I’ve just started playing around with Twitter…no strong feelings about it either way yet, for now it’s just another social networking tool to keep up with. Anyways, last night I Twittered “thinks Trader Joe’s carnitas were made by god himself” (they are in the deli section…throw some carnitas in corn tortillas, add avocado and salsa, and you have a delicious and easy to prepare dinner. Trust me on this one).
Nine minutes after Twittering, I received this e-mail:
TJ’s is on top of things. I love you guys.
A senior campaign aide who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity admitted that Palin’s knowledge of Russia may be limited to the way someone from Miami might obtain a general feel for Latin America.
“It is very much being able to look off the tip of Alaska,” the aide said. “Metaphorically, I’m talking about.”
That sound you hear is my brain exploding.
We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself. We believe in the free market as the best tool to sustained prosperity and opportunity for all.
What’s up with that?
The whole premise of the bailout push has been “We’re the grownups, we know what we’re doing, just trust us.” Sorry, but that’s how Colin Powell sold the Iraq war. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice … you shouldn’t get fooled.
And that, by the way, is why Paulson’s whopper about oversight matters. On one hand, the secretary poses as the adult providing supervision, with no need to explain his decisions; on the other, caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he offers childish excuses.
No more taking this administration on faith — and Paulson’s performance over the last few days has made it clear that yes, he is a Bush administration official, with the trademark inability to take responsibility for his own actions.
“You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist?”
BARTLET: Because the idea of American exceptionalism doesn’t extend to Americans being exceptional. If you excelled academically and are able to casually use 690 SAT words then you might as well have the press shoot video of you giving the finger to the Statue of Liberty while the Dixie Chicks sing the University of the Taliban fight song. The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.
I recently finished David Rensin’s biography of Miki Dora, All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora. If you have any interest in surfing, or the SoCal of the ’60s, or are just looking to read a bio of one of the strangest, enigmatic, and most fascinating surfers to exist, I’d highly recommend this book.
One thing that Miki was especially good at was mooching off all of his friends. Although he traveled the world to surf, very little of this was accomplished with his own money, as he often suckered his friends into loaning him cash, or ran up a huge tab on his Diner’s Club card which he had no intention of paying off (this eventually landed him in jail). When Dora died in 2002, his friends and family members were startled to learn that Dora had managed to accumulate over $400,000 in cash and investments:
Miki had fooled everyone. According to account statements, he was heavily invested in silver, gold and platinum. He owned shares of mining companies. He had high-interest bearing CDs, as well as positions, for a time, in energy companies such as El Paso, Dynegy, Consolidated Energy, and Enron – on which he made healthy profits, selling in advance of the bust.
One of the world’s biggest slackers trading shares of energy companies (and earning a nice profit as well)? Who woulda guessed?