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Threats to Democrat Congressmen: How Convenient.

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

A closed door meeting was held with Dems.  Then good ‘ole Stenny comes out and says there have been death threats. If the meeting had occurred in open session, I would be a lot less skeptical.

The radical playbook requires them to make themselves the victims. If they can make us step back, they win.

Having said that:

If you want to kill the momentum to repeal Obamacare and allow the Progressives to continue their march toward Immigration, Cap and Tax and who knows what else, make stupid threats to Congressmen.

When you make threats of physical violence, you become just like the radicals who are now in power. The ’60’s radicals learned the lesson well, put on suits and ties, and took over.

The radicals need a villain, someone to target.

We must not give them more ammunition.

They will make up lies. Based on video from last weekend, they already have.

We must not give them any true incidents to verify their lies.

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Threats to Democrat Congressmen: How Convenient.

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

A closed door meeting was held with Dems.  Then good ‘ole Stenny comes out and says there have been death threats. If the meeting had occurred in open session, I would be a lot less skeptical.

The radical playbook requires them to make themselves the victims. If they can make us step back, they win.

Having said that:

If you want to kill the momentum to repeal Obamacare and allow the Progressives to continue their march toward Immigration, Cap and Tax and who knows what else, make stupid threats to Congressmen.

When you make threats of physical violence, you become just like the radicals who are now in power. The ’60’s radicals learned the lesson well, put on suits and ties, and took over.

The radicals need a villain, someone to target.

We must not give them more ammunition.

They will make up lies. Based on video from last weekend, they already have.

We must not give them any true incidents to verify their lies.

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Threats to Democrat Congressmen: How Convenient.

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

A closed door meeting was held with Dems.  Then good ‘ole Stenny comes out and says there have been death threats. If the meeting had occurred in open session, I would be a lot less skeptical.

The radical playbook requires them to make themselves the victims. If they can make us step back, they win.

Having said that:

If you want to kill the momentum to repeal Obamacare and allow the Progressives to continue their march toward Immigration, Cap and Tax and who knows what else, make stupid threats to Congressmen.

When you make threats of physical violence, you become just like the radicals who are now in power. The ’60’s radicals learned the lesson well, put on suits and ties, and took over.

The radicals need a villain, someone to target.

We must not give them more ammunition.

They will make up lies. Based on video from last weekend, they already have.

We must not give them any true incidents to verify their lies.

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Audio: Rep. John Dingell on How Long it Took “To Control the People”

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

I am not sure how to take this statement from a Congressman. What does he mean by “control the people”?

http://blog.heritage.org/2010/03/24/audio-rep-john-dingell-on-how-long-it-took-to-control-the-people/

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Paul Ryan,The Distinguished Congressman from Wisconsin…

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

I watched the entire healthcare summit between Obama and the Republicans a few weeks ago.

One of the bright spots was Paul Ryan and his charts.  If you didn’t see it, you can get a reprise of it here.

He presents the arguments against Obamacare in stark terms.

He repeats and expands his arguments in the title link of this post.

It will bankrupt our nation.

It will further government’s control of individuals, both employers and employees.

The law as written won’t solve the problems it claims to fix.

The proposals made by Paul Ryan and other Conservatives were shot down by Progressives bent on control and further instituting the nanny state.

There are, as of this posting, 58 comments from right, left, center,and a couple that appear to come from alternate universes.  What is clear is that of these 58, no more than a third actually read Paul Ryan’s opinion peice before putting fingers to keyboard. That’s about par for political discourse today.

If you decide to comment either here or at the Journal-Sentinel, please read the article first. It will help, though not prevent, you from sounding like an idiot.

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Master of My Domain…Not Quite

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

Would the Seinfeld fans in the back of the room please stop snickering and have a seat? Thank you.

