Thursday, March 22, 2012

Malia's excellent vacation

If you want a worth reading look at the not so obvious issues surrounding Malia Obama's trip to Mexico, check Claudia Rosett here.

But, like Rosett, I'll relegate the Stalinist style 'disappearing' of stories about Malia's Mexican sabbatical. It's the sort of thing we're used to.

What I find curious is that there are at least a dozen parents in DC who somehow thought letting their 13 and 14 year old daughters take a Mexican sabbatical was a good idea. I imagine the conversation with the school organizers of this trip went something like this:

School: "We're planning a school trip to Mexico for 13 of our students this March. It will be very educational."

Parent:
"WTF? Mexico? You don't think I'm letting my 13 year old baby go to Mexico? I can see the headline, "13 students kidnapped, raped and murdered." And it'll be by Mexican drug lords wielding guns purchased in the United States because of our barbaric Second Amendment. I think we'll pass on this one."

School:
"No, no. It's OK. We've already got the Obamas on board. Your daughter will be safer in Mexico than she is in DC. There will be 25 Secret Service agents. Besides, more 13 year olds than that get raped and almost as many get murdered in this town every month."

Parent:
"OH... OK, then. My 13 year old daughter gets world class protection, and I don't have to pay for it? That makes up for The President's failure to make someone pay for her birth control pills. I'm in."

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

He was for it before he was against it

How's that Hopey/Changy stuff working out for you, Jeffrey Immelt?

Suddenly you see government as intrusive? Wasn't the incandescent bulb ban enough for you? Nor the windmill subsidies?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Juxtaposition

Stanley Fish @stanleyfish explains why Eric Holder feels entitled to flout the Constitution. As Fish sees it, Holder's direct attacks on the Constitution are more than merely OK, they're required. Under the Fish protocol, Fast & Furious gun fakery and the extrajudicial killing of American citizens by executive order, to name just two of Holder's anti-Constitutional pursuits, are not optional. That's justified because Liberals feel superior.
The principles that will naturally occur to us – tolerance, mutual respect, diversity – are ones they have already rejected; invoking them will do no real work except the dubious work of confirming us in our feelings of superiority.
He's right about the dubious nature of this work, but, yup, us non-Fish here in the flyover wasteland are just clinging to our guns and religion - and making Fish feel superior. Too bad tolerance, mutual respect and diversity admit to no dalliance with the Second Amendment - or the Fifth, or the Fourteenth. Fish has borrowed the concept of Taqiyya to justify the means, because the ends are superior. With apologies to Edmund Burke (though it's Fish who owes them): “All that's necessary for our opponents to win in the world is for enough superior men to stop lying and cheating.”

Eric Holder is seen here presaging his future plans for Fast & Furious - "brainwashing." He cares less about the Second Amendment now, and the Fifth, and the Fourteenth, than he did when he was a Richard Pryor lookalike promoting unconstitutional D.C. gun ban efforts.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Long division

Jonathan Alter @jonathanalter has declared a loser in the culture wars:
The independent women who will help determine the election want the government--and their bosses--out of their private lives. The culture wars are over, and the Republicans lost.
If they want the government out of their lives, they most certainly will not vote for Obama. What Alter really means is that, "They want their view of government largesse out of the political arena. They'd like you to believe the culture wars are over."

Good luck with that. I don't think the case is proven that thirty year old left-wing activist students at elite Universities, testifying before faux Congressional "committees" and hugely exaggerating the cost of birth control pills, have every right to make Catholics, much less anybody else, pay for their birth control.

Meanwhile, the president is playing the religion card :
When we start using religion as a bludgeon in politics, we start questioning other people's faith, we start using religion to divide, instead of bring the country together, then I think we've got a problem.
So, I guess using religion to divide the country (And whose plan was that, anyway?) is entirely different from using race for the same purpose.

Eric Holder, call your office. The president has an update for you on how to interpret the Constitution.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Benjamins

How the U.S. Could Pressure North Korea Tomorrow: Quit the $100 Bill
As an anti-counterfeiting investigator with Europol once put it: "Superdollars are just U.S. dollars not made by the U.S. government."
It brings up the question of exactly what we mean by "forgery" and "counterfeit." Fiat is fiat, I say.
sowing doubts about our currency
Well, they'd have to charge Bernanke and Geithner with this before they start working on the Norks.

Maybe we can give Bernanke a quarter million tons of food instead of North Korea, if he promises to stop printing - in all forms. He can use the food to control the agricultural commodities market.