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  • Jersey-born judges get it right on guns

    07/01/2008 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies · 300+ views
    NJ Voices ^ | July 01, 2008 | Paul Mulshine
    I was walking around Rutgers the other day when I came upon a memorial to students who had fought in World War II. The list of names was impressive, but I imagine most major universities in America have similar memorials. It was only when I happened to walk by Old Queens that I noticed something you wouldn't see on just any campus. It was a plaque honoring the Rutgers men who had fought in the Revolutionary War. Nearby is the spot from which Alexander Hamilton directed cannon fire against the British in cover of George Washington's army. You don't see...
  • Unhappy Kwanzaa - the media are still falling for that fake holiday created by a felon

    12/26/2013 3:09:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | December 26, 2012 | Paul Mulshine
    It's that time of year again. You know what time I mean - the time when the media promote that fake holiday created by a crazed california felon who wanted to create racial discord. That's right - Kwanzaa. Do a news search and you'll find hundreds of articles about wonderful Kwanzaa celebrations held all over America. Good luck finding a single one that mentions the sorry fact that the holiday's creator was imprisoned for torturing a couple of African-American women.
  • The climate just turned cold for non-physicists

    09/06/2011 7:14:57 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 09.06.2009 | Paul Mulshine
    Henrik Svensmark on Global Warming (part 1)Question: What could a climate scientist bring to the debate among physicists over the interaction of cosmic rays with the Earth’s atmosphere? Answer: the coffee. Physicists have long maintained that the question of climate change was properly within the realm of physics rather than that of those glorified weathermen who call themselves “climatologists.” Last week we got confirmation of that. It came in the form of a study by physicists in Switzerland .  The study, which was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed science publication Nature, gave support to an alternative theory of climate change...
  • Rick Perry a right-winger? Don't make me laugh

    08/19/2011 10:14:10 PM PDT · by Tempest · 99 replies
    NJ.com ^ | August 14, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The media may have pronounced Rick Perry the darling of the right wing, but Justin Raimondo has a different take. Perry's a liberal internationalist, just like the Texas governor before him: Another clueless Texas Governor surrounded by the same Praetorian Guard of conniving neocons who led us down the road to imperial overstretch and fiscal ruin last time around – isn’t that just what the GOP needs right now? The neocons have anointed their candidate, and it’s clear they have some sense he’s swimming upstream: "’He will distinguish himself from other Republicans as a hawk internationalist, embracing American exceptionalism and...
  • Explaining the flaws in cap-and-trade

    08/03/2011 7:18:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.29.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Economist Greg Mankiw does so here and here. the virtue of market-based policies to deal with externalities is that they are more efficient than command-and-control regulations. In the case of carbon emissions and global climate change, putting a price on carbon is supposed to be a better substitute for government micromanagement. Apparently, that lesson is lost on the writers of the bill now making its way through Congress. Although the bill changes incentives by putting a price on carbon, it also offers a large dose of command-and-control regulation. Essentially, the sponsors don't seem to believe that getting incentives right is...
  • Further proof the climate is too complex to be easily modeled

    08/03/2011 6:56:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.23.11 | Paul Mulshine
    A study of NASA data by scientists at the University of Alabama shows much more heat is being released into space than was thought:  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 26, 2011) — Data from NASA’s Terra satellite shows that when the climate warms, Earth’s atmosphere is apparently more efficient at releasing energy to space than models used to forecast climate change have been programmed to “believe.”The result is climate forecasts that are warming substantially faster than the atmosphere, says Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist in the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.  The previously unexplained...
  • Ain't democracy wonderful? Only if you like Islamic fundamentalism

    08/03/2011 1:50:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.28.11 | Paul Mulshine
    One thing I've noticed about the rather naive types called "neo" conservatives is that they all believe the war in Iraq was somehow intended to reduce the influence of Islamic fundamentalists in that country.  Perhaps it was. But the result of removing a secular fascist from power was the rise of the sort of Islamic fundamentalists who prevail in that part of the world.  A reader sends this article from the Guardian on how the liberation of Iraq has led to a vast increase in Iranian influence there.  The article describes the vast powers over Iraqi politics held by the...
  • I’m with stupid: How Rupert ruined the Republican Party

