Month: October 2008

Doc visit

After we went to renew my driver’s license and get a flu shot, Havana and Hudson had doctor’s appointments today; Havana had her 18-month checkup and Hudson had his 2-month checkup. They also each got a couple shots.

We walked down a fall-colored California Ave to Circa for lunch, which usually has some nice beers on tap. I had Boundary Bay‘s Harvest Ale, their Oktoberfest beer, which I liked a lot and was a nice Fall beer, and Gay had a “Grimbergen”: “Abbey Ale”, which I assume is really their Dubbel. It was good, but had a weird grape flavor to it.

Grimbergen Abbey Ale

I had a burger, Gay had a chicken sandwich and Havana had chicken tenders and fries:

Rush Limbaugh on intelligence

Rush Limbaugh “explains”: why some conservatives don’t like Sarah Palin:

bq. These are the people who are embarrassed by Sarah Palin ’cause she’s not an intellectual and she didn’t go to Harvard or have a college degree from approved universities and she drops her g’s from words like morning and says mornin’. She’s embarrassing.

Rush Limbaugh and his lemmings are trying to make the argument that having an education, speaking clearly and being intelligent are now bad things. I can imagine Republican households all over the country telling their children that school isn’t important, books are evil, understanding the world around you is pointless and communicating coherently is unnecessary. That’ll make America great!

The new Republican Sarah Palin motto: Bein’ dum iz gude.

Greenspan admits he was wrong on deregulation

This is shocking, in a good way. Greenspan “testified to Congress”: that deregulation and a free-market don’t always work and it caused the recent bank failures:

bq. “I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such as that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms,” Mr. Greenspan said.

The “invisible hand”: sometimes pushes too hard, apparently.

bq. Referring to his free-market ideology, Mr. Greenspan added: “I have found a flaw. I don’t know how significant or permanent it is. But I have been very distressed by that fact.”

When Alan Greenspan says that deregulation is not always good, you know it’s true. America rarely repeats the same mistake twice, so I’m optimistic that this economic disaster can help us return to a sane model of the economy where we don’t believe a free-market solves all problems, that regulation can be a positive and that taxes can create positive incentives.

Republicans love to quote Adam Smith in defense of the free market, de-regulation and low taxes. But even Adam Smith believed in taxing the rich more heavily than everyone else:

bq. The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. … It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.

Sarah Palin on education

Andrew Sullivan “wonders”: about Palin’s love of education:

bq. Here’s one way to look at the question: how has Palin brought up her own kids? Her eldest son is a high-school drop-out. Her eldest daughter has had, so far as one can tell from press reports, very uneven attendance in high school, and no plans for college. Her other daughters seem to spend a lot of time traveling the country with their mom at tax-payers’ expense. I’ve seen them at several rallies with the Palins this fall. Are they not in school? The least one can say is that none of her children seems to have been brought up thinking that college is something to aspire to. And her new son-in-law just dropped out of high school as well.

It’s not surprising she doesn’t care about education, she’s dumb as a post herself and doesn’t care because lots of Americans look up to her as the poster-child for how far stupid people can go in America. But if she doesn’t care about her own kids getting an education, how much would she care about my kids getting a good education?

Ben Roth…lis…burr….gerr

Uh oh, now Sarah Palin is trying to pander to Steelers fans. As a Steeler fan, I can say it doesn’t work when you can’t pronounce the name of their quarterback. Also, the Steelers owner is an Obama supporter. You betcha!

Sarah Palin must enjoy being stupid

Sarah Palin _still_ doesn’t know what the Vice President does. She was asked before she was picked by McCain and admitted she doesn’t know what the VP does. You’d think after that embarrassment, she’d go ask someone or, yikes, read something so she’d finally know. Nope, it’s clearly not important to her. Yesterday, two weeks before the election, “she was asked again”: what the VP does and she proved she still hasn’t learned the answer. Here’s what she said:

bq. That’s something Piper would ask me, as a 2nd-grader, also.

Good thing Piper didn’t ask her, also. Imagine the other misinformation she teaches her kids.

bq. A Vice President has a really great job. Cuz not only are they there to support the President’s agenda, they’re like the team member, the teammate to that President, but they’re also in charge of the Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.

The VP does not get involved in the Senate’s policy changes. The most a VP does is vote in a tie-breaker and the last time that happened was in 1989. If you were hiring someone for a job, would you hire someone who not only doesn’t know what the job is, but doesn’t even care to know?

Notice how relieved she looked when the interviewer said the next question was coming from a 3rd grader and not one of those hard questions from reporters. Unfortunately for her, she can’t even answer questions from 3rd graders correctly. In what grade do you learn about the three branches of the US Government? Sarah Palin wants to have the #2 job in the US Government and doesn’t even know that she would be in the Executive Branch, not in the Legislative Branch.