This suggests that if Obama wins, the real political energy in the country over the next several years may come from a new populist political force. Would someone challenge Obama from the left? Unlikely. But already there are arguments from such political theorists as Michael Barone and Steve Sailer that the cheap mortgages, which led to the housing crisis, which precipitated the financial crisis, were directly related to the immigration boom. Such arguments are made-to-order for someone like CNN's Lou Dobbs, who has recently been railing against the lackluster efforts to solve the financial crisis with gusto, much as he attacks the government's failures to enforce immigration laws.
In other words, Dobbs -- or a counterpart -- is likely to be a "third party" political force to watch after November 4. That's not politics as usual. But neither is the era we're now facing.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Most of life works by spontaneous order. It characterizes how we choose our jobs, hobbies, associates, recreation, etc. When politicians try to regulate the process, they usually make life worse.
I try to demonstrate that in my upcoming ABC TV special, "John Stossel's Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics." I centrally planned a skating rink, and stood in the center of the ice and shouted through a bullhorn: "Slow down! Turn right. No backwards skating!" It didn't work. People hated it. Some fell, just as predicted by George Mason University professor Daniel Klein, who came up with the idea.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Who should have won 'Project Runway'?
Leanne, duh 33%
Korto was robbed 44%
I watched the debate instead 11%
Total Votes: 3,021
McCain/Palin supporters let their racist roots show
Though does he say Negro? Doesn't matter. The sentiment is loud n clear...
Meanwhile, Sarah's just overflowing with the holy spirit...
Mr Chambers sued God last year. He said God had threatened him and the people of Nebraska and had inflicted "widespread death, destruction and terrorisation of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants".
Here's my question - did he call out the "people of Nebraska" by name?
Total Votes: 178,235
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Very sorry to push Smiff's bundle of joy down the page for this, but the world keeps turnin' ya know!
Palin did not have time to answer questions from the media following her trip through southeastern Ohio, but left some folks exhilirated at meeting her.
"It was so exciting," said Pat Miller of Patriot, accompanied by her daughter Amber, a student at South Gallia High School. "She seemed to be very sweet, and if she could stop and take the time to buy some diapers for her son, it tells you that for her, family is first.
"However, unlike the governor, I have time to meet with the media."
Brown LA in 6
Passan LA in 6
Henson LA in 5
Edes LA in 7
Jose Mota LA in 4
Stark LA in 7
Kurkjian LA in 7
Neyer PHI in 7
Phillips LA in 7
Caple LA in 5
Law LA in 5
Prediction by Keith Law
The Phillies had the better season and might be the better team, but this is a bad matchup for them unless their starters behind Hamels step it up -- or the Dodgers' bats are as cold in this series as they were hot against Chicago. A Maddux start in Game 4 might make this pick too aggressive, but assuming it's either Lowe on short rest or Kershaw on a short leash, I'll go with the Dodgers in five. (MORON--ed.)
on perfecting the art of keeping people who have been foreclosed on and other undesirables away from the voting booth (cont'd)
* In Colorado and New Mexico there are not enough voting booths or machines for Election Day.
* Students in Virginia are receiving probing questionnaires from voting officials falsely implying they don't have the right to vote there.
* In Ohio alone, more than 600,000 newly-registered voters are threatened with purging.
* There are reports of sometimes-illegal mass voter roll purges in Michigan, New Mexico, Florida, Georgia, Colorado and other states. Several states are even purging voter rolls of people who are "Bob" on driver's licenses and "Robert" on voter registration forms.
* Officials in Indiana are avoiding setting up polling places in areas of the state heavily populated by minorities.
* The Republican Party in Michigan planned to challenge the registrations of every voter whose home had been foreclosed on recently.
* ACORN, which has been held out as a bogeyman for voter fraud (though only 26 TOTAL cases of voter fraud were prosecuted nationwide from 2002 - 2005), has bad registration rates below the California Republican Party's and a lawsuit alleging fraud in 2004 was dismissed by a judge for lack of merit.
* And, of course, there are ongoing worries across the country about electronic voting machines.
Christopher Buckley, Meet the Conservative Mob
Remember last week, when Christopher Buckley took his Obama endorsement to The Daily Beast so as not to offend his National Review readers? Well, no such luck. It looks like the aggrieved readers got to him anyway. Buckley writes about his abrupt departure from the magazine in his latest Daily Beast column.
The collapse of Iceland's banking system - one in which many Britons had a stake - is the reason for this resentment.
In a bid to claw back some of the money, the British government seized Icelandic assets in the UK under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. The die was cast. Your average Icelander draws the line at being called a terrorist.
For those with long memories, there's a sense of deja vu about the fallout.
