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

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Salon Articles, Barbecue, More from Levitt, NRO articles, Medved on Media Portrayals, Sailer on the Asian Vote

Since I link to more Salon articles than any other Republican some have met, here are two really good ones that caught my eye today:

The first article is about Morton Blackwell and the Leadership Insitute (waaaay too conservative for the likes of me). Anyway, Salon is very fair in it's appraisal of the subject.

The second article is about the effects of the filibuster vote on two potential candidates for the Republican nomination in 2008. I plan on supporting one of these candidates, would any of you like to guess who?

Meanwhile, this week Slate as a fascinating and mouth watering series of articles by David Plotz on the American cuisine classic of barbecue. Here is a pic from the slide show. And here is the first article in the series. Mmmmm Mmmmmm Good. Incidentally, I bought a barbecue pulled pork sandwich from a vendor at a street fair last Saturday or maybe it was the Saturday before that. It was so tender and the sauce was delicious. It was on Wonder Bread too (which is sacreligious to most New Yorkers). But it was soooooo good. Man, who knew Wonder Bread would be good for something? Still, don't EVER order a pastrami sandwich with Wonder Bread (or any bread besides Rye), and ESPECIALLY don't order one with lettuce, tomato and mayonaiise, Ick.

Also from Slate is an article by Steve Levitt and Steve Dubner. I really adore Levitt, even though the abortion/crime theory he is most known for has major flaws.

From NRO:

Interview: Brian Anderson on South Park Conservatives

And a particularly hilarious article from Ned Rice.

Oh, Michael Medved tells me to stop complaining. Like Hell I Will!!!!! But I will write more on my opinions of the article later.

Steve Sailer, writes about why Asian AMERICANS have gone Democratic. I have a few ideas but once again, not till later.

Oh and check this post out from FreeRepublic. LOL Funny!!!!!!!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Das Einsere Maedchen von Deutschland

From the Daily Telegraph, an article about the current leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, and hopefully the next Chancellor. Although the CDU is way too economically liberal for my taste (I even said so in German class back in college), it is the lesser evil relative to the Greens and the SPD (Socialist Party of Germany). The FDP (Free Democrats) are my favorites in Germany, abliet I don't like them as much as Alain Madlein's Liberal Democrats in France, or the Tory wing of the Tory party in Britian.

Anyway, Ms. Merkel is 50 and hails from the GDR. Before going into politics, she was a physicist If elected chancellor, she would be the first elected female head of government in the history of Germany. Merkel is pro-business and less of a statist than most Germans in any German political party. That being said, despite the nickname, she is no Maggie Thatcher in terms of economics. However, she is quite pro-American and we will have much better relations with the Huns if she is leading them. Think of her as a slightly more conservative, German and female version of Tony Blair.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Happy Armed Forces Day, A Few Interesting Articles

First I want to wish everyone a Happy Armed Forces Day. Thanks go to all our Men and Women in uniform.

I can't believe I am linking to The Nation again, but Katha Pollitt has a very interesting article about the oppostion of the American Taliban (Ameriban) to the HPV vaccine. This time it is about control of female sexuality among the blockheads of the Ameriban, these morons are normally opposed to vaccines because they think it is government mind control. I mean, I don't care what disease it is, isn't it good to have a safe vaccine against it? Furthermore shouldn't all people get is, even if not at risk, as a public health measure if nothing else.

From Slate: Star Wars for the non-fan, Curtis and Suellentrop talk about Sith, and David Edelstein's review.

Robert Samuelson proposes a few good ideas on Social Security reform.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

It Did Not Suck

I saw Revenge of the Sith on Thursday night/Friday morning. Waited on a pretty long line, but it was worth it. I definitely want to see the movie again. That being said, the movie had some major flaws and I don't think it is as good as any of the originals. At best, it is on the same level as Return of the Jedi, which is the weakest of the original trilogy.

First, I feel the beginning of the movie was not well done. The structure of the first part of the film completely destroyed the narrative of the series. I mean I was under the impression that Anakin was suppose to be gradually turned and tricked to the dark side. The rapid cuts and Hayden Christensen's wooden performace, made the transformation unbelievable. It is as if Anakin just suddenly decides on a whim "I'll turn to the dark side". There is no gradual temptation or growth in evil. He decides to turn to the dark side like I would decide to order a Manhattan or a Gin and Tonic. Also his motivation to turn to the dark side should have been primarily about power and authority, somewhat related to the political situation in the galaxy. I do not think it should have been a function of his love for Padme (even though I agree that she is totally hot).

