Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Moving

God willing, this will be my last post from the state of Maryland.  The moving process becomes intense over the next three days so my presence on Twitter will even be minimal.

Living in Maryland was interesting.  The good was residing in the Canton portion of Baltimore.  Unlike NoVa/DC, Baltimore has a real city feel to it.  The food is awesome.  The community was primarily 20-40 year old professionals.  Many dog owners.  If I were single, I would chose to live in Canton over NoVa/DC any day of the week.

I didn't even mind the dog-sized rats.  I even bought one:



Moving to Bel Air was alright.  But there's nothing here.  Instead of walking around the neighborhoods of Canton, going for a run along the water, etc., I watch TV.  I don't even read any more.

The bad: Maryland politics, taxes, and booze laws are archaic.  Worse, the schools in most of the state are just plain awful.  We have a newborn, and probably will not be able to afford private school here.

And so it's back to NoVa.  We bought our first house in Ashburn.  Hopefully, when we settle my wife and I can get some normalcy back.  Or at least start being social again.

Anyhoo, posting will still be sporadic until the new year.  Until then, have a merry Christmas and stay safe.

Go Eagles.





Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Big Brother News

Mandating vehicles transmit their location, speed, passenger data.  Money quote:

"The downside is that such a transportation system would give the government at least the capability to exert increasing control over when, where, if--or for how much additional taxation--people are allowed to go places in individually owned vehicles. It could also give government the ability to track where people go and when."

Heh.  "Downside".  Given the NSA revelations and our government's desire for wealth transfer, it's not too close to a tinfoil hat to say that the primary objectives are taxation and data logging.

Apropos of nothing, here are some videos we should all watch and think about:







Conclusion: people are smart.  This program would be a colossal waste of money for the government to try and implement.  Sure, harsh penalties for tampering with the installed device on the vehicle would be written into some law.  Countermeasures such as those above will probably be outlawed.

But here's the thing-proving you tampered with a signal is very difficult to do.  Just too much plausible deniability.

Doesn't mean the government won't try.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Simpsons Taught Us Everything

How to win a debate:



The crowd in the Simpson's vid isn't too far from reality.

Lie your ass off when faced with a competent challenge. Mock, obfuscate, and pray those useful idiots go right along.  Although it is important to note that Homer was actually held responsible, if only for the short term, before the town voted to move Springfield.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Boredom Exercise

So the spin for the ACA rollout since Oct. 1 is that it has "glitches".  Kinda like saying the sonogram showing triplets means "just a little pregnant".

Regardless, the term "glitch" for me always brings to mind NASA.  Specifically, NASA's professional reaction to unexpected errors.

And then I though it might be interesting to speculate on what would happen if the current regime were in place during the infamous Apollo 13 glitch.  Add the known reaction to Benghazi and current foe of the regime, math.

So imagine it's Monday, 13 April 1970.  Lovell has just stated his immortal words, "Houston we have a problem".  Bedlam ensues as numerous 20-something engineers with slide-rules and pocket protectors try and keep up with the dynamic and dangerous situation.  Three American lives hang in the balance.

Hero of Double Standard Industries, Gene Krantz, calls all his section leaders into a room to discuss an alternative flight plan.  Do they abort and execute a quick turn?  Do they let the Moon capture the spacecraft and throw it back at the Earth?

Or is there another option?  Enter THE PRESIDENT:

President Enters room.  Everyone stands.  President immediately takes cigarette out of Krantz's mouth and proceeds to smoke.  Throws smoldering butt at nerd #1 and laughs.

PO: Ok so I heard we have a little problem here.  Look, my numbers are soft right now and I need to get back on the campaign trail. Let's make this quick.  Steve what's the situation?

GK: It's Gene sir.

PO: (stares daggers).  Whatever.

GK: Sir we have two options: turn them around now and bring them home, or let them slingshot around the moo...

PO: There's a third option.  Do nothing.  Look, you tried your hardest, and when you asked for help those terrorists in the Republican party made the decision to cut you all off.  Don't worry, I have your back.

GK: But sir, these people need our help now.

PO: That's ok.  Failure is an option, but that's off the record.

President leaves the room.  Everyone looks physically shaken.

fin

So the Apollo 13 capsule is boned.  Nobody told them to shut everything down to preserve power.  Their computers don't work, and they can't orient themselves properly.  The venting gas has pushed them off course.  Either they 1) slam into the Moon, 2) luck out and ride a free trajectory back to Earth after slingshotting around the Moon, or 3) the capsule flies off into space after receiving a slight gravity assist from the Moon.  Let's assume option 3.

