September 29, 2003

Go Arnold!

Yahoo! News - Schwarzenegger Far Ahead in New Poll saya Yahoo/AP:

As a potential replacement for Davis, Schwarzenegger was the choice of 40 percent, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante 25 percent and Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock 18 percent — suggesting Schwarzenegger could become governor even if Republicans split their vote.

Yes, yes, yes -- throw your support at him, Mr. McClintock!

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10000 Turks to join coalition

In Our Friends the Turks the WSJ Ed Page highlights a positive development:

Given the media's generally negative reporting on Iraq, we're always startled to hear about any good news. Last week's pessimistic press consensus was that few additional foreign troops will be forthcoming. So imagine our surprise to hear from Turkey's Foreign Minister that his country is moving toward a deployment of 10,000 troops.
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All of this is especially notable because Turkey is the only Muslim democracy in Iraq's neighborhood [...]
So much of the reporting on Iraq has focused on the daily explosions and small setbacks. While these are news, they also obscure the larger story, which is one of overall progress. Above all, they obscure the enormous opportunity that the U.S. toppling of Saddam has created for greater peace and stability in the combustible Middle East. It's good to see that the Turks understand those stakes, even if some Americans still do not.

Spread the word...

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September 28, 2003

Bumper Sticker

Dear Democrats:

I love many of you, but you are going to lose. I had thought that the GOP has been too sanguine -- I'll say it, cocky -- about our chances in '04. But now I am in the fold.

I just came from breakfast at the Brighton Depot (one of johngalt's favorite spots). It is a great place. In the parking lot was a red Lexus with a bumper sticker on the rear window that said "W. Let's not elect him in 2004 either" with the requisite red circle-slash over the W.

As Rimmer tells Lister in "Red Dwarf," it's all wrong. The Lexus is incongruous in the working-class, commercial area of Downtown Brighton, Colorado. Two pickup trucks with Spanish language stickers looked like they belonged -- my Subaru Outback was an interloper, but the red Lexus with gold wheels... A nice, yuppie, 50-something, lawyerly couple was seated a few tables down. I am going to make the leap and say that this car was theirs.

My wife and I did our best sarcastic laughs at the sticker "OOOH -- I get it, 'cause VP Gore really won in 2000 -- hahahahahahaha!" But you are going to lose:

1) You may want to relive those heady, halcyon days of December 2000 in Palm Beach County, but a plurality of the electorate has moved on.

2) You can't beat something with nuthin', as Chris Matthews says. Your sticker endorses "None of the above." How about "Howard Dean! He's our man!" or "General Clark will keep us safe and free!" or "Dennis Kucinich -- he really is from Earth!"

3) You know better. You're much better politickers that the GOP. You're the pros. But your antipathy is going to scare away moderates. Read Tocqueville -- it'll do you some good. You have to appeal to Tocquevillian Americans. President Clinton did. John Kerry will not.

Good luck! Chins up! But you guys are gonna lose.

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September 27, 2003

Arnold in the WSJ

This ran a few days ago -- but the blog was broken, then. I wanted to post this as an excellent answer to "Is Arnold Schwartzenegger conservative enough?"

OpinionJournal - Featured Article

I have often said that the two people who have most profoundly impacted my thinking on economics are Milton Friedman and Adam Smith. At Christmas I sometimes annoy some of my more liberal Hollywood friends by sending them a gift of Mr. Friedman's classic economic primer, "Free to Choose." What I learned from Messrs. Friedman and Smith is a lesson that every political leader should never forget: that when the heavy fist of government becomes too overbearing and intrusive, it stifles the unlimited wealth creation process of a free people operating under a free enterprise system.
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September 25, 2003

We're Back!

With a new hosting company (yaaay bluedomino.com! Good service, good support, good prices!)

A curse upon the moustache of bizland.com and all their progeny.

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September 11, 2003

Read Mah Lips!

This may get lost on 9/11. I am not saying that's bad, but this is an interesting story. The WSJ Ed page reports"

Voters in Alabama rolled over Republican Governor Bob Riley and a million media hopes on Tuesday when they defeated a tax hike referendum by more than 2 to 1. The Southern Baptist Governor had stumped for the $1.2 billion increase, nearly double the state's $675 million budget deficit, on grounds that it was the voters' Christian obligation. Some of our liberal friends wonder why they never thought of that one. But Alabamans know when Caesar is pulling a fast one and decided to render unto him no more of their hard-earned money.

