Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sniff

The lousy thing about colds is I look worst as I recover. The wheeze, the octave drop in my voice, the rumbling cough, those are the signs I'm just about over the thing. It was three days ago, when I just seemed a little flushed, that I was reeling on my feet and unable to count. They didn't want to believe that I needed to call off work and lie down a few days. Now that I feel the need to come back, I get an argument about further rest and relief.

Oh well.

Nancy Pelosi doesn't think Al-Qaeda has anything to do with Iraq. Wonder what her excuse is.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Taking a break from the day to day, to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the family and the free time together!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Hurling Ourselves Over the Railing

An excerpt of what I posted at powerlinenews forum:

It won’t take any press blurbs to remind black America who Trent Lott was. They already know. And not just the militants who have a US flag upside down on the wall next to the poster of the Fist Salute at the 1968 Olympics.

Trent Lott is not a racist. Trent Lott is not a segregationist. Trent Lott is, as you point out, a fellow who loves the proper procedure. I believe he abhors all the raw emotion and absolutism of House debates. He is not a crusader, he is a clubbable legalist who values an amiable process as much as the legislation that results. In a word, a Senator. And what I think he meant, when he said that his friend Strom Thurmond’s election ‘would have avoided all the troubles we’ve had over the years’, was that the process of awarding civil rights to all Americans regardless of color could have been achieved with a lot more consideration, a lot more propriety, and a lot more comradely good fellowship.

I’m capable of giving him the benefit of the doubt, and assuming he just forgot Thurmond, at the time of his Presidential bid, was on the side of unblinking Evil. Or that black America, to its very core, is damn proud they forced the issue of their full freedom without waiting for the likes of Trent Lott or Strom Thurmond, or John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson, to gift it after properly measured debate. They don’t regret the ‘troubles’ one bit.

I’m capable of believing in his good faith. I already knew two years ago that the average American is not. When I’ve got to try and explain why a chief in my Party wished a segregationist had won the White House, and the best I can do is ‘he forgot who he was talking to and what about’, it’s time for a change. Now we have the even greater task explaining of why our Party doesn’t take that very seriously.

Even if he were the ‘wizard’ who brought Brett Kavanaugh to a vote and broke the Gang of 14--and he didn’t, he was nowhere to be seen on those tangles-- I’d still say he needed to stick to the shady side of the stage.


Images of Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington is a lot more politically significant to many (if not most) African-Americans than Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall. I don't think Sen. Lott appreciates that, and I really question whether his supporters among our ranks do, either.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Blink?

Well the sick feeling of dread, from watching our side triangulate the tough ones, is back...

The problem with dwelling in the blogosphere is getting whacked every three hours with the same news, in slightly updated forms. The bulk of America probably wouldn't recognize the name "Iraq Survey Group", while I'm fidgeting waiting for Bush to announce how much of a retreat we'll pull. Or not.

Heck with it. I have schoolwork needs doing. Meanwhile, if you're uptight like me, relax with a good ten minutes of browsing babyanimalz.com.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different

I feel good.

Many challenges ahead. Many hard fights, tough arguments. We have much work to do to persuade the American people that the Republican Party actually represents the improvement of America.

We may lose a few of these fights on straight party-line votes, and possibly even a few of the veto challenges. Yet right now, I am free of the sick dread I have felt more than once over the past two years.

Am I crazy? Do I actually think we're better off losing the majority?

Yes. Yes I do. We're better off being the party that starts at the sight of bad law, fights bad law, kicks bad law in the teeth, never lets a bad law live but that it fights for its life, than being the party that brings bad law home as a pet rather than appear too fierce and uncompromising.

I am fierce and uncompromising!

I mentioned sick dread...I had that sick dread watching my party "leadership" triangulate its way towards the Opposition, on the grounds that my vote was nailed down, and they were making inroads among the valued 'center'. And really, what could I do about it? Vote Democrat?

Some inroads.

By 2008 the Conventional Wisdom shall be: Pelosi blew it. They were assured victory in 2006 but neglected, through incompetence, to secure the sort of mandate that would dynamite the GOP out of its trenches.

They haven't got the White House, they haven't got the votes to override vetoes, and they haven't got the popular policy progam to shatter our ranks in Congress.

Now is the time for a role we know how to do--without reference to any War Room of "experts" as to what floats. It's again time for the Thin Red Line of Heroes, defiant, insistent, unyielding, confident of the wrongness of the opposing cause and the sense of our own. And that's a role our guys know. We know how to be the fighting minority without seeking bad professional advice or throwing in with Ted Kennedy for the sake of appearances.

Yes, we'll be arguing with a lot of idiot chairmen. Thing is, for once, those idiot chairmen will not be Republicans.

And I'm not the only one who sees the death of blind loyalty to the Party. Check out Hugh Hewitt(!!!)


I feel good.

PS A thought: It won't be us holding the bag when everybody in America has to buy a new HDTV in 2008, because Congress said so nearly ten years ago. Yay!