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  • Archive for October, 2013

    History Friday – A Lynching in Wyoming

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 18th October 2013 (All posts by )

    I’ve said it over and over again, that what really happened in history is very often even more bizarre and dramatic than any fictional account of events, either written or cinematic. A book or a movie has to make sense, after all – and have some kind of logic and believability about it, whereas in reality chance and coincidence do not have to make logical sense in the real world. To put it in short; reality frequently trumps imagination. Going back to contemporary accounts, records and memoirs often turn up all kinds of interesting nuggets, which very often contradict conventional wisdom.

    This is what late amateur historian George W. Hufsmith did with a very readable account of a lynching in the Sweetwater River Valley of Wyoming over a hundred and twenty years ago. Hufsmith originally came to the project as a composer, commissioned to write an opera about it all. But what he found in various dusty public records was sufficient to overturn what had been put out as the conventional wisdom in the wider world beyond Wyoming … and demonstrates very well what happens when an overwhelming interest in a particular subject takes hold of a person. Just so, the topic of the only woman ever lynched in Wyoming gripped Hufsmith, and he was determined to get to the bottom of it – or as close as one could, given the decades that had passed.

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    Posted in Book Notes, Civil Society, History | 4 Comments »

    Looks Interesting

    Posted by David Foster on 17th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Here’s a new study from GE: The Age of Gas & the Power of Networks. I haven’t read it yet, but looks like it contains some useful data and some interesting thinking.

    Posted in Business, Energy & Power Generation, USA | 10 Comments »

    It’s Complicated

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Abstract tendrils of an opened seed pod in a garden. (©2012 Jonathan Gewirtz)

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Stories of Solar Stress

    Posted by David Foster on 16th October 2013 (All posts by )

    In my post A Perfect Enemy, I mentioned Poul Anderson’s 1972 story A Chapter of Revelation. God–intending to demonstrate His existence to the world and thereby encourage people to prevent the global nuclear war which is about to occur–stops the movement of the sun across the sky. (Technically, He does this by slowing earth’s rotation period to a value identical with Earth’s year.) The reaction to this event is confirmation bias on an immense scale: just about everyone draws the conclusion that the miracle proves that whatever beliefs they already held were the corrects ones…for example, a Russian scientist (remember, this was written in 1972) suggests that  “The requirement of minimum hypothesis practically forces us to assume that what happened resulted from the application of a technology centuries beyond ours. I find it easy to believe that an advanced civilization, capable of interstellar travel, sent a team to save mankind from the carnage threatened by an imperialism which that society outgrew long ago.”   Moralists, militarists, extreme right-wing evangelists, Black Power advocates…all find in the miracle only proof of their own rightness, and the world slides into further chaos, with riots, coups d’etat, and cross-border military attacks.

    Several weeks ago, I picked up Karen Thompson Walker’s novel The Age of Miracles, in which strange solar behavior also plays a leading part. Eleven-year-old Julia, focused in the usual challenges of growing up, is not too concerned when scientists announce that–for some unknown reason–the earth’s rotation has slowed very slightly and the days and nights are both getting a little longer. But the process, whatever it is, continues…the days and the nights get longer..and longer..and longer.

    A very well-written book, IMO; especially impressive since it is the author’s first novel. Not everyone agrees: the Amazon reviews indicate that a lot of people liked it very much, and quite a few found it disappointing. But I thought it was very worthwhile; hard to put down, in fact.

    Another coming-of-age story involving solar phenomena is Connie Willis’s Daisy, in the Sun. Like the protagonist of the previous book, Daisy is dealing with the problems of adolescence–oh, and by the way, the sun (which Daisy has always loved) is going to go nova and kill everyone on earth. It’s a strange story, difficult to summarize…I’ll just quote from the author’s introduction:

    During the London Blitz, Edward R. Murrow was startled to see a fire engine racing past. It was the middle of the day, the sirens had not gone, and he hadn’t heard any bombers. He could not imagine where a fire engine would be going.

