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The new blog is up at www.conservative-wanderer.com. Please update your bookmarks, subscriptions, and so on (subscriptions won’t automatically transfer over to the new blog).

This will (hopefully) be the last post here… unless the new blog implodes, but it’s looking pretty darned stable right now. :)

Big Changes Coming!


Just wanted to give all my loyal readers a heads-up about some changes I’ll be making to the blog in the near future. You may see a few less posts than usual until I get everything moved over — depends on what news stories grab my attention and how much time I have to put into the changes.
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Feds Threatening To Confiscate Musicians’ Instruments


In the history of really bad ideas, this one’s got to be close to the top.

Lawmakers are scrambling to save the summer concert season from federal agents poised to seize the instruments of rock and country stars because the wood used to make them may have been illegally harvested–and without their knowledge.

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Romney’s Plans For Day One


The Romney campaign has released an ad explaining some of the things that he’d do on his first day as President:

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GOP Readying Plans For ObamaCare Ruling


Prior planning prevents poor performance, and the GOP seems to be taking that rule to heart while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on ObamaCare.

If the law is upheld, Republicans will take to the floor to tear out its most controversial pieces, such as the individual mandateand requirements that employers provide insurance or face fines.

If the law is partially or fully overturned they’ll draw up bills to keep the popular, consumer-friendly portions in place — like allowing adult children to remain on parents’ health care plans until age 26, and forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Ripping these provisions from law is too politically risky, Republicans say.

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Let The Firestorm Begin: Literary Promotional Booklet Claims Obama Born In Kenya


Please note, like Andrew Breitbart, I have never been a “birther.” However, I believe that Obama has through much of his adult life fictionalized — that is, lied about — many things about himself. It is in that spirit that I present this:

Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

The booklet, which was distributed to “business colleagues” in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.

It also promotes Obama’s anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White–which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.

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At Least Three House GOP Offices Burgled


Hmmm… crimes of opportunity, or deliberately targeting Republicans (emphasis in original)?

“The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,” freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., surmised in a letter to the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Those looking for some common link might note that Lewis serves on Appropriations; Gowdy sits on Oversight; and Runyan is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Also, staffers on the House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census, and the National Archives, which Gowdy chairs, reported that $200 of their money went missing during business hours.

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Obama Budget Unanimously Defeated In Senate


Back in March, this budget didn’t even get a single vote in the House, now it’s had the same result in the Senate — which is controlled by Democrats!

A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday.

In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint.

It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget.

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Bush Tax Cuts Expiring Will Hit More Than “The Rich”


If you listen to the Obamacrats, letting the Bush tax cuts expire on 1 January 2013 will only impact “the rich,” so middle-class people should cheer them expiring.

Over at SmartMoney, however, they explain several reasons that just about everyone will see a negative impact if these tax cuts are allowed to expire. I’ll focus on just two.

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“Environmental Police” Shut Down Ice Cream Stand


Not content with banning bake sales, Massachusetts officials have shut down a local ice cream stand.

Mark Duffy, who has operated the dairy farm at the state-owned park for 26 years and has a lease with the state to run the stand, said armed Environmental Police officers showed up at stand on Friday evening and stood guard throughout the weekend, turning away customers craving delectable sundaes and frappes.

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Rasmussen: Romney 51, Obama 43 in NC


More fallout from the gay marriage thing?

Mitt Romney has moved out to an eight-point lead over President Obama in North Carolina after the two men were virtually tied a month ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

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Obama As Forrest Gump


If you remember the 1994 film Forrest Gump, the title character finds himself as part of the biggest events in the 20th century. Not satisfied with being one-upped by a fictional character from nearly two decades ago, the Narcissist-in-Chief has inserted himself into the biographies of quite a few past Presidents:

Talk about giving yourself a pat on the back, when you read Reagan’s bio you will find that Obama is continuing his good work on the Regan [sic] tax reform with his own budget known nationwide as the “Buffet Rule.” According to the New York Post, this “sounded like a joke” at first, but come to find out it wasn’t.

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Obama: The $10 Million Dollar Man


Yep, the President who loves to trash rich people is actually one himself:

The disclosure statement lists assets and liabilities in dollar ranges, so pinpointing the president’s net worth is difficult. His assets appear to tally between $2.6 million and $9.9 million. He holds a mortgage on his Chicago home of $500,000 to $1 million.

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Boehner On Jobs, Debt Limit, And The Economy


Earlier today, Speaker John Boehner spoke to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2012 Fiscal Summit. Here’s a few of the highlights of his plan from the Speaker’s website, along with commentary, of course (emphasis in original):

In remarks this afternoon to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Annual Fiscal Summit, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will renew his commitment to the principle he set forth at the Economic Club of New York one year ago – noting that the debt limit exists to force Washington to deal with its fiscal problems, and that any increase in the nation’s debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms larger than the amount of the debt limit hike.

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Obama Administration Official Offers Subsidies For Corporate Jets


Gee, and here I thought corporate jets were eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil. Maybe it’s just tax cuts for corporate jets. Subsidies for corporate jets, however? Just fine, says the head of the Export-Import Bank (a federal agency).

Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg plans to provide more financial aid to U.S. corporate jet manufacturers, branching out from a traditional support for Boeing Co. (BA) to help an industry where demand has suffered….

Ex-Im supported $90 million of corporate jet deliveries last year to customers of Textron Inc. (TXT)’s Cessna Aircraft Co, General Dynamics Corp. (GD)’s Gulfstream unit and Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Hochberg said he plans to boost the aid to $1 billion by 2014. The increased focus comes after order backlogs on corporate jets fell by more than half to $40 billion in three years.

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Poll: 51% Trust Romney On Economic Issues, 39% Trust Obama


This is why Obama is suddenly attacking Romney on his time at Bain:

A new national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters trust Romney more than Obama when it comes the economy, while 39% trust the president more. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Barnard Junior: Obama “Stereotyped, Simplified, and Used” Us.


Looks like Obama’s commencement address didn’t go over well with at least one Barnard student, Ayelet Pearl:

The oppressive and suffocating categorization of women as this uniformly thinking block is even more rampant at a women’s liberal arts college in New York City, where many women do hold similar political viewpoints. Barnard President Debora Spar, in an interview on MSNBC, boldly told the show’s hostess that “they’re [Barnard students] all huge fans [of Obama].”  Is that true? Can the president of Barnard College say, in good faith, that every single one of her students is a fan of President Barack Obama? Are we that unindividual? Or are we just a liberal student body, and, as women, a key component of the Democratic vote? Too often, the assumed answer is yes.

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Poll: 2 Out Of 3 Independents Believe Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance Prompted By Politics (UPDATED)


It’s not often that I link to the New York Times, and even rarer that I link to one of their polls, but this one was just too good to pass up.

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing.

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Ron Paul Bows Out


And there was wailing and gnashing of teeth on various internet forums…

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Monday he will not compete in primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted — essentially confirming Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.

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African-American Pastors Condemning Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance


This is probably something he didn’t expect and didn’t want, but he’s stuck with it now.

When Obama announced that his position on same-sex marriage had evolved, it outraged some African-American pastors like Pastor and Del. Emmett Burns.

“He has said to his base, African-Americans, ‘I am going against your beliefs and your thoughts,’” Burns said.

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