Archives for: January 2012

Florida

I’m in a mad rush to go overseas so it will be light posting from me until Friday night. But the big news is that Romney has won Florida and is now running well ahead of the pack. I won’t declare it over with so many delegates not having voted. But it’s very close to over. We have simply not seen the emergence of a credible NotRomney.

Thoughts On Personal Responsibilty

Anybody that has ever held a job involving high risk, danger/peril or a stewardship involving the safety of others understands the concept of liability, the simple fact that with that duty comes a responsibility to act reasonable and prudent, and when venturing beyond those parameters, the repercussions can be great. A soldier falls asleep on guard duty and his company is over run by the enemy, an airline pilot reports to work drunk off his ass and runs his plane off the runway, the fireman decides ,”Damn, those flames sure are high” and ignores the screams for help from a burning building, the cop that won’t budge from the booth of a donut shop even when a rape is going down in plain sight outside, a personal failing causing great harm to others.

But people, average folks, also have a responsibility to not be reckless and to act properly. I remember when the helmet and seat belt laws first came out. My usual initial reaction to much of this stuff is ,”Enough already, we have too many laws as it is, if people want to kill themselves, have at it”. The problem is that individual behavior always affects others, there is no such thing as a tree falling down in the forest and no one hears it, now days everyone hears it and it usually falls on someone in the process.

Last week when we heard about the amazing rescue by ST6 of that woman in Somalia, I understood the euphoria. No American fatalities, 9 dead Somali pirates, in and out with the hostages, what’s not to like? But my initial reaction was this, why were they there in the first place? As if people live in caves anyway, doesn’t the State Dept. warn people against visiting certain unstable countries? Is there a more dangerous at risk place on the planet then Somalia? When I heard about her situation, the charity work she was doing, my outrage was mitigated somewhat, but what if this rescue went bad, an RPG turned it all into another Blackhawk Down episode, and we had more dead soldiers on our hands, all because an American citizen put herself in to a position of danger.

This morning I read about another Bay Area man who was just kidnapped in Somalia, and I’m thinking to myself, here we go again. This guy was no aid worker, he was researching a book, he totally ignored the State Dept’s warning to stay out of Somalia, he put himself in harms way and he got himself kidnapped in the process.

I assume that our government is not bargaining with these pirates and are not offering to pay some of my tax dollars for his release. But say a few months into this ordeal we find out that he is not faring well in captivity and exhibits some medical problems, do we send ST6 back in for yet one more rescue of a dumb ass who should not have been there in the first place?

Some precedence has already been established for those flaunting personal responsibility. If you find the need to go spelunking in an active volcano and need rescuing, the authorities will come save your ass, then give you a bill for their efforts. Ditto for the idiot that goes pleasure sailing in a hurricane, or mountain climbing during a snow storm, we won’t leave you stranded, but you got’s to pay for your idiocy.

But this Somali rescue business is serious stuff. Unlike machine gunning pirate vessels in the Indian Ocean, where the risks are minimal, incursions well into hostile territory for civilian rescues are fraught with all kinds of complications. And the fact that we have now done it in two separate and well publicized occasions, both done with flawless precision and execution, should not cloud the fact that they are risky.

The fact that out military might and reach can go to almost anywhere on the planet and save one of our own, yes, that is pretty awesome. But the simple fact that we don’t do it on a regular basis (those two numb nutted kids hiking on the wrong side of the Iranian border come to mind) is also re assuring, from a risk/reward perspective.

I don’t know what the going rate for a flunky journalist is, and I hope that things turn out well for him, maybe having rich parents that can pony up the ransom money, but baring any additional info. (the guy is a CIA operative with personal knowledge of every agent on the African continent) the thought of more military men risking their lives in yet another rescue is a bit unsavory for me.

The Dark Side made em do it!

Has to be what happened to cause this:

A 33-year-old man who struck customers with light sabers at the Toys R Us at Hayden Island has been sentenced to 45 days jail and possible mental-health treatment. David Allen Canterbury told Judge Kenneth Walker that he is already seeking mental-health treatment. Canterbury also apologized to his victims.

That, or the dude is playing with a deck that is short a few cards. May the force be with him.

Boy, Do I Feel Safe

More hi jinks are a foot at our local airports, and these I can’t blame on TSA. We all know about the zero common sense tolerance approach that Homeland Security takes in keeping us safe from those olive complected terrorists, keeping one step ahead of the jihadists is no small feat, so when John and Yoko decided to come pay us a visit, they got the welcome wagon is spades, God save the queen:

Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to ‘destroy America’ and ‘dig up Marilyn Monroe’.
Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.
The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read: ‘Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?

