davidl on March 1st, 2015

snark2.jpgDelayed maybe by the speed restriction on Obama Net, the Snark of the Day, from Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, 1936:

I have heard it asserted that the inadequate sanctions already applied have not achieved their object. At no time, and under no circumstances could sanctions that were intentionally inadequate, intentionally badly applied, stop an aggressor. This is not a case of the impossibility of stopping an aggressor but of the refusal to stop an aggressor.

Hat tip and BSWK to Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:

Eric Florack on March 1st, 2015

So, now, according to The Hill, John Boehner has promised to stop these new internet regulations that Obama has forced on the American people.

The answer to your question, is no, I don’t believe him. Not for a split second. He simply doesn’t have the track record of someone who actually follows through on such promises.

I have long since been out of patience, and the American people are running out of time. These results on our freedoms must stop, and John Boehner is not the one to solve the problem. In truth he needs to be replaced. Immediately.

Eric Florack on March 1st, 2015

Glenn Reynolds, today, has a fairly decent compilation of lamestream attacks on Scott Walker, all of which turned out to be outright falsehoods.

Yes, I believe I’ve said before, anybody that sets the left off this badly, deserves serious consideration from any voter happens to be to the right of, say, Fidel Castro.

davidl on February 27th, 2015

As Plato, Abraham Lincoln, Will Rodgers Woody Allen once quipped:  “Ninety percent of like is just showing up.”

Any good team can win at home.  In order to be great, a team has to win on the road.  For a Scott Walker, or Ted Cruz, playing CPAC is a home game.   For Jeb Bush, it is a road game.   Bush went to CPAC, and what he said matters less than the fact that he went, from Jason Russell, Washington Examiner:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, trying to tamp down conservative criticism over his support for Common Core, told thousands of activists on Friday that he opposes the federal government pushing any kind of educational standards on states, as President Obama’s Department of Education has been doing.


Fox News host Sean Hannity noted during the question and answer session that Bush instituted the first statewide voucher program. Hannity then asked Bush to address the issue of Common Core. Bush defended his support of Common Core by saying it was part of comprehensive education reform.

Jeb showed, and defended Common Core. Will Mrs. Clinton ever defend Benghazi?

Addendum: I am not sure what to make of this. For what is worth the WaPo seemed, or at least pretended, to like Bush’s appearance, from Washington Post:

Good luck, smart organization and a solid performance in the face of adversity is what successful presidential campaigns are built on. Bush and his team knew they were going into a tough crowd and he (and they) did everything they could to mitigate those issues. Does that mean Bush won a bunch of converts in a room packed with an amalgam of libertarians, social conservatives and young people just there to have a good time? Probably not. But he didn’t — and doesn’t — need to in order to be the nominee. What he has to do is convince those folks that he’s not nearly as different from them as they might think.

Very interesting.

Eric Florack on February 27th, 2015

I see David has already addressed this here, and it seems to me somehow inappropriate to put an addendum on his tribute. So instead I’ll write something here.

I said over at Billys that sometimes it’s the combination of the actor and the role. It’s that combination and how the actor handles things that makes the character special.

Nimoy,  in my view was not a spectacular actor, at least in terms of being able to handle any role they were thrust into. I can’t think of any other role that he played over the years that came to be as well known or dearly loved as his portrayal of Spock.

In truth, Spock was as much part of Leonard Nimoy as Leonard Nimoy was of Spock. By that I mean to say that Leonard Nimoy brought the character of Spock and indeed of the entire mythical race of Volcans himself. He helped define both his character and other characters who would come along behind him in the many iterations of Star Trek that would follow. When he took on the task, the role was far from clearly defined. In short, he ended up writing that definition. Story editors and script writers forever have the character has he portrayed it in mind. Zachary Quinto, for example, has his work cut out for him playing into that klegacy.

I cannot imagine that the series would have been nearly as popular as it turned out to be both the original and those that came after, absent what he brought to that role.

I for one, would be most interested in hearing what Brent Spiner had to say on these points, since he found himself in a similar situation ..having to define the role on the fly.

Thrusters on full.

davidl on February 27th, 2015

The final beam-up, Leonard Nimoy dead at age 83, from Hollywood Reporter:

Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek, has died, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told The New York Times. He was 83.

Live long and prosper.

davidl on February 27th, 2015

snark2.jpgTwo for one Friday. The Snarks of the Day, from Carly Fiorina via Ashe Schow, Washington Examiner:

“[Mrs. Clinton] tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights.”

Bonus quip:

“She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards.”

Yes Carly faces an uphill fight to get the republican nomination. However, her accomplishments are her own, and not her husband’s.

Eric Florack on February 27th, 2015

It’s starting to look like Scott Walker is gaining some serious momentum. Apparently, he wowed the CPAC crowd. And here is a clue, Jeb Bush didn’t even bother showing up.

Walker in general has very positive numbers amongst GOP rank and file, but not among the GOP elite. In other words, the Rockefeller crowd. Which is probably why he scores so well amongst the rank and file. I’ll tell you the truth. It is my feeling, and my prediction, that nobody that the Rockefeller crowd approves of who will win in the general election. It’s just not going to happen.

And as a personal note I figure that anybody that sets mega-ditz Cher Bono off as easily as Scott Walker does, deserves serious consideration.

Addendum:   DavidL:

A story this good deserves a picture.


I kinda think, the blog’s media library could use a picture, or two of Walker.

