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Friday, January 06, 2012

Taranto Could Make a Career Out Of ...

... Well, actually he does pretty much make a career - and a greatly appreciated one it is - out of illustrating the two diametrically opposite faces of the New York Times editorial page.   Faces that appear depending upon which side of the political spectrum is being visited.

Here's James Taranto at his best - by simply quoting from two editorials from the past:
Two Papers in One!

● "It is disturbing that President Bush has exhibited a grandiose vision of executive power that leaves little room for public debate, the concerns of the minority party or the supervisory powers of the courts. But it is just plain baffling to watch him take the same regal attitude toward a Congress in which his party holds solid majorities in both houses. Seizing the opportunity presented by the Congressional holiday break, Mr. Bush announced 17 recess appointments--a constitutional gimmick. . . . Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton made scores of recess appointments. But both of them faced a Congress controlled by the opposition party, while the Senate has been under Republican control for Mr. Bush's entire five years in office."--editorial, New York Times, Jan. 9, 2006 

● "Nearly six months after it opened its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finally has a director, after President Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray. . . . Mr. Obama also appointed three new and qualified members to the National Labor Relations Board. . . . Announcing the appointments, Mr. Obama also asserted a welcome new credo: 'When Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.' Hear. Hear."--editorial, New York Times, Jan. 5, 2012 
Are the editorialists at the Times stupid? Do they think nobody fact-checks their asses these days? Are are they simply that simple?

Either way, they come across as being fools.

To our eternal delight.

Thanks, James.  You make our day.

Wrong Time. Wrong Place.

Former Minnesota Governor - and perennial nimrod - Jesse Ventura told a former Navy SEAL in a bar what he thought of the SEAL body count in Iraq.  Apparently it wasn't high enough to suit him.  The SEAL responded with his own unique form of communication.  Non-verbal, as it's categorized.  He set Ventura on his ass.

This Bud's for you, dude.

A Factoid About U.S. Manufacturing Capability

A capability in another era, that is.

2012: It is estimated that the United States military has in its vast arsenal somewhere around 4,400 fixed-wing combat aircraft.  That number includes all aircraft operated by the Air Force and the Marine Corps.

A number, as it turned out, that would have been grossly inadequate in the 1940's.

Get this: The United States of America, according to the July 6, 1942 edition of Time magazine,  produced nearly that number of planes ...

... in the month of May, 1942 alone.

Quoting Time:

"Last week President Roosevelt said that May war production was 4,000 planes, 1,500 tanks, 2,000 artillery pieces, more than 100,000 machine- and sub-machine guns."

The U.S. was churning out 130 finished, ready-for-combat planes a day.

Just as staggering?  This massive turnout of materiel intended to take World War to the Nazis and the Japanese (yes, and the Italians) came just five months after Pearl Harbor, six months after the United States was at (relative) peace.

Six months to bring America's vast array of manufactories to a total war footing.


We'd have to ask the Chinese if we could borrow their production facilities before we could even begin the task.

How times have changed.

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* The July, 1942 issue of Time magazine is noteworthy in itself.  It's the first time in its storied history that the publication featured something other than a human being's portrait on the front cover.  That month?  It proudly displayed the American flag, with a caption beneath that read, "LAND OF THE FREE."  

Of course, that was back when those who worked at Time were proud of their country.  And were concerned that we be free.

A ... time ... gone by.