Saturday, September 20, 2014

You had one job

This WashPost article is unintentionally hilarious: "Secret Service reviews White House security after fence-jumper enters mansion."
The Secret Service on Saturday launched a security review to learn how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House Friday night after jumping a fence and sprinting more than 70 yards across the North Lawn — the first time that has ever happened.
Conclusion of security review: the Secret Service sucks.  Everybody start counterfeiting: nobody's on guard.

Side note: jumping a fence + 70 yards!  Unless this was Usain Bolt, this was an embarrassingly long time to respond to an intruder.

Another viewpoint

Hit and Run: "3 reasons to NOT fight ISIS."

I don't know: maybe they're a JV team after all but they're a JV team pulling in over $1 million a day in boosted oil.  With that kind of inflow, they'll be major league soon enough.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The wrong medicine

Hit and Run: "America's Self-Inflicted Economic Wounds -  "But it's a lousy recovery, and one that most people find unconvincing as hell. Whatever else the sort-of recovery, not really recession may be, it's strong evidence of self-inflicted economic wounds. America may be limping along, but we did it to ourselves."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stone of Destiny

It's funny but just a couple months ago, on a whim, I rented "Stone of Destiny" from Netflix about a group of Scottish college students who boosted the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in 1951.  I have a funny feeling that Scots are going to vote for independence tomorrow.  Why?  Because the pro-independence Scots are full of passion while the pro-Unity are just holding on to the familiar.

Extra - Seems like there's a lot of "yes" voters here on Reddit.

A heartbeat away

Hot Air: "Joe Biden: Jewish outreach edition" calls bankers a bunch of Shylocks.

Jesse Jackson empathizes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This will not end well

Zero Hedge: "The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months".  "We continue to wildly run up debt as if there is no tomorrow, and by doing so we are destroying the future of this nation."

I remember in the mid-eighties when kids at college were taking Japanese lessons because Japan was going to surpass the United States as the next global powerhouse.  Now Japan has a national debt over 200% of its GDP over two decades of stagnation with no plan to reverse the downward spiral.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quotes for today

Joe Louis: "Everyone has a plan until they've been hit."

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder: "No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy."

Then there's this guy:
Asked by one of the columnists what he would do if his strategy did not work and he had to escalate further, Mr. Obama rejected the premise. “I’m not going to anticipate failure at this point,” he said.
Finally, here's Gabriel Malor: "Contest: Which quote best sums up Obama's ridiculous presidency?"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

So many feels

Here's a story about cadaver dogs searching, in vain, for survivors after 9/11.  The dogs kept returning to cadavers they were supposed to ignore because it was so depressing not finding anybody alive:
Finding those live victims is really important to a dog like Moxie. To keep her spirits up, to keep her focused, Aliberti took the time to find ways to reward her.
He would often ask other firefighters to hide among the rubble, so Moxie could find somebody.
“That’ll bolster them, get them up and running again,” Aliberti explained. “You have to do that after a while because it’s long days.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The speech in a nutshell

States Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state.
Broad coalition of 9 NATO countries.
I'm not going to make the mistake of asking Congress for authority like a year ago.
Ain't this economy great?

Expiration date achieved

Every Obama statement has an expiration date.

In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? (Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear sites -- a situation that does not involve stopping an IMMINENT threat?) 
"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
Now: "Obama says he does not need Congress to wage war on ISIS."

Extra - Hit & Run: "Obama's grotesque flip-flops on Congressional authorization for war."

The objective media remembers something

Now that the One has gotten through re-election by lying about and delaying Obamacare, well lookie here: "NYT Baghdad bureau chief: The White House lied to Americans for years about what bad shape Iraq was in."  If only there was somebody from the media stationed in Baghdad who could report these things.

Related - Bad polls?  What bad polls?