I know, another post about a writer named Michael. What’s not to like? Besides, he was, if I remember correctly a technical writer during the dotcom boom who decided to seek another line of work when things went bust. I can personally appreciate such a decision, though his moving from server rooms and boardrooms of the west to Soviet-style lodgings in war-torn countries does make me wonder if I would have chosen similarly if given the same set of circumstances. Personal rabbit trail aside, Michael Totten is worth reading. He, like an earlier Michael mentioned in this space is a….
The following email was sent by a friend of the Constant Conservative to Dave Letterman in response to the above video. ****** Dear Dave Letterman – You will likely never see this, as I’m sure your screeners will not share it. But, if you do read this, I welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you further should you be so inclined. Regardless, I am writing as a long time fan and viewer who has completely lost my respect and admiration for you after watching last night’s (Wednesday, September 24, 2008) show. Your continuous berating of John McCain was over….
This third paper is once again written by John Jay. It is largely an extension of Federalist No. 2 in regards the need for unity among the citizenry, as evidenced by all joining together within the single national government. The official title of this paper is “The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence.” Full text may be found here at the Library of Congress. Jay begins by telling his audience that they are smart folks: people . . . [who are] . . . intelligent and wellinformed) seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in….
No, not the bailout, the history behind where we are now. This is excellent.
I love reading. I greatly enjoyed Aesop’s fables as a child (and still do now, truth be told). So it is with much enjoyment — well, as much as I can manage while watching the USS America approach the iceberg without apparently realizing the danger — that I bring you a modern twist on a classic: Our little Ant, minding his own business, heard a knock on his door one late winter night a year later. It was his old, sneering Grasshopper neighbor. With ACWIRN’s presidential candidate, Barack Cicada, now in office, the Grasshopper had been hired by the meadow….
Yes, there are those who are, broadly speaking, “conservatives” who are marked by their hatred. Yes, I’m sure that given the proper context, I could be brought to strongly dislike to the point of wishing imminent and violent demise upon certain individuals. Angry I can become, no matter how strong the force may be. However, I believe that I can honestly say that I do not hate anyone. I’m still struggling to consistently apply the command to “love your enemies,” but I do not hate them. Since “enemy” is a rather broad term these days, let me use it use….
1. Things did not get this way overnight. If one goes back to the modern (as in my lifetime) source for the problems which are specifically part of the sub-prime mortgage market, one simply needs to stop off in 1977 and look at the Community Reinvestment Act. Among other things, this law (as noted in the WSJ): compels banks to make loans to poor borrowers who often cannot repay them. Banks that failed to make enough of these loans were often held hostage by activists when they next sought some regulatory approval. According to the calendar which I use (yours….
Michael Yon is doing excellent though dangerous work in Afghanistan these days. Unlike many reporters, he has a background in the military which gives him great respect for the work which is being done as well as a understanding of what he needs to do to stay out of the way when things get hairy. And, unlike most other reporters, he wants to be in the middle of what is happening and not simply rely on the official story (which may well not be the whole story). I’ll not include a photograph in this post, as I normally would, since….
Hiding one’s tracks in this data-driven age is becoming increasingly difficult. And, while there are more than a few worrisome aspects to this truth, one does find it interesting to follow some forensic footsteps today over at the Jawa Report. Sarah Palin, as almost everyone should know by now, has been the target of remarkable efforts to portray her as a nutcase, extremist, airheaded, dangerous (well, you pick the negative adjective, it’s probably been used). One of these efforts was using the demonstrably false claim that she was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. Jawa did some good work,….
British comedy is often an acquired taste for those of us on this side of the pond. However, the following clip should be quite understandable, with perhaps the exception of a few acronyms and terms. The message is universal. HT: DC Thornton Frankly, I’m surprised that the BBC even carried such clear thinking arguments as this. But then again, “a stopped clock is right twice a day.”