Archive for November 17th, 2008

November 17, 2008

Yglesias making sense

When I start nodding in agreement with Matt Yglesias, you know things are getting crazy:

I feel like some of the commentary on the prospect of an auto industry bailout is starting to remind me of some of the stuff I fell for before we invaded Iraq. The kind of thing where someone yes, “yes this sounds like a bad idea, but if we do it like this and like that and like this then it’ll all be okay, therefore we should do it.” Which is fine. But we also need to ask ourselves, if we accept the proposition of Detroit’s management, the UAW, and Michigan politicians that what’s good for General Motors is good for America, how likely is any of this stuff to happen.

While Yglesias is pondering the arguments of liberals at the New Republic, conservatives are almost unanimous in opposing the bailout. See John Hinderaker and Michelle Malkin, for example. “Libertarian populism,” anyone?

UPDATE: Mark Steyn:

Detroit is “incapable of making a car at a price anyone is prepared to pay for it” – that’s to say, the per-unit cost of manufacturing a vehicle at GM is more than the market will bear. See this handy pre-tax-profit-per-vehicle graph from Jim Manzi, which gets to the heart of the matter: It doesn’t really matter how many cars GM sell under the present arrangements, because those arrangements are unsustainable.

Strangled by union goons.

November 17, 2008

Have erudition, will travel

The New York Times says that National Review “may have lost . . . its reputation as the cradle for conservative intellectuals and home for erudite and well-mannered debate.”

I could have prevented this tragedy, if only those &%$#ing @$$holes had hired me instead of that %$#&!#$%ing douchebag Rich Lowry . . .

UPDATE: The lowbrow slobs will have a tractor-pull/Jello-wrestling contest Wednesday.

November 17, 2008

Tim Pawlenty, scumbag

Human Events reports from the RGA in Miami:

After HUMAN EVENTS reported the halting of Palin’s press conference, corroboration of our take on what happened came from another media source: “Another Republican governor eyeing a presidential run in 2012 told CNN the event [Palin’s press conference] was ‘odd’ and ‘weird,’ and said it “unfortunately sent a message that she was the de facto leader of the party.” NBC News, which falsely reported last night that it was Palin who wanted the news conference cut short, has corrected itself this morning on Today. . . .
The “Republican governor eyeing a presidential run in 2012” appears to be Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty used his time at yesterday’s roundtable discussion to cast himself as the “modern” Republican while casting aspersions on the traditional conservative message, calling for outreach to the “new demographics,” deriding the GOP for allegedly being 15 years behind in the use of the Internet, and calling for the party not to be led by “a crank.” Pawlenty appears to have John McCain’s penchant for attacking conservatives rather than those in the other party.

OK, scratch Pawlenty from your 2012 list.

November 17, 2008

Gay rights, gay rage

My latest American Spectator column:

The late historian Christopher Lasch was the first to identify (and Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon later examined in depth) how “rights talk” insinuated itself into American culture as a dominant mode of political discourse in the decades following World War II. Because Americans are taught to think of “rights” as something sacred in our civic religion, those accused of violating “rights” are easily demonized, while those who advocate “rights” are sanctified.
Seizing on the triumphant narrative of the black civil-rights movement, liberals adopted the habit of framing political debates in terms of minority “rights” versus majority “discrimination.” That this tactic involves a species of moral and emotional blackmail should be obvious. To disagree with a liberal, to oppose his latest policy proposal, is to invite comparisons to Bull Connor and Orval Faubus, so long as the liberal can make “rights” the basis of his argument. (Witness, for example, how Keith Olbermann addressed himself to Proposition 8 supporters, casting their position as morally equivalent to segregation and slavery.)

Please read the whole thing. On a related note, Tracey Meehan observes that some Republicans are blaming social conservatives for the 11/4 disaster — even though Prop 8 got 1.7 million more votes than John McCain in California.

November 17, 2008

The hyping of Hope

Howard Kurtz notes “a giddy sense of boosterism”:

Perhaps it was the announcement that NBC News is coming out with a DVD titled “Yes We Can: The Barack Obama Story.” Or that ABC and USA Today are rushing out a book on the election. Or that HBO has snapped up a documentary on Obama’s campaign.
Perhaps it was the Newsweek commemorative issue — “Obama’s American Dream” — filled with so many iconic images and such stirring prose that it could have been campaign literature. Or the Time cover depicting Obama as FDR, complete with jaunty cigarette holder.
Are the media capable of merchandizing the moment, packaging a president-elect for profit? Yes, they are.

