Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Subpar

***Anti-Obama street art covers Santa Monica. How long before the calls of "RACIST!" ? Personally, I love it.






Obama himself spent President’s Day weekend on a three-day golf vacation in California.  He attended two events focused on the drought before golfing at luxurious courses in Palm Springs.
“Vacationing with DVDs of his favorite television shows and multiple golf outings with his buddies, the duffer in chief played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm Springs area,” according to Time.
The president has played more than 150 rounds of golf since taking office.
While he still holds a 55.8 percent approval rating in California, Obama’s job performance overall has dipped to 42 percent.

Well, at least if he's on a golf course, he's not signing executive orders and eroding our liberties with a stroke of his pen. He'll get back to that, though, no doubt.

***The 10 most outrageous Stimulus projects. Some of these will infuriate you...well, all of them will. Here's a sample:

9) $152K to Get Lesbians Ready for ‘Adoptive Parenthood’
Beth Asaro, Joanne Schailey
AP
The law spent $152,000 on a study by Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., designed to stimulate adoption by lesbians. Trustees at the university interviewed 50 lesbian couples to “investigate the unique strengths and potential challenges of lesbian couples” as parents.

Isn't that sweet?

7) $384,949 Study of Duck Penises
AP
AP
A $384,949 grant was given to Yale University for a study entitled, “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior, and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.”
A National Science Foundation spokesperson defended the study, saying, “Government funded grants for research have assisted in creating the barcode and Google.”

Check them all out, if you can stand it.

***Galling betrayals. 

The Afghanistan government’s recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists — as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair.
If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan, it must be that we should put an end forever to the self-indulgence of thinking that we can engage in “nation-building” and creating “democracy” in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed.
It would be a feat to achieve one of these objectives, but to achieve both at the same time is a gamble that makes playing Russian roulette look like a harmless pastime.
F.A. Hayek said, “We shall not grow wiser until we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.” Nothing is more foolish — and immoral — than sending men into battle to risk their lives winning victories that are later lost by politicians for political reasons.

 Let 'em fend for themselves from now on.

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by Robert Frost
 
The great Overdog
That heavenly beast
With a star in one eye
Gives a leap in the east.
He dances upright
All the way to the west
And never once drops
On his forefeet to rest.
I'm a poor underdog,
But to-night I will bark
With the great Overdog
That romps through the dark.

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Las Vegas:  all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato.  ~Jason Love
 
***Have a great day!
 

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