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Wednesday, February 6. 2008
McCain? I have a few major disagreements with him, but far more major disagreements with the Dems. When it comes to the folks, like Rush and some bloggers, who are mad at McCain: don't blame McCain - blame the Repubs who seem to have selected him. Are they stupid? Also, VDH has some thoughts.
If I had had a slave, maybe I could feel badly
Feelings of fraudulence. Not necessarily neurotic: often justified. NYT
What's with Scientology? David Thompson
Another example of how light rail makes no economic sense. Coyote
Obama's appeal. via Drezner. He does smoke cigarettes, which is in his favor.
Thomas Sowell's new book. Interview via Betsy
Inequities in medical insurance. From a piece in the WSJ:
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Obama in Latin means opaque.
With Obama it appears at least in part to be a matter of strategy. His campaign persona is so vague, and slogans such as "the audacity of hope" and "the politics of unity" so generic that they could mean anything, which is exactly what they've been taken to mean
In human relationships, there is the flirtation stage, followed by what my grandparents called "courting" and, if that works out, marriage. For those who are cohabiting, that was once the order of things, before disorderly social conduct took over.
In presidential politics, the analogy also works. We have passed the flirtation stage with Barack Obama and now it is time for a serious background check before too many of us follow our hearts instead of our heads and enter into a bad "marriage."
http://tinyurl.com/27esbd Washington Times
Moderates fuel big McCain wins
Habu note: Conservatives, get over your juvenile pique with MCain. National security, the Supreme Court, and the inevitable coming wars rest on you beginning to act like adults in a political dogfight. Sit this election out or cast a protest vote and you'll be in the political wilderness until your death and before that death this country will not be the same one you woke up to this morning. You want full blown socialism then go ahead a be a fool , it's a free country...for now.
Dwight Eisenhower was once asked where you were if you weren't somewhere near the middle of the road, His response, " You're in the ditch"
Now the remainder of the "Moderates" article
The cult of Obama is really starting to creep me out. All these people call and e-mail me, some otherwise perfectly nice , intelligent, and sensible people, trying to convince me to join the movement. I want to ask them if there is a secret handshake or anything, or ask them if this means I have to peddle the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Harvard Square. Why isn't Obama's church a bigger issue? Can you imagine if Bush's or McCain's pastor was a bosom buddy of David Duke? I agree with both of the above commenters. Let the background check begin.
Habu, I will take your advise as soon as the primary season is over. Until then, I'll work against the election of McCain.
NJSoldier...exactly Habu's point. I don't think you are the profile that Habu is referring to. It's the 'hold your breath 'till you turn blue and stomp your feet' crowd like Dobson, Coulter and many others who call into the radio shows.
If Dobson can't see a difference between McCain and any of the dems, then it's way past time for him to exit the arena.
Yeah, elect McCain; and see how much good your phone calls and emails do the next time Congress brings up their amnesty bill.
Difference between Clinton, and McCain? Well, Hillary never said she wouldn't pour a little water down Osama's nose to save an American city.
I'll be voting for the Dem.
Rufus , you've been too immersed in the ethanol friend.
You vote Dem and you'll get an enlarge SCOTUS packed with 30 year old socialists..wanna live with that because you're unable to differentiate between having a Republican in the WH and Dem in the WH? and all that means for the entire executive branch? That's said.
Amnesty? So your answer is to remove any hope at all of stopping it by voting Democrat? That's some special kind of logic not normally seen outside the basement where the crazt aunt is kept. YOU CAN"T BELIEVE THE DEMOCRATS WOULD STOP AMNESTY DO YOU? Well I guess you must.
Are you also joining Code Pink, and People for the American Way? Gonna buddy up with Geo. Soros and John Murtha?
Rufus, one more thing.
How does one go from supporting the Republican Party for years to supporting Obama or Hillary over one issue?
In the case of Obama you'd be voting for THE MOST LIBERAL SENATOR in the Senate. One with no track record, no legislative accomplishments, just a bag full of platitudes and nice sounding phrases.
In the case of Hillary, my God man are you nuts? She's cheated , lied, I mean unless you've suddenly had a stroke she's barely escaped criminal charges on Whitewater, making 100k in a fast money deal and other now legendary back room shady deals...
Tell me how does one make a shift that dramatic over one issue that remains to be resolved?
That's messed up dude.
Yes, HillBillary wouldn't kill binny, either.
John McCain will.
Rufus, me thinks y'all stole Abbey's book and seek to immitate it's dicta: vote for the most odious choice.
Do you own a Rambler, too?
RUSH LIMBAUGH .. ONCE GREAT.
Rush, his tail on fire is going down in flames. Claiming he would rather have a Democrat at the helm since the country is going down. So what does Rush do? He blames the man in the arena while knifing the guy in the back. If anyone is responsible for the crack up of the Republican Party than Look no farther than the man with the biggest megaphone, Rush.
Claiming he will support a Democrat after all the years defending Republicans decisions,both good and bad, is not tooo damn far from Benedict Arnold fighting valiantly for the Colonies and then turning traitor. In fact light can barely be seen between the two.
