Wednesday, 23 January 2008


I leave you this fine evening with a disturbing column by Debra Saunders.


What do unreconstructed leftists think of the Clintons? See here.


That the New York Yankees try to buy a World Series title every year is sickening. That they keep failing is delightful.


Here is a scene from today’s stage of the Tour Down Under. Note the formation. It’s called an echelon. It shields riders from the crosswind. Also, note the strange road sign. Is it a train?


Here is what it says in the Owner’s Manual of my LG dishwasher, which I had installed the other day:

NOTE: Only sanitary cycle have been designed to meet the requirements of performance for soil removal and sanitization efficacy. There is no intention, either directly or indirectly, that all cycle on a certified machine have passed the sanitization performance test.

Say what?


Say it ain’t so, Fred
What are we conservatives
Going to do now?


My friend Peg tried to post a comment, but it was rejected by the software. Peg’s comment had a link in it. Does anyone know how to post comments with links? I vaguely remember someone telling me that there’s a way to do it. In case you’re wondering, I have no trouble putting links in my comments; but that’s because I’m God. Okay, it’s because I can go back and edit my comments. When I do this, I get a taskbar with a link-insertion button. Readers are unable to edit their comments, right?


Please describe your favorite meatless meal. If possible, supply the recipe.


I love it that Rudy Giuliani loves baseball. I hate it that he loves the New York Yankees. You have to be twisted to like the Yankees. Can we afford to have a pervert in the White House?

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Addendum: Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that James Taranto is going after the New York Times even harder than usual? Has he been instructed to do so by Rupert Murdoch?

Hall of Fame?

Chuck Knoblauch. (For an explanation of this feature, see here.)

Addendum: Knoblauch played in 14 postseason series. His team won 13 of them. Amazing. By the way, Knoblauch played for Texas A&M University when I taught there during the 1988-1989 academic year. He and John Tyner (I believe that’s his name) almost singlehandedly beat the University of Texas Longhorns several times during the season, when the Aggies went 58-7. The games were among the most exciting I have ever seen or heard. (I listened to them on the radio, sometimes while riding my bike.) I’m sure I wrote about the games and the performances in my journal, so stay tuned. I’ll post the relevant paragraphs in the spring of 2009.

Addendum 2: Here is a New York Times story about Knoblauch.

Addendum 3: Knoblauch is playing hard to get.


It’s frightening to see the stock market so volatile when I have so much money invested in it. But I’m in it for the long haul. How about you?

A Year Ago



Michelle Malkin makes the case against John McCain, who is one of the sleaziest, most unreliable, most self-aggrandizing politicians I have known. Remember: He was my United States senator for a year and a half (January 1987 to August 1988), when I lived in Tucson. I’ve been following his career for a quarter of a century.

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Debunking the Reagan Myth” (column, Jan. 21):

Paul Krugman is right on the mark. Conservatives have made an entire mythology surrounding Ronald Reagan. He is falsely credited by conservatives with everything from brilliant economic policies to ending the cold war.

Today we are hearing many conservatives lamenting that conservatism has lost its way. The truth is that conservatives had their way. In six years of unified control of the levers of power, they did more damage than is imaginable. It could take us a generation to regain our former prestige and clout.

Conservatism failed in the 1890s, again in the 1920s, again in the 1980s, and again at the beginning of the 21st century. That is the message Democrats need to hammer home at every possible occasion.

Conservatives failed because conservatism is a failed ideology. The greatest periods of American history all rejected conservatism in favor of the ideals our nation was founded on.

Brandon Bittner
Royersford, Pa., Jan. 21, 2008

Note from KBJ: One symptom of Reagan Derangement Syndrome is the inability to recognize the man’s accomplishments.