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Saturday, September 27. 2008
Our internet friend Right Wing Prof emailed these thoughts to us:
If you happened to miss the first presidential debate last night, I have some advice for you: If you read any of the analyses out there today, take them with a mountain of salt.
I spent three hours this morning reading so-called analyses and have yet to find one that even remotely borders on objective and impartial. Everybody's a homer. To the Left and the MSM, Obama clearly won with his natural brilliance. To the Right, McCain 'crushed' Obama with ease.
And pigs can fly.
However, if you demanded a verdict from me, I'd call it a draw. Here's how I saw them balancing out:
They both upset their base in (at least) two ways:
Continue reading "The first debate: a centrist's take"
"I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it."
"I was always a character actor, but I looked like Little Red Riding Hood."
Westport, Connecticut's Paul Newman, RIP
Photo: Newman with wife Joanne Woodward, at home. Good people.
Do you feel better informed about the candidates after that debate? Know them better? Here's Mona Charen.
Why the Polar Bear? An animal to save the world
Megan: "My position on global warming: a federal program to make sure everyone has an adequate supply of little umbrellas for their tropical drinks!"
Except for the most rabidly partisan blogs, most bloggers practice ethical writing. Jay Rosen discusses
Why Petrobras is doing well, when other nationalized oil companies aren't
Rich doctors? Primary care MDs in CT
The state of slavery today. Wilson Quarterly
Dems want to direct bailout $ to left-wing groups
Six social policy myths. Policy
Somalian pirates. Let's postpone that cruise to Somalia this year, dear.
Obama's foreign policy naivete.
Is it a bailout or an investment? I hate to see the govt taking over businesses (even "temporarily," but the Treasury could make out like Wall St. bandits - for better or worse.
Today is the 36th National Hunting and Fishing Day. Get out there and do some of that. Here's Ted Nugent on Kill 'em and Grill 'em.
John Hinderaker wants this Youtube sent around, so here it is:
After Apple Picking
Friday, September 26. 2008
I am heading out to Montauk for some Striper fishin' this weekend. Tough guy vs. empty suit debate - I am missing it - enjoy. Leaving now. See y'all on Monday.
Turning the First Amendment on its head. Neuhaus
Celebrity economics. American Thinker
Bill Clinton likes the New Repubs
More on the Obama stories the MSM ignores
Throwing fish away. EU rules. Insane, top to bottom.
Doers vs. intellectuals. neoneo
Code Pink and Ahmadinejad. Perfect together.
Sarah Palin hates blacks and Jews. No doubt, a wicked lady for sure.
Founding Brothers. Who was behind Obama's unusual rise in politics?
More Trapped in the 60s.
Johnny Appleseed - John Chapman - was an interesting character: an ascetic, a Swedenborgian missionary, and a nurseryman who had little interest in making money.
Read about him and his unusual life at a good Wiki entry.
The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.
Václav Havel (h/t, LGF)
Indeed, the materialistic, "scientific," and utilitarian views of life are cold as ice. But real scientists aren't cold. They are as emotional and "spiritual" as everybody else.
A Southern Survival Guide for the East Coast Media Elite. h/t, reader.
From Grow A Brain:
Is Bill Clinton undermining Obama?
Ahmadinejad endorses Obama
Stuff men don't need
The true story of Che. It's a film
Woops. China reports rocket launch before it happens
Is Greenie-ism a fad of the liberal elite? No doubt.
Mankiw: In defence of Paulson's plan
Photo: That is the Fuji Apple - a darn good apple.
A simple and clear story line from Deal Journal, via SDA.
Also, Coulter via View from the Right:
Bill Clinton agrees that the Dems are to blame.
Some family and friends climbed Mt. Willey on Sunday. They popped a bottle of champagne on the foggy top. Here's one of their photos from a viewpoint, part way up:
Thursday, September 25. 2008
I mentioned hearing Barbados' Arturo Tappin in Roberta Flack's band last weekend. The guy does every reed instrument, seemingly effortlessly and with joy. He does Grover Washington-style stuff, but can rock out if he wants. Here's a good sample of him:
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"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program."
What's up with Beauty Studies (ie Neuroaesthetics) these days?
Can things of the soul and spirit be understood in terms of neurotransmitters and neural wiring? Count me a skeptic. Different levels of organization have different rules and patterns which do not transfer one to the other. For example, you could know everything about atoms but never predict a living cell, and you could understand everything about a cortical network without predicting Moby Dick. (And, for me, on a good day I see beauty everywhere but on a bad day I see it nowhere.)
Still, they may as well give it a try. I get skeptical when they call it a bio-cultural model, however. It makes it too clear that they seek to detour around the psychology part.
Casual business dress is passe (I don't know how to do an accent aigu on this machine).
I learned this from the Wall St. kid of a friend this weekend. They were informed that, from now on, Business Formal is their required dress code, all week.
That's good news for Brooks Brothers and Ann Taylor - if there is anybody left on Wall St. to need the clothing.
What do I wear to work? Blazers or tweed jackets and tie, and grey trousers. Brooks shirts. I wear good suits to court, but I only own 5 of 'em for court, weddings, and funerals.
Pork and apple sure do go well together. I cannot eat a pork chop without a pile of applesauce on the side (and a pile of collards).
The best marriage of pork and apple is the festive Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork. As Sippican would say, it's the shiznit.
Image is of a Cuban-style pig roast (for which just a single apple is required).
Vanderleun made up this Get Out Of Racism Free Card as a public service for the benefit of the 50% of presumably racist Dems who voted against Obama in the primaries. Also useful for those who prefer MCain or doubt whether Obama is up to the job.
The Paulson plan will make money for the taxpayers
Why Joe Biden is gaffe-proof
McCain's gambit. I agree with Rick. It's more of that old getting inside the other guy's OODA Loop, and messing him up.
The Romans brought the leeks to Wales
Vote Here. Jib-Jab
Who's getting abortions these days? From a piece in Newsweek:
What's going wrong in Aghanistan? Maybe there is no "best" strategy; maybe it's just one of those endless messes where the barbarians will keep coming for years and somebody just have to man the walls and gates to keep them away. This sort of thing has happened many times in history.
Rich Lowry discusses why we need something like the Paulson plan. I think people like "Kill the bailout" Michelle are way off base on both economic and political grounds: frozen credit will create a huge slowdown which will hurt everybody and turn Bush, unwillingly, into another Herbert Hoover. Furthermore, I do not believe that the Feds intend to keep these assets forever. We aren't bailing out rich bankers - we're bailing out the US economy. It's a hangover cure for the housing bubble.
Buffett: It's an economic Pearl Harbor.
Mayor Bloomberg explains how the Dems caused the financial meltdown via a corrupted and politicized Fannie and Freddie.
Via Will Wilkerson, an excellent essay that undoes the myth that the US ever had entirely free markets.