Feeling gassy: re your point, senior commenter, I read recently that the Obama administration was consciously cultivating a cheap gas environment to undermine Russia and Iran. Very 80’s of them, kinda pre-neocon. I don’t know if I’m convinced though, it just seems like a something this administration would be loath to do. Americans might take the savings and spend it on flat screens and SUVs see.
The marketplace at work. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/ucare-kstp This is not beyond the pale, don’t know what Stan Hubbard can complain about. I think about the Hubbards favorably, btw, I like that they are into the Koch Brothers.
The black liberal that appears on KTLK was talking about #pointergate this morning. He said, yes, the guy is a gang member, and yes he was flashing gang sings. I can see that might be the case, but the photo is still a nothing event whose importance is dwarfed by the police mechanism combing FB for unflattering photos of the Mayor in an effort to politically damage. That’s still your story.
Vaquero: somewhat far from “Redskins”. http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/20155/ My bailiwick: Ruger came out with their Peacemaker replica sixgun in 1993 and they called it ‘Vaquero’ I build ‘maguffins’ for Vaqueros a lot, because Ruger sold more than a million Vaqueros during the 90’s cowboy action shooting craze. It’s just to say, the word has positive connotations. Means “cowboy” more or less.
Could spend some time here commenting on various other outrages, say feminist outrages (#shirtstorm). But these people generally don’t tickle my grievances for some reason. At worst, I don’t get lower than bemusement there.
With immigration, my own feelings are dissonant. Ya know, fair to say one undercurrent is, there are those who are worried that a Caucasian, Judeo-Christian cultural hegemony is eroding in this country and will be lost. And this springs maybe from an educated, highminded regard for the superiority of western civilization, which I too believe in. But it’s also got this creepy other-ism, Pat Buchan-ite thing going on. Which I reject. I don’t think whiteness needs to be actively saved from other ethnicities. Whiteness ain’t special, and ethnic cross pollination is good.
New people in this country is good, and more people in this country as good. Makes for vibrant civilizations and progress. Nor am I this extraordinary law and order guy who thinks institutional respect and deference needs to be preserved.
Still, I think amnesty is a bad idea, probably because it subverts process, protections, consistency, and quality that process provides. Ya know, that and that it’s transparently self-serving for Democrats first and in say in tenth place comes some consideration of national / societal interests.