December 8, 2005

Quote of the Day: Instapundit

Instapundit channels Dr. Sanity–He happens to be talking about Afghanistan, but it could just as easily be applied to the economy and Iraq:

As I’ve said before, if you read the news coverage and it leaves you dispirited, demoralized, and depressed, that’s not an accident. That’s the goal.

Anderson Township Meeting Notes

Filed under: OH-02 US House,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:31 pm

I would estimate that 150 people were in attendance. The candidates who spoke were generally very impressive.

Emcee Russ Jackson gets the Adjust-To-Reality award for having the group say The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag pin he was wearing, as the meeting place apparently did not carry out his request to have a flag present.

Roughly a dozen candidates spoke. Each spoke for roughly 8-10 minutes. All were competent. Consistent with the 11th Commandment, I will concentrate on who I thought did especially well. Special notice goes to the following:

  • Auditor candidate Mary Taylor did a great job, and of course deserves your vote because she’s a CPA. :-)
  • Secretary of State candidate Jim Trakas from Cuyahoga County was especially outstanding and passionate.
  • Bill Pierce made the best speech of the three US Senate challengers to Mike DeWine who spoke.
  • Attorney General candidate Tim Grendell did a very good job of succinctly and thoroughly stating his positions.

These folks were originally scheduled speak did not, and as far as I could tell were not there:
- Phil Heimlich, Jim Petro’s assumed running mate as Lt. Governor.
- John Hritz, who originally intended to run for US Senate against DeWine, then changed his mind to run for Treasurer. The word (mentioned out loud at the lectern, so it’s beyond rumor) is that he may withdraw soon.

Answers to some of BizzyBlog’s questions before the meeting were found, and some remain elusive:

  • No outbreaks of SDS (Schmidt Derangement Syndrome) or BCC (Brinkman COASTal Complex) were in evidence, due in large part to Hamilton County GOP Chairman George Vincent’s passionate call for civility near the beginning of the meeting. This perhaps explains why the idea Mr. Jackson suggested in the meeting press release of “allowing (Tom) Brinkman and (Bob) McEwen time during the program to refute (Jean Schmidt Chief of Staff Barry) Bennett’s statements” was not carried out.
  • No one that I asked could tell me where the documented support for Congresswoman Jean Schmidt’s claim of 80,000 terrorists killed comes from. For what it’s worth, I believe the claim is accurate (based on Brookings’ documented belief that it’s at least 50,000–that’s terrorists, folks, and does not include civilians), but verification work continues.
  • No one named a 2005 tax increase voted for by Jean Schmidt, making the “Let Them Eat Cake” award a bit of a “she’d have done it if she’d had the chance” designation.
  • No answers to who Bob McEwen would be representing if he announces, runs, and wins the Second District congressional race were forthcoming, though Mr. McEwen did express a desire to have a meeting with me (and was less receptive to the idea of meeting at the same time with other members of the S.O.B. Alliance). I have reviewed the entire record of my posts on former congressman McEwen. Based on that review, I have to wonder what he would tell me in private that he shouldn’t be telling the voters of The Second District if he decides to run, or the voters in the entire state if Ken Blackwell chooses him as his running mate, and therefore do not understand what could possibly be gained from such a meeting.

(Italicized words in last sentence added in the evening of Dec. 8 for clarity.)

Marvel of the Day: UPS

Filed under: Economy,Marvels — Tom @ 11:13 am

You can ship a 52-pound box from Greater Cincinnati to Chicago using UPS Ground for less than 20 bucks–and it gets there the next day.

UPDATE: And it arrived as promised.

Column of the Day: Peggy Noonan on Immigration

Filed under: Immigration,Quotes, Etc. of the Day — Tom @ 9:21 am

Peggy Noonan notes the obvious, and asks the obvious (link may require registration):

Here is what is true of my immigrants and of the immigrants of America’s past:

They fought for citizenship. They earned it. They waited in line. They passed the tests. They had to get permission to come. They got money that was hard-earned and bought a ticket. They had to get through Ellis Island or the port of Boston or Philadelphia, get questioned and eyeballed by a bureaucrat with a badge, and get the nod to take their first step on American soil. Then they had to find the A&S.

They knew citizenship was not something cheaply held but something bestowed by a great nation.

Did the fact that they had to earn it make joining America even more precious?

Yes. Of course.

We all know it is so often so different now. Perhaps a million illegal immigrants come into the United States each year, joining the 10 million or 20 million already here–nobody seems to know the number. Our borders are less borders than lines you cross if you want to. When you watch videotape of some of the illegal border crossings on a show like Lou Dobbs’s–who is not a senator or congressman but a media star and probably the premier anti-illegal-immigration voice in the country–what you absorb is a sense of anarchy, an utter collapse of authority.

It’s not good. It does not bode well.

The questions I bring to the subject are not about the flow of capital, the imminence of globalism, or the implications of uncontrolled immigration on the size and cost of the welfare state. They just have to do with what it is to be human.

What does it mean that your first act on entering a country–your first act on that soil–is the breaking of that country’s laws? What does it suggest to you when that country does nothing about your lawbreaking because it cannot, or chooses not to? What does that tell you? Will that make you a better future citizen, or worse? More respecting of the rule of law in your new home, or less?

If you assume or come to believe that that nation will not enforce its own laws for reasons that are essentially cynical, that have to do with the needs of big business or the needs of politicians, will that assumption or belief make you more or less likely to be moved by that country, proud of that country, eager to ally yourself with it emotionally, psychologically and spiritually?

When you don’t earn something or suffer to get it, do you value it less highly? If you value it less highly, will you bother to know it, understand it, study it? Will you bother truly to become part of it? When you are allowed to join a nation for free, as it were, and without the commitment of years of above-board effort, do you experience your joining that country as a blessing or as a successful con? If the latter, what was the first lesson America taught you?

These are questions that I think are behind a lot of the more passionate opposition to illegal immigration.

Thank you, Ms. Noonan.

Positivity: Six Escape Blaze (Bahrain)

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:13 am

The owner of the shop that burned is not abandoning his employees, either: