It’s Time to Crawl Out of the Rabbit Hole – A Guest Post by Amanda Green

aliceThere are times when it feels like I’ve fallen down the Twilight Zone version of the rabbit hole. Those days used to be the exception, not the rule. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true these days. Maybe it’s just because we’ve had ice on the ground for almost a week — something we rarely have in this part of Texas. Or maybe it’s something else. All I know for sure is that I’m ready for some sense of sanity to return before everything implodes.

It’s bad enough to open the paper or turn on the news and see our president taking a “selfie” at the funeral for Nelson Mandela. Funny how his backers have taken to the airwaves and social media to tell those of us who were more than a bit taken aback by this lack of decorum — not to mention bad taste or giving the rest of the world yet another reason to laugh at us as a country — that we really ought not worry about what was happening. They’ve used this breach of etiquette to gloss over the fact that he shook hands with Raul Castro (with Obama grinning like he was greeting a long lost friend in the image I saw) as well as the fact he avoided the media on the plane while former President Bush spent time with them.

Now, Obama isn’t the first president to shake the hand of either Castro brother. Also, the unwritten rules of behavior would make it almost impossible for him not to greet the Cuban leader at the tribute for Mandela. But the selfie is something else. I don’t care whether or not Michelle looked like she disapproved. I don’t give a flying leap that another world leader might have been in the picture. The fact that the President of the United States was engaging in behavior normally reserved for teens or spoiled celebrities and that the picture of him doing so has been plastered all over social media and news reports does bother me. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me because I’ve known for a long time that Obama is a spoiled kid in a man’s body who pouts when he doesn’t get his way and who uses his position to act as a bully as he tries to push through legislation that is aimed at tearing down too many of our rights under the Constitution.

But that isn’t the only “WTF” moment to take place during the Mandela memorial and involving Obama. There’s the issue of the so-called interpreter for the deaf who was within feet of Obama and other heads of state. You know the one I’m talking about. The one who’s “signing” didn’t resemble anything we’d seen before. The one who didn’t know the sign for “Mandela”. The one the Secret Service, nor any other security service it seems, vetted before letting him so close to their charges. The one who now claims he does know sign language but that, at the time, he was suffering a schizophrenic break. The one who was hired by a company hired by the South African government, a company no one can find the owners of now.

Can anyone say “recipe for disaster”?

Perhaps the problem is that Obama is too much a product of the Chicago political machine. After all, Chief of Police Garry McCarthy has shown he has absolutely no respect or regard for the Second Amendment. McCarthy doesn’t think anyone (except, I assume, cops and possibly the military) should have guns. He’s said he is going to train his officers to shoot first if they see someone with a gun and ask questions later. The situation doesn’t matter, apparently. If a person has a gun in their hands, they must be doing something wrong. After all, according to him, “Carrying a loaded firearm is the gateway crime to committing a murder.”

But if all that isn’t a sign that we’ve fallen down a warped version of the rabbit hole, there’s more. There’s the “article” that came across my desk yesterday in support of State Senator Wendy Davis in her run for governor. For those of you not familiar with Senator Davis, she hit the “big time” when she tried to filibuster a proposed Texas abortion law. I say “tried to filibuster” because she failed to remember the rules and failed. But the fact she fought the bill and did so in her tennis shoes got her on the front page of a number of papers, especially outside of Texas, and she is now the darling of the Democratic Party down here.

The so-called article was slamming Texas conservatives because of the new voter ID law. You know the one I mean: you have to show a valid photo ID when you go in to vote. If you don’t, you can file a provisional vote (something critics always seem to conveniently forget just as they also forget you can get a free ID for voting purposes from the Texas DPS).

What surprised me with the article wasn’t that it was so much a criticism of the law itself as much as the fact the article claimed the law was an attempt to disenfranchise liberal women. The reason for this criticism is because some women have a different name listed on their voter’s registration card than is on their ID.

Now, let’s throw a little water on their argument. First, the name on your registration is supposed to be your legal name — just as it is supposed to be on your ID. If you change your name on one, you surely can take a moment to change it on the other. It isn’t that difficult. Besides, voting isn’t the only time you have to show ID to do something. If you are cashing a check, you have to show ID and your name had better be the same. If you are flying anywhere, you have to show ID and, guess what, your name has to be the same on your ticket as it is on your ID. But, following the same “logic” the Davis supporters use, these are also acts meant to disenfranchise liberal women.

Sigh.

