Archive for November, 2010

The Republican Heretic on Facebook

Time constraints and other concerns have caused me to put this blog on hiatus, since I can’t reliably write posts and commentaries on events of the day. I still, however, read my blogroll, and I have a Facebook fan page here. So I’ll be occasionally posting interesting links from blogs and news stories I read on my Facebook page, and I invite anyone who is so inclined to check out that page, or maybe even become a fan, and check out what kind of occurrences and commentaries are still catching my eye.

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Hiatus

Real life has a way of catching up and swallowing projects like this one. Simply put, there are things that are more important that upkeeping the Republican Heretic that are demanding so much of my time and energy right now that I will not be able to update or contribute to this blog for a while. I hope to be able to pick it up again in the near future, but for now the blog is going into hibernation mode. If you’ve read through the site, feel free to continue to comment or send me an e-mail telling me what you think. Also, check out the blogs and sites listed on the blogroll. Thanks for your attention.

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Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco

As a response to Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Zombie at Pajamas Media is happy to present Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco.

Zombia is well known for his revealing photo essays of leftist protests, and these are some of his best from San Fransisco. Very, very NSFW, but also very revealing, especially for people who want to label Tea Partiers as extremists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Culture Wars

Bookworm at Right Wing News has this excellent article on the decline of social norms and values, and how popular culture trivializes virtues such as honesty and self-sacrifice and encourages self-centeredness, irresponsibility, and victimhood.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and we get a remarkably different pop culture vision for children’s moral and social development. Whether one thinks of books or television shows or movies, the message is always the same: being disrespectful to your peers and to adults is attractive; adults are buffoons; men are useless; clever manipulation often trumps honesty; and, at the end of the day, what really counts is your feelings. If any given episode of Miley Cyrus or I Carly or Suite Life of Zack and Cody actually carries a so-called moral, that moral isn’t that a specific behavior is wrong, but that the bad behavior might hurt someone else’s feelings. In other words, in the world our media hands to our children, all ethical questions are resolved by a quick glance at ones own navel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amazon Pulls Pedophile Book

Van Helsing at Right Wing News brings us this stomach turner. Some prevert by the name of Phillip R. Greaves, II (I hope the first wasn’t a perv as well) has taken it upon himself to write a “how to” guide for the pedophile on the go. And this book was available on Amazon.

Amazon has finally pulled down from Kindle The Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct by a pervert named Phillip R. Greaves, 2nd. The author’s product description, via Geekologie:

This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught.

It appears to be a how-to manual for raping children nicely. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Has Obama Done?

There’s been a fun bit of leftist propaganda floating about the internets in the form of a website that purports to outline the wonders of just what Obama has done to save the world. Brian Doherty at Reason Magazine has caught sight of this fun little site and commented upon it: Read the rest of this entry »

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Ammunition Ban Violates Second Amendment

Eugene Volokh highlights a recent DC court decision on the constitutionality of banning or restricting ammunition as a means of circumventing the Second Amendment.

Appellant Kevin Herrington was convicted in 2006 of unlawful possession of ammunition (UA), in violation of D.C. Code § 7–2506.01 (2001) (now § 7–2506.01(a) (Supp. 2010)). His conviction was based solely on evidence that he possessed handgun ammunition in his home….

What is now subsection (a) of D.C. Code § 7–2506.01 provides as follows:

No person shall possess ammunition in the District of Columbia unless: …

(3) He is the holder of the valid registration certificate for a firearm of the same gauge or caliber as the ammunition he possesses; except, that no such person shall possess restricted pistol bullets; …

[F]rom the Court’s reasoning [in Heller], it logically follows that the right to keep and bear arms extends to the possession of handgun ammunition in the home; for if such possession could be banned (and not simply regulated), that would make it “impossible for citizens to use [their handguns] for the core lawful purpose of self-defense.” By the same token, given the obvious connection between handgun ammunition and the right protected by the Second Amendment, we are hard-pressed to see how a flat ban on the possession of such ammunition in the home could survive heightened scrutiny of any kind. We therefore conclude that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to possess ammunition in the home that is coextensive with the right to possess a usable handgun there. The government has not taken issue with that conclusion….

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More on Net Neutrality

Julian Sanchez at the Cato Institute takes on civil liberty groups’ arguments for net neutrality by pointing out that the alleged “violations” regarding neutral access to the internet seem to be misrepresented by these groups:

I harp on this because I think it indicates how muddled a lot of the debate over “neutrality” has gotten. People have a whole welter of heterogeneous concerns about the future of the Internet that increasingly seem to be lumped under the rubric of “non-neutrality” or “network discrimination,” which both obscures the plurality of potential problems and begs the question of whether, assuming a policy remedy is necessary, “neutrality” regulation is actually the ideal silver bullet response to all these diverse concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tea Party Battle Plan

Tom Robertson at the American Thinker has some suggestions for how the Tea Party might apply its efforts to accomplish its goals:

Now that the midterm elections are over, Tea Party energy is at risk of dissipating due to the lack of a pressing goal to work towards. If the Tea Partiers are going to become a long-term, serious force, they must be willing to tackle serious problems without an immediate payoff like an election, else they risk going home and becoming a flash in the pan. This is exactly what the establishment hopes will happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spending Cuts

Now that the GOP has some significant influence in Congress, suggestions are coming out as to what spending cuts can be made. Chris Edwards at the Cato Institute, for one, has a list of budget proposals that involve significant spending reductions: Read the rest of this entry »

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