The Democrats are soooo certain that rolling back W's tax cuts for more gub'mint services is an electoral winner. If Alabamans won't raise taxes for Jesus, I don't think Coloradoans will for Gov. Dean...

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Reader Comment

From an older post a reader comments:

Thank you for many of the points you have raised, can I remind you that the internet is a resource which represents the culmination of much of the combined knowledge of the educated and not so educated world to date, far greater is it, in truth, than any other reference source, any countries library references, any encyclopedia, any persons knowledge, if it exists and human society continues it will infact contain all of these aspects, for as you think of something it does not contain you are then in a situation to post it, probably, and if you are not you can find out how to. The other true marvel of this is the amazing fact that whilst relatively cheap power exist and given the efficiency of the resource, it can run from batteries for crying out loud, then it is a fantastically cheap resource too, I apologise for the arrogance of sitting here with a $1,800 dollar laptop, a significantly stable 56k connection and a larder of food, watching a program oconsiderring Adam abd Eve's Tomb in Iraq. but point out the amazement I found when young on seeing the first light emitting diode calculator, at that time an item of great technoligical advancement of about the same price of an entry level computer to the internet now and I'm only 32 in a week.
The point of this being that I searched for and am totally in support of, though not sure what will become of, the internet.
my search was for the baghdad internet cafe.
Why hear it second hand if you're interested.
Mik.

I am interested, Mik. Any front-line observations are welcome here. Take care.

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Killer or Coder?

A little fun today in the mail from my buddy, Jeff. Take this quiz and see if you can discern Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer?

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September 10, 2003

Quote of the Day

Thanks to Samizdata.net

This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.
- Attributed to Adolf Hitler, 1935

Posted by jk at 04:04 PM | What do you think? [0]

37 Percent

Of Americans in a Gallup Poll agree "...[T]he United Nations is doing a good job in trying to solve the problems it has had to face." Sixty percent say "poor job."

KBZ at Zogby Blog points out that that August body on 52nd Street does a little better among Democrat Candidates:

So, most Americans, 60%, think the UN is doing a poor job, but 100% of the Democrat candidates running for president think the UN is a fine organization, and want them intimately involved in the US occupation of Iraq. Historically, the Democrats have had blurred vision about what Americans want, this seems to be just another example.

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Thoughts on the debates

Wow -- I caught the CBC Democrat debates on FoxNews last night. Such vitriol against W and such a rush to the left (the questions made me laugh!) I am not the guy to advise the party of Jefferson but both of these are going to hurt you in the General as much as they will help you get the nomination.

So here's the jk theory: Senator Clinton (in '08 I think) will have a huge advantage in that she does not have to establish her liberal bona fides. She can sound moderate in the primaries and still excite the base. Did anybody ever clap once for Senator Lieberman last night? HRC could be at least that moderate and they would still go wild. Then she would not be painted into the left corner for the general election.

Posted by jk at 09:33 AM | What do you think? [2]

September 09, 2003

JohnGalt speaks

Imagine my surprise when I learned (from JK's post) that "I" have been operating a railroad in Colorado and three other western states since 1951! Alas, it is only an HO scale model railroad. Notwithstanding, I give my full endorsement to the John Galt Line enterprise. Those of us who borrow elements from Ayn Rand's fiction to spark our own creativity have a duty to be consistent with the heroic ideal of man that she sought to create. In my opinion the John Galt Line does this quite well. See the JGL page "Who is John Galt?"

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September 06, 2003

Mr. Orwell, call your office

Natalie Solent at Samizdata was alerted to a report on the Radio Netherlands Website that the BBC will monitor internet message boards for "hate speech."

Radio Nederlands commentary is quoted saying that it might be better to have "trained journalists" doing the monitoring than others. Not surprising, I suppose, that the trained journalists at Radio Nederlands rate their fellow trained journalists at the BBC as the best people to employ for this task. I must disagree: if I had to choose I'd rather be spied on by professional spies. At least they live in the real world, and in particular have the peril of Islamofascism very much in the forefront of their minds. I'd trust them way above the BBC to be able to tell the difference between clear statements warning against Islamofascism and genuine hate speech.

I think I would trust about anybody but a BBC journalist, myself. The post also discusses "Are we more or less free than we were 50 years ago?" For the UK, I think it is clearly "No."

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September 05, 2003

Choo choo ch' boogie!

AlexC at Pstupidonymous calls our attention to The John Galt Line.

