Archive for February 6th, 2009

February 6, 2009

‘I’m being sarcastic, obviously’

“A clear-eyed, cool-headed, non-ideological pragmatism, untouched by any pre-existing wish lists or biases.
“I’m being sarcastic, obviously. Yet of course there are many, many smart liberals – from Paul Krugman to, well, Barack Obama – who would say that . . . whatever its faults the stimulus bill is ultimately non-ideological: Shoveling vast amounts of money out the door is simply what you do in circumstances like these if you want to avoid utter economic calamity. The money-shovelers are empiricists, in other words, and their opponents are know-nothings.”

Ross Douthat

I’m liking Douthat a little better nowadays. This is a Change I can believe in.

February 6, 2009

Ruh-roh

Tony Perkins disses the GOP:

There is not the strong connection to the Republican Party that there once was. I’m more representative of the younger generation and I don’t have as strong allegiance to the Republican Party. And to the degree that they try to avoid the values issues and put them at the back of the bus, I don’t have a lot of desire to mess around with that.

Perkins is a pawn of James Dobson, and Dobson in recent years seems to have become so embittered and peevish that his sour attitude has poisoned the well.

Coalition politics is hard work. Zeal is necessary, but so are wisdom and competence. I’m reminded of the Army of the Potomac: Evangelicals have some loyal and courageous foot soldiers, but too often their commanders have been of the caliber of McClellan, Pope, Hooker and Burnside. Until they are led by a Grant or a Sherman, they’ll continue suffering senseless defeats.

February 6, 2009

‘Rendezvous With Destiny’

The premiere is tonight at the Kennedy Center.

Citizens United produced the documentary, and my friend Matthew Taylor was director of photography.

February 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan!

Video via Young America’s Foundation, and here I am at the Reagan Ranch in June 2007, with that exact same fence in the background.

I was in Santa Barbara for the 20th anniversary of the “Tear Down This Wall” speech, and got an A1 exclusive interview with Peter Robinson, who wrote that speech. The story was Drudge-linked.

(That spiteful twerp Birnbaum has removed my byline from the story in the TWT online archive, although anyone with Nexis can discover who wrote it. This is not personal, Jeff — it’s professional, since you also removed my byline from Reagan obituary. Before you set out to deprive a man of credit for his work, you ought to take an estimate of the man whose reputation you’ve chosen to attack.)

Excuse the digression into contemplation of vengeance. On a more appropriate note of Reaganesque optimism, JR at Conservatives4Palin says, “What’s that Mr. President? You want us to go out there in 2012 and “win just one more for the Gipper?” . . . You betcha!”

UPDATE: Philip Klein recalls when Robert Kennedy debated Reagan in 1967 — and got his butt kicked.

The premiere of the new Reagan documentary Rendezvous With Destiny is tonight at the Kennedy Center. It’s going to be SRO. They actually had to rescind invitations because they got too many RSVPs.

February 6, 2009

Racist Republican kills black baby

Oh, did I say “racist Republican”? I mean to say, “choice”:

Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.
Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.
Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.
What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.
Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.

Read the whole thing. The reporter gets one thing wrong: “laminaria” is not a drug. It’s not singular. Laminaria are tools used to force open the cervix.

(BTW, I take it everyone gets the point of the headline. If a “racist Republican” had killed Sycloria Williams’s baby, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be screaming bloody murder. But because this was done under the rubric of “choice,” you can hear the crickets chirping.)

UPDATE: Ericka Anderson at Townhall.com reminds us that the “born-alive” abortion is not unheard of — and our new president voted against saving such babies.

UPDATE II: Ed Morrisey wonders if Obama is happy that Sycloria Williams wasn’t “punished with a baby.”

UPDATE III: Via Hot Air: “Jill Stanek notes that the physician’s license to practice has been suspended as a result of the investigation.”

February 6, 2009

The ‘Death Star’ stimulus

If we really want to jump-start the economy, and build the infrastructure of a 26th-century economy, it will only cost us $15 septillion.

I don’t if that estimate includes light sabers . . .

(H/T: Doug Bandow at AmSpecBlog.)

February 6, 2009

Tyrrell loses Hope

R. Emmett Tyrrell:

Egads, it is going to be a long four years! It is only two weeks since the Prophet Obama’s inauguration, and already he has revived memories of Boy Clinton’s first 100 days. Political observers with a sense of history might well ask whether the Obama Administration will approximate the adolescent incompetence of Clinton Administration or the Pecksniffian pratfalls of the Carter Administration. Presidential historian that I am, allow me to caution my fellow citizens that here in the vestibule of the Obama Administration it is probably too early to say. Yet with the economy in crisis and American national security in the hands of a starry-eyed novice, one can argue that we are in for a reprise of the Carter years complete with the self-righteous pout.

