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The Dodecahedron of Decency and the Wrong Champions

This cartoon by Stilton Jarlsburg from the Travon Martin verdict last year is at once both sad and amusing. The amusing part is the exposure of the meaninglessness of President Obama’s “circle of compassion” speech (and Jarlsburg goes after the “trapezoid of meaningless rhetoric” and “the dodecahedron of decency.” But the sad part, of course, is the fact that this cartoon points to a deep underlying truth: President Obama got involved for all the wrong reasons. Rather than heal, he chose to inflame and divide. Continue reading

An amusing take on an odd take on Neil Armstrong’s passing

This is more in the vein of politics, though in the morning I will have one more comment about a person inspired by Neil Armstrong, and a person who inspired Armstrong himself.

In the meantime, President Obama posted an odd image in memory of Neil Armstrong — it was a picture of himself, staring at the crescent moon with nearby star. I was reminded a bit of his gift to Queen Elizabeth II, which included copies of his own speeches.  (To be fair, the Queen’s gift was a signed picture of herself. But President Obama is not royalty.)

The inestimable IowaHawk stepped in to add some words to Obama’s commemorative picture.  Worth a look, and for many will produce a chuckle.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

Margaret Thatcher, the Movie

I don’t know yet what to expect from the film coming out about Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the UK nicknamed “the Iron Lady.” She and Ronald Reagan worked well together, and this bit of humor I posted earlier in the year will give you a feel for her reputation:

Thatcher, accompanied by her cabinet, arrives at a very nice London restaurant. She takes her seat at the head of the table, and the cabinet members dutifully take their places around the table.

The water approaches her, and she glances at the menu and says decisively, “I will have the steak.”

“Very good, madam. And for the vegetables?”

“The same.”

The Right Honorable former Prime Minister is still alive, though in somewhat fragile health, and the movie The Iron Lady has been panned by Thatcher’s children as “a left-wing fantasy” but has the actual left wingers dismayed that it does not make her look more terrible. (I’m amused by this: some on the left seem to write with the same zeal as Captain Hook in the movie: “I hate! I Hate! I HATE conservatives!”

That writer would have been disappointed: a recent article shows that, three decades later, far more people feel that the Iron Lady was right. The article is entitled “We are all Thatcher’s children now.”  And this review is positive.

Here’s another, with “Five Myths about Margaret Thatcher” that are interesting.  And she was voted “the most competent prime minister of the past thirty years.”

An aside: In that “myths” article is a discussion of the financial meltdown. It seems worth mentioning that my own take — that the meltdown was caused specifically by the policies-run-amok at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, protected and abetted by Democrats in Congress — is getting a bit more attention now. A few days ago, six former executives of those organizations were sued for fraud in connection with those events.

Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are still at large.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

The Music of the Fears: “The Wreck of Al Gore’s Copenhagen”

For the next week, I will post a bit of Climategate-themed music. The first pieces were written two years ago. Later in the week, I’ll tinker (carefully) with the Christmas theme and see what I can do with that.

So here’s the first one (with apologies to Gordon Lightfoot’s excellent work):

The Wreck of Al Gore’s Copenhagen

The legend is stored on the ClimateAudit board
Of the source code and CRU emails
A hacker they said sent the zip file that led
To reveal, that November, the details Continue reading

Humor for the “ows” movement

Jim Fister at Finding Ponies has a post up about jokes for the “occupy” movement. He referred to a collection started here, but encouraged any contributions.

I had two, so far:

What’s the difference between the Tea Party and the occupy movement?
One burns with national pride and waves the flag. The other waives national pride and burns the flag.

Why should you always write it lower-case “ows”?
Because they hate capitalism.
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“Crony corporatism” — the use of wealth and power to buy government favoritism and rig the market — is a large problem, a fact observed by any who care to look. According to news reports, both the Tea Party and the occupy movement are motivated by this aspect, but the difference is crucial:

The Tea Party says “get rid of government favoritism” leaving the free market alone. The end result would turn America back into a leading power bringing wealth and prosperity to the world, raising the living standards of all.

The occupy folks say “get rid of capitalism” leaving government favoritism as the only game left. The end result, in my opinion, would turn America into Zuccotti Park writ large.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle