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"Don’t let anybody tell you that, uh, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs" (Hillary Clinton)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Lhude sing cuccu!
Friday, November 21, 2014
The nihilist in the White House
Peggy Noonan is always worth reading. Here she is, in her "Declarations" column for tomorrow's Wall Street Journal:
The president’s executive action on immigration is an act of willful nihilism that he himself had argued against in the past. It is a sharp stick in the eye of the new congressional majority. It is at odds with—it defies—the meaning and message of the last election, and therefore is destructive to the reputation of democracy itself. It is huge in its impact but has only a sole cause, the president’s lone will. It damages the standing of our tottery political institutions rather than strengthening them, which is what they desperately need, and sets a template for future executive abuse. It will surely encourage increased illegal immigration and thus further erode the position of the American working class.
A barn full of warbirds
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The presidential state
So it has come to this: the president of the United States, a onetime professor of constitutional law, has done away with the Constitution of the United States. What need do we have of Congress, when Mr Obama by executive action can rewrite any legislation that it passes? Why not simply do away the laws, and create new ones on the fly? That's what he has done on the subject of immigration.
To add to my creepy sense that America is falling into an abyss, the New York Times this morning applauds the action. The president had to do it, the Gray Lady argues, because Congress wouldn't act. Never mind that legislation is a Congressional prerogative, and that it is elected by the people, most recently on the second Tuesday of this month. Congress be damned! The people be damned!
We have seen this president scold the Supreme Court. He will be in the White House for two years and two months yet, time enough for him to jettison the judiciary as well. What then will be left of the United States of America, whose laws he has twice sworn faithfully to execute?
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Not all the world's money, brains, and enterprise has gravitated to China. Here's a photo taken by the European space voyage, Rosetta, showing a ball of ice 317,000,000 miles away from its launch pad, just before it settled down on the surface of a comet with the ungainly name of 67P/Churyumov-Geasimenko. The comet is a bit more than two miles in diameter. What a shot!