Archive for April 19th, 2009

April 19, 2009

Tip to Twitterers

If you’re going to create a Twitter account, you should create an ID that effectively identifies you. Anonymity on Twitter is absurd.

If somebody “follows” me, the decision of whether to reciprocate by following them in return involves the question, “Do I know this person?” If your Twitter ID is “NWTexGOP,” if you don’t list your name and if your avatar is a cartoon elephant, how the heck do I know whether I know you or not?

So if you’re a friend or blogger or frequent commenter who is following me and I’m not following you, how about adding a little more info on your profile?

I’m just sayin’ . . .

April 19, 2009

So, these two myna birds in drag…

by Smitty

No Sheeples Here had such a good photoshop on offer that there simply had to be a “…walk into a bar” joke to go with it.

So these two myna birds in drag go into a bar, riding their conveyances.
One says: “Had a tough time getting this one into office. What was your secret?”
Other replies: “Studied detachment from truth, reality, and the traditions of my country. And a good teleprompter.”
Bartender interjects: “Read the sign, we don’t serve minors.”
The first bird says: “Ah, but we’ve bailed you out. What’s yours-a is now myna.”

April 19, 2009

Go, Freeburg!

by Smitty

In reply to The Migraine McCain:
Whatever your vision on the same-sex-marriage issue — if you are not insane, you are at least open to, and would hopefully recognize, the solution is the recognition of the sovereign authority of the states. Yeah, states-rights. De-stigmatize that, cherish that, embrace that, learn to love it. It’s not a white-supremacist’s battle cry, it is the heritage of our nation.
Concise, eloquent, Freeburg. Plus some Rule 5 action.

April 19, 2009

Hot Air Obamateurism of the week poll.

by Smitty

Hot Air‘s poll lets you weigh in. My choice, sadly enough, seems to have a majority.

April 19, 2009

Another vampire needing a stake

by Smitty (h/t Insty)

Ashby Jones blogs in the WSJ on the “Hillary: The Movie” case, which is causing such a McCain-Feingold ruckus.
As with other government attempts at controlling stuff, the idea may sound plausible, but the implementation is nothing but a source of billable hours for pinstriped highwaymen. Or, as Ancient Commenter Solomon put it,

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.–Proverbs 14:12

Not a bad summary of collectivism, in fact.
Related, also via Insty, from proto-blogger Jerry Pournelle:

It was obvious to me at the time DHS and Patriot Act (and TSA!) were bad moves. Aside from the fact that amalgamating many inefficient bureaucracies into one multiplies not divides the inefficiencies – efficient government is not an overriding concern of mine – centralizing power to meet a crisis leaves the centralized power available for abuse long after the crisis is forgotten. The chances that a future Democrat administration would disband DHS and repeal Patriot Act were patently zero even at the time. Expand, politicize, and abuse now are the order of the day, and I am not surprised in the least.
Both major parties seem now irredeemably statist. Many Republicans are starting to say the right things once more, but I doubt 51% will trust the party again soon enough to help. Nor should we, on the record. I attended the public signing of the Contract With America, and I watched as it was abandoned by Republican “realists” who seemed to think that absolute power in *their* hands was kinda neat.
What becomes of the Tea Parties looks crucial to me. “Federalist” might be a good name for the result – small-f federalism would be far better than what we have, and regardless of the details of the history the name has an intrinsic respectability that would make the new alliance somewhat harder to demonize in the bitter political warfare it would instantly face.
Look at what Governor Perry of Texas has been saying in recent days, and at the response. Arguing that Washington has become overlarge in the nation’s affairs and that power should flow back to the regions and the people, that the 10th Amendment means what it says, seems as if its time may have arrived as the common ground for a new governing coalition.
It seems highly unlikely that all the factions the Republicans would need to unite to govern from the center-right will ever again simultaneously trust them (or anyone) with the current scale of massively centralized Federal power. Nor should we. Too many Republicans have swallowed far too many contradictions, have met the enemy and become them.
The Federalist Party. It has a certain ring.

This seems to invite the question of whether the GOP is reformable at all. Forming a third party that cares about the Constitution is going to give the centrists to the Democrats. This is tactically acceptable if the strategic result is restoration of what made these United States great. Can I get a Wolverines?

April 19, 2009

Youth in Asia, Aged in England

by Smitty (h/t Digg)

Digg points to a Sun article Senile ‘have a duty to die’. That sounds like some raging flamebait, but a bit of Googling turns up some other links:

So there is some credibility to:

Speaking to church journal Life and Work she said she had just written an article entitled A Duty to Die?
She went on: “I feel there is a wider argument that if somebody desperately wants to die because they are a burden to their family, or the state, then I think they should.”
The Baroness, the first Government-linked expert to speak in favour of euthanasia, was accused of “barbaric” comments.
Neil Hunt, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “I am shocked that Lady Warnock could disregard the value of the lives of people with dementia so callously.”
Baroness Warnock has served on many Lords committees including those dealing with medical ethics and scientific procedures and has worked with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

<sarcasm>
How can these ideas be called “barbaric”? Don’t they spring from government experts, who know WTF is good for you?

