Archive for the ‘America’ Category

Cause and effect, the order is important.

March 2, 2009

One of my business school textbooks asks, “why diversification initiatives, in general, have not yielded the anticipated benefits?”

Here is the short form answer:
Diversity doesn’t produce excellence. Excellence produces diversity.

When you select the “best” people based on merit, odds are that you will get a cross section of the melting pot that is America, including legal immigrants who came here for a better life for them and their families.

Selecting from a random cross section of the melting pot that is America and the odds are you won’t get the best people, merely a diverse crowd.

Boston Tea Party Events

February 27, 2009

The policies of our Dear Leader has invoked the spirit of the original Boston Tea Party across the country.

They are being held in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, San Diego and Portland.

Update: Add Atlanta, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Tulsa.

Update: New York City Tea Party

America’s new political royality?

September 19, 2008

According the the London Daily Mail, it’s Republican Gov. of Alaska and Senator John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin.

Not since Princess Diana’s death can I recall ever walking into a newsagent and seeing just one woman’s face staring out from every cover.

Moreover, while Obama appears to have been on a lifelong search for his identity, Palin has never wondered who she was or where she was from.

Whether you share her values or not, the moral certainties of this evangelical smalltown conservative are core to her appeal.

And while the East Coast intellectuals may sneer at her homespun ideology and lack of experience, these are the very credentials that are attracting an increasing number of middle Americans.

In Palin they see optimism; in Obama cynicism. In Palin they see pride in her country; in Obama an element of shame.

it’s because she is anti-politics. Alaska may be only a small state, but with an approval rating of 76 per cent, Palin is the most popular governor in the U.S. And she’s done it by breaking the mould.

She has stood up for ordinary people and taken on the Washington establishment.

Her first acts in office were to place the governor’s jet for sale on eBay and sack the cook. Her record in taking on her own party is every bit as forthright and pragmatic, according to those who have watched her closely in Alaska.

[…]it has fuelled the lurking suspicion that Obama doesn’t really like women, or at least not women like Palin – white working-class women without fancy degrees or the mannered eloquence that comes from a top university education.

There is a growing sense that Obama and his wife, Michelle, are secretly condescending to ordinary folk, contemptuous of their smalltown ambitions and narrow horizons.

The Sarah Palin story does speak more to the values of the “fly over” states (as the liberal democrats comtemptuously call them), than the Harvard Law School/”Community Organizer” Obama story.

Sarah Palin, like former President Bill Clinton, harks back to the old saying that anyone in America can grow up to be President. Personally, I think her story appeals to Bill Clinton more than Obama’s does, and that he is secretly rooting for her.

The other key point here is that Sarah Palin talks to the American people and Barak H. Obama talks down to them.

Update: Former 2 term democrat President Bill Clinton warned the nut roots about Gov. Sarah Palin.

“She’s an instinctively effective candidate and with a compelling story,”

“I think she, I get why she’s done so well. It’s a mistake to underestimate her. She’s got good intuitive skills. They’re significant,”

The best part…Bill Clinton’s honesty is driving the nut roots even battier than their typical moon bat state.

Bonus Update: Ralph Peters speaks of “Palin’s anti-elitist charm” in the NY Post.

The sneering elites and their mediacrat fellow travelers just don’t get it: How on earth could anyone vote for someone who didn’t attend an Ivy League school? And having more than 1.7 children marks any woman as a rube. (If Palin had any taste, her teenage daughter would’ve had a quiet abortion in a discreet facility.)

And what kind of retro-Barbie would stay happily married to her high-school sweetheart? Ugh.

The opinion-maker elites see Sarah Palin clearly every time they look up from another sneering article in The New Yorker: She’s a country-bumpkin chumpette from a hick state with low latte availability. She’s not one of them and never will be. That’s the real disqualifier in this race.

Now let me tell you what those postmodern bigots with their multiple vacation homes and their disappointing trust-fund kids don’t see:

Sarah Palin’s one of us. She actually represents the American people.

