Archive for September, 2009

Again with the guilt

Hung out with some old high school pals yesterday. I think it was an effort to check behind me before moving forward. Whatever it was, it was hilarious. I needed those reminders of how ridiculous we were as kids. Thank you boys. I was also told about this. I haven’t watched the whole thing, just the last part of the critique, so I can’t say I agree wholeheartedly but I found the last part compelling. (Since when is “toxic” a noun? Did I miss something? UPDATE: apparently, it can be used as a noun, generally in the plural form. Way to dig deep for the scary words.) One thing though — this isn’t that far from the Sesame Street liberalism we learned growing up so I don’t find it overly threatening. Just something to talk to your kids about. Maybe that’s the real issue — parents don’t talk to their kids enough about critical thinking…I don’t know…I have other things on my mind.

Also, me too Steven Crowder. Me too.

Happy Birthday Ben E. King.

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I don’t know about you people but I shudder to think what would be exposed should someone hack my Facebook/email account. Baby pictures and bad words. But my question is this: why aren’t celebrities making videos about the purely capitalistic motivation of the marketers out there who are all “very excited” about social networking data. I mean, they just hate the insurance executives who — I was reminded by Juge the other day — actually seek to capitalize on keeping people well (not ill as it was suggested to me when I dared criticize the celebrity effort. Has to do with the premiums.) But people preying on your personal information so they can design things to sell you? That’s alright then. Weird. Everyone is starting to be David Brent to me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: British version beats American version hands down (with nothing but props to Carrell and Wilson).

and more David. Because he’s hilarious…

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Hey, meet Grandpa Soros, the dude who bankrolled the current administration into power and took it from “shadow party” to the party in power. Now, I find this article fascinating for several reasons: A. it’s Canadian B. It cites some pretty heavy and respectable articles and writers and C. it makes me think perhaps I’m not alarmist enough because the tone is a bit more nail-biting than I tend to promote but if all this is true…man. We’re talking true New World Order kind of stuff here. Ruler of the world stuff, headquartered at the UN. Freak. E.

I was prompted to find something on our favorite self-loathing capitalist who hates capitalism, purveyor of the belief that humanity should feel collective guilt because of (insert social/environmental cause here) who feels no guilt himself yet wants to be “the conscience of the world,” and man who allegedly single-handedly caused a housing bubble (and burst) in England, because of his involvement in MoveOn.org and their promotion of the recent environmental brouhaha starting up again (no doubt just in time for a revisitation of Cap and Trade and in preparation for the 2010 elections because something has to counter the fiasco that is ObamaCare).

And I’m just annoyed today at how people are used and manipulated into believing and doing some pretty destructive stuff.

Also, Soros, you may notice, is quite powerful. So if I get disappeared don’t be surprised. (kinda joking there given what i’m sure is the massive following I have. but only kinda …)

here’s the cap and tax thing I wrote back in August again because I think the link was redirected to google or some such nonsense so it’s timely to post again. Older articles but still worthwhile. It’s all coming down soon…[UPDATE: Maybe not. Sweet.]

Cap and Trade and tax evasion
By Sarailee

With the Senate expected to begin it’s assessment of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) – sometimes called the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill; other times referred to as “cap and tax” — Dan Mitchell, a fellow at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute in Washington DC, was quoted in the Aug. 19th edition of the Wall Street Journal as being skeptical of the Obama administration’s plans to develop a “clean energy bank” – essentially another bureaucratic oversight office included in the legislation (think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but in the energy Department) dedicated to financing “as much as $500 billion of clean-energy projects.”

“There is no way to determine whether such a program will be a little mistake or a big mistake,” said Dan Mitchell, a fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “But it will be bad news for the economy.”

So Mitchell doesn’t even offer the option that The Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) – as it will be called – will offer anything but another blow to an American economy fighting to stay on it’s feet. How? By being in the loan offering and guaranteeing game for technology that is often untested and often (the article mentions solar, wind and geothermal technologies specifically) unprofitable. Which begs the question – during these troubling economic times, can the American economy, and by extension the American consumer, risk investing in something that does not guarantee a return? This is not to suggest that examining and developing these technologies is a waste of time. On the contrary, they should be developed and tested and made available to the consumer – by the market.

Even more troubling, the loans guaranteed by the CEDA will be included in the federal budget – unlike Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which actually led to some of the oversight problems they had when Congress failed to notice what was going on with the troubled companies. But including the energy loans in the federal budget means Congress is acting – well, like the market. And that’s really what this is all about. And as noted in the WSJ article:

“Government specifically does not have the skills to allocate capital,” said Mike Eckhart, the president of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He says that a market-based system works because “skilled people” compete for resources “hour by hour.” He says “that function cannot be replaced by a few dozen people in a building in Washington.”

