Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Energy "Independence" vs. Personal Independence
In addition to the faddish pursuit of alternative energy in the name of "energy independence" being a mis-allocation of capital and poor substitute (alternate link) for national self-assertion on the international stage, it will lower our standard of living. Brian Phillips puts this last fact very well when commenting on a particularly daft assertion by business columnist Loren Steffy of the Houston Chronicle:
In the case of foreign oil we must give up the value of driving a larger vehicle, or reduce our driving, or curtail our energy consumption in other ways. We must surrender these values -- which are chosen voluntarily -- in the name of achieving energy independence. We will achieve energy independence, we are told, by restricting individual independence, that is, reducing or eliminating the choices available to individuals. And eliminating individual independence is the real goal of the apostles of sacrifice. This is the change that Obama proposes. [bold added]He also has recently posted a nice analysis of a recent proposal to force mobile food vendors to carry radio identification tags on their vehicles.
First in Line to Taste the Leather?
The big question now that Obama has been elected to the Presidency is: Which answer to the "Human Rorschach Test" will show up for the job? I'm hoping for "empty suit", but fear "incipient dictator". Charles Krauthammer, on the other hand, seems to want "incipient dictator"!
With [Obama] we get a president with the political intelligence of a Bill Clinton harnessed to the steely self-discipline of a Vladimir Putin. (I say this admiringly.) With these qualities, Obama will now bestride the political stage as largely as did Reagan.Of course, Obama hasn't even taken office yet, so maybe this just another individual test result! Either that, or the boot-licking has already begun.
This raises an important point. The question of which Obama is really be a two-parter: (1) How far to the left will he govern. (2) How competently will he implement his agenda?
The Print Edition of TIA Daily
Last month, Myrhaf posted a hilarious parody of TIA Daily, to which I used to subscribe.
Today, for the second time in two or three days, I received an issue TIA via post. I hadn't received one of those for so long that I'd forgotten I had a subscription at all, much less that there were remaining issues!
"They will know we are Christians by our love." (Part IV)
It's a good thing these monks have devoted their lives to the study of religion, which we all know is the only thing standing between us and barbarism!
The church in Jerusalem's Old City, one of the most revered sites in Christianity, is home to six different Christian sects who frequently fight over the rights to maintain and worship in different sections of its hallowed halls.Oh! Did I neglect to mention that religion imparts "perspective" and the right priorities, too? Sorry!
This time, the fight followed an Armenian procession marking the fourth-century discovery of a cross believed to have been used in Jesus's crucifixion.
Greek Orthodox monks had apparently wanted to post a monk inside the Edicule, a structure built on what is believed to be Jesus's tomb, and blocked the procession when the Armenian clergymen refused.
Riot police broke up the fight and arrested a bearded Armenian monk and a Greek Orthodox monk bleeding from a gash on his forehead. [bold added]