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Let’s Try This Again January 19, 2012

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Got my finger’s crossed the Icelandic volcano stays quiet this time. I’m off to the Emerald Isle for a week. Not taking my laptop but I should have plenty to post about when I return.  Sláinte!

Wikipedia: Iceland has a high concentration of active volcanoes due to unique geological conditions.

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Rut Ro! January 18, 2012

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Drudge has the screamin’ siren going  about an interview Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife had with ABC News. This is going to be old news in ten minutes but I’m putting this out there because I think this is why I want Romney to be our president. Newt has some very damaging baggage, or at least it is eluded to…we will know in the coming days or hours.

Romney has been married for 40+ years and exudes family values. He’s been faithful to his wife (as far as we know) and a good provider to his family.

Gingrich has shown he has a petty, peevish side and now he may have some bombshell revelation that will doom his run for the presidency.  Too much baggage Newt; it’s the queasy feeling I’ve had for you all along.

I listened to two Conservatives debate on Hannity’s radio show today. One for Newt, one for Romney.  The guy for Romney picked up on what I’ve felt along. Yeah. He’s a great debater but there is too much negativity surrounding him for him to think winning the three debates scheduled between the Republican nominee and Obama will cinch the deal.

Romney will get the Independent vote and if all of us conservatives do what we should do and vote for our candidate, whether we hold our nose or not, Romney will win.

Can’t wait to see the story…I’ll be on a plane for Ireland in the morning so ya’ll can just do it one your own.

Why We Are So Boned January 18, 2012

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This is lifted from Monty’s DOOM post today at AofS HQ

It’s sums it all up perfectly.

The biggest difference between the wealthy and the poor in this country is not (purely) economic — it lies in the adherence to what Bryan Caplan calls “the founding virtues”. Much of America’s “poor” have pretty much given up on those institutions and habits that lead to personal fulfillment as well as wealth creation: marriage, religious faith, entrepreneurship, and a strong work ethic. The reason for this collapse in social and cultural ability can be laid directly at the door of the modern welfare state and the ascendance of post-modernist schools of thought like feminism and Frankfurt School cultural Marxism.

[A] growing proportion of the people who run the institutions of our country have never known any other culture. They are the children of upper-middle-class parents, have always lived in upper-middle-class neighborhoods and gone to upper-middle-class schools. Many have never worked at a job that caused a body part to hurt at the end of the day, never had a conversation with an evangelical Christian, never seen a factory floor, never had a friend who didn’t have a college degree, never hunted or fished. They are likely to know that Garrison Keillor’s monologue on Prairie Home Companion is the source of the phrase “all of the children are above average,” but they have never walked on a prairie and never known someone well whose IQ actually was below average.

The Democrat project over the past 100 years or so has been to replace the traditional family with “benevolent” and “enlightened” government, especially for the “poor”. But the government does not love you; the government can’t love you. It will never care for you in the way your kin and friends care for you. At best, the government is an absent-minded leviathan that may unthinkingly crush you as it moves about; at worst, it is a voracious beast that may turn on you and devour you when its regular food is exhausted. The so-called ‘safety net’ of the welfare state is an illusion, and a dangerous one at that.

The American federal government, ever since the so-called “New Deal” of the 1930’s, has worked to remove the ties of familial love and responsibility, and replace them with dependence and servitude to the State. The social contract, that bedrock of civilization, has been — perhaps — fatally weakened. And not just in America, but the entire “enlightened” western world.

Private Equity and Creative Destruction January 16, 2012

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Here’s more proof that the right is seriously warming to Romney being the Republican nominee. When articles justifying someone’s position get written by seriously-to-the-right writers, the fat lady is singing.

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Mitt Romney January 16, 2012

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Last Thursday, Mitt Romney came to town. I almost missed it because our liberal rag newspaper never mentioned it until it had already almost happened. I jumped in the car and raced down to the Palm Beach Convention Center to catch the noontime rally.

The parking lot was nearly filled and there was a steady stream of folks walking in the building. Once inside we were directed up, down and all around and finally into a large ballroom…that only had about two dozen people in it!  I, along with the other two dozen curious conservatives quickly surmised something amiss. I started chatting up another business-looking fellow and we determined the mass of humanity was somewhere else. I stopped a gal with a radio in her hand and discovered we were in the overflow room as the main hall had surpassed the Fire Marshall’s comfort zone.

I had come to hear Mitt in person and by god I was going to hear Mitt in person. I slipped away from my new friend figuring I had a better chance of scamming an audience with the future president of the United States if I was by myself. I walked back to where it was obvious the main entrance was. Previously they had shooed us past this area guarded by a few state troopers and a bunch of suits with radios. I walked to the farthest door being guarded and just started blabbering to a suit with a radio. The next thing I know the door opens and some lady starts yapping she needs to get her boss inside as he just donated $500,000 to the Romney campaign. When the suit started to engage the woman I whispered softly, “one more won’t hurt” and slipped inside. Expecting to be immediately tackled and pistol whipped I just kept walking trying to get lost among the throng inside.

The entire back of the room was a sea of media. At least 50 news video cameras were stationed on a riser that spanned nearly the width of the room all aimed towards the stage. I saw all the local TV stations along with the big boys; Fox, CNN and MSNBC. I have no idea who made up the rest.

To the left of the camera dais were 10 rows of tables filled with journalists all with their laptops a humming. Milling about in the remaining empty space were at least 100 reporters of some other stripe—some with microphones and some with journalist’s notebooks in hand.

A relatively modest crowd of Mitt fans were crowded around the stage. (Mitt would announce to us that before coming out in our room he had visited with the over 100 folks stuck in the overflow room, shaking hands and signing autographs. He confirmed that the Fire Marshall had limited this room to 400 and apologized for the inconvenience.)

After a brief warm-up introduction by Jeff Atwater, Florida’s CFO, Mitt bounded out from behind the curtains and gave a great 20 minute, extemporaneous speech. It was all about sounding like the nominee as he spent the entire time eviscerating Obama and his socialist policies. Several times the crowd broke out into chants of “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!”.

He wrapped it up and then spent another 15 or 20 minutes shaking hands, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

I left without a doubt in my mind this man will make a fine president. Once elected, we will need to keep him on track to stay the conservative line but finally our great national nightmare will be over.  Go Mitt Go!

Survival Of The Fittest January 15, 2012

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“Capitalism and a free-market economy is the irrefutable method for the US economy to be based upon. It is how we ensure every citizen who embraces personal accountability and responsibility has the greatest opportunity for advancement with the highest possible wage-paying job. It’s also how consumers are guaranteed the chance to purchase products and services at the most competitive prices.

What capitalism doesn’t do is to unnecessarily provide for the apathetic, ignorant, lazy and slothful with handouts. But it does provide for an economic climate where the truly helpless can be helped. In my opinion that is exactly how it should work and it’s time that private equity firms including Bain Capital are given credit for their contribution to this process, and not assailed by inaccurate exhortations.”

It’s time we start singing this from the roof tops. When we distill down the differences  between liberals and conservatives we are talking about socialism vs. capitalism.  Read the whole article here.