Captain Incompetence

Michael Ramirez does it again…

A Disturbance in The Force

One of my favorite “Friends I Haven’t Meet Yet” is closing her blog. No Sheeples Here is no more.

We are diminished, but resilient, and will continue to fight until we have our country back.

Good luck and Godspeed, Dear Friend!

Fashionably Late, As Usual

I got the email over the weekend. I knew it was going to happen. If you haven’t stopped by the site in a while, well, work is consuming my bandwidth to such a point that my blog-fu now resembles Anakin crawling out of the lava on Mustafar, nubbed, scorched and gooey.

Joy McCann, aka Little Miss Attila and short-lister CPAC partner-in-crime and Dan Collins of POWIP have launched a cool new web gathering place for conservatives. Check out The Conservatory.

WSJ: That Wretched Hive of Scum and Villany

Go home!

Nothing will rile a Southerner more than some smart-mouth Yankee opening his asinine piehole to degrade and belittle his brothers and sisters in warmer climes. The Recent Unpleasantness was over generations ago, but some just can’t let it go. I was alerted to this high insult earlier this evening by the estimable Mr. McCain, who himself takes great umbrage at the rantings of the afflicted chowderhead, a certain Thomas Geoghegan of The Wall Street Journal. This fellow is obviously vying for the dimmest bulb in the box award when he opines thusly on The Glorious South:

Why is Boeing, one of our few real global champions in beefing up exports, moving work on the Dreamliner from a high-skill work force ($28 an hour on average) to a much lower-wage work force ($14 an hour starting wage)? Nothing could be a bigger threat to the economic security of this country.

We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force. . . .

We depend on Boeing to out-compete Airbus, its European rival. But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline.

Airbus? After your awkward swat at your betters, is Airbus the best you can do? Surely an such elitist, with the superior intellect, no doubt can do better than that. Let’s jump the fence and go sit in the blue lights, shall we? We’ll watch the planes land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (that means the flights connect to Biloxi and beyond) Airport (the world’s busiest airport, by the way, since 1999, a full one hundred and thirty-four years after The War of Northern Aggression) and watch the planes land. You count the Airbuses and I’ll count the Boeings. Haha. I win, bigtime.

Pay attention, moron. Companies move to the South because of the business friendly climate, lower taxes, better infrastructure, and just face it, Atlanta has the hottest women. More than you can stomach, I suppose.

Really, sir, no one down he-yah gives a da-yam about the demented ravings of a scurrilous carpetbaggah. Your Hah-vahd education serves you ill, sir, seeming that you never learned one bit about real economics. I can only assume that course is now taught at universities in states that actually create jobs, not kill them. Southern states, that is.

Odds are your next President will be a Southerner. I guess that means you’ll move to Canada. Or France.

UPDATE: Kyle Wingfield of the AJC tears apart the “…the worst, most disingenuous op-ed I’ve read in a long time.” RTWT. Sadly, you won’t be surprised at the lack of fact-checking the Chicago labor lawyer DIDN’T do before penning his anti-South hit-piece.

And then there’s Repair_Man_Jack at RedState, who calls the article “…a pathetic, disingenuous pile of bigotry Mr. Geoghegan attempts to peddle on behalf of his labor cartel.”

Now, someone please explain to me, pace Geoghagen, how moving work away from a region where 50% of the adult population can’t read sends a bad signal to children who want to study engineering? The argument, in general, that companies move south to go cheap on labor costs still holds true. But the argument that the people they hire are all sub-literate morons compared to the capable and dedicated workers you find in Detroit, MI is positively laughable. This begs the question, why are Blue State labor costs so high, if they no longer hold the cognitive advantage that they may have once held back in the 1920s to the 1950s, when American industrial infrastructure built out?

Yeah, baby. RTWT.

Seems I’m not the only one affronted by buffoonery.

Pictures Always Help

Gleefully swiped from Trog:

And if that doesn’t get your juices goin’, then check out below the fold…
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My Two Cents About The First GOP Debate

Last night’s CNN televised GOP debate is now in the can. Depending on who you ask, Cain won, Bachmann won, whatever. Regardless, CNN lost. Between John King’s relentless grunting and the stupid “this or that?” questions, and the morning after caption, CNN proved themselves the true water boys of the state run media.

