Saturday, November 06, 2004

The end result of the Welfare State

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

I have read some depressing, disturbing things in my life, but this one is bucking, hard, for top honors.

What is Poverty?

The fact that it was written in Spring, 1999 makes it worse--they've had 5 more years to "improve" the situation.

As with most highly literate essays, there are no pithy quotes I can extract for you. You have to read the entire work, digest it, ponder on it, then repeat. If anyone out there catches themselves thinking that "Gee, wouldn't it be nice if we have a guaranteed floor below which we can't sink...we would all have time to reach those higher Maslow orders " (a la Star Trek),, read this and see what that guaranteed standard of living does to human beings.

It may be hard to accept, but mankind must have problems to test us. Without them, rather than ascend, we descend into a black pit of apathy and despair. We feel worthless, since there are no challenges. The English are learning this. Let's hope they survive the lesson, and let's hope we don't have to learn it the hard way as well.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Whoopsie!

(Via Drudge)

It would seem that our neighbor to the north has better sense about immigration than we do:

Unhappy Democrats Need to Wait to Get Into Canada

I'm sorry, but this is just too rich. Those who would allow anyone and everyone to just show up and move in are being told that they will have to wait if they want to immigrate.

Canadian officials made clear on Wednesday that any U.S. citizens so fed up with Bush that they want to make a fresh start up north would have to stand in line like any other would-be immigrants -- a wait that can take up to a year.

Oh, I wonder how they are going to stand it? *snort* Like I care...

RINO hunting

(Via Drudge)

Well, this didn't take long:

Specter warns Bush on high court nominations

The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush today against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.

This is a fine thank you from someone who President Bush worked to get reelected. For those who didn't keep up with every political race (I didn't, but I kept up with quite a few), Arlen Specter faced a serious primary challenge from Rep. Pat Toomey (noted conservative Republican), and the help he received from the national GOP and President Bush were instrumental in helping him in the primaries.

While Specter is a loyal Republican -- Bush endorsed him in a tight Pennsylvania GOP primary -- he routinely crosses party lines to pass legislation and counts a Democrat, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, as one of his closest friends.

A self-proclaimed moderate, he helped kill President Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court and of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship. Specter called both nominees too extreme on civil rights issues. Sessions later became a Republican senator from Alabama and now sits on the Judiciary Committee with Specter.


I suppose we'll have to keep the pressure on the Republicans if we don't want them to turn into Democrats.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

I thought you said the last one was the last Wictory Wednesday?

Well, I thought it would be--I figured we'd all know who won before bedtime. I was wrong, so we get a Final Last Wictory Wednesday to commemorate George W. Bush's victory.

Live a little! for 24 hours, join my fellow Wictory Wednesday bloggers



and me in taking a break from politics for a time. Reflect on the President's victory speech, and savor the moment.


Wrapping up loose ends

Working my way around the news of John Kerry's concession, I've ran into a lot of things that I'd like to direct your attention to.

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Kerry Campaign Party Turns to Tears and Bitterness

Some Kerry supporters called Bush's platform "all lies"
...
A distraught woman confronted Democratic U.S. Rep. Harold Ford in the lobby of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel and screamed, "Can you tell me why everybody made a mistake?"
...
"Bush has put forward a platform that people tend to believe even though it's all lies. Bush is dishonest; he is not being honest with the American people," Bryant said.

Another man shouted to the Republicans "This is why the rest of the world calls us ignorant Americans. You obviously don't read the newspapers or you would not believe as you do."

...
Kerry supporters from Ireland weighed in on why they believe Bush will likely be re-elected.

"It clarifies the fact that American people aren't so smart. If I could, I would have voted for Kerry," said the woman.

Where do you start with people like these--the True Believers? You can't convince them, and you ignore them at your peril. It seem obvious to me that they think those of us who support President Bush are just ignorant mouth-breathers that they're ashamed to share the planet with.






We have Tom Daschle losing his Senate seat. The GOP put a lot of effort into getting rid of Daschle and succeeded.

Stories of about various "voting irregularities" abound from both sides. Obviously, if it was there, it didn't make a difference. I'll take this as a good sign for the process.

Once again, the "youth vote" didn't live up to advance billing. Duh!--it never does.

The third party candidates didn't have much luck. Another Duh! But this one is tempered, since I wish we had a viable third party. I like the Constitution Party in particular.

Locally, we're sending the Senate a pretty good conservative in Richard Burr. He still likes Big Government more than I do, but he replaces John Edwards. Incremental improvement is better than none. His House seat will go to Virginia Foxx. She seems to have some good conservative credentials as well.

There is the usual crowd who will to leave the country if Bush wins. Uh, he won, rocket scientists. Need help packing? I've been saving boxes for ya! Jerks.

I'll probably run into more as time passes, but I may or may not blog them. I'm ready for the next phase to start. More on my thoughts there as events necessitate.

Well!

Blogging the Election, Post 4

Kerry Conceeds to Bush

I have to admit to being very surprised. I wouldn't have believed that Kerry and the Democratic Party wouldn't drag this thing out to the very bitter end. From the article, apparently some wanted to do just that, but were overruled.

The upside of the decision is that the country is not going to be put through another 2000-style post-election foolishness. Whether you support Kerry or not, we do owe him our thanks for this decision.

