Friday, January 28, 2011

" .... helps those who help themselves."

I guess it wasn't a secret, was it?
...backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising

'... who help themselves.'
This is 99 72.4 % hyperbole, but when I was a kid and didn't eat my broccoli,  mom scolded, "You know, for every bite of food you waste, someone in China dies."  Of course the Chinese intervention in Korea was still a live memory, so we kids made a habit of spitting out our last bite of food.  Now that we're broke,  it may be a good idea to quit worrying about every feckin country in the world, where people would rather live in squalor, and fear, rather than sacrifice for their own damned democracy.  Kennedy started this crap with the Peace Corps, and Jimmy Carter institutionalized it.  It might be WJWD, but we ain't Jesus.  Democrats just think they are. Sheesh.

Palin+MSNBC=Fun & Games

Sarah Palin: MSNBC's Obsession With Her
Sarah Palin: MSNBC's Obsession
weaning itself from its addiction to Sarah Palin. Sure, it will be tough, even expensive — withdrawals usually are — but we all know that reporters themselves are aching for some Palin-free airtime, and audiences seem willing to give it a try as well, judging from her sudden drop in popularity polls.
[...]
That pollsters routinely collect such data on a woman who doesn't hold office (unless you count being the star of a nonrenewed TLC reality show a perch) and isn’t running for anything other than her next private plane for an appearance speaks to the media’s dysfunctional obsession with her. After all, it’s been more than two years since she was Sen. John McCain's vice-presidential candidate. [Hollywood Reporter]

BONUS ROUND QUIZ
Sarah Palin: MSNBC's Obsession


Squeeze

An Obamacy of Dunces

So, let me axe you something...

Boned Jello

President Obama now has the lowest average Flesch-Kincaid score for State of the Union addresses of any modern president - with his 8.5 grade level falling just below the 8.6 score recorded by George H.W. Bush during his presidency. Ricochet
 

Average Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level for Orally Delivered
State of the Union Addresses by Presidents Since FDR

Rank
President
Words per sentence
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level
1
Kennedy
23.8
12.0
2
Eisenhower
20.5
11.9
3
Nixon
23.5
11.5
4
Roosevelt
24.3
11.4
5
Ford
19.3
11.2
6
Carter
19.7
10.8
7
Truman
18.9
10.5
8
Johnson
20.3
10.4
8
Bush 43
19.0
10.4
10
Reagan
19.6
10.3
11
Clinton
19.0
9.5
12
Bush 41
17.4
8.6
13
Obama
16.7
8.5
Data compiled by Smart Politics.
Putting all else aside, this is another example of smug, condescending Liberal elitists getting it blown back up their own arses.

The KILL BILL

Renewed Push to Give Obama
an Internet "Kill Switch"

AHEM
In an attempt to stop the frenzied online spread of dissent against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, not only Facebook and Twitter but the entire Internet was shut down overnight, leaving some 20 million users stranded. [News Dispatch]
Obama's Kill Switch
Unlike Egypt, the United States has a surfeit of providers, so shutting us down will require some brute force, which is what Obama is wanting here.  For those who respond - "but Rodge, what about if we're electronically attacked by China?" -  I will counter with,   "Did FDR shutdown newspapers on Dec 8th, 1941?"  Same deal.

BIG BANG 101

It's Called a "Club"

Coulter Does The SOTU

Snippets from Chairman Ann
I feel so Southern whenever I watch a Democrat give a State of the Union address -- and not just because it makes me want to secede.

Chairman Ann
The Chairman Speaks To Everyone
All I kept hearing was, "Ann pays more." That's all I ever hear when Democrats start in with all that "investing." Apparently the government will be "investing" in education, "investing" in technology, "investing" in roads and "investing" in lots and lots of government workers. Ann pays more, Ann pays more, Ann pays more.

But I do wonder why no private lender considered solar panels a wise investment, forcing solar panel manufacturers to turn to the government for loans, followed by endless tax credits just to break even.

I guess people who work for the government are just smarter.  [Full]


Schooled, But Uneducated

Credentialists Gone Wild
  We live in an era where a well-educated journalist can declare the Constitution to be “over a hundred years old” and therefore difficult to understand, and remain credibly employed; it does seem that credentials matter more than ability. Demonstrating that one is able to conform to curricula currently trumps boldness; seat hours in the auditorium count more than audacity. [Elizabeth Scalia (aka The Anchoress) via Chicago Boys]
Getting the Scoop on Palin

Chicago Boy David Foster begins Credentialists Gone Wild -  "a thousand  philosophers but nobody to fix the toilet" meme - with this vignette.
  Elizabeth Scalia  cites the case of Pete Hamill–author of over a dozen books, writer of a syndicated newspaper column and of countless essays and articles covering a broad range of subjects–who finally got around to getting a degree from the high school he dropped out of 59 years ago. “It was the last period when you could do that and still have a life,” Hamill told the New York Times.
That, folks, is a case of the 'zactlys.

Doocy v Smith

a pox unto thee thou vile canker-blossom
Politico and the Fox News Channel continued what has become something of a feud this week, with “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy and Politico blogger Ben Smith swapping insults
  Without sourcing anyone from Fox News, or in fact anyone at all, Smith also suggested that Doocy had been ordered by management to attack him on the air. “Doocy’s rant, which he says he drew from reading my column yesterday, but which it’s hard to believe he wasn’t told to do, reflects a remarkably thin skin,” Smith wrote.


Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention

Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention
Then I could die quietly knowing that I will live on for the bitches, the bitches. Everybody love the bitches.


If you've never watched a Wallace and Gromit adventure, you've missed one of life's most entertaining indulgences.   This Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention Episode 1 Preview shows Wallace (Gromit is his dog), the world's greatest inventor of Rube Goldberg contraptions, come to life. You will be gobsmacked   [More here]
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