November 30, 2011
Had a little fun at the expense of Keystone Staters this morning. Well, here's a David Harsanyi Tweet of the day:
A former Colorado sheriff accused of offering meth for sex is being held in the jail named for him
AP, who may have actually twittered the tweet in question:
Patrick Sullivan, 68, found himself on Wednesday in a jail that was named for him, facing charges of offering methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance.
TEA Party Re-Rallies!
Many of us in the liberty movement have observed the Occupy Wall Street Movement (“OWS”) and admired their passion even when we often disagree with their tactics. They correctly identify some of the problems our country faces, such as that too many businesses make profit by lobbying the government, not by producing better value. However, instead of proposing solutions that would take our country toward renewed prosperity, OWS instead advocates policies that would make things worse. Heavier regulation, cancellation of all debts, outlawing of private insurance, a $20 minimum wage and “free” education are simply more of the same type of government intrusion that caused the current, and projected future, economic mess. What we need instead are more free markets and more liberty – for history has shown that this is the way for our country’s restored greatness – both as a nation and as individuals.
I have a scheduling conflict so I hope this posting prompts one or more to attend in my stead.
I usually use 60W bulbs and stocked up on those and 75s this summer.
But Instapundit's admonitions have sunk in, I don't want to be caught without access. And -- let's just say it's my way of sticking it to the man! I bought 24 100W incandescents.
Here's an insty-supporting link if you care to join me.
Surging to double digits in the polls! Mary Kaye's husband might be having his moment.
Russ Douthat pens a piece on Governor Huntsman's political missteps, but the paragraphs before the "but" constitute a ringing endorsement:
It’s a plausible line, evoking William F. Buckley Jr.'s often-quoted admonition that right-of-center voters should support the most electable conservative in any given race. But is it accurate? Not if you judge candidates on their record, rather than by their affect [sic?]. By that standard, the most electable conservative remaining in the Republican race is probably Jon Huntsman.
The only candidate supporting the Ryan plan. Let that one sink in...
UPDATE: Brother JG's awesome link.
And now, in Philadelphia News...
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who was given a nearly $1-million buyout earlier this year, has applied for unemployment.
The Refugee suffered a serious nightmare last night in which he discovered that he was related to Nancy Pelosi and enjoyed talking with her.
November 29, 2011
Some Colorado Parents to Stay out of Las Vegas
The Denver Post reports that Colorado ranks #2 in vaccination "opt outs" for vaccines among kindergartners. Seven percent of Centennial State parents of kindergartners chose not to vaccinate their children for common diseases. According to the article, most such parents site the risk of serious complications from vaccines or a philosophy toward "natural" immunization. (i.e., Let them catch the disease and hope they don't die).
However, according to the Center for Disease Control (if you can believe those guys), only one death between 1990 and 1992 can possibly be related to a vaccination. The chances of complications from a vaccination range from 1:1000 to 1:1,000,000 or more. Most "complications" are sore arms or fever. The study linking autism to vaccinations has been largely discredited. Furthermore, 10 children died in 2010 in California alone from pertussis (whooping cough).
So here's the analogy: you go to Las Vegas and approach the table. There is a 99.9% chance that the next roll will be red and .1% chance that it will be black. Which color do you bet on? Let's just say that 7 percent of Colorado parents should stay the hell out of Las Vegas.
Rep. Bachmann, please call your office.
I guess the "number of days without an accident" sign at Iran's military headquarters has to be set back to zero again. -- Jim Geraghty (subscribe)
Front page photo banner in today's DP - Photogenic Farmers A new calendar features photos of people you may have met who produce vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese or honey, along with recipes.
"We love the farming community and Colorado, and we want to get more people connected to it," said Nagy. Bad news about industrial food [sic] such as the "Food, Inc." documentary, makes people feel powerless, she added. "So supporting these local, living economies are one way we can take back control."
So Fort Collins collaborators Kelsi Nagy and Liz Gaylor invested their time and borrowed capital to create a new Farmers of the Front Range calendar. OK, pretty cool. But I have to say it doesn't seem to portray a broad spectrum of the thousands of farmers who work and live along Colorado's front range. While they spotlight folks who "farm on a few leased acres close to Fort Collins, close enough that shareholders in their community supported agriculture program can bicycle out to help work the vegetable plots in the summer," they don't seem to notice the farmers I'm most familiar with in the third leading agricultural area in the United States, Weld County. Those folks are better portrayed by Hank Williams Jr.
But I suppose they'd just dismiss these hard workin' folk as "industrial food" producers.
I trust I'm not the first to use the fire kindling analogy. If I were better read on the subject I'd probably already know it's part of the naming strategy. But knowing far less about e-readers than, well, just about anybody, I'm quite interested to know if br'er JK's jilted love has been requited.
To accompany the time that has lapsed since his misunderstanding with the device I'll add this head-to-head techie review of Kindle Fire vs. iPad. Fire leads in reader polling almost two to one, but the Pauliacs probably haven't weighed in yet.
Giants Walked the Earth
What Milton Friedman might say to the Occupy movement Two awesome clips at Mankiw's site.
Walter Russell Meade on Tebow
This is not about Tim Tebow, and it is not about his evangelical faith. Via Meadia takes no view at this early stage about the merits or demerits of the various Broncos' Quarterbacks, and our inveterate Anglicanism gets in the way of embracing his faith. But bigotry is something that needs to be fought in all its forms; unreasonable fears and prejudices based on religion will always be with us, but such fears belong in the gutter among the wackos, the haters and the tin-foil hat brigades on both the right and the left. When they rise from the sewers and the swamps into mainstream publications and can be casually uttered in polite company by distinguished professors, something is going very wrong, and people who believe in the American way need to speak up. . . .Actually, Professor Meade is discussing the NYTimes attacks on Gov. Romney. But I find it translates pretty well.
Quote of the Day
It is a newspaper truism that what is good for journalism is bad for the country, and vice versa. Let's just say that regarding the pending retirement of Congressman Barney Frank, we're delighted to make the professional sacrifice. -- WSJ Ed Page
November 28, 2011
Trickle Down from Ten-feet-six
I hate the disparaging term "Trickle Down Economics." Those who would use that fail to understand economics at all. It is not the leftovers of the rich that the poor get in a free market, it is the chance at all of it.
And yet I found myself ready to embrace it this weekend. Two different moronic, anti-business, local teevee news stations both portrayed the NBA walkout resolution in terms of its positive effects on small local businesses. Wait staff had been laid off downtown restaurants. Unlicensed vendors who sell snacks and souvenirs outside were ecstatic.
