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  • (Vanity) Christmas Meditation on the Rosary

    12/25/2015 5:37:35 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 12-25-2015 | grey_whiskers
    This morning I woke up and decided to pray the Rosary before everyone else woke up. During the Rosary I had some unusual thoughts... First, let me note that despite the fact it is Christmas Day (at least, for the non-Orthodox out there), it is Friday. And Friday is for the Sorrowful Mysteries. For the non-Rosary prayers out there, there are a number of themes when praying the Rosary. Each one is a set of Five Mysteries: elements or episodes from the life of Christ or the Apostles. The Rosary consists of recitations of the Lord's prayer, followed by 10...
  • (Vanity) How do we solve a problem like the Donald?

    08/25/2015 10:27:54 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 171 replies
    Free Republic original content ^ | 08-25-2015 | grey_whiskers
    In the past couple of weeks, ever since the Fox News GOP debates (yes, plural, there was the "kiddie table" debate with Perry, Fiorina, and Jindal, among others), there is one name on the GOP side who has dominated not only the airwaves, but most of the time and efforts of the punditocracy. Donald Trump. He arouses wild excitement, and withering contempt; he is an object both of fear and of hope; and his support, like his opposition, comes from all demographic groups, many different political backgrounds, and is not limited to any one state or geographic region. He is,...
  • [Vanity] SnagItAll -- Reflections on Software, Markets, and Government

    01/19/2015 5:25:40 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers | 1-19-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The other day at work I was working on Windows 7 and opening an XML document by right-clicking on the mouse and going to the menu to choose “Windows XML reader” and then, once it was open, to save it to Excel. At some point during the process, I noticed a menu item appear that read “Use SnagIt.” I thought this was interesting since the last time I had used SnagIt, was when it was a proprietary stand-alone application. And I thought to my self, first, “Hey, that’s great! I’m glad it’s available”...and then, coming to, “Hey! Wait a minute!...
  • Fracture Lines, or, Of Sects and Sex

    01/18/2015 12:20:53 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-18-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The United States started out mainly Protestant -- however due to the schisms in Western Europe, with a strong bent towards religious tolerance of other denominations. Coupled with this, the American War of Independence gave a strong bent to non-hierarchical thinking...therefore a suspicion of stratified, formalized churches (primarily Catholic) as Orthodox churches were concentrated in Russia and Eastern Europe and demographically underrepresented among the settlers. Coupled with this, historical ignorance (America as a “melting pot” formed explicitly upon socio-political theory rather than accidents of blood, war, and geography) coupled with dependence upon breakaway denominations (Lutheran, Calvinist, Evangelical) led to a...
  • (Vanity) Thoughts While Praying The Rosary

    10/03/2013 2:55:03 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | Oct. 03, 2013 | grey_whiskers
    Thoughts while praying the rosary's 3rd decade this morning. "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" When Jesus was teaching, He knew, but the Jewish people didn't, that their world was shortly to change, with the fall and sack of Jerusalem. God was warning about His timetable: that is, He knew what was going to happen, and the consequences of death while unrepentant. He was trying to warn: and yet it seemed to many (with Jesus then, even as it was with Paul later -- recall Jesus saying "if they reject my words, they will reject yours too,...
  • Meditations on a Ferret

    09/07/2013 10:59:16 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 09-08-2013 | grey_whiskers
    My daughter left for college. She had three ferrets, one is left alive now. I have to clean its cage and feed and water it. It looks lonely; it wants to come out and play. But once out of the cage, it doesn’t “interact” on a personal level. Not like our cat who went around *shredding* everything once my daughter had been gone for a week. Cats have more personality. Dogs, apparently even more. Is this related to gyri and sulci in the brain? Brain size? Internal wiring and size of different brain regions? It comes back to the idea...
  • (Vanity) The Problem with Checks and Balances, or Three Wolves and The Sheep

    05/19/2013 8:59:32 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 18 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-19-2013 | grey_whiskers
    One of the things which has so *maddened* conservatives during the oh-so-dolorous-and-slow Chinese water torture of the Obama administration, is the way that the Administration seems to be "above the law" or "unaccountable"; and at that, not only in a Nixonian sense, but in a Louis XIV sense ("L'état, c'est moi"). Look back at some of the initial scandals and/or muckraking topics from the first term, or from the campaign against Romney: "They acted stupidly" / beer summit The non-prosecution of the Black Panthers for voter intimidation The brouhaha over the "birth certificate" The non-closure of Club Gitmo The run-up...
  • Their Head in the Clouds, or, The Atheists' Fear

