Who says she wants it?

The warm corpse of John McCain told George Stephanopolous he didn’t know if he would support Sarah Palin in a 2012 Presidential run:

“Listen I have the greatest appreciation for Gov. Palin and her family and it was a great joy to know them,” McCain said. “She invigorated our campaign and she was just down in Georgia and she invigorated their campaign.”

“But I can’t say something like that,” McCain said, “We’ve got some great other young governors, Pawlenty, Huntsman.”

McCain said he thinks the Republican governors are going to assume a leadership role in the future of the Republican Party.

When I pressed him on why he selected Palin as his running-mate, he said, “Well sure, but now we’re in a whole election cycle,” he said.

So McCain isn’t sure he’ll endorse her. He ought to know how classy that stance is since Al Gore did it to his BFF Joe. Even so, here’s a newsflash for George and John – she may be better off without that endorsement. McCain’s own support was weak before her nomination. McCain’s support for her really would be like Bush’s support for McCain and Clinton’s support for Gore. The difference is that McCain is nowhere near as popular among conservatives as Bush and nowhere near as popular among the general voter population as Clinton.

So, when it comes to McCain’s support in 2012, who says Palin wants it?

Priceless

An ugly Pontiac nobody wants to drive: $21,000.

A hybrid that only gets 20 mpg: $75,000.

A line of trucks starting at $20,345.

An army of lobbyists so they don’t have to compete: Priceless.

There are some things even MasterCard can’t buy. For those things, there’s the taxpayer.

Shameless Commerce and other trivia

  • There are still 9 days left to order from Amazon with free Super Saver Shipping and still get your order by Christmas. If you haven’t visited Amazon lately, they have way more than books – everything from electronics to groceries. Yeah, groceries.
  • If you spend more than $25 on electronics at Amazon before Christmas, you’ll get $5 in free MP3 downloads. (That’s basically 5 songs.) And their downloader now has a Linux version. Awesome. Now if the “Unbox Videos” just had it.
  • My Amazon.com Wish List
  • I’ve set up a new microblog of one liners called Curiously Morbid. It is, essentially, bad humor on current events in the news or life generally – all the short wisecracks that I don’t feel like developing, editing and doing all the CYA political correcting to post here will likely go there. The latest example:

    Since I guess he’s still technically Governor, I wonder if Rod Blagojevich would appoint me to the Senate if I chipped in for bail money?

    I can’t guarantee that it will be 100% family friendly, though it should be relatively work safe. It’s also a very simple design so you can view it on wireless devices. If any reader is interested in an account to post your own morbid curiosities, shoot me an email or something as I’d be glad to have other contributors.

  • I’m also experimenting with a program called SweetCron, which is an open source “lifestreaming” application. It does what Friendfeed and a number of other websites do, essentially republishing anything you post online anywhere all in one place. The hook is it lets you do it on your own website. I’ve installed it at tomhanna.name . It’s probably not much interest as far as content at this point, especially since most of it is republished from here, and it’s not really pretty yet but I thought some of the techie readers here might be interested in the application.

Nixon on The Juice

Richard Nixon managed to die a few months before Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson and so didn’t have the opportunity to actually comment on the Original Simpson Trial, but here’s what he might have said:

…tainted evidence, even though a person is totally guilty, is a reason to get him off.

The person he actually did say that about, Ethel Rosenberg, was “totally guilty” of a crime that put the lives and liberty of all Americans in danger. It’s hard to conceive a crime more heinous than double murder, but Rosenberg’s treason certainly was. Still, Nixon, law and order conservative, Republican, white man, believed that it would have been more appropriate to let her go free than to convict her with tainted evidence.

The much maligned Los Angeles jury from the Original Orenthal Trial held the same position. Oh, sure there was much amusement about the gloves not fitting, plenty of other holes in the prosecutions case that at least hinted at reasonable doubt, but in the final analysis, the fact that Fox News darling, convicted felon Mark Fuhrman tried to “frame a guilty man” was rightly a Get Out of Jail Free card for Simpson.

