August 26, 2008

I’m Back (UPDATE: Only Sort of)

Filed under: General — Tom @ 11:06 pm

Gee, that was fun.

What I thought would take a few hours “only” took 16; I’m sure it would have helped if I had some idea of what I was doing.

The home page works, but individual posts apparently don’t. Ruh-roh.

Hopefully temporary bad news that will fix itself when propagation is complete (crossing fingers). Comments won’t work until them, because you can’t get to ‘em.

Good news: Traffic spikes *shouldn’t* take the blog down any more.

More good news: There’s was a lot of debris from previous counters and other things that got left behind. (Knock on wood) the site has picked up a lot of speed. I hope that holds.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll see …. I mean zzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

Huckabee on Romney and Goodridge: FINALLY

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:38 am

Hot Air’s headline is:

Romney should have ignored the Massachusetts
Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage.

To which I say, “Been there, have known that.”

For 8-1/2 long, painful months.

Massachusetts residents have known this for over four much longer, much more painful years. The nation didn’t grasp the significance of what Romney did when he did it, and those who could have and should have alerted us didn’t — for whatever reasons (or is it rea$on$?).

Plus, two things:

  1. It was Romney’s constitutional duty to ignore the ruling without a law passed by the Legislature.
  2. The same goes for Arnold Schwarzenegger more recently in California.

Allahpundit at Hot Air could not be more wrong, and dangerously so, when he says, ” If the governor gets to pick and choose which rulings to enforce, we’re forever on the brink of a constitutional crisis.” That is totally not what this is about.

Hopefully, most of the hundreds of commenters at Allah’s post are telling him that, but I fear I am an over-optimist.

Why Huckabee is right is the core reason why Mitt Romney has been, is, and will continue to be, Objectively Unfit.

Better late than never, I suppose, but where has Mike Huckabee been?

Big worry: Huckabee’s statement is a Hail Mary to prevent a Romney-leaning McCain from pulling the trigger.

If McCain picks Romney, the base stays home, or at a minimum doesn’t vote in the Prez race.

Silver lining, or wishful thinking? Romney’s move to California, if it was made for political reasons, only makes sense if you think he’s positioning himself for a 2010 gubernatorial run. This would mean that he has never expected, or has been told not to expect, to be named McCain’s Veep. But every mention of Romney’s name as a Veep selection candidate during the past several months has increased Golden State voter awareness of him.

Couldn’t Help But Comment ….. (082608, Morning)

Well, I was wrong last week when I asserted that retired New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston wouldn’t be engaging in his apparently annual silliness with IRS data for the Times this year (six errors found in his rendering from last year were cataloged here).

I am sorry about that. Times readers, and the Times’s editors, should be more sorry.

In what I suppose is an honorary reappearance, Johnston is back again with another snorter.

If you doubt my harsh assessment, first establish in your own mind what the following headline and sentence mean:

Average U.S. Income Rose in 2006

Americans enjoyed higher average income in 2006 for the first time since 2000, when the last economic expansion ended, the latest tax data show.

Then go to his Times article and see what Johnston, the headline writer, and the Times’s alleged editors think they mean. You won’t believe it (well, considering it’s from Johnston and what remains of the Times, maybe you will).

I hope against hope that the Times didn’t pay Johnston anything extra for this. That’s the only way the Old Gray Lady could have gotten her money’s worth.

I may have more on this later — if I can stand it.

Update, 715 a.m.: OMG — They’ve already changed the headline from when I first saw it (about 11 PM last night). Now it’s “Average U.S. Income Showed First Rise Over 2000.” Even that’s a bit “inartful” (and wrong, because IRS Adjusted Gross Income is not “income” or “gross income” as the average person understands it). The first sentence remains the same. I took a picture of the whole thing. We’ll have to see if it does any more morphing.

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This is an important and in my opinion favorable development:

Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

….. The illegal immigrant population in the U.S. has dropped 11 percent since August of last year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Its research shows 1.3 million illegal immigrants have returned to their home countries.

It also has all kinds of potential impact on the economic data that’s being published, and on its interpretation. Think about it: job reports, GDP, income — the list goes on and on. There’s lots of sorting out to do.

But please, let the out-migration of illegals continue.
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Scott Beauchamp, who embarrassed himself and The New Republic with his writings from Iraq last year, attempts to rehabilitate himself in a Radar Online interview.

That may end up not be nearly as interesting as the first comment made there, or the link included in that comment.

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Attention Team McCain: One of your Veep shortlisters has connections to the guy discussed here. Hint: He’s already Objectively Unfit, and, thanks to the investments made by him, his family, and his “former” firm, at a minimum not clearly on our side in appearance.

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Here’s important reading that will provide a meaningful contrast to the Denver event whereThe One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) will accept his party’s nomination — “The Obama-Ayers Top Ten: Highlights of the 20 year Obama-Ayers Connection.”

Here’s more, from Mark at Weapons of Mass Discussion — “One of Obama’s Mentors is Just SICK!!!! Frank Marshall Davis, Communist… and Pedophile?”

The underlying UK Telegraph article is here.

Wow. That’s mentoring you can believe in.
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Dan Scott has five Veep recommendations for the presidential candidate I refer to as “JS3M3″ (John Sidney the Mad Maverick McCain III): Tom Tancredo, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele, Duncan Hunter, Fred Thompson.

My take:

  • Tancredo? Way too much diametric opposition between the two. Never happen. Someone needs to prove that immigration can swing congressional and Senate elections before using the presidential race as the guinea pig.
  • Keyes? You don’t put the guy who only got 20% or so against Obama in the 2004 Illinois US Senate race on your ticket. No way.
  • Steele? I hope not. He’s not prolife.
  • Hunter? An absolutely awesome idea.
  • Fred? The base would be so energized the delegates could float home from Minneapolis.

Positivity: Ruby the red dog ‘saved bushwalker’s life’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Australia (if anyone has news on the dog’s safety, let me know):

Police say a man who got lost in bushland at Healesville north-east of Melbourne overnight owes his life to his kelpie dog.

Dominic Archibald did not return home after he took the dog for a walk yesterday afternoon.

Ruby the red kelpie helped keep her owner warm throughout the cold ordeal.

The 40-year-old became disoriented when cloud cover set in and was forced to spend the night in freezing conditions.

He walked out of the bush this morning and is undergoing medical checks at the Marroondah hospital.

Sergeant Tony Van Gorp from Healesville police says the search is continuing for his dog, who disappeared as Mr Archibald walked to safety.

“The red kelpie dog named Ruby is lost up there somewhere so if anyone does come across it, family hopefully will go up there later today and try and locate the dog and call its name and a happy ending hopefully will be had by all,” he said.

Sergeant Van Gorp says Ruby stayed by her owner’s side throughout the night.

“The Kelpie dog is probably what saved his life and if he didn’t have the dog with him, certainly the outcome could have been substantially more serious, in fact who knows how serious, the weather up there was well below zero,” he said. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.