From Best of the Web Today (emphasis mine)
“President Obama Details Consequences of Sequester Cuts”–headline, ABCNews.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, BusinessInsider.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
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.
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.
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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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.