For Thanksgiving some few cook a turkey. Many more dine on bird. But this year Dana Milbank wrote a turkey, Washington Post:
At this time of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the U.S. military — not just for the usual reason that it protects us from our foes but also because it has the potential to save us from ourselves.
But one change, over time, could reverse the problems that have built up over the past few decades: We should mandate military service for all Americans, men and women alike, when they turn 18. The idea is radical, unlikely and impractical — but it just might work.
I estimate that some four million Americans turn eighteen each year. Mustering in, processing, training up combat levels and mustering out some four million youths a year, will burn through a massive amount of resources yet produce a military both massive and impotent. The purpose of a military force is to prepare for war and to prevail in war. Milbank’s military could do neither.
No secret, I have never been a fan of Barack Obama. His candidacy never passed the smell test. Give me a break, the most liberal member of the Senate was somehow was going to morph into some sort post-partisan President. I know a when a fool such as Dim Won, can be mocked, and I do mock President Fifty Seven States. I know it and I admit it.
Yet when comes to the same man purported to have been the editor of the Harvard Law Review, a lawyer, and law professor is either too dumb to know that when is mocking someone or too dishonest to admit it, from a letter from Obama to a constituent, Daily Mail (UK):
‘I… appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been “targeted and ridiculed” or that I have “made fun” of tea-baggers,’
Now maybe in Dim Won’s mind, referring to a political opponent as male homosexual is meant to be taken a a compliment?
President Obama does not consider himself to be particularly ideological, and I don’t consider President Fifty Seven States to be particularly smart, from Ed Roger, Washington Post:
The president’s belief that little of what he does is ideologically driven suggests he is living with a pampered, unchallenged mind. He has been told he is so smart for so long that he sees only clarity in his actions and unchallengeable reason in his conclusions. The president’s belief in his own intellect makes him think that whatever he does is simply the only thing a thinking person would do. Nothing ideological about that. And as president, he is constantly flattered, and his confidence that his analysis and conclusions are superior to others is readily reinforced. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett tells us that Obama has been “bored to death his whole life.” Perhaps she is onto something. I guess there is something ho-hum and tiresome about being right all the time.
President Fifty Seven States has spent his life cloistered in a liberal fantasy land.
What the entire world has been waiting for, with baited breath, from Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY:
The 42nd-annual Webster Turkey Trot saw 4,536 runners cross the finish line on a frosty morning with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees. Registration topped 5,800, event organizers said, but there were a number of no shows with the cold weather. Last year — when the high hit 61 — there were 4,822 runners.
Craig Coon, 25, of Penfield was the top finisher in the 4.4-mile race, with a time of 21:28. Kristen Lerra, 29, of Acton, Mass., was the first woman to finish, with a time of 24:44.
Connor Fitzgerald, 14, of Pittsford finished first in the 2.5-mile race with a time of 14:49. Samantha Dwyer, 25, was the first woman to finish, with a time of 16:55.
You may now resume your regular holiday festivities.
You can not have an agreement, if both sides will not agree to terms. From Gateway Pundit, via Nice Deb:
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called invalid a press release by the White House alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement struck by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva on Sunday.
“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday.
Reax, Nice Deb:
BS meters should always go up whenever the Obama administration puts out a “fact sheet.” They’re understanding of the word, “fact” differs from most peoples’. Often, the word “fact” actually translates to, ”politically expedient half truths”, “inaccurate”, or “out and out lies.”
An Iranian foreign ministry official accused Washington of releasing a factually inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.
One or both parties could be lying. It does not matter. If there is no agreement on what the agreement means, then there simply is no agreement.
Given the utter fecklessness and utter weakness of the Obama Regime, Iran could simply be rolling the Regime for an even sweeter deal.
Today’s handy household tip is courtesy of Neo-Neocon:
[D]ry the iPod under a light bulb for up to five hours, and then put it to sleep in a bed of rice for between two to seven days, then plug it in to charge and see if it lit up. If that happens, you’ve got a healed iPod. If not, well, at least it’s clean.
Be sure you washed behind the ear buds.
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, argues that thet the [un] Affordable Care Act, b/k/a Obamacare amounts to a moral imperative, from Salon:
The moral imperative. Even a clunky compromise like the ACA between a national system of health insurance and a for-profit insurance market depends, fundamentally, on a social compact in which those who are healthier and richer are willing to help those who are sicker and poorer. Such a social compact defines a society.
The other day I heard a young man say he’d rather pay a penalty than buy health insurance under the Act because, in his words, “why should I pay for the sick and the old?” The answer is he has a responsibility to do so, as a member the same society they inhabit.