And now the fun part.  Grade-school level math.  Because my vector math sucks.  Any readers who want to do a more accurate analysis feel free and report back in the comments.

Escape velocity for any object traveling away from the Earth is around 25,000 mph.  However, this velocity in space is not constant-the Earth's gravity is constantly pulling the capsule back to Earth until the Moon's gravity takes over and finishes the job.  By the time the capsule gets to the moon, it's speed is only around 5,000 mph.

So assuming a slight gravity assist, and we have the capsule spinning off on Lord-knows-what attitude at around 5,500 mph.  Further assumption-the capsule is unaffected by the gravity of any other planet or object in our solar system.

There have been 15,912 days since this event occurred.  This would put this the capsule at around 2.1 billion miles traveled since the accident; this would put the capsule somewhere between Uranus and Neptune.

So basically, when one distills this entire post down, we get this:


Enjoy your government run healthcare, everyone!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Astonishment

Had this exchange on Twitter back on the 7th:



Today, we find out that enrollment for the first day was six.  Six.  Six people enrolled the first day.

This is beyond parody.

Six.  People.

This has to set a record for government incompetence.  What's your opinion on the rollout debacle, Vice President Joe Biden?

“We assumed that it was up and ready to run, but the good news is that although it’s not, and we apologize for that, we’re confident that by the end of November it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register to get online.”

...the f$%k? You ASSUMED? You and the President, the top of our government, regarding legislation that would define the regime and reorganize 1/5 of the greatest economy the world has ever seen just sat back and thought everything was just peachy-keen?  Never checked up on it for 3.5 years?

You can bet your ass that if something is amiss in our President's fundraising schedule he would know within microseconds.

Oh, and does the whole "it'll be ready by the end of the month" promise just not resonate?

If this isn't the justification for smaller, less involved government I don't know what is.  These people are flatworms with incredible power.

GAMBLOOR
Last week Double Standard Investments went 2-1, upping the record to 6-5-1 on the season.  Gonna ride that train (picks are in caps):

SAINTS (-6)  at Jets
TITANS (-3) at Rams
PACKERS (-11) vs Bears

MUSIC
I was very depressed to hear of the passing of Lou Reed this past weekend.  His music just means a great deal to me.  Two songs:




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time Off

Heading down to Florida for the next week or so for my brother's wedding.  Also: fishing.

GAMBLOOR DEMANDS SACRIFICE
Last week Double Standard Investments went 1-2, bringing us to 4-4-1 on the year.  Gambloor sez that's not nearly good enough, especially after calling the Broncos FAIL.  Onto the picks (pick in caps):

GIANTS (+3) at Eagles: Management would like to remind everyone that house rule #1 is never, ever bet on your team, especially if that team is the Eagles.  But here we are.

Bills at SAINTS (-12.5): Large spread, but New Orleans has an underrated D and they are coming off the bye week.

SEAHAWKS (-10.5) at Rams: A run based offense that can pass when necessary against a horrible run defense.  Plus, Seattle's D is just frightening.

MUSIC

Alice in Chains, "Again".  Best song on the album.


OOO-OOO.  YEAH.  OOO-OOO.  YEAH.

Hope everyone has a splendid weekend, and GO. STATE. BEAT. BUCKEYES.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ramblings

The following are my final thoughts on the past few weeks:
  • Yes, the GOP lost the government shutdown battle.  To me, the worse part politically is that it gives jackasses like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Stephen King an excuse for a geriatric "I told you so".  
  • The worse part is not the MSM/WH/Reid gloating.  They hate (and I rarely use that word) anything outside their bubble.  They will never like us.  So I could care less what they think about our side.
  • Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership play by an outdated rule set that works in polite society.  What I mean is this: look at every bill and public facet of the Democrat party for the past decade or so.  It is a superficial, nasty, nihilistic system where all that matters are headlines and not details (think "Idiocracy" and you get the point).  Boehner had any number of chances to take the gloves off.  He chose to take the high ground in hopes that people will notice.  The wrong people did, and saw it is a sign of weakness.  This is why we end up being called terrorists.  
  • Conversely, the above is the reason why I like Ted Cruz.  He will fight them at every level in relentless fashion.  This is also why the left is scared shitless of him.
  • @redsteeze agrees.
  • Like I have said on many occasions, this entire regime is based on appearances.  That's where they are weak.  Focus on things like the Obamacare rollout debacle and the pain caused to our Presidents beloved middle class.  We have another debt crisis coming in 90 days.  Start hammering them on getting a budget out.  Ask yourself this: do you think the President was more embarrassed when he shot 1-21 publicly, or when Putin went pimp hand strong over Syria?

