Archive for November, 2011

General Vs. Specific

Thomas Sowell attempts to make the case that Republican presidential candidates should let their conservative flag fly, rather than tacking to the center or “trying to be all things to all people”.

I think Obama is widely disliked enough at this point that a candidate like Reagan (Sowell’s sole example of a successful Republican candidate who ran as a conservative) could unseat him, but who would that be, exactly?  The column’s primary purpose appears to be to persuade Republican primary voters not to vote for Romney, but which of the conservative candidates are going to appeal to mainstream voters?

Cain is an unserious loose cannon who gets accused of sexual misconduct on a daily or weekly basis.  Bachmann is batshit crazy-eyes insane.  Rick Perry is dumb as rocks and will give people Dubya flashbacks.  And Gingrich is a pompous unlikable family values hypocrite.  Unpopular as Obama is, it would be a gamble at best to assume that a majority of voters would flock to any of those alternatives.

Reagan was a conservative, yes, but he was also a very charismatic and skilled politician, running against an unpopular failed incumbent.  The 2012 GOP field has the second element going for them, but not the first.

November 30th, 2011 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Some of this might be even more awesome than last week’s kicking guy.

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November 28th, 2011 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

More Labor Day Photoblogging

The kid in the I ♥ NY shirt made my day.

Labor Day Tuba

Labor Day NY Fan

Labor Day Iron Workers

November 28th, 2011 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: People,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Media Blogging

And for those of you who like kicking… there’ll be kicking.

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Holy crap.

2 comments November 21st, 2011 at 05:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

The Shining City On The Hill

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Well, it certainly is nice to see that the United States is still looked up to as an inspiration and a role model around the world:

Two people were killed in Cairo and Alexandria this weekend as Egyptian activists took the streets to protest the military’s attempts to maintain its grip on power. And guess how the state is justifying its deadly crackdown.

We saw the firm stance the US took against OWS people & the German govt against green protesters to secure the state,” an Egyptian state television anchor said yesterday (as translated by the indispensable Sultan Sooud al Qassemi; bold ours).


I feel so proud.

(h/t dday and PW)

November 21st, 2011 at 02:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Foreign Policy

20 Minutes In Heaven

Memo to Union Leader: 20 minutes is actually plenty of time if the candidate doesn’t have the depth of knowledge to answer policy questions with more than a sentence or two.

“Mr. Cain, can you explain the benefits of your 9-9-9 tax plan?”

“Certainly, I’m glad you asked.  It will raise revenue while stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and providing clean, inexpensive energy for everyone in the United States.”

“And how will it do that, exactly?”

“I’m afraid we don’t have enough time to get into all the boring details.  Next question, please.”

November 18th, 2011 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Republicans

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Wilde, starring Stephen Fry:

I felt like the sorbet after a side of beef.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s prairie dog cats…

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He’s actually getting ready to change the toner.

November 18th, 2011 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

No One Could Have Anticipated…

Outside of the “severe labor shortages” (but not to worry, they’re only at farms and poultry plants), it sounds like the good citizens of Alabama don’t really enjoy the government treating them like they look Mexican.

November 18th, 2011 at 07:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

B&W Labor Day Photoblogging

Once again, I am so far behind that these are actually from last year…

Labor Day Profiles

Labor Day Sign Shadows 1

Labor Day Dancers 1

1 comment November 16th, 2011 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: People,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

People Unclear On The Concept

Russell Pearce brags that it took a recall to oust him from office.

Um, getting recalled is not exactly a ringing endorsement, dude.

November 16th, 2011 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Immigration,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Final La Jolla/San Diego Photoblogging

That’s it for La Jolla and San Diego. Second pic is actually from the San Diego airport.

La Jolla Personal Training

San Diego Airport Ceiling 2

La Jolla Pool Shower

November 15th, 2011 at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

“Job-Killing Regulations” Myth Exploded In One Paragraph

Can’t say it any better than this:

Whenever a firm lays off workers, the Bureau [of Labor Statistics] asks executives the biggest reason for the job cuts.

In 2010, 0.3 percent of the people who lost their jobs in layoffs were let go because of “government regulations/intervention.” By comparison, 25 percent were laid off because of a drop in business demand.

So if Republicans (and Democrats, for that matter) really want to do something about jobs, they should start putting some money in the hands of the people who are most likely to spend it (hint: not the rich).

Sadly, it also suggests that the leading cause of unemployment is… unemployment.

