What I’m reading instead of working…

I’m increasingly discouraged by political developments, and then I remind myself: God is not sitting up in heaven thinking, “Oh crap – the GOP doesn’t have a decent candidate to pit against the worst president in recent history. Whatever will I do?!” In the larger picture, things – even in Obama’s inflationary, debt-ridden, crony-capitalist joke of a budgetless economy – are okay. You know who’s got problems? Somalians have problems.

It’s discouraging, but not really surprising, to have yet another confirmation that Romney’s not going to go to the mat on getting rid of Obamacare.

Is Newt working from the Saul Alinsky playbook?  It’s hypocritical for him to run against the establishment given his longtime establishment credentials, and I do not support class warfare. But the Alinsky techniques work.  My main problem with the Alinsky rules is that the left has routinely used them against us, for decades, and we never respond in kind and have never formulated an effective defense. So I’m heartily enjoying seeing someone on the right “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” And it’s high time we make the left live up to it’s own book of rules.  So if Newt wants to go Alinsky, that’s fine with me – as long as he does so against the left and not people on his own side.

Jon Stewart throws the right a bone from time to time, but he’s also abundantly clear about which side he really works for. Ace sums up Stewart’s clown-nose-on mugging about Romney’s outrageously outrageous income: Straight-Shooter Jon Stewart: I Can’t Believe Mitt Romney Makes $57,000 Per Day That’s So Much More Unbelievable Than My Own $41,000 Per Day

Yes, that certainly is shocking – I can see why Stewart has his panties in a wad over the sheer decadence of it.  Even more shocking is how many people watch his show as a substitute for the news. Oh wait – it’s really not any more biased than network news, is it?

Everyone’s (and by everyone, I mean the left) is shocked to pieces about Romney’s 15% tax rate. I think 15% is ample – in fact it’s 5% more than we give to the church – but now everyone who’s stressed about it can stand down.  The WSJ calculated Romney’s actual rate, and it’s 44.75%.  There. Feel better now?

Here’s an interesting career track for you: Megadeath bassist –> Lutheran pastor.  This is old news, but along those lines, Queen guitarist Brian May branched out into astrophysics.

More on the Megaupload story – and of course, it’s political.  If Ayn Rand were alive, she’d be laughing hysterically right about now.

And in alt-universe news of the day, Obama corroborated Breitbart’s claims about Nancy Pelosi’s insider trading.  Evidently he is so determined to run against Congress he is willing to throw his own people under the bus.

Okay, break’s over, back on my head…


  1. Well the Megadeth guitarist becoming a Lutheran pastor- is certainly interesting, maybe hopeful?

    Brian May did have a previous background in astrophysics before his rock career took off, as I recall- and he’s also quite often a guest on a long-running BBC TV astronomy programme, The Sky at Night, as I recall.

    That thing about Megaupload does sound fishy. Most people have been focussing on the irony of it in thewake of the whole SOPA/PIPA debacle, and the whole thing seems pretty out of order if you ask me. Still don’t get your apparent liking of Ayn Rand, mind, but I guess I can tell what you’re getting at- never mind Obama, that’s crony captalism at work.

  2. Oh, I admit, Ayn Rand would despise the likes of me. I don’t mind that. What I enjoy about her work is the full-throated defense of capitalism and the rights of the individual.

    I guess we’ll find out the full Megaupload story eventually… right after they get to the bottom of why the American government sold weapons to narco-terrorists resulting in the deaths of at least 300 Mexicans, dumped 500 million dollars down the Solyndra hole, and countless millions into toher “green” boondoggles. So many scandals, such a disinterested media, and so little time. …

  3. I frankly think I’d need to read Rand (or at least a lot more about her) to actually evaluate her arguments, I just seem a bit turned off by what I have read of her- both vehemently anti-Christian and seems to pretty much have a doctrine of selfishness really, if I recall right. But I am sure there are plenty of good points, even if I’m not too sure I’m on the same political wavelength as you ragarding the bits you like (I am unsure about a great many of the issues).

    As for government cronyism and other dodgy dealings… indeed where do you start! I would like to hope our media actually picked up on some of the ones affecting the British government, but I think the media (News Corp., Murdoch and co.) are in as much trouble with such cronyism as recards the phone hacking scandal.

    As regards green technology, I’m probably a little more supportive of that (more to do with the scarcity of fossil fuels than climate change per se, which I’m confused with)- though not of black holes like Solyndra for a kickoff.

  4. Mind you, doesn’t your government subsidise fossil fuel companies too? Or nuclear (ours does)?

  5. I’ve heard a bit about the phone hacking scandal, but I haven’t followed it closely. But I can see how it would *mightily* erode any trust people had in the media over there.

    I’m not opposed to green technology per se. I think scientists should always be working on finding new, cheap energy sources and if they are clean and renewable, all the better. There isn’t really a fossil fuel shortage, though. When Obama and others cite the 2% of the world’s oil reserves stat, he’s referring to “proven” oil reserves. That is a real term of art, because it means oil reserves where drilling is currently allowed. The fact is that hundreds of years worth of fossil fuels have been discovered in the US, and they can be accessed right now, but the government simply will not permit it. So they don’t fall under that “proven” statistic. But there really is plenty of fuel available, it’s just politics that we’re not enjoying $1.50/gal gasoline and low electricity bills. The same people blocking access to the fossil fuels also routinely block hydroelectric plants, clean coal, and wind farms when they are in inconvenient locations. (I’m referring to the Kennedy family’s bitter fight against a wind farm that would foul up the view of their seaside estate.)

    The government does provide some tax breaks to oil companies, but rather less than the tax breaks they provide to other industries. If I had my druthers, we’d have a much flatter tax system where those breaks were eliminated in favor of a lower rate.