Thursday, September 30, 2010

multiple choice quiz

"How does one support a system characterized largely by credentialed, centralized bureaucratic privilege and unconstrained power, while continuing to always posture as an egalitarian populist on the side of the masses?"
1) cognitive dissonance
2) habitual demagoguery
3) sheer ignorance
4) all of the above

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


"Obama is arguing the executive has the power to execute American citizens without a trial, without even so much as an airing of the charges against them, and that it can do so in complete secrecy, with no oversight from any court, and that the families of the executed have no legal recourse.

You can’t even make the weak argument that the executive at least has to claim this power in the course of protecting national security. Because it doesn’t matter. Obama is arguing that he has the right to keep everything about these executions secret—including the reasons they were ordered—merely by uttering the magic phrase “state secrets.”...

If there’s more tyrannical power a president could possibly claim than the power to execute the citizens of his country at his sole discretion, with no oversight, no due process, and no ability for anyone to question the execution even after the fact, I can’t think of it."
read it all

Monday, September 27, 2010

stop censorship

for once, huffpo has it (almost) right: Stop the Internet Blacklist , a.k.a. S.3804

with the alleged purpose of cracking down on copyright infringement, it is loosely-worded enough to become the vastly-overreaching "commerce clause" of the next century.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

on disagreement

The typical mode of academic disagreement on the left... whether the issue at stake is Darwinism, global warming, or whatever... is not to calmly reply to the dissenters with arguments and evidence to show how they are mistaken. It is rather to avoid engaging them with arguments at all and instead to punish them, vilify them, and portray them as scientific lepers. Here's Booker:
[N]othing better reveals the hole at the heart of their belief system than the fanaticism with which they turn on anyone who dares question the assumption on which it rests, who must be anathematised with all the venom once turned on heretics by the churches...
The left is trying to use science as a Trojan horse for smuggling into the culture a naturalist, materialist worldview that they want hardened into a dogma that will brook no challenge. They are totalitarians of the mind, seeking to impose a tyranny of uniform thought on a society that largely has no idea what's happening. They are contemporary Torquemadas, and the more they succeed the less free all of us will be to say, think, and believe what we wish.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

pledge, contract, whatever

"House Republicans are poised to unveil their agenda for this year's elections Thursday morning, dubbed the "Pledge To America.""
(16 years ago in Washington, Republicans gathered) on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to sign the GOP's vaunted "Contract With America."... an announcer described the fete as "a Republican campaign rally promising a Republican agenda for the next Congress."

In 1994, the GOP codified core principles of small government and lower taxes into a ten-point, legislative bill of fare. Republican leaders promised to bring that agenda to the House floor and pass it within 100 days if voters rewarded them with control of the House for the first time in 42 years.

The Contract featured "The Fiscal Responsibility Act," which imposed a Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced budget . It also included the "Personal Responsibility Act," a euphemism for welfare reform... words that eerily mirror the rhetoric heard today about President Obama. "The present administration wants to take away from the family budget to have more in the federal budget," said Gingrich when discussing tax reform. "It tells you about how out-of-touch they are with the public."
If I wanted a rerun from the Republican Party, I'd rather see one Reagan than a thousand RINOs...

update: director blue has a similar reaction:
Washington's so freaking broken that the usual platitudes and rhetoric can't and won't suffice.

How about starting with... THE CONSTITUTION?... You could have come to me for the one-page pledge. It would read as follows:
The GOP Pledge to America: We pledge that every action we take will be gauged by the answer to a single question: Does it show fidelity to the Constitution, our highest law?
It really is just that simple.

We are fighting to prevent the destruction of the American way -- and the remedy is simple. It's been right in front of our faces the whole time.

Somewhere, James Madison and John Adams are looking down on us with expectant gleams in their eyes.

Friday, September 17, 2010

what's the difference?

i think it's often one key ingredient...

weird foods: crawdad, turducken, & chicken gizzards
weird foods + snobbery: escargot, caviar, & paté de foie gras

cheap mega-retailer: walmart
cheap mega-retailer + snobbery: target

music-based group activity: square dancing
music-based group activity + snobbery: ballroom dancing

sitcom with a wacky neighbor: honeymooners
sitcom with a wacky neighbor + snobbery: seinfeld

reliable sedan: ford taurus
reliable sedan + snobbery: jaguar xj-series

oversized beverages: super big gulp & colt 45
oversized beverages + snobbery: magnum & jeroboam

member of sonny & cher: sonny
member of sonny & cher + snobbery: cher

efficient use of previously-purchased items: redneck culture
efficient use of previously-purchased items + snobbery: recycling culture

seafaring criminals: pirates
seafaring criminals + snobbery: greenpeace

entertainment featuring seafaring criminals: pirates of the caribbean
entertainment featuring seafaring criminals + snobbery: whale wars

african-american government official: clarence thomas
african-american government official + snobbery: barack obama

i'm sure you can come up with more ideas in the comments...

where's the bias?

find out here and here.

truth in advertising

remember to flush

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

random thoughts

imao has them too:
So was it because of Bill Clinton the tradition was started of each president getting a new Oval Office rug?

