Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jerry Doyle calls for Obama's impeachment

October 31st...
Morning all. JD here.
So the Liar In Chief, Obama, is defending health insurance cancellations under this horrific law by saying, "for the fewer than 5% of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal."
A better deal by whose standards?
MY BETTER DEAL includes seeing my plan cancelled as of June 2014, an immediate 20% premium increase to $529/month with a $3500 deductible & 25% co-pay. This increase comes after a previous increase of 13% in anticipation of the hostile takeover of the health insurance market.
MY BETTER DEAL is a "new" plan that includes prenatal dental & maternity coverage, all for the low low monthly premium of $1,165.00. That maternity coverage will surely come in handy with the screwing I'm getting!
MY BETTER DEAL is wasting valuable time learning about my health insurance options, shopping the marketplace, deciding on a carrier, filling out forms & going through a new underwriting process.
MY BETTER DEAL increases my monthly premium from $440.00/month to $1,165.00/month. THAT'S AN INCREASE OF 165 PERCENT.
If you like your President you can keep him. Well I and millions more don't!
I'm actually surprised he's calling for this.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

government internet customer service

"Relax, everyone. The system works fine", said a spokesman for the Affordable Care Act implementation, "Just use your dial-up internet, make sure no one is on the phone, and if you have any trouble, email your questions to"

I don't use this language (Samuel L. Jackson does)

But I cannot stop laughing

Monday, October 28, 2013

Always be weary when the Inexperienced show a can-do attitude for things they likely cannot do - sfdebris


An old man calls his son and says, "Listen, your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough."

"Dad, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

“We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,” he says. "I'm sick of her face, and I'm sick of talking about this, so call your sister and tell her," and he hangs up.

Now, the son is worried. He calls his sister. She says, "Like hell they’re getting divorced!" She calls their father immediately. "You’re not getting divorced! Don't do another thing. The two of us are flying home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, don't call a lawyer, don't file a paper. DO YOU HEAR ME?” She hangs up the phone.

The old man turns to his wife and says, "Okay, they’re both coming for Christmas and paying their own airfares.

Friday, October 25, 2013

uniform government efficiency

from a friend
The problems with implementing ObamaCare are puzzling. Why can't we reach the seamless efficiency of the DMV or Post Office?

Adolf Hitler was a Socialst, who knew?

We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.
— Adolf Hitler, from speech delivered on May 1, 1927

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tom Gantert's favorite Jim Leyland memory

Here's my favorite Jim Leyland memory. In 1995, I was a sportswriter in the Pittsburgh area filling in for the Gannett News Pirates beat writer. I quickly realized the beat writers were terrified of Leyland. After a loss to the Padres, they all stood around him with me and I figured I'd just cherry pick a quote from their questions. I was just there for one day. But when Leyland came into his office, no one said a thing. Leyland growled, "No questions?" So I asked a question and got a response with literally 20 F-bombs. The TV guys were taping and I remember thinking, "They can't run this." But that's not the memory. I got to the game two hours early because I wanted to check out the baseball stadium. Leyland was in his office and from outside I could hear him on the phone. And he was talking to his son, who was 4, and had tracked down his dad and was trying to get a "second opinion" on something he wanted but his mother wouldn't allow. I heard Leyland say to him, "Now. You do what your mother says. ... No... No." And he told his son that was final and this went on for two minutes. And he asked his son to put his mom on he phone. Then Leyland told his wife to give his son what he wanted. That memory always makes me smile.

Rafael Cruz versus Barack Obama

Most political calculators look at the ethnic demographics and assign "Hispanics" and "Latinos" as near-automatically Democrat-leaning.  This is not always libelous or slanderous label, not always inaccurate and I could not begin to address how to change those numbers for the better.

The obvious exception usually lies in Florida (although they live elsewhere): Cuban-born American citizens, or those descended directly from a Cuban or two. Their politics usually are set in the realm of the ardent anti-Communist, thanks to Fidel Castro and a long history.  These refugees fled or were exiled and many look forward to a hypothetical time of return.

