If you haven’t already, go get yourself some free books from our longtime friend Francis. I promise you you won’t regret it; if you have any liking at all for good, tight, well-written, Heinlein-esque sci-fi, you’ll love his work. Trust me, people.
If you haven’t already, go get yourself some free books from our longtime friend Francis. I promise you you won’t regret it; if you have any liking at all for good, tight, well-written, Heinlein-esque sci-fi, you’ll love his work. Trust me, people.
Words fail me at the news of the great Steven den Beste’s death. I’ll content myself with echoing Bill:
In the beginning, the towering figures of the Blogosphere were Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Sullivan, Charles Johnson, and, perhaps the greatest of the long-form bloggers, Steven Den Beste.
Daily Pundit owes equal credit to Instapundit and the U.S.S. Clueless for its very existence, as both provided primary inspiration for my own comparatively paltry efforts. And though Steven and I fell out and parted ways some years ago, I will miss him terribly.
The Blogosphere has lost some great ones over the years. Steven was one of the greatest.
Thank you so much for everything, Steven. Rest now.
Amen. Just…well, that’s all. For those of you who weren’t around back in those early post 9/11 days (and how quaint that sounds to me now, as if something unforgettable happened that day), den Beste made the case for the West’s proactive self-defense against the hateful savagery of Islam better than just about anybody.
He made the same mistake most of us did back then: assuming that there was something the Moslem world would find irresistibly attractive about Western-style freedom and democracy, something that would pipe them inexorably away from a hideous 7th century barbarism and bring them into the light of modernity.
He was wrong about that; so were we all. The Moslem world preferred to double down on murderous revanchism and the dark, primitive savagery that is the core of their misanthropic pseudo-religion; they turned out to be not just uninterested in any sort of enlightened moderation of their ass-backwards death cult, but actively hostile to it.
Which does not at all indicate any sort of delusion or ignorance on his part, I think. Rather, it speaks to a very human optimism and hopefulness, a granting of the benefit of the doubt that the Moslem world turned out to be unworthy of.
His arguments were always impeccably constructed; his writing was beautifully lucid and engaging. The flaw at their core was the Moslem world’s, not his. In the end, he hoped for more from them than they could live up to. There are exceptions to that, of course, and we can only wish those pitiful few well and hope for the best for them, and try to support and encourage them as and when we can.
In the end, Steven’s writing stands on its own. The Moslem inability to live up to his ambition and hope for them is their failure, not his; it detracts from his stellar work not one whit. One of Bill’s readers has graciously archived the old USS Clueless site here, and if you aren’t one of us old OG farts, you really ought to set aside some time and go dig in. It’s a deep well indeed, and well worth your attention, although there’s way more there than just what we used to call warblogging. It’s a crystal-clear snapshot of a moment in time before we really knew just what kind of darkness we were doomed to struggle against, and as such is enlightening in more ways than I can begin to explain.
Rest easy, Steven. You won’t be forgotten.
Recommendation: MOST high.
Via WRSA. These are all fantastic–well-written and both entertaining and sobering at the same time–so grab ’em while you can and enjoy. Matt’s definitely one of the good guys; many thanks to him for this deal. WRSA suggests spreading this one far and wide too, and, well…yeah.
I’ve been remiss in not mentioning this yet; the Fat Guy is an old, old friend of ours here at this websty, and I hate to hear of him having a rough time of it. As always, please help out if you can. All the best to you, Scott, and best wishes for kicking the Big C’s ass for good.
Or, “WHY HILLARY WAS NAMED FOR A THEN-OBSCURE NEW ZEALAND BEE-KEEPER”
Jonah G. quotes Steve Hayward at the American Enterprise’s Blog:
““We have long needed a good conservative magazine … This is not it … It is neither good nor conservative.” Macdonald’s complaint against National Review was, on closer inspection, nearly identical to Tanenhaus’s complaint against conservatism today, namely, that National Review was merely “anti-liberal” rather than conservative, that is, not properly deferential to liberalism. Buckley’s response reveled in exactly what Macdonald (and Tanenhaus) scorned: “National Review does not consult Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. to determine the limits of tolerable conservative behavior.”
Yet that is more or less exactly what Tanenhaus thinks conservatism needs to do today. Tanenhaus’s argument turns out to be a restatement of G.K. Chesterton’s quip that the business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes, while the business of conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected. No thanks.”
I’ll second that “No thanks.” In a piece I did for National Review, I called Tanenhaus’s vision of conservatism “Sherpa conservatism.” I wrote in part:
Tanenhaus says that the high-water mark of good conservatism was roughly from 1965 to 1975. Not coincidentally, this was also the low-water mark of its political power, when conservatives critiqued the Great Society but lacked the power to do more than heckle. Good conservatives should know their place and gladly serve as Sherpas to the great mountaineers of liberalism, pointing out occasional missteps, perhaps suggesting a slight course correction from time to time, but never losing sight of the need for upward “progress” and happily carrying the extra baggage for progressives in their zealous but heroic quest for the summit. And any conservative who doesn’t accept his role as Tenzing Norgay to liberalism’s Edmund Hillary will have nasty adjectives like “revanchist” hurled at him by Tanenhaus.
Oh, no–not the nasty adjective! Not only am I a revanchist, I’m a pre-vanchist, too. And a plain old vanchist. I’ve been vanching since I was a little kid. I come from a long line of vanchers and we all vouch for vanching. Whatever it is.
Incidentally, the excellent EnterpriseBlog is where David Frum was
posting about one item per month to earn his $100k yearly stipend, which works out to about $8,333.33 per post…sweet! viciously censored because he wouldn’t tow the Rethuglican line. If you prefer.
THE UPSIDE OF TOPSIDERS
Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan.
It’s hard to imagine now, but 31 years ago, when I first announced that I was supporting Reagan in his bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, I was routinely asked by friends on the right how I could possibly associate myself with this “airhead,” this B movie star, who was not only stupid but incompetent.
Now I knew Ronald Reagan, and Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan. Then again, the first time I met Reagan all he talked about was the money he had saved the taxpayers as governor of California by changing the size of the folders used for storing the state’s files. …What she does know—and in this respect, she does resemble Reagan—is that the United States has been a force for good in the world…
Listen to the great satirist who blogs under the name of Iowahawk, writing in the fictional persona of T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII, son of the founder of The National Topsider, which he describe as a “once respected conservative magazine” now controlled by a bunch of “state college neanderthals.”