Of course, as any Monopolist can tell you, a Get Out of Jail Free card is good for one use only. The card didn’t apply for the New and Improved Juice Trial. On the other hand, the purposeful scheduling of the second verdict to occur on the anniversary of the first ought to be an indication that the second trial was a “do over” of the type prohibited by the Fifth Amendment. Even barring that view, those who insist on painting the more recent sentence as correcting a “miscarriage of justice” need to remind that themselves that there was no miscarriage to be remedied. Even assuming Simpson killed two people in 1994, the purposeful use of tainted evidence was plenty of “reason to get him off.”

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Rantlets: “Smart” liberals x2, pandering, bailouts x3

  • I’m wondering why the illiterate, inbred hicks of Arkansas [Note sarcasm] managed not to have a single trampling death in 46 years of Wal-Mart history but the intelligent, elite of Long Island managed to pull off their first within 10 years. Maybe Wal-Mart would be smarter to stay out of New York and let Target have the liabilities associated with that state.
  • In another example of how the elitist snobs aren’t quite as bright as they think they are, some guy at Huffington Post thinks that Republicans were “hoisted on the petard [sic] of their own ‘southern strategy.’” I bet this idiot probably says “drownded,” too. It’s especially ironic to see him write this in a piece accusing Republicans of being “anti-literate” and in the paragraph after he decried the “white no-college-backwoods-and/or-southern McCain/Palin vote.” I guess, it’s nice to know that in the North they have their colleges in the backwoods. That he was educated in a backwoods college at least partly explains his poor use of the English language.
  • On the subject of Wal-Mart, I generally choose from two that are reasonably accessible after work. One of them doesn’t carry Cain’s coffee, but does carry Sam’s Choice “fair trade” coffee and “rainforest” coffee. Before Wal-Mart panders to the 10 fair trade enviro-weenies in Joplin, they ought to take a lesson from George Bush’s 8 years of attempting to pander to the same crowd politically. It doesn’t work. They might also want to ask themselves why they want to pander to a crowd that is so at odds with their core customer base, not just politically but economically/demographically. Wal-Mart selling rainforest fair trade coffee instead of cheap, high quality coffee makes as much sense as the GOP creating the biggest entitlement expansion in 40 years and killing the auto industry with increased steel tariffs – none.
  • Instead of a bailout for the Big Three automakers, how about suspending antitrust laws for them and removing all tariffs on their raw materials? Whether they merge, share technology, use their collective power to bargain better with the unions or just split up the false-patriot-who-cares-about-price-or-quality market so as not to duplicate their efforts, the only people who would pay are the people with a dog in the fight. Since an excess of real competition is their problem there’s no excuse for antitrust laws anyway.
  • Does it strike anyone else as odd that Chrysler stopped being a German company (well, actually became only a 19.9% German company) just in time to be bailed out by US taxpayers?
  • If Congress really wants to do something to help with jobs, instead of spending money to bailout the auto industry, how about helping out industry generally with a permanent exemption from capital gains taxes and taxes on dividends for shares in US companies purchased from now (or maybe January 20, 2009) to the end of 2012? I know Democrats hate tax cuts, but this is one they ought to be able to get behind and there is all kinds of money stacking up in T-bills waiting for a signal from the Democrats that America is still a safe place to invest in private enterprise for the next four years.

10 Reasons to Bailout Bloggers Instead

Everyone is out hat in hand looking for a bailout, so let me throw in my two cents. Bail out bloggers. Pick the million most serious bloggers in the US and give loan them $500,000 each. This would be the last big bailout the economy needed. It would fix everything.

