Jul
31
2013
3

Barack Obama verbally backhands, mocks *Democrat* Rep. Sean Maloney of New York.

Because, apparently, God forbid that a minor court functionary try to get the Sun King to run herd on his ministers:

During a question and answer session Wednesday with Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama offered what Democratic sources said was a testy response to a question about a federal loan guarantee program, with one source in the room calling it “rude and dismissive.”

[snip]

The query came from Maloney, a New York Democrat, whose office says the freshman lawmaker asked the president about a company in his district that applied for a loan guarantee through the Department of Energy in 2009, but whose application has been stuck in the final approval stages.

Obama responded by first mocking Maloney’s rather diffident request for some top-down action, then followed up with a fine old sneer at Maloney’s NY-18 district for requiring that its representative have a spine and an independent existence.  The other members of Obama’s court have since attempted to tamp down all of this by suggesting that everybody’s just fine with each other, ha ha, politics is not for the thin-skinned, ho ho, we’re all one big happy family; oh, and of course they’ll look into Maloney’s district’s problem now.  Because, you must understand, the King may have his passions and his tempers, but they always blow over in the end… (more…)

Jul
31
2013
1

Showing the flag.

At first I was all, Sit down, dude:

Visitors to the [US Navy Memorial] today encounter two flagpoles designed to look like ships’ masts, on which 14 signal flags are arrayed in four groups. Each flag represents a letter. Together, they are supposed to spell: U-S-N-A-V-Y-M-E-M-O-R-I-A-L.

Robert Royer is a lawyer and a yachtsman, a terrible combination as far as memorial officials are concerned. He says the flags represent a classic example of low seafaring standards. Mr. Royer, picking a fight with the Navy memorial officials, says at sea the flags would be read as codes, not letters.

Indeed, there are several different ways to read signal flags. “Vomiting is present. Man overboard,” the flags on one yardarm would read. M-E-M is the signal for vomiting. O means someone has fallen into the sea.

…but then I decided that everybody needs a hobby. Robert Royer’s is going to the US Navy and nagging them about their signal flags, which I suspect comforts the US Navy on some hidden level. Somebody still cares about this!  Tradition is not dead! I figure that this is why they won’t change the flags; if they do Robert won’t come around to complain any more, and they’ll miss him.

Or something. I’m running around right now.  I don’t even know where I saw this first.

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Jul
31
2013
9

The National Journal mistakes patience for despair.

There’s a lot to push back on in this National Journal piece (short version: Ron Fournier doesn’t like the Republican party that much, but he still thinks that Barack Obama sucks at leadership), but I want to drill down on this:

Obama could still do great things. But not if he and his advisers underestimate a president’s powers, and don’t know how to exploit them. Not if his sympathizers give Obama cover by minimizing his influence. Cover to fail. Not if the president himself is outwardly and boundlessly dismissive of his critics, telling The New York Times, “I’m not concerned about their opinions.”

To say the situation is intractable seems akin to waving a white flag over a polarized capital: Republicans suck. We can’t deal with them. Let’s quit.

I’m afraid they have quit—all of them, on both sides. At the White House and in Congress, most Democrats and Republicans have abandoned hope of fixing the nation’s problems.

(more…)

Jul
31
2013
6

How long did @NancyPelosi know that Bob Filner (D) was a predator?

Because Bob Filner apparently didn’t start when he became mayor of San Diego:

Lisa Curtin, who is director of government and military education at San Diego City College, is the eighth woman to accuse Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

[snip of allegations of crude sexual advances made towards Ms. Curtin]

Curtin said at the time, neither she nor her staffers reported the incident to authorities because of shock and fear.

“Filner made it very clear how powerful he thought he was,” Curtin said. “He discussed that in the meeting; The kind of authority he had, that he had been pulling strings all over San Diego for many years.”

How many women in Washington DC have similar stories?  And how many of those women are afraid of Washington DC Democrats making their lives hell if they speak out? (more…)

Jul
31
2013
2

The pointless MIT Aaron Swartz report.

:Rolling eyes: I know that I’m in the minority on this one, but why was this report even necessary?

A long-awaited report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the university made mistakes but engaged in no wrongdoing in the case of Aaron Swartz, a renowned programmer and charismatic technology activist who committed suicide in January while facing a federal trial on charges of hacking into the M.I.T. computer network.

M.I.T. did not urge federal law enforcement officials to prosecute Mr. Swartz, the report found, and remained neutral in the case. But the university “missed an opportunity to demonstrate the leadership that we pride ourselves on,” based on its reputation as an institution known “for promoting open access to online information, and for dealing wisely with the risks of computer abuse.”

(more…)

Jul
31
2013
8

Gov. Pat McCrory (R, North Carolina) shuts down pro-abortion protest! …by giving them cookies.

Bless their hearts.

That was not a typo.  Or euphemism.

cookies

Gov. Pat McCrory hasn’t been willing to meet with the women (and a few men) protesting an abortion bill that opponents say restricts access to safe abortions. But he did stop by this afternoon with a plate of chocolate chip cookies.

McCrory was flanked by four security guards as he came out of the mansion gates. Before stepping onto common ground with the protesters – he went as far as the middle of the street between his mansion and the vigil – McCrory pointed directly at Jamie Sohn, a Chapel Hill resident.

[snip]

Sohn said McCrory told her: “ ‘These are for you. God bless you, God bless you, God bless you.’ ” He handed her the plate of cookies, and waved as he walked away. She said she was too stunned to say anything back.

 

(more…)

Jul
30
2013
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“Gold Rush/St. Anne’s Reel.”

Gold Rush / St. Anne’s Reel, Ewan Dobson

stupid bears got this song stuck in my head i had to buy the stupid album stupid bears

Jul
30
2013
1

And now, bears pole-dancing.

I’m so sorry for putting it that way.

(No, I’m not.)

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Jul
30
2013
3

Ooo: BioShock Infinite’s Burial At Sea Trailer.

Looks very interesting.

I should probably play the original Bioshocks at some point.  Particularly at THAT price… fine, fine, I’ll download ’em.

Jul
30
2013
2

“Caleb’s Girls Fund.”

This is related to the thing that was bothering me, earlier in the week.  Caleb’s a good guy and an old colleague: beats me up that he’s having these problems right now.

Jul
30
2013
5

Montana AG Tim Fox shoots down gun-shaming* attempts.

This should not be surprising.

Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox has taken a stand against revealing the identities of concealed weapon permit holders.

[snip]

Montana’s AG Fox, a Republican, said he had received numerous requests recently, mainly from media, for the names and addresses of those legally authorized to carry concealed weapons in that vast Western state. The requests sought all available information on the permit holder, including date of birth, employer, Social Security and state driver’s license number.

In a legal memo, Fox came down on the side of denying all those requests, ruling “that the privacy of permit holders exceeds the public’s right to know.”

Basically, AG Fox noted that the media likes to take this information and turn it into projects that try to gun-shame people who own firearms.  It doesn’t really work, of course; but then ‘working’ may not be the primary goal for advocates of the practice.  ‘Lashing out’ is probably more accurate.  Kudos to Fox for telling the Media to go take a hike…

Moe Lane

*Yeah, that description was picked with malice aforethought.  Hopefully, I’ll either get some incredibly huffy responses, or some extremely tortured attempts to flip it back on me.  Either will be good for a laugh.

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