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Wednesday, May 7. 2008
McCain goes after Reagan Democrats. Smart move. Sort-of related: Bobby Jindal for VP?†Sort-of related: What is wrong with being a roofer?†It's good honest hard work. Is everybody supposed to want to work in cubicles and offices?
Give Rick Moran some Prozac
How Sarkozy blew his chance to make a difference
Global warming dissenters are censored.
How to stay married and love it
The pussification of the English male
40 years ago. Neoneo
The Kiwi disease. There are fewer people in NZ than in Massachusetts. More sheep, however.
Lewis at Am Thinker, a quote:
Photo: I was just given this good CD†from the somewhat unusual Buzzola label
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I like Rick Moran, he's always reasonable and always says what's on his mind. Just about every pundit on the left toes the party line, but more than a few on the right do the same thing. Rick knows what he says may sometimes not be taken well on the right (the left is a given), but he says it anyway. It's refreshing. You always know where he's coming from, he's an honest broker.
Folks in this part of the country have known for a decade now that the real goal was total control of the internet. Control either by friendly agreement, or otherwise. I will let you guess who hungers for that control. One clue: it's not the government--not yet anyhow. How is this for fear.Oh oh. Oh dear. REAL change sneaks in the back door. Try this:
He can also be at times an 'excitable boy'. I think he goes a bit over the top in this essay. Must have had some sour milk in his Corn Flakes.
Bobby Jindal has said he has a job, thank you, as governor of Louisiana which he only just began in January.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Louisiana to be built better than we were before the storms. This is where I want to be. This is where I think I was meant to be," he told Fox News.
The boy needs to show some positive accomplishment in New New Orlans before he considers a new job , especially one for which he has no qualification.
Many more qualified folks are available for the Republican's vice presidencial candidate.
I like the guy, but I agree with that. First honest pol in LA since the stone age.
i should just post the link, but i want to get this read if possible. It's important. Please forgive Wall of Text. BD, just delete it after awhile, i won't get me nose outta joint.
How McCain Can Win the Base
By JAMES P. LUCIER
March 17, 2008
No, this is the time for change, real change. This is a time for someone whom everybody knows to be the rising star of the GOP, the new governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.
And what a governor! Having taken office in January, after winning 54% of the vote in the open-field primary, Mr. Jindal immediately called a special session of the legislature and persuaded them to pass his 64-point agenda for ethics reform. They said ethics reform couldn't be done in Louisiana--a state whose reputation as a cesspool is legendary--but he did it in a two-week session. Now he's calling a second special session to pass the tax cuts necessary to jump-start the post-Katrina economy in his state.
Do some people think that Mr. McCain is too old at 71? The Constitution does require a backup, no matter how old the President. Mr. Jindal can balance the ticket. At 36, he has the accomplishments you would expect at 47. Mr. Obama, at 47, has the accomplishments you would expect at 36. Mr. Jindal more than meets the constitutional age requirements if he were to accede to the presidency, and has more executive and legislative experience than the two Democrats combined. His nomination would convince the rising generation that there's hope for the young.
Do some think this is an election about experience? Mr. Jindal, who was elected to Rep. David Vitter's seat when Mr. Vitter ran for U.S. Senate in 2004, was re-elected for a second term with 88% of the vote. That's not enough experience? It's as much experience in Congress as Barack Obama has to show for his three years. Oh, and by the way, Mr. Jindal, in his last term, had an American Conservative Union rating of 100, with 96 for both terms. In addition he has consistently taken the No New Taxes pledge proposed by Americans for Tax Reform.
Maybe some think that this is going to be an election about health care? Mr. Jindal's the man. In 1991 he was a young Hill staffer working for Rep. Jim McCrery. One day Mr. McCrery asked him to look over some Medicare plans being proposed in committee. A couple of days later, he brought back to the boss a totally revised system that was so impressive that Mr. McCrery remembered him and in 1995 introduced him to Gov.-elect Murphy J. Foster Jr. Mr. Jindal, at the age of 24, was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He took hold of the state's Medicaid program, which was running at a loss of $400 million, and in three years produced a surplus of $200 million. He later became chairman of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. In 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and approved by the U.S. Senate to be assistant secretary of health and human services for planning and evaluation. If Mr. Jindal gets a chance to debate Hillary Clinton, Hillary will be fumbling for her cue cards.
