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This was to be a placeholder post until tonight when I posted something real.  But it’ll have to be real enough.  Suddenly a huge storm blew up and is headed for us and I’m shutting my computer down very soon, so have a good evening…

 

As congress-critters sit and bitch to their bosses (us) about how the other side is causing all the trouble it becomes ever more obvious that even still none of them are interested in fixing the problem.

They are all still far more interested in who maintains power as of the next election than they are about enacting something that is binding and rooted in reality.

How do we know this?

Because they are again talking about “compromise”.  Which is a load of BS.  When a patient is dying of a gangrenous limb you do not compromise and cut right through the middle of the infection – you cut off the limb, and you take enough to be sure you got it all.   There are some issues where two viable sides don’t exist, and any decision made that doesn’t include drastic binding cuts is completely non-viable.

When you have spent yourself into a huge debt you do NOTHING to incur more.  And you cut and cut and cut until you can’t cut any more, then you cut again for good measure because the first time you probably pulled the punch.  And then you are man enough to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

We’ve been waiting for decades for elected officials to address the entitlements issue, which is what is going to strangle us.  I’m seeing precious little evidence that they believe this is the critical moment it really is.

Their behavior is similar to what you could imagine if an ENTIRE chapter of the local AA fell off the wagon at the same time.  All of them hopelessly addicted to the power and money, all of them in partial-to-total denial, and all of them on some level simultaneously pointing fingers and covering up for each other.

And I’m bothered by the press releases, too.  Both sides.

A perfect example of the unprofessional non-serious behavior is Jay Carney trying to be hip.   This isn’t NFL where you get to use lots of euphemisms and metaphors.  Americans are sick to DEATH of speech that isn’t just pure hard facts devoid of fluff and rhetoric.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney rejected charges that Obama hadn’t revealed an actual plan to solve the debt crisis.

“We have shown a lot of leg on what we were proposing,” Carney said.

Shown a lot of leg?  Carney is essentially the president’s top communications guy and he cannot use proper english to make his point?
Time to grow up, Congress.  Stop being righteously indignant (it is the taxpayer’s turn for that) and get your sh*t together – do whatever you have to do but do it, do it responsibly (for once), and damn well do it now.

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A policy that has come about since the Messiah came has been dropped (for now).

Policy?  What, you say?

Mark Cunningham, a legislative affairs representative with the Defense Logistics Agency, explained in an e-mail last night to the office of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., that the Department of Defense had placed small arms cartridge cases on its list of sensitive munitions items as part of an overall effort to ensure national security is not jeopardized in the sale of any Defense property.

Got that?  Selling brass to domestic ammunition manufacturers suddenly jeopardizes national security after years of the practice.

Why the sudden ratchet of the Threat Index up to “Bloody Crimson”?  For the last fifteen years the military has sold spent brass to Georgia Arms to be made into ammo for civilian and law-enforcement use.  Why is it suddenly a defense issue?  Why should it have suddenly been reclassified to require destruction of the brass?

The policy compelled Georgia Arms to cancel all sales of .223 and .308 ammunition, rounds used, respectively, in semi-automatic and deer hunting rifles, until further notice. Sharch Manufacturing, Inc. had announced the same cancellation of its .223 and .308 brass reloading components.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I smell a rat.  A rat that would love to see all of us totally dependent upon the government for our needs and our own protection.

HTOVWOFY?

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Oh, in case you have been wondering, you are probably all militia members just because you have conservative views.  Seriously, this Missouri document paints anyone with a tendency to believe that gov’t is not necessarily your friend, strong patriotic views, anti-abortion, etc. as someone to be watched.

Essentially if your views are strongly held beliefs and they are conservative in nature, you are a risk.  Nice.  Nothing said about vehement support of killing babies though (aka Freedom of  Choice).

Mo. State Police:  Not Profiling, It’s An “Educational” Document

Here’s the “educational document”, for your education, of course.   miac-militia-2009

(thanks to the firearmscoalition.org)

My tendency to mistrust statements like “it’s an educational document” coupled with my distrust of gov’t in general… it means I’m probably considered “militia material”.  Never mind that any one of the founding fathers of this nation would be on the same list.

You can bet Missouri is not the only state to do this and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t  a federal “educational document”.

Sad.  Sad because this is largely a waste of time and also sad because there are idiots out there that fit the profile educational template and are dangerous.  I’m just not happy with the move to embrace the police state as a response to those a$$holes.

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Man, I wish I’d thought of this one.  An alert co-worker who I will refer to as Rectified Diode caught this one.

debt-star

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Teleprompter Separation Anxiety is a real affliction.  Meeting with the Irish PM and thanking yourself ?  I’m so proud.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.

It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: “That’s your speech.”

A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

prompters

Honestly, if you need to police your every word that much you are being anything but transparent and genuine.

They say Obama is becoming known as the Teleprompt President.  I say “TP President” for short.  Perhaps a Star Wars moniker to fit the Debt Star image above, like ” TP2O”.

UPDATE:

An alert co-worker who I shall name Black Lab on Amphetamines had a nice gentle segue for alterations to his speech if one were to gain computer access to his teleprompter:

“My fellow Americans, we must reform the healthcare system.  We cannot continue to go on with an expensive, disjointed system that does not provide all—especially the most vulnerable, like minorities, single mothers, and garden gnomes—with proper care.  Our health-care system must allow for the differences in the communities it serves: inner city, suburban, rural, wood nymphs.  Leprechauns must not be thought of only once a year, but cared for year-round, with state-sponsored protection of their pots o’ gold.  Hobbits have, for too long, been an under-served population…”

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Bush, displaying a lot more class than some presidents of recent history (guess which ones were the biggest offenders)…

Former President George W. Bush says he won’t criticize President Barack Obama because Obama “deserves my silence”

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