Unfortunately this , hopefully temporary, lapse of sanity isn’t confined to politics. Our judicial system has also seemed to take leave of the common sense a flea has. A local judge just sentenced a defendant to 10 years probation and mandatory rehab after he killed 4 people and injured a number of others while driving impaired. The facts aren’t really in dispute. This young man was something like three times over the legal definition of “intoxicated”. He’d been drinking and, if I remember correctly, was also high. This wasn’t his first problem with alcohol, just the one with the most long-lasting repercussions.

When the case went to court, the prosecutors asked the judge to throw the book at the kid. His attorney used the “affluenza” defense. In other words, he argued that the kid was too rich, too pampered and too spoiled without any sense of responsibility to be held responsible for his actions. You see, it was all his parents’ fault. They’d never made poor Johnny take responsibility for his actions before and it was cruel and unusual punishment to do so now. The judge bought that argument. Now the poor little rich kid is going to spend some time in a California rehab facility and he isn’t supposed to see his evil parents for two years. And the families of those he killed will never again see their loved ones.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, our education system has turned into anything but that. There are districts that don’t allow for homework. Or, if they have homework, it can’t be graded. Others let kids take tests over and over until they get the grade they want. Discipline is a thing of the past as is creative lesson planning (on a whole. I know there are exceptions but they are few and far between). The current system is putting out graduates who don’t know how to engage in critical thinking and who have no idea what it feels like to fail and who, as a result, will crumble when they get into the real world and find out they really aren’t as special as they’ve been told for years. Worse, we are dumbing down our country and will have at least one or two generations of mediocrity. Heaven help us.

There has to come a point where we stop accepting this new status quo. We have to hold our leaders accountable for their actions and behavior. We have to teach our kids how to be responsible and productive members of society. We are not a society of automatons and we shouldn’t try to become one. Being equal under the law doesn’t mean we are all the same and should march in lock step, shoulder to shoulder as we give homage to being politically correct.

The United States was founded by individuals with their own codes of honor who happened to believe in a few fundamental rights. We should value those rights as much, if not more, than did they. It is time to let our voices be heard. It is time to pull this country out of the Twilight Zone version of the rabbit hole that its fallen through. Let’s find ways to return common sense and accountability to our lives, to our judiciary and, most of all, to our government.

161 responses to “It’s Time to Crawl Out of the Rabbit Hole – A Guest Post by Amanda Green

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    During George W Bush’s administration, one Liberal on Baen’s Bar talked about Republicans needing to “get the adults” in charge of the Republican Party.

    At that time, I wondered if the “adults” were in charge of the Democratic Party. It’s gotten worse since then. [Frown]

  2. Definitely!

  3. I’m going to tell you all a secret I don’t think I’ve talked about before. I managed an adult in the worst part of town for 13 years, 5 of those on the graveyard shift. Sister, let me tell you, I was exposed to no just scummy behavior, but every flavor of strangeness you can imagine. Thanks to my time there I discovered weird sub-species of humanity, odd ideas and theories, and occupations, situations, and psychoses here to fore unknown to science.

    The twisted reality of that place seeped into me down to the cellular level, and I’m afraid I’ll never be free of it. Four years after leaving and I still have dreams about it. A dangerous lunatic stands feet away from one world leader after another for hours while pretending to do sign language? The president taking selfies with a hot blond while sitting next to his wife at a state funeral? Hah! Buddy, you don’t know from stupid and weird. Let me tell you about this one time I …

  4. And, of course, they are trying to double down on the dumbing down, with Common Core. Someone who wrote a book about it (The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core) was on the radio this morning. One example he gave was in the English section, where they have a 17 page treatment of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. According to him, there are 5 pages of that which are the script of a Saturday Night Live script about it (See article here: http://townhall.com/columnists/terrencemoore/2013/10/31/trick-or-treat-the-common-core-is-knocking-at-your-door-n1733700/page/full), where you have exchanges like this:

    Villager #1: [to Head Villager] Well, maybe you’re the monster!

    Head Villager: [shakes his head] I’m not the monster! [points to Frankenstein’s monster] Look at ’im! He’s got a square head and green skin!

    Frankenstein’s Monster: Oh, great—now it’s a racial thing! You know what? You guys are a bunch of fascists! [villager with a lit torch again steps too close] Seriously, du-ude! Get that fire away from me! . . .

    • Good heavens. If they have so much trouble with Frankenstein, assign them The Monster’s Monster instead. That’ll be within their reading level.

      Whoops.

      It teaches people to be grateful. That would unwise.

      • Years ago, when the Daughtorial Unit was being home educated, one of the speakers at the annual state convention/book fair (even if you don’t home educate, it is worth the admission for the book fair!!!) was the author of a book comparing and contrasting Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde with Frankenstein. The short form is that while in Dr. Jekyll’s case the corruption was essential to the doctor’s nature and became more powerful the more it was indulged, in the case of Dr. Frankenstein the monster was born innocent and only became violent in response to Society’s rejection of him.

