Archive for May, 2009

 

Chrysler Dealers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

So I’ve gone ahead and created a spreadsheet on Google of all the dealerships being closed down by Obama. You can view and edit the spreadsheet here. In case you’re out of the loop, it would appear that the Obama administration may be attempting to target political opponents in shutting down these dealerships. This suspicion was raised here, here and here. The only way to get to the bottom of this is to work collaboratively on this, each person taking a few names and looking up the political donations online. Sites like Open Secrets and NewsMeat are good, I’m sure there are others. Then, we can tally up the statistics once the data is collected and say something definitive, one way or the other.

I left the site open for anyone to view or collaborate. If it turns into a mess, I’ll re-upload and set it to invite only by people screened to be non-trolls. But let’s see how it goes unmoderated for now.

 
 

Sonia Sotomayor

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I’ve been busy traveling and catching up on personal stuff lately, but I had to blog about this. So apparently Obama is about to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to be the Supreme Court replacement for David Souter. I know next to nothing about her jurisprudence, so I’ll leave that to legal scholars to discuss.

But I do know that she is butt ugly. I mean, seriously. Not that the two previous female members of the Supreme Court were beauty queens or anything like that. But at least they were normal looking, and in their youth they must have had something going on. But not this one. Sotomayor is hideous, and not in a manner that is just the ravages of age. Rather, she emerged from the womb looking that that, like some kind of toad-beast.

One imagines that her childhood was rough, as kids can be quite cruel to the ugly (and the obese, though thankfully Sotomayor doesn’t seem to be that). She probably didn’t date much, but lost herself in her legal books, letting the technical writings numb her to the feelings of loneliness that naturally come with being an unwanted and unattractive freak of nature. The only question is, did she allow such feelings to weigh her down, to become a chip on her shoulder that will direct her to exact revenge on the normals that enter her courtroom?

I suspect that the answer must be a resounding “yes”. Obama said, after all, that he wanted a justice who could feel empathy for the downtrodden. And how much better can you get than a woman who looks like the spawn of an elder one from the Cthulhu Mythos? Lucky for those of us who who do not resemble warted amphibians, Sotomayor will only represent 1/9 of the future court, her fury to be diluted by the more human, if not humane, members of the bench.

Let’s just pray for the continued health of the other 8 members of the Supreme Court.

UPDATE: Turns out my suspicions are correct [emphasis mine]:

The most consistent concern was that Sotomayor, although an able lawyer, was “not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench,” as one former Second Circuit clerk for another judge put it. “She has an inflated opinion of herself, and is domineering during oral arguments, but her questions aren’t penetrating and don’t get to the heart of the issue.” (During one argument, an elderly judicial colleague is said to have leaned over and said, “Will you please stop talking and let them talk?”) Second Circuit judge Jose Cabranes, who would later become her colleague, put this point more charitably in a 1995 interview with The New York Times: “She is not intimidated or overwhelmed by the eminence or power or prestige of any party, or indeed of the media.”

And those are comments from Democrats! Read more here.

 
 

Castle

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

UPDATE: More pictures here.

 
 

Fascism

Monday, May 4th, 2009

This (as yet unproven) yarn goes exactly like this:

Confronting the head of a non-TARP fund holding Chrysler debt and unwilling to release it for any sum less than that to which it was legally entitled without compelling cause, this country’s “Car Czar” berated the manager of said fund with an outburst of prose substantially resembling this:

“Who the fuck do you think you’re dealing with? We’ll have the IRS audit your fund. Every one of your employees. Your investors. Then we will have the Securities and Exchange Commission rip through your books looking for anything and everything and nothing we find to destroy you with.”

Faced with these sorts of threats, in this environment, with valued employees in the crosshairs and AIG a fresh, open wound upon the market, the fund folded.

It truly is straight out of Atlas Shrugged.

Read the whole thing here.

(via coyote)

 
 

Sama: The Sequel

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Coming on Oct 2 or thereabouts.

 
 

Jack Kemp And Media Bias

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Jack Kemp passed away last night of cancer. He was a meaningful politician, along the lines of a Henry Clay and he will be remembered for changing tax policy direction in the United States.

I wanted to relay a brief story of media bias with regards to Jack Kemp, one that I never forgot. I was a junior in High School during the 1988 presidential election, and living in Massachusetts, I got to see all the news coverage and television ads directed at southern New Hampshire for the New Hampshire primary taking place that year. The candidates that year were George Bush, Bob Dole (who had won Iowa), Jack Kemp, Alexander Haig, Donald Rumsfeld, and some even lesser known politicians. The major candidates were obviously Bush who was Vice President at that time, Dole who was the minority leader in the Senate, and Kemp, who had been the philosophic force behind the Reagan economic policies.

I had felt that Kemp was the natural heir to the Reagan revolution, that Bush was basically an old guard country club Republican whom Reagan had put on the ticket just to keep it united, and that Dole was a farm belt agribusiness Senator who had no real ideological connection to what had occurred in Washington over the last eight years. Kemp, author of the Kemp Roth tax cuts, was the natural heir to the Republican mantle.

So Bush was ahead in the polls in New Hampshire, by like 10 points. He had like 27% in the polls. This was due in no small measure to his own New England roots and due to having lined up the New Hampshire establishment behind him. I remember one channel in particular, reviewing the poll numbers, splitting the results onto two screens, as if to say “here are the real candidates” and “here are all the cranks.” The poll numbers were Bush 27%, Dole 17%, Kemp 16%, and the next nearest was under 10%. Naturally, they put the split between Dole and Kemp.

Got that? Dole and Kemp were basically tied in New Hampshire, but Kemp got the crackpot treatment, for reasons that I think were obvious; namely that the MSM wanted to bring back old-guard Republicans and bury the new guard as quickly as they could. Kemp represented a continuation of what Reagan had started, the others clearly did not. So Kemp got lumped in with Haig, Rumsfeld, Paul Laxalt, and Harold Stassen.

So I just wanted to memorialize Kemp here, and let whomever know that I, at least, remember what happened in New Hampshire in 1988. Frankly, I think both Bushes were bad for the country and disastrous for the Republican Party, and it sickens me to think back to 1988 and consider where we could have been today if Kemp had been given a fair hearing during that primary.

 
 

Souter

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I don’t have much to say about Souter’s retirement except “good for him”. I’m serious. He’s retiring while he’s still in his 60′s, healthy, and can enjoy his remaining years in his cabin in New Hampshire. It’s a dignified way to exit.

If only other public officials were so dignified.

Previously: Specter, Benedict, Kennedy et. al.

 
 

May Day

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The Distributed Republic has their annual post up, remembering the victims of communist regimes. Check it out.