Speaking of politics, I did not like the way the film handled Palpatine's crowning as the first Emperor and the establishment of the Empire. Maybe if we knew more about the political manipulations in the Senate, it could have made more sense. However, the context just was not there. I mean the head of a Republic just suddenly announces his seizure of absolute power and with the exception of Organa and Padme, the entire room applauds? It does not work that way. The scene was made to suggest Senate stupidity (which was true) but making it to suggest fear would be better. Palpatine should have surrounded the Senate with Stormtroopers and then asked the Senate, vote yes or no. That would have made more sense. And by the way. Where was Mon Motha, Garam Ibilis and other rebel Senators? Where is the scene where they start the Rebellion? Oh and Tarkin should have been given lines. He should also have been present in the last two movies. Lastly, I found the transformation of Palpatine himself to be badly done. I mean he disguised himself as a wise, kindly and public minded statesman in the first two movies, rather like Marcus Aurelius or Vespasian. Suddenly at the beginning of the third movie he is evil and dark, even before his revelation as a Sith. For more of what I think are the movie flaws, see Michael Phillips' review of the film. Oh yeah, and most of the dialogue is horrible.

But this movie is not all bad. Hayden Christensen's acting gets better into the movie when Anakin actually turns to the dark side. He reflects very well the evil that Vader becomes. Yoda kicks ass, especially in his duel with Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. The special effects were masterful and the battle scene was able to reflect the emotion and feeling of such a fight. The mis en scene of the entire movie was great at projecting a feeling of darkness and hence was a good setup for the actions and events. The final light saber battle was exciting. And my favorite scene has to be the confrontation between Palpatine and the Jedi sent to arrest him. Particularly the scene where he kills 3 Jedi in what was like a split second.

So my rating for ROS is that it did not suck. It was not great, but it was decent.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

What to do about the judges

Frankly the appointment and selection of judges has become way too politicized and this madness will inevitably spread to the judicial branch of government if it is not put a stop to. Democrats are just wrong in using the filibuster to block judges that would get confirmed with a majority vote. I know Republicans blocked many of President Clinton's nominees, but at least they had the decency to do it mostly though committee (which while unfair, is in my opinion somewhat more understandable). Should the Senate de facto operate where nothing can be done without the 60 requisite votes? Technically that is possible with the existence of the filibuster. But I digress, this post is not about Senate rules and how dumb some of them are.

But back to the politicization of the judiciary. This trend is very dangerous for many reasons. Primarily among them is that our judges are suppose to act as impartial interpreters of our laws. However, this ideal is becoming more and more endangered as increasing numbers of partisan nominees are being selected by both sides in order to gain control and counter the appointees of the other side. What's worse is that the left and right have developed ideologies that justify their own side's judicial activism. So what is the best way to insure a impartial judiciary that is minimally influenced by politics?

Well it may seem contradictory but the best way to depoliticize the judiciary is to politicize it, just a little bit. First of all, terms for federal judges should not be a life time thing, not even for the US Supreme Court (yes I realize this requires an amendment). I feel judges should be appointed to a term of say 15-20 years and at the end, they should be up for reconfirmation. Also terms should be staggered as much as possible so that one presidential administration or one party does not appoint the lions share of the judges. Lastly, I think a mandatory retirement age might just be a good idea (ie William Reqhuist).

Tomorrow, I am going to a law firm reception where I will get very trashed. After that, I am going to watch Revenge of the Sith. When I get home, if I don't collapse on the floor, I will post a midnight review of the movie. Otherwise I will post a review Saturday morning, because Friday night I will also get very trashed at my friend's birthday party. In the mean time, read this review of Revenge of the Sith from the good people at Salon.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Military Bases, Kuwaiti Parliament Grants Women Suffrage, Star Wars

Well Phillip Carter has written a wonderful article in Slate on the recently proposed military base closures. This is an issue that has gotten Mike very upset because one of the bases on the chopping block (the Groton submarine base) is very close to his hometown. I still think that this proposed closure is a bluff by the Bush administration to make the Connecticut GOP look good when the state's Republican Congressional delegation saves the base. Same thing with the Air Force base in South Dakota, John Thune will somehow convince the DOD to change their minds. Anyway the article made some very good points. Primarily, the fact that the location of our military bases are influenced too much by politics. First of all, Carter rightly points out the problems with domestic security in closing down so many armories. Secondly, why is the government trying to close down so many installations in the Northeast? Is the administration trying to tell us something :). In all seriousness though, the Northeast presents a wealth of easy targets for our nation's enemies, maybe it would be a good idea to keep some of the military here. Speaking of which, why can't we bring back the Brooklyn Navy Yard?