Read the whole thing. Driving home from Rosslyn Thursday night, I was listening on C-SPAN as Obama gave his speech at the House Democratic Caucus retreat and — man! — can he give a great speech. His delivery was first-rate. The content, however, was ridiculous nonsense. Anti-economic gibberish in the first degree.

Mr. President, you cannot repeal the law of supply-and-demand. You might as well try to repeal the law of gravity so you can float to the moon. Bill Clinton considered, and ultimately rejected, the course you are undertaking. Why? Because the fiscal and monetary impact of such a policy will cause capital flight. You keep going down this “stimulus” road, and you will drive private investment out of the economy, guaranteed.

Economic recovery is impossible without private investment and if you think “offshoring” was bad before, you wait and see what investors do if you pursue this Weimar America agenda. Capital loves a sound currency, and we can’t have a sound currency if you’re going to let Nancy Pelosi double down on the stimulus/bailout boondoggles she’s already rammed through the House over the past year.

We’ve suffered real and serious financial losses. The economy will continue to be bad no matter what you do. But this neo-Keynesian crap won’t make it better, it will make it worse. You can order up “green” cars for the federal government all day long, but that’s not going to fix the underlying problem, namely a capital shortage. Harvard Law school teaches lots of things. Economics, apparently, is not one of them.

It Won’t Work. And the CBO agrees with me.

February 6, 2009

Rosslyn gets stimulated

“What do you think a stimulus is? It’s spending — that’s the whole point! Seriously.”
Barack Obama

A huge crowd at the Continental Lounge in Rosslyn, Va., Thursday for Stimulus Happy Hour. Young right-wingers were seriously priming the pump with a Keynesian fervor Paul Krugman would admire. At this bleak moment of utter despair, these patriotic Americans did their part to restore Hope by promoting full employment in the hospitality and distilled spirits industries. They’re not only economic libertarians (they spend it freely) but they are also extreme social conservatives (they socialize extremely often).

To chronicle this pivotal moment in our nation’s economic history — “the direst financial catastrophe since the Panic of 1857,” according to R.J. Lehmann — they called upon the neutral, objective services of The Man With the Pink Camera.

Jim Antle and Philip Klein of the American Spectator, Moira Bagley of the New Majority, Liz Mair of New Media Strategies, and American Spectator managing editor J.P. Freire.

Liz Mair, David Weigel of The Washington Independent, and Republican strategist Sean Hackbarth.

Jessica Cantelon of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and Amanda Carpenter of Townhall.com.

Republican strategist Nathan Martin and Liz Mair. (Yeah, I know, she’s such a camera hog, isn’t she?)

Thankful to have escaped the Hindenburg-at-Lakehurst crash of Culture11“Kuo, the humanities!”James Poulos now earns a surprisingly lucrative living as a postmodern pool hustler.

American Spectator advertising director Catherine Ruddy congratulates mom-to-be Courtney Poulos after Mr. Poulos sank the 8-ball on a three-bumper shot to win $20 from . . .

. . . Jillian Bandes, who’s wondering how to explain to J.P. that, in addition to losing $20, she also promised Poulos an assignment as Athens bureau chief for the Spectator.

Jeremy Lott (right) in a rare moment of good cheer, shortly before plunging back into his accustomed Stygian gloom.

Nathan Martin, Brooke “The Jefferson 1” Oberwetter and noted economist R.J. “We’re SO Doomed” Lehmann.

While Phil Klein and John Tabin discuss the geopolitical significance of Iran’s missile launch, David Weigel checks his iPhone for Facebook updates from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Obama’s in the White House, the economy’s in the toilet and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is about two-thirds of the way to having an ICBM. So why is Scott Hogenson smiling?

Soren Dayton can’t figure it out, either.

American Spectator editorial director Wlady Pleszczynski, far right. (Ba-dum-BUM! “I got a million of ’em folks. I tell ya, I just flew in from Cleveland, and man, are my arms tired! I’ll be here until Tuesday, folks, but it’s OK — you can start laughing tonight. So, anyway, an Irish guy, a Jewish guy and a Polish guy walk into a bar . . .”)

February 6, 2009

Amanda Carpenter has ‘real journalistic standards’ and . . .

. . . a regular gig on Fox News, so the fact that she is a dangerous right-wing extremist will be politely overlooked by her relentlessly centrist new employer.

Congratulations, Amanda. Remember: Anything you can do to undermine that arrogant twerp Birnbaum will be dearly appreciated by your newsroom colleagues.