19 April 2010

Target of convenience

Brothers Judd cites an editorial about Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s opposition to military recruiters while she Dean of Harvard Law School. What gets missed by the author and even by Judd is that it wasn’t the military who decided on the policy for which Kagan punished them. It was decided by Congress. If Kagan had had the courage of her convictions, she would have banned Congressional money and staffers, not the USA military, from Harvard. But that would have been inconvenient for her, so she took out her pique on a target that couldn’t fight back and had no control over the issue. It’s the same as if she would expel a graduate student for doing immoral research as directed by his professor, while keeping the professor on because he’s a Name. Yeah, that sounds plausible.

18 April 2010

It's a fad

Apparently the modern American style of legislation — passing massive texts that few, if any, understand or have even read, with minimal debate, is catching on over the pond as well. I think it’s definitely indicative when a political faction can’t stand the thought of debate on the putative implementation of policies.


I am heading out tomorrow to New York City for a few days this week. I have to give a talk on using change management for firewall configurations to aid in computer forensic investigations. Should be almost more excitement than geeks are allowed to have.

Beaten handily

This story (via Brothers Judd) demonstrates two of the things I like best about Sarah Palin —

Those notes on Sarah Palin’s palm have become a political punch line — including, now, for Palin herself.

Campaigning today for Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minneapolis, Palin marveled at the fact that Bachmann, R-Minn., has fostered 23 children. She said she Googled that fact and thought so much of it that she inked it on her left palm.

“That was palm-worthy — I had to write that one on my hand,” the former Alaska governor said.

Then, she offered a gibe at President Obama as she showed off the notes: “This is the poor man’s version of a teleprompter — we’re still kicking it old-school.”

She doesn’t take herself too seriously and she’s willing to fire back at her critics on precisely the axis on which they attacked.

17 April 2010

Expect the unexpected

Once again, the jobless claims increase is unexpected. I remember the later years of the previous Adminstration, when Old Media would report gloom and recession even while the economic indicators looked good. Since the current adminstration, however, Old Media has been repeatedly stunned by bad news. It almost makes you think that they are not cynical ideologues but actually so weak minded that their opinions and views are actually altered by the change in party of the White House.

09 April 2010

Too crazy for Old Media

Atlanta Progressive News fires reporter for believing in objective reality

In an e-mail statement, editor Matthew Cardinale says Springston was asked to leave APN last week “because he held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News.”

Ask the guys on the front line

Much is made by the MALists on how former President Bush’s invasion of Iraq was so abusive and wasteful of our military. Any sympathy for the military from the MAL is obviously crocodile tears, but I think this pair of pictures is an even better counter-argument. If you want an expert opinion, ask the experts.

P.S. Note the fence barrier in one picture, and the mingling in the other.

06 April 2010

Flipping the morality switch

Wasn’t outsourcing jobs overseas a bad thing when the GOP was in charge? Now it’s cool, apparently — US healthcare reform is boon for India outsourcing companies

05 April 2010

Getting your priorities straight

It has been clear to me for a long time what is at the heart of the AGW propaganda effort — increased control by the TranZis. Now James Lovelock has declared that we might need to suspend democracy in order to deal with AGW.

What statements like this make me wonder, by what authority will these changes by implemented once voting rights are suspended? The “scientific community”? Who ever can get the best propaganda out via Old Media? It’s a typical and, to me, highly annoying tactic to disparage a current system while being evasive about what would replace it. It’s not surprising, however, because it is on that point that almost all such schemes founder.

Wrong target

Speaking of the Illinois Senate race I received a mailing from Mark Kirk, the GOP candidate, which featured pictures of disgraced former Illinois Governor1 Rod Blagojevich. This left me a tad confused, as I fail to see how electing Kirk to a federal office will have any effect on state politics. Obviously, the POR Administration is working hard to erase any distinction, but they have not yet succeeded at that.

1 Not yet a redundancy, but we’re working on it.