Archive for June, 2012
I want to share something with you — the three sentences that will get you through life. Number one, “Cover for me.” Number two, “Oh, good idea, boss.” Number three, “It was like that when I got here.”
We learned that the flawed tactics used in this operation began in the previous administration
Eric Holder, official statement on being held in contempt for stonewalling on Fast and Furious.
I’m actually now rooting for Romney because the alternative is so very, very… very, very bad.
I’d rather be rammed in the ass than shot in the face, in other words.
Via Say Uncle
Geez, I take a couple weeks off and there’s no hotassery at all. I’m disappointed in all of you. I should put Helen Thomas below the fold.
As a matter of fact, I think I will. (more…)
There are three major wildfires and seven minor wildfires currently burning in Colorado. I’m classifying major vs minor primarily based on proximity to cities and large-scale damage. I’m not going to post pictures here; there are a million on the Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette websites and available on Twitter at the respective hashtags.
The Flagstaff fire (#FlagstaffFire) is currently burning on one of the mountains that overlooks the city of Boulder. The Flagstaff fire was started by lightning in a dry thunderstorm. Firefighters managed to contain the fire before it spread to the neighborhoods to the west of the fire, and have cleared firebreaks to prevent it from moving into Boulder. Assuming no freak weather occurrences like what happened in Waldo Canyon, the city should be safe despite the fire reaching within a mile and a half of city limits. If the fire does manage to come down the mountain, the National Center for Atmospheric Research is in its path. The fire has burned somewhere between 230 and 300 acres, depending on where you get your news, and is 30% contained.
The High Park fire (#HighParkFire) has taken a back seat in the news recently due to the more dramatic fires in Boulder and Colorado Springs. The High Park Fire is believed to have been started by lightning. It has burned over 87,000 acres (that’s over 135 square miles) but isn’t threatening much in the way of homes and businesses. Containment is at 75%.
The Waldo Canyon fire (#WaldoCanyonFire) is the fire you’re seeing on the news and on Michelle Malkin’s blog. The fire is starting to burn neighborhoods in Colorado Springs and is approaching the Garden of the Gods and the Air Force Academy. The Waldo Canyon fire wouldn’t be nearly as serious as it is if it weren’t for the winds; Tuesday the winds kicked up to 65 MPH and blew the fire across the two firebreaks that were protecting the city. The fire is at 18,500 acres with containment at 5%.
The Waldo Canyon fire is believed to have been caused by arson. There are a couple of interesting things about this. One is a Craigslist post by someone claiming to have seen the arsonist and claiming that calls to the tipline are not being returned. Another is the question of whether the arsons (both in Colorado Springs and in neighboring Teller County) are related to terrorism. The FBI is investigating the Waldo Canyon fire, but I’m not convinced there will be an announcement if there is something more than a garden-variety firebug at work.
Despite the objections of many of the locals, President Obama will be arriving in Colorado Springs tomorrow to g
ladhand and campaign survey the damage. I’m certain our President will be able to turn back the flames with the power of his mind, and won’t burden anyone at all with any security concerns.
Reality waggles its dick at Apple fanboys. ”You mean my $2000 Pro isn’t totally bulletproof?” If or as Apple gains market share, Apple users are gonna have to get used to dealing with the same security issues PC users do.
The little Malic Talisman on the back of your laptop wasn’t protecting you, the obscurity of your OS was.
Heads should roll because of the Fast and Furious debacle. We don’t need every detail of that operation to be made public in order for that to happen.
If it were an isolated sting, maybe. But it is at least the third incarnation of a gun-running scheme stretching across two administrations, which means we could be pressing to open Pandora’s Box. We do not want to open Pandora’s Box, not about this and certainly not about a bunch of other potentially scandalous things the federal government has been involved with.
This was not written by some Democrat politician or Obama administration flack, but by one LZ Granderson, who (the brief bio right above the column that came from informs the reader) “was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and is a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary.” Yes, really.
Bob Woodward must be rolling over in his grave.
(Via Treacher on Facebook.)
I feel the need to post a few things.
One – I bet Bill “All of Colorado is burning” Owens feels like a fucking idiot right now.
Two – I hope the douchetwattle who’s setting fires in southern Colorado is caught and tied to a beetle-kill tree in a lightning storm.
Three – I feel the need to re-post something I wrote a couple of years ago. When we were in RMNP yesterday, we encountered tourons smoking pipes and cigarettes in the dry dry dry forest (because everyone goes to the wilderness to enjoy second-hand smoke), and we managed to miss the Woodland Heights fire by about two hours. In keeping with the law of averages, we countered our fantastic snowfall two seasons ago will horrid snowfall last season, so our forests are drier than Hillary’s coochie when Bill comes a’knockin. (more…)
Sorry to put up a video of this weaselly little prick, but listen to the reaction he gets at around the ten second mark…
Added: You know, it might have been nice if some more of these jaded White House press corps types had covered this story before yesterday. Yeah.