Monday, October 12, 2015

Well, We Tired Them Out

I suspect Putin is looking to turn a profit from his adventure in the sand, but it looks like he may also be making friends:

The reactions [in the region] underscore that while the West may criticize Putin for supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, there is some relief in the region at the emergence of a player with a coherent - if controversial - strategy. 
"Putin does more than just speak," said Sohban Elewi of Damascus, summing up the views of Syrians on opposing camps who regard U.S. policy in Syria and Iraq as fumbled and confused.
Hey, Obama does more than just speak. Obama golfs.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Divider or Uniter?

Sure, you can make the case that Obama has divided the US as never before along racial and economic lines. But Obama isn't a small minded regional player; he thinks globally. And now he seems to have united Russia and China, at least in regards to the Middle East.

It's  strange, feeling that something good might come from those two intervening in Syria and/or Iraq. But if they don't fight the war on global terror, who will? Obama seemed to harass ISIS to just the extent necessary to be able to claim involvement.

Another thing I've been wondering about: If Obama was a timid man, so afraid of making mistakes that he, in essence, only voted "present" on the international stage -- how would that man be distinguishable from the Obama we've seen over these last 6 years? Yeah, he continued the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but that was a no-brainer.

Obama's boldest move was to completely withdraw from Iraq despite predictions from every side that it would bring about, well, the current situation. But he waited until he was able to blame the withdrawal on a breakdown in Status of Forces negotiations. It was riskier to push hard for a SOFA and be responsible for 5,000 troops than to just throw up his hands and blame the Iraqi government.

Now the initiative has been taken from Obama in Syria. I don't think Obama sees Russian involvement as a humiliation, I think he's secretly happy that the ball's not in his court. He may make some face saving gestures but no bold action is required of him now. He's off the hook.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

You Heard Me

"I said I wanted some damn jalapeƱo bacon mac and cheese." 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Dairy Dairy Quite Contrary

I use real cream, love butter, and drink whole milk.

I long ago gave up trying to justify my Dairy Lust to other people. After all, the government said to avoid dairy fat, and the government is sometimes right. Right? Well, not this time:

One of the flaws of nutrition studies is that they rely on people to accurately recall what they’ve eaten over the course of a year. Those recollections are vulnerable to inaccuracy, especially for dairy fats which can be found in small amounts in many different foods. This inaccuracy may be one of the reasons studies have yielded contrary results on the link between milk and heart disease. 
To improve estimates, Otto and Mozaffarian used a blood sample for each of more than 2,800 U.S. adults. Using the blood sample, they could detect how much dairy fats each had consumed. And over the eight-year follow up period, those who had consumed the most dairy fat were far less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who had consumed the least.

Course, it will take years for the zeitgeist to change. People still avoid salt and think styrofoam cups harm the ozone layer. I won't try to change anyone's mind; I'm content to nibble on my salted stick of butter and watch the parade.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Funny. People have noticed Obama's apparent horns 
but nobody has mentioned his flaming trident yet.

Boston Mooninite Panic

Anyone remember Boston going nuts back in 2007 over a promotional campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever? I remember hearing that possible IEDs were being found throughout Boston on my way to work one morning. By that evening it was all a big Never Mind. The "bombs" were identified as flashy-flashy LED boards.

Looking back on the "device" now, it's pretty easy to see that they weren't bombs. The Boston police were ridiculed by fans of the show and by those who were predisposed to ridicule the police. But I remember thinking at the time that stupid or not, it was at least an honest mistake.

And I could see that to someone who didn't know anything about electronics, or the Comedy Channel, the devices could easily cause concern.

Fast forward to last week, when 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed takes apart an alarm clock, puts it in a box, and takes it to school. Then he shows his fake invention  to every teacher in turn until he can find one who will take the bait. Then he grabs his knee, drops to the turf, and whines islamophobe.

Seems transparent and silly to me, but it worked. The kid has been invited to the White House. And Hillary Clinton, and other liberals, are tweeting like the campfire-bean scene from Blazing Saddles.

To sum up:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nail Head Doesn't Know What Hit It

VDH at the NRO regarding using Obama tactics to undo the Obama mess:

It would be quite illegal to ignore emissions standards the way Obama has ignored the Defense of Marriage Act; or to reduce, by fiat, the EPA to the present toothless status of ICE; or to allow a new sort of “sanctuary city” to refuse to marry gays, in the manner of San Francisco’s refusing to hand over illegal immigrants; or to arbitrarily remove particular owls and newts from the protection of the Endangered Species Act as Obama has picked and chosen which elements of the Affordable Care Act at any particular time he considered legally non-binding. Payback is very tempting, but eight more years of it would ensure that we would become another Zimbabwe or Venezuela. Instead, the next president must, as never before, obey both the spirit and the very letter of the law to restore to us what Obama has almost destroyed.
In the article VDH is closing the book on this American nightmare. My fear is that Obama isn't done writing yet. He still has many months to save us some more. I just hope we can get through it.