Jeeze, call it!

Blogging the Election, Post 3

I stand by last night's call--BUSH WINS!

However, it seems that the Democrats are going to lawyer this thing again--Florida 2000, perhaps on a national scale, with provisional ballots taking the place of hanging chads. They ought to be ashamed of themselves, but you know they won't be. And we'll have 4 more years of whining about a "stolen election". What a lovely prospect. *gack*

I'm more convinced than ever that I will see the end of the Democratic Party in my lifetime. They're going to do themselves in, and good riddance.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Watching, waiting

Blogging the Election, Post 2

But not worried. Florida is a done deal now, and Ohio just stubbornly stays Bush as the reporting precincts slowly climb. Colorado, New Mexico and Wisconsin all look good.

I like what I see well enough to go to bed. Maybe I'll click on the TV if I wake up tonight, but maybe not. I still fully expect a Bush victory, with 275 electoral votes or more.

Honestly, right now I'm more worried about the weather. We've had a significant cold front come through today, and I wonder if that wind kicking up is going to make for a poor tomorrow, weather-wise.

Night, all.

10 PM and all's well

Blogging the Election, Post 1

Early yet, but the average call is 170 electoral votes for Bush, 112 for Kerry. The entire Confederacy, except for Florida, has went for Bush--and Florida is about at the tipping point.

With the exception of Illinois ("Vote early and often!") the Midwest is lining up for Bush as well. So are the plains states.

Been surfing the blogs in between hours and halves. Read about Blackfive's adventure in voting in Richard Daleyland.

Current bet is that this thing is done and we can stick a fork in it, but I'll hold off on the celebratory Howard Dean Scream in the front yard for a bit yet.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Adding some more to the Levi's List

(A tip o' the hat to DaveH from Kim Du Toit's comments for the pointer.)

I keep what I call the Levi's List. It's an informal list of companies or groups I try not to do business with because I feel they are working against the things I'm working for. It's named the Levi's List in honor of the first company to land on it, Levi Strauss & Co. They got on it by actively supporting groups who work against our Second Amendment rights.

It's been pretty short until now. Yahoo Business has this piece about business leaders who are supporting the Kerry/Edwards ticket. It's now a good bit longer.

Among the companies who's gear I own, but will not buy more of are:

Columbia Sportswear (ouch, I really like their stuff)
Patagonia
Leatherman Tool Group
Petzl America

I really hate this, but I refuse to undercut my own efforts by buying their products. They're welcome to their opinions (I value the First as much as the Second), but my money spends anywhere--and it their case it will spend elsewhere.

For your convenience, I've made each name above a link to a customer service "Contact Us" page. Feel free to contact them and let them know what you think of their decision.


They're in the home stretch...

Before I go, I want to urge you one last time, to be sure to go vote--and vote for President George W. Bush! As you can see from my last post, who we elect makes a difference. Elect Kerry, and do you think he'll really protect those of us in the "red states" when bin Laden comes calling? Call me skeptical, but I just don't believe he will--and he'll damn well try and disarm us so we can't protect ourselves.

Bush isn't perfect, and I have no illusions that he is. But I would rather trust my safety, my family's safety, my country's safety, even John Kerry's safety, to him than to the pusillanimous fool from Massachusetts and the ambulance chaser from North Carolina.

Lock and load

Osama bin Laden warned in his October Surprise video that he will be closely monitoring the state-by-state election returns in tomorrow's presidential race — and will spare any state that votes against President Bush from being attacked, according to a new analysis of his statement.

Just bring it to North Carolina, asshole. Just bring it. No matter who wins, it's going to be open season on terrorists--no bag limit.

I'm going to go do something physical and see if my blood pressure will go down. Casting bullets lubed with port fat springs to mind as appropriate...

Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Jacksonian Tradition and American Foreign Policy

Before 9/11, Walter Russell Mead penned this piece attempting to explain what, at least to the rest of the world, seems to be "an unhealthy mix of ignorance, isolationism and trigger-happy cowboy diplomacy".

I've read this essay several times over the years, and it was brought to my attention once again by Jerry Pournelle's Chaos Manor site. (Sidenote: This is the only website I visit that I think is worth paying for--and it isn't even mandatory.) But with slightly less than 48 hours until we start voting for our next President, it reads in an entirely different light, and explains many of the differences between those who would vote for Kerry and those who would vote for Bush.

It's long, but well worth your effort to read it.

Camping season is over

Well, RVing season actually, but for my family, they're one and the same. Each year, with the end of October, It's time to bring the camper back home from it's spring, summer and early fall residence and ensconce it in it's place of honor in the back driveway.

This year it was particularly difficult to end the season. Today was sunny, and after a nice cool morning (perfect for a campfire), the temperature rose to the upper 70s. As I type, it is already back down to "nice and cool, perfect for a campfire" again. There was more than a little complaining, but good soldiers all the entire family pitched in and worked hard to get the mission accomplished.

We're due for some more good weather, and we'll use it to catch up on some outside projects. But before we know it, it's going to be getting cold, and likely rainy, as is usual for winter in our part of North Carolina. Then the projects will move indoors, and we'll work on various home renovation projects.

Another turn in life is being wound up. I don't mind it as much as I might, but I begrudge the idea that I've had more turns than I have left.