That happened on June 3, 2008, “… the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
Done. And. Done.
Don’t you remember? Have you been fussing about all this time, worried about the fate of humanity, like we didn’t already fix that?
Today should present an interesting couple hours of testimony, per the press release:
Watch the livestream here.
Apparently the pre-Bush tax levels were “normal,” so any future tax raises would not be tax raises, they would be … not tax raises. They would not exist in space-time.
The question that should occur to the people like us who … question things:
As tax rates have changed countless times in this country’s history, how do you decide which era was “normal?” Can I go back to 1874? I think that would be a cool year for a “baseline.”
Mika Brzezinski isn’t the only person continually employing this argument either, and I would Google the others, but I assume you are already bored.
Thanks to upstate New York’s Cornell University — long seeking to raise their cache in the downstate realm of unhappy hipsterism — you may soon be able to experience the Sartre-style angst of the forgotten nameless urban dweller without even needing to grow spotty facial hair:
Cornell Team Builds Space-Time Invisibility Cloak
The theoretical possibility of an “event cloak” — a metamaterial space-time device that could theoretically conceal an entire event in time from the view of an outsider — has been written about for years. And while some bright minds have been talking about bending space-time to their whims, a team at Cornell was doing it. And it works. For 110 nanoseconds.
Yes, it only lasts 110 nanoseconds, but that’s a feature, as the true unhappy hipster embraces only that which is both alienating and fleeting. I should also point out that Cornell also owns the most alienating architectural structure in the world, this …
… which either represents two pigs at a trough, or two hydrogen zeppelins, their shape held only by air, and lightweight air at that, biding their existence until they inevitably encounter a spark and explode.
Bravo, Cornell, home of the “unofficial, unnamed” football mascot. Bravo.
Harvard’s Associate Professor of Tyranny and It Takes a Village, Dr. David Ludwig:
“In severe instances of childhood obesity, removal from the home may be justifiable, from a legal standpoint, because of imminent health risks and the parents’ chronic failure to address medical problems,” Ludwig co-wrote with Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
Of course. Interestingly, a dissenting voice of liberty from … Yale:
Dr. David Katz, founder of the Yale Prevention Center, said that there is no evidence that the state would do a better job of feeding children than their parents.
That’s part of it, the other being: there is no evidence that one man has the goddam right to take another’s kids. One family that had to endure the nightmare scenario proposed by Ludwig has spoken up:
In a case that shocked many people across the country, 3-year-old Anamarie Regino, weighing 90 pounds, was taken from her outraged parents by government officials and placed in foster care.
“Literally, it was two months of hell. It seemed like the longest two months of my life,” mother Adela Martinez said.
As it turned out, it was two unnecessary months of hell. Anamarie didn’t improve at all in foster care, and she was returned to her parents. The young girl was later diagnosed with a genetic predisposition.
“They say it’s for the well-being of the child but it did more damage that any money or therapy could ever to do to fix it,” Martinez said.
Anamarie, who is now 14, agreed.
“It’s not right, what [Dr. Ludwig] is doing, because to get better you need to be with your family, instead of being surrounded by doctors,” she said.
From Jodi Carroll, a “regretful Obama voter“:
I thought conservatives and Republicans were the ones who were really dishonest about facts and wanting suppress my freedoms. I have found, however, that conservatives and Republicans are much more honest and liberalism really does not function well when reality and facts are ubiquitous.
I’d like to take that as praise of New Media: we’re doing our best here at PJM to make reality and facts ubiquitous.
If this story pans out, Owen, I predict it blossoms into a larger story than we might expect, and tangibly, it is.
The left — and this includes any form of leftism, from Islamism to Marxism — always has its “lightworkers” at the helm: those who the followers consider to be wiser, to have the firmest possible grasp of the movement pillars. This is necessary, because when you believe laws are made by men and not nature, you’ve got to find the men who sit above us all, and more importantly, you’ve got to believe these men exist.
The fascist, communist, totalitarian ’60s revolved around John Lennon’s perfect thoughts. Now, he was just a man. How could that be?
We still have a chance to accurately record the 60s for prosperity, which is not at all similar to the history as recorded by the wide-eyed who circled Lennon, which still dominates the culture.
Via Glenn, I’ve just been informed that an eight-foot long mountain lion was spotted today some 400 yards or so from my apartment. I shall spend much of tomorrow “acting large, standing up tall, waving my arms, and making noises,” just in case.
Because it’s Friday.
Barkley has very recently decided to fight his epic post-retirement weight gain, for which he should be commended. And he’s not screwing around with some calorie-counting program — he went straight to CrossFit.
But Shaq says he is likely getting Achilles surgery, which will prevent him from doing much of anything for a while. Retirement, a naturally huge frame, and a bum leg, and this could get heavy real quick. Let’s hope he stays healthy for a long time, by all accounts he is a heck of a nice guy.
I think Rep. Weiner may have lost any remaining defenders with this latest emission.
