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  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:49:01 AM PDT · 93 of 149
    irish_links to Jim Robinson
    “Of course not. Keep up the good work, loser.”

    It is something of a complement to be called a loser by an individual whose rate of success in picking winners has been somewhat less than perfect (O'Donnell, Angle, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum and a host of other RINO-killers whose names are long forgotten). Let us hope that Senator Cruz has more merit and greater success than these former champions.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:36:12 AM PDT · 91 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman
    ...Public in General: We don’t like Obamacare on balance either. What the hell are you doing, messing with our benefits because of that one lousy issue? Note that conservative retirees are likely to be much harder on their Dem Congressman, and liberal beneficiaries are mostly represented by Dem Congressman. So who’s going to get the most angry calls from constituents?

    You have distilled the issue to its essence. The ACA is not popular but neither are its opponents. The public is fickle and many will turn against those who appear to be using bullying tactics to get their way. Opinion quickly will turn against the insurgents.

    The knowledge of civics among Americans is poor, but they instinctively have a sense of fair play and an abiding respect for the democratic process. Any side that appears to supersede the process will be rejected by many. This sentiment will be compounded by the endless stories of woe that will be broadcast by the media, many of which will be authentically disturbing.

    The outcome you foresee could be possible if our goal is limited, perhaps a delay of implementation for a year. But an outright defunding will appear to be an overreach to many and voters will be reluctant to reward a group of undemocratic bullies throwing their weight around at the expense of grandmas, orphans, war widow and unemployed vets.

    I can assure you that Sen. Cruz does not play as well to the general public as he does to you. His charisma will not change this basic calculus. Follow him into the breach at your peril.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:21:57 AM PDT · 87 of 149
    irish_links to Vindication
    ...Will we win this battle? Maybe not but hell if I am going to be cowed by this corrupted culture and it’s hyenas in the Lamestream Media....

    I am sympathetic to your frustration. Those of us who support constitutionally limited government have had a tough 25 years.

    But we should not grasp at straws. We are fighting an intractable foe with a dominate voice in the wider culture. Winning this battle will be difficult.

    Senator Cruz and his allies propose a strategy that presents few risks to them. For the firebrands, mounting this Pickett's charge will only serve to burnish their resumes.

    But the inevitable loss will redound negatively to our side and serve to strengthen our opponent. So why fall into their trap and invite them to out flank us? It is folly.

    Sen. Cruz presents himself as a latter day Alexander, ready to conquer the East. Let him defeat a few Illyrians and feckless Greeks to demonstrate his skills in battle before you follow him across the Hellespont to take on the King of Persia.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:10:30 AM PDT · 83 of 149
    irish_links to Jim Robinson
    ...Hey, pal. If you do not wish to support our fight against unconstitutional big government then please post elsewhere. Defeatism is not welcome here...

    Politics are not the National Football League. Losses have real consequences: damaged economies, lost rights, murdered unborn and further decline of the culture, if that is even imaginable.

    It is my opinion that the strategy proposed by Senator Cruz is doomed to defeat. The cost of that defeat will be high. How high the cost I do not know. I prefer not to find out.

    As for the qualities of Sen. Cruz, I do not have enough information to form a solid opinion. He is certainly intelligent. But, he also is young and untested, and he seems terribly ambitious for a man with precious little experience at this game. I am wary until proved otherwise.

    For my money, Sen. Paul is a far cooler head and persuasive advocate for the causes that we share (how quick you are to assume that I do not share your objectives if I question your tactics). Let us not get too passionate in support of our “team” and lose sight of the goal.

    As in professional golf, one can't win a tournament on Thursday. But, one can surely lose it. Sen. Cruz is threatening to lose this tournament very early in the first round. I hope that cooler heads, like Senator Paul's, prevail.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:14:41 AM PDT · 65 of 149
    irish_links to Marcella

    ...I think irish needs to go to another forum, period....

    There’s the old spirit of open discussion and pursuit of the truth: banish the un-mutual non-conformist! I forgot for a moment that FR is dedicated to groupthink.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:10:10 AM PDT · 62 of 149
    irish_links to irish_links

    Sorry for the multiple posts. I’m having network problems.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:09:11 AM PDT · 61 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman

    ...Whoever votes to shut down the government just to save Obamacare has the losing side of the political battle on this one. Shut it down and let’s see who caves....

