Dec
31
2013
5

“Auld Lang Sy…” …No.

That’s just what they’d expect us to do.

Tubthumping, Chumbawamba

Dec
31
2013
3

Looking for a New Year’s Eve movie? There’s only ONE choice.

Blockbuster, popular, won two Academy awards, insanely all-star cast (multiple Oscar winners in their own right), absolutely seminal picture in its genre. Instantly recognizable, often imitated; sometimes remade, never successfully. It is, by any objective standard, a classic.

I refer, of course, to The Poseidon Adventure.

Happy New Year!

Moe Lane

Dec
31
2013
5

2013, legislatively speaking: A whole lot of nothing, and thank God for that.

Don’t get me wrong: I like it when the legislature passes good laws and repeal bad ones.  But I prefer a situation where the legislature doesn’t pass anything to one where the legislature passes bad laws, enforces bad laws, and declines to enforce ideologically inconvenient ones (whether or not I want them to).  Which is to say: I like the 11[2]th and the 11[3]th Congress a LOT more than I do the 11[1]th, and I make no apologies for that.

…I was going to add to this, but I don’t really think that I have anything else to say.

[Numbers fixed. Although, to be fair: the 110th was nothing to write home about, either.]

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Dec
31
2013
10

Wait, kids get in trouble for this?

Saw this via Facebook, and I am a bit surprised that this sort of thing is an issue.

wait-what

I mean, I used to do this sort of thing all the time.

Moe Lane

PS: Snopes rates this one as “Undetermined.”  I just note this in order to make it clear that I at least checked.

Dec
31
2013
3

“Five things Obama must do to avoid lame-duck status.”

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Amazingly, none of them involve “Invent time travel.”  Which is a shame, because of the five they picked, “Minimize the liabilities” and “Keep the base energized” have a certain “bell the cat” vibe to them; “Take a page out of the Clinton playbook” is going to be a little bit difficult without any sort of, you know, triangulation scheduled*; and “Hold the line against the GOP” and “Go undercover” flat-out contradict each other.  For that matter, assuming that the President just goes and hides on a golf course for the next three years; how is that functionally different from being a lame-duck, anyway?

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Dec
31
2013
12

Go West, young Lefty. Just not to California, no matter how aching your heart is*.

This is a serious suggestion: if you’re a young liberal looking to get ahead, sure, move to the Pacific coast.  Just avoid California like the plague.

usmoneymigrate

Travis H. Brown, author of How Money Walks, points to IRS figures that track the flow of wealth from some states and to others. From 1992 -2010, California was a net loser of $45.27 billion in adjusted gross income. $6.02 billion of that went to Texas. Texas, on the other hand, gained $24.94 billion in AGI during those years, with California the top source for transfers.

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Dec
31
2013
6

Chris Christie declines to defend draconian state gun laws in court.

What’s good for the jackass is good for the elephant:

Governor Christie’s administration did not defend one of the state’s stringent gun laws in a case where two retired arson investigators challenged rules over who can carry a concealed weapon, according to an appeals court decision released Monday.

The attorney general who made that decision, Jeffrey Chiesa, is one of Christie’s closest advisers and left that law enforcement job when the governor named him to a temporary post in the U.S. Senate earlier this year. He notified the court that the state would not be appealing a trial court decision in papers filed a month before the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last year that prompted a push for gun restrictions including a ban on high-caliber assault weapons in New Jersey.

In Monday’s ruling, a state appeals court upheld restrictions on gun carry permits, and noted the Attorney General Office’s failure to defend the state’s own statutes saying the attorney general “regrettably” decided not to participate.

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Dec
31
2013
2

Let the Big Wind subsidies die.

It doesn’t look good for this particular set of Obama cronies, but you never know.

At issue right now is the production tax credit that awards wind developers 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour they produce. Last New Year’s Day, after a ferocious debate that occupied a portion of the 2012 presidential debate, Congress passed a one-year extension of the wind-energy credit as part of the fiscal-cliff legislation. Under the last-minute deal, wind developers who make good-faith efforts to begin wind projects this year and which continue into 2014 will qualify for 10 years of subsidies, even though the credit expires for new projects.

Democratic lawmakers in both the US Senate and House are calling for a renewal of the credit…

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Dec
30
2013
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“Since I’ve Been Loving You.”

Since I’ve Been Loving You, Led Zeppelin

I know that this is twice in one year: I just don’t feel like listening to anything else this evening, sorry.

Dec
30
2013
4

I have been named as one of the 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners.

An annual award by Doug Ross. “Best Blogger in a Group Blog:” very flattering. Perhaps not, strictly speaking, true – RedState is very much a cooperative effort, and we do a lot to support each other – but still very flattering. My thanks.

Winner - 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Dec
30
2013
7

Happy Blog-Birthday, @aceofspadeshq!

Ace of Spades HQ is ten years old today.  Wow; time flies, huh?

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t remember my first blog post, given that it was on Tacitus, back in the day.  Shoot, I don’t even know if my first RedState.com post still exists (it would have been dot-org, at that). As for MoeLane… dang.  I don’t know that one, either.  I was importing some posts in the beginning from another site of mine.

Maybe I should have written some of this stuff down, huh?

Dec
30
2013
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In the mail (and just finished): “Armageddon Girl.”

For those who do not remember, Armageddon Girl is a superhero novel by C.J. Carella that got published via the assistance of Kickstarter.  It came in the mail last weekend, and I finally got to read it today.  Finished it in one sitting: it’s a good, fast read that draws heavily from the pulp and Silver Age eras in its portrayal of superheroes.  If you like the genre, you should like this book; I did.

Check it out. Note that it’s four bucks on Kindle.

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