Month: October 2013

Science

How is Obama’s Julia Like Pristomyrmex Punctatus?

Before I answer that, a little science. Scientists study all kinds of things. One thing they study is ants, because ants teach a lot about communities. In a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ecologists Shigeto Dobata and Kazuki Tsuji studied the effects of “cheaters” in a colony of Pristomyrmex Punctatus ants. P. Punctati segment their …

Obamacare

What Would Buckley Do?

William F. Buckley clipped from http://granitegrok.com/blog/2013/07/notable-quote-william-f-buckley

I wanted to be William F. Buckley Jr. All I lacked was his intellect, education, and unique experiences. Well, I didn’t want to be him. I wanted to be the next one. Every day, I wrote a 750-word piece. Poorly. I believed that practice would improve my writing. It didn’t. One day, I realized, as long …

Political Strategy

Know When To Fight Your Own

I can be pretty hard on Republicans. Not hard enough for some. Too hard for others. But I, at least, try to time my battles for ideological consistency. As a general rule, odd-numbered years are for cleaning up the GOP. Even-numbered years are for cleaning out Democrats. This is an odd-numbered year. Right up to …

Activism

How to Avoid Collateral Damage When Hunting for RINOs

Grand Safari image http://www.grandsafariusa.com/save-the-rhinoceros-hunt-them/

Lowell Weicker was a RINO. So was Lincoln Chaffe for a while. And John Linsday, the mayor who tried to destroy New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. RINO stands for “Republican In Name Only.” Rhinos and Elephants are both pachyderms, so it’s a pretty clever name for people who join the …

Political Psychology

Here’s the Most Encouraging Thing John Boehner Ever Said

John Boehner

Today on ABC’s This Week, Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke very powerful words about himself. They reveal his motivation. And it’s very encouraging. “I’m a reasonable guy. But I didn’t come to Washington to be a congressman. I came to do something for my country.” Write that down. That statement echos. Research shows …

Political Strategy

4 Reasons Why House Republicans Should Pass a Clean Debt Ceiling Bill Now *UPDATE*

Yeah, I know. Obama’s childish, petulant, and tyrannical tantrums over the continuing resolution makes me want to fight like an angry cat, too. But I don’t actually want to fight. Fighting isn’t in our interest. As Sun Tzu said: Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in …

Activism

Organizers Needed for Truckers Drive for the Constitution in St. Louis

Will help coordinate highway overpass demonstrations to support the patriotic truckers? America’s truckers are heading to Washington, DC to demand respect for the Constitution. They’ll be coming from all over the USA, and many will come through St. Louis. https://www.facebook.com/ridefortheconstitution I’ll be out of town this week, so I’m asking for some help. Let’s fill …

Living

Obama’s Loathsome War on WWII Vets Deserves Our Scorn and Fury

I’m sure you’ve all see the reports. WWII Veterans asked the White House for permission to visit the World War II Memorial in case of a shutdown. The veterans are part of the Honor Flights program that helps aging veterans visit the WWII Memorial. Even though there’s no cost involved, the White House chose to …