Archive for August, 2013

Doc Hastings waffles a tad on Impeaching Obama

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Interesting phrase here:
Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have passed in the Senate legislation to protect the Middle Fork-Snoqualmie under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and to put 22,000 additional acres of wild country in eastern King County into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
“We’re waiting to see what happens in the House,” she said.  A wilderness-averse Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, did permit a hearing on the Middle Fork-Alpine Lakes legislation.  But the committee has yet to pass out the bill.

One item for consideration on that score:
Two… He’s complaining about road closures in Naches.  To which I can say… hm… except, it’s notable what a commenter springs us up with.
Gotta close those roads – can’t have the illegals planting crops and killing people for accidentally walking up on them. Oh…wait……..that’s right. Illegals OWN Yakima. Guess they should deal with that one, too.
I think this is single-issue voter.  Probably a single issue person, for that matter.

But the big issue on the plate, that which everyone wants to know… which will be coming up in Town Hall meetings from Republican districts all across the nation… when Republicans trudge before their constituents… er… Impeachment?

Hastings said he is completely against Obamacare, and at lunch in Moses Lake Monday, Moses Lake resident Julia Hodgson took it a step further, asking if it’s possible to impeach Obama.
Hastings said that although the House may vote in favor of the idea, the Democrat-controlled Senate would never support it, making impeachment impossible. Hastings also addressed immigration reform, which he hopes passes by the end of the year.

So Doc Hastings is in accord with Congressman Blake Farenthold in claiming that there may be enough votes in the House for the idea… not necessarily for the same “birther” issue… instead, if I follow the flow from this article it would be over Health Care… or, you know, whatever… whether Doc Hastings would be in the group of 218 to Impeach he leaves up in the air.

Mostly, what we see is Doc Hastings pandering to this lunatic constituency, not able to answer the question with … er… “no”.  Still, “speculators are speculating“, he might find himself in the position to move that line forward… in as much as he might jump into the House Oversight Chair now held by Darrell Issa.  So, if you want to Impeach Obama sometime in his last two years of office, for… er… you know… whatever… he’s your man to pester.

watching kids eat their broccoli

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Behold!  Kids.  Complaining about having to eat their broccoli.  Politicized.  Because Michele Obama’s involved in it.

Other gripes involved the new bread, which students don’t want to eat because it’s brown wheat bread, and the new milk, which is skim or one percent fat, not two percent or whole. The cafeteria’s chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk offerings are now nonfat.

What?  They really want white wonderbread?  Crust taken off of them?

Students can only have one serving of meat or other protein. However, rich kids can buy a second portion each day on their own dime.

It’s like … the free enterprise system pokes its way into this somewhere.

And into the comments section for one line of this after another…

“welcome to the USSR”
This is verifiably true. Obama is indeed a Marxist of the Pan Leninist variety; proof of this is staring everyone in the face if they choose to see it. This school lunch program is simply a part of the strategy to garner 100% control over the hearts, minds, and souls of the middle class.
And hold on a second…

If only someone remembered what the Tenth Amendment says, and why Madison & Co. put it there.

Because James Madison was upset that kids are being given skim milk instead of whole milk?

In other Pubic Education news… where you might have reason to poke James Madison into the discussion.
The Glendale Unified School District has hired a Hermosa Beach company to monitor public social media posts made by its students to find out when teens are in trouble or causing it.
Superintendent Richard Sheehan said Geo Listening is analyzing the posts of 13,000 students at eight Glendale middle and high schools.

The goal is to give school administrators critical information as soon as possible.
“The whole purpose is student safety,” said Sheehan. “Basically, it just monitors for keywords where if a student is considering harming themselves, harming someone else.”
He added, “We do monitor on and off campus, but we do pay attention during school hours. We do pay more attention to the school computers.”

Kids need to get used to the surveillance State.  They also need to learn their facebook pages ain’t private.  Also we may as well put “Requires Constant Supervision” as the default setting.

paranoid lunatic, take 500 plus

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Curious note from Alex Jones, begging a simple question.

“I’ve been racially attacked by black people, probably—let’s not exaggerate—thirty-five times?” Jones said. “I’ve been racially attacked by Hispanics, let’s not exaggerate, five times. Let me tell you, that’s when you really get hurt bad. Compound fractures, you name it.”

“I am sick of it,” Jones said. “I am sick of the fact that I have been racially attacked over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. And the politically correct thing to do is just offer your kids up to have their noses broken and their eyes blackened and their bones broken, because the one thing you don’t do is ever go stand up against it. That’s what political correctness is in this country.”

Er… if someone is physically assaulting you… shouldn’t you press charges?

Where are these 35 fights with blacks and 5 fights with Hispanics taking place?  Are these just bar-room brawls?  Or was did this happen outside the Bilderberg Group meeting?

I know Alex Jones lifts weights with his good pal, Charlie Sheen.  He made sure to mention that every third sentence during his (in)famous interview with the man, the first stop of the Charlie Sheen public melt-down tour.  Doesn’t that give Alex Jones an advantage against these 35 black men and five Hispanic men?  (I’m going to assume they’re men — sorry for sticking to my political incorrect gender norms.)

