Monday, May 31, 2010
To argue that gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military is one thing, but to claim that doing so will close the divide ”that exists between military life and the rest of society” is, shall we say, a bit over the top.
Read the whole thing and see if the rest of Dionne’s commentary is consistent with his claim.
About an hour later, Rolling Thunder is still going strong.
Another half-hour passes, Rolling Thunder continues. Most of the riders are returning the sergeant's salute. I timed the cyclists' passage at about 1 motorcycle per second for nearly three hours. Between 9 and 12 thousand had passed when we finally left our perch on the bridge to go to the Mall for other ceremonies.
A look down the bridge to the Mall with the Washington Monument in the background.
One of the few non-motorcycles to make the trek from the Pentagon - a remembrance of soldiers lost from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
And finally, a concert for the Rolling Thunder veterans at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The band is the U.S. Army band "Downrange". They were excellent, and greeted enthusiatically by the vets.
Arlington National Cemetary
The 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary.
World War II Memorial on the National Mall. One of the few remaining WWII veterans was there having having his picture taken with his family.
A view of the Washington Monument from the WWII Memorial.
Korean War Memorial on the National Mall.
Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall.
And a final remembrance.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
So -- now that the President has announced that he is 'in charge' why doesn’t he just walk out to the spill site and command the oil to stop flowing? Isn’t he the man who, two years ago this week, "declared that his very nomination as Democratic-party presidential candidate (never mind his election, or inauguration) marked the moment when ‘our planet began to heal’ and ‘the rise of the oceans began to slow’?"
Entitlements in the Obama era are no longer a decent provision for the vulnerable; they are intended for citizens at every stage of life.He’s certainly trying.
Americans resist taking this lollipop precisely because America is not Europe -- which even Europe, it seems, can no longer afford to be.But, hopefully, not succeeding. Read the whole thing.
Louisiana's request to build sand barriers to protect marshes threatened by oil was still "under consideration" -- nearly two weeks after Gov. Bobby Jindal made the request.“The 1990 Oil Pollution Act ... created new procedures for offshore cleanups, specifically putting the federal government in charge of such operations.” And 40 days later, our President finally “took charge.”
Obama yesterday finally gave the go-ahead to build the sand barriers -- but only for half of the 86 miles requested.
That's hardly reassuring to the people of Louisiana -- who have already been forced to close three beaches.
As I pointed out in an earlier post, the first priority should be to plug the d#*! hole; the second priority should be to clean up, and the last priority to apportion blame. Looks like the President got the order backwards.
The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They're in one reality, he's in another.Of course. He’s from the “reality-based” community. Read it all.
ADDED. Peggy Noonan has joined the Tea Party: “When you ask a government far away in Washington to handle everything, it will handle nothing well.” Welcome, Peggy.
Friday, May 28, 2010
So Bush couldn’t be trusted to exercise that authority responsibly, but Obama can.
Yeah, right. It's all about control.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Their surprise, perhaps; not mine.
UPDATE: Interesting - the debt tracker, supposedly updated daily, is still stuck on Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Gulf oil spill, perhaps?
I would like to believe this won’t be swept under the rug, but it will.
As long as it takes to gain full control of the country.
And a bit of an odd post, as well, since from the comments and other posts the Oil Drum appears to be something of an "environmental survivalist" web site.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
[A] third of all adults support the Tea Party, and slightly less than a quarter oppose it. Do they know what they are supporting, or opposing?For the Tea Party supporters, yes, as a matter of fact, we do. And if Kinsley had ever attended an event, he might as well. In comparing the Tea Party movement to the anti-war 1960’s, Kinsley writes:
[T]he 1960s were by, for, and about young people. The Tea Party movement is by, for, and about middle-aged and old people. If young people discover a cause and become a bit overwrought or monomaniacal, that’s easily forgiven as part of the charm of youth. When adults of middle age and older throw tantrums and hold their breath until they turn blue, it’s less charming.Hmm. When young people riot in the streets, vandalize private property, and plot to blow up people, it’s being “a bit overwrought.” When adults hold peaceful protests, it’s “less charming.” Did Kinsley and I live through a different 60’s?
The antiwar movement and the 1960's changed America in numerous ways forever. The Tea Party Patriots will be an answer on Jeopardy or a crossword-puzzle clue.Kinsley might want to revisit that claim on November 3.
