Fiscally nuts. Socially insane.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hannity for Romney

Hannity on Romney:

"He is the conservative candidate in the race who most represents my values."

Sean Hannity endorsed Mitt Romney.

Dead Libi

Abu Laith al-Libi, one of al-Qaeda's most senior commanders, was killed in Pakistan on Monday, Western officials said today.

Yes, the title is a pun. It's funny, I'm not ripping on the left (well, maybe a little). Also, 'western' officials? So specific...

Anyway, read the whole thing.

Schwarzenegger Endorses McCain, Mitt's Sons Disappointed

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed Sen. John McCain in the Republican presidential race on Thursday, praising him as an extraordinary leader who can reach across the political aisle to get things done.

That came from yahoo. You think Mitt's sons may be a little annoyed after the stunt they pulled?


I wrote an article for the local newspaper, the Fairfield Minuteman. Read it here.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Age Helps in Oldland, But Not in America

Peter Shweizer discusses McCain's win in Florida.

Some 44 percent of Floridians are over the age of 60 — and they voted for John McCain by a wide margin. What Chuck Norris tried to make a negative may very well have been a positive for the Arizona senator.

Let's be real; in the #1 land of white hair and golf carts, an elderly man from the #1 land of gray hair and gold cards is going to do pretty well. His age won't be so helpful come Tuesday.
Don't get me wrong, my weight is now fully and enthusiastically behind McCain, but Chuck Norris may have a point (keep in mind, he'll eat your babies if you say he doesn't have a point).

Glenn Reynolds and OPEC

Good point by Glenn Reynolds (as seen in his recent podcast)...

The next President should announce support for Robert Zubrin's Energy Victory policy that all new cars sold in the United States be flex-fuel vehicles that can run on ethanol and methanol. Achievable for just $100 a car, this helps the environment and the third world poor, while helping to break OPEC.

Giuliani to Drop Out

It looks like Giuliani is stepping down:

Following his third place finish in Florida, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to drop out of the presidential race today and endorse Sen. John McCain.

Neither his departure nor his endorsement is much of a surprise. Good-bye to my third favorite candidate in the race.

Update: Edwards dropped out too. Good-bye to my third least favorite candidate in the race.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Florida Primary

I've been busy today. Keep up on the Florida primary here. It sounds like Hillary won for the left. The right is still a mess.

*I swear, my posts will get longer and better again, it's just been a busy couple days.

Monday, January 28, 2008

(Rushed) State of the Union Response

I know I promised to personally address the State of the Union, but I'm pressed for time. Just a few comments:
  • He was poised.
  • He gloated on Iraq.
  • The Democrats were assholes regarding the standing ovation stuff (then again, the Republicans weren't lovely either).
For the rest, I'll turn it over to Gateway Pundit.

McCain Comments

John McCain held a blogger conference call today, mostly to respond to John Fund's claim in the Wall Street Journal that he might not appoint a judge like Sam Alito who "wore his conservatism on his sleeve." (Which, by the way, I don't think Alito did.) McCain said that he doesn't recall making the statement attributed to him by Fund, and doesn't know its source. McCain emphasized that he supported Alito enthusiastically, spoke in his favor on the Senate floor, and voted for his confirmation. He has said repeatedly that if elected President, he would nominate Supreme Court justices in the mold of Roberts and Alito.

Because I am such a high level blogger, the boys at Powerline were intimidated to invite me to their conference call with McCain. As a result, I'll have to take John's word for it.

Pork Spending and the State of the Union

Most members of Congress call them earmarks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to get them called "legislatively directed spending." But for almost every American taxpayer I've run into over the last year, it's called "pork" and it's not very tasty.

Bush will talk about it in his State of the Union.

Also, blogger has a scheduled outage at 4 PM PST tonight, which is an hour from now. Sit tight.

I'll also cover the State of the Union, so come back later.

Fallujah Report

Michael Totten reports with Fox News:

A skeleton crew of a mere 250 Marines is all that remains as the United States wraps up its final mission in what was once Iraq's most violent city.

McCain should have fun with this soon enough.

Free Rice

I know it's the UN, and it's old, but free rice is cool.


With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet to fill the gap, the music industry has reluctantly embraced the file-sharing technology that threatened to destroy it. Qtrax, a digital service announced today, promises a catalogue of more than 25 million songs that users can download to keep, free and with no limit on the number of tracks.

...nor is a lack of compatibility with the iPod player expected to put fans off. Apple is unlikely to allow tracks downloaded from its rival to be compatible with iPods, but, while the iPod is the most popular music player, it has not succeeded in dominating the market: sales of the iPod account for 50 million out of 130 million total digital player sales. Qtrax has also spoken of an “iPod solution”, to be announced in April.

Apple is screwed, that's for sure. Read the whole thing here.

I can't fathom how a single company will be able to compensate 25 million artists' songs given away for free purely on advertising profit. There must be a startup fee or something.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Out of a Lame 1980s Sci-Fi Movie, Comes...


Its creators believe it could reverse the symptoms of dementia - such as memory loss and anxiety - after only four weeks.

Kennedy Family Jumps Behind Barack

Ted and Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama.

Separately, Caroline issued her own endorsement of Obama, comparing him to her father, who was president from 1961 to his assassination in 1963.

My mom comments: "Did she just call Barack a womanizing drunken frat boy?"

