The Bookworm Beat — Time Suckage edition (and Open Thread)

Woman writingThis was one of those days in which, due to a combination of duty and sloth, I watched my time just go sucking down the drain. In the morning, I spent several hours caring for my mother, recycling electronics, donating to Goodwill, and shopping. When I got home, instead of sitting down at my computer, I yielded to my daughter’s importuning to watch “just one more episode of ‘Say Yes To The Dress (Atlanta).'” And just like that — boom! — I’ve lost two hours of my life watching brides fight with the friends, family, and self-image to get the “perfect” dress.

People in the old days were more productive — writing novels with quills by candlelight, circumnavigating the globe on sailing ships and donkeys, building grand cathedrals by hand — because they had less time suckage. It’s the junk time that wastes time.

I’d give myself several lashings with a wet noodle if I had the time to do so . . . except that I have to leave in 5 minutes for an appointment with my banker.

Since I don’t have time even to link to anything, I thought I’d run through a few thoughts in my mind, and then hand the baton to all of you. Please forgive typos. I’m not kidding about being rushed, and I’m taking the gamble of leaving without proofreading.

I heard a snippet on the radio today saying that Obama signed into law today a bill to fix veterans’ health care. Among other things, the new bill allows the Veterans’ Administration to fire poorly performing upper level managers. Think about that for a moment. It is, in a nutshell, everything that is wrong with our bloated federal government. In the normal world, nobody thinks twice about firing people who aren’t doing their job. In the government world, you need special Congressional permission even to think about doing so.

What’s even more shocking about the above story is that most people don’t even think twice about that little factoid. Instead of thinking, “Get rid of the government unions, slash the federal budget, limit government to all put basic, essential government services,” they’re thinking, “Great, now the problem is fixed, and veterans won’t die at the hands of their own government.”

Honestly, when I look at the headlines — the Middle East aflame, Putin flaunting his personal strength against Obama’s manifest weakness, rising antisemitism, ISIS approaching some of the world’s biggest oil reserves, ISIS threatening mass genocide, a broken border, a stagnant economy, horrific race relations in America under a black president, etc. — I don’t understand why the American people aren’t rising up with one voice and throwing out every bum in Washington, D.C., not to mention all of the blue State capitols.

We’ve been so brainwashed that we think this is good enough. It’s okay to have a president who thinks the constitution is a hindrance; a Democrat party that is willing to welcome in 5-8 million illegal aliens (destroying minority employment) just so that it can ensure votes; and a Republican party that will say “yes” to anything the Democrats propose so long as it can keep a presence in Washington and, through that, keep the money flowing into their and their friends pockets.

Socialist and theocratic societies relentlessly believe that man can be perfected. By contrast, capitalism accommodates human weaknesses, rather than ignoring them. That’s why it’s been so successful. But it cannot work if allows man to debase himself so that he is nothing more than weakness. As the Founders understood, without a moral underpining that comes, not from the state, but from the individual, capitalism is as brutal a system as any other.

We in America seem to have achieved the worst of both worlds: the immorality of socialism combined with the brutality of corrupted, crony-ridden capitalism. We can recover, but it’s not going to be enough just to elect a Republican here or there. We can recover only if America discovers its love both for freedom and decency.


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  • Texan99

    There are few people, and few professions, that can survive a tenure tradition. I’m still inclined to make an exception for some judges, if the selection process is very, very careful, and for senior research academicians after they have proved conclusively their capacity to do original, unsupervised work. In nearly all other circumstances, as soon as most workers lose the sense that they can be fired, they start doing a perfectly dreadful job. I understand that we worry about civil servants being subject to politically motivated firing, but I’d almost rather see the whole bureaucracy thrown out on its ear every few years than deal with this business of not being able to fire even the most obvious incompetents.


    When you think of Scotland, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

    Hagis? Bagpipes? Kilts? Put those associations to rest along with idea that Bonnie Prince Charlie was Scottish and that Scotland is Scottish.

    “In solidarity with Bethlehem and Palestine, Glasgow City Council will raise the Palestinian flag on Friday 8th August. We hope that peace can be found to ensure the human rights for the people of Palestine.”