The left doesn’t have a monopoly on argument styles that immediately turn off large swaths of people.

So while O’Donnell could be a nut, you can’t say she’s too inexperienced to be a Senator. There’s no such thing. For pete’s sake, Obama almost did that job.

For a couple days now, I’ve been trying to think of some pun off of like “hyper-aware” and “Delaware”, but can’t put it together. I’ll try anyway: “The GOP isn’t only aware of conservative anger, it’s DELaware.”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

speaking of dog

back when it was legal to tell ethnic jokes, rumors were often spread that the meat served in certain oriental restaurants was from animals that westerners would consider to be pets. i figured that those animals could be eaten under dire circumstances, like war, famine, or extreme poverty, but never served by a restaurant with a permit.

until tonight... i'm really wondering whether my lunch actually consisted of beef... errrrmmmmmm...

Monday, September 13, 2010

bowwowack obowwowma

re "they talk about barack like a dog" - the comments are better than the article:
You mean the Nobel Prize he won wasn’t for best of breed?

If he had only been treated like the fool he is all along we could have avoided all of this and saved several trillion dollars to boot.

He thought he could get a little sympathy from his most loyal followers – the unions – and instead gave us a glimpse into the real Obama: an over-praised nincompoop bewildered and enraged that the unwashed masses who elected him are daring to turn against him.

What goes around, comes around, Barry. You trash-talk Tea Party Patriots, Republicans, Fox News, Cops, etc. etc. When they bite back, you start squealing like a little stuck pig. Suck it up, El Presidente, you deserve it.

The fact of the matter is Obama has been treated with kid gloves compared to Bush, and Sarah Palin has been roasted compared to Obama.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

how about them rangers?

texas rangers sweep the y*****s!
It's the first time the Yankees have been swept in a three-game series this season.

The Rangers swept the Yankees at home for the first time since 1996, which was also the year Texas made the playoffs for the first time. The Rangers upped their lead to eight games in the American League West...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

better late than never, i guess

fidel castro regrets communism?!?!
I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting.

"The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore," he said.

This struck me as the mother of all Emily Litella moments. Did the leader of the Revolution just say, in essence, "Never mind"?

I asked Julia to interpret this stunning statement for me. She said, "He wasn't rejecting the ideas of the Revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under 'the Cuban model' the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country."
read both parts

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

lolbama 48

many people are not respecting his authoritah

believe it or not, the best punchline is four words originally written on a wall about 3000 years ago (the third picture)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

somehow missing from tonight's newscast

The "religion of peace" is at it again: Eight Christians burnt to death in Pakistan after koran is (allegedly) defiled.
Paramilitary troops patrolled the streets of a town in eastern Pakistan yesterday after Muslim radicals burnt to death eight members of a Christian family, raising fears of violence spreading to other areas.

Hundreds of armed supporters of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an outlawed Islamic militant group, set alight dozens of Christian homes in Gojra town at the weekend after allegations that a copy of the Koran had been defiled.

The mob opened fire indiscriminately, threw petrol bombs and looted houses as thousands of frightened Christians ran for safety. “They were shouting anti-Christian slogans and attacked our houses,” Rafiq Masih, a resident of the predominantly Christian colony, said. Residents said that police stood aside while the mob went on the rampage. “We kept begging for protection, but police did not take action,” Mr Masih said.

Police and local officials said that at least eight people, including four women and a child, were killed in the fires. Two others died of gunshot wounds. Residents said that the casualties were much higher; one claimed that the number of dead could be in the dozens as many bodies were still buried under the rubble.

Shahbaz Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, said that 40 Christian homes were torched in rioting. He said there was no truth to allegations that a Koran had been defiled, and accused the police of ignoring his appeal to provide protection to Christians...

Christians also face intimidation because of discriminatory blasphemy laws, including one that carries the death penalty for defiling the Koran and images of the Prophet Muhammad. The law is often misused to settle personal scores.
(emphases mine)

That article links to an interesting secular comparison of the Bible to the koran.

great quote

i especially like this in light of recent corporate... issues...

"The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred."

Saturday, September 04, 2010

missing the point

Though Stephen Hawking has proclaimed himself wise, his new book leaves out some important factors: Alpha and Omega.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

freedom of speech...

...applies to every part of the political spectrum, much to the dismay of leftists.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010