Blogging used to be an easy gig with no costs attached. You got yourself a Blogger or a WordPress account, came up with a name no one else had, and started writing and reading other bloggers. Who cared what your domain name was? They all had “blogspot.com” or “wordpress.com at the end. There were a few fancy schmancy guys out there, like Glenn Reynolds over at InstaPundit. com. But, for the most part, you wrote for your friends, and most importantly, for yourself.
Then along came Google adsense. And Amazon. And respect. 
Holy crap. We weren’t bloggers, we were “citizen journalists.”  We took down Dan Rather.  We were the “Pajamahudeen.”  
I was having email conversations with Hugh Hewitt! (Who? Never mind. It seemed big at the time.)
And I got stars in my eyes thinking I could actually make money at this stuff.
And I wasn’t dot blogspot dot com anymore. Matt and I got us our very own DOT COM! 
We were (insert drumroll here. Fireworks here. Ah, hell. Let’s just do the whole Angelic Choir) 

!!!!!libertyjustincase.com!!!!!
Brought in another partner, Craig. 
Got the website (not a blog anymore. I was a WEBSITE. say it proud, say it loud.) up in the stats of other blogs. Even got a tsunami of hits from ‘ole Glenn Reynolds himself over at InstaPundit. 
We even started referring to ourselves as LJiC. Very classy. Very big-time.
But PajamasMedia never called after the initial emails saying how great I could be, and how they were putting together talented bloggers with a cool marketing tool that would make me lots of money. 
Adsense made me a grand total of 37 cents.  And Amazon? Sigh.
Matt became a pirate…sort of.  The military, after all the military blogging of 2000 and 2004, clamped down hard. Something about military bloggers having an undue influence on Presidential elections or something.
And the world moved on. And I got bored. Ran out of things to say. 
Craig kept things going, cross posting from his original blog, Red Satellites.  You can find him in my blogroll on the right. You’ll notice he’s still a “dot blogspot dot com” kind of guy. That’s cool.
I got hooked in to Facebook, and Twitter. 
Matt decided he couldn’t keep up the cost of the
!!!!!libertyjustincase.com!!!!!
site. And so we ended it. I wrote one last post, quite good I think, and we were done.
Until I got the blogging bug again.  
No stars this time. No choirs, except the one at First Baptist Church, Prague, Oklahoma, where you find my wife most Sundays.
And, I’m a “blogspot dot com” again. 
I’m writing what I want, when I want. I’m not worried too much about readers. I’m writing more for myself now, less for others. Feels kinda nice, to tell you the truth.
Found out today that libertyjustincase.com will cost me $299 to get back. Seems its in some kind of “renewal status” since Matt let the domain name expire. 
It may become available again in the next few months. If it does, I can get it for $10 a year. 
Who knows? Maybe I’ll purchase it when it becomes available.  Or maybe not. 
There’s something comfortable about being a blogspot. Sort of humbling. I think I need that,that humbling thing. I’m pretty much okay with being a “blogspot” kind of guy.  It’s nice.

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The House: 2010.

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

If you want to know how Florida 8th looks this November, CQPolitics is the place. How about California District 25? Yep, here’s the analysis.

CQ Politics | House Race Ratings Map for 2010

Now if they would just make all this an app for my IPhone…

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The Bigger the State…

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

…the Smaller the Citizen.

A five minute course in truth by way of The Lobster Pot.  Dennis Prager’s University. Five minute courses far better than many a semester I’ve taken over the years.

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Finally, Something I Can Agree With Joe Biden On

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

Only Joe Biden could stand in front of a nationwide audience, the dream of a hundred years worth of Progressive vision about to be realized, and believe he wouldn’t be overheard as he introduced the President.

He’s right though. Obamacare is a “big f***ing deal.” David Brooks puts it in perspective,with no cursing, a talent Joe Biden seems to be sadly lacking.

Yet I confess, watching all this, I feel again why I’m no longer spiritually attached to the Democratic Party. The essence of America is energy — the vibrancy of the market, the mobility of the people and the disruptive creativity of the entrepreneurs. This vibrancy grew up accidentally, out of a cocktail of religious fervor and material abundance, but it was nurtured by choice. It was nurtured by our founders, who created national capital markets to disrupt the ossifying grip of the agricultural landholders. It was nurtured by 19th-century Republicans who built the railroads and the land-grant colleges to weave free markets across great distances. It was nurtured by Progressives who broke the stultifying grip of the trusts.

