Upon the Benefits of Meditation


I am calm. Really. I am super calm. Despite F’n Florida (as it will ever be called if McCain wins the Republican nomination), I am calm.

Which is hard really. I hate McCain. No. I hate, loathe, despise, and abominate McCain. Why? Well, there’s so much. And since just thinking of a President McCain makes my blood boil, I’ll not list his many grievances. My current calm was hard won. Suffice it to say, I do not agree with the man’s political positions or his temperament. 

Oh, I am tempted to take the path of a few of Ace’s commenters (specifically MTT, comment #4) and vote for Hillary or Obama in the general election just to see the place burn. (And by “the place,” I mean, “the United States.”) Bonfires are nice. And since the people seem to be lining up to leap into the blaze, maybe I should accommodate them. I could make a mint selling big puffy marshmallows and sharp sticks.  But then, I wouldn’t have much to show for it since my bonfire earnings would probably be taxed to death.

So I take a deep breath. And I center my chakras or whatever the hell it is that meditation is supposed to do for my mental well-being.  It sorta works.

Apparently, I am witnessing the final gasping breaths of fiscal conservatism. That makes me sad more than angry. Where are fiscal conservatives supposed to go from here? Physically, there really isn’t anywhere else. The US is the last place on Earth that houses a (reasonably) free citizenry. There is no where else to go. This is it. And we’re screwing it up.

Is there a political party that could help? To what political party should fiscal conservatives belong? What about the Republican Party? I haven’t been a member since the early 1990’s because of their social conservatism. But the GOP was usually able to be relied upon for fiscal conservatism. No longer, it seems. And the Libertarian Party is too complicated and encumbered by the crazy portion of their membership rolls to contribute significantly to political processes. And the Democrats/Greens have never been fiscal conservatives.

You know, I wasn’t joking about needing a new political party. The problem is that I don’t think that there are enough people left who support fiscal conservatism to make a difference in the political process.

Am I being overly dramatic here? I feel like the sky is falling.

UPDATE: I am not alone. Nice.

UPDATE 2/1/08 3:50PM: Thomas Sowell isn’t impressed by the “straight talk” and Doug Ross made a nice little candidate comparison chart.


Where’s Hitler? Where’s Nostrodamus? Where’s Jesus? Can I At Least See A Lincoln?

All day Sunday, the History Channel played a marathon. Now, I love marathons. I dearly love to sit on the couch for one day in the weekend and watch some sort of marathon on TV. Sometimes it’s Monk. (Natalie is better than Sharona. Just saying.) Sometimes it’s documentaries. Sometimes it’s some TV show I’ve never seen before, but find very interesting when shown in order.

So Sunday, the History Channel played documentaries with one theme: people are evil, planet destroying demons who can only be stopped by the saintly environmental movement via their voodoo prognosticative powers to see into the far, far distant future.

You know, I might buy into more of the “people are causing global warming” line if it weren’t laced with such people-hating, anti-industrial hysteria.

Also, if there were some environmentalists who would admit to the fallacy of their computer models (and to an extent their scientific methods in general), I might feel that they were being honest with me. I might be more inclined to believe them. Eh, more of that topic later. That’s a long topic I don’t have enough time to address right now.

Anyway, that’s the History Channel playing those documentaries. Aren’t they supposed to play shows that are about Hitler and, you know, history and stuff?

All Hail The Greater Evil

You know, I think we’d have fewer problems with terrorists if we had a truly crazy president. Oh, I don’t mean “Ron Paul” crazy or even “meanie old guy McCain” crazy. No, I mean “he will stomp on your homes, rip off your head, suck out your innards – after which he will toss back a few tanker trucks full of natural gas and nuke Greenland for giggles” kind of crazy.  I think that is the only way we’re going to be able to stop the terrorist threat without resorting to wiping out a good portion of the middle east. And perhaps Europe.

Thanks to Kevin at the Smallest Minority, I’ve finally found  just such a presidential candidate. He’s a type of crazy I can support. I think he’ll scare the hell out of the bad guys. And hey, he’s even got tentacles. (So our Japanese allies will love him.)


Mighty Cthulhu! Hear the Call of the Cthulhu!

Call me Cthulhi.

Well-Armed Sheep

Because I’m just too lazy to write anything today, or even provide a decent link, I offer a quote:

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed sheep disputing the vote.

I don’t know who said that, but Ragin’ Dave over at Four Right Wing Wackos said (in a comment somewhere) that it was an old saying. Never heard it before, but I like it.

Ten Year Anniversary

I feel old. I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since the Monica Lewinsky scandal. (Is that the diamond or the pearl anniversary?)

I was in college when it happened, and had been blogging for about 6 months. (Well, OK. It was called a “home page” where I expressed my opinions. I don’t think that the word “blog” was even around then. If it was, I didn’t know it. Also, I had no CMS. I did everything in HTML, which now seems a bit like chipping away at a stone tablet with a wet noodle. </geek>)

The scandal itself didn’t influence my political leanings. I never was a Clinton fan, was never a Democrat. And the Republicans burned their bridges with me long before the scandal broke on Drudge. So I never had a side in the “vast right wing conspiracy” fight that followed. The scandal didn’t mark a time that changed my political leanings one way or the other.

What it did do, though, was make me despise feminists. Until that point, I proudly called myself a feminist. Looking back, I’m ashamed to admit that I never really investigated what feminism is. I thought because I was a female, I should be one.

I belonged to a few feminist organizations and frequently railed against “the man” on my home page. NOW (the National Organization of Women) was fierce in fighting against the stereotypical boss/underling romances. Well, they were until the Lewinsky scandal broke. They made all kinds of excuses for Clinton, and their support for him never wavered. In their view, it wasn’t OK for the average CEO to have an affair with his secretary, but it was OK for the President to have an affair with his intern. The Lewinsky scandal exposed NOW as hypocrites.

It pissed me off. And it made me realize that NOW was more of a political arm of the DNC than a true organization fighting for equality between the sexes. After further investigation (and a whole lot of soul searching on my part), I discovered that modern feminism isn’t at all about equality among the sexes; it is about gaining political power, demoralizing men, and advancing socialist ideals.

Before the scandal I was a feminist Libertarian; afterwards, I was simply a Libertarian.

I remember the mess that followed Drudge’s big news. Some found it fun. I found it tiring nonsense. I have to say, I don’t want 8 more years of a Clinton II reign filled with the same nonsense. Aside from Hillary’s political views, that nonsense is reason number 1 to hope Hillary doesn’t become Madam President.