Apple Store

I'm posting from this Apple store.

Wow, I thought my Mac G4 laptop was cool... this stuff is insane. The screen on the computer I'm on right now is about as big as the one on my TV at home.

Polish Snail Mail

An IT worker, after receiving a letter on January 3 that was sent on December 20 as priority mail, calculated that a snail would have made it even faster to his home than the letter.

In Poland.

SC Results

The final vote is this: Obama 55.4%, Clinton 26.5%, and John Edwards 17.6%.


Bill Clinton may be responsible for Hillary’s wins in New Hampshire and Nevada. But in South Carolina, most voters said that his behavior was critical to their choice. And that proved to be a big negative.

Obama kicked butt.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Straw Poll

No one is voting in the straw poll! Please do. Click the red, white and blue icon in the top right corner to vote. ------>

Update: Now the arrow should look more like -->^

Expelling Nazi Murderers Proven Difficult

Last summer, Karl Helge Hampus Svensson, 31, was among the 180 students admitted to the freshman class after receiving top grades in high school and courses he took online over the previous six years.

Good job!

But last fall, institute officials received two anonymous letters claiming that Mr. Svensson had been a Nazi sympathizer who was paroled from a maximum-security prison after being convicted in 2000 of murder, a killing the police called a hate crime.



SC Primary

Follow the South Carolina primary at PJM. It seems Hillary is campaigning elsewhere, expecting a loss.

NYC List

I know, I know, I shouldn't be up this late... but I couldn't sleep! Haha anyway I read this column on Townhall by Jonah Goldberg (who's Liberal Fascism will almost definitely be February's book of the month). Just a list he rattled off that blew me away:

In 2006 alone, New York City banned - or attempted to ban - pit bulls; trans fats; aluminum baseball bats; the purchase of tobacco by 18- to 20-year-olds; foie gras; pedicabs in parks; new fast-food restaurants (but only in poor neighborhoods); lobbyists from the floor of council chambers; vehicles in Central and Prospect parks; cell phones in upscale restaurants; the sale of pork products made in a processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C.; mail-order pharmaceutical plans; candy-flavored cigarettes; the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; and Wal-Mart.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Romney Mistake or Foul Play?

Tim Russert: Will you do for social security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?

Romney's man spoke into his earpiece saying "raise taxes." Well, I know my way around electronic equipment, and for one sound-byte, and nothing more, that was intended to go to Romney's earpiece some how end up on the camera's microphone is next to impossible. It almost definitely requires foul play or a monumental mistake. This is complete BS.

A John Stewart Moment

Thanks Althouse.

John Hawkins Speaks... Again

Speaking of which, isn't it odd that in a campaign where everyone is paying lip service to change, the two front-runners are John McCain and Hillary Clinton?

An interesting message from John Hawkins. The article is "The Ten Most Annoying Things About the Race for the Presidency." Good stuff, I found it hard to disagree with anything he said.


I was sick yesterday, my apologies.

Rezko. I haven't done my research yet, but it's looking like Hillary was caught in (another) lie.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Horse on Border Patrol

"Horses have been part of the Border Patrol since the agency was founded to secure the United States borders against liquor smugglers and unlawful immigrants in the 1920s, and now they are making a comeback."

(via Reuters)

A horse:

A tank:

Take your pick...

Economy is Bouncing Back

The economy is coming back.

Learn & Earn. And Spend

Forty students from Creekside High and Bear Creek Middle schools in Fairburn will be the first to try the "Learn & Earn" program, where students will get paid to attend after-school tutoring programs.

The running price is $8 an hour for each student. If each student does this for an hour after school, they will be making $40 a week. If the system goes into full use after this experimental stage, multiply that by a thousand or so students per school, that's $4000 per school per week. With about 25 weeks in a school year, multiply the $4000 a week by 25 weeks, and funding just the students' money will cost roughly $100,000 a year.

$100,000 per school per year, from tax payers who probably don't know about the system (that's not including extra teacher salaries, which would triple or quadruple the number).

The story is here.

Israel Borders Break Down

Gazans crossed on foot, in cars or in donkey carts to buy cigarettes, fuel, and other items made scarce by an Israeli blockade of their impoverished territory.

Police from the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, directed the traffic. Egyptian border guards took no action.

Israel is breaking down. Read it here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

World Goes Down, Apple Follows

From Reuters today:

Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) on Tuesday forecast a quarterly profit below analysts' expectations and posted disappointing holiday-season iPod shipments, sending its shares down 11 percent in after hours trade on concern consumers were cutting spending.

From Apple:

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 first quarter ended December 29, 2007. The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, or $1.76 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $1 billion, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 34.7 percent, up from 31.2 percent in the year-ago quarter.

A little sparkle as the shit hits the fan in markets across the globe (including Apple). But it's history now; the recession is here, and Apple won't see the top numbers again for a while.

Heath Ledger Dies

Heath Ledger, the talented 28-year-old actor who gravitated toward dark, brooding roles that defied his leading-man looks, was found dead Tuesday in a Manhattan apartment, face-down and naked at the foot of his bed with prescription sleeping pills nearby, police said.

Another down. Can someone out there hire normal people as actors, please?

Thompson Withdraws


"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."