    It is important to avoid projecting one’s own enthusiasms on the broader public. The ACA isn’t popular, but it is more popular than denying grandma her social security check and the wives and children of soldiers in the AfPak theater their paychecks and a million other things that the mainstream media will seize upon. Whatever the echo chamber of FR leads you to believe, the country won’t be behind Cruz and Co. on this hopeless crusade.

    Did you not hear POTUS yesterday taunting the “extreme right” to go ahead and make his day? A shutdown is precisely what he wants. It saved Billie Jeff’s chestnuts in 1998 and it will save this charlatan’s in 2013. Don’t fall for this trap again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT · 60 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman

    ...Whoever votes to shut down the government just to save Obamacare has the losing side of the political battle on this one. Shut it down and let’s see who caves....

    It is important to avoid projecting one’s own enthusiasms on the broader public. The ACA isn’t popular, but it is more popular than denying grandma her social security check and the wives and children of soldiers in the AfPak theater their paychecks and a million other things that the mainstream media will seize upon. Whatever the echo chamber of FR leads you to believe, the country won’t be behind Cruz and Co. on this hopeless crusade.

    Did you not hear POTUS yesterday taunting the “extreme right” to go ahead and make his day? A shutdown is precisely what he wants. It saved Billie Jeff’s chestnuts in 1998 and it will save this charlatan’s in 2013. Don’t fall for this trap again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:07:44 AM PDT · 59 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman

    ...Whoever votes to shut down the government just to save Obamacare has the losing side of the political battle on this one. Shut it down and let’s see who caves....

    It is important to avoid projecting one’s own enthusiasms on the broader public. The ACA isn’t popular, but it is more popular than denying grandma her social security check and the wives and children of soldiers in the AfPak theater their paychecks and a million other things that the mainstream media will seize upon. Whatever the echo chamber of FR leads you to believe, the country won’t be behind Cruz and Co. on this hopeless crusade.

    Did you not hear POTUS yesterday taunting the “extreme right” to go ahead and make his day? A shutdown is precisely what he wants. It saved Billie Jeff’s chestnuts in 1998 and it will save this charlatan’s in 2013. Don’t fall for this trap again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 9:38:32 AM PDT · 40 of 149
    irish_links to max americana

    ” practically-minded Republicans, like Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Now we are assuming he has a brain.”

    McCain is a slow motion disaster for conservatives, something like Chinese water torture. Cruz, conversely, will prove to be a very short-fused weapon of conservative self destruction.

    Using budget gimmicks to “force” the left to make an about face on the ACA will not succeed; indeed it will be a spectacular failure. Please, do not go down this path again.

    The GOP is in decent shape to make meaningful gains in the Senate and maybe the House in 2014. Regaining control of Capitol Hill is the only way to overturn ObamaCare. Don’t blow our only chance to stop this train wreck pursuing political theatre that will feel good for about 30 seconds before the stage collapses around us.

    Cruz is an ambitious man. He advances his political fortunes in this battle, win or lose. Be wary of following an ambitious and careless man.

  • Just How Extremist Are the Rebels in Syria?

    09/17/2013 6:00:29 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    irish_links to Gorilla44
    ...Nearly half of the rebel forces battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are jihadist or hardline Islamists...

    The other half consists of Sunni warlords and their various minions connected by tribal affiliation seeking to carve out fiefs from which to extract monopoly rents: i.e. protection money. I guess the definition of a Sunni moderate to State is a Sunni who only wants to make serfs or Dhimmis out of the unfortunates under his power. An extremist Sunni is one who seeks economic and religious domination of the population. A moderate says, “your money or your life.” An extremists says, “convert and submit to the will of Allah and then give me your money or you will lose your head and have the execution shown on heavy rotation on You-Tube.”

    Well, let's all get on board with the Arab Spring!