The ardent AntiCommunism can inform a very thorough attitude against any similar political system and in response we can find a strong Republican voting bloc. Now the partisan divide can also manifest like this:
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said in May he didn't think Cruz "should be defined as a Hispanic." In the lead up to last year's election, Gilbert Hinojosa said Ted Cruz was as Hispanic "as Tom Cruise.”
But as we’ve pointed out, Cruz is plenty Latino -- he just happens to be a Cuban-American Latino.
Since Cruz helped start a debate in Congress over whether to voluntarily default on the U.S. debt for the first time in history, in order to undermine Obamacare, it’s a great time to have a look back at the U.S. Senator’s roots.
Many might think Cruz’s purist brand of conservatism has strong Texas roots. But listening to his Cuban-born father speak, it’s becomes clear that his philosophy owes at least as much to the reaction against the Castro dictatorship as it does to Texas Republicans.
In this YouTube video uploaded in July by Freedom Works, a conservative group, Rafael Cruz compares President Barack Obama to none other than former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It’s not a mistake. He does it twice.
First instance:
I grew up in Cuba under a strong, military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager, I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time, a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about “hope” and “change.” His name was Fidel Castro.
Then, a few minutes later:
I think the most ominous words I’ve ever heard was in the last two state of the union addresses, when our president said: “If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally.” Not much different than that old, bearded friend that I left behind in Cuba -- governing by decree, by executive order, just like a dictator, like Fidel Castro.
For Rafael Cruz, the United States’ drift toward socialism didn’t begin with Obama. “In 1976, I was shocked again when I saw a government started in this country instituting socialist policies, which I very easily recognized because of my experience in Cuba,” he said, referring to the Democratic administration of Jimmy Carter.
This worldview revolving around the fear of repeating the experience of the Cuban Revolution was part of the future Senator’s upbringing. “When my son was 8, 9 years old, our conversation around the dinner table centered on politics every day,” Cruz said. “I remember over and over I would ask him, you know, Ted, when I faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to come to -- if we lose our freedoms here, where are we going to go?"
This divide is very real. While I may see Senator Cruz as yet another white guy he was raised in the shadow of an AntiCommunist ideology. This is a good thing. Mind you the intensity is not always helpful to this country's discourse. To be absolutely fair, as much as the President is a far left socialist or Communist he thankfully lacks the power to be anything more tyannical than just Left of Center.  The elder Mr Cruz's speech is as follows:

The real question is whether this sort of rhetoric, as sincere as it is, will help us get enough of the electorate to secure the 50% plus one for future elections, or does it electrify the base at the expense of the coalitions we need for a long term future prosperity?
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and
then bid the geldings to be fruitful." C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rick Snyder polls well over Mark Schauer

John Patrick Yob writes of Strategic National writes (on October 13 at 3:54 PM)
MIRS poll has Snyder up 50-36 over Schauer. Voters appreciate that Governor Snyder is making the tough decisions to continue Michigan's comeback which is leading to more and better jobs for working families across the state. The leadership he is showing in implementing solutions here in Michigan to improve our economy is preferred over the failed policies of the past, lack of plan from the opposition, and the gridlock in Washington DC.
I think it is worth noting that Yohn Yob helped put Snyder there. Thank you.

Now the important thing, maybe, is not to risk losing this status to Mark Schauer because of a Primary challenger.

ObamaCare comparisons

Have we tried applying Obamacare to other things? Like ending homelessness by fining people for not having homes?

Robert Reich on Ted Cruz

Robert Reich is a left-wing economist, pundit, actor, and was President Clinton's Labor Secretary. Normally whatever he says should only be barely considered and then dismissed to make way for a more intelligent idea but that does not mean he does not have intelligent ideas now and again.
Appearing this morning on CNN and ABC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blamed fellow Republicans for dooming the Tea Party's effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. "I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying it cannot win, it's a fool's errand, we will lose, this must fail," Cruz said. "That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it's a shame."

The fact that Cruz -- a freshman senator with no legislative or other accomplishments -- was featured on CNN and ABC this morning is itself evidence that he got what he wanted from the weeks of government shutdown and potential default. He's become the head of the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party. Which means that unless the rest of the GOP rallies against and subdues that faction, Cruz could easily be the Republican's presidential nominee in 2016. Some think this would be enormously helpful to HRC or whomever the Democrats nominate. Perhaps. But even a relatively low probability of a President Cruz is frightening.
What stands out best from that is the fact that Senator Cruz has no legislative accomplishments yet he is now seen by many, thanks in part to right-wing echo chamber media, as a spokesman or leader for my ideological bent, my cause, because he repeatedly says the correct buzz words and he uses these buzz words correctly.