    08/02/2011 7:46:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.26.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Someone forgot to tell him that nerds are supposed to be smart. I’m talking about the geeky ex-governor of Minnesota. The other day, the New Republic carried a piece titled "The Tragedy of Tim Pawlenty" in which the writer, Walter Shapiro, tells of watching the wannabe GOP presidential nominee deliver his stump speech. It offered the following passage about how Pawlenty ended up in law school: "I remember walking past my dentist’s office," he recalled, "and, as I looked at his Buick Riviera parked in the driveway, I began thinking that, to get ahead in life, you had to be...
  • Sorry Grover, but it's over; the no-tax-hike pledge failed

    08/01/2011 2:14:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.27.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Let me dispense with all the nonsense and penetrate to the heart of the current brouhaha in Washington: If we’re not going to have death panels, then we sure as heck are going to have tax hikes. I bring this up because on Tuesday I got to spend some time with the man most responsible for the current standoff in D.C. That’s Grover Norquist, who is the head of Americans for Tax Reform and the originator of that pledge politicians sign promising they’ll never vote to raise taxes. That sounds good, but let us consider it in light of the...
  • An alternative to neocon nonsense

    07/24/2011 5:52:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.21.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Listen to what Michele Bachmann has to say at the 1:08:50 mark of this video. She honestly appears to believe we could direct the secretary of the treasury to pay off all "pay off all debts of the United States, all interest, all obligations" now. (Note: I inserted the exact language and employed the italics because I noted that in the comments section various Bachmannites were claiming she called for paying off only the interest. If you can't understand plain English, this is not the blog for you.)  She then goes on to say she would balance the budget.  Huh?...
  • Misreading the tea leaves: Media can't figure out the tea party

    04/18/2010 12:54:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 737+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 201004/ | Paul Mulshine
    Watching my fellow members of the media try to dissect the tea party movement is endlessly amusing. They tend to seize on the first thing they encounter and then employ it to describe the rest. The effect is that of a man approaching a smorgasbord, picking out the boiled potatoes, and then deciding Swedes must be vegetarians. As a connoisseur of conservatism, I like to sample from all the plates. So when the tea partiers congregated on the steps of the Statehouse Thursday, I gravitated to the John Birch Society table. Like the tea partiers, the Birch Society is something...
  • Sarah Palin: Just another whiny liberal claiming victimization

    03/09/2010 9:17:09 PM PST · by pissant · 152 replies · 2,586+ views
    NJ.com ^ | 3/9/10 | Paul Mulshine
    On her blog, Elizabeth Wright offers an excellent analysis of the mass hysteria that is the Sarah Palin phenomenon. Wright is a black conservative who specializes in debunking the sense of victimhood that so many black leaders love to employ to their advantage. She argues that the many wannabe conservatives who are Palin fans are employing the same tactic. They invoke the liberal sense of victimhood in her defense. That of course is the essence of the Palin cult. It consists of people who feel that they're being put upon by their betters. It never occurs to these characters to...
  • Mark Levin: Paul Mulshine is a jackass

    01/23/2010 4:06:56 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 10 replies · 781+ views
    Mark Levin Fan ^ | January 23, 2010 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin writes: Paul Mulshine, or Moonshine if your prefer, believes justices should be free to do whatever they want, as long as they do what he wants them to do. Moonshine believes a judge's job it is to do good, or justice, or spread liberty, or whatever. The problem, of course, is that liberal judicial activists believe they are doing exactly the same thing. The standard is to apply the Constitution as best as possible. That's what "originalism" means. That's what great conservative judicial and constitutional scholars have argued from the beginning. Moonshine is a jackass.
  • Why health care reform is mandated to fail (thanks for nothing, Mitt Romney!)

    12/31/2009 9:58:20 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 654+ views
    The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ ^ | 2009-12-31 | Paul Mulshine
    The Democrats’ biggest accomplishment of this decade was getting a package through both houses of Congress mandating that every American have health insurance. Their biggest accomplishment of the next decade will be watching it fail. Then they can get what they really want, a government takeover of health care. That’s my prediction. It’s based on what I call the Frito-Lay theory of health reform: Mandates are like potato chips; you can’t have just one. Just for fun, I ran that theory by someone who has been watching the health care debate up close, Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute, a...
  • Union thugs aren't helping Obama on health care

