Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday Links

From the Blogprof: Illinois is refusing to issue state tax refunds. They aren't even bothering to issue IOU's. Sounds like a 1983 action in the making to me.

At Maggie's Farm, a cost benefit number crunch convinces the author to stay in Texas and out of NYC.

If this isn't a Tea Party issue, it ought to be - from Tom Blumer: GAO is unable to complete an accounting of our government's finances for the 14th year running.

From Thomas Sowell: "There are ways the government can juggle money around to make everything look OK, but it is only a matter of time before that money runs out and the ultimate reality hits, that there is no free lunch." Amen.

JammieWearingFool "loves a good Democrat food fight over racial politics."

Hey - it turns out Gitmo never was a recruiting tool for jihadis. If that surprises you, then it is certain that you haven't made the slightest effort to educate yourself on jihadism since 9-11.

Gay Patriot takes note that it is de rigueur for the politically correct gay activist to use obscenities to slur conservatives. And in getting their message out, they are supported by a media that enjoys their little jokes.

With a hat-tip to Instapundit, here is something I didn't know. During the Falklands War, PM Margaret Thatcher was ready to nuke Agrentina. The Argentinians were armed with state of the art weaponry sold to them by France. Thatcher told French PM Mitterand that she would employ nukes against Argentina unless Mitterand gave her the codes to make the French missiles blind:

Mitterrand - who once described Mrs Thatcher as "the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe" - went on: "One cannot win against the insular syndrome of an unbridled Englishwoman. Provoke a nuclear war for a few islands inhabited by three sheep as hairy as they are freezing! But it's a good job I gave way. Otherwise, I assure you, the Lady's metallic finger would have hit the button."

And from Sister Toldjah, modern-day feminism in a nutshell:


William Stout said...

Welcome back my friend. I have checked periodically to see if you were back at the keyboard and here you are! It is good to have you back!

Ex-Dissident said...

I saw the funny Times headline today: Blizzard is proof of global warming. Maybe they have a sense of humor. BTW, I heard another bit from mayor Bloomberg today which will probably not receive as much attention from MSM as it should. He said is apologizing for the shoddy response from emergency vehicles during this Blizzard and said that unfortunately some ambulances couldn't get to their destinations as they got stuck in the snow. He followed that up with "Unfortunately this is something we will have to get used to."

Despite Bloomberg's claims of all the streets being plowed by 6pm yesterday, in Brooklyn there remain plenty smaller streets that are unplowed and impassible. Fortunately in my part of the borough, the homeowners got together and paid for private snow trucks to drive through. Each particular street depends on how much work the locals are willing to do themselves. In parts where the residents are more dependent on handouts, the city council members are calling for the national guard to step in - Bloomberg's Katrina.

Ex-Dissident said...

What's so startling is that during the previous years he seemed capable of handling such emergencies. Not this year. I wonder what's different. Maybe the infrastructure Juliani put in place has finally eroded. I can only judge based on what I see and at my workplace the newer administrators seem to get dumber and lazier each year.