    03/02/2013 3:30:22 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 62 replies
    grey_whiskers | 03-02-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Consider looking at the sky. One can often see a layer of clouds, where the sky is completely clear below a certain height, but the clouds seem to mushroom expansively, all emanating from the same height, as though resting on a great unseen glass shelf in the sky. In other, rarer, circumstances, one may happen to see a column of smoke rising, and abruptly halt and spread out horizontally, as though it has hit an invisible ceiling. The same thing happens in the mind: one travels along the paths of knowledge, absorbing information and learning all one can about a...
  • (Vanity) Musical Thoughts: Metaphysical Musings From A Christian Music Video

    02/08/2013 5:37:02 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 31 replies
    grey_whiskers | 02-08-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Recently I was watching a YouTube video of Phil Keaggy. For those of you who do not know -- (which is to say, almost everybody) he is a Christian songwriter and guitarist who is a legend among guitarists; there are rumours floating around that Jimi Hendrix once called him "the best guitarist in the world."1 What is interesting is the comment threads which show up on YouTube under many of his videos. Generally one or two Christians will show up, with comments like "This is what Heaven must sound like" or "Praise GOD for Phil Keaggy's gift." Then usually, one...
  • (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, Part II: The Wages of Sin is Debt, or, The Horny of Plenty

    11/25/2012 6:21:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-25-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a brief follow-on piece to the original, (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, or, It's Just How We Roll In that piece I considered the GOP-e's analysis of the 2012 Presidential Election loss as due to unsurmountable demographic shifts in the electorate, and showed that the changes in the electorate were not due solely to demographics, but to changes in the labor market and the attitudes instilled into the historical blue-collar voting bloc (across sexual and racial lines) in an attempt to gain political power. I then showed the financial dangers of such an approach and compared them to...
  • (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, or, It's Just How We Roll

    11/25/2012 1:22:31 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-25-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In the aftermath of President Obama's unexpected re-election, and the even more unexpected further erosion of GOP power in both the House and Senate, the usual GOP firing squad has swung into action. Some have blamed the loss on Romney's incompetent GOTV tool, Orca; others on various flavors of conservativism, from the religious right to those who favor restrictions on immigration; still others blame the problem on the infamous "47% remark" and Obama's pandering to the single mom demographic. And of course, one of the siren calls from the usual group of DC-consultant-whores and Democrat moles and turncoats, is that...
  • Igg, Ogg, and Uggs: A Caveman's Introduction to Entitlements, or, The Tragedy of The Commoners

    11/15/2012 8:19:48 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 11-15-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In the aftermath of the recent Presidential election, a lot was made of the demographic shifts in voting patterns and what they meant for the future of the GOP. Some RINOs suggested drilling holes in the bottom of the ship of state by pursuing "comprehensive immigration reform"; others suggested that, since the Sandra Fluck crowd had apparently been the deciding factor, that social conservatives should be thrown overboard; still others said that the reason Romney failed was that he was portrayed as a rich man, out of touch with voters' plight in this tough economy. I have written an analysis...
  • (Vanity) An Analysis of the 2012 Presidential Election

    11/11/2012 9:00:41 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 18 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-11-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Before anything else, let us pause to remember the casualties (both civilian and military) of "The War to End All Wars" -- the war which saw the first fighter planes, the first tanks, the horrors of mass bayonet charges against entrenched machine guns and artillery -- and the first chemical warfare. This is Armistice Day. But let us not take Armistice Day as a sign, nor a signal, that we should abandon our fight for freedom from oppression, whether here in the United States or abroad. The election of 2012 has come and gone: despite the assurances of those who...
  • The Shaming of the True, or, The Obama Campaign Meets Blazing Saddles

    10/26/2012 4:40:15 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers | Oct 26, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    Yesterday, in an apparent fit of desperation (or possibly even self-immolation in the manner of a Buddhist monk), the Obama campaign released a YouTube video of Lena Dunham -- the star of a reality TV show about young skanks -- comparing voting for the first time to losing one's virginity. This video was roundly excoriated by everyone from Mark Levin to Michelle Malkin, and positively eviscerated on Twitter. Most of the comments centered on "the war on women" and the disintegration of our culture, but my favorite was "Guess what happens when Obama finds out my first time was with...
  • (Vanity) The Gospel of Jussein 14:13-21 (The Seating of the Five Thousand)

