Saturday, January 22, 2011

The curious silence of the watchdog press over a violent and vile attack on a college official by a radical clearly driven by extreme rhetoric from the left. Read the whole thing.

It's the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Far more than enabling the vast evil of abortion, it turned the Judiciary into a political branch superior to legislatures and presidents or governors, but without accountability to the people after confirmation, and introduced the age of Borking, bitter confirmation battles and an angry divide between the people.

The big buzz tonight was that Keith Olbermann will no longer be on Countdown on MSNBC. Cheering, joking, along with weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth are filling twitter space. I never watched Olbermann; I just heard about his outrageouse Jeremiads. He couldn't be entertaining even on Football Night in America. Comcast bought NBC/Universal, and I imagine that MSNBC was not much of a profit center. I turned to MSNBC on the Dish Network but all there was were episodes of Lockup Not much to blog about in that.

If I were Comcast, one of the first moves I'd make would be to rid MSNBC of the "personalities" who have made it last in the ratings.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Why I won't listen to any more whining about the inhumanity of waterboarding.

Because so many of those who considered Bush a war criminal, were also defending the immunity from regulation of monsters like Kermit Gosnell. I don't believe in torture because of its dehumanizing effect on the torturer. I would hate to see it become a practice condoned by our military and CIA, although I could see that it might be justified in very rare circumstances, and I don't consider waterboarding to be torture.

But I can't imagine a more dehumanizing activity than performing abortions in a clinic, and Gosnell is an example of how bad it can get.

Congratulations to 70 year old Sandra Maloney and the jury who acquitted her of animal cruelty for beating a peacock to death. They're beautiful birds but they have one of the most annoying cries of anything other than a kookaburra or a Guinea fowl.

10 American companies that will disappear in 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Greg Sargent looks for evidence that the founding fathers favored government healthcare, but the commenters knock it down right off the bat.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If Obama hasn't fixed it, it can't be fixed.

On of the best comments on Obamacare I've seen:
If Republicans repeal Obamacare and replace it with a straightforward law that equalized the tax treatment of employer-sponsored and individually-purchased health insurance, they will have done more for real health-care reform, and for people with real preexisting conditions, than the last forty Congresses put together.

Bill Clinton announces plans to retire in Italy.

Thank you, Representative Steve Cohen. This is what they mean by bitter-ender.

Oh, and the Goebbels "big lie" technique isn't exclusive to Nazis. Anybody can use it, but once you start accusing people of it and comparing them to Nazis, they are free to wonder about you, too.

Actually, the reason people say things like this is because they believe them. They're really not intentionally slandering others, so much as making observations they believe explain their opponents' position. They exist on both ends of the political spectrum. Of course, someone this narrow minded could look through a keyhole with both eyes, but there's no point to hating them. Just be sure you never vote for one.

For what it's worth . . .

I liked SALT. Angelina is way too skinny to take on all those men, but I never believe movie fights anyway. I also appreciate the enemy being someone besides rogue government agencies. I always like the mole plot or the foreign terrorist plot better.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why there is no NFL team named The Pandas.

It's pretty obvious that these guys don't know how to tackle, although I have to compliment their avoidance of helmet to helmet contact.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Don Surber tells the liberal calling for civility to shove it. I agree. I think it reached it's most offensive when Mark Halperin chided conservatives for not turning the other cheek when they were falsely accused of fomenting murder. The thing is, the president and the previous Congress have put this country on the path to economic ruin, and attacked their critics in some of the most scurrilous terms imaginable including blood libel. If we let that pass, we will be accused of agreeing with it.

The narrative was pre-written. It was waiting for someone like Jared Loughner to come along and give them the bloody shirt to wave. Of course, that's not how they want to see themselves, but then they're exhibiting the same anosognosia that makes delusional people so delusional.

Good news for Haiti? "Baby Doc" Duvalier is back.

47 dead from flooding in the Philippines; 1.5 million affected I blame climate of hatred and the tea party.

Esquire's editors: Will We Remember Tucson? Was It Enough? Is Anything?

The editorial that follows is never really explains "enough for what?" If they hope it will an end to vigorous political debate and picking target districts in campaign strategy, there's nothing about this event to do such a thing. Civility is one of those things like bipartisanship that you can't demand from the other side, without applying to yourself. It's a gimmicky sophistry that the Democrats seem to pull out all the time to chastise Republicans. But this time, there's absolutely no connection between the narrative of the the left in this case and what happened. If anything, what might have prevented this heartache would be a proactive approach to picking up, evaluating and committing mentally ill people like Loughner. Kicking him out of school isn't enough. He should have been locked up, but that would have meant a huge reaction from civil rights lawyers, and that makes everybody else gun shy about applying common sense.

Palin shouldn't apologize, since she didn't cause this or influence Loughner in any way that anybody has been able to show. Yet the liberal elits cling to this absurd narrative like a security blanket. As if wishing could make it so.

For a real act of violence triggered by overheated rhetoric, check out this report.