Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ex-Im Bank

We're a country full of things that sound like good ideas. Look a little closer though...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Teacher Alert

So today was the first day of school for the middle-school math teacher known around here as Lumberkid. She's spent the last two weeks making sure her classroom was ready; doing way more work than I ever imagined was necessary.

So anyway, she is excited about her kids even though she knows some of them will be a challenge. And she's decided to ignore her dad's suggestions as to the best and most durable discipline-bats to use. She's going to rely instead on non kinetic discipline techniques.

When I was in school things were handled differently. The vice principal had a paddle the size of Rhode Island. It had nails sticking out at odd angles and it had been known to throw sparks when used properly. Early on the vice principal declared himself "wise to my shenanigans" and so daily beatings followed. But only till his arms got tired. And of course they stopped when I graduated, well almost. He followed me to my first few jobs out of high school but eventually he decided he couldn't afford the extra gas and paddle maintenance.

Anyway, I sure wish Lumberkid well. I know she'll be spectacular. I'm already proud.

Friday, August 22, 2014

President Putt-Putt


 Strong statement? Seems to me coming out against beheadings was taking the easy road. "I don't care what you say; I'm against them, and I'll always be against them."

Now where's my 3–wood?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amateur Hour in Mo

When Obama first spoke about Ferguson I was quietly impressed. After all, he resisted the temptation to pass judgement before there was even an investigation. I had half expected him to pull a rush to judgement, as he did with Trayvon, and the Harvard professor. So yeah, I was pleased that the 1st. Law Professor seemed to finally understand how our judicial system was supposed to work.

And I expect Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to pause in their money counting long enough to pronounce judgement on on a man they know nothing about. But Jay Nixon had no reason to call for prosecution. Nobody could fault him for saying "let's see where this investigation leads."

Bax Nixon. Bad bad Nixon.

Monday, August 18, 2014

They Only Want What's Good for Us

I know, racist kids. Why else would kids resent being told what to eat?

In other nanny news – Again, a scientific study argues against the nanny-state recommendation that we consume under 2300 milligrams of salt per day:

 Participants consumed an average of about 5000 milligrams of sodium per day. They found that sodium consumption under 3000 milligrams daily was associated with a 27 percent increased risk of death or serious event defined as heart attack or stroke, as compared to those individuals who consumed between 3000 and 6000 milligrams. It was only when sodium consumption increased to over 6000 milligrams that the risk of adverse outcomes was detected.
This is good news and bad news, of course. Good, that the federal government may once again trust us regular people to regulate our own salt intake. Bad, in that if we take this away from the nannies, they'll put a herculean effort into finding something else to ban/regulate.  Liberals don't care what it is, just so long as it's mandatory.

More from the article:

And on a related note, Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Jersey adds, “There is not a single study, not one, showing [such a] benefit for having a sodium intake of less than 2300 milligrams.” The current guidelines are based on these short-term studies showing that a low sodium diet results in reductions in blood pressure in people who are already diagnosed with hypertension or borderline high blood pressure, but these reductions may actually result in more harm than good.

This new study is now sparking the FDA to re-evaluate the research supporting the current guidelines, yet they say the agency “continues to recognize the need to reduce the sodium content of the food supply to help reduce sodium intake.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just Because

Unrest? I don't see any unrest.

It's been so long since I've put him on a dinosaur.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"I'm Not Here to Make Friends"

I am. I'm here to make friends. If I go somewhere else I'll be there to make friends too.

h/t: wetdry

Send Those Guys Taser Batteries

It's good to see white guys getting in on the Victim Train in Ferguson. I'm reminded of herding an obstreperous child away from the playground. Except these were adults dragging their feet in order to elicit an angry response from policemen who were doing their job.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ISIS and Us

I think it's great that Obama is finally doing something to combat these known terrorists. They are a threat to non-Muslims everywhere. And even limited air strikes are better than no air strikes.

