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Monthly Archives: October 2008

I’m Jewish, Too, So Lay Off

October 22nd, 2008 - 5:07 am

Did you know that “socialist” means “black?”

You didn’t? Well, then just ask all those noted black socialists as Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V.I. Lenin, William Jennings Bryan, Pierre Leroux, Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ferdinand Lassalle, Mikhail Bakunin, Leon Trotsky, Samuel Gompers, Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg… need I go on?

“Socialist,” if anything, is code for “Probably European and possibly Jewish.”

Meanwhile, quit calling me a racist, you race-card dealing socialist weasel.

Live On Tape From Monument

October 21st, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Before you ask, Bill, yes, I am still beating my wife!

All that and more, on today’s PJTV.

Coming Soon

October 21st, 2008 - 2:17 pm

Technical issues (we’re still in beta!) kept me off of yesterday’s PJTV Blogger Whip. But I’ll be on today’s Whip at 6PM Eastern, followed by a full segment devoted to McCain’s exit strategy. And I don’t mean from Iraq.

It’s Not a Bailout!

October 21st, 2008 - 1:41 pm

More evidence that GM wants — and just might get — your tax dollars to gobble up Chrysler.

And what would GM do with Chrysler? Shut down everything but Jeep, most likely.

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

October 21st, 2008 - 12:42 pm

Wait… I thought everybody was going to love us again once President-Apparent Obama was sworn in.

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

October 21st, 2008 - 11:31 am

Get ready for the coming Ice Age Global Warming Climate Change Ice Age, damnit:

In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptical scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement.

Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up.

Read the whole thing.

Anecdotally, our last hot summer in Colorado was in ’06. The past two summers were cool, wet, and this year the lawns stayed green until… well, many of them still are. That’s unheard of. Now I don’t know what’s happening these days on top of Mt Kilimanjaro, but I can tell you that Pike’s Peak still had traces of snow on it in August (almost unheard of), and has a nice little snowpack developing already this fall (not heard of since before the draught).

All in all, we’re hoping for a Halloween with more candy than frostbite.

They Brought Bell Bottoms Back, Didn’t They?

October 21st, 2008 - 10:20 am

I thought these 1970s ideas had all died with the Carter Administration.

Wargaming the Electoral College

October 21st, 2008 - 9:09 am

McCain is back even in Florida, says Rasmussen. Interesting, because Obama had been up there by as much as five points in recent weeks. And it’s not like he’s done any surge type campaigning to turn things around. Buyer’s remorse? Is the Powell Endorsement backfiring with Miami’s Jewish population? Who knows.

Same story in Ohio — not known for its large number of Jewish retirees — where McCain went from a five-point deficit to a two-point lead today.

The polls are still breaking Obama’s way in Colorado, North Carolina, and Missouri, however. And Virginia? Fuggidabodit.

McCain is more competitive than he was last week — but only enough to turn a blow-out into a drubbing.

Local News

October 21st, 2008 - 8:34 am

Right across the highway from here, something strange is going on:

Palmer Lake, a rural community north of Colorado Springs, has the highest percentage of foreclosures per household in El Paso County. With 240 homes in Palmer Lake, the area holds a 6.25% foreclosure rate – with one out of every 16 homes foreclosed, according to the public trustee.

There’s some serious money in Palmer Lake these days, so I wonder if some people are using foreclosure to escape upside down loans on overpriced homes.

A Small Start

October 21st, 2008 - 7:44 am

It’s one of those big stories that won’t get much press, because it’s about a remote region and would take to long to explain — but India and Pakistan have opened their first-ever trade route through disputed Kashmir.

Let’s hope something other than terrorists and weapons go through.

Silly Question

October 20th, 2008 - 1:16 pm

Why is it that when Republicans are involved, it’s a sign that we “must get the money out of politics,” but when a Democrat raises record funds, it’s “a stunning and unprecedented eruption of political giving?”

