Archive for April 10th, 2009

April 10, 2009

Do you remember when…

by Smitty

…dealing with the bank didn’t make your wonder WTF? Case in point:

Our records indicate that you have made zero (0) transfers/withdrawals month-to-date.
Federal Regulations limit transfers from savings accounts, including Money Market Savings Accounts (MMSA), to a total of six per calendar month by means of preauthorized, automatic, telephonic (FAX, Touch-Tone Teller, or oral) or Internet instruction. Please note: From MMSAs only three of the applicable six transfers can be by means of check. Transfers made in person, by mail, or by ATM are exempt from these regulations.

<rant>
Thanks a lot, government. First you turn travel into a godforsaken nightmare. Now it seems that some beancounter is going to lean on me if, for some unforeseen reason, I need to make a seventh transfer.
Would such a request mark me a terrorist? Do you have rationale for this? For the tax money spent letting you spineless nitwits think up this nonsense, I should at least enjoy a YouTube link to some pencil neck geek explaining to me WTF this means, including:

  • What metrics demonstrate that this inanity adds to national security.
  • How Madoffs and sub-prime mortgage crises will be averted.
  • Where the limit on the prostate exam is to be found–the tonsils?

This is Cthulhu does finance.
</rant>

April 10, 2009

Dept. of Dumb Headlines

Media Insiders Say
Internet Hurts Journalism

The media insiders were also asked about coverage of President Obama. Of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

So, who counts as a “media insider”?

Respondents to the Atlantic/National Journal Media Insider’s Poll: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Commenters are invited to research that list and tell me how many of those people make their living as news reporters. (Excuse me: Glenn Greenwald? Markos Moulitsas?) Also, dig the special pleading:

The Internet has some plusses: It has widened the circle of those participating in the national debate. But it has mortally wounded the financial structure of the news business so that the cost of doing challenging, independent reporting has become all but prohibitive all over the world. It has blurred the line between opinion and fact and created a dynamic in which extreme thought flourishes while balanced judgment is imperiled.

In other words, any technological development that reduces revenue to “the news business” is a bad development. Why? Because for people in “the news business,” reduced revenue means that they have to economize. And since the “media insiders” are being squeezed, this is bad. Yeah, things are tough all over. Just ask Gunnery Sgt. Hartman.

April 10, 2009

‘This is great news for everyone . . . ‘

“. . . except Barney Frank, who’s always secretly wondered what it would be like to be taken by a Somali pirate.”

April 10, 2009

I’ve seen England, I’ve seen France . . .

. . . I’ve seen Miranda Kerr in her underpants:

“I don’t look at myself as a sex symbol. I see it as a job, and I’m working for a company that I really love and enjoy working for,” the brunette beauty told In Touch at the launch of the new Dream Angels Push-up Bra for Victoria’s Secret in New York on April 7.

“Sex symbol?” Where did people get that silly idea?

(Via Conservative Grapevine.)

April 10, 2009

Yeah, we’re crazy!

E.D. Kain asserts that “many neocons and movement conservative types are suffering from a total break with reality.” This gets him linked by Andrew Sullivan, naturally, since the Trig Truther loves nothing better than this armchair Adorno trick of treating conservative dissent as a symptom of psychopathology. Kain’s implicit syllogism is this:

  • All reasonable men of good will are liberal;
  • This person criticizes liberalism;
  • Ergo, this person is either unreasonable or has malevolent motives.

The syllogism is valid, but the primary premise is flawed. It is a species of ad hominem, with a bit of bandwagon psychology and argumentum ad verecundiam thrown in for good measure. Please notice how cleverly Kain, a liberal Democrat, plays the game of pretending that there is some other conservatism he might be willing to respect:

I can only hope that the conservative movement stays the course, and continues to run this thing into the ground. Total self-destruction is necessary for it to be replaced by any viable, honorable, or intellectual conservatism.

Right. Kain hereby asserts that conservatism, as developed as an American political movement since the 1940s, is neither viable, nor honorable, nor intellectual. Having wielded the stick of abuse (You’re nuts!), Kain next dangles the carrot: If you will adopt a “conservatism” that does not fundamentally contradict the liberal agenda, you will be credited with being bien pensants — just like them!

And such is Kain’s arrogance as to imagine that conservatives are too stupid to see the game he’s playing.

UPDATE: Notice that Sullivan makes a grand gesture of “researching” the Tea Party movement, proclaiming himself mystified, and denouncing the whole thing as a “tantrum.” And this is the man who habitually accuses conservatives of mala fides.

UPDATE II: Linked at Memeorandum along with William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection and Pat of So It Goes In Shreveport., while Donald Douglas of American Power has further thoughts on the April 15 nationwide Tax Day Tea Party.

