Archive for January 9th, 2009

January 9, 2009

Did I mention I’m a father of six?

Scientific proof of my genius:

“Women tend to like smart men because they’re usually more successful and better providers. But here’s another reason: Their sperm is better, a new study says. . . .
“The smarter the men were, the more sperm they produced and the better their wee ones swam . . .
“The researchers instead speculate that intelligence might be passed down as part of a larger package of good attributes.”

“Larger package.” Heh. And proving the obverse:

“By the way, I have no children. And I’m not in MENSA, either.”

He also voted for Obama.
January 9, 2009

‘Preachy beyond belief’

“With the possible exception of Roman Polanski, I suspect I might have been the only adult male over the age of 40 who watched the second-season opener of the ABC Family dramedy The Secret Life of the American Teenager earlier this week. . . .
“[A]part from the vaguely titallating premise and promise of the show’s title, the thing is safe as milk. Skim milk. Soy milk. . . .
“It’s preachy beyond belief and, for all the bad stuff that’s supposed to happen to the characters, it plays out in a world that is about as menacing and gritty as the dancing gangs in West Side Story.”

January 9, 2009

David Frum vs. politics

David Frum is a brilliant writer, but he does not understand politics. I don’t mean policy or governance or ideology, I’m talking about pure politics.

Politics is about 50 percent plus one. We win. They lose. Simple as that.

Frum’s attack on Sarah Palin today, as with his previous attacks on Palin, is written from the perspective of an establishment insider and — though he cites the usual poll numbers to claim that Sarah Palin is box-office poison — fails to look at the situation from the standpoint of the Ordinary American. And this, I fear, is because David Frum doesn’t know any Ordinary Americans. He’s a Canadian, a native of Toronto, whose career in the United States has been spent entirely among the elite.

In 2007, Frum hired on as a “senior policy adviser” to Rudolph Giuliani. Y’know, if Frum had been thinking about pure politics (that 50%+1 formula) his first advice to Giuliani should have been: QUIT. Giuliani spent $59 million to get 597,518 primary votes. The only thing Giuliani accomplished was to suck up a lot of media and prevent the Anybody But McCain vote from consolidating around Mitt Romney. Had Giuliani quit in December 2007 and thrown his support behind Romney, it could have made an important difference in New Hampshire and Florida, and the Republican Party might have nominated an actual Republican.

Frum is obviously trying to position himself to join the 2012 campaign of Anybody But Palin, and his attacks on Palin need to be seen in that light. You can be a professional political operative or you can be a journalist, but you cannot credibly be both.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines.)

UPDATE: Somewhat related, Ace of Spades goes upside the head of David Shuster. What is it with Palin and guys name David? David Frum, David Brooks, David Shuster — an Army of Davids, as it were. At Newsbusters, the script where John Ziegler calls Schuster “an alleged news person.” Heh.

UPDATE II: Here’s the video via Hot Air:

BTW, Frum’s whole point in attacking Palin over the Ziegler interview is that she’s supposedly drowning in self-pity. She’s not. Ziegler was working on a documentary about media bias and so the questions were about — surprise! — media bias. What the hell did you expect her to say? “Oh, yes, I really admire the work of all the 2012 Jeb Bush Campaign staffers who were taking a paycheck to ruin my media rollout! That was brilliant how they set me up with that Katie Couric interview, but wouldn’t let me talk to any of the beat reporters who were actually covering the campaign!”

January 9, 2009

Blagojevich impeached

Flaming (Hairy) Skull at AOSHQ. The vote in the Illinois House was 114-1.

If Blagojevich goes to prison, will he first be forced to give back Michael Nesmith’s hair?

BTW, somebody should write a book.

January 9, 2009

She feels your pain?

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) had her Tennessee home listed as a foreclosure, but apparently it is a glitch caused by an error by her local bank.

January 9, 2009

Still waiting on ‘Guilty’

Somebody at Ann Coulter’s publicist told me that I’m actually referenced in her new book, Guilty, and they’re supposed to be sending me a copy. In the meantime, Lisa De Pasquale has a review at Human Events:

In the chapter, “Victim of a Crime? Thank a Single Mother,” Coulter writes, “The most worshipped figure in modern America is the ‘single mother.’ Politicians tout their programs by explaining how they will help single mothers.” . . .
The Left has elevated single motherhood as a coveted, noble distinction despite the problems it causes for the true victims — their children. Coulter writes, “Here is the lottery ticket that single mothers are handing their innocent children by choosing to raise them without fathers: Controlling for socioeconomic status, race, and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single parent.”

