From the Great and Powerful Czar of Muscovy, on the recent (and not so recent) spat of scandals in the Obama administration:
Let us see if we can figure out the pattern here. People who report to the President attempt to make him look tough and competent; through their actions, people die or have their Constitutional rights violated. The President has absolutely no idea what is happening.
Now let us reduce that further: People who report to the President attempt to make him look competent. The President has absolutely no idea what is happening. Allow us to simply that yet again: the President is an idiot and everyone around him knows this.
And something to ponder from Franklin Sanders:
On 14 May 1913 (same year the Federal Reserve was founded) John D. Rockefeller founded the Rockefeller Foundation with a gift of $100,000,000. According to inflation calculators that use understated US government figures, that would equal $2.35 billion today. However, in 1913 $100 million equaled 4,837,500 oz. of gold. At $1,425/ounce, that would be worth today $6.893 billion.
Sarah Hoyt again, on the culture bubbles:
They have mass media. Yes, indeed they do. But we have a million voices rising up in protest. We might each be tiny pebbles in an endless lake, but we ripple… More importantly, we have the ability to tell stories that subtly propagate different world views. The uniform lie has broken. There is no “what everybody thinks.” They’re shouting really loudly through the remaining channels to give the impression they’re winning. But the mirror has cracked from side to side and their doom has come upon them. They know it. That’s why they try to sound so confident and secure.
We do, indeed, live in interesting times.
Since Butch did it, and I haven’t for a while, here:
IT’S A DOG!
…that when I read this article found by RobertaX, my first thought was “Screw you, CNN.”
“Saying that to end the Federal Education programs is to make sure some kids go without adequate education simply means you don’t know that schools in America have become. Even if you consider sort-of-reading and reciting shibboleths by rote adequate education, places like Chicago, Detroit, and most other big cities are failing spectacularly at that PARTICULARLY for those kids at risk. Right now, abolishing national education might result in a net gain. Oh, sure the kids with completely DISCONNECTED parents might never learn to read or write enough to survive in the world, but the truth is they’re not learning that now either.“
It goes on to make a point much more hopeful than that sounds, though. I’m really enjoying Sarah Hoyt’s blog here, glad it was pointed out to me.
Me: “White smoke! Aren’t you excited?”
Boss: “Whew. Now I can stop obsessing.”
(Note: in case it doesn’t come through every word in that conversation was dripping with sarcasm)
“They don’t hate guns. They still want them to be a simple 911 phone call away.
They probably don’t teach their kids to swim either.“
From The Miller, good points all round.
“What is remarkable is the number of people who think that puritanism is somehow the exclusive domain of religion.
It’s the myopic view of the New Atheists, really. They think that bad behavior found in a religious group or movement is caused by the religious belief.“
From a commenter at AoSHQ. And I’ll just add that I see far more irrational behavior out of Uber Liberal Atheism than I do from any of the Christians in my life…
So I was listening to Michael Bane’s latest podcast (very good, by the way) and he pointed to this article by Sarah Hoyt about End Of The World As We Know it scenarios. Short version is “Apocalypse scenarios are very unlikely, but a long slow fall is already happening.” Long version is, well, you’ll just need to click over there and read it. Good Stuff.
Publicola has the links to all the videos for the hearings going on today (and other pertinent things), and some advice even for out-of-staters–
“And while I have your attention, things look dire but it ain’t over yet. So try to stop casting lots for MagPul – it’s like watching relatives go through a favorite aunt’s jewelry box before she stopped kickin’. Also, don’t boycott Colorado yet (as this site seems to suggest.) Wait until July; that’s when these laws will kick in if passed. Have I mentioned they haven’t passed yet? So before we give up on Colorado, how bout we fight for it a bit? After all, if this strategy of the enemy’s works here, they’ll bring it to y’all when they can. Call the governor; tell him if these laws pass your cash will go elsewhere on your next vacation. Tell him if these laws pass you’ll start doing business with companies in other states. But wait until these bills pass. After that I’ll be right there with ya boycotting Colorado. Until then we’re busy trying to keep these bills from passing. We’d appreciate any support you can give, and it is a help if folks ain’t talking like we’re a lost cause. Morale doesn’t hurt ya know.”
We are all in this together…
Magpul has set up it’s system to get CO residents fast tracked for Pmags.
I am planning on putting in an order for whatever I can get (even if it is only for .223 magazines despite me not owning an AR15) for posterity, and because I think anything that pisses off politicians should be supported.
If you’re a Coloradan or know any, pass it on.
“Y’know, it would be paranoid to suggest that Feinstein, et. al. want you disarmed before the bottom drops out [...] but it sure is interesting how Congress has had all manner of free time to spend plotting and attempting to justify infringing a fundamental, Constitutionally-protected right with the sequester rising up before them like a tidal wave. Priorities send a message. What does theirs tell you?”
Damn, I am really wishing I had picked up more of those LR20′s back when I could find them.
For JayG’s 308th Friday Gun Pr0n, he’s taking entries. Just thought I would plug it, since I sent him a pic.
Boy, I sure am glad I got those Pmags while I could. Sad that I didn’t get that many, though.
Beretta is threatening to move it’s Maryland plant because of the anti-gun climate there. Maybe you could get them to move to New Hamster?
(seen first at Behind the Black)
From Adaptive Curmudgeon:
“Sequestration implies that we cannot make wise decisions about debt so we must make unwise decisions about debt.”
I don’t think anyone anywhere can sum it up better than that.
Robb Allen hits the nail on the head. And in the comments, “Because a doped up, unarmed citizenry is easier to control and manipulate.”
Word. Maybe even, word up.