At the end of the day, a bunch of people were going to have jobs because the rich, spoiled brat players' union came to terms with the rich and spoiled owners and agreed to make fistfulls of money together. Plus, some will enjoy watching.
I find myself immune to the game's charms. But I share the exuberance of the economic community that thrives on those who are not.
UPDATE: THE WSJ claims it is a win for the owners. Good, I generally root for capital over labor: "Scrooge, Scrooge, he's our man!..."
The biggest changes will be off the court after owners scored an obvious economic win. The two sides will split the league's $4 billion in annual revenue almost equally, while in previous agreements the players received 57%. On the court, despite systematic changes like reducing contract length and increasing fees for high-spending teams, most think it will be business as usual.
Quote of the Day
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free. Why do we always act as if we have forgotten that? -- Jerry PournelleContext is the Gibson raid, hat-tip is the Instapundit.
Smoking Gun Climategate 2.0 Quote of the Day
In a fair and honest world, my blog brother would be correct and the world would begin a serious reassessment of "Climate Science." I do not expect a multi-billion dollar international industry to fold up shop and go home. Yet I do wish there were a more honest news dissemination apparatus. True, none of the numerous emails in Climategate 1.0 or Climategate 2.0 explicitly say
Therefore, everybody seems pretty convinced there is nothing to see there. One would have to use and understand the word epistemology.
If one of our dear ThreeSourcers would like to share something, they could do worse than this Open Letter to Dr. Phil Jones
So when my FOI request came along, you were caught. You were legally required to produce data you couldn't locate. Rather than tell the truth and say "I can’t find it", you chose to lie. Hey, it was only a small lie, and it was for the Noble Cause of saving the world from Thermageddon. So you had David tell me the data was available on the web. You knew that was a lie. David, apparently, didn't realize it was a lie, at least at first. You hoped your Noble Lie would satisfy me, that I would get discouraged, and you could move on.
The entire letter is very good. Your lefty friends will not appreciate the site that hosts it nor its tone. But if the science is to be settled, the other guys will have to play like scientists.
November 27, 2011
Otequay of the Ayday
Happily, the left's pernicious, economy-destroying and false global warming ideology is collapsing under a growing body of evidence that the CO2 scare is a fraud.
Quote of the Day
In the course of a typical day I usually receive at least a couple of emails from readers lamenting that America is now the Titanic. This is grossly unfair to the Titanic, a state-of-the-art ship whose problem was that it only had lifeboat space for about half its passengers. By contrast, the SS Spendaholic is a rusting hulk encrusted with barnacles, there are no lifeboats, and the ship's officers are locked in a debate about whether to use a thimble or an eggcup. -- Mark Steyn
November 26, 2011
The Palin Card
Lest we forget, has yet to be played in the 2012 nomination contest (derisively called "the ongoing Gong Show courtesy of the GOP dunceworks" by a commenter at JK's Huntsman Rising! link.) While the race has proven to be a combination of the Romney establishment candidacy and a game of musical chairs between the "anti-Romney's, an endorsement by the ex-governor from the AK time zone is a development that still promises a tectonic effect on the race. And RCP's Scott Conroy says, Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement.Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement
Palin and her advisers have in recent weeks discussed when her endorsement might have the greatest impact on the race, but the timing remains undetermined.
Your DEA at Work
The enforcement-heavy segment of ThreeSources can be proud today.
Here's a Mercury News profile of Bob Wallace, an 88-year-old chemist who started a very successful cottage business selling iodine crystals under the "Polar Pure" brand new, used by hikers and disaster relief workers for water purification. Wallace has been put out of business by the Drug Enforcement Agency, who say they once busted a meth lab that was using Wallace's iodine in their process.
I share this link both to torque the enforcement-heavy segment of ThreeSources and also to share Mr. Wallace's awesome response:
For Wallace to comply, the state Department of Justice fingerprinted the couple and told Wallace he needed to show them such things as a solid security system for his product. Wallace sent a photograph of Buddy sitting on the front porch.
A bigger dog? Hat-tip: Insty
Find Who Your Friends Are [see update]
The C.F. Martin Guitar Company could not find time for a word of solidarity with Gibson when its competitor was raided by the US Fish SWAT team. When pressed, they suggested that they eschew politics entirely, and it wouldn't be appropriate to comment, yadda yadda...
I guess they have more time on their hands now:
UPDATE: I am a complete dork. "Pepper spray" refers to a shopping incident of which I was unaware and not the OWS. In the words of the Governor of the great state of Texas: "Oops."
November 25, 2011
Who Says Obama is Powerless?
Now that I've missed the fast-access window to accuse Cain of doing unspecified things in an vague way at an uncertain time to one of my daughters (my best friend recommened the 7 yr. old, but I just didn't move fast enough), I'll move to a more timely topic.
November 24, 2011
Five Novels with Classically Liberal Themes
I give thanks again for our superior and gifted commentariat. If you've missed it, we have been having fun several posts south discussing the writing talents and political orientation of Stephen King.
The preponderance of left wing thought in Novels is worthy of more serious thought than I will give here, but to show the scale of the disparity, I enumerate five that support my beliefs. Spanning a few centuries. My rules prohibit multiple books by the same author, and I don't pretend to be an authority on literature. So it is not quite as bad as I make it. I seem to remember National Review listing 25 once, but they would load up on C.S. Lewis whom I would not critique except to say that that does not align exactly with my views. They would also list "Brideshead Revisited" out of homage to WFB, but while Waugh was "big-C Conservative," I'm not sure Brideshead truly flies the flag. Even Disraeli’s books skew a bit left.
Here is the jk list; let me know what I am missing:
I used to have a five great lefty list, just so I could count Dickens on both. But these are numerable entries against an ocean of Steinbeck, Cheever, Updike, Umberto Eco, Stephen King, Amy Tan -- you can think of them as fast as you can say them. Even my beloved "Art of Racing in the Rain" requires me to check my philosophy at the door a bit.
This does not defend King's explicit rants in 11/22/63, but it sets the bar of expectation pretty low on rational, individualist thought and appreciation for self-sovereignty in fiction.
November 23, 2011
Things are Rough All Over
Denver Post, front page: U.S. Postal Service parceling its work to fewer carriers
Since 2008, the corps of letter carriers in Denver has shrunk 22 percent, to 1,050.
Is that last line really in a straight-news story? "This town seems to be going to pot these days."