First off, any guy named Lee that spells his name Leigh deserves to get his ass kicked, so him fighting Mexican drug dealers for apple juice cartons in the pen, boo friggin hoo. The other interesting thing is that DHS flags tweets. Pretty sure they flag emails, phone calls, and right leaning blogs who have the temerity to comment about their activities (you guys rock,BTW, and I don’t mean “rock” as in a weapon).

Everything I know about the British I learned from watching “Snatch”, and because I’ve seen the movie I know for a fact that whatever you call that language of theirs, it ain’t English.

Despite telling officials the term ‘destroy’ was British slang for ‘party’, they were held on suspicion of planning to ‘commit crimes’ and had their passports confiscated.

This makes sense to me since I heard Bullet Tooth Tony, when asked if he wanted a drink say , “I could murder one” (I wonder if they talk this way mid coitus?)

Here is where I have no doubt that DHS agents go through the same dumb ass school as the TSA. I would expect a couple of ham fisted no necked agents to greet them as they deplaned, greeted, secured and taken to secluded area for questioning. I don’t give a shit how bad you bastardize the language, using “destroy” and “America” in the same sentence gets you looked at, too bad. I also got no problem with them being searched and their luggage looked at, welcome to America. But after finding no WMD’s in their luggage and a 5 minute explanation about the peculiarities of the British and how they talked, common sense would have dictated a drawing down of emotions and a phone call of ,”Boss, this is what we got………………..yeah, I agree, we will tell them to learn how to speak English then send them on their way”.

They spent 12 hours in separate holding cells before being driven back to the airport where they were put on a plane home via Paris.

Given the sad state of L.A.’s finances, they could have used some of those tourist dollars, now Paris gets them.

No doubt kudos will be passed around to all involved, how they were johnny on the spot, stalwart and steadfast, to protect the folks from a possible threat, but really, chalk this up as yet one more example that, as with the TSA, the DHS can really be staffed by monkeys for as much after thought they put into their actions. First, the lame collection of DVD’s and Obama’s speeches on tape, and now this, we really are wankers sometimes, and John and Yoko got proper f-cked!!

Holder caught in a lie: LSM yawns

Late last Friday in a dump they hoped everyone would miss, the DOJ released a series of documents related to operation “Fast & Furious” that all but make it a given Eric Holder lied to congress when he first told them the whopper that he had not heard about the operation until a few weeks before he showed up to testify. He then compounded that lie by claiming it might be weeks instead of months. The document dump shows Holder knew about “Fast & Furious” from the very damned start, and as people now doing the work the LSM is avoiding are finding out, might even have been behind the whole thing from the start.

As I pointed out when the story broke out, only to be chastised because I could not meet some standard of evidence even a court doesn’t expect from it’s participants, or because the LSM was avoiding the story, and when forced to cover it, they where spinning everything favorably for the Obama Administration, this was going to be a whopper. Our DOJ ran an operation, on foreign soil, that cost people their lives, all so they could then affect public perception and support for disarming people. This is the kind of high stakes tyrannical bullshit I expect from gun hating collectivists, and I pointed out the order very likely came straight from the Oval office, only to be excoriated for daring to point out what I clearly see as a plan to push for Obama’s new America.

The DOJ is now de facto been identified as a player. Holder now is about to be grilled again in front of Congress, and while I am sure the left will rally around him to protect him, this display of “support” is going to only help get people to see how cynical and vile the left is in their pursuit of power: and have no doubt that disarming law abiding citizens is a prerequisite to tyrannical control of the populous. We also already know that there are many links to the WH. And sooner than later we will also find out Holder took his order from the very top. Mark my words. Those that want to defend the indefensible can start flinging pooh now, and pray it distracts the people long enough for the crooks to steal another election and really get busy.

Why Bill Maher Is A Horse’s Ass

Because he’ll take a seemingly legitimate point and drop into a vat of stupidity. Here’s the clip everyone is talking about:

Buried within that stupidity is a legitimate point that the Republican leadership and a large part of the punditsphere are campaigning against a partially imaginary candidate. I’ve pointed out before that the “apology tour” stuff was bull and that Obamacare, bad as it is, was hatched in conservative circles and is to the right of Nixon’s proposal. There are blogs I’ve stopped reading because they are entirely focused on what they think is going on inside the President’s supposed Marxist fascist Islamic atheist brain.

However, that is all beside the point. Maher isn’t really interested in who or what Obama is or what the Right Wing is thinking. What he’s interested in playing yet another round of Liberals Are All Reasonable, Conservative Are All Crazy. This is the favorite game of pseudo-intellectual liberal flakes like Maher and this is just his latest excuse to have another round.

