Archive for January, 2010

I’m really liking Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt.  Subscribe here.

In his “Addenda” bit, he notes that John and Elizabeth Edwards are separated.  It’s a shame- I had the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for E to give to J:

OK, maybe she could spring for an undetonated pair.  Gives whole new meaning to the phrase, “Blow job.”

Does “al-Qaeda’s Secret” have an 800 number?  Lemme ask Nadal Hasan.

Also, Mike Pence is not running for Evan Bayh’s seat because he thinks that Republicans will take back the House in November.  I like this on a number of levels.  Mike Pence has become one of my favorite pols because I trust a man who is all in for the team.  Mind you- taking the House will not be easy, but Mr. Pence is committed.  Excellent.

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Or, in this case, $1.35 million is on the line. Big Government call this the “Pet Goat” moment. I call it “Teleprompter Story Time.”

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What Are You Doing Tomorrow?

This is an informal poll. Tomorrow’s a big day: the first anniversary of The Rapture, a.k.a. the Shoah, and ironically, the first full day of Scott Brown’s tenure in a national office.

Speaking of health care, gazing at this makes me feel good.  I just may spend the day clutching a copy to my bosom, weeping with gratitude, and muttering “the people’s seat…”

Or, I may spend the day gloating.  Going to the courthouse and having my middle name officially changed to “Schadenfreude.”

One of the barometers of Conservative Happiness is how batshøt crazy Keith Olbermann gets on “national” TV (hard to call an audience of 200,000 people and two caged gerbils “national” but I’ll just go with the polite fiction.)  He called Scott Brown a “teabagging racist,” among other things:

“In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees.”

I dunno: by this description, Scott Brown has matches on 6 out of 8 dimensions of compatibility with Keith Olbermann.  We know for sure no one wants to see him naked (except maybe Chris Matthews) so one assumes that he wasn’t a nude model, and I’ll give him “homophobic” on a PC technicality that you can’t be truly phobic of yourself.  I recommend Pledge Multi-Surface for the getting the spittle off the camera lenses and desk tops at MSNBC after these outburst.  Nothing cuts through the ick better.  If I were a producer at MSNBC, I’d just have KO gargle with the stuff prophylactically.

But, fellow conservative teases, be warned: Dear Leader is going to get combative if Scott Brown wins.  I know somewhere Chris Matthews is a-tingle with anticipation at the thought of BO getting TOUGH.  Ooh, ruff-n-tuff: just smack those nasty teabaggers!  Then smack me! Please! But I’m with Jim Geraghty, back here in the real world:

Great to know, Mr. President, that Iran shot protesters dead in the streets and beat the hell out of young kids, North Korea’s firing off missiles so regularly you can set a clock to them, al-Qaeda tried to blow up a plane on Christmas, al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch is winning “Franchise of the Year,” China’s hacking Google until every search brings back at least one smiling Mao photo, Kabul’s blowing up, our southern border looks like a war zone, and after a year of outreach, reset buttons, “changing the tone” and 365 days of kumbaya we finally get to see a “combative response” from you . . . to a Republican winning a race.

I look forward to his Oval Office address announcing that the electorate has deeply disappointed him, and that he expects more of us.

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Stripe the Wonder Dog is just like this.  As a puppy in a household of 14 dogs (they were breeders and competition herders: not a puppy mill,) she was extremely cagey about hiding the chewies.  I even caught her glancing side-to-side furtively before she dug a hole for her rawhide in a nook against the side of the house.

And, file this story under “Dogs: Doing Jobs Cats Won’t Do.”

And, this is a fascinating article in FT about Moscow’s stray dog population.  It’s not what you think.  At about 35,000, the population has reached ecological equilibrium keeps the vermin population down and have adapted to various sub-niches within the urban environment.  The are truly “feral” but not a danger to humans, apparently.  As a group, however, they cannot be domesticated without the same selection process that our ancestors used to domestic wolves.

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There are many organizations asking for money to help the relief efforts in Haiti.  And many of them are very good, BUT: it is a fact that some agencies are in a better position to help than others, and that there are unscrupulous operators.  My personal preference is to give to organizations that already have some infrastructure on the ground, and I have confidence in Episcopal Relief and Development and Catholic Relief Services, both of which are up and running in Haiti.  The Sacre Coeur Hospital was recommended on NRO by a woman who has volunteered there.  What’s important in this case is that the hospital is up and running and will undoubtedly become very important as a locus for care since so many other places have been destroyed.

I’ve seen some newspaper articles that have compiled lists of agencies, including the Agency for International Development.  As an alumna, I can say with complete certainty that there are better ways to help the people of Haiti, and better places to send your money.  Monies sent to the government, even voluntarily, have a way of being redirected to the job security needs of the bureaucrats, not to the people that actually need the help.

