I hereby declare tomorrow Orange Necktie Day. Every guy who wants to show his support for the Veep should wear an orange (preferably "target orange") necktie. This doesn't exclude you, ladies. Orange scarves are in order.
The Spectacle Blog
John, The best part is Bloomberg's aide's comment to the reporter, "Still not ready to discuss the strategy for the early primary states." There's several carts before horses here: you need an overall strategy before you have one for early primary states; you have to be a serious candidate to have an overall strategy; your candidacy needs a snowball's chance in hell before you're a serious candidate. Of course, these points are all debatable, but suffice it to say this Sheekey's way out ahead of himself. If Bloomberg ever wants to have a chance or gets serious, he might consider getting rid of his deputy mayor.
The best part of being away from Washington is being away from Washington. Here in Santa Barbara I learn of problems even the White House press corps wouldn't blame on Dick Cheney. There is movement afoot in northern Santa Barbara County to split off and form a new (Mission) county. Or at least to relocate major county offices to Santa Maria, which, ever since the Michael Jackson trial and a housing boom fueled by prices more affordable than Santa Barbara's highest in the nation, is feeling its oats and no longer wants to be seen as a country backwater.
That's one weird column. The hypothetical Cheney replacement "would have to be a man wildly popular in the party and the press," says Noonan. She punts on naming a name, naturally, since approximately no one is "wildly popular" with the GOP base and with our esteemed press corps. So what was her point, again?
Batchelor on Mad Max Ahmadinejad calls to light a prophetic (1987) presumption belonging to Philip Rieff, king of sociologists with whom you should all get quickly acquainted:
"I persist [he wrote] in thinking, until better informed, that even Islamic jihadists are really therapeutic ideologists, who, like the Irish Catholic terrorists of the IRA, mobilize backward masses to gain power any man in good faith may live to regret."
Aren't over by any means. Iain Murray defended the practice "in our pages" a couple weeks ago, writing that pundits' arguments should be challenged, not their paymasters. One pundit accused of "payola," longtime TAS contributor Michael Fumento, fires back at mainstream media journalists engaged in very similar activity.
Academic source identifies a fresh way to look at the extremes of political discourse. A speaker who identifies himself or herself as angry at the opposition, very very angry, who consistently takes far far positions with regard political disputes, this same person shows surprisingly little compassion for other human beings. This does not mean only that he or she only demonstrates little compassion for his or her opponent in a dispute, debate, political season; this means he or she demonstrates little compassion for any human being at any time.
The more stridnet the op, the less compassionate the op, the less charitable, the less generous, the less altruistic, philanthropic, empathetic, sympathetic.