        No surprise the Hollow Core finds more worth discussing in the latter book.

  5. A woman whose blog I follow has written about signing up for insurance through her state’s exchange. Apparently they required submission of birth certificates or other proofs of identity for her husband! So the same administration that says that you mustn’t ask for identification before people can vote (which is optional) is requiring identification before people can purchase health insurance (which is mandatory—though how far they’ll get with that remains to be seen). That’s an impressive case of straining at gnats and swallowing camels!

  6. I only WISH it was the rabbit hole. You see, the rabbit hole is simply a fictional plot-device used to make it obvious that we’ve gone off the rails and ended up in another universe entirely. At the end of the book Alice makes it back and everything is put back to normal. The book ends and it’s all good after that.

    Unfortunately, here in the real world, it’s not just going to end. There is going to be a lot of hard work needed to fix this mess and it’s not all going to come from one author scratching away at a desk. It is going to require the work of literally millions of people cooperating with each other trying to find our way out. The weirdness of the situation tops even a smoking caterpillar and a Mad Hatter. For some reason a screaming half-hysterical leadership screaming “Off with his head” doesn’t seem too far fetched either.

    The good news is that some people seem to be waking up. Obamacare has some former Obamabots starting to think more clearly. People do not like this law. A chink is appearing in the armor. It gets better by being worse too.

    We have been promised for decades that the other side wasn’t going to take our guns. Granted, we’re too smart to believe it, but the Useful Idiots bought in heart and soul. Now gun confiscation is actually occurring in New York. Granted, the true believers are going to be happy about this. Nothing is going to change that. But the Useful Idiots honestly believed that it never would. We need to stand up and start screaming about this now. Before the shooting starts. Because I have a definite suspicion that there will be at least a few dead LEOs out there when they try to enforce the orders. We have to let people know what’s going on.

    • They’re only trying to confiscate the guns of the law-abiding, so the chances of anyone being shot are relatively low. The people most likely to shoot cops never bother to register their weapons.

    • “Now gun confiscation is actually occurring in New York.”

      This is only the latest round of gun confiscation in NYC. Not quite 30 years ago they passed a law making the ownership of semi-auto’s illegal, and went door to door rounding up all the guns the honest citizens had registered that the city decided were no longer legal.

  7. Born and raised in Illinois, downstate as the Cook county folks labeled us.
    Grew up driving on gravel roads so Chicago could afford yet another expressway. Always voted conservative along with most of my neighbors only to see the Chicago millions negate our rural wishes.
    Been saying it was only a matter of time before BHO showed his true Chitown colors, sadly I have been proven correct repeatedly of late.
    As for the Chicago Chief of Police, that policy will get off duty and plain clothes cops killed, not to mention anyone else foolish enough to think they have a right to defend themselves within his jurisdiction. I’d like to think that will come back to haunt him, but I suspect he will never miss a moment’s sleep over his abuse of the natural rights of others. After all they aren’t really people, just voters, and in Chicago the best voters are the quiet ones already dead and buried.

    • Hmm .. since arguably any cop who’s dumb enough to take that policy literally is not smarter than a public-school teacher who can’t tell the difference between a gun and a nibbled pop-tart, that policy will also get some schoolkids shot, too…

      • I wonder how literally the prosecutor’s office would take it. “I was only following orders” is not a legal defense; it should only mean that the police chief is charged, too, for ordering it.

        Then, that he’s not already been charged with ordering it is not a good sign.

    • The poopy head “in charge” of CPD, will get away with it exactly as long as it takes to file a $300 Million lawsuit, for wrongful death. Followed by a series of Civil Rights lawsuits against the city, the Commander, the Police dep’t, (mis)management at every level, and the individual officer. All of which the Chicago “news” paper will ignore, but the rest of the press, will carry. With luck (his/hers bad) it will be a Black, who is politically connected. Then, we can watch Jackson/Sharpton try to ignore it, unless a White Cop does it.

  8. The out-and-out gutting of the Constitution is frightening. I keep hoping against hope that TPTB will wake up to the fact that they’re ASKING for armed insurrection before it comes to that. But… when has that ever happened? Seriously. Can anybody cite a historical example? Gonna get ugly.

    OTOH, the thing about voter ID — though ominous on the vote-fraud — is just risible. So the argument is that liberal women are so morally bereft that they are incapable of following the simple rules attendant on the carriage of official ID, so they should be permitted to skate on breaking the law? Why, then, should they be permitted to vote? Aren’t they essentially incompetent to act as free and responsible citizens? Seriously? I somehow doubt that’s what’s intended, but it’s what’s being said.

