Moderate Politics from an Extreme Personality

Location: New York City, New York, United States

To know nothing of what happened before you were born is to remain ever a child. -Cicero ************ Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. -Barry Goldwater

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Iraqi elections a success

Well the voting is done and the casualties were minimal. I feel very encouraged that this is a significant turning point in Iraq.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

A Southern Man from New York

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

NeoCon-Green Alliance

I sure hope so. It is time we developed renewable energy and improved the environment. If we can do both at the same time. more power to us.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Secession, not just for Southerners anymore

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Snarky comments about television

The guilty pleasure that is sweeping the nation, including me. Check out my latest conversation on the subject of Desperate Housewives.

TayYuGOP3824: Watching Boston Legal?
MikeTraceyRNY: yes... did you just see desperate housewives???
MikeTraceyRNY: i wanted to call you... there was a great moment
TayYuGOP3824: Oh there were so many
TayYuGOP3824: I tell you, I get 5 orgasms everytime I watch it
TayYuGOP3824: Sometimes 6
MikeTraceyRNY: im talking about the one where she says she met her husband at a YR meeting!
MikeTraceyRNY: lol
TayYuGOP3824: ;-)
TayYuGOP3824: Lol I know
MikeTraceyRNY: and she's about to cheat...
MikeTraceyRNY: she's a red slut!
TayYuGOP3824: Dude, that suburb has too many psychos
TayYuGOP3824: You know the creator is a gay republican
TayYuGOP3824: A lincoln republican if you will
MikeTraceyRNY: lol
MikeTraceyRNY: i didnt know that
TayYuGOP3824: It was in the Desperate Housewives Newsweek story
MikeTraceyRNY: does he support bush? or is he just another liberal?
TayYuGOP3824: He loves Bush
TayYuGOP3824: The President
TayYuGOP3824: Not the Pussy
MikeTraceyRNY: hahaha
MikeTraceyRNY: you are on tonight

Men are From Earth, Women Sympathize with Outer Space Aliens Out to Destroy Our Way of Life

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Friedman on the Iraqi elections

A great article by Thomas Friedman. First, he highlights the importance of the Iraqi elections. Thank you Tom for pointing out that the so called "nationalist insurgents" in the country are attacking fellow Iraqis far more aggressively than they are in attacking American troops. These guys are creating chaos to destablize Iraq and take power without popular consent. Article also states that the lack of EU support for our Iraq action is detrimental to their national security interests. The large number of Muslim Arabs in the EU nations have the potential to destablize their nations. Particularly if the two young Musilm girls featured in the article are any indication. The EU's lack of support in Iraq is as detrimental to their long term interests as they are to ours, perhaps more. As far as Bush's lack of diplomacy, I do not know what Friedman wants him to have done. The vacilliation of leading EU nations in supporting us in Iraq had little to do with our hyper aggressiveness, and more to their own interest in propping up a dictator like Saddam. I mean Bush's diplomacy was a bit hard headed, but I see very little chance that France and Germany would have joined us with Chirac and Schroeder in power. But Europe really should be wary of a destablized Middle East. They are the ones on the frontlines, not us. Speaking of which, from the article:

I spent Friday morning interviewing two 18-year-old French Muslim girls in the Paris immigrant district of St.-Ouen. (It is about a mile from the school where in March 2003 a French Muslim girl, who had refused the veil and rebuffed the advances of a Muslim boy, was thrown into a garbage can by three Muslim teenagers, who then tossed lighted cigarette butts into the can and closed the lid.)
Both girls I interviewed wore veils and one also wore a full Afghan-like head-to-toe covering; one was of Egyptian parents, the other of Tunisian parents, but both were born and raised in France. What did I learn from them? That they got all their news from Al Jazeera TV, because they did not believe French TV, that the person they admired most in the world was Osama bin Laden, because he was defending Islam, that suicide "martyrdom" was justified because there was no greater glory than dying in defense of Islam, that they saw themselves as Muslims first and French citizens last, and that all their friends felt pretty much the same.
We were not in Kabul. We were standing outside their French public high school - a short ride from the Eiffel Tower.

