January 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Politics)
The astute Mr. Kevin Williamson says at NRO what we all know: we’re being governed by space monkeys.
I have spent a fair amount of time around elected officials, regulators, and the like, and when I see them, I think: space monkeys. The first monkey to make it into space was called Albert II, who went up on a V2 rocket. Albert II survived the space flight but not, unlucky little beast, the parachute failure that followed. We primates are in a sense one big family, and the first of us to see the majesty of our little corner of the universe from a vantage point beyond the surly bonds of Earth was a rhesus monkey, the stars laid out like a trail of diamonds before his uncomprehending eyes. The complexity of even the simplest markets is as far beyond the understanding of any politician or bureaucracy — or any single human mind — as astrophysics is beyond a rhesus monkey. Politicians steer the economy like Albert II steered that rocket. It isn’t just that they don’t know which levers to pull at what time — they’re clever enough — but that the thing itself is so incomprehensibly complex as to be effectively unknowable to them.
January 25, 2014 at 10:16 am (Politics)
BFFs Chuck Schumer and Corey Booker hate Liberty sooooo much they want their Grand Enabler to sic the IRS on the Tea Party.
Wait, hasn’t he already done that?
November 22, 2013 at 7:36 am (Politics)
I don’t particularly remember anything about that day. My mother says she yanked me out of my kindergarten class and kept me home for a whole week.
I remember the televised funeral. And little John-John, saluting the caisson carrying his father as it passed by the fragile, little family.
Not to trivialize anything about that day, but when Mad Men aired an episode on the day, I had much better feel for the shock and fear that rocked my parents and the entire nation.
The Dallas Morning News has a time line that is helpful for those of us too young then, or not born at all.
This is why all your friends that work in IT have been having random fits of the giggles the last couple of weeks…
October 24, 2013 at 11:31 am (Just cuz I'm IT doesn't mean I know how to fix YOUR PC, Politics, Stupid Government Tricks)
By now everyone, even the gremlins on Mars, has heard that the rollout of the (Un)ACA website, healthcare.gov, has been an abysmal failure. So much so, IT types like myself can’t help but laugh. And laugh. And laugh. It is a classic example of non-Tech-types dreaming up a system concept, skipping most of the major life cycle development checks, then not testing what the code monkeys came up with from the
cocktail napkins design specs.
Except in this case, instead of having to pull the Scarecrow dance routine for cranky stakeholders for their lack of deliverables, these folks get to testify in a Congressional hearing. For a bunch of hyper-partisan political cranks.
Pass the popcorn.
“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.”
Oh, and this.
UPDATE: Kathleen Sebelius has a track record of big stinkers. Who better to take over the reins of Queen Project Manager?
October 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm (History Doesn't Lie - You Just Don't Understand It, Politics, Stuff I'm tired of, Stupid Government Tricks)
Spengler has the right idea about all this posturing over the debt ceiling!
That is political overreaching of the worst kind. If Obama refuses to postpone the implementation of his health care plan in return for an extension of the debt ceiling, Republicans should stand their ground, and force the president to tear up the Constitution and assume dictatorial powers. Americans don’t like that, and they will dislike it doubly if Obama does so to protect a hated piece of legislation. It would clarify the choices before the electorate and give conservative Republicans something to run against. That isn’t enough: they have to present a credible program to restore economic growth and opportunity. But that will be then: this is now.
Read the whole thing to really understand what THAT is. I say CALL HIS BLUFF. Force a Constitutional crisis (hey – remember early on when he was touted as a Constitutional Scholar? Hahahaha) and make him show his true nature.
So much to read, so little time.
The press appears to e coming out of it’s six year coma. It still remains to be seen if they have retained any cognitive ability.
The IRS used audits and intimidation like a blunt weapon. Dr. Anne Hendershott. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse and the Biblical Recorder. Leaked IRS documents were used against Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign. The 500. They want it all. Even the names of students you mentored. Don’t even ask if the director got bonuses. You know the answer to that.
The White House pressured the WaPo to fire Dr. Milton Wolf. With family like that (Dr. Wolf is Obama’s second cousin), who needs enemies?
