Archive for March 26th, 2009

March 26, 2009

In Search of Right-Wing Gonzo

Or, Why Culture 11 Sucked So Bad:

In less than six months of publication, Culture 11 burned through a stack of start-up capital rumored to be north of $1 million. . . .
“I never even heard of this Culture11 site until I read that it was gone,” said veteran conservative blogger Dan Riehl. “If someone wants to know why it failed, extrapolate that out to other bloggers and web surfers, that was it. Having never seen it, all I can conclude is that it really must have sucked.”
Charles Homan of the liberal Washington Monthly naturally pursues the theme that there is some ideological flaw in conservatism that accounts for the failure of Culture11. . . .
Homan has got it all wrong. The problem at Culture11 was that personnel is policy.

Please read every brutal word, you stupid punks.

UPDATE: Linked at Nashville Post.

UPDATE II: Linked by Paco.

March 26, 2009

What Cool Was, 1977

From the J.C. Penney Summer Catalog in 1977, the year I graduated from Lithia Springs (Ga.) High School:

These kids today don’t know anything about being cool — to say nothing of being “solid.” Or “heavy.” Or “righteous,” “happening” or “far out.”

March 26, 2009

TONIGHT: David Horowitz in D.C.

I’ll be in Washington tonight to see David Horowitz’s 7 p.m. speech at the State Plaza Hotel (2117 E Street, NW):

The George Washington University Chapter of the Young America’s Foundation is pleased to announce that they will be hosting David Horowitz at a dinner this Thursday, March 26th to discuss his new book, One Party Classroom.
The son of two life-long members of the Communist Party, and a former supporter of Marxism as well as a former member of the New Left in the 1960s, Horowitz later renounced his “left-wing political radicalism” and became an advocate for conservatism. He is a founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and has served as president of that organization for many years. He is the editor of the conservative website FrontPage Magazine, and his writings can be read on news sites and publications, including the conservative magazine NewsMax.
Horowitz’s new book, One Party Classroom, is a non-fiction outlining the liberal bias on college campuses. The book includes a list of the top 150 most radical classes in American school’s course catalogues and is broken down into 12 chapters, each focusing on a particular school. The range in size of schools is astonishing; from large state schools to small private schools, a telling sign of the widespread bias. Through careful examination of the school’s curriculum and course catalog, Mr. Horowitz shows that these biases have resulted not because of administrative oversight, but are due to a sincere effort by the University to use the classroom as a platform for liberal bias. The book does not focus on individual classes, but instead investigates the underlying factors that make the existence of radical classes possible.
“Exposing bias in education is one of the main missions of the Young America’s Foundation. We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to bring Mr. Horowitz to George Washington to discuss this very important topic. While the recent firing of Ward Churchill was a step in the right direction to end bias, there is still a long way to go. We are eager to help spread the message by bringing Mr. Horowitz to the University,” Travis Korson, Director of Press said.
The event will be held at 7:00pm in the Diplomat Room of the State Plaza Hotel. The hotel is located at 2117 E Street, NW Washington DC. The event will be televised by C-Span and is free and open to the public.

(Cross-posted at Right Wing News and AmSpecBlog.)

March 26, 2009

Fear & Loathing in the Hotel Bar

“What happened?” said our friend. “What did they do to her?” He seemed very agitated by what he was hearing.
“Do?” said my attorney. “Jesus Christ man. They chopped her goddamned head off right there in the parking lot! Then they cut all kinds of holes in her and sucked out the blood!”
“God almighty!” the Georgia man exclaimed… “And nobody did anything?”
“What could they do?” I said. “The guy that took the head was about six-seven and maybe three hundred pounds. He was packing two Lugers, and the others had M-16s. They were all veterans…”
“The big guy used to be a major in the Marines,” said my attorney. “We know where he lives, but we can’t get near the house.”
“Naw!” our friend shouted. “Not a major!”
“He wanted the pineal gland,” I said. “That’s how he got so big. When he quit the Marines he was just a little guy.”
“O my god!” said our friend. “That’s horrible!”
“It happens every day,” said my attorney. “Usually it’s whole families. During the night. Most of them don’t even wake up until they feel their heads going — and then of course, it’s too late.”
The bartender had stopped to listen. I’d been watching him. His expression was not calm.
“Three more rums,” I said. “With plenty of ice, and maybe a handful of lime chunks.”
He nodded, but I could see that his mind was not on his work. He was staring at our name-tags. “Are you guys with the police convention upstairs?” he said finally.
“We sure are, my friend,” said the Georgia man with a big smile.
The bartender shook his head sadly. “I thought so,” he said. “I never heard that kind of talk at this bar before. Jesus Christ! How do you guys stand that kind of work?”
My attorney smiled at him. “We like it,” he said. “It’s groovy.”

