Friday, January 27, 2012

 

Florence + The Machine- What The Water Gave Me

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

George Romney and Saul Alinsky

George Romney was a progressive Republican and he had some odd friends.

Mitt Romney’s father, liberal Republican George Romney, met with and endorsed infamous progressive activist Saul Alinsky...

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This portrait would jibe with Mitt Romney’s image as a progressive Governor of Massachusetts, while suggesting any serious conversion to conservatism would not only entail a change in viewpoint but a rejection of Mitt’s Father, George — someone he has regularly mentioned as a major influence while campaigning. Taken as a whole, the new information could serve to fuel existing significant doubt amongst an already skeptical conservative base that Romney’s already vague conversion to conservatism is more one of electoral convenience than a principled decision.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

 

How Mitt Lost South Carolina and National Review is losing conservatives

A comment left by Teflon93 at NRO perfectly encapsulates the Mitt Romney cheer leading at that site and how they are alienating conservatives by pushing an obviously flawed candidate.

It's pretty sad when one has to read National Review the same way one reads The New York Times---with an eye more to what they're not telling conservatives rather than what they write.

It's been like that this whole campaign.

Ramesh Ponnuru denied being in the tank for Romney, but it was clear for weeks prior that he was, such that when he finally came out with his "It's Mitt" confession, it surprised very few commenters here.

Mark Krikorian savaged Newt Gingrich for his illegal alien amnesty stance---as one might expect---yet said not one word about Mitt Romney's position, which was even more radical and unwelcome than Gingrich's because he supported citizenship rather than mere residency status for illegals.

K-Lo, one of the formerly staunch pro-lifers in the NRO ranks, has had nothing to say about Romney's past embrace of abortion, his alleged Damascus conversion at the hands of a bioethicist (what, no Mormon elders are pro-life and could have put the point to him?), or his defense of Romneycare, including as it does provisions for taxpayer-funded abortions, a huge red flag to pro-life conservatives.

Rich Lowry continues to cover the race as "us (Mitt) vs them (every conservative in the race", infamously remarking on the emergence of a conservative frontrunner as "X Leads...for Now" and most recently remarking on SC as "a crushing loss" without feeling the need to specify he was speaking of Romney and not Santorum or Paul (for whom the loss was even more crushing). This followed his jeremiad against Gingrich wherein he claimed Romney, Huntsman (!) and the then-back-of-the-pack Santorum as the only acceptable GOP candidates. Indeed, he slammed Gingrich for conservative apostasy after conservative apostasy----while dutifully ignoring the numerous heresies of Romney, Huntsman, and even Santorum. And oh by the way he dismissed Bachmann and Perry out of hand. In radio interviews defending the editorial, especially on Charlotte talker Keith Larson's show, Lowry made it very clear the only concern he has is "electability" this cycle---while not making the case for Romney's electability over the rest of the pack at all, nor accounting for why we conservatives should elect a liberal and be happy about it.

If anything, the debate Twitter feeds were even more telling, as NROnik MittBots praised Mittens while mocking the conservatives in the field for every perceived misstep, or simply for not "looking presidential" enough.

It's all very clubby and high school.

But the real issue is not who the NR pundits support----it's their lack of any attempt to evaluate the field ideologically and to support the most conservative candidates in the race to any significant degree. When they aren't actively undermining the same, as they've done with every Not Romney frontrunner.

There are exceptions---Michael Walsh, Mark Levin, Andy McCarthy, and Mark Steyn have all criticized Romney and the other candidates on conservative grounds and proffered arguments from a principled conservative POV. We are welcome to disagree with their arguments---but at least there is something to disagree with, unlike Ponnuru's ex cathedra statement that Romney "will govern as a conservative." Really? What evidence of there is that? None was offered. To the extent that Ponnuru is still a conservative and not David Frum II, it may be wishful thinking at best.

Old NR hand and WFB nepher Brent Bozell said it best after the notorious "Against Gingrich" editorial: “National Review's endorsement of Romney & Huntsman proves only that this is no longer the magazine of William F. Buckley Jr. My uncle would be appalled."

Indeed.

I know I'm appalled---I cancelled an NR subscription I've held since 1991.




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“Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit” – an intentional 70 pound weight gain

It is hard to explain to someone who has been thin their entire life how hard it can be to lose weight. It is especially hard when you are doing the wrong thing like believing the calorie in/calorie out model; who knew that Lean Cuisine was making me fat.

I have to give a lot of credit to Drew Manning, a fitness instructor who deliberately gave up exercise and started to eat a high carb, high sugar diet and managed to gain 70 lbs. in 6 months. He has documented his journey at his blog and it is heartening to see someone get it. Losing weight is very difficult even when motivated.

