Monthly Archives: April 2011

Why The Beatles Broke Up, including Book of the Fortnight: You Never Give Me Your Money (The Beatles After The Breakup)

This fortnight brings you a different kind of book review.  After I finished reading You Never Give Me Your Money (The Beatles After The Breakup) by Peter Doggett, I began writing my review. What I found I was writing, to me … Continue reading

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Huntsman Headed Home

The Wall Street Journal reports that Jon Huntsman, Jr. is due to arrive in the US tomorrow after  saying his goodbyes to his colleagues at the American embassy in Beijing. U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. will land inWashington … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – Happiness is a Warm Gun

As a successor to “A Day in the Life” with its two, two, two songs in one, “Happiness is a Warm Gun” ups the ante and offers segments of four different songs all within 2 minutes and 44 seconds. 1) … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Bite The Hand That Fed Them

The latest victims of Scott Walker’s vicious mind control rays appear to be the overwhelmingly Democratic (128-32 for those scoring at home) Massachusetts House of Representatives. House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – The Beatles

Here they are in  an outtake from 1965 playing a very “Green Onionsy” twelve bar blues ingeniously titled “12 Bar Original.”

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The Walkerization of California

Even California has had enough. Voters appear ready to embrace changes not just for future hires but also for current employees who have been promised the benefits under contract. Seventy percent of respondents said they supported a cap on pensions … Continue reading

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Barack Obama on Presidential Commissions in 2008

“John McCain’s big solution to the crisis we’re facing is — get ready for this — a commission,” Obama told the crowd. “A commission. That’s Washington-speak for we’ll get — we’ll get back to you later.” –Senator Barack Obama, 2008 … Continue reading

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Timing is Everything

Despite our longstanding support for a Jon Huntsman candidacy, even we are amazed by his uncanny sense of timing and find the buzz that is being generated by this non-campaign to be remarkable.  The will he/won’t he stories that are … Continue reading

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The Ultimate RINO Test

Jon Huntsman just keeps picking up buzz, as Time magazine discusses The GOP’s Huntsman Test: The first goal is to return the GOP back to pure conservative orthodoxy; this is the Tea Party mantra in a nutshell. The second is … Continue reading

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The Failures of Keynesianism

An excellent read from Peter Foster that made me proud to admit I’ve never been a Keynesian: The astonishing aspect of all this — as pointed out numerous times in this space — is that spend-yourself-rich Keynesianism had already been … Continue reading

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Poll: GOP Voters not Excited

A new NYT-CBS poll reveals an interesting problem for potential 2012 candidates – the electorate isn’t excited about any of them: The New York Times-CBS News survey out Thursday found that most Republicans had little enthusiasm for their possible field … Continue reading

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Huntsman Getting Noticed

The New York Times has a very good article on Jon Huntsman’s viability with conservatives given his work for (and past praise of) Barack Obama’s administration.  As we have suggested, it may not be a hindrance at all. On paper, … Continue reading

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Tuesday YerBluesday

Lennon, Clapton, Richards, Mitchell as “The Dirty Mac” from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968).

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Hope, Change and Re-election

In 2008 Senator Barack Obama’s historic campaign centered on “hope” and “change” and captivated millions.  Now three years into his presidency Obama can scarcely claim to have delivered either of them.  It is an interesting predicament for the president, now … Continue reading

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Deficit Commision Gets Presidential Shaft: Part 2

Not only has President Obama previously skipped meetings with his own Deficit Commission, he’s skipped over their findings and recommendations: Sure, Erskine Bowles, the commission’s Democratic chair, and Alan Simpson, the Republican, made some nice public statement about Obama’s deficit-reduction … Continue reading

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After vote canvassing David Prosser officialy wins Wisconsin SC race

That sound you hear is the public sector union gravy train going off the rails.  State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a heated election that drew national attention because of … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – I Am the Walrus (Minnesota Beatle Project)

A song so good it’s being posted for a second time.  But this time there’s a video.  Live from 89.3 The Current’s studio it’s Pert Near Sandstone (featuring one member from Drae-favorite Trampled By Turtles) playing a breakneck bluegrass version … Continue reading

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Why Raising Income Taxes Doesn’t Hurt the Rich

Contrary to popular belief, raising tax rates on “the rich” doesn’t generate more revenue for the government, at least not the amount most people seem to think it will. One of the reasons why is because the ultra-rich don’t have … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman: The Thinking Person’s Conservative

A great piece of analysis on Jon Huntsman from The Hill, making a few arguments I’ve made myself that his service in China is not a liability but rather an asset: Most political analysts do not believe Huntsman could be … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough

Brand new Atmosphere (released yesterday), and on this track Slug out does himself -building the tension and drama with a surprise ending. Awesome.

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Tuesday Bluesday – Bessie Smith

From 1929, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.”

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Dateline April 6 – Brookfield votes for Prosser were reported

The left is currently throwing everything they have into the argument that shenanigans were afoot in the rationally explained reporting error that gave David Prosser 7,500 votes on April 7. Democrats (no strangers to voting shenanigans themselves) wailed that the … Continue reading

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Two Speeches – Two Early Primary States

Hmm… Former Utah governor, outgoing U.S. ambassador and potential future presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. has scheduled a second big speech in a key primary election state. Huntsman, who has resigned as America’s envoy to China effective at the end … Continue reading

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Book of the Fortnight: Founding Brothers

Well readers is time for another Of Buckley and Beatles book review.  Fortunately for you I spent the past few weeks reading Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis.  I am pleased to be able to tell you about it right now. Countless books have been writtenabout the main … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

It seems obvious to me now – though I have been slow, I must say, in coming to the conclusion – that the institution of private property is one of the main things that have given man that limited amount … Continue reading

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