March 26, 2009

Godwin’s Law in Tennessee

A.C. Kleinheider:

In the unwritten rules of online political debate there is an axiom. It is called Godwin’s Law and it states, according to Wikipedia, that “the person who first makes an unwarranted reference to Nazi Germany or Hitler in an argument loses that argument automatically.”
By any definition opponents of state Sen. Dewayne Bunch were well within their rights to invoke the rule during the senator’s performance last week on the floor of the state Senate. . . .
“[I]f you’re trying to be the nutritional Nazi police on school campuses, then we need to have someone there to keep them from buying more than one product if it’s eight ounces. If there’s an issue of nutrition, with buying two — they can simply buy two and circumvent that,” stated Bunch. . . .
Examining the video from the proceedings, Bunch is clearly nonplussed by his own words. A colleague, however, Sen. Tim Burchett, seated behind him reacts and winces visibly when Bunch makes his utterance. Why? Was it his dismay at the debate tactics Bunch was engaged in? Was Burchett upset about the decline in the discourse?
No, the animated reaction by Burchett was because his colleague’s opponent in debate that day was Sen. Andy Berke, the chamber’s only Jewish member.

Oops. A Godwin’s Law violation is always a disqualifier, but doing it in debate with a Jewish person can get you tarred-and feathered. The denouement:

Of course, upon realizing that a gaffe was made, Bunch quickly asked forgiveness and apologized to both Senator Berke and the full Senate explaining that he had no idea that Berke was Jewish. Bunch assured folks that he was merely referencing the ‘Soup Nazi’ character from the popular television show Seinfield, not authentic National Socialists.

Right. The term “Nazi,” when modified as Bunch used it (“nutritional Nazi police”) is clearly not meant as a literal analogy to genocidal tyrrany, but rather to the kind of fanatical intolerance for dissent that Limbaugh implies by the term “femi-Nazi.” Thus, though Bunch’s remark might have been thoughtless, he did not actually violate Godwin’s law. Next time, Sen. Bunch, try “food fascists.”

March 26, 2009

The Mehlman-Rove Legacy

The 2004 Republican primary in Georgia stands out in my memory. My older brother Kirby, who lives in Douglas County, Ga., and who is not famous for his political correctness (I put it mildly), called me in Washington that spring raving with enthusiasm for Herman Cain.

A businessman who made a fortune as an executive in the food-service industry, Cain is solidly conservative and preaches a pro-free-market message of individual empowerment. Cain sold his company, Godfather’s Pizza, and entered the Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Zell Miller. If elected, Cain would have become the first black senator from Georgia since Reconstruction, and his endorsement by my politically incorrect brother struck me as highly signficant.

Alas, the primary was won by Rep. Johnny Isakson, who became a congressman by winning the special election to replace Newt Gingrich, who had stepped down after the 1998 election. Isakson had a reputation among Georgia Republicans as a squishy moderate, and I’ve always blamed his Senate victory over Cain on interference in that primary by the national GOP apparatus, particularly then-RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman and Bush political advisor Karl Rove.

During the Bush years, one often sensed the Mehlman-Rove thumb on the scales in key Republican primaries. The influence of that thumb was explicit in the 2004 Pennsylvania primary where Pat Toomey challenged Arlen Specter. The NRSC moved heaven and earth to defend Specter, and the White House put heavy pressure on Sen. Rick Santorum, forcing him to abandon his preferred neutrality and endorse Specter.

In the Georgia Senate race that year, the Mehlman-Rove thumb was not explicit, and they would probably deny interfering at all, but . . . Well, let’s just say that the White House didn’t do Herman Cain any favors. You hear things, y’know what I’m saying?

And so I told you that long story because today, Red State’s Erick Erickson has a post about Isakson’s enthusiastic endorsement of the ObamaCorps Youth Slavery Act. It’s the kind of anti-freedom legislation that no friend of liberty could ever support, so once again Isakson betrays his unprincipled establishmentarianism by supporting it.

It’s dumbass moves like this — and this is certainly not the first such move by Isakson — that make me think, “Damn, if only Herman Cain had been elected!”

The official national GOP apparatus should always be strictly neutral in contested Republican primaries, even where incumbents like Specter are facing primary challenges (as Specter is again this year from Pat Toomey). The NRSC and the NRCC should never spend a dime to defend an incumbent in a race like that; such favoritism is a violation of principle that kills grassroots enthusiasm.

However, the Republican Party is a conservative party, and if the party’s national leaders should ever get involved individually in contested GOP primaries, then they should, in general, favor the more conservative candidate. Otherwise, they forfeit their claim to legitimacy as conservatives. The national Republicans who backed Isakson in the 2004 primary should feel ashamed of themselves.

(H/T: NetRightNation.)

March 26, 2009

America’s leading cause of racism

Florida Democrats:

Gradulations! In 3 minutes and 38 seconds, Corinne Brown turns back the clock at least 40 years. (This video hate is brought to you by Iowahawk.)

March 26, 2009

Ruh-roh: Bond market going wobbly?

For weeks, I’ve been saying that the Obamanomics deficit-spending spree was putting too much pressure on the bond market, e.g., Feb. 15:

The fiscal fantasies of Hope are about to slam head-on into the economic realities of the bond market. Economic reality is an unmovable object, and liberals are about to discover that Hope is not an irresistible force.