And that's that.  Onto more important stuff...

GAMBLOOR STRIKES
Last weekend Double Standard Investments went 2-0-1, upping the record to 3-2-1 on the season.  Once more into the breach (picks are in caps):

PATS (+4) at Jets - Tom Brady owns.
BEARS (+1) at Redskins

/gulps

Broncos at COLTS (+7) - Gut feeling.  Broncos letdown, or something.

Although I would love to take Dallas (+3) over my beloved Eagles, it is against company rules.  Also, the combined win total of teams beat by the Eagles is 1.

Music

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Million Vet March

Just a rough timeline of what I saw this past Sunday at the MVM.

0830: Arrived at National Mall.  Found a parking spot about 1/2 mile from the WW2 Memorial.  Noted that since I found a parking spot so close, that we probably were not going to hit the one million mark.  

0840: Snapped a pic upon arrival to Memorial:



0900: Took a quick walk around.  Ran into that guy who tried to mow the lawn at the Lincoln Memorial.  He and a friend had their gear ready.  Didn't take a pic.

0900-0930: Since the barricades had already been put aside, I took a walk around the memorial and ended up on the far side of the crowd pictured above.  At around 0930, a voice behind me exclaimed, "Holy shit it's Sarah Palin!".  I turned around and was literally face to face with her.  She smiled, and kept walking.  The only decent shot I took:


She's shorter in person.  Still a snappy dresser.  Delivered a nice speech.

Unfortunately, during her speech a plant went insane and started yelling "I'm a racist and I'm proud".  This happened about 10 feet from me.  Said plant was ejected immediately.

0930: Ted Cruz shows up, gives a speech after Palin and Sen Mike Lee (R-Utah):




Again, my camera was not at the ready and he walked just as close as Palin.  I was able to meet him and shake his hand after his speech.  Nice fella.  It was noted by Management that Cruz stayed around longer than any speaker just to talk to people.  

0930-1000: More speeches, crowd was definitely motivated.  Met some really nice Vietnam, Korean, and WW2 vets.  They actually thanked me for showing up!  Then the trucks came.  Here are some more photos:





1005: Had to leave to meet friends for brunch.  Walking back up Constitution Ave toward my car, I noticed that the truckers were blasting their horns as they went past the White House.  Neat.

1020-1100: Was driving toward Arlington when I saw that the protest had moved towards the Reflecting Pool.  As I passed the Lincoln Memorial I saw gates being torn down and protesters sprinting up the Lincoln Memorial steps with flags.  Turned my car around at Arlington Cemetery, and parked at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Here is what I saw:






Ran into a few park rangers at the end of the Wall.  They looked a little scared, but were very nice and courteous.

1100-1145:  Made my way up to the Lincoln Memorial.  Barricades were already tossed (would later be collected and deposited at White House).





I left shortly thereafter.

Other Notes/Ramblings:

  • Police in riot gear were present at the Lincoln.  I don't know what they were expecting, but bringing out the heavy stuff for 90 year old vets seemed excessive.  Otherwise, the fuzz was out in force but let people be.
  • A very nice gesture to put the pictures of the four that fell at Benghazi at the WW2 Memorial:
  • The counter protesters/plants are easy to spot.  They look like the people who are trying to fit in.  That's the best way I can describe it.
  • I saw a veteran on a segway at the top of the Lincoln Memorial stairs.  He had robot legs.  He later went on to do this.
  • I was a little concerned when the truckers shut down the street behind the WW2 Memorial.  This protest was about keeping things open, and not inconveniencing others.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Wall is still the most heartbreaking memorial I have ever been to.  It's a must see if you visit DC.
  • Multitudes of Asians with cameras were present.  They seemed a bit confused, but seemed grateful that the monuments were open.
  • It occurred to me while I was leaving that the left should have been present.  In all honesty, I can see why they chose not to show-the majority was pretty far to the right and there was a great deal of anti-Obama sentiment.  Still, if they had shown up for the veterans it would have been nice.
  • I put the numbers of the protest conservatively around 5k-7k.  Was tough to tell-people were coming and going from all directions covering the area from the WW2 Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Wrap-up

Last thoughts on the gov't shutdown:
The entire foundation for this shutdown is Obamacare.  The taxpayer spent over 600 million on the website for rollout that now stands equal in punchline to New Coke.  Peoples' rates are going up, and sometimes in hilarious schadenfreude-like fashion.

