Archive for February 14th, 2009

February 14, 2009

Dan Riehl on ‘mental masturbation’

Denouncing the intellectual preference for ideological debate over organized action:

The Obama flirtation only confirms a significant element which hasn’t come of intellectual, or political age. (Intellectually so, unless you value thought purely for its own pursuit and not for some effective, ultimate result.) – otherwise defined as mental masturbation by us realistic folk. . . .
[S]top thinking so damned much. America is about doing (instinctively) that which is right, not over-thinking something so well thought out over two hundred years ago.

Dan is appealing to Burke’s “men of untaught feelings,” and expressing in great measure what I was trying to say in the immediate aftermath of the election: Don’t Overthink It. Nominating a short, bald, grumpy, 73-year-old RINO was not a smart political move. Let’s don’t do that again. The Democrats just rammed through an unpopular $789 billion pork package with zero GOP votes in the House and only 3 RINOs in the Senate. Let’s make the Dems regret that.

The KISS Principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

February 14, 2009

Faux argument

“Republicans have given us wage and price controls under Richard Nixon, Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force, The K-Street Project, and the Bush deficit.”
Ron Chusid

Now, which of these policies am I accused of endorsing? I was 14 when Nixon resigned from office and, in point of fact, was raised a Democrat. So I can’t be blamed for price controls, which I do not advocate.

Exactly what the Cheney Energy Task Force did to deserve Chusid’s demonization, I don’t know; I presume Chusid is merely channeling the Left’s stereotype of Cheney as an evil Svengali who manipulated world events for eight years in collusion with Halliburton and the Bavarian Illuminati. At any rate, Cheney never consulted my opinion in the matter of U.S energy policy. If he had, my advice would have been to drill everywhere, especially off the Pacific coast within sight of Barbara Streisand’s Malibu mansion.

That brings us to the K Street Project. Its origin is well-known: Tom DeLay observed in the late 1990s that Washington lobbying firms were dominated by Democrats. Even after the GOP took charge of Congress in 1995, former Republican members of Congress and their aides were outnumbered 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 in the ranks of top DC lobbyng firms — and when those firms made political contributions, a similar disproportion was apparent. So DeLay brought pressure to bear to rectify what he saw as an unfair practice. End of story, unless you want to conflate this with corrupt influence-peddling, which is a glass house inside of which no wise congressional Democrat would dare throw a stone.

“The Bush deficit” — Liberals spent the entire eight years of the Bush administration screaming that the budget for this or that pet liberal cause had been, or was about to be, “slashed.” They also whined constantly that No Child Left Behind (a policy I adamantly opposed, BTW) was “underfunded.” So while they endlessly complain that Republicans don’t spend enough money, liberals then blame Republicans for deficits. Sic semper hoc.

Chusid’s “about” page envisions a point at which “Republicans break free of their control by the religious right and neoconservatives.” I’ll let the neocons defend themselves, but what harm exactly has the “religious right” done to deserve Chusid’s contempt or hostility? Who does he have in mind by this term, “religious right”?

What Chusid wants, of course, is the political disempowerment of the only solid voting bloc the GOP can count on. What would he say if I dreamt of a day when “Democrats break free of their control by labor unions and the abortion lobby”? He’d laugh me to scorn, of course, since the AFL-CIO, SEIU and Emily’s List are the Democratic Party.

It’s an annihilationist vision (a bumper sticker slogan, Imagine No Republicans) and nothing more. Chusid’s just conjuring up propaganda bogeys — Nixon! Cheney! and Bush! Oh, my! — rather than engaging in argument. Fine. When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way.

February 14, 2009

Glenn Greenwald vs. David Brooks

Man, this is one of those “Jason vs. Freddie Krueger” match-ups of evil against evil where you don’t really want either one to win, you just hope it’s good and bloody.

February 14, 2009

RNC Tech Summit

“To call it hastily arranged would be an understatement. The RNC only announced it on Monday, giving participants two days to RSVP and four to prepare presentations. At the same time, organizers made the uncharacteristic decision to open it to the public: Anyone could show up and speak.”