Let's see, 489,000 homes and businesses served by 1050 letter carriers averages to 466 addresses per carrier. In 1979 my brother and I delivered over 500 newspapers each morning in about 2 hours. Okay, that's 4 man-hours and we delivered the same thing to each address, launched from a moving vehicle on the street. Even so, we were kids! This doesn't seem so much greater a burden. And we certainly didn't get paid as much, nor were we awarded a defined benefit pension plan.
The World According to DP
As I guided my family through the concourse at Coors Field last fall for our final ballgame of the season I was offered a discounted trial delivery of the Denver Post. I gave it serious thought, dismissed the vendor with "I'll think it over and come back later," then decided $10 a month was too steep. Weeks later a different vendor made a different offer at the door to our local King Soopers: "Two months free! After that you can cancel or go to Sunday only or ..."
I've enjoyed the sports coverage but I take the front page with equal measures of amusement and disgust as the lead story is clearly selected to shape the opinions of the least informed. The general theme is to give sympathetic treatment of a generic societal "failing" with a hint or two of how government might "fix" it. I've decided the ploy is so predictable it could become a regular feature and thus, a new category.
A day early to adjust to holiday schedules. Next week, some Christmas cheer.
Like in previous years, you probably didn't call your local supermarket ahead of time and order your Thanksgiving turkey this year. Why not? Because you automatically assumed that a turkey would be there when you showed up, and it probably was there when you showed up "unannounced" at your local grocery store to select your bird.
AMEN! LET'S EAT!
November 22, 2011
I am afraid that Mike [Mann] is defending something that increasingly can not be defended. He is investing too much personal stuff in this and not letting the science move ahead. -- Chris HornerSome call it ClimateGate2. A new batch of emails at FOIA.org
Word of the Day
IBD has a $10 world, trading at about 10.125 as I type...
To hear Barack Obama describe the latest fiscal impasse in Washington, the poor guy is totally helpless dealing with this congressional crowd of hebetudinous laggards.
For the hebetudinous who need a definition...
Quote of the Day
There's another Republican debate tonight on CNN. Candidates, start your chagrines! Let's get ready to stumble! -- Jim Geraghty (subscribe)
Meanwhile, in Buffy News
Geeks at HTC have code-named the new "Facebook Phone" Buffy.
After years of considering how to best get into the phone business, Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being.
My HTC Windows Phone seems far more integrated to Facebook than to Windows. Maybe this one will have "Farmville."
November 21, 2011
Black Friday come Early
Don't wait out in the cold all night! Give the gift of attractive T-Shirts and happily fed donkeys!
UPDATE: Mea Maxima Culpa! My bucolic blog brother & sister are correct. It seems a bale of alfalfa hay can be $25 and is not ideal for donkeys. Plus, a bale feeds three donkeys for three days. Charles asked me to rework the ad copy -- his friends are all wondering why his donkeys eat so much!
I will not provide a thorough review of Stephen King's 11/22/63. I spoke a bit about my trajectory with Mr. King and his works. But a coupl'a things.
First, Thomas Wolfe was right. You can never go home to an author after seven years away. It was fun and it was well written and I would not dissuade anybody from reading it. Yet I found myself ready for it to end. It takes a very important piece of fiction to capture my heart these days. (e.g., The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein) and the fun in this one did not last until the end. I gave it three stars.
Second, I must resolve my philosophical concerns without spoilers. Umbrage remained quiet for most of the rest of the book for me, but I will share something from the Afterword with all my Dear Readers. Devotees of King come to enjoy the Afterwords, usually addressing "Dear Readers" as much as the books. They are heartfelt and sweet. This one pissed me off.
King defends his harsh treatment of 1963 Dallas. I wasn't there. But he continues:
It's better today, but one still sees signs on Main Street saying HANDGUNS NOT ALLOWED IN THE BAR. This is an afterword, not an editorial, but I hold strong opinions on this subject, particularly given the current political climate of my country. If you want to know what political extremism can lead to, look at the Zapruder film. Take particular note of frame 313, where Kennedy's head explodes.
A legal carry in the state of Texas equals Lee Harvey Oswald assassinating the President. Got it.
All Hail Taranto!
Now, a Sermon -- For The Chior!
Et tu, Starbucks®?
I winced when I saw that my favorite multi-national corporate chain was accepting $5 donations to "promote jobs." I knew it would be goofy, but I didn't know what -- I figured they would hire some kids to sort their recycling and blow real hard at windmills or something.
But it's worse. It's the somewhat seriously good idea of micro-finance, perverted by removing its free market element. You take something that is half-good, and extirpate the good half!
The Mises Institute has the lowdown:
The $5 donation will help poor entrepreneurs start or maintain a business in typically underserved areas with the idea that this will help create or sustain small-business jobs. This sounds quite noble but mischaracterizes what jobs are and where they originate.
Pat Caddell and Douglas Schoen are Clintonistas, to be sure, but their WSJ guest editorial seems a cri de coeur from a serious branch of the Democratic Party:
When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality--and he must reach the same conclusion.
I suggest Secretary Clinton would win in a landslide, and would be a far better hope for this great nation than a 50/50 chance of a second Obama term.
November 20, 2011
Quote of the Day
He's a responsible, well-spoken adult with a good record in office, a soothing style, bipartisan appeal and ample knowledge of the world beyond our shores. But Jon Huntsman, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, somehow imagines he can overcome those handicaps. -- Steve Chapman, Chicago TribHat-tip: a blog friend who's not giving up.
That Calls for a Carlsberg!
Hat-tip: my biological brother via email.
November 18, 2011
Just Win Baby!
The late Al Davis would be proud (except for the fact that it's the Broncos instead of his beloved Raiders.) Not only are the Broncos winning, every which way, they're also putting down the other team's quarterback - hard.
This Drew Litton cartoon is accompanied on Litton's website by a clear-eyed assessment of the Tebow turnaround.
Education is at the heart of it all, but the culture is, too. Moral relativism has done so much damage to the bottom end of this country, the bottom fifth has been damaged by the culture of moral relativism more than by anything else, I would argue. If you ask me what the biggest problem in America is, I'm not going to tell you debt, deficits, statistics, economics -- I'll tell you it's moral relativism. Now is it my job to fix that as a congressman? No, but I can do damage to it. But it's the job of parents to raise their kids ... But let's not ignore it. These things go beyond statistics, they go into the culture. As a policymaker, I simply make that as an observation, not that I have an answer and a bill I can pass in Congress and to fix that. -- Rep. Paul Ryan (HOSS - WI)
Quote of the Day
Congratulations, Average American! says Jonah Goldberg:
Being the root cause of our dire national predicament puts you in some very august company indeed. You are joining the ranks of George W. Bush, the Japanese tsunami, the Arab Spring, Wall Street fat cats, and other luminaries, both living and merely anthropomorphized.