Meanwhile the Emirate of Kuwait has become the first Arab country to join the 20th century. How about that? In all seriousness, this is a historic moment. Kuwait is at the forefront of modernity in the Arab world, followed closely by Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and one would hope soon enough Iraq, Palestine and Iran.

Meanwhile, let's talk about Star Wars Episode III. John Podhoretz wrote a very interesting review of the upcoming movie in The Weekly Standard. Pod basically pans it for what he considers the bad writing and worse plot devices. He has some good points but I am still going to withhold judgment until I see the movie myself. Here are a few highlights from the article, along with my commentary (and yes I know, this is a cheap way to blog):

Lucas had more than a quarter of a century to figure out why Anakin Skywalker went bad. And here's what he came up with: Anakin is afraid of losing his wife Padmé in childbirth. Padmé tries to reassure him: "I promise you I won't die in childbirth," she says, offering a touching expression of her faith in the range of health-care services that were available a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. That over-deliberate line of dialogue is typical of Revenge of the Sith, which joins its immediate predecessor Attack of the Clones on a very short list of films that deserve to compete for the Worst Script Ever Written.

Hmmmm, Pod has a point here...

Later in the film, Vader's mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Padmé that her hubby has murdered some children: "He killed younglings at the Jedi temple!" She storms off and confronts him: "Obi-Wan says you killed younglings!"

Yeah, that is horrible dialogue.

Padmé's anger and shock seem a mite surprising, since in Attack of the Clones her then-boyfriend Anakin had told her about another occasion on which he had killed some kids. This is spoken in a soliloquy that suggests what Macbeth might have been like if it had been written by George Lucas: "I killed them! I killed them all! They're dead, every single one of them! And not just the men, but the women and the children, too!! I slaughtered them like animals! I HATE THEM!"

But I digress, because that speech isn't in the film under review--and there are plenty of other
hilarious examples of bad writing on display in Revenge of the Sith.

For example: Obi-Wan uncovers the killing of the younglings by checking out some hidden video at the Jedi Temple. The wise old creature Yoda, who may be the most intelligent person in the universe, but seems to have learned English by reading old Time magazines, warns him: "Obi-Wan, watch the surveillance tapes you should not!"

And the Pod goes on and on in this. I agree that a lot of the writing is horrible, redundant and too simplistic. On the other hand, you know what? This is a movie that is partially/largely directed at children. So the writing cannot be as sophisticated as some of us adults would like. Do you think we would have fallen in love with this movie as 8 year olds if the screen play happened to be as thematically sophisticated as say...Macbeth? Probably not.

Anakin is invited to attend the theater as a guest of the president of the republic (a scene that allows Lucas to let us know that the favored form of entertainment in the highly advanced Star Wars galaxy is a Cirque du Soleil show performed inside a blob of translucent Jell-O). The president tells him about the Dark Side of the Force, and how it can be used to bring people back from the dead. Anakin decides he wants in. To which the only possible response is: That's it? The entire universe is thrown out of balance and evil defeats good all because one petulant and whiny guy doesn't want Natalie Portman to buy the farm?

Ummm, I guess I see your point, but John have you ever taken a look at Natalie Portman. Ohhhh, she is a goddess (at least until she shaved her head, still looks pretty good though).

"Dialogue is not my thing," Lucas has said. "I don't like writing, and I don't like scripts." But there is a whole lot more to a script than just the dialogue. There are also small matters such as plot, motivation, and character development. How is it possible that Lucas could have satisfied himself with the notion that the destruction of the galactic democracy and the triumph of evil over good could all have sprung from a single lousy pregnancy?

First of all, it sprung from two pregnancies, Shimi's and Padme's. Well I guess we know what they mean when they say that a pregnancy (or two) could ruin your life. Star Wars is just that old saying on a larger level.

Granted, Mrs. Darth Vader wears some very fetching beaded outfits--plus, she's a senator just like Hillary Clinton, only decades younger and way better looking. Even so, this is astoundingly thin gruel on which to hang six movies made over a period of 28 years.

