Archive for November, 2010

Quote of the day, from a Facebook friend…

November 24, 2010

“When POTUS pardons the turkeys, I’d hope you will think of the thousands of people who are locked away in federal prison because of unfair sentencing laws, especially drug laws (libs) and gun laws (conservs). Empty seat at this year’s Thanksgiving table.”

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Would he have written this column…

November 24, 2010

before January 2009? Somehow I really doubt it. But either way Eugene Robinson really comes across as an ignorant tool, just as he does with everything else he writes. Profiling couldn’t possibly work, huh? Then how does it work so well in Israel? They don’t just profile by race. And there hasn’t been a single plane out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport that has been hijacked since 1970. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that Eugene Robinson is living in some sort of alternate reality. Most modern liberals are, it seems.

That does sound just like him, doesn’t it?

November 24, 2010

Bob Herbert, that is, as quoted by Cal Thomas in the San Antonio Express-News:

Writing in the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert says: “However you want to define the American dream, there is not much of it that’s left anymore. Wherever you choose to look โ€” at the economy and jobs, the public schools, the budget deficits, the nonstop warfare overseas โ€” you’ll see a country in sad shape….We have become a hapless, can’t-do society.”

And I’m sure Herbert has no clue that it’s exactly because of what he and his kind believe in — a Big Daddy Government that does everything for its citizens and paying for it with the fruits of their labors whether the people want it or not, sapping the strength and vitality right out of the American way of life and the “American dream.” It’s not so much what John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address now as it is “Ask what your government can do for you.” Liberalism has fallen so, so far in the last 50 years, and it really is a shame, too. I’ve heard it said that JFK would probably be considered a neoconservative today, and that does sound about right, though I don’t know that he’d be so willing to use military power to export American ideals as so many accuse neocons of doing.

I do wonder, though, if Herbert was so glum from, say, November 2008 to at least January 2009. I think I already know the answer to THAT…

No blog for you today….

November 23, 2010

…but I did stumble up on some blogfodder that I don’t have time to work with today, so stay tuned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

They say this like it’s a good thing.

November 22, 2010

And it doesn’t surprise me, but still I shake my head…

“We had to bring something new to the table,” (Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary) LeVox said. “Call it what you want but we sure love making country music and I think we’ve been able to open some doors for people like Taylor Swift. Who would’ve ever thought you’d hear Bon Jovi on country radio with Kid Rock? We might’ve had a little hand in opening the door to radio and getting them played.”

I am reminded of Kevin Coyne’s recent post at Country Universe:

Dear Country Music,

Donโ€™t get too excited about Taylor Swiftโ€™s sales numbers. They have nothing to do with you.

And, of course, in the comments there people observe that they have heard people say things to the effect of “I don’t like country music, but I love Taylor Swift.” I’ve talked about all this before, but I don’t see why Bon Jovi and Kid Rock getting played on country radio is a good thing. I’d be tempted to make an exception for Kid Rock given his professed affinity for the old country, but he seems to blow his potential as a Real Country Singer all to hell every chance he gets. And I’ve said before that I don’t see why Taylor Swift’s success within the country genre is a good thing. Why are certain artists so hellbent on attracting people to the genre who never had any appreciation for it? Going back to one of my favorite anecdotes, it was a mere hop, skip and a jump for me from Metallica’s self-titled black album to the wonderful world of ’80s thrash, power and progressive metal. (It might have taken longer if I hadn’t gotten Sirius satellite radio, but still…) I don’t see that working out in the context of country music, especially since Metallica’s self-titled album wasn’t nearly as different from their earlier music as Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift are from older country music. I just don’t see today’s Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift fan being tomorrow’s Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard fan, especially since radio has such an aversion to playing the legends.

So, given all that, it alternately makes me laugh and grind my teeth to see Joe Don Rooney whining about people not thinking RF is a country act. I am reminded of what the reviewer at Amazon.com wrote in his review of their debut album ten years ago:

“With harmonies as squeaky-clean as their faces, Rascal Flatts relish the pop and lite-groove direction that the genre has taken at the turn of the century. In fact, they seem to take pride in their distance from hard-core country roots. To their credit, this trio of earnest young men sounds as if they are truly enjoying themselves as they run through their bouncy, bubbly love songs. And at least these boys don’t pay lip service to keeping country traditions alive in 2000.”

That would have been what I’d have written had I not had such a visceral reaction to RF back in the day, as opposed to, “Good Hank Williams, do these guys suck.” And membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame? The day Rascal Flatts gets into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the day they need to nuke the site from orbit, ’cause it’ll be the only way to be sure.

