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Month: April 2012

Number 245

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 245 26 April, 2012 It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.   Media Bias? Against Israel? Impossible! According to some critics of CBS, this episode of 60 Minutes is grossly unfair, unprofessional journalism. Do view it now. To this newsletter, the CBS piece seemed fair enough — on the surface. It created the impression that the ugly wall that has successfully reduced the murder of innocents by “Palestinian” Islamofascists is why many Christians have left and are continuing to leave Jerusalem. It did not, however, establish that there were no other reasons why Christians might want to depart, and it did not tell the viewer the range of reasons departing Christians gave as they left. The real information was lacking. That real information would allow a simple list to be created along these lines: Stated reasons for departing Jerusalem No Wal Mart  22% Grim singles scene  14% Rats  6% Massage parlors expensive  6% ….and so on. You get the idea. Instead of being informed, the viewer was expected to take the word of a single interviewee — who perhaps not coincidentally appears to have been a Muslim — that problems between the local Christians and...

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Number 244

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 244 20 April, 2012 The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.   How Romney Could Beat Obama The president has the press, his core constituency, the Bicoastal Elite, government employees at all levels, union members, self-identified victims and the anticapitalist fringe; Romney has the Mormon vote. One can hardly imagine a winning strategy for the challenger. But because The One has no firm grip on the centrist, undecided independents, a brilliant campaign might allow the GOP to take the White House back. So far, this newsletter has seen nothing more promising than Barry Rubin’s dream of a Mitt-takes-no-prisoners strategy. Here is a highly compressed and rearranged version made up of the best ideas in the original. (Note: as this text was being proofread, it was noticed that the link takes one to a web page that is not responding as it usually does. To read the Rubin’s piece, scroll down a bit and click on the entry titled “Romney’s Road”. Perhaps by the time you receive this, the display will have been restored to its customary format.) Romney needs to wage an old-fashioned anti-Washington campaign against big government, high taxes, and excessive regulation, and against a swollen government full of waste, fraud, and abuse. …show the...

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Number 242

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical sixty years ago, a liberal thirty years ago, and a racist today. Whatever Your Politics, Don’t Skip This Here’s a brief video you should see — if you… …are wondering why anybody opposes the re-election of this visionary president…or… …if you don’t like Obama much, but you know you won’t vote for Romney because (a) he’s a Mormon, or because (b) your vote will not count…or… …if you are a “progressive” who expects Obama to win. Hey, don’t get overconfident! Sure, Obama is unlikely to lose, but you don’t want to run any unnecessary risks, now do you? Here’s an opportunity to see what the racist low-sloping foreheads are going to say. Use that information to prepare your devastating refutations and brilliant rejoinders, so you can keep the USA on the Road to Utopia. Yes, the folks not mentioned above will benefit from this video, as well.   Does Obama Know He’s Not Telling The Truth, Or Is He Simply Ignorant? Team Obama knows high prices for gasoline and Diesel fuel will cost the president some votes, so there is an attempt under way to insinuate into the popular wisdom the understanding that no president can lower those prices. That’s why...

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Number 243

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 243 13 April, 2012 People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt. Links A word of explanation: this very brief issue is an attempt to bring you some items before they grow stale and uninteresting. It does not herald the adoption of a new standard format for The New Terrapin Gazette, though from time to time you may receive issues as abbreviated as this one is. Readers who are unhappy about this will receive a full refund of the cost of their subscriptions. You may recall that Number 242 of this newsletter carried a brief note that Jim Hansen was shooting his mouth off again on anthropogenic global warming — specifically, comparing rejection of the hoax with the crime of advocating slavery. Hansen is a moron with all sorts of postnominal initials and a position (from which he is probably retired by now) with NASA. He has demanded that mankind reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by about 150% of what mankind produces (including, of course, the CO2 humans exhale); that’s incredibly idiotic. Whether he still promotes that protocol is not known to this newsletter, as the staff here does not have time to track lunatics. Well, here is a report on how Crazy Jim is getting along with the other kids on the playground...

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Number 240

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 242 10 April, 2012 If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical sixty years ago, a liberal thirty years ago, and a racist today.   Whatever Your Politics, Don’t Skip This Here’s a brief video you should see — if you… …are wondering why anybody opposes the re-election of this visionary president…or… …if you don’t like Obama much, but you know you won’t vote for Romney because (a) he’s a Mormon, or because (b) your vote will not count…or… …if you are a “progressive” who expects Obama to win. Hey, don’t get overconfident! Sure, Obama is unlikely to lose, but you don’t want to run any unnecessary risks, now do you? Here’s an opportunity to see what the racist low-sloping foreheads are going to say. Use that information to prepare your devastating refutations and brilliant rejoinders, so you can keep the USA on the Road to Utopia. Yes, the folks not mentioned above will benefit from this video, as well.   Does Obama Know He’s Not Telling The Truth, Or Is He Simply Ignorant? Team Obama knows high prices for gasoline and Diesel fuel will cost the president some votes, so there is an attempt under way to insinuate into the popular wisdom the...

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