“For more than a year,” Van Voorhees tells us, “I have warned that . . . the conservative movement risked abandonment by its few remaining serious intellectuals”—”luminaries” like “the vivacious [Washington Post columnist] Kathleen Parker, Dame Peggy Noonan, and those two mighty Davids of conservative letters, Frum and Brooks”—and “being overrun by the unsightly hordes of Wal-Mart untermenschen typified by the loathesome ‘Tea Party’ rabble” with their “base enthusiasms and simian grunts. As is now obvious, events have proven me right.”
I fear that the attitude satirically exaggerated here by Iowahawk is what underlies the rejection of Sarah Palin by so many conservative intellectuals. …I remain more convinced than ever of the soundness of Buckley’s quip, in the spirit of which I hereby declare that I would rather be ruled by the Tea Party than by the Democratic Party, and I would rather have Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office than Barack Obama.
That’s the funny thing about funny things; you can write pages of policy, but one well-timed witticism cuts to the very heart of the matter.
First, I’d like to thank the Academy–oh, wait; I’m not on it? An oversight, I’m sure. Oh, well, there’s always next year–unless Congress decides that Next Year is a greedy, polluting, bigoted exploiter of the masses who must be taxed into oblivion for Their Glorious Forced-March into the Radiant Future.
Just as it takes a Revolution to get a Paine, the Unprecedented Assault on America has brought out the best in these writers, though a bittersweet taste, to be sure. Let’s take a bite:
25.) Larry Elder:
Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern left the Senate after 18 years and bought a small business. It went under. He wrote: “(I) wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee. … Legislators and government regulators must more carefully consider the economic and management burdens we have been imposing on U.S. businesses. … Many businesses … simply can’t pass such costs on to their customers and remain competitive or profitable.”
President Obama, like many members of Congress, has little experience in or understanding of the private free-market economy. Obama never started a business, ran one or struggled to meet a payroll. He shows little respect for the hard, long hours people put in to build successful businesses that compete to provide goods and services to customers and that hire people.
24.) David Harsanyi:
“It’s like communism; you can’t fix it,” Barton went on after the testimony. As a person who frequently and recklessly refers to his political opponents as Marxists, I would remind the congressman that in communist nations, sports were under the management of politicians. Come to think of it, communists always are whining about unfairness. They always are nattering about the ills of money. Communists tend to do a lot of their best work on “committees,” as well.
Should college football bowl matchups hinge on an intricate computer program? Should Alabama and Texas be playing in the championship game? Should TCU or Boise State be ignored? I have no clue. What I do know is that schools and fans, not some Commie committee in Washington, should be the ones making those sorts of decisions.
23.) Jack Kelly:
The key thing to remember about Mr. Obama’s aides is that he chose them. Shaking up a troubled presidential staff is mostly an exercise in reshuffling deck chairs on the Titanic because each administration takes on the characteristics of its chief. There is a reason why Richard Nixon’s chief aides were conspiratorial; that so many in the George W. Bush administration were mediocre; that so many in the Clinton administration were corrupt.
Deck-chair shuffling continues, in part, because members of the president’s party find it safer to criticize the king’s courtiers than the king himself; in part because they retain illusions about the president. (He’s really a good guy on our side. He’s just been let down by corrupt/incompetent/inexperienced aides. All will be well if a few heads roll.) But policy won’t change unless the president changes.
After a start nearly as bad as Mr. Obama’s, President Clinton made a successful mid-course correction. But Mr. Clinton was more interested in holding onto power and in having sex than in advancing any particular policy. Mr. Obama is more ideological, and thus less inclined to make a major shift toward the center.
Mr. Clinton also had had 10 years of executive experience as governor of Arkansas and a circle of intimates that wasn’t restricted to radicals and Chicago political thugs. Only Barack Obama can keep Barack Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter. But he doesn’t seem so inclined.
22.) Jeff Jacoby:
More government control is not the cure for what ails American schools. The empowerment of parents is. No teachers’ union, no school board, no secretary of education, and no president will ever love your children, or care about their schooling, as much as you do. In education as in so much else, high standards are important – far too important to hand off to the government.
21.) Frank J. Fleming:
There’s an old expression I just made up: There’s no liberal in a bear attack. In matters of life and death, like a bear ripping apart your house, there is no time to morally preen and pat yourself on the back for how smart you sound. Back in the day, life was pretty brutal for everyone, so there just weren’t any liberals. Unserious people starved to death or were mauled by giant sloths. With death lurking around every corner, people had no time for useless worries like whether warming the ozone would kill unicorns or whatever.
Liberals have only one piece of wisdom to add to any discussion about war: “This war is just like Vietnam!” That’s it. Nothing else. Every war is Vietnam, and Vietnam is very bad. That’s all they know. I’m not even sure how they protested wars before Vietnam (“This war is just like 1812!”). And to distract from the fact that they have one argument, they also have the non sequitur of calling people chickenhawks.
And if someone was in the military, they’ll say he is still a chickenhawk because he’s not in it now. And if someone is in the military now, then if he believes so much in the war, why isn’t he over fighting it just this instant? And even if someone were to meet a liberal’s impossible standards for having the right to argue for a war, it would be completely pointless to engage them on the subject, because all one could ever get out of them is, “This war is just like Vietnam!”
20.) Mike Adams:
[S]omeone was offended by an anti-pornography article I had written. The offended party retaliated by signing me up for a subscription to Playboy and having it sent to my office. I gave the Playboys to a lesbian professor as a show of good will. Sometimes it’s better to extend an olive branch than to offer a fig leaf.
And that’s what gave me the idea to sign Bill Ayers up for the NRA. I found all of the information needed to fill out that application on the University of Illinois – Chicago website. Within weeks, issues of the NRA’s “American Rifleman” magazine will go right to his office. Signing him up cost my organization www.DrAdams.org a mere $35. It was money well spent in the spirit of reconciliation.
For years, liberals have been denying that Ayers is a terrorist while falsely accusing NRA members of being terrorists. Now that Bill is in the NRA, Leftists will have no choice but to admit the following: Bill Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist!
19.) Ralph Peters:
We have become largely a white-collar, suburban society in which a child’s bloody nose is no longer a routine part of growing up, but grounds for a lawsuit; the privileged among us have lost the sense of grit in daily life. We grow up believing that safety from harm is a right that others are bound to respect as we do. Our rising generation of political leaders assumes that, if anyone wishes to do us harm, it must be the result of a misunderstanding that can be resolved by that lethal narcotic of the chattering classes, dialogue.
History is no longer taught as a serious subject in America’s schools. As a result, politicians lack perspective; journalists lack meaningful touchstones; and the average person’s sense of warfare has been redefined by media entertainments in which misery, if introduced, is brief.