A Special From My Inbox

Barack Obama's campaign sent me an email supposedly written by John Kerry. Here's an excerpt:

As a veteran, it disgusts me that the Swift Boats we loved while we were in uniform on the Mekong Delta have been rendered, in Karl Rove's twisted politics, an ugly verb meaning to lie about someone's character just to win an election. But as someone who cares about winning this election and changing the country I love, I know it's not enough to complain about a past we can't change when our challenge is to win the future -- which is why we must stop the Swiftboating, stop the push-polling, stop the front groups, and stop the email chain smears.

Not that this is an email chain smear or anything...

Monday, January 21, 2008

More Colleges...

I looked at Emerson today, and it was terrible. I don't like colleges that you can walk by on the street without noticing. I like outdoor campuses. I was also picking up a major performing arts/gay vibe. (not that there's anything wrong with that...)

On our way home, we stopped at UCONN, which was excellent. The campus is large enough to have its own newspaper, radio station and TV station, but small enough so it wasn't overwhelming. I'll definitely apply there.

My list of unimportant things that think they're important is coming... probably tomorrow.

% for Blacks and Women

But the CNN poll today shows that 72% of whites and 61% of blacks believe the country is ready for a black president. That's up from 65% and 54%, respectively, two years ago. (Both polls have a margin of error of +/-4.5%.)

But asked if the country is ready for a female president, blacks and whites both are in agreement; they're less sure -- only 63% of both whites and blacks answer yes. That's up slightly (from 58%) for whites but down among blacks from 67% since December, 2006.

A couple notes...

It's hilarious that whites claim to be more ready for a black president than blacks do. My guess is that whites don't want to be accused of being racists. Blacks are talking about blacks; they're going to be honest.

Considering the margin of error is 4.5%, and the separation between support for blacks and females is only around 3%, the numbers are pretty much even.

I'm sure more people are ready for a female president, just the thought of voting for Hillary scares a lot of people out of it.

That's all I've got. Read the article here.

Mich Kids Are Back

The Michigan kids are home safe, according to this article from Fox.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

'Voting Irregularities'

"Despite clear rules and timelines laid out by the Nevada Democratic Party that caucus doors should remain open and voter registration should continue until noon, the Clinton campaign encouraged their operatives to close the caucus doors at 11:30 am, a half hour before that deadline."

Uh-oh. I don't think it made much of a difference. I don't think Obama thinks it made much of a difference either, but it's a good excuse for the loss.

A College Update

So I'm posting from a Radisson Hotel in Boston right now. I'm up here visiting colleges for the next couple days. Today, I looked at Babson and Bentley. I have to say, I was very impressed with the latter. For a school that I had no intention of even visiting on my trip only a few days ago, Bentley has hopped to the top of my list very quickly.
I've come to the conclusion on my college quests that I'm asymmetrical. I personally can't stand neat and tidy campuses with planned communities. I tend to prefer those with ivy climbing buildings and rugged cobblestone pathways. But, then again, a certain sense of coordination is always appreciated... just thinking out loud here. I guess some medium is ideal for me.
Both these schools met that confusing sequence of criteria, but there was a vague West Point feel to Babson that I didn't love. Bentley felt like a little ski village... I love little ski villages. Babson is also $43,000 a year, so that... isn't lovely.

Well, just some thoughts on the college search. Tomorrow, I'm off to see Emerson, Northeastern and Brandeis (the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the United States, interestingly enough, as indicated by a google search). More college comments tomorrow. Politics in a few minutes.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Huckabee on McCain

Mike Huckabee is talking live on Fox News, and he just said that he is sorry to be in second place, but would rather be in second place with honor, than to win with "dishonor"--that's the word he used. Huckabee offered no clue as to what John McCain's "dishonor" consisted of, other than a reference to "attacking other candidates."

...from Powerline.

He obviously doesn't recall how long it took him to silence his very own campaign. Does anyone remember this:

Huckabee campaign chairman: "To me, hitting somebody, knocking somebody down, is a great feeling. Firing out a negative ad just feels amazing."

A Message from Meghan McCain

McCain's daughter is... well, you be the judge:

And yeah, like my dad is totally like gonna be an incredible president, 'cuz, like, he just talks like.... I don't know, totally straight or somethin' ya know?

He's incredible for putting up with her...

She has a blog. I don't recommend it.

McCain Wins South Carolina, Lame Posts and Colleges

McCain won South Carolina. Good for him.

Sorry for these lame short posts, I've been really busy. Honestly, it will probably be like this for the next couple days, but I'll be back. I'm going up to Boston tomorrow to check out some colleges up there. I'm looking at Babson, Bentley, Curry, Emerson, and Northeastern. Wish me luck!

Nevada For Hillary

FOX HAS JUST CALLED NEVADA FOR HILLARY. Obama's behind, but not all that close. A fairly big win for Hillary, I think -- judging by how stressed she and Bill have seemed this week, they obviously thought a loss in Nevada would have been very damaging.


That's terrible.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Police Jumping to Conclusions

Later Thursday, authorities arrested Michael Lee King, 37, who they believe snatched Lee, the daughter of a Charlotte County sheriff's lieutenant. But there has been no sign of her.

Am I missing something?

Clooney and the U.N.

"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named actor George Clooney, who has campaigned for refugees in Darfur, as a U.N. "messenger of peace" on Friday to promote the world body's peacekeeping efforts. Clooney is the ninth U.N. messenger..."