So, while I await delivery of my own copy, you should order now and look me up in the index.

UPDATE: In the comments, Smitty gloats that he’s already gotten his copy, but doesn’t bother to tell me how I’m referenced in Coulter’s book. “Studly journalistic legend, Robert Stacy McCain . . .”?

UPDATE II: At risk of impairing my own Amazon Associate sales, I’ll point out that you can get a FREE copy of Ann’s new book by subscribing today to Human Events. (Jed Babbin, you owe me beers.)

January 9, 2009

‘Panetta. Leon Panetta.’

The notion of Clinton-era hack Leon Panetta as a James Bond super-spy is enough to inspire laughter, but Philip Klein reports that Obama’s choice is causing serious worry at the CIA:

“Everybody is shocked and concerned about his lack of any intelligence experience,” a former senior officer at the CIA told [The American Spectator], asking that his name be withheld because he still does some work with the agency. “What kind of signal is this sending?” . . .
“People think the left-wing bloggers are running the asylum now,” the ex-CIA official lamented. “They want to completely neuter the agency.”

Read the whole thing.

[Obama] “calls Panetta “one of the finest public servants of our time.” And in response to some questions about Panetta’s experience, Obama says “he has handled intelligence daily at the highest levels.”

As any student of the Clinton administration knows, they completely botched the effort against al-Qaeda, so citing Panetta’s experience in the Clinton White House is not an argument in his favor.

UPDATE II: I knew I’d seen the “Panetta, Leon Panetta” gag somewhere else, and now I realize it was at Cold Fury. Sorry about that, Chief.

January 9, 2009

Salute to Edwardsville, Alabama!

Who says rednecks can’t be green?

At first glance, the town of Edwardsville, Ala., with a population of 194 people, might raise a few eyebrows with its bid to receive $375 million from the economic stimulus package being assembled by Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress.
The tiny town . . . added 33 proposals—about two thirds of them related to “green” energy—to the list of “ready- to- go” projects assembled by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Total sum: $375,076,200.

(H/T: Michelle Malkin.) Folks, that part of Alabama is my old stomping grounds. I used to go via Heflin up through Whites Gap on my way to Jacksonville State University. And although I am familiar with such speed-trap towns as Fruithurst and Muscadine along U.S. 78, I never even heard of Edwardsville before. It ain’t even a wide spot in the road.

Nevertheless, I salute these people. If Congress is just going to start flinging cash hither and yon, some of it might as well fall on Alabama rednecks. So next time you happen to be traveling from Fruithurst to Heflin and you notice that every double-wide trailer along the road has solar-power panels on the roof, you’ll know you’re in Edwardsville.

January 9, 2009

The Christina Hendricks autism test?

Weird science:

Men who do not find the shape of the curvier woman most attractive could be more likely to father children with autism, according to a study. . . .
The new research from the University of Bath suggests that fathers of autistic children do not share the preference of men across the world for the curvier woman. . . .
Dr Brosnan said he hopes the research will increase understanding of the causes of the condition.
‘Autism is widely regarded to have genetic origins which may combine with hormonal influences’, he said.
‘We wanted to investigate the mechanisms by which these genes come together in a parental pairing, whether it is by chance or if it could be due to different preferences in choosing a mate – so-called assortative mating.
‘This study raises some interesting questions about how the person we are attracted to could impact on our offspring.’

My completely unscientific hunch is that they’re barking up the wrong tree. But how can we know unless we test the hypothesis? (BTW, none of my children are autistic.)

(Via Hot Air Headlines.)

January 9, 2009

More liberal self-congratulation

Do they never tire of repeating this crap?

A majority of educated voters agreed with Jon Stewart that elitism in government leaders is good, and understood when he said, “not only do I want an elite president, but I want someone who is embarrassingly superior to me.”
The Cook Political Report has found that education has become the most significant predictor of party identity. . . .
t should come as no surprise that most educated voters have moved towards the Democratic Party considering the increasing anti-intellectualism in the GOP. As Republicans lost the battle of ideas, they lost the support of educated voters.

While you’re breaking your arms patting yourselves on your backs, my “progressive” friends, I will remind you that Obama got 63% of the vote among high-school dropouts — his best performance among any educational demographic.