Kindle Fire® Sucks! [See UPDATE]
I have become old or jaundiced or something and no longer tend to get wild with excitement over new technology. But...I was pretty pumped for my Kindle Fire. The lovely bride and I pre-ordered and our fifth & sixth Kindles showed up yesterday. (Step one is admitting a problem...)
The hardware seems cool and -- to be fair -- when the glitches are resolved, I might find love. Yet this is not a petulant rant, this baby has serious defects. All the Fire really does is deliver content from the Internet, and mine won't connect. This makes them two very lovely, well thought out, expensive bricks with bright screens. One of them connects sporadically but rarely, the other is a DHCP virgin.
Nobody understands bad software more than me -- I've written my share of it. But, whiskey tango foxtrot, Amazon, this is an epic fail and I understand from the forums it is not limited to le condo d'amour. I am more concerned that a) it fails silently, collecting your information then just sitting there, not displaying whether it is connected or not or whether there is a problem; and, b) the stupidity of including the owners manual -- it is an eReader -- but not letting you read it until you have registered. I suspect the manual will be read by 0.0004% of the readers after they have connected and registered, but as high as 4% before.
I've no doubt it will get fixed. But I have spent hours on it and developed a dislike. I imagine the lovely bride will keep hers but mine will be going back.
The regular Kindles, however, remain very cool.
UPDATE: A little petulant, perhaps. The trouble was on my end (exceeded the number of DHCP devices I had defined). Lack of feedback and bassackwards access to manual are still lame. But the picture is beguiling...I'll likely be won back.
November 17, 2011
I Embed. You Decide!
I find the dystopian intro less than optimistic.
UPDATE: The emailer responds:
Yes. I found myself hating it for the first 20 seconds or so, but then I liked how the remainder was simple, yet informative.
No, I'm not telling you who -- I'm certainly not outing a Huntsman supporter on ThreeSources!
FWIW, as the kiddies txt, I like his positions the best, but don't know if my swimming skills will allow me to join my friend.
Yes we can!
Defecate on cop cars.
November 16, 2011
A Colorado Soylendra
Amy Oliver pens an interesting column on "A Stupid Energy Policy." I hope my Facebook friends don't see it, it uses logic, reason, physics, and economics.
Narrowly Avoiding a Colorado 'Solyndra'
November 15, 2011
In the Real World, this Would be a Big Deal
The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show. -- WaPoMy friends assure me they are tired of hearing "If President Bush had done this..."
But too bad.
Hook this Baby up to some Soylendra Panels!
Actually, the Soylendra investment makes a lot of sense, when compared to the Fisker Karma. Obligatory picture of really cool car here:
Warren Meyer at Forbes points out that under Clinton-era EPA comparisons for electric vehicles, this "electric car for the 1%" gets worse mileage than an average SUV -- either in electric or gas mode. And, had I not already conferred QOTD:
Given the marketing pitch here that relies on the unseen vs. the seen, maybe we should rename it the Fisker Bastiat.
But, like I said, hook this baby up to your Soylendra panels and it is all go all of the time!
Quote of the Day
As I wrote back in September, my generation seems not [to] realize that civil disobedience entails opposing an unjust law by breaking it. In doing so, the protester benefits his cause by taking the punishment to call attention to its injustice and gain sympathy. Civil disobedience does not mean, as Team OWS and many others of my generation believe, that you can do whatever you want as long as you are sufficiently self-righteous about it. -- Matthew Knee
I can see how people hate Congress -- but how can you not like politics?
The WSJ finds some amusing custom "page-not-found" (404) error pages on campaign websites.
November 14, 2011
Quote of the Day
You can always get me by bashing Boomers!
All of this was done by a generation that never lost its confidence that it was smarter, better educated and more idealistic than its Depression-surviving, World War-winning, segregation-ending, prosperity-building parents. We didn't need their stinking faith, their stinking morals, or their pathetically conformist codes of moral behavior. We were better than that; after all, we grokked Jefferson Airplane, achieved nirvana on LSD and had a spiritual wealth and sensitivity that our boorish bourgeois forbears could not grasp. They might be doers, builders and achievers -- but we Boomers grooved, man, we had sex in the park, we grew our hair long, and we listened to sexy musical lyrics about drugs that those pathetic old losers could not even understand. -- Walter Russell Meade
Can you say Certiorari?
I can't. That's one word I hope I never have to say in public. But I know what it means.
The Supreme Court will hear appeals on the Constitutionality of the law that evil old grouchy conservatives call "ObamaCare®."
The decision had been widely expected since late September, when the Obama administration asked the nation's highest court to uphold the centerpiece insurance provision and 26 states separately asked that the entire law be struck down.
UPDATE: Jimi P has an excellent overview.
But our Best Minds in Government are Running Things...
James Pethokoukis has two depressing (too depressing?) unemployment charts.
November 13, 2011
We Are the 30%!!!!!!
I guess. This article claims 70% of women "still prefer to take husband's last name."
My serviceable, monosyllabic, Austrian surname was eschewed by my lovely bride specifically to preserve the individual identity discussed in the article. I had no strong opinions either way but have been surprised for 28 years now to see how strongly it affects some people.
The article Insty links is maddeningly a "lifestyle" article and contains no particulars on the study, questions, participants, or even exact percentages. It's long on human interest, of course.
I certainly agree that the "feminist agitation" reason has faded considerably and that it is now more popular among those who have established a career or brand. At the same time, I have come to value self-sovereignty, individual identity, and ownership of our persons more highly. And it has come to seem more natural. Yet, in the 80's it felt like the leading edge of a trend which has not materialized.
A Liberal Progressive Government Organizer's Job is Never Done
To piggyback on a theme of the excellent Review Corner jk miscategorized as self-promotion, I'll indulge in some self-promotion. The extended family gathered at my brother's home in Boulder County Friday evening for dinner and viewing of Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (HD DVD - egads.) While driving back home to Weld County my talk-radio alter ego, Jon Caldera, was conversing with listeners (850 KOA, Denver's News, Weather, Broncos and CU Buffs Station) about the latest social engineering in Boulder - speed limits for bicycles in crosswalks. [Ponder the disconnect in that headline.] "Boulder goverment wants to regulate every aspect of our lifes," Caldera wistfully concluded. As a 20-year resident of the town, having just viewed the most "leave me alone" movie ever made, and having just been regaled of the woes one endures when attempting to add a couple of rooms to one's Boulder County home, I was compelled to call.
