March 13, 2008

RIP, Howard Metzenbaum

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:30 am

I didn’t agree with most of what Senator Howard Metzenbaum, who died Wednesday night, stood for.

Today, I’ll remember that he deserves grand credit for this.

Romney as Veep? Only If the GOP is the Stuck-on-Stupid Party

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:41 am

The British National Health Service (NHS) is “the sick man of Europe.”

So of course, the country’s supposedly right-of-center party should do all it can to bring this nonsense here (/sarc).

Let me be among the first to suggest that Commonwealth Care in Massachusetts aka RomneyCare, the Bay State’s NHS imitator and the “brainchild” of Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney, is fast becoming “the sick man of the USA.”

GOP insiders, if they prevail in their attempt to convince John McCain to become associated with RomneyCare’s failures by selecting the Mittster as his Veep, will prove once and for all that theirs is really the SOP (Stupid Old Party), fast working on becoming the SDP (Stupid Dead Party).

The warning signs about RomneyCare’s implosion have been out there at least as far back as last October (fourth item at link). Its crackup will be used by the Democratic nominee as “proof” that the only solution to the “health care crisis” is to have Uncle Sam take the industry over, as it’s “just too big” for one state to try to solve.

As you can see from this compilation of posts during Romney’s presidential candidacy, the RomneyCare crackup is one of a bazillion reasons covering the entire range of conservatism why the selection of Mitt Romney as the Vice Presidential nominee would be a Stuck-on-Stupid-Party move.

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ALSO: Adding an exclamation point to all of this, Gregg Jackson had an important update at Pundit Review last week on what is still the best and most important reason to reject Mitt Romney for any kind of state or national office. It vindicates everything that Mass Resistance and Jackson (whom Romney himself characterized as “delusional” in January) have been saying about the inarguable fact that Romney unilaterally, unconstitutionally, and unnecessarily imposed same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Gotta break some news to NixGuy, using his AOL URL. Nix says this –

So the conclusion is that with McCain/Romney, you had better hope that the Evangelical vote will think only about the war/security issues, and not about anything else. Romney’s not a horrible choice, he does unite a couple wings of the party and might further cement establishment support, but there would still remain, I fear, a disconnect with the base, and if that remains until November, Romney and McCain can heal all they want and it won’t matter.

That evangelical “hope” will be dashed when Old Media oh-so-helfully digs out the truth of the gay-marriage situation in Massachusetts. It will further disconnect McCain from the GOP base, with the exception of a certain blogger, who as of this moment has had nothing to say at his blog about Romney as Veep, at least in the past two weeks. I take this as a signal that this blogger is not a big fan of the idea, and that Romney is just toying with us to have an excuse to be in front of the cameras.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (031308)

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:27 am

Vallejo, California is on the verge of bankruptcy. Heritage’s Foundry Blog explains why.

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Chinese pollution has caused Ethiopia’s marathon world record holder to withdraw. These sentences of the UK Times Online article got my attention:

A quarter of Britain’s top athletes suffer from exercise-induced asthma and some might wear face masks during training and competition.

….. The International Olympic Committee has said that it will postpone or cancel endurance events if conditions pose a danger to athletes’ health.

(Haile) Gebrselassie, whose marathon record is 2hr 4min 26sec, called on China to deal with the pollution problem, which he feels will be “a hazard to athletes, seriously affecting their performances”.

Unfortunately for Mr. Gebrselassie, it’s a bit too late for that. How was this issue not considered when the IOC decided to award the Games to Beijing?

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Patrick Poole e-mailed me about this announcement: “CAIR-Cincinnati Joins FBI Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.”

Hey, that’s great. Now the feds will get co-operation from Muslims concerned about terror plotters and hate-crime fabricators in their and our midst. Right?

Uh, maybe not. As to hate-crime fabricators — This is not a helpful precedent.

As to helping rat out terror plotters, the question is whether CAIR-Cincinnati somehow differs from CAIR’s national organization, which has been described by those who know much more about these things than yours truly — people like Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadra — as an Islamist front group. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas-funding trial. What has been learned from that trial is outlined here.

The fact that the Cincinnati announcement comes from CAIR’s national web site is not reassuring.

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There are many reasons why the GOP is often called The Stupid Party. What George Bush and Dick Cheney may end up doing to undermine 2nd Amendment rights may be reason enough to permanently change “GOP” to “SOP” (Stupid Old Party).

Make that SDP (Stupid Dead Party).

The People Who Have Given Me Grief Over the Use of Barack Obama’s Middle Name …..

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:07 am

….. can officially shut their pieholes.

Their candidate says it’s okay, as Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal noted on Tuesday:

Sometime before Barack Obama’s middle name slipped into the realm of the unmentionable, it was supposed to be a selling point of his candidacy. “Well, I think if you’ve got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, that’s a pretty good contrast to George W. Bush,” Mr. Obama told PBS’s Tavis Smiley on October 18, 2007. “If you believe that we’ve got to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am the messenger who can deliver that message.”

Far be it from me to get in the way of the candidate I have been referring to for some time as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) selling his “pretty good contrast” — even if he is, using the “logic” of some of his clearly misguided sympathizers, “smearing” himself in the process. :–>

Perhaps someone from the Obama campaign, if they think it would enhance the “pretty good contrast” their candidate wishes to promote, can let me know if they would prefer that I use bold, all caps, or both when using his middle name in the future.

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UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Well, well. Get under somebody’s skin — just a little bit — and you see what’s really in there come out (WARNING: large quantities of mindless, gratuitous profanity are at the link that follows) in all its ugliness. You also see a perfect illustration as to why comments and trackbacks here are moderated.

New Pajamas Media Column (‘Pass the Prozac to the Downbeat Business Media’) Is Up

It’s here.

Saturday, morning, after the blackout is lifted, I will post it at BizzyBlog under the title “With Mangled Economic Reporting Like This, No Wonder We’re So Gloomy.”

Positivity: 103-Year-Old Musician Recovers Guitar

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

Good news, though it’s too bad that the courts had to intervene to make it happen — From Houston (video is at link):

March 10, 2008

A 103-year-old musician is happy to have his trusty guitar back in his hands.

Huey Long, once a member of the legendary vocal group the Ink Spots, was reunited with his guitar after a judge resolved a dispute between the musician and a documentary filmmaker, Jeff McShan of KHOU-TV reports.

Last year, the Houston-based musician temporarily turned over his rare guitar to a woman named Nancy Tankelson. He signed a contract allowing her to make a documentary about his life.

He became too frail to help her complete the documentary but Tankelson refused his daughter’s request to return the guitar.

Long has been recuperating in St. Joseph’s Medical Center after a nasty fall. his daughter said he was also depressed over his missing guitar.

On Friday, a judge ordered Tankelson to return the guitar to Long, but that she could have it back for a few days next month to compete work on her film.

Long is the oldest surviving member of the original Ink Spots, whose music in the 1930s and 1940s laid the groundwork for rhythm & blues as well as rock and roll. Their hit singles include “I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire,” “If I Didn’t Care” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” The group has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. …..

Go here for the rest of the story. Let’s hope it doesn’t take a repeat court performance for Mr. Long to get his guitar back a second time.