Quick Roundup 407

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lightning Links

So I'm headed out of town again and fell asleep last night when I should have been packing.

"This'll have to be fast," I'm thinking.

"Might as well call 'em 'lightning links,' I reply to myself.

"Damn! I kinda like that! Why didn't I come up with that, oh, about 407 installments ago?"

Bushtalgia -- or Wamnesia?

I spotted a link to this post by the Anchoress, "Yep, I miss Bush," over at Instapundit the other day, but didn't get around to it until this morning.

I'm no fan of Obama, but I can't get enough past the cries of hypocrisy (regarding the leftists who are now admitting to being enamored of Bush's policies) -- or the dropping of the bar to the ground that is necessary to make Bush look good -- to read through all of it at once.

The fact that welfare statists want to continue Bush's policies is no admission on their part of Dubya's superior wisdom. To the contrary, it is usually a sign that what Bush did wasn't really so hot.

On top of that we are necessarily not privy to the alternative to Obama, namely John McCain enacting policies substantially the same as his.

For the conservative movement to become a true alternative to the left, the concern must be that whoever is in power be a champion of individual rights. Bush was not, and McCain wouldn't have been. I want better than to take false solace in the President being "our guy" (which, as a welfare statist, he can't be, anyway, at least for me).

Amit Ghate provides an executive summary at his blog of what the Republicans ought to consider.

Hsieh's on a Huge Roll

Wow! Another big op-ed and a couple of good LTEs by Paul Hsieh.

Here's one of the LTEs.

When the economy is bad, welfare statists say, "We must expand government programs because everyone is hurting." When the economy is good, they say, "We must expand them because we can finally afford it."

If I didn't know better, I'd think that they wanted to increase people's dependency on government programs regardless of the reason.
Quote of the day, there!

Objectivist Roundup

Heh! I finally remembered to submit something again. Yes. I'm stretched that thin.

All indications are that it will appear at Making Progress later today. I'll update with a permalink when I can, but that may be as late as tomorrow morning.

Fashion Predictions, circa 1930

Quoth Karl Martin Mertens, "Actually, pretty bang on."

More Podcasts!

Stephen Bourque lists the last four Leonard Peikoff podcasts with teasers. I like to listen to them in small bunches, and I see that I have a set of four new ones to enjoy.

-- CAV


: Added direct link to Objectivist Roundup.


Burgess Laughlin said...

> "All indications are that it will appear at Making Progress later today."

A note on procedure: The deadline for submission is always Wednesday at 11 pm, EST. Because it takes some time to copy, paste, edit, and repeatedly proofread the entries, the roundup may not appear until very late Thursday or early Friday.

You can submit a post at any time of the week and it will automatically be included in the next available roundup.

Suggestion: Instruct your computer To-Do List to remind you on Sunday morning to submit your best post from the preceding seven days.

The submission link, as always, is:


Gus Van Horn said...

Thanks for the clarification, Burgess.

LB said...

"An electric belt that will adapt the body to climatic changes. Ooh. Swish." Priceless.

z said...

Hey Gus, whats the policy for submitting suggestions of movies/shows/events, etc, that we think you and your readers would like, or calling attention to posts or articles which are not on-topic with your posts?

Are you ok with me just posting off-topic?

Gus Van Horn said...


Either that was a funny riff on "lightning links" or I'm completely confused....


Just post off-topic. Roundup posts are preferable.


LB said...

It's a line from the fashion predictions of the 1930s which I found quite amusing.

Gus Van Horn said...

Ah! Thank you!

From time to time, I'll link to something that seems interesting, but that I have to go back to. The fashion video was one of those times. In fact, I started it last night, only to have to stop when I noticed that the audio was distracting my wife from her studying. (She's a medical resident and gets quizzed every Thursday.)

Anyhow, I'm glad you found it entertaining and look forward to seeing the whole thing later on this morning.

Amit Ghate said...

Thanks for the link, Gus!

Gus Van Horn said...

You're welcome!