As the Federal government continues on its quest to replace the efficiency of the market-based economy – just look at the automotive and healthcare sectors for proof – with something run by the notoriously inefficient public sector – they’re even telling the banks to go away which makes one wonder how exactly they plan on financing technology if some of the research and development churns out nothing but non-profitable duds – Americans should begin supporting those representatives who are dedicated to fighting this kind of irresponsible energy policy. Or we may end up with something we haven’t seen since, ironically, the height of Prohibition. But then, from the perspective of government control, it’s really not that ironic after all.

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Hey, my old friend Winders has a blog! He’s living in Canada now so his observations should be invaluable (waiting on the real scoop on health care, eh…). He’s a little more to the left than I — hell, just about everyone I worked with at the paper (where we met) and in this town (the most liberal place in Georgia, hands down) is more liberal than I. But he’s sharp and hilarious and should offer a perspective that I think important to keep in mind so that we can avoid the whole preaching to the choir thing. Anyway, meet Winders. You’ll like him.

Also, Glee makes me happy. It won’t open up any new philosophical doors for you but you’ll find yourself dancing along. And that’s usually all I need on a Wednesday night.

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My 13-year-old stinky cat Shadow, who cried constantly, had stopped cleaning herself so she was ripe all the time, suffered from dehydration and frequent nosebleeds, and, in general, was a total pain in the butt, has passed away. Given how incorrigible she had become, I was curious if I would miss her. Yeah, curiosity satisfied. I do. We went through a lot together, me and that little calico. I got her while living in the first apartment I ever had by myself and she was a pain in the butt then, but a companion. She was there through three serious relationships and at least that many not-so-serious relationships. We always had an uneasy relationship because she was a talker and drove me crazy. But she stuck around through several moves and even that time that jerk I dated kicked her off the bed into the wall. He was asked not to return after that. But she came back. Always did.

The mutt’s only a year or two younger so her passing marks time for the loss of my other good companion and friend through the years. Dang it. The rain doesn’t help.

Let them know you love them this weekend.

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I’ve been following the following with interest because I’m always fascinated by citizen journalism. Gutfield interviews the 20-year-old who played the prostitute in a sting that may take down the community organizing criminals over at ACORN (who were recently hiring in the DC area and I thought about applying just for fun and now I kinda wish I had…). First, yes guys, she’s gorgeous. And a little smarty pants. Go girl. Second, Gutfield and guests make much of the fact that she and her co-conspirator were dressed exceedingly unconvincingly (dude, as pimp, was wearing a fur coat ya’ll. The stereotype should have been offensive but, oddly, wasn’t) and their scam was, um, diplomatically put, not overly sophisticated (albeit still awesome and successful so who’s counting?). And yet, they were believed by these ACORN hooligans to be exactly what they said they were, even to the amazement of Hannah Giles herself as evidenced in the video below. I’m not so amazed. It’s just an example of how far down the road of “screw the man” or whatever epithet is currently in vogue by these entitlement-minded folks who feel so, as we say in the South, “put-upon” that they have a right to get theirs in any way they can. The stereotypes should be offensive but oddly aren’t. Maybe the work of Ms. Giles and Mr. O’Keefe will change some of that.

Also, to The Little Rock (don’t get mad) regarding the use of the term “teabagger.” This, which taught me about this, which is my new favorite thing I’ve learned.

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Hey — look what I did! Not my best but it’s the first out of the gate so just bear with me…Also, would someone give Kanye West a swift kick in the pants please. Beyonce’s song was probably better — I think it was, too — but what you did is bad sportsmanship. Take your lumps like the rest of us Kanye and feel bad for your friend if you want, but laugh about it later like any sane person and keep plugging along. I suspect, after this, Beyonce’s not gonna have much to do with you. Cause you can’t control yourself man. Bad form. And I don’t think that’s how she rolls.