To pieces of the list of things that no one cares about have come together to create one unimportant mega-do-nothing. Clooney (#8 on the list, which will come out next week) has teamed up with the U.N. (#2 on the list).

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Those Polar Bears...

Ed Markey: Rushing to allow drilling in polar bear habitat before protecting the bear would be the epitome of this administration's backward energy policy, a policy of drill first and ask questions later.

Had the positions been reversed, I have no doubt polar bears would begin fishing expeditions at the expense of the endangered humans.

13 and 15 Year Old Teen Couple: 'Michigan Sucks'

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Michigan — A countrywide search was on Thursday on for a 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend, who fled their homes with one family's minivan, $680 in cash and a dog named Mandy.

They obviously wanted to go to a state with delegates. Try looking in.... all of them (except Michigan, naturally).

She said her son also took clothing, food and his Xbox 360 video game system.

I guess taking the bare minimum?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Michigan Voters and Religion

Very religious voters (visit church more than once a week) went for Huckabee, the regular churchgoers went for Romney, and those who never go to church went for McCain.

Nothing but expected; voters pretty much looked into a mirror.

*Found everywhere, but specifically Slate.

(Because I can, I'm abbreviating that: FEBS = Found Everywhere But Specifically ____.)

Moss Battery Allegations

Randy Moss was accused of and denied battery allegations. Moss:

"In my whole entire life of living 30 years, I've never put my hand on one woman, physically or in an angry manner."

I believe him. So maybe he mooned the Packers and sat on a police car, but that's a long shot from battery. This also couldn't have come at a worse time for him, as the Patriots are in the march and heavily favored to win the AFC Championships and the Superbowl.

A Little Special From My Inbox

I just got this email. It seems I am about to become a part of an underground dirty-money ring.












Confidential? Not any more, it's not. Clearly a hoax: he just wants my banking info. The joke's on him though; I'm sixteen, my bank account is worth about $800.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cloned Meat is Safe

Just over a decade after scientists cloned the first animal, the last major barrier to selling meat and milk from clones has fallen: The U.S. government declared this food safe Tuesday.

It's a remarkable breakthrough. Ten years ago marked primitive cloning, yet now the animals are so biologically identical (more biologically identical then before? I don't know) that the clones are actually considered by the FDA to be no health risk. They even seem baffled as to why people would consider the two products differently: It is beyond our imagination to even find a theory that would cause the food to be unsafe.

Not that the FDA was ever considered to be the most imaginative bunch...

Read all about it.

Hillary: White House is a 'Prison'

Not that it's going to diminish her ambition to live there again, but Hillary Clinton says she views the White House as something of a prison.

Maybe a 132 room, 35 bathroom, 3 elevator, 28 fireplace prison with available tennis court, track, pool, bowling lane and movie theater, but a prison at that.

Mitt Wins, Hillary Doesn't

Brit Hume just called it for Mitt, with 9% reporting.

I was not expecting to be able to draw any inferences from the MI Dem race. But Fox News is reporting that African American voters are breaking heavily to "Uncommitted."

From RCP.

She played the sex card in New Hampshire and it worked. She tried race in Michigan, and it didn't. Ups and downs of the campaign trail... (hopefully more downs than ups, in Hillary's case).

Monday, January 14, 2008

Clinton vs. [........]

When your primary opponent is "uncommitted," and two guys who have hung around asterisk territory in the polls, what share of the vote do you have to get to avoid humiliation?

Any less than 70%, and I would cry myself to sleep. Maybe Kucinich could pull one out here... who knows.

Read it.

The State of D.C.

Apparently, this is what happens in Washington when the big boys are out of town...

At least six child welfare employees will be fired for improperly handling concerns about a woman's care for her four daughters, who were later found dead in their home.

Mother:"The children were possessed by demons and died in their sleep."

Lopes:"It appears the mother is suffering from some mental illness..."

Lopes won't be fired. She was the only one who did well, according to this report.

Against Gun Rights Now?


Thanks to Laurel Zimmer and Glenn Reynolds for the leg work.

McCain over Romney

Republican John McCain holds a slim lead on rival Mitt Romney in Michigan one day before the state's hotly contested presidential nominating contest, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Monday.

How is this possible?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Apples in the Orange Grove

Next Saturday, gamblers at the Bellagio, the opulent Las Vegas casino immortalized in the George Clooney blockbuster "Ocean's Eleven," will be treated to an unusual sight.

Just before noon, the hotel's dishwashers, cocktail waitresses, porters and bellhops will go on break and gather in a 30,000-square-foot ballroom to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama or maybe John Edwards to be the Democratic nominee for president.
(Read it here)

Images are morphing in my mind. Suddenly, I'm seeing a merge of Barack on Ellen with a Vegas striptease act. I suddenly find myself imagining Mrs. Clinton in a black teddy sensually poll dancing to "I've Got Your Man" in front of a large crowd of raging drunk men. But wait!? Who's that in the back?


Is it?

It is!


Message in a Bottle to Iran

"When [Bush] speaks to different people in the region, he will again speak to the Iranians themselves and tell them that there is a better future for them, a better way to live than what their current government is providing for them."

Read. I just don't understand how Bush, who will be in the United Arab Emirates, is planning on getting his message from the UAE to Iran. It's not like they'll show him on their public television or radio, because, well, they don't actually have free speech.

