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Friday, November 7. 2008
I am hunting tomorrow. What about you? I'm taking the train up tonight. A friend got us permission to hunt some old overgrown farms in Dutchess County (NY). Grouse have been scarce this year and, rightly or wrongly, I blame the Coyotes. It's very mature to always blame somebody or something in life. But "how is my new job in NYC?," I hear you asking. Great. They pay me more than I deserve, and we thrive on chaos! It would be almost perfect, except no tobacco in the pubs is the main bummer, thanks to Nanny Bloomberg. Without tobacco, one tends to drink more...and nowhere in America are there more lovely, sexy, intelligent, well-eddicated, savvy, sophisticated, worldly, and put-together young females to make a huntin' and fishin' country boy like me nervous, and to make a rusticated ass of himself in front of.
This is what "unity" looks like: Rahm Emmanuel and his brass ones. The appointment of the combative Emmanuel is a declaration of war, and the Dems much prefer war against their fellow disagreeing Americans than they do against foreign enemies. Welcome to "Peace and Love."
The toxic pipeline from China
Good Texas snake photos
Are colleges failure factories?
Maine choses cheap beer over health-care taxes. Makes sense to me.
For how many months will Europe love us this time? Jules
What are fewer big storms evidence of?
Sowell on affirmative action and gay marriage
The Idea of Change in American politics: Meaningful concept or Empty Promise? McClay
Most rich people voted for Obama
Nice little post-election rant from New England Repub
A quote from a slightly crude but amusing rant from Ace:
I see them too, Ace. Pretty pink ponies and psychedelic day-glo butterflies playing out my back door among the pretty pretty orange flowers, and life is groovy and beautiful again, just like at Woodstock. But hey, wait a minute - don't Bogart that joint, my friend...
Mark Twain on politics. Vanderleun introduces it thus:
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Do Republicans have 42 seats in the new Senate? I think they're trying to steal it for Al Not-So-Funny-Franken in MN, just as they did for LBJ down in Duval County in '48. We're skating on the thin edge already, and McCain working with the Dems could finish the Republicans off at the fatal 40 vote level. In re TNJ's post on the rich voting for Obama, I wonder how much of their "patriotic" wealth is stashed off shore, out of reach of the IRS? Good comments to this post in re the rich look at Democrats as "insurance policies" for wealth preservation through the IRC and the myriad of special interest deductions and tax credits.
I noticed that Krauthammer puts most of the blame for McCain's loss on The October Surprise, which this time was the financial meltdown which began in September. But timing that coincidental always makes me suspicious- "cui bono"?- and I have wondered just what Soros and other wealthy Obama supporters were doing with deep cover in the markets in the earlier part of '08 and in the run-up to the election? I know the markets are much larger than any one person or even group can control but Soros did it in the past to the British pound, so there is precedence. They certainly could have started the stampede to the exits which trampled McCain. Soros is bad news, and dangerous to all who he comes in contact with, and I vehemently deny being a paranoid right wing nut....
Give me 2 minutes in a cage with Rahm Emmanuel, and I'll eat that piece of chicken shit. I think that will help my rage alot, or I want a pony. No, I want two ponies. No pink ones.
Jewish World Review is a better source of columnists than townhall
because their site doesn't dim your room lights with sidebar ad overload, and they give you the whole article in one page as well.
I can't kill townhall pages fast enough to suit me. It used to be okay but no longer.
Here is my post on the Townhall article in reponse to CK's article.
I agree that some of the dynamics you cite are contributing factors. However, it is more complex than that.
McCain, like Bush, is not a conservative. He has been inconsistent or simply wrong in many policy debates. The only reason he got the support he did was because Obama is Marxist and views the government as central to all things.
Palin, who was not fully prepared for the national stage with a press corp just looking for ways to kill her, was a breath of fresh air simply because she has her values in order. She was also mishandled by McCain's staff. Don't blame her. She is a good person who made the case against Obama better than McCain did.
I agree that McCain is a good man and that he is a true patriot. But that does not mean he was a conservative Republican.
