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Cramer v. Stewart

[ 0 ] March 13, 2009 |

The video of what djw was discussing earlier for those of us who missed it last night:

[Rather than embed all the segments and slow the website to a crawl, you should be able to follow by clicking the relevant link after each one ends…]

An Article That Is — I Swear! — Idiotic Even By Pajamas Media Standards

[ 0 ] March 13, 2009 |

Shorter Jeff Pope: The fact that the new president, subsequent to his crushing election victory, is attempting to enact the agenda he ran on rather that neo-Hooverite nonsense that voters have been consistently rejecting for many decades proves that elections doesn’t matter.

Don’t kid yourself, though, if you charge people five bucks a month to have people engage in this kind of analysis on the Web TeeVee you’re sitting on a goldmine…

[ 0 ] March 13, 2009 |


Friday Cat Blogging… Starbuck and Ripley

…as you can see, Starbuck has reacted to the arrival of Ripley by undertaking a campaign of hissing, growling, swatting, and dive bombing. Nelson believes that any engagement legitimizes Ripley’s presence, thus increasing the chances that Nelson will be eaten.

Things I never would have thought possible….

[ 0 ] March 13, 2009 |

I’m almost starting to feel bad for Jim Cramer.

Eleven this Month

[ 0 ] March 13, 2009 |

This needs to stop, and it looks as if Jim Moran has the right idea about stopping it:

The Army fired 11 soldiers in January for violating the military’s policy that gay service members must keep their sexuality hidden, according to a Virginia congressman. Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said he has requested monthly updates from the Pentagon on the impact of the policy until it is repealed.

In a statement released on Thursday, Moran said the discharged soldiers included an intelligence collector, a military police officer, four infantry personnel, a health care specialist, a motor-transport operator and a water-treatment specialist.

“How many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure?” asked Moran, a member of the House panel that oversees military spending.

Clever way to approach it; making manifest the damage caused by the policy while at the same time invoking a sense of urgency. I think that the don’t ask don’t tell is dead policy walking anyway, but better to get rid of it as soon as possible.

A Limited Defense of Michael Steele

[ 0 ] March 12, 2009 |

In fairness, by Republican standards, I don’t really see how Steele flip-flopped. After all, the Republican position on abortion seems to be that abortion should be “left to the states,” and this state-centric position is best accomplished by passing a constitutional amendment banning abortion in all 50 states as well as a broad array of other federal abortion regulations. So, by these standards, Steele’s position is perfectly consistent! Admittedly, if you use the standards of basic logic his position makes absolutely no sense, just like the Republican one, but any of the nation’s prominent male op-ed columnists will tell you, this doesn’t change the fact that the abortion criminalization lobby has a commitment to rigorous moral reasoning the rest of us can only envy.

Poseurs

[ 0 ] March 12, 2009 |

You’d think if you were planning to Go Galt, you’d at least bother to get your cultural signifiers straight:

Lyndse Rae Faba is going to go Galt by, first, quitting smoking. What! We thought smoking was a politically incorrect activity enjoyed by all conservative men, women and children. She explains: “If children want free health care they can take up smoking and pay for it themselves, I guess.”

I don’t know what the hell that means, either. But Lyndse Rae clearly isn’t a “Hundred Percenter.”

(Via Roy Edroso)

Posturing

[ 0 ] March 11, 2009 |

Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that Wells Fargo will be giving back their bailout money on the same day that Mr. and Dr. Instapundit “go Galt.” Coincidentally. this will be the same day that I win “America’s Next Top Model.”

The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan

[ 0 ] March 11, 2009 |

Alex Harrowell has a couple of interesting posts on the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, one at Fistful of Euros and the other at Yorkshire Ranter. The point is essentially this; the Soviets executed the withdrawal more competently that just about any other aspect of the war, and it worked out really well for them. The government that they left in place survived for another three years, and only collapsed when Soviet support ended in 1992.

In fact, the withdrawal was about the best idea the Soviets had in Afghanistan. Having decided to go, they pursued a policy of building up the Afghan government, changing the military strategy to one based on defending the bulk of the population and leaving the mountain wilds to the enemy, pouring in aid of all kinds, negotiation with those who were willing, and leaving a strong advisory mission in place.

I recall at the time that predictions of the survival of the Soviet-sponsored Afghan government were measured in weeks or in months, but it turned out that the opposition split, foreign support for the rebels vanished, and the regime was able to win several crucial military victories. Nobody talked much about this after 1989, because nobody really cared much about Afghanistan. I’m thinking that the United States and Europe could do much, much worse than what the Soviets managed; Harrowell thinks (perhaps only half-jokingly) that the Soviet general who managed the post-withdrawal advisory mission should be tracked down and consulted on the future of the NATO mission. A Soviet style operation would concede certain facts about Afghanistan; the central government will never have much control over the hinterland, and a liberal democratic regime is unlikely to exist in any thing but name, but it may be past time to think about such concessions.

Cross-posted to TAPPED.

Outsourcing II

[ 0 ] March 11, 2009 |

Edroso on Paglia:

I see Salon is still publishing Camille Paglia. Why, I wonder? It can’t be respect for her prose, which reads like yammerings that a cranked-up MFA candidate might read into a digital recorder for her overdue thesis as she speed-walks around the quad. The only sane reason I can imagine they do it is to throw Republican yahoos some pointy-head bait, as the Times does with David Brooks and John Tierney, to get themselves links from rightwing blogs. Don’t they realize they could get Ann Althouse to do the same thing for much less money?

If I understand correctly, Salon is still asking people for money. Yeah, good luck with that as long as any percentage of a prospective fee might go to the somewhat more pretentious and even dumber Maureen Dowd…

…at least her latest column makes it clear why she likes Sarah Palin so much: they both seem to share the eccentric conviction that being criticized violates your First Amendment rights.

Outsourcing

[ 0 ] March 11, 2009 |

Adam discusses Maureen Dowd’s lunacy so that — this time at least — I don’t have to.

Sims

[ 0 ] March 11, 2009 |

Seems like a good choice. Certainly, among Washington state politicians I always preferred him to Gary Locke...