All championed by a man who once said "Don't call my bluff".

If the right gives in, the above is what they lost to.  And in the process, they will have further scattered their base and only enabled the likes of McCain, Graham, etc.

Music:
We here at Double Standard Industries have long been a fan of The Rolling Stones.  Enjoy:


I think I found my Halloween costume.

GAMBLOOR:
Double Standard Industries is off to a 1-2 start.  This is regrettable.  But walking away is quitting.

BALT (+3) vs. Packers
CAR (+2.5) at Minnesota
DET (-3) at Browns

Stay away from the Jax/Broncos.  That's pure pain right there.

Miscellaneous: Heading to DC Sunday morning for the Million Vet March.  Will take some photos to share with the class.  Also worth noting that a condition of my attendance was promising Mrs. Drozz that I will do nothing that will put me in a position to get arrested.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Unintended Consequences

The sequester provided a great blue print on how our betters in the White House will act during this shutdown.  Namely, do the whole "doom and gloom" spiel before implementation, play the blame game, etc.  Then, when enacted see how things go.  If it polls unfavorably for the regime, start making the pain felt by all.

Childish, yes, but really would we expect anything else?

Enter the shutslowdown.  Same thing, but this time the elites have really ratcheted up the name calling and spitefulness.  Besides calling their political opposition anarchists, terrorists, Team O decided to mess with the veterans.  Not a good move.  Veterans used to be spit targets on the left; now they are roundly cherished by a great majority (except when counting absentee ballots).

Now here's a neat little plot twist: the sequester was just a reduction in funds.  Sure, the Royal Couple caught some flack for living their 1% lifestyle,and wasted millions of taxpayers' money so the could travel to fundraiser after fundraiser.  The Prez still golfed, gave speeches at 30k/plate dinners, and got his boots licked in proper fashion.

But now the government is supposedly shut down.  

This entire regime lives on appearances.  It's how they got elected.  So please cry me a river, Michelle, that you can't get out of the house for your lavish west coast tour.  She once said that living in the White House was like prison.  I pity her secret service detail if they run out of Thorozine.

Personally, I just imagine the Prez on these beautiful fall days clutching his pitching wedge, staring out the window, wondering how long it will be 'till those meanies let him go outside and play.  And be loved again.

Ending thought: the President took a massive beating over Syria.  He was humiliated.  Narcissists have poor reactions to humiliations.  Like taking their anger out on veterans.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Right's Messaging Problem

One of the biggest smears so far in this whole government shutdown is that the "partisan" Republicans are being blamed en masse for shutting down the government.  Completely false when one actually looks at the history of Congress for the past few weeks; it's actually the House Republicans who are trying to keep the Federal government open by passing a series of continuing resolutions to fund certain areas of the government.

But here's the part of the messaging failure: they aren't voting to keep the Federal government open by themselves.  It's bipartisan.

Peep the examples:

HJ Resolution 70 - Making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.

R Ayes: 223
D Ayes: 23

HJ Resolution 71 - District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution

Passed by voice vote.

HJ Resolution 72 - Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution

R Ayes: 224
D Ayes: 35

HJ Resolution 73 - Making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes

R Ayes: 229
D Ayes: 25

Every non-MSM outlet should be putting the word "bipartisan" next to CR when reporting.  But they aren't.  And that's why the blame game is still hitting the right hard.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS: So it comes to this: the vote on the ACA was written, acclaimed, and passed in partisan fashion.  The opposition vote was bipartisan.

The vote to keep government open is bipartisan.  The decision to close the government falls directly on the Democrats in the Senate, and that petulant boy-king President.

BONUS DOUBLE STANDARD OF THE WEEK: Could you imagine if there were a government shut down, and the R's refused to even have a vote on funding the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the NIH where cancer stricken kids need funding to stay alive, etc.?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Done With Twitter (update)

The title says it all.  I'm just spending way too much time there and need to unplug for a bit

update: AND WE'RE BACK o twitter I am so sorry I left your sweet embrace

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Double Standard of the Week (NSFW-Mentions US Constitution)

When I was undergrad at PSU, we had a university funded celebration of sexual exploration called "Cuntfest".  The stated goal was "empowerment", or something.