    Sheesh!

    M

    • The government of the United States of America dissolved itself and told the states that they needed a new constitution that would be competent to govern them. There had been violence before, but it had been put down.

    • Well there was that whole American Revolution thing. Not long after that President Washington experienced a little something called the whiskey rebellion. And then of course the American Civil War. All fairly ugly and violent periods in our history. And when our current situation turns equally ugly, not inevitable but getting more likely by the day, TPTB will learn exactly how well millions of abused and downtrodden citizens have learned their lessons in asymetrical warfare over the past few years.
      As for the voter ID thing, don’t bother trying to use logic on their arguments. What they are doing is throwing anything against the wall to see if any of it sticks while all the time simply trying to protect their inherent ability to steal votes. It is after all a long standing tradition for the left.

      • The improvised weapons manual is the most popular download from the archives. Think about it. That doesn’t count people distributing the manual on their own.

      • All true, but kinda proving my point. Did old George “King-a-England” back down when presented with the Declaration? Of course not. When did the verbal, legal, constitutional protests of a put-upon people every make the government of a country back down?

        M

        • Czechoslovakia? Granted, the Iron Curtain was falling apart already around the Czech Communists, and the Soviets had let people know they wouldn’t intervene too much. The Czech example may be the exception that proves the rule.

          • OK. That’s a fair one. So, in order to rid ourselves of this turbulent child, we have to force the collapse of Western Civilization.

            ::looks back and forth between Obama and the country::

            Hey! Presto! To say the thing is to make it so.

            M

      • Remember that the Whiskey Rebellion had been put down before Congress voted itself into dissolution.

    • PAY NO ATTENTION to the fact that virtually ALL of the arguments on behalf of liberal women are premised on the idea they are incompetent, lacking character, moral fibre or agency. It is not simply Voter ID, it is also the whole “Rape Culture” or (in a majority of instances) the “hostile workplace” concept along with too many more instances to list. Scratch any feminist complaint and underneath the topcoat is a primer of pwecious flowerdom.

    • Not to mention, the PC women these days doesn’t change her name even if she does get married. They can’t even keep their own narrative straight.

  9. Well, they certainly aren’t Permanent Residents or Naturalized Citizens, as both those groups are required to carry proof of their status at all times. (Which, naturally enough, are government-issued photo id.)
    So I suppose the concern is native-born American Citizens who followed the traditional practice of adopting their husband’s name upon marriage and didn’t update their records to match? Since when are women who adopt their husband’s name on marriage part of the ‘liberal’ grouping? Aren’t we officially repressed, brainwashed, conservative, right-wing fools who need to be liberated from the patriarchy?

  10. The debate over voter identification is pretty easy to understand if you look at what everyone agrees on.

    The opponents of voter identification argue that significant numbers of voters, mostly poor and minority, will not bother to jump even a very small hurdle in order to vote. Proponents of voter identification actually agree that this is true.

    The real disagreement is that opponents focus on the fact that voter ID will reduce poor and minority voting, and object to the racism and classism they believe this implies. Proponents focus on the fact that voter ID will reduce voting fraud, and regard the fact that it will also filter out a lot of low-information voters as a not undesirable side effect. So these low-information voters happen to be disproportionately poor and minority? Sometimes you should just let the chips fall where they may.

    I think of the kinds of risks minorities took to secure voting rights back in the day, and look at their descendants who can’t be bothered to jump a very small (and just as high for all races) barrier to vote, and a crude expletive expression of astonishment comes to mind.

    And you kids stay off my lawn.

    • And yet the opponents of the ID rule have expressed no difficulty with requiring ID for those elections with bond issues, because of the need to prove residence within the bond district. Which also speaks volumes about some of the assumptions of the anti-ID folks.

      • “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
        Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Liberals do not have little minds. Their minds are so vast they dwarf space itself, and as open as the Great Steppes, where the North Wind blows through, chilling all before it.

    • “Proponents of voter identification actually agree that this is true.”

      They (er, “we”) do?

      • Fair. I overgeneralized. Some proponents of voter identification do not believe it will significantly discourage legitimate voting, or that those discouraged will be predominantly low-information voters, or that low-information voters are predominantly poor minorities.

        I’m in favor of voter ID regardless, because I believe faith in the voting system is terribly important even if there is not that much fraud (and I’m not convinced of the latter.)

  11. But Kent, if you are poor, you have to provide some proof of identity to get welfare benefits. This is much more complex than just showing an id. Bank statements, forms from employers, tax returns, forms from childcare providers and child support paying parents . . . Maybe poor folks aren’t voting not because it’s a hurdle to get id, but because they don’t feel the consequences of voting are an adequate payoff for the time spent? If proof of having voted were required for food stamps they’d make the voting happen.
    (I suspect the minority thing is irrelevant. I may be wrong. I’d be interested if there are any statistics at all on middle and upper income minorities voting habits.)