For me, no one was the shiny standout. They all have their issues – warts and scabby places that will eventually be revealed for all of America to see and judge. But last night, they introduced themselves and their ideas in such a way as to not dissolve into a pack of fighting, rabid dogs. The press was dying for a fight and they didn’t get one. John King even goaded Pawlenty a bit, but to his credit, Tim didn’t take the bait. What we saw last night was a unified front, even if for just a moment.

Everyone on that stage, with the exception of John King, knows that for this country to survive, Obama must be a one-term President.

I respect them all for their restraint, especially when it would have been so easy to attack one another in the ‘gotcha’ format CNN was promoting.

So there.

Cross-posted at RedState.

“An Embarrassment For Legacy Media”

Leave it to the Brits to cover something the American press refuse to acknowledge.

Toby Harnden of The Telegraph notes

The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

In another amazing feat of observation, Mr. Harnden also sums up nicely the American media’s obsession with Palin.

She is, however, viewed with a kind of horrified fascination by many in the media, who faithfully records everything she says and does while at the same time decrying her as ignorant and even evil.

How does he do it? He also nails the media projected image of Sarah:

…hardened into one of a brittle, even paranoid, politician who seethes with resentment, feels aggrieved and entitled and is intent on pursuing celebrity even at the expense of her family.

Mrs Palin as a person has become so remote that it is hard to assess how much, if any, of that widely-held caricature has a basis in truth. The email release could mark the end of a chapter of what conservatives have termed “Palin Derangement Syndrome”. Her enemies in the media appear to have overplayed their hand.

Get that? Seethes with resentment… aggrievedentitled… pursues celebrity… (gasp!) at the expense of her fam-i-ly! Spout that with your finest Shakespearean accent along with your best Richard III squint and wobble.

C’mon fellas, there’s got to be at least one misspelled word in all those emails. Get on the stick there – you’ve got to report something negative!

By the way, I won’t even bring up the fact that while the LSM (Lame Stream Media) wets themselves over these emails, the LA Times still refuses to release a 2008 video of Obama toasting Rashid Khalidi, a former Palestinan operative. Read the rest and follow the links at Gateway Pundit. It will make your skin crawl.

Double-Shot Burn-Out

The day job continues to be a simmering lava pit filled with alligators, sharks and jumping spiders. Who would have thought that a relatively straightforward application could bumfuzzle so many supposedly smart people at such a globally-acclaimed and supposedly super-smart institute of higher learning? Surely I’m surrounded by cylons.

Some random things that managed to spark through the sulfuric fog the past week:

– I have a new second favorite MLB team. The Texas Rangers drafted UGA Diamond Dawg, Johnathan Taylor. Back in March, Taylor was injured in a head-to-head collision with teammate Zach Cone. JT had been scouted for years by the Rangers, and they recognized his efforts with a draft pick. The Dawgs had a great run this season, going all the way to the final game of the NCAA Regionals. What a classy move by the Rangers organization.
Kyle Wingfield/AJC is looking past the usual campaign fuss and bother and seeing some interesting things about Tim Pawlenty.
– General Geekiness: Yesterday was IPv6 Day.
Pinin’ for the fjords.
– The RedState Gathering is open for registration. Be there, be square.
– 9+ minutes of Teh Awesome. Grand Rapids isn’t dead yet, they are feeling better. Thank you very much.
NCAA punk/crook/liar/cheat meets the same at The White House.

Many have asked why I haven’t chimed in on #Weinergate, since I’m such a manners maven. Honestly, if I wanted a dose middle-school boy humor, all I have to do is go home. Go read The Anchoress’ take on this whole debacle. She echos my sentiments. And now we find out his wife is pregnant. What a wonderful black cloud to hang over the announcement of new life. Mortifying, isn’t it?

What IS Sarah Palin Up To?

I think her bus tour is brilliant. So does Ed and Allah at Hot Air and Michelle M.

Elizabeth, no so much.

If Palin wants to ride all over the country, building momentum and interest, and possibly make an important announcement at the time and place of her choosing, more power to her. For too long candidates and lawmakers have kow-towed to the press. Now that we know they have a predisposition to licking jack boots, they deserve some of their own medicine. Besides watching this is more entertaining that what the other GOP hopefuls manage to sputter out.

A summer bus tour across America. What a marvelous idea. And timely, too, since she doesn’t need papers. Yet.

Capt. Vasili Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck… maybe even a “recreational vehicle.” And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?
Captain Ramius: I suppose.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: No papers?
Captain Ramius: No papers, state to state.

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