I like to relax by reading up on sports and fitness; my wife, celebrity gossip. (This may be a gender trend, though of course there is no clear demarcation on this one, as she also knows sports as well as I do, she just ran a half-marathon, and she certainly could manage the bullpen better than Girardi.)
She’s pointed out a more disquieting trend to me today: Whenever Hollywood blogs mention Jews, or Israel, or anti-Semitism, or in this specific instance, Hitler, it’s just a matter of time before a commenter accuses the Jews of genocide.
“Miley to perform at Bar Mitzvah?” Comment 37: “Sharon was a butcher, nuff said”
“Amare Stoudamire exploring his Jewish heritage”? Comment 43: “Israel just acts like they can do whatev they want because of Holocost, it’s f***d up.”
Today we’ve got “Banned Cannes director Lars Von Trier explains his Nazi rant“, and it only takes until comment 15 this time, so I’m going to have to run the math by William Briggs for probabilities. But I think we have an amendment to Godwin’s Law here.
Yesterday, utilizing my intelligence acquisition expertise — the kind of competence one can only accrue via being alive since the year 2000 — I searched the background of Jesse Lee, the newly hired White House Director of Progressive Media & Online Response/Woodrow Wilson Comes Alive! Laser Light Show Project.
I typed “Jesse Lee” into Google. Thirty seconds later, I knew that not only did Lee once sound like a navel-gazing twit at an undergraduate philosophy conference a decade ago, but that he recently married a woman named Nita Choudhary. Choudhary is a prominent figure at MoveOn.org, was the leader of MoveOn.org’s anti-Iraq war campaign, and also may have once made a tiny error in judgment, nothing to speak of really, but for the sake of transparency, she may have purchased a full-page ad in a national newspaper dubbing General Petraeus “Betray Us,” and then suffering from Crime and Punishment-level pangs of guilt, or the opposite of that, she went on C-SPAN and ardently defended the ad.
As Lee is now responsible for defending the administration from damaging PR, and as Petraeus is a member of the administration whom Lee might be asked to defend, you might identify this as a showstopper conflict of interest. The NSA, or whoever is in charge of WH employee background checks — let’s say Al Franken — did as well, which is why, at an elaborate State dinner, Valerie Jarrett went out of her way to create the perfect opportunity for Lee to propose marriage to Choudhary. Don’t question Franken. (Hat tip: Dan Riehl.)
It’s not necessary to bother Petraeus’ office for comment regarding how the very person who slandered him received special treatment by the White House, we won’t be doing that.
What you should take from this story: the most anti-American, anti-military elements of our society are not simply tolerated by the Obama administration; they are not simply, and cynically, welcomed as potential voters.
This administration is more comfortable around people like Nita Choudhary then around people who disagree with her. Lee’s relationship with Choudhary was not a negative for his White House career. I’ll posit it was a plus.
UPDATE: Lee is married to Nita Chaudary. Here is a CSPAN transcript from Sep. 10, 2007, wherein Chaudary represents — and ardently defends — MoveOn.org for publishing the Petraeus smear ad prior to Petraeus speaking a word before Congress.
We want to make sure the truth gets out there in advance of this testimony.
I found the following bio for Chaudary from 2008:
Nita Chaudhary, Campaign Director at MoveOn.org Political Action: Nita leads MoveOn’s campaigns on the Iraq War, Constitutional Liberties as well as running the fundraising program for MoveOn’s 2008 electoral effort. In the past she was the Director of Online organizing for the DNC. She’s also held several positions at People for the American Way, including Media Research Analyst, Web Editor, and Online Organizer.
I think it fairly safe to hypothesize that Chaudary may own that ad: as the leader of MoveOn’s campaigns regarding the Iraq war, the ad as conceived may be her work.
As Bryan reported yesterday, the Obama White House has hired a man named Jesse Lee to be its new Director of Progressive Media & Online Response or something. This is believed to imply that when people such as, say, Christian Adams say negative things about the administration that are provably true, Lee will “Respond” somehow on Twitter. And Facebook. And there will be links.
Anyway, I just performed a 30-second background check on Lee. And while I feel that most people shouldn’t be held accountable for anything political they say before the age of 25, a couple of wacky things authored by him shortly after college do turn up, probably best considered, if at all, as an example of the narcissism cultured by our developing higher education bubble.
From the SUNY Oneonta 2001 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference:
I sure hope the current GOP hopefuls/Paul Ryan understood the larger message of Netanyahu’s speech today: logic, reason, clarity, and uncompromising commitment to the values of the West aren’t simply the current wave of contemporary politics: they are essential to liberty’s survival.
Forget Rovian tactics; we want statesmen. Be like Netanyahu and you will be the next president.
Ever seen the 12th Imam and Santorum in the same place? Just sayin’.
… is an anagram for Dominique Strauss-Khan.
