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If the AP has it right, and, c 'mon you guys, the AP usually does, on the simple stuff anyway, President Obama yesterday told the nation he can't imagine "anything more devastating to the public interest" than the Supreme Court's decision to ease limits on campaign spending by corporations and."
Lemme hep y'all out there, Mr. President. A mutant-strain bubonic plague outbreak. Nuclear war. A collision with Mars. All the women in the world suddenly looking and talking like Nancy Grace. That's four more devastating things, and I ain't even had enough breakfast yet to get my imagination kicked in good.
I have a dream. National leaders will one day address the nation in reasoned speech, the terms of which have actual referents.
Jan 22, 2010
Posted 1/22/2010 10:56 AM CST
The Philadelphia Inquirer tells a tale of stunning stupidity that
left a young woman shaken and crying, other passengers
trying to console her and ended the TSA career of the agent.
Earlier this month, 22-year-old college student
Rebecca Solomon arrived at the Philadelphia airport the
requisite 90 minutes before her flight to Detroit. She
dutifully put her laptop and shoes through the scanners,
engaging in the security theater that frequent fliers
have become so familiar with. She was just a college
student headed back to the University of
Michigan for the spring session.
And then she was pulled aside, presented with a tiny, clear
plastic bag - the kind earrings sometimes come in -
containing white powder.
What about it? The TSA agent wanted an explanation.
Rebecca said she broke into a sweat, wondering what
exactly she would say to explain the unexplainable.
It wasn't hers. She'd never seen it before. But isn't
that what suspects always say.
The seconds stretched out. Tears welled up.
And then the agent said it was his bag, his
white powder, his little joke.
Rebecca gathered her things and, accompanied by
a sympathic witness, went to her gate in tears.
TSA agents, of late clad in new uniforms that look very
much like police uniforms, are figures of authority in
a system that presumes guilt, includes tiers of watchlists
and no-fly lists and lists of people of interest
that are secret and often inaccurate.
Being on the other end of that system is not a comfortable
positionfor most Americans, regardless of how seriously,
or not, they take the process.
To do the TSA's very necessary job, the agents - of all
people - must take it seriously. Little jokes like that
played on Rebecca Solomon undermine the system,
scare people and fuel the criticism of the quasi-police agency.
Was he trying for a date? Battling boredom?
Just a sick puppy who likes to look at terrified faces?
Whatever, he's gone. Fired or quit? We're not allowed
to know that (or his name) because of federal employee
Let's hope it's the former, and that the reason
cited is extreme ridiculousness.
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Jan 21, 2010
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I see from The Bitch Girls that our British cousins are at it again. Actually, I'll bet the Brits are just jealous of New York City for scooping them on trying to ban the killer crystals of death.
So Parliament and No. 10 Downing are under pressure to crack down on the greasy globules of imminent demise.
This all stems from one of your large moral failings: You like butter.
After a roundabout PR exercise well explained by the BG's, a high-level British Worrier -- so high-level as to require hyphenation -- has hit the papers with the money quote:
" President of the Faculty, Professor Alan Maryon-Davis said: " ... 'Food can be made perfectly well without trans fat (read: butter, Ed.) and the Government should move to ban them as soon as possible because eliminating them would help save many lives'."
I forgot the exact name of the faculty he's the president of, but you can bet it (a) consumes large bales of British citizens' tax money at a single sitting and (b) has a faculty for knowing better than you about almost everything.
An afterthought: Banning butter will automatically reduce the prevalence of butter knives, thereby mitigating yet another publlic safety scourge bedeviling the lives of our former colonial masters.
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"Wall Street slips as investors brace for earnings start"
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We are still infested with the spawn of Pat Robertson and Jimmy Swaggert. Send prayer money, vote against abortion, bash a few homos, and your heavenly reservations are confirmed. Celestial joy is yours just as soon as you die.
Obama promises identical bliss, only terrestial. Hand your treasure and your freedom up to the Sacred City of Washington. Eventually, when all comply, the blessings of Heaven will occur right here on Earth, and it will happen just as soon as you die.
An authoritarian is an authoritarian, and one demagogic snake oil peddler smells like any other. No matter whether he chooses to stomp you from the left or from the right.
Jan 2, 2010
I am here because blowing snow and ice yesterday turned me around about a third of the way into a trip I really wanted to make. In a larger sense I am here because I lack the sense to get a place in the south.
It isn't all that bad right now. There's a pleasant afterglow from a good New Year's Eve party. Two good friends I see too seldom stopped by yesterday. The larder is full.
But it could, and likely will, get old in a hurry:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
404 AM CST SAT JAN 2 2010
THE STORY FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS IS CONTINUED MUCH BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES WITH THE REGION REMAINING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ARCTIC
AIR...WITH PERIODIC SHOTS OF SNOW...
In more precise language, that means the absolute best we can expect for seven days is a daytime high of six on Wednesday. Otherwise it will be chilly.