It’s freaking confusing out there.

You’ve all seen the vid (or at least, saw a link to the vid with some commentary) of the State Dept. Spokestool being unsure as to whether the ambassador to Argentina speaks Spanish. Since we don’t click links here, and why it’s confusing, that vid is being touted by the RNC?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

Is the GOP going to get some brains and some balls? I mean, the whole idea is absurd on the face of it, but….. stranger things have happened.

Like the USPS explaining how they need to be loansharks(PDF warning).

Like most gov’t publications, it starts with a typo.

 Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved

Should read

 Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Undeserving

They are talking about people who can’t/don’t have a bank account.

From the link.

some 68 million adults. They are an economically diverse mix of working and middle class families, poor and unemployed people hurt by the recent economic crisis, young people,immigrants, and others who are trying to make it paycheck to paycheck. Together, they represent a huge market. In 2012, they spent about $89 billion just on interest and fees for alternative financial services.

They want to take advantage of the chaos created by Obama and become Pay Day Loans.

I’m confused on this one. It’s a gov’t tax on the poor and/or stupid, an undertaxed segment (only the lottery so far as I know), so I should be fer it.

On the other hand, I don’t know if the gov’t needs to get involved in that bottom-feeding industry, so I’m kind of agin it, especially since the gov’t played such a huge role in embiggening that market.

On the gripping hand (carpe scrotum), it’s the gov’t, how efficient will they be? They’ll charge 200% interest and the program will still be in the red in about a week, so I really should be agin it.

On a fourth hand, is it Constitutional? Can the USPS ( or indeed, any gov’t agency) be pay day loans?

Yeah, I know that last one is only a mental exercise not anything that has to do with the real world, but I always like posing that question to myself and trying to find justification for my position in wording of the Constitution.

Related but not really confusing (except that people don’t notice it)

I like the mention of the “middle class” there. The Obama admin always has one of two things in any bit (often both), the “Middle Class” and “Infrastructure”.

The Farm Bill is a bill of giving money to anybody who can convince the gov’t that the gov’t needs to give them money to not grow food and now with added food stamps. So how does Obama characterize it as he’s signing it?

A jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a conservation bill, a research bill. It’s like a Swiss Army knife,”

It is, of course, none of those things. Well, except the Swiss Army Knife, it’s a diverse grouping of generally unrelated things, briberies instead of tools of course.

He worked “working families” in, but ignored the middle class. So I guess that’s sort of confusing.

Didn’t we win the Cold War? Wasn’t Soviet communism pretty much thoroughly discredited when the USSR collapsed? Don’t we all remember the murderousness of the Iron Curtain?

NBC Calls Communism “One of Modern History’s Pivotal Experiments” During Sochi Olympics Intro Video…

Hilarious. But calling a Democrat a “socialist” or a “communist” is Verboten!

Doesn’t Geraldo still claim to be a journalist? I think so, but here we have Geraldo giving O’Reilly a hard time for being disrespectful to Geraldo’s Teleprompter Jesus for asking him questions that were about actual issues instead of a fawning suck-fest. Among other things, O’Reilly dared to mention in a question that Obama was once a Community Organizer.

I’ll admit, I’ve only watched a few seconds of the video, I can take O’Reilly for short periods, I can often listen to his whole opening pontification for instance, but I cannot take Geraldo for more than .24 seconds no matter how hard I try.

I do enjoy watching him get his nose broken, but I don’t watch the clips anymore because I don’t watch Springer and I didn’t watch Jerry Rivers and all the clips show the run-up and don’t focus enough on him getting hit in the face with a chair.

Lebanese still confused about the Party of God. The NGO here is a Lebanese one.

a group of humanitarian NGO workers were leaving … the target of frequent, sometimes fatal shelling by Syrian regime …, they might well have imagined they were putting the day’s danger behind them and heading for safer terrain.

If so, however, that illusion was dispelled when their van – clearly marked with the logo of (their NGO) …an ad hoc checkpoint manned by plain-clothed gunmen …

Ordered out of the vehicle, the five of them were detained for six hours, …subjected to hostile interrogation and even beating. Some, indeed, were left with “serious injuries,” …

… Halabi told NOW it was “obvious” it was Hezbollah,

You idiots, the people you wanted to go to war against The Joooooooooos  went to war with al Quaeda instead.

Since al Quaeda likes truck bombs and suicide bombers too and they’re not nearly as squeamish and polite as the Jews, the Party of God has had to get rougher and rougher in Lebanon because that’s how they tighten security, they’re fucking terrorists.

Holy crap, this is unbelievable, I never realized how absurd Mann’s hockey stick bullshittery actually is. He used tree ring data for previous centuries and then…

At the precise moment when the tree-ring proxies and actual temperatures are in near perfect agreement on a decades-long cooling trend, Mann dumps the tree rings and moves to “observed temperatures” – which have been conveniently revised upward from when they were originally observe

Seriously? I knew he altered data to get his graph, but I didn’t realize also threw out/ignored other data that was related to the data he was using.

How did actual scientists go along with that?

Every global warmmoner needs to be shunned by anybody and everybody who thinks science should not be used to enrich assholes and empower politicians, further, every idiot who smugly told anybody ever that the Science Is Settled should forevermore shut up about anything scientific.

As FrnakJ said the other day,

Science is is the best guesses based on current data made by extremely fallible humans. That’s all it is and ever will be

Science never settles. No question is ever answered once and forever. That’s a fantasy by people who’ve turned science into a magic religion.


If you disagree, you can go to the planet Pluto with your cold-blooded pet Brontosaurus.

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