"Bush intends to tell Iranians, for whom the UAE is their main commercial partner, that there is a better alternative to the current regime"

So what if they are commercial partners, it's not like he plans on sending the message back across the Persian Gulf by boat.

Wait... is he?

Or maybe:

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world. I'll send an S.O.S. to the world. I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

That's How to Use Influence

The distance from the parking lot to my house was about 5 miles, mostly straight shot up the coast of Santa Monica, zero traffic. And I didn't drive it. Me. The guy who gets the VIP velvet rope treatment in life.

These are the written words of John Mayer, famous musician/celebrity. He speaks up for what he believes in, and his blog is incredible and hilarious. I rarely agree with him, especially on his very green policy, but, as corny as it sounds, he has a good heart. The quote above is about his own refusal to DUI last night.

Obesity and Health Care

Finkelstein: "When you have a first-rate medical system that can cure the diseases that obesity promotes, you no longer need to worry so much about being obese."

Right, so that way you can just dump the burden on the taxpayers. So just go be fat and wait for a clogged artery. And then when you rush into the ER, you can make the hard-working tax paying citizens of the country cover the cost of your laziness. And then complain that you don't like your treatment. So then sue. And on top of that, complain about people who want to change the health-care system.

Snow in Baghdad

"It is the first time we've seen snow in Baghdad."

...delighted residents declared it an omen of peace.

Sorry, Al, it's an inconvenient truth.

Rathergate... without the "Gate"

"I concluded there was enough in the complaint (by Rather) to continue with discovery (pretrial research)," state Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman said at a hearing on CBS' motion to dismiss the case.

About Rathergate.

LGF: But the fascinating thing about this Associated Press article on the case is how they describe the Rathergate scandal—without even mentioning that it was based on fake documents.


"Senator Obama said there was no difference in his position and President Bush’s?"

Read all about it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Bad Turnout on the Right

David Frum reports: But the deep fundamental news of this election is contained in the primary turnout numbers. They are getting ominous for the GOP.

Yes, indeed they are. We're looking at roughly twice as many people voting for Democrats as opposed to Republicans in Iowa. In New Hampshire, the difference was also brutal; 288,000 against 239,000, favoring the dems. As much as I hate to say it, I'm bracing for a blowout November, no matter who wins on either side.

Cruzin Cooler

What a redneck toy:

I can't say it will replace the infamous beer buddy.

Al Sharpton on Kelly Tilghman

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Picture...

...that I thought was pretty funny

...ok, and maybe a little creepy.

(Got it here.)

Just a Note...

Thompson: "You can tell that the news is good coming out of Iraq because you read so little about it in the New York Times."

Ron Paul: Why He Isn't Racist

If Glenn Reynolds has reported the various statements from Ron Paul with his usual level of accuracy, I am ashamed at the representation of my party in tonight's debate. With that said, I'm on to fulfilling my promise of explaining the anti-racist libertarian:

Ron Paul has been accused of racism and bigotry based on a number of documents (most likely forged. I'm smelling another Rathergate) that made hideous remarks about Martin Luther King, Jr., among other people.

These terrible accusations are based upon a very false image of the libertarian mindset. Libertarians are often considered racists by liberals for our clear lack of willingness to do anything in support of minorities. How, they say, can you consider yourself the "antithesis of racism" when you refuse to support systems such as affirmative action? The answer is quite simple. Affirmative action is racism. Just because, say, a fire department is predominantly white and Irish doesn't mean that blacks are being rejected from jobs. It means that the people getting jobs so happened to be white. When affirmative action came about, tests were altered in favor of blacks, and they still had difficulty passing these exams. All this means is that the extensive experience of Irishman as firemen in New York City just so happens to beat out that limited experience of the blacks in the same area. That's tough. If I'm in a burning building, I want to be saved by someone who can do their job right, not someone who passed the test because the standards were lowered for his or her group's benefit.

Lowering standards for blacks is racism in its most pure form. It almost suggests in itself that blacks are incapable of beating whites. It also puts certain people in positions they shouldn't be in, and in the fire situation, lives can very easily be lost because of it.

You see, racism exists among liberals, they just claim anything less than what they demand is racism. Libertarianism is pure, it lends itself to no race, being completely objective. For Ron Paul to be accused of racism is ridiculous and proves this bizarre liberal twist is a hoax.

Ron Paul Denies Racist Statements

Here's a video of Ron Paul rejecting racist accusations. It's an interesting video. He gets fired up and it is difficult to understand what exactly he's saying, but make sure to listen carefully, because the content is interesting. I'll soon be writing a long post on libertarian ideals and how these allegations are so ridiculously contrary to anything a libertarian would say, but that's coming. For now, just watch:


UPDATE: The quote of the year: "I like this new Paul, he is scary, like a dragon of liberty."

By the way...

I'm not talking about the Ron Paul thing, if you're wondering why I never brought it up.

In the Middle East

"Enthusiastically moving across international boundaries as part of his initiative to be a catalyst for a badly needed resolution of the Middle East crisis, U.S. President George Bush on Thursday expressed hope that a peace deal is in sight."

Read. He's just looking for something to do before he steps down. Hmm.. he's tried the whole Texas ranch thing... how about golf in Florida?

"It is possible - not only possible, I believe it's going to happen - that there will be a signed peace treaty by the time I leave office”

As I said, this isn't going to work.

How Ironic

The common, hardworking, come-from-nothing black guy is about to be endorsed by the rich, Heinz marrying, fine w(h)ining and dining, Botox slamming white guy of years past.