The John Galt Line operates over 1900 miles of main track in Southern Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. In addition to on-system shipping, our interchange portals at Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Yeso offer easy access to the international marketplace.

Wow - are the tracks made of Reardon metal? I was pretty happy to discover the "Atlas Valley" shopping center near my house in Lafayette, CO with "Dagny Way" and "John Galt Lane." But this...

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Bias on the crawl...

Jason at Zogby Blog picks up some real and obvious media bias:

I've always known that the big three, NBC,CBS, ABC slanted their news. I have not, however watched them in quite some time. Last night, I got home from work and clicked on the TV, while I was paying my bills and the nightly news with Tom was on. They were doing a story on Miguel Estrada, the DC attorney general the Bush nominated for DC supreme court. The correspondent was talking about the partisan fight in the Senate of Miguel. He would have been the first Hispanic on the court, but the Dems filibustered his vote. Anyway, the correspondent was said that the Dems filibustered him because of his secrecy. As he put it, "his refusal to release internal memos" from his work as Attorney General. Now, did he mention the reason for this? Noooooo! It is a breach of legal code. Internal memos regarding cases cannot be released. They never have been for prior nominated justices and never will be for future justices. NBC happened to leave that part out. The reason the Dems filibustered was because the Attorney General would not break the law and NBC doesn't think that is an important part of the story. It reinforced what I already knew. Tom, Peter and Dan are rabid liberals and slant the news to make the Reps seem unreasonable and the Dems seem like the redeemers. Will it never end?

As I commented, I saw the same story on the CNBC "crawl" at the bottom of the TV during Kudlow & Cramer -- I was yelling more loudly than Jimmy!

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Virginia Thomas on Miguel Estrada

Like I said: we lost on the Estrada filbuster and I am not going to go on about it.

But I will link to this poignant piece by Virginia Thomas, Justice Clarence Thomas's wife in the WSJ today (and available on the OpinionJournal free site).

Not only is this a sad day for Miguel and Laurie Estrada, but we have all let something unfortunate occur in Washington. We allowed the U.S. Senate to erect a "glass ceiling" in our courts--you can do all the right things in America, but if you do not agree with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, you need not apply as a federal judge. This is the message that Democrats hope minorities, in particular, get from their victory as they succeeded in repelling a talented man, who happens to be Hispanic, from public service. For the hard left, Miguel Estrada was not qualified to be a federal judge because he would not march to their drumbeat.

Posted by jk at 08:52 AM | What do you think? [0]

September 04, 2003

jk + L.K.

It's okay. Larry Kudlow and I are back in the same fold. In NRO Financial, Lar pens a brilliant and characteristically upbeat piece on the Bull market and the recovery we are in right now.

The economic story has quickly gone from blah to rosy, and the Bush tax cuts implemented this past summer provided the turning point. After three years of investment drag, stock market decline, profit downturn, and business recession, lower tax rates on high-income earners, dividends, and capital gains -- along with faster business depreciation write-offs for the purchase of new equipment -- sparked the growth that is now developing.
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Give credit to President Bush for his unrelenting pursuit of pro-growth tax incentives. Also tip your hat to House Ways and Means chair Bill Thomas, who crafted supply-side tax-cut legislation against all odds.
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The only people who don't get this are the nine Democrats running for president. They have presented a relentless vision of pessimism that is at loggerheads with both the American spirit and the new economic reality. Their platform of tax-cut repeal is a platform of prosperity rollback. It won't work. Pessimism never does.

Posted by jk at 06:58 PM | What do you think? [0]

You got to lose...

You can't win all the time.

But Holy Cow! Do you have to just roll over? Miguel Estrada has withdrawn his name -- score one for Senators Levin, Leahy, and Neas. Is Ralph Neas not a Senator? Than why do we let him run the place?

I think a little more toughness was in order. The Senate Republicans let them get away with this without paying any price. A good and wise liberal friend of mine agrees that this is a dark day. Our Constitution is broken and I don't know how it will be fixed. Just waiting for a Democrat president so that we can screw him/her doesn't do it for me.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

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Andrew Sullivan is Back

And he brought a suitcase full of P-town, W hatred back as souvenirs.

Man! First day back:

This was the month in which it became official that the Bush administration is not interested in restraining the size of the federal government, but in expanding it to serve its own ends. When Fred Barnes concedes it, the conventional wisdom is set.

and
I could forgive this administration almost anything if it got the war right. But, after a great start, it's getting hard to believe the White House is in control of events any more.

and
Can we all now agree that [the carrier landing] was the dumbest political gesture of the last two years?