UPDATE III: Dan Riehl weighs in with a more in-depth fisking. Please note that Dan is sympathetic to Sully’s gay-marriage obsession, but still doesn’t let Sully off the hook for his sloppiness. And, in point of fact, Dan doesn’t ever let me off the hook for sloppiness, either. He’s very consistent that way.

April 10, 2009

Hagerstown Suns lose opener 1-0

A scoreless pitchers’ duel went to the 10th inning Thursday night in Eastlake, Ohio, as the Lake County Captains defeated the Hagerstown Suns 1-0 in the South Atlantic League opener for both Class A teams. An RBI single by Lake County shortstop Mark Thompson provided the winning run for the Captains.

My 16-year-old twin sons have been hired to work on the grounds crew for the Suns at Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium. The Suns have their home opener Monday against the Delmarva Shorebirds, (sponsored by Talk 103.7 FM). General admission tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for kids (12 and under) and seniors (60+).
The boys are really excited about their new job, so I’ll be trying to follow the team’s season here.
April 10, 2009

Rush Limbaugh on Friedrich Hayek

Weird concidences keep happening. Via Greg Ransom, here’s Rush Limbaugh from Thursday:

RUSH: We have a junior from the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Vols. This is Jordan on the phone. Hi, Jordan. It’s great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. It’s an honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: I just have a quick question. I am in a macroeconomics class. My minor is economics, and my professor drones on and on and on about the supply-side economics and how it does not work. And constantly in my test and even an essay, we had to talk about why supply-side economics does not work and why it’s not fair to the poor and why it increases income inequality. I just want to know the truth, I guess. I’m just tired of this. . . .

OK, “supply side” is one particular understanding of economic policy — the Laffer Curve and all that — a catch-phrase that became popular in the 1980s, and we can discuss that elsewhere. But after some back and forth on the history of the Reagan adminstration, look what Rush says:

RUSH: They never had to work a day in their lives. They just get up. But that’s wonderful because they talk about the things your professor talks about, but you don’t see Ted Kennedy or any other liberal walking neighborhoods giving money away — unless he’s taken it from somebody else first. I implore you, Jordan, my man, to investigate independently the economist Friedrich Von Hayek (H-a-y-e-k) from the University of Chicago. He’s long dead. I urge you to. Does your professor ever talk about Milton Friedman?
CALLER: Uhhh, no, sir.
RUSH: He does?
CALLER: No, he hasn’t.
RUSH: Oh, he doesn’t. I’m not surprised. Milton Friedman. There’s a videotape, DVD series that Milton Friedman did that explains everything you want to know here in a classical economics sense. He’s written many books. He was brilliant, Milton Friedman. So is Thomas Sowell, who is at the Hoover Institution on campus at Stanford. But read Friedrich Von Hayek, read The Constitution of Liberty, and read The Road to Serfdom. They’re tough reads. These are intellectual treatises, but you will not be disappointed.

As Greg Ransom notes, a link by Instapundit (coincidentally run by University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds) had already sent The Road to Serfdom to #283 on Amazon, and the mention by Rush was enough to boost it to #179.

Coincidence or conspiracy? Vainglorious ego makes me wonder if Rush is reading this blog, because he mentioned Hayek on the same day that I — in discussing “kooks” — wrote several paragraphs about Hayek and how The Road to Serfdom had influenced Reagan. This certainly isn’t the first time Rush has mentioned Hayek or Friedman or Sowell on his program but . . . well, I question the timing!

“You can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
Ronald Reagan

It was Hayek himself who described intellectuals as “secondhand dealers in ideas” and — even though I’ve been named a leading Hayekian public intellectual (bwahahaha) — I’m just driving a forklift in the regional distribution center. And there’s a big “Help Wanted” sign out front. The more the merrier.

Let Jane Hamsher whine that she’s not getting paid enough to push the Democratic Party agenda. The No. 1 radio show in America is pushing Hayek, Friedman and Sowell — and making Obscene Profits along the way — so I don’t care whether it’s a coincidence or a conspiracy. Megadittos, Rush.

BTW, Hayek’s book, The Constitution of Liberty, is now #665 at Amazon. I question the timing!

April 10, 2009

Chuck Schumer on ‘traditional values’

Keep thinking that way, Chuckie.

April 10, 2009

WTF?

Instapundit links to some idiot who’s talking about the “thin line between peaceful protest and bloodthirsty patriotic fervor.”

OK, (a) I remember anti-Israel protests in D.C. where they were chanting pro-Hezbollah slogans and the Left never said word one, and (b) I got ties older than you, kid.

Don’t talk about what you don’t know.

April 10, 2009

VIDEO: Rep. Paul Ryan on Obamanomics

Chris Moody at Cato Institute sent this to me, because he knows about my new man-crush on Ryan.

OBAMANOMICS: IT WON’T WORK!

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