Monday, February 25, 2013

Your Orwellian Photograph of the Year

Peep this:


Suggested Captions:
  • FLOTUS: "FLY, MY PRETTIES, FLY"
  • AUDIENCE: "WHAT IS THY BIDDING, MY MASTER"
Hypocrisy Factor: 11 (out of 10).  Argo won, and the FLOTUS was the presenter.  Let me explain:

In a period of Middle East unrest, militant Islam gained footing in Tehran.  Revolutionary mobs stormed a US embassy, from which six Americans escaped.  The Canadian government and the CIA bravely risked it all to see these Americans returned home.  A remarkable story.  An outstanding movie, clearly deserving of the Oscar.

Fast forward to Benghazi.  Islamofacists again are igniting all sorts of uprisings throughout the Middle East, culminating in the attack and eventual storming of the US Consulate in Benghazi.  Rather than take a chance and do everything possible to remove those stationed there from harms way (aka "doing one's job"), The Regime did nothing.  

And so the FLOTUS gets to appear 50 ft. tall in front of an obedient and fawning audience.  The perfect hypocrisy, if you ask me.  So fitting.

Personally, I was just hoping someone was clever enough to throw a hammer through the screen.  




Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Sequester Blame Game

The Sequester is unpopular, especially in the beltway.  Why? It's a cut to the government leviathan.  Far easier to levy tax than to make like an adult and cut spending.

Quite predictably, The Regime is in full spin mode of lie, blame the Republicans, leverage demand that taxes be raised in a fair manner, lie about the effects, lie some more, place our police and fireman* in the spotlight to pull heartstrings, and ultimately just threaten the country if we don't get our way.  The endgame kind of looks like this:


*aren't we, as government employees, prohibited from attending political events in uniform?  I always thought so.

It would be refreshing, just for once, if our leaders in DC had a less than puerile reaction to any crisis.  It would be even better if the left simply realized said crisis well in advance and dealt with it before they went on their second vacation** in this calendar year.  

**the country is in serious financial trouble and our betters are on vacation.  Again, a trend.  This is why there should be a Republican President.

But we've seen this before.  It's all part of the strategy.  Gin up the panic with the unwashed, and then postpone the crash.  I just wish the right had the balls to call the President.  Because no matter how many Woodward articles clearly stating this is the President's steaming pile, the MSM machine has their guy's back. Blame it on the dog, so to speak.

And so the right will cave at the top.  And this is why the right will continue losing.

update: Ya know, the right will never win in certain areas.  Why can't they just answer "Detroit", "California", or "Illinois" as a response to most issues?  Has anyone seen Detroit lately?  I was there in 2007 and for miles it looked like a neutron bomb was detonated.  Wonder how bad it is now.  What?  Why don't I go there and find out?  Screw that.

Weekend Stuff
Still in holding pattern waiting for the bairn to get here.  We've been taking walks, eating pizza, and have done everything but get a witch doctor in here to try and induce labor.  If anyone has any suggestions we are all ears.

Just for the hell of it, here's some U2:



 






Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How Did I Miss This?


Remember last summer when the President of the United States, a supposed Constitutional expert, actually signed the law that permitted the indefinite detention of Americans?  Here's where it truly gets frightening:

"Most incredibly, Obama's attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA's section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest's injunction. In other words, they were telling a US federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama's government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them."

(h/t Protein Wisdom)


Council for the United States could not, or would not, assure the court that they were obeying the injunction. Some possibilities: 1) They had no knowledge and are merely employing CYA or 2) They were instructed to obfuscate or 3) They know the answer and it isn't the one the judge wants to hear.


Terrifying.


On a side note, it seems that more often I keep linking to foreign sources.  Just a trend.  That's all.

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm Not an Economist

....but this is certainly making me pause.  Especially since it's Putin at the helm.

Conversely, we are quantitatively easing ourselves at the rate of $85 billion per month.

So...an economic rival is hoarding gold (which has real value) and we are printing money (which has assumed value).

I...I just don't feel comfortable about this.

Please feel free to leave any reasons why this is really a good thing in the comments.  'Cause I am not an economist, and might be wrong here.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Truth to Power

Saw this earlier this week.  Dr. Ben Carson's speech at the national prayer breakfast.  Enjoy:



Some very intelligent points on education, taxation, and healthcare.

By the midpoint Obama looks like he's nursing one hell of a hemorrhoid.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Anniversary of Sorts

Ten years ago I was a senior at Penn State.  I was trying to graduate on time, so I enrolled in 19 credits for my last semester.

I remember one particular Friday afternoon in early February.  It was 6 PM, pitch black, and so cold you could freeze the balls off a brass monkey.  My Saturday would be spent at work and "donating" plasma for money. I had just spent the past 3 hours in the vibrations lab and was not looking forward to the 10+ hours that would have to be spent there on Sunday.

So I get home.  My roommates at the time were all theater/drama majors who thought my beer stash was fair game*, and that cable TV was wrong.  This was my first experience with hipsters.  It did not go well.

*these were the people whose theories on shared housework convinced me that Socialism is wrong and we should get rid of it.  Personal responsibility trumps all.

A few slammed doors later, my phone rings.  It's my supervisor at my Air National Guard unit.  I was briefed that my unit was being activated, and was asked if I wanted to go to the desert.

I remember looking at my very pregnant backpack.  My desk stacked high with papers.  The apartment was a mess.

I also remember thinking that what was inevitably coming was going to shake world history.  I had missed out on Afghanistan the year before (still kicking myself).  I didn't want to miss out on a chance to serve my country and to have an adventure.

So I replied, "I'll see you on Wednesday".

And so began the most interesting four months of my life.  I would experience/learn: deployment, intense chemical warfare training, my first experience with Europe, learn the value of Tylenol PM, my first trip in a C-141, my first combat landing, my first experience with Asia, blast furnace like heat, sandstorms, my first gander at an F-117, mudstorms, how to properly stay hydrated in a desert, scorpions, camel spiders, drinking at the embassy in Kuwait City, MOPP levels and the appropriate reaction, learning to always have my chem gear near me, advising the Kuwaiti Air Force, the ineptness of active duty, lightning strikes near a rack of cluster bombs is not a good thing, what the contrail of a silkworm missile looks like, what not to write on a 500 lb. bomb, grass is a luxury, having multiple wives doesn't always favor the men, flying 500 ft. over sand on the way to Al Nasareyah in a C-130 is fun unless you get motion sick, Ur,....I literally could go on for another page or so.  I kept a journal of that time and maybe I'll dig it out.

Anyway...ten years.  So much has happened since then it makes the head spin.