Archive for June 10th, 2009

June 10, 2009

Pot, Meet Kettle

It requires an astonishing lack of self-awareness for Glenn Greenwald to write stuff like this:

But this is the right-wing movement at its core: its leaders cynically ratchet up fear levels as high as possible to justify whatever they want to do (invade Iraq, torture people, spy on Americans with no warrants) and their adherents (along with plenty of others) become more and more paralyzed by their fears of anything Muslim. . . .
As damaging as the resulting policies has been from the last eight years of constant fear-mongering, far worse is what it has done to the American national character, turning much of the citizenry into a weak and easily frightened herd, where the mere mention of the word Terrorist — or Muslim — sends people into spasms of fear and blind submission.

And there’s much more in that vein. Greenwald and others on the Left, of course, have spent the past eight years engaged in “contant fear-mongering” of their own, except instead of Muslim terrorists, the Left’s bogeymen are Republicans.

So far, however, American airliners aren’t being hijacked and flown into skyscrapers by Republicans.

June 10, 2009

Holocaust Museum shooter:A journalism major?

Why am I not surprised?

The shooter has been unofficially identified James W. von Brunn, of Annapolis, Md.
The gun-battle occurred in the museum lobby and started when the attacker began shooting with a “long gun,” said Sgt. David Schlosser.
Mr. von Brunn has a Web site that includes anti-Semitic and racial statements.
The site also states Mr. von Brunn has a journalism degree from a mid-Western university . . .

When I had breakfast with Obi’s Sister and her family last week, her son said he was considering a major in journalism. I cautioned him strongly against it. As a general rule, with few exceptions, journalism majors don’t amount to crap in the news business.

Major in journalism, and next thing you know, you could end up like Rev. Wright: “The JOOOOOZZZ!”

UPDATE: You could have won $20 by betting $10 against the initial house odds at The Jawa Report, which has a good rundown on Von Brunn’s kooky rantings.

UPDATE II: Bloggregating at Michelle Malkin has a good round-up, including this from Donald Douglas:

The spin on the left is that the suspect, James Von Brunn, is an agent of the GOP’s “Christian-fascist” base. The truth is, via Melissa Clouthier, this guy’s a deranged Holocaust denier. He represents no one on the conservative right – not me, nor any of those with whom I associate.”

Exactly. The Left gets to decide what qualifies as “right-wing,” and nothing any conservative says in contradiction can be taken seriously.

BTW, I guess I should link Melissa Clouthier, sort of as an afterthought. I hope she doesn’t take it personally or anything like that.

June 10, 2009

Ed Driscoll doesn’t suck

I just wanted to point that out. Even if he’s not as “hot” as Andy Levy, Ed’s OK with me. But then again, as Mike says, I hang around with losers.

June 10, 2009

Obama’s pastor and ‘them Jews’

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright:

Asked if he had spoken to the President, Wright said: “Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …
“They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”

Biting my tongue here, trying to resist the temptation to say anything accurate about the Rev. Wright.

UPDATE: Memeorandum has a thread, linking blog commentary from Greg Hengler, Gateway Pundit, YID With LID, Hot Air, Weekly Standard, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers and Moe Lane. Nothing like a steaming plate of Rev. Wright to stir things up in the blogosphere.

June 10, 2009

How bad do I suck?

Explained at The Green Room, illustrated here:

UPDATE: Dan Collins recoils from the frightening implosion of “cosmos-bending suckitude.” Avert your eyes, children, or your retinas will be permanently scarred.

UPDATE II: The possibility that Katie Couric sucks worse than me? Nah. Allah could never muster up that much hate for Katie.

UPDATE III: I can so totally relate to this:

“To me she was the sweetest thing. Everyone else — she treated like s**t.”
Donald Trump, referring to the recently-fired Miss California, Carrie Prejean

Get the point? In other words, if you’re somebody important — someone like Trump whose approval matters — then people are nice to you. They praise you and solicit your favor. But if you’re me? You’re less “hot” than Andy Levy.

It is the blunt expression of contempt (“You’re not on TV and you barely have 1,000 Twitter friends, therefore your existence need not even be acknowledged” ) that is so painful.

But it’s OK. Little Miss Attila still likes me. Right? . . . Right? Hello? Is this thing working?

June 10, 2009

Economics: ‘The Current Weirdness’

In a private e-mail exchange, one very shrewd financial analyst used the phrase “the current weirdness” to describe the economic moment we’re in. “[T]he overall story in the media is wrong, which isn’t unusual,” said my correspondent. The problem is that our situation is so unprecedented, even the most astute observers are somewhat mystified.

What provoked the “current weirdness” remark was something I wrote about the possible influence of hidden inflation in the financial markets:

This chart, from CNN/Money, shows how crude oil prices have increased 49% since March. Interestingly enough, rising petroleum prices mirror a rise in the stock market during roughly the same period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which closed at 6,547.05 on March 9, closed Monday at 8,764.49 — a 34% increase.
If analysts worry that rising oil prices could jeopardize recovery, why would this spike in petroleum coincide with a rising stock market? One possibility: Inflation. . . .
The Dow gains of the past three months may also be a product of inflationary pressures — the price of stocks going up because the dollar is worth less. And maybe this explains those uncountable jobs “saved or created” while unemployment keeps going up.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says “the global storm is receding.” Expect a new storm if investors become convinced that inflation is fueling a Ponzi recovery.

Please read the whole thing. If even shrewd analysts are puzzled by “the current weirdness,” the rest of us need to be paying attention.

(Cross-posted at Right Wing News.)

UPDATE: When Von at Obsidian Wings talks about Obama’s deficits, note the reaction:

Other commentators argue directly or indirectly that Obama’s deficits don’t matter because Bush also ran deficits (albeit smaller ones). That’s illogical: two wrongs don’t make a right; if anything, Bush’s irresponsibility counsels for greater — not less — responsibility on the part of Obama. Attacks on me as a purported Bush supporter also don’t change the facts . . . They additionally overlook the fact that I never voted for Bush.

Allowing political beliefs to cloud your vision of economic reality is a major problem. Given my oft-stated belief that Obamanomics is doomed to failure — It Won’t Work, The Fundamentals Still Suck, Economics Is Not a Popularity Contest and we’re on The Road to Weimar America — I’m obviously inclined to believe that the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.

Nevertheless, while diligently auguring for auspices of doom in the economic entrails, I’m trying to check my pessimistic biases at the door and entertain the possibility — however remote — that the inherent dynamism of the American economy can overcome even the Keynes-on-steroids interventionist approach of Obama, Pelosi and Reid. We may yet muddle through somehow.

Conversely, idolators in the Obama temple cult viciously denounce heretics like Von. To disbelieve in the miraculous power of Hope, to doubt the unicorns-and-rainbows promises of painless Change, is to invite banishment to Outer Darkness. We recall the fate of Soviet scientists who questioned Lysenkoism in the Stalin era.

If faith in The One requires the faithful to ignore all dispositive evidence, what is the likelihood that the faithful are right and the heretics are wrong?

June 10, 2009

Why Terry McAuliffe lost

Look, I can’t claim all the credit but . . .

Who needs opposition research? Just send me to hang out at your opponent’s fund-raiser with a pink camera. I’m a one-man guilt-by-association smear. And then you can blame it all on the Brian Moran campaign. “No fingerprints,” as they say, and I neither confirm nor deny . . .

Fisherville Mike did his part, too. A nod is as good as a wink to blind horse, eh? Nudge, nudge.