I recently happened upon this article about The Englishman’s travails with Gummint, and I passed the link on to the kids as the place under discussion happens to be where their mother is buried.
Daughter’s comment (and Quote Of The Day):
“I feel like this is the definition of bureaucracy.”
I would have put it somewhat differently (with much more venom and bad language), but I think she’s encapsulated the issue perfectly.
Talking about this utter and complete bullshit, J.D. Rucker saith:
“Whenever I see a story that invokes Ivy League scientists finding a solution to anything, I brace myself for the worst idea ever. Once again, they didn’t disappoint.”
Keep reminding yourself of the observation: “Your suggestion is so stupid, so devoid of commonsense and logic that it could only have been made by an academic or intellectual.”
Most of the time, you will not be misled.
Here’s a statement by hapless KrautPM Angela Merkel (no link, it’s CNN fuck ’em):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned a “worrying” resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany, including a rise in violence attacks, and appealed for a defense of liberal democratic values and institutions.
…and here’s Insty’s QOTD:
“Weird how when you import a bunch of anti-Semites you get more antisemitism.”
Following on from this news,
…the Knuckledragger has a tart response:
“Fuck ’em, the Black Panthers weren’t nothing but mouth back in the 60s and 70s and they ain’t nothing but mouth now.”
Didn’t hear any howls about “evil assault rifles” from the Usual Suspects either.
From the Zman, talking about the Left:
“They imagine themselves as plucky underdogs fighting the man. They think they are nobly sacrificing for the greater good. In reality, they are selfish self-absorbed children throwing tantrums.”
Lots of good stuff in that post — indeed, lots of good stuff at his website. Go for it.
From Glenn Reynolds, a few words of level-headed wisdom:
“When Saudis kill a Saudi in Turkey, it’s not hugely resonant. Sure, top American journalists care — because he was not just a journalist (the Saudis have killed plenty of those, as have the Turks, the Chinese, the Russians . . .) but one they knew personally. But hardly anyone thinks that the Saudis are nice people; they’re allies of convenience, not of sentiment. If they help us beat Iran, fine, but nobody thought they were our friends before.”
Exactly. Plus, this “journalist” (Jamal Khashoggi) was actually a Muslim Brotherhood activist more than a journo, so fuck him.
And in a related post, talking about media outrage at Khashoggi’s murder, Charles Martin adds:
Let me get this straight. Saudi Arabia sponsored the 9/11 hijackers, stones rape victims to death for being unchaste, hangs people for being gay…and NOW you’re upset with them?
Yeah, because the obsequious diplomacy as practiced by Barack Cocksucker Obama was totes different.
All that said, let’s be honest and admit that in aggregate, both the Saudis and the Turks are foul assholes and should they decide to kill each other for fun, spite or profit, nobody else should care. Ditto all the other Muslim regimes in the Middle East.