The Act also depends on richer people paying higher taxes to finance health insurance for lower-income people. Starting this year, a healthcare surtax of 3.8 percent is applied to capital gains and dividend income of individuals earning more than $200,000 and a nine-tenths of 1 percent healthcare tax to wages over $200,000 or couples over $250,000. Together, the two taxes will raise an estimated $317.7 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Here again, the justification is plain: We are becoming a vastly unequal society in which most of the economic gains are going to the top. It’s only just that those with higher incomes bear some responsibility for maintaining the health of Americans who are less fortunate.
This is a profoundly moral argument about who we are and what we owe each other as Americans. But Democrats have failed to make it, perhaps because they’re reluctant to admit that the Act involves any redistribution at all.
If in fact the [u]ACA was a moral imperative and its auhors. people of the ilk of Dirty Harry Reid, San Fran Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius would not be exempting themselves from the provision of the law. One can not deem the [u]ACA a moral imperative, and issue millions of waivers and delay its implementation. Morality is not something which is imposed by the ruling class, but rather a creed to be lived.
Barack Obama no more considers the [u]ACA to a moral imperative than B.J. Clinton considers his marriage sacrosanct.
Shades of Momma Grizzly Bear, Nice Deb takes her claws to Polifact and their claim that Death Panels were the 2009 Lie of the Year. As killing patients is a design feature of Obama Care, it is easy to see why the Obama Regime refuses to take part in the their own plan.
The Snark of the Day, from from the New York Slimes, via Hugh Hewitt:
“It was strong sanctions, not the goodness of the hearts of the Iranian leaders, that brought Iran to the table.”
Chuckles is a rabid partisan, but he both Jewish and not stupid.
Does anybody in his right mind believe that Barack Hussien Oama or John “French ” Kerry have the slightest concern about American security or World Peace? I for one, do not:
Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) — A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that slows the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out.
Despite the sanctions, Iran today has 19,000 centrifuges and is building more advanced ones, according to Mark Hibbs, a nuclear policy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Most world powers believe that Iran could not realistically build a usable bomb in less than a year, Hibbs said.
Obama and Kerry have left Iran closer to having a nuclear bomb than Kathleen Sebelius is to making the Affordable Care Act, actually affordable. I see no mention of dismantling Iran’s nuclear program.
The crack team here at Bitsblog has been blogging about Crystal Gail Mangum for over six years. I have gone from rage to just plain disgust. Hopefully Ms Mangum will now be out of the news for a while. For, the woman who falsely accused the Duke Lacrosse team of raping her has been convicted for the real murder of Reginald Daye:
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — A Durham jury found former Duke Lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum guilty of second-degree murder Friday.
Mangum stabbed boyfriend Reginald Daye with a kitchen knife during an argument in April 2011. Daye died at the hospital 10 days later from complications related to the stabbing.
With all my luck, Ms Mangum will be the subject of a made for television bio-pic. Can’t wait to miss it.
Panic at LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, from Useless Toady:
A car crash just outside Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport and an anonymous call reporting a man with a gun in Terminal 4 incited panic Friday evening and triggered a large police response.
LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said the vehicle crash outside Terminal 5 Friday night caused passengers to report gunfire.
“Apparently there was a very loud crash. People inside the terminal did not know what was happening. Some people panicked and they self-evacuated from the terminal,”
Hay Zeus, imagine the panic if some kids managed to get their hands on some firecrackers. The freedom loathing control freaks have managed to create a hoplophobic* culture. Be thankful, the jack boots didn’t shoot anybody.
[*] Hoplophobia: an irrational fear of weapons, evidently real or imaginary.
The Los Angeles Times editorial board calls John F. Kennedy, a “transformational president” yet cites no transformation.
This week even Americans who weren’t alive on Nov. 22, 1963, are reading, writing and reflecting about the assassination of the 35th president 50 years ago. In the view of some critics, the fascination with both John F. Kennedy and his assassination is disproportionate and media-driven. We disagree. Despite political and personal weaknesses that were widely acknowledged within a few years of his death, Kennedy was a transformative figure, not just a charismatic celebrity. And his violent death rightly is remembered as a rupture in what had seemed an age of optimism and inexorable progress.
Alas the entire editorial board must be too young to remember the ‘Sixties prior to Lyndon B. Johnson. Unlike the LAT I am old enough to remember the Kennedy reign. Let me refresh the board’s faulty memory, or historical ignorance. To wit:
- The Kennedy – Khrushchev summit. Kennedy was weak and the Russian peasant, sensed it.
- The Berlin Wall. Harry S. Truman helped keep West Berlin free. Kennedy saw that East Berliners had virtually no chance for freedom. Khrushchev had the wall built. Ronald Reagan saw that it is was torn down.
- The Bay of Pigs – a botched military invasion doomed a President unwilling to either cancel it or support it.
- Cuban Missile Crisis – rookie President plays game of chicken with nuclear weapons.
- Republic of Vietnam – President commits American combat forces.
I survived the Camelot era We were lucky.