All right. Fine, fucker. Let’s throw down, shall we?

First of all, not all of the complaints against Obama — not even a significant minority — are illegitimate. Obamacare is not a figment of the fevered Right Wing imagination; it’s an actual law that was actually passed and actually massively increases federal control over the insurance system. The crummy economy is not some specter conjured up by Rush Limbaugh. The massive deficit is not an illusion created by Fox News. We can argue over how much responsibility Obama bears for these things; but we can’t argue over whether they exist.

If you ask people why they don’t like Obama, I guarantee you that, except for a handful of pundits, the words “Saul Alinsky” will never pass their lips. They will cite bailouts, which Bush started but Obama supported and manipulated to the advantage of his political allies. They will cite the economy and the debt. They will cite Obamacare. They will cite Dodd-Frank. They will talk about a man who looks at our ridiculous tax system and proposes more complications.

These are not imaginary hobgoblins we attribute to some Barack X candidate who only exists in our diseased conservative minds (Maher, of course, thinking all conservative minds are diseased). These are things the President bears responsibility for.

And liberals only criticized Bush for stuff he did? Bullshit. During Bush’s presidency, liberals complained about him gutting spending on education, the environment and infrastructure, even though he did no such thing. During Bush’s presidency, liberals complained about him gutting regulation, even though the Bush Administration passed more and more costly regulations than any Administration in history. We heard that George Bush didn’t like black people. Michael Moore wrote an entire book about how the early 2000’s recession was a plot to keep the middle class down. We heard the tired old complaints about Republicans not caring about women, minorities, the environment, science, the world, etc. What is that but inventing your own Bushitler?

Fuck, Bill Maher in this very same diatribe accuses Bush of deliberately lying about WMDs in Iraq. Memo to Bill: you’re putting thoughts in Bush’s brain just like we are putting them into Obama’s. The conclusion of almost everyone who has looked at it is that we had rotten intelligence.

You want someone inventing his own candidate? Trip over to Charles Johnson’s blog and see what he has to say about Ron Paul, a supposedly vile racist scumbag who was recently praised by … the president of the NAACP. Look at the number of liberal blogs that repeat the lie that Gingrich served his wife with divorce papers in the hospital. Look at the liberals making the disgusting claim that Karen Santorum had an abortion when her son Gabriel was born premature or thinking Rick Santorum invented anti-gay bigotry in a 2003 interview. Look at the people saying Mitt Romney wears “magic underwear” even though the temple garments are no such thing (anti-Mormonism being the last acceptable bigotry).

Enough? Oh, I haven’t even begun to fight. Let’s take this a step further: a lot of the policies liberals criticized Bush for: indefinite detention, drone strikes, war in Afghanistan, tax cuts, opposition to gay marriage — are policies they have fallen thunderously silent about now that Obama is continuing them.

Oh, they may occasionally make some noise about these things. But it’s a token gesture at best. Barack Obama has gotten more money from Wall Street than any president candidate and in his recent SOTU said we should investigate the mortgage bubble …. three years into his presidency. But it’s Republicans who are the tools of the 1%. The recently passed indefinite detention provision was greeted with maybe a hundredth of the outrage that was unfurled when Bush went on a golfing trip.

Oh, golfing trips. Yeah. All you lefties who bitched when Bush hit the links: where’s your outrage when Obama hits 18 holes?

Barack Obama has been worse on medical marijuana than Bush ever was. He’s been worse on criminal justice issues than Bush was. He’s been almost as bad on basic civil liberties. But you’d never know it outside of Glenn Greenwald’s blog.

If we’ve invented Barack X, the liberals have invented Barack the Bold, the man who, simply by his innate goodness, can continue Bush policies without criticism. A front-page article on Newsweek recently argued that even the mild criticisms the Left has made of Obama simply miss the big picture; that he’s playing this brilliant long game for change. We’re just too stupid to see it.

In this clip, you see perfectly why I can’t watch Bill Maher’s show. Because for every smart thing he says, he says ten stupid things. Every fact is sandwiched two pieces of bullshit.

In the end, he is what he is: an arrogant liberal troll.

Did Allen West Just Use “The Otter Defense”?

My favorite Debbie Wasserman Schultz hater definitely has the knack for working the crowd. Naturally it is a partisan crowd, and naturally the material which he has to work with gives new meaning to shooting fish in a barrel. One of my favorite wet dreams (that does not involve anyone nekkid) has West and Obama debating head to head, then in the aftermath the MSM would reference racism for any criticisms West voiced.

Allen was whipping up a West Palm crowd the other night and as he usually does, went after the president and his supplicants:

Some liberals did not take too kindly to West’s histrionics:

Moments after the quote was mentioned on Twitter, former Reid spokesman Jim Manley responded via his own Twitter feed: “Me to allen west. You first asshole.”

