Monday, 27 February 2012

In Passing

Finally: Mitch says what the Republicans *should* have been saying all along

The Hill:

Gov. Daniels:  Obama administration ‘wanted higher gas prices’
By Meghashyam Mali - 02/26/12 12:11 PM ET

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) blamed President Obama for the spike in oil prices, saying the administration had pushed for consumers to pay higher prices at the pump.

"Let’s give the president credit for one domestic policy that works.  He wanted higher gas prices and he got them,” said Daniels on Fox News Sunday.

"Secretary Chu said $8 are about what they pay in Europe.  It would be great. Secretary Salazar said $10 and it still wouldn’t be for drilling in the places where we know there’s an awful lot of domestic production.  And so, they have gotten the doubling of gas prices and perhaps worse, it’s a conscious policy of this administration.  Maybe the one thing they set out to do and actually accomplished.” he said.
Wow!  Go Mitch!  "Speak Truth To Power,” I guess...

But the question isn’t whether he’s right (he is) or whether he was being "fair” (he was), but why it’s been left to lame-Duck non-candidate Daniels to drive hope a point that everyone in the Republican party should have been making ever since gasoline hit three dollars a gallon.

Why the Republican silence?  Were they afraid of being dis-invited to those famous D.C. cocktail parties?

Or of being attacked by the environmentalists, the Democrats, and the media.*

Or perhaps it’s because that, deep in their hearts, the gentry Republicans agree that $10-a-gallon gasoline actually isn’t that bad an idea.

Which would certainly explain why their endless fulmination over "energy independence” has never led to anything concrete that might achieve it.

UPDATE (120307, 16:21):
Gentry Republican votes "present”: "I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump”


(Mitch via: Insty, Big Government via: Rush.)
* But I repeat myself.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

In Passing

“If federal prosecutors receive public credit for their good works... they should not be able to hide behind the shield of anonymity when they make serious mistakes.”

Make It Stop! Make It Stop!  Dept

So says Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea.

Hey, we could use a lot more "recognition” like this!

UPDATE (120222 16:15):  Instapundit links added.
(Via:  Techdirt)

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Sunday, 29 January 2012


Clipfile - January 29, 2012

"...You ... can’t stop a real artist from practicing their craft; it’s in them and just has to come out.  But if you can’t ‘art’ without government hand-outs I suggest that you aren’t an ‘artist’ at all.  You’re a mooch.” - "razorbacker,” posting at Daily Pundit

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Press

Did you hear about those four New Jersey Jewish temples getting firebombed?

Via (and quoting):  Ben, Ace’s sidebar.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2012

The Press

But can you see THIS?

Charles Hill:

Television news requires visuals whenever possible, and so Norwegian news program Dagsrevyen opened up a story about new research in optical treatment with a suitable graphic.

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Saturday, 31 December 2011


Around the neighborhood...

Loose Ends  Dept
Breda hangs it up (November 22):
My Work Here Is Done:  Every woman in my life now either has or is considering a gun for self-defense...
and Joanna shuts it down (December 14):
I've decided it's time to shut it down and start something new.  Ta!
Reminder:  Dormant blogs do not excuse one from missing blogmeets (see below).

The Confederate Yankee folks have relocated:
Mike [McDaniel] is launching his first solo blog, Stately McDaniel Manor...

I’ll [Bob Owens] be moving to my own self-named blog, which will consolidate the future political blogging I’d previously done on CY with the gun-writing I’d been doing at Bob's Gun Counter...
While I was distracted elsewhere, Brigid took Barkley for an icy walk...
Just a word of advice.  If youve spent 30 something years running, carrying big back packs, flying jets, rock climbing, dodging trouble and giving a cat a bath, do NOT try and walk your 90 pound lab down an icy sidewalk when a female golden retriever is going the opposite direction.  Just saying.
...and blew out her knee (ouch!).  She appears to be taking it well (well, as well as could be expected):
This last week, I did use one of the store scooters at the big box mart as there was no way I could get through the store on crutches for what I needed...

The scooter was sort of fun, though one of the greeters came over and asked if I needed help operating the controls (which consisted of forward, backwards, right and left).  Granted it might be more difficult than the T-39 (which was built when someone was having a sale on Relays) but I was good to go, thanking them for their help...  I was not only able to do a cookie in the chicken aisle, I found that the displays in electronic made for great S patterns at top speed.  I also disovered that fat guys with carts containing 200 bags of Tater Tots can move surprisingly fast when faced with a redhead in a Springfield Armory T-shirt, converging...
Enough to give anyone pause.  Best wishes for a quick recovery.

Either the last blogmeet of 2011 or the first blogmeet of 2012 is in the works for Sunday (yes, that’s tomorrow).  Email Roberta X for details.

Happy New Year, y’all!

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Friday, 30 December 2011


Now who do I know who’s clever enough to name a tomcat “Asbo”?

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

In Passing

Ten years of Daily Pundit...

...deserve more than a passing mention around here.  So congratulations to Bill Quick for hitting the ten-year mark over the weekend.  Long may ye rant!

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Old-School bloggery, now in “print”

Old News but Good News  Department

Assembling this comment in honor of Bill Quick’s 10th Blogiversary led me to revisit some long-dormant links in my blog list.  Imagine my pleasure to discover that Will Warren, whose trenchant verses offered clarity and encouragement in the days after 9/11, has assembled them into a Kindle book.  (Actually, he did it over a year ago.  Why have I not heard of this?)

I’m off to snag my own copy [right here!], but on my way out the door I’ll give Unremitting Verse an unreserved recommendation, sight unseen.

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Saturday, 24 December 2011

In Passing

To my Readers, Lurkers, and Lookers-on...

... a Very, Merry Christmas.

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