damnum absque injuria

December 31, 2009

Crappy Old Year!

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:05 pm

Here’s hoping the new one is better, but even if it’s not we’ve got another year before the next decade.

UPDATE: Some reason for hope. “Once in a blue moon” comes every two and a half years or so. Blue moon at New Year’s? More like every 19 (unless you go with the old definition, in which case it’s never). Blue moon at New Year’s when there’s just the right combination of lighting and clouds to make the moon actually look blue? Once in a lifetime, baby.

December 27, 2009

DHS Pulls a Homer == The System Worked

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 4:56 pm

Jonah Goldberg is right, any head of the Department of Homeland (In-)Security who can cite Northwest Flight 253 as an example of the system having “worked” should be fired immediately, as should also be the case of the idiot who appointed her to that position in the first place. Lest anyone accuse me of taking Napolitano’s statement out of context, here is the context:

Q: So, uh, just to finish up on … on the question, I do want to talk to you about security measures but do you think that … has there been any evidence of the al Qaeda ties … uh … that this suspect has been claiming?

A: Um, right now that is … that’s part of the criminal justice investigation that is ongoing, and … um .. I think it would … uh … be inappropriate to speculate … uh … as to whether or not he he has such ties. Uh, what we’re focused on is making sure that … uh … the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel, and uh, one thing I’d like to point is that … is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The … the passengers and crew of the flight … uh … took appropriate action. Uh .. within …uh …. literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures … uh … in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. Uh … we instituted new measure on the ground and at … at screening areas both here in the United States and in Europe … uh … uh … where this flight originated, so .. uh … the … the … the whole process of making sure that we respond properly, correctly and effectively, went very smoothly.

In other words, issuing a suspected terrorist a visa and putting him on the terrorist “watch” list but not the no-fly list was not a failure of the system. After all, not all terrorists are meant to be stopped; some, like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, were merely meant to be watched. Nor was it a failure of the system that allowed Abdulmutallab to smuggle in explosives. All the system was supposed to do is to keep him from smuggling them in his shoes or a 4 ounce bottle, which he didn’t do. Nor was The System supposed to provide Jasper Schuringa with a safe flight from Point A to Point B; no, paying customers like Schuringa are unpaid volunteers of The System! As is Abdulmutallab himself, whose own idiocy was yet another example of The System working.

The one objective success, such as it is, that Napolitano identifies on the part of the federal government was the fact that all flights in the air were notified of the incident within 90 minutes of the attack. In other words, Napolitano’s DHS, a.k.a., The System, worked just as well on Friday as it did on September 11, 2001, when it did not exist.

Call me a conspiracy nut, but no one is that stupid. My money says Napolitano’s crazy talk is designed not to reassure the public that flying is safe, but to cut greenhouse gases by scaring the crap out of the traveling public so no one will fly. Cap and trade having failed, this is Plan B. If I’m right, Napolitano’s statements will go largely unchallenged. If I am wrong, and Napolitano really is as dumb as she sounds, then within two weeks’ time she’ll either get the “heckuva job” treatment from the Administration or have all the would-be “fact” checkers from Snopes, Annenberg Political (comically known as “Fact Check”) and Politifact on down will be furiously explaining away the “myth” slash “lie” that she said what she said. Stay tuned.

More here, here, here, here, here and too many other places to count.

UPDATE: I don’t know much. I don’t know too much. But I know this: stuff is messed up.

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:00 am

And a Happy New Year. Or, at a minimum, a 2010 that doesn’t suck nearly as much as 2009 did.

December 24, 2009

Pious A-Hole of the Year: Irv Sutley

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:41 am

I’m not sure who to be madder at, Irv Sutley for demanding that an angel be removed from a Christmas tree, or Sonoma County, California for complying with his demand. It’s bad enough having local governments take down crosses off hills or re-write the Pledge of Allegiance when some activist judge requires them to. Here there was no credible threat of a lawsuit at all, just the whining of one individual citizen who, perhaps not coincidentally, is also the chairman of the local, Orwellian-named “Peace and Freedom” Party. Sutley non-explains his position thusly:

“I just don’t believe government has the right to intrude on anyone and force them into sectarian behavior. I’ve opposed Buddhist statues, the star of David — anything of a religious nature.”

In other words, so what if I’m a jerk, I’m consistently a jerk to everybody. Normal people might find such consistency even more upsetting than jerkhood per se – let’s face it, we all act like jerks a little bit every now and then – but I’m sure the principle fetishists will be happy that he’s acting consistently according to a principle, any principle, and therefore it’s AOK that he is acting like a jerk so long as he’s a principled jerk. Only in this case, even his purported principle about government intrusion isn’t quite right:

[Sutley] now intends to ask county officials to remove a steel cross near Ernie Smith Park in Sonoma that serves as a memorial to an accident victim.
“It was put up privately without a permit,” Sutley said. “It shouldn’t be there.”

So first government “intrudes” by placing an angel on a Christmas tree, now it’s “intruding” by not insulting grieving family members of an accident victim by allowing them to put something up without a permit. Not that a permit would have mattered, anyway. Does anyone doubt this jerk would have found it equally “intrusive” if a permit had been issued?

December 23, 2009

Happy Festivus

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:08 am

May your year be as grievance-free as this blog was this season.

December 21, 2009

5150

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:40 pm

Wasn’t sure what to use as a subject line but the default post heading seemed oddly appropriate. Which is crazier?

  1. An Anglican priest who thinks the Eighth Commandment says “thou shalt steal” or
  2. A North Carolina statute under which homeowners can be charged criminally for “trespassing” on their own land?

December 20, 2009

Solving Liberalism, One Generation at a Time

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:59 pm

Long-time readers … um … I mean really long term readers … of this blog may recall the Lysistrata Project, in which a few pacifist feminists prevented the U.S. from invading Iraq by withholding sex from their partners if they supported the war. It’s a good thing they did that because if they hadn’t, the U.S. might have invaded Iraq after all, and Michael Moore’s happy-go-lucky film about kite-flying Iraq might not have had such a happy ending after all. Well, via Sister Toldjah it seems that the Lysistratistas are back, only this time it’s about socializedfascist medicine. I welcome this development, not because it will accomplish anything in the short term (it won’t), but because it sets an awesome precedent. First it was the war. Now it’s socialized/fascist medicine. Next it will be gun control. Then the capital gains tax. Then which team to root for in next year’s World Series. Etc. Sooner or later, the moonbats will be withholding sex from everybody, thereby preventing themselves from reproducing. It’s a beautiful thing.

UPDATE: Doc rains on my parade, noting that it’s not enough for liberals to refuse to *&^% anyone who disagrees with them. I say, if they’re too good to *&^% us, sooner or later they’ll figure out that they’re wayyyyyy too good to educate our kids, either. Baby steps.

December 18, 2009

A Theory

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:54 pm

The saying that beauty is only skin deep was coined by an ugly person. Discuss.

December 17, 2009

It’s Better in a Hellhole

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:37 pm

So says the plaintiff bar.

Why Forbes Isn’t President

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:20 pm

Forbes Magazine purports to list America’s safest states for drivers. By their formula, Rhode Island is the safest state because so few people live there. By that logic, crack cocaine is waaaayyyy safer than tobacco.

 

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