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This is fabulous. I tire of the cynicism that snubs its nose at concepts that seek to be finer and nobler, and disregards people that speak of things like spirit and courage and humanity. Any fan of literature and music and art can easily attest to the truth that most of the great thoughts, sounds and images produced throughout human history were spurred by transcendent ideas — there are compelling ones produced by cynical ideas but they don’t move the soul (or the anima if you’re more comfortable with that). Not in the same way anyway. I defy anyone to prove me wrong there. So I liked this memorial and the ideas it’s promoting. Because I watched the second plane hit from the newsroom where I worked (having been called in on my day off) and immediately called my father and wept before tucking in and getting to work. Not because I felt the deaths of those victims personally — I didn’t know one person who perished to my knowledge — and not because I was frightened. I was too busy to be frightened. But because whatever unites humanity in spirit that lives inside me – inside all of us — recognized that the idea behind that event was focused only on waste and pain and a blatant hatred of life and, by extension, a hatred of progress and movement and joy. I can’t speak to why. I refuse to believe there was any justification for it. It just seemed cowardly to me. And cowardice is uninteresting.

Now go read Allapundit’s twitter feed from last night as he recalls being there that day.

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A friend sent me this. It’s what’s on my mind. I need it, crave it. Siiiiigh.

Anyway, watched the address to Congress last night from our President and I have a few thoughts:
1. Glad to see he’s getting a little backbone but he’s standing up to the wrong people. Not us Mr. President. That woman with the frozen face behind you…
2. I gotta agree with Allahpundit (I surreptitiously follow his twitter feed because he makes me laugh with his snark and hopeful cynicism) that it’s a bit galling for Obama to talk about civility when his minions have been pretty ugly to folks showing up to townhall meetings and, hell, holding batons during the election. I mean, hypocrisy ain’t just a river in Egypt.
3. Only 5% predicted to sign up for gov. healthcare? Sounds like we caught this crisis just in time.
4. Maybe I’m crazy but expanding (or duplicating) a failed program (ahem, Medicare/Medicaid) while acknowledging it’s failed but insisting that making that failed program more efficient and those savings will then be used to pay for the expansion of the inefficient failed program…oh my God my eyes have crossed…Getting ready to write for someone else about this in another sector and I’m nervous because how do you write about something that makes no sense? I mean really. Just come clean already and admit it’s just another market for the gov. Power, control, money. We get it. Stop trying to sell it otherwise. We see it all over that woman’s frozen face.
5. He does have some balls though. Bringing up the country’s character in relation to Ted Kennedy was almost jaw-droppingly prodding to his Republican “friends.” A character straight out of a dystopian novel.

I agree, something should be done. But it’s got nothing to do with reforming a program to the tune of bankruptcy (oh, but it won’t add to the deficit…Good Lord…) that only 5% of people will use (by your own calculations) and more to do with letting go of some of your aspirations of power and need to be the winner (you already won dude) and doing something productive and helpful for your country. You know, the one that nurtured you and elected you. In everyday life, I have nothing to do with people so blinded by their own brilliance they can’t stop, think and make rational decisions. I’ve learned the best thing you can do is walk away from their self-appointed awesomeness because what happens to a dream deferred? I don’t want that explosion anywhere near me. But damn man, he’s our President and this shit’s going to carry on for the next three+ years. I really need to go dancing…

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Still breathin’


Big changes so I have to focus elsewhere but I will continue to post (probably fairly erratically so just bear with me). I do want to comment briefly on the speech our President plans on delivering today and the ensuing outrage and shock over some parents’ decision to keep their kids home for fear of them being “indoctrinated” by what they hear. Yeah, really, everyone — get over it. Not unusual for the Pres. to do this kind of thing (and the text is fairly bland), also not unusual for political adversaries to make a fuss about it. And last I checked, parents still call the shots as regards their children. So look down your noses if you want at their paranoia but recognize they have the right. Let me say that again: as free people, living in a country that celebrates and promotes free choice, they have the RIGHT to keep their kids home if they want to. I will say this though: part of why people fear something as scary as “indoctrination” is because of the request from this administration to report people who have fishy information regarding your policy choices. That’s just telling people to be tattlers and I know in my family, and I would suspect in others, that was something we were trained not to do. Taking that line of thinking one step further…since when is our federal government supposed to be “parenting” us by asking us to tell on each other? So, blame yourselves Obama administration. You lost the love of some folks. They don’t want you parenting their kids, preferring to do that on their own. Get over it.

Also, because my Pops just makes the coolest stuff up off the top of his head and I don’t know why he never tried to be a writer, here’s his advice about staying upbeat while I go through this weird and scary transition in my life:

“Look kid, the optimist can be buried up to his adam’s apple in a pile of shit and be happy to still be breathing. The pessimist is just looking for an excuse to duck.”

Implicit question there is: which of those do I want to be? Awesome eh? Love you Pops.

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