Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Self Hatred and idealizing "The Other".

According to academic myth, The Other is supposed to be the scapegoat for one's own unacceptable side; there is something to that, but for the dominant culture of America today, the truth is exactly the opposite. For liberals, it is The Other who is above criticism, and it's the in-group -- like us folks -- who are irredeemably Evil. Why do you think they voted for Obama? To prove to themselves how much better they are. It certainly had nothing to do with the reality of picking a sensible leader for the country. Obama voters are living in a comic strip of their own devising, and it may take a really life-threatening national crisis for them to come down to earth. Just wait for the Iranian or North Korean Bomb, and we'll see.

The trouble with all that peace and love -- which I don't mind people fantasizing about -- is that seems to go along with a real hatred of one's own. It's interesting just to ask your nearest liberal friend -- "Can you say anything good about America? Anything at all?" -- and watch them flounder and stammer.

The rest is

My Old Frat House Caught Fire...Again.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign fire officials are continuing Wednesday to investigate a fraternity fire at the corner of Fourth and John streets Tuesday evening.

Champaign and Urbana fire crews were sent to a blaze at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, 401 E. John St., C, shortly after 8:30 p.m., according to Champaign Deputy Fire Chief Tim Wild. Wild said nobody was in the building at the time since the university is on spring break.

My old fraternity brother Tory Reda reminds me that there had been an attic fire in the 1970's at some point and that the whole house burned down in the late 50's or early sixties. He leans toward "the property is built on an Indian burial ground" explanation.

I on the other hand favor the "a bunch drunk/stoned frat guys monkeyed with the wiring so they could ...um...grow 'plants' in the attic" explanation.

The full article is here.
h/t Greg Dorner
By the way, I wasn't a Delta Tau Delta (not that there's anything wrong with that). I was a FIJI a.k.a. Phi Gamma Delta. We sold the house in the late 90's and moved to our present location.

Maxine Waters Makes Treasuary Secretary Tim Geithner Look Competent And Reasonable.

Tragically, she used to be my Congressman.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Reality Sinks In.

Conservatives who supported Obama "are stunned to discover that, in the words of Mr. Brooks, 'Barack Obama is not who we thought he was”.

You don’t say. Instead, he seems to be pretty much what the firebreathing knuckledragging morons thought he was: a Big Government leftie with the most liberal voting record in the Senate.

More here.

Denny's Introduces 'Just A Humongous Bucket Of Eggs And Meat'.

I gotta say, I was crushed when I found out this wasn't real.

Video of Nadya Suleman (Octomom) Giving Birth -not for the squemish.

Yesterday was my seventh wedding anniversary...

...not really a big deal at our house, though at least we both remembered it this year.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I've been a bad blogger...

I've neglected you, my audience and I apologize. I've been busy with the arrival of my twin girls and we've recently moved. It's no excuse but hopefully you'll understand. Anyway I'm back.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Death of the California Dream.

Today the politics of narcissism is most evident among "progressives." Although the Republicans can still block massive tax increases, the predominant force in California politics lies with two groups — the gentry liberals and the public sector. The public-sector unions, once relatively poorly paid, now enjoy wages and benefits unavailable to most middle-class Californians, and do so with little regard to the fiscal and overall economic impact. Currently barely 3 percent of the state budget goes to building roads or water systems, compared with nearly 20 percent in the Pat Brown era; instead we're funding gilt-edged pensions and lifetime guaranteed health care. It's often a case of I'm all right, Jack — and the hell with everyone else.

The article is here.

Top 20 Most Shocking Banned Album Covers.

In the sanitized world of Wal-Mart and iTunes, you’ll never see album cover images that are even remotely offensive. But it wasn’t always that way. The storied histories of rock and metal are filled with episodes in which sordid album art made its way out of record company art departments and onto store shelves, where it caused an outcry until the record company repackaged the album in a more shopper-friendly guise. Ah, those were the days...

Totally Not Safe For Work.

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The Roots of Liberal Condescension.

John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his running mate set off a fiercely contemptuous reaction. The chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party said Mrs. Palin's sole qualification for high office was that she had never had an abortion. The comedian Bill Maher scoffed at the idea that "this stewardess" would be first in the line of succession. The scorn moved The Atlantic Monthly's Clive Crook to write that "the metropolitan liberal, in my experience, regards overt religious identity as vulgar, and evangelical Christianity as an infallible marker of mental retardation. Flag-waving patriotism is seen as a joke and an embarrassment."

