Friday, September 10, 2010

Feel free to go skew their results some more

(Via Say Uncle)

The Center for American Progress hosts a "Progressive Quiz". Your not so humble scribe scored an 85 of a possible 400, making me "extremely conservative".

I have got to work on stamping out those residual hippie impluses left over from the 70s....

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Hi, I'm Big Brother. Mind if I look in your medicine cabinet?

It seems that North Carolina sheriffs want access to your medical records to help in The Forever War on (Some) Drugs. Screw that HIPPA stuff, screw your right to privacy and screw whether or not you have a valid medical reason for the pain meds. If you hurt, you're a suspect.

Claire, is is time yet?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Um, about that "Greenland is melting!! We're all gonna DIE!!!" thing...

Er, it may not be as bad as we thought. Sorry for the unnecessary hysteria. And Al Gore, too.

I'll be interested to see how long it takes for all the estimates that have used to support the notion of man-made global warming to revised into the area of normal climactic variability.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Socialist progress in Venezuela

Once upon a time, I took one of those 3 day, crack your skull open and pour it in, computer classes that are all my employer would consider under the laughable term of "training". One particularly good one was taught by a fellow who spent 6 months of the year in the US, teaching and doing the odd consulting gig. He spent the other 6 months of the year in Venezuela, which was the home of his wife. He extolled the virtues of the place--cost of living, friendly people, and a stable government. I often wondered what he made of the rise of Chavez, but as I have lost touch with him, I've never been able to ask.

I wonder if they still spend their yearly 6 months there, in the house on the coast he showed me pictures of. Because if they do, it's going to get hungry.

There may be hope for the Republican Party after all

(Via the Drudge Report)

I've said to many that George Bush (43) wasn't the worst possible president; he was simply the best of a lot of poor choices. While excellent on the "killing terrorists" portion of the final exam, on issues such as government spending, he earned a solid "F"--unsurprising for someone who billed himself as a "Compassionate Conservative". (I guess that's the 21st century term for "country club Republican".)

It seems that more and more people are figuring this out, and are coming to understand that running as a conservative (little "c") is a good way to get elected in all but the bluest of states.

Former president George W Bush and the Republican party hierarchy have been denounced for betraying conservative principles by a new generation of congressmen bidding to convince voters that the Right can offer real change.

Let's hope that this new group of Tea Party-fueled politicians are saying what they really think, and not just what they think will get them elected. Let's also hope that the third of Americans who think of themselves as "conservatives" and a huge chunk of the wishy-washy middle actually believe them come November 2. And finally, let's hope that if elected, they govern as they campaigned, and actually start shrinking government (rather than shrinking the rate of growth), and do it in a hurry.

Because I don't see too many other options that don't end in some sort of a collapse.