Sometimes we make mistakes. Why not fix them if we can?
Okay, that headline, even though it does reflect the content below, basically was designed to induce a “WTF?” and draw you in. I have something I really needs must share with you few, you brave, you guys who wandered in here thinking it was a nutrition site.
This is the response of an old college pal of mine when I suggested in an email IO entitled “Harbingers” that smart pols like Bloomberg and Christie would not be endorsing and/or effusively praising Barack Obama if they did not think he was going to be re-elected on Tuesday:
Guys like Christie and Bloomberg are smart. They know that the Prez is a petty, vindictive narcissist. They had damn well better be on his good side. Or else. So they are. End of story. To me, it looks like a Romney landslide. (I am the only one predicting this, of course, so I may be way off, but that is how I see it shaping up.)
Okay, the basic response is amusing enough, that of someone clearly trying to counter the obvious as best he could, and the “landslide” thing is just insane. But the real kicker here is that this is the guy I have mentioned in the past who once emailed me that his “political heroes are Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush.”
Think about it. A guy who was all hot and bothered and awed the wonders that wee Newt and Dubya accusing someone of being “petty,” “vindictive” and a “narcissist.”
Those two guys are the poster children for those descriptions.
To be fair, my friend is not alone in his support of The Mittster…
Mitt Romney, American hero whose wife has told us we know all about everything about all about everything all about him, explaining his “Energy Plan” to a room full of rich people and then discovering that he just can’t do that because some of the unwashed might learn about it.
“I know that we have members of the media here right now, so I’m not going to go through that in great detail,” Romney said, according to a pool report from the event.
If there still is an America sometime in the future, this man will be immortalized as the Most. Pathetic. Candidate. Ever. And that will be an understatement. His entire campaign screams out “if you knew me or anything about me, your total disdain for me would turn to abject rejection.”
To paraphrase what Joseph Welch said to Joe McCarthy: “Are you unable to be embarrassed, sir, are you unable to be embarrassed at all?”
These two items, from the sources shown at the top of each, were the lead stories in emails which arrived this morning:
Bloomberg (via The Washington Post’s Wonkbook)
“Employers probably added more than 200,000 workers to payrolls in March for a fourth straight month as U.S. companies gained confidence sales will keep improving, economists said before a government report today. Hiring increased by 205,000 after rising by 227,000 in February, according to the median projection of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The last time employment advanced at a similar pace for as many months was late 1999 into 2000. The jobless rate probably held at a three-year low of 8.3 percent. The pickup in jobs has propelled consumer sentiment to a four-year high, boosting the odds household spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy, will keep growing.”
Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
Bad news: the streak of robust hiring in the U.S. economy has come to a close. After three months of at least 200,000 new jobs added, the U.S. produced only 120,000 jobs in March, a disappointing number that was lower than expected. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday the unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 to 8.2 percent, due in part to fewer Americans looking for work, not entirely to more people finding jobs. Stock futures are falling in response to the news.
For someone who imagines…hell, proclaims…himself to be the smartest kid in the class, The Historian appears to be oblivious to how downtright stupid he sounds. His latest, a proposed colony on the moon, is so startlingly out of touch with reality and his own vision of a country with minimal taxes and its support system and government gutted, that it makes the head spin.
I believe one of the great failings of this country and humanity in general is how we so easily abandoned the decades-old dream of travel into space and moving beyond the limits of this mortal coil, but let’s be realistic here.
It all gives me a headache even trying to comment on the silliness. Thankfully, I found this guy, who puts the whole silly idea into historical perspective and underlines the pure arrogance of Newt’s dream, a factor which has gone unremarked so far in the press:
The [International Space Station] is the size a football field, took nearly 13 years to complete (begun in 1998, the last module was added just last year), houses a regular crew of 6, orbits Earth at less than 400km, and requires food and other supplies to be shipped up every few months.
Newt Gingrich wants to build a colony on the Moon in less than 8 years, housing thousands of people, without international help. The Moon’s orbit is closer to 400,000km above us. A thousand times further than the ISS.That makes it far more difficult and far more expensive to send anything there (whether it be construction modules, people, or supplies).
Also, Gingrich wants it to be a purely American colony. Forget the huge step forward in peaceful international relations and scientific cooperation. Forget that we agreed that Antarctica (never mind the Moon) should be beyond the claims and petty rivalries of any country. We’re going to make the Moon part of America. Screw everyone else, we’re America and we’re awesome and we’re going to do it ourselves and claim the entire Moon as ours.
Think about that.
If this dog were black and grumpy and named Buddy, I would probably have made a few bucks off the deal. As it is, it’s gonna cost me ’cause I figure he’ll be good for a sixpack a night.
If he was running in any other campaign besides the GOP 2011 presidential clown show, Rick Perry, the dumber version of George W. Bush, would be toast this morning. Because he is a GOP presidential candidate at this time, however, I predict he will see a significant rise in his polls immediately.
Or, as Herman Cain might say…
Well, actually, who in the world could predict what that might be?
Was Rick Perry drunk in New Hampshire Friday night? Stoned?Would you like to see this man’s finger on the nuclear button?
Wow! Just wow!
Here’s a longer version…