By 1965, we had already forgotten what it took to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and the degeneration of our historical sense has continued to accelerate since then. More Americans died in one afternoon at Cold Harbor during our Civil War than died in six years in Iraq. Three times as many American troops fell during the morning of June 6, 1944, as have been lost in combat in over seven years in Afghanistan. Nonetheless, prize-hunting reporters insist that our losses in Iraq have been catastrophic, while those in Afghanistan are unreasonably high.
Instead of agonizing over a fatal mistake made by a young Marine at a roadblock, we must return to the fundamental recognition that the greatest “war crime” the United States can commit is to lose.
18.) Tony Blankley:
Our president has let it be known that he is an admirer of Abraham Lincoln’s — as well he should be, as are we all. He should take the time to read Old Abe’s speeches and public letters. Honest Abe was exactly that. He would make his cases with meticulous and honest presentations of facts. He would describe his opponents’ arguments honestly and fairly and then knock them down by genuine reason harnessed to a profound sense of morality. Lincoln wasn’t fast and clever; he was slow and honest, and he carved out a place in the pantheon for the ages. He also noted that “you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
The Senate Finance Committee bill includes a broad provision taxing all manner of medical devices. This tax includes such frivolous luxuries as pacemakers, stents, artificial heart valves, defibrillators, automated wheelchairs, mechanized artificial limbs, replacement hips and knees, surgical gurneys, laparoscopic equipment and the like.
The medical device industry had its day at the White House, as did the insurance industry, the drug makers, the nurses and the doctors. But, unlike all these other groups, the medical device industry refused the deal. This posture enraged the tyrants in the White House, who vowed to punish the industry with cuts imposed by Congress. The result was a decision by the revenue-hungry Senate Finance Committee to extract billions in funds from the industry.
So, the result will be that virtually every piece of advanced surgical equipment will be subject to a price increase to meet the levy from Washington. No matter that these devices often make the difference between life and death and that, in effect, taxing them raises the cost of vital treatments. The vengeful White House will have its pound of flesh from the medical device industry for daring to be independent and refusing to knuckle down to administration pressure.
This tax, imposed in a spirit of haughty arrogance, falls on totally inappropriate objects. Valves, prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, hearing aids and such are essential therapies that make life longer, better and less painful. To tax them makes no sense — except in the world of sharp elbows and interest group politics that grips this take-no-prisoners and show-no-mercy White House.
16.) Michael Barone:
Card check would give coercive union organizers the chance to impose on large swaths of the private-sector economy the burdens the UAW imposed on the Detroit automakers. It would set up tollgates to channel the money of consumers as well as taxpayers to the Democratic Party. You can see how that would be good for union leaders and Democrats. But good for America?
15.) Dennis Prager:
There is only one good thing about the Obama administration’s attempts to nationalize most health care and to begin to control Americans’ energy consumption through cap-and-trade: clarity about the left. These attempts are enabling more and more Americans to understand the thinking and therefore the danger of the left.
It is dishonest to argue that the right wants to impose its values to anywhere near the extent the left does. This can be demonstrated to a fifth-grader: Who wants more power — those who want to govern a big state or those who want to govern a small state?
The president of the United States and the much of the Democratic Party embody these left-wing principles. Right now, America’s only hope of staying American rather than becoming European lies in making these principles as clear as possible to as many Americans as possible. The left is so giddy with power right now, we actually have a chance.
14.) Rich Lowry:
At this rate, when Obama writes his post-presidential memoir, it will be titled: An Audacious Presidency, or How I Saved America from That Bastard Bush. His presidential library will have a special fright-house wing devoted to Bush’s misrule. He will mutter in his senescence about 43, like the Ancient Mariner about his albatross. Obama’s perpetual campaign against Bush is graceless, whiny, and tin-eared. Must the leader of the free world – if Obama still accepts that quaint formulation – always reach for the convenient excuse?
When Obama first burst on the scene, he seemed to respect the other side. That refreshing Obama is long gone. Now, he impugns his immediate predecessor with classless regularity, and attributes the worst of motives – pure partisanship and unrestrained greed – to those who oppose him. Their assigned role is to get the hell out of his way.
The acid test of the White House inevitably exposes a president’s character flaws: Nixon’s corrosive paranoia, Clinton’s self-destructive indiscipline, Bush’s stubborn defensiveness. Obama in the crucible is exhibiting an oddly self-pitying arrogance. It’s unbecoming in anyone, let alone the most powerful man on the planet.
13.) Byron York:
This rally, which about 300 people braved the rain, wind, and 45-degree temperatures to attend, was a small-town, homemade affair. There were no Washington activists, no Fox News stars, nobody from outside the local area. It began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a capella renditions of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful.” It ended with “God Bless America.” There were lots flags and patriotism and quotations from the Founding Fathers.
This is not a rich place. According to the census, the median household income in Winchester is $44,808, significantly less than the statewide Virginia median of $59,575, a number that includes the affluent suburbs of Washington. Less than one in four adults here has a bachelor’s degree or higher. And with the economic downturn, particularly in the housing business, many are in rough situations.
“I started out with three or four workers, and it’s down to me,” Ken Hersh, the painting contractor, told me. “I had my sons working with me. It’s bad when you have to tell your sons to find another job.”
“You laid off your sons?”
“I laid off my sons. That’s bad.”
Cheryl Lancaster, the homemaker, told me her husband “sells evil corporate jets.” She explained that his job gave her a different perspective on the populist outcry against corporate CEOs and their private planes. “You know how a lot of companies were getting slammed on that, but I think of all the people the jet companies employed,” she said.
You can think what you like of the tea parties, and the media coverage of the tea parties, across the country. Here in Winchester, Tax Day was a serious and well-meaning affair. For the people here, there are principles at stake in this fight, and, as much as they can, they intend to stand up for what they believe.
(TO BE CONTINUED. COUNT ON IT…)
More from Right Wing News’ Top 25 Conservative Columnists of 2009:
“The dilemma Congress always faces, when it messes with the economy, was aptly described in a Negro spiritual play by Marcus Cook Connelly titled “Green Pastures.” In it, God laments to the angel Gabriel, “Every time Ah passes a miracle, Ah has to pass fo’ or five mo’ to ketch up wid it,” adding, “Even bein God ain’t no bed of roses.” When Congress creates a miracle for one American, it creates a non-miracle for another. After that, Congress has to create a compensatory miracle. Many years ago, I used to testify before Congress, something I refuse to do now. At several of the hearings, I urged Congress to get out of the miracle business and leave miracle making up to God.”
