Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SAR #12353

Surrender is not a generally recommended negotiating position.

Short Version: 'Chained-CPI' is code for “let's really impoverish some women in their 90s.” It is a bad policy. Someone should remind Obama that he won.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does: Tennessee wants every school to have as many gun-toting teachers as possible, as does Oklahoma and Texas' Rick Perry.

Asked & Not Answered: UK Prime Minister David Cameron was asked: ”Are the British public now being asked to accept that, despite incontrovertible evidence of multiple criminal acts by bankers, including money-laundering, drug-money-laundering, Libor rigging, multiple frauds and assorted Ponzi schemes, bankers are considered to be immune from prosecution?” Hint: UBS is being fined $1.5 billion for manipulating the Libor interest rate for several years, but no one is going to jail.

Low Price Guarantee: With a $52,000 bribe, Wal-Mart was able to evade Mexican law. Their motto: "Always the low bribe, always."

Junk Yard Dogs: ”In a move that prompted a swift and angry response from China, the US has reportedly agreed to substantially increase its military presence in the Philippines”. 'Substantially' is nicely vague, and the US 'military presence' has lately been extremely low key.

Scroogeism: Just in time for Christmas, House Republicans want to put an anti-gay provision in the defense spending bill. They're not big on elves, either.

Looks, Walks, Quacks: Israel and its apologists react in fury when anyone likens the oppression of Palestinians to South Africa’s white supremacist system of apartheid toward blacks, but the comparison is growing harder and harder to dispute, because Israel's oppression of Palestinians is a supremacist system of apartheid.

Chain of Fools: You'll be hearing a lot about “chained CPI”. Here's the short form: It is a less-than-covert way of cutting Social Security. Any questions?

Vive la différence: Beginning next year, young women in France between the ages of 15 and 18 will have access to birth control free of charge, and without parental notification.

Porn O'Graph: Gentle Ben doubles down up.

The Parting Shot:




kwark said...

Hope you have something tangle to go with the photo flashback. . . I'm thinking jam?

RE "Stupid Is As Stupid Does". Isn't one of the right's favorite slanderous expressions "those who can do, those who can't teach"? But now we're going to arm these lazy (probably unionized) no-goods? So, we're going to mitigate the 1 in a million risk of a crazed killer walking into a school by putting MORE guns in proximity to kids? Just wait 'till a kid finds his teacher's Glock in a drawer and empties the clip into his classmates. Ain't America great? Only here, after a gun massacre, would such a breathtakingly stupid idea dare be mentioned.

OkieLawyer said...

Re: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

I read somewhere yesterday that another self-interest reason may explain this proposed policy of arming all teachers: money for the gun manufacturers. It was estimated arming every teacher (or at least every school) would lead to at lead $3 billion in sales to gun manufacturers.

It would truly be sad if this tragedy would lead to more profits for gun makers, particularly considering it would come at the behest of taxpayers.

OkieLawyer said...


That should read least $3 billion in sales....."

Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III said...

kwark - nope, that's long since gone. But First Reader keeps me supplied from the farmer's markets in San Fran.

Okie - if we can't find a way to make a profit from a tragedy, I'd be disappointed.

Ass for the danger of armed teachers in kindergarten... well, I always thought it would be a good idea to take your own bomb on the plane with you because while the odds of their being one are pretty steep, the odds of their being two are astronomical...

TSA doesn't agree. ckm