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I’m taking a few days off. — greg

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/11/2008

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PRESTOPUNDIT WILL GO

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/29/2008

on semi-vacation for the next few weeks, with only intermittent posting into mid June.  In the mean time, if you haven’t seen it yet, please check out my article on Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, posted just below.

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3,000 Images from The Library of Congress

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/17/2008

Publicly available on Flickr and open for tagging and comments.  I’m guessing this would have exploded Thomas Jefferson’s mind.

I might particularly recommend the pictures from the 1930s and 1940s in color.  The past isn’t so far away after all.

This is the Roger’s pea canning plant in my parents home town of Milton-Freewater, Oregon taken in 1941.

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PrestoPundit Is Taking A Holiday Vacation

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/03/2007

Everyone have a great December and I’ll see you in the new year.

If anything strikes my fancy between now and January I’ll post it in an update here.

NEW:  Peter Wehner on Mike Huckabee.

National Review — the case for Romney.
Six reasons to vote anybody but Huckabee.

Economist Peter Boettke asks, “Is George Bush The Worst President in My Lifetime?”

Keith at the HousingPanic blog asks:

Should the very person who enriched himself to the tune of hundreds of millions creating and selling the CDO/SIV Subprime Ponzi Scheme at Goldman Sachs be the one person plotting how to best spend taxpayer resources to bail out Goldman Sachs and their buddies after the CFO/SIV Subprime implosion?

Roger Kimball, “Hayek vs. Hillary“.

Six reasons to hate Bush’s subprime bailout.

Arnold Kling picks the best econ books of the year.

Here’s an advanced look at the leaked cover of Ted Kennedy’s forthcoming biography:

Ted Kennedy -- If I Did It

And you’ve got to take a look at these:

YouTube — Iraqi Jumping Jacks

YouTube — Afghan Jumping Jacks

ht Steve Sailer

The case against Mike Huckabee is very similar to the case against Michael Gerson and “Heroic Conservatism” — and it’s not an accident that Michael Gerson’s original political hero was … Jimmy Carter. Worth quoting:

Conservatives have been accused of cold-heartedness at least for several generations and maybe longer. But it is a little startling to see this old chestnut revived by a Bush administration insider.

It’s as if Gerson were asleep during the 1970s when a long series of liberal intellectuals departed the Democratic Party after witnessing the harm that can come of unrestrained good intentions and sloppy follow-through in government. (They were called neoconservatives — a word whose meaning has changed since then.) It’s as if he never grappled with the practical limitations of government, or the corrupting effects of too much paternalism. At one point he writes, “Anti-government Republicans saw Katrina as an opportunity to cut off medicine to old people.” Yes, and to grind the faces of the poor. Please ..

Toward the end of this book, Gerson eerily denies that he is falling into the trap of “blaming colleagues and enemies for blocking the arrival of [my] own private millennium.” But that is exactly what he seems to have done. And for all his eloquence and piety, he has been deeply ungracious in the process.

Ungracious, dishonest, and (one almost wants to say) rather un-Christian of Mr. Gerson.

Michael Gerson, liberation theologist, “Christianity is not just a statement about personal piety, it’s a statement about social justice.”

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Writing Before Reading at Age 4

Posted by PrestoPundit on 08/09/2007

I have young kids and a pattern begins to repeat itself — my kids are writing words and names phonically before they have any developed ability to read. I’ve given both a bit of expose to “whole language” word learning, but the time commitment required is more than I can handle. Instead the kids have learned their letters phonically from the “Leap Frog” DVD titled “The Letter Factory”. In about a week at age two my son knew his letters and their primary sounds. Now at age four he’s doing what his sister did at that age — he’s writing words and names making up the spelling himself phonically. He can read a handful of words — dog, daddy, mom, cat, etc. But he can write just about any name or word he cares to write. My daughter at this age was doing the same thing. By the end of age four she was reading all sorts of “First Grade” words, and with very little formal schooling she was reading at a “First Grade” level within the first month or two of Kindergarten. I’m wondering if anyone else has had any experience with the “Lead Frog” DVD language series or with a child who writes before learning to read.

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On Vacation

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/25/2007

House guests are coming and it’s time to take a few weeks of well deserved vacation.

In the mean time, why not give your elected representatives a call and let them know what you think about the Bush-Kennedy amnesty bill.

See you in a few. — greg

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AMNESTY PASSES

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/25/2006

This makes me very sad. Sad for my country. Sad for my children. If this makes it through the House my best judgment is that my children will now be sharing the beaches, the highways, the emergency rooms, and the schools with another quarter billion folks who otherwise wouldn’t be in the country.