  • Sgt. Mom

    Agreed – about the decency thing. I think the most shocking development here in Texas in the last day or so is the off-duty border service officer who was shot and killed in an attempted robbery of his family while on a fishing trip … by a pair of illegal alien scumbags and repeat criminals who had been deported multiple times already!
    This just has to stop. It’s a plague; honestly and the worst thing is that I think we are a hairs-breadth from organized vigilantism.
    It’s almost a cynical parlor game, reading about some horrific accident caused by drunk driving … guessing that the responsible driver is an illegal Hispanic … and then being proved correct. I don’t see how this can go on for very much longer.

    And I am a nice, middle-class, well-trained Anglo-American, carefully taught to be tolerant and inclusive, from my first days in kindergarten through all that Social Action training required by the military, If I am feeling that way, g*d knows how the real racists feel, these days.

    • Ymarsakar

      It’ll go on for as long as the US Regime has bodies and those bodies tolerate being slaves.

  • Mike Devx

    The politicians in oth parties – Dems and Repubs – are reasonably satisfied with the status quo. For the most part, they keep getting re-elected, and thus their power remains intact, and the power of their special interest supporters remains intact.

    Nothing will change until the voters stop voting the same people in. There is some unrest among the voters in the GOP, but it’s not very large (yet).

    People change when pain forces them to change. That’s not happening yet.

    • Ymarsakar

      Even if they aren’t re elected, their power only goes. Look up Chris Dodd.


    My personal beef is the constant electioneering. No firm statements, everybody is “evolving” nothing but wishy-washy remarks or dead silence. Ninety (90) days of campaigning should be enough for any decent candidate. No one is listening after three months; they’ve either a) decided, b) decided not to vote or c)

    “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” – Mark Twain

  • Ymarsakar

    “Honestly, when I look at the headlines — the Middle East aflame, Putin flaunting his personal strength against Obama’s manifest weakness, rising antisemitism, ISIS approaching some of the world’s biggest oil reserves, ISIS threatening mass genocide, a broken border, a stagnant economy, horrific race relations in America under a black president, etc. — I don’t understand why the American people aren’t rising up with one voice and throwing out every…”

    Well, now you know why people called me saturnine or thought I was being pessimistic in 2007 onwards. Most of these things could be predicted with a vague or ambiguous sort of accuracy, if people bothered to connect the dots. Ft. Hood wasn’t a surprise and neither was Benghazi if you knew the evil that the Left had already done. And Europe already imported in their migrant Muslim worker caste, for the same reasons. So there’s already a template for that for the Left in the US.

    At least these days we can see some people rising up against the Regime’s slave chains. Back in 2007, I was wondering why people still wanted to talk about politics and “debates” on tv, as if it mattered. Knowing the connect the dots that led up to 9/11, why did people not connect the dots?

    Only some people are capable of thinking outside the box. The rest of the people might as well give up.

  • Charles Martel

    Sgt. Mom raises an interesting point, namely how close we are to vigilantism.

    What if we are being baited? Some master Alinskyites are working this country over now as hard as they can. The flood of thugs they have deliberately invited to cross our now non-existent border is going to do what thugs naturally do: prey, rob, and kill. When enough decent people have had it with the mayhem, some of those thugs are going to die. When they do, the Democratic Party, loath to see potential voters get wasted, is going to demand some harsh countermeasures. Who’s to say that the Chief Jew Hater of the United States won’t see this as his Reichstag moment?

    • Ymarsakar

      Reid already has his PMC out rounding up ranchers and chasing them out with bullets.

  • qr4j

    I am a conservative and I do believe human beings can grow in perfection. However, the kind of perfection I believe in comes not from government, but from God.

    Such perfection expresses itself increasingly in attitudes and actions of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, beauty, and self-control. It is guided by the belief that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of the Creator and, therefore, are worthy of dignity and respect. To maintain and increase this perfection, one must be ever vigilant.

    Perfection is fulfilling the two great commandments: (1) Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. All else hangs on these two.

    I don’t see anything that resembles perfection among Leftists. Just look at the way Obama behaves. If you don’t agree with him, he trashes you. Does that look like perfection?