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An Alternative View of the Iraq Situation June 13, 2014

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I think people are missing one key aspect of the ISIS attacks in Iraq.

  • Sure the attacks represent a failure of the President’s foreign policy, and
  • Sure the attacks represent a failure of our national intelligence apparatus, and
  • Sure the attacks will cause big problems in the Middle East unless we do something, and
  • Sure the President seems paralyzed with indecision,

BUT, people are forgetting about the money ISIS took. $480 million! I think some enterprising folk might take it upon themselves to liberate ISIS from that cash. If I were younger, knew my way around guns and the Middle East, and had a cadre of like-minded cronies, I’d be tempted myself.

It’s like they painted a big bullseye on their backs.

Message from My Brother, the Doctah June 13, 2014

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My brother is finishing up his fellowship up in Detroit, so after 9 years of medical education and training, he’s finally ready to start practicing. Just in time to enjoy the goat rope that is Obamacare.

Anyway, yesterday he sent me the following text, which I thought I’d share with you:

I was in the psych clinic today and heard the following conversation:

Psychiatrist: You’ve had thoughts of suicide.

Patient: Yes.

Psychiatrist: And you have guns in your home?

Patient: Yes.

Psychiatrist: And what’s the number one way in which people commit suicide?

Patient: By killing themselves?

The Trials of the Modern Gentleman June 12, 2014

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I can’t believe how demanding today’s women are. Take this story, where you’re out on your first date, having a good time, and all of a sudden your date keels over like she’s dead. Probably dead. Real likely.

So kind-hearted you, you take it upon yourself to dig a grave for her in your backyard, toss her in, and cover her back up. Not your ideal date, but a thoughtful gentlemen always buries a dead date in his backyard.

But then the criticism starts. Apparently women don’t want to be buried alive on their first date. Because “diabetic coma” or some such thing.

Well la-di-dah little Miss Got-To-Have-It-My-Way. It’s not like you guys come with an instruction manual.

And I always thought women appreciated a guy who knew his way around gardening tools.

Watching Exports Go Nowhere (June 2014) June 11, 2014

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This one is fun, at least for me. I’ve been watching the President’s progress toward his promise to double exports for a couple of years now, and we’re finally getting close to the end. Yes, we’re 51 months into the 60-month timespan he allotted, and he’s only 35% of the way toward his goal. In fact, exports dropped $300 million this month, and we’ve never reached the modest “highs” of last October and November.

So next March we’ll finally see the end – the January export data will be published and the result will be official. But I think you can already see what’s going to happen. For the past two years our exports have increased by an average of 2.3%, which is about the rate of inflation. In those two years exports have risen by less than $9 billion. They should have risen by $57 billion.

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So this schadenfreude of mine – is it because I wanted him to fail?

Not really.

It’s more that I thought his original statement was opportunistic, irresponsible, and naive. Did he really think a couple of minor trade agreements would double exports? And once this linchpin of his economic recovery plan started failing you would imagine that he would take some action to put his goal on track. After all, if you don’t make your milestones, how do you expect to meet your ultimate goal?

But this critical milestone was forgotten immediately after reelection, and the economy was left to languish.

And languish it has.

Saving Humanity, One Affliction at a Time June 10, 2014

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In this episode: Garlic Breath Mitigation

Missing Manufacturing Jobs; June 2014 June 10, 2014

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As has become my habit every month, I like to keep track of how the President is doing with his manufacturing jobs promise. That’s the one where he said that he would add 1 million manufacturing jobs in 4 years; a promise he made at the DNC convention in 2012.

So by this point we should have added about 415K jobs. But we’ve only added 157K.

See for yourself:

ManufJobJune2014

The Paul Anka Transcript June 9, 2014

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Way back in the mists of blogging time I transcriptedtranscribed (fershlugginer Michael!) some of the Paul Anka rant for Mrs. Peel. Several years later I completed the transcript at Ace’s request, and posted it at my site. Since my site is dormant now, I thought I’d repost it here so that future generations of bloggers can continue to enjoy the extemporaneous magic of Mr. Paul Anka.

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Fashion Suggestion for Bridesmaids June 9, 2014

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I couldn’t resist clicking on this kind-of-cryptic headline:

I WORK AS A ‘HUMAN TABLE’ AT INDIAN WEDDINGS BECAUSE I’M A WHITE GIRL

…and was rewarded by this photo:

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I never get invited to the fun weddings.

When Good Things Happen to Good People June 8, 2014

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Nice to see this kid getting what he deserves:

The Seattle Pacific University student who witnesses say tackled a campus gunman during a deadly shooting Thursday reportedly has had his wedding registry and honeymoon paid for by strangers after accounts of his heroics spread on Twitter.

As the story circulated on social media, a Twitter user reportedly shared a link to Meis’ wedding registry he set up with his fiancé.

When the registries were completed, a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the couple’s honeymoon was set up by another user who wanted to show support for Meis, BuzzFeed.com reported.

As of early Saturday, more than $11,000 had been raised for the couple.

It usually takes a while for this sort of news to disseminate widely, so I’m hoping the couple keeps raking it in over the next week.

Ah – just checked the fund page and it’s over $40,000 now. Awesome.

Summer Camp: The Real Story June 6, 2014

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With summer having finally arrived, this letter from an eight-year-old at summer camp seemed timely:

Letter-Home

I don’t know if it’s real, but it made me do one of those “Hmmmmfff” noises.

Which means it’s kinda funny.

Employment Situation Continues Ponderously Slow Improvement June 6, 2014

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The BLS released the Employment Situation report for May this morning. As always, I’m ignoring the U-3 unemployment number that receives all the attention in the media, and focusing on my own metric – full-time employees divided by the number of people considered to be eligible for the work force.

And as always, that particular metric shows that we are slowly, slowly healing. Slowly. With great, ponderous slowness.

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Slow.

A Musical Interlude June 2, 2014

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You guys are big fans of death metal, right?  So I found some death metal, just ’cause I love you.