February 25, 2011
Christopher Hitchens: Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss?
For weeks, the administration dithered over Egypt and calibrated its actions to the lowest and slowest common denominators, on the grounds that it was difficult to deal with a rancid old friend and ally who had outlived his usefulness. But then it became the turn of Muammar Qaddafi—an all-round stinking nuisance and moreover a long-term enemy—and the dithering began all over again. Until Wednesday Feb. 23, when the president made a few anodyne remarks that condemned “violence” in general but failed to cite Qaddafi in particular—every important statesman and stateswoman in the world had been heard from, with the exception of Obama. And his silence was hardly worth breaking. Echoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had managed a few words of her own, he stressed only that the need was for a unanimous international opinion, as if in the absence of complete unity nothing could be done, or even attempted. This would hand an automatic veto to any of Qaddafi’s remaining allies. It also underscored the impression that the opinion of the United States was no more worth hearing than that of, say, Switzerland.
February 24, 2011
February 22, 2011
“Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation,” said Dr. Haidt, who called himself a longtime liberal turned centrist. “But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”
Long story short, nothing will change and nobody cares.
February 11, 2011
I’m still sad about missing CPAC but the excellent Claudio Simpkins is covering for me over on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country.” His first post sums up the first part of the day.
February 10, 2011
Does the CPAC rift say something bigger about the conservative movement or Republican chances in ‘12? Over on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” blog, I say no.
I’m not going to CPAC.
I’m so bummed about it. I was looking forward to it for so long, just needing a dose of in-real-life conservative political interaction and partying with blogger friends I never get to see. There was a blogger party happening tonight and a poker game I wanted to play in tomorrow. Not to mention all the CPAC speakers I wanted to see, and dinners and drinks with DC friends I was going to have. I was particularly looking forward to seeing Herman Cain. He used to be kind of my own little secret, now he’s everyone’s favorite.
I woke up yesterday pretty sick. Sadie had had some 24 hour stomach virus and it looked like I had the same thing. But over 24 hours later, I’m not better. I’m completely sad to be missing CPAC. Next year.
February 9, 2011
Someone asked in the below comment section why I haven’t written on the Reaganversary and on Egypt.
About Reagan I’m truly sorry that I missed out on writing about his 100th birthday. Most of my long-time readers know how much the man meant to me and my family. I’ve had a busy few weeks which included the celebration of our daughter’s first birthday. Yes, that’s cake in her hair (this pic was taken by the amazing, phenomenal photographer Matthew Adam, hire him for your events, he has my highest recommendation):
Few really know anything and despite this everyone wants to give their fact-free opinion. My hope is that whomever ultimately takes power is not hostile to America and Israel but if they are, we’ll deal with it then. Or, they will anyway, hopefully without our funding. I still support democracy everywhere, even in places where we might not like the result. Democracy brings with it accountability and it’s time the people of the Middle East were responsible for the governments they have.
See ya’ll soon, peoples! If you’re going to CPAC, let me know!
February 2, 2011
There are so many stupid people in this article, about smoking being banned on NY beaches, that it’s sort of mind-boggling:
A unusually divided City Council has passed a total ban on smoking in parks, beaches and public plazas.
The vote was 36 to 12, our Erin Einhorn reports:
Councilmembers in favor of the bill gave impassioned speeches about loved ones who died of smoking-related cancers and children who suffered from asthma.
So now we’ve banned smoking outdoors. Stupid.
Opponents invoked civil liberties, including some who said they were personally opposed to smoking and were great supporters of banning cigarettes in bars, but were disappointed that lawmakers did not consent to a compromise bill that would have restricted smoking to designated areas in parks.
Others said they were torn, including Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie — who even invoked Kristallnacht, saying if “we start going after individual personal liberties,” we’ll end up with tyranny. But Comrie ended up voting for the bill, he said, because his teenage kids told him he should.
Wow. Extra stupid. First to compare the ban to Nazi Germany and then to vote for that same bill! I’m embarrassed for you Councilman Comrie.
The ban on smoking in parks is the latest proposal from Mayor Bloomberg to curtail New Yorkers’ bad habits (or, some say, create a nanny state).
Bloomberg initially questioned whether the city had the resources to police smoking in its sprawling parks, but changed his tune last summer after the Daily News ran photos of more than 1,000 cigarette butts littering the beach at Coney Island.
In September, he formally called for the ban, which required City Council approval. It will largely be self-policed.
“Parks and beaches are places where people sit and talk, and they deserve to be smoke-free,” said bill sponsor Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan
Got that? Bloomberg said we couldn’t afford to police people smoking outside but then the Daily News ran a photo of a bunch of cigarette butts so he decided…well, we still can’t afford it but, whatever, let’s pass the law and hope people police themselves. The only thing that saves our mayor from being the dumbest person in this article is the “it’s like the Nazis but I’m going to vote for it anyway” Councilman above. He just sets a particularly low bar.