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I hate cooking.  That’s not hyperbole.  Restaurants are a constant temptation, but I resist because, during my young lawyer days, I spent way too much of my money on restaurants.  With college and old age to plan for, I can’t eat out whenever I like — which is every night.  So here’s one good thing about ObamaCare:  it’s looking as if it’s going to remove temptation from my life.  Restaurants, which run at the thinnest possible margins, cannot afford full-time employees anymore.  Further, given the low pay at restaurants anyway, coupled with the requirement that the uninsured buy insurance, it’s likely that no one will be able to afford part-time work at restaurants.

“How dumb do you think I am?”  We’ve all asked that question at one time or another when someone was getting a little too freewheeling in pulling the wool over our eyes.  Ralph Peters asks precisely that question of a White House that has lied consistently — and quite badly — since the Benghazi attacks on September 11.  It seems as if Obama’s compulsive lying is affecting the entire executive branch.  That’s no surprise, since an organization’s behavior always begins at the top.

I’m not the only one who realized that Obama statement that Israel has the right to defend herself was only a prelude to undermining her once again.  Smarter minds than mine, equipped with more facts and greater analytical ability, have reached the same conclusion.

Is Jake Tapper the last true journalist in America?  He’s objective, almost obsessively non-partisan, rigorous, inquisitive, and a very good writer.  It sounds as if his new book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, is a very good thing indeed.

Why does Marco Rubio’s opinion about the earth’s age matter to his political abilities?  It doesn’t — or, rather, it doesn’t unless you’re the MSM trying to set him up as an ignorant fundamentalist who wants American to remake America in a 10th century model (or, in other words, like an Islamist sharia nation).  Ace isn’t sure if Rubio gave the right answer to the question, but I believe Rubio gave the best answer he could.  In future, though, he should have a quip ready to deflect the question.  I’m not good at quips, but you all should see if you can think of any.

And speaking of quips, over at the Watcher’s Council Forum, we Watcher’s tackle an important question:  Are Comedians And Comedy Less Funny Today Than They Used To Be?

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  • Mike Devx

    When I get home from work, I bounce to Ace and then eventually here.  So I read the Marco Rubio piece.

    I think Marco Rubio stepped in it, unfortunately.  It wasn’t a terrible answer.  But my God, our conservative politicians need to PRACTICE evading these trap questions.

    Question: How old do you think the Earth is.

    Answer: I’m not sure.  (AND STOP THERE DAMN IT!)

    Question: No, really, it’s a serious question, how old DO you think the Earth is?

    Answer: I told you: I’m not sure.  There are a lot of theories out there, and some make more sense than others.  But I have to tell you, I look at all the issues facing Americans today, and I find your question completely irrelevant.  I think any answer I get will piss off people who don’t agree with my specific answer. And the answer doesn’t really matter, does it?  So I want an answer from YOU:  Why do you think this is an important question?

    And from that point on, refuse to go any further until you get that answer, or the interviewer gives up and moves on to something that DOES matter.

    Turn it on them. Expose the trap for what it is: A deliberate attempt to split and divide his voters from him.
     

  • SJBill

    The next standardized question for Rubio will be either the “abortion and rape one” or “when does life begin”.

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, great suggestion. If conservative politicians would start baiting the media, it would be very entertaining—and revealing.

  • Mike Devx

    If I were the GOP, I would – to use one of Barack Obama’s favorite words – INVEST in a bunch of videocamera guys and sound microphone guys.  One of each shows up to EVERY interview your guys has with the media, and takes an independent record of the entire interview.

    We have to combat their selective editing, too.
     

  • Michael Adams

    Devx:
     
    Yes! Yes Yes!  Oops, sounds like 1970’sporn, but imagine what could have happened if Sarah Palin had had her own copy of the interview with Katie Couric, showing how they carefully edited her answers to make her seem stupid. OTOH, presented with counter evidence, they just get a bored look and move on.

  • Ron19

    Mike #5:

    Of course, the interviewee would get a copy of the questions beforehand, and would be able to demand their own questions be asked of them, and would also get to ask a few questions.  The interviewee would also be allowed to have a set of their own documents on the table before them, and have a team of researchers and gophers on line, with the with the head of the team able to listen to the intervieew and talk directly into the interviewee’s ear, and have a computer screen for the interviewee.  And like Mike says, record the entire interview with their own cameras, and get a copy of whatever the interviewing studio gets recorded.  The interviewing studio would also be required to post the entire, cut and uncut interview online within 24 hours of the interview being aired.

    Sound far-fetched?  This is what interviewers and Obama do all the time. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It turned out that the true Weapons of Mass Destruction resided neither in Syria or Iraq/Iran, but in the inner sanctum cities of the Democrat party, backed by the Full Power of the Leftist alliance for a Utopian Society.

     

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