That's fine I guess.  Screaming "cunt" in the crowded room will get you the attention your parents never gave you.  It's so edgy and challenging that it will be accepted on a left leaning campus.  Why, parents should be proud their children are taking a stand for a culturally unpopular issue such as womyn's empowerment.

Freedom of speech you misogynist pig, and so forth.

Fast-forward to last week.

Students are banned on campus from passing out copies of the Constitution of the United.  On Constitution Day.

Now, it is understood that the students involved in such a nefarious act did not have a proper permit.  However, I just get the feeling that if students on campus wanted to have a Cuntfest of their own without a permit, it would be embraced.

Or maybe I'm just being paranoid that some need permits and others do not.  Naaaaaahhhhhhhh.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reason #92760002 this Man is Unfit for Presidency

Priorities.  Or rather, lack thereof:

"Barack Obama has never been accused of possessing the most refined sense of appropriate, especially when it comes to what normal people regard as tragedies
Fifty-three weeks ago when four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama appeared after a good night's sleep, bemoaned the loss, vowed to deliver justice to the killers (still unfulfilled), then flew off for fundraising parties in Las Vegas. Hey, they're still dead anyway, and there was big campaign money waiting.
When a 133-foot-tall wall of tsunami water rolled 10 miles inland to kill 16,000 in Japan two years ago, Obama expressed his sorrow, then went golfing. When bad weather canceled his trip to the funeral of Poland's president, Obama paid his respects by golfing.
As the Gulf coast economy struggled back from the nation's worst environmental disaster ever, Obama urged all Americans to vacation there. Then, he took his family to the New England coast.
Or our personal fave, his 2012 Virginia campaign speech when the audience began fainting from the heat. So, instead of cutting it short, Obama offered advice on hydration and how to stand properly while he finished reading his prepared text.
So, it should not be surprising that as heavily-armed SWAT teams combed the Washington Navy Yard Monday for at least one deranged killer, Obama took the occasion to proceed with one of his harshest partisan speeches in months."

To put it another way, here is a short list of our President's priorities:

1a) Hearing himself speak.
1b) Demagoguing opposition.
1c) Golf.
1d) Vegas.
1e) Vacations.

Remember: if you are in trouble, pray the President doesn't have any of the above scheduled.

But then again, in noting his actions when he is on the clock, would you want his bumbling assistance? 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Your Weekly Assault on the Constitution

Your weekly assault on the constitution is brought to you by the United States Senate, under the supreme eye of Eric Holder (aka "Miserable Hack").  Just lie back and think of Obama, proles:



"The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a "covered journalist" as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years."


Thirteen pigs voted for the death of freelance journalism.  "Freedom of press" always meant freedom of the printing press, and not how our current elites define it.  

Here's my problem with this: you start making rules like this and pretty soon a judge will declare a blogger not protected by the First Amendment.  I'm not too sure this already hasn't happened, but no examples jump to my pre-caffeinated mind.


And if you don't believe me, look at the evolution of the NSA post 9/11.  Look at the serial abuses of the Executive branch against whistle-blowers, the Espionage Act, etc.


How can't the Stewarts and Colberts not look at this and explode?  They aren't technically journalists-they parody.  What about left leaning sites like Gawker? What if they make the wrong joke about the person in power?


Last thought: all this is the entrenched politicians covering their own asses.  If a freelancer, say James O'Keefe, were to publish a report of their misdeeds they could effectively censor him.


Onto more important things: GAMBLING




GAMBLOOR IS A RAPACIOUS BLOOD GOD WHOSE THIRST CANNOT BE QUENCHED.  Also, it's football season.  Your weekend picks (in bold):


Carolina (-2) at Buffalo: Carolina's front 7 is pimp.  Spiller will do nothing, forcing Buffalo to pass.  Cam Newton unleashes the dragon.


San Diego (+7.5) at Philly: I remain unconvinced that Philly can keep it's rugby offense going without killing the lineman and Vick.  Philly just can't be that big of a favorite right now; I'd take them at -5.


New Orleans (-3.5) at Tampa Bay: Based on nothing more than my mancrush on Brees and Sproles. 


Music for the weekend will be be brought by Run DMC:




I love that this song in it's own way is a tribute to the Monkees, who covered the original from the Paul Butterfield Blues band.  


Enjoy your weekends.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50 Years Ago


Freedom and equality for all.  Unity.  Hard work.  Personal responsibility and making the right decisions.

