The Marines are here. The real ones.
28 October, 2008
And the lack thereof.
“Journalist” is a bogus word for people who are trying to make it sound like this wretched business is something exalted, something professional, something that requires arcane, secret knowledge hard come by. All things it never was, as amply demonstrated on a regular basis by some of the best in the business working at some of the finest publications in the nation. Yes, there are some skills, knacks and tricks of the trade. It helps to be familiar with stuff like … your subject matter … the English language … telephones and computers. Bloggers, untrained, in a couple of years have shown that millions upon millions of dollars have been wasted in this country on journalism degrees.
If not, just consider what we have to look forward to judicial-wise if Obama takes control.
[Obama] also noted that the Court “didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted.” That is to say, he noted that the U.S. Constitution as written is only a guarantee of negative liberties from government — and not an entitlement to a right to welfare or economic justice.
This raises the question of whether Mr. Obama can in good faith take the presidential oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution” as he must do if he is to take office. Does Mr. Obama support the Constitution as it is written, or does he support amendments to guarantee welfare? Is his provision of a “tax cut” to millions of Americans who currently pay no taxes merely a foreshadowing of constitutional rights to welfare, health care, Social Security, vacation time and the redistribution of wealth? Perhaps the candidate ought to be asked to answer these questions before the election rather than after.
If Mr. Obama wins we could possibly see any or all of the following: a federal constitutional right to welfare; a federal constitutional mandate of affirmative action wherever there are racial disparities, without regard to proof of discriminatory intent; a right for government-financed abortions through the third trimester of pregnancy; the abolition of capital punishment and the mass freeing of criminal defendants; ruinous shareholder suits against corporate officers and directors; and approval of huge punitive damage awards, like those imposed against tobacco companies, against many legitimate businesses such as those selling fattening food.
I say again to those who chant “But Carter gave us Reagan” that there are two things to consider. First, Obama is so far left he makes Carter look like Barry Goldwater. Second, we have still not recovered from the damage Carter did. And Obama has already proven to be much, much nastier than the Nasty Little Man.
If thinking of the Courts doesn’t depress you, just think of how you’ll be investigated if you dare to ask the wrong question.
I was in Orlando over the weekend. I was struck by several things. One, everybody was just incredibly nice there. Another was that there were campaign signs everywhere – for local races. I didn’t see one Obama nor McCain sign.
But I did see a button in someone’s office. It read:
He may be dead, but he’s better than Obama.
Elaine Lafferty, Democrat and former editor in chief of Ms., says Sarah Palin’s a Brainiac.
Now by “smart,” I don’t refer to a person who is wily or calculating or nimble in the way of certain talented athletes who we admire but suspect don’t really have serious brains in their skulls. I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had. Palin is more than a “quick study”; I’d heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is.
On a related note, take four minutes to hear the point Glenn Loury makes here.
Now we have Coastal Elites for Sarah Palin
Do you find yourself telling your squash partner to call you “Barracuda” during a match? Have you set aside a weekend for “snow machining” when you winter in Vail? When someone asks you to make his martini extra dry, do you respond “you betcha”? During your last pheasant walk-up, did you stop to consider that moose hunting might be a good change of pace? Upon seeing Sen. McCain introduce Gov. Palin, did you announce, “Well, Dorothy Parker sure got that one wrong!” If so, this group is for you.
Not a typo for Mexican food. One of Saturn’s moons.
Boston.com has been doing a great job on astrononomy images lately. Their Big Picture feature on the sun is amazing.