Yet another invitation I never got. How do they ever expect to fix their problems without asking me?

(Via Hot Air Headlines.)

February 14, 2009

Valentine’s Day: Coffee for Cupid

My latest column at Taki’s Magazine:

As Valentine’s Day 2009 arrives, the desperate real-estate salesmen of Glengarry Glen Ross are an apt metaphor for the romantic plight of our age. Plenty of prospects out there — there are some 24 million women ages 18-29 in the United States — but guys can’t seem to close the deal: 65 percent of those women have never married. The median age at first marriage for women, which was 20 in 1960, is now at an all-time high of 25.3, and spinsterhood is an increasingly common fate. Thirteen percent of women 40-44 have never married, reflecting about a one-third rise since 1980 in the likelihood of being an old maid, a percentage that can be expected to increase given the current low marriage rates for young women. . . .

Please read the whole thing!

UPDATE: Via electronic communication, G2 provides this intelligence from the front lines of the War of the Sexes, as a lovelorn young hottie confides:

The concept of “wooing” a girl is, if not entirely unheard of, at least unpracticed among practically every man I know. Still, I think it’s largely the woman’s fault. I was having this conversation with a girlfriend yesterday, and I realized that the once-masculine role of putting a woman on a pedestal, sweeping her off her feet, etc. has been assumed by females. Nearly every girl I know in a relationship or pseudo-relationship has been the one doing the wooing. She usually idolizes the man – and worse than that, lets him know it.

Things are getting desperate out there, you see.

UPDATE II: Another young lady writes:

Here’s the real problem: men. Good luck to all the 18-to-29-year-old women out there trying to find a man who a) is not on drugs, b) is not in jail, c) is consistently employed and d) actually wants to get married and settle down someday. Apparently in this generation there are enough loose women that the men have realized they can get all the benefits of marriage without making the commitment. As the old adage goes, why work and buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? With that kind of a market, the cows who won’t give away milk for free tend to have a tougher time.

Yes, there does seem to be too much surplus milk on the market nowadays.

February 14, 2009

1,000,000 hits!

The Site Meter rolled into 7-digit territory just before midnight! I am now a mega-blogger.

Still trying to think of a way to celebrate.

February 14, 2009

Kenny Chesney is so NOT GAY

And he wants to make sure you know that:

“I’ve got a long line of girls who could testify that I am not gay. . . . My first five years on the road were intense because I was the guy in college who never got laid until I started playing guitar. . . There were years when I had a better summer than A-Rod, buddy. You know?”

Yeah. We know. Sure, champ. I mean, until Renee Zellweger says anything different . . .

February 14, 2009

‘Influential member of the local Muslim community’

Don’t blame me, that’s what the story says:

Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.
Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder. . . .
Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light.

How’s that working for you, Mr. Hassan?

February 14, 2009

The 111th Congress Shall Live in Infamy

Join the Facebook group. The guilty shall be named and remembered. They shall regret this travesty but once — and that will be forever!

Aaron in the graphics department: We’ll need an appropriate logo. Classy, but vicious.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers! Acknowledgement is due to frequent commenter Smitty for creating the group.

UPDATE II: Of course, the Economic Destruction Act of 2009 was passed on . . . FRIDAY THE 13TH!

UPDATE III: Protectionist “Buy American” provision inspires Smoot-Hawley comparisons.

UPDATE IV: The disastrous effects are already being felt by . . . law professors? If you see Glenn Reynolds standing beside a freeway ramp with a crudely-lettered “Will Blog For Food” sign, blame Arlen Specter.

UPDATE V: Dr. Melissa Clouthier on “phallic issues.” Everything is always “phallic issues” with her.

UPDATE VI: At the Facebook group (we’ve already got 272 members), one member wrote on the Wall that his father — a Navy veteran whose ship was sunk at Pearl Harbor — says what Congress just did was worse than the Japanese attack!

February 14, 2009

Three reasons never to give a dime to the National Republican Senatorial Committee

Collins, Specter, and Snowe have all voted yes, and needless to say, no Democrat’s going to torpedo The One’s moment by switching. The deed is done.”