Transcendent stuff.

Honestly, I think MLK would be proud of the gains blacks have made these past 50 years.  I think he would be proud of Obama, to a certain degree.  Hell, I think he would have voted for him, if not for the reason that McCain was such a lousy candidate.

But I also think he would be a little sad.  The race pimps have the loudest voice these days, and people like Thomas Sowell, Dr. Ben Carson, etc. are marginalized for having the wrong value set.  I think he would be a little disappointed that his words are continually perverted as justification for a handout or special treatment; this is the exact opposite of what he was trying to say in the above video.

Still, I think he would be happy with the progress.  I believe he understood America, and knew the struggle would continue many decades after this speech.

One last thought-I cannot think of one speech delivered at such a perfect time and place with a flawless delivery.  Churchill, Kennedy, Reagan; FDR; they all have moments within their speeches that stand eternal.  From start to finish this speech stands above all.

Now tear down that awful statue and replace it with something fitting the stature of a great American.

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's Friday (updated)

Shot:


Chaser:

"Despite President Obama’s claim this week that “there is no spying on Americans,” the evidence shows that such spying is greater than the public ever knew."*

*I love how the author doesn't even mention the President until late in the article.  Just sayin'

Another shot?  Another shot:

Obama approval at 44%.

People are starting to turn.

Which means that it's time for an "open" presser where Dear Leader will take unscripted questions from an unbiased media.

In short, nothing will be answered.  This is all a show before The One goes on a vacation that none of us could ever afford.

Benghazi will not be mentioned.  Last week is evidence that this topic is clearly off limits to those who still want to sit at the cool kids table.  Which is a shame;  three simple questions still need to be answered:

1) Where was the President?
2) Who ordered the stand down?
3) Who came up with the YouTube theory?

The IRS scandal will be touched, but only slightly.  Something akin to "how's the investigation going?" and the acolytes will all say "WE DID OUR JOB".

Foreign policy with Putin will be questioned.  The President will steam out half-truths and puff his chest.  But we all know what happened:  Jar Jar tried to bargain with Emperor Palpatine (ed-I stole this from someone on twitter I cannot remember who).

Softball questions will be lobbed.  The softballs will have "Republican" written on them.  Probably about immigration.

Filner, Weiner will not be touched (ed-GIGGITY).

UPDATE: the presser apparently will only cover US/Russian relations.  Or something.  Still wishing someone would grow a pair and ask a real question.  Still sticking with my "softball" prediction, because you know it's mandatory to roll out Emmanuel Goldstein.

Anyhoo, will be looking for a house down in NoVa this weekend.  Pickings are slim-found the perfect house yesterday and it was already under contract.  It was on the market for a whole 7 days.

Music:  Fugazi, "Waiting Room"






Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I Need Help

My limited vocabulary cannot conjure up a word to adequately describe this.  Onto the moneyshot:

"The issue is politically charged because the White House and Congress are highly sensitive to any suggestion that lawmakers or their aides are getting special treatment under the health law. The administration is already under fire from Republicans for delaying a requirement that larger businesses offer insurance to their full-time employees."*

Thinking a cross between hubris and hypocrisy.  

*way to shine that turd, NYT

Monday, July 22, 2013

Economic Speech Bingo (updated)

So President lowbrow decided to address the economy this week.  Right before he heads to the Vineyard for his 6th vacation this year.  Must be nice.

Anyhoo, play along with the President's speech and see if you can hit BINGO before screaming obscenities at the TV.



Bonus points if anyone in the room is wearing tampon earrings.

update: this card was produced before the term "middle-out" came to light.  Don't worry, he'll pivot to jobs again, and the card will be updated.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Every July 4th I read the Declaration of Independence.

It truly is remarkable prose.  Such as shame that our culture lawyered up.  People just don't write like this any more.

We were founded by warrior poets, who in civilized society were considered rednecks.  Enjoy:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

/takes long drag off of cigarette
O yeah.  Best locker room speech ever.
I will now raise the flag, roast the flesh of a dead animal, drink something alcoholic, and blow shit up with illegally transported fireworks while wearing the amount of clothing I deem necessary.  It's my Independence Ritual.  It's a pagan, savage, and barbaric rite.  And you can just fuck right off if you don't like it.