We’re From Detroit and We’re Here to Help

October 20th, 2008 - 11:05 am

Does GM want to use your tax dollars to buy out — and all but shut down — Chrysler?

Using government money to get rid of competitors… We used to call that “rent seeking.” These days, it’s just Business As Usual.

Any Questions?

October 20th, 2008 - 10:12 am

Prediction: Come January 20, 2009, dissent will no longer be the highest form of patriotism, so you right-wingers had better learn to stuff it.

Lessons Learned/Feel the Pressure

October 20th, 2008 - 9:26 am

Sinus infections are not necessarily relieved by increasing your elevation above sea level to nearly 10,000 feet.

Maybe your doctor doesn’t need to tell you that, but maybe there ought to at least be a printed warning on the antibiotics label.

Required Reading

October 20th, 2008 - 9:02 am

Screedy goodness, and just in time for the election!

Sarah Smile

October 20th, 2008 - 8:20 am

It made me laugh. It made me cry. It changed my life. It was better than “Cats.” I’ll see it again and again.

Anyway, I can safely vouch for the fourth claim.

Don’t Trust the Link

October 20th, 2008 - 7:40 am

Bill Maher’s new movie Religulous is being held back because of worries it might offend Christians.

Or… uh… not.

And So It Goes

October 20th, 2008 - 6:26 am

Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama made me think of two things.

1. The worst thing that could happen to the Bush Administration — and it did — is if his Secretary of State became captive to the State Department. (In fact, it happened twice.)

2. Possibly the best thing that might happen to an Obama Administration is if his Secretary of State becomes captive to the State Department.

I’ll leave the difference as a matter for the reader to figure out.

Daunting

October 20th, 2008 - 5:22 am

The Republic has survived eight years of having, to hear some people tell it, Darth Vader as Veep. And before that, we got through eight years of of having a space alien inhabit the Vice Presidential Residence.

But this? I shudder for the fate of our young country.

RIP

October 19th, 2008 - 1:26 pm

Blogger and Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato was killed in Afghanistan last week. His final blogpost is excerpted at Milblogging.com.

Give Fighting a Chance

October 19th, 2008 - 11:54 am

[Bumped, because I forgot the link originally.] Invade Pakistan, President-Apparent Obama? I dunno — the Pakistanis seem to be doing OK:

Largely out of the media spotlight, at least in the West, the Pakistani army has taken on the most numerous and aggressive part of the Taliban organization, and is tearing it to pieces. For the last two months, the Pakistani Army has been moving through the Bajaur Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), killing Taliban and al Qaeda fighters who have largely controlled the rural parts of the 1,300 square kilometer district for years. There were only a few thousand armed men working for the Taliban, and several thousand more who have come in since the fighting began. Over a third of these Taliban have been killed or wounded, and they have been driven from one compound (the fortress like groups of houses that are favored in this part of the world) after another. The army has used air power (mostly armed helicopters) and artillery to do most of the killing, using infantry to guard the roads and urban areas. The Taliban have had a hard time moving around, and have not been able to inflict many casualties on the army.

They’re redistributing the death.

Welcome to Colorado

October 18th, 2008 - 1:34 pm

The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.

A Blogger Looks At Forty

October 18th, 2008 - 8:00 am

So I turned forty today. Apparently I’m supposed to be depressed.

Can’t manage that one; I’m about to leave the house for the best burger in the world at Ann’s Snack Bar, followed by an afternoon of debauchery at the Decatur Beer Festival. The schedule simply does not allow for being maudlin today, but even if it did, I’m having a hard time working up any major depression.

Think of the things I’d have missed if I were younger. I saw Star Wars in its first run in 1977. I watched Reagan’s inaugural when I was in the sixth grade and the Berlin Wall collapse when I was in college at Auburn. I saw every minute of Live Aid in 1985, the stereo cranked up and my jaw agape.

