Live-blogging Miss Universe

The Trunk and I were talking the other day about finding opportunities for live-blogging. Tonight I remembered that the finale of the Miss Universe pageant is televised–inspiration struck!

9:14 — Just in time! They all came out in swimsuits. Hard to pick a favorite at this point.

9:16 — Somehow the swimsuits don’t seem to be as big as they used to be.

9:17 — Miss USA just came out. She’s one of the favorites, but somehow doesn’t quite do it for me.

9:18 — Miss Paraguay is clearly a contender.

9:20 — No offense to our Australian friends, but Miss Australia looks as though she’s hoping to pick up some tips along the runway.

Yeah, that sounds about right. I’ve met some lovely sheilas here and there, but they do often seem to have just a touch of the trailer park, if not the prison ship, about them. While Puerto Rico and Colombia offered some serious competition, I would have voted for Miss Estonia.

Mailvox: yes, it is

TH questions my logic: That’s logic? First, the notion that American doesn’t have to pay blood for oil when it can just print money is daft. Printing money at will by America would only make the dollar worthless. Of course, in Mr. Day’s view, paper money is worthless anyway because America has been taken off the gold standard. This completely misses the point that neither green paper nor gold have any inherent value other than what humans place on them. Sure, gold can be made into pretty things and is difficult to find. That wouldn’t matter if people hadn’t already accepted it as a measure of wealth and currency of exchange. As long as paper money is commonly accepted as legal tender for the payment of goods and services, its value relies on the same laws of supply and demand that govern the ‘price’ of gold. Print money at will, and soon people are carting wheelbarrows of cash to buy their daily bread. It wouldn’t be any different if all exchanges were handled in gold coin and the Himalayas were suddenly discovered to have a solid gold core covered by a thin layer of granite.

First, as the financial expert Firestarter points out: “The vast majority of the cost of foreign oil is paid in US government bonds. Essentially an IOU for billions with a coupon (interest) rate of just 1% p.a. Since these bonds can literally be printed by the US government at no immediate cost beyond the coupon rate, oil can essentially be bought for next to nothing. The long term costs of such a policy are price inflation and/or the deflation of the $US, proportional to the value of money supply “created” by such a policy. We have already seen the devaluation of the US$ by some 35% and the escalation of asset values world-wide as a consequence.”

Following on to this, I note that the Fed created $48 billion last week, which is enough to pay cash for 1.12 billion barrels of oil at $42.50/barrel, significantly more than the 70 million barrels we use every week. Since January 20, 2004, the M3 money stock has increased by 3.3 percent to $9.1 trillion. That’s $300 billion dollars printed in four months.

In other words, the situation is precisely as I described it. Unsurprisingly, TH went on to try arguing that the 10 billion barrels in ANWR will only allow the US to go without importing oil for 2.5 years, of course, he ignores the tiny little fact that the whole point is to allow us to go without importing any ARAB oil, which drilling in ANWR would let us do for around 15 years, 30 if we were content to reduce our Arab imports by half.

So, thank you, TH, for underlining my point about the ignorance of American left-liberals.

Mailvox: Run away, run away!

DY writes: “Spiting Their Pretty Faces”. I agree with you 100%. Keep up the excellent work. We need more men like you….. I’ve always argued that today’s women are unrealistic in their criteria for men. The problem isn’t a shortage of good men (as Oprah preaches), but today’s women’s failure to recognize good men and give them a shot. Like your article points out, most intelligent men avoid today’s feminist-indoctrinated women like the Black death of the middle ages.

Have you noticed Hollywood’s latest obsession. It’s the older woman/younger man relationship. Case in point, Demi Moore/Aston Kirchner. Talk shows, women’s magazines, and websites flaunt it with the usual in your face so popular with feminists…. Here’s something I’ve noticed more and more as I’m out and about:

1. Older women dressing like kids. They look ridiculous.

2. Older women trying to pick up much younger men. I’ve talked to 20-something guys being hit on by women in their 40s-50s.

3. Mother/daughter tag teams. The 20 something daughter lures men to their table then pawns them of on her middle age mother.

I tend to agree with this, as I’m frequently astonished by the failure of many women to appreciate the countless good qualities of the Perfect Aryan Male, who is a gentleman, wealthy and intelligent to boot. He has told me several times of being aggressively hit on by women 10 to 15 years older, towards whom he has never sent the slightest signal of interest. I think this smacks of a sad desperation, more to be pitied than mocked, except that they are being held out as role models for the 20- and 30-something crowds, some of whom appear to be headed for precisely the same fate.

The first time around, it’s tragedy. The second, it’s just farce.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that a number of the women of my acquaintance who married in their late-20s and early 30s married men of superficially lower quality than the men they were dating, (and in many cases rejecting), in previous years. This isn’t uniformly true, and my memories are too hazy to make a strong assertion in this regard, but that’s the general impression I have.

Too bad he didn’t get a picture

“Ted Sampley, a former Green Beret who served two full tours in Vietnam, spotted Kerry and his Secret Service detail at about 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Wall. Sampley walked up to Kerry, extended his hand and said, ‘Senator, I am Ted Sampley, the head of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, and I am here to escort you away from the Wall because you do not belong here.’ “At that point, a Secret Service officer told Sampley to back away from Kerry. Sampley moved about 6 feet away and opened his jacket to reveal a HANOI JOHN T-shirt,” NewsMax reported. “Kerry then began talking to a group of schoolchildren. Sampley then showed the T-shirt to the children and said, ‘Kerry does not belong at the Wall because he betrayed the brave soldiers who fought in Vietnam.’ “Just then, Kerry — in front of the schoolchildren, other visitors and Secret Service agents — brazenly ‘flashed the bird’ at Sampley….

Sure, the networks would have spiked it, but you can’t tell me that wouldn’t have led on Drudge. The more I see of Kerry, the more I am convinced that he’s an unlikeable jerk. I wonder if they’ll even let him speak at the Democratic convention.