Friday, March 27, 2015

Quote Of The Day: Pick 'em Edition

Today you get a choice of quotes of the day, the first via Hotair.

"And they believe, and some US members of Congress believe, that the reason Saudi Arabia and other states didn’t tell the US that it was going to launch this war against Shi’ite backed, or Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, is because Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States anymore, don’t trust this administration — think the administration is working to befriend Iran to try and make a deal in Switzerland, and therefore didn’t think that the intelligence frankly would be secure."

Whoa, heavy, man. So heavy in fact that I think it's time for a completely unrelated musical interlude.

Your second choice, which could refer to either the situation in Yemen or America's credibility in the world under Obama, is from Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq.

“We’re in a goddamn free fall here,”

It's A It Was Either This Or Briefcase Full Of Guts Music Friday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

President(?) Mean Girls

Just when I thought I had Barack Obama pegged, he throws a hair brush in the gears. I've been liking Ace's analogy of Obama being a prepubescent mean girl who just lashes out irrationally whenever things occur which go beyond his understanding but as I've been watching his negotiations with Iran I'm starting to realize that maybe we need to flesh that out a little more. Obama wants a deal with Iran bad. Like real bad. Don't bother asking why it's so goshdarn important to hash out a deal right effin' now, no matter how terrible and no matter whether the next president will even honor any such deal not supported by congress, but he wants it bad and he wants it now. In fact, he wants it so bad that he's willing to let Iran continue to run its NUCLEAR centrifuges inside a fortified bunker (where Israel can't get them. burn.) because it's all about pleasing... well this is where I have a problem. In all the mockery of Obama being a silly little mean girl I never considered that maybe Obama's not even the alpha mean girl. It's just assumed that he's the head mean girl, sending off his underlings to do his bitchy little bidding. But maybe he's not the head mean girl. Maybe he's the less pretty mean girl who has to go around trying to please everyone because he grew up in a broken home with a distant mother and absent father and he's looking for affirmation from anyone who will give it to him, even, or apparently especially, if it includes a horrible Armageddon-enabling deal with Iran. Just a guess but it does seem to fit his behavior of late. So, I guess that begs the exit question, Who is the head mean girl.

And just as an aside, why is it that George W. had to deal with people saying he had daddy issues because George H.W. "didn't finish the war in Iraq" or whatever, but Obama, whose father left him at an early age and whose mother bounced around from man to man, is immune from any such "he's got daddy issues" analysis?

p.s. Oh, and by the way, Obama doesn't have a bedazzled lavender diary with stickers of One Direction on it to let out all his emotional crashes, he has Israel.

Things I Suddenly Realized All Of A Sudden All Over Again

  • When did Family Feud stop being a family show?
  • The urge to do some poppin' and lockin' must be overwhelming for sign language interpreters.
  •  Why are there so many cornfields in horror movies? Is agriculture really that scary to city dwellers?
  • "Fatwa" sounds like the word a magician uses when he reveals the rabbit.
  • Is there any animal that mankind hasn't strapped a camera to?
  • So does Chex Mix actually sell those Böring chip bags or what?
  • I will never get tired of millionaires lecturing non-millionaires about inequality.

Your Tweet Of Like A Few Weeks Ago

Your Quote Of Like A Couple Weeks Ago

But still pretty amazing. (Via Karol Markowics.)

“The critical question is not, ‘How can we thwart or destroy the (ISIS) caliphate?’ because attempts to do that will likely backfire. Rather the question is, ‘How can we live with and transform the idea and reality of a caliphate – and one that will be nuclear-capable probably sooner rather than later – into something that does not threaten other peoples’ ways of life?’ That is a question for everyone, but it is not even on our political radar.”

How Negotiations With Barack Obama Work

Iran: Five thousand centrifuges or we walk!

Obama: Well you're probably going to need more than that to maintain your weapons program so how about 6000?

Iran: No Five thou....wait what?

Your Tweet Of The Day

We're In Good Hands

Via Hotair. And in case you forgot, Yemen is the country that Obama has cited as a counter terrorism success so, of course, it went into a tailspin. King Reverse-Midas strikes again. Oh, and I actually laughed when Jonathan Karl said, "That's astounding". Seriously, we're in good reality-based hands.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Might As Well Throw This Out There Now

So I guess today is some sort of big day at the Supreme Court if you believe in whatever who cares it's Obama's America now. I mean if you're into that sort of thing. But anyway, at issue is some of the not at all confusing wording in the Affordable care Act. When ObamaCare was first passed, the government was trying to drag the more ornery states into creating their own exchanges so they said states that don't set up their own exchanges can't get subsidies for health care. Or as Obama Care adviser and unhelpful blabbermouth put it, "What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together..." Of course, when only 14 states set up their own exchanges they changed their minds and decided to ignore all that noise because, quote, Fuck you, we're the government, unquote. So everyone gets subsidies, Oprah style! even though that's not what the law explicitly says. The crux of the matter is that if it is overturned (or I guess if the Obama administration's interpretation is disallowed), ObamaCare goes into a death spiral (or possibly not) and blows up into an unimaginable armageddon machine of pain, laying waste to cities like some prehistoric dinosaur-extincting meteorite of death. If it's upheld then the same thing happens only slower. Anyway, in order to uphold the dignity of the Supreme Court, it's time to get plastered and lay some wagers. Here's your odds, bet accordingly.

It's overturned. I wanted to put this one at infinity to 1 but even crazy soccer dads in England who bet that their 3 month old son will make it to the Premier League get better odds than that so I'll just set it at 300 to 1. I would go higher except I'm saving that for the next one...

A Liberal votes to overturn. 400 to 1. Think back to any important contentious court case in recent years and try to think of a Liberal switching sides. Doesn't happen. Although this quote from Justice Kagan kind of makes me kind of nervous to put up these sorts of odds;
the Court does not revise legislation . . . just because the text as written creates an apparent anomaly.” “Such anomalies often arise from statute,” and “this Court has no roving license . . . to disregard clear language simply on the view that . . . Congress ‘must have intended’ something broader,” even if the language used by Congress “makes not a whit of sense.” 
Still, not going to happen.

Unanimous decision either way. Yeesh, ok maybe this is the most unlikely thing to happen. I already used 400 to 1 and this is way more unlikely so maybe I'll put this at like 500 to 1.

Justice Roberts switches sides (to the Liberal side, that is) and upholds. 3-2. It's hard to imagine that someone who did the gymnastics he did to uphold ObamaCare during the last challenge would choose now to scuttle it.

A conservative other than Roberts switches sides to cast the deciding vote to uphold. Dark Horse! This is the one that haunts my nightmares. Kennedy is the obvious one but I keep thinking up scenarios where one of the justices side with the Upholders on some strange bit of legal arcana. I'll give it 20-1. For now.

A non-5-4 decision. Not counting unanimous decisions, 30 to 1. Just not feeling 6 to 3, 7 to 2 or 8 to 1. I want to make these really terrible odds but surprisingly a lot of Supreme Court rulings lately seem to fall here. Just not on big newsworthy stuff.

SMOD destroys all life on Earth. 1 to 1 odds. Because it will happen. Eventually.

p.s. Oh, and all other possibilities are... quite inconsequential.