    08/08/2009 4:29:30 PM PDT · by libstripper · 59 replies · 2,602+ views
    nj.com ^ | August 8, 2009 | Paul Mulshine
    I wonder who's the genius who first thought up the idea of having a bunch of thugs all wearing the same colored shirts show up to intimidate opponents of the government. Now I remember! It was that funny little guy with the mustache from Austria. What's his name again? I think it was "Schicklgruber" or something. Anyway, that sort of stunt loses a little something when it crosses the Atlantic, as you can see from the above video. A gang of thugs wearing matching shirts bearing the initials of the Service Employees International Union can be seen engaging in what...
  • Why the liberal media love Sarah Palin (Mulshine ALert)

    06/21/2009 9:45:31 PM PDT · by pissant · 62 replies · 1,564+ views
    NJ.com ^ | 6/21/09 | Paul Mulshine
    It has long been my contention that the most regrettable development in American politics has been the takeover of the Republican Party by those denizens of the heartland who tended to infest the Democratic Party until quite recently. And I find further confirmation of this in the events involving Sarah Palin and that joke told by David Letterman. The joke involved may have been tasteless. But taste is not Palin's strength. She first came to prominence parading her pregnant daughter and the daughter's soon-to-be-ex-fiance around the national Republican convention. Recently the lad has been making the rounds of talk shows...
  • Rush Limbaugh is little more than a streetwalker (A 'conservative' goes after Rush)

    03/10/2009 7:05:15 PM PDT · by pissant · 141 replies · 3,496+ views
    NewJersey.com ^ | 3/10/09 | Paul Mulshine
    When I wrote about Rush Limbaugh last week, I got hundreds of responses from so-called "dittoheads." They assured me that they take him seriously when he asserts his status as the spokesman for American conservatives. This is ridiculous. I know conservatism. I was writing groundbreaking conservative commentary back when Limbaugh was spinning vinyl records. Limbaugh is no conservative. So then what is he? Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele recently termed him "an entertainer." For that, Steele is said to be in danger of losing his job. But that term seems a bit too polite when you consider what Limbaugh's...
  • My wife's a primate, and so are you

    02/26/2009 1:27:47 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 42 replies · 1,137+ views
    blog.nj.com ^ | February 26, 2009 | Paul Mulshine
    This whole controversy over the tragic incident involving Travis the chimpanzee has restored my faith in my fellow Americans. My faith that they're really dumb, I mean. Democrat or Republican, rural or urban, Americans are ignorant of the most basic facts of their own existence.
  • Don't blame me, I voted for Ron Paul Part II

    02/17/2009 3:07:30 AM PST · by King of Card Games · 315 replies · 3,051+ views
    The New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | February 14, 2009 | Paul Mulshine
    How quickly they forget. All these dupes of the national Republican Party, I mean. Just a few months ago John McCain was promising a plan that would have created a budget deficit equal to or greater than the one now being created by Barack Obama. But now that it's Obama who's in the White House, the Beltway Republicans are trying to convince us that they've seen the light and converted to fiscal conservatism.
  • This 'pundint' is appalled by Palin's 'verbage'

    09/21/2008 9:48:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 129 replies · 522+ views
    star ledger ^ | 09.21.08 | paul mulshine
    My male friends all seem to have the same assessment of the Republican nominee for the vice presidency of the United States: She's pretty hot. I guess that depends on what you mean by hot. If GOP leaders had intended to pick on the basis of pulchritude, I would have suggested perhaps a Scarlett Johansson lookalike. Instead they chose a Tina Fey clone. But apparently much of America is willing to vote for her based on her looks. The GOP better hope so. She sure isn't going to win based on her brains. We got a hint of that during...
  • Political trivia: Name the excommunicated Catholic running on the national ticket

    09/21/2008 9:45:44 PM PDT · by Coleus · 91 replies · 285+ views
    star ledger ^ | 09.12.08 | paul mulshine
    In a prior post, I asked readers to guess the one Catholic ever named to a national Republican ticket. The answer was William Miller, running mate to the great Barry Goldwater in the 1964 race.   Here's another political trivia question with a religious link. Name the contender in this year's race who is technically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.ANSWER: According to the website of the Global Catholic Network the answer seems to be Palin. The site states that "once a person willingly repudiates Christ, embraces a heresy, knowing it to be contrary to divine and Catholic faith, or refuses submission...
  • Sarah Palin's a populist, not a conservative