Maid Squashes Oink Runt
S*** Aroma, Squid Sunken
Shadier Anus Monk Quits
Monied S*** Quasar Sunk
A Unkind Risque Moth Ass
Inn Ass Muskier, Quoth D.A.
And, for his socialist supporters:
Asshead Quits, Kin Mourn
Let’s call this an overnight thread.
Paul’s conspiracy-theory laced history of isolationism has American Jews agreeing about something, which is good.
Anything to limit the appearance of those Ron Paul “Revolution” signs with “love” spelled backwards, which always made think of Paul as a guy who may, without warning, get a little handsy.
Walker in the Senate sounds good to me. And please, nobody bother Paul Ryan, as we need him elsewhere.
UPDATE: Nevermind the below gasket-blowing: it wasn’t Obama, it was GOP’er Mike Rogers. Well, don’t ignore it, instead redirect your ire.
Yes, Obama just made a moral equivalency between our soldiers and bin Laden.
And yes, he just insinuated that Americans would go shootin’ some imams or something if al-Qaeda were to kill an American and post photos of it on the internet — WHICH THEY HAVE DONE EVERY DAY, including videos of the towers collapsing, Daniel Pearl, and Nick Berg, and Mogadishu, and IED videos, WHICH ARE ALL OVER THE DAMNED INTERNET, and which have never resulted in even a damned bloody nose doled out to an innocent Muslim by an American.
Cowboy up, America, and tell the president what you think of this.
May 11, 2010:
May 2, 2011:
Ahhhh. But really, they had me at “buried at sea according to Islamic tradition.”
(And seriously: Did we also take pains to shoot him in the face according to Islamic tradition? Was it a culturally sensitive face-shooting?)
He’s blue today. It would have been nice to be asked, is all:
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Monday said the United States had violated Pakistan’s sovereignty by sending in Special Forces to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
US President Barack Obama had ordered the raid by a small team of US Special Forces, which found Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, in a home in a fortified compound in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
“America coming to our territory and taking action is a violation of our sovereignty. Handling and execution of the operation (by US forces) is not correct. The Pakistani government should have been kept in the loop,” Musharraf told an Indian news channel.
“Foreign troops crossing the border into Pakistan will not be liked by the people of Pakistan. US forces should not have crossed over into Pakistan,” he added.
Take a moment today to remember Todd Beamer and the other heroes of September 11 who fought al-Qaeda with their bare hands. Their fighting spirit hasn’t diminished and never will:
It can also raise physical ability and bring about expertise and accomplishment, which PJM readers should already know from this piece I wrote a while back.
(Do bear my futurist capabilities in mind while considering my Paul Ryan 2012 prediction. Also, that I always can figure out who the bad guy is on The Mentalist.)
Paul Ryan will be the GOP nominee and the next president. He may not really want the job, but he’s a “call of duty” guy.
I’ve always been entertained at how Free Mumia! became such an eco, leftist, utopian cause, like releasing a cop killer could prevent acid rain or something.
Anyway, he gets a new hearing.
In the manner Obama says it, a novice English-speaker might assume “to speculate” means something like “to consume the deceased carcass of a human for nourishment”, and I’m not sure his intent with that word is metaphorically far off.
It makes one specu — wonder: Has Obama ever committed speculation? Says Merriam-Webster:
1 a : to meditate on or ponder a subject : reflect b : to review something idly or casually and often inconclusively
I’ve never read a more fitting definition of “liberal arts college”; I’m gonna assume Obama was a big speculator at Occidental and Harvard.
2: to assume a business risk in hope of gain; especially : to buy or sell in expectation of profiting from market fluctuations
Yup! That sounds like what he has previously referred to as “stimulus.”
1: to take to be true on the basis of insufficient evidence : theorize
Ding Ding Ding!!!
2: to be curious or doubtful about
So he’s guilty of three of these.
Get yourself over to the front page at PJM, where Hans A. von Spakovsky has posted a leaked PDF of Obama’s draft copy of an executive order to … implement portions of the DISCLOSE act.
I’ve been a diehard since Nadav Henefeld, Chris Smith, and Tate George brought the team to the Elite 8 in 1990 — I remember sneaking away to call an 800 number for score updates (this was pre-internet) from a phone in the synagogue closet.
Ugly, hideous championship game tonight, but … woohoo! I always call my Dad at the end of a big game — if we aren’t already watching it together — and this is the first one I get to share with my son.
He’s asleep of course, being 14 months old, but my wife and I put him to bed in his little UConn sweatpants.
This man fled from a … vote. Just like our soldiers, except they don’t flee trouble, they confront, and they aren’t facing votes, but fiery death. And they’d love to have the chance to, you know, vote — if Eric Holder would actually protect their rights.
Send Dave Cheatham a piece of your mind.
A fourteen-year-old Bangladeshi girl has been lashed to death for the crime of being raped. Remember this is not a perversion of Sharia law — it is Sharia justice being properly meted out.
(Hat tip– Mrs. Steinberg)