Meanwhile, publishers say Sarah Palin could get $7 million for a book deal.

November 17, 2008

Darwinian dating

We old, boring married folks are having all the fun nowadays, while the singles endure misery and wrath:

[The single young man] is putting off traditional markers of adulthood — one wife, two kids, three bathrooms — not because he’s immature but because he’s angry. He’s angry because he thinks that young women are dishonest, self-involved, slutty, manipulative, shallow, controlling, and gold-digging. He’s angry because he thinks that the culture disses all things male. He’s angry because he thinks that marriage these days is a raw deal for men.

He’s also wrong. Marriage is a great deal for men, much better than being single, provided you get the right woman. The whole point of dating is to find that one woman. But young men are so damned superficial and selfish nowadays, and caught in a passive-aggressive loop, alternating between callous womanizing and self-pity.

Good women are much easier to find than good men. Over the years in Washington, I’d meet nice young single women and think, “Wow, I really ought to try to introduce her to a nice guy.” And then I’d realize, “Wait a minute — this is Washington, DC. There are no nice guys here.”

Guys, let me give you a clue: Your low self-esteem is poisoning the well. You figure that any girl who actually likes you must be a desperate loser. So you ignore or disparage the women who are actually available, while chasing after women who hate you. You are only interested in super-beautiful women, because having a super-beautiful woman validates your own attractiveness. And yet you become angry at her demand that you bring something to the table to validate her.

Do you see the self-defeating vicious cycle you’re setting up for yourself? Try this: Just forget about looks. Hang out with some fat chicks and try to learn to enjoy women as human beings, rather than as status symbols or as a means to an end. Learn to take pleasure in being liked by a woman. And to recycle an old hippie-mystic phrase from 40 years ago: Be in the now.

November 17, 2008

Dude.

(Via Ace.)

November 17, 2008

Obama and the betrayal of Israel

American Jews voted overwhelmingly (78%) to elect the man who is now poised to destroy Israel:

Barack Obama is to pursue an ambitious peace plan in the Middle East involving the recognition of Israel by the Arab world in exchange for its withdrawal to pre-1967 borders, according to sources close to America’s president-elect.
Obama intends to throw his support behind a 2002 Saudi peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League and backed by Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister and leader of the ruling Kadima party.

Anyone familiar with the strategic history of the region knows that Israel’s pre-1967 borders were militarily indefensible. Any hostile power that can control the Golan Heights can destroy northern Israel; the West Bank is only 11 miles from Tel Aviv. The demands will not end, but rather increase, once Israel abandons the Golan and the West Bank, and any “promises” to the contrary are lies.

Israel’s enemies, who have never ceased to proclaim their genocidal objective, will not be content so long as there is a Jew alive and free in the Middle East. And now, with the overwhelming support of American Jews, Obama prepares to hand the knife to Israel’s executioners.

UPDATE: Pam Geller is not deceived:

“The better to eat you alive my dear.”

Meanwhile, Shmuel Rosner calls our attention to a proposal for a “nuclear-free Israel” — a nuclear Iran is apparently acceptable, however. Just coincidences, like the fact that Obama’s buddy Bill Ayers dedicated a book to Sirhan Sirhan.

Jihad Watch offers 21 reasons why Israel cannot “compromise” its way to peace and security.

UPDATE II: Ed Morrissey:

Welcome to Obama 3.0 on Jerusalem. Now he has switched sides to the exact opposite of what he argued at AIPAC. . . .
Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister and leading candidate for Prime Minister from Ariel Sharon’s Kadima party, backs the Saudi peace plan in concept, including the division of Jerusalem. The Israeli Left supports it as well, with Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert both endorsing the plan. Likud candidate Benjamin Netanyahu opposes it entirely.

Netanyahu is right, the rest are wrong. If Obama pushes the dismemberment and disarmament of Israel, Likud will come roaring back. And once that happens, Hamas and Fatah will launch another Intifada. Lather, rinse repeat. Saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.

UPDATE III: Noah Pollak says the Times of London report is probably wrong.

November 17, 2008

NBC: Credibility for sale?

Jim Pinkerton says NBC sold its soul to Obama in return for a $139 billion federal loan guarantee for parent company GE.

Shades of Billy Sol Estes!