You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out.
Hope that all RR readers did as well as I did in the book department for Christmas gifts. I got a passel of real good ones that covered topics ranging from global energy strategy, through ‘how our brains make … feel so good’, celebration of Germanic ethnicity, to great works on debate and history. All of them were in pulp format, and I can state with little fear of contradiction that those trees did not die in vain.
Santa brought Jo Ann a Kindle Fire, and we saw new tablets galore when in soCal with our kids and friends over Christmas. I’m in the market for a new laptop, and was impressed by the latest Mac offering in this department that lets me swing with both Windows and Mac OS. Also, the latest iPad seems like something worth having around the house. With all these ‘I wannas’ dancing around in our heads, where can the economy go but up in 2012?
Well, it looks like Newt’s about to be neutered in the Iowa caucuses and beyond. I’m drawn to his smarts, but my fellow voters are very finicky when it comes to the man’s background in affairs of the heart and reconsideration of public policy positions. We want our leaders to be forever loyal to one mate (at a time?), and on public policy to be unchanging once having made up their mind years ago, no matter what new data or experiences occur in the interval. Newt fails on both counts, and must now forfeit his few weeks on top of the Republican heap.
Asian-American students are facing discrimination in being admitted to colleges. Apparently something in their double-helix, or culture, or the water they drink makes them smarter than the round-eyes. The response by the progressive college administrations is to quota them down so that the racial make-up of entering classes are more ‘balanced’. The response from the high achievers is to check any box other than Asian-American on their applications if they have any smidgeon of non-Asian ancestry in their background. Social engineers who know better eschew meritocracy.
Those pesky ‘birthers’ just keep bringing up all kinds of revelations that require new layers of judicial denial and protection of information about the President’s background. Among the latest is that his SSN is slightly used and of the wrong pedigree. It appears that it was originally issued to a Connecticut resident now long dead. There’s more here, and then there’s the little item of his Selective Service registration. And, of course, the doctored long-form ‘Birth Certificate from Hell’ just keeps waving in the wind. Is it not strange that the whole issue cannot be resolved in the President’s favor, and must forever remain an historical black hole?
Both the Right and Left are becoming more than uneasy about the way the Patriot Act’s provisions have been expanded in the latest National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. Everyone, from Rep Ron Paul, through ex-gov Jessie Ventura, to national Leftwing trumpet Amy Goodman, is letting their constituencies know that the federal government seems to be up to no good. Apparently there is more to the Civilian National Security Force, “fusion centers”, barbed-wired “residential camps”, and police arming themselves with military gear than just idle rumors here and there.