November 14th, 2011 at 05:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Politics,Republicans,Unemployment

Monday Media Blogging

A sneak peak at a very dramatic and suspenseful scene from the new Batman movie.

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Pretty sure it’s “helicopter”.

November 14th, 2011 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

More La Jolla Photoblogging

I have been to La Jolla so many times now that it’s hard to find anything new to shoot.  I probably only have one or two more posts’ worth after this one.

La Jolla Cup Reflection

La Jolla Wheel Shadow

La Jolla Rope

November 14th, 2011 at 07:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Kitten Blogging

This week’s quote is from the unexpectedly hilarious Mystery Team:

Sorry I’m late, everybody. My science teacher says my thesis needs to prove something… but I think listing all the dinosaurs proves there was a lot of dinosaurs.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s kittens…

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Holy crap, that is too cute to be real.

November 11th, 2011 at 02:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cuteness,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Sunny La Jolla Photoblogging

I’m so far behind, these are actually from last year’s visit…

La Jolla Glasses Reflection 1

La Jolla Pool Umbrella 1

La Jolla Hallway

November 10th, 2011 at 07:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Post-Election Reflection

Yes, the story of the 2011 elections is definitely one of resounding defeat for Republicans, with the author of Arizona’s despicable anti-immigrant SB-1070 getting recalled, and state laws or referendums to restrict collective bargaining rights, eliminate same-day voter registration, and declare fertilized eggs to be people all going down in flames, but here’s a caveat for Obama and triumphant Democrats to consider:

Aside from the Iowa state senate special election, none of these victories were by Democratic candidates.  They were repudiations of anti-progressive, anti-democratic Republican policies.  It’s one thing for voters to say that they don’t want to unconditionally ban all abortions, but another thing entirely for them to vote for Democrats who have shown themselves to be ineffectual losers at best, and willing corporate tools at worst.

If Democrats want to take advantage of the opposition to unpopular conservative policies, then they need to show that they really do oppose them.  America is a 99% nation, not a Tea Party nation, and Obama and the Democrats would do well to start remembering that.

November 9th, 2011 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Yet another demonstration of why American talent shows suck:

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The judges’ reactions are priceless.

November 7th, 2011 at 11:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

The Inspirer

April 1st is almost five months away, so I have to assume that James Rosen was dead serious when writing his ridiculous column about how George W. Bush deserves credit for “inspiring” the Arab Spring because he single-handedly created the idea that Arab countries can have democracy too.  Seriously, I’m not kidding.

The idea that Dubya’s Soaring Democracy Talk “inspired” Middle Eastern Muslims to do anything other than join al Qaeda is laughable and pathetic.  It’s like me taking credit for the Giants winning yesterday because I told them they just had to beat the Patriots.

November 7th, 2011 at 08:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Foreign Policy,Media,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Creepy Monkey Blogging

This week’s quote is from Bedazzled, the Dudley Moore/Peter Cook original:

When I say animal, I mean Man. And when I say Man, I mean Woman, of course.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s disturbing Halloween monkeys…

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I wonder how many other people have to watch that before I can unsee it…

November 4th, 2011 at 11:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Wankers Of The Day

We seem to have an embarrassment of riches today…

Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams bashes Democratic governor of un-Christian idolatry for participating in a Hindu blessing ceremony for a new factory.

Chicago Board Of Trade showers Occupy Chicago protesters with McDonald’s job applications.

Todd Remis sues mom & pop photo business for $50,000 to bring back everyone from his wedding to recreate the photographs from 8 years ago… and 3 years after his divorce.  Oh, and he doesn’t know where his ex-wife is.  Gee, I can’t imagine why that marriage didn’t last…

Shorter John Stossel: Step 1: Buy everything cheap from overseas.  Step 2: ????  Step 3: JOBS!

November 4th, 2011 at 07:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Hit & Run Metaphor

So let’s see… a member of the 1% (or close to it) recklessly or willfully causes harm to members of the 99%, and the cops just let him go without any consequences? Wow, sounds pretty much like the last 3-4 years in a nutshell, doesn’t it?  Maybe he’ll end up paying a $20 fine or something.

November 3rd, 2011 at 07:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Wankers

Farewell To NYC Photoblogging

From the airport, on my way out of New York:

NYC Airport 4

NYC Airport 5

Also, this happened:

NYC Hello Kitty

November 2nd, 2011 at 07:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

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