In line at the cashier behind us was a woman with her 5-year-old son. He was behaving fairly well--a bit boisterous, maybe, but what do you expect from a 5-year-old kid?--and I happened to see a dark patch on his neck.
It was a tattoo.
A tattoo. On a five-year-old. And it was on his neck.
Then he turned back to say something to his mother, and I saw another tattoo on his jaw, about where sideburns would turn into beard if he were actually of an age where it's appropriate to have tattoos.
That's really going to stand him in good stead later in life if he beats the crappy odds imposed on him by his obviously stupid as fucking hell parents. Can you see the poor kid applying to medical school with that crap on his face?
No, nor can I. But if his parents are that stupid he'll probably be lucky to stay out of jail.
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Fuck it. Just stay indoors. Because sunscreen causes skin cancer! That's right! The sun causes skin cancer, and sunscreen causes skin cancer, so either stay inside or TURN INTO A GIANT SKIN TUMOR FROM HELL YEAAAAAAGGGGHHHH IT'S FUCKIN' SCARY!
God damn it I am tired of scaremongering pseudo-science!
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I'm having a bit of trouble with my memory. You see, I was pretty sure George W. Bush stopped being President of the US on January 20, 2009. Is that right? Then why the hell is Barack Hussein "Boss Tweek" Obama campaigning against him? I mean, as far as I know, Bush can't be President a third time, not unless a change is made to the Constitution, and that's not going to happen overnight...and even if it did, does anyone think Bush would run for the job again in 2012? Hell, the guy's got a plush retirement gig now that he's been the boss for eight years. Why ruin it?
I realize that I am just an uneducated hick from flyover country--one who never went to Harvard or Yale or anyplace--and I'm utterly incapable of understanding the nuances of the coastal liberal genius, but doesn't that mean Obama is campaigning against someone who's been out of power for [checks watch, counts on fingers] sixteen months? Shouldn't he be campaigning against, y'know, people who are running for something?
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Then again, Democrats can't campaign on anything else, can they? The economy is sucking canal water, and if they can't pin it on George W. Bush and the Republican party--which last held power Jan 20, 2009 and January 1, 2007 respectively--then it becomes obvious who else the blame might land on.
Democrats, who have had control of Congress since 2007, and Obama, who's held the White House since January 20, 2009.
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The little guys stayed out of the market after the last crash, and they turned out to be right. The inconvenient fact about the stock market is that while it always rises in the long term, in the short term it's volatile.
The market's dropped 9 percent since April.
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I clearly remember being told that the European economic situation wasn't going to have any effect on the recovery of the US economy. I guess that's not true. Of course, I identified that statement at the time as pure BS, so you can file this under "I told you so!"
I've been saying it for weeks: if one domino goes, the others go with it.
And I don't have any confidence in the fiscal discipline of the European nations. They're in the mess they're in because they continually spend money they don't have; socialism is unsustainable and they're on the vertical part of the debt curve now. It's going to come apart, and it's going to be ugly.
And the US economy will go with it. And that will be ugly.
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This is how the US makes it impossible to run a business.
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Alan Caruba writes about Venezuelan Jews today.
I have often written that the Jews are the world’s canary in the global coal mine. What happens to them always precedes what will happen on a larger scale to others. For now, though, Venezuela’s Jewish population needs to find sanctuary elsewhere.* * *
Elizabeth Scalia writes today about the Left's longing for dictatorship.
It's true: scratch a liberal and find a dictator underneath.
Every murderous totalitarian government of the 20th century began with some insulated group of faux-intellectuals congratulating each other on how smart they are, and fantasizing about how, if they could just install a dictatorship-for-a-day, they could right all the wrongs in the world.She's 100% correct.
There is no such thing as "a little dictatorship". Once you hand someone the reins of power, if he doesn't have to give them up, he won't, and the only thing which determines "have to" is how willing he is to follow the law of the land. If he doesn't give a flying radioactive rat's ass about what the law says he can't do, you've got a dictator-for-life.
These people who wish Obama could be given "temporary dictatorship" don't know what they hell they're talking about. What they should do is ask themselves: "Okay, so what if George W. Bush was given a 'temporary dictatorship'?" They would recoil in horror at the thought. They should recoil in horror at the thought of giving anyone such power, Obama included.
I don't trust anyone to wield power like that. I don't care who he is or what party he's from; no one gets to be "dictator" in the United States, temporary or not, without me grabbing a rifle and storming D.C. And I bet there'd be millions of others right alongside me.
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Speaking of being "marked for life" I probably just got labeled a terrorist by NSA. *sigh*