Wednesday, February 24, 2010
"Paul isn't a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades. Paul's newsletters of the '80s and '90s were filled with anti-Semitic and racist rants, proving his slumming in the ugliest corners of conspiracyland today is no mistake."
As conservatives, MC isn't willing to cede the ground to this sort of nonsense. We have no litmus test for who is a conservative; by the same token, we have no reticence in calling out a cult.
Click on the title of this post to read an excellent article in Reason magazine about the Ron Paul delusion. Click on the image above to enlarge it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Conceived as a way to unite Europe, the euro increasingly divides. No one wants Greece to default, but no one wants to pay the price of prevention. With its own currency . . . Greece would pursue depreciation to spur exports and economic revival. If other countries dump the euro, currency wars could ensue. The threat to the euro bloc ultimately stems from an overcommitted welfare state. Greece's situation is so difficult because a low birth rate and rapidly graying population automatically increase old-age assistance even as the government tries to cut its spending. At issue is the viability of its present welfare state.
Almost every advanced country -- the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Belgium and others -- faces some combination of huge budget deficits, high debts, aging populations and political paralysis. It's an unstable mix. Present deficits may aid economic recovery, but the persistence of those deficits threatens long-term prosperity. The same unpleasant choices confronting Greece await most wealthy nations, even if they pretend otherwise."
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Last year Ono released an album to nation and worldwide acclaim. Yes, we know, MC's readers weren't paying attention but we were so you didn't have to. She was 76 and, as it were, still kicking. Two nights ago her reconstituted "Plastic Ono Band" gave a bravura performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The reviews were superlative; read them here.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"What is wrong with the Obama presidency is not a botched communication strategy (although the president himself has become a bore and whines too much). The core problems are Obama’s insistence on a radical domestic agenda, pursuit of dangerous and unpopular national-security policies, and the absence of a chief executive who is practiced and skilled in governance. And, honestly, acting more like a candidate and less like the president isn’t going to help matters."
Monday, February 15, 2010
Leave it to a French banker to suggest the end is nigh for the euro. Click on the title of this post to read the story in the Daily Mail (UK), a downmarket paper to which we find ourselves chagrined to link. But there you have it. Whatever happens to the euro, and we wish it ill, MC hopes George Soros makes not a penny, as it were, on it.
And yes, we know, we could have blogged about Evan Bayh but MC enjoys counter-programming.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Click on the title of this post to read the pamphlet in English for free. Then throw it, metaphorically, onto the ash heap of history with its mind-numbing predecessors.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Click on the title of this post to read the first article, Edward Luce writing in the Financial Times about the core group of people surrounding President Obama. It makes for less than edifying reading. Why is it Americans increasingly must turn to British and German newspapers to learn about what's really going on in their country?
Click HERE to read The Washington Note's article on the Luce article. Really, read both for maximum effect and understanding. Together they provide fascinating insights into our government, the fourth estate and the people in both. Don't say MC didn't warn you.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Click on the title of this post to read the excellent Bruce Bawer on the threat whose name dare not speak it's name in the Obama administration.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
MC doesn't pretend to understand everything we cover. Or don't cover. But in the last 24 hours the hashtag #demonsheep has taken the Twitterverse by storm thereby showing the, er, sheep-like nature of Twitter and all things human. The source is the ad above run by Carly Fiorina in California. MC finds it to be exceptionally bad. Who ARE her media people? The same dolts that labeled her website Carlyfornia? We want her to win but she's going to have to start acting like she wants to. In the meantime, she gives "in the know" people another metric by which to measure their in the knowingness. #fail