Tue, Jul 24th - 8:35PM
July 18: A Visit With the Kids
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 103
2 bike miles
131 recordings of 27 types. 34% clear.
Dan Fitzgerald: Obama has rationalized his privilege to believe that this was the norm for everyone, which it is not. He pretends to be ordinary, yet he has reaped rewards reserved for those with abilities that far exceed his. He is the classical example of fail-upwardness of Affirmative Action.
Obama 2008: "I grew up in other countries. Isn't that great?"
Obama 2012: "Romney has money in other countries. Isn't that awful?"
Joshua Sharf Obama 2012: Many of my contributors have money in other countries. Isn't that great?
Dan Fitzgerald Many of Obama's contributors are citizens of other countries.
A new study of tree rings dating back to 138 BC (2,150 years ago) "prove that the Earth is slowly cooling due to changes in the distance between the Earth and the sun," the London Daily Mail reported.
Scientific studies are like buses. You wait around long enough, one will come by headed in your direction.
Still, I find this study amusing.
The emperor has no clothing, and James Hansen and the rest have no independently verified proof of their wild claims that global warming is caused solely by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, England weathers a cool and wet summer while the Chicken Littles on this side of the ocean claim a hot, dry summer "proves" global warming.
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President Obama smugly promised "smart diplomacy."
This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Egypt, where protesters threw tomatoes at her motorcade and chanted, "Monica! Monica! Monica!"
Promise kept. America smarts from his diplomacy.
Bre McGloughlin: Some people lack the ability to laugh at themselves. This is where *I* come in.
The Nobel Peace Prize: You Didn't Earn That
Former Navy Seal Launches PAC to Fight 0bama
“The President has failed and he is jeopardizing the safety of our troops, their families and our National security for political gain. Obama has exposed the identity of special operations units, leaked classified information, and limited the rules of engagement of forces on the ground.
For those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.” -- Ryan Zinke, ex-Navy SEAL and Montana State Senator.
While angrily attacking Romney's Bain days, Obama said, "being president, one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations"
Take it easy, Mr. President. Not so fast. Not so furious.
Oh, I particularly like the Lego one.
Way to miss the point. Obama made that statement as a claim on what others have done.
“He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”
“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”
She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand, who knew her statists.
[I really have to finish that book... but it's so turgid! And also reads like today's Bee and I sometimes want to escape this reality.]
No, Steve Jobs didn’t build the roads to Apple headquarters, but Steve Jobs and the roadbuilders play very different roles in the creation of the iPad. Without Steve Jobs, you have no iPad, full stop. You have some roads to an empty building in Cupertino at which nothing interesting happens. Waste and futility.
On the other hand, without the roads — you know, you probably will, eventually, have the iPad. Because Steve will probably find a way to get the job done without roads — maybe he’ll use railroads, or helicopters, or have everyone work by the Internet, or some other idea entirely. The whole magic of entrepreneurship is they find a way around a thousand minor obstacles that stop lesser men. That’s exactly what distinguishes a successful entrepreneur from just a guy with a good idea.
There’s no doubt the lack of roads would slow down and make more expensive the development of the iPad. But they’re not 100% NECESSARY, even though, in this version of reality, they indeed form a part of the final result. On the other hand, Jobs himself IS 100% necessary. Without the driving smart work of the entrepreneur, nothing ever gets invented. You can have as much “infrastructure” and “educated work force” and “investment” and “opporunity” as you like — and it will all just sit around rusting unless and until the man with the idea and the drive comes along. A car, no matter how powerful and finely tuned and gassed up and ready to go will go exactly nowhere without a driver.
I went to Bernadette's today, which let her leave to get an oil change. It turned out that she also needed brake work. At least she found it out here, not in the Siskyous! Nothing too exciting happened with the littles: Gareth was working on a puzzle and Joanna was tired enough to take a nap.
This evening I got calls from both sons, and had a good chance to catch up. This always makes me happy. And Roni called last Saturday and I'll see Monica on Sunday.