“How can political commentators, politicians and academics get away with statements like “Reagan budget deficits,” “Clinton budget surplus,” “Bush budget deficits” or “Obama’s tax increases”? Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution reads: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.” A president has no power to raise or lower taxes. A president cannot spend a dime that Congress does not first appropriate. That means that credit for a budget surplus or blame for budget deficits rests on the congressional majority at the time.”
“Where in the U.S. Constitution does it authorize Congress to force Americans to buy health insurance? If Congress gets away with forcing us to buy health insurance, down the line, what else will they force us to buy; or do you naively think they will stop with health insurance? Which way is our nation heading, tiny steps at a time? Are we headed toward more liberty, or are we headed toward greater government control over our lives? I think the answer is unambiguously the latter — more government control over our lives. Are there any signs on the horizon that the direction is going to change?”
11.) David Limbaugh:
It’s the Republican Party that’s in trouble, not conservatism. The GOP’s shrinkage can’t be because it’s too conservative. George W. Bush, our most recent Republican president, was hardly an extreme conservative. His most outspoken critics today include wide swaths of conservatives who decried his failure to rein in federal spending and control illegal immigration, among other things.
And the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate, John McCain, was hardly a staunch conservative, either, lest he would never have been the liberal media’s favorite Republican. McCain didn’t lose because of any extreme conservatism. Nor did Obama win because he was honest about his liberalism, which he denied every time he was confronted about it.
10.) Karl Rove:
“Yes,” he said. “I’m a pretty good orthopedic surgeon. When my younger son is deployed to Iraq next March, I would like to be working as a Navy medical officer, but they won’t let me because I am 61 years old. Will you give me an age waiver, Mr. President?” Mr. Bush pointed to me. Dr. Krissoff and I exchanged business cards and he promised to fax me his application.
I checked him out on the way back to Washington. His reputation was that of an outstanding trauma and sports medicine surgeon. He was also a marathon runner and a really fine person.
Two days later, I placed Bill’s application on the president’s desk before he met with Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs. I made sure Gen. Pace had the file when he left. He promised to get back soon with an answer. I told him that he would have to get back to someone else: The next day was my last day at the White House. One of the last things I did before turning in my badge was to write Bill Krissoff to wish him well.
A day later, I was in West Texas for the start of dove season. While waiting for the next flight of birds, I realized I hadn’t written Mrs. Krissoff. So I sat down that night at the Gage Hotel in Marathon and did. She had already lost her oldest son. Her younger son was preparing to deploy to Iraq. Meanwhile, her husband wanted to give up their comfortable life, career and friends so he could honor their sons by joining the military at age 61. And she had given her full, heartfelt support.
Watching the smoke rise from the Battle of Bunker Hill, Abigail Adams wrote her husband John, who was away at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. While she and others lived “in continual Expectation of Hostility,” Abigail wrote, “like good Nehemiah, having made our prayer with God, and set the people with their Swords, their Spears, and their bows, we will say unto them, Be not affraid of them.”
Christine Krissoff’s husband and sons, wrapped in prayers and armed with swords and scalpels, have served our nation with valor. So has she. So long as our nation produces families like the Krissoffs, America will remain not only the greatest nation on earth, but also the most noble in history.
9.) Robert Samuelson:
“Barack Obama’s quest for historic health care legislation has turned into a parody of leadership. We usually associate presidential leadership with the pursuit of goals that, though initially unpopular, serve America’s long-term interests. Obama has reversed this. He’s championing increasingly unpopular legislation that threatens the country’s long-term interests. This legislation is a monstrosity; the country would be worse for its passage. What it’s become is an exercise in political symbolism: Obama’s self-indulgent crusade to seize the liberal holy grail of “universal coverage.” What it’s not is leadership.”
“Consider the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposal requiring permits for large industrial facilities emitting 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually. New plants or expansions would need permits demonstrating they’re using “the best practices and technologies” (whatever they might be) to minimize six greenhouse gases. Permits would be granted on a case-by-case basis; the proposed rule is 416 pages of dense legalese. How could this promote investment and job creation, except for lawyers and consultants? Government erects many employment obstacles: restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling; unapproved trade agreements; some regulations. But reducing these barriers would require the Obama administration to choose between its professed interest in more jobs and its many other goals — a choice it has so far avoided.”
8.) Charles Krauthammer:
When John F. Kennedy pledged to go to the moon, he meant it. He had an intense personal commitment to the enterprise. He delivered speeches remembered to this day. He dedicated astronomical sums to make it happen.
Today the manned space program will die for want of $3 billion a year — 1/300th of last year’s stimulus package with its endless make-work projects that will leave not a trace on the national consciousness.
Obama’s NASA budget perfectly captures the difference in spirit between Kennedy’s liberalism and Obama’s. Kennedy’s was an expansive, bold, outward-looking summons. Obama’s is a constricted, inward-looking call to retreat. Fifty years ago, Kennedy opened the New Frontier. Obama has just shut it.
7.) John Stossel:
If competition is a discovery process, the congressional bills would impose the opposite of competition. They would forbid real choice.
In place of the variety of products that competition would generate, we would be forced “choose” among virtually identical insurance plans. Government would define these plans down to the last detail. Every one would have at least the same “basic” coverage, including physical exams, maternity benefits, well-baby care, alcoholism treatment and mental-health services. Consumers could not buy a cheap, high-deductible catastrophic policy. Every insurance company would have to use an identical government-designed pricing structure. Steven Horwitz:
“By what method exactly will the officials know how to allocate resources? By what method will they know how much of what kind of health care people want? And more important, by what method will they know how to produce that health care without wasting resources? In markets with good institutions, profit-seeking producers can get answers to these questions by observing prices and their own profits and losses in order to determine which uses of resources are more or less valuable to consumers.”
Profit is the key to competition. Anyone who claims to favor competition but looks down at profit has no idea what he is talking about.
6.) Michelle Malkin:
The two most important questions for society, according to the Greek philosopher Plato, are these: What will we teach our children? And who will teach them? Left-wing celebrities have teamed up with one of America’s most radical historians to take control of the classroom in the name of “social justice.” Parents, beware: This Hollywood-backed Marxist education project may be coming to a school near you.
On Sunday, Dec. 13, the History Channel will air “The People Speak” — a documentary based on Marxist academic Howard Zinn’s capitalism-bashing, America-dissing, grievance-mongering history textbook, “A People’s History of the United States.” The film was co-produced and bankrolled by Zinn’s Boston neighbor and mentee Matt Damon. An all-star cast of Bush-bashing liberals, including Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Bruce Springsteen, Marisa Tomei and Eddie Vedder, will appear. Zinn’s work is a self-proclaimed “biased account” of American history that rails against white oppressors, the free market and the military.
