31 January 2011

Asking for it

Judge Vinson: Obamacare is unconstitutional.

WH: I want a second opinion.

Judge Vinson: OK. It’s stupid, too.

Iowahawk

P.S. Isn’t it funny how the MAL has gone from “Bush is shredding the Constitution!” to “who cares about a hard too understand old document!”? Kind of like the aftermath of Operation Barbarossa.

It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.

29 January 2011

Today's moment of Sarahcuda

I have to agree with Ann Althouse for once that this putatively mocking video from Huffington Post reflects far more badly on its makers than on Sarahcuda. People who think personal happiness and cheer is loathsome are not the sort of people I want to be around.

I guess that’s why I’m not in the MAL even though by nature I am rather dour and pessimistic. Those people I meet who, like Palin, carry an inner glow are such a bright spot in our dreary world. But so many of the MAL would rather blow out the candle than light the darkness.

Climate of violence

Touring Fort Jackson on Thursday, the first lady praised efforts to offer better, more nutritious foods in the mess hall. She called childhood obesity a “national security issue.”

“Young recruits are coming in with higher percentages of stress fractures because they’re not used to moving around. They’re coming in unable to train because they’re either overweight or some are even malnourished and it’s costing this nation a lot of money for all this retraining that they have to do,” she said. “They may never be battle ready.”

Washington Post

Where do these military obsessed wing nuts come from?

28 January 2011

Aristrocracy of Pull

We are seeing the “aristocracy of pull”, as Ayn Rand termed it, flowering under the manure that is POR-care — the number of waivers jumped to 729 immediately after the State of the Union address. This demonstrates that

  • POR-care is clearly seen as a burden, contrary to much of the rhetoric put out during the debate.
  • Favored constituencies will get a pass, political opponents will bear the full brunt. “Unity” is for suckers.

I strongly doubt, however, that the usual suspects who go on about “corporate privilege” will show any concern at all about this blatant, political favoritism. It is yet one more cost of regulation which is consistently ignored.

27 January 2011

Unsilencing

Has any one else been amused by the failed efforts of the Governor of Hawaii to find President Obama’s birth certificate? The statement by a friend of the Governor

[Governor] Neil [Abercrombie] says that he searched everywhere using his powers as governor ….. there is no Barack Obama birth certificate in Hawaii. Absolutely no proof at all that he was born in Hawaii.”

First rate messaging.

21 January 2011

Smart Diplomacy!

Best quote on the state dinner for Chinese President Jintao Hu

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize recipient hosts dinner for jailer of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

What could go wrong?

20 January 2011

Honoring the myth, not the reality

Apparently Google will be honoring the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as President in the near future. It just reminds me of how so many in the Democratic Party and the Modern American Left honor the name of JFK while de facto repudiating most of his rhetoric and policies. If any one tried the same thing today, the JFK admirers would hound them down like Palin. But I shouldn’t be surprised — it’s just another aspect of Logo-Realism.

Vague coding

I just found out that Perl, as of version 5.12, has a yada yada operator. What a wonderful way to start the day!

19 January 2011

More gun bans, more people shot

As Prince George count in Maryland is discovering. I know how safe the restrictive gun laws of Illinois and especially Chicago keeps us all so much safer.

More seriously, I would not claim that restricting guns of itself necessarily increases gun crime. But the idea that it has any effectiveness at reducing such crimes is the real fantasy of gun control freaks (or as others write, “hoplophobes”).

Keeping a promise

Congratulations to the House Republicans who passed a repeal of POR-care. I will note that opposition to POR-care is bipartisan1, while support is purely partisan on the part of the Democratic Party.

I must also say I liked House Majority Leader Cantor’s calling of Senate Majority Leader Reid’s bluff on the repeal. I think it’s clear that it’s Reid who’s afraid to have a vote on it, because so many Democratic Party Senators are up for re-election in 2012 and don’t want that vote on their records. How can that be, if POR-care is so popular on the American Street?


1 When passed all Republican members of the house and 34 members of the Democratic Party caucus voted against, and today all Republican members of the house and 3 members of the Democratic Party voted to repeal. In both case, all votes in favor of the legislation came from the Democratic Party. But somehow I doubt this will be mentioned by Old Media.

Skiied out

I am now finally recovering from my long family ski weekend. Boy Two, who is 10, is now zipping down local black diamond slopes with Mom (that’s beyond my skill level, especially after a full day of skiing that left my legs aflame). Girl Three went from never having been on skiis to doing a couple of full length green slopes and successfully using the ski lifts. Both of them are now speed freaks. The ski instructor tried to teach Girl Three how to slow down using turns and her response was “why would you want to slow down?”. Best of all, I didn’t have any falls but I got to watch SWIPIAW have a rather spectacular wipe out.

