I’d reached critical mass in the inbox. It was either spend the day working through it or go nuclear which, in my case, doesn’t mean blowing up Israel, but does mean simply deleting everything in my inbox, knowing that there’s no way I will ever read what’s in there. I chose not to go nuclear, and I am grateful for that decision, as I was able to find a lot of wonderful stuff. Herewith, and in no particular order, stuff I culled from my inbox:
Following up on my post about the fact that we’re now living in a Soviet joke, a reader sent me this great one liner: “Under Obamacare if you get sick, the doctors will pretend to heal you and the government will pretend to pay for it.”
One of my favorite bloggers, who happens to be a teacher, is Mike McDaniel. He saw two newspaper articles that I’d seen too, and that I wanted to blog about, but never got around to. Now, I’m grateful for my sloth, because Mike did a better job with them than I ever could have done. The first is a bit frisky, but that’s only because (honest to God truth) an American university is giving students credit for attending a class that teaches them how to masturbate. When I were a lad, we were so poor, we had to figure those things out by ourselves. The other “education” story is less funny, because it has even more seriously implications for the joke that our university system has become. Once you learn about micro-aggression, I think you’ll agree that we’re within striking distance of the end of the world as we know it.
Speaking of how far we’ve come, someone sent me a link to this project: beautiful photo albums showing toys that were once an ordinary part of life but that would now result in a manufacturer’s lynching. I have fond memories of “puffing” on toy cigarettes. Interestingly, those sugary white rods with bright red tips never made me more inclined to try the real thing, which smelled bad and made me cough.
Oh, and while we’re on silly stuff, here’s a test for you: in which countries are these various toilets located? I got 50% correct and I can’t decide if that speaks well of me or badly.
In September, during the shutdown, someone sent me a link to a Red State story about GOP hostility to Ted Cruz. Showing that political time is like dog years, in the two months and one day since Red State published that article, the world has turned upside down, thanks to the Obamacare exchange roll-out. Suddenly, the article seems like a relic. The GOP is still hostile, but it now has a serious problem with the fact that Ted Cruz was right. (I was right too; just sayin’.)
I spoke today on the phone with Stella Paul and it explained a lot about why her articles are so insightful, intelligent, and beautifully written. She is insightful, intelligent, and beautifully spoken. (I always knew Obama’s books were fakes because nobody who wrote as well as he ostensibly did could speak as badly as he does off the cuff. The person who wrote Obama’s books loves language; Obama does not.) You can catch a lot of Stella’s stuff at American Thinker, such as her delightful and astute attack against the Obamacare exchange. She’s also publishing at Leeb’s Market Forecast, with her most recent article there about the scary fact that we are trapped inside a government Matrix and only a few brave folks are willing to take a stand against it. When it comes to Hollywood, Stella includes in her article one of the most frightening quotations I’ve ever heard: “‘We know from research that when people watch entertainment television, even if they know it’s fiction, they tend to believe that the factual stuff is actually factual,’ said grant recipient Martin Kaplan of the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center.” Lee Habeeb’s proposed alternate TV channel can’t come fast enough.
One of the fascinating things about the Obamacare debacle is the way in which the New York Times has desperately been trying to cover up Obama’s lies. “Incorrect promise” tops the list of course, but the Times is spinning so frantically, it’s running out of neologisms, neo-phrases, and outright lies about lies in order to cover for Obama’s forked tongue. They should be better at this than they are. As Lee Stranahan wrote a month ago, the Left has always lied about itself and its motives.
Thomas Friedman may be nominally Jewish, but he’s nominally Jewish the way Noam Chomsky is. These guys are anti-Semitic Jews who are “thoughtful” enough to provide cover for all the other anti-Semites who aren’t Jews. (“Yeah, so what if I say a Jewish cabal rules the world and therefore all Jews need to be destroyed? Some of my best friends are Jews and they say the same thing.”) Elliot Abrams caught Friedman in a doozy of an anti-Semitic screed, one that could have fit comfortably in the pages of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Friedman isn’t just a fool and a hypocrite, he’s a fool and a hypocrite who worships at the altar of totalitarianism and will happily pave the way for the next round of gas chambers — although he’ll pride himself on the fact that, when the time comes, he’ll weakly protest that Jews shouldn’t actually be sent there.
Since the Obama administration has been preparing talking points for Democrats to use to browbeat friends and relatives about Obamacare during Thanksgiving, Ace prepared talking points for conservatives. Very worth reading.
“Mr. Obama, we at Fox News are not the problem. You are.” (Hat tip: Earl):
A friend of mine, a former Air Force pilot, wrote a book, called The Unusual Travels of Lee and Tammy. I was happy to leave this review at Amazon:
Mr. Strom has written a charming, imaginative book about a gateway between our moon and another world that can support human life. Funnily enough, Mr. Strom’s writing style reminded me strongly of Damon Runyon’s wonderful stories (which served as the basis for “Guys and Dolls.”). His dialogue has that same present tense formality that Runyon uses, which allows us to see the characters as from a slight distance.
The plot is straightforward: several astronauts from the world’s major countries are sent to the moon for a scientific study. Lee, an Armenian, accidentally falls through a portal into another world. Once he convinces his fellow astronauts of his existence, four of them, including Tammy, who becomes Lee’s romantic interest, explore the world. They discover its connection to earth, and have some unnerving experiences as they navigate their way through this strange, yet familiar, world.
I actually expected the book to be a more “Star Wars” type adventure with lots of shoot ’em stuff. It’s not, though. It manages, instead, to imagine a realistic scenario, one that sees far away scientists make an exciting new discovery, and then follows through on how both the scientists and those back home (both funders and governments) respond to the possibilities of this discovery.
And lastly, during the shutdown, someone made a wonderful poster about the National Park Service employees who seemed to be so willing to carry out Obama’s orders to punish Americans — especially those who served our country so bravely — by closing down open-air parks. Even though the shutdown is over, it’s worth reminding ourselves what happened in October, because Obama has made it very plain that he will not hesitate to mobilize America’s unionized government workers against Americans: