February 19, 2008

Who Says You Can't Go Home Again?
Nice to see the ol' Capital Gang back in fine form on Meet the Press. Take that CNN. Video here.

From Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism blog :
When Obama spoke at that rally at the University of Wisconsin after winning the MD, VA and DC primaries he proclaimed:
"And where better to affirm our ideals than here in Wisconsin, where a century ago the Progressive movement was born?"
Do you think he knows how many of those UW Progressives were eugenicists (among other things)?

That old traditionalist Hillary Clinton seems to want to keep things the way they are - if they favor her. After the '00 election when Bush won the electoral vote but not the popular vote, she was a vocal proponent for eliminating the electoral college and allowing the popular vote to determine the president. In this Democratic primary she's for the independence of superdelegates rather than the more democratic method of counting delegates. "That's the way the system always worked," she tells the Columbus Dispatch.

Yes, Hillary, just like the electoral college.


Google is none too fond of a website that criticizes the U.N.. I think Google trods the path of most media corporations - great initial freedom of expression as a start-up, until they get too big, too rich, at which point they start kneeling to elites. Sort of the way we operate as individuals.

One of the things it seems like we're suffering from is historical amnesia. We only appreciate what happens to us, and what has just happened to us. The Jews celebrate the Passover and refer to it in the present: "this day of the Festival of Matzahs, the time of our liberation." Jews in Jesus' time would see all the gifts of God to their ancestors as the same as if it happened to them, just as we see the Eucharist as being present at the Last Supper.

Much enjoyed this book: "Bringing Down the House : The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions" by Ben Mezrich. Mezrich can really tell a story; it's non-fiction that reads like fiction.


The latest work craze is that we all develop a development plan, presumably to learn some new skill that will give us greater opportunities. I'm going to see if my boss will buy into my reading a classic work of fiction. It's developmental in the sense that I'm learning something and it is increasing my intelligence and broadening my world view. Call it the liberal arts approach to development. Can't hurt to ask.

"Metrics" is a new business buzzword that has rolled out, without any explanation as to its meaning. We're likely supposed to figure it out from context, which is easy enough to do. (It's not the British system of measurement by the way.) New buzzwords enter the language without explanation because if a speaker defines it he appears to be condescending to those already in the know.

I was sorry to hear the conservatism lost Charles Barkley, partially due to conservatism's principled stands on moral issues. Jeff Miller opines here on Barkley, and on judging others who judge. All of this reminds of Cardinal Ratzinger's question:
"When it comes to the state, as soon as crimes begin to multiply and society feels its safety threatened, there is an immediate demand for tougher laws. In relation to the Church, whose laws are moral in nature, the exact opposite happens - there is a demand for further relaxation."

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