Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rick Perry the libertarian

Rick Santorum is ripping Rick Perry over his libertarian stance on gay marriage.
“States do not have the right to destroy the American family. It is our business,’’ he said. “It is not fine with me that New York has destroyed marriage. It is not fine with me that New York is setting a template that will cause great division in this country.”
What Perry said is very simple: He's against it gay marriage, but it's not up to the federal government. It is a decision that should be left to the individual states. I think Perry would be wise to not back down on this because he is 100% correct, and if his critics slowed down for a minute and took a deep breath they'd reach the same conclusion. Conservatives are not gonna vote for Obama because Perry is a 10th Amendment advocate, and Perry would likely pick up a lot of support from the gay community. (It strikes me that Perry is the sole "libertarian" running who stands a chance on either ticket. Democrats insist on forcing gay marriage on a national level, while other Republicans insist on making a national law against it.)

If Santorum keeps the attacks up, Perry should says one thing: Bashing gays doesn't create jobs. That's really all he needs to say. He should say the same thing with all of the other campaign distractions headed his way over the next year.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Don

We desperately need the rain, and hurricane Don will be a drought-buster. Hurricane Don doesn't sound very threatening, does it? It's like hurricane Bob or hurricane Suzie.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hugo Chavez comes to Houston

Hugo Chavez has deadly cancer and he's seeking treatment in Cuba. I predict that as the cancer spreads, Melonhead will make the decision to swallow his ego and travel to Houston and check himself into M.D. Anderson within a year.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A wager for David Murrin of Emergent Asset Management

David Murrin, chief investment officer at Emergent Asset Management, told CNBC:
It's inevitable that the US will default - it's essentially an empire which is overextended and in decline - and that its financial system will go with it.
Mr. Murrin, I'll bet you $50 that within 5 years the US will have recovered and China will be in the deep shitter. You say that default is likely, so let me ask: If Europe and the US default on their debt to merchantilist China, who is more screwed? Which country has the real weapon here, Mr. Murrin?

People who use the words "empire" and "American" in the same sentence have a pretty big chip on their shoulder, and David Murrin uses those two words a lot. Murrin has such a big chip on his shoulder that it's blocking his vision.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bavaria

The last time I was in Bavaria, the waiters were Turks and Greeks.

I like Graham Chapman speaking bad German with a Midwestern US accent. This skit is surreal even for Python.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

California Tourism

The State of California is running TV and radio spots here in Houston (and maybe your town) promoting tourism. I can't recall this happening in the past because it wasn't necessary. It's an "I Love NY" moment circa 1977, when New York was hurting, tourism was down and leaders felt the state suffered an image problem.