Friday, November 23, 2012

Ethically Retarded

David Horowitz tells the story.
I was not prepared for a conversation I had at Thanksgiving dinner today with my brother-in-law, Henry, who has lived most of his life in a home for the mentally disabled, and though now in his forties has the intelligence level of a six-year-old.

"Obama saved me," he said to me out of the blue.

"What do you mean?"

"I voted for him for president and now he's saving me."

I was taken aback by these words, since Henry had no idea who Obama was, or what a president might be, and would be unable to fill out a registration form let alone get to the polling place by himself. So I asked him how he knew that and how he had registered and cast his vote. In halting, impeded speech he told me that the people who take care of him at the home filled out "the papers" to register him to vote, told him how Obama cared for him, even taught him the Obama chants, and then took him to the polling place to vote. They did the same for all of the mentally disabled patients in their care, approximately sixty in all.
These are people entirely lacking a moral sense. I mean the caregivers, of course, not the patients.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mark Twain to Mayor Bloomberg

I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering out how much a man's health is injured, and how much his intellect is impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course of ninety-two years' indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner...

What is the use of your saving money that is so utterly worthless to you? In a word, why don't you go off somewhere and die, and not be always trying to seduce people into becoming as ornery and unlovable as you are yourselves, by your villainous "moral statistics"?
Notable & Quotable in The Wall Street Journal.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nothing But Blue Skies...

Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Under me.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lemmings Off the Fiscal Cliff

pastis_fiscal_lemming_cliff.gifStephan Pastis, whose topical humor is usually months out of date, is in this case prescient. His series of lemming strips, which ran on October 19, 20, 23, and 26, eerily presage the holiday events that Congress has in store for our amusement and edification.

In the first strip we see the result of the Grand Bargain that James A. Baker III will propose in tomorrow's Wall Street Journal. In the second strip we see Obama's gracious response. In the third strip the Great Panjandrums weigh in. And finally in the fourth strip the Democrats' devastatingly effective strategy is revealed.

Study them all, and mark his words. Everything will proceed exactly as Pastis has forseen.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ten Good Reasons

Not to Assassinate Obama.

It looks like Jim Goad has given this a lot of thought.

And he's right. Obama doesn't deserve it. There's no way we're going to let him off the hook that easy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On Their Eighty-Eighth

oldest_old_couple.jpgThe Daily Mail:
Centenarian couple Wu Conghan, and Wu Sognshi married in Sichuan province, China in 1924 and never had their wedding photo taken — until now. Conghan, 101, and Sognshi, 103, have been together for almost nine decades, and happily married for 88 years. They always dreamed of having a wedding photo taken, but when they got married there was not the option. Recently their dream was made reality by a photo company in their local town of Nanchong in Sichuan and the pair posed up in their wedding finery for the shots.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Damn Yankees

In the post-election commentary there has been more than the usual amount of talk about demographics. Blacks were of course solid for Obama at 93 percent. Hispanics voted 71 percent for Obama, Asians 73 percent. Whites went 59 percent for Romney.

When you look at the overall picture, however, we are still fighting the Civil War. That is to say, the contest was mainly between two huge groups of white people who don't much like each other, with the colored folk playing a marginal role. That's how it was in the War Between the States, and that's how it still is today.

In the state of Mississippi, for example, 89 percent of whites voted for Romney; in the state of Alabama, it was 84 percent. In the state of Maine, on the other hand, only 40 percent of whites voted for Romney; in Vermont, only 33 percent.

Barack Obama wasn't re-elected by blacks, Hispanics, or Asians, though they helped at the margins; he was re-elected by Yankees.
John Derbyshire, weekly radio host and author of the galaxy-wide best-seller We Are Doomed.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jungleers in Battle

Leslie spotted a small item in the paper.
Explore the history of the soldiers known as "jungleers" in a documentary premiering at 5 p.m. in the Spiegelberg Building, Medford School District Education Center, Medford Central High School

"Jungleers in Battle" is a 67-minute film about the U.S. Army's 41st Division in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II.

Admission to the showing is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving Oregon history. See for details.
We're going. We will be accompanied by Leslie's mother, who married a Jungleer. I've written a little about him before.

Friday, November 9, 2012

It Was Close

And they did cheat.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Good Point

Had Romney (57,425,441) done as well as McCain did in 2008 (59,934,814), he and Obama would have run neck and neck, virtually matching each other's vote totals. That's hardly the stuff of demographic ruin.

The question Republicans and conservatives need to ask is not why voters showed up for Obama, whose turnout wasn't exactly extraordinary, but why millions of their own voters, people who had pulled the lever for Bush and McCain, didn't do the same for Romney...
Tara Servatius at American Thinker.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dark Days Again

Here's Ben Stein with my thoughts.
... this seems like a terrible fate. But our party has faced far worse. We were pronounced dead after JFK stole the 1960 election in the cellars of the Chicago City Hall. We were in the morgue after the Goldwater defeat. We were dead and buried after Watergate and the 1974 Congressional elections, when the GOP was just a nub in Congress. We always come back because our principles are better suited to human dignity and human happiness than the other side's. We will come back stronger than ever this time, too. We are not afraid and we shall overcome. Our best days as a party and a movement lie ahead. We will rest, regroup, and fight for our beliefs, and next time, it will be different and better. Truth crushed to earth will rise again, as the saying goes -- as the truth goes.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What’s That Noise?

I think I hear the fat lady singing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Forget the Polls

Let's go to the charts.
Astrologers are watching Election Day with caution because at 6:05 p.m., on the East Coast, the planet Mercury will go into retrograde motion, a time of confusion and miscommunication. ...

Sandra-Leigh Serio, an astrologer who is the president of the Rocky Mountain Astrologers Association, said Mercury Retrograde will bring chaos to the election. "It is going to make a mess."
Just like in 2000.
The difference between the 2000 election retrograde and the 2012 election retrograde is that in 2000, Election Day fell at the end of the retrograde, instead of the beginning, she said. This year, Mercury will begin its retrograde while going into the constellation Sagittarius, and when it resumes its previous path, or goes "direct," Nov. 26 it will proceed into Scorpio.

That day, secrets about the election may be revealed, she said. "However, Nov. 14, Mercury re-enters Scorpio as it is moving in apparent backward motion, so that could also be a day when errors are discovered."
I don't know about that. I think most Americans have already discovered their error. Now if we can just get him to leave....

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Pothole

I mean, really, why does everyone believe the president is the leader of our country? What he is, is the head of our government, i.e., he is the leader of the least part of our country. We have two groups in America: the people who work hard and create businesses and jobs and all the things that make our country great, and the screw-ups who get in the way of that. Government is by far the greatest force of the latter. So why do we as citizens think the guy we put in charge of the government and all the bureaucrats — "King Idiot," basically — is our leader? That's like saying a pothole is in charge of the road.
Frank J. Fleming, via Instapundit.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I'm Voting for Senator Kevin

kevin_closing_argument.jpgFor obvious reasons.

Actually, my ballot went in the mail last Tuesday. Pretty much the straight Apocalypse Party ticket all the way down to dogcatcher, or as well call them here in Gold Hill, city councillors. As for the measures I voted mostly no, no, no, and hell, no, except for the one that asked did I want to slash taxes and turn poor people out into the cold, in which case I voted yes.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Michael Barone

America's foremost psephologist says: Romney beats Obama, handily.