  • With Navy Yard shooters still at large, Obama warns of 'extreme wing' Republicans

    09/16/2013 12:40:49 PM PDT · 39 of 47
    irish_links to andy58-in-nh
    ...His formula is always the same: - Any opposition to him is characterized as “extreme” and said to be motivated by malice or cruelty, and never by principle...

    Thanks for this well articulated and spot on critique. This ad hominem attack has been employed so often that even the sophist's supporters should be demanding that it come to an end for the sake of fair play and detoxifying our politics. Instead, the media and the Left (I repeat myself) never fail to echo the same calumny, as you rightly point out. We live in shameful times.

  • The decline and fall of Barack Obama

    09/16/2013 7:11:57 AM PDT · 40 of 47
    irish_links to Netz
    ..Oh yeah, and I forgot, Hawaii 5-Obama...Steve Magarret and Danto, Kham Fong as Chin Ho....

    Indeed, Jack Lord is a national treasure. But, as my Christian name is Daniel, I must correct you, Jack's signature line was “Book him, Danno,” not Danto. You're stepping on hallowed ground.

  • The decline and fall of Barack Obama

    09/16/2013 6:22:35 AM PDT · 37 of 47
    irish_links to Netz

    ...So maybe this is it? Events of Biblical proportions?...

    I doubt that the events you describe could be set in motion by such a third rate harlequin. Our God moves with might not irony.

    But then again, the prophet Nathaniel asked whether anything good could come from Nazareth? Perhaps we should be asking whether anything bad may come from Hawaii?

  • The decline and fall of Barack Obama

    09/16/2013 4:40:27 AM PDT · 29 of 47
    irish_links to Netz

    ...He was (and still is) a mediocre Orator-Sophist that is lost without his teleprompter....

    This is one of the most concise and accurate assessments of the man I have seen. One can count on the ancient Greeks to provide us with everything we need to know about the foibles and weaknesses of men! Perhaps the last unanswered question is whom will history detest more, Alcibiades or this quisling?

  • Big Move Coming for Shep Smith at Fox News

    09/12/2013 3:07:51 PM PDT · 74 of 84
    irish_links to Buckeye McFrog
    ...Boy, that Roger Ailes sure can lay it on thick as he's easing you out the door, can't he?...

    This bon mot is hereby nominated for “Post of the Day.” Well played fellow Buckeye.

  • Italian priest gifts pope his old Renault

    09/11/2013 5:27:29 AM PDT · 23 of 26
    irish_links to TangoLimaSierra
    ...Speaking strictly as a lifelong atheist: this pope is making the right impression on me. Ditto that....

    Speaking strictly as a Roman Catholic, if you liked Liberation Theology, you'll be even more impressed by His Holiness in the future. As for me, I miss Ratzinger so much at times I weep.

  • Catholic Bishops Push for Immigration Bill

    09/10/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · 32 of 38
    irish_links to stanne

    ...And you can take you animosity toward the Blessed mother to your pastor or to a priest for clarification or tho the father of lies if you wish, but it won’t do you any good here...

    Thanks for posting this so I didn’t have to. May the Saints in heaven (especially or Lady) bless you.

  • Unless he’s serious, vote no

    09/06/2013 5:27:38 AM PDT · 14 of 27
    irish_links to Oldeconomybuyer

    Frankly, I would prefer an unserious shot across the bow to a serious war. Doesn’t Charles realize by now that serious wars have serious consequences? Can the War Party at least wait until we enounter an actual threat to our national security before launching the next serious war?

  • Rand Paul ready for a standing filibuster 2.0 on Syria? (Video in the link)

    09/05/2013 5:32:39 AM PDT · 62 of 63
    irish_links to Chickensoup
    ....We are already ruled by mob, bullies and totalitarians. If we don’t show some size and force, history will say of us as Solzhenitsyn said ....

    More accurately, we are governed by an Administration of unscrupulous ideologues. But this is a democratic republic. The people have the power of free speach and right to exercise the citizens’ franchise. We are not yet a Third World banana republic, and I would prefer to keep it that way.

    Organizing baying mobs to shake fists at the Capitol Building is not the proper way to effect change. Calling your congressman's or senator's office and expressing your thoughts, writing letters to the editor, gathering on the village green with picket signs: these are the actions of active citizens in a democracy. Conversely, unsubtle threats of violence are the tactics of the Left: ‘no justice, no peace,’ and similar nonsense. Let us refrain from this.

