin’ right now…they..they…….one company, Exxon Mobil, made eleven billion dollars…billion, with a “b” ….last quarter….they made eleven billion dollars the quarter before that…makin’ money hand-over-fist…makin’ out like bandits…”

From there, Senator Obama went on to introduce his new “energy policy.” He wanted to raise taxes on oil companies (because, obviously, it is unfair if a company is “too profitable”), and use that “extra” tax revenue to give “working Americans” a thousand-dollar voucher that they could use to make gasoline purchases.

Senator Obama made no mention of the untold numbers of shareholders who invest their money in oil companies, nor any reference to the men and women who invest their talents and efforts into oil companies. And he certainly made no reference to fact that that oil companies actually provide us all with an essential product. No, Barack Obama is not given to such essential truths. Americans in 2008 were feeling fearful about the economy, and oil companies were enjoying success all at the same time – it was an opportunity to gin-up the desire for “revenge” that couldn’t be ignored.

Fast-forward to 2011.

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Obama partial to Detroit in World Series

by Doug Powers on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

This is article 763 of 1015 in the topic Obama

If California wasn’t a likely Obama state this would have been a much tougher question to answer:

President Barack Obama said he may back the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Obama said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Wednesday he may support the Tigers, even though they defeated his favorite team — the Chicago White Sox — in the American League Central division.

“I will say, I’ve spent a lot of time in Detroit lately, and I didn’t want to let Detroit go bankrupt. So in this particular World Series, I might be a little partial,” Obama said in comments taped before the Tigers lost the opening game of the series, 8-3, to the San Francisco Giants.

While the president has spent a lot of time talking about Detroit, he hasn’t visited Detroit since September 2011, when he spoke at a Labor Day rally, and last visited Michigan on April 18, when he held fundraisers in Dearborn and Bingham Farms.

Obama’s nod to the Tigers and Motown so impressed the Detroit News that today they endorsed Mitt Romney. The News said that Romney brings a credible plan, while Obama, though he does finally have one, sometimes can’t find it:

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Something for Al Gore to Completely Ignore

by Doug Powers on Monday, October 1st, 2012

This is article 7 of 16 in the topic Weather/Storms

Paging the Goracle: Antarctica has broken the record for the greatest sea ice extent ever measured at either pole:

Here’s where it gets fun because we can play the same extrapolation game Gore always plays while getting a pass from the mainstream press: If the above trend continues the world will be completely covered in ice within mere decades. Everybody panic!

We won’t see this topic mentioned on Al’s Dirty Weather Report.

(h/t Steve Goddard and Climate Depot)

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Obama: “If you have no record to run on, then paint the other guy as someone to run from”

by Greg Hedgepath on Friday, August 31st, 2012

This is article 716 of 1015 in the topic Obama


Chicago Values Run Amuk

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In 2008 Candidate Obama promised to end the “game-playing” by running a positive campaign without negative ads. Did he keep his promise?

Hows that hope and change working for you now Barry?

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Congressman to GSA officials: What does it take to actually be fired from the GSA?

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This is article 125 of 246 in the topic Congressional Investigations

At the House hearing concerning the GSA’s extravagant spending, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, asked current GSA officials as well as a former one some pointed questions. The first was “What does it take to actually be fired from the GSA?” Jeff Neely, the GSA’s Western Regional Commissioner and self-designated tub inspector, is currently on paid administrative leave, meaning he’s still collecting $179,000 a year for doing nothing except saving taxpayers even more than that amount by not showing up for work anymore.

During his own separate line of questioning, Neely invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions. Exiting the hearing, Neely may have inspired a possible game to be played at the next GSA team building meeting: Elevator races.

Video by way of Chicks on the Right. This is such a comprehensive grilling that I’m surprised it wasn’t sponsored by Weber:


Ouch. For some reason I’m reminded of Tom Smykowski’s job justification meeting with The Bobs in Office Space:

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Screw John Calipari….

by US Weapon on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

First let me say congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats. They are a great example of what happens when you put five guys on the floor who should be playing in the NBA against a team that has a player or two who may end up there (at least one, Robinson, will). I don’t hold any ill will towards these kids. They are 19 year olds who were handed a National Championship because they are talented (6 guys on the team headed to the NBA).

I don’t really respect the win, however. It is kind of like what the NBA has become with all these teams creating “super teams” by having superstars get together like Miami, LA, Boston, and NY have done. It isn’t all that impressive to win a championship when you get to have all the best players on your team. This is much the same way I felt about the NY Yankees for so many years. Unfortunately, my Red Sox and some other teams have joined them in compiling superstars to compete with teams that can’t afford any. Realistically, the Sox, Yanks, Tigers, Phillies and others who adhere to this tactic should be embarrassed every time they don’t win a championship (which is why I still say the Yankees are the biggest losers in baseball…. Highest team salary in the game and not nearly enough rings to show for it). 

Kentucky should have been ashamed if they failed to win a championship. Carolina is much the same way, but at least they had key injuries to blame. But this isn’t about the boys that played on the floor tonight. It isn’t their fault that college basketball has become what it has become. No, this is the fault of people like John Calipari.