A Little About Myself

I feel I owe my readers a little background on who, exactly, I am.

Many blogs are run by high level professors and scholars at major universities. They all claim to be little men fighting this enormous media powerhouse. They are. But I'm littler. 

I am a seventeen year old high school senior from Connecticut. As far as credentials go, I have about as many as a seventeen year old really can. For your own personal reference, I scored a 1990 on the SAT (converts to a 1370 on the old system). I have established myself well as a journalist in Connecticut, writing for the Fairfield Minuteman and Register Citizen newspapers (soon to be working with the Bridgeport Banner as well). I also work in the district office of Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT), the last standing Republican Congressman in New England.

For those interested, I am currently swimming in the never-ending river that is the college application process. As of now, I am applying to (in no order whatsoever) Fordham, Loyola of Maryland, Providence, Marist, Quinnipiac, University of Connecticut, Catholic University, University of New Hampshire and University of Scranton.

Politically, I have gone through phases. I used to be a hard-nosed, black and white conservative when I was young(er than I am now) and stupid. More recently, I saw myself as a libertarian. I realized the impossibility of that world and well, the dissatisfaction a world like that would bring. Now I consider myself a moderate conservative. I believe in the free market and upward mobility. I believe in the privatization of most systems. I see the War in Iraq as a necessary mistake, and now I believe we need a slow phased withdraw. I believe that for democracy (in any form) and capitalism to succeed, an educated population is absolutely necessary. Therefore, the primary use of tax money should be education, and a strong, socialist education base is absolutely essential. On social issues, I'm a little more liberal than the average conservative. I have no problem with gay marriage; in fact, I fail to see the need for any legal documentation of marriage, although that is a thought process I have yet to think all the way through, so don't hold me to that. Regarding gun laws, I personally think, as oxymoronic as it sounds, that the fewer restrictions we have, the safer we are. If a criminal plans on committing a violent crime, he'll be able to get his hands on a gun, either legally or illegally. The only people gun restrictions really deter are people who plan on using the weapon legally. This includes hunters and hikers, and those people who want a weapon for self defense. Limiting the use of weapons for those interested in self-defense is automatically giving criminals the upper hand. I am also strongly pro-life. My reasons and explanations are written out at length here.

As to why I blog, it gives me a sense of being able to change something. I write for newspapers, but I am fairly censored there. I know I am not widely read (yet), but hopefully, my posts and blurbs can change someone's mindset, even in the smallest way. I also like the ability to merge my own youthful thoughts with the scholarly thoughts of the likes of Dr. Helen, Glenn Reynolds, and Ann Althouse (three of my biggest inspirations). 

Stay loyal, check me out every once in a while, and you'll learn more...

A few of my articles:

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Amazon Deletes Ratings

"In the last day, enough people have rated uninformed 1-star reviews badly enough that Amazon is taking them down. Simply disappearing them."

"Un. F***ing. Believable."

Daddy's in the Middle East and Israel and Palestine Still Whine

Sorry for never pointing out Bush is in the Middle East, attempting to resolve this Israel/Palestine mess. Anyway...

"Earlier Wednesday, an Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza killed two Palestinians and wounded four others, a move the Israeli army said was taken in response to Palestinian militants who had bombarded the rocket-scarred southern Israeli city of Sderot with rocket and mortar fire."

It's like two year olds complaining to their mommy that "well, he started it!" "No! He started it!" I do support Israel, but this back and forth is getting irritating.

"...he said that both sides 'are very seriously trying to move forward' on a deal."

Not that it will ever work. They've been in negotiations since Israel was created after WW2.

Read all about it.

Richardson Drops Out

"New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals' star power."

Not that he had much of a chance. As I predicted, though.

Whole AP report. No sense in reading it, considering that first paragraph was literally the entire story.

Book of the Week

So if you look at the left column of the site, you may be intrigued to notice the new "book of the week" section. I'll give a review of that book when I finish.

*no guarantee that I actually put one out every week. I do have a life, but you can still expect them on a semi-regular basis.

UPDATE: "book of the week" is unrealistic, and "book of the every two weeks" could be a little more catchy, so I'm going with "book of the month." You can now expect these to be longer and more elaborate, quite possibly taking the form of podcasts.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Expect the headlines tomorrow will be “The Comeback Kid” or some such variation of that... What the headline should be is 'Clinton avoids complete collapse.' Remember, she had about a 20 point lead just a couple of weeks ago and barely won.

She's on a major downfall. Hopefully, we didn't just see a reverse plateau in NH. I'm thinking she just opened a parachute.


Hillary Wins


Brit Hume Needs a Nap

Brit Hume sounds like he wants to go to bed more than usual. I'm getting the feeling he's pounding shots when he goes off-camera. He just said that Obama would have done better in New Hampshire if he had lost in Iowa.

Go to bed, Brit.

NBC Bias in the Open

I interviewed Lee Cowan, our reporter who covers Obama, while we were out yesterday and posted the interview on the web. Lee says it's hard to stay objective covering this guy. Courageous for Lee to say, to be honest. The e-mail flood started out we caught you guys, we never did trust you. That kind of thing. I think it is a very interesting dynamic.

Brian Williams.

NH Update

McCain is preaching on Fox. He can barely get a word in between the chants of "Mac is Back" and "John McCain."