    09/16/2008 7:17:17 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 47 replies · 298+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | Paul Mulshine
    I confess that from the beginning I didn't get the Sarah Palin nomination. Everything about it seemed wrong, from her chirpy Matanuska Valley girl accent, to the MTV morals of her family life, to her complete lack of any experience or even of any stated views on national or international affairs. But now I get it. It represents the last gasp of the effort to turn the Republican Party of 2008 into the Democratic Party of 1896. Or at least I hope it does. The 1896 presidential race represented the high point of populism in America. The Democratic candidate, William...
  • Bush's argument on kids' health is malpractice

    10/28/2007 10:07:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 105+ views
    nj.com ^ | October 02, 2007 | paul mulshine
    What America needs in the area of health care is less government regulation. What we're going to get is S-CHIP. S-CHIP stands for the "State Children's Health Insurance Program." It's not really a state program. It's a federal program, one that Congress recently voted to expand. The expansion would be paid for by an increase in the federal cigarette tax. President Bush has promised to veto the expansion. There are some good arguments for doing so. But I suspect he is going to lose this battle. The arguments of the Republicans are not merely unconvincing. They're un-Republican. Consider the argument...
  • Kicking the tires of the stem cell machine

    10/28/2007 10:04:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 78+ views
    nj.com ^ | October 25, 2007 | paul mulshine
    As I was watching the groundbreaking ceremonies for that gleaming new stem cell institute in New Brunswick the other day, my mind drifted. I got to thinking of one of those situation comedies about the South. I imagined the camera focusing on a hillbilly in overalls sitting in front of a shack. His wife is wearing an old homemade dress. She's complaining that she doesn't have any food for the kids. Then the camera pans past the pigpen. Under an old oak tree sits a brand-new car. "She's a Dodge Hemi. She's got the 426 V-8," says the hillbilly, as...
  • What Rush Got Wrong [Paul Mulshine]

    10/08/2007 9:44:24 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 30 replies · 1,467+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 10/7/2007 | Paul Mulshine
    What Rush got wrong The Democrats are all worked up about Rush Limbaugh's remark about "phony soldiers" who oppose the Iraq War. They miss the point. Limbaugh's attack was not directed at Democrats. It was directed at Republicans. ..."Well, who are these Republicans?" Limbaugh asked. "I can think of Chuck Hagel, and I can think of Gordon Smith, two Republican senators. Who are the Republicans in the antiwar movement?" Hmm. We can start with Pat Buchanan, who predicted with amazing accuracy before the war began that American troops would still be bogged down in Iraq four years later. Then there's...
  • The neocons are losing their war

    09/10/2007 10:15:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 48 replies · 1,233+ views
    star ledger ^ | 9-11-07 | paul mulshine
    Those deep thinkers known as the neoconservatives like to make comparisons between the so-called "war on terror" and World War II. Very well then, here's a comparison. Six years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Adolf Hitler had already been dead and gone for 2 1/2 years. By that time, the United States had raised and trained a military of 16 million. By Dec. 7, 1947, much of that force had been disbanded because the enemy had been so thoroughly defeated. But today, six years after the in cident that began the war on terror, Osama bin Laden is alive...
  • So much money it's not funny

    09/10/2007 10:17:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 435+ views
    star ledger ^ | September 09, 2007 | paul mulshine
    Here's a bit of New Jersey trivia I'll bet you didn't know: Bud Abbott was from an Abbott district. So was Lou Costello. And so were all 11 of those politicians arrested on corruption charges the other day. In the case of the great comic duo Abbott and Costello, this was a coincidence. Abbott was born in Asbury Park and Costello in Paterson long be fore the state Supreme Court's in famous Abbott decision. In the case of the pols, though, it was anything but a coincidence. The string of court decisions in the Abbott case beginning in 1985 had...
  • 'Predator's' victim is news ethics Re: NBC Dateline Series to Catch a Predator

    08/18/2007 6:59:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 26 replies · 1,330+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | July 26, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    You may recall articles in this newspaper just before July 4 about New Jersey residents who were driving to Pennsylvania to bring back fireworks that are illegal in this state. Now imagine that I was looking for an idea for a column and I came up with this scheme: I would e-mail one of my readers and tell him that, just for fun, the two of us should drive over the state line to buy fireworks. I would then arrange for the police to arrest him the minute he crossed the Delaware River. And I'd have a photographer record the...
  • Bush stands on the wrong side of the street

