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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Featured, For Tribbles, Guns, Politics | 0 comments

Illinois catches up with the rest of the nation, at gunpoint.

Illinois catches up with the rest of the nation, at gunpoint.

  Yesterday, in a 2-1 decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons.   And so the last state in the nation without any such provision will be forced to create one within 180 days.  Gun rights advocates cheered the decision while opponents downplayed it’s significance.  So what have gun-rights supporters won?  At the moment it is difficult to tell.  Let’s review a few possible scenarios. There is no question that pressure has been put on state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  In the immediate aftermath of the decision, all eyes will be on her to see how and if she will appeal the decision.  Madigan has a several options. She can a) request an en banc review by the full circuit, b) appeal to SCOTUS, or c) accept the decision and do nothing.  There are groups that will advocate for each of these. I’d say the most likely scenario at the moment is an en banc review.   It allows Madigan to...

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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Art & Culture, Film, Politics | 0 comments

Review of “Hating Breitbart”

Review of “Hating Breitbart”

  I live in one of the places that screened “Hating Breitbart” on it’s opening weekend so I Fandango’ed me a ticket and went down to see it.  Some of the footage had already been shown at various conservative conferences and private screenings so there weren’t going to be any big surprises for me.   The movie follows the last two years of Andrew Breitbart’s life and gives the viewer the fly-on-the-wall perspective.  Most of what average Americans saw of Andrew was filtered through an MSM camera and editor and was always less than flattering.  But the underlying theme of the movie mimics another recent movie’s sub-title:  “Who watches the Watchmen?”.  Andrew made no bones about how sick he was of the mainstream media’s bias. This is highlighted in one of the movie’s segments where Terry Moran spends some time interviewing Andrew for “Nightline”.  Terry’s goal was to get Andrew to call civil rights hero congressman John Lewis a liar for statements he made about racial epithets he alleged...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in For Tribbles, Politics | 1 comment

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

  Last week everything changed.  The timbers buttressing the dam holding back years of discontent and disappointment started creaking.  Leaks started to appear.  The foundation that the current administration has built it’s platform for re-election on shows visible signs of undermining. Right now everyone is going gangbusters.  It’s full-speed ahead to election day.  When people are in that mode, as they should be, it is difficult to look back at recent events and see patterns.  People are more concerned about getting out the vote and shoring up weak counties and districts.  But the evidence is there.  One only needs to compile it.  It is snowballing.  Since Mitt Romney became the presumptive nominee, the left has unloaded on him.  Here are just the highlights: Seamus the dog Bain Capital Tax returns Various flip-flopping accusations “I like to fire people” Doesn’t care about the 47% Was a bully in school who cut some kid’s hair. Wife is an elitist horse-trainer Hates his garbage man. Lousy job-creator in Massachusetts. Scary Mormon I’ve...

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in For Tribbles, Politics | 0 comments

After last Wednesday’s debate, AARP tries to distance itself from Obamacare.

After last Wednesday’s debate, AARP tries to distance itself from Obamacare.

  Nobody’s buying it.   Today’s Washington Post paraphrased the official statement from AARP after the President used the organization’s name last night in the debate: From WaPo: “AARP’s senior vice president, John Hishta, says AARP is nonpartisan and has never consented to the use of its name by any campaign or political group and doesn’t take sides in political races.” While it may be true that AARP does not consent to the use of its name and does not officially endorse candidates, the idea that they are nonpartisan is laughable. Just two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal ran an article by Kimberly Strassel. Kimberly links to 71 pages of e-mail correspondence between senior Obama officials and AARP senior managers. The e-mail records show a pattern of deceit and coercion orchestrated by the Obama administration and AARP. Then, the mighty communication arm of the AARP used its influence to first allay seniors’ fear of health care reform, then throw their support behind Obamacare. Here’s the money quote: “AARP’s...

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