Thursday, July 31, 2014
This incident should inform the general Republican Party response to any executive action on amnesty and the Left’s other passive-aggressive attempts to divert attention away from the failures of their unpopular, discredited president. Treat him like A-Rod, and don’t throw at .260 hitters.
The problem for Republicans is that if Obama does what he’s apparently planning to do, it really is blatantly illegal and unconstitutional.
Ok, so now I get it. Bait Republicans with talk of "you better not try to impeach me," get Republicans to say "who's talking about impeachment? We don't want to impeach anybody!", then do something that really merits impeachment (just make a bunch of illegal child immigrants US nationals by fiat). Then watch what happens. In all of this, there is a lot of contempt for the law, but I guess its good politics.
The possibility of actual impeachment is not something that keeps Barack Obama up at night. Modern history suggests there’s nothing Congress could do that the American public would hate more. Yet impeachment talk has been bounding around the Republican right for ages. The South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution calling for impeachment at their annual convention this year. (We all know the famous saying: “As South Dakota goes, so goes North Dakota.”) Sarah Palin brings up impeachment virtually every day. Some members of Congress use it to energize the crazy base.
This is nuts, but I guess it could work. Tell your liberal base that the conservative base is crazy for impeachment. Then you that to raise money, turnout, whatever. If I were Gail Collins I would worry that this made me look like too much of a schill. But I guess she's already lost that battle.
In one of the biggest upheavals in Australian politics in years, a disparate group of lawmakers, advocating everything from souped-up cars to looser restrictions on public nudity and BASE-jumping from city buildings, has taken its seats this month in the country's unpredictable upper house, the Senate. That is good news for satirists who have grown tired of career politicians working their way up through the ranks. But it is less welcome for the country's center-right government and its prime minister, Tony Abbott, a former Oxford University boxing champion whose popularity is waning in the polls.
A 21-year-old man was killed and 13 people were injured after being struck by lightning on Venice Beach in Los Angeles during a freak July thunderstorm on Sunday, CBS Los Angeles reports. The storm formed so rapidly that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.
Just in case you haven’t had enough bad news, here’s a bit more from the domestic-politics desk. With less than a hundred days until the midterm elections, the Republicans now have a very realistic chance of retaking the Senate, which would leave them in over-all control of Capitol Hill for the next two years. (Virtually all the pundits reckon that it is a foregone conclusion that the Republicans will also maintain their majority in the House of Representatives.)
God I hope so. Lesser of evils.
I watched the BBC on the crisis in the Middle East last night (since I didn't have internet service). It was something to see how powerful propaganda can be when you really pull out the stops. By the end of their segment on the Israeli attack on the UN school that left 16 dead, I was ready to sign up to fight for the Palestinians, and I don't even like them. But the technique the BBC uses is pretty simple. They just tell one side of the story. Nary a word about rockets raining down on Israel or about Hamas's tendency to locate their rockets or mortars next to hospitals and schools. Just unwatchable segments showing injured children and grieving or hysterical parents.
I have been without wifi for a couple of days. It's been horrible. I called Cox this morning and we went through the routine with the cable modem. The person of ladyness of the phone said, nope, your modem is fine, it must be your router. Actually, she got to this point pretty quickly. I generally don't have any complaints about wait time at Cox. They get right to your problem, and then don't fix it. She advised me to call the manufacturer of my wireless router. OK, that's what I did. Speaking no doubt to the representatives of this company in India, they walked me through the set up, and confirmed that nothing was wrong with my router. Then, a miracle happened. Somebody at Cox tripped a switch, and my wireless service came back on. This after I had completed the testing of the router. "Oh, that's just Cox, resetting your modem." "But I already called them and they said everything on their end was fine." "It wasn't," the fellow from India allowed.
I find this funny but also really irritating. Is Cox doing this a lot, assuming they did do this, where this is responding to a complaint by denying anything is wrong but then fixing it after the fact? The guy from India seemed to think so; it didn't surprize him one bit. Anyway, I'm back online, ready to waste my time and yours.
This via Instapundit. It reminds me of one of the most unintentionally funny things I ever read. It was by some soc sci professor at Bryn Mawr. She had a little girl and was trying to raise her in a gender neutral (or something) way. Yet, in spite of all her efforts and those of a compliant husband who probably deserves our mockery as well, the little miss still prefered dolls to trucks and exhibited lots of other perfectly normal behavior besides. About two pages of small alumni magazine print handwringing ensued. I forget what her conclusion was; something lame no doubt.
Something is going on here but I don't know what it is. For example, in our household, LWF should be the one who is good at technical stuff. She's in a technical branch of a technical field and she's good at it. Me, not so much. Yet when anything outside of her field comes up (cars, the pool pump, computers, plumbing, etc.) her solutions are often a little, uh, well, displaying of a certain naivite, let's say. Yet my solution to someone who showed up with complicated set of medical symptoms would be something like, drink three shots of whiskey and take a couple of days off. Probably wouldn't work, but what the hell. I don't know what the difference is. Maybe technology is just more of a boy thing.