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Memo For File CLXXVI
  29 Dec 2012     11:01 am

We’re down to just a few absolutely-must-do things today, one of which is to memorize the wedding vows. Uh, the ones I wrote myself. Yeah. Probably better get that done.
There’s a phrase in there about my bride-to-be’s “positive energy.” This may perhaps get into things that ought not be part of a wedding ceremony, since it’s nit-picky and overly-philosophical. But eventually I decided, if everyone else gets to talk about life and how to live it, and the way it all works, then so do I. Besides, that’s the whole …

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Want
  22 Dec 2012     10:12 am

Call me nuts, but I think American politics go in cycles. Reagan’s victories, coupled with Obama’s, prove this. At the same time, I think there is some legitimacy to the idea that our sense of “right” and “left” drift around across time. Reagan was not about the same issues as Obama; those who seek to confuse and distort argue, and there is a kernel of truth to what they say, that Obama is “conservative” in some things and Reagan was “liberal” in some other things. But philosophically, there is some …

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After Dagny Crashed
  16 Dec 2012     9:38 am

So back in October, Atlas Shrugged Part II came out. I said since the very beginning that this is a significant step, since if Part II failed to cross the finish line it would’ve been a simple matter for Part I to pass into history as a cinematic brain fart, but now that the first two installments have become reality, Part III is an inevitability. Time will tell on that; the box office figures are terrible, just awful. But the point remains that there’s a new momentum built up that …

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Barack Obama and Taxes
  9 Dec 2012     9:56 am

Peter Wehner explores the obsession in Commentary Magazine:
For Obama, the top two percent are the Great White Whale–and he is Captain Ahab.
The question is why. Captain Ahab’s neurotic obsession was understandable (Moby Dick, after all, had destroyed his boat and bit off his leg). So what explains Mr. Obama’s obsession?
It can’t be what he claims, which is improving the economy or reducing the deficit. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out, “the alleged curative effect on debt of Obama’s tax-rate demand — the full rate hike on the ‘rich’ would have reduced …

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“A Fatal Imaginary Paradox”
  7 Dec 2012     7:40 pm

Steven Goddard asks the rhetorical question: How do you get an organism to destroy itself?
Simple – convince it that something essential for its survival is making it sick. A great example of this is bulimia. If an individual believes that food is unhealthy, it eventually will self-destruct and die.
As far as I can tell, that is the fundamental purpose of the global warming movement. Civilization can not exist without an adequate energy supply, and greens are determined to make that impossible. They are determined to introduce a fatal imaginary …

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I Made a New Word LX
  3 Dec 2012     9:06 am

Macrospeak (n.)
First, some background: I’m shamelessly borrowing from Orwell. From the SparkNotes…
Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts—the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language. Newspeak contains no negative terms. For example, the only way to express the meaning of “bad” is through the word “ungood.” Something extremely bad is called “doubleplus ungood.”
Commenter severian came up with a good recommendation to follow, over at our new collaborative project Rotten Chestnuts:
Hit ‘em where they live.
Liberals are desperate to think of …

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Anti-Bush
  11 Nov 2012     9:15 am

Had this weird dream last night I was visiting one person I knew, and from their house I had to make a quick phone call to another, about some matter completely unrelated. And they both ended up engaging in pointless, off-topic, cyclical anti-Bush screeds. Here I was getting it at the same time from two directions, and I didn’t care one way or the other.
Perhaps this dream was inspired by the endless hubbub about “Republicans lost the election because…” from which one melodious refrain has emerged, sung to the tune …

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Memo For File CLXXII
  14 Oct 2012     9:47 am

Well, isn’t this embarrassing for the folks in charge.
President Obama is proud of his bailout of General Motors. That’s good, because, if he wins a second term, he is probably going to have to bail GM out again. The company is once again losing market share, and it seems unable to develop products that are truly competitive in the U.S. market.
At least bin Laden’s still dead, or something.
The details are in the article after that first paragraph. They aren’t pretty, but I’d rather concentrate on the human dynamics that come …

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Hiding Under a Bush
  8 Oct 2012     7:26 am

Robert at Small Dead Animals wants to know how to discuss things with an Obama supporter. Brave man. I know this is above my pay grade when I see the phrase “gotten us into” included twice in the short paragraph he includes, to clue interested readers in on what the problem is:
Obama hasn’t gotten us into this mess, which is the worst recession since the 1930′s, and based on the fact that much of the collapse revolved around lack of regulation in the housing loan business, there’s no quick fix. …

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Beverage Scale
  29 Sep 2012     12:40 pm

Had a cool idea. It’s four years overdue, but better late than never…
Every now and then a “study” will come out that is obviously a joke, proclaiming that beer, wine and liquor provide these amazing health benefits that cannot be acquired anywhere else. Lengthen your life, rejuvenate your skin and hair, embiggen your “wedding tackle” and all that. Well, whether the Obamafans realize it or not, this kind of humor is parody by way of slight exaggeration of what they’re doing when they pull out these studies from Brookings Institution, …

