Saturday, December 31, 2016
It took nationwide humiliation at the polls to spur the president to action, but yesterday, he finally decided it was time to punish Russia for its coordinated cyberattacks against the U.S. But in light of Obama’s recent wake-up call, it’s important to remember that the Russians had help — from unwitting, inept players like John Podesta.
Here’s some light memory refreshment, Iowahawk-style:
The Post's editorial board questioned Trump's praise of Putin after the Russian leader decided not to take countermeasures against the U.S."The president-elect’s dismissive response only deepens unanswered questions about his ties to Russia in the past and his plans for cooperation with Vladimir Putin," the newspaper wrote.ADVERTISEMENT
I'm refraining from my usual bold and unwavering announcement of my positions on these Russian-related topics because I don't think it's possible for someone who's not an intelligence professional to know what's going on. Probably the Russians are lying about not hacking anything. Wikileaks says they didn't get their leaks from the Russians, but of course they wouldn't have. American intelligence leakers are being even shiftier than usual. Obama and the DNC say it was the Russians, but it's impossible to know when if at all they have stopped lying. The MSM is lying its head off to discredit Trump. But that doesn't mean they don't occasionally tell the truth, like the proverbial stopped clock. The Trumpsters themselves may be lying partly or mostly, or just be naive about their leader's views and ambitions about Russia, or they may in fact all be relatively innocent. Of course there's plenty of chatter in the right wing blog-o-sphere saying, it's all a trumped up lie. And it goes on, wheels within wheels within wheels. If you forget it's about people's lives, it's all rather fascinating.
So I conclude that, notwithstanding the few brave activists among us, we humans, as a species, are selfish and short sighted. It's our lizard brain. We will wipe ourselves out, (there is a huge genre of post apocalyptic fiction laying the groundwork for this) and I say good. We don't deserve to be the dominant species on the planet. Unfortunately, we also doom innocent species and activists.
I just thought this was kinda heart-warming.
I do not advocate flouting the law. But nor do I advocate being naive. After July 1, tens of millions of illegal ammunition magazines will remain in private hands. And there is not much the state can do about it.
That’s the problem with sweeping and arbitrary bans. People have a much stronger incentive to resist than to comply. That’s what happened in Connecticut and New York after the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012. Both states passed sweeping gun control laws requiring, among other things, registration of so-called assault weapons. Millions of guns remain unregistered.
I guess I should know this but I might have a couple of too big magazines. Oh well.
How dieth the wise man? As the fool.
But there is work to be done, and champagne to be had (in moderation — we resolve to amend our ways), and even though everybody — everybody — knows that everybody — everybody — at every — every — New Year’s Eve party is only pretending to enjoy himself, we observe the proper offices and come together in our little pools of light in the brumal darkness. And we may even raise a glass to the god of passing time, who is there, too. He is not unwelcome. He does not wish us ill. He does not wish us anything at all.
And a happy new year to you, too.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Let’s be honest: President Obama is throwing a good old-fashioned foot-stomping world class temper tantrum. He is just beside himself that the stupid American voter elected Donald Trump. How could the country willfully dismiss the erudite recommendation of nearly every news organization in the nation – as well as Obama’s personal plea that not electing Hillary would be a personal insult to him? How could young people not respond to Obama’s call to “bend the arc of history in a better direction?” It is beyond comprehension.