‘Course, I’m a sentimentalist.
…but it rather rapidly turned into vaguely disquieting, and not in a way that the author intended.
“Well, things haven’t gone totally to hell,” I told my friend through the phone, trying to put a good spin on a needlessly bad situation of mostly my own creation. “Maybe I’m getting wiser.”
“Wiser?” he asked, disbelieving. “You’re not wiser. You’re just making bad decisions more slowly and deliberately than you used to.”
He was right. We laughed at me. I thanked him for talking me through yet another episode of my own stupidity, we said our goodbyes, and I went to bed.
This winner ‘allegedly’:
Fortunately, this is not one of those stories: the child was not actually shot. Thank Heaven for small favors: this is one of those situations where selling the child to gypsies (a favorite, if somewhat cringeworthy to modern ears, threat of my parents’ generation) could be legitimately argued as being a humanitarian intervention…
Moe Lane (more…)
I like it, but it’s not available commercially, alas.
You’re going to see the below quoted text a lot, because it’s an excellent summation of the problem that we’re having with the Obama administration’s catastrophically incompetent Fast & Furious disaster*:
Let’s review: When we first learned about Fast and Furious, the news was that a number of assault rifles had been sold to straw purchasers. Soon, we learned that the number was approximately 2,500 and that some of those were .50 caliber sniper rifles. Then we learned that somewhere between 1,200 and 1,300 of the weapons were unaccounted for, and that the ATF had allowed another upstanding gentleman to walk grenade components into Mexico (I guess he ended up in Mexico: no one knows because the ATF lost him). And finally, we’re learning that just a few days ago, on our side of the border, U.S. Border Patrol Agents found rocket and grenade launchers, assault rifles, and C4 explosives.
(More here, including an observation that I’d rather not think about.)
Congressional investigators tell CBS News there’s evidence the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona sought to cover up a link between their controversial gunwalking operation known as “Fast and Furious” and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Executive background summary, for those who don’t remember/aren’t following: Operation Fast & Furious was an incredibly ill-advised program where the federal government directed various law-enforcement agencies to permit guns to be illegally resold to Mexican narco-terrorist gangs. The above quote is referencing a situation where some of those guns were traced to the Terry murder scene: the email trail indicates that the ATF was aware of the link between the two cases from the start. This is important because the ATF later attempted to stonewall Congressional investigators out the link, in the person of US Attorney (District of Arizona) Dennis Burke. (more…)
On the record, like.
It would appear that the DEA does not want to be the fall guy in Operation Fast & Furious*, either: DEA head Michele M. Leonhart admitted in a letter to Senator Grassley (Judiciary) and Rep. Issa (Oversight) that her organization was in fact involved in the investigation, and provided support for it. This is a significant admission by Ms. Leonhart, given that (as Bob Owens** of Pajamas Media reminds us) there is an existing allegation by the former head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (BATFE) Phoenix office that the DEA was a full partner in the proceedings. (more…)
The fact that the sordid details about Operation Fast & Furious (short edition: the federal government allowed guns to be illegally resold to Mexican narco-terrorists, who then proceeded to murder people with them) are all breaking during the debt ceiling situation is either the absolute best or the absolute worst luck for the Obama administration. On the one hand, the administration is not getting hammered with new details and demands for information every day: on the other, eventually the debt ceiling situation will be over, and when all that happens, the details will have piled up most alarmingly.
Don’t believe me? Let me just list the stuff that we’ve learned this week.:
…writing this post on the ‘showdown’ between Arizona and Utah over who gets to have the first official state gun. Puns were not so much present in said post as they were cheerfully crammed into every nook and cranny, followed by Andrew jumping up and down on top of the post to close it until he heard the click of the lock engaging.
Well, that’s why I like Andrew. He’s got the right instincts for this entire blogging thing.
…is this supposed to be a bad shirt?
Tim Blair certainly doesn’t think so; as for me, well, while I freely admit that it’s a bit a bit since the last time I graced a church with my presence it’s not because I have any issues with Jesus. As for the other two categories: I mean, come on. Babies. How can you be against babies?
PS: Yes, I know that there are people out there who hate babies (as opposed to people who just don’t want kids). They also have to carefully hide that attitude for the most part or risk social embarrassment, which is just fine by me…