Meanwhile, Barack is closing the gap on Clinton. It's now 39% to 37%.

*Thompson doesn't even have 1000 votes.

NH Primary

McCain won New Hampshire, as expected.

Hillary and Obama are in a tight race. Not really expected.

In a remarkable political comeback, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has won the New Hampshire Republican primary while the Democratic race seems headed down to the wire with results showing a surprisingly tight contest between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).

Read all about it.

By the way...

I'm not talking about the Ron Paul thing, if you were wondering why I never brought it up.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Until Proven Innocent

Ok, so this is my 23,456,543rd post today, but I felt the need to share that I am reading Until Proven Innocent, by KC Johnson (The story of the Duke rape case). I'm only a few chapters in, but it's good stuff.

American Navy and Iranian Speedboats Collide... Almost

"They were a heartbeat from being blown up," a Pentagon official, speaking of the Iranians, told ABC News.

Read all about it.

*I'm still alive, and there are no signs of sketchy vans.

Pentagon's Most Wanted Man

I found this hilarious.

What that means is someone from the Pentagon found my blog by searching "abolish the fbi libertarian" on google. If I never post again, it would be safe to assume that the men in black took me away.

Clinton Tears Up

"How do you keep upbeat and so wonderful?"

Hillary's response:

Real or fake? I definitely fell for it. I actually have to say, for a brief quarter of a second, I liked what I saw from Hillary. Maybe it's that she acted like a woman for once. I don't know.

*She did inadvertently bring up the "ready on day one" thing, so I'm sure it isn't an actress.

My Fault

More of a misunderstanding about Duncan Hunter:

Underdog GOP presidential candidate Duncan Hunter lashed out at "knucklehead media executives" who did not include him in this weekend's New Hampshire primary debates, telling reporters he was staying in the race despite widespread expectations he would announce his withdrawal.

Duncan Hunter is Gone

Oh, and there's this:

Presidential Candidate and California Congressman Duncan Hunter will be making a major announcement today at 2:00 p.m. (EST), regarding the future of his Presidential bid. All media are encouraged to attend or contact Bob Bevill, National Media Coordinator, to arrange alternate interviews.

What Exactly is On the Line in NH?

Ok, so the New Hampshire primary is tomorrow, and there's a lot on the line. Quite unfortunately, most of you don't know exactly what is on the line. Here's a quick summary...

On the left:

If Obama wins by a solid margin, it's going to be tough for the rest to catch up.

If Hillary loses by a solid margin (any more than 5%), as she did in Iowa, she's out. Her campaign is already talking about giving up, and a terrible loss will end it. She had momentum, and lost it. If she wins in New Hampshire, she can prove Iowa was a mistake. If she loses big time again, though, her dreams will be shattered, and it will be down to two real contenders on the left. (Right now, the polls aren't in her favor, either.)

Look for a lot of drop-outs from the 2nd tier left candidates.

On the right:

McCain needs to win to stay in the race. New Hampshire conservatives have thrown their weight behind McCain. Almost all the local newspapers have endorsed him, as well as many local politicians and influential leader. So if he is to win anywhere, it will be New Hampshire. If he can't win there, which he most likely will, McCain's run is over.

Romney needs a strong finish. If he doesn't start putting the big bucks to use, his campaign has been spinning its wheels for nothing. If he doesn't place top three, look for a lazy and poor campaign for the rest of the race.

Giuliani put no effort into Iowa, and paid the price as a result. He didn't put much more into New Hampshire, but he still needs a solid finish.

Huckabee doesn't really need a strong finish in New Hampshire, but if he does contend, it may surprise people over his support in liberal New England. (New England behind a southern Baptist minister; I would be shocked.)

Thompson hasn't placed all that well thus far, but his states are coming.

Paul may actually pull out a top three placement here.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Hand Grenade in a Hospital

Absolute craziness.

Obama and the Media: expanding on what I said before

"Picture the Times' reaction if New Hampshire Democrats crush the hopes and aspirations of million of America's blacks. Do you suppose they will re-interview Sadou Brown and give us a picture of the fourteen year old with tears in his eyes, battered by the realization that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or Supreme Court Justice is the most he can ever hope for?"

quite possibly.

Musharraf Interview


"For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone. Nobody else. Responsibility is hers."

I listened to some of the interview. He was also asked about allegations that he was behind her death. While the reports claim he was overwhelmed and took it too personally, I thought he handled it well. He said he wasn't behind it, and he couldn't prove (or disprove) otherwise. He knew the answer himself, and that's all he cared about. He also said this:

"Frankly, I consider the question below my dignity to answer, but however I would like to answer it."

"I'm not a feudal and I'm not a tribal -- I have been brought up in a very educated and civilized family which believes in values, which believes in principles, which believes in character."

"My family, by any imagination, is not a family which believes in killing people, assassinating, intriguing. And that is all there I want to say."

That one was from a different source, read it.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

GOP Debate

See what happened here. I haven't had a chance to read it, I'll comment later.