    If I were a “kid” it is unlikely that I would express this view. Indeed, I am not and have lived through the disorder of the Sixties and the despair of the Seventies. I have seen how high the price of freedom was for people who actually lived under totalitarian governments, as Solzhenitsyn did. Therefore, I wish to preserve our Republic, a government that rules by the will of the people and abides by the rule of law. Introduction of rule by the largest and most potentially destructive mob will only lead to chaos, followed by tyranny. Count me out.

  • Rand Paul ready for a standing filibuster 2.0 on Syria? (Video in the link)

    09/04/2013 10:18:36 AM PDT · 40 of 63
    irish_links to txrangerette
    ....I think you misunderstand. A filibuster allows him and Cruz and others of their persuasion to talk and invite Americans to listen. As long as they can hold the floor uninterrupted. They can inspire and educate....

    Perhaps you are right about the strategy, but I think this would be a misuse of the term “filibuster.” To filibuster is to extend debate on a bill to such a length that it consumes all the time in a session allocated to a given matter, thereby delaying a call for a vote on the bill until at least the following session. Debate may be ended by the body with a vote of cloture, requiring at least 60 votes.

    The president pro tempore or committee chairman can give deference to a member to allow him to speak for a long time, if that's what he chooses to do. But I don't think he's obligated to, and he has the power to limit time taken by a senator to speak on the floor if he wants to; and he probably would if he thinks that he has the votes for cloture.

    Anyway, I don't think Paul can block the parliamentary procedure of the Senate at will. He really needs 60 votes to be able to talk beyond is alloted time. If he has the 60 votes, he can filibuster. But I don't think he should filibuster a vote to take the country to war even if he has the votes for the reasons stated in my previous post.

  • Tropical ocean key to global warming ‘hiatus’

    09/04/2013 5:49:10 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    irish_links to Jim Noble
    ...Interesting that a Chinese is flogging the scam....

    A Chinese scholar working for the Scripps Institution, apparently, an entity almost entirely dependent on government grants for funding. It is really no surprise.

    In today's fallen world, research follows the money not the science. Therefore, it is no surprise that when nature refuses to conform to the politically correct computer model, it isn't the model that is wrong. Rather, some innocent natural phenomenon — like the temperature cycle of the oceans — must take the blame.

  • Rand Paul ready for a standing filibuster 2.0 on Syria? (Video in the link)

    09/04/2013 5:39:03 AM PDT · 20 of 63
    irish_links to Chickensoup
    ...If he filibusters on this I think people will start gathering at the Capitol....

    This is the path followed by the Left: rule by mob. Whomever is the loudest carries the day. We should avoid such behavior. I am completely sympathetic to Senator Paul's position, but I disagree that a filibuster would be an effective strategy politically or an appropriate course for a duly elected official of this great Republic. Going to war is a grave decision and Congress deserves to have a vote. Denying the people's legislative body the right to express its preference is wrong, and I am certain that the Founding Fathers would not support a parliamentary gimmick to forestall a vote on the most serious question a country can ever pose to itself. The Founding Fathers would not approve of the erection of such a barrier to the legitimate democratic process even though to a man they would condemn this unwarranted incursion in the affairs of another country.

  • Pope bows for Muslim Queen Rania of Jordan in latest display of breaking with tradition

    09/01/2013 9:05:06 AM PDT · 39 of 95
    irish_links to nanetteclaret
    ....He is really clueless about protocol and doesn’t seem to want to learn. The protocol is in place for a reason, to make things go smoothly (just like manners)....

    Just so. By bowing to Queen Raina, a lovely and admirably woman no doubt, Pope Francis has now established a precedent. Certainly, all popes must now bow to the wives of foreign dignitaries who are granted the privilege of a private audience. To refrain from doing so will be a grave insult. Can you imagine how the Queen of Spain, Catholic for twenty generations or more would react if the pope did not bow to her when he bowed to a Mohammedan in his own private chambers. I’m afraid Francis is either a fool or a nave.

  • Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say

    08/28/2013 10:20:25 AM PDT · 99 of 129
    irish_links to 1010RD
    ...We will not fight your proxy war against Iran and Shia Islam. Go at it, fellas....

    You nailed it. It amazes me how long it has taken many in the U.S. to come to the realization that this mess in the Middle East has very little to do with us and everything to do with a centuries-old schism within Islam and its modern guise as a fight for power, riches and Manichean victory among the warring parties. Examining the past 12 years of history makes me wonder just how bright the leading neo-conservatism are.

    Clearly, we need to extricate ourselves from the pending conflagration. Oddly, many seem anxious to jump right back in. May god help us.

  • Catholic Church Plans Massive Push for Amnesty

    08/26/2013 6:20:53 AM PDT · 28 of 28
    irish_links to Dr. Thorne

    ...Typical and utterly useless remark....

    And yours are the typical and utterly useless ravings of a bigot.

  • Notre Dame to begin accepting illegal immigrants

    08/23/2013 10:11:40 AM PDT · 31 of 32
    irish_links to Eva
    ...Notre Dame is a private institution, they can do as they please and considering that the majority of Hispanics are Catholic, it might not be such a bad choice....

    That may be logical so far as it goes, but what about the impact of the policy on students who are citizens or legal immigrants with proper student visas? The cost of educating the illegal immigrants will fall involuntarily on the former while the latter will continue to have to bear considerable time and cost burdens to maintain their legal status in the U.S. Meanwhile, the good Jesuit fathers will be throwing their shoulders out patting themselves on the back for so beigh so good and committed to social justice. Again, illegal immigrants are benefiting from having committed a serious crime: unlawfully entering a foreign country. This is wrong is so many ways and it grieves me terribly that my church not only condones this illegal behavior but actively and sanctimoniously encourages it.

  • Catholic Church Plans Massive Push for Amnesty

    08/22/2013 10:23:48 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    irish_links to Dr. Thorne
    ...Forget the church....

    Thanks for the unsolicited advice. Run along now, it's time to take your meds.

  • Camille Paglia: “It remains baffling ... that Hillary Clinton is our party’s best chance”

    08/22/2013 10:09:10 AM PDT · 27 of 31
    irish_links to Gaffer
    See #8...

    Apologies, I didn't want to pile on; merely did not read the entire thread before commenting. Although not without her faults, Paglia is one of the last of a once great species: the liberal (in both the classical and modern senses of the term) intellectual, an authentic scholar and terrific writer. Those of us on the Right should applaud her courage and her unique and thoughtful point of view. It represents a cultural dissent from the artistically barren nature of our postmodern society that those of us with similar concerns from the conservative perspective can learn much from. It pains me to see her unfairly maligned and I kind of got trigger happy.

  • Camille Paglia: “It remains baffling ... that Hillary Clinton is our party’s best chance”

    08/22/2013 6:28:44 AM PDT · 22 of 31
    irish_links to Gaffer

    ...This coming from the ‘lady,’ IIRC, said that she’d give ...

    You are confusing Ms. Paglia, one of our last “public intellectuals,” to whom we owe considerable thanks for her thoughtful and substantial body of work, with a second rate print journalist whose name is long forgotten.

  • The Lessons of History: Kristallnacht in Egypt

    08/20/2013 1:09:39 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    irish_links to jazusamo

    Elie Weisel call your office.

  • George W. Bush's Daughter: Hillary Should Run

    08/16/2013 9:51:27 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    irish_links to Dilbert San Diego

    ...How is Hillary incredibly accomplished?...

    Well, I think the exact quote is “unbelievably accomplished,” which translated from the original Bush to standard English is “I don’t believe she has accomplished anything.” Those Bush’s certainly have the gift of gab.

  • Children hand unexploded pipe bomb to cops after Northern Ireland blast

    08/15/2013 7:08:38 AM PDT · 9 of 18
    irish_links to Berlin_Freeper

    ...I believe it is parade season....

    The peak of parade season falls in mid-July. It should be over by now, but my occasional perusal of Irish media suggests this was a particularly nasty one. This inflamed tensions, especially in Derry.