Fired up by the pounding music, my adrenaline flared and I went through the set of 15. I was slightly caught off guard by a bit of the wobbly elbows during my first set, and was slightly more scared to dive into set two.After years of supporting clients through their first knee push-ups, I had an odd out of body experience realizing I’d need to employ the same approach. Slightly embarrassed, and more humbled, I completed set two on my knees. And I had to take mini-breaks to recover.As a personal trainer, I always wondered what new clientele thought as they started their uphill climb. Now I knew, because I was thinking the same thing. And over and over, the same thought went through it – “this is HARD!” Maybe I was too aggressive, thinking it would be like riding a bike, and I’d dive right in. Maybe I just underestimated how difficult things are when you try to exercise when you’re overweight.At the end of the workout, with arms actually made out of Jell-O, I sluggishly left the gym. No high fives. No blazing workout music. Just reality. This is going to be a lot of work.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

 

Media Bias

Via Instapundit: Mark Levin: Tell ABC’s Ross To ‘Find Out Who Obama’s Drug Pusher Was.

Newt Gingrich seems to have picked up on how the liberal media ran the Republican 2008 primaries, I heard him mention it in an interview today. More importantly though it should be pointed out that the media is biased, but not just liberal. Forget that. Conservatives in the media, like Fox news, maintain the appearance of 'fair and balanced' while liberals don't bother but rather act as if their views are simply the norm.

Levin is right. Conservatives in the media should attack in the same manner that the liberals attack. There is no fair and balanced. One side restrains itself and the other does not. As a network, Fox News has a reputation to protect so I understand editing for balanced reporting but individuals should take it upon themselves to provide information.

 

Can We Be Happy?


 

Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

"Why My Liberal Neighbors Aren’t Speaking To Me Anymore"

I recently asked my neighbors’ little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, are liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?’

She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’

Her parents beamed with pride.

’Wow…what a worthy goal.’ I told her, ‘But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that! You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.‘

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ’ Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50? ‘

I said, ‘Welcome to Conservatism.’

Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

 

Gas Outlook: ‘Most Painful Year At Pump Ever’

Gasoline prices could approach $5 a gallon by Memorial Day and stay a record levels for much of the summer, according to a forecast by GasBuddy.com.

Gas prices always spike in the summer, but the 2012 Gasbuddy.com Price Outlook predicts this summer will break records.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

 

Popular Mechanics: The Top Gadgets of CES 2012: Editors' Choice Awards

I like the 3D printer for $1700. The TOBII Gaze is pretty cool. It would keep the carpal tunnel syndrome at bay.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

 

"The Trouble with Fructose: a Darwinian Perspective" by Robert Lustig, MD

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Friday, January 13, 2012

 

St. Vincent- Cruel

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 

CES 2012: HDTV

Not that you can't go to Gizmodo, Engadget, DVice, etc. to find this stuff but I thought it would be nice to make it easier on you, and me, to find this stuff in the future.

-First is LG's OLED because it is the FUTURE. Very nice, can't wait to buy it in 2014 when my children are old enough not to destroy it. Of course, cost matters and LG seems to get it that people are not going to pay a lot more for OLED because the difference in picture is not worth that much. Baby steps is a good policy and I can wait until 2016.

-Speaking of the future, her is the LG's ultra high definition TV. At 84 inches it might be something they build since there is some demand for huge screens. I take that back, they will never build this unless it is OLED.

-One problem with all TVs is that we are still tethered to our remotes. In the future, which is next year, TVs will have Kinect-like abilities. TVs with apps and with built in functionality like Directv are nice but I own a PS3 and Xbox so I have plenty of ways to connect to content. I don't know if I want to pay a premium to have it built in. Of course, if I could just think about changing the channel that would be cool. Samsung smart interaction gesture controlled HDTV demo.

-Sony is doing something weird and like all things Sony you have to wonder if this is a gimmick or will Crystal LED TV be any better than OLED. They must think so because they seem to have gotten out of the OLED business. I do like Sony's 4k projector which seems a lot more practical. (Hands on.)

-Gizmodo explains the difference between $600 and $6000 TVs. (Hint: $5400.)

-Vizio integrates 3D, GoogleTV and has a 21:9 cinema display.

-Very weak holographic TV. Or very advanced 3D.

-Finally, this is not really about TV but it is about displays and place shifting. Onlive can stream Windows 7 to your Ipad. I assume it can do the same to an Android device. This would be a great way for me to work using a touchscreen without having to purchase a touchscreen monitor. (It would probably save me a lot of back strain, too.)

Update: Gizmodo: The future of TV is simple and good.

Engadget: The three Ds of CES TV.

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Friday, January 06, 2012

 

Destroyer- Kaputt

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

 

Football Is Better Than Soccer

An Englishman Abandons the Beautiful Game for the NFL; Like a Chess Match—With Violence


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

 

We need to eat more lamb chops

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Monday, January 02, 2012

 

LG's 55-inch 'world's largest' OLED HDTV panel is official, coming to CES 2012

Finally, Bill O's plasma gets some competition.

It will still be a few years before OLED becomes competitive with other displays. And I want to know how it holds up to kids.

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