Now we are talking my language here, and I guess Pod is right on this. Natalie Portman is my dream girl :)

Back in 1977, we were told in the original Star Wars that Darth Vader "was
seduced by the Dark Side of the Force"...But the Darth Vader we see at the end of Revenge of the Sith hasn't been seduced. He's been tricked. He's not a villain. He's a schmuck.

Yeah good point.

Well overall, I still think I will withhold judgment until I see the film for myself.

Stay tuned to this blog for my modest proposal for the American judiciary, my review of Star Wars, the controversy over the Newsweek Koran desecration story and anything else I darn well feel like writing and/or ranting about.

May the force be with you.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The Case for Intelligent Design

Yeah you heard me. After my old friend Michael Phillips initially claimed to be down with intelligent design, he later cowardly backed down from his support after pressure from some members of the NYU blogosphere, including my friend and old lab partner from Lessons from the Biosphere Shaun-who can vouch for the small amount of scientific credentials I have ;). Therefore, I decided to take up the mantle of defending intelligent design and its incorporation into the scientific dialogue. Praise the Lord and pass the verbal ammunition. Anyway Mikey, if this is all it takes to get you to abandon yor commitment to a controversial stance; I fear for your clients once you are out of law school and enter the legal field.....;). Oh I am just funnin ya, don't take that personally, you are great.

Before I go into my argument, I would like to talk about my religious background and how it has affected my views on the origin of life. I was raised as an Evangelical Christian, with all the blockheadedness that entails. Not that I ever doubted the fact of evolution (although it was pretty fun making liberal secularists think I did). Anyway my intellectual and open minded nature eventually made me get religion (by becoming less religious) and becoming a mainline Protestant. I believe in God, and I believe in science. I do not see that as contradictory. Well onto the question of intelligent design.

The basic argument of the proponents of intelligent design is that the complexity of nature, life and its components (ie cells, tissues, atoms etc) is too great to be simply be explained as a result of random chance. Let me be clear, the idea that the universe was designed by a higher creator being is not a theory, not yet anyway. As was drilled so thoroughly into me in 9th grade Math class, a theory is a hypothesis that can be logically and/or empirically proven, like the SSS Theory for congruency of triangles. The intelligent design hypothesis is an idea whose arguments I am only vaguely familiar with, so I am not arguing for the veracity of intelligent design. I am arguing that it is an idea that should be legtimately investigated and considered. We might not be able to experiment with or empircally prove/disprove the existence of a planned universe right now, but who knows what the future holds. While I don't think that God or whomever will suddenly appear in the near future and loudly declare "I created all this!!!!", historcally our knowledge of the universe, and ability to acquire it has accumulated to the point that many outlandish ideas have been scientifically proven in the past, and certain ideas that were considered obvious were disproven.

For example, the idea of spontaneous generation was only disproven when we had the technology available for it. The germ theory of disease is another scientific idea that was only able to be proven after we had the equipment for it. In both cases, the truth was not regarded as such at the time because it contradicted what was observable. As technology advances, we may one day observe the heavens and gain more insight into our origin. Until we know that their is no creator of life, debating the existence of such a creator and the validity of intelligent design is legtimate inquiry.

Lastly, Mike did point something out in his second post that I would like to further address:

In teaching our children and ourselves, we should no sooner require theology departments to edit Moses' parting of the Red Sea to conform to the laws of physics than we should inject God's power into basic algebra. [2x+Jesus=38.]

While the relation between the divine and mathematics is something I am not familar with, I do know that their has been a movement among religious circles to naturally explain quite a few biblical events. The parting of the Red Sea and the Plagues of Egypt being among them. While this does not prove the existence of God, it indicates that science and religion are not as diametrically opposed as one would believe. Afterall, in many ancient societies, priests were the ones in charge of deciphering and explaining the natural world and its phenomenon. While a lot of theological nonsense was written, some real knowledge was discovered. In fact, one can argue that science evolved from religion. The idea of whether we were created by an intelligent entity should not just be a question for the churches.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Doctor "Strangelove"

Creative title huh. Seriously though, normally I do not link to or read The Nation, but this story I came across on Daily Kos about Bush appointee Dr. David Hager is just well, too weird. If true, these allegations disqualify Dr. Hager from any position of responsibility and qualify him for a prison term, not to mention loss of his medical license. That being said I withhold judgement until I hear the other side. Does anyone have the other side of this story? Still, whatever the veracity of these allegations, Dr. Hager's pre-historic attitudes about female sexuality do us pro-lifers no favor. Anti-abortion advocates should concentrate our arguments on the sanctity of life. Sexuality should not enter into any arguments over abortion.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Update on the Jersey Guys, Interview with Ahmed, What's a conservative?, Intelligent Design

Well first of all it looks like the campaign against Jersey Guys Craig Carton and Ray Rossi is showing some success according to an article in the Star Ledger.

