Sunday, January 17, 2010

I think the song is 'Sunday mornin' comin' down'

Starting with, of COURSE it's our fault.
Anger built Saturday at Haiti's US-controlled main airport, where aid flights were still being turned away and poor coordination continued to hamper the relief effort four days on.
And the poor coordination is because our forces there can't do the job, they're crapping on anyone not a US citizen, etc. Key line:
The crowd accused American forces, who were handed control of the airport by Haitian authorities, of monopolizing the airfield's single runway to evacuate their own citizens.
So there's one bloody runway in operation. And they're trying to keep aid coming in AND set up evacuation of people all at once in a place turned into a giant rubble pile by the quake. And it's not running real smooth, so of COURSE it's the US being bastards. Yeah. And the French are making hay with this,
"I have made an official protest to the Americans through the US embassy," he said at the Haitian airport after a French plane carrying a field hospital was turned away.

A spokesman for the French foreign ministry later denied France had registered protest, saying "Franco-US coordination in emergency aid for Haiti is being handled in the best way possible given the serious difficulties."

having it both ways, or trying to.

Ann Althouse gives her take on Coakley's(Democrat Dumbass-MA) statement about people who dont like abortion not having jobs in emergency rooms, and has two very good bits:
She's a lawyer, and she ought to know that Roe v. Wade — along with other abortion cases — does not require services. There is a world of difference between having a right to do something and having the power to make other people do things for you as you try to exercise that right. If you don't know the difference between those two things, you don't understand how rights work. Other people have rights too. Refusing to perform an abortion is not a violation of the constitutional right to privacy.
This seems lost on an awful lot of people. Your right to speak your mind does not mean I can't speak mine, no matter how much you dislike what I say. Your dislike of being offended doesn't mean you can prevent me writing something.* And, directly related to this mess, being free to have an abortion does not mean you have the right to force someone else to pay for it. But back to the matter at hand, the other paragraph I want to quote:
It is especially important to think about these values in the context of an expanding government role in areas that were traditionally left to the private sphere — medical care, for example. It's the separation of church and state, so the dimension of the state is very important. A legislator who wants the state to run more of the economy and wants a strong separation of church is threatening to have a much greater effect on religious freedom than a legislator who believes in the strong separation of church and state but also believes in small government. Now, I want to give Coakley credit for bluntly stating the import of her position: You can have your religious freedom, but you'll have to give up your job. That elicits a "wow." That is, the truth is a slap in the face.
Yes, it is. It's also a threat, that- if she has her way- would be carried out by the power of the State: "You will not perform this particular service? Yes, that's your right, but you're fired for insisting on it here." (bold mine in the above quotes)

Ah, but Orszag is a good progressive and a Friend of Obama, so he can't be held to the standards Obama wants to hold others to. Hey, if he thinks being a tax cheat isn't a problem for a Treasury Secretary, why would this bother him?

Oh no, can't have any nasty JOOOOOOSSS on the jury. Or in the courtroom. Or alive...

I can't put this any better than the guy who wrote to Insty:
“The school, which has about 440 students in grades 6 to 8 and emphasizes technology skills, was initially put on lockdown while authorities responded.”

So a vice-principal at a technology-centric magnet school freaks when a student actually uses technology, and is incompetent enough that he/she doesn’t know how it works?

Please note that among the miserable excuse for a school official's actions he
wet himself, put the school on lockdown, had the bomb-squad come out to destroy X-ray the student's invention and search his parents' home, and then magnanimously decided not to discipline the kid (though he did recommend that the child and his parents get counselling to help them overcome their anti-social science behavior).
The parents should sue the idiot and the school. For any and everything they can get. Simply because it's probably the only thing they can do that'll actually make these idiots seriously consider what they did.
Added: more from the Advice Goddess

I've mentioned politicians in uniform; politicians in intelligence agencies are just as bad, and in some cases cause even more damage. The ones responsible for this crap ought to be fired, at the least.

A key line from this newspaper article:
The thinking goes that if Brown, a political lightweight before this race, can energize the undecideds and frustrated Dems to steal Ted Kennedy’s seat over a Democrat, then the tide in the state is truly turning.
That's exactly the attitude that's helped screw things up this bad: it didn't belong to Swimmer, and it doesn't belong to the Democrat Party; and them acting like it did/does is disgusting.

Hey, they worked hard to become mushrooms for this administration; you expect them to have an outbreak of integrity now? I mean, MSNBC 'journalists' are endorsing vote fraud, so staying a mushroom is not that big a deal, it would seem.

Michael Yon has some very cool pictures of arty firing, and some info on the guns & crews. Son's old unit was upgrading to 777 when he transferred; from what he told me, between the upgrades of the guns themselves, the electronics and the coordination with the firefinder radar, these things are almost spooky in the speed and accuracy they can achieve with a good crew running them. And with some of the GPS and laser-guided shells...

And last, on the threatening politician, Linoge notes that he has apologized to Bob S. He's also taken down his blog. Horse, barn doors, etc.

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