We went on a trip to NY, Long Island, really, to hear GradSchoolGirl’s first graduate recital. The recital was successful, and besides the nasty weather on Friday where we considered wearing everything we packed just to keep warm (“Just bring a light jacket, you’ll be fine – my hind parts!!), the trip was fun.
Sunday dawned too bright and too early for the weary travelers. Worship was wonderful. You could feel something was going on. The pastor sat us all down after the invitation to ask our prayers while he decided to run for Congress. Then he called a meeting at 4:30.
That evening at the meeting, he outlined the events of the week (most of which we’d missed since we were in
the frozen hinterlands sunny Stony Brook), the scriptures that spoke to him and where he was in the decision process. Then he opened the floor for questions and comments. The outpouring of love and support was simply indescribable. It was been a very long time since I was in a church where you could feel God’s presence in the room.
Yesterday, Dr. Jody Hice, my pastor, announced his candidacy for GA-10. I couldn’t be prouder!
February 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm (Politics)
After three weeks of dealing with identity theft, I was hoping for a quiet February.
Not so fast say the muses of misery:
GradSchoolGirl is now buried in snow. Last we heard from her, she still had power, but no internet. Being the hot house flower she is, she is NOT enjoying the winter wonderland.
My husband’s truck was stolen Thursday night from a church parking lot, while he was away singing with his men’s group in South Georgia. It was an old truck, yes, but it was comfortable and dependable. And loan-free.
Saturday I missed our county’s GOP Mass Precinct meeting due a funeral in South Carolina. Seems petty old white men still rule the roost in the GOP and Georgia is the lesser for it.
Wow. Just wow. I can’t wait to see what the rest of February brings. God must have something big in store for us!
January 18, 2013 at 7:21 am (Politics)
You know what the cliche says. Now head over to Right Wing News and see John’s photo essay…for the children, of course.
I didn’t vote for the clown.
And wouldn’t you know it, Maxine Waters thinks you can get blood out of turnips.
December 31, 2012 at 8:43 am (Politics)
Happy New Year!
November 16, 2012 at 5:58 am (Politics)
Andrew Napolitano at Reason nails it:
It’s obvious that someone was out to silence Petraeus. Who could believe the government version of all this? The same government that wants us to believe that FBI agents innocently and accidentally discovered the Petraeus/Broadwell affair a few months ago and confronted Petraeus with his emails a few weeks ago is a cauldron of petty jealousies. From the time of its creation in 1947, the CIA has been a bitter rival of the FBI. The two agencies are both equipped with lethal force, they both often operate outside the law, and they are each seriously potent entities. Their rivalry was tempered by federal laws that until 2001 kept the CIA from operating in the U.S. and the FBI from operating outside the U.S. [ emphasis mine]
Read the whole thing. And gird yourself for the tsunami of lies that is about to hit.
For those that have asked, GradSchoolGirl is fine. Her section of Long Island was not as damaged as other parts. Her power was back on Friday and classes resumed today. Many thanks for your encouraging, kind words and prayers for her safety.
We need to remember those less fortunate.
Amid the devastation, political gain seems to be the verse the campaign is stuck on. After this storm, Benghazi, the endless fund-raisers, even the most tone-deaf of Americans are seeing that a second term for Obama would be disastrous.
Benghazi, which the President’s Press Corps refuses to mention, wasn’t just a one-time failure of action and communication. It was the culmination of the many, many mistakes Obama made in Libya and Africa. It will take years to undo the damage, if that is even possible. Obama believes America will trust him, despite the multitude of lies that have crossed his lips the last four years.
This depressing election season will be over tomorrow. Or least we all hope and pray it will be.
“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” –Rom. 8:28
Regardless of the outcome, we must remember Whose we are and see in all this a higher plan.
Maybe it will be his library. Who knows. But you can be sure it will have a putting green and a basketball goal.
Of course, CNN released the picture and personal info of the guy who created the “video” that the Religion of Peace is rioting over. Probably got their info from the WH, who again, need the media to cover for their missteps.
The Obama administration continues to misdirect, but fewer and fewer are buying it.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Obama this whole mess. #ManchurianCandidate