Hyundai Motor America has suspended advertising on NJ 101.5 in response to complaints that a recent broadcast of "The Jersey Guys" afternoon drive-time show was offensive to Asian-Americans.
Cingular Wireless has also pulled advertising from "The Jersey Guys" show after hosts Craig Carton and Ray Rossi ridiculed Edison mayoral candidate Jun Choi, who is a Korean-American. Carton also mimicked Asian accents, complained about too many Asians at Atlantic City's gaming tables and said Americans should vote for Americans.

Hopefully this is the trickle before the flood.

Andrew Santoro, group vice president and general manager of Millennium Radio, the parent company of New Jersey 101.5, said company policy did not allow him to discuss the station's advertising losses.
He said those upset at the station "were taking things out of context."
Santoro said the station has received hundreds of threats and has contacted local and state police and the FBI.
The wave of protests caught the radio station off guard, Santoro said. The station has a meeting with Asian-American activists scheduled for May 19.
"We have no option in this; they started their press releases and Web campaigns before we even sat down," he said. "I was really surprised that happened."

Okay, violent threats against the station should not be tolerated and such actions are definitely the wrong way to go about things. But I don't think those offended (including me) are taking the comments of Rossi and Carton out of context or being too sensitive for that matter. Oh and:

Asian-American activists have also found support from elected officials. U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist.) fired off a letter yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission calling for the agency to examine the broadcast and "take any and all actions consistent with applicable rules and regulations."
"It is my profound wish that those entrusted with the power to broadcast their speech to thousands of listeners earn that trust by policing themselves and by refraining from engaging in hate speech," Rothman said in the letter.

Thank you Congressman Rothman, if I lived in your district you would have my vote. But enough of highlights from the article, go read it.

Meanwhile, two days ago MJ of Politico Notio posted an interview with his friend Ahmed. I came across it this morning and strongly encourage everyone to read it. Ahmed is an Iraqi currently living in Baghdad and the interview transcript is one of the most heart wrenching things I have read in a while. Ahmed sees the Americans as friends but feels we royally screwed up the occupation. I agree with him.
Although a supporter of the war in Iraq, anyone following the events there even a little closely has to realize that things are not going well. While the insurgency has been somewhat weakened, victory is far from assured. Frankly our decision not to include former Baathists in the new government was the height of idiocy. Many of the best trained insurgents in the Iraqi resistance were Baathists in the old Iraqi armed forces (ie trained military people). Was an effort even made to co-opt some of them?

Today Jonah Goldberg discusses what conservatism is. I don't know exactly what conservatism is, I do know that I have become less and less a conservative over the last two years.

Meanwhile Slate has an article that proposes to give intelligent design a reasonable hearing,and insults creationists at the same time. That being said, I see no reason while one cannot believe in God and evolution. I believe in both.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Conservatism Dead? What's the Deal with Alcohol?

Today in NRO, sinophobe/sinophile John Derbyshire has written an article on the impending death of traditional conservatism. Interesting read, go read it (even if Derbyshire is a hateful bastard who plays to yellow peril racial fears). But his views on conservatism are dead on.

Anyway, on to more happy matters, like wine and drinking. I do love both oh so much. Let's start with the article by Dennis Mangan:

These days it is widely known that moderate consumption of alcohol has beneficial effects on health. Whether the drink is red wine, beer, or distilled spirits, the benefits are seen. The risk of dying in any given year is about 25% lower for moderate drinkers as compared to teetotalers. It's been estimated that coronary artery disease occurs at a rate in moderate consumers of alcohol only 40 to 60% of that seen in abstainers. Studies have shown a wide range of beneficial effects of drinking alcohol on conditions such as stroke, dementia, gallstones, and Parkinson's disease. Most drinkers have rightly seen all of this as very good news.

