“As for us doom-mongers, at the House Budget Committee on Thursday, Chairman Paul Ryan produced another chart, this time from the Congressional Budget Office, with an even steeper straight line showing debt rising to 900 percent of GDP and rocketing off the graph circa 2075. America’s treasury secretary, Timmy Geithner the TurboTax Kid, thought the chart would have been even more hilarious if they’d run the numbers into the next millennium: “You could have taken it out to 3000 or to 4000” he chortled, to supportive titters from his aides. Has total societal collapse ever been such a non-stop laugh riot?
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Waiting for Princip, by Michael S. Malone.
“Another Model 1910 is one of the most notorious weapons in history. That pistol was used in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914 by the 19 year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Austrian Arch-duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife – the event that triggered the First World War.
As it happens, I’ve been thinking about Princip lately – not the pathetic little man – but what he represents. When, amazed at his luck that the Imperial motorcade had stalled in front of him, Princip pulled out that pistol and started shooting, he unknowingly tripped a series of switches in palaces and ministries across Europe – and eventually around the globe – that would lead to a four year war that would pull down the royalty of Europe, murder millions of soldiers and citizens, and set the stage for an even greater slaughter a quarter-century later. [...]
[...] I learned a long time ago that when things seem crazy, they usually are – no matter how much smart people try to convince you otherwise. There is a lot of crazy going around right now. . .and it won’t disappear just because we look away or tell ourselves it’s not as bad as it seems.
Ours is not Auden’s “low, dishonest decade” before World War II, but it certainly has been a decade of denial and distraction. But no amount of ignoring the magnitude of the threat, or busying ourselves with other matters, changes the fact that there are not only millions of switches out there waiting to be tripped, but that, in our networked world, all of those switches are wired together. Or that even one of them, snapping at the right moment, could send trillions of chains of consequence around the world in less time than it takes to say “Sarajevo.”
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*Liberal Indulgences, by Victor Davis Hanson.
“In a nutshell, our American elites, even if well-meaning with real concern for the less fortunate, have adopted the medieval practice of compartmentalization. Loud demonstrations of general progressive piety exempt one from consistency.”
*Europe is doomed.
*Self-Reliance to Self-Pity: Road now most traveled, by Mark Steyn.
“”At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.”
Oh, no! The horror!
“Self-reliance” is now a pejorative? Nice to have that clarified. And San Francisco, a city that registers more dogs than it has kids enrolled in its schools and in which adults are perforce the children they never bothered having, seems as good a place as any to make it official.”No Comments
*Occupy Wall Street a Disaster for Democrats, by Abe Greenwald.
“The self-demonizing millionaires and state-worshipping police haters barely scratch the surface of the ideological dyslexia at work.”
RELATED: The Left’s Pathetic TEA Party, by Rich Lowry.
“The New York Times quoted one Occupy Wall Street veteran telling a newcomer: “It doesn’t matter what you’re protesting. Just protest.” That captures the coherence of the exercise, which is a giant, ideologically charged, post-adolescent sleepover complete with face paint and pizza deliveries.”
RELATED II: This is What a Mob Looks Like, by Ann Coulter.
RELATED III: Herman Cain punches the hippies (metaphorically)
*The Real Luddites, by David Harsanyi.
“What irks Robinson, Matthews and others like them is not that people do not accept “science,” but that they won’t accept the statist solutions tied to that science. Moreover, a Luddite opposes capitalism. A skeptic only asks questions.”
RELATED: The GOP hates science, puppies.
*Obama’s Target List, by Victor Davis Hanson.
“Yet lecturing, demonizing, and caricaturing are not just symptoms of narcissism or being socially dense, but are also a revelation that Obama feels that he can say almost anything he wants, with the expectation — always borne out in the past — of few consequences.”
RELATED: Obama White House ‘Nixonian’ in level of control, paranoia. This according to…the SF Chronicle.
RELATED II: Stick a Fork in Obama, He’s Done.
*Furiously Unraveling, by Michael A. Walsh.
“By now, it’s clear that the US government is in Fast and Furious up to its ears — with two, possibly three dead agents and more than 200 dead Mexicans to show for an operation that never had the slightest chance of success.
The only real question is: Why?”
RELATED: Did Eric Holder lie to Congress? At Ace of Spades HQ.
“New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.
On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” (emphasis added)”
*Eat Behead the Rich
*The 3 Most Destructive Members of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ At Pajamas Media.
*The Sphinx Decoded, by Matt Patterson.
“The picture of the Sphinx we were taught is one that had a single origin for a single purpose by a single maker. The picture that emerges from Temple’s work is quite different – a monument that was refined over millennia, fashioned for different purposes at different times, but whose ultimate origins are lost in the mists of deep antiquity. It is a picture that is both more interesting and, dare we say, more believable.”
*Chris Christie, member of the Sacred Cult of the Warming Earth.
*The Coming Post-Obama Renaissance, by Victor Davis Hanson.
“Still, let us cheer up a bit. The country always knew, but for just a bit forgot, that you cannot print money and borrow endlessly. It always knew that bureaucrats were less efficient than employers. It knew that Guantanamo was not a gulag and Iraq was not “lost.” But given the anguish over Iraq, the anger at Bush, the Obama postracial novelty and “centrist” façade, and the Freddie/Fannie/Wall Street collapse, it wanted to believe what it knew might not be true. Now three years of Obama have slapped voters out of their collective trance.
The spell has now passed; and we are stronger for its passing. There is going to be soon a sense of relief that we have not experienced in decades. In short, sadder but wiser Americans will soon be turned loose with a vigor unseen in decades.”
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From the Daily Caller:
In a political climate where politicians’ records are laced with the likes of state mandates, mind-boggling inconsistency, crony capitalism and other not-so-appetizing components, many Americans find themselves looking to someone who doesn’t have years of political experience under his belt.
Instead, Herman Cain has just been living in the real world, like you and me. And that may be his biggest strength of all.
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