    • Oh, don’t misunderstand me. I favor voter ID.

      I believe the hurdles can be made very small. And if you still can’t be bothered to jump them, good riddance.

      • I didn’t misunderstand your position on voter id. I think it is a possible talking point for the pro-id position that one must jump greater hurdles to get welfare benefits than to vote, with the id requirement in place.

        Sorry to not be clearer. I know! I’ll blame the kids! (Kids! Go play on the lawn!)

    • I do not have a cite available off the top of my head but these studies have been done. Once income is controlled for minorities tend to vote at about the same rate as whites in their age cohort. Regardless of race, older people tend to vote more than younger people.

    • But why do that? Voting is a right, not a duty. (Certainly not uninformed voting.)

  12. I’ve been feeling like I fell into a rabbit hole since we came back to the States in 2003. Plus it didn’t help that I was on some serious medication– still rabbit hole even though I am on the lighter stuff.

  13. We are very close to the line where people not only realize there is no justice, but start engaging in vigilante acts to obtain some. Expect it in flyover country first.

  14. I think we’re at the point that assuming any intelligence at all in charge of the vile progs is a deadly dangerous mistake. They’re moving forward on ideological assumptions with little to no understanding of the nature of the culture around them, the consequences of the actions they’re taking or the likely fallout.

    And that causes me greater concern than grand conspiracies or plotted moves. Intelligence might give pause, stupidity will blindly bull ahead.

    • What astonished me the most in the last election was the number of Ph.D. nuclear engineers with six-digit salaries in my hallway complaining that Mitt Romney was out of touch.

      Completely unselfconsciously.

      • OTOH they assume the choom red diaper baby president raised in indonesia COMPLETELY gets them, right?
        Monkey hear, monkey repeat. Geniuses in one area can be total ignoramuses in another, and there’s a subset of the Odds that would acquiesce in their own execution to JUST fit in for once.
        As long as liberal platitudes pretend to be the cool pov they’ll accrue these people.

        • Geniuses in one area can be total ignoramuses in another…

          Absolutely. I work for one. Well….for another week, anyway!

        • It doesn’t help that the GOP keeps throwing up career politicians whose sincerity is questionable, if only because they play the political game. They’re going to have to pare down to core philosophy, quit the contradictory pandering (because they suck at it and the vile progs don’t) and just keep hammering the message. They’ll be hated, by the press and by the progs. They’ll be pilloried and mocked. But if they can just muster the conviction to hold the damn line they might scrabble together a little respect. And many might be surprised to learn how many who vote democrat aren’t vile progs and are willing to try a candidate with a firm grasp of core constitutional principles.

          Wouldn’t wipe out the (D) party by any means, but it could go a long way to pushing the pendulum back along its arc.

        • ” Geniuses in one area can be total ignoramuses in another,”

          An observation as old as Plato’s Apology of Socrates.

      • I wasn’t a huge Mitt Romney fan, because he wasn’t conservative enough for me …

        But ignore the ideology of both of the ’12 candidates for a minute. And think about basic character. Assume you were away from home and couldn’t get your wife to answer the phone. You were worried for some reason, maybe the late hour or she failed to call when arranged. And assume that on one side of your house, lived Barack Obama and on the other side of your home lived Mitt Romney. Who would you call to go check on your wife and be sure she and your kids were OK. Who would you trust to answer the phone, agree to check and trust to take care of whatever needed to be taken care of?

        I used that line on someone who was a rabid Obamacultist in ’12 and it really shut them up.

        • I’m totally stealing this concept.

        • Happens one of my best friends was a member of Mitt Romney’s Mormon congregation when Romney was its bishop.

          He says almost exactly the same thing SPQR did. Romney is not as conservative as he would like, but a wonderful human being.

          That this did not come across in the election shows the power of marketing wielded by the progs.

          • A lady I know grew up in the same village in Mexico that Romney’s family is from. Says they are good people and that her husband was going to vote for him. (She hadn’t finished all the citizenship hoops before the voter registration deadline cut off in ’12).

          • I think part of it is also that Romeny’s inherent modesty prevented the campaign from capitalizing on it.

            • There’s a fair amount of truth to this, I think. Romney comes from a religious tradition that discourages boasting about your charitable acts, and it seems clear he restrained his campaign from saying too much about them. Still, some of it got out — and was roundly ignored, due to effective counterpropaganda. Who remembers Seamus? (Loud and angry chorus). How about the search for the missing girl? Or the wasps’ nest? (Crickets).