Is now the time to beat Obama up for the missteps that lead to the rise of ISIS? I think we should avoid anything that gets in the way of his doing the right thing from this point forward. He should understand that he will be held responsible if he drops the ball now that the threat has been widely acknowledged, though. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Jew and an Arab Walk Into a Pastry Shop

The Arab immediately steals three pastries and puts them in his pocket.
He says to the Jew, "See how good I am? The owner didn't see a thing." The Jew says to the Arab, "That's typical of you Arabs. I am going to show you an honest way to get the same result."
He goes to the owner of the bakery and says, "Give me a pastry and I will show you a magic trick."
Intrigued, the owner accepts and gives him a pastry. The Jew swallows it and asks for another one. The owner gives him another one. Then the Jew swallows that one and asks for a third pastry and eats that, too.
The owner is starting to wonder where the magic trick is and asks, "So what did you do with the pastries?"
The Jew replies, "Look in the Arab's back pocket....."

Thursday, August 07, 2014

One Sad Agency, One Extroverted Guy

News of the Weird:

-- The Environmental Protection Agency is already a News of the Weird favorite (for example, the secret goofing-off "man cave" of one EPA contractor in July 2013 and, two months later, the fabulist EPA executive who skipped agency work for months by claiming falsely to be on secret CIA missions), but the agency's Denver Regional Office took it to another level in June. In a leaked memo, the Denver deputy director implored employees to end the practice of leaving feces in the office's hallway. The memo referred to "several" incidents. [Government Executive, 6-25-2014]
-- Sheriff's deputies in Salina, Kansas, arrested Aaron Jansen, 29, but not before he put on quite a show on July 5. Jansen, speeding in a car spray-painted with derogatory comments about law enforcement, refused to pull over and even survived a series of tire-shredding road spikes as he turned into a soybean field, where he revved the engine and drove in circles for 40 minutes. As deputies set up a perimeter, Jansen futilely tossed items from the car (blankets, CDs, anything available) and then (with the car still moving) climbed out the driver's door and briefly "surfed" on the roof. Finally, as deputies closed in, Jansen shouted a barrage of Bible verses before emerging from the car wearing a cowboy hat, boots and a woman's dress. [KAKE-TV (Wichita), 7-7-2014]

Monday, August 04, 2014

I Report, You Forget Please

Ooops moment for a Finnish journalist who accidentaly told the truth:

A Finnish journalist reported seeing Hamas terrorists launch a rocket at Israel from a Gaza hospital, but later attacked news outlets for using her report as a pro-Israel “propaganda weapon.”

Aishi Zidan, a journalist for the daily newspaper Helsinging Sanomat, described the rocket attack in a report, which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday. The blog Legal Insurrection provided a translation of the Finnish report.

Zidan reported that a rocket was fired at 2:00 a.m. from the parking lot of Gaza City’s main hospital, Shifa Hospital.
You can see what happened here. The journalist was lucky enough to be in an area when news happened. She reports the news eagerly, because, well, it's news.

Only later does she realize that it doesn't fit the narrative.

And what was she doing at the hospital? Looking for Israeli atrocities?

It's a fact that Hamas fires rockets from hospitals, schools and residential areas. Many reporters just ignore the fact. (and Hillary claims that Gaza is just so small that they can't help it)

I propose a new narrative for Hillary, Finnish reporters, and antisemitic noncombatant helpers: "Our guys just forgot they were in a school yard, hospital parking lot, or residential shelter."

Friday, August 01, 2014

Cute's Back

I've not disengaged from the political these days but I'm finding it harder to comment on our current insanity. The world needs serious men, and women, at the moment and we've been electing guys we'd like to hang out with. The world has a way of working these things out, but it's often not pretty.

So I've been watching Wicked Tuna and fixing things around the house. How lazy is that, by the way – watching videos of other people fishing? I mean, when it's done right, fishing is already about the least taxing "sport" there is. 

Course the TV doesn't show the long hours of waiting for fish to show up. That wouldn't sell. (though in my present state of mind, I might watch it) But what they do show: a fish gets on the line, then you either lose it or don't, and if you do get it in the boat, it's either a good fish or a great fish. There are no surprises. They never catch a talking fish, or one that can grant wishes.

If I ever catch a talking tuna that can grant me three wishes, I'll ask him to put Charles Krauthammer into the president's body. Three times.