The long and short of the article is that Mr. Mangan goes on to say that researchers may have confused correlation with causation in this case. That X(moderate drinking) does not cause Y(healthier life) but that Z(general intelligence of moderate drinkers) is the real variable affecting X and Y. Of course this hypothesis rests on the idea that intelligent people are more prone to drink moderately, an assumption I do not think should be made.

Oh check out Manhattan Transfer's opinion on this topic. He thinks that drinking causes intelligence. Break out the Jack Daniels and Pinot Noir then.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Good Site for Law Students

I got this site from the professor who I interviewed for more scholarship money this past weekend at CUA Columbus School of Law. I think it would be very helpful for anyone attending or thinking of applying to law school.

Some More Thoughts on Various Topics

Yeah, okay, I know the titles of my posts have not been too creative. Anyway I have been away in Washington DC and cut off from the internet for a bit so some news has passed me by. First the finals results of the Brit elections show Labor's majority being cut to 67 seats and their have been calls for Tony Blair to step down from his position. The Conservatives gained 33 seats giving them a minority of 197. Despite this the Tories still only managed to get 33 percent of the popular vote not improving their percentage of the popular vote. Michael Howard has decided to resign because he feels he is too old to continue, Godspeed Mike. Here is a list of possible replacements.

From Steve Sailer's website, some more links and comments about Freakonomics. I love this book, but Steve being the articulate guy he is has made some very convincing points about Levitt's abortion/crime theory. I mean logically Levitt's theory makes some sense but the statistical support for has holes than swiss cheese according to Sailer. If Levitt would write a reasoned response to Sailer's claims, that would be a very good read.

Meanwhile according to Robert Novak, the DNC has taken in a measly $16.7 million in the first quarter of 2005 (compared to $31 million for the RNC). I thought Dean was suppose to be a great fundraiser due to the internet efforts of his Presidential campaign. Oh well, you guys could have selected Tim Roemer like I wanted.

Oh while I was in Washington DC, I got a copy of the late Iris Chang's book The Chinese in America from the discount rack at the B. Dalton bookstore in Union Station. Wonderful book, but very depressing because of all the stuff about past and current persecution of Chinese Americans. It is a good read, and I suggest all the enlightened liberals out there who know little of the problems of the Asian American community to go read it.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Going Down to Washington DC, Good News from the UK, And LOL Funny Story

Well, going to Washington DC again this weekend, to interview with a professor at CUA Columbus School of Law for some extra scholarship money.

Meanwhile, good news from the British elections. While Tony Blair will still be Prime Minister (okay, maybe not hehehe).....well Labor did still win, which kinda sucks. But anyway, the Conservative Party looks like it has made a comeback. In fact, it looks like the Tories will reach the crucual threshold of 200+ seats. This means that Labor may be cut down to a majority of only 66 seats (which hurts Blair and may force him to yield the PM job to Gordon Brown). Anyway Michael Howard, you da man. Something I just realized today does strike me as a bit funny. The Conservatives ran partially on an anti-immigration/asylum policy for the UK. Meanwhile, their party leader did in fact come to the UK as a Holocaust refugee from Romania. Anyway here is the Daily Telgraph article on the election results.

Oh and care of Christina Hoff Sommers and NRO, a hilarious story. The lovely people from the CR group at Roger Williams University (the ones who bought you the white only scholarship-which was a much more original idea to protest affirmative action than another bake sale), decided to satire V-Day/Vagina Day and the play The Vagina Monlogues.

Some highlights from this article:

The campus conservatives artfully (in the college sense of "artful") mimicked the V-Day campaign. They papered the school with flyers that said, “My penis is majestic” and “My penis is hilarious.” The caption on one handout read, “My Penis is studious.” It showed Testaclese reclining on a couch reading Michael Barone’s Hard America, Soft America.

“Testaclese” tipped the scales when he approached the university Provost, Edward J. Kavanagh, outside the student union. Apparently taking him/it for a giant mushroom, Provost Kavanagh cheerfully greeted him. But when Testaclese presented him with an honorary award as a campus “Penis Warrior,” the stunned official realized that it was no mushroom.

Mushroom hahahaha. Anyway apparently these kids are in trouble for this stunt. Frankly I have not seen The Vagina Monologues and to be honest, I have not interest in seeing it. I am sure it has its artistic merits and I could care less who is promoting or advocating it. But I do always love a good satire as long as it is done in a clever way. And frankly, this was clever and pretty funny. So hats off to the CRs of Roger Williams University.