13 January 2011

12 January 2011

Chillaxing with my home bears

Non-STARTer

Once again the “smart diplomacy” of the Obama Administration shows its mettle with the confusion over the recent START treaty. It seems that the negotiatiors failed to actually agree on the meaning of the treaty before sending it off for ratification. Or, alternatively, the Obama Administration just flat out lied about what was negotiated when the treaty was submitted to the Senate. It would hardly be the first time the Obama crew told foreign and local audiences radically different things about a treaty.

Rule of Cool

I listened to some Nattering Progressive Radio this morning and a big story was a local one, about the Illinois state legislature taking time out from their busy schedule of looting the state economy as fast as they can to remove the state death penalty.

There are certainly arguments on both sides, but what NPR presented on the no death penalty side was a legislator whose argument was basically “none of the other cool states have a death penalty”. No weighing of the moral and pragmatic issues, just “removing it makes me feel good”. Either NPR thinks this is a good argument, or the other legislators they interviewed were even worse. Which do you think it was?

11 January 2011

Getting results

READER TOM ZAMPINO WRITES: “Wow! The Republicans have only been in control of the House for less than 48 hours and already the unemployment rate has dropped to 9.4%!”

Heh. Story here.

Instapundit

It may seem quick, but it might be a longer term consequence of the November elections, when people realized the Obama Administration won’t be doing any more confiscations like they did to GM bond holders (paying off well paid union members and leaving retirees to starve).

Lost implications

Via Best of the Web is this little tidbit from Der Spiegel

Climate activists have begun directing millions in funding into training programs for environmental journalists, with the goal of encouraging what’s known as “advocacy journalism.” This type of reporting is “pretty much dead in Europe,” says Markus Lehmkuhl, a media expert at Berlin’s Free University. British science journalist Alexander Kirby warns that journalists who remain neutral on the issue could endanger the cause of climate protection

I know it’s almost a defining characteristic of TranZis that they don’t think through consequences, but to admit that without active propaganda efforts climate activists can’t win in the court of public opinion seems a rather significant admission of the weakness of their case.

Owen Gaffney, director of communications at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, advises that, rather than leaving reporting about climate change to the media, scientists should establish their own media outlets, preferably online. “We have more credibility than journalists and we need to take advantage of that,” Gaffney says.

Well, you could hardly have less. But you might want to ponder, Mr. Gaffney, on why exactly that situation exists and how journalists managed to achieve it.

10 January 2011

Once again, I just don't fit in

Via Instapundit is this quote about minivans —

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who, when they have kids, worry they are no longer cool, and those who, when they have kids, think being a parent is cooler than anything they’ve ever done. The latter group will consider a minivan. The former won’t, even if you paint a skull and crossbones on it.

What about people, like me, who were never cool and realized they never would be, so bought a minivan purely for practicality?

The new Source of All Evil

A few years back, then President Bush was the Source of All Evil — anything that went wrong was through some causal chain his fault. SInce he’s left office, however, a new source was needed and so apparently Sarah Palin has risen to that position. For a second banana on a failed Presidential bid, it’s impressive that she remains the root cause of American politics.

One of the more disgusting and hysterical examples of this is the reaction to the shooting in Arizone at an event for Representative Gabrielle Gifford. As with all things Palin related by the MAL it is the blinding speed of the reflex that most astonishes. Apparently the point is that since Palin’s obviously responsible, one need only do enough searching to find a connection (however tenuous and non-specific) and it’s all done. Never mind previous misfires in the same vein — this time, for sure, it’ll connect up.

Naturally, any such push back against The Narrative will be take as support for “violent”, “hateful” political speech. But as anyone who pays attention to history knows, in reality any such restraint will be applied only against conservatives / the GOP / the Tea Parties, and not against anything vile from the MAL. One need not even look at a long term pattern to see this how reticence about motives is selectively applied by Old Media. Even in for those on the Left not willing to simply make things up, there’s always the implication by denial technique, because the key thing is

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did. “They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

Yeah, that will elevate our political discourse.

Via Tim Blair we have this tidbit concerning the Australian Broadcast Company —

On ABC News Breakfast yesterday the co-presenters Mary Gearin and Waleed Aly made it clear early in the program that they saw the hostility to Barack Obama’s program – as exemplified in the Tea Party and Palin – as providing a spark which could ignite a murderous rage against the likes of Giffords.

There’s the key — set things up so any hostility to Obama’s policies is the equivalent of killing people in a spray of gunfire. That’s the heart of all of this. Allahu Palin is an excellent earlier post by Blair.

Textual dysfunction

Yes, I’ve been around but not writing for a while now. Just a lot of blockage over the winter holidays. I need to try to do better because I am blocking in real life as well and perhaps if I just force myself to write, it will help with that as well.