Let me be clear, I cannot stand Calipari. There are two main reasons for this:

1. I don’t like his approach to the game. To blatantly go out and make it your stated path that you will take all the kids that are one year college and jump to the pros players is the antithesis of what college basketball was supposed to be about. Fortunately for many years his plan has failed. Tonight it succeeded. I fear what the repercussions will be for college basketball.

2. This guys is as crooked and dirty as they come.

Calipari shaking the hand of a real legend

Allow me to offer a few facts about Calipari. The other night it was noted that Rick Pitino is the only coach in college basketball history to take three different programs to the Final Four. Quite an accomplishment. However, this statistic comes with an asterisk…. because Calipari has also done so. Calipari took the UMass Minutemen there in 1996, the Memphis Tigers there in 2008, and Kentucky there this year. So why would it be noted that Pitino is the only guy to do so? That would be because neither the UMass OR the Memphis teams count for Calipari. BOTH were vacated by the NCAA after it was found that those programs violated eligibility or recruiting rules. In other words, it was found that Calipari cheated to win in both previous cases.

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Carville: SCOTUS Overturning Obamacare Would Be the Best Thing That Could Happen to Dems This Year

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

This is article 271 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

To me the best argument that Obamacare has nothing to do with Democrats “caring” about the health of people is in their excitement at the mere mention that the health care law could be struck down by the Supreme Court. Harry Reid sees an ultimate political victory if the law is overturned, and James Carville is as giddy as Gollum trapped in a meat locker at the thought of the Supremes knocking down the law:


Fact is many Democrats don’t want Obamacare to survive the Supreme Court challenge — probably including Obama. Sure, they’ll act like it’s the end of the world, but it will provide hope to their political survival.

I don’t know if you heard the person Team Obama chose to argue their case in front of the Court, but I’m thinking the administration agrees with Carville and is pretty much throwing the game with this guy:

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Romney takes Illinois

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This is article 607 of 1298 in the topic 2012 Elections

Mitt Romney won the Illinois GOP primary tonight 47-35 over Rick Santorum tonight with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Turnout was low.

My team at has all the latest.

An FNC analyst weighs in on the stakes in Louisiana:

The implications for November are worrisome. Do these non-voters vote for the GOP nominee – even if they aren’t turned on by him – in order to defeat President Obama? Or do they stay home then, too?

Keep in mind that if just 5 percent of the GOP base decides to sit it out in November, that alone could spell the difference in not only the presidential race but also in crucial races in the Senate, where the Republicans are trying to regain a majority, and in the GOP’s attempt to keep control of the House.

It is clear that the internecine warfare has hurt the GOP – both as a national brand and as an identifying label for the ultimate Republican nominee. Recent polling now shows a 10 percent deficit for a “Republican” versus a “Democrat.”

What does Illinois mean in the overall scope of the GOP race?

It means that Romney won a primary he needed to win – as usual – and it also means that Santorum seems to always fall short when he has a golden opportunity to take that last step from challenger to front-runner. He has had two previous similar opportunities – Michigan and Ohio – and couldn’t elevate his game in either instance.

Louisiana on Saturday now becomes a must-win for Santorum – and a similarly golden opportunity for Romney to upset Santorum in an “away game.”

Congrats to Romney. Best wishes to Santorum moving forward.

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Chrysler’s Super Bowl Ad Featuring Clint Eastwood: An Obama Ad in Cheap Disguise?

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

This is article 214 of 576 in the topic Media

Sunday night I watched the Super Bowl but must have ducked out in the kitchen for another beer and Dorito re-load when they showed the ad that’s being talked about in political circles: The Clint Eastwood “Halftime in America” ad for Chrysler that could double as an Obama for America ad. It does have that certain “Hope & Change” ring to it:

It’s halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.

It’s halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback. And we’re all scared, because this isn’t a game.

The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again.

I’ve seen a lot of tough eras, a lot of downturns in my life. And, times when we didn’t understand each other. It seems like we’ve lost our heart at times. When the fog of division, discord, and blame made it hard to see what lies ahead.

But after those trials, we all rallied around what was right, and acted as one. Because that’s what we do. We find a way through tough times, and if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one.

All that matters now is what’s ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And, how do we win?

Detroit’s showing us it can be done. And, what’s true about them is true about all of us.

This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.

Watch below and judge for yourself. Just keep in mind that David Axelrod was moved by it, and the White House thought it made some good points. Eastwood said the ad wasn’t political in nature, at least, not to him.

Chrysler’s CEO said the ad was not political, which is total BS from a corporate perspective. When you’ve gotten several billion dollars from the government and don’t want to burn any bridges, everything is political.

Eastwood opposed the bailouts. So, why did he do the ad? Because he’s also a capitalist:

It’s halftime in America. Can taxpayers come back from a halftime deficit of $1.3 billion? No.

Bonus trivia: Footage shot specifically for Chrysler’s ad about how “Detroit is back” wasn’t even shot in Motown, but rather filmed in New Orleans and Los Angeles.

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