              There’s also the matter that his charitable acts were part of a religious framework that was viewed with suspicion, or worse, by a lot of his party’s base. He may have felt that discussion of his good deeds and character would inevitably remind people that he was a … gasp … Mormon. There is some evidence, in fact, that evangelicals in some key states (particularly Ohio) refused to turn out and vote for him, and it made a difference in the outcome.

              Expanding this theme a bit: The Republicans may not be the opposition party we’re looking for, but they’re the only viable opposition party we’ve got. Yet, if the comments threads at political sites are at all representative, and not just a freak show, then the Republican base remain more interested in ideological purity than playing the politics you have to play to accomplish anything. I am particularly bemused by how Ryan was the Tea Party darling two years ago, and now they think he’s in league with the devil, because he made a budget deal that in his judgement (which I trust more than my own) was the best possible given the political realities.

              I was deeply sympathetic with the Tea Party at first, to the point of nearly formally affiliating myself with it (to the extent there are any formalities about joining a mass movement), but their IQ seems to be trending in the wrong direction. Apologies: I know that will upset some of you, and perhaps not entirely without cause. There’s still a lot I agree with the TP on, but if there is anything like a core leadership to the movement, they need to remember why it was a good thing William F. Buckley used his influence to read the Birchers out of the conservative movement.

              • Mind you, it depends on which part of the tea party. And I think the leadership needs to stop slamming the tea party, too. They’re cooperating with the defamation movement of the MSM.

              • There’s real conflict in the GOP. It’s not really between Conservatives and RINO’s, those are just two different wings. It’s between those who confuse passion with rectitude and those who have invested considerable resources in playing the game. Unfortunately they happen to be the loudest parts of the party, so they draw the most attention, even though they’re very small in number.

                What we need is for the majority of thinking people to realize that we’re not going to get a Ted Cruz coming out of the Eastern Seaboard, and that running Eastern Seaboard candidates has been spectacularly unsuccessful for the GOP. Aside from Elder Bush, who was riding Reagan’s coattails, the last Easterner to win the White House was Coolidge. Maybe we should try something different. We also need to keep in mind that there’s more than just the next news cycle, that we need to keep strategic considerations in mind (for example, this latest budget deal. The Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than Obamacare. Let’s not give them an easy opportunity). On the other hand, the GOP doesn’t exactly have a great deal of trust built up with the conservative base, so throwing them a bone now and again, and showing them a basic degree of respect, isn’t exactly uncalled for.

              • ” The Republicans may not be the opposition party we’re looking for, but they’re the only viable opposition party we’ve got. Yet, if the comments threads at political sites are at all representative, and not just a freak show, then the Republican base remain more interested in ideological purity than playing the politics you have to play to accomplish anything.”

                I think a lot of the base is like myself, we’ll complain and bad mouth our representatives/senators, point out everything they are doing wrong, and what a spineless bunch of worthless culls they are. Then we’ll split our vote between half a dozen primary candidates, complain again about the worthless democrat-lite that got selected instead of any of the half dozen other candidates that we would have preferred and split our vote between; but then go ahead and vote for the democrat-lite in the general. The problem is that there are enough in the base that either dislike the democrat-lite enough not to vote for him, or more commonly don’t see enough difference between the democrat-lite and the democrat to bother with taking time off work/out of their busy schedule to make it to the polls to vote. That, at a WAG, ten percent or so of base is enough to swing the vote one way or the other, depending on whether they bother to vote (or vote third party/write in) or not.

        • I think the Big Problem with candidates like Romney (“I’ll meet the liberals halfway and I’m more competent/of better character”) is that the liberals aren’t really liberal; they’re basically a Timocracy masquerading as a belief system where professed members of their belief system _and_ faction are seen as having honor but noone else does. Romney’s No Good because he has no honor. They know he has no honor because he wants to put women in Binders, because the honorable people told them so, and they know those people are honorable because they say so and they’re fighting the Dishonorable Woman-Binding Romney… it’s circular logic all the way down.

        • The situation could be worse … imagine Bill Clinton is your “across the back fence” neighbor …

          • then the choice is easy–text Bill & ask him to have your wife text or call you when she has a second. If he promises to send Hillary over to check, you know what the problem *isn’t.*

  15. “… [recent grads] who have no idea what it feels like to fail and who, as a result, will crumble when they get into the real world…”

    A new medical technologist in my lab needed training on how to classify white blood cells in spinal fluid. He completed the training, and I gave him a practical exam. He had the highest score of any tech. Five weeks later he got a spinal fluid on the evening shift. He completely misidentified the white blood cells. His wrong results supported a viral illness when the illness was bacterial. Bacterial meningitis can kill in hours without antibiotics. Luckily, the ER doctors ignored the lab report and saved the patient.

