Daily Archives: February 25, 2011

Another Friday Reading Selection

With Unions Follow the Money
Are they overpaid?
Yes. Yes they are. And they’re a bunch of goddamn whiners to boot. (What 29 year old complains they can’t get a home loan? Nobody can get a home loan right now. Grow up!) BTW I live in Phoenix, one of the cheaper areas in the country to live in and every cost of living calculator I could find said it was slightly cheaper to live in Wisconsin, so keep that in mind when these people are bitching about their $46,000 a year and obscene benefits being not enough.

Krugman’s Third World Fantasy—because it’s always fun to point out the Paul Krugman is Lord and High King of the Idiots.
One Chart that Tells You Everything You Need to Know about State and Local Government Pay
End ‘last in, first out’ teacher layoffs. Any time Michelle Rhee has something to say, we should all listen.

Reckless Spending

And in the same vein

More stuff on how much Wisconsin teachers suck.

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What’s wrong with this paragraph

So I was reading an article today on how polarized Congress is today an d I came across the following paragraph:
“For only the second time since 1982, when NJ began calculating the ratings in their current form, every Senate Democrat compiled a voting record more liberal than every Senate Republican—and every Senate Republican compiled a voting record more conservative than every Senate Democrat. Even Nebraska’s Ben Nelson, the most conservative Democrat in the rankings, produced an overall voting record slightly to the left of the most moderate Republicans last year: Ohio’s George Voinovich and Maine’s Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. The Senate had been that divided only once before, in 1999.”

So if you’re on the outlier side of Democratic party you’re a “conservative” the opposite being “liberal” –but if you’re on the outlier of the GOP you’re “moderate,” the opposite of moderate being “extremist.” Seldom do I see media bias so blatant as this.

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Random thoughts for February.

We’re ending what has been a rather eventful month and while I would love to deal with each of these following issues in their own blog I feel I should at least say a short something on them before they cease to be news.

Whatever happened to Tunisia? Or that new country that used to be Sudan? I’ve checked Fox, CNN, the Drudge, RealClearPolitics, RealClearWorld, Washington Times, all seem to be blank. Yes, Egypt and Libya are big news. But how new governments are faring in Africa might give us some better idea of how the latest round of insurrections are going to turn out. This is actually a big problem with all of American foreign policy: we get bored. We deal with something while it seems important, but like an ADD child, flip to something else when it no longer seems really interesting even though that’s when it really needs our attention and care. Don’t believe me go back and watch “Charlie Wilson’s War” and ask yourself how bad off Afghanistan would be today if in the 90’s we had spent money on roads, schools, hospitals, and other basics of infrastructure in the country. Do you think the Taliban would have taken over? Do you think we’d be wasting so much in military expenditures right now if we had just kept our eyes on the long term solution and not just drifted off to the newest problem of the week?

And while mentioning Egypt. Why are you people so happy? We traded a military dictator for…a military dictatorship…a military dictatorship which threw out the country’s constitution. Which is now allowing Iranian military to use the Suez. Which God knows what they’ll do next week. I’m sorry but I’ve seen nothing yet to convince me that they simply will not be any different from Mubarak.

Can the media please find a way to agree on how to spell G/Kh/Quadaffi? Please. Is it that really hard? I understand that Anglicanizing Arabic words isn’t an exact science, but is it that hard to pick one and run with it?

It’s a little sad that Libya’s representative in the UN condemned Gaddafi before Obama did. Was it really that hard to decide on where you stood on the Gaddafi issue Barrack? The man has been our enemy since the 1980’s. This shouldn’t be a hard one. If this were a longer blog there would be lots of Neville Chamberlain comparisons, but I assume you can fill those in yourself.
Say what you will about Bush’s foreign policy—he had one. It might not have been well planned out, but it was a policy…and not, you know, changing statements every time the tides change like some presidents.

The real revolt to watch is the Chinese crackdown on dissidents right now. If China goes the way of the Mideast it will be a moment as important as the fall of the Berlin Wall. … … If it goes under do we still owe money to whoever takes over? (If we have to pay somebody I say we maintain all that money goes to Tibet).

On that note, even though China’s bought a lot of our debt, one would think with the millions of government sanctioned copyright and proprietary secret violations China commits, if we were to ever actually collect on the fines their government owes us….well you get where that line of thought is going…

The definition of sad: Obama dropping his defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. It’s not sad because I support the bill, I really don’t, but it’s his clear motives. He’s just desperately trying to lock down a voting bloc he will need in 2012. Yet he can’t actually come out and say he supports gay marriage because that will lose another voting bloc. Cynical and cowardly. In my experience, people I know who are homosexual are a lot brighter than to fall for this kind of pathetic move.

Oh and what idiot in the Press Secretary’s office approved the words “grappling” in saying that Obama is grappling with his views on gay marriage? Granted, any jokes on that word choice would be immature and rather sad. But my point here is that media relationship experts would also generally advise you to not put yourself in the position to allow such associations to be made. In context it’s a perfectly acceptable and accurate word (if it was true, I somehow doubt Obama doesn’t actually stand on one side or the other)…however in the subconscious association game that is media relations the words “grapple” and “gay marriage” should never be in the same sentence. Clearly this new press secretary is as much of an idiot as the last one.

Finally, the fact that “Waiting for Superman” is not nominated for best documentary shows you that Hollywood is about as insanely liberal and in bed with corrupt unions. Also Chris Nolan not getting best director is a travesty.


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Books for Conservatives—Parliament of Whores

“Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.”—P.J. O’Rourke

P.J. is probably the greatest political satirist of this generation (likely to go down in history with the likes of Jonathan Swift and H.L. Menken for his biting wit). And while all of his book will probably be recommended by me at some point (well most of them, you can skip Holidays in Hell) there is probably none better than Parliament of Whores. I would argue that it is one of the most well written books on the topic of government, and one of the few that remains timeless in its observations. It should be required reading in every high school government course, and it is an absolute must read for conservatives.

Granted, it was written back in the early 1990’s so you might think things have changed in government since then (after all back then people were unhappy with crappy Bush economy and the less than spectacular war in Iraq so they turned to smooth talking charlatan liberals…okay nothing has changed) but it’s still remarkably relevant.

O’Rourke analyzes almost every major aspect of government. The stirring rhetoric and philosophy of our founding documents—and points out most of the charges against George III can also be accurately (if not more egregiously) applied to our own government. The stultifying boredom of the election process. The illogical nature and bizarreness of each of the three branches of government. And, of course, a clear look at how truly insane the bureaucracy is which culminates in this charming observations about the Department of Agriculture:

“I spent two and a half years examining the American political process. All that time I was looking for a straightforward issue. But everything I investigated – election campaigns, the budget, lawmaking, the court system, bureaucracy, social policy – turned out to be more complicated than I had thought. There were always angles I hadn’t considered, aspects I hadn’t weighed, complexities I’d never dreamed of. Until I got to agriculture. Here at last is a simple problem with a simple solution. Drag the omnibus farm bill behind the barn, and kill it with an ax.”

O’Rourke is one of the few authors who can balance humor and reason in perfect measure and never let either one stray too far.

His insights into the nature and pointlessness of government is and probably always will be a relevant observation on our own Parliament of Whores.

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