    09/30/2012 6:52:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-30-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Jussein Seats the Five Thousand 13 When Jussein heard what had happened in Benghazi, he withdrew by boat privately to Las Vegas. Hearing of this, the press followed him on foot from Manhattan. 14 When Jussein landed and heard of a large crowd in Milwaukee, he had compassion on them and Death Paneled their sick. 15 As evening approached, the MSM presstitutes came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and order pizza with their EBT cards on their Obamaphones.” 16 Jussein...
  • (Vanity) Libya, Muslim Outrage and Piss Christ: Why Some Religions Are More Equal Than Others

    09/22/2012 8:21:28 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    grey_whiskers | 09-22-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Over the past couple of weeks, most of the drive-by media's attention has been focused on events in Libya and the American responses to it. For a quick recap -- Christopher Stevens, an American diplomat assigned to Libya, and some others in the consulate were violently attacked without warning and ended up dead...on 9/11. Ignoring the significance of the date, the Obama administration acted curiously: denying any possible connection to terror, and stonewalling with a pre-programmed chorus of disgust over a low-budget film (I've only just seen snippets on YouTube, and it made the movies spoofed on Mystery Science Theater...
  • (Vanity) The Romney Video Flap, Obama, and Where Have I Seen This Before?

    09/19/2012 4:39:51 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers | 09-19-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Everyone is talking about the "leaked" video of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser in Boca Raton earlier this year -- the one in which he discusses the 47% who do not pay income taxes, how he is not responsible for them. Leftists, of course, have hit the roof, with their usually sputtering panoply of frothing-at-the-mouth buzzwords. But you know, I think there is a one-word answer to all of the Democrats' objections: an answer which is to my mind, disposative.deTocqueville. Here are a few relevant quotes: be sure to use them in answer to the frenzy. “The American Republic will...
  • Thoughts on Obama, Benghazi, Romney, and the Press

    09/12/2012 6:57:39 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 14 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-12-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Disclaimer: before beginning, let us remember the families of the deceased, and keep them in our prayers. Most of us woke up this morning and saw or heard the news: US Embassy attacked. Oh, OK, this must be follow-up on Cairo, right? No. It turns out that there was an attack in Libya, as well. And in this attack, the mob did not just shout pro-bin Laden slogans and wave black flags. They attacked and burned the embassy to the ground; there were four Americans killed; and one of the dead was the consul / ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens (RIP)....
  • (Vanity, Long) A Campaign of Biblical Proportions, or, A Journey Through 1 Kings Part I

    08/20/2012 10:51:42 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    The velveted paws of the typing tabby ^ | 08-21-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Note 1: I make reference to some Biblical passages in this article. While I am indeed Christian, I disclaim any resemblance to prophecy or interpretation thereof in this essay. Still less am I interested at this point in raising any issues of the mostly Protestant GOP base vs. the Mormon faith of Romney, or the putative crypto-Muslim faith of Obama. The passage given merely provides a convenient literary/historical comparison, and a lead-in of sorts to Part II. Note 2: Dates are approimate; any pedants who want to quibble are missing the point. Besides, it's past my bedtime. It has been...
  • The Wreck of the Obama-Biden (with apologies to Gordon Lightfoot)

    08/19/2012 6:54:27 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 56 replies
    The velveted paws of the typing tabby | 08-19-2012 | grey_whiskers
    The Wreck of the Obama-Biden The Legend lives on from Chicago on Down of the group that they call “The Tea Party” This hate group, they say, loves to eat Chik-Fil-A and their votes in November are hearty. With a deficit score some fifteen trillion more than the Obama-Biden had starting That good ticket and proud was lost like Maureen Dowd when November’s Red State surge came early. The ship was the pride of the Democrat side who swore they would take back Wisconsin As the Socialists go, it was lefter than most ‘cause they came from Chicago or Harvard...
  • (Vanity) One Man, One Chick, or Unintended Consequences