  1. It’s cheaper than TARP, the standard by which all such boondoggles will be judged in the future, and no worse for the economy.
  2. Instead of a million bloggers complaining about how the bailouts favored the rich or the well connected or the corrupt, you’d have a million bloggers singing the praises of the bailout.
  3. Instead of a million bloggers saying the economy was doomed and the bailouts only make it worse, you’d have a million happy bloggers blogging about all the new things they were buying.
  4. Votes. The pen is mightier than the sword or the fractional reserve. ;)
  5. Everyone knows Franklin Roosevelt saved the American economy with the introduction of Social Security by getting old folks out of the job market. This plan would attack the other end, getting thousands of young folks out of their day jobs and back in their jammies. Speaking of which…
  6. A boom for American industry. Billions of dollars in pajama sales are just the start. Mountain Dew and coffee sales would skyrocket. Pizza sales, through the roof. MP3 players, Amazon Kindles, Netbooks, wireless routers…
  7. Supplier jobs. A flood of money into blogging will create at least 40 or 50 new jobs at Godaddy and half a dozen smaller hosting companies. These companies have suffered in the wilderness with no bailout since 2000, the last time the Federal Reserve set out to wreck an industry. Think: Every basement in American with its own T1 line. No need to worry about a future bailout of AT&T. Speaking of basements…
  8. It would save the housing industry. 999,999 bloggers moving out of their parents’ basements and buying houses and 1 blogger paying his house off.
  9. Good for the auto industry. I know the first thing I’d do with my money is buy a new car. Probably an American made car. Probably a Ford. Probably a few hundred Tesla Roadsters would be purchased, too, and thoroughly reviewed online.
  10. It will be good for Google. More content, more pages to index, more Adsense publishers. Google has a market capitalization of $81 billion; GM has a market cap of $2.19 billion. It’s about time somebody said it:

    What’s good for Google is good for America.

Hope

Congratulations are due to President-elect Obama and his supporters on a well earned and historic victory.

Senator McCain hit the nail on the head:

…his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving…

President-elect Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park was another example of his oratorical mastery. If he meant the things he said, there is, indeed, much to be hopeful for. (Pardon the note of cynicism in that, but I still remember a past President’s pledge not to raise taxes. It’s never certain what a politician really believes.)

He returned to the themes of his New Hampshire speech, the themes of American exceptionalism:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer…
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world–our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down–we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright–tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

Barack Obama and John McCain

Barack Obama and John McCain

If President-elect Obama believes those things, and, more importantly, if he can convince the Democratic Congress to act as if they believe them, he could well be much more than just a great speaker.

A message to his supporters on the Obama campaign website says this:

You proved that change can happen. You built an unprecedented grassroots organization in all 50 states that brought a record number of people into the political process — many for the first time, many for the first time in a long time.

Now, the $600 million spent on the Obama campaign was not, could not be, completely funded by small grass roots donors, but the effort that transformed his long shot candidacy in less than two years to defeat one of the most powerful and ruthless political machines of modern times was a testament to grassroots organizing, to the best in American politics.

The campaign is over and while there will be much to debate and disagree with in terms of policy, in January the new President should have our support. Rather than hissing and booing like ill-mannered reprobates at the mention of the name of the next leader of the free world, we should join Senator McCain in “offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.”

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1964, Senator

“You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness”

Well, Senator, the simple answer is 1964. Since I know you’re a little fuzzy on the math, you were 3 years old then.

The Virtue of Selfishness

The Virtue of Selfishness

In the introduction to her collection of essays on ethical philosophy, The Virtue of Selfishness (VOS), Rand writes that the “exact meaning” of selfishness is “concern with one’s own interests” (VOS, vii). In that work, Rand argues that a virtue is an action by which one secures and protects one’s rational values—ultimately, one’s life and happiness. Since a concern with one’s own interests is a character trait that, when translated into action, enables one to achieve and guard one’s own well-being, it follows that selfishness is a virtue. One must manifest a serious concern for one’s own interests if one is to lead a healthy, purposeful, fulfilling life.

The Atlas Society

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