And are they asking for his kids as a sacrifice, or is offering them up without any prompting?

phonies, phonies, everywhere.

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

I always have to be weary when  works from an author are published post-posthumously.

When I finally got around to reading Catcher in the Rye… well, I basically liked it, and understood roughly what is so effective about it.

More importantly, I understand both the reason for the detractors of this book it (class issue at stake: your spoiled rich kid who needs to just get over himself already)  and the lovers of the book (though I have been puzzled by some fans — like, your 18 year old proto- Abercombie and Fitch shopper… but, we’re all phonies calling everyone else phonies).

Into the darker corner of the book… the  “implicated in a the killing of John Lennon and attempted killing of Ronald Reagan” reputation.  Yep!  I got that too from reading it.  It’s good to read Arthur Bremer’s diary right alongside Catcher in the Rye, and then compare and contrast.
(And, no, don’t try that for a school assignment.)

So, what do I make of this commenter?

again, reads ever so much better if you are/were in/from New England. Not a book for summer time little league baseball kids.

it reads ever so much better if you live(d) in New England … not a book for southern farm kids

Wait.  He’s just calling everyone who doesn’t like Catcher in the Rye a bunch of phonies.  It’s like… he’s Houldon Caulfied.  Though… with a rather geocentric twist on his classifications.  Maybe we go back, a bit back-handedly, into the “having trouble sympathizing with some whining rich kid” in a New England border school idea, with what comes across as disparaging the “southern farm kids”.

Well… I suppose he’ll be able to dig further into his inner-world. One of the Salinger books would center on “Catcher” protagonist Holden Caulfield and his family, including a revised version of an early, unpublished story “The Last and Best of the Peter Pans.”   

I don’t think I will ever quite understand something like this:
Salinger: a burnt-out author running a publicity scam.
Notwithstanding the obvious:
That’s a good trick. He’s been dead since 2010.
Like: is this author worth actively hating, as opposed to passively hating and punting when you see an article put up concerning him?

This comment makes a bit more sense:
Another book about whiny, self-obsessed teens is just what America needs !!!
Particularly followed as it is by this response:
Only if it has vampires.
That’d actually be an interesting book.  If only that “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” fad (which probably only netted that one reasonably good book) had brought in a “Catcher in the Rye with emo-vampires/zombies/whatever” item… no, it wouldn’t get past the estate of JD Salinger.

Another bemusing comment:
They made me read Catcher in the Rye, when I was a kid in school, about thirteen I think.
I really disliked that book. I disliked everyone. I kept wishing Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, which I had read just before that one, would show up and rip off every one of their heads and defecate down their necks.
Wait.  It’s Houldon Caulfied again!

the beat moves onward

Sunday, August 25th, 2013


“He’s so far out on the extreme, even for the people of Georgia, that he could be a key player in helping the Democrats win,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Senate majority leader Harry Reid. “There would be pages of comments that Democrats could use against him in a general election.”

One:  Maybe not.  Two: the “even for the people of Georgia” has a ring of smugness.  Three:  Particularly below the Senate level, some of these people are going to get elected.  Four:  It’s not good when the Overton Window is moved, such that some objectionable policy becomes “at least it’s not this Broun”, while the scion of the last conservative elected Democratic Senator from the state gets elected on a platform of always being willing to “reach across the aisle” — to work with… hm… a side of the aisle now devoid of any workable force because she was elected thanks to a strategy of aiding the nomination of candidates  “they’re all Mr. Hitler and Stalin on the other side of the aisle” nominated, a few of them to be elected…


I’m searching for a column I distinctly remember, from either after the election last year or the beginning of this year at around the time of Obama’s Inauguration.  It rings of the partisan goober-snickering of EJ Dionne (or, another columnist just like him of the same prominence whose name escapes me right now.)  It goes into “Obama’s Path Forward” and has this idea that now he can work with different Democrats on budget ideas and has a list of a “range” “from moderate figures” such as Maine’s Susan Collins to “right right Republicans” such as… Tom Coburn.

The very same Tom Coburn who is now in the news for musing about how we could Impeach Obama.
Among other ideas...
It appears Tom Coburn is moving into the wistful Dream Sequence of spit-firing ideas.

Update:  Gerogia.  Interesting move by the state’s Republicans.

The new May 20 primary date will now (more than likely) also be the date of next year’s primaries for state offices. That will require an act of the Legislature, but Georgia’s 159 counties will certainly counter any opposition by pointing to the added expense of two separate voting cycles.
The mid-May date, because it would be more likely to attract more voters than a traditional mid-July date, has also been eyed by many Republicans as a means of reducing the influence of hardcore conservative activists and tea party elements in the GOP. Many GOP strategists fear a field of Senate candidates moving too far right will give Democrats an opening next year.

a question I’m pondering…

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

How much longer before I start seeing “Free Chelsea Manning” bumper stickers?