Friday, May 30, 2008

Random Thoughts

Just a few random thoughts…

Patrick Ruffini, Soren Dayton, and Jon Henke have started a conservative equivalent of the Daily Kos called the Next Right. It is be a community based grassroots blog. I am planning on cross posting all of my content there, and it’s worth checking out.

Speaking of the blogosphere, it seems that conservative bloggers are almost unanimous in their abhorrence of John McCain. In the first days after he won the nomination, I thought that anyone who was seriously considering voting for a third party candidate was crazy; now, it seems that there are basically two kinds of conservative bloggers—those who absolutely refuse to support McCain and will vote for a third party candidate, and those who will do so, but only extremely reluctantly. Sometimes it seems that I am the only conservative blogger who actually likes McCain as a candidate. And really, with the exception of Fred Thompson, who among the GOP candidates was any better?

If you said Mitt Romney, remember that he supported amnesty for illegal aliens before he was against it, supported some forms of gun control, and believed in climate change.

It’s been a while since Mike Huckabee said something stupid, but he hadn’t stopped working at it, he was just resting. His latest:
“The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it's this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it's a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says "look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government.”
We sure dodged a bullet with that guy, didn’t we? Imagine if he was the Republican nominee.

Barring any attack tomorrow, May will have had fewer causalities than any month since the Iraq War began. Harry Reid might want to rethink his “the war is lost” statement. Conditions in Iraq could change quickly, but right now, it is indisputable that we are winning that war.

And Obama might want to rethink the notion that Iraq is actually a recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda. They don’t seem to be very effective right now, do they?

Many people claim to be “spiritual,” but dislike “organized religion.” What is the other kind of religion?

Trinity United Baptist (Barack Obama’s church) had a guest preacher in on Sunday, and he is perhaps the only person alive crazier than Jeremiah Wright. He’s Father Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest who apparently moonlights as an occasional preacher at Wright’s old church. (I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure that Catholic priests aren’t, as a rule, allowed to take part in the religious ceremonies of other faiths). To appreciate the full extent of the Pfleger experience, you really have to watch the video, but if you don’t, imagine a pasty white guy in a Roman collar trying to imitate Jeremiah Wright. Watching Pfleger is almost surreal. (Transcript and video of Pfleger’s remarks is at Michelle Malkin).

Obama responded by denouncing Pfleger’s comments. It’s starting to become habitual for Obama to be forced to disown yet another crazy acquaintance.

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan published a book that supposedly tells “What Happened” during his time in the Bush White House. He claims to regret his role in pushing the Iraq War, and feels that the Bush administration deceived him during the Place affair (which it actually did). Many conservatives are angry about the book, but really, there haven’t been any lurid allegations made. McClellan’s book doesn’t seem to have any new facts—just his personal thoughts about old ones.

A lost tribe has been discovered in the Amazon. There are apparently over 100 such tribes, and there is a great deal of debate over whether we should contact them. In my view, not contacting these groups is racism of the worst kind—we would rather that they live their lives as “noble savages” then enjoy the benefits of our technology. True, their culture would irrevocably altered, but most cultures are constantly changing. Why should we doom these people to a Stone Age existence?


At May 30, 2008 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Beth said...

I would bet those Tribes are perfectly happy without the technologies, think anout how much money we spend to try to "get away from it all"!

At May 31, 2008 at 5:27 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"And really, with the exception of Fred Thompson, who among the GOP candidates was any better?"

Tom Tancredo.

At May 31, 2008 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Repack Rider said...

Patrick Ruffini, Soren Dayton, and Jon Henke have started a conservative equivalent of the Daily Kos called the Next Right.

It will be the "equivalent" of the Great Orange Satan when it has 150,000 registered contributors, gets a million page views a day, and gets some of its chosen candidates elected in spite of party support for other candidates.

Until then, comparing a blog that hasn't done anything yet to the world's most successful political blog is beyond arrogant. This was the same claim the Victory Caucus made before it went all Hindenberg.

You don't get the power that Kos has by merely saying you have it. You get it by earning it.

At May 31, 2008 at 7:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thoughts Dan, and you are right on target with them all.

I did a blog on the Rev Pfleger myself today, give it a look.

At May 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

Beth, I agree that technology doesn't bring happiness, but I think its condescending for us to make that choice for them.

Soapie, yes, Tancredo and Duncan Hunter were much better than McCain, but they never really had much of a chance, which was a shame.

Repack, maybe you should invest in a dictionary. "equivalent" means "corresponding in position, function" which the Next Right does. It might not ever become as influential as the Daily Kos, but it is still an equivalent, just as Air America is a liberal equivalent to Rush Limbaugh.

At May 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM , Blogger Repack Rider said...


Your dictionary definition of "equivalent" does not suggest that The Next Right is "equivalent" to DKos, which has actual influence on the political process.

It would like to be "equivalent," but until it is, it isn't.

And I would hardly concede that AAR is the "equivalent" of EIB.

At May 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Obob said...

there are days I'd love to join these guys in the Amazon.
Imagine not hearing the pundits?

At May 31, 2008 at 5:49 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"Soapie, yes, Tancredo and Duncan Hunter were much better than McCain, but they never really had much of a chance, which was a shame."

Sort of becomes a self fulfilling prophecy when everyone adopts the belief doesn't it?

At May 31, 2008 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Daniel, will you only be posting at The Next Right, or will you still post here, too?

At May 31, 2008 at 6:51 PM , Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

I'm going to be posting both places, but this will be my primary blog. I'm pretty much posting at the Next Right because a) it might bring some traffic here, and b) I do think it's a good idea. I'm not looking for a new place to blog, and everything I post there will be here too.

And Soapie, you're right about the "self-fulfilling" prophecy part, at least up to a point. I was originally seriously thinking of supporting Duncan Hunter (Tancredo, for some reason, never reallly excited me), but then Fred Thompson came along, and by the time he dropped out, Hunter was out of the race.

At May 31, 2008 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Just making sure where to look for you!


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