Steven discusses it and concludes, "that is all to the good." I like what he said about Obama and Biden in this piece, too.
Michelle Malkin discusses the issue.
But Vox Day has a good encapsulation of my feelings on this year's GOP ticket.
And Karl Denninger says "hello to 'four more years'." Denninger really doesn't like Ryan.
Borepatch says "meh". More or less, anyway.
The big problem here is that the vice President doesn't do anything. Okay? If Ryan's sitting in the VP office, it means that in the event that Romney keels over dead, Ryan becomes President. Otherwise, nothing is different.
Maybe in eight years Ryan becomes President. Maybe.
The general feeling out there is that the GOP's going to sweep both houses of Congress, thus regaining control of the Senate. This means that Ryan's role in casting tie-breaking votes in the Senate will be unnecessary.
I'm indifferent to Ryan, myself; I think he's got some good chops as a deficit hawk but I've heard next to nothing about his other politics. I do agree he's the best possible choice for Mitt Romney to make for a vice President and vastly superior to Marco Rubio, who isn't even eligible for the office in the first place. (Want to see the left turn rabidly birther? Elect Marco Rubio President. Hoo boy.)
But whatever positive qualities Ryan himself may bring to the ticket it doesn't change the essential fact that Romney is Obama without the tan. Their politics are virtually identical; the only difference is, Romney isn't incompetent. He didn't get to where he is by having others clear a path for him.
Ironically, Romney probably represents the best step forward for liberal politics in the United States. His election won't mean the end of Obamacare and it won't mean the end of the economic mess, either; and that means a Democrat sweep of Congress in 2016 (if not 2014) and a Democrat White House too.
And none of those guys inside the Beltway are going to be freezing and starving in the dark. Our mileage may vary.
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Borepatch also links some more-or-less center-of-the-road commentary about the Chick-fil-A fiasco.
The guy whom Borepatch links to makes some comments to conservatives which raise a couple of interesting points vis-a-vis what feminism has done to marriage.
Gays: The majority of the people that hate you do not hate you because you are gay. They hate you because you are assholes. Most straight couples have the common courtesy to not kiss in public, or make awkward public displays of affection. This is because most straight people are well-adjusted, and not delusionally narcissistic.(Emphasis is part of his formatting, so I left it in.)
Get over your martyr complex. Your inability to not get a couple of extra tax deductions (and the attendant risk for alimony, should things go south) is not comparable to blacks being deprived of their natural rights. And seeing as how you don’t have a couple hundred years’ worth of slavery in your history, the comparison is even more ludicrous.
Also, the constant need to publicly remind everyone of your homosexuality is annoying, just as it would be if straights went around reminding everyone of their heterosexuality. Constantly reminding everyone that you’re here and you’re queer is getting old. Right now, it just sounds a little try-hard, like you have an inferiority complex, and so you constantly have to have validation from other people.
This part of his rant falls down in the next paragraph, of course, where he talks about conservatives loving guns, and people being able to rationalize shooting assholes--but even so it's a good rant.
And then Borepatch has another link in the same post about liberal "tolerance" and its...uneven...application.
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The NFA in collusion with the banksters, government and judiciary have achieved their goal. The entire concept of "customer segregated funds" is officially, completely, legally dead.And then she links a Reuters piece with the headline, Sentinel ruling may hurt MF Global clients.
Guys, it is OVER. I know that many of you are still cowering in normalcy bias, unable to deal with reality, unable to face the world as it is, but you have GOT to snap out of it. The marketplace is DESTROYED. You CANNOT be in these markets. All legal protections are now officially gone.
This ruling means that a company like MF Global can take your money and do whatever it pleases with it and you have no legal recourse if it is lost or stolen.
The money that Corzine bilked out of all those people? It's gone. They're never going to see a dime of it. If you give your money to a company like MF Global they can use it however they want, and aren't required to keep it separate from the corporation's funds--and even if they do, whichever bank is backstopping them gets first dibs on whatever's left when the party shudders to an abrupt halt.
Essentially it means there are no legal protections left for the individual investor in the financial system.
And yeah, this is going to be very, very bad.
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Would you say that was a launch problem, or a stability issue?
If the thing's got enough delta vee to lift itself against Earth gravity, the specific impulse of the fuel is okay. This is clearly due to a bad guidance system.
Bonus safety points for not having a fire suppression system. Extra bonus points for having a truck load of liquid oxygen within a short walk of the launch pad. (The truck trailer in the background is clearly placarded with green "oxidizer" placards and generally liquid oxygen is transported in small tanks like that. What if the lander had hit that?)
The linked AP article says the thing was fueled with methane and liquid oxygen. Nothing surprising there. I suppose that fuel is somehow "greener" than liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen (exhaust: water) but don't ask me how.
Oh, the fire trucks finally pull up and turn on the water cannons about 9 minutes in. I guess they were waiting for the fuel and oxidizer tanks to let go first. After five minutes of inundating the thing in a sea of firefighting foam and water I guess they finally got the fire put out.
Doesn't look very "green" to me, though.
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I don't think your girlfriend is "straight as an arrow."
Today, my girlfriend, who I've loved and dated for over a year, confessed that she's actually straight as an arrow. All this time, she's basically been using me as an accessory to enhance her "social status" and make her guy friends horny. FMLI'd assume there was sex going on, given how this reads. That being the case, you can't really say she's "straight as an arrow". I mean, that makes as much sense as that "MSM" bullshit. "MSM are men who identify as heterosexual but who have sex with other men" Yeah, there's a word I guess we're not allowed to use any more to describe that:
If you're a girl having sex with another girl, you're either a lesbian or a bisexual. You're not "straight as an arrow"; you're not even "FSF". I hate to break it to you, but them's the facts.
So while the other girl in this case is wrong to use someone to enhance her social status and to make her guy friends horny, it just means she's a stupid bitch who deserves to be shunned. The fact that she used another woman to do it only means she's something other than purely heterosexual.
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For the post the other day where I was talking about Heinlein's Have Space Suit--Will Travel I needed to look up the quote I used, and in the process of trying to find it I somehow stumbled upon an EPUB free download of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men In a Boat, which is referenced in the story and which I've wanted to read for quite some time.
After futzing and fiddling with the Kindle I finally got the damn file converted and emailed to the thing, and started to read it last night--but the Xanax I'd taken before getting off the computer knocked me buttwise and I just ended up going to sleep with perhaps two pages of the book read.
I woke up for good around noon feeling very relaxed, but I don't know how long that's going to last. I'm already feeling jittery, and I don't like it one bit.
Well--I started the generic Synthroid on Tuesday, July 31. I first noticed the psych symptoms from side effects on Saturday, which was after five doses. I realized there was a problem with the generic early on Wednesday, the 8th of August, which was after I'd taken eight doses, nine days after I started taking the generic.
I started the name-brand stuff on Thursday and have had three doses so far. I'm going to continue taking it for a week, but if I don't start feeling lots better, emotionally, by Wednesday, I'm going to flush this shit right down the f-ing toilet.
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No fans running in the bunker except for the computer fan. It's so peaceful right now--wish I could enjoy it. *sigh*