I'm still here, just fighting off a cold and taking a different tack on my devotions and writing; more when I can elaborate more coherently.
An old blog buddy noted that "Life is too short to watch political conventions." I concur. I watched nothing of the Democratic convention live and saw a snippet of Chris Christie live for the GOP side. I did go off on YouTube and tracked down the Clint Eastwood night at the Tampa Improv.
I don't care for party propaganda, which either side it's coming from. It's either mostly true but spun rhetoric from your side and questionable and spun rhetoric from the other. There's more spin than a Mark Roth bowling clinic.
I'm usually on the other side of intra-GOP fights with David Frum, who has become the MSM-ready voice of the establishment in the last few years. However, he's dead on over Sandra Fluke. She makes the right go ballistic, often in a prurient manner which is rather unbecoming. No, I don't agree with her, but that doesn't mean I have a right to demean her over it.
Rule one from the Cornelius Brothers-treat her like a lady. Rule two-if she isn't all that lady-like, refer to rule one. Uncouthness from the left or the more libertine sections of the right doesn't mean we return fire in kind.
Interesting story from last week from Honduras, where they're setting up three privately run cities.
The "model cities" will have their own judiciary, laws, governments and police forces. They also will be empowered to sign international agreements on trade and investment and set their own immigration policy.
Congress president Juan Hernandez said the investment group MGK will invest $15 million to begin building basic infrastructure for the first model city near Puerto Castilla on the Caribbean coast. That first city would create 5,000 jobs over the next six months and up to 200,000 jobs in the future, Hernandez said. South Korea has given Honduras $4 million to conduct a feasibility study, he said.
That reminds me quite a bit of the coastal cities of China that European countires carved "concessions" out of; Hong Kong and Macao are the two that survived into late 20th century, but a number of other cities had foreign sections that served as de-facto colonies.
It sets up the prospect of well-off First World enclaves surrounded by developing-world poverty providing foodstuffs, raw materials and cheap labor; big Latin American cities often have that dynamic going to begin with, but they're at least part of the came countries. These free cities would take advantage of Honduran resources but won't be part of Honduras per se; libertarians will rejoice, but folks with at least a bit of a communitarian streak will be uneasy.
Speaking of libertarians, Rand Paul is playing an interesting game as of late. He was talking up small-l libertarians as a GOP answer on the coasts and played the anti-neocon card this morning-
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that Republicans can win in New England and on the West Coast if they’re willing to drop a “we need to bomb everybody tomorrow” foreign policy.
While the first observation might well be valid (especially in CA's open primary system where a Paulist libertarian could create a left-right fusion that could win some college-towns), I'm not sure if his latest salvo is helpful to the party as a whole. Few folks are in favor of bombing Honduras or Belgium; the next place on the to-bomb list is Iran, and that will be a live issue going into the fall.
One can make a decent case that Soviet-style containment might be a better approach to Iran than a Israeli-style bombing run at key facilities, but Paul merely gave the liberals bulletin-board material on that one.