Thursday, April 19, 2012

Not another dime! We must rid ourselves of this lawless regime. I know people don't want to hear personal attacks on the President, but in my opinion he's just another crook in that office but with more chutzpah than anybody since FDR.

Dick Clark has died at 82. I first saw him on American Bandstand when I was 9 and he introduced me to rock 'n' roll, doo woop, motown and the teen music of the 1950s and '60s. We had just moved to Ames Iowa and we lived in an old Army base of quonset huts called Pammel Court. I would go to the Recreation (or 'Rec') Hall after school and watch. Later I would fold papers for my paper route watching the teens dance in Philadelphia. He and Pat Boone and the Everlies must have drunk from the same well in their youth. They've aged well.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Allahpundit at Hotair is still fighting a rearguard campaign against Romney. My comment:
I’m getting fed up with this attitude that Romney is as bad as Obama. That is just asinine. You’re trying to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. You’ve ginned up so much hatred that every nit-picking criticism gets amplified and everything he says right gets ignored. If this keeps up and the GOP loses, I’m done with the Tea Party, because this is not what it was about to divide the GOP and assure Obama another term. The election does not occur in the conservative echo chamber. With the press in the tank for Obama, if anything it occurs in a liberal one. So Mitt Romney is not your tailor-made candidate? It’s a good thing, because nobody as easy to bash as Sarah Palin or Rick Santorum could get elected. Either would be fine with me, but I don’t think either could get elected or work well with Congress. Mitt Romney is an ideal candidate to do the job ahead of cutting government and spending, and the distrust is just childish. Calling him the worst possible nominee and a liar are the artifacts of a tough primary that wasn’t in the cards for anyone else from the outset. It demonstrates that you can’t win a national contest with a pickup campaign. Newt and Rick had a Cinderella plan, but it didn’t work because they couldn’t match his fundraising and organization. It had nothing to do with his being corrupt or dishonest. GET OVER IT!
I'm as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs about this election, mostly because of this lemming-like attitude from those who are impatient with the GOP.

"Trust" to Join "Fairness" as Obama Buzzword, Sources Say
Obama, it is now plain, is about as trustworthy as a carnival barker. He has no experience or qualifications to run an economy and everything he says these days is a blatant lie.

Roger Pilon (via Instapundit)
The basic principle could not be simpler: as Milton Friedman so often put it, no one spends someone else’s money as carefully as he spends his own. That applies in spades to government. So here’s the political point. Democrats, unlike Republicans (at least nominally), belong to the party of government. For every problem, they see not a private but a government solution. Market competition disciplines private abuses — not perfectly, to be sure, but far better than whatever controls there may be in the public sector. That’s one reason we should turn to government not as a first but as a last resort. You don’t like being abused as a taxpayer? Then don’t vote for the party of government. [Emphasis added]

The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage
Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million. The majority of young adults in their 20s will live with a romantic partner at least once, and more than half of all marriages will be preceded by cohabitation. This shift has been attributed to the sexual revolution and the availability of birth control, and in our current economy, sharing the bills makes cohabiting appealing. But when you talk to people in their 20s, you also hear about something else: cohabitation as prophylaxis.
I grew up before society became so anxious to teach us all about the mechanics of sex and practically urge it on us in the name of preventing pregnancies and STDs. It always made sense to me that couples should go into marriage with eyes wide open and have a strong commitment to it and my experience since marriage has born that out.