Everyone is talking about Cornell West and the Harvard Flap. CheckInstapundit, check the Economist, check all the other blogs. I refuse to talk about it. My stance is, and will be, that Cornell West is a Bleeding Idiot and should be ignored. Of course, by talking about him I have failed to follow my own advice.
John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
National Review Online documents the death of the Kyoto Treaty now that Japan has deep-sixed it. In other treaty news, read this little story about the real losers in 2001, International Treaties. Both articles were written by Nick Schulz, editor of techcentralstation.com. In the aforementioned techcentralstation is this little piece about the dwindling popularity of the Kyoto Treaty. Ding dong, the witch is dead.
“The world does not just disappear because you close your eyes, does it?” – Leonard Shelby, Memento
I just loved this quote, from what I think is just a great movie. At any rate, we will have a Leonard Shelby award here at the Curmudgeon’s Corner. The award will be given when most appropriate (this will not be a daily, weekly, or monthly award) to the person who does his/her best to deny truths and objective reality….
A snide and obnoxious op-ed in the L.A. Times by one Norah Vincent self-described ‘senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank set up after Sept. 11 to study terrorism.’ At any rate, this is merely a one-page dossier of all the bile spewed about Giuliani by the left-wing kooks, union thugs, and race-baiters. No deep thought is required, she just references Abner Louima, and references both Adolf Hitler and Mussolini. Clever, hunh? She also manages to tar Bush. Worth a read, and was better than my treadmill at getting my blood flowing.
For those of you who live underneath a rock, a large corporation named Enron has failed. Obviously, it is imperative that 100 people who have no idea how to run a business, and probably are as large as any reason as to why many businesses fail, must hold hearings to find out why it has failed. The 100 people in question are the United States Senate, where entrepeneurial giants like my own Senators, Jay Rockefeller and Robert C. Byrd, can grill Enron execs about their business practices. I am sure there will be no partisan bickering about this either. Why do I say this? Because Joe Lieberman has said so, and he is a man of his word. At least he was, until he became a vice-presidential candidate. Then he became a left-wing lackey and Gore hack. But, we do have his word.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the full committee’s chairman, promised Wednesday “a search for the truth, not a witch hunt.” But he did not rule out an examination of Enron’s relationships with the Bush administration.
This, mind you, will be just a part of the strategy the Democrats will employ over the next 6 month period while working up towards a crescendo before the midterm elections. They know that they can not attack Bush head on, as his popularity is hovering in the mid 80’s, so expect them to try the death of a thousand cuts approach. The other day there were the religious-right/taliban rumors, now we have Enron, and we will see little things like this every day.
Mind you, I have no problem into shady business practices at Enron. I just do not feel that the Senate is equipped to find them as there is precisely one economist in the Senate.
Miracles never cease. Bob Herbert has just said something not only mildly amusing, but something I agree with in his latest column (registration required). I actually only agree with a part of what he said, but given my storied past involving acid reflux and Herbert’s columns, this is a baby step in the right direction. The quote in question:
“Welcome to New York. If he’s tough and sane, Mike Bloomberg might manage to succeed. But it’s absolutely fair to wonder about the sanity of a man with $4 billion who voluntarily subjects himself to the routine torments inflicted on the mayor of New York.”
I agree. I have often thought that desire to assume any high level political office should be an automatice disqualification fopr the position. The rest of the column is, well, Herbertian.
O.K. I must admit that I have no use for any country in Europe other than Germany. I think this is because of my heritage and because I lived in Fulda, Germany, when I was a member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. It certainly is not because I am fond of the leftist politics of the Germans as of late. I should modify my last statement: I am enjoying the support we are currently getting from SILVIO BERLUSCONI , so maybe I only like the former fascist Axis powers in continental Europe. Go figger.
Back to my point- I have never understood this desire for A Strong European Union, other than as a knee-jerk anti-American sentiment. Even the most casual of observer will tell you that the Germans are not going to relinquish their past (nor should they) to become ONE country with the obnoxious French. At any rate, even if they think they can create this artifical unified Europe, you would think that they would be able to create a good looking common currency. They have not. The Euro, despite all of its hype, in spite of all the problems I think may come from it, is just plain ugly.