Is this going to be an election about education? Mr. Jindal is an expert at that too. Mr. Jindal graduated from high school at age 16, took a bachelor's degree at Brown University, and then got a master's at New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After he cleaned up the Medicare mess in Louisiana, he was appointed in 1999 as president of the University of Louisiana system.
Maybe you think the central question in this election is going to be about immigration. Mr. Jindal knows all about that firsthand. He was born in Baton Rouge, La., of hardworking parents who emigrated from India. His father was one of nine children from a poor family in a small village in the Punjab. He could give a lot of advice to Mr. McCain. Mr. Jindal favors immigration--legal immigration. He is strongly opposed to illegal immigration. As an addition to the white-bread McCain ticket, he would reach out to all people of color. It would be interesting to see him go head-to-head with Barack Obama in an immigration debate.
But what about the "values voters"? Will they cotton up to the son of immigrants? It doesn't seem to have prevented him from rolling up huge majorities in Louisiana. Born a Hindu, Mr. Jindal converted to Roman Catholicism in high school and has remained a devoted practitioner of his faith. He campaigns foursquare in favor of the human rights of unborn children. He is opposed to embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex marriage. In the gubernatorial election, he visited scores of Pentecostal and evangelical churches and won them over with his testimony. As a result, he had majorities or pluralities in 60 of the 64 Louisiana districts. In the Louisiana open primary system, Republican and Democratic candidates all appear on the same ballot, and all compete with each other. If no one gets 50%, a run-off is held. That's why Mr. Jindal's 54% win on the first ballot was so significant.
The final question: What does he know about terrorism? Well, when he was a congressman from the First District of Louisiana he voted against a $6.5 billion aid bill for post-Katrina restoration because it included the Democrats' poison-pill for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
Even beyond that, he surely could not be ignorant of his own ethnic heritage, even though he was born in the United States. India today is the largest Hindu state in the world; but in terms of population it is the second-largest Muslim state (only Indonesia is larger). Despite continuing religious and demographic tensions, India has developed stable democratic institutions. But Pakistan is a different case. The Punjab is a vast region that stretches from Chandigarh in India on the east to the mountainous Northwest territories and Waziristan districts of Pakistan. When the British granted independence in 1947, the Punjab was partitioned with approximately one-third in India, and the other two-thirds in what was to have been the majority-Muslim state of Pakistan. Within weeks the Muslims began a genocidal jihad against the Hindus and Sikhs to drive them out of Pakistan. Thousands of non-Muslims were slaughtered, hundreds of villages burned. Millions of non-Muslims streamed out of Pakistan on foot, on trucks, on trains, and on the top of trains. Millions of Muslims streamed in. In all, 20 million people were dislocated. Pakistan was no longer just Muslim majority; it was virtually all Muslim. This lasting scar has been the cause of three wars between India and Pakistan, and a nuclear arms race on each side.
It is not surprising that Pakistan became the incubator of the Taliban, nor that Waziristan now seems to be the home of Osama bin Laden and the remnant of al Qaeda. Nor is it surprising that al Qaeda forces, after basic training, were sent to Kashmir to get battle-hardened. Virtually all Indian Punjabis can recite these horrors chapter and verse. My guess is that if Mr. Jindal were elected vice president, he would not need to get any CIA briefings about Pakistan and Waziristan, or the nature of the terrorist threat.