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Memo For File CLXIX
  23 Sep 2012     5:33 pm

Inside the election/campaign season as well as outside of it, I am seeing a persistent trend: People with loose lips and loud voices running around (in the case of social media, those are obviously figurative expressions), clearly fancying themselves as capable thinkers who have managed to come up with the final solution or solutions to the problems that ail us — and when you talk to them a little while you find out all of what they have to say can be summed up in a statement taking the form …

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The Decline of Manliness in All Sorts of Things
  22 Sep 2012     10:23 am

The rigid & frigid brand of feminism has long had a good answer for anyone daring to stand up for the concerns, privileges and rights of men: They simply reassert their monopoly on victimhood. They don’t wish to acknowledge that men can ever deserve anything better than what they get, so they don’t want anybody else to acknowledge it either. Human nature is vulnerable to suggestion, and a real man is reticent to complain about the hand he’s been dealt. It’s inherently, and cumulatively, unmanly. So this works. They mock …

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Caveman and the Calculator
  26 Aug 2012     3:56 pm

A brief and crude distillation of all arguments between liberals and conservatives. It would have to be revised for most issues that have something to do with foreign policy, or oppressed-minorities and their rights-rights-rights, but I submit that it works for most issues that have to do with social spending:
Liberal: Meet Winifred Skinner or whoever, one of [umtyfratz-many] Americans who, like her, would have no idea in the world how to pay for their [stuff] without the wonderful, wonderful [program]. Without this benefit, Winifred would have to pay one, two, …

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Memo For File CLXVI
  12 Aug 2012     9:36 am

For an interminable length of time — I have no idea how long it’s been, seems like forever — my name has been on the subscription list of the Obama campaign. I’m still bewildered and baffled by the thought process of the average Obama supporter. Can’t identify with them even a little bit. And, with the march of time, things seem to become only more confusing. In 2008, they were merely pie-eyed…so I thought…not thinking clearly, maybe indulging in some of what Michael Gerson once called “the soft bigotry of …

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What Kind of Community…
  12 Aug 2012     9:28 am

Wisdom from my Hello Kitty of Blogging account…
Liberalism, today, re-defines what it means to live in a community, and not in a good way.
It has everything to do with seizure of money and nothing to do with trust. When we build things while we belong in a community, we are to be denied the credit for building them; the community did that, and we are but its humble agents. Out of our earnings, whatever is above what we “need” as determined by the community, is to be placed in a …

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Four Things More Important Than Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns
  12 Aug 2012     9:22 am

The point made here by Professor Sowell is so important, and weighs so heavily upon the election that is coming up in less than three months, that after pondering it I realized it had to be added to the list. That would be the list of three things upon which the election will be turning, or should turn…it doesn’t matter if the things are on the minds of voters as they punch out their chads, or not. Doesn’t matter. History is awaiting an answer to each of them, and right …

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Memo For File CLXV
  12 Aug 2012     9:14 am

Somewhere, I made the comment “Looks like we have our campaign year issue” or something like that. The “We” was the country, not the conservatives or the Republicans or libertarians; and the “issue” is the idiotic remark made by our current President, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” In the wake of the Chick-Fil-A hoop-dee-doo, I’ve thought back to this thing I said with the understanding that it is going to require some updating. We have two issues. They have it in …

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The Vampire Problem
  30 Jul 2012     10:56 am

One of the most widely appreciated denizens of my blog goes by the name of Severian; no one has a clue who he really is, which is just the way he likes it. All I personally know of him is his first name, and I suppose if I bothered to check, his apparent IP address. This tells me nothing useful, save for that it’s probably safe to use masculine pronouns to refer to him.
The rest of us learn much, perhaps more than any of us would like to admit, when …

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Emily’s Wisdom
  25 Jun 2012     9:43 am

A generic waifish English-rose gives her thoughts on Americans and their perspicacity, or lack thereof, with regard to politics:
I can remember when Bush got in for the second time, just feeling like so much of the problem about the way that politics go here is that people are improperly informed. That they didn’t know that they had been lied to, or they didn’t understand exactly to what extent they had been, and they still thought that there were weapons of mass destruction. And that was just crazy to me that …

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Thawed
  25 Jun 2012     9:23 am

From the very beginning, some six or seven years ago, I have made occasional reference to the “dispassionate but logical space alien living in our laundry room,” some kind of intelligent being capable of rational thought but entirely unacquainted with our culture, who is forced by circumstances to grapple with our customs by way of inductive and deductive reasoning instead of by gradually acclimating to them the way we do. I am not the first to ponder this by any means…well-known television shows have been doing it for years, for …

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