    It came to him, after much thought, that it was going to an ordinary house fire, and that that seemed somehow impossible, as if all ordinary disasters should be suspended for the duration of this great Disaster that was facing London and commanding everybody’s attention. But of course houses caught fire and burned down for reasons that had nothing to do with the Blitz, and even in the face of Armageddon, there are still private armageddons to be faced.

    The Poul Anderson story can be found in his short-story collection Dialogue With Darkness, and Daisy, in the Sun is in Fire Watch.

    Posted in Book Notes | 5 Comments »

    Dakota Die-Off

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 16th October 2013 (All posts by )

    A Facebook friend posted a link to a blogpost regarding this story – which has apparently just barely made a dent in public awareness outside the local area.

    Last weekend western South Dakota and parts of the surrounding states got their butts handed to them by Mother Nature. A blizzard isn’t unusual in South Dakota, the cattle are tough they can handle some snow. They have for hundreds of years.
     
    Unlike on our dairy farm, beef cattle don’t live in climate controlled barns. Beef cows and calves spend the majority of their lives out on pasture. They graze the grass in the spring, summer and fall and eat baled hay in the winter.
     
    In winter these cows and calves grow fuzzy jackets that keep them warm and protect them from the snow and cold.
     
    The cows and calves live in special pastures in the winter. These pastures are smaller and closer to the ranch, they have windbreaks for the cows to hide behind. They have worked for cows for hundred of years.
     
    So what’s the big deal about this blizzard?
     
    It’s not really winter yet.

    The rest is here.

    (Crossposted at www.ncobrief.com, and at www.celiahayes.com)

    Posted in Americas, Business, Current Events, North America | 11 Comments »

    Interview about America 3.0 with Sheila Liaugminas

    Posted by Lexington Green on 16th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Great big “thank you” to Sheila Liaugminas, of Relevant Radio.

    We just taped a one-hour interview about America 3.0 for her show A Closer Look.

    I will let you know when it is going to be broadcast, and available as a podcast.

    Posted in America 3.0 | Comments Off on Interview about America 3.0 with Sheila Liaugminas

    Star Spangled Banner Source Song

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 16th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Lyrics below the fold:
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    Posted in Video | 1 Comment »

    Yum!

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Potato Pancake

    Chicagoboyz are perfecting an America 3.0-sized potato pancake.

    Posted in Photos | 14 Comments »

    Pontifical High Mass and Organ Dedication Recital – St John Cantius, Chicago

    Posted by Charles Cameron on 15th October 2013 (All posts by )

    A digital rendition of the now completed organ in St. John Cantius Church

    I’m borrowing this announcement from the New Liturgical Movement blog, where Fr Thomnas Kocik posted it today:

    This coming Sunday, October 20th, at St John Cantius Church in Chicago, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, will bless the church’s recently installed, fully restored Casavant pipe organ (Opus 1130) at 4:00 pm.
    .
    Immediately following the blessing, a Pontifical High Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. There will be a dinner in the church hall at 6:00 pm, and at 7:00 pm the Organ Dedication Recital by Thomas Schuster of Miami’s Church of the Epiphany.

    **

    The event, as you see, will be both musical and liturgical: if I come across a suitable video of the liturgy taken during the event, I will drop it in here.

    Posted in Chicagoania, Music, Religion, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

    Dick Bove: DC Wants the Dow to Fall 1000 Points

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Watching CNBC. Bove says that because the stock market isn’t in a major sell-off the pols can’t get away with the kind of bad deal (my interpretation) that they want. He warns investors: “The only good strategy at the moment is to get out of the way. The politicians will get the panic they seek.”

    CNBC spins this as: lawmakers need a reason to act to avoid gridlock. What Bove is actually saying is that there is a conflict of interest between the pols, particularly the Democrats, who want to bust the sequester and force the full implementation of Obamacare as scheduled, and American taxpayers. This is why Obama says, “this time I think Wall Street should be concerned”. Nice stock market you’ve got here, pity if something were to happen to it.

