Archive for December, 2009

Tales of Government Payback, the Automotive Sector Edition

Tales of Government Payback, the Automotive Sector Edition

| December 24, 2009 | Reply

Promises with this government aren’t kept so much as they’re repaid. If you haven’t stuffed a few million dollars in earnest money into the coffers of certain politicians, don’t expect that Washington’s going to look after you. Decades ago, when Deborah Hampton was a young divorced mother of two, her father encouraged her to go […]

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Yes, You Can Sing Handel If You’ve Taken a Vow of Silence.

Yes, You Can Sing Handel If You’ve Taken a Vow of Silence.

| December 24, 2009 | Reply

This performance of “Hallelujah” is sheer brilliance. I’d love to see them do it again next year with a slightly bigger group to get some of the other lyrics in as well. (via twitter friend @sav01) UPDATE: This appears to be the original performance of that work. I like the high-schooler’s version. It had more […]

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Surprise! Haggard Harry’s Health Care Bill Relied on Shady Accounting. Will Deficit Hawks Turn Back?

Surprise! Haggard Harry’s Health Care Bill Relied on Shady Accounting. Will Deficit Hawks Turn Back?

| December 23, 2009 | 1 Reply

I today’s edition of The Delivery I said that Obamacare was a done deal, but I may have spoken a bit too early. A story has broken today that may blow up the whole deal right in Harry Reid’s glowering face. One of the biggest cost-savers in the Senate plan involved some $500 billion saved […]

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The Delivery Presents: I Hates Me Some Harry Reid but I Loves Me Some Christmas

The Delivery Presents: I Hates Me Some Harry Reid but I Loves Me Some Christmas

| December 23, 2009 | Reply

Ho, ho, ho, faithful Shack readers! There is a new episode of The Delivery, wrapped beautifully by SuperMegaProducer Mike and set to provide you at least 54 whole minutes of holiday enjoyment. The normal listening channels apply: direct, by download, and by the miracle of iTunes. Pick your favorite transmission vector and infect your brain […]

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Benson Sings Christmas!

Benson Sings Christmas!

| December 23, 2009 | 2 Replies

Last year, I wrote about my favorite Christmas song, “Oh Holy Night” and linked to the two best renditions of the song I’d ever heard. That post became one of the most-read posts I’ve ever written, which surprised me a bit. I didn’t expect it to resonate quite as well. I also didn’t expect that […]

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Congrats, Stacy, and May You Be The Most Frightening and Horrid Blogger of 2009!

Congrats, Stacy, and May You Be The Most Frightening and Horrid Blogger of 2009!

| December 22, 2009 | Reply

Congratulations to Stacy McCain who is not losing a daughter so much as he is gaining an excuse to jet off to Argentina in the winters to report on various beach-related news events. And while he’s accepting suggestions for names for the first child (may he be a masculine child!) I think Martin Luther Nestares carries a certain […]

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What’s the President’s INTERPOL Game?

What’s the President’s INTERPOL Game?

| December 22, 2009 | Reply

In my own mind, I keep trying to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt. I want to believe that he loves America as she is at this very moment, that he’s dedicated to keeping her strong and sovereign. He makes me doubt, though. Oh, how he makes me doubt. Take this story, for […]

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Climate Instability? Well, Gosh! That Sounds Kind of Crisis-y, Doesn’t It?

Climate Instability? Well, Gosh! That Sounds Kind of Crisis-y, Doesn’t It?

| December 22, 2009 | Reply

If at first second third, you don’t succeed in getting your latest progressive panic phrase to stick, try, try again with a more, shall way say flexible, term. This new terminology is more clever, for it neatly avoids the shortcomings of its clumsy forebears. It requires neither warming, nor change. Just television. When blizzards descend on […]

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Today Treacher, Tomorrow Another Crazy-Talented Right-Wing Blogger?

Today Treacher, Tomorrow Another Crazy-Talented Right-Wing Blogger?

| December 21, 2009 | 2 Replies

This is the first really good sign that Tucker Carlson’s $3 million vapor-blog won’t be just another Culture 11-level money-sucking failure. This is going to sound weird, but Tucker Carlson has just hired me to blog for his new “web-site,” which is found at the “U-R-L” http://dailycaller.com. I know! I know. I’m not sure I […]

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Auschwitz Entrance Sign Stolen. Pelosi and Reid Have Alibis, So Don’t Even Ask.

Auschwitz Entrance Sign Stolen. Pelosi and Reid Have Alibis, So Don’t Even Ask.

| December 19, 2009 | 22 Replies

Rumors that this sign may appear over the entrance to the U.S. Capitol are completely and entirely unfounded. A gang of thieves in Poland has stolen the infamous wrought iron sign announcing that “work sets you free” that spans the main gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Seriously. There’s no real indication at all that […]

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