If Mr. McCain is to win, he needs not just numbers but enthusiasm. The Democratic primaries consistently have brought out twice as many voters as the Republican primaries. Mr. Jindal has already demonstrated that he can get voters enthused. The old rules that chose vice presidents for sectional balance or the ability to win big states are out of date. Moreover, Mr. Jindal's record on issues and accomplishment can easily satisfy the base of the Republican Party. He rises above provincialism. His ethnicity not only will appeal to minorities at home who feel that they have been ignored, but will reach out across oceans to project the American dream to the world. Mr. Jindal has crammed a lot of legislative and executive experience into a career that is just beginning. If Mr. McCain wants to prove to conservatives that he means business and not empty words, he could not do better than to chose Mr. Jindal. Soon.
The pussification of the English male
The contagion hasn't been contained to simply the English. We have now had several aspirants for POTUS who are easily classified as meterosexuals.
Men who can still do traditionally manly things are now looked upon as Neanderthal. A tired comparison but still apt is what happened to the Roman Empire. Too many girly men, and those who aren't girly men are usually not traditional men but bullies.
Barak Obama is a perfect example of a girly man and the joy he ostensibly engenders in some men is an interesting study in meterosexual hierarchal perfume sniffing.
speaking of girlymen, the phrasemaker Governor Arnold's state is experiencing a municipal bankruptcy today. Vallejo is gone belly up. 80% of the budget is fire and cop, and what with the full-pay-and-benefits retirement age at 55 (or was it 50?) the city has to pay for two-plus full generations of employees: one working, the other retired. The action today is because relief requests (talks with the unions) "broke down".
George Washington was 43 when he commanded the Continental Army in 1775.
Thomas Jefferson was 32 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Barack Obama was 12 when he smoked his first joint and 13 when he did his first line of coke. He was born a Muslim and has somehow escaped a fatwa on his life for converting to Christianity, unless the "conversion " was for political gain" a hoax.
John McCain was 30 years old when he was shot down over Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967. He spent the next 5 1/2 years being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton. WHen he bailed out of his aircraft he broke both arms and a leg which the North Vietnamese never treated.
Jindal would be great.
yep, I do believe we'll see a huge uptick in coverage of unfunded pension funds arise now that the Baby Boomers are retiring. The number is scary big.
Back then 43 was equivalent to our 63. Jindal sounds great but I think the Prez should almost never be younger than 60...gives them less time to cause trouble after they're out, i.e., Jimma and Bubba.
Let Jindal continue to season a bit. It looks like he's going to be a good one...no need to rush it.
There is little argument that lifetimes have increased.
Washington was an extremely vigorous man which always takes a physical toll in longevity. However it is interesting to look at the ages of the four Presidents who followed him...most of whom were not nearly as athletic.
Washington dead ...... 67
John Adams ................ 91
Thom Jefferson............ 91
James Madison ........... 85
James Monroe ............ 73
The old guys seemed to do OK.
As an aside I remember a friend who I use to jog with reminding me one day that our number of heartbeats was finite and that we using them up too quickly by jogging every day.
or maybe they'll have to go back to work. Retiring at 50 with full pension seems a bit on the genorous side. Surely there's admin/desk jobs to be filled or something less strenous/dangerous than fighting fires and chasing perps at the age of 50+
I generally ignore Rick Moran. He tends to be pessimistic, emotional, and goes completely nuts over things that may be unverified or misinterpreted. Umm, I just realized I've described Andrew Sullivan also. It's a twofer.
when he was a congressman from the First District of Louisiana he voted against a $6.5 billion aid bill for post-Katrina restoration because it included the Democrats' poison-pill for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
(from the link)
Choosing a pup to do a man's job would damage the Republican Party.
Worthy, vetted political warriors are vetted folks, such as Mark Sanford and Tim Pawlenty.
Rick's not that bad...Andrew is a histerical woman with a penis.
Haha. AS is smart, knowledgeable, and clever but unstable. RM is a good guy, with a Prozak deficiency.
Does it matter to anybody that two out of the three offices for the American Bar Association are in Chicago?
doc, when you prescribe Prozak, your patients are getting a pair of east european tennis shoes.
da joint ain't been da same since da bootleggers -- no, really -- it's true --