Monday, August 31, 2009
A few items from my browser tabs, before I run out for the evening.
Dan Riehl notices that the unpopularity of President Obama's endorsee in the Garden State is such that the AFL-CIO is having to campaign for him among its own membership before that it can get the rank-and-file to work to start looking for other votes.
Even tobacco companies have rights under the First Amendment.
Al Gore's "thundering" about our moral duties again. This time, though, our moral duty is to provide health insurance. He did not compare the relative dutiness of the universal health insurance moral duty to the climate change moral duty, so we we do not know where to start in a world of limits. In any case, nearly as I can tell the only thing these two moral imperatives share is that the "rich" will pick up the tab.
A tip for falling asleep when it does not come easily. Do it privately, though, or your partner will think you are a weirdo.
If Algore and the left can be so bold as to tell me what my morals should be and what is moral for me to do, can I jump on the morals bandwagon and demand that they do certain things I think are "moral" to do?
I thought it was extremely wrong to "cram your morals down my throat" ... or something.
Looks like it is good again to have morals and force them upon others.
Thanks for the breathing tip, TH, I'll try it out.
Re cramming morals, I'd say instead it's more of stopping impacts that primarily hurt poor people through climate change. Conservatives argue that gay marriage will hurt them somehow, but I think that's a tough analogy to well-proven climate impacts. If you've got anything better, though, go ahead and push for it!
Any ritual can help a person fall asleep, but "Breathing through your right nostril stimulates the left side of the brain" could be written only by a journalist who is totally ignorant of anatomy. All the air to your lungs goes down the same single windpipe, regardless of which nostril it starts in.
Al's old hobbyhorse, global scamming, is in the news again as Kerry starts to get involved in writing the Senate version of Kneecap and Trade. Kerry even wrote an op-ed claiming we have a "moral" obligation to pass the bill. Blah, blah, blah, blah. I hate Democrat posturing, when all they are really trying to do is build a big bureaucracy full of patronage jobs and raise taxes. Have they ever really thought of anything else?
Also, today, Jonah Goldberg writes two pieces. One very good one is on global warmin' and the other really excellent one covers the fastest-on-record slide in Obama's polling numbers.
"What is the significance of all this? To say I have no idea is quite an understatement, but it will have to do."
That's the most intelligent thing Jonah has ever said. Too bad he didn't end there.
(And btw, it's long been known that CO2 didn't cause the end of ice ages but instead was a feedback. He needs to read better, and possibly listen to what the experts he's citing to have to say about their own work.)
Matching intelligence for intelligence, it would only be appropriate, Brian, were you to note that you too have no idea. No one knows the significance. In any event, it would help avoid the painful and embarrassingly obvious come-back.
Speaking of embarrassing... Here's Robert Kaplan of the Atlantic begging the president to just show some substance, just show he believes in something other than "finesse". Anything at all will do.
The lefties in MSM are starting to sound a little like real people suddenly.