American Elephants


I can tell a lot about your politics by your reaction to this video. by The Elephant's Child
October 1, 2008, 7:43 pm
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Perhaps you have seen this video.  It was just a casual Sunday afternoon at a neighbor’s house in Venice.  Regular folk sitting around:  Directed by Jeff Zucker, with a crew of 20.  Um hum.

If, like me, you find this a little creepy, Richard Fernandez has added some more information and some perspective at Pajamas Media. Don’t miss clicking on the link.



Some reminders are in order. by The Elephant's Child

This is an uncomfortable week, waiting, as it were, for the other shoe to drop.  I know how we got here, but I have no insight whatsoever into how we will get out.  It’s above my pay-grade, as someone said recently.  I have read too many columns by too many economists who don’t agree with each other.

The fox is in charge of the henhouse; or rather Barney Frank is in charge of the committee to solve the problem that he was most prominent in creating. Of course he blames it on Phil Gramm. Huh? And of course, President Bush, that’s a given.  Everything is Bush’s fault.

Phil Gramm’s Gramm-Leach-Bliley act which “deregulated” Glass-Stegall is explained well, and briefly by Megan McArdle in the Atlantic.

Obviously, when the mess is so big, everyone is looking for a scapegoat, in the absence of knowing just the right thing to do about it. It is, of course, much more complicated than just helping poor minorities to become homeowners.  That is a worthy aim.

Businesses develop guidelines for success in their operations.  Congressmen have found that they enjoy greater success at the ballot box if they give people stuff.  Hence all sorts of mischief.

Congress has gotten itself into the habit of thinking it can tell business how to conduct its operations.  You have given oil companies a lease on public land in exchange for vast sums, and they haven’t brought in any oil wells yet — just order them to produce oil, now.  Car mileage isn’t high enough (since most customers want higher gas mileage, obviously car companies aren’t paying attention) congress will just order them to increase mpg now.  Few members of congress have ever successfully run a business, yet they assume expertise that they do not possess, issue orders in the form of legislation and create problems.

I’m afraid we need to remind our representatives more often that they are not some sort of elite, but our servants.  They work for us.  And they need to remember that.



Now they tell us. by The Elephant's Child

Gwen Ifill, who will moderate the vice presidential debate on Thursday, has written a book called The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama to be published on January 20, 2009.  Inauguration Day.  Does anyone sense a, um, conflict of interest here?

If Obama wins the election, she will certainly sell many more copies, if he loses, sales will be slow at best.

Ms. Ifill did a good job as moderator of the vice presidential debate in 2004. But this time she is in an awkward position.

The McCain campaign was not informed of the book, nor of the conflict of interest, which calls the Commission on Presidential Debates into question.  A uncomfortable situation that was entirely preventable.



“The fix is in, and it’s working…” by The Elephant's Child

Confirmation that what you already knew is true, but you knew that. Glen Renyolds (Instapundit) had this from a media newsroom:

A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: “Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true.  We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in Arizona.  Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae.  Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, other.  People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored.  The fix is in, and its working.” I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.

But you knew that.  The Anchoress adds: “I have a couple friends who work in the MSM, too, and one of them tells me the newsroom is (exact words) “unbelievably cavalier” about any complaints viewers register about their reports, what they ignore, their bias or the way they edit Republicans vs. the way they treat Dems.  “Cavalier” as in the fix is in and they don’t even have to pretend to care what half the country thinks or wants.

But you knew that, didn’t you.




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