What Should We Do?
Unless we can somehow dissuade the votes of two or three Republican senators, it looks like the government of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Left in America is going to get its wish to waste $800 billion dollars of taxpayer money on a stimulus package that the Congressional Budget Office says will actually damage the economy in the long run. The Democrat-controlled Congress is | Read More »
Are we headed for WWIII?
Even though I can be sourpussed, I don’t usually like to be pessimistic, either in terms of my outlook for the future (regardless of the occupant of the Oval Office) or in terms of things like seeing my children and their children survive into the 22nd century. I try not to think about the worst-case scenarios, even though I know people who do have to | Read More »
What If We Wanted An Economic Recovery?
As Opposed To Political Gamesmanship? Right now the concept of stimulus packages being passed by Congress or not passed by Congress is a political idea that has very little to do with economic reality, and much more to do with one party or the other scoring political points. It is certain that hundreds of billions of dollars, perhaps trillions, are in play — but very | Read More »
The Honeymoon Ain’t Over
This post could also be entitled: “Or, Why The Republicans Lost.” Let’s look at a few of the bigger things that have emerged since Obama won in November, just regarding his Cabinet secretaries. Thusfar, his pick for Treasury Secretary was found not to have paid a large sum in taxes he owed from his salary at the International Monetary Fund. Now his Health and Human | Read More »
Enough is Enough
The American people need to stop being shafted by both parties. I’m talking about this: Hill Republican: Stimulus aids illegal immigrants. If you start wading into the thicket of how this came to pass, you’ll find a lot of horseplay between both parties, and if the Republicans object to it on the “aiding illegal immigrants” grounds, the Democrats will counter that lots of military families | Read More »
Because I still can’t post in RedHot
I was briefly enjoying that, but since that feature hasn’t been reenabled yet for me, I feel obligated to respond to Skanderbeg taking notice of Vladimir Putin’s decidedly free-market commentary here in the user diaries. It’s really pathetic when the Washington Post is panting and sweating about the transformation of the American economy in a vastly more Statist direction and The Man Himself, Mr. KGB, | Read More »
Month of Ditto
Obama has his fist-bump thing, which is his not-too-subtle symbolism for people who meet his approval in the Nodding-In-Agreement Network of his new Presidency. Thusfar our leadership in Washington hasn’t been able to come up with a response to the fist-bump, and taken together with the criticism from the putative members of our Republican big tent in Washington, I’ve decided it is time to show | Read More »
John Updike is Dead
And I have only one word: “Whimper.”
Kirsten Gillibrand is a Democrat from upstate New York, and she’s also someone who the NRA has given a high rating because she supports the 2nd Amendment. I don’t understand why those two things are causing so much concern in New York politics. It doesn’t make much sense historically, and it doesn’t make any sense now. The only reason I can think of that would | Read More »
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award of 2008
I know, the economy sucks buckets. Everyone is losing money or hoarding money or struggling to survive, looking over their shoulder and counting change to buy groceries, or cutting back to make payroll, or running for the nearest exit. Meanwhile our politicians are debating which way to throw hundreds of billions of dollars at a problem that nobody knows whether they can solve, or should. | Read More »
Very briefly, The antidote for ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) is not to allow oneself to fall victim to the same kind of thinking that led the afflicted in the BDS cohort to become so agitated: Act for yourself, don’t rely on the government to do it for you. If you don’t like the way the results turned out in this election, don’t become deranged: work | Read More »
Let’s Buck Up, America!
Hey ladies and gentlemen, we have a new President! And from what I’ve been led to understand, he’s a Black man! It’s been more than eight years since America had its first Black President, and I couldn’t be happier to see another person of color get elected to the highest office in the land this quickly! In his inaugural speech, Barack Hussein Obama tried hard | Read More »
The GBU-39, Iran, Gaza and the IHT
Promoted from the diaries by Jeff. What a surprise that the international edition of the New York Times got its facts wrong, and is refusing to correct its story! -JE There’s a curious story being featured on Drudge right now from the International Herald Tribune that pumps hot air into the story that the United States rebuffed Israel’s military requests on several occasions recently. I | Read More »
Notes From a Bygone Era
This morning my father mentioned a 1957 Chevy. He was talking about what an interesting car it was, and how it was such a landmark in American automotive history, and for at least an hour, I didn’t really understand what he was referring to, because I was confused between the object and the context: it wasn’t the car itself, the sheetmetal, the engine and the | Read More »
What Caroline Kennedy’s Appointment Means
To me, if Caroline Kennedy is appointed to the Senate by David Patterson, that represents the “closed” 90% of an agreement that was struck when Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer. First of all, for the Kennedys, it’s extraordinarily important to keep one of their family members in the Senate for the very simple reason that when Ted dies, he’s going to leave a | Read More »
I need help with a research project
I’ve been inspired by the Top Ten Posts of 2008 to produce something interesting this year aside from pithy commentary, and I need some help with a research project involving solar cells. The interest stems from this article reported on Drudge, in which Toyota is considering building cars at least partially powered by photovoltaics: Toyota Developing Solar Powered Green Car In particular, my interest was | Read More »
The Party Guest that Nobody Invited
Briefly this morning, The more the New York Times talks about Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg [Author's note: there is some confusion about whether my use of her second surname connoted something or other, so I'll strike it here and leave it in the metatags.] and her attempt to muscle her way into Hillary Clinton’s senate seat in New York, the clearer it becomes just how big | Read More »
Merry Christmas To All
Merry Christmas, Everyone. The true spirit of Christmas — the one we all should remember from our childhood and try to embody each year as we share it with our family and friends — emerges from our love of Christ, and our belief in His word and the meaning of his life and his teachings. On this Christmas morning I want to remind everyone that | Read More »
Are we all on different planets?
Just briefly this morning, the Washington Post is running a front-page article that decries the bailout of the Big Three because it looks to many in the UAW like “surrender.” By the way, they’ve changed the title on their home page a couple of times now. It currently reads: UAW Makes Major Sacrifices; as recently as two minutes ago, the same link was: “UAW’s Sacrifices Look | Read More »
National Parks Allow Right To Carry
There’s some very good news this morning from the NRA-ILA and the Department of the Interior. Many members of this blog will recall my posts from a few months back urging everyone to take part in the comment period on the proposed rule change that would extend right-to-carry laws in our National Parks. The rule change is good law, it’s consistent with Federalist principles, and | Read More »