What year is this, again?

Today I came across this article, and the first few paragraphs were just priceless:

He followed an unpopular president. He received a strong election mandate. He changed the tone in Washington.He said that Human Rights mattered. That America’s image in the world had to be remade.

He would receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

As the end of his presidency’s first year drew near, the future looked bright. He had brought change — change that mattered.

It was 1977. The next year was very bad.

In these, and in many other things, the parallel between Obama and Carter is striking, and this article is by far not the first time that parallel is drawn. If that analogy holds true through the whole duration of the current presidency, that is a scary prospect. The only achievement of Carter’s presidency that I can think of is the Camp David accord, and while that was no small matter, his results of other fronts guaranteed him a single-term presidency, deservedly so. He left his successor a country with economy in the worst state since Depression, and international reputation that made it ok for every terrorist and his cousin to use its embassies for hostage supply and target practice.

Luckily for the country, his successor was an energetic, charismatic leader who managed to put the economy back on track by deregulating it, reducing government spending, cutting taxes and showing the unions who is in charge, who improved national security, bombed the hell out of Libya, and helped push the competing super-power towards its eventual self-destruction. I do not idolize Reagan, please don’t get that idea. He was a good, maybe even great President, but he himself was disappointed in a number of things about his presidency – by the end of his second term national debt increased significantly, federal government grew, and spending went back up. His ideas were right though, and the economic recovery during his terms is the best proof of that.

So, my question is: who is going to succeed this XXI-century Carter? And will he be able to undo (hopefully only) four years of damage, when even one 2009 seems irreparable?

Published in: on January 31, 2010 at 7:53 am  Comments (2)  

State of the Unicorn – Blame Canada

Well, considering that blaming Bush for everything Obama did wrong is hopefully not even funny anymore, why not switch to blaming Canada? They talk funny, and Dick Cheney isn’t going to speak up in their defense.

OK, so I was going to write this big analysis of the SOTU speech, but then I saw that it was already done, and done by people whose level of snark I can’t reach. So, go read:

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 9:11 am  Leave a Comment  

State of the Unicorn

Are you going to watch the SOTU address?

The Huffington Post has a great idea of how to do it:

Obama says “let me be clear”Do one shot
Obama says “change isn’t easy”Do one shot
Obama says “make no mistake”Do one shot
Obama says “Let me be clear, change isn’t easy, make no mistake.”He’s screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
Joe Wilson yells somethingDo two shots
Obama yells backFinish the bottle
Obama says “jobs”Do one shot, two if you’re unemployed
Obama says “health care”Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
Nancy Pelosi claps like a sealDo one shot
Nancy Pelosi becomes a sealSTOP DRINKING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
Obama mentions BoPut beer in your dog’s water bowl
Michelle Obama wears a slinky dressGo immediately to the HuffPost Style page for close-ups
Joe Biden nods-off/laughs inappropriately/starts talking before the speech is overDo three shots
Obama uses the term “Congressional leadership”Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow
Obama says he’s “fighting for you”Do one shot, two if you believe him
Obama mentions HaitiText “Haiti” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross

I have a few additions to this list:

Obama mentions “previous administration”Do one shot
Obama mentions Massachusetts electionDo one shot
Obama mentions “previous administration” and blames it for Massachusetts election … againFinish the bottle
Joe Biden says something before or after the address that he will later have to retractFinish the bottle

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Turning out my pockets

After seeing what’s in Marko’s and Jay’s pockets, I wanted to reciprocate and turn out mine. “Pockets” are loosely defined, including the watch on the wrist, and stuff attached to the belt (other than trousers):

In no particular order:

  • Keys and flashlight – I found it very useful to carry a small flashlight, attached to the keys in a specific way – on a string, long enough so I can hold the light in one hand, and the key in another, directing both at the keyhole. And since this is a diode flashlight, surprisingly powerful for its size,  it has many other uses.
  • Digital voice recorder – a recent addition that has already proven invaluable. It lets me take notes and not forget any ideas (or errand requests from my better half) while driving
  • Wallet, that in addition to pieces of plastic and portraits of various Presidents on greenish paper, holds 3×5 note cards and a pen – backup for the voice recorder
  • Blackberry
  • 60GB iPod with Bluetooth transmitter
  • Bluetooth headphones, connecting to both Blackberry and iPod
  • USB stick with my files, and most non-work applications that I use (from PortableApps.com), which lets me to keep private stuff almost completely off any computer I work on.
  • Timex Zulu watch that serves me for more years than I care to admit
  • Kershaw STORM pocket knife
  • Leatherman Wave tool

and, when I’m outside of Commiefornia, in one of the places where my CCW is recognized:

  • Bersa Thunder .380 in a pocket holster, and a spare mag

So, with greatest personal thanks to whoever invented cargo pants and a double-layer belt that holds them in place, I got means of capturing ideas and communication, ability to work with all of my information and applications from any internet-connected computer anywhere, entertainment, and self-defense.

So, what’s in your pockets?

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Guess who is to blame for Massachusetts election?

The Democrats finally found who is to blame for Scott Brown’s brilliant campaign, and election result that no one in their right mind would predict 3-5 months ago.

Are you ready?

You really want to know?

You sure?

OK. <drumroll>

It’s George W Bush.

… I kid you not. This is what Obama said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos: “Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”

Let me get that straight: people are so frustrated with what’s happened under Republican George W Bush, that they elected Republican Brown over a Democrat Coakley? On what planet does that make any logical sense???

How soon can we put someone in the White House who is capable of taking responsibility, and not blaming everything on his predecessor? 2012?

Note to self: it’s probably not a good idea to give interviews when the teleprompter is malfunctioning …

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Rule #3?

Sportsman’s Guide might want to say a few words to their models about trigger discipline

Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Anyone seen flying pigs lately?

I still can’t believe it – Massachusetts elected a Republican … to where Ted Kennedy used to sit. This is truly inspiring to those of us stuck in blue states. If it can be done in the bluest state of them all, it can be done in any state. Maybe even here, in Commiefornia. And 2010 is the year to do it.

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 3:57 am  Comments (2)  

I love the smell of gun show in the morning

And I am so singing this on the way to Cow Palace tomorrow 🙂

Published in: on January 17, 2010 at 12:10 am  Comments (6)  

More Bumper Stickers

To the driver of the slowest car in the right lane, with a bumper sticker “Slower minds, keep right!” – thank you for that piece of freeway irony.

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 7:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Bumper sticker thoughts

To the driver of what apparently used to be a car about 30 years ago, with a “Please, do not fight” bumper sticker, and more collision dents than paint:

“Please, do not drive!”

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 12:37 am  Leave a Comment