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January 30, 2009

Feeling pessimistic

Michael Steel elected RNC chair.

I wish I was as confident in what this meant as many of the people I follow on twitter seem to be. I like Michael Steele. Capable, smart, and generally just a great new voice for conservatism. But does it really matters who runs the RNC when elected Republicans refuse to live up to the principles in the party platform? What’s he going to do to enforce conservative practices in our elected officials? What can he do?

I’m also less-than-thrilled that self-congratulations for picking a black guy has spread from Democrats to Republicans. Ken Blackwell, who also was in the running for Chair said this:

“I cannot change the composition of this electorate [pause for laughs] nore would I want to,” Blackwell said.

But he added, Republicans must “unleash a new birth of freedom” He said, Republicans need a candidate who “must inspire hope,” “have leadership ability and a “vision to pull us together and … Americans together” …

“That is why I put my fullest support behind Michael Steele.”

Again, Michael Steele is awesome, why are we limiting his election to just “wow, we picked a black guy.”

Both Allahpundit and John Hawkins are predicting smears of “oreo”, racist photoshops and so on from the left. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Obama’s Democrats proved them wrong?

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Why stop at a nanny city, we have a nanny state

Our governor has proposed an 18% tax on sugared drinks. Here’s the idea: obesity will decrease because people won’t pay the extra money for their sugary drinks. Oh, but also, the state will make more money from this tax, more each year in fact! So, if people are drinking less of these sugar drinks, how then does the revenue from taxing these drinks keep increasing? Logic shmogic! ACSH has more.

January 29, 2009

And you eat too much chocolate too

Rightwing News had it back in November, but apparently Mike Bloomberg is now moving to cut the salt in our food.

City officials said that people don’t realize the salt content of the things they buy in the supermarket.

The city’s plan is to get food manufacturers in the United States to agree to gradually start reducing salt content until it reaches a 50 percent cut in 10 years.

My favorite part of the article is the sub-headline: Citizens Revolt, Claim NYC Is Turning Into Nanny State.

I’m not sure what is more amusing, that NY is turning into a nanny state, as opposed to being at the forefront of the treating-its-citizens-like-toddlers movement, or the idea that New Yorkers would revolt against government intervention into the details of their diet and lifestyle. I remember the revolts of the smoking ban and the trans-fat ban. Blood ran through the streets. Or, actually, people shrugged their shoulders, smoked on the sidewalk and bought their cupcakes in New Jersey. It’s a liberal city, obviously the mayor of a city in the midst of a financial crisis is supposed to monitor what you eat, it’s why we elected him!

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January 28, 2009

Point. Counterpoint.

The Israel-Palestinian conflict is too complicated to sum up in one op-ed. Not if you hate Jews!

Hat-tip Michael Weiss on Facebook.

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This is the world we live in

How to date a banker in a bad economy.

The blog mentioned in the article is here and it’s a doozy.

Hat-tip Shawn Macomber. (And yes, Shawn, our wedding is still on).

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No bustles or beads here

My latest post on the wedding blog is about music.

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January 27, 2009

I would have thought surviving would be enough but what do I know?

US Airways crash survivors paid $5000 each by the airline, some say it’s not enough.

Hat-tip James.

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Or, don’t.

If you’re popular, thank your parents.

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Song of the Day

“Old Man” by Neil Young.

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January 26, 2009


I’m so not the girl that flips through US magazine calling the hottest girls in the world “ugly”, and I particularly hate when totally thin women like freaking J.Lo are called “fat”, but seriously, what the hell is Tony Romo’s girlfriend thinking with this outfit? She looks about 50 pounds heavier than she actually is. Fire the stylist. And, quick.

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Go comment, you know you want to.

I’ve got two reader-participation posts over on my wedding blog.

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You know…

I don’t think Patterson actually wants to be governor.

His continued travels around the world have further raised eyebrows – especially his decision to go to ski-mecca Davos, Switzerland, this week for an economic conference – when he’s calling for $1.7 billion in budget cuts, some by Feb. 1.

“If the guy doesn’t want to be considered an accidental governor, he should stop acting like one,” said a Democratic lawmaker. “He doesn’t command respect. A lot of people believe he won’t be around past next year.”

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Twitter geeking

It was pretty cool when I got the email “Karl Rove is now following you on twitter” but only half-cool because well, I was following him first. But now: JimDeMint is now following you on Twitter!

I wasn’t even following Jim DeMint. How cool is that?!

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January 24, 2009

Isn’t he just the bestest?

Actual headline: Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisive stands in first week

Please note, funding overseas abortions is not a divisive stand but not funding them, why that just about ripped our country apart. Also, when Bush did it it was considered a gimme to that far-rightwing we’re always hearing about but Obama, why he’s just magnaminously funding abortions overseas and anyone who has a problem with that probably just listens to too much Rush Limbaugh. What recession?

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January 23, 2009

I’m coming home!

Be there in a few.

(To illustrate how not a vacation this was I’ll tell you that it was too cold to go swimming and I layed by the beach for 20 minutes before I had to go inside. So don’t be jealous much. I did however, spend a lot of time looking at this so go ahead and be jealous a little.)

View from West Bay Club

Nikki Beach from balcony

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