Archive for July 2, 2010

Had a long discussion about my ranking of presidents with a reader today. It got me thinking that plenty of people might have their own opinions so I’m going to give you a chance to express them here.

I invite any reader to e-mail me a paragraph on who should be higher and why and who should be lower and why. I’ll publish the paragraphs as guest posts under your byline.

Not a bad thing for a July 4th weekend.

…one about the past and one about the present.

Nasty Thought #1: All this draft nonsense:

Do you get the feeling that MSNBC and the left are pushing and talking draft right now because they are afraid of Gen Petraeus? Not afraid of him politically but afraid of him as a general. I have the horrible and uncharitable feeling that they are afraid he will actually win this war.

Success in the war would mean a more powerful US. One more likely to act rather than talk. The concept of the US military as a force never to be used is even more sacred to the left than the first black president. They aren’t in a position to attack Petraeus so the only way to counter him is to get the country talking draft. With a high unemployment rate and college so expensive it is a tempting solution to several social/economic problems but it would scare the britches off of many in the ME generation.

The left has never lost their love of 60’s radicalism, it was their greatest moment, it is their dream to bring it back in living color.

Such an appraisal is not very fair to most of the left and is as I said a nasty thought, but right now it is stuck in my head and won’t come out.

Nasty Thought #2 Al Gore

For years I’ve wondered why Al Gore didn’t assert himself during the Clinton Impeachment stuff. It would have been up to Gore to talk to the president and say it was time for him to go. If he had conventional wisdom says he would have easily won election in 2000 and maybe even in 2004. Not only did he not assert himself but he after the impeachment vote made that ludicrous speech calling Mr. Bill “One of our greatest presidents” (talk about grading on a curve)! In my mind the question has always been: Why did he play along?

I have the nasty feeling that question has now been answered. Does anyone believe for one moment that if the Clintons knew Gore had some ahem “interesting diversions” they wouldn’t have held that over him? Al understood that people judge a Rogue differently than a “strait arrow”. It’s the expectations game. People were not surprised that Clinton was messing around and judged him accordingly, but Gore? He would be judged by his strait arrow image.

Again this is a nasty thought and assumes Gore’s guilt but I can’t get it out of my head.

Are these thoughts a sign I am becoming paranoid or am I just becoming more street savvy? What do you think?

No it’s not funny

Posted: July 2, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech
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Stacy I love ya, you are my friend but that’s not funny any more than a black man dressed in a Klan Robe would be funny.

Ok bad example but it’s still bad form. I know Pam put it up first in context to her critique but I think it’s a real jump here. It will get a lot more attention than this did. Everyone makes mistakes but this one is a doozy.

Hillbuzz gets it and so will Gore

Posted: July 2, 2010 by datechguy in media, opinion/news
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My wife although sharing many political opinions with me gets weary of it very quickly. While I go to Instapundit, and Hotair and The Other McCain in the morning she goes to People online.

That’s why this post linked by Glenn at Hillbuzz is so wise:

This EW blurb means, in our opinion, that Gore’s fall is going to actually be covered in the national Media. They’ll have to, because so many people read EW, People, and those other sites that if the Media doesn’t actually cover this story, people will wonder why they’re deliberately ignoring it. Unlike 90% of everything else that goes on in politics, which regular non-politically-interested Americans ignore, if they see Gore talked about on EW’s site, but not on MSNBC, CNN, and in the New York Times and other places, they will start asking questions.


This story really and truly could bring both Gore and his cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming crashing down.

Instead of people’s eyes glassing over when I mention this they will know what I’m talking about, its actually the same dynamic that has made the attacks on the Tea Party movement so ineffectual.

Will it make one of the tabloid TV shows? If it does it’s all over.