I absolutely abhor Cult of Personality and certainly find it to be the most unconservative behavior among the so-called "Conservatives" running around Republican meetings and Tea Party events.  At present I am in the minority on this but the present is not forever.

Now whether or not he is really the head of a "Tea Party faction of the Republican Party" remains to be seen.  There is certainly is too much time ahead to judge whether he can organize and maneuver all of the states, Primaries, and votes together to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, so certainly saying right now that he would be that easily is jumping the gun more than a little.

That said, for all we lambast President Obama for his lack of experience, the big difference between Barack Hussein Obama and Rafael Theodore Cruz is that Senator Cruz was the better lawyer.  His only executive experience is Attorney General of Texas.  While he certainly seems to believe the correct things and would almost certainly be a better President than our current sitting incumbent (which is a wholly unfair comparison as a blind house cat would make a better President than Barack Obama) he lacks the life experience to govern properly or safely.

Our next President should come from the states, not from the Washington, DC brigade of legislators.

your mother should have told you


1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... guess what! ... static is gone.

19. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

Twister Sister - be chrool to your scuel

Bobcat Goldthwait and Alice Cooper?

Alice Cooper in a duet with Dee Snider? This is a wonderful thing.

does it hurt to be Cubs fan during the 2013 World Series?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Robert Reich on the Koch Brothers

Robert Reich has a very left-wing moment as a he ponders the Koch Brothers taking over the United States. 
We hear that there's a civil war in the Republican Party between its Tea Party and establishment factions. But the reality is there is no longer a Republican Party, and the real war is between the oligarchs (the Koch brothers and a handful of other right-wing billionaires) and the plutocrats (corporate and Wall Street executives). The oligarchs are now finding and funding extremist candidates in 2014 Republican primaries to oppose Republican incumbents who voted in favor of reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. The plutocrats are bankrolling those incumbents, as well as a few of their own candidates in Republican primaries to oppose incumbent extremists. So who will be the real winners in 2014 -- the oligarchs or the plutocrats? And what will this mean for America?

John Wayne politics

James Taylor and Issac Hayes singing about prostitutes

South Park presents the prostitute song

You don't pay a woman for sex. You pay her to leave afterwards. I don't subscribe to the philosophy but it is hilarious.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

the Victorious Ted Cruz

Either I wrote this or I cannot find the source from where I took it.
Cruz raised a lot of money and added lots of people to his mailing list off the shutdown. It may look like a big loss for him but it was a big win.
Either way it is so correct it is terrifying.  I posted it on Facebook on October 16 at 3:47 PM.  I also predicted it ahead of time.

How Far Ahead Did the Federal Government Plan the Shutdown?

I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours. In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, "miraculously", professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying--'this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown'. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies. This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 month ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.
Reticence of the source aside the point is cogent... too bad a cogent point is difficult to establish in the current noise. Ted Cruz is too loud for logic to enter.

the President didn't build that ii

President Obama just said "Don't break what our predecessors spent decades building."  Just caused me to yell at the tv, "you didn't build that."
-- Jennifer Gratz

the President didn't build that

The President just said something about how elected officials need to get back to what they were sent to Washington to do, "create good jobs." Hogwash. I didn't send anyone to Washington to create jobs. Frankly, I'd rather Washington not create jobs because the more jobs they create means the more regulations that are placed on business and private enterprise. This simple, and likely on its face popular statement, shows to me that Obama has no idea what it means to be in business and create real jobs.
-- Jennifer Gratz

from shutdown to letdown, it's still big government

Finally, this big government shutdown business is over so we can get back to the big government letdown.
-- Tim Hawkins

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz hurt us man

Scott Czasak says
Our 3 week old national farce is over...and the only thing that was changed about Obamacare was an income verification change, which ironically will give more power to the a complete and utter failure of this if the shutdown had never had happened the story the last 3 weeks would have been the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, and had that been the only story there might have been a popular outcry to delay the individual mandate, but instead that story got buried by DC BS...

