Archive for October, 2009

Ding Dong…

October 31, 2009

Republican Scozzafava Drops Out of New York Congressional Race – FOXNews.com.  More on this later, but I’m pleased to hear that the voice of the people is being heard.  If a conservative can run as a conservative and be competitive in New York, then why not elsewhere?  Why do conservatives have to settle for second, third, or worse from the GOP?  I’m going to break out the big stick on a certain local radio host who has been very critical of the Hoffman campaign and those who have chosen to support him, but for now I’m just going to be happy for a little while.

Another Home Run for Mr. Card

October 26, 2009

The term ‘Card check’ is beginning to take on an entirely new meaning.  Money quote:

Whether you’re a serf to management or to union leaders makes little difference to the serf.

WorldWatch – September 27, 2009 – Why Union Leaders Are Trying to Destroy Themselves – The Ornery American.

Welcome Back, Orson

October 26, 2009

A man who knows how to call a spade a shovel:

You’ll notice that I have no qualms about insulting the extremists of the Left, but that’s because there is no way to win them over anyway. They are incapable of learning or even listening; they are contemptuous of logic or evidence; having learned all the things that “smart people” say, they just go on saying them without any sign that they are actually aware of the utter vapidity of their own dogmas.

This comes from a man who identifies himself as a Democrat.  He’s a generation ahead of me, so I can only assume that this meant something different in the past than it does now.  I don’t identify with the Republican party, but I can never in a million years imagine myself as a Democrat given their current state and those they sleep with.

WorldWatch – September 20, 2009 – I’m Back – The Ornery American.

From The Atlantic on Health Care Reform

October 26, 2009

I don’t remember if I had linked this previously or not, but it’s worth linking again at any rate.  If you are at all interested in the health care reform debate and its consequences, then you should take a few moments to read this article written by a man whose father’s death after a long hospital stay has approached the health care industry from a business perspective.

I’m a businessman, and in no sense a health-care expert. But the persistence of bad industry practices—from long lines at the doctor’s office to ever-rising prices to astonishing numbers of preventable deaths—seems beyond all normal logic, and must have an underlying cause. There needs to be a business reason why an industry, year in and year out, would be able to get away with poor customer service, unaffordable prices, and uneven results—a reason my father and so many others are unnecessarily killed.

I will add that every doctor that I know of who has gone to a cash practice has had a lower rate of increase for treatment costs over time and does the same quality of work or better with fewer staff members.

via How American Health Care Killed My Father – The Atlantic (September 2009).

The Maoist and the Battered Wives – Lisa Schiffren – The Corner on National Review Online

October 20, 2009

I won’t spoil the fun, but choosing between B and C was pretty tough.  Enjoy

Daily Pundit » On S**t Sandwiches, Buttered Newt and the GOP

October 18, 2009

What he said…via Daily Pundit.

All of this springs from a basic misperception: the GOP establishment believes that conservative principles are not a winning platform.

Just Because You’re Paranoid…

October 6, 2009

A congressional investigation worth having.

Lame Gray Lady: NYT Scrubs Major Portion of Original Obama-Olympics Article, Inserts Meeting with McChrystal | NewsBusters.org

October 5, 2009

Lame Gray Lady: NYT Scrubs Major Portion of Original Obama-Olympics Article, Inserts Meeting with McChrystal | NewsBusters.org.  We are at war with Oceania.  We have always been at war with Oceania.

I try not to wave the Orwell flag too often for a variety of reasons, but this truly rises to that level in my book.  If you publish a story online, then that story should be treated as a print story would for corrections of fact. Wholesale revision of a story after publication is unwise at best and stinks of cronyism.

It has traditionally been one of the arguments of mainstream media that the internet is an untrustworthy source of news because there are no standards for how that information will be handled.  It appears that the critics may have been correct.

Hat tip to Reynolds.

Sense of Events: The Mae West presidency

October 5, 2009

Donald Sensing has some great analysis of the Obama administration:

I think what we are witnessing is a combination of two factors: A Mae West personality coupled with, The return of the Peter PrincipleWe have here a Mae West presidency, which I illustrate with two quotes of the platinum blondeshell:1. It’s better to be looked over than overlooked.2. There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

I don’t think this is the complete answer, but it’s a great start.