In fact, there were few differences between McCain and Obama. Both are on the ridiculous global warming train. Both are wrong on illegal immigration. Both are wrong on taxes, even though McCain tried to flip-flop at the end. I could go on. Why else did he not go after Obama? He was right on the surge and foreign affairs. Given there have been no attacks on US soil, many underweighted the threat.
Conservatives have to stop trying to play the game as defined by the liberals. Be what you are, be consistent, throw the corrupt out of the party, make the case of why the liberals are wrong.
If you think Emanuel is going to be bi-partisan, you are nuts. He is going to try to eliminate conservatives from competing as long as he can.
The gloves are off. If you don't recognize that, you will not find your way forward from here.
I do agree that many looked to the government for shelter given the financial meltdown. People, correctly or incorrectly, want someone to take care of them or tell them it will be okay. McCain did not explain what or why. In fact, he may have done better if he had voted against the TARP plan.
Re: Krauthammer, I think Palin was the only thing that kept Mccain in the game, It was the reason he was up in early September. 2 people I know voted for Obama because they insisted that Palin wasn't ready but that's their excuse because after listening more I realized they weren't going to vote for McCain/Palin anyway.
Krauthammer is partially right. But he misses the other side of the coin. Total 2008 turnout was 3 million voter LESS than 2004. Conservatives probably didn't turn out in the same numbers. And, re Krauthammer, minorities (Asian and Hispanic) and youth contributed higher percentages to the Dems. Why? Because Obama was the first minority candidate running for the Presidency. That is what attracted these constituencies to the Dems. Post election analysis seems to indicate that it was not the leftist economic program offered by the Dems. He is right, I think, that nothing McCain could have done, or any other Republican in his place, could have changed the outcome.
We have something like a million students a year dropping out of high-school. Only the exceptional of this group will be able to adequately feed themselves without help. Naturally, they seek government intervention in their lives because they can't make it on their own...Hence, their overwhelming support for Oooohbamah. It gets worse from here...Our young people are failing. We have removed standards and are more concerned with diversity, affirmative action, and self-esteem than success based on merit. As well, Hollywood and the MSM have demoralized our youth with overstimulation, poor example and anti-hero worship. Think about it...Pulp fiction, natural born killers, casual drug use on television and movies, grand theft auto... Our pop culture is slowly destroying our youth. My generation loved John Wayne. John Wayne is a joke to this generation. Strong white alpha males need not apply. I guess they are too threatening to the gay/lesbian/black/beta male union. It is a powerful union nowadays...Most of all there is a basic failure in leadership. We don't spank our kids at home and their is no corporal punishment at school. Pop psycologists told us not to spank our children and we listened...I grew up in the South. My father lived through the depression. He was hard on us and did not spare the punishment, but...We learned some goddamn respect for authority. Something most of America's youth don't have today. In the Marine Corps we say to new recruits that "you are joining us, we aren't joining you". Meaning that you have to live up to our standards. I would say that our society is trying to join our youth rather than have them join us...This is a causal factor in their arrested development. I could go on but...My two cents.
Nozzle ... applause for your above rant. It's right on the money. Kids drop out of high school for a number of reasons, not the least of which is poor teaching by the teachers, who have somehow confused their mandate to convey facts and information with a mandate to make students 'feel good' about themselves. If a student 'feels good' about himself when he cheats or fails an examination, doesn't listen to instruction and goofs off in class, it may be 50% his fault. But believe me, it's also his teacher's fault. If the teacher has taken upon himself or herself to ignore factual information and try to proselytize the students, you get horror stories like the one shown in video on the 'Net this morning, where an elementary teacher abused a little girl, daughter of a soldier, by stating that war was wrong and her family should have voted for Obama. Made the little girl cry. Made me cry, too.
Evidently, this is the new NEA mandate ... catch them young and shame them into belief. Well, it worked for the Hitler Jugend. But is this what we want? Is this what you and I will allow to contaminate our 'educational' institutions? I hope not but I fear so.
We're 'reaping the whirlwind' here, with a vengeance.