Category Archives: General Musings

Everything?

The Hotline blog highlights this exhange between Barack Obama and George Stephanopolous:

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve also said that with Social Security, everything should be on the table.
OBAMA: Yes.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Raising the retirement age?
OBAMA: Everything should be on the table.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Raising payroll taxes?
OBAMA: Everything should be on the table. I think we should
approach it the same way Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan did back in
1983. They came together. I don’t want to lay out my preferences
beforehand, but what I know is that Social Security is solvable. It
is not as difficult a problem as we’re going to have with Medicaid and
Medicare.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Partial privatization?
OBAMA: Privatization is not something that I would consider….

So everything should be on the table except the stuff that I don’t want to be on the table. Idiot. Why is this lightweight even being humored with support in the polls?

Best Headline of the Year

Well, this being January 2 and all, let’s expand that to say, best headline of this college football season:

Wolverines go down with a whimper
Rout by USC exposes Michigan as pretenders in national title picture

Amen, brother, amen!

Carr was asked whether USC could beat Ohio State. Who better to ask than the coach who had lost his last two games to them both?
Carr, though, wasn’t biting.
“I’ll let you be the judge,” he said.

That’s just Carr’s way of saying, “There’s no real way to tell, because we got way lucky to be able to score as many points as we did against Ohio State. If we had played them again, the result would probably have been the same as the USC game.”

Some disorganized thoughts on Michigan

How many times does OSU have to beat them for people to get that they can’t beat us?
Why would you want a rematch of a game that was just played? An OSU/UM rematch is completely different than, say, an OSU/UT rematch, or God forbid, a UM/Notre Dame rematch. Each team is a different team than they were in September. Thus a rematch would be an interesting test of each team’s improvements and exposed deficiencies that perhaps weren’t obvious in September.
On the other hand, OSU just beat Michigan. We’re both the teams we’ll be on January 8. So what’s the point?
And I am tired of the argument that Michigan deserves more respect than Florida because they came within 3 points of the #1 team on their home field? Don’t kid yourself. If we had played Michigan again, they wouldn’t have come within two touchdowns. Face it: We handed them 10 points on a silver platter. Our first turnover game them the ball on what? Our 25? Anyone recall how many yards they gained on that series? Anyone familiar with the expression “3 yards and a cloud of dust?” Well, there was no dust. Just the 3 yards. The best the “second best team in the country” could muster on that drive starting at our 25 was three points, or put another way, 1 point per yard. They scored again when we coughed the ball up on the 9 yard line. So for those 10 points, they had to gain a whole 12 yards. If we play them again, they don’t score those 10 points. Suddenly, their 3 point loss is a 13 point loss in a gaime they were never really in. I think it was Pat Forde on ESPN.com that pointed out that for all Michigan’s heroics, they only had one opportunity to take the lead in the second half, (it was 31-35) and they went three and out. We promptly drove the length of the field for a touchdown. Game over.
Bring on the Gators. Michigan showed a complete inability to stop us. No doubt the Gators effort will be just as futile. Then can everyone shut up about the SEC being the best conference in the nation?

Unique baby names

I frequent an online forum that has a popular thread entitled “unique baby names.” You’d have to read it to believe it. Some people really are idiots. This may be the quote to end all quotes from the thread:

My daughter’s name is Lochlyn Blue. We too wanted something unique, but not too odd. I don’t imagine we’ll encounter many other Lochlyn’s throughout her life!

Unique, but not too odd? And you think “Lochlyn Blue” hit the mark? For the love of God, people! Think before you act. And if you act before you think, at least think before you open your mouth about it.

And while I’m on the subject……

The latest argument against the President that’s currently in vogue is the idea that we didn’t do enough in Afganistan. That Iraq distracted from finishing the job in Afganistan. That because we changed our focus to Iraq so quickly, that the Taliban has been able to regain a foothold in Afganistan.
So tell me this. When was the last time a significant Al Queda operative was captured or killed in Afganistan?
Many people think that Osama is dead; those who think he’s still alive say he’s a lot of places, but not Afganistan. We bagged some of his cohorts in Pakistan, and bodybagged more than a few in Iraq. But we haven’t found any in Afganistan. Why is that? Perhaps because we satisfied our objective in Afganistan, and it is now only marginally important to the war on terror?
We went to Afganistan because it was a haven for terrorists and OSB. Now it no longer is. Sounds like Mission Accomplished to me.

Fatuous bumperstickers

Something that really bugs me are sanctimonious prigs who cover their cars with left-wing bumperstickers. I saw one today that pious asked, “Who would Jesus bomb?”
What a stupid friggin’ question. Why on earth would Jesus use a bomb when he could just wipe out every living creature on the planet (except, of course, anyone he thought was righteous enough) with a flood?
Morale of the story: Don’t get all self-righteous and start throwing around stupid cliches unless you really consider what you are saying.
And while I’m on the subject, you might do will to consider what the Islamofacists believe their Allah requires of them. In their view, the question “Who would Allah bomb?” is easily answered: everyone and anyone, as long as it’s in Allah’s name.
In light of enemy’s mindset in this regard, Jesus just might do well to start packing some heat, if he cares for his flock.