March 29, 2010
What’s the best way to make people take climate change seriously? Suspend democracy, says James Lovelock, “the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.”
“I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. “The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.”
One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is “modern democracy”, he added. “Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.”
That pesky democracy, always getting in the way.
Either this story about Michael Steele visiting a bondage-themed strip club is fake, as this link suggests, or he is the dumbest person alive. Other than Eliot Spitzer. But that goes without saying.
March 25, 2010
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”
Sending a clear message of his displeasure, Mr Obama treated his guest to a series of slights. Photographs of the meeting were forbidden and an Israeli request to issue a joint-statement once it was over were turned down.
“There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage,” Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported. “Bibi received in the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea.”
March 24, 2010
Suddenly, she’s making a lot of sense (this is from a press release I received from the campaign which is not yet up at their site):
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis today proposed the State legalize poker at the state’s existing OTB locations and “other locations as may benefit the state’s economy,” rather than shut down the off-track betting sites in New York as is currently being proposed because of OTB’s precarious financial situation.
“New York could make millions of dollars in revenue by legalizing, regulating and taxing poker games in New York State,” said Davis who supplied call girls for Eliot Spitzer and went to prison for breaking the laws against prostitution. Spitzer was not charged.
That is a super fantastic idea. Seriously.
She goes on to say:
“The State should bid these poker rooms out to Steve Wynn, or Donald Trump for the best possible management and presentation,” said Davis. “The State should legalize gaming because we are losing billions of dollars of revenue to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware. Poker should be a first step.”
I don’t think Delaware has poker, and am pretty sure Pennsylvania’s hasn’t arrived yet, but her point is sound anyway. Why not have poker at the failing OTBs? It’s not like it’s going to bring down the quality of the place because, um, have you seen the inside of an OTB? This is a pic I took of an OTB in Bay Ridge in November. I titled it “winners” but IC said that was mean so I took it down:
A backroom with a table or two of poker could only class up the joint. We need the revenue. And if betting on which horsey makes it over the finish line first is ok, why isn’t a game of skill?
Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.
Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.
Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
Via Mary Katharine Ham’s twitter where she also notes “But, don’t worry. The rest of this baby is air-tight!”
March 23, 2010
One of the brilliant ideas in the healthcare bill passed is that every person must purchase health insurance. Is it constitutional for our government to force us to purchase a good or service?
Why yes, he believes the constitution does allow for the government to require the purchase of a good or service.
Under what clause?
Well, that’s obvious: “Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know — I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know — they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.”
Except, of course, there is no “good and welfare clause”.
March 22, 2010
I mostly avoided the healthcare debate. What was there to say, really? Once the public option was mostly off the table, I was pretty sure the Democrats were going to ram through some bill or another. We can debate the merits of the bill…oh wait, no we can’t, no one knows what’s in it. But here’s the thing for Republicans to remember today: this is all our fault.
Let’s think back to 2008. Forget that we nominated one of the worst candidates of all time (or, try to forget, I still wake up screaming when I think we chose John McCain from that field), we spent much of that election season bickering amongst ourselves. I’m a social conservative, I’m a libertarian, I’m a fiscal conservative, I’m a King of the Hill Republican, I’m a Ron Paul Republican, I’m a northeast Republican, shut the hell up. This is what we get when we seek perfection from the Republican party. To paraphrase, the Republican party is the worst. Except for all the others. I know conservatives who didn’t vote, and conservatives who voted third party and conservatives, for one cockamamie reason or another, who voted for Barack Obama. Well this is what you get. Only unfortunately, this is what we get.
So here’s the thing. If we don’t want backward liberal policies, don’t elect backward liberal politicians. Did we really think that after the Democrats captured the White House, the House and the Senate that they weren’t going to try to ram through terrible legislation like this? They’re under the impression that this is what Americans wanted. And why shouldn’t they be? They are who Americans chose to lead us for the next few years. Don’t like it? There’s only one real time to show your displeasure and that’s at the voting booth. Protests and blog posts mean nothing when compared to an actual vote to throw the bums out.
So quit yer crying and start the working. Find your local candidates and put in time at their campaign office. Explain to everyone you know why this healthcare bill is a disaster for our country and what it will mean for them personally. And as IMAO twittered yesterday “time to start working on blocking the next giant new entitlement.” Because if you think it isn’t coming, you haven’t been paying attention. The oceans aren’t going to lower themselves!
UPDATE: Al Sharpton says it best?
March 19, 2010
Hard to remember a time before her.
Clutching my hand so I don’t dare move the bottle:
March 17, 2010
March 15, 2010
Or at least try to. Things are bad for New York Republicans, and they have been for some time, but if we can’t try to win the governorship after the last two Democrat bozos in the position went down in blazing failure, then when can we win it? New Yorkers for Growth takes on Prince Andrew:
Update: I spoke too soon. A LOT nauseous.
March 11, 2010
I’m not into dividing the world, and men especially, into alphas and betas (like a certain blogger, ahem Allah ahem, does) but this series on the “myth of the middle class alpha male” has been entirely fascinating to me. It’s long but very worth the read, check it out.
March 9, 2010
Lindsay Lohan is suing E-Trade over an ad that features a baby named “Lindsay”.
You’ve seen the ads, the baby is making stock trades and talking about it with his fellow baby friends. Well, in this particular ad–the only one of these I find really funny– the baby boy is video chatting with ostensibly his girlfriend who is complaining that he didn’t call her last night. He responds that he was up late trading.
The girlfriend then asks if “that milkaholic Lindsay wasn’t over” and a baby girl pops onto the screen saying “milkawhaaaaat?”
And so we’re supposed to believe that any reference to a girl named “Lindsay” is meant to make you think of that hasbeen, trashy actress who had one hit movie and decide to ride that fame to the usual Hollywood druggie/drinky/half-lesbian ending. She’s arguing that her name is like Cher or Madonna, first name is enough. Except the part where they were successful.
Best part is that Lohan feels she’s owed, wait for it, 100 million dollars damage for the commercial. Because the commercial has tarnished her good name, I guess. She’s not a milkaholic! She’s some other kind of holic! Pathetic. Video and story here.