  • Could it be a 'cure'? Breakthrough prompts Down syndrome soul-searching

    08/12/2013 9:51:49 AM PDT · 38 of 57
    irish_links to Wonder Warthog
    “Yeah, I remember “Charlie”, but the book (actually short story) rather than the movie.”

    The book was titled: Flowers for Algernon and it might be best described as a novella. Flowers was targeted at the young adult market, although I do not think that a genre by that name existed at the time. As a pre-adolescent reader in 1968 or so I found it quite poignant. Anyway, as I recall Flowers touched on the seminal moral dilemma fleshed out in the posted article. For the central character Charlie, the medical cure for his mental handicap brought on as many difficulties as it did benefits. When the effects of the treatment ultimately wore off and he returned to his original condition there was a sense of great loss, almost tragedy, but the reader was left with the sense that Charlie was happier with the mind of an innocent child, gaining comfort from his relationship with a pet mouse (I recall it as a mouse anyway, named Algernon) than in his exulted state as a troubled genius.

    As a libertarian, I believe that every individual has the right to pursue the full flowering of his God given talents. It is a moral wrong to deny another sovereign being the opportunity to express themselves to the fullest, and the fact that others may learn important lessons of charity from them were they to remain in their artificially limited and helpless condition is of no moral significance whatsoever.

    Having said this, however, as Flowers demonstrates, gaining knowledge is not an unalloyed good. Just ask Adam and Eve. It may well be true that some individuals suffering from Down's will be less happy when cured than they were suffering the chromosonal abnormality. Caregivers may not like some of the changes that occur to their personalities. But no one has the right to make this decision for them if they are capable of doing so themselves. And, if it is concluded that the individual does not have the capacity to make an informed decision about the procedure, society should presume that he would want it if he were able to make it unless it may be demonstrated that the procedure would cause bodily harm.

  • Could Utah host Winter Olympics with six months notice?

    08/09/2013 5:01:15 AM PDT · 32 of 65
    irish_links to 2ndDivisionVet

    Which Islamic country could host the winter Olympics?

    Sarajevo, Bosnia.

  • Obesity in low-income preschoolers declines

    08/07/2013 10:26:07 AM PDT · 13 of 20
    irish_links to Sacajaweau

    “1 percentage point...just like the global warming.... bad stats.” These were my thoughts exactly. I would be willing to bet good money that 1% is within the standard error of the surveyed sample. That is, the measured difference was too small to draw any conclusion about the data trend. The only significant event here is that a consistent rise in the earlier data (2008 to 2010?) appeared to be arrested in the latest sample. Big deal! This smacks as a(nother) desperate attempt by the government to claim some “victory” over a perceived social problem. The fact that FLOTUS has associated herself with this cause had nothing at all to do with the triumphal announcement .

  • Obama to urge Congress in speech to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    08/06/2013 2:58:51 PM PDT · 41 of 44
    irish_links to Rusty0604
    “I just caught the tail end of Cavuto talking about this and he was saying it's just more gov’t involvement.”

    Actually, Obama’s proposal mirrors the schema outlined in the Senate Corker-Warner draft legislation. According to this bill, private capital will assume the overwhelming amount of credit risk for securitized qualifying mortgages. The federal government will provide only a backstop guarantee against catastrophic credit losses. The definition of “catastrophic” in this case is a market collapse considerably worse than the “Great Recession” experience.

    Small government purists may blanch at any government support to the conventional mortgage market, but the truth is the secondary market in mortgages could not function effectively without some sort of Treasury support.

    The Corker-Warner bill represents a equitable balance between the interests of taxpayers and the welfare of the housing economy, a sector that we all have a stake in preserving and nurturing. Conservatives would do well to support Corker-Warner approach while insuring that the provisions that limit Treasury exposure to losses are maintained.

  • Ireland lawmakers vote to legalize abortion in some cases

    07/12/2013 6:24:51 AM PDT · 9 of 18
    irish_links to mware
    What a shame. To quote Wolfe, “you can't go home again.”

    It is sad, but I feel similarly of our own beloved homeland, which in many ways is further gone than Europe. And now, I don't even have a decent Ireland to escape to. I may have to consider Poland (my maternal ancestry as well as my wife's) for retirement.

