Jul
04
2015
2

Happy Independence Day! …Now get off the Internet.

Even if it’s raining.  Just pour yourself another cup of coffee and filch some more bacon.  That’s what I’m doing, because that’s the SMART thing to do.

Moe Lane

PS: A reminder to our enemies: you are not the first to conclude that my country is weak, and not worth worrying about. I tell you of this because there’s a weird thing about our enemies; most of them – particularly the ones that wrote us off – are, well, dead now and can’t tell anybody anything. Contemplate that for a while.

Jul
02
2015
3

James Webb: yet ANOTHER old, white dude running for President on the Democratic side.

(Via Instapundit) Seriously, James Webb’s gonna be 70 in 2016. Normally I’d say that’s pretty old for a Democratic Presidential candidate, except that this cycle it’s… not.  Old, white, almost all male… it’s like a Bizarro version of the bubonic plague.  The only Democrats that survived it were old folks with compromised immune systems.

Anyway, Webb’s officially in the race now; he’s apparently going to make a play for the anti-war vote. How this would play out in the general – given that, contra James Webb, we only started losing the war when we switched out Bush with Obama (something every Republican candidate plans to point out) – would be of interest, except that Webb won’t survive the primary. Too much… weirdness, and Webb won’t be a useful idiot for progressives this go-round, so no reason not to bring it up.

 

Jul
02
2015
7

Feds shaking down Burning Man festival.

Hey, you know how a lot of people who go to the Burning Man Festival every year are maybe the kind of people who would like there to be more government? OK! Here. HAVE SOME:

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials wants Burning Man organizers to spend $1 million on a VIP compound at this year’s festival.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday that federal officials have asked the festival to set up the compound — called the “Blue Pit” — complete with washers and dryers, hot water, air conditioning and couches for some of the 150 staffers who work the event each year.

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Jul
02
2015
3

Tweet of The Day, Did @DavidAxelrod Rip Me Off? edition.

How do you KNOW that David Axelrod didn’t rip me off?

Point.

Counterpoint.

Me, two weeks ago. (more…)

Jul
02
2015
10

Barack Obama takes a slap from the shadows at the Washington Redskins.

This is such an Obama administration thing to do. Which is to say, it’s petty, pointless, and precedent-setting. That last part isn’t a good thing, from the Democrats’ point of view: as somebody in the comments section here noted, the Washginton Redskins will probably just decide to wait a couple of years. Anyway, here’s the key grafs from The Hill:

The National Park Service (NPS) owns the land under the 54-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, a venue two miles east of the Capitol that hosted the Redskins from 1961 to 1996. Some city leaders want to demolish the current stadium and build a new one to lure the football team back from suburban Maryland.

But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, whose department includes the NPS, told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in April that, unless the Redskins change their name, the Obama administration would not work to accommodate construction of a new venue, according to The Washington Post.

So, if you have problems with any facet of the stadium’s aging infrastructure between now and when the new one comes up, Redskins fans, remember: it’s all because Barack Obama likes to engage in sneak behavior. He’d lose an open fight over this issue, and he knows it – so he’ll instead try to use the government as a club to get his way, pretty much exactly like an entitled man-child with no useful skill set. This is the way it goes.

Moe Lane

PS: Personally, I don’t particularly think that the Redskins need a new stadium anyway. Of course, I’m a Giants fan who hasn’t watched a game in forever, so what do I know?

 

Jul
02
2015
2

European Leftists flock to join in on being Greece’s Other People’s Money.

I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry. This Guardian piece on the attempt to crowdfund paying off a mere 1.5 billion portion of the debt that the Greek government has wracked up has it all: bad logic, worse economic theory, a smoking case of We have to do something. This is something; therefore, this is what we have to do, and of course the lingering suspicion that the guy who set up the crowdfunder has just the slightest bit of trouble seeing the Greeks as people, rather than amusingly ethnic animate cardboard cutouts that just can’t help but screw up in a wacky fashion.  Indeed, this is probably the most significant line in the piece:

But just think of the party!

…Yeah, that’s pretty much how the Greek government got into this mess. More accurately: it forgot to think of anything else. Even if you gave them the money, what’s going to happen when they need more? And more? And more? And more? – Since it appears that the European Left wants to enable this behavior, and everything. In fact, there’s a certain ring to it: since the Left loves spending Other People’s Money so much, they should be the first ones to do that.

FOREVER.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Jul
02
2015
6

Ah, the MVA.

Bad parking, nonexistent staff, insufficient helpful signage, no help on the automatic kiosks, and the usual miasma of subtle, bureaucratic despair*. I give the various motor vehicle agencies credit: customer service, when you can actually find a human being, has improved. But the workers clearly don’t want to be there any more than I did. Hell, I could at least leave.  Eventually… after the above conditions all conspired to turn a five minute errand into a sixty minute chore.

…I don’t even need to say it at this point, do I?  I don’t have to: you already know the point. Left, Right, Beyond Pluto: you can follow the political analogy in your sleep by now.  That’s prime agitprop right there: prime. Also completely true, but then nobody ever said that propaganda had to be a lie.

Moe Lane

*Also, a rainstorm and an easily-bored small child; but neither are actually the MVA’s fault, so it’s unfair to score them against the agency.

Jul
01
2015
3

Bernie Sanders pulls in 10K for his “I’m not Hillary Clinton!” rally.

As you may have guessed, I am not overly concerned about the fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist, VT) got ten thousand people in Madison, Wisconsin this evening: “Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders drew 10,000 supporters, the largest crowd of his campaign thus far, according to reports.” …they got nowhere else to go, after all. Now, if I was on Hillary Clinton’s staff, I would be concerned. Perhaps even overly.  Definitely overly. Because that particular Democratic crowd is being fueled by a blend of several different things, none of which Hillary Clinton can provide. She may end up spending a good deal more money than she expected to crush this upstart of hers.

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Jul
01
2015
7

Why, this Trump-De Blasio War of 2015 will be EPIC.

(Via Instapundit) Absolutely EPIC: “New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a statement today that the city is reviewing all of Trump’s contracts with the city due to his “disgusting and offensive” remarks.” Newsday has more, which includes at least one politician trying to be rude about Donald Trump without actually saying that will lead to Trump either divesting from NYC – or, worse, including the politician in the coming lawsuit that will drift into De Blasio’s life like that iceberg drifted into the Titanic’s. Note that I do not make value judgments about said lawsuit: I merely predict that one will occur.

Seriously, I’m not involved in this one: if I had to choose between Trump and De Blasio when deciding who was a bigger jackass I’d go out for ice cream instead.  They just have too many differences in style when it comes to their jackassery.  Or, as my wife put it: they are representative of ‘the sh*t-colored rainbow of a*sholic diversity.’ Which stopped me dead in my tracks – and then had me frantically looking for a pencil.

Jul
01
2015
10

I am so tempted to break a rule right now…

…but let’s just say there’s a press release right now making the rounds that I wholeheartedly agree with. If you get a lot of emails from Republican activists and people covering the primaries, you probably know the one that I’m talking about. If not, sorry about me being mysterious…

Jul
01
2015
12

How to keep YOUR workplace safe from the scourge of BAUSes!

There’s an easy answer for this

This Survivor Class will be bringing their special brand of anxiety and demands into the workplace. One might joke that those likely outraged by things reasonable people would find mundane are also those most likely to major in Women’s Studies, but one cannot assume.

[snip]

Are employers going to start using precious resources to create safe spaces for people who are so unable to handle their anxiety they force the rest of the world to handle it for them?

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