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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Line

From James Taranto (scroll down):

"Instead of Jimmy Carter, Obama could have become his generation's Ted Kennedy. Without the body count."

As the master might add:  Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

Quote of the Day

From Daniel Henninger:

"Here are two headlines from one day this dreadful week: 'U.S. Productivity Falls' and 'Truck Makers Face Fuel-Efficiency Rules.' That is the path to being less than No. 1. It doesn't taste right."

Wall Street Journal, "America as Less Than No. 1," August 11, 2011

Gotta Love Them Progressives

Most people have never heard the name Jan Schakowsky.  She's a radical leftist congresswoman who comes to us from the People's Republic of Chicago.  (I use the word radical because I couldn't come up with a more radical term to describe her socialist political persuasion.)

Oh, and she's clueless.

I remember about a month ago listening to a morning talk radio show there (Don Wade & Roma).  The two hosts had her on the show and were trying to get her to explain Obama's comment about Social Security checks not going out to recipients if those evil Republicans didn't approve a debt ceiling increase.  Wade kept asking her about the fact that Social Security, if it is separate from the federal budget, should not be affected by a budget freeze or shut down.  Her explanations were embarrassing.  When she was offering explanations.  Most of her responses, though, amounted to nothing more than, "well, you just don't understand how this works."  Which sent Don Wade into near apoplexy.

It became clear, after a few minutes of this, that the woman didn't know what she was talking about, and, after the few bullet points that she had stored in that cavernous brain of hers were expended, she was completely lost.

Which brings us to Alan Colmes's syndicated radio show last night.  Alan Colmes - though he'd argue the point - is about as liberal as Schakowsky.  Though considerably more thoughtful.  So Alan had the good congresswoman on his show explaining her (and Van Jones's) new "Contract for the American Dream."  An effort, if adopted, that would "put millions of Americans back to work."

You can imagine what the plan entails.  Hundreds of billions spent on paying people to do ... whatever. Funding sources to be named later.  But we can all imagine.  "The rich."

Her first point last night?  We should offer Medicare to everyone.*

Say what?

So now I'm talking to my radio:

Let me see if I've got this right.  According to this loon, we can put people back to work by offering Medicare to everyone.  How's that going to happen again?

I'm sure she'd mumble something about taking tax dollars from the rich, giving it to those in need, and pumping up the economy in the process of paying for Medicare services rendered.

But who renders those services, Jan?

Doctors?

And who constitutes the rich, Jan?

A whole lotta doctors.

So this genius wants to confiscate more income from wealthy doctors, bring it to Washington, skim some of it off the top to pay for the worthless and bloated bureaucracy, and send the rest back to ...

... doctors.

Someone explain, in a thousand words or less, how that creates jobs?

Alan Colmes, by the way, was eating this stuff up.  I could just imagine that Chris Matthews tingle shooting up his leg.

If only it would stimulate his brain instead of his private regions, he might have asked the simple question that I asked my radio: How does that create jobs, you stupid, stupid woman?


* "We should expand Medicare so it's available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it -- but it's not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country -- paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results."  

Where have we heard that before?

What Constitutes a Great Burger?

Let me get right to it.  I don't like wearing my lunch.

Which means I never eat at Rally's.

And if it weren't for their breakfast menu, I'd probably never go into a Hardee's either.

Why?

The slop.

How does one even go about eating something like this in mixed company?


With a bib, a HASMAT suit, and a pile of napkins.  That's how.

Who needs that?

I'm reminded of how aggravating such an affair can be by this headline in today's news:


Are Five Guys burgers the best?

Honestly, I don't care.  Last time I was at one of their locations,* I spent too much time scraping grease, mayonnaise, ketchup, tomato, lettuce, and God knows what else off my shirt to even think about the taste of the damn thing.

What, to my way of thinking, constitutes the best burger on the planet?  One that was built for taste, not for height.

But, to each his own ...

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* Last time I was in a Five Guys - I think it was in Springfield, Virginia - I looked around and every customer in the joint - save one - was obese.  God - or Five Guys - was sending a message.

I've never been back.

Say What?

Yeah.  She's been soooo much more effective.

Your morning chuckle:

"A 2012 primary challenge by Mrs Clinton is currently regarded as unlikely, but growing number of party activists and old hands are hoping that she changes her mind."

Right. Our foreign policy wouldn't be the joke it is if Hillary were in charge of it.