It’s like why they don’t run. Just as their ankles would break due to the impact, their brains can’t survive the electricity flowing across their synapses.
Archive for March, 2011
If you’re not angry enough today, here’s a bit of non-political rage-inducement for you.
Who even knew that there was such a thing?
In celebration I give the best use of poetry in pop culture lately – Mad Men “Meditations in an Emergency”
Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.
The country is grey and
brown and white in trees,
snows and skies of laughter
always diminishing, less funny
not just darker, not just grey.
It may be the coldest day of
the year, what does he think of
that? I mean, what do I? And if I do,
perhaps I am myself again.
Blatantly stolen from the LA Times
I know jack shit about military operations or foreign affairs, but I can’t help but chuckle at the HopeNChange Brigades as they figure out that their Empty Suit in Chief just figured out that being president is super-duper hard…
And that’s not even from the Media Research Center or anything. It’s from Obama’s own website.
I will give all y’all a chance to make up the fact that ye olde minions have yet to get me a xoom or a petite lap giraffe. All shall be forgiven when you get me this:
A friend of mine has decided to try writing a short story of about 10,000 words. A couple of years ago I wrote a couple short stories (since discarded) and outlined an idea for a TV series, which I knew would never get produced but which I thought would make a good series anyway. I haven’t really done much with it since so I thought I would post it here. Some of the ideas overlaps with Tom Kratman’s “Caliphate” and John Ringo’s “Last Centurion”, but the main idea behind the story was mainly inspired by an urban legend about the 12th Marines on Okinawa. When I was stationed there the story was that the 12th Marines were not allowed to march with a guidon or to return to the US (the unit not the individuals) because they had lost their colors in Vietnam and so they were in a kind of exile ordered by SecNav. The story is almost certainly (I’m 99.99% sure) not true, but the idea of a unit in exile kind of fascinated me. Anyway here is the treatment that was supposed to serve as the basis of the story:
There’s a lot to criticize in President Obama’s handling of the Libya situation, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of Pat Buchanan’s uncanny ability to be wrong.
When Greek patriots sought America’s assistance, Daniel Webster took up their cause but was admonished by John Randolph. Intervention would breach every “bulwark and barrier of the Constitution.”
“Let us say to those 7 million of Greeks: We defended ourselves when we were but 3 million, against a power in comparison to which the Turk is but as a lamb. Go and do thou likewise.”
But Randolph, and by extension Buchanan, don’t have the history quite square. Our rebel colonist forefathers had help.
Quoting directly from Wikipedia, bold added:
France, Spain and the Dutch Republic all secretly provided supplies, ammunition and weapons to the revolutionaries starting early in 1776. After early British success, the war became a standoff. The British used their naval superiority to capture and occupy American coastal cities while the rebels largely controlled the countryside, where 90 percent of the population lived. Then, the Continentals’ unexpected victory and capture of a British army at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 convinced France to openly enter the war in early 1778, bringing the revolutionaries’ military strength into balance with Britain’s. Spain and the Dutch Republic—French allies—also went to war with Britain over the next two years, threatening an invasion of Great Britain and severely testing British military strength with campaigns in Europe—including attacks on Minorca and Gibraltar—and an escalating global naval war. Spain’s involvement culminated in the expulsion of British armies from West Florida, securing the American colonies’ southern flank.
French involvement proved decisive, with a French naval victory in the Chesapeake leading to the surrender of a second British army at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.
I guess “Foreign aid for me, but not for thee” is Pat Buchanan’s creed.
I never knew book reviews could get this interesting, especially as the comments unfold and a woman’s career is ruined by her own actions. Enjoy!
And this gal is lacking the latter.
The events leading to her arrest began Thursday evening when Hachero called her mother and asked her to co-sign for a car, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Her mother refused, and the teen threatened to kill her. Around 7 p.m. the same day, the teen returned to her home at the 6700 block of Mossy Glen Drive wielding a 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun.
Hachero pistol-whipped her mother in the head and pointed the gun at the woman’s head and stomach, deputies wrote. The teenager then demanded the mother accompany her to the dealership.
The mother, whom the Daily News is not naming due to the nature of the incident, complied, and the pair went to Sutherlin Nissan, 13985 U.S. 41 South. With the gun inside Hachero’s purse, the mother signed for the car, a 2004 black Nissan 305Z, and Hachero left with her new purchase.
Hachero’s mother declined to prosecute her daughter, however, citing Hachero’s status as an honor student and her acceptance into several Ivy League Schools. Deputies still arrested the teen, and they transported her to the Lee County Juvenile Assessment Center.
I can totally believe this happened. Any parent who would try to keep the cops from pressing charges after an incident like this is exactly the sort of parent who would raise the sort of monster who would pistol-whip her own mother. Never mind that you put your daughter in a school that costs $18K a year plus books, if you don’t teach your kid from the beginning that the real way to steal is through taxes and fees they’ll try to strongarm you every time.