Archive for November, 2007

Quote of the Day

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Parkey Strader:

“With politics like it is, I don’t like it anymore… Politics is ugly now, and I don’t enjoy it. I might as well get out and give someone else the chance to think about running.”

Via Rob Huddleston

Very Odd

Friday, November 30th, 2007

So I took this presidential quiz from ABC News. The candidates who best matched my political views are as follows:

1) Rudy Giuliani

2) Mike Huckabee

3) John McCain

Since Rudy and Huckabee are as opposite as you can get in the GOP (except for Ron Paul), it’s strange to see them as the top two. I suppose I just have an eclectic political philosophy.

Uranium Unplugged

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

This is disheartening:

Slovak and Hungarian police seized enriched uranium that could be used in a “dirty bomb” when they arrested three traffickers in a joint operation, officials said Thursday.

“According to preliminary information, the material could have been used to make a so-called dirty bomb,” Slovak deputy police president Michal Kopcik told a news conference in Bratislava.

We’ve known for a long time that this stuff is floating around out there, but it’s still not fun to see it.

Fear Not the Media

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

For all the talk of CNN’s bias during the Republican debate last night–and it was clearly on display–I think it says something good about the Republicans that they were willing to go on CNN and take the heat, unlike the Democrats who apparently fear Fox News (or at least certain interest groups within their own party).

Images from New York

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Harlem, as viewed from Columbia University

GOP Debate

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Caught the second half of the CNN/Youtube debate. It appeared to me that the big winners were Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and John McCain. Huckabee, of course, benefits the most from his performance, although McCain might improve his chances as well. All three men looked presidential and came across well.

Rudy seemed to struggle a little and seemed to get into personal acrimony. When you already have a bit of a reputation as a jerk to begin with, that’s not a good idea. Fred Thompson likewise struggled. His arguments are strong, but he definitely needs to work on his delivery.

No one else really shined. Ron Paul stood out, but only because his positions were so at odds with everyone else. He has a loyal following, but I think everyone who is likely to support him has already signed on. Duncan Hunter was almost invisible save for his silly answer on the gays in the military question. And Tom Tancrazy thinks space exploration is a waste of money, giving me yet another reason to dislike him (as if I didn’t have enough already).

UPDATE: Lots of folks are complaining that CNN’s bias was on display in the debate. I think they have a point. The questions selected clearly played into the stereotypes of Republicans as Bible thumpin’, homophobic gun nuts. Letting (if not planting) retired general Keith Kerr (who asked about gays in the military), a supporter of Hillary Clinton, ask a question and then get to respond to the candidates’ responses was also poor journalism (although I agree completely with the point he made).


Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Jon Henke:

One reason there’s so much illegal immigration is that we make it so damned difficult to immigrate legally. We’re practically begging migrants to avoid our immigration system.

We could do a great deal to reduce illegal immigration simply by raising the quotas, lowering the paperwork barriers and processing people quickly. That – not a silly wall that will slow down migrants by a grand total of three minutes – is where immigration reform should begin.

A Sign of the Times

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

The War on Terror, coming soon to a laptop near you:

NATO is acknowledging YouTube as its new battleground in the six-year war on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, as the military alliance posts formerly secret surveillance and attack video.

Newly declassified video shows NATO forces destroying a truck in Afghanistan.

The strategy aims to counter years of propaganda video posted on the Internet showing Taliban attacks on NATO forces which fighters use to claim that NATO’s position in the Afghan war is deteriorating.

The article goes on to note that we’ve been losing this cyber war on terror, which is inexplicable and inexcusable given that our enemies are literally hiding in caves.

Independence Hall

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Government = Conflict

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Walter Williams is, as usual, exactly right:

Government allocation of resources enhances the potential for human conflict, while market allocation reduces it. That also applies to contentious national issues such as Social Security and health care. You take care of your retirement and health care as you please, and I’ll take care of mine as I please. If you prefer socialized retirement and health care, that’s fine if you don’t force others to participate. I’m afraid most Americans view such a liberty-oriented solution with hostility. They believe they have a right to enlist the brute forces of government to impose their preferences on others.