So yeah, that is it for now. Go Tories!!!!!!!!!!

Okay new update, according to Michael Phillips, it appears the Labor majority will be around 80. Oh pooh. Still, Go Tories.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Angry Response: Grrrrrr ;), Get Your Freak On, More Blogs

Well I got an email from Angry Asian Man, after I wrote him an email:


Thanks for the encouraging words... and thanks for sharing your blog. I had noticed a few hits to my site coming from there, so it's nice to hear from the person behind it. And while you're a Republican (boooooo! hisssssss!) I can certainly respect your viewpoint and understanding that no issue is clear cut or simply divisible along party lines. Out of all the people I hear from, the ones I like the most are the people who say, "While I don't always agree with you..." It gives me hope for constructive discourse in the world.

Stay Angry.

Well that is much less guff than I normally get for being a non-white Republican, hehe. I had a liberal Asian American girl just give me the most contemptuous look once when she found out I was a Grand Old Party animal (this was despite the fact, as you know readers that I am relatively liberal on racial issues). I mean the tone of her voice just dripped hostility. Anyway a new book called Freakonomics is out, and I just finished reading it over the weekend (I was sick :(, sorta). Anyway here is a review of the book from Salon. Also here is Steve Sailer's review of it on VDARE. Oh and don't give me guff about linking to Steve and Vdare. Sailer (insecure angry white male that he is) is a brilliant man. And my opinion of VDARE is relatively negative. But, we live in a society that values free speech and debate, even tolerates hate speech. Honestly isn't it better to argue someone wrong on the merits instead of just shutting off debate by going:..... racist hate speech yadda, yadda, yadda.

Anyway, as for my own opinion on the book, I loved it. Steve Levitt's observations, while somewhat simplistic are brilliant in their insight and analysis. The book is easy to read and understand, not written in the economese jargon of econ majors and professional economists. However the concepts of Economics 101, Behavioral Economics and other areas in the field and outside of it are present and beautifully explained, abliet rather unusually framed. Levitt is the economist who got a lot of crap for suggesting that legalized abortion cut down the rate of crime. See this is another instance where intellectual debate and fact finding was supressed due to ideological motivation and political correctness (ie Larry Summers). Incidentally, Steve Sailer differs with Levitt, and makes a compelling case.

Oh and more blogs. MJ has a great new blog Political Notio that reflects a centrist Democratic view on the issues. I love it, we need more moderates out there. Also check out my friend Jonathan's blog Contrarian Thinking.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Some Varied Thoughts

From the New York Times care of Angry Asian Man: Asian American characters are underrepresented in television. Believe me, I did not need a study to tell me this. Anyway I have an idea for a great television series starring an Asian American. It is a reality show about a youngish moderately conservative Asian American law student who grows up to be the first foreign born President of the United States. In fact, I think this would be a great reality series. I wonder who we could get to play the main character............hehehehe ;).

Okay, lately my blog has turned into a bitch fest about how society treats Asian Americans like crap. That is not the point of my blog, so I am going to touch on abortion and birth control for a bit. I was once asked what I thought about abortion, and my cowardly response was that I did not want to touch the issue with a 10 foot pole. Mostly because around here in New York, being anti-abortion is like the Mark of Cain.

Let me be clear about my position. I am pro-life (anti-abortion what have you). I mean, I do not think a fetus is just a disposable clump of cells and I cannot be made to think that. A fetus is an unborn child. However, even though I am anti-abortion, I am also very pragmatic. This basically means that I understand the fact that a ban on abortion or even an overturning of Roe v Wade is not likely in the future. So guess what, unlike most social conservatives and anti abortion people (and like the majority of young men age 18-35), I am a firm supporter of birth control. I think it should be cheap, safe, available and affordable. Hey pro-lifers, you want to insure that most of the children conceived make it out of the womb alive? Then it would make sense to insure that most of the children conceived are wanted.

Hence for a while I did not understand why a lot of anti-abortion people were also opposed to birth control. WTF? Which made me come to the conclusion that for some pro-lifers and religious nuts, abortion was not just about the life of an unborn child. It is about keeping traditional sexual mores and making sure that their were consequences to female promiscuity (I happen to be against the former and very much for the latter-the promiscuity I mean, not the making sure their are consequences ;)). So then I finally realized what the feminists were saying when they accused pro-lifers of sexism and being anti-woman and such. See I was pretty confused because I thought (and still think) that being pro-life and being pro-gender equity were (are) not mutually exclusive. Let me just say that I hope abortion will become an obsolete topic once birth control advances far enough.

