Archive for June, 2011

28
Jun
11

Politicist?

In the effort to not address the double standard applied to politicians based on what position they occupy on the left/right spectrum, some commentators have asked if the “flake” question directed to Michelle Bachmann was sexist.

But the elephant in the room is that Bachmann got the question because she’s a conservative. Would “nobody messes with”Joe Biden, or San Fran Gran Pelosi ever get that question? Does our dear leader worry that some member of the “independent” press might ask him if he really didn’t know which soldier actually lived to receive the medal of honor?

What we’ve got is a new “-ism” – I propose that any commentator/interviewer/pundit/debate moderator who displays this double standard be referred to as a politicist, and people like are on the receiving end be referred to as victims of politicism.

Too bad conservatives can’t bring themselves to play the victim card.

22
Jun
11

“He did undergo diversity education”

Just heard about a Southwest Airlines pilot who got caught on an open mike speaking in disparaging and distinctly non-PC terms about flight attendants.

What caught my ear was the SWA spokesperson explaining that he was back on the job but did “undergo diversity education”.

That seems to sum up the whole diversity game – it’s about punishment couched in orwellian terms like “education”. You don’t have to undergo education the purpose of which is to enlighten. You undergo trials and punishment.

15
Jun
11

Oh no! We’ve hit peak solar!

This article details how the sun may be going in to a quiet phase that may well bring about a global cooling (maybe Time can re-use its scare article from 1974).

In the mean time, I’d like to get ahead of the curve in blaming America for using up the sun. Clearly, the air-quality improvements we’ve made in the last 40 years have allowed us to use more than our fair share of sun light and heat, not to mention our extensive use of solar power that is clearly pulling in even more solar energy that could (and should) be either saved or distributed among countries that have no solar energy programs.

15
Jun
11

It wasn’t skynet after all – it was the ATM machines

Thanks and kudos are owed to our president with the well-creased pant leg:

President Obama explained to NBC News that the reason companies aren’t hiring is not because of his policies, it’s because the economy is so automated. … “There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – twitter (and here I never thought I’d have a use for it) is uncovering this frightening conspiracy via crowd-sourcing! Behold the power of the inter-tubes!

15
Jun
11

The smartest guy in the room?

Another great post from Victor Davis Hanson noting that our “thinking man’s president” never does the work of thinking about how his prescriptions actually work (or don’t) in the real world:

In the world of Barack Obama, inflating tires and “tuning up” modern car engines precludes off-shore drilling. Four-dollar-a-gallon gas prices can be ameliorated by having the average consumer trade in his 8-mpg clunker. Medical bills soar because doctors unnecessarily rip out tonsils and lop off limbs. “Skyrocketing” power bills and bankrupt coal companies are abstractions, and do not involve personal tragedies. One third of the border fenced means that the fence is “basically” completed. Nine percent unemployment is due in part to automation like ATMs, which apparently first came on the scene during the Obama administration to eliminate jobs. Shovel-ready jobs were not so shovel-ready. Criticism is dismissed as “enemies” deserving “punishment” or opponents relegated to the “back seat” or adversaries caricatured with “moats and alligators.” And so on.

In related news, another article came out today documenting how those hybrid and electric cars that are supposed to save us from the climate catastrophe we are absolutely no-doubt indisputably bringing on ourselves by driving vehicles that use petroleum-based fuel are actually a greater ecological threat (hat tip instapundit).

11
Jun
11

Just asking …

If it is acceptable for the Washington Post and New York Times to go dumpster diving through a former governor’s email, where is the document dump of sitting congressman Anthony Weiner’s email and online communications (and what about (our erudite and accomplished Harvard Law grad) President BHO’s college transcripts and document archive from his almost complete term as senator)? Where is the army of press and citizen investigators clamoring to pore over them?

You would think (or maybe it’s just me) that if a private citizen’s past correspondence merits this much attention, then surely that level of information about persons acting in a capacity to directly affect our lives would be the top priority of a press corps dedicated to truth above all.

Nah – it’s probably just me.