Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tough love

(Via the Drudge Report)

Germany has rejected the idea of setting up a special fund to bail out eurozone countries, like Greece, that run into budget trouble.

Finance Ministry spokesman Michael Offer said Monday that a European Monetary Fund would not help a case such as Greece's. He said there was "no way around" painful austerity measures being pushed through by the Greek government.

This could be rewritten as "Germany, knowing that digging a hole in water is a fool's errand, declines to be foolish." and be just as accurate.

Too many modern states, Greece and the United States among them, think that since someone will loan them money, it must be OK to borrow and spend. History has shown, time after time, that nations who silly-walk down this path eventually "go away", usually in a less-than-pleasant manner (see Rome, fall of).

More security theater

(Via the Drudge Report)

Ever-vigilant TSA apparatchiks prevent potential terrorist attack by a disabled kid in leg braces.

You can't make this sort of thing up. For added PO factor, see the reactions of all involved on the government side.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

They don't call them "banksters" for nothing

(From an email reflector)

In certain Intertubz circles, the nation's bankers are called "banksters", a play on the word "gangsters". This is because many people see them as one of the prime instrumentalities in our current economic faux paus, and believe they caused this on purpose just to steal all of our money. While I hold them partially responsible, based on my reading, I hardly hold them to that level of culpability--there's a lot of blame in this situation to go around.

However, foreclosing on a house that was paid for in cash in 2005, after your own contract employee has told you that it's the wrong house, is a really good way to keep the term going.

Bank of America, just how stupid are you?

Officer Friendly Lives!

Apparently in East Palo Alto, California, unsurprisingly. The "remove breakables/throwables" standard warning lamp is now lit.

Gun rights advocates have a California police detective in their crosshairs after he apparently posted comments on Facebook advocating that "open carry" supporters should be shot.

East Palo Alto Police Det. Rod Tuason apparently posted the remarks on his Facebook page in response to a friend's status update, which suggested that gun advocates who carry unloaded weapons openly — which is legal in California — should do so in places like "Oakland, Richmond and East Palo Alto" and not just in "hoity toity" cities.

Looks to me like "Officer Hot Rod" needs to get the same lesson that we're starting to apply to all public servants who forget who they work for:

Unemployment sucks.