Final hour of Caldera's Friday, 11/11/11 show.
November 12, 2011
A Lengthy Saturday Ramble...
So much on which to catch up.
Delayed Review Corner: Am I the only one who read the assignment? Blog friend gd admitted over lunch the other day that he had not yet consumed George Selgin's Theory of Free Banking. I said that I had with as little gloating as I could muster.
It is a very interesting book, and Selgin changed my mind about many things. If I had a time machine (more on this to come) I might go back and hand a copy to Alexander Hamilton. I will not summarize, because an Internet search of selgin free banking finds a trove of Selgin himself in YouTubes, discussions, and his own Free Banking website. To bring this segue 'round, I found that site this morning, as Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek highlighted this awesome post of Selgin taking down a NYTimes reporter. Ow, that has got to sting!
I respect nonetheless those who, having given serious thought to the matter, conclude that gold remains our best hope. Alas, such people make up but a small fraction of self-described gold bugs. My standard reaction to finding myself within earshot of any of the rest is to look for a more remote and unoccupied bar stool.
Selgin's book is as informative as his comprehensive rebuttal to Mr. Porter. But it is far less entertaining. The recommendation came from our blog's favorite PhD. Economics Professor, and I fear he may have inured more to such tracts than the rest of us. It's not bad by any means, but it is pretty heavy slogging in spots. Worth it to get a serous rebuttal to the bad monetary policy on both sides that sends Selgin to the empty barstool. But I cannot call it a cake walk. As Selgin might say "Because it is not a walk. And there is no cake."
Staying on the literary theme, I find myself back in fiction, and back to a favorite author. I read every one of the many words Stephen King published before The Dark Tower VII in 2004. King said he was retiring and I took him at his word, closing that chapter as I was moving toward non-fiction. I knew he had written a few more, but I honored my half of his retirement.
Hearing of the historical fiction, counterfactual "11/22/63" I had to bite. I pre-ordered and it magically showed up on my Kindle this week.
King's writing chops remain. (I think I wrote this about Peggy Noonan yesterday.) It is a page-turner, can't-put-it-down, entrancing yarn. Of course, King's lefty politics have always been on display in interviews and in his books. I put up with them both to enjoy the rest of his skill set and because he leaves it to a few lines in one of his notoriously large books. It is fairly easy to roll your eyes and move on.
But... Over the years, I have become more sensitive and Mister King has become a bit more strident. It strikes me that the very premise of this book is an extension of Progressivism. Not content with managing our diets, smoking habits, and appreciation for our fellow planetary travelers, King is going to "manage" our history for us. Now, I am taking a step too far here -- but I am definitely taking it in the right direction.
[SPOILER ALERTS TO FOLLOW, I am not deep enough in to "spoil" anything beyond what a review might say. But if, like me, you won't even read the cover flap before you dive in, move along, pardner, move along...]
A peculiar opportunity opens for very limited time travel. Present day folks can appear in Maine (natch) in September 9, 1958. Sherman cannot set the Way-back machine to 1770 to stop Alexander Hamilton enumerating the "Coin money" power into the Constitution (toldja), but he can go to 1958 and come back. The guy who discovers this has heath problems, so he convinces a casual friend to take up his quest. Go back there, live until 1963 and stop Oswald.
The uncomfortable bit is the recruitment. Wouldn't it be great if you stayed around until 2000 and flipped the election to Al Gore in Florida? But you'd be in your eighties, it might not work. That is just partisan, elitist nonsense and I really can move on after an eye roll and a head shake. In all of 1958+ history, your first thought is "President Albert A Gore, Jr.?" Whatever, dude.
Back to the brass tacks, I was less able to shake off the paternalism of the plot line. There are some science-fictiony questions about consequences, but King, in the raspy voice of Diner owner Al, lays out a utopia. JFK is saved -> RFK does not run to avenge his brother, so he is not assassinated -> The Vietnam War is okay because LBJ, with his -- and I quote -- "my balls are bigger than yours George Bush mentality" does not escalate. (George Bush started the Vietnam war, no wonder we want to beat him in 2000) -> Martin Luther King is not in Memphis (his assassins lack transportation I guess) -> there are no race riots.
Now I watch Buffy and accept vampires for the purposes of allegory and entertainment. I discard all the math and physics howlers in good science fiction. And I enjoy Stephen King's monstrous Chevrolets, werewolves, and aliens because they are vital to the story. But this historical utopia is tough to bear.
Of course I did move on, and it is a ripping good story. I think of Stephen Fry's superb "Making History" where a similar, limited opportunity is used to prevent Adolph Hitler's birth. Spoiler Alert: that one does not come out all hugs and puppies. Likewise, King is bright enough that I suspect he will test his own assumptions. But the willingness to discard a half century of spontaneous order to go back and line up the soldiers his way is disturbing.
And those are my views on monetary policy. Have a great weekend.
November 11, 2011
There's no "he said" to go with this one, as Newt Gingrich isn't talking about the private family matter, but his daughter is. In short, no, her father did not "hand her divorce papers on her death bed" as the liberal meme has it.
My mother and father were already in the process of getting a divorce, which she requested.
Mother and father are still alive and well and Jackie and her sister "are blessed to have a close relationship with them both."
Lord of the Flies Comes to Salt Lake
The Salt Lake City Police Department said officers responded at 3:27 a.m. to a fight involving as many as 30 people. A 43-year-old man who said he was in charge of crowd control for the protest claimed that Jesse Jaramillo, 31, hit him on the head with a board during the fight.
John Hinderaker at Powerline points out "If you have ever wondered what would happen in a society consisting entirely of liberals, the Occupier movement is providing the answer: devolution"
Hat-tip: Insty for both.
Blog friend Sugarchuck and I use that endearing sobriquet for the WSJ's Peggy Noonan, whom we have both followed through significant ups and downs. I don't think her writing chops ever dimmed, but her thinking chops did. She is so ensconced in the elite Westside Manhattan and Washington Axis, she became deracinated from reality.
