30 January 2009

There's a New RNC Chairman

Michael Steele

so anyway, congratulations to Michael Steele on his new job as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Although I burned my GOP membership card years ago, I am glad to see Steele as the face of the Party.

Ragin' Dave sums up the sentiment:

It's not going to make me leap back to the Republican Party, but it's a start. Out with the old Democrat Lite!

This line, from the coverage by some "news" organization that I've never heard of, troubles me a bit:
Steele, an attorney, is a conservative, but he was considered the most moderate of the five candidates running.
We don't need no stinkin' moderates. Mr.Steele has been guest hosting Bill Bennett's Morning in America radio program frequently of late; he comes across as being a very down to earth regular guy. That's good. He is also a bit wobbly when it comes to the Second Amendment. That's bad.

We'll see how this goes. Again, congratulations to the new RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

29 January 2009

Sowell on the "Newer Deal"

spot on, as per his usual

so anyway, Thomas Sowell's recent post 'Stimulus' Plan Is Really About Enlarging Gov't is not to be missed.

Money quote:

In the name of protecting the taxpayers' investment, they are buying the power to tell General Motors how to make cars, banks how to bank and, before it is all over with, all sorts of other people how to do the work they specialize in, and for which members of Congress have no competence, much less expertise.

This administration and Congress are in a position to do what Franklin Roosevelt did during the Great Depression of the 1930s — use a crisis of the times to create new institutions that will last for generations.

To this day, we are still subsidizing millionaires in agriculture because farmers were having a tough time in the 1930s.
h/t to Four Right Wing Wackos for the enlightenment.

Being employed in The Stoopid Business™*, I have a concerned interest in the government telling automakers and subsequently the automaker's suppliers (after all, we suppliers make the parts that the automakers merely assemble to make cars) how to do our jobs. Couple that with the recent news regarding environmental regulations and new C.A.F.E. standards**; yeah, you could say that I'm uncomfortable with more government involvement.

OTOH, if my employer doesn't get some of that sweet, sweet bailout money soon, my family and I could be living in a cardboard box under an overpass in a matter of a couple of week's time.

Conflicted much? Welcome to my world.

Related: Dale Franks of Q and O fame has posted a Econ 101: Neo-Keynesian piece that bears reading:
On the bright side, we will now have a fascinating experiment to see if Lord Keynes' original ideas have any merit. And you, my friends, get to be the test subjects.
I like Dale's thinking; Keynes, not so much. Read the whole thing.

more soon

*Yes, I really need to write my expose on the Stoopid Business™. Recent events have held me back, it would read like "piling on" in light of the public bashing my industry has taken over the past 6-8 weeks. It is coming, eventually.

**Inceasing the C.A.F.E. standards has two immediate impacts: first, more people will die in car crashes. The quickest, cheapest way to improve fuel economy is to reduce vehicle weight; the lighter the vehicle, the less likely it (and it's occupants) survives the crash. Period. Full Stop. Second, higher C.A.F.E. standards point to "downsizing" for the automakers and their suppliers. Guess where my personal interest lies.....

23 January 2009

National Holiday

it should be more like a Universal Holiday

so anyway, my new-found friend Hecate (thanks to my Brother-in-Blog Ragin' Dave of Four Right Wing Wackos' fame) reminds us that today is the anniversary of John Moses Browning's birthday.

Do go read the post on Hecate's Crossroad the subject, then click on over to Four Right Wing Wackos. It's all good.

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20 January 2009

Congratulations, Mr. President

we have a new Commander in Chief

so anyway, just in case you missed it, Barack Obama was sworn in today as the 44th President of the United States of America. Congratulations, Mr. Obama. I wish you all the best, because you are my President.

McQ of Q and O fame sums up my feelings most succinctly:

.....I wish President Obama success on those things in which we find common ground. And I promise him dogged but respectful opposition to those on which we disagree. I understand, no matter how much we disagree, that in reality Barack Obama has the best interest of the country at heart. But the same stands true for me. However, as the left never seems to learn, opposition does not have to mean hate.
Emphasis mine.

On the topic, McQ also shares this:
I read a story last night that said he was cool, calm and joking the day before assuming the office of President. It reminded me of my 1st parachute jump in Jump School. I too was cool, calm and joking as we chuted up for that first jump. I had absolutely no frame of reference for what I was about to do. But with the training I had undertaken in the 34 foot tower and the 200 ft tower, I pretty much figured I understood all I needed to know and, frankly, didn't think the jump would be that much different.

In fact I had no idea whatsoever of what it really was like to jump from a perfectly good airplane at 140 knots and 1100 feet. When I chuted up to make my second jump, it was a much more quiet, somber and reflective person (who was quietly terrified now that I knew what to expect). I think that sometime this week, Barack Obama will be in much the same frame of mind that I was when I headed out for my 2nd jump.

