Daily Archives: September 1, 2012

When euphemisms kill

Attack of the marine life

Nauset Beach in Cape Cod has been closed to swimmers, signs posted on the water’s edge advise, “due to the presence of marine life in the water“. How much more effective would that warning be if the Nauset Tourism Bureau had permitted authorities to reveal the real reason for the closure: great white sharks have been chewing on bathers.



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Firing up (our) base


After Stalingrad, Moscow! Forward!

Obama vows to keep campaigning “after he wins”

The Wall Street Journal says President Obama “has fundamentally shifted his view of modern presidential power” and “is now convinced the most essential part of his job, given politically divided Washington, is rallying public opinion to his side. As a result, if he wins a second term, Mr. Obama plans to remain in campaign mode.”

“The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity to approach the office differently… He would like to tackle issues such as climate change, immigration, education and filibuster reform. He has told some aides that a sizable mistake at the start of his administration was his naiveté in thinking he could work with Republicans on weighty issues.”

A commentator to the original post points out that Hitler planned a victory parade in Moscow. But if the prospect of four more years of rule by a man who thinks his failures are due not to a bankrupt form of communism but merely a failure to communicate doesn’t get you to the polls, you probably deserve what we get. I’m not a fan of Romney, but Obama is increasingly demonstrating that there is a difference between the two. (I’ll still be voting Libertarian, but as Bababa Streisand tells her fans, “you air-dry your clothes – I’ll cheer you on”).


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No argument here

You lost your job as Village Idiot when you proved you weren’t up to the job and now, and now, you’re PRESIDENT?

From Bill Clinton, who has taken the measure of the man and found him wanting:

Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s an amateur!

I didn’t know Bill Clinton; Bill Clinton was no friend of mine, but he sure looks better every day.

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Obama finally finds something to brag about

A vision for us

He swills beer and Romney doesn’t. An odd thing for someone who admits to a drug and alcohol problem in his past to boast of, but at this stage, what else is there?

Obama and his team frequently talk about the president’s fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month.

Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with voters and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn’t drink.

To conflate two different articles, this, from The American Thinker:

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.  How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Now we know.


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Fall of the might-have-been

A reader commented on the Obama sand castle washing away today and that prompts me to post this, from another blogger.

Apologies to Percy…

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is OBAMANDIAS, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Why am I using Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” to reference Obama?  Oh… no reason




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At least France has a monopoly to protect

France shut down shale oil fracking at the demand of its state-owned nuclear power industry and Russia. So, while they bowed to their masters from Moscow, they’ll still have some source of energy that’s not dependent on the good will of the enemy to the east. We’re not so lucky here. Our anti-fracking forces remind me very much of communists here in 1940-41 who urged screamed for neutrality while the Soviet-Nazi pact was in place and switched overnight to “Second Front Now” when the Germans invaded Russia and the orders were sent out from Moscow. Should Putin somehow decide it’s in his interest to have a plentiful, cheap supply of natural gas in the US, look for Robert Kennedy to become a fracking advocate. Until then, bundle up.

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Mission accomplished: Obama’s Justice Department drops another investigation

Just kidding!

Yesterday, Labor Day Friday, the DOJ admitted that its investigation against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was shutting down after failing to come up with anything.

On Thursday, the same “independent” branch of the government dropped its investigation into  CIA operatives’ alleged torture of terrorists.

Only a cynic would point out that these indictments and investigations are never announced in the black hole of media attention when they first fire off but, having soothed the base by initiating a years-long campaign of harassment of innocent people, the shut-down is whispered on late Friday afternoons on a holiday eve.

And why did Holder drop these? Because the political advisors running his boss  know full well that much of the country approves of a sheriff who shoves criminals into hot tents and pink underwear and even more couldn’t care less if terrorists  have their beards plucked, hair-by-hair and are forced to listen to Sinead O’Conner records 24 hours a day. You bring the action to reassure your voting base, you drop it before the rest of the electorate has a chance to show its disapproval.


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