Sunday, 17 August 2014

In Passing

An Echo, not a Choice

Mark Steyn, on political failure:

America has a two-party system in which one party is committed to making things worse and the other party isn’t committed to making things any better...

I’d like a bit more of a choice than that.

One is evil, the other useless.  Disappointing, isn’t it?

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Monday, 11 August 2014

In Passing

In•fra•struc•tures, fall•ing down...

Third-World Cultures  Dept

Russ, on bridge building in California:
...where political connections among contractors and subcontractors, sketchy material suppliers and corrupt or frightened quality control inspectors come together in a big Venn Diagram of ‘‘Oh Shit!’’
Oh wait, wrong link...

It’s Iraq that he’s writing about.

My mistake!

Note: Do check out the City Journal story, lest you miss Governor Jerry Brown’s incredible response to safety concerns: ‘‘I mean, look, shit happens.’’

Man, that’s right up there with ‘‘What difference does it make?’’!

(City Journal link via The American Interest via Instapundit)

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

In Passing

Speaking of ‘‘good intentions’’


Where is the Gulag Anne Frank?  Where is the Marxist Willie Loman?  Where is the thrilling melodrama of the Katyyn Forest survivor who, post war, hunts down his father’s killers?  There were huge crimes committed by Communist regimes but for the most part they have passed unnoticed.  The execution of Sacco & Vanzetti inspired far more drama, protests, and coverage than the contemporaneous murder of millions of agricultural workers in the Soviet Union.
You’d think our chattering classes were embarrassed or something...

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Sunday, 03 August 2014

In Passing

Either celebrating it, or fomenting it.

A comment at Instapundit:

The author of the piece writes that ‘‘Rabbit S[cience]F[iction]’’ is being poisoned by status envy rather than leftism.  To that I would ask, ‘‘What is the difference between status envy and leftism?’’  And monologuing like an in-training Evil League of Evil member should, I would then respond ‘‘There is no difference.’’

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