Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Meet the Republi-CONs

"They fall into a few categories:" The Beltway Bandits, The Big Government Blowhards, The Show Horses, and The Permanent Campaigners. Read The New York Times, The Road Not Taken. My favorite:

"The Big Government Blowhards. The talk-radio jocks are not in the business of promoting conservative governance. They are in the business of building an audience by stroking the pleasure centers of their listeners.

They mostly give pseudo Crispin’s Day speeches to battalions of the like-minded from the safety of the conservative ghetto. To keep audience share, they need to portray politics as a cataclysmic, Manichaean struggle. A series of compromises that steadily advance conservative aims would muddy their story lines and be death to their ratings." (Link added.)

Sound like someone we know here at WEBY.

For Mom and Pop Tammy

UPDATE: As noted before, and discussed yesterday on the Dennis Prager Show, "[t]he Middle East fell behind the West because it failed to produce commercial institutions—most notably joint-stock companies—that were capable of mobilising large quantities of productive resources and enduring over time."

Sorry Tammy, but modern commerce would not exist with only Mom and Pop stores.

"Every day, Americans visit chain stores in search of bargains. A world without them might seem implausible. Even as the District of Columbia debates whether to welcome Wal-Mart, Washingtonians can buy Cheerios on special at Safeway and shop at the Liz Claiborne sale at Macy’s. From a Whirlpool dryer to Lady Gaga’s latest recording, the best price on name-brand merchandise is rarely found at independent neighborhood stores. But what would a world without chain stores look like?" Read the Washington Post, Imagining a world without chain stores.

Who You Callin a Neanderthal

UPDATE: "If your heritage is non-African, you are part Neanderthal." Read Discovery, All Non-Africans Part Neanderthal, Genetics Confirm.

DNA evidence suggests human-Neanderthal interbreeding. Read The New York Times, Our Inner Neanderthal and Kissing Cousins.

So what happened to Neanderthals? One commenter to the article stated: "Who says the Neanderthals disappeared? They all have jobs in the U.S Congress."

Who can argue with that.