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Sunday, August 31. 2008
Not her best song by any means, but it might give you a sense of why she was my pop favorite in 1964 - before I had heard of Joanie Baez.
Note to you youts - they made films like this long before MTV existed:
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:39 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Go away, and never go back unless you enjoy floods and evacuations, because NO is below sea-level. NOLA is warning residents that no help will be provided to those who choose to stay behind as Hurricane Gustav nears:
"It's sugar for sugar and salt for salt, if you go down in the flood it's gonna be your fault..."
Dr. Merc, who is experiencing some nice gusts down in the Keys, wanted to make sure we didn't miss Steyn's piece on Sarah Palin - The Hostess with the Moosest. Steyn emerged from estivation to produce this. It begins:
I did kinda wonder what sort of person feels motivated to write two autobiographies at his age. Except for his odd parents and his nomination, what could he have to tell? Anyway, read the whole clever piece.
Photo: Palin works on her husband's commercial fishing boat on weekends. Oh, and did we mention that she runs 7-10 miles per day? Or that she turned Alaska's politics upside down? Or that she refused her governor's perk of car and driver to drive herself to work? Or that she has had more executive experience than Obama, McCain and Biden combined? Plus she is a likeable, non-angry female. As in Insty's case, the females in my family are like totally fired up. Win or lose, she will be a national figure for years to come.
Thanks for this photo from yesterday, reader:
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Saturday, August 30. 2008
Our pal Roger sent this in today:
Maybe Howard Dean can pick up Hillary Clinton on the waiver wire in the off-season.
She is dynamite. This, from 2 days ago in Dayton, is remarkable.
h/t, Gateway, who notes that Soros paid for that bus.
Via Powerline, this is Sarah Palin as Miss Wasilla in 1984. Lots more good photos at Powerline, with comments too, of course. The unhinged Lefties seem truly freaked by Palin's selection. A quote via Classical Values:
Mitt Romney would've been the safe choice--he would've delivered Michigan, along with a 51% victory.
Have you noticed this too? Mental skills fade earlier than thought.
As the earth cools, warming hype gets more hysterical
Via Driscoll: The End of the New Democrats
Dem platform is for whiners. Robert Robb at RCP. It begins:
Megan says this. Some truth to it, but it misses the main point, I think, which is that govt isn't about caring - it's about protecting our freedom. Govt does not and cannot "care":
This photo just to try to drive our friend Gerry Vanderleun nuts: Sunrise over Duck Creek, Wellfleet, MA, a couple of weeks ago:
Friday, August 29. 2008
From guest poster and Maggie's Farm friend Bruce Kesler. We used to link him frequently when he wrote at Democracy Project.
The 2008 presidential contenders bring to mind the “pulp fiction” of the 1920s-1950s.
Not that there was a dearth of serious writing during pulp fiction’s heyday, but the mass audience sought and was more exposed to pulp’s more exciting genre. Similarly, today there’s much well-researched political reporting and commentary, but most Americans seek or are presented with blogposts and sound-bites that more directly connect.
More smartly spoken writing or speeches may just as much contain bias or misdirection. In either major media or blogs, the public usually recognizes the basic truths of motivations, words, actions, and consequences. Pulp blog readers’ views are frequently as well or better informed as their presumed betters.
The pulps were adventures in outsmarting opponents, often ingenious, often far-fetched. The adventure settings were Western or wartime or urban detective, or about threatening extraterrestrials or planted mole aliens with adverse intentions. The primary pulp characters were either quietly heroic types or nefarious foes. Good, or relatively so by key decisions or outcomes, battled evil, or relatively so by dint of bad decisions or goals.
The Internet is largely focused on the play-by-play of outsmarting opponents. It is dominated by opinionated blogs treating their favorites as heroes and their foes as threats to the blogwriter’s preferred social and world order. In major media or blogs, selected facts or supporting opinions are presented to further the theme’s narrative.
