Sunday, December 30, 2007

Running Mate for Fred?

First, watch this:

I know, that had nothing to do with a running mate, but it does have a lot to do with why I like Fred. Now, who would make a good running mate for Fred Thompson? I don't think any of the other Republican candidates would do. None of them share Thompson's views, and I think that a running mate should be similar to the presidential candidate, but bring something else to the table. I don't see this in anyone else currently running for president.

Could it help Fred's primary chances should he select a potential running mate now? Who could he select? Condi Rice? Now that would be cool. John Bolton? That is my dream come true, but I wonder if Bolton isn't already too damaged by the MSM for hiw awesome roll as US ambassador to the UN? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Seriously. He's left of Thompson on many social issues, but he's no girlie man, and he might learn something from Fred.

I'm open to suggestions.

Fred Thompson 2008

It's official. Carnaby Fudge is 100% behind Fred Thompson. I've been waffling on my choice for president for some time now, but Fred's latest has me decided:
I am not consumed by personal ambition. I will not be devastated if I don't do it. I want the people to have the best president they can have.
But nowadays, it's all about fire in the belly. I'm not sure in the world we live in today it's a good thing if a president has too much fire in the belly.
That's what I've been looking for. No career politicians. Nobody who will lie and flip flop to get elected. You know, I'd settle on a candidate who had that, was honest, and decent, even if I didn't agree entirely with their politics. It's a bonus for me that I seem to agree with Fred on policy issues.

Stickwick and I have long thought that a better way to choose the president would be for the population at large to simply draft someone who was right for the job. Kinda like jury duty. You're chosen, then you have no choice but to serve for two to four years. No campaigning, no ambition, just the right person at the right time. We don't have that, but we do have Thompson.

Go Fred!

Close Encounters

The Senior Fudge (our dad) went to the Obama and Hillary rallies in Davenport, Iowa, and said they both made essentially the same speech. He got to shake Hillary's hand -- his remark on the occasion: "Of course I counted my fingers afterward."

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

An Israeli graduate student writes a paper explaining the lack of raping by IDF soldiers as a political tactic and wins an award, proving once and for all that the academic world is pretty much nuts

In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences - just as organized military rape would have done.
In other words, it's dehumanizing not to rape someone, and the IDF can't win. I knew this student was a woman before I even read through the rest of the news article, because only a woman could conceive of a scenario in which a man is guilty no matter what he does. Unfortunately, as the rest of the article indicates, the bias of this student and her professors goes much deeper than this.

The other problem with the paper is that the author apparently sees rape, as most women do, in sexual terms while rapists see it in terms of exerting power. In a woman's mind, someone she regards as a potential rapist refusing to rape a woman must mean that he finds her unworthy of sexual relations. In other words, she is unappealing in the extreme or less than human. In that sense, not raping is viewed as an insult. This line of reasoning, compounded with the author's bias, led to the illogical conclusion that not committing a crime is an injustice in itself.

The student's advisor should have had a long, sincere talk with her after reading a draft of this paper, but instead she publishes and gets an award. Welcome to academia, where up is down, black is white, and, where there are such things as right and wrong, right is wrong.

[h/t: The Sundries Shack]

Update: Analysis of my analysis by Tiny Cat Pants.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


It's an election year, and just to remind us who politicians really are, most of them any way... the vast majority probably:

No Romney

Sounds like it's not gonna happen. Which leaves me supporting Thompson alone. I always did support him, but I could get behind Romney as s second choice if Thompson didn't work out. Huckabee I'm not so sure about. He's right on the second amendment, but not sure about the other stuff. That swipe at Bush's foreign policy wasn't so hot.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Dear Mitt Romney:

I have been watching you and following you in the media and the debates. The one thing that stops me short of fully supporting your campaign for president is your stance -- or lack thereof -- on the second amendment in the Bill of Rights.

If you would vow to veto any law that crossed your desk that would ban any firearm that is legal as of the date of this blog post, then you would have my vote.