The essence [of the 60’s] was selfless and idealistic: stopping the war; ending racism; eradicating poverty. These goals and some of the methods for achieving them may have been childishly romantic or even entirely wrongheaded, but they were about making the world a better place.Kinsley’s half-right: the methods were entirely wrongheaded, and the Tea Party movement is largely about fixing those mistakes.
The Tea Party movement’s goals, when stated specifically, are mostly self-interested.Well, yes, if by “self-interested” he allows us to include our children and grandchildren. We’re less interested in our retirement than their retirement, our Medicare than their healthcare, our debt than their debt. We believe that less government, not more government, is the better “solution to what ails America.”
“I like what they’re saying. It’s common sense,” a random man-in-the-crowd told a Los Angeles Times reporter at a big Tea Party rally. Then he added, “They’ve got to focus on issues like keeping jobs here and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.” These, of course, are projects that can be conducted only by Big Government [emphasis added].Could it possibly be that those are issues precisely because of “Big Government”? In Michael Kinsley’s world, of course not.
Postel has long been of the opinion that no defense is better than an imperfect defense. I prefer the view that something is better than nothing. Improvements will come.
Question: how much longer until the government requires 401k and 403b plans to invest only in target-date funds? I’m betting not long.
On May 6, the Department of Labor and Securities Exchange Commission released a primer on target date funds for investors and plan participants. The primer contains background on the funds along with a list of considerations for possible investors to take into account; the considerations include:
Whether or not a hands-off investment approach
Whether the fund has an appropriate risk level
Whether the fund's glidepath is appropriate
Whether the fees are acceptable
PowerLine comments: “If many people suspect that those around them who appear to be Mexican might be illegals, maybe we should blame the 12 million or so Mexicans who are, in fact, illegals, rather than accusing the people of Arizona of bigotry.”
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I’d be happy if they demonstrated any knowledge of the Middle East.
No, on second thought, make that “I’d be happy if they demonstrated any knowledge, period.”
Republican Charles Djou topped Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) to succeed retired Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) in Congress.Given that he was fighting a split Democratic party in the special election, it’s not likely that Djou will retain the seat in November when he’s competing against a single Democrat candidate.
But we can hope.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Big surprise ... when all your funds are allocated for saving the Earth from evil capitalists, there’s not much left for the basics.
Link from Instapundit.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Al Qaeda could be a much bigger problem than it is if the terrorists weren’t so damned incompetent.
I doubt Gore will be invited back for another commencement.
My thought: all he needs is the little hat to look exactly like a Pilgram.
Linked from Hot Air.
People are really pissed — if I may employ the governor’s term of art. And what they’re pissed about is almost entirely economic. The old red state-blue state lineup based on social issues is obsolete. At the moment, the people seem to have a better understanding of our fiscal situation than the politicians.And now it’s up to us, the voters, to make sure the politicians understand.
Read it all.
Read it all.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It’s going to be a rough 2-1/2 years until we can get some adult supervision in the White House.
Hmm that's an interesting concept ... using the tax code as a method of punishment. [A]ll this time I thought that the purpose of taxation was to raise revenue, not to punish people whom politicians may not, for whatever reason, like.And follow the link in Boortz’ post; it’s interesting to me that we have to go to a UK newspaper to get real US news.
That’s probably a bit harsh on the UFO cultists.
The Washington Examiner’s Chris Stirewalt adds insult to injury [5th item]: “Souder is so strange-looking that he might be commended under different circumstances for finding not one but two women who would have constituent relations with him.”
One, the Vision for Space Exploration, announced in 2004, may have been a sea-change policy, but it was never sold to the public as anything beyond Constellation. This was a serious error.
And two, whether NASA “got the details wrong” in developing Constellation in lieu of immediately commercializing manned launch services, there is still a need for Ares until “Pan American World Spaceways” can become viable.
Previous posts here and here.
What is it with these Administration nitwits? Are they so ashamed of America that they’re determined to bring it down to their level?
Decades after the Exxon Valdez spill, the technology used to clean up spills is virtually unchanged: barges, booms, burning, dispersing, scrubbing. The problem with that is, these methods weren't effective then, and they aren't now.While we’re at it, why not try to make ‘doing nothing’ - or more precisely, doing little - profitable? As the C.W. Roberts folks suggested at the end of their video, recover the oil-soaked straw, dry it, and use it for fuel.
So if cleanup is costly, ineffective and potentially harmful, then aren't we just doing it for appearances? (And not actual appearances, but, worse, political appearances?) Indeed, if we can just get over the way it sounds, "the cost of doing nothing" might actually be far less than the cost of doing something.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Frankly, except for the Taliban’s incompetence, I’m surprised there haven’t been more already.
“[Soon-to-be-former House Speaker Nancy ]Pelosi tells an audience in DC that ObamaCare is an “entrepreneurial bill,” because it will let people quit being productive and allow them to leech off of … entrepreneurs”:
We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.Yeah, just join the circus and let Mom and Dad (the taxpayers) pick up the bill.
Upper-division area and ethnic studies students rated Climate of Respect for Personal Beliefs at 4.16. Humanities and social science students gave it a substantially higher 4.80, and science, engineering, math, and business students rated it even higher at 5.05. Obviously, field of study affected scores.“Chatman attributes the low climate scores in area and ethnic studies precisely to the instruction students receive in those classes.... Whereas a math student might hear a remark and think nothing of it, an African American Studies student might discern prejudice and stereotyping.”
In plain English, “area and ethnic studies” students may be being taught to become racists.
• Appropriators lostVictories are still victories, but the war isn’t over.
• Tea tastes good
• Democrats can still win
• The far left isn’t dead
• Politics will still be polarized
I have a great idea: let’s track the BMI’s of politicians first and require them to diet and undergo counseling if they’re found to be “overweight or obese.” Let them be the exemplars of the “Healthy Choices Act.”
"While Americans across the country have been tightening their belts and dealing with a wave of new taxes, fees, and regulations, the EPA has launched a video contest to celebrate their brand of over-regulation.”
The Heritage Foundation has an entry here. Reason TV submitted three entries; they can be found here.
Enjoy them all.
Linked from Instapundit.
C W Roberts Contracting has just received contract to do the “hay thing” for all the 26 miles of Walton County, Florida beaches including Sandestin. If it works, it will make the EPA look silly.
The YouTube link is here.
For Matthews, the solution to every problem is more government.
Read the whole thing, and follow the comments. Clearly Palin was at least as experienced as now-President Obama, but she’s probably ruled out in 2012, less by her own hand than by the President’s incredible incompetence in office. They
Read the whole article, then ask yourself one question: “Who’s not represented?”
The consumer. The patient is – at best – a thing to be fixed (cheaply).
[T]he government hasn't offered much evidence that a widespread return to defined benefit options [annuities] is a net improvement for society.I think she’s right. The evidence to date suggests to me that on my worst day I’m better at managing my investments than the government could possibly be on it’s best day.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
[T]he public option is alive and well, residing in Section 1334, pages 97-100, of the new health care law. That section gives the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — which presently manages the federal civil service — new responsibilities: establishing and running two entirely new government health insurance programs to compete directly with private insurance companies in every state with coverage for people outside of government.And it’s not going away until every single one of the congresscreatures* who voted for this Obamanation goes away.
Quoting the new law, former OPM director Donald Devine notes that it makes the OPM boss a health care czar, with power to set “‘profit margin premiums and other such terms and conditions of coverage as are in the interest of enrollees in such plans.’ That’s open-ended. You can do anything.” Dan Blair, another former OPM director, calls the new program “nothing but a placeholder for the public option.” Indeed, the OPM head is also given the authority to “appoint as many employees” as needed to run the program, and to spend “such sums as may be necessary” to establish and administer it.
*I can’t bring myself to call them “congresscritters” any more – it’s an insult to dumb animals.
Follow the link to the Washington Times interview for details. This comment sums it up pretty well:
In the interest of consistency, the City of Los Angeles should, in addition to boycotting Arizona, also boycott Californina as well.Let’s forget the border fence with Mexico; put one up between the U.S. and California instead.
Yessiree. The Democrats are ideologically diverse (ranging from far left to extreme left) while the the Republicans are “opting for ideological purity” as “more-conservative-than-thou.”
The lens that Dionne and those of his ilk see through is so narrow that anything to the right of his focus is on the fringe. As a friend once said about another liberal: “He’s so far out on the left that the middle of the bird looks right wing.”
This by the man who started the “blame game” himself.
Mr. Obama, until the leak is completely and thoroughly plugged up, if you don’t have something constructive to say, please shut up.
The first order of business is to plug the damn leak. The second order of business is to clean up the mess. The third order of business is to find out what happened – and how it happened.
The last order of business is to assign blame, and Mr. President, as an engineer with 30+ years of experience, I can assure that there will be plenty of blame to pass around, and some of it will be on your watch.
I can say with absolute certainty that when the final report is written, it will be shown that the explosion and subsequent events will prove to have been caused by a number of mistakes, errors of judgement, communication lapses, mechanical failures and unanticipated problems, some serious, most not so serious, that had they occured in a different sequence would not have resulted in a catastrophic failure.
