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Top Colleges For Conservatives

Posted by Mike on June 27, 2008

While perusing the Corner earlier today, I was pleased to see that All American Colleges has published a guide for the top 50 schools for conservatives, old-fashioned liberals, and people of faith. I was even more pleased with the cover. I know many of you will agree. ūüôā

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No Water for The Witch as Some Republicans Play With Fire

Posted by Mike on March 4, 2008

Earlier tonight, I had a discussion with Salinger in which he informed me that a conservative we both (and many of you) know and respect actually cast a ballot for She Who Must Not Be Named. I know Rush Limbaugh and other influential conservative suggested that Republicans do just that, and I know that the Democrat infighting that a close race provides will be crazy delicious. But good God people, this is SWMNBN!

In our discussion, Salinger wondered how it is even physically possible for a good conservative to pull the lever, punch the hole, or complete the arrow next to her name without vomiting on the spot. I still haven’t haven’t figured out the answer to that one.

My first thought upon hearing this was regret. Tonight was the night we could have stood by and watched as Obama poured water on the witch and it now it looks like she will live to fight another day. If SWMNBN comes from behind, wins the nomination and then the White House, those good conservatives who voted for her today are going to feel awfully guilty when they realize the price of their short-term schadenfreude.At this point, SWMNBN has won Rhode Island (the Riddle Family Graveyard of American Politics) and Ohio. She has also been gaining all night in Texas.

Don’t get me wrong, Obama still has the inside track and I will enjoy the Uncivil War as much any conservative. However, we had better hope that SWMNBN ultimately loses this thing because I don’t want to hear a never-ending Lazarus narrative until November. In fact, I don’t want to hear her period.

If you don’t think this scenario is possible, take note of Rush Limbaugh’s latest Pearl of Wisdom regarding a certain family (the first line says it all).

Reuters photo

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The Obama Endorsement: Chafee Is As Chafee Does

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2008

Once upon a time, many thought that the sole purpose of this website to bash Lincoln Chafee and with good reason. All three of us are conservative Republicans who were born and raised in Rhode Island, and we were naturally disgusted with the leftist leanings of our former Senator. After siding with the Democrats on the War on Terror (including its Iraq front), taxes, overregulation, abortion on demand, gun control, affirmative action, and even the 2004 Presidential election, it was clear that Chafee needed to be defeated, preferably in a primary. Alas, some things were not meant to be.

What bothers me about today’s news that Lincoln Chafee endorsed Barack Obama is not the endorsement itself. Those of us who knew what the guy was all about saw something like this coming a long time ago. What really grinds my gears is the fact that the Republican National Senatorial Committee and other national party people did not. Rather than using the rank and file’s hard-earned and well-intentioned contributions to support conservative (or even somewhat loyal moderate) incumbents and viable challengers, the national organization used its supporters’ money to prop up a disloyal leftist at the expense of a moderate-to-conservative challenger.

Many of the same Republican leaders who propped up Chafee in 2006 will express outrage over this endorsement, but they have no credibility when they do so. Lincoln Chafee tipped his hand years ago, and nothing he does today should come as a surprise. Chafee is as Chafee does. He always has been.

Photo via the Boston Globe-Democrat

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Ride The Corkscrew Again . . . Almost

Posted by Mike on February 8, 2008

This one’s for the Rhode Islanders. Like me, many of you have fond memories of Rocky Point, that cheesy amusement park from yesteryear. We will never taste chowda and clamcakes in the World’s Largest Shore Dining Hall, spit on the fat lady in the House of Horrors or be drenched by flume bacteria water ever again, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go down memory lane every now and then.

Many of the park’s rides were auctioned off when the park was sold. One of the park’s main attractions, the Corkscrew, wound up in Seattle. Even more miraculously, some Rhode Islanders did too. Lucky for us, they filmed their ride on the relocated rollercoaster and now we can ride the corkscrew again, sort of.

As you watch the video, you’ll be amazed at the familiar sounds and how you will remember exactly where the turns and loops are.

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Liturgical Dance

Posted by Mike on January 22, 2008

Salinger, you would know better than anyone.¬† Please tell me that this liturgical dancing didn’t actually happen where it looks like it happened.

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Lincoln Chafee Leaves the Republican Party

Posted by Ryan on September 19, 2007

Without too much fanfare, Rhode Island’s favorite ex-cokehead Republican, Lincoln Chafee, decided to bolt the party last “June or July.”¬† Saying, “It’s not my party anymore,” begs the question: when was it ever your party?¬† He’s currently unaffiliated, but that isn’t much of a change either.¬† He was the definition of a RINO which is¬†what prompted me to call and get on the Sean Hannity Radio Show a few years ago about his waffling on the issues and his¬†lack of¬†reliability¬†back before the 2002 Election.¬† He wasn’t a good Republican, and could not even survive the one thing that I used to believe was why he was a Republican at all– to avoid a primary fight.¬† Due to his ridiculously RINO status, in 2006 he got a primary fight and lost the general.