Scary huh? Frankly I am sick of the Arab world accusing the West of persecuting them. They were the ones who conqueored 1/3rd of Christendom in the Dark Ages and threatened the rest. This was the reason the Crusades were launched in the first place. Now many of them are complaining about discrimination in Western nations (a very legitimate complaint), but at the same time, they fail to denouce attitudes like these in their communities. And these attitudes are not confined to a few extremists. Listen, I am one of the biggest opponents of media stereotyping of ethnic groups, which happens way too often. I applaud Fox for airing PSA's against racism on xenophobia directed at Arabs during commerical breaks on 24. But this type of extremism needs to be denouced, ostracized and isolated.

Friday, January 21, 2005

New Links, News and VH1.

Well, it seems my Tim Roemer endorsement has been noticed by the activists of Blogging for Bayh. I will get into more detail why a formerly ultra conservative (now ultra centrist) and still partisan Republican like me is so enthusiatic about a Bayh 2008 campaign. It is a long and interesting political evolution on my part. Believe me, the person I was 2 years ago would kick the ass of the person I am today, if I had the chance.
Anyway, this week marks the premiere of I Love the 90s Part Deux and the new season of Best Week Ever on Vh1. I am shamefully admitting to loving both these shows, especially Best Week Ever, since one of the panelists on the show is the beautiful, witty and intelligent Jessi Klein. The lovely Ms. Klein also happens to be an alumnus of good ole Stuyvesant High School, so you know she is a genius. Yes, I am very pissed that the only time one can watch videos on VH1 is 4 in the morning, and yes most of the shows on the network are vapid and shallow celebrity worshipping crap. And frankly, each new countdown list of the Top 50 whatever on VH1 just gets dumber and dumber. Still, every dark cloud has a silver lining. This week's silver lining happens to be comedian John Aboud, who feels that the current season of 24 is the most racist thing Fox has done to Arab Americans since Bill O'Reilly used a falafel as a sex toy.
Oh, one last thing, check out all my new musical links.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Tim Roemer and the DNC race

Tim Roemer, candidate for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was on Hannity and Colmes tonight. Roemer—a former Indiana congressman— is the unofficial stalking horse for the Evan Bayh 2008 presidential campaign in the DNC race. I like Bayh and I love Tim Roemer. He is definitely my choice to head up the DNC. If the Democrats want to start winning elections, he should be the choice of the Democrats across the nation too. Roemer is a former congressman from South Bend, IN. He is anti-abortion, pro-defense and fiscally moderate. Heck he even used to favor private accounts for social security. He abandoned that stance once he decided to run for Chairman, but I do not blame him. Joe Lieberman did something similar four years ago when he ran for Vice President and I still love Joe. Roemer gave a relatively good interview, sounded sensible and did not really make any great insights into dealing with the latest Democratic electoral disaster not made previously by others. An important view Roemer put across was that Democrats lost in November because of national security issues and their inability to form a coherent opinion on them. Of course, Roemer had to give the usual lip service to being a national party and reaching out to the South, particularly because he is the moderate/conservative DLC candidate in the race for National Chairman. Frankly, I think this is nonsense; two parties with regional bases that need to gain national following dominate the US political landscape. The Republicans are hardly a national party; they are a Southeastern and Prairie state party. The thing is Democrats have much more trouble holding on to their regional base because their lock step stances on social issues and confusion on defense issues. If you look at the county-by-county red blue map, a number of counties in the Northeast and West Coast went Republican. In general, the states in these regions are more liberal than the rest of the nation, but most of the US does not adhere to the hyper-left wing policies of the urban elites that dominate the Democratic Party. Heck most individuals in urban areas do not even subscribe to those beliefs. I hope Tim Roemer becomes the next DNC Chairman. A move to the center on social issues and a hawkish stance on national defense will make Democrats much more competitive politically. It is also better for the nation as a whole to have two competitive national parties, than one dominant party.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Show me the Money!!!!

A hilarious article from John Podhoretz. Speaking of which, I've been a reliable whore for the GOP since I was 12 years old. I'd like to be compensated for that.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Yankee or Dixie

This is a really interesting quiz, I scored a 37%, a definitive Yankee. It's my New York upbringing.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Do most men want a subordinate? No, most women want someone above them.