There will be a valuable lesson to be learned from the Deepwater Horizon explosion: leave the ’blamestorming’ for last. That the lesson will be learned is unlikely.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Now we have Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s undergraduate thesis at Princeton University: “Socialism in New York City.”
The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism's decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one's fellows than it is'to battle an entrenched and powerful' foe. Yet if 'the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope.Question: Why didn’t the Washington Post break this story?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Link via Instapundit.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has opened an investigation into whether Professor Michael Mann (whose “hide the decline” email was an the center of the Climategate scandal) violated the Commonwealth’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act when he served as a faculty member at the University of Virginia. Dr. Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars, comments:
At NAS , we are neither supporters nor skeptics of climate science per se. We support good science on important topics. Good science, however, sometimes requires more than closely-cabined peer review. It also requires public accountability. And this is especially true in a campus atmosphere dominated by unscientific certainty on the matters in question. The reigning unscientific certainty in higher education is visible in lots of ways, including the 685 college and university presidents in the United States that have signed on to a preemptive declaration—the College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment—that treats global warming caused by human emissions as a settled fact which requires by way of response “integrating sustainability into the curriculum.”Read it all.
Linked from PowerLine.
For the first time in history, applicants will be able to submit résumés and cover letters and will not be required to complete knowledge skills and ability essays.“Down with knowledge, skills, and ability! No need for that stuff in the federal workforce!”
I must have worked for the government before history began (1968 actually) since all I filled out was the 4-page SF-171. But in 1968 I was a new college graduate – it was obvious I had no knowledge, skills, or ability - and then, as now, there was “no need for that stuff in the federal workforce.”
I lasted 18 months.
These guys must take prescription-strength stupidity pills daily to maintain this level of incompetence.
In place of the solid electrodes of a conventional battery, flow batteries use two liquid electrolytes that react when pumped through a cell stack. The battery is broken down into a cell stack and two large electrolyte tanks; as the electrolyte flows past a porous membrane in each cell, ions and electrons flow back and forth, charging or discharging the battery.Voltage and current capacity are defined by the chemical reaction used and the number, size, and connection of the individual battery cells. Energy storage capacity is defined by the size of the electrolyte storage tanks. Recharging simply means reversing the current flow - or putting in fresh electrolyte.
Wow. The ‘nonviolent coup’ remark is particularly ironic ... I always thought that the ability to vote to remove from the leadership of your organization someone who isn’t performing to your expectations was called democracy.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Uh, right. Subsidize those who can afford to buy the “good stuff;” tax those who can’t. Makes perfect (liberal) sense.
Follow both links.
The link is here [9th comment].
Seriously, this is just another example of galloping nanny-statism. Surely there’s a better way to waste my taxpayer money.
Bachmann for Congress discovered an attack on its website, which resulted in users in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome to receive virus alerts and some to download viruses. After a search with web developers, the offending code was found and removed from the website.Democrats must be feeling very, very threatened. Rightly so.
"This malicious attack caused unsuspecting supporters and Internet users to inadvertently download viruses to their computers, and it is disturbing there are people who spend their time and energy on causing havoc to innocent volunteers," Campaign Manager Gina Countryman said. "We take the security of our website and our volunteers very seriously. We took swift action with our developers to find and remove damaging codes and protect our supporters. We have no reason to believe any data was removed, and no contributor lists are housed on our website."
Any supporters who were affected by the attack should run a basic anti-virus program on their computer, and seek help if they need to have any viruses removed. While the offending code has been removed, some security software programs are being notified of the correction and may still have the website flagged.
We have more information than ever before. We're never away from it. The air around us fairly hums with it... And yet I can't shake the sense that we are all becoming stupider and stupider—and that we are, on average, less well informed today than we were a generation ago.Translation: You boobs out there aren’t reading Newsweak ... er, Newsweek.
We're not thinking. We're processing.... We're digitally dithering, clicking on links and swimming through a torrent of useless garbage being thrown at us by idiots and self-promoters, pundits and PR flacks and marketing people.Translation: gratuitous insult alert.
[I]n the midst of all this, Glenn Beck has become an influential television commentator, and Sarah Palin is a credible candidate for president in 2012. You think this is a coincidence?Gratuitous insult arrival. Funny you should bring that up ... remember your snide comment about “swimming through a torrent of useless garbage”? It’s name is Newsweek.
