nolanimrod on October 21st, 2014

And they grind exceed­ing small. Right down past the point of men­tion­ing, as it happens.

For exam­ple, Paul Miren­goff over at the Pow­er­line Blog shares with us a fundrais­ing let­ter he received from the Demo­c­ra­tic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee. I don’t think he will mind if I share it with you. If you choose to read it I hope you will notice some­thing odd in a let­ter beg­ging for the recip­i­ent to send money. Look at it closely. There will be a test.  The let­ter reads as follows:

Dear [X]:

We are com­pletely out of ideas.

After Pres­i­dent Clin­ton emailed you this morn­ing to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a bet­ter place.

But we aren’t. The Koch Broth­ers, Karl Rove, and the other Repub­li­can out­side groups are spend­ing mil­lions against us. It’s the biggest spend­ing spree of any midterm elec­tion EVER. So big — it doesn’t even look like Pres­i­dent Clinton’s email can dig us out of this hole.

There is still time, though. Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat. If we can bring in 5O,OOO dona­tions before tomorrow’s ad buy dead­line, we can get back on track. Will you answer Pres­i­dent Clinton’s call-​​to-​​action today?



If you read through the let­ter you will note that it is demand­ing that you send money to avert catastrophe:

Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat.

Ah — the boy stood on the burn­ing deck! But, wait! Cat­a­stro­phe to whom? Caused by who?

While the nature of the cat­a­stro­phe isn’t men­tioned the evil male­fac­tors are:  the Koch broth­ers and Karl Rove. But never fear! Stand­ing with US against the hea­then hordes is our cham­pion. If we keep read­ing we find our cham­pion to be none other than …

Will you answer Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton’s call-​​to-​​action today?

But it’s not 1997. So we should send money because

  • we like Bill Clinton?
  • we don’t like Karl Rove?
  • the Koch Broth­ers have more money that we do?

OK. Back to the quote men­tioned in the title (with thanks to Mr. Longfellow):

Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceed­ing small; Though with patience He stands wait­ing, with exact­ness grinds He all.

OK. Here’s the test I promised. The Demo­c­ra­tic Party sends you a let­ter demand­ing money and to give you a rea­son to send it they mention:

  • Their sit­ting president?
  • Their Sen­ate Major­ity Leader?
  • Their House Minor­ity Leader?
  • Their sig­na­ture leg­isla­tive accomplishment?
  • Their suc­cesses in for­eign affairs?
  • Their cre­ative han­dling of ille­gal immigrants?
  • Their enhance­ment of the eco­nomic secu­rity of the Mid­dle Class?
  • Their supe­rior man­age­ment of threats to our well-​​being?


They invoke boogey­men and try to assuage your fears of them by inton­ing Bill Clin­ton in a hushabye, melo­di­ous voice. After six years of run­ning every­thing that’s the best they can do: Bill Clinton.

When the Democ­rats send out a let­ter beg­ging for money and don’t men­tion their party, their pres­i­dent, their Sen­ate Major­ity Leader, their House Minor­ity Leader, their sig­na­ture leg­isla­tive accom­plish­ment , their actions to help the econ­omy, their achieve­ments in for­eign pol­icy (the allies we didn’t pre­vi­ously have, the ene­mies who are now friends, the con­flicts we have sub­dued, the strength of our alliances), when, in short, the vac­u­ous breezes they have been blow­ing at us all turn out to be whirl­winds of strife, they have not one thing to men­tion that they have done that they want to remind us of. They are left remind­ing us that we liked their guy four­teen years ago.

But send them money. Do.

They grind exceed­ing small.

UPDATE:  One of the funny anom­alies in pol­i­tics is that politi­cians fre­quently decry the money in pol­i­tics. Then they ask you for money. The elec­tion is two weeks away. All the radio and TV time is booked. All the mag­a­zine and newsprint is set in type and put to bed. What is this money for? In 2008 the Obama cam­paign took in around a bil­lion dol­lars. That’s a lot of walkin’ around money.


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nolanimrod on October 21st, 2014

There is a report in The Amer­i­can Thinker that a poll taken in six states that was try­ing to pre­dict the out­comes in sen­ate races found out that peo­ple who voted for Obama couldn’t remem­ber it.  It was like a cloud descended over their minds.

I sup­pose the expla­na­tion would be the same as that offered by a friend when asked what it was that attracted her to a man she mar­ried who spent half her for­tune on a sex change oper­a­tion and the other half on her hairdresser:

I don’t know; I blocked it out.

There is one really bad thing about some cons — while some of them are like Chi­nese puz­zle boxes that fit together so inge­niously that only the most dis­cern­ing mark might see them com­ing there are oth­ers that are as sub­tle as a Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Parade bal­loon and you feel really embar­rassed that you fell for them.

this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

That should have been a tipoff. Right up there with

I did not have sex with that woman


I am not a crook.

Seems hard to fall for now but enough peo­ple did. Their joy and exu­ber­ance is all the more painful to see now that the fundraiser-​​in-​​chief is exposed for all to see.

But that was then; this is now, as they say. From the most trans­par­ent admin­is­tra­tion in his­tory that was going to post the text of bills on the web for 30 days before pas­sage this crew has evolved into one where high-​​level offi­cials get sworn in and then take the Fifth.

Not sur­pris­ing when peo­ple get amnesia.

If you were the Indian, way back when, who saw the first ship of white peo­ple and said Oh, let them land. There are just a few of them. What could it hurt? would you own up to it?

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nolanimrod on October 14th, 2014

That’s what the CDC says and it’s one of the burn­ing ques­tions upon which they spent the money they now say they would have spent devel­op­ing an Ebola vac­cine if only they had the money they spent find­ing out a lit­tle blow is a great facil­i­ta­tor of roman­tic encoun­ters among chimps.

Don’t take my word for it (though I will take credit for the Tony Mon­tana head­line). Check out the wildly funny piece on Pow­er­line. You’ll find out the answers to burn­ing ques­tions the CDC really needed the answers to. Like

Is it true that chim­panzee spin-​​doctors are the best at throw­ing their poop?

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Tags: CDC, Ebola, important questions, need to know, scarce CDC research dollars

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