Friday, October 7, 2011

News Roundup

  • From the "Shot in the Arm" Department - President Obama is asserting that the economy needs a "jolt".  Apparently his idea of a macro-economic AED is to tax productive people, give money to failing businesses run by big Democrat donors, and whine about the Republican meanies who tried to bring his proposal for a vote in the Senate.  Mr President, all I can is this:  Live by the political sword, die by the political sword.  You all spent the first two years of your presidency playing unnecessary political games while you had a majority in both houses of Congress.  Now that your position is much weaker, don't be looking for sympathy when you don't get what you want just by asking.  Negotiation from a position of strength is not "scoring political points".  People tell me you're a hardcore politician from the Chicago machine.  Put on your big boy pants, grow up, and start acting like a leader or shut up and let the grown-ups lead the country.
  • From the "Dumbass at 35,000 Feet" Department - A Saudi man caused a bit of a disturbance on a flight yesterday when he tried to force his way into the cockpit. Apparently he was escorted back to his seat and then off of the plane.  I'm not surprised that this happened.  It could be a mistake, or someone who was confused, or it could be a dry run. What I am surprised at is that it didn't take a back board and a gurney to get the guy off the plane.  No offense, but someone trying to break into the cockpit on an airliner during a flight should be the international trigger event for a beatdown.
  • From the "Huh?" Department - A teenage girl in Minnesota was arrested recently after a neighbor's camera took pictures of her using the pet door in his house to come in and rob him.  The young lady says that she did this so that she could get money to buy pornography.  Man, there's a lot going on there.  My question is this:  Do people still pay for porn?  I had no idea.
  • From the "Compromised Asset" Department - A government commission in Pakistan has recommended that a doctor who reportedly assisted the CIA in tracking down Osama bin Laden be tried for treason.  I'm assuming that like most third world crapholes, the penalty for treason in Pakistan, that bastion of liberal democracy, is death.  Apparently the old rule about not discussing how you gather intelligence or do bad things to bad people still holds true:  Press conferences and reporters who should know better but still give details about these things cause the deaths of real people.  The administration's rush to cover itself in glory and spill all the juicy details of the work to find, fix, and finish bin Laden pretty much condemned this guy to either a noose or a bullet in the back of the head.  Good job guys!  Now you'll have one more thing to put in the fund raising letter and have something to discuss at the next mixer.  Schmucks


MrG's said...

Hey DB

As a addendum to your "Compromised Asset" post. It will be a warning to people in the future not to help the United States. I'm sure he was promised anonymity by the CIA for his help, but due for needs to score political points, he will be sacrificed for Obungler 2012 campaign.

DaddyBear said...

Good point. No one will stick their neck out if they don't think we'll get them out safely or protect their identity.

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