Monday, June 24, 2013

More on Snowden

I think Phillip Bobbitt captured Snowden's job accurately (h/t Lawfare):

"Three thoughts on the Snowden matter.
First, Snowden’s strongest point: how can the government claim it closely monitors access to the information it collects when a person like him can steal a trove like this?  The answer, I suspect, is that Snowden is not quite the person he claims to be.  He is not an analyst and he could not, as he claims, task anyone to provide him with the content of anyone else’s messages (I believe he mentioned the president, among others, against whom he could collect on a whim).  He was a systems administrator charged with maintaining security, a kind of high-tech night watchman.  Janitors were a fruitful source of collection for us in the Cold War and I imagine this is an example in the wars that are emerging.
Second, it’s too soon to say how damaging this will prove to be, because the real damage isn’t state to state, but rather in the alienation democratic publics–including those of our allies–will feel towards their governments and ours.  I am in London and the big story here is the collaboration of GCHQ with NSA.  In one sense this is hardly news; in another, there is a understandable astonishment at the sheer capabilities that have been exposed.
Third, on the state to state level, the U.S. campaign to get China to stop its cyber penetrations is, for the time being anyway, finished."
That's about right.
Other observations since last post:

"Flexibility"
  • China said sorry team O, your paperwork isn't in order back of the line NEXT (stifled giggling).
  • Russia sardonically laughed in that way only Russians can.  Tells Obama "Let me get back to you.  Wait here."
  • The rest of the countries that hate us are forming a line just to give us the finger.  Also, they are high-fiving each other, passing around a bottle of liquor bought with our money, and passing out smokes.
  • The countries that tolerate us are giving the stink eye.
  • The precious few countries left that we haven't completely alienated are checking to see where the exits are located.  In case of fire, you know.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thought(s) on Snowden

I just don't think he did it for patriotism.  Look:


The more and more I read about him it just seemed he did this out of ego.  I guess that's besides the point.

Hero or no, he did help shine the light on our government's behind the scenes activities.  Namely, secret courts providing blanket orders to harvest our personal data.

While Constitutionally dubious, I normally wouldn't have too much of a problem.  I was for the Patriot Act when it was passed.  Then around 2004 I started thinking like an adult and realize the awful standard that had been set.

But when one mashes the NSA scandal with the IRS scandal and AP/Fox News snooping, one can't block out the more sinister, tinfoil hat conspiracy thoughts.

The bottom line of all these scandals is that the government paints itself as an incompetent, vindictive, untrustworthy, unaccountable bureaucrat who might have a substance abuse problem.   But if you would just give them some more money, everything will be solved...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

History Repeats Itself

I read To End All Wars a few years back.  Awesome book, worthy of hardback purchase.  It chronicles the events which led to WWI, WWI itself, and the post WWI era juxtaposed with the rise in socialism and the anti-war movement through the time period.

I do recall the author mentioning that a peace activist was arrested for distributing antiwar leaflets (Eugene V. Debs), preaching against the draft, and speaking out against President Wilson.  Wilson himself took particular interest in Debs.  The prosecution used Wilson's 1917 Espionage Act to convict.  Debs was sentenced to 10 years.

Why do I bring this up?  Oh hey.  Lookit this. 

So remember this: the left is for the 1st Amendment.  Always has been.  Always will be.  They are the guardians.

Unless you are unpopular, have unpopular beliefs, or dare speak out against an "academic" President.  Then your rights are forfeit.

Side note: why do the history books praise Wilson?  Look up his history, his quotes on the Espionage Act.  Clownfraud.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lois Lerner/5th Amendment

So under-the-bus candidate Lois Lerner was set to testify before a Congressional committee about the Constitutional breaches which occurred in her tenure.  She did inform the panel that she would invoke the 5th Amendment.

Which is fine.  She has that right.  The irrational side of one's brain might get a little interested as to why, but the rational side would think in our lawyered up culture that this move might mean nothing.

Then, for reasons unknown at this point, she decided read a prepared statement (h/t: Volokh) before invoking the 5th:


"On May 14th, the Treasury inspector general released a report finding that the Exempt Organizations field office in Cincinnati, Ohio used inappropriate criteria to identify for further review applications from organizations that planned to engage in political activity, which may mean that they did not qualify for tax exemption.


On that same day, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into the matters described in the inspector general’s report. In addition, members of this committee have accused me of providing false information when I responded to questions about the IRS processing of applications for tax exemption.

I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.
And while I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I’ve been advised by my counsel to assert my Constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.

After very careful consideration, I’ve decided to follow my counsel’s advice, and not testify or answer any of the questions today.