Zinn’s objective is not to impart knowledge, but to instigate “change” and nurture a political “counterforce” (an echo of fellow radical academic and Hugo Chavez admirer Bill Ayers’ proclamation of education as the “motor-force of revolution”). Teachers are not supposed to teach facts in the school of Zinn. “There is no such thing as pure fact,” Zinn asserts. Educators are not supposed to emphasize individual academic achievement. Ann Pelo disparages “a too-heavy focus on academic skills” in favor of “social justice and ecological teaching” for preschoolers.
Teaching for Change’s objective, in Obama-esque fashion, is to train students not to achieve actual proficiency in core academic subjects, but to inspire them to “become active global citizens.” Today’s non-achieving aspirants are tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, after all.
5.) Victor Davis Hanson:
Whereas past executives shaded the truth, Barack Obama trumps that: on almost every key issue, what Obama says he will do, and what he says is true, is a clear guide to what he will not do, and what is not true.
1. Obama now rails against a pernicious Washington and its insiders: ergo, Obama controls Washington through both houses of Congress and the White House, and wants to expand Washington’s control…
2. Obama bashes the Supreme Court on weakening public efforts to curb campaign contributions. Therefore, we know Obama has done more than any other president in destroying public campaign financing by being the first presidential candidate in a general election to refuse public funds — in confidence that he could raise a record $1 billion, much of it from big moneyed interests on Wall Street. […and from overseas, which he also blasted the Court about!–ed.]
3. Obama calls for a freeze on government spending and deplores deficits. Hence, we know that…the Obama record budget deficits that will continue to grow well over an annual $1.5 trillion a year — as Obama piles up the greatest budgetary shortfalls in any four-year presidential term in history.
4.) Jonah Goldberg:
For many people, the idea that he is a Muslim fanatic, motivated by other Muslim fanatics, was — at least initially — too terrible to contemplate. How else to explain the reflexive insistence after the attack that the real culprit was post-traumatic stress disorder? The fact that PTSD is usually diagnosed in people who’ve been through trauma (hence the “post”), and that Hasan had never seen combat, didn’t seem to matter much. Apparently the “P” in PTSD can now stand for “pre.”
A few months ago, an anti-Semitic old nut named James von Brunn allegedly took a gun to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to get payback against “the Jews” and killed a black security guard in the process. In response to this horrific crime, the leading lights of American liberalism knew who was to blame: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the GOP. One writer for the Huffington Post put it succinctly: “Thank you very much Karl Rove and your minions.”
The fact that Von Brunn was a 9/11 “truther” who railed against capitalism, neocons, and the Bush administration didn’t matter. Nor did the glaring lack of evidence that Rove et al. ever showed antipathy for the museum. It was simply obvious that Von Brunn was the offspring of the “right-wing extremism (that) is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment,” wrote columnist Paul Krugman.
If only Hasan were a fan of Glenn Beck!
We have a real problem when much of the political and journalistic establishment is eager to jump to the conclusion that peaceful political opponents are in league with violent extremists, but is terrified to consider the possibility that violent extremists really are violent extremists if doing so means calling attention to the fact that they are Muslims.
3.) Mark Steyn:
The Reuters headline put it this way: “Pirates Pose Annoying Distraction For Obama.”
So many distractions, aren’t there? The sub-headline of the Reuters story suggests the unprecedented pace at which the mountain of distractions is piling up: “First North Korea, Iran — now Somali pirates.”
Er, okay. So the North Korean test is a “distraction,” the Iranian nuclear program is a “distraction,” and the seizure of a U.S.-flagged vessel in international waters is a “distraction.” Maybe it would be easier just to have the official State Department maps reprinted with the Rest of the World relabeled “Distractions.” Oh, to be sure, you could still have occasional oases of presidential photo-opportunities — Buckingham Palace, that square in Prague — but with the land beyond the edge of the Queen’s gardens ominously marked “Here be distractions . . . ”
As it happens, Somali piracy is not a distraction, but a glimpse of the world the day after tomorrow. In my book America Alone, I quote Robert D. Kaplan referring to the lawless fringes of the map as “Indian Territory.” It’s a droll jest but a misleading one, since the very phrase presumes that the badlands will one day be brought within the bounds of the ordered world. In fact, a lot of today’s badlands were relatively ordered not so long ago, and many of them are getting badder and badder by the day.
[I]f the United States Navy hanged some eyepatched peglegged blackguard from the yardarm or made him walk the plank, pious senators would rise to denounce an America that no longer lived up to its highest ideals, and the network talking-heads would argue that Plankgate was recruiting more and more young men to the pirates’ cause, and judges would rule that pirates were entitled to the protections of the U.S. constitution and that their peglegs had to be replaced by high-tech prosthetic limbs at taxpayer expense.
Meanwhile, the Royal Navy, which over the centuries did more than anyone to rid the civilized world of the menace of piracy, now declines even to risk capturing their Somali successors, having been advised by Her Majesty’s Government that, under the European Human Rights Act, any pirate taken into custody would be entitled to claim refugee status in the United Kingdom and live on welfare for the rest of his life. I doubt Pirates of the Caribbean would have cleaned up at the box office if the big finale had shown Geoffrey Rush and his crew of scurvy sea dogs settling down in council flats in Manchester and going down to the pub for a couple of jiggers of rum washed down to cries of “Aaaaargh, shiver me benefits check, lad.” From “Avast, me hearties!” to a vast welfare scam is not progress.
As my colleague Andrew McCarthy [who belongs on this list!–ed.] wrote, “Civilization is not an evolution of mankind but the imposition of human good on human evil. It is not a historical inevitability. It is a battle that has to be fought every day, because evil doesn’t recede willingly before the wheels of progress.” Very true. Somalia, Iran, and North Korea are all less “civilized” than they were a couple of generations ago. And yet in one sense they have made undeniable progress: They have globalized their pathologies. Somali pirates seize vessels the size of aircraft carriers flying the ensigns of the great powers. Iranian proxies run Gaza and much of Lebanon. North Korea’s impoverished prison state provides nuclear technology to Damascus and Tehran. Unlovely as it is, Pyongyang nevertheless has friends on the Security Council. Powerful states protect one-man psycho states. One-man psycho states provide delivery systems to apocalyptic ideological states. Apocalyptic ideological states fund non-state actors around the world. And in Somalia and elsewhere non-state actors are constrained only by their ever increasing capabilities.