Glad you're back, Andrew, did you have a good time? How was the weather up there? On Wednesday, he reacts to some user mail. Today, he's on it again:
More evidence of the runaway federal government under Bush. The sheer profligacy of this administration continues to astound. If you're a fiscal conservative, Howard Dean is beginning to look attractive.

I had stood still long enough. I sent an email to Mr. Sullivan, subject "If you're a fiscal conservative...":

"...and you've been lobotomized, you might go for Howard Dean!

"Welcome back, Andrew, but the fullisades against W have really taken me aback. You're not too keen on supply-side, okay. But Dean's conservatism is that he'll raise taxes as much as he needs to to balance the budget. That may work in Vermont, that would ruin the USA.

"I wish W were a small-government conservative. He's not. The tax cuts are a lot more important. As Larry Kudlow says, "growth will pat off the deficits." New taxes will just stifle growth,"

And it was returned, "User Mailbox Full." Hahahahahahaha, guess I am not the only one...

I have lost faith in pundits before. I used to watch Chris Matthews's "Hardball," then I moved to O'Reilly -- now I can't stomach either. I have given up on "The McLaughlin Group." I did not buy nor read the new Ann Coulter book.

But if lose Andrew, it will hurt. I have extreme respect for his intelligence, his writing is a joy, and I respect his independence of thought. He has paid for his courage in standing up to GLAAD and Act Up!

He is still top of the blogroll here, and I read him everyday. But if I hear the Gov. Dean == Fiscal Conservativism too many more times, I dunno.

Posted by jk at 04:09 PM | What do you think? [2]

September 01, 2003

Happy Labor Day

Read Mark Steyn. Even if he does spell "Labour Day" wrong.

Instead of a world in which the workers are forced to operate huge, clanking machines below the Earth all day long, the machines are small and silent and so computerized no manpower is required and the masses have to be sedated by shallow distractions like supersized shakes and Wal-Mart and 24-hour lesbian wrestling channels on Premium Cable.
It took the workers' tribunes a while to catch on: Even today, when your average union leader issues his annual Labour Day address, you can tell at heart he still thinks it's 1926 and Metropolis is just around the corner.
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But to this future of vast, unstoppable, ever-expanding wealth, the champions of the oppressed have come up with an ingenious solution: global poverty! Its the answer to all our woes. We need a massive Poverty Expansion Program if we're to save the planet.
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There's no such thing as "sustainable" development. Human progress and individual liberty have advanced on the backs of one unsustainable development after another: When we needed trees for heating and transportation, we chopped 'em down. Then we discovered oil, and the trees grew back. When the oil runs out, we won't notice because our SUVs will be powered by something else. Bet on human ingenuity every time. We're not animals, and it's a cult as deranged as the screwiest fringe religion to insist we are. Earth's most valuable resource is us.

Posted by jk at 10:11 AM | What do you think? [0]

"Labor" Day Honor is Misplaced

I hope that all are enjoying the Labor Day holiday today, but it's important to remember that its origin is as another concession to powerful labor unions who had already won all their other demands from the industries they "labored" for.

Intellectually, Labor Day tacitly endorses the Marxist doctrine that all wealth arises from labor. Although a necessary ingredient for production, there could be no wealth creation without new ideas. It is the genius that produces the new ideas that is the real hero when it comes to creation of wealth and prosperity. As is explained by this Op-Ed from the Ayn Rand Institute, "We owe our relative affluence not to muscle power, but to brain power."

Happy Creator's Day!

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We Will Not Falter

W said "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail." Well, his political adversaries are ready to do all three in one fell swoop by turning Iraqi reconstruction and security over to the corrupt and pusillanimous U.N.
The National Review Editors know better, In A Bearable Burden they offer great advice: "hold the line."

To speak impatiently about reducing the American presence in Iraq signals a lack of resolve to see the reconstruction through. Such signaling is dangerous. Nor should we be deluded into thinking that putting a non-American face on Iraq will mollify our enemies. That idea should have gone up in smoke with the U.N. bombing. We are in a war on terrorism. At this moment, the top priority of our enemies in that war is the failure of democracy in Iraq. To achieve that goal, they are willing to kill Iraqis in large numbers. They will not shrink from killing Swedes.

The deaths of our heroes are tragic but their cause is just and we cannot discard their sacrifices because we lack the courage to continue.

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