Don Surber

The Scorekeeper

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Catch up on American Vignettes

“I think the core of conservative philosophy is that every one of us is equal. Every one of us has God-given gifts. No one of us is better than any other one of us.” -- Carly Fiorina.
In America, we get to use those gifts. American Vignettes looks at those who used their God-given gifts wisely. Some are famous, most are not. All made America better. This is a list of them with links, also updated daily. Any inaccuracies should be pointed out in comments here, or to

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tweet of the day

Scoreboard 3-4-2015

Earworm alert in No. 9.

1. Congress fails to override the Keystone veto. We need a second politcal party, America. EVIL.

Saudi: "Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world"

I dislike the House of Saud, which despite great wealth and education is an 11th century caliphate practicing sharia law. But Ahmad Al-Faraj, a columnist with the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah, ripped Barack Obama over the Benjamin Netanyahu speech, an indication that even the Saudi Arabians get what the stakes are in Iran.

And I agree with Ahmad Al-Faraj's assessment of President Obama as "the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world."

Obama's Cairo speech inspired the Islamic State and others to light up Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Anti-cop narrative fails in LA

Over the years, I have learned two things: Cops cover for one another, cop critics lie. So when an event happens, such as the recent shooting death of a homeless man in Los Angeles, I bide my time.

It turns out the innocent homeless man was a violent French bank robber.

Facts not mentioned about guns

Which state has the lowest gun murder rate in America?


Which state has never required a permit to carry a concealed weapon?


In writing in the Washington Post about states trying to emulate Vermont by allowing concealed weapons without permits, Jeff Guo of Storyline did not mention the lowest-in-the-nation gun murder rate of Vermont.

Xerox should have listened to George Pake

American Vignettes looks at physicist and research director George Pake, who could have made Xerox bigger than Microsoft and Apple combined, if only the company's board of directors had listened.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tweet of the day

I broke the law, and the law lost.

Scoreboard 3-3-2015

1. From Instapundit: "TWO THINGS PEOPLE ARE MISSING ABOUT NETANYAHU’S SPEECH: (1) He didn’t just make a case for why the U.S. should be harder on Iran. He made the case for unilateral Israeli military intervention too, sub silentio. (2) The most damaging thing to Obama here isn’t even the substance, but the contrast in style. Netanyahu, as someone said on Twitter, was better in his second language than Obama is in his first. And he presented himself as a leader who cares about his country, rather than one, like Obama, who makes excuses for its enemies."

So succinct it should be called sinct. GOOD.

2. Boehner refuses to uphold the Constitution. Illegal aliens will soon have more rights than citizens do. We need a second party in this country. EVIL.

Netanyahu 1, Obama 0

The confrontation between nations turned out to be Benjamin Netanyahu praising Barack Obama -- and the president looking like the trifling fool he is.

Netanyahu -- who was left sitting and waiting for hours at the White House shortly after The Won as in the childish "I won, I will trump you on that" became president -- let bygones be bygones and praised the president.

You left out the Voting Rights Act of 1965

As governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry almost vetoed the redistricting plan for congressional districts in 1812. Instead, he let the partisan divide of districts go into law, attaching his name forever to Gerrymandering.

This is what happens when you don't listen to your conscience, kids.

Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post wrote, "This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see. How to steal an election: a visual guide." He failed to include the effects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is the main driver of gerrymandering tehse days.

This is what happens when you don't do your homework, kids.

NYT inoculates Hillary

The New York Times rolled out another Clinton scandal today: "Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules."

Smelling blood in the water, the guppies circle.

Don't set your self up for the inevitable disappointment when it comes to that criminal enterprise known as The Clintons. This scandal will die rapidly. The New York Times chose today to roll the story out for a reason: Netanyahu's showdown with Obama is bigger news that will drown this story out -- and breaking the story now starts the clock on the scandal. By the time the 2016 general election is here, this story will be 1 1/2 years old.

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