Tuesday, November 14, 2006

You Know What Burns My @$$?

1. The Vatican preaching about walls.

A senior Vatican cardinal on Tuesday condemned the building of walls between countries to keep out immigrants and said Washington's plan to build a fence on the U.S.-Mexican border was part of an "inhuman program".
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"Speaking of borders, I must unfortunately say that in a world that greeted the fall of the Berlin Wall with joy, new walls are being built between neighborhood and neighborhood, city and city, nation and nation," said Martino, head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace.

Well, Cardinal, there is a big difference between walls with the purpose of keeping people in, and those intended to keep people out. The U.S. does not force people to stay in the U.S. East Germany did. While it is true that Mexico's economy sucks, it isn't commiting genocide. People aren't fleeing for their lives. They are fleeing for their pocket books. The U.S. has every right to protect itself and control its borders. As does Saudi Arabia and Isreal, where the border very clearly is intended to prevent killers from entering the country.

We shouldn't be surprised though. This is the same guy who whined that the U.S. treated Saddam "like a cow" after his capture. The comments were so stupid that the Pope publicly distanced himself from the comments.

On the border issue, what is your alternative solution, Cardinal? How would you protect countries from invasion, whether economic or terror related? Protecting people from predators isn't exactly what the Church does best, now is it? Call us when you have some effective answers.

2. People complaining about third-parties, particularly libertarians. Sometimes, they are the necessary ingredient to get coalitions built and get things done.

Critics of the Libertarian Party, who focus on their modest if growing number of office-holders, are often unaware of the Party's emphasis on local community networking and consensus coalitions that underlie real politics. Indeed, many of their most signal policy victories--the Earned Income Credit, the increasing collapse of ballot restrictions across the US, and anti-poverty programs such as the Alaska Permanent Fund--are the result of the Libertarian willingness to envision and do the hard work coalitions require, and then share the credit.

The passage of eminent domain limits and amendments in many state elections this year were largely the work of libertarians. The linked article deals specificly with Florida.

3. Being forced to choose between bad Republican leadership and worse Demcratic policies and leadership. Thanks a lot "party of small government." Thomas Sowell looks at both problems in his always insightful way.


4. Finally, people who quote Richard Cohen in the same post where the link me. The nerve of some blog princesses.

5. Superheroes. And Thanksgiving. Hmmm ... I wonder what they are thankful for? (Warning: adult language.)
6. Changing the Colonel? Say it ain't so.


At 11:42 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I love you KJ :)

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Re: your #3, how come it's "insightful" when Thomas Sowell says it but dead wrong when I've been saying it for months/years?

This is the kind of emotional self-indulgence common among liberals but apparently some conservatives have now also come to see elections as occasions to vent their feelings rather than to choose among existing options for the future of the country.

Sending a message may have its benefits but -- as with all benefits -- the question must be asked: "At what cost?"


At 2:35 PM, Blogger KJ said...

'Wrong' and 'insightful' are not opposites. 'Wrong' can be either 'insightful' or 'shallow crap.'

I would, if asked, label Cassandra's 'wrongs' (which are rare) as 'insightful.'

But I wasn't asked.

And as I said all along, sometimes I sell out. What determines whether I sell out is the costs of not selling out. As I tell you all the time, Cass, we are not always in disagreement, even when you disagree with me.

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

You are just saying that so I don't unleash a huge can of whoopa** on you :p

Seriously, I know that.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Pile On® said...

Heh. I burn KJ's @$$.

And nothing about that article convinces me to stop doing so. Every self-deluded victory would be more accurate if you subbed conservative for libertarian.

Excuse me will I look up "modest" victories. Perhaps they have changed what that means without telling me.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Pile, I'm glad you are glad that you burn my @$$.

The point is that libertarians can build coalitions, especially at the local level.

Since the party is wrong on foreign policy, I guess that'll have to do me.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Pile On® said...

Well, you know what they say?

All livid terrier politics is/are local.

Currently my politics is/are so local that all elections are coming out unanimous.

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet you just can't walk into the Popes Office...Go figure.

At 5:14 AM, Blogger camojack said...

"You Know What Burns My @$$?"

Ummm...a flame about yea high?

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

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