Thursday, January 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

For some reason, this one stuck with me (and my sister as well) for decades:

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I have had this jingle in my head for decades (my memory functions in odd ways):

My kid’s DS kick’s Merlin’s ass, I have to say.

Update: And Pitfall was so cool:

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Let’s go retro on the primary season, 28 years retro, in fact:

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This time, for Texas (via the DMN): Rick Perry endorses John McCain for president

Mr. Perry’s move followed by hours California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s endorsement of Mr. McCain at a joint appearance on the West Coast. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed the senator Saturday night, just three days before Mr. McCain’s big win in that state’s GOP primary.

Mr. Perry, who earlier had backed former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, dismissed suggestions that he again has defied his conservative supporters’ wishes.

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Too funny: click.

h/t: KPC.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via TPM: Romney Spokesperson Confirms it: Mitt Hasn’t Bought Any TV Ad Time In Any Feb. 5th State

With five days to go until Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s spokesperson is confirming that the Romney campaign has bought exactly zero TV ad time in any of the states that vote on Feb. 5.

“We currently haven’t purchased any ad time yet,” Romney spokesperson Kevin Madden confirmed to Election Central, when asked about Feb. 5th states.


Even more interesting, Madden also refused to say whether the campaign would be buying any ad time in any Feb. 5th state. Asked if Romney would buy any time, Madden said: “We don’t telegraph strategic decisions like ad buying ahead of time.”

It true/accurate, we are witnessing either part of some odd strategy or a signal that the end is beginning for the Romney bid.

Of course, the AP contradicts the TPM report:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to run a “significant” level of television ads in California and other states that vote Tuesday in essentially a national primary, aides said Thursday, signaling a willingness to aggressively try to derail Republican front-runner John McCain.

Both stories were originally posted around the same time (between 9:13 and 9:36 this morning).

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC: Top al-Qaeda leader reported dead

A senior al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed, senior Western counter-terrorism officials say.

News of Libi’s death first emerged on a website used by Islamists groups.

The website,, said Libi had “fallen as a martyr”, the Reuters news agency reports.

As always, such reports are taken with an initial grain of salt.

MSNBC described al-Libi as follows

An al-Qaeda field commander and spokesman, Abu Laith is an outspoken leader of al Qaeda, appearing in videos and on the internet. It was he in July 2024 who revealed that Bin Laden was still alive, the first comments about the al Qaeda leader’s health after the end of the Afghan conflict. Then in June 2024, he is shown leading an attack on what appears to be an Afghan military outpost and calling for jihad. He is known to operate on the Afghan side of the border, working with the remnants of the Taliban.

And this is almost funny:

In some US intelligence circles, he is seen as al Qaeda’s No. 3.

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Blogging at NRO, Mark Steyn criticizes McCain thusly:

For a so-called “maverick”, he’s very comfortable with the application of Big Government power, and the assumption of Big Government virtue.

Setting aside the issue of McCain, per se, this struck me because, if I recall properly, Steyn is a big supporter of the Bush administration.

Apart from Ron Paul, I don’t think that there are any Small Government candidates out there1 –and, indeed, I am not sure that there really is any actual support in the electorate for Small Government in general. 2 Steyn, for example, represents a strain of US conservatism3 that may like to talk about small government, but in fact support substantial increases in military spending4, and more perniciously (if one, indeed, is interested in small government) greater executive power, especially in the area of security. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more Big Government than increased security power concentrated in the hands of an executive–especially when oversight is considered a threat to national security.5 As much as I would prefer spending to be under control, the notion that spending is the only (or even main) measure of the evils that government can do is rather myopic.

And, really, the last eight years haven’t exactly been the era of small government in the area of fiscal policy.

  1. I pressume that Steyn prefers Romney, but I would submit that we really have no clue as to what Romney’s real position is on fiscal policy, and he is certainly pushing big government in terms of the national security state. []
  2. Yes, people like tax cuts, favor spending reductions, and yet constantly want more from the government. We have been wringing our hands over the national debt and annual deficits for as long as I can remember, yet where is the real push to solve either problem? []
  3. Steyn himself is Canadian []
  4. Which, in case we haven’t noticed, does cost money []
  5. Or, it is considered too dangerous to talk about, because it might help the enemy. See here []
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Matthew Shugart has compiled the numbers.

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