He could use his formidable skill and daily audience to present in the best light the Republicans but now he is joining Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Code Pink, and the band that will confirm his treachery.
When the going got tough, Limbaugh waddle away. One can tell he's got issues by his roller coaster weight gains and losses. His wife leaves him and does he have the moxie to prevail, even on his diet..hell no ... we are watching the death spasm of a once great talent slide into mediocrity..Rush, your got all the money of Cresses, it is time to go, retire now.
In the words of Oliver Cromwell
“you have been sat to long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, i say, and let us have done with you. In the name of god, go!.”
I could not agree more. He is causing more damage in an already pitiful party: Where is his Foghorn Leghorn sense of responsibility? Same with Dobson - Who does he think he is? God?
Slavery...get a life. It was and still remains an institution of man on Earth.
Someone list for me a conquered people throughout history who were not enslaved?
Now if you're so moved about slavery then I suggest you hop on a boat or plane and get thee to the continent of Africa where in Mauritanian it still flourishes, among other places on the Dark Continent. Get over there quickly so you can stop tribal warfare that takes millions of lives and enslaves tens of thousands. I know you can make a difference.
Let me know when that mess is cleaned up and then we can talk about moving our guilt up the agenda.
good read -- short -- from Stanley Kurtz --
...or, after the ''tiny url'' treatment:
(it's from The Corner)
Buddy, thanks for the article. I would hope very much that our friends would read it and contemplate it's points.
also, ain't that tinyurl a kick?
I hope we don't witness the triumph of ephemeral passions over the logic and reason of good judgment
yep -- quite devastating, his remarks on what "stay-homers" will do to the Congress.
Thoughts on Single Issue voting
First, single-issue campaigns can be set up to persuade voters to go against their overall interest. I want my MTV or I won't ever watch TV again, stomp stomp.
Second, single-issue voting destroys the spirit of compromise and the respect for conflicting points of view, which are necessary for the preservation of an open and republican form of government. By encouraging some voters to attach overriding importance to the resolution of one problem -- a resolution which is usually very controversial and which often accentuates existing racial, religious and class divisions -- single-issue voting damages the fabric of a republican society and dissolves the broad political coalitions necessary for effective government in this country.
Third, when single-issue voting is practiced, divisive “social” issues on which people feel passionately shape the pattern of politics more than do reasonable calculations of interest. The temperature of political debate goes up, and clarity of political vision is lost, in certain instances, at least, single-issue voting is counterproductive and may very well be wrong. Stability and civility are imperiled, *and we witness not the triumph of conscience over interest but the overwhelming of reason by the passions*.
Fourth, in certain instances, at least, single-issue voting is counterproductive and may very well be wrong. Voting for an antiabortion candidate who favors vastly increased spending on nuclear weapons may not be a net gain for the sanctity of life. Voting for a states-righter because he will “keep blacks in their place” seems just plain wrong.
Don't sacrifice the clarity of reason for the satisfaction of base passion.
Re: Obama, more than any figure in America, can help bind up the racial wounds of America.
What racial wounds could Msr. Wehner be imagining.
White folks ain't wounded nor are negros nor are any other "race".
Negros are scarred but that's no issue needing polictical remedy.
I'm glad you said this. I think it every time I hear about healing racial wounds.
I felt like screaming last night watching the returns as Brit and gang kept referring to 'black areas'. Get over it!
Thank god we don't have haircut insurance. The price would be out of reach for uninsured individuals.
I'm surprised this was overlooked, in WWII when it all started.
I won't vote for McCain because I won't vote for a Democrat. And thats what he is. Pity the Republicans can't toss the bum out at the convention, right at the door, as a ringer.
Lame, John, really, really lame.
John, look a few posts up. It was the moderates who supported McCain and gave him victory.
What does that make you?..You have only two choices.
A liberal Republican, or a Right Wing Republican. Either way you're admitting that compromise is not in your repertoire and you'd rather lose all on an ideological point than to even consider talk of compromise.
Winston Churchill once described people like you.
" A fanatic can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject."
Well, someone has their blinders on. And everyone is entitled to their opinion.
But if McCain isn't a Democrat by every definition of the word then I've never seen one. And I live in Massachusetts (sob). In November the election will be between a far-left Democrat and a moderate Democrat.
Even if spelled correctly, "unnecessary" is redundant in front of "redundant".
Wandering oft topic again buddy boo, is your redunduncy.
Try a dictyourrnary once in awhile.
No, i wasn't off topic -- i was responding to the new topic, the redundant tiny url, which you had raised. it air thee what was off topic, if the topic is to be the post rather than the previous comment. i hope i'm not going too deeply into all this.
Buddy boo, I agree the tiny url is redundant and continue to aver the fetish is an unnecessary redundancy.
Redundancy- Repetition of parts or all of a message to circumvent transmission errors.
Yeah, well . . . my lib Democrat friends think it's perfectly fine to vote for McCain in the primaries (and don't pay too much attention to where it is, or isn't allowed for non-Republicans), knowing that either Dem candidate can beat him. He's the lesser of two evils for them.
Yeah, the Pats were gonna blow out the Giants and Dewey beat Truman....