The irrelevance of Super Tuesday

This is why I’m not interested in the primaries anymore, and why I expect President Rodham-Clinton to be sworn in next January:

Unless either Obama or Clinton drops out before the convention, there is simply no way that the nominee can be determined without the super delegates. In the broadest definition of the term, “a brokered convention” is a convention that is determined by super delegates instead of nominating contests…

Clinton has a large lead in super delegates….

The lesson, as always, is that it’s the machinery that matters. Pay attention to the machinations instead of the media and you’ll likely have a better grasp on what is going to happen than most.

UPDATE – The Manhattan Conservatives suddenly begin to consider the possibility that maybe federalizing education and importing Mexican socialists isn’t likely to end well after all:

First, demography is poised to destroy conservatism in a devastating triple threat. The baby boomers will start retiring, and will probably shift a little to the left in the process. Second, Mexican immigrants will most likely end up being pretty leftist. Finally, years of liberals running their own private indoctrination camps through the American education system have finally taken their toll and are churning out reliably liberal kids who will inevitably come of age. Not enough of them are conservatives and not enough of them will be mugged by reality to convert to conservatism. It is ultimately these three factors that threaten to sink conservatism for at least a couple decades.

But hey, at least they got their War on Terror. That was the only thing that mattered, as we were repeatedly assured for years. The stupid thing about the conservative commentariat’s actions is that thirty years from now, the U.S. government will be bigger than anyone imagines today, Republican candidate will be a Latina who makes Hillary Clinton look like Ron Paul and Iraq will be governed by a regime that looks like a cross between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Nice work, guys.

UPDATE – When you’ve got nothing else left, why not stick with principle:

So all that being said, I must be voting for McCain, right? Not so fast. While my head is telling me that’s the right choice, my heart just hasn’t been able to come around to it yet. Maybe by tomorrow night it will. Or maybe I’ll just say screw it and vote for Ron Paul. With no good choices in sight, how bad would that really be?

I can tell you one thing, Chad. You’ll feel a lot better about yourself if you do.

Panglossian parents

I don’t know why this should surprise anyone who has ever been a child:

“A new study by Dafna Lemish from the Department of Communication at Tel Aviv University has found that there is an enormous gap between what parents think their children are doing online and what is really happening. ‘The data tell us that parents don’t know what their kids are doing,’ says Lemish. The study found that 30% of children between the ages of 9 and 18 delete the search history from their browsers in an attempt to protect their privacy from their parents, that 73% of the children reported giving out personal information online while the parents of the same children believed that only 4% of their children did so, and that 36% of the children admitted to meeting with a stranger they had met online while fewer than 9% of the parents knew that their children had been engaging in such risky behavior.

I don’t believe that most parents are as clueless as this study would seem to indicate, I suspect they simply elect to look the other way most of the time because they understand intuitively that it’s just not possible to control the decisions of another individual. Kids will do incredibly stupid things no matter how often they are warned, and it really doesn’t matter if you force yourself to confront the reality that little Johnny is getting stoned every afternoon and little Jenny is a more accomplished fluffer than the average porn starlet. Painful personal experience is the best teacher anyhow, and if a kid isn’t wise enough to learn from the examples of others, then he’s going to get an education from Mr. World.

You do your best and then you let them go. Sooner or later, the bird has to fly on its own. In the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with convincing yourself that your children are indeed the best of all possible children. Everyone could benefit from knowing that someone, somewhere, harbors a wildly undeserved faith in them.

Reading is hard!

And we have the long-awaited first sighting of the non-reading atheist reviewer on Amazon:

I only managed to read the first 3 chapters of this book. Vox Day employs so many logical fallacies and so much dishonest rhetoric that it’s a difficult read…. He redefines science to suit his purposes. He presumes to know more than people who really do know what they’re talking about. There are many more problems with only this small sample of the book that I would not recommend the reading any of it.

Especially not the 13 chapters he hasn’t read…. I should note that “my” redefinition of science was actually provided by a biology professor who happens to be a militant atheist. Apparently what little he read, he didn’t read very closely.