Saturday, 15 March 2008


Progressives, as compared to conservatives, are childish, which is why they have failed so miserably in presidential elections during the past half century. If you don’t believe me, read the posts and comments at Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, or any other progressive website. Young people have no historical perspective; they think everything is possible. They lack self-control. They lack an understanding of human nature. They say things they later regret. Right now, there is a war going on between supporters of Hillary Clinton and supporters of Barack Obama. Obama’s supporters are even more childish than Clinton’s supporters, although both are childish by comparison to John McCain’s supporters. Conservatives are enjoying the show. I know I am.

Addendum: Daily Kos appears to have been taken over by Obama supporters, which means Clinton and her supporters must be savaged. Not reasoned with, mind you. Not refuted. Not respectfully disagreed with. Savaged. That’s how progressives operate. Ain’t it lovely?

Addendum 2: Here is a New York Times story about the Democrat fight.


Which conference is best? I say the Pac-10.

A Year Ago


Mineral Wells

Two of my friends (Joe and Phil) met me in Mineral Wells, Texas, this morning for a 47.4-mile bike ride. It was sunny and cool when we started, but shortly thereafter it clouded up. The sun came back out just before we finished. Go figure. The wind was stiff throughout the ride, which slowed our pace to 15 miles per hour. It’s a hilly course. I hit 43.1 miles per hour on one of the descents. Afterward, we ate at the small Italian restaurant where we parked. If there’s a better way to spend a Saturday, I don’t know of it.

Wild Places

I subscribe to The New Criterion. Today, in my back yard, in beautiful weather, with Shelbie soaking up the sun nearby, I read this review essay by John Derbyshire. I’m glad to see that he likes Barry Lopez, who, in my opinion, is one of our best writers. Don’t believe me? Read Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986) and decide for yourself. When Lopez describes the walk of a polar bear, you see the bear.


Here is a scene from today’s stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.


If this isn’t the best album ever made, then Joe DiMaggio deserves to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

Harold Ickes, a senior adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, claims, “Obama’s supporters are going to support whoever is leading our ticket.”

I disagree.

If Barack Obama goes into the convention with more delegates and more of the popular vote and doesn’t come out as the nominee, you cannot expect his supporters—many of whom are first-time voters—to simply “get over” a system that does not acknowledge their vote.

Tim Rehwaldt
Kerhonkson, N.Y., March 12, 2008

Note from KBJ: Talk like this is music to conservatives’ ears.