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In reference to Barb’s post: I’m baffled about how a jerk like Peter Orszag attracts women like Claire Milonas, whom he dumped when she got pregnant, despite her wealth and beauty. Look at the picture of Orszag. Here’s Claire:

She’s pretty. She also looks nice. I can’t look at these pictures without liking her.

Here’s his new squeeze, Bianna Golodryga:

Power must be more of an aphrodisiac than I realized. Or is there another explanation?

Maybe it’s just something about Orszag. There is a blog devoted solely to his sex appeal!

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A New Contributor!

Conservatives in Texas aren’t an endangered species, but, in this part of Texas, they’re relatively rare. And, as you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve been busy enough to have trouble posting consistently at certain times. So, I’ve invited another Texas conservative, author of the blog Quid Nimis, to join forces with me. Thanks, Barb! “Double the pleasure… double the fun!”

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Almost exactly a year ago I wrote about the nature of the Democratic party:

Glenn Reynolds on the stimulus package: “This is not so much a stimulus, as a massive transfer of wealth from the politically unconnected to the politically connected.” I think that’s exactly right. I noticed back in the 1980s that the Democratic party devoted itself primarily to exactly that kind of transfer. The rhetoric about asking the “haves” to invest in the “have-nots” for the sake of the future is only rhetoric. Since the politically connected are generally more affluent than the average American, Democratic policies, however they are sold, end up mostly transferring wealth upward, from the average person with no particular political clout to people who have political influence. Those people in turn contribute money to keep the Democrats in power and the upward transfers continuing. That’s what I meant a few weeks ago in saying that the Democratic party is essentially a criminal enterprise. It is essentially a scheme for expropriating the wealth of the average person and giving it to the politically connected and favored. This used to be called ‘theft.’

People don’t tend to notice this when the amounts being stolen are relatively small. The stimulus package, Obamacare, and the possibility of cap-and-trade, however,are massive programs that have already quadrupled the deficit and threaten, if enacted, to do far worse. Steal a few dollars, and most people don’t notice. Steal a few trillion dollars, and they start screaming at you.

That’s what happened to Senator Russ Feingold in Wisconsin on Monday:

The logrolling shows exactly how key details of everyone’s coverage will be subject to constant politicking.

This is what’s revealing about the turn of the Obamacare debate toward revenue: We see that the House and Senate plans are really about how to redistribute the costs of health care. The plans avoid anything like patients assuming responsibility and control of their own care – the one thing that could restrain costs. Instead, Congress hustles more money to and fro in the name of fairness, politically determined.

So people assume, correctly, that the cost will fall on those with the least political juice. That’s why middle-class people were shouting at Feingold this week. They aren’t poor and sympathetic. They aren’t rich enough to hire sharp tax lawyers. They aren’t doctors who hire lobbyists; they aren’t unions, owning lawmakers. Someone’s going to get milked, and they sense a bucket headed their way.

The patsies are indeed catching on, not only to Obamacare, but to the essence of the Democratic party: to transfer money and power from you to them. It’s that simple. All the rest is a con, a fog created to obscure that essence and convince you that it’s noble for you to give what you have to them.

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The past two days have brought a variety of stories of airport security episodes. Among them: a Saudi dressed as a pilot arrested in the Manila airport; Saudi passengers becoming unruly and disobeying the flight crew on the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit targeted on Christmas; and a Pakistani becoming loud and unruly on a flight to San Francisco.

But many more stories go unreported.

On Monday, at Phoenix’s Big Sky Airport, one such episode occurred. About 45 minutes before Southwest Airlines flight 3056 to Austin was scheduled to depart, a Muslim woman dressed in a burka passed by the gate pushing a janitor’s cart. Two or three minutes later, two security officials came to occupy a position at one end of the gate. Moments later, two others appeared at the other end of the gate. Both pairs chatted and tried to appear casual, but were examining the gate area, watching for something suspicious. A minute later, the gate agent announced that it was time to board, and rushed through the instructions. An officer went over to those in line to board, asked each person for ID, and studied the IDs and faces carefully with a UV light to verify the IDs’ authenticity. As soon as IDs were checked, people were rushed onto the plane. The flight was oversold, and people were offered $300 vouchers to deplane. The plane sat at the gate for 10 minutes, and then taxied slowly to the runway. The flight continued without incident. Passengers were unusually talkative, as if to release tension.

I haven’t been able find out what prompted this. I wonder how many other security incidents have occurred since the Christmas bombing attempt that we haven’t heard anything about? Apparently there have been many. ABC News opines, “This is just the latest in a string of panicked calls to police over incidents on planes that turned out to be nothing.” Maybe they really are nothing. Maybe people are being hypercautious. Maybe these are attempts to probe the system. Or maybe they’re intended to get people to stop being so careful, by generating a “boy-crying-wolf” reaction.

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