That particular post was in response to a post by Commentary‘s Jennifer Rubin, who again Wednesday noted increasing signs of bond-market jitters:

The president can spin the press corps and prevaricate all he wants about fiscal responsibility. But math is math. Today we got a taste of what happens when we continually try to offload more and more debt onto the world financial community . . .

Rubin links a Washington Post item by Frank Ahrens about two auctions of government securities (in the U.K. and the U.S.) that signaled weaker investor appetite for debt:

The U.S. and most other nations will try to spend their way out of this recession by raising money by selling debt, like today’s auction of Treasuries. This is a fine plan — as long as there is demand for the debt.
If there isn’t, then where will the recovery money come from? . . .
It also raises a larger, more ominous question: Is there enough money in the world to buy all the debt that governments will require to fund the recovery?

Still more seismic bond rumblings noted by Dakin Campbell and Susanne Walker of Bloomberg News. I tried to explain the bond-market problem Monday and then Wednesday linked a video by Peter Schiff, who has very similar views about the recovery-killing potential of a deficit-driven fiscal/monetary crisis. The Schiff video elicited some friction from Fear & Loathing in Georgetown, who suggested that hard-money guys like Schiff are “willing to risk a financial Armageddon in support of free-market principles.”

To FLG, I would reply that supply and demand are not philosophical “principles,” but ineluctable forces that operate remorselessly despite every effort to escape or evade them. In economics, a thing is only worth what you can sell it for, and operating as if this were not true will inevitably produce bad results.

This was why Ludwig von Mises, in his 1922 classic Socialism, was able to predict the failure of the Soviet experiment. Even where governments resort to totalitarian terror in their efforts to thwart the fundamental reality of economics — as Zimbabwe today offers a chilling reminder — reality ultimately wins, with horrific results for the innocent victims of statism. Obama, Geithner, Pelosi, Reid and the other architects of the current neo-Keynesian experiment are bringing down misery on a nation that will some day curse their memory.

Sooner or later — but probably much sooner than you think — the fecal matter will hit the rotary electrical cooling mechanism. The bond market will call the bluff of Obamanomics, and the current slow swirl of the financial toilet bowl will become a mighty flush. All the “stimulus” and “rescue” efforts to date will be revealed to have been not merely wasted trillions, but a cause, rather than a remedy, of the crisis to come.

Wednesday evening, I saw a Memeorandum thread on a CNN story with the headline, “Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail,” and another thread: “Thompson: I don’t want Obama’s policies to succeed.” In classic Vision of the Anointed fashion, this idiotic MSM meme wrongly attributes power to mere intention. It doesn’t matter whether you want Obamanomics to succeed or fail, it will fail either way. In three words: It Won’t Work.

Better yet, in two words: SELL NOW.

UPDATE: The Fed’s inflationary buy-up of Treasury issues causes Patrick J. Buchanan to muse darkly about our Weimar future:

For inflation is theft. It make liars and cheats of governments. By eroding the value of a currency, inflation punishes savers and creditors and rewards debtors. And what nation is the biggest debtor of them all? The United States of America.
Insidiously, inflation consumes the value of cash, savings, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, Treasury bonds and T-bills. Friends who lent America money, who bought our debt in good faith, are robbed and made fools of, while speculators who bet against America by shorting the dollar in the currency markets are vastly rewarded.

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P.S.: Be sure to check out MELTDOWN, Professor Thomas Wood’s new bestseller about the financial crash and why Obamanomics won’t work.

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March 26, 2009

Ann Compton earns her knee pads

“Yours is a rather historic presidency. And I’m just wondering whether, in any of the policy debates that you’ve had within the White House, the issue of race has come up or whether it has in the way you feel you’ve been perceived by other leaders or by the American people? Or has the last 64 days before a relatively color-blind time?”
Ann Compton, question at Tuesday’s presidential press conference

Right. The economy’s on life support, and this drive-by drool-bucket wants to ask about whether race has anything to do with “the way you feel you’ve been perceived.” Gag me with a teleprompter.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin is all over ComptonGate, and I just got a phone call from Monique Stuart, who points out that she blogged about Compton’s softball question at 2:05 p.m.:

So, Ms. Compton, this is what we should expect from a “distinguished and highly respected veteran of the White House press corps?” What if he would have told you that you couldn’t have asked him about race? See, I might have found that amusing.
I realize why Obama would pick this question, it gives him a chance to play the race card and pretend he’s not playing the race card. We get it, already! The first black president (I thought Bill Clinton already had that title?). In that sense, everything you do is historical. Get over it! We all are, as is evidenced by your dropping poll numbers.

You’ve got to know Monique to know why she’s so utterly fearless. She’s a blue-collar ex-Democrat who smokes Marlboro Red (NTTAWWT) and thus is not intimidated by political correctness the way so many “cradle Republicans” are.

March 26, 2009

‘It’d be astonishing if it wasn’t so predictable’

So says Donald Douglas on all the Democrats writing letters to the editor of Newsweek to praise David Frum.