My mother had business for many years and in those halicon days before everyone had credit cards she gave this advice:

“Don’t be so fast to give credit, because when the people have cash they will go to people who demand cash and when they don’t they will go to you.”

My father being very soft hearted didn’t take that advice as much as she would have liked.

Well it looks like our liberal blogger friends have discovered the joys of this economic truth:

Welcome to a little place I like to call Reality.

Why should a group pay her to say what she was going to say anyway?

She complained about Americans United for Change and American Association of Retired Persons.

I’ve seen ads for Americans United for Change and AARP on Fox News. Those groups know that they have to pay to get their messages to Fox News viewers unfiltered.

Why should they pay Hamsher to do what she was going to do anyway for free?

Hey I thought these guys were true believers that they were doing this for the cause? Oliver and Andrew are making an actual living on this via time and media matters. If these guys want a paycheck for this don’t they have to produce a product that someone wants to pay for?

However there is a case to made:

The behind-the-scenes tensions go to the heart of the role these bloggers have created for themselves in Democratic politics — they’re basically advocates and operatives with big platforms — and their future role, too. They argue that their efforts and fundraising helped drive the Democratic ascendancy. Yet even the Dem party committees are reluctant to advertise with them, raising the question of whether the party will ever be willing to seriously invest long-term in this new media infrastructure.

“We don’t invest in the future, and Republicans do,” says John Aravosis, the founder of AMERICAblog. “The party committees really get that we can be effective as their partners and that we’re happy to help, and they take advantage of that. But even so, very little ad money comes from them. It’s more than just wanting to share in the spoils. We are small business-people who are fighting to survive economically in a really bad year.”

Blogging is nice but there is this thing called life that takes precedence. Anger sustained people for a while but you can’t stay outraged all the time. The only reason why the Answer crowd manages it is because they do it for a living.

It will be interesting to see what kind of response beyond some inexpensive ads this produces. This is why a blog like Instapundit that is not just a political machine is more favored.

Caught the tail end of the debate. Ridley inability to talk about the present seems right out of Journolist.

6:52: Nice move by the tigers.

6:58 a.m. Pete had the same interest in the NCAA that I do.

7:04 a.m. Kings for Ridley and 24 for Pat, Barnicle is right about Ian McShane.

7:05 a.m. Pat’s giving spoilers and I’ve never watched Entourage.

7:07 a.m. Unified response? What the confederates aren’t going to support the Union Navy to stop them? This is a US matter.

7:09 a.m. Andrea is shocked SHOCKED that they had no weapons. I thought the news media said that guns were evil.

7:11 a.m. How DARE that crew fight back! Do these guys actually know what they sound like? Condemning fighting back?

7:15 a.m. Barney Frank thin skinned? This is news? This is what Frank has done for decades, it just has never been covered before.

7:27 a.m. Buchannan sets Joe right on how much help the Hispanic community was to John McCain.

7:37 a.m. Good point by Hass, if it has to be done we are more capable of hitting Iran and we are going to be blamed if Israel hits them or not so we might as well be the guys who do it.

7:39 a.m. Was Dean this willing to go after the Mullahs when President Bush was in power? He is right that the Obama administration should use the “change” in the US in the PR arena on going after them.

7:53 a.m. Time says we can’t win, what a joy to have an optimistic group in charge.

7:57 a.m. Pat points out that this strategy is one that lets the bad guys win. Time’s guy mixes up Obama and Osama

8:14 a.m. Suddenly it is YOUR CIA and YOUR Military etc etc etc… I was always under the impression that as Americans it was always our military and our CIA.

8:47 a.m. Willie lumps Lincoln in with Jesus, Lincoln wouldn’t have liked that, remember what he said to slaves when he arrived in Richmond who bowed to him. “This is not right you must bow to God only.”

8:53 a.m. Pat brings up the trial of the assassins asking if they were all guilty. Couldn’t you just have called that.

I’ve already stated that while I disagree with the whole “Gay marriage” argument that Vt. acceptance of it by the normal legislative procedure is just as acceptable as any other law I disagree with that is passed. The people have spoken and unless they speak differently that’s the law. That is how a republic works.