I went to Texas for engineering and Oxford for English literature, both on scholarship, and sold my first book–off the slush pile–by the time I was 25. I haven’t sold everything I ever submitted for publication, but I’ve had more sales than rejections. I’ve been quoted by the BBC and CNN and Howie Kurtz–and the latter was after I went out of my way to insult the guy. And pretty much by accident, I somehow managed to worm myself into the publishing history of Harry Potter. I’ve cracked up Jimmy Buffett and Bill Buckley. I’ve watched the sun set over the caldera in Santorini, and seen satellites pass over the midnight sky of west Texas.

I’ve met two-thirds of my favorite band, I’ve seen the Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium and Dash Rip Rock at the War Eagle Supper Club. I learned to play (bad) rock guitar and had a ball doing it. I’ve read Milton in the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford and wandered through Franz Liszt’s house in Budapest. I strolled through Checkpoint Charlie and Wenceslas Square before either of them were tourist traps. I’ve been to at least eight Mardi Gras and a couple of Jazz Fests and God only knows how many long weekends in New Orleans.

I’ve seen Bo Jackson run over people and Nolan Ryan pound the tar out of Robin Ventura; I’ve watched Michael Jordan and Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, all in person. I’ve been to four Sugar Bowls and seen my team go undefeated twice. I’ve thrown up on two continents and in the backseat of an F-16D at Mach 1. I’ve been responsible for blowing up several dozen aircraft, and I even got paid for it.

I have a great family. My parents are still together after 46 years of marriage, and I have two pre-teen nephews who are more than happy to joyously beat the crap out of me every chance they get. I’m married to a beautiful woman who owns more guitars than I do. Why on earth would I think the next forty years might be any less awesome?

And by the time you read this, I will be not just happily full, but also happily loaded. What business do I have being depressed?

Cold & Flu Season Update

October 17th, 2008 - 8:08 am

Laryngitis: the only symptom I have that my son doesn’t.

Melissa thinks it’s funny. Or justice. Or something along those lines. But have you ever tried creaking at a two-year-old to get him to put on his undies?

Uh Oh

October 17th, 2008 - 7:46 am

Is GMAC set to declare bankruptcy as early as today?

Notice/Apologies

October 15th, 2008 - 6:33 pm

Half asleep already after getting into the codeine cough syrup. Good stuff.

No drunkblogging tonight, as earlier today I was hit by a mucous truck. In broad daylight, too.

However, I’ve TiVo’d the debate, whether out of madness or desperation I can’t tell. Or maybe it’s the drugs talking. Nighty-night.

On the (Bob) Dole

October 15th, 2008 - 11:11 am

John McCain: Every intention to fumble?

For the Glory

October 15th, 2008 - 10:16 am

For tonight’s debate, we’re going to try something new — Nyquil blogging. The most recent cold/flu/whatever the boy brought home from school, well… it’s a nasty little bug. Came on fast this morning. Went from 60-0 like hitting a brick wall. The double dose of Dayquil is, so far, not even cutting it.

But miss the last debate? Not a chance!

It’s the Media, Stupid

October 15th, 2008 - 10:10 am

David Harsanyi compares and contrasts sex scandals:

As a social conservative ogling underage congressional pages, Republican Mark Foley was the poster boy for rank hypocrisy. Turns out, his successor, Democrat Tim Mahoney — “Restoring America’s Values Begins at Home” went the campaign slogan — has, evidently, been keeping the torch of sexual infidelity aloft.

Now, no one wants to be accused of sexual McCarthyism — your dalliances are your own business, unless, that is, you happen to be wide-stancing in the bathroom stalls of the Minneapolis International Airport — but it seems that Mahoney may have used taxpayer dollars to hide his extracurricular activities.

While infinite degrees less creepy than Foley’s offense, the fundamental difference between the two incidents seems to be the level of media coverage.

I’ll have more on this later at PJ Media.

Required Reading

October 15th, 2008 - 8:55 am

Austin Bay: “In a month Iraq will be the next presidents war.”

The dispassionate essay following that statement is today’s Required Reading.