Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Obama's budget is a game of trivial pursuit with a little sh** thrown in.
Watch the video clip. He says it. Seriously.
Per Obama's proposed budget, our national debt increases by 13 trillion over the next ten years. Permanent government spending will be 23% of our GDP.
And we're supposed feel good about it all because Obama came up with some meaningless, bizarre Eisenhower-era statistic?
Friday, February 11, 2011
Earlier tonight, I watched the news. Of course, it's all Egypt, all the time. Never mind that the IMF is calling to replace the dollar as the world's reserve currency.
Anyway, the news anchor soberly declared that the ouster of Mubarak was epochal. Which of course it is. But it is "eh'-puh-cull, not "eh-POKE'-ull," which made his error almost epical.
My mom used to say, "If you can't say something correctly, say nothing at all." Forget nice.
Those who mispronounce are usually the same people who utter absurdities like, "I have white wine and red. Would you like the former or the latter?" Rush Limbaugh is one, I suspect. On his radio show the other day, he said someone's political skills were "con-sue'-mitt." I almost had a wreck.
And then there is a subset of consummate latterers: people who have no idea what is even meant by the phrase. Which would be perfectly fine and lovely, except when they guess. "Oh, the latter," say the wistful, would-be sophisticates.
These people typically favor padded toilet seats, and they'll offer you a "beverage" while you're standing in their kitchen. In your kitchen, they will ask you for directions to the "restroom." I point them to the bedroom at the top of the stairs.
It appears Robert Gibbs, Obama's outgoing press secretary, is part of the padded-seat, beverage set. How otherwise explain his statement that Egypt's new government "has to include a whole host of important non-secular actors"? Separation of church and state for me, but not big E?
Let's hope Gibbs simply doesn't know the difference between secular and not, or was just terribly confused. Because the difference for Egypt, indeed for the world, will be . . . well, epochal.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
But don't worry, especially about Egypt.
In brighter news, the Muslim Brotherhood is largely a secular organization that eschews violence, decries Al Queda as a "perversion of Islam," and saves Sharia puppies. Those sorts of thing.
At least, according to Obama's National Intelligence Director, the confidence-inspiring James Clapper, who is apparently reflecting Obama's stance in the whole "go Brotherhood!" affair.
What's that, you say? The Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat right after his peace accord with Israel?
Oh, pshaw! Get your priorities straight, people. Democracy is good. Any democracy is good. Settle down.