    08/05/2012 7:31:32 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 24 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 08-05-2012 | grey_whiskers
    One of the biggest news stories in the past week was the brouhaha over the remarks of one Dan Cathy (President of the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A) concerning support for traditional marriage. Homosexual activists were aghast that in this day and age, someone was allowed to run “afowl” of the anti-public-blasphemypiety laws, and began calling for a boycott, as well as denouncing Chick-Fil-A as a purveyor of “Hate”.
Some of the usual (left wing) suspects joined the fray; among them, GLAAD, who released a report that Chick-Fil-A’s brand rating had plummeted following Dan Cathy’s remarks; Chicago Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, who...
  • (Vanity) Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part V: Like Sand Through the Hourglass

    07/29/2012 9:52:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-29-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a belated fifth post in a series on Internet Forums and Social Dynamics. In Part I, I pointed out how the internet self-selects into mutually exclusive groups according to common interests or beliefs. Part II provided an amusing look at the reactions within a group when posters to a forum go against the prevailing groupthink. Then Part III showed how segregation of internet groups occurs not only by interests but by common levels of intellect, sophistication, or expertise in a subject. And most recently, Part IV showed how the sheer size and untamed nature of the Internet, and...
  • (Vanity) Election Demographics and the Manosphere

    07/22/2012 6:38:33 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-21-2012 | grey_whiskers
    One of the metrics which has been emphasized over the last couple of elections, and which is gaining interest in the current election, is the percentage of votes for a candidate coming from various gender demographics: what percentage of married couples vote vs. single women? What is the the likelihood of each group to vote GOP vs. Democrat? It is often felt that, even aside from the "mushy middle" or "moderate" voting bloc, elections can be determined by the affinity of men or of women for a candidate. For example, Bill Clinton's re-election was due to the so-called "arousal gap"...
  • (Vanity) Once, There Was A Mirror

    06/24/2012 8:39:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies
    grey_whiskers | 06-24-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Once upon a time, there was a mirror. And the mirror was bright, and polished, and pure, without any flaw; and it was said the the mirror would return the very image of its beholder without distortion. And it happened, by chance or malfeasance, that the mirror fell, and was shattered: and it was broken, sparkling, into countless shards scattered throughout the earth. And the fate of these shards as they were scattered differed one from another. Some indeed retained their brilliance, such that they sparkled like a rainbow in the sun, but all their powers to return an image...
  • (Vanity) A Lesson From Thucydides, or, Will We Learn From History

    04/20/2012 5:30:21 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 15 replies
    This is a passage from chapter XXV, from the subsection Oligarchical Coup d'Etat at Athens. <snip> But this was a mere catchword for the multitude, as the authors of the revolution were really to govern. However, the Assembly and the Council of the Bean still met notwithstanding, although they discussed nothing that was not approved of by the conspirators, who both supplied the speakers and reviewed in advance what they were to say. Fear, and the sight of the numbers of the conspirators, closed the mouths of the rest; or if any ventured to rise in opposition, he was presently...
  • Will The Last Person in Detroit Please Turn Out The Lights, or, Money For Nothing, Checks For Free

    05/29/2012 10:22:29 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | May 30, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    A spate of recent articles -- see for example here, here, and here -- have noted Detroit’s population implosion and financial woes, along with the proposed solution of shutting off street lights in underpopulated neighborhoods to save money. (Cue the obligatory “Will the last person to leave Detroit...” joke. The last article, in particular, notes that the solution is designed to drive people away from the poorest, most sparsely populated neighborhoods.) And why? Because, supposedly, there is not enough money to pay for the services.
This is an important concept, and deserves further investigation, as it contains the answer to the...
  • (Vanity) The 2012 Election, A Mexican Standoff

    04/10/2012 8:09:46 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 31 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-10-2012 | grey_whiskers
    The news came today, about 1:00 PM Central Time, that Rick Santorum is suspending his bid for the Republican nomination for President. (The reader should be reminded of the health issues of the Santorums’ daughter Bella, and is urged to remember the family in prayer.) Reaction was mixed. “At last,” some said, “we have all the deadwood and pretenders cleared out of the way (Newt and Ron Paul are too insignificant to matter, right?) and we can rally around the sensible choice. Go Romney!” Others reached for the Hemlock: “Oh, no, the last good Christian man standing is gone! We...
  • (Vanity) A Thorn By Any Other Name

    04/10/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-10-2012 | grey_whiskers
    I wish I had thought of this sooner. But you know, we all ought to start calling Obamacare by a new name, the "Barack Obama Health Insurance Commerce Act". BOHICA. I guess Sarah Palin won't be losing any sleep over this, what with her "Death Panels" tweet and all. Still, every little bit helps.
  • (Vanity) Of Academics, Sports, and Success: Social Tidal Forces

