Sunday mid-day open thread

After a self-indulgent morning spent doing nothing, I’m catching up on family matters.  I hope to write this afternoon but, until then, please enjoy this Open Thread.

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  1. SADIE says

    United States Government has just asked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to raise the levels of its oil production in summer 2012.
     
    When you click on the above link, you realize that gas prices will rise until July (that’s when the EU embargo on oil from Iran kicks in along with the DNC going full speed until November).
     
    Apologies to Shakespeare for a little tweaking.
     
    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth (b)oil and bubble.”

  2. Mike Devx says

    Yes, Sadie, it’s sneaky, but EVERY Administration in my memory has tried to manage the economy and gas prices according to the schedule of elections.  Even Reagan wrung Carter’s poisons out of the economy as quickly as possible in 1981-1982, so that by 1984 things were humming along a LOT better.

    The goal is to have the lowest possible gas prices and the best possible economy in August-November of the election year.   They don’t always succeed.  Obama will certainly try.

  3. jj says

    I thought this was intriguing and, oddly enough, don’t seem to have heard much about it.  I like the locution, though – “after birth abortion.”  I’m pretty sure we used to call that “murder” – but maybe not.  I’m not much of a medical ethicist.
     
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/declaring-war-newborns_633421.html
     
    It seems to me, though, that this is where the leftist slope – slippery or otherwise – invariably seems to lead us.  They’re like children, our leftie friends, and like a child have no concept of cause of and effect.  Their mothers never informed them of the old saying: “give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.”  Thus the supreme court said abortion for good reason in the first trimester is okay, and it’s resulted in live births being executed on the table.  As with gay marriage – once that door’s open there’s nothing to stop Abdul from marrying his goat; nothing to stop Ed from marrying his daughter; and Utah can say “well, we were only pretending to get along, now that we don’t have to do that any more, sure: just like the folks have off the main highways have always been doing, it’s fine with us if you want to marry eight or ten girls, and it’s okay if they’re as young as fourteen.”  And from where will society summon the moral standing to disallow any of this?

  4. beefrank says

    Malia Obama on spring break in Mexico with friends, and 25 Secret Service Agents *Updated*
     
    Monday, March 19, 2012
     

     
    Malia Ann Obama, right, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, was spotted having fun with her friends at a hotel in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico over the weekend. Malia is on Spring Break with 12 of her classmates — and 25 Secret Service agents to keep her safe, according to The Telegraph.
     
    “We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites,” the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.
     
    Malia Obama and her friends are guarded by the Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police, the official noted. No doubt, the enormous cost for all that extra muscle will be passed on to the American tax payers.
     
    It seems that Malia has a little friend who might be crushing on her. Young girls, and boys, often have crushes at that age. And same-sex experimentation is not uncommon among adolescents.
     
     
     

     
    But judging from Malia’s body language, the lanky teenager seems a bit turned off by her friend’s aggressive behavior. Malia, who turns 14 on the 4th of July, reportedly has a boyfriend who’s a regular visitor at the White House.
     

     
    Photos by: Clasos.com / Splash News
     
    A previous version of this post was edited to reflect the correction that Malia is on spring break with her classmates
    http://sandrarose.com/2012/03/malia-obama-vacations-in-mexico-lanky-teen-turns-14-soon/
    I had to paste this because there are attempts to scrub this off the Web.   Previous links the Telegraph in the UK were scrubbed.
    What parents sends their 13-year-old daughter with friends to Mexico without parents for Spring Break?  Does 25 Secret Service agents, Mexican and American military security and vehicle entourage including three American bulletproof limos replace parental supervision?  By the way, all presidential vehicles are flown in on a military C-17 Globemaster with an advance security team and separate tanker with ‘secure’ gasoline.  I thought Spring Break was for college students?

  5. SADIE says

    I cut and pasted the Telegraph story (they had the original story) w/photo and sent it to Bookworm this morning. beefrank, you asked “what parents send their 13-year old ….”  For starters: Permissive. Parents who think spending money in America is so not “cool”. And obviously (to me) people who are going to spend like crazy just in case, they would actually have to pay out of pocket for next Spring Break. I’d say buckle up for the summer vacation, it’ll probably be a doozie.                  

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