It has been just over a year since I last posted on this blog. As faithful readers know, I lost my job in July ’09 in a corporate downsizing. Since then I’ve had a temp job working out of my home. The pay was meager, the work was not satisfying, and the lack of paid holidays/vacations was a drag, but it allowed us to hang on — barely. Giving up on this blog was a symptom of a lot that was going wrong during that time.
But all of that has changed now. Today I started a new job at a local high tech firm, a role that will really challenge me. After a year and a half of struggling to see through the deep fog of my future, I finally have a career to be excited about again.
I’ve learned a lot over the last eighteen months, especially about myself. I’m an humbler, wiser man now, with a deeper appreciation for the simple things of life — primarily because that’s all I had. I hope to keep that perspective as I head into this new endeavor.
And I hope to be more active in maintaining this blog, although I suspect the focus might shift somewhat. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the direction our country is heading, and the factors contributing to that course. Politics can be entertaining, but there are other issues that deserve more attention. Stay tuned.
Walter Russell Mead pronounces the demise of the global warming movement.
The global warming meltdown confirms all the populist suspicions out there about an arrogantly clueless establishment invoking faked ’science’ to impose cockamamie social mandates on the long-suffering American people, backed by a mainstream media that is totally in the tank. Don’t think this won’t have consequences.
The current iteration of the movement may be in its death throes, but the corpse will keep trying to crawl out of its casket over the next few years.
Andrew Bolt provide s a good summary of recent revelations that have sent the anthropomorphic global warming scare industry into a tailspin from which it will likely never recover.
In just the past few months has come a cascade of evidence that the global warming scare is based on often dodgy science and even outright fraud.
For several years our local newspaper had a editorial columnist who drank global warming kool-aid by the gallon, and frequently wrote about it. If anyone objected, he waved the IPCC and peer-reviewed journals in their faces. He has since moved elsewhere (no longer in the newspaper business), but I’ve wondered lately how these latest disclosures have affected his cocksure position on the subject.
In an interview today with George Stephanopoulos, Obama proved that he still doesn’t get it.
Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.
Get it? It’s all Bush’s fault. The guy’s been gone for a year, and the rabble is still mad at him, and took it out on Coakley. Yeah, that makes sense.
Personally, I hope Obama keeps living in his little fantasy world, thinking that all the country’s problems belong to his predecessor, and he’s just the clean-up guy struggling against an overwhelming mess. The more he talks like this, the greater the Dems will suffer come Nov. 2.
UPDATE: Also from the interview:
We lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.
Uh, B. O., that’s the problem. The American people don’t need or want someone to tell them “what their core values are.” They already know that. They want somebody to listen to them explain those values. The sneering, dismissive treatment of the tea parties over the last year is precisely what has gotten the Dems in so much hot water.
There’s a lot finger-pointing going on following Scott Brown’s stunning defeat of the Democrat in Massachusetts, but the bulk of the blame is being laid at the feet of one man: Barak Obama.
Michael Goodwin, New York Post:
Obama went to Harvard Law School, but apparently never learned the lessons of the first Boston Tea Party. And so his arrogance and the heavy hand of big government sparked the second. A year to the day after he made history by taking the oath, he stands on the wrong side of a new American revolution.
Mortimer Zuckerman, The Daily Beast:
Obama’s ability to connect with voters is what launched him. But what has surprised me is how he has failed to connect with the voters since he’s been in office. . . . He’s lost his audience. He has not rallied public opinion. He has plunged in the polls more than any other political figure since we’ve been using polls. He’s done everything wrong. Well, not everything, but the major things. I don’t consider it a triumph. I consider it a disaster.
John Judis, The New Republic:
Obama now clearly faces not just a recession and two wars, but a political crisis. He needs to adopt policies that will boost employment, but he may not have the political clout to do so. He needs to restore the public’s faith in his own leadership, but it’s not clear to me how he can accomplish that.
It must have really frosted the editors at the Boston Globe to post this map of the results of today’s senatorial election. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) — wow, that looks awesome.
Follow this link to the actual web page to see the county-by-county mouse-over results.
This video has made the rounds on the internet. Awesome. Expect more of this sort of thing between now and November 2.