Friday, October 28, 2005

Lost amid all the swirling Rove/Libby indictment drama was this news from the Commerce Department this morning, showing the US economy expanded 3.8% in the 3rd Quarter, despite the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina! In the words of one economist:
"Holy Katrina! The economy weathered two major hurricanes and in spite of that showed accelerated growth. I think what this shows is that fundamentally the economy was and is in really good shape."
This is blockbuster news, folks. Sadly, a Democrat does not sit in the Oval Office, so don't expect any raving about these positive economic developments in the conventional media. The best we can hope for are stories with mixed headlines and plenty of cavaets, like "The economy expanded 3.8% in the 3rd Quarter, but..." You can take your pick on what you'll see after the "but". Sometimes it's handwringing over the budget deficit, sometimes the trade deficit, sometimes the weakening US dollar, sometimes the rising price of gas and heating oil, sometimes the widening gap between rich and poor, sometimes the plight of the homeless, sometimes the outsourcing of jobs overseas, and sometimes it's all of the above. To committed liberals, and those who dominate the ranks of the media are no exception, when a Republican President presides over robust economic growth it means those shifty capitalists are making money, and when that happens poor people at home and abroad are getting screwed.

That reminds me, did Karl Marx ever get his posthumous Pulitzer?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

No, I'm not dead...

I moved into my new house last weekend, but the utility company botched my telephone, cable, and high-speed internet installation, leaving me without net access until late last night. Other than that the move was uneventful.

Small of my movers was once married to a woman from Bathurst, New Brunswick. Proving that back home the name of the game is really Two Degrees of Separation rather than the standard six, my mother confirmed that she knew the mover's ex-wife's cousin. Back in the early '80s, the cousin was having an affair with my Uncle Ralph. She was in her 30's and Ralph was in high school. I remember her distinctly because I recall wondering at the time why Ralph's prom date was so much older than him.

Like I said, small world.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

I joined NetWorthIQ today. It’s a neat little site, sort of like Quicken meets BlogSpot. Members use the site to catalogue and track the progress of their net worth, and share that precious information with the whole world, if they so choose.

I haven’t decided if I’m going open my profile to the public. I’m not bashful; frankly, I’m proud of what I’ve accumulated after arriving penniless in the Land of the Free just seven short years ago. Unfortunately, I know there are a few regular visitors to this blog who would think differently of me if they knew how much I make and how much I’ve squirreled away. Not that I’m some sort of gazillionaire or anything (I’m not, though if I follow my current track I will be a millionaire before turning grey, at least on paper). The point is some people I deal with on a regular basis are conditioned to use money as the ruler in a perennial dick measuring contest. It doesn’t matter if the relative size of my portfolio makes me a big, swinging success or a tiny, flaccid failure. Either way, someone is going to regard me differently, as petty and immature as that may be.

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Twisted Nature of Identity Politics…

Back where I grew up, the crux of the region’s divisive identity politics is neither race nor ethnicity, but language. In this day and age, in the so-called modern progressive utopia of Canada, the paragon of North American multiculturalism, deep-seeded prejudice is actively abetted by the government. Here’s a story my mother just emailed me to prove my point:
I have a French client who lives a half hour drive outside of town in a predominantly English community. This gentleman doesn’t want his son attending the local school because it is English, though it does have a full French language immersion program. The only French school in the area is all the way back downtown. The only buses that run from this man’s house to the French school are provided by the English school distinct, so naturally they have English speaking students on them.

My client is adamant that his child should not be exposed to English speakers either in school or in transit to and from school, and he has cited his constitutional right to be served in the official language of his choice. Since no French-only bus service is available to him, the government has compensated my client at the rate of $700.00 per month so that he can drive his child to the French school everyday.

There’s your tax dollars at work, Folks!!!
To further illustrate the absurdity of it all, substitute the word “English” with “Black” and the word “French” with “White”. Now ask yourself how an enlightened socialist “utopia” like Canada could offer tax dollars to compensate someone for their abject bigotry in the name of constitutional rights?

NEWS FLASH>> David Frost joins al-Jazeera TV

Frost’s defection to the pro-Jihad network doesn’t faze me. What caught my eye was this line near the bottom of the article:
Last month al-Jazeera launched a children's channel as part of its expansion plans.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Here's a story that caught my eye this evening.
To regain political power Democrats must abandon favorite election myths, adopt a strong position on national defense and pick candidates who connect with average voters, two political analysts from the party said Thursday.

Political scientists Elaine Kamarck and William Galston, both Democrats, warned that the most important first step is to abandon beliefs they describe as "election myths."

The report, done for the moderate Democratic strategy group Third Way, compared the current situation to 1989, when they wrote a report that mapped a centrist strategy for Democrats.

The said the current "myths" are:

- The belief Democrats can win if they just do a great job of mobilizing their base. Republicans have improved at mobilizing their own base, so Democrats need to do more than that.

- The theory demographic changes over time will make Democrats a majority, a questionable concept with the Hispanic vote increasingly up for grabs.

- The belief Democrats can succeed politically if they simply learn to talk more effectively about their positions.

- The strategy of avoiding cultural issues, playing down national security and changing the subject to domestic issues. National security is too dominant a concern now.

The report noted Republican gains among married people, Catholics, Hispanics and women during the last presidential election.

Democrats must choose to appeal to a broader majority that includes many moderates, said Galston, a political scientist at the University of Maryland.

The Democrats also must develop a coherent foreign policy because "we just don't have one," said Kamarck, a political scientist at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
I think a simple "Duh!" should suffice.

The Dems would do well to follow this advice. Will the surging far left wing of the party stand aside and let their comrades re-brand the party as a moderate "progressive" alternative to ensure greater electability? Doubtful.

Update: James Carville offers up yet more advice, telling Dems to stop being such knee-jerk bleeding hearts. As he says, "Sometimes the problem with being a Democrat is being a Democrat."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Zeke turns 3 this month. Do you think that's too old to change his name? I was thinking of something more whimsical, like Noodles.

Saturday, October 01, 2005