    When I asked the tech why he made such a serious error, he had no excuse. I asked him how he could forget his training in five weeks, and he had no answer. I told him he was not allowed to examine spinal fluids until he was retrained, which meant he had to return to the day shift. After this meeting, he told everyone that I was inappropriately angry (I never raised my voice, but anger certainly was appropriate.) and that I had hurt his feelings and damaged his self-esteem. This complaint got bucked up the line to the medical chief of staff, and I got called onto the carpet for my actions. Not once did the tech, the mid-level administrators, or even the chief of staff express concern for the patient; it was all about the poor boy’s self-esteem. I thought I had been tossed into a bizarre new universe.

  16. If we all remember, RAH (Praise his name) mentioned “The Crazy Years.” Is there *ANY* doubt that we are in them _for real?_

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      None whatsoever.:-(

    • I still say it’s more like Year of the Jackpot than The Crazy Years, but the Crazy Years are invading more and more.

    • So, President Nehemiah Hussein Obama, with no elections held from 2016 onwards then?

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        On the other hand, we’ll have interstellar travel soon . . .

      • Are you trying to give my nightmares validation?

      • Here’s the beautiful thing about the American system. Obama can’t cancel elections. There isn’t a single Federal election held in the US, they’re all run by the states. If he were to announce that elections in the US were suspended, unless he were to use the military to enforce it (good luck with that working out), the states with Republican governors would simply tell him to take a flying leap. The most he could count on would be the blue states following the edict. And since the Electoral College result is based on the electors chosen, it would be a landslide win for the Republican.

        About the only possible way to pull it off would be to control the House and somehow convince most of them to back not certifying the electoral votes. I do not see that going well for any Representative more mainstream than Pelosi.

      • Sigh. I’ve said that — Heinlein got the name and the religion wrong, is all.

    • Not, NOT, *NOT* “The Crazy Years” — for one: Fundamentalism In Government has been “judged and found wanting” on *both* sides (“Contract With America”, and 0). “What Is, Is; What Is Not, is Irrelevant.”

      Hie ye to the Baen Free Library and read Chapter Two of _Fallen Angels_: http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/067172052X/067172052X.htm?blurb.

      This is “The Age Of Limited Choices”….

      (Even has the Ice Age — cause by Gwobo Wawa, of course. >:) )

  17. America died when Woodstock wasn’t ARCLIGHTed off the face of the planet — letting that many “40-year-old adolescents, felons, power-drinkers, and Trustees of Modern Chemistry” survive would be fatal to any nation.

    • That’s total bullshit. Most of the hippies were harmless idealists. The real bad actors were the weathermen (Ayers, Fonda, et al), who are now running the educational system and the media. Do the math, none of the Woodstock generation were 40 and the motto was “don’t trust anyone over thirty”.

  18. Christopher M. Chupik

    Some days I fear that it’s all rabbit holes, all the way down.

  19. And I’ve been reading the latest bit about how the IRS is trying to rewrite its rules to retroactively justify the Tea Party targeting they did.

    How do we even begin to fight that? We might win the lawsuits, if they ever make it to trial in the courts that Reid just packed, but by that point the elections are done, and they’ve got control of the rule-making bodies for another cycle.

    What is our recourse here?

    • Tell the IRS to set and spin, and just do what needs to be done?

      • That’s the way it’s going to happen, regardless of how we respond. People will simply opt out. “Income? Uhhhhh, I made a few hundred mowing lawns after I got downsized last year. Is that taxable? No? Huh. Who knew?” Watch the Revenuers try to curtail house to house barter.

        • Can you imagine the constirnation as the IRS tries to sort out how to deal with an itemized deduction that lists fifteen kinds of canned produce, broken down by type of veggie, size of can or freezer bag, and if it is plain or part of something (“jar of chow-chow, pint, ten; jar of chili without bell pepper, quart, ten; jars of chili with bell pepper, quart, ten; green beans, frozen, quart baggie, four; green beans, canned, quart jar, seven”) and then listed as payment for services, broken down in like manner (“leaf raking, rake provided, one hour; leaf raking, own rake, one hour; quilting, king-sized quilt, one-eighth hour [times eight, natch]“)?

          • Problem is, they would probably start assigning values to all of those things, and most likely they would be 2-4 times as much as they should be.

            • We’re already supposed to report barter transactions to the IRS. I’ve always wondered how exactly the IRS would determine if a barter transaction took place, and how it decides that the neighbor giving me a fruitcake for Christmas and me giving her a jar of jelly is a gift exchange and not a barter . . . anyway, we obviously need more gift exchanges around these parts.