  • Ireland lawmakers vote to legalize abortion in some cases

    07/12/2013 5:17:08 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    irish_links to VanDeKoik
    “Who needs Oliver Cromwell or potato famine? The Irish will just as easily have liberalism do the killing of them.”

    Indeed this seems true, sadly. The Irish are so Hell bent to earn the esteem of the “cool kids” on the Continent that they gleefully allow their ancient and admirable culture to collapse around them. What the New Model Army and the wall at Kilmainham couldn't destroy the Irish will throw away like litter. De Valera and Pearse, God rest their souls, must be in mourning today.

  • The George Zimmerman trial is the worst fear of every black family

    07/07/2013 7:37:13 PM PDT · 100 of 137
    irish_links to 2ndDivisionVet

    indeed, a nightmare: not a deep pocket to sue in sight.

  • Lois Lerner wants full immunity for her testimony

    07/03/2013 8:48:42 AM PDT · 55 of 120
    irish_links to cotton1706
    “Oh, and she should be forced to resign her position so the people don’t have to pay her anymore.”

    These are my thoughts exactly. And, the terms of the immunity should apply only to crimes that she describes in testimony. All the skulduggery dealing with her tenure at the IRS that she withholds should still be liable against her.

  • A Profane Virgin Mary Christians Won’t Recognize

    04/29/2013 6:21:34 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    irish_links to Mrs. Don-o

    Sound advise. Almost everyday in our culture we encounter troubling things and we typically remain quiet out of politeness, respect for others’ privacy or simple fatigue. But there are times when we must be prepared to “offend” in the interests of what is right. Perhaps this was one of those instances, as Saint Mary’s may have unittingly led an innocent soul astray due to a simple oversight.

    At the time, I was unaware that OSM is operated by the Paulists. Now that I know the truth, I am glad that I didn’t make an issue of it. The Paulists know precisely who Colm Toibin is and what the contents of the book are and would have been delighted if some backward Traditionalist had objected to it. They delight in being shocking.

    As an aside, a Paulist priest from the local university (Ohio State) Neuman Center filled in for our ailing Pastor two weeks ago. When I presented myself for Communion with open mouth and hands folded he hissed at me to “stick out your tongue” with all the venom he could must under the circumstances, which was plenty. The incident really was upsetting.

  • A Profane Virgin Mary Christians Won’t Recognize

    04/26/2013 10:31:52 AM PDT · 5 of 21
    irish_links to CHRISTIAN DIARIST
    I am an admirer of Colm Toibin’s writing, but I can assure you that he is no friend of the Catholic church. Indeed, he is a homosexual and so far as I can tell an agnostic at least.

    Anyway, when vacationing in San Francisco at Christmas time I wondered into the bookstore at Old Saint Mary's church, the parish in Chinatown. This book was prominently displayed near the entrance among the medals and missals. I thought about telling the employees that it was likely to be a blasphemous work and had no place in a church dedicated to the Virgin. I thought better of it — knowing S.F. they may have known and not cared — but now I kind of regret that I didn't.

  • Battle of the econ pundits

    04/26/2013 10:17:40 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    irish_links to BfloGuy
    ...There isn't a penny in a bank anywhere that is not invested each and every night....

    A great deal of assets held by banks are invested in fed funds, Treasury bills, tax exempt government bonds, agency securities and other government securities. Quite the opposite of an “investment” by your definition. During periods of slow or negative economic growth, the percentage of bank assets held in these sorts of assets increase as there is slack business and consumer loan demand and banks prefer low-risk investments during times of economic stress.

    If one believes that economic recessions are caused by inadequate aggregate demand, having the government create “artificial” demand to fill the void left by consumers and businesses may make sense under certain circumstances. This is not a controversial opinion among economists, even free market conservative economists. Heck, even Hayek accepted this premise, although only for the short term.

    On the other hand, Keynes assumed that these counter-cyclial fiscal policies would be used in the context of a government in structural fiscal balance. Moreover, he argued that the government should run a surplus during flush times. Clearly, these conditions do not exist today. If any economists suggests that the problem with the U.S. economy is one of insufficient demand or inadequate fiscal stimulus, I strongly suggest they seek immediate psychiatric care. Are you listening Herr Krugman?