Yet, the national party supported Chafee over former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, who was much more conservative, because it was deemed that Chafee was the only Republican who could have won in Rhode Island.¬†¬† Laffey has since said that this kind of philosophical approach by the Republicans depressed turnout in 2006 not all over the place.¬† I have to agree:¬† I donated less money in 2006 than I have since I was in college, even writing to the local and national Republicans to complain and explain why they didn’t get my cash.¬† With Chafee gone, the party is not going to suffer in Rhode Island (or anywhere) as this really looks like sour grapes.

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Deadly Mistake at Rhode Island Hospital

Posted by Ryan on August 24, 2007

An 86-year-old brain surgery patient, whose name is yet to be released, eventually¬†died Saturday of a botched operation.¬† The nurse practitioner didn’t¬†specify which side of the patient’s brain needed to be operated on, but the doctor went ahead anyway, on memory of an old CT scan.¬† Once he realized his mistake he began to work on the proper side.¬† The result was three weeks of agony and eventual death of the patient.¬†

A sense a huge lawsuit in the works!¬† Doctors and nurse practitioners make a heck of a lot of money.¬† Given all that money and the prestige¬†of the job, there’s no excuse for this kind of deadly gaffe– especially with brain surgery!¬† Dr. Frederick Harrington is currently under investigation because of it and Lifespan, the company that owns Rhode Island Hospital, has come out strongly against the doctor, wanting to know if the mistake led directly¬†to the patient’s death.

Plus, those of you who’ve never lived in Rhode Island cannot appreciate how small it is.¬† Everybody knows everybody by about two degrees of separation.¬† New Jersey is¬†8.5 times larger than RI in population and seven times its size in square miles.¬† Add the fact that nearly all of RI’s million residents live within 25 minutes of Providence or Newport.¬† When something like this happens, everyone gets freaked out, panics, and it stays in the local news for a long, long time.

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Oscar the Cat

Posted by Ryan on July 26, 2007

I don’t really like cats, being much more of a dog fan.¬† I’ve only met a few cats that I genuinely like.¬† To me, they seem¬†very self-interested, using you for food and warmth and tend to get used to you more than truly like you.¬† Dogs are pretty dumb comparatively, but they¬†love attention and show a high level of unconditional affection back to¬†their owner.¬† Yet, the argument between cats and dogs is an age old one that will not be solved here.

But, I digress.

However, sometimes pets can do extraordinary things.¬† This story out of the UK’s Daily Mail puts a different spin on a cat few would be happy to see under normal circumstances.¬† Two-year old Oscar the cat lives and has free reign¬†in Rhode Island’s Steere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence (no pun intended).¬† Oscar’s just a normal everyday¬†cat except for one thing:¬† he¬†happens to cozy up next to patients who have only about four hours to live and has been eerily accurate in his sense of death coming– more so than some of the doctors!¬†

Can Oscar really tell when someone’s about to die, or is something else going on?¬† Is this unique to an animal who’s spent his entire life in this environment where people come in and die on a regular basis?¬† Maybe we can put a Republican Elephant¬†and a Democrat Jackass into a room and see whose lap¬†Oscar jumps on!¬† Just kidding, but this is kind of spooky.¬† Some people think animals have an extra sense that humans have lost in our thousands of years of civilization which deals with these kinds of things.¬† Maybe, but many families of the dying have come to appreciate Oscar, so he seems to be serving a good purpose.

AP photo.

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Rhode Island Sailors Missing!

Posted by Ryan on May 10, 2007

This just in from Virginia:  four sailors hailing from Rhode Island are still lost at sea this evening after possibly being hit by Tropical Depression/Storm Andrea, forming ominously off the Carolina coast this week.  Representative Patches and Jack Reed (a short Senator) have been haranguing the Coast Guard to step up efforts to find the Rhode Islanders from the 54-foot Flying Colours vessel, missing since their distress signal was first heard Monday.  The ship began its journey from St. Thomas and was trying to get to Annapolis, Maryland.  Apparently, this is a great time of year to embark on such a trek because of the improving weather and calm seas along that route.  All four sailors were between the ages of 22 and 34 and had plenty of maritime experience.  We wish the Coast Guard luck in finding these wayward sailors and their vessel.

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