I can as good as physically feel the added financial strain this massive population of most poor, mostly uneducated folks will put on my wife, myself and my children. We’ve got governments at every level who can’t pay their current bills — and have no hope of paying for their future obligations. Conservative estimates of the coming tax increases are in the 50% to 60% range — without the massive new tax burden of the President’s amnesty + cash + “temporary workers” bill.

You can read about Senate passage of the bill here, here, here and here.

Here’s the direct phone line to every Representative in the Congress. Do your country and your children a favor and ring up a half dozen or so. You can give the President a call at one of these numbers.

And right now I’d like to tell President Bush and John McCain and the rest who’ve insinuated that we who oppose amnesty + open borders are simply racists, I liked to tell the lot of them to go F themselves. Mexican-Americans have been a part my life, my wife’s life, and our childrens lives since we were toddlers. I played most of my childhood with immigrants, and I’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with immigrants in factories, on farms and in businesses throughout my life. Members of my family who I dearly love are the children of immigrants. I find it sickening when those who cannot defend their amnesty and open borders proposals seek to gain political traction by smearing their opponents. If you haven’t kept track, the President has done it, John McCain has done it, and most every advocate of amnesty and open borders in the country has done it. It’s disgusting and it reveals a group who cannot appeal to arguments, facts or reason to support their own side.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

UPDATE: Lou Dobbs:

we should point out that this is an instance in which the president of the United States, a Republican, by most — most identifications, and the majority of the Senate have — of his party — have parted company. In point of fact, the president of the United States has sided with the Democratic Party in the Senate, and a majority of the Republicans in the Senate have been defeated on this legislation ..

there is no question, none whatsoever, that this legislation is flawed in nearly — in so many ways, that it is utterly breathtaking ..

We have just received word from Senator Jon Kyl’s office that the Senate in this legislation approved a remarkable change to this so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill. Get ready. Just moments before the final Senate vote, the United States Senate adopted a provision that requires consultation with the government of Mexico before the United States government can build a security fence on our southern border. If there is any doubt whatsoever about who’s in charge of U.S. immigration policy, and now border security, it should be dispelled.

The Senate laying bare its motivation and its values and its disregard for border security by placing immigration reform, as it puts it, at the forefront.

The Senate passed its immigration — comprehensive immigration reform bill without addressing the legislation’s massive impact on our legal system or the agencies responsible for enforcing that legislation, should it become law ..

This issue, Casey, the fact that they’re not looking, in any way providing for budget, manpower for the Citizenship and Immigration Services, or ICE and its internal enforcement agents, I mean, this is — how do we rationalize? How do we explain this?

WIAN: I don’t think you can rationalize or explain it, as evidenced by what you just reported a couple of minutes ago, the fact that the Senate has approved an amendment to allow the government of Mexico to basically sign off on whether we can build a border fence or not. I mean, it seems all rationality has gone out the window — Lou.

DOBBS: This is breathtaking, it is hard to imagine what this president and the leadership of this Senate have been thinking and what — and it’s just extraordinary. Absolutely disregarding the will of the American people, and abandoning common sense all together, or any apparent concern for border security in passing this legislation.

Rush Limbaugh:

It’s breathtaking to see how literally out-of-touch and tone deaf all of these people inside the Beltway are. They know full well how you feel about immigration, and it doesn’t matter!

They’re mooning us. They’re flipping us the bird.

Lot’s more of Rush on immigration, the Senate and the President here.

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Blogging in “light” mode

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/29/2005

We’re still trying to recover from Christmas here at the Ransom home. Blogging will continue light over the next few days.

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Mark Steyn at the Beverly Wilshire

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/19/2005

The C-Span video of Mark Steyn speaking at the Beverly Wilshire is now available here. Click on the link titled “Rostenkowski & Steyn” to see the RealPlayer clip — skip halfway through for Steyn’s talk.

BONUS: Mark Steyn on Irving Berlin and “White Christmas”.

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Mark Steyn is our H.L. Mencken

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/03/2005

And what a pleasure it was to share an evening in Beverly Hills with Mr. Steyn, courtesy of the Claremont Institute. Must have spent an hour or so talking with the great man in the Claremont suite at the Beverly Wilshire after the main event. What an evening.

Fellow Bear Flagger Flap has an early report — with pictures — here. UPDATE: Flap has much more here.

I’m off to bed and then to work. I’ll have a full report later in the day.

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