A Message from the Deceased

Andrew Olmsted died at war in Iraq, and left this message with a friend to be posted on his blog. A brief excerpt:

"I wish I could say I'd at least started to get it right. Although, in my defense, I think I batted a solid .250 or so. Not a superstar, but at least able to play in the big leagues. I'm afraid I can't really offer any deep secrets or wisdom. I lived my life better than some, worse than others, and I like to think that the world was a little better off for my having been here. Not very much, but then, few of us are destined to make more than a tiny dent in history's Green Monster. I would be lying if I didn't admit I would have liked to have done more, but it's a bit too late for that now, eh? The bottom line, for me, is that I think I can look back at my life and at least see a few areas where I may have made a tiny difference, and massive ego aside, that's probably not too bad."

I recommend reading the whole thing. Good stuff, and it brings a tear to your eye. Please, no politics on this one.

Wyoming Goes to Romney

Mitt Romney captured his first win of the Republican presidential race, gaining most of Wyoming's delegates at stake in GOP caucuses on Saturday.
Read it here.

Richard points out the lack of media coverage on Wyoming.

In response, my dad points out the population of Wyoming.

*To put that in perspective, the population of my home town is roughly 1/6 of Wyoming.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Democratic Summary

A comment on a post here:

Senator Rodham-Clinton is not qualified for any office; she belongs in jail with her rapist husband.

Obama has no experience.
Edwards is a vain prima-donna.
Kucinich is a Communist.
Dodd and Biden are just in there to hear themselves pontificate.

The only qualified Democrat is Bill Richardson...

Considering Richardson apparently wants his voters to go the "no experience" direction, how qualified could he really be?

Dodd and Biden dropped out.

As much as I dislike Hillary, "rapist" is a little harsh.

The others are pretty much spot-on.

Dodd and Biden are Gone

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut abandoned his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after a poor showing in Iowa’s precinct caucuses.

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden abandoned his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after a poor showing in the state's caucuses.

They both dropped, read all about it.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Iowa Solidifies

So the situation in Iowa is solidifying, and Obama clearly won with a commanding 37% over Hillary and Edwards, who each have 29% and 30%. Huckabee won over Romney 34% to 25%, and Fox is apologizing for not predicting Huckabee's incredible lead.

Good night.

Iowa Current Results

On the right:

15% of results are reported:

36% for Huckabee
23% for Romney
14% for Thompson
12% for McCain
11% for Paul!

*the boys at Fox have already predicted a Huckabee win as a sure thing.

On the left:

29% of results are reported:

33% for Obama
32% for Edwards
32% for Clinton
2% for Richardson

Obama just passed Edwards, who had the lead for a while...

Pretty much as predicted, my wild Thompson guess goes completely unfulfilled.

Comments on Obama

An interesting point from a comment on this article at the NYT:

...I have to tell my friends a true fact that most of you out there chose to ignore or dare not acknowledging, that is: America and Americans will not vote for a black candidate with a heavily sounding Muslim name who did cocaine in his youth and who has 1 year experience in the Senate.

You can spin Obama anyway you want and paint him anyway you want, but this is the narrative that my friends at the RNC will repeat ad nauseum and beat the American people will into submission. This same narrative cannot be used against Biden or Clinton or even Edwards.

Obama might win the primaries, but he will not win the general elections. This is politics and it has nothing to do with the personal or professional quality of Obama...

New Video...

"Al-Qaida announced Thursday that it would soon release a new video message from American-born member Adam Gadahn that would be the first message from the terror group in 2008."

See more from Adam Gadahn:

Read all about it.

Iowa Caucus

So the Iowa Caucus is today. My prediction: Democrats elect Obama, Republicans elect Thompson.

It will happen, just watch.

Come back for all the latest all night long.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Huckabee's dirty campaign

Campaign chairman for Huckabee, Ed Rollins:

"To me, hitting somebody, knocking somebody down, is a great feeling. Firing out a negative ad just feels amazing."

Well, I'm sure getting that off your chest felt amazing, too. And it helped your campaign oh-so-much!

Read all about it.

say what?

Iraq’s and Venezuela’s populations are roughly comparable: 27.5 million versus 27.7 million. In the last three months, there have been 1498 civilian fatalities in Iraq. During this same time, roughly 3000 Venezuelans have been murdered.

Read all about it.

GLENN REYNOLDS: "And yet Hugo Chavez is a hero to people horrified by the "senseless slaughter" in Iraq."

Rudy's Strategy

Rudy's strategy somehow got into the hands of NRO.

"If Mayor Giuliani wins even a minority share of the 78 delegates from pre Florida states, wins Florida's 57 delegates, wins the 201 available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, and wins only a plurality of delegates from large February 5th states like California, Georgia and Illinois, he will have a commanding lead in delegates for the nomination with more than half of the delegates selected."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Blogger Arrested in Saudi Arabia

"Farhan, 32, who used his blog to criticize corruption and call for political reform, was detained "for violating rules not related to state security," according to the spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, responding to repeated requests for comment with a brief cellphone text message."

Read all about it.

George v. Yasser

Palestinian Authority officials on Monday expressed deep disappointment after learning that US President George W. Bush, who is expected to visit Ramallah soon, does not intend to lay a wreath at Yasser Arafat's tomb.

George did something right! Honestly though, is he really expected to show some level of respect for a man he clearly despised?

Read all about it.

Kenya in Trouble

Kenya, long one of the most stable nations in east Africa, descended into chaos after the disputed election triggered violence that has left at least 124 people dead.

Read all about it.

Banned List

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2008. Among 2007's banned words:

surge, waterboarding, organic, perfect storm.

What exactly are we supposed to call dunking some dude in water to get information from him?