Monthly Archives: December 2012

Two Heads’ 2012 in review

If you’re a WordPress blogger, then you recognize this graphic.  It’s the “cover” of the 2012 annual report for each blog. I thought it would be fun today to do a little retrospective on our first year of blogging here at Two Heads are Better Than One…. 

[Of course, what’s “fun” for me may be a dead bore for you…so please feel free to walk quietly away and leave me to my navel-gazing. You won’t hurt my feelings. Check back tomorrow when JTR will have something much more interesting for you, I’m sure!]

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Take Time to Reflect as We Tumble Over the Cliff into 2013

A good friend of mine posted this message on Facebook recently:

Don’t want to make resolutions you will break all too soon, but want to be intentional about the direction your life is heading in the next year? Here is a tool to spend a little time evaluating your life holistically at the turn of the New Year.

Pie ChartShe included a link to a website called reviveourhearts. comwhere you can fill out a “Personal Vitality Plan” (a downloadable PDF) which examines 12 areas of your life, including not only the usual suspects, i.e.:

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An exceptional post from Mark Steyn, …even by Steyn’s own standards

Yeah, I’m a huge, unapologetic Steyn fan: sue me.

Have you read his books? As far as I’m concerned, if someone doesn’t enjoy his writing style, insight & wit, well…there may be no hope for them.

This post? Great stuff; be sure to read it all. 

JTR

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Not the absurdity he thought he was exposing

-by Mark Steyn

Published: Dec. 28, 2012

David Gregory - Liberal HypocriteA week ago on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” David Gregory brandished on screen a high-capacity magazine.

To most media experts, a “high-capacity magazine” means an ad-stuffed double-issue of Vanity Fair with the triple-page perfume-scented pullouts. But apparently in America’s gun-nut gun culture of gun-crazed gun kooks, it’s something else entirely, and it was this latter kind that Mr. Gregory produced in order to taunt Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.

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Economics for Dummies…and Liberals

A classic post on the idiocy of our current economic policy, as seen through the eyes of a businessman.

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Our thanks to blogger UTAH over at ‘The Rio Norte Line‘ for the loan…

The Rio Norte Line

Originally posted on October 22, 2011 but re-posted in honor of the fiscal cliff. Still true and the math is just this simple.

People say that government can’t be run like a business. I guess that depends on what the true objectives are. Businesses can’t chase every opportunity or customer and they can’t provide every service or product or they will fail. When viewed in this light, business does have a lot in common with government. I think that is why the Founders gave us the Declaration and the Constitution (and made it changeable, but after a long and thoughtful process). If I look at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, I would compare them to a business’ statement of core values (the Declaration) and a mission statement (the Constitution).

Sort of like the old analogy, “when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a…

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The Incandescent Light Bulb ban, …and the ACTUAL Dim Bulbs behind the whole mess

I went to the store last weekend to buy some replacement 100-watt light bulbs….and I couldn’t find any.

Now, they had puh-lenty of bulbs: the squiggly, wiggly ones, along with several other shapes I’d never seen before. Plus, they also had a modest section of the normal incandescent 60- and 75-watt bulbs, but no 100’s.

And then I recalled, again, the Great Light Bulb Debacle®.

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If you need a refresher on this subject, or if you’d just appreciate a fresh excuse to grind some of the enamel off your teeth, here you go (h/t the Washington Times):

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Hoisting Them on their own Petard

Using your opponent’s own weapons against them is a centuries-old tactic, and yet it’s often brutally effective.

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Our thanks to ‘Nice Deb‘ for the post….

Nice Deb

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Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker is noticing a growing trend within conservative ranks – the embracing of Alinsyite tactics in dealing with the Socialist left. Some of us have been doing it for awhile – it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when, but I know I personally, have had no problem using ridicule as a potent weapon against ridiculous lefties. It’s especially gratifying when used against thin skinned narcissists – (not mentioning any names.)

Following Alinsky’s rules would seem counter-intuitive for people with moral scruples – Saul Alinsky was an evil man with evil intent. Conservatives have no interest in accumulating “Power — not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have”, for instance. Yet power is the main motivator for the left. Democrats don’t care a whit about the fiscal cliff –  they may pretend that they do, but tax increases on millions of Americans…

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More Guns, LESS crime? (video courtesy of John Stossel)

The gun “control” argument is specious, and this classic video again shows why…

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(Thanks to ‘johngalt‘ for the link).

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The Hobbit: An Uninspiring Journey (a critical film review)

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Note:  I am aware that at least one of our good friends, James over at Biltrix, is going to strongly disagree with me over this review. You should probably also go and read his reaction to the film in order to get a “fair and balanced” view of it.

I tried hard not to include many spoilers in this, but if you haven’t seen the film yet, you may want to skip to the last third of the post…I’ve marked it with an asterisk*.

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My husband and I don’t get many evenings to spend together without granddaughter in tow. So this past Saturday night we jumped at our opportunity to view The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We’re both big fans of the original Lord of the Rings (LOTR) movies. [In fact, true confession: I saw The Fellowship of the Ring seven times in the movie theater. And we own all three extended versions.]

hobbit-lord-of-the-rings-booksWe’d been looking forward to seeing this new film, despite some misgivings about the wisdom of turning a relatively short book into three films equal in length to the three LOTR movies (which themselves are based on a book which is about four times as long).

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