All kinds of interesting stuff in this. I certainly don't get the gloomy tag. I think Bryan's one of the funniest writers around. I do get the right-wing tag. I like to describe myself as a libertarian conservative, but people assume I am just conservative. On the whole, I tend to agree with Bryan on on number of things. We both believe in markets and we bopth believe that government has a role as market referee. And I certainly agree that "the only way you have a culture is being conservative."
I guess where we differ is in regard to global warming. Oh, I don't doubt that in the last century the planet's temperature increased overall by a little more than 1 degree Fahreneit. And I can even subscribe to the 1932 model. But when somebody who declares that it's a problem "it might take another 30 Kyotos" to deal with is taken seriously, well include me out. I remain unconvinced that what is in fact a negligible uptick in temperature is anything other than a natural fluctuation. After all, the term "unseasonable temperatures" has been around for a long time.
But back to Bryan. He makes one point that ought to be tacked up in every news room: These "I think blogging is blogging and newspapers are newspapers. They are different things. I strongly believe and hope it comes true that newspapers will suddenly rediscover what they do best - which is being newspapers. I don't believe that newspapers are iPods, which seems to be the thinking at the moment." Amen.