Posted on | August 6, 2010 | 11 Comments
That means Sam Adams Summer Ale for me. And a rare appearance here on Federal Review. So, some quick hits.
Maxine Waters: Based on what I’ve heard, it doesn’t sound like she did anything wrong. Certainly considering that Tom Daschle was majority leader and his wife was a lobbyist for, I think, Boeing. Come one. She arranged a meeting. the bank got a bailout – just like all the other ones. Big deal. Maybe there’s more. But based on what I know now, getting Maxine Waters on this while she continues to be one of the dimmest bulbs in Congress, is like getting Al Capone on tax evasion.
Stimulus: So, how do you stimulate economic activity in a way that encourages continued economic activity? Is it by taking money from taxpayers, laundering it through Congress and its scattered interests, and then spend it? Or leave it with the people so they can use it to make economic decisions untainted by politics? I’d take the latter. And better yet, eliminate the corporate income tax. It will encourage more companies to base in the U.S. and conduct their operations here. There’s a jobs bill for you.
Amending the 14th Amendment: Just plain dumb, dumb, dumb idea. If you are born here, you are a citizen. I’m good with that. If you don’t want illegal immigrants showing up pregnant, build a fence.
Philadelphia Eagles: Mike and Mike say they’ll be 8-8 without McNabb and Westbrook. I agree. The margin of error here is 4. They could be 4-12 or 12-4 too.
President Obama: Doesn’t want to give Republicans the car keys because he’s steering the ship of state so well (sorry for mixing metaphors). Same old same old. Obama, once inspiring, now clearly has nothing new to say. The weak economy is not his departing economic advisor’s fault. Its the fault of those taking/refusing advise by continuing to pummel the economy on a nationalizing binge worthy of Hugo Chavez.
Same Sex Marriage: Not for me. But, there should be a method for giving other couples the same rights and penalties (equitable distribution, community property, taxes, divorce court) as the rest of us.
California Judge on Same Sex Marriage: Dude, gay or straight you can get married to someone of the opposite sex. No discrimination there. Regardless of whether you think it should be legal, finding a “right” to same sex marriage in the Constitution, especially in the face of the will of the people expressed clearly in a plebiscite, makes a mockery of the notion of a Constitution as constituting anything.
BP and the Lockerbie bomber: Well, in the exercise of its foreign policy, the UK decided to let him go. And that helped BP get a contract. A successful BP is in the UK’s national interest. Perhaps principle should trump the naitonal interest, but let’s not be so surprised that the UK, like other countries, conducts its foreign policy to serve its own interests. Still, I wouldn’t have let the bastard out. Die in misery in prison where you belong.
American Idol: Kara Dioguardi was too freaking annoying and self-important. Simon was honest, brutally, and gone. Now Jennifer Lopez and Steve Tyler will join the Dawg? I’d prefer Harry Connick on the panel.
BP Oil spill: Much ado.
Mandela’s Legacy: I recently say Eastwood’s Invictus. Good movie. I don’t know if the portrayal of Mandela was accurate, but if this is who he becomes for history, then a fantastic role model and someone to revere.
Youth in Revolt: Pleasant picture. Worthwhile. Portia Doubleday = cute.
Music: How can I easily understand the translation of a guitar chord to a piano chord. Say, Em on guitar is easily transposed to a piano how? Start on E, play minor 3rd, major 5th? Or what? Is there some shorthand theory here so I don’t need to figure out all the specific notes?
Mowing Grass: It’s a great respite from the standard worries of the day. Unless it’s 100 degrees and 100% humidity. Enjoy my weeds, neighbors.
Friday Night Lights: Best show on TV. Not as cloyingly look-at-me as Mad Men. And how does Landry get the hot chicks? Or if you are Coach Taylor, how does Lance get the hot chicks?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on the Desktop: Impressive and a pleasant experience. Based on Fedora 13, so go try it.
iTunes: We need a version for Linux. Come on Steve Jobs, a little help here.
Tax Holiday: I’d go get an iPhone 4 this weekend, but I’d have to pay tax on it and I don’t want to wait in line with all those buying their tax free Macbook Pros. Hey Gov. Perdue, how bout a year long sales tax holiday. You can call it a “stimulus”. That is, if you have time to think about such things between meetings with your lawyers.
Federal Review: Got no idea if I care about continuing this. Will welcome suggestions.