Jeff Dunham on the construction of a helicopter

Previously in my series on ventriloquist Jeff Dunham I embedded two different videos covering the comedian's obsession with building and flying homemade helicopters. Since then I found a series of articles that Mr Dunham wrote for KITPLANES magazine back in 1997. I'm not sure if feels like a long time ago because it was the nineties or because I about 15 when the article was written and published. Mind you, fifteen years old is half my life time ago so I suppose this article is just very old. My digression of receding youth aside the magazine's website reprinted the article series in full, sans pictures. The first part of the series starts autobiographically as the author relates how he entered the hobby and then tracks a brief history of the company that creates the RotorWay 162F.  For the following months he accounts the experience of building one of their experimental aircraft, from unpacking the kit itself, to individual difficulties in moving a completed vehicle out of his garage.  He also expounds one of the great benefits of the overall cost: the company includes a complete boot camp experience training one to maintain and safely fly these products!  All in all it is quite fascinating and the actual practical experience, as well as the enthusiasm, is quite evident.

Building a RotorWay 162F

better open or closed?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jeff Dunham on Fast Living (featuring Walter)

Last week I embedded a video by Forbes about Jeff Dunham's hobby of constructing and flying helicopters, here referred to as "Experimental aircraft".  This is a clip from the CMT television special Fast Living, where Jeff and Walter give a quick demonstration of the hobby.

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Wanted: a new name for people like me"

I struggle to name this as I never wrote it. It illustrates my beliefs, my struggles, and my exasperation almost perfectly, and quite concisely. If we're activists or even paid staff for our beliefs and modes of thought what do we do when the description of our ideas, our very simple but useful label, is being used by a louder and slightly different group?
Wanted: a new name for people like me...

See, I've been working in the GOP for a long time, and find it disturbing that a growing number of folks seem to be going crazy...

Muslims are not trying to take over the world. This country was not a utopia until the evil progressives ruined it. Just because some hippies want a bike path, it does not mean that the UN is going to take over our country (with what army?) and establish a New World Order.

The PRESIDENT IS NOT going to establish martial law, nor is he a foreign born 5th column communist that will wreck the country in three years.

We are not a nation of moochers, and public schools and universities can't brainwash people... The CIA spent a helluva lot of money trying and they couldn't make it work.

I don't look up to people in the party based on their ability to "sock it to the liberals," and I actually read the lame stream media.

I go to Alex Jones's website for entertainment, not to link some ridiculous conspiracy theory onto Facebook to prove that the whole world is out to get me.

I'm also sensible enough to not see tyranny around every bill that gets introduced in a state legislature or the congress... See, I don't have the constitution memorized, nor can I recite it in Aramaic, but I understand how a bill becomes a law and how difficult that is to get done.

See, I never got into labels, but used to call myself 'conservative' in the sense that I truly want to be left alone... And am cynical about large groups of humans in any capacity making good decisions.

But now?

It seems more and more that if you don't believe everything I just mentioned you are a 'moderate,' a 'progressive,' or the ultimate slander.... A RINO.

So I'm looking for a new name. I like "republican that isn't bat #%^* crazy," but am taking suggestions.
the quoted portion written by Jonathan Farley and was originally published on January 27, 2013.

Ultimately through historical, philosophical, and strategic examples I can prove that this aggrieved dissection of the popular contemporary right-wing movements, as well as its author, fits the Conservative archetype more than today's popular Orthodoxy.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

the famous Lee Atwater southern strategy quote

Audio of the damning content:

Now read.
You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Nigger, nigger, nigger.' By 1968 you can't say 'nigger' -- that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states' rights, and all that stuff, and you're getting so abstract. Now, you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites... 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Nigger, nigger.'
This fits into how leftwing magazine The Nation enjoys describing Republicans
It has become, for liberals and leftists enraged by the way Republicans never suffer the consequences for turning electoral politics into a cesspool, a kind of smoking gun. The late, legendarily brutal campaign consultant Lee Atwater explains how Republicans can win the vote of racists
Essentially the quote, which was the stuff of political legend for decades, is the proof of a preconception.

Mind you The Nation claims to have audio of the full interview with all its wonderful context but is not presenting it where and as they claim to.
The federal government paid money to keep it closed when it didn't cost anything to keep it open.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jeff Dunham interview with Forbes (featuring Walter)

His mom does not entirely approve.

He also builds helicopters.

Here is an earlier interview from 2009.

