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Topic: Just Thinking
Posted by Everyman - 13:35:02 EST

But then, It's Monday.

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Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 13:21:00 EST

It works out, most times, just fine.



No More The Lawyer
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 09:56:06 EST

I cannot change the fact that I was a lawyer - and a pretty good one, in fact, if I may be permitted a bit of immodesty - for some two-score years.

But I wouldst I could.

I signed out before this pathetic clown appeared on the scene, but what I read this morning still applies, given what we now know of him and his ilk.

obama the liar

My friend Jay Nordlinger describes the president as operating according to what we might call the Warhol Doctrine: "Democracy is what you can get away with."

We already knew that Barack Obama is a coward – a man who, to take one obvious example, pronounced himself opposed to gay marriage right up until the millisecond that political calculation demanded he do otherwise, and who now believes that it is mandated by the Constitution. His putting off his amnesty announcement until after the election – and his dishonest refusal to acknowledge that it is an amnesty – is another example.

We already knew that he is a liar ("If you like your coverage . . . ") and have some reason to suspect that he is a fool.

But the fundamental problem is that he is a lawyer, one without the intellectual or moral equipment to be anything more than a litigator of the picayune. For President Obama and his enablers, the law is a species of magic: He is entitled to do whatever he pleases, even when it plainly violates both the national interest and our longstanding habits of government, if he can simply think of a way to say the right words in the right order as he acts. That isn’t governance – that’s alchemical hokum, transforming the dross of Democratic political ambition into pure gold.

There are many defects with that model of government, but the largest one is that the words "illegal" and "legal" no longer have any meaning. If a sufficiently powerful person or faction demands that the illegal should be the legal, then it is so. Never mind the law – and certainly never mind the lawmakers, who are increasingly irrelevant in our emerging Gaullist, strongman form of government. Charles de Gaulle and his supporters at least had the intellectual honesty to call that form of government what it is: rule by decree.

And he may yet get away with it. But a wiser and better man would not try to.

The passage of time alone will rid us of this malicious phony, and his meddlesome messing with the mechanics of our system of government will then be blown away with the lack of ceremony appropriate to their lack of substance, their lack of even the pretense of permanence.

His enablers now will remain his enablers then, and he will still be with us as a less-and-less-in-demand, if outrageously overpaid, speaker to the benighted, as well as to be a reminder of the would-be Legacy of the Left for whom he speaks.

And we will, as they say . . .

Move on.


No Littering, Please
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 10:00:59 EST

Another screw-up by the good hands people in your government, this one more obscure than most.

It could be intentional.
An ingenious form of terrorism, in fact.


A Department of Energy nuclear lab used the wrong kind of kitty litter in its haste to dispose of hazardous waste last year, leading to a radiation leak that sickened at least 20 workers and caused a shutdown of a federal disposal plant to the tune of $500 million.

The report from the Santa Fe New Mexican characterizes the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and its private operator, Los Alamos National Security LLC, as being so careless with the hazardous material that they inadvertently created what one chemist called a potential bomb. The LANL is a federal laboratory that works on nuclear technology and other national security projects.

"This action may have led to an adverse chemical reaction within the drums resulting in serious safety implications," the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General said in an October report, according to the newspaper.

Serious financial consequences, too, I have to say, even by a government for which $500 million is no worse than a rounding error.

But then, of course . . .

It's not their money, is it.


Sua Sponte
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 09:43:12 EST

When a judge acts on his own, without any motion having been filed to seek his/her relief from a claimed wrong, it is said, in Latin (but of course; the worse the corruption, the more important the high-flown and obscure language to describe it), that he/she acted Sua Sponte.

Like this:


The U.S. government requests thousands of orders for electronic surveillance every year, and the vast majority stay sealed from the public.

In eight years as a federal magistrate judge in Texas, Brian Owsley approved scores of government requests for electronic surveillance in connection with criminal investigations—then sealed them at the government's request. The secrecy nagged at him.

So before he left the bench last year, the judge decided to unseal more than 100 of his own orders, along with the government's legal justification for the surveillance. The investigations, he says, involved ordinary crimes such as bank robbery and drug trafficking, not "state secrets." Most had long since ended.

A senior judge halted the effort with a one-paragraph order that offered no explanation for the decision and that itself was sealed. Mr. Owsley's orders remain buried in folders in a federal courthouse overlooking Corpus Christi Bay. "It's like something out of Kafka," says Mr. Owsley, recently a visiting law professor at Texas Tech University.

Proceedings in court are supposed to be public. The sealing of a court order of any kind should raise concerns - sound alarms - about what is being hidden from us.

That our rights of privacy under the Fourth Amendment have been disregarded routinely by judges at all levels of the judicial process in this country is, by now, not to be doubted.

It's time to unseal it all to public scrutiny, and to let the Devil take the hindmost.

We don't cotton to Star Chamber, secret proceedings that send people to prison here.

Magna carta and all that.


Or, In This Case . . .
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 09:08:32 EST

To keep down.

One of the world's deepest holes.


At a depth of more than 700 feet and a width of 1,519 feet, it’s hard to believe The Big Hole started as a hill. More than 6,000 pounds of diamonds were unearthed from this site, and at one point, up to 50,000 miners had their picks in the earth. This once-massive diamond mine remains the largest hand-dug excavation in the world to date.

But only if you disregard the hole that the Democrat Party in this country has dug for itself in recent years, with no jewels of wisdom yet found . . .

And it's still digging.

The futile search goes on.


Losers All Around
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 12:52:47 EST

On many fronts of the endless political wars.

axis of fail

In 2009, Democrats had 60 senators, when you include the two independents who caucused with them; in 2015, they will have 45. In 2009, Democrats had 256 members of the House; in 2015, they will have 192. In 2009, Democrats had 28 governors; in 2015, they will have 18. In 2009, Democrats controlled both legislative chambers in 27 states; in 2015, they will control only 11. In 2009, Democrats controlled 62 legislative chambers; in 2015, they will control only 28 (with one tie and two still undecided).

The impact of the carnage in state legislatures on Obama's watch is hard to overstate. This is where the future classes of mayors, governors, and members of Congress are bred. This is where the boundary lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts. This is where party leaders come from. And this is where the rules are made for party primaries and election laws are set. According to Tim Storey at the National Conference of State Legislatures, what we saw on Tuesday was an almost unprecedented "Republican wave," which he said, leaves "Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century."

A veritable transformation of the country's politics, which may be the only Obama promise (threat?) made and kept.

But as the first of today's posts points out . . .

No reason - none at all - to be cocky about any of it.

Because, you know, this ain't beanbag we're talkin' about.

I don't believe.


The only losers in the game/


You decide.

Further Update:

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.

H.L. Mencken


Sounds about right.

Sounds like . . . now.


Party Poopery?
Topic: Just Wondering
Posted by Everyman - 10:11:25 EST

Is Janis a Republican, then?


Because she seems to share the supposedly "conservative" instincts of that political party . . .

And Arlo could well be one of them, too.

Based on the optics, at least.


Teatime Yet?
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 09:59:30 EST

It is to weep.


Is a spot of tea a good idea?

Pretty weak stuff, if you ask me.


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