Seventy degrees yesterday! Cloudless. There were people driving around in convertibles. (Very smug-looking people, I might add. It’s so rainy around here and so cold even in the summer that nobody bothers with topless cars. These folks were tooling around as if to say, “See? I knew we’d eventually have 70-degree days in November.”) Me, I took cabinet doors into the backyard and sanded and painted. Even that was glorious.
It appears that one — count ’em — one R-Party candidate understood the message of yesterday’s election. Marco Rubio said, “”We make a great mistake if we believe that these results tonight are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance. A second chance for the Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago.”
Now. How long before the R’s — including Rubio — totally blow it?
David Harsanyi has a good take on the meaning of the election, too.
OTOH, Joel has the more realistic one.
ADDED: Apparently a few other R’s get the message>. Or pretend to.
Great quote from Bill St. Clair’s blog:
“We, as criminal defense lawyers, are forced to deal with some of the lowest people on earth, people who have no sense of right and wrong, people who will lie in court to get what they want, people who do not care who gets hurt in the process. It is our job – our sworn duty – as criminal defense lawyers, to protect our clients from those people.”
Books! OMG, books! I received 36 copies of The Bad Attitude Guide to Good Citizenship last weekend. All but two are gone. Gone. Good thing Paladin’s shipping department is fast. Question is, how many more copies of Bad Attitude should I order to get through November? Help me out, here!
Here’s an encouraging comment I got today: “I found the common sense I was looking for in Bad Attitude, and I believe the masses could certainly be “converted” – IF they were open to learning. There’s one I know who will be; my friend … and I were discussing some of those same issues recently, and she was asking a number of questions, indicating she is ready to bolt away from all political positions to one that gives her life back to her.”
Bad Attitude is more mainstream than most of my earlier books. No less hardcore, really. But … well, your mother could read it.
Getting some equally good comments on Hardyville Tales — although one friend tells me that reading the book is turning her adolescent son into a monster. “Don’t tread on me,” he says when she she tries to get him to think of his younger brother. And “Yeah, next you’re going to tell me it’s ‘for my own good.'” She’s not worried, though. He’s only half-way through the book. She, on the other hand, has finished and knows the story has some more humbling lessons for him about maturity and responsibility.
Good, strong, plain-language analysis of quantitative easing as economic suicide. Not to mention utter fraud. And similarly savory things.
Arthur Krolman — the man who started the Letter-to-Disney campaign against the TSA — pays a visit to the comments section to point out something that had completely slipped my mind: Disney owns ABC. So don’t let anybody tell you they don’t have any clout against the government. He even points to a small video of hope — from an ABC affiliate.
The feds are already bailing out the states? So says Meredith Whitney:
Over 20% of California’s debt issuance during 2009 and over 30% of its debt issuance in 2010 to date has been subsidized by the federal government in a program known as Build America Bonds. Under the program, the U.S. Treasury covers 35% of the interest paid by the bonds. Arguably, without this program the interest cost of bonds for some states would have reached prohibitive levels.
California is not alone: Over 30% of Illinois’s debt and over 40% of Nevada’s debt issued since 2009 has also been subsidized with these bonds. These states might have already reached some type of tipping point had the federal program not been in place.
Did you know about this? I didn’t.
Given Russian ethics, it’s hard to know. Is Mikhail Khodorkovsky a hero?