No way. What's happening is this ... we've become a nation of Internet-powered imbeciles....Speak for yourself.
Sadly, I don't see that changing any time soon. If anything, I imagine it will get worse.For you, yes. And remember to ask me if I want fries with my hamburger.
This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live. Around the world and here at home, there are those who would attack our citizens and who would slaughter innocent men, women, and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda. They will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life. But once again, an attempted attack has been — failed.Amateur ... can’t even take credit for failing.
I’d like to see more politicians with scientific – and engineering - backgrounds. But I damned sure don’t want to see any more “political” scientists.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Read it all; then follow the link.
Using "gender" to distinguish between male and female creatures is almost exclusively a mark of being undereducated or overcredentialed (which in my experience often overlaps).Translation: “undereducated and overcredentialed” = politically correct.
Which is why November 2, 2010 is so important.
My thoughts here.
Link from Hot Air is here. At no extra cost, a Megyn Kelly interview with Sarah Palin.
I do think that David Brooks is onto something when he notes that her relentless careerism, her pitch-perfect blandness, are a little creepy.I’m inclined to agree with McArdle in the sense that for Kagan, there’s no ‘there’ there - no core values, no convictions, no opinions, no passion; nothing except self-advancement .Do we really want people in power whose only reason for being in power is self-aggrandizement (cf. Charlie Crist)?
The reference to David Brooks (Organization Kids) is here.
Democrats defeated a financial reform amendment that would have put $145 billion bailout recipients Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac off the dole within five years, arguing that it was too risky to do anything to create uncertainty in the housing market until later on.
But government reform is like having kids. It’s never the right time, so you might as well get on with it.
Senators can call their pending bill many things, but as Mr. McCain said yesterday, they should not dare call it reform of the financial system.”
Halliburton executive Tim Probert testified that his company hadn't placed a final cement plug within the well when the blowout occurred. Such plugs, designed to keep gas from escaping up the pipe, are normally put in before heavy drilling fluid known as "mud" is removed, In this case, mud was removed before a final plug was placed.Hmm.
A rig worker ... said permission had been sought from the MMS [Minerals Management Service, a government requlatory agency] to do the procedures in the unusual order, withdrawing mud before placing the final cement plug. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declined to comment on whether the MMS, part of his department, had given such permission.
Al Gore acolyte Cathy Zoi, the Energy Department official in charge of energy efficiency, has testified in favor of the caulkers bill, which the House passed last week. She would administer it if it became law and is married to an executive at a window company that has pushed for this legislation. Zoi, formerly chief executive officer of the Gore-initiated Alliance for Climate Protection, also owns stock options in Serious Windows.When government injects itself into the economy, opportunities for cronyism come with the territory. After all, it’s only your money.
“All during that period, she has reached out to veterans in the law school, she has been at promotions ceremonies, she’s recognized veterans coming to the law school. So this is not a single bit of anti-military bias. She does think, and I agree with her, that the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy is a very bad policy.”Typical of the left: if they don’t agree with a law, then it’s right and proper to ignore it.
On the other hand, they're not passing bills they haven't read.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It’s an interesting question. David Frum seems to be trying to make the case for ducking; I would argue that he’s ‘leading from behind’ -- expending his Democrat congresscritters at a prodigious rate in hopes of achieving his goals before he runs out of congresscritters for ammunition.
“Bob’s for jobs” - no longer just a campaign slogan.
Linked from the Washington Examiner [third item].
Q: What was the most positive result of the “Cash for Clunkers” program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
- from Letterman.
I hope the heavy equipment makes it first ... it, at least, can be used.
I wonder if he said anything similar when the Bush administratio nominated John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court? Somehow, I doubt it.
It’s a good idea – if it’s coupled with a requirement to put the plants near the consumers.
Uh, huh. The Obama administration aggressively blamed everyone but themselves ....
Jeez. Can an administration possibly be more incompetent?
Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports.I’ll believe my lyin’ eyes, thank you very much. Even though the wife and I have already partially ‘gone Galt’, our monthly state and federal taxes - alone, excluding FICA - are well above the quoted 9.2% (and yes, I do know how to do percentages).
If I look at all taxes from our 2009 tax return data, the percentage is roughly double; triple including FICA and Medicare; more if sales taxes are included -- and we can’t claim even being close to Obama’s evil rich earning $250K or more.
Linked from JammieWearingFool.