    04/03/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-03-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Over the past couple of years, I have been corresponding with and visiting various Colleges and Universities, as part of helping younger folks decide where to attend school. In addition, I have visited a number of College Websites, and discussion groups (e.g. College Prowler and College Confidential) in order to round out my sources of information by relying on the experience of other people for places I didn't have the opportunity to see for myself. This has led to a number of observations about "the way the world works" and how these factors influence people's actions and their path through...
  • Sex Strike -- Women United For Reproductive Rights

    03/11/2012 8:58:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 86 replies · 3+ views via Instapundit ^ | March 9, 2012 | Annette Maxberry-Carrara
    Folks, come and look at this. It's a site which says -- I am not kidding! -- IF OUR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES ARE DENIED SO ARE YOURS APRIL 28 – MAY 5, 2012 Now this is hilarious: it evinces the kind of stupidity and fatuous narcissism which it normally takes an Ivy League degree to acquire. How is this FAIL? Let me count the ways: 1) I guess nobody bothered to explain to you about the Birds and the Bees and the DDT, ladies, but by engaging in abstinence, you are achieving precisely the same ends as contraception. For that matter,...
  • (Vanity) Strength in Numbers: The REAL meaning of the Limbaugh Flap

    03/05/2012 9:05:03 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 29 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-05-2012 | grey_whiskers
    The saga of Sandra Fluke (Trojan Whorse) and Rush Limbaugh continues. Rush Limbaugh made a heartfelt apology on Saturday, apparently caving to pressure from advertisers who suspended or ceased advertising on his program. He continued on Monday, devoting approximately forty or forty-five minutes of his show, first to apologizing for using two derogatory words for Sandra Fluke -- because using them was sinking to the level of the left -- and the remainder of that time to providing timely background to her appearance before Pelosi. As it turns out, the Democrats on Darrel Issa's committee considering mandatory provision of contraception...
  • (Vanity) This is no Fluke, It's More Like a Hydra

    03/03/2012 8:01:11 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 49 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | March 03, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    By now, nearly the entire known universe has at least heard of the controversy over Sandra Fluke. However, a passing acquaintance based on sound-bytes and snippets is never the best basis for action, and is in fact fertile ground for the propaganda ministers of the left. This piece will give a brief recap of the situation, and then discuss the lay of the land. (Pun intended, if you like it.) Back in the GOP primary debate on January 7, George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney(RINO-Bain) whether he believed that states have the power to ban contraception. This puzzled Romney, and was...
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part IV: The Problem of Knowledge, or When Doctors Disagree

    01/22/2012 10:12:12 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-22-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is the fourth of a series of five essays on the Internet and Social Dynamics. In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo was concerned with the treatment of how internet groups (focusing on Free Republic) dealt with posters (I almost typed “posers” which on second thought would not have been a bad typo to leave in place) who do not share the prevailing views. The second part, Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks, was concerned with the psychological reactions when a poster who had been considered safely “one of the group”...
  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: the 2012 GOP Primary Race

    01/12/2012 5:18:56 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-12-2012 | grey_whiskers
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part III: Getting Back to Basics, or, Don’t Be So Acidic

    01/08/2012 8:47:40 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-08-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo, I dealt with the issue of self-selection on internet discussion groups, using Free Republic as an example. I explained that people who share values tend to evaluate newcomers to see if they are truly “members” of the group or not, by analogy to well-known statistical methods, before deciding whether to accept them or not. In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks, I discussed the often humorous process by which people sound one another out, and the fireworks which oftentimes result when a person is suddenly...
  • The Failed Policies of the Past, or, The Thirty Year Echo

    07/23/2008 6:43:09 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 452+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-23-2008 | grey_whiskers
    In the early- to mid- 1970’s, the current crop of liberal alarmists were coming to the fore and feeling their oats. There was Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book which singlehandedly led to the elimination of DDT. And finally, there was the grand-daddy of them all, Paul Erlich’s The Population Bomb, an updated salute to Malthus. I can still remember the words on the cover: “While you were reading these words, people will die of starvation, most of them children.” It seems that the world was eating itself out of house and home, beyond any possibility of rescue. It is...
  • Thank God for the EPA -- or, there but for the grace of Nixon