    It appears that Obama is trying to do with the markets the same thing that he did with the national parks: make the government shutdown costly for ordinary Americans, whom he hopes will then find new cause to support him. The media will keep trying to reframe this crass partisan shakedown as Obama working to prevent disaster, but what he’s really doing is transparent to anyone who pays attention.

    Posted in Big Government, Markets and Trading, Obama, Politics | 9 Comments »

    UChicago Economics, Setting the Highest Standards

    Posted by Lexington Green on 15th October 2013 (All posts by )

    With the recent Nobel award to UChicago economists, it is good to be reminded of spirit of Chicago economics, and why it keeps producing Nobel Prize winners.

    A friend who is a UChicago economics professor, who was a PhD student at the time, witnessed the following episode.

    Gary Becker ran the Applications of Economics workshop in the Department of Economics for decades. This workshop was legendary as Ground Zero for tough microeconomics workshops. Frequent attendees included George Stigler, Ted Schultz, Sherwin Rosen, Kevin Murphy, Eddie Lazear, Bob Lucas & more. In addition, many PhD students (including myself) attended. That’s where we learned how to do research & think critically.
     
    In the late 1980s (probably 1988), Asser Lindbeck came to present a paper he was working on. At the time Lindbeck chaired the Nobel Prize selection committee, & Gary was the #1 choice in the betting pools to receive the Nobel next. He did in fact win in 1992.
     
    Lindbeck sent paper #1 ahead of coming to Chicago. As was the culture of the workshop, attendees had read it & were prepared to discuss the paper. As always, Gary showed up with a couple of questions scribbled on the front of his copy of Lindbeck paper #1.
     
    Unfortunately, Lindbeck had sent the wrong paper. He arrived prepared to present paper #2. At the start of the workshop, he announced that he would not take any questions for the first 20 minutes, while he presented paper #2, & then he would open it up for discussion.
    Gary immediately replied, “No, we prepared the paper that you sent, & that’s what we will discuss.” Lindbeck had a stubborn personality & replied, “No, I will present #2 & that’s what we will discuss,” & proceeded.
     
    Gary immediately interrupted him with a question about paper #1. Lindbeck interrupted him with a blunt admonishment that he was going to present #2, & started again.
     
    Gary interrupted again with another question about #1. Lindbeck tried to stop him. This continued for a couple of minutes until Lindbeck relented & we discussed paper #1. A vigorous & constructive discussion then followed (since the audience was prepared).
     
    Watching this as a PhD student was frightening & inspiring. Gary was fearless. He clearly was not interested in playing Nobel politics, but only in running his workshop with the highest of standards. His expectation was that we all read the paper & arrived prepared, that the presenter had high standards, & that the discussion was vigorous, rigorous & thoughtful.
     
    I never forgot this lesson from Gary Becker in what is most important at Chicago: Economics.

    May it always be so.

    Gary Becker, Nobel 1992, above.

    Posted in Chicagoania, Economics & Finance | 9 Comments »

    Capitalism failure

    Posted by TM Lutas on 14th October 2013 (All posts by )

    From a system perspective, not a human perspective, compensation for work in capitalism is the system’s way of communicating to people that the system needs more or fewer people in a job. Not enough bricklayers means rising salaries and too many means lower salaries. The trend continues until the number of people doing the work roughly matches what is needed at the market clearing price and the people are generally satisfied with the compensation.

    So what does that tell us about the US distribution of population in the labor market? The distribution of compensation is highly skewed and madly demanding more people get into the job of running companies. It’s highly lucrative work that on balance tends to create labor demand. Our lack of labor demand and the resulting salary stagnation are not a harmless consequence.

    But people aren’t rushing into the CEO business anywhere near the numbers necessary to drive compensation down. It’s not like the current crop of CEOs is uniformly magnificent and we simply cannot do better. The wrecked companies littering the corporate landscape around the country are a testament to that. And failure at being a CEO would seem not to carry the same penalties as a spectacularly public malpractice for a doctor or lawyer.