When all the world’s a “distraction,” maybe you’re not the main event after all. Most wealthy nations lack the means to defend themselves. Those few that do, lack the will. Meanwhile, basket-case jurisdictions send out ever-bolder freelance marauders to prey on the civilized world with impunity. Don’t be surprised if “the civilized world” shrivels and retreats in the face of state-of-the-art reprimitivization. From piracy to nukes to the limp response of the hyperpower, this is not a “distraction” but a portent of the future.
2.) Ann Coulter:
Being ranked one of the worst presidents by “historians” is like being called “anti-American” by the Nation magazine. And by “historian,” I mean a former member of the Weather Underground, who is subsidized by the taxpayer to engage in left-wing political activism in a cushy university job.
At the time, historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. dismissed Reagan as “a nice, old uncle, who comes in and all the kids are glad to see him. He sits around telling stories, and they’re all fond of him, but they don’t take him too seriously” — and then Schlesinger fell asleep in his soup.
Even liberal historian Richard Reeves blanched at Reagan’s low ranking in 1989, saying, “I was no fan of Reagan, but I think I know a leader when I see one.” Reagan changed the country, Reeves said, and some would say “he changed the world, making communism irrelevant and the globe safe for the new imperialism of free-market capitalism.” In Reeves’ most inspiring line, he says Reagan “was a man of conservative principle and he damned near destroyed American liberalism.”
Soon after he took office, President Reagan famously hung a portrait of President Calvin Coolidge in the Cabinet Room — another (Republican) president considered a failure by historians. Coolidge cut taxes, didn’t get the country in any wars, cut the national debt almost in half, and presided over a calm, scandal-free administration, a period of peace, 17.5 percent growth in the gross national product, low inflation (.4 percent) and low unemployment (3.6 percent).
Unlike some recent presidents with Islamic middle names, he didn’t run around comparing himself to Lincoln constantly. Putting preposterously overrated presidents like John F. Kennedy or FDR in the same category as Reagan or Washington is like a teenage girl ranking the Jonas Brothers with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles as the three greatest bands of all time.
Liberals may call him a “war criminal,” but historians have inadvertently paid Bush a great tribute this week by ranking him as a “below average” president. I can only dream that, someday, no-name, left-wing historians will rank me as one of the all-time worst columnists.
1.) Thomas Sowell:
They say talk is cheap. But in fact it can be devastatingly expensive. Among the generation of Germans who were enthralled by Hitler’s eloquence, millions paid with their lives and their children’s lives for empowering this demagogue to lead them to ruin and infamy.
Do not for one moment think that we are either intellectually or morally superior to those Germans who put Hitler in power. We have been saved by our institutions and our traditions — the very institutions and traditions that so many are so busy eroding or dismantling, whether in classrooms or court rooms or in the halls of Congress and the White House.
Talk matters for good reasons as well as bad. Anyone familiar with the desperate predicament of Britain in 1940, when it stood alone against the Nazi juggernaut that had smashed whole nations in weeks or even days, knows how crucial Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was to sustaining the national will, which was the margin between survival and annihilation.
Unfortunately, people on the make seem to have a keener appreciation of the power of words, as the magic road to other power, than do people defending values that seem to them too obvious to require words. The expression, “It goes without saying. . .” is a fatal trap. Few things go without saying. Some of the most valuable things in life may go away without saying — whether loved ones in one’s personal life or the freedom or survival of a nation.
Barack Obama is today’s most prominent example of the power of words. Conversely, the understated patrician style of country club Republicans is no small part of their many problems. It is no accident that by far the most successful Republican politician of our lifetime — Ronald Reagan — was a man who did not come from that country club background but someone who was born among the people and who knew how to communicate with the people.
Words can shield the most blatant reality. Legislation to take away workers’ rights to a secret ballot, when deciding whether or not they want to be represented by a labor union, is called the “Employees’ Freedom of Choice Act.” The merits or demerits of this legislation have seldom been debated. Who could be against “freedom of choice”?
The Obama administration’s new budget, with deficits that make previous irresponsible deficits look like child’s play, has a cover that says “A New Era of Responsibility.” You want responsibility? He’ll give you the word “responsibility.” Why not? It costs nothing.
Wow–now I see why I’m not on the list this year. But I’ll keep on trying. Congrats to all those fine authors.
“The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv’d them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas’d them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath’d to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. – Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.” It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.”–Sam Adams in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771
“What a glorious morning this is!”–to John Hancock at the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775
I’m such a show-off. I really should be ashamed. And I will be.
But first, I’d like to thank the Academy…
UPDATE: Speaking of spanking the Academy…
GETTING SOME EXORCISE: HORROR SHOWS THEN AND NOW
Steyn at Macleans on Tony’s Phony Trial:
“[F]or an advanced Western nation in the 21st century, war is only legitimate if you have no conceivable national interest in whatever war you’re waging. Kosovo meets that definition: no one remembers why we went in, who were the good guys, or what the hell the point of it was. Which is the point: the principal rationale was that there was no rationale. The Clinton/Blair argument boiled down to: the fact that we have no reason to get into it justifies our getting into it. Whereas Afghanistan and Iraq are [considered] morally dubious if not outright illegal precisely because Britain and America behaved as nation states acting in their national interest. And we’re not meant to do that anymore.
The cultural relativism of the dopier university campuses is to be applied globally.
That suits the enemy just fine.”
Highly Recommended non-horror shows: The new Ricochet podcasts with Mark Steyn, Rob Long and a cast of millions.
Also Kathy Shaidle’s new Talk Radio Watch column. Good stuff!
Jack Bauer would never leave you bleeding in the middle of the street with a broken leg. He would stop the vehicle, carefully assist you to the sidewalk…and then put a bullet in the other kneecap. Like a true gentleman.
I was right across the street from the CVS, and I waited for the crosswalk light to tell me to go before I crossed. I had plenty of time left, according to the countdown clock. I was more than halfway there when a black SUV made an illegal left turn and hit me head-on. I absolutely had the right of way. I yelled something like, “Are you really doing this?” as it hit me before I could move. I landed on my face on the street and smashed my glasses and scraped my hand and immediately I knew something was wrong with my left knee. I lay there screaming and cursing for I don’t know how long, and a crowd of people gathered and told me to hold still. I was sprawled out right next to the yellow line as traffic went by. I gave one guy standing over me the number to the Daily Caller offices and he told them what happened. There’s a firehouse right across the street, so the paramedics were there in just a couple of minutes. They took me to Georgetown Hospital, where I was soon joined by my friends and co-workers Moira Bagley, Tucker Carlson, Neil Patel, and Laura Baños. All of whom I love. Unironically.