But she pens a beaut today on the GOP debates. Brother JG will be happy to see she starts out taking his side in the "strongest steel forged by the hottest fire" theory. She notices one guy who is not going to face a grilling between Novembers:
One of the people in the debate was bombastic to the point of manic, and another was more pointedly aggressive than her usual poised and beautiful self. But enough about Jim Cramer and Maria Bartiromo. It was a revealing debate. It would be wonderful to see President Obama grilled as the Republicans were Wednesday night in Michigan. What exactly will you cut in the entitlement programs? How will you solve the foreclosure crisis? And we'd like you to answer in 30 seconds while we look at you with the sweet-natured gaze of a cop at a crime scene.
What style that woman has. Though she has generally kind words about each candidate, she ends with a sober and pragmatic warning. Republicans must keep moderates in mind. I don't accept that that means abandoning philosophy, but it is a reminder to see candidates as swing voters see them.
But this is a time to be sober. The voting begins in 7-1/2 weeks. We're picking a president now, right now, every day as we make our decisions.
Kim Strassel, on the same page, points out signs of substantive Democratic weakness in Virginia's results. But weakness in the GOP field will make it hard to capitalize.
The last binary day until Jan 1, 2100. What a dork.
November 10, 2011
Quote of the Day
"Oh, shoot, no. This ain't a day for quitting nothing." -- Gov. Rick Perry on the 236th Birthday of the US Marine Corps
Herman Cain, Welcome to Chicago
Via Investors Business Daily, Ann Coulter explains why so much of the smears against candidate Cain are coming from Chicago.
Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O'Grady, who is close with Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Cain's personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).
It goes on from there.
This time, Obama's little helpers have not only thrown a bomb into the Republican primary. They also are hoping to destroy the man who deprives the Democrats of their only argument in 2012: If you oppose Obama, you must be a racist.
A Serious Word on Gov. Perry
Looking at the leaders we elect, a bit of circumspection with the process seems in order. Or. "Tyler Cowen, call your office!"
Gov. Perry's "Oops" goes down in history with GHW Bush's looking at his watch, Admiral Stockdale's "Why am I here," and Ted Kennedy’s equally missing reason for seeking the office. It might be a fair cop of Kennedy, but really? I was going to suggest we all know somebody brilliant and capable who has on occasion, ummm....ahhh.....what was I saying...
Jay Nordlinger [UPDATE: Found a link] says it:
Perry's fumbling around was very, very human. I know it'll hurt him. But I don't think it ought to. What matters is what he is planning for the government, not which departments he can remember at a particular moment.
Please Oh Please Listen to Roger Simon.
I don't always agree with Simon, but he wrote my post for me today.
Nobody digs politics more than me. But these debates are torture -- I would have loved a little waterboarding last night to break the ennui. It's not that they're dull (they are) and it is only partially that it is a forum for Democratic leaning journalists to whack GOP ideas (it is). It is mostly that we don't ever learn anything new about the candidates. Take it away, Rog:
We already know (oh, how we know) that Newt Gingrich is the smartest student in the room, that Mitt Romney can look like a president, that Herman Cain was a business success, that Michel Bachmann adopted more kids than Cheaper by the Dozen, that Rick Santorum is a mean self-promoter, that poor Rick Perry is the worst debater since Sally-whatever-her-name-was in the third grade, that Jon Huntsman is a bore and that Ron Paul is, well, Ron Paul.
Bag the rest,
I will add one item. I hate to bag on the House of Kudlow, but that was the worst of the debates and they had the most interesting topic. Rick Santelli got to ask one question late. Larry got to come on after and interview prominent Democratic partisans about what weasels all the candidates are.
For the moderators, we get CNBC's two most left wing journalists, John Harwood and Steve Liesman; big money Democratic contributor, Goldman Sachs guy and Spitzer friend Jim Cramer; and Maria Bartaromo, who is "moderate" in comparison, but solidly in the conventional-wisdom-beltway-industrial-media complex camp. What, Rahm Emmanuel was booked?
Terrible, painful, tedious, uninformative, and deleterious to the party's objectives.
Putting Gov. Perry's Gaffe into Perspective
We all make mistakes!
WARNING: Totally inappropriate audio for work or near any decent, thinking people.
UPDATE: I am removing the embed. You can click through if you'd like to see it, but it is quite offensive and I doubt its veracity.
November 9, 2011
Comprehensive Review of "Reckless Endangerment"
No luck getting any of my #OWS supporting Facebook friends to dive into Gretchen Morgenstern's "Reckless Endangerment." Can't win 'em all.
But I might get some to plow through this very good review in Reason. I highly recommend reading and sharing it.
Romney "most electable" - NOT
Mitt Romney's greatest supposed attribute has been his "electability." Erick Erickson and Karl Rove throw cold water on that idea, likening him to the squishy John Kerry.
In the 2004 election, most Americans stood on Kerry's side of the issues, but Rove claims they ultimately voted for Bush because they didn't really believe Kerry believed anything. Voters supposedly like strong leaders they disagree with better than weak leaders who might agree with them on Monday but wake up on Tuesday, wearing a different face.
He's ba-ack. Dorothy Rabinowitz reporting on the candidate's speeches to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition forum last month:
Mr. Gingrich predicted, too, that late on Election Night—after it was clear that President Obama had been defeated along with the Democrats in the Senate—the recovery would begin, at once. His audience roared with pleasure. No other Republican candidate could have made the promise so persuasive.
Dorothy's headline 'Why Gingrich Could Win' hinges on Cain imploding. Still not convinced that will happen but if it does, Newt is the next "not-Romney" in line.
At the very least, a good excuse for another listen to the video.
Quote of the Day
Adding to the Occupation's "Flea Party" reputation is the news of an infestation of head and body lice at Occupy Portland. The parasites have parasites. -- Robert Tracinski
Christmas Tree Tax
I think the folks at Heritage swing and miss on this superb article. Yeah, it's Obama's Ag Dept (all Humphries Executor v. United States and all), and it is not my job to defend the President's keen stances on personal liberty and the free market, but...
I think it is a perfect story to highlight libertarian principles. And the blame of President Obama makes it less useful -- though I still hurled the message below at my Facebook friends this morning. The sheer absurdity of taxing Christmas trees to promote Christmas trees is even more enjoyable than a whack at the President.
Dear Agriculture Dept:
November 8, 2011
The Feel Good Movie of the Decade!
Watch MoveOn.org's description of Governor Romney -- and you'll want to send him a check!
It is not news to ThreeSourcers that the #occupywallstreet protesters are blaming the wrong folks. But, Ms. Margaret Wente, in the Toronto Globe and Mail catches something I have missed in months of Hippie Watching.
