February 2010

Undercover Boss is a new TV show in which heads of companies go undercover to experience the lower positions in the company first-hand. One recent episode featured 7-11 CEO Joe DePinto going undercover and working with Igor from Kazakhstan delivering supplies to stores at night. Igor is enthusiastic about his job, America and life.

Since this was filmed, Igor has gotten his own 7-11 franchise.

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Another great video from Andrew Klavan on what liberals think:

Previous great Klavan videos:

Liberal Fantasies vs. Reality, Can you Spot the Difference?


The Left’s Argument: Shut Up

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While Charlie Crist doesn’t want to scrap Obamacare even though he is unable to say what he likes about it, Marco Rubio, his opponent in the Republican primary for US Senate from Florida, is clear in his rejection of Obamacare and in how he would reform health care:

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Florida Governor Charlie Crist again demonstrates why he doesn’t deserve support from conservatives and Tea Party independents. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post he stated President Obama should not scrap the current health care proposal and then is unable to identify a single part of the current proposal that is worth keeping:

Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, told The Palm Beach Post editorial board on Friday that, unlike many Republicans in Washington, he didn’t think President Obama should scrap his health care reform proposal:

“There may be parts of it that you don’t have to scrap. There are three parts of it that I would like to see scrapped: It would raise taxes significantly, it would raise rates significantly and it would take half-a-trillion dollars out of Medicare.

“I think the real issue here, as it relates to health care, is that people want it to not cost so much and people want to have access to it. I think there is a consensus of agreement that the health care that is delivered in America is good. But it’s not easy to get it and it’s too expensive when you do get it.”

Asked if there were any parts of the bill he liked, Crist said:

“I don’t think a whole lot. Watching the discussion yesterday (Thursday) you get a chance to sort of see more of it be ferreted out. You know, I’m the kind of guy … I’m pragmatic. The stimulus is a great example. We needed the money. Every other Republican governor took it, too. I was just maybe a little more honest and straight forward about it. Well, shame on me for being honest. But, you know, as it relates to health care, if there are good ideas, I’m willing to look at them. And I would take that same approach to any issue in Washington.”

Asked again if there were any parts he liked he said:

“Not at present. No.”

Not one good idea?

“There may be. There may be. You know, I’m pretty focused on Florida right now. I mean, after the session I’ll be more focused on the issues in Washington. But I’ve got to do my first job first.”

So understanding how major legislation in Washington that will have huge impacts on the state’s finances and on Floridians is not part of Charlie Crist’s current job as governor? And a candidate for US Senate doesn’t need to understand major legislation currently considered by the Senate?

It is time for the voters in Florida to retire Charlie Crist in the Republican primary for US Senate. Then again, maybe Crist will confirm rumors that he plans to leave the Republican Party and self-destruct on his own.

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American protesters hold signs in the rain during the protest last year (Photo: AP)



British Member of Parliament Daniel Hannan is launching a tea party movement in Great Britain this weekend.
To people perplexed that about launching a movement that is based on American protests against Great Britain in 1773, Hannan responds:

Some British Lefties – and some Americans – are thrown by the idea of a Brighton Tea Party. After all, they point out, the original Boston Tea Party was directed against the British Crown.

Yes, it was. But where do you think its leaders drew their inspiration from? The American patriots didn’t see themselves as revolutionaries, but as conservatives. In their own minds, all they were asking for was what they had always assumed to be their birthright as freeborn Englishman.

Part of that birthright was liberty from unjust, arbitrary or punitive taxation. The proposition that taxes ought not to be levied except by elected representatives would have been every bit as popular in Great Britain in 1773 as in America.

The American Revolution, in other words, was inspired by British political philosophy and – more to the point – by British political practice. American patriots saw themselves as part of a continuing British tradition…

A large majority of the British population sympathised with the arguments of the colonists. So, indeed, did the greatest British parliamentarians of the age.

“I rejoice that America has resisted,” proclaimed William Pitt the Elder setting out the case against the Stamp Act in 1766. “Three million people so dead to all feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest [of us]”

“Let us get an American revenue as we have got an American Empire,” said Edmund Burke in 1775, taking up the cause of no taxation without representation. “English privileges have made it all that it is; English privileges alone will make it all it can be.”

Those British Lefties who now sneer at what they regard as the Americanisation of the British Right would do well to remember their own history. They are the political heirs of Charles James Fox, of John Wilkes, or Tom Paine. I have no doubt that if the heroes of that age – Burke or Fox or Pitt or Johnson or Swift – could be transported to our own time, they would recoil with horror at the level of taxation and state intervention.

To remind you, Labour has introduced 111 tax rises since 1997. It has taken a trillion pounds in additional taxation. And it has still left us with a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP.

Enough is enough. I’m not asking you to throw any chests into the Channel, but at least come to Brighton, drink some tea, and let our leaders know how you feel about their squandering of our property and our heritage.

Here is Daniel Hannan confronting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the European Parliament last year:

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