What a racist.

So I guess the president is a trend setter wrt treating the opposition.

But I have to admit, after hearing this speech and the gratuitous flag grab (Not letting the president destroy the United States of America), the first thing I thought of was Otter’s brilliant and precedent setting defense of Delta House:

So Allen West is a Animal House fan, now I just want to give him a man hug.

The January Surprise

For those wondering ,”Where is Herman?” I guess he is out of the dog house with his wife (his charge cards are maxed out at Tiffany’s, even with the Newt discount), so he has now decided to make himself relevant again.

For those that watched the video, did Herman goose that lady in the red top? Old habits die hard. But more importantly , is there any significance to be gleaned from the fact that when Herman came on stage, he greeted everyone except Newt? No eye contact, no hand shake, no words, no acknowledgement at all that he was even on stage, this seemed odd to me. Yeah, he made up for it later.

Naturally, the timing was propitious given the latest Florida poll results. A Newt victory there would be put Romney clearly on the mat.

The text of the speech seemed a bit odd to me as well. A 7 minute endorsement speech and all we know about Newt is that he is a patriot, not afraid of bold ideas, and he cares, that is all the qualifications he can come up with? I thought the Edmund Burke/evil reference was also misplaced. The cavalier throwing of the word “evil” around is just as bad as going to the racist well all the time. Nothing is gained with this tactic, and much is lost.

I’ve decided that, as much as I liked Herman in the past and how much he has brought to the Republican table, I hope he goes the Sarah Palin route, makes lots of bank selling books and speaking fees, but stays out of politics. I don’t even want him as a VP nod and think there are much better more qualified people (Marco, I’m looking at you).

So will this endorsement help Newt with a Florida win?

Oh, nooo!

It looks like the humanitarian “Kintetic Action” in Libya has not solved the problem. Instead of Gaddafi doing the inhumane stuff, the people that replaced him are doing more of the same!

Libya’s regular army and array of militias have been torturing loyalists of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, several of whom have been killed in custody, human rights groups charged on Thursday.

Amnesty International said that despite promises, Libya’s new rulers have made “no progress to stop the use of torture”, as Doctors Without Borders suspended its work in the third-largest city Misrata over similar claims.

Their accusations come after a top UN official raised concerns that militias composed of former rebels who helped topple Kadhafi were posing an increasing security risk as they repeatedly clashed with each other.

Shocking! SHOCKING!

Well, no. The lie was that this military campaign we can’t even call a war, because otherwise hypocritical liberals end up with egg on their face, was for humanitarian reasons. The fact is that we finally got us one of those evil “War for oil” wars that the left so claimed to hate and accused the last president of being about. Their accusations where damned lies about that war, BTW. In this case this definitely was a war for oil. Only the oil was for the French, the assholes that through their actions to protect Saddam and their lucrative oil contracts in Iraq, all but guaranteed Saddam would defy the UN and that there would have to be a shoot out.

Now that the guy that promised to end all these wars used our military to kill Gaddafi and made sure he couldn’t sell Libyan oil to China instead, securing the oil for France, there is no more concern for the human equation anymore. But, don’t let the facts get in the way of either the collectivist scumbag narrative or the fact that liberals hate wars and oil only when they don’t control it and get to make money from it.

Paying Their Fair Share

It’s a good thing that Obama is cracking down on those evil corporations and rich people that owe back taxes and … oh, you’ve got to be kidding me:

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven’t paid any share, let alone their fair share.

This not an isolated incident:

The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.

The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.

As usual, the Postal Service, with more than 600,000 workers, has the most offenders (25,640), who also owe the most — almost $270 million. Veterans Affairs has 11,659 workers owing the IRS $151 million while the Energy Department that was so quick to dish out more than $500 million to the Solyndra folks has 322 employees owing $5 million.

The snarkiness of the article is a little overblown since it’s not clear what exactly is the source of these unpaid taxes. Just to take the White House, Obama has 457 aides who are paid an average of $81,000. 36 of those guys owe an average of $23,000, way more than they would owe based on their salaries. So these taxes must be related to outside business income or consulting or something. Most people pay a quarterly estimated tax to account for that.

Owing back taxes it not that weird. Our tax system is complicated and there are frequently points of dispute and people with complex taxes sometimes have to delay while the details are worked out. But you’d think the Administration might learn something from the tax trouble of their own fucking staff and lay off their blizzard of proposals for new complications in the tax code. You’d think that an Administration insisting that everyone pony up would be damn sure to get their own house in order.

You’d think wrong.