Isn’t the whole point of Progress to make Logan’s Run a reality in which we can all be told when to be born, how to feel good, and when to do a face plant in the recycling bin?
</sarcasm>

April 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Trig!

by Smitty

Via Cynthia Yockey whose post introduced me to HillBuzz, and brought me to their post wishing a young innocent well.
Not in recent history has a single birth brought forth so much vitriol from those who claim to dispense compassion. The lad is the the societal equivalent of a mirror, and the image therein falls short of pleasant.

April 19, 2009

Rule 5 Sunday

By Smitty
Welcome back for another Rule 5 Sunday post. Here we kick back and admire tasteful acts of beauty for their own sake. This post accepts updates, so put “Rule 5” in the Subject and email me all your hot chicks at smitty for inclusion.

To the links:

  • How could we not start off with Carol at No Sheeples Here, who found Stacy laying it down for an audience somewhere, as well as two classic beauties abreast some gargoyle or other.
  • Meanwhile, Paco finds some Hedy Lamarr, Laraine Day, Jane Greer,
    Gene Tierney, and a bit of Mitchum for the ladies. Rule 5 at its finest.
  • What is Easter without bunnies, e.g. Carmen Electra, inquires Jamie Jeffords
  • Neal Boortz reports an optical illusion of sorts.
  • As this is such a highbrow effort, we’ll serve a reflective link to Ask Men’s 10 Hottest Historical Women. Go learn something, you flakes.
  • Under the topic history having been made, Donald Douglas noted a lovely attendee at a Tea Party.
  • Miss Cellania, while not formally making a submission, did post a camel to’ link that is perhaps a little off-topic
  • We have Drew Barrymore arrayed in lovely retro fashion.
  • Our own Troglopundit has a fine roundup of unbrushed models. Because who really thinks they can top nature? Bonus: Carmen Electra, sans makeup, with a kitten on ‘er bum (there was a raunchier intro that came to mind, but our high standards do not support such pussy-footing around.)
  • The Political Castaway has had a celtic moment, and we heartily approve.
  • We’d be remiss not to include Fausta’s beefcake from last week. We had that on the FMJRA post yesterday, but she gives good podcast, and we need the balance.

Hammer smitty with links to your tasteful Rule 5 posts, and ponder supporting the good RSM with some gas money to get home.

UPDATE: Do not let my non-command of Blogger’s scheduling facility dismay. Rather, note this righteousness:

UPDATE II (By RSM): Remember Ileana Zayas, the Georgia Libertarian with the cool “Don’t Tread On Me” tattoo? Guess who she was hanging out with after the state convention?

Yes, that’s Libertarian blog legend Jason Pye. Too bad for Miss Zayas, Jason’s already married. However, since she’s so into bloggers, I had another suggestion . . .

UPDATE III:
Speaking of nuptials, the Track-a-‘Crat has what I think may be vintage Angelina Jolie, but some other experts will need to weigh in on this one.

UPDATE IV:
And the HotMES adds Gabrielle Union to the mix.

UPDATE V:
Little Miss Attila joins the fray, making three bloggers in this roundup. I rejoiced at Joy’s Joyce reference.

UPDATE VI:
The Daley Gator finalizes things with some Danica Patrick. Lovely.

April 19, 2009

Texas Rainmaker Aware

by Smitty (h/t Shreveport)

The Texas Rainmaker has a roundup celebrating the nearly Zen detachment of the POTUS from those devilish details which a president must face.
It’s really a good thing that W was limited to two terms, as the world supply of vitriol was almost completely exhausted. I don’t know what they would have done to W with such a list. Thoughts?

April 19, 2009

No Unintended Consequences Here

by Smitty (h/t Volokh)

Emphasis mine:

Yesterday, as expected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding that emissions of six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, pose a threat to public health and welfare due to their contribution to global warming. The EPA further found that the emission of such gases from motor vehicles contribute to dangerous concentrations in the atmosphere. The EPA announcement is here.
The proposed findings will now go through a 60-day public comment period. Shortly thereafter, the findings will be finalized. Industry and anti-regulatory groups will almost certainly challenge the findings in court, and their legal challenges will almost certainly fail. Even if one doubts the accumulated scientific evidence that anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and that climate change is a serious environmental concern, the standard of review is such that the EPA will have no difficulty defending its rule. Federal courts are extremely deferential to agency assessments of the relevant scientific evidence when reviewing such determinations. Moreover, under the Clean Air Act, the EPA Administrator need only “reasonably . . . anticipate” in her own “judgment” that GHG emissions threaten public health and welfare in order to make the findings, and there is ample evidence upon which the EPA Administrator could conclude that climate change is a serious threat. This is a long way of saying that even if climate skeptics are correct, the EPA has ample legal authority to make the endangerment findings.

I predict that this little tweak is going to have the same stunning effect upon the economy as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The good news is that this legislation can be painted as a vampire, and candidates can run on the promise of putting a stake through the very heart of this smiling, fanged menace.