December 21st, 2009

#1863: 60-40, and I hope it continues that way.

All Democrats and "Independents" voted for it. The "Independents" in question are, as I recall, both former Democrats.

"Obama's oft-stated goal of a bipartisan health bill was not met, despite the president's extensive courtship of moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican to support the bill in committee." If one member of the opposition party supports your bill, that does not make it "bipartisan". It means that one member should think about switching parties.

I am cheered by the total lack of Republican support for the bill. I desperately want there to be no Republican support for this thing so that--when it becomes law and fails miserably--the Republican party can say in all honesty, "We were against this thing."

"A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed through on a partisan vote on Christmas eve."

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AP claims that the economy rebounded in 2009. It did? Did I miss yet another memo? 17% unemployment, inflation, bank failures--I thought the economy was still on the skids. Is there something AP knows that we don't?

"After four quarters of decline, the economy returns to growth during the July-to-September period,..." What growth? The GDP was artificially inflated by Democrat numbers games--"cash for clunkers" and stimulus spending--not by any real growth in the economy.

Holiday sales are, at best, flat when compared to last year; that does not indicate much consumer confidence or much of a recovery.

But there is a Democrat in the White House.

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Another Democrat lets his totalitarian impulses show.

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I was excited by Cameron's new film Avatar, until I saw a preview. I forget which show I was watching--FlashForward or V--but they ran an extended preview trailer of it, and by the time that trailer was over with my anticipation had turned to apathy.

It wasn't until a few days later that I learned why; I was surfing /b/ and someone had posted a picture-equation. Ellen Ripley fighting aliens (Aliens) plus Kevin Costner in indian garb (Dances With Wolves) equals blue guy with big eyes (Avatar).

Then I got it.

In fact, this movie is really just Dances With Wolves, only on a different planet and with aliens instead of indians. That's a theme that completely fails to interest me, and so I'm not going to be seeing Avatar.

I really had hoped for, and expected better from, James Cameron. Terminator 2 and Aliens were science fiction. Avatar looks like typical Hollywood liberal morality garbage.

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This is clearly a large model rocket, and the guy who built it obviously didn't make anything strong enough.



To make matters worse, the rocket can be seen starting to fly sideways, which is doubtless the reason it came apart. It wasn't even freaking aerodynamically stable.

Should have put more weight in the nosecone there, chuck. "Fail" indeed.