In keeping with McQ's idiom: Tomorrow morning, Mr. President, will be your first jump. You'll go from "I'm not (yet) the President, but I play one on TV" to the real deal, Thursday morning will be even harder. I'll be right there with you, as you are My President.

Melanie Phillips has some thoughts, as well:

The coverage is so gushing we might all drown. Of course it’s a great thing that America, with its history of slavery and segregation still a shockingly recent memory, now has a black President; the palpable joy of African-Americans is entirely understandable and deeply touching. And there’s no doubt that Obama is a highly charismatic and attractive personality.

But what’s more than a wee bit troubling is that the swooning hysteria reflects the fact that people appear to believe that as of today the world will be saved. Swords will be beaten into ploughshares, peace will be brought to the Middle East, Iran will be pacified, every American will have health insurance, poverty will be eliminated and utopia will have arrived.

h/t to Mike over at Cold Fury for the link. More on the "coverage" later. Let our new President have his day.

more soon

19 January 2009

Stephen Green has a new home

VodkaPundit has been assimilated

so anyway, Stephen "VodkaPundit" Green has been folded in to the Pajama's umbrella. Snappy new look, and Supply Side Politics 2.0 remains on his blogroll. Congratulations and Thank you, Steve.

I already miss the old VodkaPundit look. I'm not real big on change. Color me an "outsider", for the next four to eight years, your mileage may vary.

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17 January 2009

Mission Creep


so anyway, Mark Steyn's recent post "Our Permanent State of Routine Emergency" is not to be missed. A taste:

But, with government, mission creep isn't a bug but the defining feature. In mid-September, the "bailout" was a once-in-a-lifetime emergency measure to save the planet. A mere four months later, it's the new baseline. If your congressman's lousy boondoggle has got six zeroes on the end, it's an earmark: Boooooooooo! If it's got 12 zeroes, it's a "stimulus": Hurrah!

I'm not worried about "change" so much as creep. The Obama administration doesn't have to do anything terribly transformative – overnight socialization of health care, etc. In fact, it doesn't have to do anything at all. It could just sit there, and America would still drift remorselessly, incrementally left, inch by inch. Eventually, you reach a tipping point: At some point in the next four years, we will reach a situation where the majority of Americans pay no federal income tax but are able to vote themselves more goodies from those who do. The most basic of conservative principles is that if you reward bad behavior you get more of it. We now have a government offering trillion-dollar rewards for bad behavior to the financial system, to the housing market, to the auto unions and to individual voters...

...We're now told that the problem with the last New Deal is that it was too small, so Obama's new New Deal has to be even bigger. That's like telling New Orleans that the problem is they're not far enough below sea level so they need to dig deeper.
Hat tip to Cold Fury for the link, be sure to read Noel's glossing on the topic. Noel references both The Constitution and Ronald W. Reagan; like peanut butter and chocolate. And that's a good thing.

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Another Moronsphere Sucess Story

never mis-underestimate the power of the Moronsphere

so anyway, the hit counter issue seems to have resolved itself. One day it's broked, the next day it's much better. The latter half of my bleg still stands: what is the bestest freebie counter available?

more soon

15 January 2009

Bleg for advice

can any of you Morons put me some knowledge?*

so anyway, it looks like the hit counter has finally crapped out. My Brother-in-Blog set it up four+ years ago, a couple of weeks (months?) after Supply Side Politics came to be. Now it's broken and Greg can't be reached for comment.

Here's where the bleg comes in: I need to set up a new hit counter, but what's the protocol here? I know that around 8:00 AM-ish on Monday 05JAN09 the counter read 8973 hits. (I check it and make note every Monday morning before starting my thankless Stoopid Business™ job.**) I could set up another counter, but what do I use as my baseline starting point? Is my hit counter to be forever plagued with an asterisk?

Your thoughts are appreciated. How do I properly deal with this, and what's the bestest freebie counter available?

* Now I'll have to endure an excruciating call from my parents tomorrow morning wondering why I'm asking Mormons for advice....hey, they're good for a dozen hits a week, so I gotta take the call from my parents. Pity me, fellow Moron-bloggers.

** Why do I check it every Monday morning? Shut up, that's why.

10 January 2009

The 2008 Weblog Awards

it's that time of year again

so anyway, the polls are open for the 2008 Weblog Awards. My choices follow, your mileage may vary:

Do it the Chicago way: vote often.


* No Iowahawk? Are you fcuking kidding me?
** Michael Yon will win this by a ton; but I'm voting BlackFive. Yon is more "Military Journalism" (perhaps a new category for the 2009 Weblog Awards?)
***Shire Network News is, quite simply, the finest podcast out there for us "right of center" folks.

There was more, but it's gotten late early again, so I must go.