Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Climate Bill Sucks

The Climate bill is a massive corporate give-away. This is corporate welfare in an unprecedented scope. This is why carbon taxes are superior and should have been the vehicle for climate change legislation from the outset.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The End of an Era

I said it before, and it bears saying again: Michael Jackson was the King of Pop. His passing marks the end of an era, but his music will persist in the lives of the living.

Friday, June 19, 2009


So I was looking on drudge and I saw a curious headline: Congresswoman Refuses To Complete 2010 Census.... Immediately I thought there could only be two people in congress that crazy and stupid to do something like this: Michelle Bachman and Maxine Waters. Then I saw another headline immediately below it: Fears ACORN collecting data.... Then I knew it must be Michelle Bachman. And sure enough, I was right. What a wackjob. She is a joke.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Day the TV Died

For me that day is today. I will admit that I'm one of those millions not fully prepared for the switch to digital television. I have a digital-to-analog converter box, but it doesn't work with my antenna.

Now that my TV has died, I no longer have a refuge from reality. It's just me face-to-face with reality. Which isn't a new experience, as I didn't have a television for about the first six months after my move to Chicago.

I'd like to think that this is a moment when more people will wonder what it would be like not simply to live without TV, but to live in a society without television. To quote Don DeLillo from White Noise, "Television is the death throes of human consciousness."

Monday, June 01, 2009


Many of the right have made fools of themselves trying to diminish the accomplisments of Judge, soon to be Justice, Sotamayor.  Folks like Fred Barnes, William Bennett, Michael Goldfarb, and countless others have alleged that here success is entirely contingent on preferential treatment.  However, her resume renders this line of attack absurd on its face.  She graduated head of her class in Princeton, was law review at Yale Law School and has served on both circuit and appellate courts. This is the normal trajectory for a Supreme Court justice, namely, an abnormal or exceptional career, the mark of the elite.  It has long been the claim of those of us on the right that a judge should be voted up or down on their qualifications.  Provided there is no ethical snafu or apparent cronyism (a la Harriet Miers), Sotomayor is evidently qualified and should be confirmed by wide margins.