    07/28/2008 5:39:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 513+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-28-2008 | grey_whiskers
    One of the favorite targets of conservative pundits (and rightly so) is the liberal tendency to extremes. Oftentimes, a liberal will see a societal problem, and pronounce :”This needs government!” Quite often the liberal will see a real problem, too, but will either end up creating a massive, wasteful bureaucracy (say, Medicare or Social Security), or else use the problem as a excuse for a vastly disproportionate growth in governmental power (say, the IRS). As H. L. Mencken once wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”...
  • (Vanity) A Bump on the Road to Globalization

    07/17/2008 8:47:32 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 6 replies · 727+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-17-2008 | grey_whiskers
    It is interesting how, in the aftermath of the past year’s run-up in oil prices, we have been hearing less and less talk of “globalization” from the chattering classes. Why is this? On the surface, there are several reasons. First, the topic high oil prices presents an easy segue to bring up the annointed’s favorite mantra: green technologies and the need to continue de-industrializing America. We can all get high-paying “green” jobs to replace the textile, manufacturing, computer programming, and bio-tech jobs which have been developed in the United States and then shipped offshore. And the high oil prices themselves...
  • Amphibian Warming, or, A Convenient Half-Truth

    08/04/2008 10:01:35 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 545+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-5-2008 | grey_whiskers
    Last week, Rush Limbaugh celebrated the 20th anniversary of his national show. As part of the festivities, he played a number of well-loved and famous clips from his archives. One such clip was a television spot where he debated Al Gore on the environment and on global warming. During that debate, Al Gore attempted to explain himself, and the urgency behind global warming, by quoting the oft-cited story of the frog in a pot of water. If, he said, you drop a frog directly into a pot of boiling water (and why didn’t PETA complain about this analogy?), the frog...
  • (Vanity) Barack Obama, the Candidate for Everyone?

    05/19/2008 8:55:52 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies · 985+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-19-2008 | grey_whiskers
    The course of the Democrat primaries this year has surprised everyone: most pundits figured going in that Hillary Clinton had the nomination all sewn up, and that by next year she would be crossing the country on "Broomstick One". But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation. Another candidate, named Barack [Censored] Obama. Charles Krauthammer has written a brilliant and insightful piece on the errors made by Hillary Clinton's team, and how they contributed to Senator Obama's success. But I feel that his analysis did not credit the brilliance of the candidate himself. Obama has correctly sensed...
  • (Vanity) The Militia Clause, or H.L. Mencken was Right

    08/07/2008 9:49:10 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 673+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-8-2008 | grey_whiskers
    The Heller decision on the second amendment has affirmed the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right. This has come as a great relief to many conservatives, and has caused great gnashing of teeth among many liberals. Among the liberals dismayed by the decision are the D.C. City Council, who are defying the United States Supreme Court, at least in spirit, by promising to re-write the original law governing the possession of firearms so that it just falls within the legal definitions required by Heller, while still ensuring as a practical matter that people will not be...
  • (Vanity) The Audacity of Hoax, or, The Religious Wright

    03/20/2008 5:18:01 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies · 1,013+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 3-20-2008 | grey_whiskers
    The latest news in the world of politics (overshadowing even the Eliot Spitzer (John – NY) scandal) is the flap over Barack Obama’s association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and Trinity United Church of Christ. In case you have been too busy downloading pictures of Eliot Spitzer’s hired help, here’s what happened. Obama has been a member of this church for over twenty years, donating some $22,000 to the coffers; Wright has performed Obama’s marriage ceremony, and baptized his daughters. All good so far, and it bolsters Obama’s claim that he is not a Muslim. However, given some of the...
  • (Vanity) You might be a Liberal if...

    08/15/2008 6:25:24 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 723+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-15-2008 | grey_whiskers
    You might be a liberal if : 1…if you think that the US is so awful you want to move to France …but you don’t understand why there are so many illegal immigrants 2…if think that the schools’ most important job is to teach little Johnny all about condoms …and then you conclude the reason “Johnny can’t read” is lack of funding 3…if you honestly believe that Michael Moore has a greater grasp of world politics than Condoleeza Rice 4…if you honestly think that George Bush is a moron, despite his advanced degree from Harvard 5…if you would trust Peter...
  • Pushing on a String, or, The End of the Rope