The success of pulp fiction’s popular themes was made possible by the inexpensive paper used (pulp stock) for affordable mass-distribution paperbacks that offered a wide range of writers, many of whom came from or attained legitimate fame. The Internet’s low costs of distribution and access also increase the variety of points-of-view presenting themes appealing to partisans. A wide range of writers is available, some from backgrounds of accomplishment and some others attaining name recognition. Meanwhile, the major layoffs and reductions in newsprint have reduced the range of views and depth of newspapers.
Another characteristic of the pulps was their enticing art depicting the valiant defending or the underhanded mishandling the weaker desirable female or the downtrodden. Today’s candidates have heroic or saintly posters, air self-flattering poses in TV ads that show their opponents in embarrassing clips, and creative and humorous blog photoshops.
Still, underlying both pulp fiction or pulp politics, there must be plausibility. Even the fantastic requires a factual basis.
Although his rise from meager beginnings and his eloquence are in Barack Obama’s favor, as is his clear (even when obscured for political gain) liberal ideology for those of that inclination, he has hidden most of the little record he has. In light of seeping revelations from his own mouth and others’ research, his earlier-heralded promise of either hope, bipartisanship, sagacity, or integrity are increasingly exposed as shallow at best. It appears to many implausibly fantastic that someone of such unknown or little background, hyperbolically seeming an adult parachuted alien onto
The quieter, and less promoted by major media adulation, repeatedly exhibited real world personal and political character and courage of John McCain stands in stark contrast, and for those who weren’t previously aware is recognized in his climbing polls. That has not remade, nor are observers or conservative bloggers ignoring, his less sterling traits or views. But the understanding is gaining that character, experience and knowledge are overridingly important in being confronted with existential threats, unusual challenges or gathering broad support for initiatives.
Pulp politics may not be elevated discourse, but it is insightful – more so than the supposedly more respectable but thinly veiled major media tilts - into choices faced by ordinary people.
Bruce Kesler, an avid fan of the pulps and blogs, owns a financial planning and employee benefits firm in Encinitas, CA, whose writings have appeared in many MSM op-eds and blogs.
We have plenty of political beefs with John McCain, but admire him as an extraordinary American. Maggie's Farm is now on board with this ticket - and not only because their opponents are radical nuts.
That's from PJ. She is the real deal. She's an evangelical Christian with 5 kids who grew up hunting with her dad. She is reputed to be a crack shot. She has a kid with Downs. She first helped support her young family by working as a commercial fisherman. Her husband is an Eskimo who has been a fisherman and an oil field worker, wears a goatee, who races dogsleds.
For what it's worth, she has more executive experience than all 3 other national candidates combined (and more real life experience than Obama-Biden combined).
Agree with them on everything or not, these two rugged folks and proud Americans are honorary Maggie's Farmers.
I always thought that the American Promise was for freedom. John Judis clearly thinks otherwise. A quote:
America is indeed divided. There is an America that wants free stuff from other people's labor, energy, and risk-taking, and there is an America that wants freedom and to be left alone by the government, to find its own way through adult life.
We are meant to build our lives, and to live with it. That's what grown-ups do in a free country.
Just what I hoped for from McCain - a bold and ballsy and politically brilliant pick. Changes the whole dynamic.
Not that I do not appreciate the other choices, but I did not want to see Mitt (who I admire a lot) up there. Put Mitt in the Cabinet - anywhere, and he will do any hard job for our country. Just keep him away from the medical.
I never met anybody named Sarah that I didn't like, and this Sarah is full of beans. The un-Hillary, too: she's neither angry nor bitter, and doesn't resent being female.
Good on you, John. She was my choice, too. As a clincher, she's a Lifetime Member of the NRA, and her hubbie is a dog-sledding Eskimo. What more could you ask for?
I want to be "on my own," and I suspect Sarah does too. This pick leaves Obama's pity-pot, America-hating whining in the dust-bin. McCain isn't perfect but he is a fine man, and this Sarah is a super-fine lady.