    08/17/2007 5:09:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 638+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | July 31, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    Morristown Mayor Don Cresitello has a problem: Because of MS-13, he needs 287(g). Got that? Maybe not. I'll explain. "MS-13" stands for "Mara Salvatrucha," which is generally referred to as a Salvadoran gang, though that designation grossly libels the proud people of El Salvador, a country that ranks among my favorite places. MS-13 was in fact founded in California, no doubt by hoodlums whom the Salvadorans in their wisdom booted out of the country. As for "287(g)," that is a section of federal statute that permits state and local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law against MS-13 and...
  • Toll enthusiasts can hit the road

    08/17/2007 10:36:38 AM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 521+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | August 16, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    Last weekend I was vacation ing in the Poconos and I got talking to some of the locals. They were pretty steamed. It seems that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is pushing a scheme to im pose tolls on the Pennsylvania sec tion of Interstate 80. I'm pretty steamed, too. If Pennsylvanians want to charge tolls on the roads they built with their own money, such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, that's none of my business. But I-80 was built with my tax dollars under a program begun by the esteemed Republican president Dwight Eisenhower. Now this Democrat wants to use the...
  • On energy, Dems are daffy, Newt is nuts

    08/17/2007 10:42:25 AM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 824+ views
    Star Leger ^ | August 07, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, politicians of both parties announced their determination to end the nation's reliance on foreign oil. There was talk of a so- called "Manhattan Project" to create energy independence. We were all united, prepared to make any sacrifice to reduce the influence of those madmen in the Mideast. So almost six years later, what have we accomplished? The good news is that we no longer import 11 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products a day. The bad news? We now import 14 million barrels a day. But don't worry. The other day...
  • Morristown's mayor was right on immigration

    08/17/2007 10:38:37 AM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 908+ views
    Well, I won't say I told you so. But I will say Don Cresitello told you so. Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about a rally in Morristown at which Cresitello, who is the mayor, spoke on the question of illegal im migration. His main objective is simply the attainment of 287(g) status for the local cops. That status deputizes them as agents of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. This entitles them to hand over any illegal aliens they encounter to the federal government. "We're not going to go after jay walkers," he told me when we...
  • From no nukes to pro-nukes

    07/23/2007 10:16:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 268+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.10.07 | Paul Mulshine
    About 2 billion people were said to have watched the Live Earth benefit concerts to end global warming. I imagine that perhaps 1,999,999,999 of them made at least one wisecrack about the hypocrisy of rock stars burning up all that energy to make the point that we shouldn't burn energy. Similar charges of hypocrisy dogged that 1979 "No Nukes" benefit concert in Madison Square Garden, when dozens of rockers plugged their amplifiers into electrical current provided by nuclear power so they could express their wishes that such power would be eliminated from Earth. As the old saying goes, be careful...
  • GOP leaders aren't getting the message

    07/23/2007 10:09:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 1,939+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.12.07 | Paul Mulshine
    I got a press release the other day from Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani. He was announcing a photo opportunity. It seems a UFO will be landing soon to take him back to his home planet. Photographers are invited. Actually the press release didn't say that. What it really said is that Giuliani has appointed Norman Podhoretz as a foreign policy advisor. But the effect is the same. Only a visitor from another planet could think that the way to win the presidency of the United States is by taking foreign policy advice from the nuttiest man on Earth. That's...
  • Try more fairness and less doctrine

    07/23/2007 10:04:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 564+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.17.07 | Paul Mulshine
    The liberals want to shut up Sean Hannity. So do I. But for different reasons. I wish that Hannity would stick to what he's good at -- doing ads for steakhouses -- and stop pretending that he is the voice of American conservatism, a tradition that he slanders virtually every time he opens his mouth. But that's his right. So why are liberal Democrats in the U.S. Senate trying to muzzle him? Because of the fairness doctrine. That doctrine, which the Federal Communications Commission scrapped back in 1987, called for the feds to enforce ideological balance on the airwaves. If...
  • Moore's the real sicko

    07/23/2007 9:56:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 636+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.22.07 | Paul Mulshine
    I drove to the local multiplex the other night to see Michael Moore's latest movie. My wife came along, but she wisely choose to see the latest Harry Potter flick instead. I envied her. Michael Moore has always seemed to me to embody the es sence of the middle-class socialist as described by George Orwell. "The underlying motive of many socialists, I believe, is simply a hy pertrophied sense of order," Orwell wrote. "The present state of affairs offends them not because it causes misery, still less because it makes freedom impossible, but because it is untidy." That certainly seems...
  • Laptop warriors from the sky

