What is happening in Greece is seriously important. And, if Dave can stop being distracted by Sharks, earthquakes, the creation of the universe, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, F-35 Lighting II’s and F-16 Falcons, and even Larry Bond books from the early 1990’s, he may even get to it.
We had a wonderful weekend in Monterey. Ben wasn’t all that into the Aquarium, but he loved the beach and all of the walking about Cannery Row. My knees on the other hand, didn’t enjoy that quite as much! For me the highlight was spending a few minutes by myself at the Ocean tank and communing with the three Hammerhead sharks that are just amazingly beautiful animals. By the by, maybe you knew this, maybe you didn’t, but all of the sharks in the MBA Ocean Tank are “rescued” animals, brought to the Aquarium in distress and nursed back to health. They also don’t generally eat the sardines in the tank, unless for some reason they are feeling extra peckish and need a quick snack. I got to see one of the Hammerheads down a sardine or two, and it was AWESOME!
Whether or not Alton Nolen is an ISIL Terrorist remains to be seen. But there is no doubt that the CAIR’s and PLRI types of the world are using the fear and terror he has engendered to make their case that Muslims are being discriminated against everywhere. I have a great deal of experience in HR management, and I can already tell you that over the next few weeks and months there will be seminars and training session on “How to Properly Terminate Islamic Employees.” You won’t have those specifically for Christians or Jews, or Sikhs or eve Satanists, but you most surely will have them for dealing with the PLRI in the workplace. More than that, it is only a matter of time before other Islamic customs – such as a 13th months pay to requiring women who work with Muslims have proper permits and special training in being obsequious – will start be demanded as well, otherwise it will be “religious discrimination.” You may not believe it today, but this lone loser in Oklahoma, by invoking the specter of an ISIL beheading, has accomplished more for advancing PLRI “rights” than he could possibly have imagined.
The Supreme Court of the United States meets today to set their agenda for the next session. Oddly enough, Justice Ginsberg is making it sound like she is ready to get going on whatever the session brings. This would be a blow to the theory that Eric Holder resigned to be appointed to the SCOTUS Bench, which more or less got quashed over the weekend when the British papers reported that he resigned for health reasons. That doesn’t change the basic premise that whomever replaces him will be worse.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, the commission that was set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook murders has delivered their report, and (SURPRISE!) it lays the blame at the foot of Homeschooling. One of the biggest recommendations that the commission is making is that kids with issues and who are Homeschooled would instead have “INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATIONAL PLANS” overseen by the local school district. Nobody on the panel noticed that Mr. Lana was 20 years old and had been out of school since he turned 16, spending only year or so homeschooled and that he passed the test to get his GED. The cause of the murders was not homeschooling or even video games, it was mental illness, plain and simple. Improperly monitored and/or untreated mental illness. And there doesn’t seem to be much in the Commissions report dealing with that simple fact, as opposed to deciding that “kids with special needs” shouldn’t be homeschooled. And believe me, they also want to decide which kids have those “special needs.”
NFL Monday Night Football tonight at 4:45pm on PowerTalk, the New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs
Here is an actual Sharknado Week story from Chatham, Massachusetts, where the beach goers have been startled by the appearance of Great White Sharks. In true American-do spirit, the town is CAPITALIZING ON THE SHARKS being around. In a few weeks, President Obama will clam that the sharks are being exploited by the now wealthy people of Chatham, MA, and that they should split the take with the sharks. BTW, Chatham, MA is now on my approved list of places I want to go.
Speaking of the Commander in Chief, he released A STATEMENT ON SUNDAY for Eid-Al-Fitr in which he thanked the PLRI for its “many achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” Oddly enough, as a historian I am racking my brain to try and find these instances of fabric weaving and core building, but I am having a hard time coming up with even one. Unless you count the tearing down of buildings to be replaced by new ones? Further, I note that Eid-Al-Fitr and its feast are about PLRI unity, and there was an attempt last week by the United States Government to broker a ceasefire in Gaza in time for the feast. I am no conspiracy buff, but I do note events and their timing is rarely coincidental. An attempt to celebrate PLRI unity while the entire Muslim world s not united over Hamas’ idiocy? I am sure that the statement is put out as de rigueur from a White House hell bent on not offending anybody except its own citizens. But this speaks to what I was talking about yesterday with the problems of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It was consumed with political and ethnical correctness with no willingness by any sub-group to assimilate into the nation. We are seeing that same effect here now, and in my view, the government is pushing it with its insane insistence on not offending anybody – except its own citizens.
By the by, I mentioned this post on our Facebook Page that Kevin put up, it’s a PHOTO ESSAY OF PLACES AND PEOPLE CONNECTED TO THE GREAT WAR, and frankly it is impressive in ways that defy words. Believe me, it’s worth the time to peruse it and connect, even for just a moment, to what happened a hundred years ago.
The White House is trying “put on ice” all the deniers of Global Warming. How? Oddly enough they WILL RELEASE A NEW REPORT today that is sure to convince everybody that is challenging the idea of AGW of the error of their ways.
I still believe that Governor Rick Perry’s sending of National Guard Troops to the border is more political theater than actual substantive accomplishment, but the conservative narrative is that IT IS SENDING A POWERFUL MESSAGE. The proof will be in the pudding, as they say. At a cost of $12 Million/month to maintain the 1000 troops and their water bottles and cell phones on the border, how long will Texas be able to keep up the pretense for the sole purpose – as it seems now – of “sending a powerful message?” And what happens when that “message” is over?
I say something and people seem blasé. So HERE IS RUSH LIMBAUGH saying exactly what I said yesterday before he did.