Saturday, June 26, 2010

Another catastrophic failure in the victim selection process

Police say a suspected robber was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with two clerks at Sunny Food Mart on Walkup Avenue late Thursday.

I always love the "suspected" part. Especially in light of this quote from later in the article:

"...the robber entered the store, pulled out a gun and demanded money."

Sounds like the classical definition of "robber" to me.

Wails of "He was such a good boy! They didn't have to shoot him!" in 3, 2, 1....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So...

General McChrystal is no longer in charge in Afghanistan, and I assume on his way out of the military completely.

While I stand by my earlier "idiot" comment, one has to wonder exactly why he allowed this to happen. Surely it had to be purposeful. He knew what he said, and he should have known anyone from the Rolling Stone would have no sympathy for him. Being a career military man, he had to know that those comments, once made public, would end his career. He must have surely known his staff's opinions, even if he "didn't hear them"--you can't work that closely with a group of people and not hear some of this when they think you're out of range.

A lot of people think he was "falling on his sword" in order to protect his troops. It makes as much sense as any other explanation, but I find it difficult to believe that he couldn't have gotten the word out in a way that would have been less detrimental to him and his staff (who I assume are also toast).

One thing for certain--if he is indeed out of the military, he would be free to really speak his mind. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

It's also going to be interesting to see what effect this has on the conduct of the war, and if General Petraeus can pull off the Big O' strategy, such as it is. I doubt it, but maybe he can save it. It would be a plus.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

And the hits just keep on coming

Do you suppose I should worry? Wait, I know! I'll say something nice about our government! That should make them happy!

Um...

Er...

Ah...

It's nice there isn't more of it?

Gee, this could be difficult.

Remember...

The government hates competition. In this case, it's competition for their "education lottery".

The Senate resoundingly rejected the argument that sweepstakes parlors are a harmless cash cow for the state, voting Monday night in favor of a ban on the industry.

You know, in a "o-o-oh shiny!" moment, it occurs to me that the pharase "education lottery" would actually be more apropos to the public schools in this state.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Look, I made the list!

As if there was any doubt.

Definitely time to bring them home

I am now officially over the war in Afghanistan. Leave word with Karzai and the rest that if they get out of line, we're going to come back and deliver another beatdown, but this time without any helping hand after.

The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan told an interviewer he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

Surprise, surprise. An Obama appointment that is performing at a lower level than needed. Chicago politics rides again!

But here's the truly rich part:

McChrystal himself is described by an aide as "disappointed" in his first Oval Office meeting with an unprepared President Barack Obama. The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.

He may be a General in the US Army, but the guy is an idiot. Guess what, General--you got exactly what you voted for--and you got it good and hard. No sympathy here. Suck it up and learn from your mistake.

This war is done--stick a fork in it. Bring our troops home now before we loose more. Stop blowing blood and treasure on a war that there is no real intent to win.

"No more Vietnams" my ass. We haven't learned a single thing, it seems.

Where I live

There are times when North Carolina's growing "California East" reputation is both well-earned and absolutely galls a life-long resident like me.

And then there are times I love the place.

Man-made disaster

(Via Geek with a .45)

I'm not impressed with either man named Roosevelt who has been President of these United States (although I'll admit to a soft spot for old Theodore, when he was carrying that big stick of his).

But saying that you didn't like FDR is equated right up there with denouncing Motherhood and Apple Pie. Why, to lift a line from the Alabama tune, "Mr. Roosevelt was gonna save us all"--right?

Maybe it's just me, but he had a strange way of going about doing it.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thanks, Dad

For all the things you did for me, even when I was too damn stupid to realize what it must have cost you.

For spending time with me, even when you didn't have it to spend.

For putting up with a spoiled kid long enough for him to grow up and turn into someone worth having around on a continuing basis.

For being there when I really needed you.

Happy Father's Day.

Interesting map

(Via Survival Blog)

Circulating around the Intertubz (I saw it on SurvialBlog first, followed in rapid succession on 2 email lists and Facebook, for Pete's sake) is this very entertaining and interesting map that gives some insights into the flow of population around the US.

I'd really like to see one for flows into and out of the US to other countries. Of course, that one might scare good old John Q. Public right out of that Laz-e-boy and make him spill his beer, so I doubt that happens.