The cod wars between the two countries that started in the 50s came to a head in the mid-70s when an Icelandic gunboat opened fire on a British ship after a clash of boats within Iceland's territorial waters.
Iceland eventually came out on top, winning the right to keep British fishing vessels outside its 200-mile exclusion zone.
Cod Wars - what a cute little name for a conflict. They should all have cutesy names...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
more nitpicking from the liberal media - the kind of thing only an effete latte-sipping snob would give a squirrel's ass about
William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime... Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil.
This was ahead-of-the-paradigm-shifting-curve forward thinking -- he was the first to be able to conceive of it as "our oil." If Bush is still in the giving-out-medals business... just sayin'... Ed.
Timmons declined to comment for this story. An office manager who works for him said that he has made it his practice during his public career to never speak to the press.
That's exactly what you look for in a head of a presidential transition team -- what a mavericky choice! Ed.
"She totally reminds me of my cousin!" the delegate screeched. "She's a real woman! The real thing!"
I stared at her open-mouthed. In that moment, the rank cynicism of the whole sorry deal was laid bare. Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.
And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed Middle American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant-size bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the Sizzlin' Picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because the image on TV reminds him of the mean, brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.
Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she's the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV — and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.
Well, I don't know if I'd go that far. Twenty floors? You'd have to dig a deep hole to lay a foundation that low.
While a certain amount of brain shrinkage is normal with age, greater amounts in some parts of the brain have been linked to dementia.
I think this explains Smiff in a nutshell. K-Mad too. And why I'm the only sane person on dis blog.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Stuff to do (mostly eating and drinking):
Hop Leaf - probably Sat. night - K-Mad, Mary is in town, right?
Tre Kroner - weekend breakfast
a movie - Fung mentioned W, but i dunno if i can spend $10 and 2+ hours on that moron
or something at The Music Box?
Purdue vs. the Cats? could happen. i assume there will be plenty of seats available.
watching the Bears lose on Sunday, though will Smiff still have Orton in his lineup?
a meeting of the LoC Executive Board...at a bar
[insert own joke here]
Decker gonna be around by any chance? Also, someone tell Skilly not to make it too cold. I no longer have a winter coat, and don't want to buy one eider. It looks like "seasonable" temps through Sunday, but then again this is a Skilly forecast so anything can happen...
Beneath John McCain's carefully constructed image as an incorruptible war hero lies a cynical opportunist with a record of reckless behavior and dishonesty. By Tim Dickinson
In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.
In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.
The couple would catch wild hogs, feed them corn for a year and eat them once the wild taste was out of the scavenging animals. They also took advantage of available squirrel meat, a common food in the South at that time.
"It was a uniquely disgusting thing ... to see my grandfather take a stewed, skinned squirrel's head, smack the skull's dome with a heavy silver tablespoon, and dine on the brains," LeBlanc (French phokk?) said.
Meme is one of those words you only hear in the liberal (French phokk) media, by the way. See also: underscore, robust.
A superweed spreading throughout the UK could be brought under control by introducing plant-eating predators from Japan, scientists believe.
Oh yeah. Dis has absolutely no phokking chance of backfiring like so many times before. Nuttin 2 see here. Keep moving.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
McCain made that pledge as top advisers said he is weighing new economic proposals to help the nation weather the financial crisis. The Arizona senator refused to answer a reporter's question Sunday about what plans he might be considering.
Officials at an upstate elections board were red-faced yesterday after mailing hundreds of absentee ballots offering "Barack Osama" as the Democratic choice for president.
The Rensselaer County Board of Elections recalled 300 ballots that erroneously featured the al Qaeda leader's name.
"The error was not deliberate, and the Board of Elections is continuing to fairly manage the upcoming general election in a bipartisan and cooperative manner," Republican Larry Bugbee and Democratic Edward McDonough said.
Bugbee said the ballot had slipped through despite three different proofreaders, according to the Albany Times Union.
(3:51:35 PM) briggs: and not a word about the new civil suit that accuses him of having shot a guy
(3:51:47 PM) briggs: if this were an NBA game
(3:52:05 PM) briggs: that'd be all they'd talk about
(3:52:10 PM) briggs: it wouldn't matter if he had 30 points
(3:52:46 PM) fungster: dat's because Marvin is Obama
(3:52:54 PM) fungster: NBA players - thug life
(3:53:06 PM) briggs: haha
I'm not sure this means anything as Philly fans have booed Santa Claus, Mike Schmidt, babies, grandmothers, people in wheelchairs, Ben Franklin etc.
Sarah Palin dropped the puck at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game and was roundly booed by the crowd. A few fans were cheering but the booing was overwhelming and just went on and on and on. The New York Times hockey blog said that the boos were "resounding (almost deafening)."