Archive for June 8, 2009

Serious Darwin candidate

Posted: June 8, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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This is going to sound a bit crass but lady if you and the commenters here can’t get it though your collective heads that killing a bear that breaks into your house is a good thing then you deserve to be lunch.

It’s the quote about people so reasonable that the refuse to take their own side of an argument taken to an absurd extreme. Via Glenn.

frozentimeMy review of Big Finish Doctor Who adventure # 98 Frozen Time featuring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th doctor is available at Amazon.com here.

To my knowledge this is the first time a bond girl is involved in a doctor who adventure in video or audio.

This one is really good, heads up on a minor spoiler: (more…)

Suckers

Posted: June 8, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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The story of the Supreme Courts rejection of a challenge to “Don’t ask Don’t tell” has one particularly interesting line in it:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to the Pentagon policy forbidding gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, granting a request by the Obama administration.

That line and that fact has to absolutely mortify the GLBT groups that promoted this president.

The truth of course is the democrats have controlled congress since 2006 and could have challenged President Bush on this by passing a law repealing it, they declined.

They could easily pass a law repealing it now The bill would be three lines long. They choose not to.

The Gay groups that assume that President Obama is simply lying about his opposition to Gay Marriage and the universities that restrict ROTC because of the military’s policy are deluding themselves.

You are being used. Suckers!

VDH at SISU

Posted: June 8, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news, personal
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SISU points to Victor Davis Hanson’s article here concerning how talk is nice but it can’t compete with the reality of action:

So it is with foreign policy as well. Obama’s make-over will have positive short-term effects, as he reminds the world ad nauseam that he is black, sorta, kinda from a Muslim family, and the son of an African who is more like the world than he like most Americans-and not George Bush and not a thieving capitalist and not a warmongering imperialist and not (fill in the blanks). (My favorite Cairo line was the apology on Gitmo where inmates have laptops and Mediterranean food, spoken to millions whose societies kill and maim tens of thousands in Gulags on a yearly basis.)

But in the long run?

He hits against human nature. Most of you readers-in business, law, the professions-don’t continually praise your friends, competitors, and enemies (e.g., “Glad you got that job, Home Depot-we at Lowes didn’t really need it; what a wonderful bid you submitted, Hilton, much better than ours here at the Four Seasons; it was my fault here at Goldman Sachs that I didn’t match your better offer at Credit Suisse; I grew up working for the Royals, and can empathize why you Yankees don’t like us; it’s time we at Citibank apologized to Chase for our past cutthroat competition; we are just too arrogant over here at Delta and wanted to let you guys at United know that.”)

Sorry

The world sadly does not work that way. If one were to do that, we know the outcome: a group of rival execs would say “Hmmm, time to steal market share from Citibank, or Hilton isn’t really up to the arena anymore, let’s move in on its Western region, etc.”

Only someone who has not been in the real world, but only marketed rhetoric without consequences (e.g., if Obama had a bad day organizing, or legislating, was he fired?) could believe such things.

Like the farmer in the story all the talk in the world didn’t mean a thing but the reality of action made all the difference. Eventually both economically and militarily reality will set in. Our foes and competitors were always wary of President Bush, particularly after Iraq. They never quite knew what he would do. However they see president Obama and have a pretty good idea what they can get away with.

Reading both articles I can’t help but think of my father and this story… (more…)