July 31st, 2008

Yes, I read paleocon blogs, too.

From http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2008/07/29/el-rushbore/:

Limbaugh endorses China’s fuel subsidies:
Folks, I don’t know what the price of gasoline is in China and I don’t know to what extent, if any, it is subsidized — okay, it is subsidized. See, the ChiComs need their economy growing. They need people driving around, moving around. They need people to be able to afford fuel, so they’re subsidizing fuel. They’re not bailing people out of stupid home mortgage messes. They’re buying their gasoline for them, because they need an economy. Know what energy means to this, the whole subject of economic growth. So meanwhile, the ChiComs, a country certainly growing, certainly on the rise, but it ain’t the United States of America. How does it make you feel that Zhang Linsen has a big Hummer with nine speakers blaring as he pulls out into a four-lane road with so much smog he basically can’t see the car in front of him, and you are trading in all of your cars and trying to go out and find basically a lawn mower.
It’s amazing what passes for conservatism these days. The market is currently dictating that Americans become more fuel efficient, which Limbaugh apparently disapproves of. Imagine the uproar if Obama or Clinton said that the U.S. should become more like China.

(Via Daniel Larison, who adds: "Actually, it makes me feel relieved that I don’t live in smog-infested cities where marathoners collapse and die because of the pollution.")

Also from Larison.

This one has a lot of resonance in my own life right now.

From http://www.amconmag.com/larison/2008/07/29/loyalty/, where Larison agrees with Glenn Greenwald's recent post, "Things I learned today about democracy":

"Something that the defenders of party loyalty seem never to be able to grasp is that loyalty is a mutual obligation. It is not only something that supporters are supposed to give to their party, but it is something that party leaders owe to the people who put them and keep them in their positions."


I busted the display on the Nikon I've been using.

I'm guessing there's no recovering from this cheaper than buying a new camera.


Displays have not been my friend lately. The PowerBook's display is getting flaky, and the Apple store refuses to treat it as a covered repair under AppleCare.
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