There is no free in liberty.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kiva Coffee House...


Kiva Coffee House:

Between Escalante and Boulder, UT on Hwy 12 is this place. A good stop of coffee drinks and a snack. Shot with Sony NEX-5n w/18/55 lens in panorama mode. Click on image for larger view.

kiva coffee house exterior
Kiva Coffee House interior
Kiva Coffee House interior
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Science's Jewel, The Liar's Tool...


Statistics is that wonderful lens through which veiled may be revealed while at the same time be the means by which truth is lost, a bittersweet nature:


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Levering Envy on Others is Nothing Short of Evil...


Ed Cone:

The problem is the belief that rich people are uniquely virtuous and productive and interesting and more deserving of praise for their role in society and the economy than any other group. This notion should seem absurd to anyone who has ever contemplated the work done by, say, nurses or firefighters, but somehow it is a popular and politically powerful idea -- so powerful that we actually spent years making new rules and pretending that wealth was just about to trickle down, when in fact it was pooling at the top.

We went from skepticism about the pursuit of wealth as an end to itself to worship of that program. The same book where I found the opening quote warns against Mammonophilia and contains a famous formula about even-toed ungulates, sewing implements, and eternity, along with much else in the same vein. All that seems forgotten by politicians who cite the book frequently in more general terms.

Strawman arguments in the service of progressivism...

In Ed's case it is done in  the attempt is to define good and evil based on income so as to paint evil those policies that help more people  more easily find wealth through their own effort.

But what of that policy that puts wealth in the hands of those whose only effort is exerted at the ballot box?  Why, that wealth escapes his hues of evil, for within the progressive soul there is no evil in the tool that is envy.

Not that Ed is envious, but eloquently levering envy on others is nothing short of evil.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

2008 - 41% D to 33% R... 2010 35% both D and R ... 2012 34% D to 36% R...


Voter Identification

2008 - 41% D to 33% R
2010 - 35% D to 35% R
2012 - 34% D to 36% R

Oh my...
... Pollster Scott Rasmussen periodically estimates party identification on the basis of thousands of robocall interviews of likely voters.

His findings have been uncannily close to the exit polls. In the last quarter of 2008, his party-ID numbers were 41 percent Democratic, 33 percent Republican. The 2008 exit poll showed Democrats ahead in party ID by 39 to 32 percent.

In the third quarter of 2010, Rasmussen pegged party ID as tied at 35 percent. The 2010 exit poll showed it exactly the same.

The third quarter of 2012 is not yet over. But the Rasmussen party-ID numbers for the second and third quarters combined are ominous for Obama’s party: 34 percent Democratic, 36 percent Republican. Republicans are up only 3 percentage points from 2008, but Democrats are down 7 percentage points.

 Remember this when you see polls skewing Democrat by 12 and 15...


Three Times They Said "No" to God...




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Humility is the Price of Hubris Among the Forgiven..


Do you remember more Bush the campaigner or Bush the leader?

What of Obama? Do you remember Obama the campaigner or Obama the leader?

The difference between the two is that Obama campaigned beyond his ability to lead - in a word, failure.

The sense of "Obama the messiah" is gone because Obama failed to rise to the aura of his own pitch.  It is for that reason every attempt to rekindle yesterday's magic during the current campaign has failed.

And that will not change, for a messianic figure quantified  is no messiah and one quantified by his own measures of failure even less so.

That said, yesterday's hubris can be tamed and even forgiven by today's humility.  Presidents are human as even Obama's staunchest supporters know.  But nothing I have seen thus far indicates that Obama intends to embrace humility or is even capable of humility and absent humility Obama will never find forgiveness for his failure among the electorate.

That is Obama's insurmountable hurdle - the belief that in the face of his own failure he can overcome yesterday's hubris without humility.

And if Obama fails to embrace and sell his humility during the DNC he will have never, in the eyes of the electorate, matured into a leader worthy of their forgiveness or a second term.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dems Replace God With Government...


"God" is removed  from the Democrat platform, as "Government is the only thing that we all belong to,"...


Monday, September 3, 2012