    07/23/2007 9:53:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 766+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.24.07 | Paul Mulshine
    I frequently meet people who claim to have no idea of the difference between traditional conservatism and so-called "neo" conservatism. The other day I came upon an amusing song parody by a right- wing Vietnam vet named George Gould that goes a long way toward explaining the difference. It's titled "The Neocon National Anthem" and it is set to the tune of the Vietnam War-era hit "The Ballad of the Green Berets." ''Laptop warriors from the sky, "Fearless men who send others to die ''Men whose every word's a lie ''The brave men of the AEI." The AEI is the...
  • Monty Python and the unholy Middle East mess

    07/15/2007 9:47:39 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 961+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 06.19.07 | Paul Mulshine
    The Mideast seems complicated to most Americans. But those of us who are in the know have a sacred text to which we turn whenever events there seem incomprehensible. That's right, I'm talking about the screenplay from "The Life of Brian." That classic Monty Python movie offers perhaps the most succinct summation possible of the forces that make the Mideast eternally ungovernable. The movie is set in the time of Christ, and the title character, Brian, is a poor shlub who is mistaken for the messiah. Though it's all played for comic effect, the script for the 1979 movie offered...
  • Conservatives shouldn't accept fraudulent Fred-(Mulshine Attacks 'Manchurian Candidate' Fred)

    06/01/2007 7:58:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies · 1,761+ views
    star/ledger ^ | 5-31-07 | Paul Mulshine
    The race for the Republican presidential nomination has just begun, yet the so-called "top tier" candidates have all been shown to have deep flaws. John McCain is a nice guy, but he's clearly off his rocker. Mitt Romney needs to change all of his positions 180 degrees. Oh, wait. He's already done that. And Rudy Giuliani, he's already bored the public to tears with his self-appointed Sept. 11 sainthood. The next time he mentions "911," it had better be because he's getting mugged. This creates an opportunity for a good, old-fashioned conservative to enter the race. And right on cue,...
  • Jersey jihad shows Bush bungling

    05/27/2007 8:16:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 84 replies · 1,996+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.13.07 | Paul Mulshine
    Perhaps the lamest bit of spin coming out of the Bush administration concerning the Iraq War is that line, "If we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight them over here." But just how will they get in? Simple. They'll come over the Mexican border and stay for as long as they please. That description applies to three of the six men accused in the Fort Dix terror plot. The parents of the three Duka brothers brought them into the country illegally more than 20 years ago. They attended school, grew into adulthood and took advantage of good,...
  • Why the media bought the war

    05/27/2007 8:21:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 852+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.01.07 | Paul Mulshine
    In his public television special "Buying the War," Bill Moyers decries the tendency of the media to help the White House sell war to the public. Moyers should know. He was quite a salesman in his day. Moyers served as press secretary to Lyndon Johnson in the run- up to the Vietnam War. In that role, he employed all the tools of modern-day public relations, from schmoozing reporters to intimidating them, to get the press to go along with a war "so poorly planned it soon turned into a disaster." In the documentary, Moyers ap plies that description to the...
  • You'll be hot when you see the global warming bill

    05/27/2007 8:19:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 1,087+ views
    I have seen the future and it is expensive. I'm talking about the future after the United States joins the crusade against carbon dioxide. I got an idea of just how expensive it will be when I was checking out the price of vacation packages to Europe. Some of the package prices are so low that it's actually cheaper to spend a week in London than in Manhattan. And London has another advantage: no New Yorkers. So there I was sitting before my computer pondering a week in England doing literary research, the piece of literature in question being "The...
  • Rudy looks bad beside a real Republican

    05/27/2007 8:12:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 65 replies · 1,274+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.17.07 | Paul Mulshine
    I've already said who I'm endorsing for the Republican nomination for president: Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas who seems to be the sole GOP contender who has actually read the Constitution. Now let me tell you who I'm not supporting: Rudy Giuliani. At that debate in South Carolina the other night, Giuliani revealed an ignorance so vast that he should consider dropping out of politics and perhaps becoming a Fox News commentator. The incident occurred after Paul, a physician who is known as Dr. No because of his penchant for voting against bills he considers unconstitutional, was asked a...
  • Bush is heading for a new low