It's the winning ticket: bet on it.
The psychiatrist Krauthammer notes, interestingly, that there is nobody to vouch for Obama. Shrinks are trained to notice things like that: how do people relate, and to whom. Where are the witnesses to his ability? Where are his friends and colleagues? Are there any left? A quote:
Yes, he does seem like the elegant mysterious stranger who arrived out of nowhere like the Music Man. Immature people without personal foundations fill in those blanks with their own hopes and dreams. The reality is that he is a fine but not extraordinary black preacher/talker who has never done much, who nobody seems to really know, who carries a barely-covert communitarian message which is not my vision of America (except in my own neighborhood, where we all give eachother a hand).
Fantasy is fun, as is ego-tripping. Reality is the problem, and hard reality is often a bummer.
Let's grow up, America, and not feed on pixie-dust.
I didn't hear the speech, so no opinion. I see that McArdle says:
Here's Spike Lee with his Obama-worship:
I hope he was joking. And the WaPo's Gerson has a public orgasm in print.
Neoneo said the other day:
But she knows why, and so do I.
The ten worst colleges in the USA. #1 worst? University of Bridgeport. Hampshire College also on that list.
PJ O'Rourke on God
Dr. Clouthier: Five reasons government medicine would be bad for the US
News you do not want to hear about
Along the streambank at the farm:
Thursday, August 28. 2008
Stanley Kurtz at WGN. Remarkable show, calm and rational. Give it a listen - it's worth the time. Stanley Kurtz is the best and Milt, if a bit naive, seems like a reasonable person.
Related: Obamunists attack radio station. You can hear their attempts on the above radio link. This is getting strange and creepy.
If John McCain had attended a white supremacist church for 20 years, and shared a board membership with a skinhead terrorist and began his first foray into politics at a skinhead's house with his convicted terrorist wife, would it effect his campaign? Would it be mentioned?
The question is quietly raised: Is Obama the Manchurian Candidate?
Gwynnie had fun fishing yesterday in the California mountains. Note the US Government quarter.
For the small wild trout in tiny moutain rills, small gear is indicated. This real graphite rod is a 30" “Micro” by J. Austin Forbes Ltd.
To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.
Thomas Jefferson: Note in Tracy's "Political Economy," 1816.
The colossal Antonine ruler statues found in Turkey. Marcus Aurelius in photo.
Wonder what "Deep Green," aka "Deep Ecology" means? Here's wiki. I guess you might call it a pagan religion, more or less.
Oslo rots. It's not your grandfather's Oslo.
Via Open Left, a quote:
Why government medicine remains a bad idea, at Pajamas:
Obama's sociopathic friend William Ayers said this:
A good addition to our blogroll: Will Wilkinson's Fly Bottle
Do facts matter? Poverty level, unemployment better under Bush than with Clinton
The journey of a confident man. Politico
From Richard Neuhaus in First Things (2002). He begins:
Read the whole thing.
A quote from a Robert Samuelson piece in the NY Sun:
Wednesday, August 27. 2008
The racism excuse is ready to go. Gimme a break.
Mini-cows. Get yours, now, before the prices go up.
You already read this: Totten on the truth about Georgia.
Who cares about Ayers and Dohrn? I do. Lefty fascist loony toons.
Clayton Cramer - Help find that good guy a good job. Preferably in Boise.
Wind farms are subsidy farms. No kidding.
A quote from Mona Charen:
A robo-skeleton for the paralyzed. Cool.
A modern social contract. Gates
Dem ex-Gov Rendell on Obama: Adlai Stevenson? He is too kind. Adlai was spineless, but he did have depth and humor.
More on Obama and abortion. This goes beyond abortion. Is this what ladies want?
Bill is dissing Obama. Politics is so mature.
Dissent is unpatriotic - sometimes.
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