              • When people start record keeping, it becomes pretty obvious. Like “barter clubs” that would value its “barter” in dollars …

          • Unfortunately it’s hard for writers to do that.

        • But it won’t be barter exactly. There will be a bitcoin like currency as a medium of exchange.

  20. This should restore your confidence in the morality, integrity and prescience of our international leadership:

    Carla Bruni nude photos lured hacked G20 delegates
    Nude pictures of former French first lady Carla Bruni were used to break into the computer systems of dozens of diplomats, it emerged today.

    The shocking security breach was first discovered at the G20 summit in Paris in February 2011 and may be ongoing.

    “To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here” said a message sent to those attending, who included finance ministers and central bank representatives.

    Bruni, a former supermodel who became President Nicolas Sarkozy’s third wife in 2008, was well known for taking her clothes off in her early career.

    This prompted many to open an attachment which turned out to be a ‘Trojan Horse’ with an embedded virus, although all recipients could see were the X-rated photographs.

    Once accessed, the Trojan Horse infected the computers of senior officials as well as forwarding the offensive email on to others.

    “Almost everybody who received the email took the bait,” said a government source in Paris, saying that this included representatives from the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Hungary and Latvia.

    [SNIP]

    The so-called phishing attacks are thought to have originated in China and were aimed at extracting information.
    [RTWT]

    BTW: Article includes “hot” photos of Mrs. Sarkozy

  21. There’s such a thing as a “hot” photo of Mrs. Sarkozy?

    “Why Ambassador, it profit a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world. . . but for Carla Bruni!”

  22. Really big rabbit hole here – “Any one of these ‘coincidences’ when taken singularly appear to not mean much, but when taken as a whole, a computer would blow a main circuit if you asked it to calculate the odds that they have occurred by chance alone. Sit back, get a favorite beverage, and then read and ponder the Obama-related ‘coincidences’ … then super-impose the bigger picture of most recent events i.e. Fast and furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the NSA revelations … then pray for our country.” http://oldnfo.org/

    Read the whole thing – it’s a real “holy shit!” set of “coincidences”.
    I think I need a thicker tinfoil hat -titanium maybe…Or kevlar!

    • What can we do about it?

    • Since it’s conductivity that allows the tin foil to stop the mind-control rays, you need to upgrade to a copper helmet. :-)

      • Gold is an even better conductor, but while you’ll never need to worry about mind-control rays while wearing a gold helmet, you will have to worry about getting your throat cut.

        • Always acquire your golden helmets from authorized vendors:

          Wiki:

          Mambrino was a fictional Moorish king, celebrated in the romances of chivalry. According to legend, Mambrino possessed a helmet of pure gold that rendered its wearer invulnerable. Possession of the helmet was the ambition of all the paladins of Charlemagne, and it was carried off by first by Gradasso, King of Sericane, and a second time by Rinaldo (Orlando Furioso), who slew Gradasso at Barcelona.

          Cervantes, in his novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, tells us of a barber who was caught in the rain, and to protect his hat clapped his brazen basin on his head. Don Quixote insisted that this basin was the enchanted helmet of the Moorish king. Don Quixote wishes to obtain the helmet in order to make himself invulnerable. In the musical Man of La Mancha, an entire song is constructed around the titular character’s search for the helmet and his encounter with the barber.

          If you wish to fashion your own golden helmet, please be advised that the world supply is being reduced by more than 50 kilograms, that being the amount to be employed by the People’s Republic of China to construct a gold and jade statue of Mao Zedong worth more than $16 million which was unveiled Friday. I do not know which, if any, of the various Chinese languages includes the word “ironic.” Given the amount of American government paper currently hold by the PRC, this probably represents (using an interest rate of 4% and assuming my quick calculations did not slip a decimal point) about three hours interest on their holding of $1.28 Trillion.

        • I think I’ll go with kevlar and titanium and risk the radiation. Did anyone else read old NFO’s post? I realize we’re all cousins, but that’s just bizarre.

          • And of course we knew all of it. Or at least I did. it’s just seeing it all in one place…

            • Yes. The mind boggles!

            • I think Glen Beck did the first ideological and financial line drawing back in 2009-10, and others with better access (and more time) have put the other pieces together. But it sure explains all the ideological inbreeding and other unsavory stuff. (That said, I have a sad suspicion that a similarly tight connections web exists on the R side, I hope without the vile criminal aspects).

  23. What happened to “ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it?” Hello! The kid was like 16. Even spoiled rich kids know not to go around in a car drunk.