From near the end of 2010, as someone who should be known in 2011.

Here is his pyrophilic lapdog:

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Jeff Dunham on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Walter and introducing Achmed)

Achmed appeared before this but it was still an early appearance. You can see stuff in the Achmed part that's re-run from the Jeff Dunham special where he first appears.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Jeff Dunham on David Letterman (with Walter)

Marketing "Arguing With Myself"

the Washington Redskin is an embarrassing team name

What Price Democrat Victory?

I agree completely on this one.
I'm sick of discussing it, so this may be my last post about the "shutdown" and Obamacare:

First, I still maintain that the Republicans should give the Dems everything they want. It's become a propaganda victory for the low information Obamatons who falsely blame the GOP for everything. Let it proceed and when it turns into a horrendous disaster as it inevitably will, let them own it and never let anyone forget it.

Second, if Obama had a smidgen of sense, (which he doesn't) he would delay Obamacare for at least a year. The rollout has been a disaster. No one is signing up and it's becoming very clear that they don't know what they are doing. So hold off and let people think or come up with a better (anything would be better) idea.

I know they won't do this because they are morons if the worst kind-- morons who think they are smart. Meanwhile, we may get lucky and he'll fall victim to his various scandals and resign.

Over and out.
-- Ed Hannigan

We should no longer have a wrecked sociopolitical situation where the Democrats can be enabled to toss out the lie that Republican obstructionism to their programs caused the problem.  Do not get me wrong, where Republicans can pass sensible legislation they should.  But where it is not possible for even sensible compromise to take place, let the Democrats have their way.  They won the seats that gave them this power.  They convinced the American people to let them have this power.  Since the Americans, with the the majority, of our votes, did this terrible thing, let the elections have real consequences.  Let Americans see and taste and experience the consequence of the terrible amateur they have inflicted.

Lunar Shutdown

So far during the shutdown Obama has barricaded open air monuments, scenic overlooks/pull offs, private businesses that just lease buildings from the Park Service, and the oceans and beaches. There's only one thing left for him to barricade ... the moon! Although, thinking about it, maybe he already has as I haven't seen it over the past couple nights. On the plus side though, with the security guards there to enforce the barricade it means Americans have finally returned to the moon.

the cost of domesticating your Savior

One of the dangers of the secular world is that we domesticate Jesus, we turn Him into a mildly interesting first-century spiritual teacher. And the whole point of evangelization is that Jesus is not just that. Jesus is the Son of God incarnate, crucified and risen from the dead and therefore Lord of the world. There’s a very strange, off-putting, disturbing, unexpected sort of message. If you domesticate Jesus, you take all the evangelical bite out of Christianity.
-- Fr. Robert Barron

I don't think power corrupts either

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
-- David Brin

a Thomas Jefferson quote provides prudent advice

Thomas Jefferson advises prudence.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
This is unusually conservative of the man.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

the World War II Memorial was closed unnecessarily and contrarily

National Park Service confirms the order to shut down the World War II Memorial came from the Office of Management and Budget, which is a White House office.

The World War II Memorial is supposed to be open 24 hours a day even when the government is closed. Obama ordered it barricaded after a group of Mississippi veterans contacted the White House to say they'd be visiting it.
-- Donny Ferguson, October 2 at 11:02am

Republicans must own shutdown rhetoric

A young friend of mine said this:
REGARDLESS of your political affiliation. REGARDLESS of your ideology. SPECIFICALLY targeting memorials that stay open during holidays and past political crises, to prevent Vets from visiting to prove a 'political point' is ERRONEOUS and BELLIGERENT. If we as Republicans and Conservatives and HUMANS don't OWN this rhetoric, shame on us.
She is right.

Note that she mentions humans, as if Democrats are not humans. Note that she never mentions fishmongers, either.

as Painful as Possible

This shutdown is like a repeat of the sequester. Obama and the Democrats were responsible for both but blamed Republicans anyway. And, both times, Obama has sought to make them “as painful as possible.”
-- Matt Margolis

John Stossel on government schools

Most services improve. They get faster, better, cheaper. But not government monopolies. Government schools are rigid, boring, expensive and more segregated than private schools. I call them 'government' instead of "public" schools because not much is 'public' about them. Members of the public don't get to pick their kids' schools, teachers, curriculum or cost.
-- John Stossel