Author Archives: Peter Porcupine

A Modest Proposal

The Newtown school shooting has triggered vehement calls for gun bans and equally vehement declarations of Second Amendment rights.  So instead of shouting and scheming, let’s look at some component parts of the problem. The Second Amendment is a bona fide part of the Bill of Rights, no less than freedom of religion and due process.  The Supreme Court recently…

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Something to Remember

Quadaffi is dead, and Libya will move.  Forward or backward is not clear. But the next time somebody asks what good getting Saddam Hussein out of power in Iraq did, consider this. When Saddam was killed, it scared Quadaffi – who may have seen his own career as a parallel.  He went so far as to renounce his WMD program,…

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Well, THAT was stupid….

In my mail today was a letter attacking Karyn Polito. She’s a Cahill shilll…helped him raise money….never won a contested election….investigated for Sox plates crookedness…blah, blah, blah. Begins and ends with these words in bold type – IS THIS WHO YOU WANT FOR CHAIR OF THE MASS. REPUBLICAN PARTY? Of course, Polito has already announced she decided not to run,…

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I never HOID of such a thing!

A post by Dan Kenendy at Media Nation got me thinking about how we accept the meme of evil corporate ownership of news via Fox, Murdoch, and other such Barons of Broadband. Turns out some MASSACHUSETTS newspapers are actually partially owned* by public employee unions!  Read the post HERE. Kennedy’s point in the post was about more hard times…

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Now that the sniggering is over….

…I have different questions about Ted Kennedy’s Santiago adventures.  I admit – my initial reaction to a friend was, ‘He had to rent an ENTIRE brothel?  Who did he think he was, Charlie Sheen?’  But there are other things that SHOULD be asked that do have implications. First – in 1961, Kennedy was an Assistant Suffolk County DA.  Who paid…

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Never Letting That Crisis Go To Waste!

Courtesy of the Democracy for America mass email, I got a message from the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Here are some highlights – The problem is with a 19-14 edge to Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate, Gov. Walker has the votes to pass his budget proposal  Some Democrats have complained that the standoff makes it look like they are afraid…

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Health Care Funding Questions

So I’m watching the Fox afternoon news (please note, Ed Factor!) and there is a Dem. congressman from New York talking about the impact of only passing a continuing resolution on the implementation of the new health care law. The congressman said that this was a problem, but that people were happy that their kids could continue coverage, no denial…

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Obama’s ‘Margaret Fuller’ Moment

When philosopher Margaret Fuller announced that she ‘had accepted the Universe’, fellow thinker Thomas Carlyle observed, ‘Egad, she’d better’.  The Democrats have accepted the election results. Obama announced his framework on taxes – all Bush tax cuts extended for two years in return for 13 months unemployment extension.  Death tax also kicked down the road for two years. He explained…

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