Because I’m asserting my right not to testify, I know that some people will assume that I’ve done something wrong. I have not."


I am not a crimlaw specialist, or even a lawyer for that matter.  But her statement seemed wholly unnecessary to me.  In my dealings with IP law I've learned to keep my statements concise.  Less is more.  "Methinks the lady doth protest too much", and all that.

Some other thoughts:
  • Her representation should have insisted to the point of leaving that she should not make a statement.  Not just for the above paragraph, but that she was hiding behind the 5th but potentially asserting facts.  This is a no-no.  Think about Lerner's move this way-you get a witness that only gets to testify for the defense.  So what I am saying is her lawyer sucks.
  • Her statement shows incredible ego.  My insane theory is that she had a much longer speech to make, and her lawyer compromised.
  • This woman is to head the implementation of the ACA and screws up something as simple as keeping her fool mouth shut.
Head over to Volokh for the more in depth "facts vs. legal assertions" debate.  One can make a case either way.

My opinion? I agree with the Dersh.  Lerner opened up with her version of the facts of the case.  Then her little shpeil went overboard mixing legal and factual conclusions.  She waived her 5th Amendment right, and needs to be hauled back in.

Of course, she could take the Hillary Clinton route and head to wine tasting in Australia.  Perfect troll move.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Squirrel For Yesterday

Branco sums it up perfectly (h/t/ LI):


Jon Stewart, of all people, captured the regime's history of feigned surprise in response to scandal. Anyhoo, here's the clip:


Even the regime's explanation of events is a scandal.  Assuming they aren't lying (ed-*chortle*), the explanation indicates those in charge have absolutely no control over the government, and no clue what anyone underneath them is doing.  But yet we should raise taxes and give them more money to play with.  Because competency.


Road trip to Norfolk this weekend with the WAH and the wife.  Here's some traveling music via The White Stripes:


Sounds a little Beatles-ish.

Enjoy your weekends.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

REDACTED

...that moment when you think you nailed something only to get the lyrics completely wrong.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Music

First, from Glenn M'f'n Danzig:


Moving onto some Pink Floyd:


Perry Farrell talks about his artist mother who struggled with depression (and Xiola Blue):


John Lennon:



Enjoy your Mother's Day.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Benghazi Revisted (updated)

Only took 8 months, but we finally got someone who was there to testify.  Let the implications of that delay sink in.

Anyhoo, here is the testimony of Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief at Benghazi:




So lies, coverup, etc.  Although one thing that surprised me was the greater focus on the State Department, and not the White House.

One insane, tinfoil hat thought: what if Clinton took it upon herself to act as President that night?  We all remember the "3 AM phone call" speech she gave during the primaries.  She had knowledge at 2 AM that this was definitely not a spontaneous demonstration, and was an attack.  All indications pointed towards terrorism.

What if she thought the President incapable of handling the situation?  What if she wanted payback for being pushed aside for the Presidency? What if she did not notify the President in a timely manner, and gave the stand down order because in her judgement it wouldn't have made a difference at that point?

Of course, I could also speculate that Obama told her "You handle it I've got a flight to Vegas tomorrow".

Look, Clinton's past has shown her to be incompetent at her job and a cold-hearted sociopath.  I can see her making the call, watching it blow up in her face and in panic inventing the YouTube story.

Far fetched? Yeah.  But still worth talking about.

UPDATE: "Stylistic" changes to talking points.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Maybe Nobody Explained it to Him

I'm not entirely sure the President understands the responsibilities of his job.  Or is aware of them, for that matter.  Clicky:



Shorter version: blame congress, I don't know anything let me get back to you.  Syria probably crossed that red line (ed- bluff called?) I drew which means we maybe need to re-evaluate our position.  Also, 'airports' now added to "roads and bridges" panacea.

Still, at least he found time to talk about a gay athlete nobody really heard or cared about coming out of the closet.  Because social issues are important when the Big Cheese refuses to insure the future of this country in any fiscal or security sense.



Posting has been sparse around here.  The management apologizes profusely, and would like to point out that babies have various fluids coming out of at least one orifice at any given moment.  The remedy of which needs proper, timely attention.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Double Standard of the Year

We'll do this by tweet:


Also, if you want to read the Gosnell grand jury report, link is nyaw.  WARNING: I can only read one page at a time.  Evil in humanity still exists.  It resides in those who butcher children and kill their mothers, and those with a voice ignoring the crime based on progressive thinking.