Apr
15
2014
0

‘The Ballad of the ‘Clampherdown.”

(From Norman & Saxon, and good luck finding a copy at this point.)

I am informed that this was actually a satirical poem.

…Dammit, I still think that you could get away with this trick.  Once.

Apr
11
2014
5

US government decides not to sign off on Iranian insult to the USA.

I sincerely hope that this will be a teachable moment for the administration.

The United States has informed Iran that it will not issue a visa to Tehran’s controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, the White House said Friday.

Denying visas to U.N. ambassadorial nominees or to foreign heads of state who want to attend United Nations events in the United States is rare, if not unprecedented.

The Obama administration had previously said only that the nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, was “not viable.” U.S. officials had hoped the issue could be resolved by Tehran simply withdrawing the nomination.

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Apr
09
2014
10

California anti-tech Left about to start eating the tech industry.

Ed Driscoll has an interesting post up on the anti-tech Left in California:

When I moved out to Silicon Valley from New Jersey in 1997, Internet fever was just about to peak (literally so, in the form of the bursting tech bubble that decimated the NASDAQ three years later). Silicon Valley was seen as the next big thing, ushering America into the wonders of the 21st century — and possibly saving the increasing bloated state government of California in the process. Wired magazine, based in San Francisco, was still owned by founder Louis Rossetto, and maintained its quirky but libertarian vibe, before Rosetto sold the magazine to the mammoth reactionary left Conde Nast publishing empire four year later. For those of us who had started computing on Altair 8800s and TRS-80s twenty years earlier, the mid-to-late 1990s was quite a ride.

It was fun while it lasted.

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Apr
05
2014
1

Not the actual music video post: ‘Fortunate Son.’

Had this laid on me this evening:


 

Fortunate Son

Almost soothing.

I figure that I’m going to do two music posts tonight.

Mar
30
2014
3

Possible voter fraud involving Covered California. DEFINITE incompetence in handling it.

For the record, even if this story is true I still do not think that this represents a concerted effort:

A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state’s Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party.

The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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Mar
24
2014
1

“I Got You Babe.”

I Got You Babe, Sonny & Cher

…That song is kinda – well, not exactly spoiled; but it’s pretty much permanently associated with Groundhog Day at this point.

Mar
19
2014
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In the (e-)Mail: “New Olympus: The Armageddon Girl Companion”

New Olympus: The Armageddon Girl Companion is, well, the companion volume to Armageddon Girl, the Kickstarter superhero-themed book that I backed (and mini-reviewed) last year.  More specifically, New Olympus is a collection of short stories in the same world as the first book: I look forward to reading it, just as soon as the Kindle recharges.

Feb
21
2014
1

Texas passes Illinois in median household income.

How… interesting.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012 the inflation-adjusted median household income for Texas surpassed that of Illinois for the first time since 1984, when the statistic first started being recorded.

That means the household making the median income in Texas is taking home a bigger paycheck than the household making the median income in Illinois.

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Feb
10
2014
3

Thought of the afternoon: you shouldn’t assume Presidential candidates early.

I mean, I get that on the GOP side it turned out to be safe to bet that McCain was going to get the nomination in 2008 after losing out to GWB in 2000, and that Romney would get it in 2012 after losing out to McCain in 2008. But the assumed Democratic nominee for 2008 in 2005 was Hillary Clinton, and the assumed 2004 nominee in 2001 was Gore, and… I don’t remember who the assumed Dem candidate was in 1989, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Bill Clinton. For that matter, the assumed GOP candidate in 1997 wasn’t GWB (can’t remember if the assumed GOP one in 1993 was Bob Dole: wouldn’t surprise me either way).

My point is this: don’t assume inevitability. Particularly on the Democratic side.  The whispering campaigns have already started about Hillary Clinton – and unlike Barack Obama in 2008, the Clintons in 2012 have a history.

Jan
29
2014
2

Mark Begich desperately wants you to know that he loathes @BarackObama now. #obamacare

I included that hash-tag to remind you that Mark Begich, of course, is a brazen hypocrite.

While most Democrats have been quietly avoiding answering whether they would publicly campaign with President Obama, Alaska’s Mark Begich is forcefully rejecting the idea. “I don’t need him campaigning for me — I need him to change some of his policies,” the Alaska senator told CNN following the State of the Union address.

Funny thing about that: if Mark Begich had shown some moral courage on Obamacare, we wouldn’t be watching cancer patients lose their doctors because of Obama’s – and Begich’s – signature legislation. I bring this up not to engender a sense of shame in Mark Begich, but to engender a milder one in those Alaskans who made the regrettable mistake of voting for the man in 2008.  Thankfully, some mistakes can be rectified.

Moe Lane

Jan
22
2014
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Cauldron of Ghosts ARC e-book FINALLY available at Baen.

Geez, what did they have to do, break the authors’ hands or something in order to get the manuscript?

I kid, I kid, I have me the ARC (Advance Reader Copy). Because Baen figures that I’ll pay Amazon hardcover prices to get my hands on a digital copy three months early.  And they are, in fact, correct.

Jan
10
2014
4

Hi! Are you a representative of the insurance industry? READ THIS. #obamacare

Anyway, this is Ace of Spades HQ’s response to Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s recent bout of fearmongering.  Basically, the insurance industry is anticipating a bailout if they lose too much money over Obamacare, which is what they are on track to do – and the insurers are even now suggesting that if there isn’t a bailout then single-payer is right around the corner.

They’re saying this to spook us so that we will agree to pay them off and make them whole over the corrupt, and now unprofitable, bargain they struck with Obama.

I say we roll the dice.

…that is going to be a very popular sentiment among Republican voters and pundits. Right now a de facto bailout is baked into the Obamacare cake – but it will not be popular when (not ‘if’) it gets invoked, and I for one didn’t sign off on the original shakedown agreement between the Democratic party and the insurance industry.  Besides, the Democratic party will be no more competent at getting single-payer implemented than it has been at any other facet of the Obamacare debacle.

I certainly hope that the above attitude scares insurers and the Left.  It is meant to.  Those people need to start taking this situation seriously.

Moe Lane

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