The denunciation of Palin took place 45 years after William F. Buckley Jr. wrote: "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." From Richard Nixon's invoking the "silent majority" to Mrs. Palin's campaigning as a devout, plainspoken hockey mom, conservatives have claimed that they share the common sense of the common man. Liberals—from Adlai Stevenson to Barack Obama to innumerable writers, artists and academics—have often been willing foils in this drama, unable to stop themselves from disparaging the very people whose votes are indispensable to the liberal cause. The elephant-in-the-room irony is that the liberal cause is supposed to be about improving the prospects and economic security of ordinary Americans, whose beliefs and intelligence liberals so often enjoy deriding.

More Here.


All Peter Sellers all the time. The site is here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Obama: 52 mistakes in 52 days.

Let me count them up, in no particular order. Some are big. Some are small.

We all make mistakes. Here’s his:
1. A do-over on the oath of office.

2. Tim Geithner.
3. Bill Richardson.
4. Tom Daschle.
5. Eric “Nation of Cowards” Holder.
6. Leon Panetta.
7. Arne “Cappuccino” Duncan.
8. Hilda Solis (OK, her husband has the tax liens).
9. Nancy Killefer.
10. Charles Freeman Jr.
11. Ron Kirk.
12. Adolfo Carrion.
13. Banning offshore oil again.
14. Letting Nancy Pelosi write the $787 billion “stimulus’ plan.
15. Relying on Tim Geithner to explain it.
16. It is a $13-a-week stimulus, or as his wife said of Bush’s plan: “You’re getting $600. What can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything. But maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn’t pay down every bill every month.”
17. Going to a press conference without a TelePrompTer. I… Uhh… Umm… Could you repeat the question?
18. Using a TelePrompTer at a press conference. Big boys don’t need training wheels.

The rest are here.

On Gitmo and Torture.

The Obama Agenda.

Many people assume, and liberals and the Obama administration hope, that because Democrats dominate both houses of Congress they can easily enact Obama's comprehensive agenda. It's not apparent that Obama understands he'll need to use a different set of skills to ensure his proposals become law than those he used to win the election. Even with a Democratic Congress they won't wiz through like the stimulus package.

More Here.

Star Trek Barbershop Quartet

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Accounting for California's Suicide.

If we can agree that Californians have somehow squandered a rich natural and inherited wealth, what were the root causes of this collective suicide?

Critics disagree. Some cite expanding but inefficient state government, out of control state pensions and oppressive taxes. Or is the problem costly prisons and astronomical rates of incarceration, illegal immigration, unchecked welfare, and oppressive regulation and environmental restrictions?

All these may be true. But less discussed is the common culprit: a weird sort of utopian mindset. Perhaps because have-it-all Californians live in such a rich natural landscape and inherited so much from their ancestors, they have convinced themselves that perpetual bounty is now their birthright -- not something that can be lost in a generation of complacency.

Californians count on the wealth of farming but would prefer their rivers to remain wild rather than tapped. They like tasteful redwood decks but demand someone else fell their trees for the wood. Californians drive imported SUVs but would rather that you drill for oil off your shores rather than they off theirs. They pride themselves on their liberal welfare programs, but drive out with confiscatory taxes the few left to pay for them.

Californians expect cheap imported labor to tend their lawns and clean their houses, but are incensed at sky-high welfare and entitlement costs that accompany illegal immigration. Lock 'em up, they say -- but the state is bankrupted by new prisons, constant inmate lawsuits and unionized employees.

Read the whole thing.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

For those of you who haven't seen it...

Congressman Gregory White Offers Preemptive Apology For Extramarital Affair.

Congressman Offers Preemptive Apology For Extramarital Affair

Whatever happened to Mendelssohn?

What is it about Felix Mendelssohn that so habitually slips the mind? For most of the 19th century, Mendelssohn was considered the equal of Beethoven and Bach. For much of the 20th, his music was known to at least as many listeners as the Beatles – if not the Anglican hymn O for the Wings of a Dove, then the obligatory Wedding March. His violin concerto is the saccharine test for every virtuoso and his Scottish Symphony is that country’s best-known musical evocation.

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In Praise of Libraries

Think you can find everything you need online? What if you’re trying to trace a judicial duel held before the French King in 1386?

I had found an entry for a document about the piece of land in question in a manuscripts catalog for the Bibliothèque Nationale and made a note to examine the document the next time I visited Paris. But months later, when I wrote the shelf mark on a call slip for the clerk at the bibliothèque, he looked at it and said, "Ça n'existe pas." A lengthy conversation in French with the curator on duty went nowhere, so I tried again the next day when a different person was working. He explained that the shelf marks in the 19th-century catalog had been superseded and wrote down a new reference number, but once again I was told at the call desk, "Ça n'existe pas."

More Here.