Archive for July, 2010

Elizabeth Warren for VP

July 29, 2010

I don’t know how he does it, but I think if somehow Obama got Joe Biden to change positions in his administration, picking Elizabeth Warren for Vice President would seem like a great idea. She is likeable, smart, comes from humble roots in Oklahoma. She was educated at state schools and moved her way up to Harvard. She taught sunday school. She’s not a career politician and people seem to trust her.

I also think it would totally undermine the Republican opponent, whoever he or she is. Any hint of sexism from the Democrats against a Sarah Palin would be countered by charges of sexism from the Republicans. There would be downsides, of course, not the least of which that it would look like political opportunism.

Also, I don’t know why she would want to do it and I don’t know how Biden leaves the position for another position without ruffling other feathers. For instance, Biden would seem to be best suited for Secretary of State, since his expertise seems to be foreign policy. But that position is being filled rather well by Hillary Clinton. Of course, secretaries of state often don’t remain so for 8 years (one term seems pretty standard),┬ábut it would be silly and stupid to ask Clinton to step down if she doesn’t want to.

Still, the more Elizabeth Warren in government the better.

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Ways to know you’ve failed as a father

July 27, 2010

It’s pretty easy to be a good father. If you are seen on the town with your kids and your wife is not with you, people will think you are a good father. If you read books and change your kids’ diapers occasionally, if you tell them you love them and feed them well, don’t deprive them but don’t spoil them either, if you seem genuinely happy to be around them, you will in all likelihood be a good father. Your kids will love you and that may be all that matters.

But things can blow up in your face and that’s why being a good father requires taking no time off. (more…)

I know I’m an elitist, but…

July 23, 2010

there is little in me that would allow for this type of activity from someone I would consider fit to run for President: (more…)

What’s up with Andrew Breitbart?

July 22, 2010

I don’t have anything to add to the objective awfulness of Andrew Breitbart’s racist propagandising. But I will ask, what’s up with his awful persona? This guy seems as angry as they come. He seems unhinged. For instance, this is the picture that keeps popping up, which I grabbed from The New Republic: (more…)

Who listens to heretics?

July 20, 2010

When I grew up in the South among conservative evangelical Christians, Mormonism was considered at best a heresy, but most people actually seemed to consider it a cult. We would notice who the Mormon kids were after baseball games because they were the ones who got the Sprites instead of the Cokes or Dr. Peppers. The few Mormon families at our school were known for being Mormons, much more so than Catholics were known for being Catholic or Pentecostals were know for being Pentecostals and I’m sure there were Jews at my school but I couldn’t name any off the top of my head because they were not as known for being Jewish as the Mormons were for being Mormons. The Mormons had their own book that seemed silly to us. They believed that Jesus came to North America and racism against blacks had actually at one time been institutionalized through the doctrine of their church. In short, no one stuck out more for being different than Mormons. And since I was very serious about my sheep and goat theology, Mormons were heretics in my mind and even in my conversations with friends.

This is why I find the feud between Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis and Glenn Beck and Union Seminary so strange. Beck is a Mormon. He has his own theological convictions. Wallis and Union are Protestant Christians and have their own theological convictions. The theological differences are fundamental, not quibbles about how to implement the Gospel in one’s everyday life. The Scriptures upon which Union and Wallis hold their faith are totally different than that of Beck. (more…)

Experience overrated for Presidential potential

July 16, 2010

Granted, there isn’t a lot of evidence to any study on what makes a good president like there would be on what makes a good senator or what makes a good CEO or point guard since there’ve been so few presidents of the US. On the other hand, the presidents that are considered great have not necessarily had much prior experience, which includes executive experience. (more…)

Why some people should never get on Twitter

July 15, 2010

Because they have thin skin and don’t realize the value of keeping their mouths shut. Seriously, what reason did I have to read the Daily Caller before? It is the most blatant rip off of the Huffington Post imaginable. But this stunt is clever and makes Olbermann look like a rich dweeb whom the popular bullies stuck in a locker. This is high school stuff. Threatening to sue someone for a joke doesn’t work.

Becoming more persuaded by Heat’s chances

July 14, 2010

They got a center and a shooter in Ilgauskas and Miller. But who’s distributing the ball? And can you name a champion without someone coming off the bench? I remain unconvinced that the Heat are the favorites to win next year. I suppose they are starting to convince some guys to play for less money in order to win a championship. But still, Jordan’s Bulls had B.J. Armstrong and John Paxson dishing the ball. Can Mike Miller do anything but shoot? Can he pass? Can he defend? The Heat are not a complete team. They will score a lot, but will they keep Kobe and Gasol from scoring just as much? Not for 7 games.

At this point, Lebron James will be playing point guard. I don’t see that assuaging any hatred from Cleveland for embarrassing them on national TV.

The one guaranteed thing is that the Heat will be fun to root against.

Marc Thiessen: Stupid

July 14, 2010

On top of advocating for war crimes and being an otherwise immoral whiner who seems like a real pill to be around, Marc Thiessen seems unable to read a poll. You know the phrase “lies, damn lies, and statistics,” well Thiessen seems uninterested in the statistics part of it. What a complete idiot!

Question: since I’m not a journalist, I don’t know how newspapers work, but doesn’t it seem somewhat important to have a fact checker for a newspaper? Even on the opinion section? It’s not an opinion that the poll Thiessen read said that Obama lost Jewish support. It flatly didn’t say that. Does the editor of the Washington Post Opinion section care that little about his readers to let stupid people who can’t read a poll get away with proving their idiocy by writing about poll numbers?

Which is more socialist? Professional Soccer or the NBA

July 10, 2010

I was reading over some previews for the World Cup final game and realised that the Spanish National team is made up almost entirely of two club teams. At one time, 7 players on the Spanish side play on Barcelona during the season. Now, look at the current Miami Heat roster and you have three guys who could play for the American national basketball team. The problem is that Miami currently has 5 players currently signed on the team with no cap space to fill out the roster with even a second tier player (their 4th and 5th best players are Mario Chalmers and Kenny Hasbrouk). (more…)