Talking Smack Vs. Inciting Hatred and Violence
Americans talk the smack better than any other culture on the planet. I think we invented it, patented it, and elevated it to an art form that transcends all race, ideology and social class boundaries. We see it clearly when pollsters ask voters of either party about their political enemies. The question becomes what happens when all these smack-talkers forget that it can be carried | Read More »
Living and Dying the Theology of Sartre
“pas besoin de gril: l’enfer, c’est les autres – You don’t need red-hot pokers: Hell is—other people!” (HT –Jean Paul Sartre) Sartre had the diabolical and petty Garcin, from his play No Exit speak those lines which summed up much of his worldview with respect to others. If you’ve ever blown $10 and enjoyed watching The Matrix at your local theatre, you could see this | Read More »
The Tea Party – Level III Conservatism. (Is Glenn Beck Smarter Than He Acts on TV?)
My initial take on Glenn Beck has been mixed. He deserves credit for identifying that America’s elite has decayed into a sarcoma within the body of our glorious republic. Not only that, he has the guts to take them on. Somebody had to step up in America. The Rick Santellis, the Glenn Becks; they exist because they would eventually have to. I’ve felt these people | Read More »
With Beck as an Avatar – Because Leadership Challenges Hate a Vacuum.
When James Howard Kuntsler gets hammered on Sunday night, it makes for great Monday morning blogging over at ClusterBleepNation.com. This morning he asks us if we would prefer “One Lump or Two?” From this ejection of vomit and venom, I learn that Mr. Kuntsler has a hilariously low opinion of Glenn Beck and his remarkably successful “Restoring Honor” Rally at the Lincoln Memorial. It was | Read More »
The Curse of Arrowhead and the Death of Good American Education
NFL junkies like myself are aware of an old curse that has afflicted the fortunes of Kansas City Chiefs football teams ever since they tore down their old complex and built Arrowhead Stadium. This curse, The Curse of Arrowhead, is perhaps not as virulently toxic as having Dan Snyder LBO your favorite team. However, it supposedly explains why the team stopped being competitive in Super | Read More »
Did Jim Cramer Just Channel Rush Limbaugh?
There are things in life that just make you say “Huh, FTW?” If Cramer’s latest column, “Bad Data Has a Silver Lining” was a desperate bid for attention, it worked! He leads off with a good, provocative question. Has “bad” turned good? Are we now rooting for crummy housing numbers, miserable housing data, weaker consumer confidence, and, yes, unfathomably horrible employment numbers? Do we now | Read More »
The Ground Trembles in Yellowstone Park (Is Mt. Obama Getting Ready to Blow?)
It hasn’t happened for a while, but every-so-often we get days when The DrudgeReport runs Richter Scale readings from tremors in Yellowstone Park. This makes for a better banner headline than “Slow Newsday Sparks Boredom Crisis. Internet Hits Unexpectedly Crater as Nothing Happens.” Amidst the Stygian Recovery Summer blast-furnace, the Dreaded Yellowstone Volcano is as good of a boogeyman to break out as any. A | Read More »
Welcome To the Grand Illusion
Welcome to the Grand illusion Come on in and see what’s happening Pay the price, get your tickets for the show – (“The Grand Illusion” – Styx) The party is set to begin. Fanfare will blast from the rafters. Great hosannas will rain down from on high. General Motors, the official car company of the US Government, will be turned back into a private enterprise. | Read More »
The Lamentable Presidency of Grima Wormtongue
“I was not commenting and will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there.” President Barack Obama Former French President Jacques Chirac once famously remarked that the President of Turkey had missed out on a valuable opportunity to shut his mouth. It was a nasty comment, but certainly worthy of a sardonic chuckle. It also can be extended, without | Read More »
Casual Day at Work. It Must Die! (A Non-Political Blog)
So I stroll in to work on Good ‘Ol Casual Friday. It’s the day in which we are all cool, but I’m totally un-hip and not with it; white in the most alabaster sort of a way. (Except for the neck; that has regretfully taken too many direct photon-torpedo hits from the hot Alabama sun.) Casual Day is the day when everyone comes into the | Read More »
You Got That Right, Peter. Pray They Don’t Alter It Any Further
Reason magazine features a commendable article by Peter Suderman describing the latest bureaucratic prestidigitation associated with ObamaCare. It reflects well the current reliance on agency regulation to break the promises made during the bill’s passage in ways that the voters have no redress to fight against. His article, HHS Is Altering Its Deal. Pray It Does Not Alter It Any Further. makes a point that | Read More »
And The Visigoths Engage In a Fratricidal Holiday….