    So why has CEO production not drawn attention of the same people addressing the “IT shortage”? Why doesn’t the CEO grooming process create more candidates that drive costs down? Why is shareholder value being squandered in so many cases in highly compensating a stream of short lived, not very good chief executives, who drive the company into disaster time and again?

    There’s something wrong with our CEO system.

    Cross posted Flit-TM

    Posted in Deep Thoughts, Economics & Finance, Politics, Society | 18 Comments »

    Why the Obamacare site is not working.

    Posted by Michael Kennedy on 14th October 2013 (All posts by )

    I hadn’t thought of this situation, only because I didn’t have enough imagination to see that politics trumps all with Obama.

    A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.

    This just didn’t occur to me. It should have. After all, what was Benghazi about ?

    This political objective—masking the true underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans—far outweighed the operational objective of making the federal website work properly. Think about it the other way around. If the “Affordable Care Act” truly did make health insurance more affordable, there would be no need to hide these prices from the public.

    It is just amazing that the politicians know so little about technology (this was the guy with the Blackberry who made fun of McCain) that they did not understand that saying something doesn’t make it happen.

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    Posted in Advertising, Big Government, Health Care, Obama, Organizational Analysis, Politics, Tech | 26 Comments »

    Two Chicago Boyz Win Nobels for Economics

    Posted by Lexington Green on 14th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Congratulations to Eugene Fama (top) and Lars Peter Hansen.

    Some details about the men and their work can be found here.

    See also, this piece from economist John Cochrane, Gene Fama’s Nobel:

    “Efficiency” is not a pleasant adjective or a buzzword. Gene gave it a precise, testable meaning. Gene realized that financial markets are, at heart, markets for information. Markets are “informationally efficient” if market prices today summarize all available information about future values. Informational efficiency is a natural consequence of competition, relatively free entry, and low costs of information in financial markets. If there is a signal, not now incorporated in market prices, that future values will be high, competitive traders will buy on that signal. In doing so, they bid the price up, until the price fully reflects the available information.
     
    Like all good theories, this idea sounds simple in such an overly simplified form. The greatness of Fama’s contribution does not lie in a complex “theory” (though the theory is, in fact, quite subtle and in itself a remarkable achievement.) Rather “efficient markets” became the organizing principle for 30 years of empirical work in financial economics. That empirical work taught us much about the world, and in turn affected the world deeply.

    Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution on Hansen.

    Tyler Cowen on Fama.

    Posted in Chicagoania, Economics & Finance | 4 Comments »

    Modern Transport

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 13th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Chicagoboyz appreciate safe, modern, comfortable and efficient modes of transportation.

    Posted in Photos | 11 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Lexington Green on 12th October 2013 (All posts by )

    In the iPad era, people’s lives are decentralizing and services are becoming more customized. Community solutions are being found closer to home. Giving more power to a-one-size-fits-all federal government is out of synch with that reality.

    No Good Options for Obama, Scott Rasmussen

    (A very America 3.0 view of things, and a correct one.)

    Posted in America 3.0, Quotations | 12 Comments »

    Upcoming talk at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs: STRATEGY: FROM THE WAR ROOM TO THE BOARD ROOM Sir Lawrence Freedman

    Posted by onparkstreet on 12th October 2013 (All posts by )

    STRATEGY: FROM THE WAR ROOM TO
    THE BOARD ROOM

    Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, and Vice-Principal, King’s College London

    What do modern military and corporate strategy have in common with Achilles, Sun Tzu, and primates? The answer is fluidity, flexibility, and pure unpredictability. Every day we make decisions that are built on our theory of what will give us the outcome we want. Sir Lawrence Freedman proposes that throughout history strategy has very rarely gone as planned, and that constant evaluation is necessary to achieve success—even today. Join The Chicago Council for a centuries-spanning discussion explaining how the world’s greatest minds navigate toward success.

    For interested parties. Sir Lawrence Freedman has quite a few talks posted on YouTube too. Worth checking out.