  • Battle of the econ pundits

    04/25/2013 8:44:20 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    irish_links to Mase
    Technically, Pollin and Ash are probably correct. Ceteris paribus, if the government borrows money that would otherwise not be invested in productive enterprise and uses that money to hire workers, the unemployment rate will go down by definition. So from this perspective, government deficit spending is the most effective tool to reduce temporary excess unemployment.

    But the continual exercise of this practice over an extended period of time eventually builds disequilibria that cannot be ignored. Even for a country such as the U.S. that benefits from control of its central bank and the status of its currency as the global reserve asset government debt can reach a point whereby the assumption of incremental debt to “stimulate” the economy has a greater negative effect on future output then it has a positive effect on current output. In other words, you are simply foregoing future growth (and substantially more of it) in order to prop up current employment and consumption.

    If the U.S. has not reached this point it is rapidly approaching it. Rather than papering over our structural economic problems with artificial stimuli, almost as a junkie postpones his need to kick with every additional dose of drugs, we need to focus on how to increase real economic output. That is, goods and services that consumer across the globe will purchase at the offered price.

    I imagine Pollin and Ash would agree with this in principal. But they would have no idea how to accomplish the objective other than by way of further federal government stimulus. They refuse to accept that slow U.S. growth is in large part due to excess regulation and the burden placed on economic actors by these regulations and our Byzantine tax system. We meed to reform these things and allow the price mechanism and the unfettered allocation of capital to productive uses to breath free again before faster growth can occur. Another idiotic stimulus package will only delay the necessary reforms and add to the burden of future generations who will have to get on with the tough job of domestic economic renovation.

  • Mass murders a white-male, not mental-health, issue

    04/02/2013 9:48:31 AM PDT · 49 of 89
    irish_links to cripplecreek
    ....I don’t have any problem with accepting that mass shooters tend to be white but they account for such a small number of murders overall that its barely a statistical blip.....

    I agree. It seems to me that what the author of this piece perceives is a growing propensity for individuals who have been or probably would be diagnosed somewhere along the Autism spectrum to commit violent, deadly crimes. I would not be surprised to find that white males suffer from autism at a higher rate than members of many other groups. This is a reasonable public health and safety concern.

    But the author shows no sign of viewing this as public health matter. Rather, his intent is to promote a series of anti-freedom legislative proposals and engage in some standard faculty lounge Mau-Mauing to deflect attention from the far more serious public safety issues related to underclass violence. In other words, a cheap demagogic debating trick.

    The depths to which the quality of debate in this country has declined since the dreadful Sixties is almost beyond comprehension. Our society may be beyond help, I fear.

  • Student loan write-offs hit $3 billion in first two months of year

    03/26/2013 12:02:15 PM PDT · 33 of 35
    irish_links to Veggie Todd

    This group of write-offs were of private college loans made by commercial banks. These can be extinguished through BK. It is the federal loans that cannot be resolved in this fashion.

    But, you can be sure that the performance of government insured loans is just as bad as that of private debt. It’s all just another wealth transfer from you to an Obama constituency, in this case the least productive sector of our economy: college professors and the even more useless dimwits who “administer” them.

  • S.E. Cupp, CPAC, and Homosexuals

    03/18/2013 2:29:12 PM PDT · 55 of 105
    irish_links to Colonel_Flagg

    The math suggests that the women in question obtained “seed” from three different donors to conceive her three children. The other two parents are the speaker and her “partner.”

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected Pope Francis

    03/13/2013 1:21:30 PM PDT · 131 of 366
    irish_links to MrB

    There is some negative aspects of the Jesuits as well. Very much into undoing the reformation.

    So what are the negative aspects?

  • Obama’s Backers Seek Big Donors [$500,000 or more] to Press Agenda

    02/25/2013 1:45:28 PM PST · 3 of 3
    irish_links to grundle

    Do my eyes deceive me or has it come to pass that the NYT is expressing concern, no matter how mild, regarding the Great Man’s thuggish politcal tactics? May wonders never cease.