Oh, please Maureen. I find it incredibly hard to believe that women do not give two figs about the status of their potential husband. The truth is that when a man considers a wife, his primary concern relates to whether or not she has attributes that are conducive to the birth of children, qualities like youth, large breasts, wide hips etc. This case applies even if he does not wish to have children. The economic status of a woman has little to do with anything for a man when it comes to attraction. However, the status of a man does affect his attractiveness to women. While Dowd has cited studies indicating that men tend to marry their subordinates, could this possibly be due to the fact that it is their subordinates who are the ones doing the picking? Dowd herself states that to these women, their male boss is "the moon, sun and stars".
One study that Dowd failed to cite, concerns a survey of personal advertisements done a few years ago. In this study, an overwhelming number of women who placed personal ads indicated a preference for someone who made more money than they did. This included very wealthy and successful women, who if anything indicated a much stronger preference for a high status male. Highly successful career women do not have problems finding a husband. Their problem is finding one among their select and elite group.

NYU welcomes.........

Well look who my old alma mater has hired to start teaching, I guess he won't be teaching any of the young poli sci students about how to win an election.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

An Alabama native responds to Russ Feingold

Senator Feingold's article about his trip to Alabama has elicited a response. Liberal Democrats should take a few lessons about how condescending and patronizing they sound. They might actually win an election or two if they start getting it.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Interview with Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond has a new book out. Salon interviews him about it.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

An Arab American in Israel

This article is for all the hate filled schmucks and fools who call Israel an apartheid state, supremacist state, European colony etc.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Earlier Michael Lind Article

These are two great articles, well worth reading. I will comment more on them over the weekend when I have more time.

An Interesting Article from Michael Lind

Recently, ex conservative and neoliberal Michael Lind has written two great articles. This is the second one, I'll post the first one in a bit. Will the Democrats actually listen to him? I highly doubt it.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

And yet another reason to privatize

From Rich Lowry in today's NRO. Another pertinent point about how Social Security is a negative payout to many African Americans in the US. I believe it was Chris Rock who said: "...You can't get Social Security til you're 65, average black man lives until 60", or something along those lines.

As if on cue

Well following my incredibly boring post about social security on Sunday (yes even I fell asleep while writing it, well I felt like it anyway), David Brooks has written a brilliant article on why a generous over regulated welfare state is absolutely impossible to maintain with an aging population. I hope the Democratic wing of the Democratic party is paying attention here. The rates of economic growth are just too low to sustain it. And yes 1% less growth in Europe makes a huge difference. During the late part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th, Mexico and the United States had yearly growth rates that were about 1% apart. Instead of burdening us with more government programs and more bureaucracy, we should try to shed some of it. Social Security is a great place to start, after we handle that we need to tackle Medicare specifically and Healthcare in general. The best way to do that is to encourage the use of Medical Savings Accounts as a supplement to traditional health insurance and managed care.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Tonight Show

Just saw this on the Tonight Show Headlines. A magazine called Law and Politics had a cover with the title "Celebrating Law Firm Diversity". On the cover were 4 middle aged white males. It was really bloody hilarious.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Rep. Bob Matsui 1941-2005

Social Security

It looks like Bush will take on the third rail of American politics in his second term: Social Security reform. We have come a long way from the days when Barry Goldwater was called an extremist for proposing to privatize Social Security. These days it looks like individual accounts for Social Security may have a real chance, and I say it's about time. Unlike the 1960s people are actually comfortable with investing in the securities markets. The 1929 crash is a distant memory and current federal securities regulations make such a large crash in the equity markets highly unlikely. People are used to investing for their future retirement with the proliferation of IRAs, 401(k)s and other pension accounts that are tied to the performance of equity, debt and money markets.
Frankly I cannot figure out why the left wing in this country is so nervous about individual Social Security Accounts. The real return retirees get from Social Security is lower than the return an individual would get if he just put that money in a portfolio consisting of investment grade corporate bonds, or even money market securities. And let's just look at the state of our Social Security system. It used to work because most people croaked before they got benefits. That's not the case anymore. And now we face a demographic conundrum where the number of reitrees will outnumber the workers. Contrary to what some liberals say, Social Security is not a successful program now that the demographics of the country are changing (damn those medical and nutritional advancements). So the whole program needs to be restructured unless we want to raise payroll taxes so high that they sink the economy. Require everyone in this country to invest a percentage of their income that now goes to payroll taxes. And for current retirees, and even individuals who will be retiring in the next 10 years, assess a fee on current accounts to pay for those who never had the chance to invest.

I've been away

Okay so I have not kept up the writing like I should have, mostly it has to do with the fact that I have no idea how to add links or do any other cool stuff. I am right now only starting to learn. But anyway I am going to start commenting , really I am...hopefully.