These people make up the Occupier generation. They aspire to join the virtueocracy -- the class of people who expect to find self-fulfillment (and a comfortable living) in non-profit or government work, by saving the planet, rescuing the poor and regulating the rest of us. They are what the social critic Christopher Lasch called the "new class" of "therapeutic cops in the new bureaucracy."
The whole column is superbly awesome and awesomely superb. Many, me included, have focused on the liberal arts and humanities degrees versus more lucrative majors in engineering and business. The better bifurcation is those who would actually join or start a company that did something and those that want to distribute grant money for the U.N.
Worst Book Title Ever
So says @jamestaranto
Great Take on THE Herman Cain
Blog friend Terri provides a thoughtful post on l'Affair Herman (not excerpting -- it is short and required).
In addition to an interesting gender perspective you're less likely to see here (hey, I've tried to recruit her) there is a reasoned evaluation that is similar to mine. Neither of us is abandoning the Godfather of the Double Breasted Suit, but it suggests more scrutiny is required of his political skills if not his personal habits.
I'll add that I am all for personal accountability, but I am concerned by two things. First, can four women derail a candidacy and get feted on TV for it? Secondly, I am sensitive to the fact that the people whom I want to run for the office are staying home to watch football. We slip further into the realm of seeing only Vice President Goresque candidates, who have planned on running since they were seven. If this takes Cain down (as opposed to his paucity of political skills), we will never see the businessperson candidate again.
Sad on many levels. I don't mean to die on this hill for Herman Cain, but I'm not certain anything untoward has been conclusively presented.
Ari Armstrong compares and contrasts:
John Maynard Keynes Writes to the President
On the other hand, even wise and necessary Reform may, in some respects, impede and complicate Recovery. For it will upset the confidence of the business world and weaken their existing motives to action, before you have had time to put other motives in their place. It may over-task your bureaucratic machine, which the traditional individualism of the United States and the old "spoils system" have left none too strong. And it will confuse the thought and aim of yourself and your administration by giving you too much to think about all at once.Or, "for cryin' out loud, don't pass ObamaCare® in the middle of a recession, dude!"
Actually, the president in question was FDR and, in the long run, Lord Keynes was still alive. But Professor Mankiw suggests it might apply.
November 7, 2011
Million Dollar Idea
Who wants in? Home rechargeable battery modules.
What? They have them? No, you don't get it. You can, of course, get a drill and a jigsaw that take the same battery. I want to create a larger cell to power a larger number of higher drain applications.
The idea is that you would buy a bunch of these cells and extend your UPS capacity by hot swapping. And you'd want a bunch because you would also power your jump starter and charge all your phones.
When the City of Boulder starts supplying gub'mint, green electricity, I think we might have lots of local customers.
Better Late than Never
Reason's Matt Welch sees the disconnect between the Libertarian uprising the #occupywallstreet crowd promised and the reality of demanding debt forgiveness.
As of this writing, the Occupy Wall Street movement appears to have legs. I am generally happy to see public displays of disaffection with a governing elite that has inflicted so much bad economic policy on the rest of us, even more so when the protesters lean toward the political party that currently occupies the White House. (Many Tea Partiers I've talked to express personal regret that they didn't get their start opposing George W. Bush.) But I will reserve my enthusiasm until the moment that protesters stop bashing capitalism and start confronting the incoherence of opposing bailouts for everybody but themselves.
See, they're educable!
"We Can't Wait...
...to pass my jobs bill!" That's the campaign strategy of President Obama in the face of the wascally wepubwicans who refuse to sign on to another government spending "stimulus" escapade. While implying that what we "can't wait" for is the jobs supposedly to be created, what he really can't wait for is the chance to take credit for jobs already growing in the private sector.
Since Republicans took control of the House in January and secured enough votes in the Senate to block big spending bills, the economy has created 1.5 million private-sector jobs, according to the Friday report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Meanwhile, in Buffy News
Happy 10th Anniversary to the best episode of the best show on television. The trailer, sadly, does not do it much justice.
I was not a viewer at that time, but I remember many bloggers I respected going nuts over this, providing my first inkling that I wanted to see what was going on. You have to really know all the story arcs of all the characters to completely enjoy "Once More With Feeling."
I still probably watch this episode every month or so and marvel.
Quote of the Day
Daniel, a tall, red-bearded, white twenty-something--one of the six leaders of the teach-in--said that the NYC-GA needed to be completely defunded because those with "no stake" in the Occupy Wall Street movement shouldn't have a say in how the money was spent. When I asked him whether everybody in the 99% had a stake in the movement, he said that only those occupying or working in Zuccotti Park did. I pointed out that since the General Assembly took place in Zuccotti Park, everybody who participated was an occupier. He responded with a long rant about how Zuccotti Park is filled with "tourists," "free-loaders" and "crackheads" and suggested a solution that the even NYPD has not yet attempted: Daniel said that he'd like to take a fire-hose and clear out the entire encampment, adding hopefully that only the "real" activists would come back. -- Fritz TuckerYeah, just how are we going to spend that $500,000 we've amassed? Hat-tip: Ed Morrissey via Insty. Morrissey adds a great bon mot: "[T]he Occupy Wall Street organization looked like a child from a marriage between Animal Farm and Animal House"
November 6, 2011
Quote of the Day
If education is so great, after all, why are so many educated people unemployed and camping out in public parks? -- Professor Glenn Reynolds on the failure of Colorado Prop 103
A newly popular progressive quip is "I'll believe Corporations are People when One is Executed in Texas!!" (Usually on a paper sign with an apostrophe in "Corporation's...")
I suggest editing a clever joke from my biological brother as a witty rejoinder:
"I'll believe Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi are dead when they register to vote in Chicago."
The original email was: "There is finally conclusive evidence that Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi are dead. Yesterday, they both registered to vote in Chicago. "
She Can't be Serious
Related: Hippie chicks strip for free. (I can't believe I'm pushing Charisma Carpenter off the front page for this.) As a public service: Charisma Carpenter link. Come to think of it, maybe we'll just include that with every "Occupy" post. Sort of an ... innoculation.
November 5, 2011
Happy Guy Fawkes Day
Just 'cause the #OWS crowd is sullying the good name of terrorist Guy Fawkes does not mean we can't party!
Eminent Domain Abuse at #OccupyWallStreet
Preparing a snarky post about how I did not recall segregation by gender at Tea Parties to prevent rape, I found a verdant pasture of blog fodder in this NY Post article. Really, a fellah could throw a (suction cup) dart at the screen and document whatever documentation of idiocy it hit.