(h/t Country California)

More unintended consequences!

November 22, 2010

I wonder how many environmentalists are really giving this an honest look:

The first mass-market electric cars go on sale next month, and the nation’s electric utilities couldn’t be more thrilled โ€” or worried.
Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home, or even a neighborhood. 

Now, if you’ll remember, depending on which source you consult, between 45 and 60 percent of the electricity generated in the United States is generated by coal-fired plants, which have come under attack by the environmentalists in recent years because of their pollution levels. Yet you never hear any of them talk about that. The folks who wrote the column mentioned here didn’t even mention electric cars and those unintended consequences as they advocated the institution of a carbon tax. No doubt they’d see electric cars as a godsend because of the money that would be raised via the power the cars would take off the grid. But it’d be fun to see what they’d say, in their more honest moments when they thought no one was listening.

Just because of her age?

November 22, 2010

Such would seem to be the anti-gunners’ answer to the question, “Why can’t this woman and those like her own and carry a gun?”

At least four women are sexually assaulted in the greater Houston region every day โ€” attacked in their homes and in their beds, in parking lots and on public streets, their assailants armed with pistols, knives, drugs and fast-flying fists.

And though most sexual assaults involve victims who either know or at least recognize their attacker, police estimate about 25 percent are simply random.
One such attack happened to a 19-year-old Houston woman snatched from her southwest Houston apartment complex two days before her high school graduation this year.

Of course, they don’t say anything about people in that age group being licensed to drive. I wonder what they’d say if rape victims started running down their attackers with their cars. “Car registration and licensing NOW! Do it for teh rapists!”

What does that have to do with anything?

November 21, 2010

Look, it’s great that Andrew Traver is a survivor of prostate cancer, but I don’t understand why the Christian Science Monitor sees this as a plus in relation to his nomination to head the ATF. I know that current military officers are under oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” but from what I understand the vast majority of them endeavor not to BREAK that oath when they leave the service. Is it just me, or do Mr. Traver’s post-Navy actions seem to be breaking that oath? Sounds like he never took it that seriously to begin with, considering his alliances with various anti-gun organizations.

Furthermore, shouldn’t that be a conflict of interest that automatically disqualifies him from being head of the organization?

That whole sovereignty thing goes both ways.

November 21, 2010

Apparently the Mexican people and government don’t think so, though…

Without leaving American airspace, remotely piloted surveillance drones โ€” outfitted with cameras that provide real-time video โ€” fly along the Texas border searching U.S. territory for drug smugglers, illegal immigrants and potential terrorists.
They also are fully capable of peering into Mexico, where narco terrorists eviscerate the rule of law.

Although U.S. narcotics agents long have been in Mexico, there also has been public outrage of anything more intrusive.
โ€œWe have come a long way in terms of cooperation, but there are areas that still test Mexico’s traditional notions of sovereignty,โ€ said Tony Garza, the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

How nice. They get angry when they perceive Americans to be intruding on their sovereignty, but they have no compunction whatsoever about intruding on American sovereignty in several different ways, from protesting tougher immigration laws and border controls to agitating for gun bans. I realize the culture’s different down there, and I suppose that’s what Garza was getting at when he referred to “Mexico’s traditional notions of sovereignty,” but it’d be nice if Mexico stopped meddling in our business as they think our government is doing when the government shifts the drones’ cameras slightly to the south. It strikes me that such is a hell of a lot less intrusive than their citizens and government officials coming to our country and demanding we change our laws to suit them.

Wow, Paul Helmke is losing it.

November 20, 2010

Bob S. fisks him more than well enough, but really, Paul?

NRA Sides With Mass Killers Over ATF

That would more accurately read “NRA Sides with Peaceable, Law-Abiding American Gun Owners Over The American Version of the the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.” It’s about bloody fucking time the NRA stood up for the interests of its membership, considering how they rolled over on their backs when Eric Holder was nominated for Attorney General.

Personally, though, I think it’s at least a bit laughable that the NRA would come out in such blatant opposition to Andrew Traver, considering how the organization supports the existence of the ATF to begin with. I realize it may not be politically feasible to get rid of the ATF any time soon, and that the NRA’s move is just the way they “play the game,” but there’s never going to be anyone in charge of the ATF who’s any better than indifferent to the right to keep and bear arms. And the sooner the NRA recognizes that and acts accordingly, the better.