Archive for July, 2009

Three Four Amigos

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by andy

Posted by Andy

Picture us
On my settee
Just three for Bud
And Bud for three
Can’t you see
How happy we
Will be

Nobody near us
To see us or hear us
No Limbaughs or Sotos
Just guys taking photos
We won’t have it be known
That we even own
An iPhone

Day will break
Michelle will wake
And start to bake
A sugar cake
For you to take
For all those cops
To see

As we dispel
The smog of race
A nice mick cop
Who knows his place
A sweet old spade
Who’s in his face
No longer

We will raise
Such harmony
Rapport for you
Less flak for me
Can’t you see
How happy we
will be?

The Best of Both Worlds

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by nick

On the unprecedented sea of troubles we find ourselves sailing, it is understandable that Barack Obama is turning out to be somewhat less than a seasoned, confidence-inspiring ship’s captain. It may well be that leaders of no smaller caliber than Abraham Lincoln or Jesus Christ are called for. John McCain does not meet this standard discernibly better than Barack Obama.

I think McCain would have been better only in the sense that he would have, hopefully, not done anything about the economy, global warming, or health care, which would be very much better than what is happening now. And he would have picked a somewhat better nominee for the Supreme Court.

On foreign policy he would have been tougher. Would that have been better? Or worse? It probably wouldn’t matter much one way or the other. Obama and Hillary have proven that America’s reputation and power in the world have nothing to do with the personalities of those in power, contrary to the opinions of the Bush haters, here and in Europe. Iran, Russia, China, India, France, Germany, the UK, etc. They are all going to do what they are going to do, no matter who is in the White House.

At this point, with the media attacking everything McCain said or did, painting the economy in the gloomiest possible terms, showcasing the war dead in Afghanistan every night, and printing daily columns of Sarah Palin’s grammatical circumlocutions, McCain’s poll numbers would be tanking even faster than Obama’s currently are.

I do think that a McCain/Palin victory would have been preferable, policy-wise. On the other hand, having Obama in the White House, and Pelosi and Reid in charge of the Congress, has its advantages. It is very educational, and may very well prove the undoing of the Democratic Party. Oh, this is what they do when they are in control! And it is beginning to look like cap and trade and government health care are not going to happen anyway. The economy is going to be bad for many years to come, no matter what anyone does. Now the Democrats will get the blame. So, it’s kinda the best of both worlds.

Car P0rn

Saturday, July 25th, 2009 by nick

Our friends Ed and Kathy were visiting, so we went to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. It was pretty cool. Here are some pictures I took there.

The Alternative to Obamacare

Friday, July 24th, 2009 by nick

1. Set a Federal standard for minimum coverage (that does not include abortions or mental illness or addiction) for a minimal catastrophic health care plan with a high deductable.

2. Allow competition among health insurance plans to cross state lines.

3. Either tax health care benefits or give individuals the same tax break.

4. Regulate the health care insurance industry to forbid denial or rate increases for pre-existing conditions or age. Insurance means the risks are shared. Everybody gets charged the same premium.

5. Set up a mediation board to adjudicate denial of claims.

6. Implement all of those cost-saving measures that Obama keeps referring to, in the existing medicare and medicaid systems.

7. Require every adult to have minimal catastrophic health insurance, just like auto liability insurance.

8. Provide a means tested subsidy to poor people (not including illegal aliens) of $5,000, or whatever it takes, per year to purchase health insurance.

9. Put a cap on medical malpractice judgments and make the losers pay costs.

These things don’t even have to be all in the same bill. They can be done one, or a few, at a time. They would cost a tiny fraction of what the Democrats are proposing. Then we could see where we stand, and if anything further needed to be done. What’s wrong with that?

Fantasy Half Life

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 by nick

Of course both liberal and conservative judges have legislated from the bench, liberals more often than conservatives, naturally, but let’s not quibble. Sometimes legislating from the bench has been, rarely, but still, not only a good thing, but a necessary thing. For example, in the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision (that’s the only one I can think of).

The fact that Supreme Court nominees must now pretend that legislating from the bench is anathema, is not a good thing, because sometimes it is actually the right thing to do.

But who started it? Who started making ideology a determining factor in Supreme Court nominations, trumping all other qualifications? It started with Robert Bork’s nomination.

I’m not saying taking ideology into account is wrong. I’m just saying that legislating from the bench, necessary as it may be in very rare cases, is not a very popular idea. As a result, Democratic nominees now sound exactly like John Roberts, only not as smart, handicapped as they are by being chosen for their gender and ethnicity, rather than their God-given and personally developed abilities.

I listened to Shields and Brooks tonight on the PBS Jim Lehrer News Hour. They did not disagree about a single thing, health care, cap and trade, Sotomayor, you name it. I think Obama and the Democrats are in big trouble. The economic realities, not to mention the foreign policy realities, are about to catch up with Obama’s fantasies.

Sonia Sotomayor

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 by nick

I’ve been watching the hearings. She’s been looking pretty good, smart, capable, not nuts. I forgive her her youthful indiscretions and her pandering to the politically correct crowd. It’s understandable for an ambitious Puerto Rican striving to reach the top of the judicial pile. And I forgive her for lying about it to the Judiciary Committee. It’s what she has to do. She seems qualified to be on the Supreme Court, and she doesn’t look like she’ll be a match for Scalia, Roberts, Alito, and Thomas, so I’m not worried.

Of course an analogous record of statements from a white Southern male would be career-ending. Such a person would never get within a country mile of being appointed to the Court, but that’s understandable too.

So now that Obama is President and Sotomayor is soon to be on the Supreme Court, can we finally dispense with racial discrimination against non-black, non-Hispanic people, like Frank Ricci?

Flowers and Bugs

Saturday, July 11th, 2009 by nick

Taken with a Canon Powershot SD770. Click to enlarge.

Mrs. Todd Palin

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by nick

I like Sarah Palin. I don’t think she’s crazy, or stupid. My problem with her is I don’t think she’s a reader. I don’t think she reads books. This disqualifies her for the Presidency, as far as I’m concerned. The President doesn’t have to be an intellectual, but I do think he or she needs to read and have read a lot of books, about history and biography and economics and foreign policy.

Her lack of book larnin’ is not, however, the cause of the hatred and hysteria she inspires among liberals. Being a beautiful, charismatic, capable, conservative, Christian, pro-life woman, is an unforgivable combination of sins. As I understand it, she has had to spend half a million of her own money on legal fees, defending herself against bogus, political ethics charges. She and her family are viciously attacked in the press and on TV on a regular basis. Being governor of Alaska makes it very difficult to travel in the lower 48 and collect big speaker’s fees. So resigning seems like a very rational thing for her to do, mostly for personal reasons, but also for political reasons.

I don’t expect her to pick up the reading habit though, at this stage of the game.

The Political Spectrum

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 by nick

Most of my friends and relatives, and commenters, think I’m a right wing nut. But I took this quiz that is supposed to place you on a four dimensional political spectrum, and I came out a slightly liberal, fairly libertarian, centrist, or maybe a slightly libertarian, fairly liberal centrist. I can’t tell. I’m not smart enough to understand the chart. Here are my results: