my why

Sep. 9th, 2008 11:22 am
megotelek: (pink elephant)
So, [livejournal.com profile] slew6 asked me in the comments to my last post why I'm voting McCain/Palin in November. In the interest of actually starting a discussion, I decided to make this its own post.

I think this quote from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle (I know!) sums it up best:

Politicians act on their passions - the passion of McCain and Palin is reform. In her time in office, Palin's focus has not been to kick the gays and make abortion illegal; it has been to kick the corrupt and make wasteful spending illegal.

This is what we need. Not sweeping promises of new programs and more spending, but reforming the programs we already have. To me, the Democrat/liberal answer to most problems seems to be either "create a new program" or "throw money at the existing programs".

What I've always been fascinated by is the contempt and distrust of most people for "government bureaucracy" but then they want it to run their health care, education, retirement plan, etc. While "privatization" is sneered at. Why? I don't know. Seems to me that the private market is where things actually happen because there are consequences for failure. If the government fails to build a bridge on time or public schools are failing, what are the consequences? Where do we go? Oh, right...to the government. It's a vicious circle that feeds on itself and accomplishes nothing.

As you might have guessed, I tend to be somewhat libertarian in my views. The government, in my view, should not be in charge of your healthcare, or where your kids go to school, or what food you eat, or what charitable work you should do (if any). I think the worst problem is the idea that "if OUR people are doing it, it will work"! Instead of getting involved ourselves with our communities and our children, we look to government (OUR people) to "take care of it".

I've been just as disgusted with Republicans, too. Expanding government where it isn't needed, backing down and giving in instead of fighting for reform (I'm talking to you, Arnold), spending like it's going out of style.

But McCain and Palin not only talk the small-government talk, they have walked the walk. They have gone up against their own party leadership, when they felt it was necessary to accomplish what was right. Obama has never done this. He says he'll reach across the aisle, but the only times he has were when nobody really disagreed with him

Okay, let's discuss!

heartless

Sep. 6th, 2008 08:33 am
megotelek: (american eyes)

Well, I guess I won't be listening to Heart anymore...

Let me clarify. I think it's fine for them to say they don't want someone to use their songs without permission. That's perfectly within their rights as artists and while I think it's a little silly, again, they wrote the song. Theirs. They can say who gets to use it.

My problem is with this statement they sent:

"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image...[It] was written in the late '70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women...There's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."

Wait. "in NO WAY represent us as American women"? Are they saying that Sarah Palin does not represent American women at all? That she isn't an American woman? Are Ann and Nancy Wilson claiming to speak for ALL AMERICAN WOMEN? That seems...awfully presumptuous. They couldn't just have said, "Her positions don't represent us, so we ask that our song not be used to promote her"?

No. They're claiming to speak for all American women and telling us that we don't like Sarah Palin. Except that the last time I checked, I am an American woman. A Republican American woman. A Republican American woman who likes Sarah Palin and what she stands for and who will be voting for McCain in November.

Oh, right. We don't exist. Thanks for reminding me, Heart.

grrr...

Sep. 6th, 2008 07:35 am
megotelek: (american eyes)

And in the "this website shouldn't have to exist" category, the Sarah Palin Sexism Watch. Featured excerpt (emphasis mine):

People Magazine polls readers:
If you were facing the same family issues as Sarah Palin would you have accepted John McCain's offer to run for vice president?

Suggested People Magazine poll:

Q: If you were Barack Obama, with two young daughters at home, would you have run for president?

Oh, that's right. We'll never see that poll. They don't ask the question unless they think there might be something wrong with the choice. Did it ever occur to these people that maybe Todd Palin is there to help raise his own kids?
 
I will give Hillary props for refusing to deal in the sexist politics, though. I understand if you don't agree with Palin's values or positions on the issues (I happen to like and agree with her and am thrilled McCain picked her), but these blatantly sexist attacks are reaching a new low. It's as if our so-called "journalists" can't tell the difference between a VP candidate's children (and the long-held standard that they should be off-limits) and the latest Lindsey Lohan/Britney Spears scandal.

Ugh. Anyway.

From the Department of WTF: Anthony Edwards Returning to ER (!) - We stopped watching ER after Dr. Greene died, and I STILL can't listen to that version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" without getting teary (just LOOKING for that clip made me teary). But I guess I'll have to tune in on November 13 to see what they do with this. And spend the entire time going, "Who ARE these people?" Though, I like the idea that Mark's ghost will haunt everyone. And how exactly will they do flashbacks now that Anthony Edwards is six years older? Hair dye only goes so far, people!

Also, ER IS STILL ON?!
megotelek: (hulk jack smash)
Keeping you updated on the kangaroo court proceedings...

In this corner, Andrew Coyne of Maclean's! In this corner, Ezra Levant! Let the idiocy continue!

Oh, dear lord...from Coyne's reporting this morning:

Kurrum Awan back on the stand. Joseph entering a Sept 2006 Ottawa Citizen poll in evidence, showing that two in five Canadians back racial profiling. Aha, clearly the evil hand of Steyn at work: he’s already influencing public opinion even before the Maclean’s piece appeared!

*headdesk*

ETA: from Ezra's blog:

Faisal Joseph is entering evidence about the CBC sit-com, Little Mosque on the Prairie.

That's what we're doing here, in B.C., at taxpayers' expense -- and with three Maclean's lawyers, and four Maclean's executives. We're in a government hearing about whether or not Mark Steyn is allowed to give a critical review to a second-rate TV show.

WHAT?!?

 

megotelek: (pink elephant)
First, some background on the Mark Steyn case currently being heard before British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal.

So, “when the British Columbia ‘Human Rights’ Tribunal finds us guilty,” writes Steyn, “they are statutorily obligated to issue a cease-and-desist order that will have the effect of preventing Maclean’s running any writing on Islam by me or anybody of a similar bent — even though the plaintiffs have not challenged the accuracy of a single fact or statistic or quotation.”

Both Andrew Coyne of Maclean's and Ezra Levant are liveblogging the tribunal: Andrew Coyne's account is here, while Ezra Levant's account is over here.

Ugh...it's enough to make your head spin. Free speech, they cry....unless you offend us in any way! Even if you're not the person who made the statements that were offensive, even if you're just quoting someone else (with credit given), we'll still take you to "court" aka the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

ETA: Free Mark Steyn!
megotelek: (liberal advisory)
Okay, these links have been piling up and I have to let them be free! Warning: the icon says it all - conservative content follows!

ObamaWatch:
Memorial Day: A Contrast
What Kind of Justice Would President Obama Mete Out
What Obama Should Have Said
Top Seven Reasons Why Barack Obama is a Weaker Candidate Than People Think
The Obama Gaffe Machine

Global Warming/Environmentalism:
The Question of Global Warming - Rock on, Freeman Dyson (Mmmm...Dyson Sphere...)
Big-Government Environmentalism Wears Out Its Welcome
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less - What a shocking concept...
"An Inconvenient Truth" Gets The Operatic Treatment - I...don't even know what to say to this. Get out of my opera, Al Gore!

Misc:
DNC Host Officials Short On Cash - Oh, the irony of the party of spending, needing to...cut spending. Ha! Yes, I know the Republicans have been doing more than their fair share of spending and yes, it ticks me off. But the Democrats have always been the 'tax and spend' party. Hopefully the GOP can give itself a kick in the pants and stop pandering to those who would have it do the same.
Mark Steyn vs the 'Sock Puppets' - The dangers of hate-speech laws run amok and excessive political correctness.
megotelek: (swords crossed)
Ohh, great, now I have to stay out of the Black Donnellys thread over at TWoP also....somebody is complaining about the fact that there aren't enough "minorities" represented. The show is about four Irish brothers. Irish! An Irish family! Not four Irish brothers and their token black/Asian friend. That makes me so mad when people do that...there aren't enough minorities! Like on Friends or The Class. Look, I know it's hard to deal with, but people tend to hang out and be friends with other people who look like them. You might think that's stupid, but it's true. The only context I've ever seen the true multicultural diversity thing work on is workplace-centered shows like ER and Grey's Anatomy. And you would be friends with these people because they are your colleagues.

I hate it when people go out of their way to classify others based on looks/race/religion/whatever. You might think you're being 'diverse', but you're really being divisive. The only way to truly be color-blind is to actually be color-blind. Treat everyone the same regardless. If you go out of your way to point out that someone is 'African-American' (or any other race) for whatever reason, even a positive reason, you are enforcing the idea that they are different. And that it's okay for them to be treated differently. Argh. I didn't mean for this to come out as a rant, but it's one of my biggest pet peeves from people who claim to be so culturally 'enlightened'.

Cut for length...more ranting... )

Man, it's good to get all that off my chest. And, in rereading that, I've come to the conclusion that I'm a libertarian. Huh.

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