Saturday, August 31, 2013

Who thinks Syria needs to be bombed a little?

I saw people holding up signs opposing our attacking Syria, today.  Not many, maybe four or five standing on a pedestrian overpass.  Betcha this is the beginning of something that's gonna get real interesting, given our Secretary of State's long history of peace demonstration and his current statements calling for military action in Syria.

Friday, August 30, 2013

We must bomb Syria because Syrians are killing one another in unpleasant ways . . .

President Obama is having a tough time getting anybody to support his plan to punish Bashar Assad for using poison gas. He said a year ago that the use of chemical warfare in Syria would cross a red line requiring a military response on his part. Now that poison gas has been used, Obama will look like a roaring doofus if he doesn't at least fire some bombs off at Assad.

The absence of support by anybody, except maybe the Fwench, is mainly because people can't see how attacking Syrians advances or supports any national interests. There are no important objectives, people say, to be gained from an attack on Syria.

But they're wrong. There is an objective.

The objective is for Obama to feel good about himself.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's just bidness. . . .

You maybe knew that Al Gore had a television network. Maybe you knew that his network didn't attract many viewers, so he wanted to get out from under it. Glenn Beck, an "arch-conservative," was interested in buying the network, but Al Gore refused to sell to him. Beck had wrong political ideals and Gore didn't want to have the subsequent promotion of those ideals on his conscience.

So Al Gore sold his network to Al Jazeera, America.

You can't make this stuff up.

Bengahzi, latest news . . .

Okay, so the State Department has investigated itself and found it was okay on the Benhgahzi matter. And the four State Department minions who were disciplined for their role in the Bengahzi matter have now been reinstated. I guess that means that Mrs. Clinton, the head of the State Department at the time, is cleared to run for President, now.

Oh, look. There is a new puppy at the White House.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to be happier . . .

Some studies have shown that older people tend to be happier than younger people, and researchers seem to be puzzled by the phenomenon.

It's not so difficult to understand.

I'm 71, so I think I can be counted as among the older. I'm pretty happy. Every day I look and don't see my name in the obituary reports, it makes me happy. Woohoo! Way to go!

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Solheim Cup . . .

I watched bits of the Solheim Cup this weekend. That's where the best of the LPGA play against the best female golfers from Europe. Of course, there's top competitors on the LPGA tour from Asia, but they get left out. It's team Europe against team America. Team America lost. But their outfits were hotter, so they had that going for them. If only their putters had been hotter.

A little hint to the academic left . . .

Just as a symbol is not the same thing as the thing symbolized, socialism is not the same thing as society, and society is not the same thing as the state. Try to catch up.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I am Spartacus . . .

Sarah Hoyt so writes, "I am Spartacus," and maybe we should all be prepared to declare ourselves Spartacus, as well, and soon. Check it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The special language of the celebrity life-style . . .

All of a sudden, I noticed. Whenever some minor celebrity permits herself to be photographed without clothing or appearance of shame, the accompanying text invariably describes her as "confident."

I guess they have to feel confident, because otherwise they would merely be bare-assed naked, and anybody can do that. In fact, most of us spend considerable effort to avoid being caught bare-assed naked.

Next up. A female celebrity bursting out with a loud, swampy fart of extended duration will be described as "charitable."

Friday, August 09, 2013

Al Qaida is on the run, we were told . . .

Let's see, now. We've shut down a bunch of embassies and consulates, so any Americans in the area who need our government's help will find the doors locked. We've evacuated embassy staff from Lahore.

Who is on the run, exactly?

Sunday, August 04, 2013

What's going down here?

I remember as a little kid when out of the country there'd be beggers. My Dad explained that begging was what they had to do to eat, and they'd be happy to get the dime I had to give. But the deal was, you wouldn't see beggers in the States. At least not in the fifties and sixties. Not that there weren't poor people in the U.S.

That's why President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war" on poverty in the middle of the Vietnam war. He said we could afford both "guns and butter."

Now, there's beggers at all major intersections and at interstate rest stops. Without passing judgement on those with their cardboard signs, I mean, WTF?

It's been about fifty years and billions of dollars on government aid of various kinds and evidently we are losing the war on poverty. What's the chances that government "help" is a big part of the problem?

Friday, August 02, 2013

Recent Obamacare detours . . .

Remember when Pelosi said they'd have to pass Obamacare to find out what was in the bill?

Well they passed it, and then they read it.  Now, Congress and its staffers want no part of it, despite a statement in the law that says they have to participate in the plan.

Obama has now exempted Congress from paying for their own medical coverage under Obamacare, so they're cool, now.

Of course, you know who will pay for their share of the insurance, don't you.

What I want to know, is where do us aroused villagers get pitchforks and torches, like we see in the movies.  Or tar and feathers for that matter.  Amazon? 

I think Obamacare is a bad idea, but many don't.  Nevertheless, even if you think Obamacare is great, can you think of anything that would say Congressmen and their staff should be given a pass?