At the hospital, DC police officer John Muniz arrived to issue Medlock a $20 jaywalking ticket. Medlock was lying sedated on a gurney, so Muniz delivered the ticket to a Daily Caller colleague, who was at the hospital with Medlock. He looked embarrassed as he did so. Behind him stood a man dressed in a dark suit who identified himself as a “special agent.” He said nothing but wrote in a notebook.
Curiously, the ticket says that Medlock was struck at an intersection four blocks from where the accident actually took place. And it claims that Medlock was walking diagonally across the intersection at the time. In one of his strikingly short conversations with the Daily Caller, agent Mike McGuinn acknowledged that Medlock was not jaywalking at all, but walking “outside the crosswalk when the incident occurred.”
The question is: Did the federal agent driving the SUV, faced with potential liabilities from the accident, encourage local police to issue some sort – any sort – of citation to Medlock, to establish his culpability?
That’s not a jay-walking ticket–it’s a false police report.
As a conservative, I tend to cut law enforcement some slack–but not to act Above the Law. It’s bad enough that the right to hit-and-run is treated as a federal job perk–but to then fine your victims for the patriotic privilege of being flattened by a government vehicle, too?
Yeah–let’s put them in charge of health care.
Get well soon, Jim.
UPDATE: I see that the recuperating Jules Crittenden is pressing his claim to glamorous and exciting “associate victim status” as a fellow super-friend member of the League Of Extraordinarily Lame Bloggers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jules as well.
I, of course, was Lame-Blogging long before either of these guys…and I walk fine!
DON’T BE A DINOSAUR
when the meteor hits.
As Mike noted here, there’s a race goin’ on upstate between a Leftist, a Liberal and a Conservative. And the Republican is the Leftist.
I can understand the Party backing moderates sometimes. But leftists? YOU’RE NOT LISTENING, PEOPLE!
This is a time for choosing, Mrs. Palin. A battle rages in upstate New York. Doug Hoffman needs help. And people are praying.
‘Cos people gotta pray…and laugh!
President Obama is like a glass of wine in the bath tub. The lights are dimmed, the music is soft. All the problems of the day melt away. Then the paramedics pull your naked, shrivelled ass out of the tub and the coroner pronounces you dead. Your friends and family are left to moan that “they never saw it coming” and that “it happened so fast.”
Sorry, Carol…I was forced to somewhat gank your post’s title and twist it to my own desires…:P
If you haven’t been paying much attention to the blogosphere or any drama therein…
It seems Charles Johnson is filling his little green footballs with Balloon Juice…
Next week, I’ll post pics of Mike using a PC…
(Via Dan Collins)
…MIGHT EVEN BE TRUE.”
After his early Yellow Journalism, William Randolph Hearst had calmed down enough to issue these rules for his papers:
… *The most popular paper is generally the least partisan.
*Keep editorial opinion out of the news articles.
*Keep editorial opinions out of the headlines.
*The editorial page is the place for editorial opinion–and even there do not be too partisan.
…William Randolph Hearst, San Simeon, Cal. Oct. 26, 1938
Driven to distraction by Hearst’s support for party animal Calvin Coolidge, H. L. Mencken opined “The American daily press, with Hearst leading it in a devil’s dance, was loud, vulgar, inordinate and preposterous – but it was not slimy and it was not dull. Today it is both.”
Ironically, the New York Times was once thought to be the “objective” answer to Hearst. Many Americans think they’ve never seen “Yellow Journalism”–but that’s exactly what it was when the Times put Abu Gharib on the front page for weeks on end.
Speaking of newspapers, in her own bid to retain the title of “the conservative-who-bashes-conservatives”, Kathleen “Strange New Respect” Parker has suffered another regrettable public episode:
The biggest challenge facing America’s struggling newspaper industry may not be the high cost of newsprint or lost ad revenue, but ignorance stoked by drive-by punditry.
Yes, Dittoheads, you heard it right.
As an Ditto-headed, ignorance-stoking, drive-by pundit, let me say that I am proud to be the biggest challenge facing America’s struggling newspaper industry. My only regret is that it is me, and not a grand jury, indicting treasonous editors for leaking highly-classified secrets during wartime.
Drive-by pundits, to spin off of Rush Limbaugh’s “drive-by media,” are non-journalists who have been demonizing the media for the past 20 years or so and who blame the current news crisis on bias.
Another word for “non-journalists” is, of course, “customers”. Or more precisely, “non-customers”. Or even more precisely, “ex-customers”.
I wish it were just the bias. Sadly, we’ve internalized a lot of that abuse. Much of it is simply because their business model was written by town criers. But if it’s all my fault as Ms. Parker says, obviously there is no more room for media criticism.
There is surely room for media criticism, and a few bad actors in recent years have badly frayed public trust. And, yes, some newspapers are more liberal than their readership and do a lousy job of concealing it.
“A few bad actors”, Mz. Parker? What about Sean Penn? Tom Cruise? Steven Segal?!!
IS THERE SOME GREATER TRUTH I’M MISSING HERE?
But the greater truth is that newspaper reporters, editors and institutions are responsible for the boots-on-the-ground grub work that produces the news stories and performs the government watchdog role so crucial to a democratic republic.
You mean the “watchdog role so crucial to the Democrat Party”. In the last election, your beloved reporters functioned largely as an unpaid Ministry of Truth for Democrats and particularly Barack Obama. They savaged his opponents while failing to ask him anything he didn’t want to be asked. Result: we’ve got an Affirmative Action president who is in way over his head, has never been challenged or vetted and thinks electronic medical records will solve an international credit crisis.
Foghorn Leghorn faced tougher watchdogs than that.
Unfortunately, the chorus of media bashing from certain quarters has succeeded in convincing many Americans that they don’t need newspapers.
It’s not the chorus of media-bashers. It’s the symphony of phonies, the glee club of gliberals, a choir of David Gregorian chanters. The press has been bashing half of its audience–they themselves have convinced many Americans that NEWSPAPERS DON’T NEED THEM AS READERS!
How does the newspaper industry survive in a climate in which the public doesn’t know what it doesn’t know? Or what it needs?
Well, there are known knowns. And known unknowns. Myself, I haven’t eaten in days–there was no professional journalist around to tell me I needed to!
Look, lady; it scares me too when Jay Leno does his “Jay-Walking” man-on-the-street interviews. People are asked “What are the three branches of government?” and they reply “The welfare office, the unemployment office and the Free Clinic.” But if newspapers are as important as you say, maybe they should keep their hands where we can see them, put down the bullhorn and step away from the pom-poms.
