Nov
04
2013

Quote of the Day, There Are No Magic Government Gnomes edition.

Ain’t it the truth:

If the government can’t build a health care website, how is it going to actually run health care for an entire country is the obvious question that so many are asking. And the obvious answer is that it will run it the way it ran the website. It will throw wads of money and people at the problem and then look for programs it doesn’t like to squeeze for extra cash.

The Navy had to be cut to the bone and the Benghazi mission had to make do without security so that a Canadian company which began employing a classmate of Michelle Obama’s could score over half a billion to build a broken website.

Via @charlescwcooke.  Admittedly, I am a bit more… ‘optimistic’ is not the right word.  I merely have the expectation that the Gods of the Copybook Headings have yet to speak up.  And that when they do, it will be merely painful, and not actually fatal.

Moe Lane

5 Comments

  • BigGator5 says:

    The Gods of the Copybook Headings have abandon us, thus why they won’t speak up. I honestly don’t blame them.

  • Greg says:

    Dang it Moe! I am simultaneously aggrevated and intrigued with nearly every post from you. Your oblique references intrigue me and tend to be a treasure hunt online (I read the poem, now I have to Google-hunt the definition of a Copybook and why the heading of such would have a God…It reminds me of an idiom my grandmother used to state in reference to my incessant talking, “My mouth ran like a clatterbowl in a goose’s arse.” Never knew what a clatterbowl was, nor why for that matter would one place it in the aforementioned locale.)

    The aggrevation comes into play when I realize I am not nearly as well read as I once thought.

    You and your English education. You do know that a Major as such will never take you anywhere. (Well, that is what MY Guidance Councilor told me, at least.)

    Love it. Keep it up, Moe!

    • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

      a) The modern school system might well be more about the appearance than the substance of education.
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      b) I am very much not an English major and I knew.
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      c) This is less stuff that the schools will teach, and more civic knowledge essential to the running of our society, which many of us must hunt down on our own.
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      d) The old British school system used copybooks for training hand writing. Take a book, print a sample line at the top of each page, and have them fill the rest of the page with their own copies. Fairly simple, but the real trick is picking sample lines that are actually useful and uplifting. In the common sense, if someone is telling you how wonderful you are, they are probably selling something sense.
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      e) The poem is talking about essential unchanging truths of human nature, and the world. These do not care what we think or say, but we convince ourselves otherwise at our peril.

  • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

    The linked article feels both like and unlike something I’ve read recently, perhaps I saw something with a different set of quotes from it.
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    The whole definition of civilization thing is relavant to my interests, as I have been stalled on a mini-essay for about a few months. Or maybe significantly distracted is the right term.
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    I dunno if he is right about us now. Confounding factors, and the mix of necrotic and vital flesh, and all that. The truth will be out in the end, as it comes time to harvest the fruits of the present.

    • acat says:

      See also Heinleinian bad luck, and God is an iron.
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      Put another way, you go on or you go under, and those who go on successfully write the histories.
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      Mew

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