    05/27/2007 8:08:44 PM PDT · by Coleus · 71 replies · 2,068+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.24.07
    You're probably wondering what that Z stands for in those "Z-visas" that would be given to illegal aliens under the immigration bill now under consideration. I don't know, but I suspect it stands for "zero." That's how low President Bush's popularity rating will fall if he gets his wish and this bill becomes law. Imagine an Oval Office ceremony with Teddy Kennedy smiling over the president's shoulder as Bush signs into law a bill that gives asylum to 10 million or 12 million people now living in the country illegally. At that moment, even the most somnolent of the red-state...
  • The Neocon Moment is Over

    05/25/2007 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Irontank · 170 replies · 3,116+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | May 23, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    So-called "neo" conservatism has its roots in a Marxist view of the world. So it is not surprising that the neocons are trying to silence their most prominent conservative critic. That would be Texas Rep. Ron Paul. He outraged the neocons during the Republican presidential debate last week by advocating that the GOP return to the traditional conservative stance of noninterventionism. Paul invoked the ghost of Robert Taft, the GOP Senate leader who fought entry into NATO. And he also pointed out that messing around in the Mideast creates risks here at home. That prompted Rudy Giuliani to interrupt Paul...
  • Founders would applaud pistol-packing mama

    04/03/2007 5:20:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies · 674+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 03.22.07 | Paul Mulshine
    Everyone who believes in the spirit of liberty should send a letter of praise to Berna dette Houghton Headd of Macomb Township, Mich. Actually, you should send her some money. She needs it for bail and legal expenses. Headd is in jail after an alterca tion with a pickup truck driver who, if her relatives are to be be lieved, was trying to run her and her 1993 Chevy Cavalier off the road. Millions of car drivers have had a similar experience in the years since the light-truck fad began. And millions have wanted to do what Headd did: take...
  • Dr. No for President (Ron Paul)

    03/26/2007 9:03:41 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 138 replies · 1,486+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | March 25, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    People ask me who I'm supporting for president in 2008. That's easy. As always, I'm supporting the guy who doesn't have a chance in hell of winning. That would be Ron Paul. Paul is a Republican congressman from Texas. He is noteworthy for being the only member of Congress from either party who actually believes the words in the Constitution have meaning. He therefore votes against almost everything. Paul is a medical doctor, so this habit has won him the nickname "Doctor No." Paul recently announced that he is entering the GOP primary for the 2008 presidential nomination. I hereby...
  • School costs take your breath away

    01/06/2007 8:45:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 342+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 11.30.06 | PAUL MULSHINE
    Take a deep breath. Now exhale. Does that make you feel like you deserve a raise? If so, you understand the concept of the so-called "breathing bonus." And you also understand one of the main reasons New Jersey has the most expensive public school system of any state. One of the few useful results to come out of those legislative committees on property tax reform was an admission of just how costly it is to put a kid through New Jersey's public schools: $16,000 a year. That figure was included in the report of the Joint Legislative Committee on Public...
  • ALL CHILD LEFT BEHIND DAY in NJ

    12/07/2006 6:53:54 AM PST · by trappedinnj · 30 replies · 1,003+ views
    Star Ledger - Newark ^ | 12/5/06 | Paul Mulshine
    Truant teachers will prove public schools are obsolete Tuesday, December 05, 2006 The state's largest teacher union is planning a rally at the Statehouse on Monday to protest plans to cut property taxes. The teachers are getting phone calls at home urging them to attend. Wait a minute, you might think. Monday's not a holiday. Shouldn't they be in school? Indeed they should. And some of them should be learning rather than teaching. I'm thinking in particular of one teacher who sent me an e-mail last week after I wrote about the root of our property tax crisis: The average...
  • Fair trade: A dull sport (World Cup/Soccer) for a bland beer

    06/24/2006 5:53:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 51 replies · 1,453+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 06.22.06 | Paul Mulshine
    Soccer's catching on here in the United States, they tell me. We've reached the point where the American team is somewhat competitive in the World Cup. I like many things European, particularly the beer. But I have never quite fathomed soccer. Then yesterday I made the connection between the two. I turned on the TV to give the World Cup a try. Portugal was playing Mexico. People were falling over a lot and the ball was going everywhere but into the goal. The announcer seemed excited anyway. It turned out that Angola was playing Iran at the same time, he...