Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A more perfect example of the stupidity of government cannot be imagined. I think this is probably the best line of all:

The report recommends Congress prohibit the State Department from funding projects in countries that sponsor terrorism, but the State Department opposes this.

The country's in the very best of hands.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Man gets 90 days for sex with car-wash vacuum

What? That's illegal now?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

An illustration of how big the pile is.

Lileks hits one out of the park with a fisking of one of the more ridiculous columns of Amitai Etzioni. Etzioni is clearly arguing in favor of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" and I have an idea who he wants to decide my ability and need. Etzioni in italics:

The precept of a good life calls for setting ceilings for purchases and for work, for setting fairly modest limits on that which we seek to own and purchase, and on the amount of time we are willing take away from our children, spouses, friends, communities and ourselves, in order to work.

And there you have it. We have to set limits on what you can buy, how much you can work, what you can own, and how much time you are spending on work as opposed to the obligatory devotion to COMMUNITY.

These are the people who regard themselves as the finest champions of the individual. Well, inasmuch as the collective is made up of individuals, yes.

But how to achieve this world in which people stop working to buy appliances and spend more time on friends?

There are a whole slew of public policies that can express, foster, recognize and promote the good life. A steeply progressive income tax will do wonders.

Oh, it’ll do wonders, all right. Remember: the secret to expressing, fostering, recognizing and promoting the good life is taking away half the money of people who are too stupid to work long hours and bring work home. If they complain, it’s because they don’t know what the good life really is. It’s not sitting down at the end of the night to watch a fine movie on a sofa with a single-malt. It’s having friends over to a small sustainable apartment with a small fridge that doesn’t have an icemaker, breaking the crappy plastic ice trays by hand to get a few usuable cubes, serving everyone cheap scotch from a plastic jug then heading down to the Community Cinema for a movie - only to find that the projector is still broken because the owner can’t afford to fix it, so you go to the local coffee shop, which is staffed not by teens forced to labor but by middle-aged guys who lost their jobs because they worked in fields we have deemed socially regressive.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hmmm. And on MSNBC no less.

Obama’s Fear Mongering by Jonah Goldberg on National Review Online

Never waste a good crisis? Bush does it= BAD. Obama does it= GOOD.

Recall that not long ago, the first item on the bill of indictment against the Bush administration was that it was “exploiting” 9/11 to enact its agenda. Al Gore shrieked that President Bush “played on our fears” to get his way. In response to nearly every Bush initiative, from the Patriot Act to the toppling of Saddam Hussein, critics would caterwaul that Bush was taking advantage of the country’s fear of terrorism.

The Bush administration always denied this, and rightly so. If the president had admitted that he was using a national calamity for narrow partisan or ideological advantage, it would have been outrageous. Indeed, every time Karl Rove or some other administration official said anything that could be even remotely interpreted as using the war or 9/11 for partisan or ideological gain, the editorial pages and Democratic news-release factories went into overdrive with righteous indignation.

Well, now we have the president, along with his chief aides, admitting — boasting! — that they want to exploit a national emergency to further their preexisting agenda, and there’s no scandal. No one even calls it a gaffe. No, they call it leadership.

It’s not leadership. It’s fear mongering.

Saturday, March 07, 2009


Meltdown An explanation of what went wrong in housing on one page.