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It’s Friday and that Means Beer!

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.

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11 Responses to “It’s Friday and that Means Beer!”

  1. Martin
    August 6th, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Keep doing it. The midterms are coming up. We need your polling analysis.

  2. Hank
    August 7th, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    Yeah. What Martin said. If it’s a question of needing more people to pick up the slack maybe we could recruit a few new posters?

  3. Eliza
    August 8th, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Hey, Winston. I hope you’ll keep up with Federal Review. This is my first time commenting, but I typically visit once per week. I appreciate the insight and the humor from you, those who agree with you and those who disagree. I’ve even learned a thing or two… or at least found reason to contemplate :)

  4. Jeff
    August 9th, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Maxine Waters’ and Charlie Rangel’s main transgression is that they supported Hillary in ’08. Of course they are corrupt socialist trainwrecks whom I will only miss for the humor they provided.
    I hope you keep it going, Winston. I apologize for my lack of contribution. I need to figure out my Google sign-in info, etc.. If we got more active with it and linked it to FB more it could really get rolling again in time for the elections. I’ve got lots to say about Bobby “Mean Drunk” Etheridge.

  5. Ken
    August 9th, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    Keep it going. I’d be glad to throw my two cents worth around occasionally. Forward instructions on how to post a topic and I’ll wing a couple. Bottom line is FR is a regular weekly (actually check it every day) stop and certainly enjoy it.

  6. murali
    August 10th, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    I’d say kill it. It’s an idea whose time has come and gone. Even the Friday beer posts are boring. Heck, how many hot chicks can we look at anyway? How many different beers do we really need to discuss? Is politics even worth talking about anymore? Do we really have power to change anything? What’s the f*ckin’ point of everything anyway? It’s all an illusion, a complete lie.

    Winston, I think you realize all of this, so I applaud your decision to take a back seat. You’re very philosophical, my friend. No boobs, no beer, no politics. We should all strive to be as detached as Winston.

  7. Joaquin
    August 11th, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    No boobs, no beer, no politics = no life.

  8. anthony
    August 11th, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Winston, It sounds like you’ve lost the passion for blogging that made this site a daily must read. I’m sorry to hear that, but it’s understandable. Clearly, you’ve had very little interest in blogging since the beginning of the year, but I noticed a measurable dropoff ever since the ’08 election. I had hoped that your passion for politics would resume as we neared the mid-terms, but that doesn’t seem to have happened. It was, however, a great run.

  9. Turkey
    August 14th, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Murali is on crack.

    Continue this site! Yeah I don’t agree with most here, but that’s what makes this site great. Besides, we can all agree on beer and boobs!

    More beer, more boobs, more Fed. Review.

  10. murali
    August 15th, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    Hey Turkey, if you knew me, you’d know that I was completely kidding! :-)

    The site should continue, but it really needs Winston. It won’t be as good without its founder.

  11. Turkey
    August 18th, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Good to know Murali. I write all my posts with a smile on my face. Its fun but nothing personal.

    That’s what’s great about our great country. We have spirited debates, which may get heated, but at the end of day we can all have a virtual beer.

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