Addendum Eric

Apparently I spoke too soon. He just hasn’t spoken yet. Of course, the word is that there are a large number of people who are planning on leaving when he does show up.

davidl on February 26th, 2015

The late Fred Phelps was a vile and petty man, who claimed, I say falsely, to be able to read the mind of God, from Hill:

Fred Phelps, founder of he staunchly anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, had a long and contentious relationship with the FBI, according to the late pastor’s newly released 250-page bureau file.

Phelps, who died in March 2014 at age 84, was known best for leading protests at funerals to highlight the church’s crusade against homosexuality

Why the Federal Bureau of Investigation saw fit to probe the affairs of a preacher from Kansas was not made clear. The primary thrust of of investigations appears to have been threat against the Westboro Baptist Church. I wonder if the F.B.I. would have been equally tolerant to threat to such leftward institutions as say the National Association for the Advancement of [Liberal] Colored People or the domestic terror operation known as the Southern Poverty Law Association? I think not. Unlike the late liberal icon, Teddy “Senator Oldsmobile” Kennedy, Phelps was never suspected of killing anybody.

Yet for what ever reason, Hill seems more concerned about attempting to muddy Phelps’ name than dealing with any real problems.

Irony missed, one M.L. Nestel, does Full Phelps in an attempt to bash the late reverend, from Daily Beast:

God Hates Cowards

Cop-Bashing, Gay-Hating Westboro Church Begged Feds for Protection

Fred Phelps, the world’s loathsome preacher, loved to talk smack about cops—until he needed them to keep him safe.

He was dubbed the “Hater-In-Chief” for creating one of the most reviled religious institutions in the world.

The late Reverend Phelps had no ability to know who or what God hates or not.  Than made Phelps an ignorant bigot.  Likewise, Nestel has no more ability than Phelps to know who or what God hates, That also makes Nestel an ignorant bigot.

Eric Florack on February 26th, 2015

With all of the money and spend the whole being spent to defeat the Keystone oil pipeline, from Enviro zealots who apparently want us to move back to the 14th century, I’ve noticed a trend in the arguments. The complaint that seems to be prevailing here is that the oil coming from the tar sands is extraordinarily dirty, and will therefore make the pollution problem is that much the worse because of the origin.

This, of course, is where actual thought enters the process. Hold on to your keyboard.

Has the EPA altered standards to allow additional pollution because of the type of oil involved? Or is it going to have to be refined to meet the still existing EPA standards? In other words, there is no any additional pollution risk regardless of where the oil comes from. Regardless of its makeup.

Regardless of any other factor.

The argument against the pipeline is pure fallacy

Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2015


If you love something, you do not try to fundamentally change it.

Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2015

From the City Journal

Patient, Heal Thyself

Treatments from our own cells could cure many diseases—if Washington will only allow it to happen.

Yes, well, remember the quote I posted the other day from Ace?

The true damage of regulation is not what we can see…it is what we will never have.

This would be an excellent case in point.

Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2015


If a lack of jobs is the cause of violent extremism, then how did we ever make it by the FDR- extended depression?

Then, too, there is the issue of the already embarrassing record of job creation that this administration has shown us. Does anybody really figure that Obama and his minions have the ability to create jobs at all, much less enough to deal with this issue?

Is there anybody on the planet who doesn’t realize that this administration is lying to us?

davidl on February 22nd, 2015

Scott_Walker Ride 09 010From Hupy.com

Posted on Apr 06, 2010
This year marks the 7th Annual Executive’s Ride to promote tourism and Milwaukee County. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker held a press conference on April 6th at House of Harley-Davidson, in Greenfield, Wisconsin, discussing his plans for this year’s ride. Although usually held in June, the 2010 Ride will take place May 15-20, in conjunction with May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Walker will lead his group of dedicated riders, stopping in over 35 cities throughout Wisconsin, with additional stops in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

Pictured above is then Milwaukee County Executive, now Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker. I like the idea of a president who can ride and does a Harley-Davidson, rather a president who has to hauled like a hog.

Eric Florack on February 22nd, 2015

And it came to pass that Mark Steyn asked the very same question I asked here on BitsBlog some time ago:

Yet one way to look at the current “leader of the free world” is this: If he were working for the other side, what exactly would he be doing differently?

On that basis, of course, the whole list of questions. But, in reality, they all tend to center around the question of just who it is Obama is working for, anyway? I suppose, as does Steyn apparently, that can be measured by the direction things have been going under Obama’s  watch.

 I opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security on the basic Thatcherite principle that if you create a government bureaucracy in order to deal with a problem you’ll never be rid of the problem. But I underestimated the creativity of our rulers: The DHS was set up because 19 Muslims flew planes into skyscrapers and killed thousands of people. Thirteen years later, the head of the DHS thinks his department’s priority should be to “give voice to the plight of Muslims” who have the misfortune to live in America.

But there is a purpose all these lies. Obvious lies. Steyn comes up with a source I should have thought of some time ago…

I have quoted before my old friend Theodore Dalrymple on the purposes of lies in totalitarian societies:

In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

We are at war with a depraved enemy, but we cannot be allowed to assert our moral superiority even to head-choppers, rapists, slavers and immolators. Thus the priority of Barack (“Hey, how ’bout those Crusades?”) Obama has been to undermine our sense of probity, and make us not merely equivalent to but worse than our enemies. That was the purpose of this last week of Official Lies.

And thus we have our question answered. We know who Obama is working for.

Clue; It ain’t us.