It was Philosopher cum Theologian Belloc who pointed out the following with regards to barbarians. The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he | Read More »
Boycott JournOlist: Target #3. Paul Krugman, New York Times.
JournOlister Paul Krugman is to Congressman Paul Ryan as Ellsworth Toohey was to Howard Roark in The Fountainhead. Krugman is a left-leaning public intellectual who represents a pseudo-intellectual status quo. Krugman is typical of the duplicitous facist tweaks who reveled in the camaraderie of journOlist. Paul Ryan is a visionary who represents an ideological alternative to the Krugman’s pseudo-sapient mush. Thus, the time has come, | Read More »
p>I wish I were U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. He can read the minds of people who voted for legislation that gets tested before his bench. That’s an amazing ability. It puts him on a par with the mighty Wizard of Oz, the powerful wizard of the Emerald City. In ruling against Proposition 8, which denied the validity of homosexual marriage in California, he demonstrated | Read More »
So She Made Like a Economic Stimulus Plan and Bailed….
Christine Romer is no longer advising Barack Obama on the economy. That’s OK, President Obama is now well-versed in the job of POTUS. He can give the economy an overly violent hernia check all on his own. He doesn’t need no stinkin’ economist. If this morning’s job report is an accurate barometer of future trajectory, we won’t need them much longer either. Bartering is nowhere | Read More »
Eugene Robinson Reminds Us That Ignorance Is Strength and That Rangel Is No Crook….
Are you ready for this morning’s punch line? It will put a pep in your step and laughter in your heart. Eugene Robinson of the always lively and entertaining Washington Post is at the mike. Here goes… Rangel apparently was careless in filling out his required financial disclosure forms; he should have known better than to take that important exercise so lightly. (HT: The Washington | Read More »
And Furthermore, Squirrels Could Fly Rapidly Out of My Butt-Cheeks!
NY Magazine, Ladies and Gentlemen! They provide today’s comedic interlude. In an article entitled “True Compass”, they suggest that John F. Kerry could become the conscience of the Senate. If such is the case, I’d sure as heck hate to meet Sen. Fagin from the Dickens Version of Advise and Consent. I suppose he needed that True Compass to find a nice safe harbor for | Read More »
The Joys of Teachable Moments (Sarcasm Off)
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department may or may not respond on behalf of young African Americans who find their safety in jeopardy. If they choose not to, it gets harder to blame them after the incident that occurred at Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. Police Sgt. Matthew Grimes was injured when he intervened to stop a fight that was set up to test whether a | Read More »
Boycott JournOlist: Target #2. Spencer Ackerman, Wired Magazine.
“Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window. I’ll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the f— up, as with most bullies.” -Spencer Ackerman (HT:Newsbusters) Today I propose that we expand the boycott of JournOlist and add Continental Airlines, a principal online advertiser of Wired Magazine to the list. Wired Magazine | Read More »
John McCain Should Be President. He Has Some Explaining To Do.
Today I again wish Barack Obama had lost the election of 2008. Again, I wish that John McCain were the president. Ironically, today at least, this has nothing to do with any particular disagreement I have with how President Obama is handling his duties. Today, at least, it has nothing to do with the fact that I admired the courage and grace shown by Sarah | Read More »