Anyway, the morning after-pill. I am against it, at least in its current form anyway. Listen I think life begins at implantation, not conception. The union of an egg and sperm does not result in a developing child, unless it implants (not a sure thing). But.......

Correct me if I am wrong (and if you readers do, my whole argument is worthless, but I will risk it anyway), morning after pills have a much lower success rate than the traditional pill. The advantage over the traditional pill is that the morning after pill does not have to be taken on a daily schedule (hence making it more convenient). Now earlier I mentioned that I support birth control as a means of abortion prevention (not the only reason for my support, but this post is not about that, hehe). Assuming that more and more women favor the morning after pill due to convenience, a lower success rate in preventing pregnancy will lead to more cases of abortion, all else being equal, relative to women using the traditional pill. If that is the case, then I would be opposed to the morning after pill for that reason. Unless there is an advantage to the morning after pill I am over looking, hey I am open minded.

Anyway, tomorrow I think I will get back to the Asians, or something else I am more familiar with.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Happy Holidays, Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Jersey Assholes

Well first of all, I want to wish those of the Greek Orthodox faith a Happy Easter. Also Happy May Day to all the commies who celebrate this shit holiday. Real Americans celebrate Labor Day in September, thank you very much.

Meanwhile, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Yahooo!!!!! You know as in Yahoo, founded by Asian American internet magante Jerry Yang. Now, I know that most Asian Americans on campus celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month in April because finals are in early May and school ends in the middle of May. But it was May that was designated the Asian Pacific American heritage month. So there. Oh and to any conservative dumbasses (you know who you are, some of you are even friends) who are going to say, there should not be hyphenated Americanism, we are all Americans, I say SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!! I love apple pie and baseball as much as anyone, but acknowledging the fact that my "all American boy next door self" was born across the Pacific is not divisive or lacking in patriotism.

Speaking of Asian American issues. I'd like to thank Marian Shah, the Conservative Realist for plugging my post about Gwen Stefani and the Harajuku girls. I'd also like to thank her for being one of the few white people who understand the shit Asian Americans go through, from people on both the left and the right. Contrary to the views of the left, not all East and South Asian men are sexist, backward thinking asshats like on the Joy Luck Club (Thanks a lot Amy Tan). Also the right is wrong to label us untrustworthy spies and foreigners.

Which brings me to the issue of the Jersey Guys (Go Jun Choi). I don't care what party Jun is in but I am supporting him just because of these talk radio jackasses. In case Ray Rossi and Craig Carlton (you worthless human pieces of shit) do not realize, Chinese Americans are Americans too. We are not a "foreign group", foreign groups do not get to vote in elections. Dumbasses. Care of Angry Asian Man:

Craig Carton: Would you really vote for someone named Jun Choi [said in fast-paced, high-pitched, squeaky voice]?
Craig Carton: I'm using Jun Choi [said in fast-paced, high-pitched, squeaky voice] as an example of a larger problem.
Ray Rossi: and you know...
Carton: We're forgetting the fact that we’re Americans.
Rossi: You know that he’s going to get the... whatever that vote is
Carton: And here's the bottom line... no specific minority group or foreign group should ever ever dictate the outcome of an American election. I don't care if the Chinese population in Edison has quadrupled in the last year, Chinese should never dictate the outcome of an election, Americans should.
Rossi: Americans should, exactly

"Americans" or do you mean white people. Fucktard.

Oh and check this out:

Carton: Damn Orientals and Indians .
Caller: I..i moved out..36 years I've lived in Edison
Carton: And what was the biggest problem you had with the Orientals and the Indians?
Caller: I can't handle them! There's no American people anymore.
Carton: Eh..
Caller: There shoving us the hell out!
Carton: It's like you're a foreigner in your own country isn't it?

Here are the people to complain to:

Eric Johnson, Station Manager New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio P.O. Box 5698 Trenton, NJ 08618(609) 530-0478

Andy Santoro, Group Vice-President and General Manager Millennium Radio New Jersey 101.5 FM P.O. Box 5698 Trenton, NJ 08638 (609) 771-8181