    03/18/2008 9:29:39 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies · 818+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 3-19-2008 | grey_whiskers
    One of the biggest stories in recent weeks and months has been the crisis facing the banking and the financial systems. The first rumblings in the mainstream press began last summer, when news of the housing bubble appeared. Yes, news of the rise in housing prices was well known long before that; but only after many areas of the country had flat sales did it occur to most people that the prices were the result of a bubble, and not of their own financial genius. With the peak in housing prices, and the slowdown in house sales, it was interesting...
  • (Vanity) Stick This on Your Volvo, or, Sloganeers For Truth

    08/17/2008 10:54:41 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 15 replies · 937+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-17-2008 | grey_whiskers
    The invasion of Georgia by Russia, at the behest of Vladimir Putin, has raised a firestorm of commentary and actions. Charles Krauthammer has suggested kicking Russia out of G8; Barack Obama went surfing in Hawaii; Poland has signed an agreement with the United States on missile defense. Along with all of the commentary, there has been a plethora of voices suggesting what Russia gains from the affair. First, it sends a message that siding with the United States is not a guaranteed win; it is a shot across the bow of other places, such as the Ukraine; it is a...
  • (Vanity) Trading Places on the Plantation

    02/10/2008 6:16:27 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 671+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 2-10-2008 | grey_whiskers
    One of the great surprises of the current election cycle has been the popularity and the resilience of one Senator Barack Hussein Obama (rookie – IL), who is bidding to become the Democrat nominee for the President of the United States. There have been several interesting things about his candidacy. Frst, he is a first-term U.S. Senator from Illinois. It wasn’t that long ago that Senator Lloyd Bentsen uttered his famous line “I knew Jack Kennedy. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” and completely humiliated Dan Quayle, who was only seeking the Vice Presidency under a well-qualified George H.W. Bush. (And...
  • (Vanity) A Look Back at 1968, or, Boneheads Revisited

    08/26/2008 5:58:20 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 516+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-26-2008 | grey_whiskers
    Many people have drawn comparisons between the current election cycle and that of 1968. And there are societal parallels – an unpopular war overseas, anarchists outside of the Democrat convention, racial unrest, the possibility of a Minnesotan on a major party ticket, even the Weather Underground. Granted, the racial unrest is with illegal immigrants from Mexico, and the Minnesotan would be on the Republican side. But all in all, there are enough similarities to warm the memories of any aging ex-hippie. So, in a trip down memory lane, here is a list of highlights from the 1968 Democrat party platform,...
  • (Vanity) A Look Back at 1968, Part II, or, The Impotents Abroad

    08/26/2008 5:08:16 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 448+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-26-2008 | grey_whiskers
    In an earlier article, I posted a review of a portion of the 1968 Democrat Party Platform, dealing largely with domestic affairs, and contrasted the claims made in the platform with the actual results once the policies were put into practice. Hindsight is always 20-20. With that in mind, it is instructive to return again to the 1968 Platform, and look at its highlights as it touches on foreign policy. The section entitled “The World” leads off: The conscience of the entire world has been shocked by the brutal and unprovoked Soviet aggression against Czechoslovakia. By this act, Moscow has...
  • (Vanity) The Stimulus Package, or, The Trojan Burro

    02/01/2008 6:15:42 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 620+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 2-1-2008 | grey_whiskers
    Over the last few days, much of the talk in Washington (at least, that which was spared from the elections) has centered on the so-called “stimulus package.” The tale is an old one. The government enacts policies designed to encourage certain behaviours—say, indiscriminate lending—in the service of a perceived social goal. What had become a noble idea becomes first a fad, then a trend, and then a bubble. The bubble (as all bubbles do) explodes. Surveying the wreckage, the government, always ready to help, finds scapegoats, and then comes in to help. This help usually makes the original problem worse,...
  • Cheese, Moose, Palin

    08/30/2008 12:31:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 47 replies · 1,088+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 8-30-2008 | grey_whiskers
    I was at the Minnesota State Fair all day today, resigned, but not too disappointed, at the prospect of hearing that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty had been named the Republican Vice Presidential candidate to run with John McCain. A blue collar, environmentally-friendly guy, pro-life, not red meat for the base, but enough (maybe) to soothe them will extending a tepid hand to blue collar voters in the industrial Midwest and Rust Belt. Imagine my surprise, when, after wandering around the fair for most of the morning, and eyeing the cheese curds, I chanced by the Minnesota State Republican Party building...