June 25, 2010
You just learned who the boss is tonight.
Oh, and thanks to a commenter (and DPUD) for the idea.
(doubleplusundead) Oh, and when the inevitable Weigel resignation hit, my first thought was Radiohead's Karma Police, then I get back home from work, and see Weigel lamenting on Twitter that the restaurant he's at is playing, yes, Karma Police. Mwahahahahahaaa.
Anyway, long story short: Dave Weigel got fired because the Washington Post had to admit that he was what any thinking person to the right of David Brooks knew all along: he is a liberaltarian, not a conservative.
What's surprising is the reaction of some pretty established bloggers, such as Ed Morrissey, who are lamenting Weigel's, ahem, "resignation." I understand what Ed is saying about Weigel being a nice guy. DC is a small town, and I know several people who know him as a friend and would say the same thing. I also know that most of my friends here are either liberals or just plain leftists. I think they're nice, but I would not want them writing for WaPo to cover conservatism.
I think what Ed and others are doing is the blogger version of a Capitol Hill GOPer shielding Democrat Congressman and Senators from criticism from the Right on the grounds that "I know Sen. Feingold. He's a charming fellow and a fine family man." Yeah, he may be, but that doesn't make him above criticism when he's wrong. *Sigh*
Also, why should we weep for Weigel? The Narrative is on his side. The Left and the MSM (BIRM) will send all of his previous writings criticising the Right down the memory whole. Weigel will claim his mantle as someone who was really conservative, until those darned teabaggers and Palintards got ahold of the party. I can just smell the Strange New Respect already...
When in Rome ... Go to Ray's Hell Burger
President Obama treated Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to a traditional American lunch at the Arlington eatery Thursday before returning to the White House for a joint news conference.
Obama ate a traditional cheeseburger, while Medvedev added jalepenos, mushrooms and onions to his. The pair shared an order of fries, according to the White House. No word on which superpower paid for the meal. (Update, 1:47 p.m.: It was Obama's treat.)
Yeah, and the aforementioned Secret Service detail was our treat.
Seriously, I don't know if this place delivers, but even if they normally don't, I'm sure they would have made an exception after getting a phone order from the White House.
June 24, 2010
I rest my case.
Well, other than a side-shaft nuclear explosion that, according to this source, if mishandled, would permanently crack the pocket causing an indefinite problem.
I wonder if there is any way to prove/disprove if this oil is abiotic.
Update: A couple more things. First, I've always been rather open to abiotic oil theory because it just seems unlikely to me that so much plant/animal matter made it several miles under the earth practically EVERYWHERE.
Second, now that I'm looking around the webs, there are quite a few (not necessarily reputable) people talking about this and claiming that, if it IS abiotic, it could last FOREVER!!!!11
Yeah. He didn't own those stocks when he made the ruling.
You think that's going to hit the headlines?
Also, he's getting death threats. Yeah. Feel the tolerance!
That alone should be a disqualifier to potential voters, I mean, yeah, it's Dingy Harry, but would you really want to vote for a guy that'd go as far as denying his own father in order to get elected to office?
What did we do before the internet?
Here's an interview with David X. Cohen. (via Slashdot)
June 23, 2010
I mean, wow!
I completely, 100% agree with how Obama has handled the General McChrystal with the added bonus that he picked basically the most excellent possible general to replace him.
Bottom line is, as much as I love the military and those who serve in it, they work for the President. He is their boss. An honorable person makes every possible effort to discuss his concerns/disagreements with his boss before he goes around/over him and that's only when the disagreement is about something absolutely critical.
Instead, McChrystal spouted a bunch of shit-talk to a Communist rag and completely sucker-punched the administration. That's straight up bullshit and just like Bush shouldn't have tolerated this (to the degree he did) Obama has no reason to. Even if McChrystal is correct on the merits (and I can't think of a bigger dipshit than Biden) he went way outside the proper channels for dealing with whatever issues he had and essentially placed his boss in a position where his options were very limited. No organization can function effectively when its leadership (such as it is) is constantly undermined by its own members.
But, of course, there is a higher cause here than honor and politics and that is bringing the war in Afghanistan to as swift and successful a completion as possible. Were Obama asked to choose between firing him for the reasons I've listed above or winning the war, the choice would be clear (to most, anyway) but luckily Patraeus stepped up and broadened the options.
So, we have a solid result that I believe will enhance the chances of success in the war along with the appropriate response to an outrageous example of insubordination.
Here's the footnote that really twists the knife:
Here's the thing - it's obvious to pretty much everyone up to and including blind monks in Tibet that Geithner got the treatment he did because of who he was. I appreciate the Tax Court not wanting to delve into that mess. But the reality of it is that this is Exhibit 34,293,093 that The Little People are treated differently.
It's getting ugly out there. It's going to get worse.
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