Maggie Gallagher a staunch defender of actual marriage finds one silver lining in the Green Mountain State:

the Vermont same-sex marriage bill was a breakthrough in another way that has received zero attention in the press: For the very first time, a legislature has formally acknowledged that gay marriage poses a serious threat to the religious liberties of Vermonters who disagree with the government’s new definition of marriage; and the gay marriage movement has permitted — if not exactly trumpeted — that legislature’s enactment of some imperfect, yet substantive, religious-liberty protections, rather than the “fake religious liberty protections” generally offered to deflect voters’ attention from the real issues at stake.

Unlike the magically discovered “right” that courts have pushed, freedom of religion is explicitly listed in the bill of rights, right in the very first amendment. It is very wise that Vt. make it a point to respect this.

Ann Althouse cuts to the chase on how being a judge is supposed to work:

Scalia is resisting telling us about his personal views because they are irrelevant to the work of a judge, and he’s modeling upstanding judicial behavior, saying what the law is and nothing more.

The second quote is even better than the first:

You may think it’s cruel of Scalia to deprive us of soothing words, but don’t be tricked about why he writes like that. Scalia is adhering to the most basic legal proposition that judges must decide cases according to the law and leave the rest to the processes of democracy

In a democracy it is the people representatives who are supposed to make the law. Ann gets it. I think a debate on the subject between her and Darren Hutchinson would fill a hall and expand the mind.

Picking up on the Drums along the Mohawk quote I imagined how the exchange would go with the president:

America: “President Obama have you ever run any kind of business or economy or even gotten a paycheck from a profit making business?”

President: “No but I need to run GM and get control of the banks and the health care system.”

America: “Well that’s ok, a man’s got to start somewhere. We have hope for your change”

Just a reminder, the general who is the source of the other quote in the movie…he died.

Just woke up, was up till 4 cleaning customer systems. Still connected to one so missed Morning Joe except for the last few minutes where here is some running gag about Andrew being threatened by the FDIC and a Gene Robinson Column going after Michael Steele who is still the butt of jokes.

Quick comment on Steele I just woke up and I don’t know what he said that generated Robinson’s column or even what it says but if past performance if indication of future results nothing would surprise me. We can safely say that we have apparently reached the post racial era at least for republicans since we can ridicule them without worrying about race. Then again that has been true since on the republican side since Clarance Thomas.

8:21 a.m. Who would have known Chris Dodd was in trouble? If the MSN did it’s job it would have been known months before the election as blogs like Instapundit reported on it over and over but the MSN ignored it.

8:25 a.m. Apparently Tarp2 happens without a vote? Joe is Shocked SHOCKED that democrats are doing it.

8:29 a.m. Joe complains he has Obama has no private sector stuff Sen Cronin points out president Obama won.

8:31 a.m. “If you are going to operate on a brain I hope you operated on a brain before.” There is a great line from Drums Along the Mohawk concerning that. I’ll see if I can find the clip. (no sign of it but it goes like this. The General needs his leg cut off and he is being laid down to have it done and he talks to the young doctor:

“Doctor have you ever taken a man’s leg?” “No General” “Well don’t be embarrassed. A man’s got to start somewhere.”)

8:38 a.m. Soros trying to influence the markets? Say it isn’t so!

A few min ago got a ping from my son in AIM trying to send me a picture, as I’m busy with my customers I pinged him back saying I had no time for it, he said he didn’t send it.

Apparently the people I’m working with tonight are also having this thing sent to them. It seems it is a virus spread via stolen entries in the buddy list!

So as always beware of odd links sent, you never know what might be behind it.

Update: Been deep in two systems I’m working on and my son’s account suddenly logged on an hour after he hit the sack and attempted to send me a link again. Instead of saying he was “pregnant” like the last time it said look at the new pics and gave me a link to a bebo pictures four dot TK.

Apparently the virus once acquired re-logs at different times and attempts to re-send the trojan using a different combination of words in the hopes that people on the buddy list will be foolish enough to click on one of them. Once there it reads the list and then starts re-sending. It may also lock the account by changing the key word preventing you from changing the password and locking the virus out. My son’s attempt to change the password failed. As it’s locked for 24 hours he will try again tonight.