I Don’t Feel Like Writing

But these people do.  So go read their posts.

LissaKay on how socialism works.  Notice the guy at the top pays the same amount either way.

BillyMac has fun playing with John McCain’s tongue.  Strange fetish.

Why Libertarians and true conservatives don’t win elections.  Duh.

Seth Godin writes a post about me–too small to fail.  If I had a nickel…

Jen has some thoughts on Warren Buffet’s recent op-ed piece.  My big problem with it is that Warren Buffet has a huge financial interest in bailouts and market recoveries.  Do it because you think you should, not because he thinks you should.

An Anonymous Idiot is begging for more chicks with tattoos.

Just Sayin’ has some ideas on Money and Power.

Stolen bases= free tacos.  Bet on it!  Why can’t someone do this with sub-prime mortages?  What a great way to give everyone home ownership!

If you’re going to be a criminal anyway, don’t pay for the privelage.

Two Guys Who Get It

Brazilian President calls the bailout unfair to poor people…

“Why give $700 billion to the banks and no money to the poor guys who lost their houses,” Lula asked, according to local media. He referred to the troubled U.S. housing market.

I think he’s right, but for the wrong reasons. Poor people shouldn’t be given money either. But it’s the poor people who are going to have their precious few dollars devalued. It’s the poor people who are going to be taxed by allocating a larger portion of their income to pay for the mountain of regulation that will result in an increase in costs of goods and services.

Newt Gingrich is right too, well sorta…

“You have the former Chairman of Goldman Sachs asking for 700 billion dollars, and in his initial request, asking for it in such an un-American way that I think he should have resigned,” said Gingrich.

Paulson has to go. But he shouldn’t be given the opportunity to resign. I believe the correct term is “shitcanned”. Maybe Congress could investigate him on the possibility that he was in collusion with Wall Street too. That is, if they can squeeze it in between all the other important investigations.

Don’t expect either of the major party Presidential candidates to work towards anything but the status quo though.  They’re going to be busy convincing you that they are miles apart on this issue.

China To Halt US Lending?

From Reuters:

Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday.

As a half-full guy, I’m going to read this as “US Will Stop Borrowing Money From China” and be happy. Ok, I’m not really a half-full guy. I’m more of a “you’re an idiot for using such a big glass if that’s all the water you’re going to put in it” guy.  But still.

The real question is this…what’s Congress/Bush/Obama/McCain going to do about that?

I crack me up sometimes.

HT Newscoma

No, He Didn’t Call Her a Pig

You make think that’s what he meant, but that’s giving him a lot of credit for cleverness that I’m not sure he deserves.  Note to both Dems and Reps who are trying to make the campaign about everything except the issues (again):

Nobody cares about this crap but you guys, and the more you try to make everyone else care about it, the more we realize it’s more of the same–same ol’ stupid politics.

The Missus just told me there’s a Spanish saying that’s analogous–“Puedes vestir un mono en seda, pero mono se queda.”

Be careful translating this into English.  Some Democrat who’s defending Obama against Republicans who say he’s mysogonistic will start calling you a racist, even if you don’t mention his name.  It’s like the pot calling the kettle, uh…iron.

Sorted Out–Here’s My Problem With McCain’s Speech

I really liked what John McCain said about the lessons he learned as a POW and his desire to stop living for himself and living for his country. I think that’s a great message, and I’m sure it resonates with a lot of people. It may actually help him that he doesn’t deliver this message with a tone that implies empty rhetoric. His soft spoken manner makes the message seem more sincere.

My problem is that this is the first time I’ve heard it.

John McCain has wanted to be President for a really long time, but I’d never heard this from him before. Not that I pay attention to everything the guy has ever said, just saying.

Everybody’s Webless For The Weekend

Well, at least I am–mostly. Just a few thoughts that kept me up for a good 5 or 10 minutes last night…

John McCain’s speech was pretty non-eventful until the end. He tried to do something that is very effective when he was speaking over the applause and hoots. While it was effective, if he had a powerful voice like Obama or a passionate delivery like, uh, Lou Holtz(?) it would have been even more effective.

As far as Cindy McCain’s speech goes…families are off-limits to bloggers, right? Fair enough. I’ll save it for Twitter.

Although I disagree with him on more than I agree with him, I think John McCain is an honorable guy as far as politicians go. And I’ll take a guy who suffered through 5 years of physical, mental, and emotional hell in service to our country over a guy who pads his resume with “Community Organizer”. Seriously? Really? That would be like me interviewing for a network security job with a bank and boasting about my vast experience setting my MySpace profile to “private”.

I still haven’t decided who I’m voting for, but I know it won’t be Obama or McCain. And before you leave a comment about “throwing your vote away”, remember that I live in a state that is solid Republican and won’t be changing this time around. Besides, I think voting for one candidate even though you like another one better is the real definition of throwing your vote away.

Palin Was a Brilliant Choice

Now Obama is campaigning against her instead of McCain:

In an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Monday night, Obama was asked about whether his experience in the U.S. Senate dealing with weather-related situations compares to Palin’s executive experience running the state of Alaska and as the small town mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

At least in this instance, McCain’s been able to dictate the debate.  And in this case, he’s put himself above it.

McHillary For President!

This is funny.  There’s nothing more entertaining than some pissed off Hillary supporters.  Check out the photo of the woman wearing the Hillary t-shirt and McCain button.

“I’d like to see a McCain-Hillary ticket to tell you the truth. And there’s nothing that would please my soul more than to see Obama lose. He’s talking about eight years when he hasn’t got the four years. When people start nominating Hillary on the floor this week, he may fall off the stage when he sees superdelegates switching to Hillary.”

Is There a Pro-Technology Candidate Out There?

CNET has a pretty interesting article on Joe Biden’s less than stellar record on technology:

By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET’s Technology Voters’ Guide, and whose anti-privacy legislation was actually responsible for the creation of PGP.

Well, at least we know who to thank for PGP.  What would we do without Biden and those internets Al Gore invented?

Check out this Voter’s Guide to see how the other candidates rank on technology.  Some of note:

  • Barack Obama:  50%
  • John McCain:  31.25%
  • Hillary Clinton:  33.33%
  • Ron Paul:  80%

Joe Biden–A Brilliant Pick

He’s outspoken, he says crazy things, and he loves attention.

It is inevitable that Biden will soon say something controversial that draws the whole of the media’s attention.  What a great way to create a diversion for a candidate at the top of the ticket who says a whole lot of, well…nothing.

Just because Bush’s Presidency is almost over doesn’t mean that strategery is dead.

Maybe McCain will pick Ron Paul as his VP.  That would be even more ironic.  How funny would it be to see Paul refuse to endorese McCain, even though he’s on the ticket?