Sep
30
2012
8

Apparently the youngest won’t go to sleep…

…so while I’m on ‘chase him back into bed’ watch I’d appreciate it if people could give a look-over of this Homesick Texan Carnitas recipe that I found online and offer up any suggestions on how the recipe could be improved.  I’ve already tried one batch and it came out fine, but it never hurts to get more input.

Sep
30
2012
9

#rsrh If you follow me (@moelane) on Twitter then you know…

…that I spent the time period from 7 to 8 being heavily impressed with Univision’s coverage of Operation Fast & Furious, despite the fact that I don’t speak Spanish and I was counting on people doing running translations for me.  I will have to sit down and watch the whole thing again once it’s subtitled, but this is my first takeaway: Univision made a compelling case that the US government is stonewalling any kind of meaningful investigation into what the hell happened, and it did so all the more powerfully by not taking a partisan political side.

But I will. I am with Paul Ryan on this:  FIRE ERIC HOLDER.  NOW.  And note that we’ve all been saying this for over a year at this point.

Sep
30
2012
8

#rsrh In which I fix Obama for America’s Commie agitprop poster for it.

Like Weasel Zippers, I can see how the “Forward” poster that OfA is flogging is pretty danged Commie all on its own; but the weak-sister bourgeois-sentimental crypto-Marxists over at Team Magic Beautiful Space Unicorn really didn’t make their poster pop.  So, I gave it a shot.

…Shocking how little I had to change it from the original, huh?

Sep
30
2012
4

Washington Post recounts assassination of Ambassador Stevens.

You know, you read this Washington Post article on the assassination of Ambassador Stevens, and you keep telling yourself This movie is completely unbelievable.

On the eve of his death, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was ebullient as he returned for the first time in his new role to Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that embraced him as a savior during last year’s civil war. He moved around the coastal town in an armored vehicle and held a marathon of meetings, his handful of bodyguards trailing discreetly behind.

Sure, that’s a great image for the cameras – some good distance and local shots for the film; quick shorthand for ‘this guy is important and influential’ for folks in the streets – but there’s no way that a real-life administration would just let one of its Ambassadors surrender so much control over his security. It’s just easier to defend a static area, and bring people to the meetings whenever possible. They’ll understand: real life ain’t Hollywood. (more…)

Sep
30
2012
--

…and that was just as well, because the Internet conked out anyway.

And oh, my, but the reaction of a toddler who has just been deprived of his Blue’s Clues Roku fix is a wonder to behold.  I’ve seen meth addicts… actually, no, now that I think of it I don’t think I have ever knowingly seen a meth addict, and I’m probably much happier for missing that particular adventure.  At any rate, that stuff must be made out of crack, or something.

Sep
30
2012
1
Sep
29
2012
2

“Tik tok.” …God help us all.

So, I asked about this Ke$ha person, and Ken Hite told me this:

…but it was a lie. A cruel, cruel lie.

Sep
29
2012
9

#rsrh Romney, Obama drawing about the same crowds in Ohio. Not that we’re being *told* that.

So, consider these two stories:

  • Barack Obama, Bowling Green, 09/26/2012: “President Barack Obama urged more than 5,000 students and supporters at the Stroh Center Wednesday afternoon to register to vote and cast their ballots early as part of his tour of Ohio campuses weeks before election day.” (The BG News, “Obama speaks to crowd of more than 5,000 at Stroh Center”)
  • Mitt Romney, Toledo, OH, 09/26/2012: “Lucas County Republican Party Chairman Jon Stainbrook estimated the crowd in the downtown convention center at just more than 4,000.” (The Toledo Blade, “Romney backers fill SeaGate Centre”)

Sounds like both candidates are out there, drawing reasonable crowds, filling their spaces: I think we can all agree that Barack is a run or two up – but that the two of them were in the same ballpark on Wednesday, right? (more…)

Sep
29
2012
15

#rsrh I… would heartily recommend that conservatives avoid news careers.

I saw this Washington Post article (via Hot Air), and I, well, winced.  To be fair, I believe that the author of that article is sincere when he says that the Washington Post should hire more conservatives for its news sections; but I do not believe that the author has really considered precisely how nasty and short a career those conservatives will have, once they start becoming effective.  The brutal truth of the matter is that conservatives have noted, time and again, that attempts to break into the bastion of liberal thought that is the newspaper business goes as follows:

  • A liberal Media organization announces fairly well-known up-and-coming conservative pundit/writer to work for them.
  • The Left goes through the pundit/writer’s backlog to find something that can be used to discredit him or her.
  • The Left full-court presses their “revelations” until something sticks.
  • The liberal Media organization caves, fires the pundit/writer.
  • The Left pats itself on the back.

(more…)

Sep
29
2012
8

More details about tomorrow’s Univision expose of Operation Fast & Furious.

Background: the Spanish-language media organization Univision has apparently been building up quite the head of steam over Operation Fast & Furious, which was an operation where we blithely let guns get handed over to Mexican narco-terrorist gangs with precisely zero oversight, hesitation, or interest in what said gangs would do with said weapons.  What they did with them, of course, was to use those guns to murder Mexican nationals.  The administration is stonewalling the investigation into all this (particularly the investigation into US Border Agent Brian Terry’s murder, as OF&F guns showed up at the murder scene); and Univision is promising a long, hard look at the ongoing debacle tomorrow.

And that look promises to be a doozy.  From the Christian Science Monitor: (more…)

Sep
29
2012
1

#rsrh Barack Obama has been a nightmare for African-Americans trying to get jobs.

OK, let’s just make this real simple.

In case it isn’t obvious, the above is a graph of the unemployment rate for the last ten years (2012, naturally, has only eight months’ worth of data; equally naturally, the Obama administration isn’t going to be improving said rate any time soon anyway).  I’ve sorted it out by the whole population; whites; and blacks. (data via the Bureau of Labor Statistics).  And as you can see from that graph, African-Americans have been more seriously hurt by this thoroughly rotten economy than whites have; the slow convergence towards the average rate that we saw happening throughout the Bush administration was wiped out in a quarter. And they will apparently continue to be more seriously hurt by this thoroughly rotten economy.  And, as near as anybody can tell, the Obama administration is remarkably indifferent to the widespread economic problems being faced by one of the Democratic party’s most loyal constituencies. (more…)

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