Friday, September 26, 2008
"My basic reasoning is this: given just how badly the Great Depression sucked, I m willing to gamble on stopping it, even if that gamble fails, even if it is not necessary a question that, if we actually go through with it, will be much argued and never answered . I m not willing to gamble for the bankers; the worst thing that will happen to them is that they retire on a pittance, or take a boring job somewhere. I m worried about the 40 million or so people who might end up out of work, and with nowhere to go. I m willing to do quite a bit to stop that from happening, even let the bankers off scott free. I don t think it s actually necessary to do that, but if I have to choose between helping the 40 million, or expressing my moral outrage--well, there s always skywriting."
"Some people who cover the campaign seem to have no knowledge of anything but the campaign, but I can’t get these events — which were real and required the constant application of judgment, honor and courage — out of my head.
Do I wish he was running a different campaign? Yes.
It’s not that he has changed his political personality that bothers me. I’ve come to accept that in this media-circus environment, you simply cannot run for president as a candid, normal person.
Nor is it, primarily, the dishonest ads he is running. My friends in the Obama cheering section get huffy about them, while filtering from their consciousness all the dishonest ads Obama has run — the demagogic DHL ad, the insulting computer ad, the cynical Rush Limbaugh ad, the misleading Social Security ad and so on. If one candidate has sunk lower than the other at this point, I’ve lost track.
No, what disappoints me about the McCain campaign is it has no central argument. I had hoped that he would create a grand narrative explaining how the United States is fundamentally unprepared for the 21st century and how McCain’s worldview is different."
As Glenn says: "Read it all"
"Oh, so if the polls show Obama winning and then he doesn't, it's because racism correlates with the tendency to hang up on pollsters?"
"One of the Marines cleared in the killings of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha plans to sue his congressman today for statements he says defamed him and other members of his squad.
Former Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, 24, of Canonsburg, will file a civil lawsuit against U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, who was widely quoted two years ago saying that eight Marines carried out a cold-blooded killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town on Nov. 19, 2005."
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"The moral of this story is that bad regulation metastasizes. Short term heroics are no substitute for dispassionate deregulation, which won’t happen so long as our political leaders are fixated on greed. Taking steps to prevent financial meltdowns is more likely to hasten their unwelcome arrival, so says the libertarian."
"Dubbed Travolution, the project depends on communications modules built into traffic lights. Those modules transmit signals to the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) which, in turn, shows the driver whether he or she is able to proceed safely and if so, what speed he or she must maintain in order to make it through before the light turns red. Even better, if there's no oncoming traffic, your Audi can make the light turn green. Of course, if Ed Bradley is driving, chances are the car will unintentionally accelerate even if his foot is on the brake."
Yeah, you read that right, American religious leaders, including representatives of The American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker UN Office, Religions for Peace, and the World Council of Churches-UN Liaison Office will be breaking bread with a man who murders his own people.
He executes gay people too. I wonder if national gay organizations will question these groups for dining with the tyrant. I’d bet good money they’d be demanding apologies if these groups honored James Dobson in a similar manner. I could find nothing on the web-sites of the Human Rights Campaign or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF).
"People who believe they have the greenest lifestyles can be seen as some of the main culprits behind global warming, says a team of researchers, who claim that many ideas about sustainable living are a myth.
According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights abroad. The carbon emissions from such flights can swamp the green savings made at home, the researchers claim."
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"As former rail workers were arriving to file new disability claims, investigators showed up and closed the office in Westbury, eventually carting out nine file boxes and five personal computers.
The raid came two days after The New York Times reported that nearly all career employees of the railroad — from 93 percent to 97 percent of retirees every year since 2000 — retire early and soon after begin getting disability payments from the federal agency. The retirement board almost never turns down a claim, and since 2000 has paid more than a quarter of a billion dollars in disability checks to former Long Island Rail Road workers, The Times found."
"I certainly feel better knowing that come next November, I might have a savvy politician like Joe Biden explaining complex financial matters to me. And also, how the governor of New York managed to get his own financial show ten years before the first regularly scheduled television broadcast."
"The United Nations has become the largest global purveyor of antisemitism in the world today. In the full knowledge that the president of Iran denies the Holocaust and advocates the destruction of the U.N. member state of Israel, the U.N. invited him to mount the dais and gave him a megaphone."
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Megan's really smart, and I trust her judgment; but........
"The CAC's agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers's educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland's ghetto.
In works like 'City Kids, City Teachers' and 'Teaching the Personal and the Political,' Mr. Ayers wrote that teachers should be community organizers dedicated to provoking resistance to American racism and oppression. His preferred alternative? 'I'm a radical, Leftist, small 'c' communist,' Mr. Ayers said in an interview in Ron Chepesiuk's, 'Sixties Radicals,' at about the same time Mr. Ayers was forming CAC."
If you have any interest as to why Sarah Palin is the "perfect" choice of running mate for John McCain, just check out this rant from Naomi Wolf in The Huffington Post. It has taken me a while to figure this out, but after to listening to my Obama crazed friends, and all of the low-level vitriol represented by this juicy piece of "journalism", it all becomes clear as carnuba.
In essence, Palin has become the lightening rod for the absolutely worst behavior faults of the Left; and, unless I miss my guess, McCain (and certainly his peeps) knew that this would happen. All of the bile being tossed about just makes the case for NOT allowing the Obama crazies to run the country.
Boy! That certainly was easy, wasn't it?
Of course, it would have been fairly simple to let Palin's weaknesses come through on their own; but that is not the way of the Democratic (less than) intelligensia. Ms. Wolf is certainly proof of this.....
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The parallels with the financial sector meltdown are evident -- poorly considered incentives, lax oversight, outright fraud, and regulatory capture. And with the same precipitating factors, we get the same result: the American taxpayer is left with the bill (upwards of $3.6 billion last year). Why did Phill Gramm think we are a nation of whiners? We are behaving like a nation of panhandlers.
"There are plenty of reasons why this peace may only amount to a cease-fire, fragile and reversible. The “surge” of American troops is over. The Iraqis are moving to take their country back, yet they wonder what might happen when the Americans’ restraining presence is gone. The Awakening, a poetic name for paying former Sunni insurgents not to kill Americans or Iraqis, could fall apart, just as the Shiite Mahdi Army could reanimate itself as quickly as it disappeared. Politics in Iraq remains frozen in sectarian stalemate; the country’s leaders cannot even agree to set a date for provincial elections, which might hand power to groups that never had it before. The mountain of oil money, piled ever higher by record oil prices, may become another reason to spill blood."
"Without low-down-payment mortgages, you don't get the housing bubble. The CEO of Freddie Mac, Richard Syron, got sacked. Good. Barney Frank, Syron's chief sponsor, kept his job, and continues to push the idea of Freddie and Fannie taking their 'profits' and using them to fund low-down-payment mortgages. I'm sorry to keep harping on Congressman Frank. He didn't cause the whole crisis, or if he did he didn't mean to. It's just that markets learn from their mistakes, and he doesn't."