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The long, hard slog

On March 18, 2008 By

Eric wrote this earlier today in reaction to Obama’s speech about race.

I got the sense today that Barack Obama was tired. Tired of the hatred and fear-mongering insanity that has gripped not just Republicans, but Democrats as well. I know I get tired when I have to endure the same types of slurs I saw used against blacks in the south now retooled to attack anyone of a Middle Eastern heritage or having a name that is not familiar to the average Anglo-Saxon Caucasoid. I get tired when I see the same type of fear and ignorance […]

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Lessig 08

On February 20, 2008 By

Lots of videos, I know, but they’re just too good not to share. Lawrence Lessig outlines two new movements in America; Change Congress and Lessig for CA-12… maybe. This really is a fantastic video.

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My journey into firearm ownership

On December 31, 2007 By

We’ve been talking a lot about firearm regulation here at Plunderbund this past year, and I even mentioned in passing I was taking a CCW/handgun safety course earlier in December. Last week, I purchased a handgun. As of today, I’m licensed to carry that handgun concealed. I wanted to relate my impressions of the process.

The good:

The training course I took. The state mandates certain minimum training requirements to apply for a concealed carry license, which this class met and exceeded. It was fun and informative. Frankly, I wouldn’t be disappointed if state law were amended to make the […]

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On December 3, 2007 By

There’s been lots of smoke out in the blogosphere recently about Marc Dann. And while Dann’s performance hasn’t been quite at the level I might have hoped, that doesn’t really excuse the kind of personal mudslinging that’s been going on sans evidence. I don’t want to link to the RABid post in question, partially because it prints all kinds of rumor without any facts to back any of it up, but it should be easy enough to find yourself if you are interested.

Matty, however, makes an interesting statement in the comments:

This story is true, but just like much […]

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American Exceptionalism

On October 30, 2007 By

American prominence on the world stage has not been due to some issue of “national character”; our people are not inherently different than people anywhere else in the world. But we have, in the past, had better educational resources, and a greater emphasis on science and engineering. But no longer.

Back in September, I wrote that America is out of touch and behind the times on climate change and economic reform. It is mired in a stagnant war that the rest of the west has abandoned or is abandoning. American global influence is in decline, the country having lost […]

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A Nation of Bedwetters

On September 26, 2007 By

This article by Rick Perlstein perfectly underlines what a bunch of sissies we’ve been over the entire Ahmadinejad visit. I’ve made this comparison elsewhere – why can’t be behave like we did when Nikita “We will bury you” Khrushchev visited during the height of the Cold War in 1959?

Nikita Khrushchev disembarked from his plane at Andrews Air Force Base to a 21-gun salute and a receiving line of 63 officials and bureaucrats, ending with President Eisenhower. He rode 13 miles with Ike in an open limousine to his guest quarters across from the White House. Then he met […]

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YouTube Tuesdays – Monkey

On September 25, 2007 By

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this before (probably on my old blog), but I think it’s poignant, so I’m going to post it again. (What are you gonna do ’bout it, huh?)

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The possible new AG

On September 17, 2007 By

Rumors are that Michael Mukasey will be tapped by Bush to be the new Attorney General. I don’t know a lot about the man, other than the disappointing fact that he ruled that US citizen Jose Padilla could be held without charges as an “enemy combatant” by President Bush (even tho he did force the gov’t to let Padilla have access to a lawyer. Small steps, I suppose.).

However, what piqued my interest wasn’t that he’s a Yalie; it’s that his son Marc works for Giuliani’s law firm (heading up the white collar crime defense practice in NYC). Am […]

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Wingnuts are always going on about “angry liberals”. Well, no shit.

Think about it. Since 1998, we’ve witnessed the first presidential impeachment since the 1860s, the first presidential election to go into “overtime” since the 1870s; the first attack on the continental United States since 1812; the first major preemptive “war of choice” in U.S. history; and the first televised destruction of an American city. I don’t mean to equate any of these non-9/11 occurances with what we witnessed that day, but it has been an extraordinary span of time.

If you want to truly understand why Democrats (especially […]

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George Will: the surge has failed

On September 12, 2007 By

George Will in yesterday’s WaPo (emphasis mine):

Those who today stridently insist that the surge has succeeded also say they are especially supportive of the president, Petraeus and the military generally. But at the beginning of the surge, both Petraeus and the president defined success in a way that took the achievement of success out of America’s hands.

The purpose of the surge, they said, is to buy time — “breathing space,” the president says — for Iraqi political reconciliation. Because progress toward that has been negligible, there is no satisfactory answer to this question: What is the U.S. […]

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OK, so the headline is a little snarky. But frankly, I refuse to live in terror. Yeah, something pretty significant happened a few years ago today; but I’ve never been one big on anniversaries. My daily calendar has a picture of a 1969 Dodge Charger on it for today, and no other indication that today is “special”, which I’m sure would cause some pearl clutching by some wingnuts.

However, if someone does want to mark today as somehow different than yesterday or tomorrow, there is a right way and a wrong way. The right way involves remembering the people. […]

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