nolanimrod on April 19th, 2014

From Best of the Web Today (empha­sis mine)


  • Pres­i­dent Obama Details Con­se­quences of Sequester Cuts”–headline, ABC​News​.com, Feb. 24, 2013

  • Syria Cri­sis: US Warns Assad Régime of ‘Con­se­quences’ of Break­ing Chem­i­cal Weapons Deal”–headline, Inde­pen­dent (Lon­don), Sept. 15, 2013

  • Obama Warns Repub­li­cans of Dire Con­se­quences”–headline, WSJ​.com, Sept. 27, 2013

  • Obama Warns of ‘Unem­ploy­ment Cliff’ Con­se­quences”–head­line, MSNBC​.com, Dec. 9, 2013

  • OBAMA WARNS: ‘There Will Be Con­se­quences if Peo­ple Step Over the Line’ in Ukraine”–headline, Busi​nessIn​sider​.com, Feb. 19, 2014

  • Obama Warns of the Con­se­quences of the Repub­li­can Bud­get for the Mid­dle Class”–headline, AllVoices​.com, April 5, 2014

  • Obama Warns of ‘Con­se­quences’ for Russ­ian Actions Desta­bi­liz­ing Ukraine”–headline,CBSNews​.com, April 16, 2014



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Tags: chest-thumping

Ed Mor­ris­sey over at Hot Air has some fun with Harry Reid, who has decided to lay off the Koch broth­ers for a while because he has iden­ti­fied a new threat to our repub­lic: cows.

picture of several cows taken from the cartoon show South Park

Moo! (thanks to South Park)















Since Hairy Harry Reed decided to label the rancher Bundy a domes­tic ter­ror­ist (NOT Al Bundy from Mar­ried with Chil­dren, who was a domes­tic dis­as­ter)  Hot Air’s Mor­ris­sey decided to find out just what con­sti­tuted the traits that iden­ti­fied a ter­ror­ist and decided to use the def­i­n­i­tion used by our own Depart­ment of Justice:

The unlaw­ful use of force or vio­lence, com­mit­ted by a group(s) of two or more indi­vid­u­als, against per­sons or prop­erty to intim­i­date or coerce a gov­ern­ment, the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion, or any seg­ment thereof, in fur­ther­ance of polit­i­cal or social objec­tives.

As a recov­er­ing West­erner I should note that these are not, actu­ally, cows. They are prop­erly cat­tle. Rowdy Yates, on the TV show Rawhide, would have called them beeves. But what­ever you call them the fact remains that they were rus­tled by the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment (an act that used to merit hang­ing back when the West was the West and West­ern­ers were more con­cerned with whose beeves were whose and not so inter­ested in whether any tem­po­rary hookups dur­ing the cat­tle drive met the legal def­i­n­i­tion of mar­riage) which then pro­ceeded to, er,  euth­a­nize them. Even with­out appoint­ing a Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor to ascer­tain how many of the BLM crew were rent­ing large walk-​​in freez­ers from the local locker plant the facts that they were equipped with a fleet of semi’s and a detach­ment of snipers would seem to mil­i­tate against any con­clu­sion that their inten­tions were peace­able. Their actions seem to meet the above def­i­n­i­tion of ter­ror­ism and fail­ing that the exact def­i­n­i­tion of extor­tion.

Then there is the ques­tion of whether ol’ Harry and his son were fixin’ to use rancher Bundy’s land to start up a Chi­nese wind farm and maybe scoop up some of the Depart­ment of Energy money left over from Solyn­dra. Harry has been affil­i­ated with some pretty hincky land deals and you have to admit that for a guy who started out as a Dis­trict of Colum­bia cop and who has worked for the gov­ern­ment ever since his mem­ber­ship in the One Per Cent would seem to belie his party’s con­stant harangu­ing about income inequality.

Just as an arti­cle of infor­ma­tion I should prob­a­bly inform you that some 40 years ago I worked for the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey and back then the BLM (and its alpha­betic cousin, the BIA) were con­sid­ered by us to be a bunch of clue­less inter­fer­ing busy­bod­ies and usu­ally sus­pected of hav­ing ulte­rior motives.

You don’t have to take my word, nor the word or the impres­sions of the sev­eral dozen U.S.G.S. employ­ees I worked with, for it.  There is a delight­ful novel out which talks about the issues involved in this imbroglio: graz­ing rights, land swin­dles, etc., all laid out amid a story with a delight­ful cast of char­ac­ters which will prob­a­bly become your friends for life. It’s called The Mila­gro Bean­field War.

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Tags: sacred cows, terrorism, tyranny

nolanimrod on April 14th, 2014

Amer­i­cans’ Can-​​Do Spirit Lives On

Web Adepts Use Inter­net to Foil Bureau­cratic Busybodies

Rupert Murdoch’s always-​​entertaining tabloid has a head­line today of espe­cial deliciosity:

Just when fears that uncount­able pages of fed­eral, state, county, and local reg­u­la­tions,  aided by legions of lugubri­ous busy­bod­ies doing things like impris­on­ing pre-​​schoolers for point­ing their fin­gers and say­ing Bang! , had finally suc­ceeded in crush­ing the Spirit of America, a coterie of enter­pris­ing entre­pre­neurs has saved the day:

Hook­ers turn­ing Airbnb apart­ments into brothels

Ah, what a shame. New York, which has become, in the last twenty years, a theme park for politi­cians, devel­op­ers, and the super-​​rich, is aghast at the notion that some­body is  a-​​hem, screw­ing the respectable hotels out of their prosti-​​pence.

It’s more dis­creet and much cheaper than The Wal­dorf,” said the sex worker, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Need we say more? Don’t wait until they hire Capt. Kirk and then the prices go up!



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Tags: sex - who knew?

nolanimrod on April 14th, 2014

We should save sto­ries like this so our descen­dants will know whom to thank as each July 4th they cel­e­brate Bar­ney Day to thank their fore­bears for giv­ing them a gov­ern­ment that can do with its sub­jects what­ever it wants to so long as its rules are set to patty-​​cake music and the head-​​of-​​government looks sternly noble while prais­ing the One-​​Eyed and One-​​Horned who cre­ated this banquet.

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Tags: Lobbyland