Explaining Arizona

Kris Kobach, the author of the new Arizona immigration law, explains what it actually says, something few people have bothered to note. [The law] prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens and makes it a state crime for an alien to commit certain federal immigration crimes. It also requires police officers who, in the course of a traffic stop or other law-enforcement action, come to a … Continue reading Explaining Arizona


The Left is in a snit about the new Arizona law that allows law enforcement personnel to enforce existing immigration law. Why this law is thought to be burdensome is beyond me. Byron York observes: We are instead confronted routinely by people of all stripes asking to see our driver’s license. When we board an airplane, we are asked to produce a government-issued photo ID, … Continue reading Arizona

Irani popular support for nukes ebbs with economic woes

As Iran becomes a nuclear state, it appears the people there are looking for more help with their economic plights. From the Telegraph.co.uk: When Iran fuels Western alarm over its nuclear ambitions – as it did again yesterday with orders to start construction of new uranium enrichment plants – it has in the past been able to count on widespread domestic support. Even critics and … Continue reading Irani popular support for nukes ebbs with economic woes

Keeping It Real in Austin

In the culture wars, there are many participants who don’t even realize that they are foot soldiers in the battle between modernity and Rousseauian nostalgie de la boue, a.k.a. Noble Savagery.  For the average person, even going to the grocery store is a socio-political statement of sorts.  For many on the left side of the dial, it is an act of rejecting the more distasteful aspects of modern life, those things which offend the eco-sensitivities, which are often correlated with mysterious “allergies” and other problems that are supposedly the result of plastic wrap, artificial coloring, preservatives, MSG, gluten, nuts, dairy, animal products, mercury, and being toted too damn far.

You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it- I’ve even participated to some extent.  I do shop at Whole Foods, after all.  But I began to become squeamish about the whole organic-vegetarian-vegan-natural universe as epitomized by a place like Whole Foods when it went from a funky hippie joint on South Lamar to a corporate flagship where only well-heeled hipsters or people who think way too much about food and their next piercing (and not enough about their student loans) were shopping and trying gamely to work up an appetite for the pasty gray lasagna at the Raw Bar.  It seemed to me that a lot of the people who routinely and ignorantly decry “corporatism” were oblivious to the massively successful corporate enterprise that was charging them $5 for a half-pint of organic strawberries.

So there was a hypocrisy cum misplaced priorities aspect of all of this, coupled with the fact that all of the people at WF look like they could easily be beamed to France and neither they nor the French would notice.  I don’t think we need to explore hygiene stereotypes here- I’m just saying. Continue reading “Keeping It Real in Austin”

“Laughter is the language of the Soul.” (Pablo Neruda)

Because he sold his soul, but at least Bart got $5 for it (from Milhouse no less), and it cost him. As it turns out, nearly 7,500 shoppers online sold their souls as well – and I wonder if their sense of humor is intact. Per FoxNews (today on their twitter feed as well): A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls … Continue reading “Laughter is the language of the Soul.” (Pablo Neruda)

Friday Morning Quarter-Backing the Tax Day Tea Parties in Austin

I went to one Tea Party/Tax Day Protest yesterday, a friend of mine went to another, and I haven’t spoken to anyone who went to the third one, which was not really a rally/protest because (a) it was held at a hotel, and (b) it was limited occupancy.  You needed reservations. The reviews are in: if we are going to have a vibrant, active Tea … Continue reading Friday Morning Quarter-Backing the Tax Day Tea Parties in Austin