When The New York Times, CNN, the NBC basket of basket cases and all the barking blog dogs insult Palin, they’re insulting us. When they smear her, they’re smearing every American who actually works for a living, who doesn’t expect a handout, who doesn’t have a full-time accountant to parse the family taxes, who believes in the Pledge of Allegiance and who thinks a church is more than just a tedious stop on daughter Emily’s 100K wedding day.

A telling difference

June 15, 2008

TigerHawk points out a key difference between blue New Orleans and Red Iowa:

The flooding in eastern Iowa has reached the point of catastrophe.” But there’s a difference. “In Iowa there is a 500 year flood, but the people are not paralyzed, whining, or looting. There will be no massive relief effort from around the world, and nobody will step up to help Iowans except for other Iowans. Yet years from now, there will be no Iowans still in FEMA camps.

The Cassandra Page has a good list of differences

* No one is trapped in a convention center or other public building.

* Evacuations were not delayed by incompetent local officials.

* Instead of looting, the citizens are volunteering to provide sandbags and protect their homes and cities.

* We see no corrupt politicians on TV crying about invented stories.

* We don’t see corrupt politicians trying to blame the President.

* We don’t yet see MSM/DNC outlets coaching guests to be angry (give that one some time – the crisis is still young).

* We have not seen parking lots full of buses that could have been used to evacuate the victims.

* We don’t hear cries of racism or conspiracy theories.

* We have not yet seen celebrities making a big show of doing nothing.

* We have not yet seen Senators making a big show of doing nothing.

* We have not yet seen reporters making a big show of doing nothing.

* We have not seen local officials more concerned with the racial make-up of their city than solving the problem.

Go read the whole thing.

Reality vs. "The International Community"

May 14, 2008

By way of Michael Graham comes the true words of Australian columnist Janet Albrechtsen:

“The need [of UN supporters] to paint Americans as a greedy, selfish, war-mongering superpower cannot be disturbed by facts. It matters not that, in the year before the tsunami, the US provided $2.4 billion in humanitarian relief: 40per cent of all the relief aid given to the world in 2003. Never mind that development and emergency relief rose from $10 billion during the last year of Bill Clinton’s administration to $24 billion under George W. Bush in 2003. Or that, according to a German study, Americans contribute to charities nearly seven times as much a head as Germans do. Or that, adjusted for population, American philanthropy is more than two-thirds more than British giving.

There is a teenaged immaturity about the rest of the world’s relationship with the US. Whenever a serious crisis erupts somewhere, our dependence on the US becomes obvious, and many hate the US because of it. That the hatred is irrational is beside the point.”

As one wit accurately put it, The “international community” can suck Elvis’ dead left nut.

Americans tend to respond differently

December 23, 2007

secret asian man spots the pattern and the expected response:

The solution given for global warming looks suspiciously like the solution given for global cooling looks suspiciously like the solution given to pretty much any other problem.

The solution given is of course the same one that’s been given by autocrats and elites since the days of the Pharoahs: “give up your harvests, give up your freedoms, or the natural order of the earth will fail and you shall starve!”. For only the Pharoahs with their learning can understand and placate the gods, and if the gods are angry, why the Nile won’t flood.

But, here’s what’s going to backfire:

We, being Americans, won’t go for that. When gas gets expensive, we don’t become communalists, we buy hybrids. When power becomes an issue, we start looking at going off-grid.

Environmentalism may turn out to be the catalyst for yet more individualism.

I happen to like both things, so that would make me happy. It’d also make me laugh.

I’m from all over…

November 23, 2007
What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Being an Army Brat (and for you liberals with no experience with anything military, that is a technical term), I’m from all over. I was born in Europe (during one of my father’s tours in the military), learned to talk in Virginia, and spent other parts of my childhood in Central America and upstate New York. I’ve lived in the Boston area for the past two decades, but have successfully avoided the accent.

Setting the Way Back Machine…

November 19, 2007

…to one year ago today we find:

The boots on the ground view vs. the HRC/democrat view on Iraq

and something that wasn’t a surprise to those who pay attention:

Conservatives are the “most generous” Americans

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2007

As is historical note, Independence was voted on and passed on July 2nd, 1776.

It took two days to have a clean copies handwritten for signing.

Rap + Metal = Patriotism

July 3, 2007

I’m not much a fan of Rap or Metal, but I like this video.