Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New York is not an American city? Who knew?

In addition to the nothing is getting more expensive, and US house prices will never fall, OJ can add this to his list of biffs:
... no American city would let them land [the A380].
I know Alaska is somewhat off the trodden path, but I'm still surprised we didn't hear that New York had left the country.

An Emirates A380 superjumbo touched down at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on [August first], marking the first commercial arrival of the giant, double-decker passenger plane on US soil.

9 Comments:

Blogger Duck said...

Can we start a list of things that Orrin has gotten right? Can anyone think of one to get the list started?

August 14, 2008 1:55 AM  
Blogger Susan's Husband said...

* Security vs. liberty

* Man as a Fallen creature (i.e., not perfectible)

* The Iraq war

* The hollowness of the Chinese economic threat

August 14, 2008 6:54 AM  
Blogger David said...

John McCain

August 14, 2008 9:05 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

He got the Iraq war all wrong.

Orrin was the one who said we didn't need infantry. I was the one who said we did.

August 14, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

The hollowness of the Chinese economic threat

First, it isn't clear to me that countries can be economic threats. Second, I think it is early days yet to declare the Chinese economy hollow. Sure doesn't look it from where I am sitting.

John McCain

Won't know until November, will we?

He got the Iraq war all wrong

I think you need to provide a couple cites on this one.

Orrin was the one who said we didn't need infantry. I was the one who said we did.

True as a general observation, Iraq proved the point.

++++

To the things he go spectacularly wrong, can we add the whole Sadr thing?

August 14, 2008 2:09 PM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

We must remember that Skipper is very religious and considers the idea that Orrin was right about anything to be blasphemous.

Two early calls that impressed me mightily were his pegging India as an important strategic ally and sounding the alarm on demographics in the West. We've all read so much about them of late that it is easy to forget that both were considered wacky in 2004.

August 14, 2008 4:50 PM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Orrin's opinions are amusing but usually context-free.

The most amusing, to me, since I know something of the history of Africa, has been his faith that Africa would be the John the Baptist for a spiritual rebirth in the West.

This is funny because in the '70s, exactly the same thing was being said about African spirituality, except then it was Africa's pagan spirituality that was going to remake the world.

August 14, 2008 11:21 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

We must remember that Skipper is very religious and considers the idea that Orrin was right about anything to be blasphemous.

No, we must remember that I agree with SH -- Orrin is spot on regarding security v. liberty, the intransigence of human nature, and the Iraq war.

I might add to that India's importance as a strategic partner. However, I was there for the first time a few days ago.

Dehli, at least, is a ferociously impoverished hell hole. China is leagues ahead.

Yes, he did get demographics right, but (IMHO) is completely at sea as to the causes -- get them wrong, and the odds of getting at the effects plummet.

That said, search on A380 (Because I was behind the Chinese firewall at the time of the post, I couldn't get to BrosJudd, and was only able to get to the one post through google) for an extensive litany of getting it wrong in the worst kind of way.

August 15, 2008 5:22 PM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

It would take me a week a recall all the things that Orrin's been wrong about, but while contemplating the housing, interest rate and inflation news bits this morning, I recalled his fantasy about the huge savings that Americans have in real estate.

August 19, 2008 10:38 AM  

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