But if I were aiming, I'd go for the woman who is pissed because they took her spot to put up the safe tent.
One woman was also against the structure, saying the protesters who put it up took her tent down without notice to make room.
Kelo v. New London, hon, it's all for the greater societal good...
November 4, 2011
Quote of the Day
Jonah Goldberg's G-File [subscribe] is about his disillusion with @THEHermanCain, but he manages a whack at another:
I have a similar complaint about Mitt Romney. As Mark Steyn and others have pointed out, Romney has a disturbing tendency to simply take his ideas off the conventional-wisdom shelf. He lacks the conservative's skepticism that the "latest thinking" might simply be very old thinking gussied up as a breakthrough idea.
Sod Off, Swampy
When 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange yesterday, they had planned the operation in great detail.
Villifying the "Occupy"-ers
Bloggers and editorialists around the country seem to be trying to discredit the "Occupy" movement by publicizing certain bad or illegal acts by individuals within its ranks. The Tacoma News Tribune, for example, writes:
Seattle has been occupied. Tacoma has been occupied. Good heavens, even Puyallup has been occupied. [Uh, that's "pew-AL-up" for all you southeasterners.]
Arson? No, not the Occupiers. Well, maybe a few little trash fires in Oakland. Or a puny $10 million condo fire in Fort Collins, Colorado. Kids will be kids!
November 3, 2011
Meanwhile, in Buffy News
I, for one, welcome our new cloud overlords.
Last week, I suggested that Amazon was poised to eat Netflix's lunch and leave a few unwanted baby carrots in their rival's ear. Or words to that effect.
I now think they are going to rule the world. I have seen the future, and have pre-ordered it.
The Amazon Prime® Membership seems inexplicable from an accounting perspective. I pay $89 or whatever it is and get free two-day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping on all products that ship from Amazon (not necessarily their partners). I signed up when my lovely bride was in the hospital and found it so convenient, I have suggested it as a gift to caregivers everywhere. Always scarce time is at an extra premium when a loved one is hospitalized. Not going to Walgreen's for toothpaste is another 15 minutes at bedside. Precious.
It's been six years and I would not let that subscription lapse if Bezos appeared at Zuccotti Park and gave lessons on Marx and Engels.
They included FREE access to an extensive streaming video library a few months ago. I bought a Blue-Ray player that supports it (from Amazon, natch) and my Netflix account expires 11/21. My wife and I have both pre-ordered the Kindle Fire® It will let us watch our free and purchased Amazon videos, listen to Amazon MP3s (and others I upload to my cloud player) and read all our kindle books, blog and magazine subscriptions.
Today, they announce a library of free books. I guess you can borrow one a month -- if you have a Kindle and Prime.
Who is going to hold out for long? I get 200% ROI just on shipping. It seems like they might be giving too much away. But -- contra Netflix -- their business plan allows this customer captivity to pay off. Shipping is free, you might as well start buying your coffee from Amazon. And, if you buy that movie or MP3 it will be on all your devices. And I can no longer counsel agnosticism on eReaders. Buy the damn Kindle people.
Today, Netflix, tomorrow a Jobs-less Apple.
UPDATE: If you buy the Fire, use the ProfGlennGetsPaidFerIt link.
Headline of the Day
This was going to be an update, but I'm thinkin' Headline of the Day
'A Killing Field for Tax Measures'
No violence in Oakland. As they trash a Whole Foods store, some are offended:
Hat-tip (and more backstory) Jim Treacher
November 2, 2011
Colorado Says Occupy This
Paul Gigot celebrates Colorado's off year results:
The antitax mood was equally clear at the local level. The Denver Post reports that "Aurora voters rejected a $114 million tax increase for recreation centers, Douglas County voters said 'no' to school tax increases, Cañon City voters rejected a tax for library improvements and Boulder voters appeared to be approving the creation of a municipal electricity utility but wouldn't pass a tax hike to fund it." That Boulder bit is especially rich, since the local utility measure is intended as a rebuke to the state's biggest electricity provider, Xcel Energy, which supposedly uses too much evil carbon fuel. Even the great and good liberals of Boulder don't want to pay to indulge their anticarbon principles.
And this leads me [Jay Nordlinger] to one of my favorite stories:
It was told to me by Bernard Lewis, the great Middle East scholar. He had invited Golda Meir to speak at Princeton. When she faced the students and the rest of the audience, she said, "Look, you know my views. I've been in public life for a long time. I won't give a speech. Why don't you just ask me some questions instead?"
I have found some surprisingly well reasoned debate on Facebook (no, really) regarding the #occupywallstreet protests. A normally non-political musician buddy has decided that he supports them. Sick of the banks, he is, and he and his lovely bride credit them with BofA's reversal on debit card fees. A couple of his friends whom I don't know have respectfully challenged me. So much, that I apologized and retracted my having called the protesters "smelly hippies."
A problem is that discerning the protesters' intent is like nailing Jello® to the wall. If I don't like their anti-capitalism, they are not anti-capitalist. Repeat as needed. If I don't appreciate "X" they are not really "X," that's just how they have been labeled.
Reason's Matt Welch does us all a service finding a "New Declaration of Independence" online and challenging it.
The Only Thing Missing From "The New Declaration of Independence": Any Sense That Adults Are Responsible for Their Choices
Reason, I will remind, has been more sympathetic to the protesters than most of the sources I frequent. Outta the park on this one, Mr. Welch. Outta the park.
November 1, 2011
Colorado Rejects Prop 103
A big sales and income tax increase, earmarked for education but including no reform goes down big and early.
Quote of the Day
Read the whole thing. And then ask yourself why is it again that The New Yorker is known for smart, insightful writing. -- Nick Gillespie, less than impressed with Hendrik Hertzberg's comparison of #OWS and TEA
Perhaps we're Not Finished
It appears that the Tea Party has not yet cleaned up the GOP. The WSJ Ed Page discusses two House Republicans who are joining a fight to increase the loan amount available for a taxpayer backstop.
It's a question that House Speaker John Boehner might consider as he reads a letter that Florida Republican Bill Posey and New York Democrat Gary Ackerman are circulating to fellow Members for signatures. The letter supports an amendment to an appropriations bill that recently passed the Senate to increase the mortgage limits that Fannie, Freddie and the Federal Housing Administration can insure to $729,750 from $625,500 in certain markets for two years. California Rep. Gary Miller, the Republican who rivals Barney Frank in protecting Fannie, introduced a similar bill in May.
What could possibly go wrong, huh?