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’’


Related:

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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Clipfile - August 10, 2014

‘‘The only reason to give someone credit for good intentions is if they’d have behaved differently if they’d known the outcome.  That’s untrue of politicians in general and leftists in specific.

Always assume that politicians intend the outcomes and blame them for said outcomes.  If they want to argue that a bad outcome is due to something other than intent, such as incompetence or error, they can specify which they’re guilty of in their apology.’’

- ‘‘anamax,’’ commenting at Instapundit

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014

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Clipfile - August 6, 2014

‘‘When someone carries on about ‘‘sustainability’’ what they really mean is that you are buying things they don't like for too little money.  Not to worry though - they have a solution for that.’’

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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.’’
Related.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Clipfile - July 28, 2014

‘‘Sovereign Immunity is the cornerstone of Leviathan.  We have no hope against abusive government so long as that government gets to decide whether it will be held to account for its misdeeds.’’

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Friday, 27 June 2014

The Press

Getting the lies out, continued...

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept
Instapundit:
FUNNY, THERE WERE A LOT OF DEM PUNDITS AND JOURNALISTS SAYING OTHERWISE LAST WEEK:  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker not target of criminal probe into campaign coordination.
Yabbut that was last week!

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In Passing

Remember this, next time they come sniffing ’round for donations

Suuuuure It Is!  Dept
Pro Publica:
Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy?

The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a ‘‘trade secret.’’
Yep, wouldn’t want those other charities to find out.  It might get in the way of executive bonuses.

Via Newser via Insty.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

In Passing

Ganders get sauced, don’t seem to like it...

The Wall Street Journal:

Lawmakers Wednesday voiced concern over the Obama administration’s plans for monitoring individuals who hold security clearances...

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) said... that the stated possibility of continuous evaluation of legislative officials [especially members of Congress - O.G.] would raise constitutional questions...
The senators apparently find little ‘‘constitutional question’’ about ‘‘continuously evaluating’’ the citizenry, of course.

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