Saturday, May 02, 2009

on dropping the big one

Here is an excellent summary by Bill Wittle of the situation behind the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan to end WWII. The link is from Instapundit.

The occasion of this video is that Jon Stewart said that Harry Truman is a war criminal for dropping the atomic bombs.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

More on Carrie Prejean

I suspect that this article is meant to be a bit sarcastic.
When asked by judge Perez Hilton, a well-known expert on women and on politics, whether or not she believed in same-sex marriage–the kind of deeply personal question it is perfectly appropriate to ask a stranger on national television–Miss Prejean slipped up and told the truth. She didn’t make a political statement, or call for any sort of action against anyone, she merely said that, based on her personal beliefs and background, she thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman. Gasps! Wailing! Gnashing of teeth! You mean she actually agrees with the vast majority of human beings who have ever lived on this planet about gender roles in marriage??? I’m sorry to say that seems to be the case. Now you know why she must be destroyed.

Here's a link to Bill O'Reilly actually doing a good job in a debate. Most of the time O'Reilly is just bluster, which is why I got tired of watching him, but he really nailed the hypocrite who was criticizing Prejean here.

And now it looks like Prejean is possibly going into politics. At least she is showing up at a political event in support of traditional marriage.

Monday, April 27, 2009

more on lousy web sites

I've been doing some boat shopping on-line and I'm about ready to start shooting web designers again. First, you've got these pinheads who won't give you details until you register and give them your email address. Do they really think that they are such enormously stupendous salesmen that if only they can get one person's email address, that outweighs the thousand people who go "oh well" and move on to the next site? I can't imagine what other motivation they could have.

And then there are the sites with "advanced search" pages where you spend several minutes filling out detailed search criteria, only to have them spurt out pretty much their entire inventory anyway, regardless of whether it matches the search criteria. Sort of like, "No, we don't have what you are looking for, but let us waste your time by showing you a crapload of stuff that you aren't looking for."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

thank you John McCain

Well, the Democrats have threatened to use a special procedure to prevent the Republicans from filibustering their socialized medicine bill (link from Monday Evening). All I can say is how grateful I am to John McCain for stopping the Republicans from doing something similar to get judicial nominees past. If not for McCain's strong ethical position on the Senate rules, the Democrats would be, well, I guess doing exactly what they are doing.

Look, no one --and I mean no one, including John McCain-- ever believed for a minute that the Democrats would be honorable enough to give up a tactical advantage to repay the Republicans for the same. McCain's real goal was to look bipartisan so that he could get Democrats to vote for him in the presidential election. If he had been going against Hillary, it might have even worked. But, as much damage as Obama is going to do the country, I'm glad McCain lost the election. I think it would have done a lot more damage to the country if John McCain had given another instance (after George W Bush) that the way for a Republican to be president is to act as much like a Democrat as possible. At least now, we have a chance --a chance-- to recover a major party acting in opposition to the creeping socialism that the Democrats have been pushing on us for decades.

UPDATE: In fairness, I'll link to this essay defending McCain's Gang of 14. It would be more plausible if McCain didn't have a long history of sucking up to the Democrat-controlled press and if McCain hadn't claimed from the beginning to have a principled objection to the procedure, thereby giving his very substantial credibility to the position and giving cover to the other senators who claimed such an objection. If it was in doubt as to whether the motion could pass, McCain was at least partly the reason why it was in doubt.