Today, America’s vigor is challenged on two fronts. First, the country is becoming geriatric. Other nations spend 10 percent or so of their G.D.P. on health care. We spend 17 percent and are predicted to soon spend 20 percent and then 25 percent. This legislation was supposed to end that asphyxiating growth, which will crowd out investments in innovation, education and everything else. It will not.

With the word security engraved on its heart, the Democratic Party is just not structured to cut spending that would enhance health and safety. The party nurtures; it does not say, “No more.”

C.S. Lewis said it best.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
It is a tyranny that smothers, all in the name of the common good, all in the name of saving it’s victims from pain.

Mr. Brooks continues:

The second biggest threat to America’s vibrancy is the exploding federal debt. Again, Democrats can utter the words of fiscal restraint, but they don’t feel the passion. This bill is full of gimmicks designed to get a good score from the Congressional Budget Office but not to really balance the budget. Democrats did enough to solve their political problem (not looking fiscally reckless) but not enough to solve the genuine problem.

Nobody knows how this bill will work out. It is an undertaking exponentially more complex than the Iraq war, for example. But to me, it feels like the end of something, not the beginning of something. It feels like the noble completion of the great liberal project to build a comprehensive welfare system.

Perhaps Joe Biden was correct. His use of expletives, gutter language, seems somehow far more appropriate to this undertaking. It is most assuredly not noble, but it is a f**king big deal.”

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Finally, Something I Can Agree With Joe Biden On

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2010

Only Joe Biden could stand in front of a nationwide audience, the dream of a hundred years worth of Progressive vision about to be realized, and believe he wouldn’t be overheard as he introduced the President.

He’s right though. Obamacare is a “big f***ing deal.” David Brooks puts it in perspective,with no cursing, a talent Joe Biden seems to be sadly lacking.

Yet I confess, watching all this, I feel again why I’m no longer spiritually attached to the Democratic Party. The essence of America is energy — the vibrancy of the market, the mobility of the people and the disruptive creativity of the entrepreneurs. This vibrancy grew up accidentally, out of a cocktail of religious fervor and material abundance, but it was nurtured by choice. It was nurtured by our founders, who created national capital markets to disrupt the ossifying grip of the agricultural landholders. It was nurtured by 19th-century Republicans who built the railroads and the land-grant colleges to weave free markets across great distances. It was nurtured by Progressives who broke the stultifying grip of the trusts.

Today, America’s vigor is challenged on two fronts. First, the country is becoming geriatric. Other nations spend 10 percent or so of their G.D.P. on health care. We spend 17 percent and are predicted to soon spend 20 percent and then 25 percent. This legislation was supposed to end that asphyxiating growth, which will crowd out investments in innovation, education and everything else. It will not.

With the word security engraved on its heart, the Democratic Party is just not structured to cut spending that would enhance health and safety. The party nurtures; it does not say, “No more.”

C.S. Lewis said it best.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
It is a tyranny that smothers, all in the name of the common good, all in the name of saving it’s victims from pain.

Mr. Brooks continues:

The second biggest threat to America’s vibrancy is the exploding federal debt. Again, Democrats can utter the words of fiscal restraint, but they don’t feel the passion. This bill is full of gimmicks designed to get a good score from the Congressional Budget Office but not to really balance the budget. Democrats did enough to solve their political problem (not looking fiscally reckless) but not enough to solve the genuine problem.

Nobody knows how this bill will work out. It is an undertaking exponentially more complex than the Iraq war, for example. But to me, it feels like the end of something, not the beginning of something. It feels like the noble completion of the great liberal project to build a comprehensive welfare system.

Perhaps Joe Biden was correct. His use of expletives, gutter language, seems somehow far more appropriate to this undertaking. It is most assuredly not noble, but it is a f**king big deal.”

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