Constant criticism of the “elite media” is comical to most reporters, whose paychecks wouldn’t cover Limbaugh’s annual dry cleaning bill. The truly elite media are the people most Americans have never heard of — the daily-grind reporters who turn out for city council and school board meetings. Or the investigative teams who chase leads for months to expose abuse or corruption.
Is you sayin’ the local skool board reporter does his job but he doesn’t make a fortune like them big city anchors and PBS executives? Why, we had no ideer, Mizz Parker! Now if’n you’ll just ‘scuse me while I fire up my ole’ John Deere Hay Baler, I’ll take care of all them straw men for ya!
These are the champions of the industry, not the food-fighters on TV or the grenade throwers on radio. Or the bloggers (with a few exceptions), who may be excellent critics and fact-checkers, but who rely on newspapers to provide their material.
Or those grenade-throwing colunmnists, who call people like me “ignorance-stoking, drive-by pundits”? And ESPECIALLY when so much reporting nowadays is actually designed to subtract from the sum of human knowledge…and leave the reader knowing less than when he began!
Millions of people are already living in computerized parallel universes through games such as “The Sims” and “World of Warcraft” (WoW). We may have to toss the newspaper on those stoops — in the virtual world of fake life.
More brandy, please.
To this uncredentialed, Ditto-eared ignoramus, that sounds an awful lot like an admission you’ve been drinking on the job, Ms. Parker.
Seriously, the bloggers I read are informed and well-read. And we may be conservatives, but we aren’t pretending otherwise. And yes, we rely on newspapers. I’ve always liked newspapers–even worked for them. But liberal media bias is real, persistent and pervasive. And anyone who blithely dismisses it is either singularly unobservant, dishonest or motivated by personal ambition.
We’re over it. We’re done. We’re not playing by their rules anymore, Kath. There’s one party we refuse to attend–a One-Party Media. So don’t pick us up at 8:00 if you can’t shoot us straight, papergirl.
AND SO DO HIS PET BLOGGERS
“I once thought liberty was divisible, that you could have very great personal liberty within a framework of substantial state control of the economy, but I don’t mind saying I was quite wrong. The thing that finally convinced me was the issue of compulsory unionism.” …”Labour today is so deeply anti-creative, so organically and instinctually lacking in any positive impulses, that it actually likes banning things or people, for its own sake. It’s motto is: accentuate the negative. To ban, to boycott, to embargo, to exclude, blacklist, close down, shut up, silence, censure – these are the things which now come naturally to it, perhaps the only things it really knows how to do.”–Paul Johnson
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it–unless my associates, Tony and Guido here, should tell me you need to get your mind right.”–Jimmy “Sparks” Voltaire
So this gal goes to work one day at her analyst gig at Citibank. She reads the papers. She watches the news. And she can count money and she can count votes. So she reasons that the Employees Coerced Union Act has a good chance of passing. She further reasons that this could cost Wal-Mart money. So she bumps Wal-Mart down a peg to her clients–after all, it’s her job to make them money.
Funny how ACORN, Planned Parenthood, universities and every leftist interest group out there can take gobs of government money–and MUST NEVER be censored! But not business.
They called the analyst’s advice “reckless”, when it is, in fact, quite thoughtful and reckoned. They call it “political interference”, when it is, in fact, apolitical. If she honestly thought unionism would profit Wal-mart, she would tell her clients to buy. They call it “market interference”, when, in fact, this IS the market.
And what they insist on calling “interference” is better known to you and me as “free speech”.
If there is anyone practicing political intereference with the markets, it is these bloggers and their union pals, trying to silence honest business judgements they simply don’t want heard:
We wrote on February 13 about the letter from the labor consortium Change to Win to the Financial Services Roundtable, demanding that banks receiving Troubled Asset Relief Program money keep quiet about union “card check.” To its credit, the banking lobby hasn’t backed down. Now Big Labor is escalating, demanding in a February 23 letter to Secretary Timothy Geithner that Treasury muzzle the companies if they won’t muzzle themselves.
“Firms receiving significant TARP assistance continue to lobby against the interests of hard working taxpayers,” says the letter from Change to Win Chair Anna Burger. “For example, these firms continue to oppose legislation that would allow bankruptcy judges to modify mortgage loan terms, establish a Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights and protect consumers from corporations that bury mandatory arbitration clauses in fine print.”
Imagine that: Banks are daring to fight legislation that would reduce their profitability — and at a time when our public officials say they are desperate for banks to earn themselves out of trouble.
More Civics by Hoffa: “Since when is the secret ballot a basic tenet of democracy?”
That’s exactly the same thing what another famous Democrat once said; Public Safety Commisioner Bull Connor, when he was “assisting” Alabama’s Negroes in exercising their franchise. He even gave them Seeing-Eye German Shephards to help them find their way to the polls. And fire hoses to cool them off from the sweltering heat. Sometimes, you just need a helping hand to “vote right”.
Democrats are just thoughtful that way, Gosh Darn it.
But bloggers should know better.
Let me just whet your appetite here.
Also missing in Mr. Geithner’s speech was any mention of monies paid out by Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, six-figure sums, to Democrats Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, and John Kerry. And payments for what? Cooperation incentives? ‘Performance’ bonus. Hush money? What?
And another thing: Geithner said the root cause of the meltdown was individuals and businesses borrowing funds they couldn’t pay back. And so the solution proposed is … to borrow and spend even more money, at an unprecedented rate — and not gradually, but aggressively?
Clearly, the lunatics have taken over the nuthouse.
We already knew that, but this was a great rant. I have been visiting Big Hollywood a lot the last two weeks. So far, they’re keepers.
The Huffington Post has added some class to its celebrity lineup in the form of an “Author and Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago“…
Arianna Huffington is a disgusting star-fucker who would blow Adolf Hitler to get a table at Nabu.
(via Dirty Harry’s Place)
Jeff’s out again. I certainly sympathize with the whole lack-of-time thing, God knows. And of course some sensitive, caring, tolerant, and open-minded Nutroots denizens bid their customary farewell, in their classic, compassionate style — with vile insults and attacks on Jeff’s son.
You stay classy, mouthbreathers.
Jeff G has avenged himself for my reprehensible slight (which has been exposed as a HOAX! See below) by going me one better with a podcast of his own. And long-time friend of ours here at CF Jimmie, of ye olde Sundries Shack fame, has a little something you ought to give a listen to as well. Be sure to check ’em out, y’all.