While their power is limited, it is nevertheless unconditional where it exists. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi need the assent of the people of the United States to govern this country. But the people don't need any such thing. In the limited sphere where they rule, they are supreme.Democrats will be hit the hardest, but Republicans will be fools to believe they will escape unscathed.
This is easy to forget because it is rare to see the people actually wield their power in its full force.
That's bad news for the establishment this year. They're going to wake up on the morning of November 3rd and be reminded of who is actually in charge of this country.
Link from Neal Boortz [5th item].
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
“It’s value lies, or used to lie, in being ‘something informed people read’.”
I think that’s almost correct. I had the misfortune of perusing a recent Newsweek at the doctor’s office last week (there was nothing else to read). It was a morass of liberal arrogance weakly disguised as “news.” A waste of time now that I can get my news elsewhere.
Far from seeing failure, Gibbs saw reason for celebration. Shahzad was found quickly, he pointed out, with federal, state and local authorities working together. "So in many ways, we want to celebrate the success of, rightly so, of what law enforcement was able to do," Gibbs said.There have been 4 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since the Obama administration began; one success and three failures. The one success was by a U.S.-trained terrorist: Maj. Nadal Hasan. The three failures were due to terrorist incompetence, not Homeland Security competence.
Tell that to Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "These guys continue to be in denial," Hoekstra says of the White House. "We're just a couple of smart people away from having 300, 400, 500 Americans killed. We have to express our appreciation to the FBI and the New York Police Department for capturing this guy, but our focus should be on how he got to Times Square and almost blew up an SUV loaded with explosives. That's not success in my book. Success would have been identifying this guy and making sure he didn't get to Times Square."
The Obama administration is developing a clean energy system as if it were a science project. The focus is on technology and ideas, not systems and strategic goals. The emphasis is on near term solutions with no effort made to envision what the whole system should look like 40 years from now. There are no phases, no disciplined reviews, no milestones. The hope seems to be that somebody will invent something great, solving all our problems in the blink of an eye.No sh*t, Sherlock. Now on to systems engineering process:
[A]s with any long-term program, engineers incorporate risks and uncertainties into the engineering development plan. A clear purpose, the strategic goal, is what simplifies classic engineering development plans. Every approach is continuously tested against its ability to achieve the goal. Further, the suite of strategic scenarios is simplified by separating engineering from policy, ignoring legacy system constraints, and basing plans on technology as we know it today, rather than hoping for grand innovations.Pavlak is marketing for energy development, particularly nuclear power, so his bias is evident in the article. But his thoughts on development process are correct, and should be adopted much more widely in the public policy domain.
I learned from this episode only that Cinco de Mayo is the moral equivalent for many of our citizens to the Fourth of July, that no one in authority at an American high school understands the U.S. Constitution, that students wearing American flags were at one point to be suspended, and those ditching class in mass were not; that reconciliation is defined by each group putting their own respective flags next to each other and then blaming the press for this national embarrassment; and that in our parochial and isolated culture of central and coastal California, no one seems to imagine that elsewhere Americans are not all unhinged, but in fact see us as the deranged.Deranged. Yes, indeed.
So now it's ethical to give into violent mobs.And afterwards:
The Tea Party has gotten beaten up for the past year for embodying a threat of violence that doesn't actually exist.
The lesson we are getting is that maybe it should. After all, if you want something, the ethical thing is to threaten somone who disagrees with you.
Kathleen Sullivan, a school board trustee, said Live Oak experienced problems on Cinco de Mayo last year. She said some students had complained to the principal and vice principal that they had felt intimidated by students waving American flags.I have to wonder what would have happened if the American students had complained that they felt intimidated by students waving Mexican flags. Perhaps it’s time to find out.
One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others.... Apparently you need a lot of expensive education, sometimes including courses on ethics, before you can start talking about "a duty to die."Yes, it probably does take considerable ‘education’ to overwrite these three simple words: “Duty, Honor, Country.”
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: it does appear to have been a case of over-anxiety.
U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan might soon be eligible for a “courageous restraint” medal awarded for not using force.The original article is here.
The idea is to encourage troops to the central component of the Obama-McChrystal strategy: protect Afghan civilians both from the Taliban and our efforts to defeat the Taliban. In a very direct sense, the plan asks Americans to die for the security of the Afghan population in an effort to establish the trust needed to build a new nation that is less hospitable to radical Islam. It envisions forming a common bond with the indigenous people against the common enemy of the Taliban and doing so on a timetable.
We all remember George C. Scott’s line in Patton: “I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.”
Scott did not have to consider the third option of dying for someone else’s country.
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