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Evidently one of the Republicans running for the local seat in Congress thinks she’s running against Barack Obama.

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Back in 1999, a lot of people already had George W. Bush figured out. Back when the press was going on about “compassionate conservatism”, we knew that Bush was really just a cowardly, ignorant, dishonest, incompetent, alcoholic, run-of-the-mill schoolyard bully. (Anybody who’s watched “Li’l Bush” on Comedy Central will know exactly what I mean.)

He wasn’t a conservative; he wasn’t compassionate; he wasn’t particularly well-qualified to do any of the things a head of state needs to be able to do. Lots of us already had that figured out, but apparently enough people fell for the act not just once, but twice (well, just once, actually, but that’s beside the point).

Some of us knew that Bush couldn’t possibly be a conservative as far back as 1991 or 1992, because his father certainly wasn’t. I was still voting Republican back in 1992, and I was so thoroughly disgusted by G. H. W. Bush that I swore I would never again vote for anyone named Bush.

So pay attention: I’m about to give you the benefit of that prodigious insight.

Republicans: Either McCain or Ron Paul is your man. They’re the only legitimate conservatives in the race who aren’t embarrassing flat-earth ignorami (Sam Brownback? Duncan Hunter? Mike Huckabee? TOM TANCREDO??? Come on, you’ve got to be kidding).

Giuliani, Romney, and Thompson are just trying to shake you down, the way Bush did.

But since the GOP is pretty much already doomed, here’s another pearl of wisdom: Don’t worry, Republicans. Hillary is your friend.

Yeah, she’s promising to do the things that uptight, cheapskate, mean-spirited Republicans have refused to do for decades now. But she’s going to do them in a Republican-friendly way. She’s not talking about single-payer national health care; she’s not talking about immediately pulling out of Iraq; she’s not talking about throwing the borders open. I don’t know why she’s not doing these things; many of us wish she would. But she isn’t.

I’m somewhat dismayed that Clinton seems inevitably destined to get the Democratic nomination. I prefer the policy positions of Edwards, Richardson, and Kucinich – even Obama, although he’s starting to look more and more like Hillary Lite. But it really doesn’t matter, because whoever the Democratic nominee is, the Republican will be worse, and so I’m going to vote for whoever gets the Democratic nomination, even though I might very well not be excited about it.

So, Republicans, here’s your free tip: Just like George W. Bush is not really a conservative, Hillary Clinton is not really a liberal. Get comfortable with the idea of another President Clinton. Hell, you might even see some fiscal responsibility (and a budget surplus or two) before it’s all over, which would be better than the Republicans have been able to do since at least Eisenhower.

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I hated it when I lived there, and I still hate it.

It’s the flip side of loving it, actually.

I always hear about a show I’d like to see, when it’s JUST TOO LATE to go.

Gordon Lightfoot apparently played the Tennessee Performing Arts Center tonight.

oh well, Bob Dylan doesn’t play the Ryman until next week. Bet it’s sold out, though.

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underdog!

quoting “catalexis” from the atrios comment board:

When headlines in this world decry
That Edwards’ haircuts’ priced too high
For him to be a normal guy
His house is big and that is why
He’s Underdog! Underdog. Underdog! Underdog!

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When we paid off our mortgage last year, I briefly wondered whether it was really a good idea. I knew that most people were running around with as much mortgage as they could service with their paychecks, and quite a bit of credit card debt to boot.

I knew that when the shit hit the fan, there would be a lot of pressure on government to orchestrate some form of massive debt forgiveness, and that we, as non-debtors, would be relatively disadvantaged under such circumstances.

Now, don’t get me wrong; life is good. We’re debt-free, and we have about three times as much house as we need. We both drive low-end, car-style SUVs that are paid for.

But we don’t have everything we’d like to have. I’d like a new MacBook. I’d like a big HDTV. I’d like a 7-foot Steinway for the living room. My wife would like an iPhone, a hot tub, and probably a swimming pool. I can easily come up with a list of things I’d like to have that add up to the average household’s consumer debt.

Why shouldn’t I have an even bigger house? Why shouldn’t I be driving a Mercedes? Especially if the government is going to bail us all out?

I’m sure there will be a hue and cry for some sort of consumer bailout. I’m sure that those of us who aren’t in debt will wind up getting screwed. On balance, though, I’ll sleep a lot better between now and then than someone who’s ducking phone calls from collection agencies.

Barry Ritholtz presents a moral argument on behalf of the debt-free:

The Big Picture | Quote of the day: Moral Hazard

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Iraq: Not a War

I said it over there; I may as well say it here.

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