    Posted in History, Military Affairs, Systems Analysis | 2 Comments »

    Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Closeup view of a Halloween Penant (Celithemis eponina) dragonfly perched on a plant stalk in the Shark Valley Section of Everglades National Park, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net / www.jonathangewirtz.com)

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Jack Cella Retires as General Manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore

    Posted by Lexington Green on 11th October 2013 (All posts by )

    The Seminary Co-op is the best bookstore there is. And Hyde Park is where the best book store there is belongs. I have been a regular and a devotee since I first set foot in the place 32 years ago. When my own book came out I talked to Jack Cella, whose name I did not know, but he knew mine! We had been chatting on and off for 32 years, of course. He made sure they had America 3.0 on the shelf. Seeing my book on the shelf at the Seminary, in the very shadow of my alma mater, the University of Chicago, is the single proudest moment I have had as a published writer. I felt somehow I had come full circle.

    End of an era: Farewell to Jack Cella

    Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

    “Most everyone that I interviewed for the project, not only identified the Co-op as being the physical embodiment of the life of the mind and the ideals that the University of Chicago strives to create and encourage, but they also strongly identify it with Jack himself,” Doherty said, adding that, “for many, Jack kind of is the Co-op.”

    Posted in Chicagoania | 5 Comments »

    History Friday: Between Okinawa and Olympic, Late Arriving Amphibious Bulldozers

    Posted by Trent Telenko on 11th October 2013 (All posts by )

    One of the focal points in my writing these History Friday columns has been trying to answer the question “How would the American military have fought the Imperial Japanese in November 1945 if the A-bomb failed?” Today’s column returns to that theme by examining one of many “reality lives in the detail” changes in material, training and doctrine that the US Army was making for the invasion of Japan. Details that have been overlooked by historians of that era, mainly because the people involved really were not interested in their failures being exposed in the historical narrative. The failure I am referring to in this column is “Tentative Specification, Engineering Board Project No. 855, Bulldozer, Rigid, Landing Vehicle, Tracked, LVT Series.” A bulldozer kit that could turn any amphibious tractor or tank into a amphibious bulldozer. And how US Army politics and procurement priorities in developing and deploying this kit denied the US Marine Corps a vital tool that could have easily saved hundreds of lives in the first days of the assault upon Iwo Jima, and rendered a potentially very useful weapon into an obscure footnote in even the most detailed histories of WW2.**

    Prototype LVT(A)1 with Bulldozer Blade Kit

    A 1944 Prototype LVT(A)1 with Bulldozer Blade Kit whose further development, and deployment to the Pacific, was delayed by US Army procurement politics.

    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
    Theoretically the US Army Corps of Engineers and Ordnance, like all US Army branches, were abolished for the duration of World War 2 (WW2) and their functions were placed inside a “Army Service Force” (ASF). The Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery “Combat Branches” were similarly abolished and moved into the “Army Ground Forces” (AGF). The reality, however, was different. All that really changed for the branch bureaucrats were titles and institutional reporting channels. The US Army Corps of Engineers and Ordnance procurement pretty much existed as before with a lot more money to spend and just as before the combat branches got to comment after projects were “thrown over the wall” between ASF and AGF. This affected many decisions made as pre-war ideas of “bureaucratic turf” were only minimally affected by the additional money. One of these areas of turf war was the development of the M4 Sherman Tankdozer, one of the few armored engineer vehicles or “Funnies” the US Army developed in WW2.

    A M4 Sherman Tankdozer in France on August 7, 1944

    A M4 Sherman Tankdozer in France on August 7, 1944


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    Posted in History, Military Affairs, Uncategorized, War and Peace | 13 Comments »

    History Friday – One Little Cannon

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 11th October 2013 (All posts by )

    It was small – upon that, everyone agrees; a six pound cannon, most likely of Spanish make, very likely of bronze, or maybe iron, perhaps of brass. It was called a six-pound cannon because it fired a missile of that weight; pictures of an iron cannon of that type (and thought to have been the original) show a rather small bit of ordinance – barely two feet long, from end to end, and hardly impressive piece, since it had been spiked and otherwise rendered nearly useless when fired for effect. It appears to have been intended mainly for show – to make a loud noise, or as one early chronicler observed in disgust, for signaling the start of a horse race. Nonetheless, this little cannon – or perhaps another of similar size and made of bronze was issued to the settlers of Gonzales, Texas early in the 1830s, for defense of the infant settlement. Texas was wild and woolly – plagued by raids from various Indian war parties – Tonkawa, Apache and most especially, the feared horse-stealing, slave-trading Comanche. Anglo settlers newly come to an entrepreneur-founded settlement near the Guadalupe River, and their Tejano neighbors succeeded in making some kind of peace with all but the Comanche. Knowing this, the Mexican authorities in San Antonio de Bexar approved issuing that one small cannon to the settlers.
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    Posted in History | 11 Comments »

    Anti-Israel Bigotry on American University Campuses

    Posted by David Foster on 10th October 2013 (All posts by )

    An Israeli soldier reports on what he has learned while speaking about Israel at universities in the Pacific Northwest:

    When I served as a soldier in the West Bank, I got used to having ugly things said to me, but nothing prepared me for the misinformation, demonization of Israel, and the gut-wrenching, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hostility expressed by many students, professors, church members, and even some high school students right here in the Pacific Northwest.

    and

    To give you a taste of the viciousness of the BDS attacks, let me cite just a few of the many shocking experiences I have had. At a BDS event in Portland, a professor from a Seattle university told the assembled crowd that the Jews of Israel have no national rights and should be forced out of the country. When I asked, “Where do you want them to go?” she calmly answered, “I don’t care. I don’t care if they don’t have any place else to go. They should not be there.” When I responded that she was calling for ethnic cleansing, both she and her supporters denied it. And during a presentation in Seattle, I spoke about my longing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. When I was done, a woman in her 60’s stood up and yelled at me, “You are worse than the Nazis. You are just like the Nazi youth!” A number of times I was repeatedly accused of being a killer, though I have never hurt anyone in my life. On other occasions, anti-Israel activists called me a rapist. The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won’t touch them.”

    Read the whole thing.

    via Bookworm

    Posted in Academia, Israel, Jewish Leftism, Judaism, Leftism, USA | 12 Comments »

    Normal legislative practice vs tea party terrorism

    Posted by TM Lutas on 10th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Normal Legislative practice:
    Vote for this must pass bill even though we’ve loaded it with pork barrel spending and changed a few bits of unrelated legislation into it. You’ll hurt the country worse if it doesn’t pass.

    Tea Party terrorism:
    Vote for this continuing resolution to fund the government while we change/defund the Affordable Care Act.

    See the difference?

    Me neither.

    Cross posted on Flit-TM

    Posted in Big Government, Politics, Tea Party | 2 Comments »

    Sad Turtle

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Maybe he looks like that because Obama’s park rangers wouldn’t let him back in the park. Or maybe he’s undergoing a colonoscopy. It’s hard to know.

    Side view of the head and forebody of a Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox) on dry pavement in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz  jonathangewirtz.com)

    Posted in Photos | 8 Comments »

    The Shutdown

    Posted by Michael Kennedy on 8th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Since I am a Department of Defense contractor, examining military recruits. I expected that we would not be called to come in after Monday but I worked Tuesday and was told they expect no slowdown. Of course, maybe they won’t pay us but that is still in the future.

    UPDATE: Today is the 8th and I have been called again for tomorrow.

    So far, the shutdown seems to be working with the assistance of Democrat verbal and active mistakes. I always thought Gingrich fumbled the ball in 1995. This time, the GOP strategy of passing small directed bills to fund popular programs, seems to be working. Certainly the Democrats like Harry Reid and the National Park Service are helping all they can.

    Washington politicians may have the time to debate how to fund the government, now that their pig-headedness has shut it down, but the nation’s World War II veterans don’t.

    “World War II veterans are dying by the hundreds every day,” says Fred Yanow, of Northbrook, Ill., who spent 1942-45 in the Pacific theater as an Army private. “It’s a shame that they don’t care about World War II veterans when so many of them are dying off.” The 16 million men and women who wore their nation’s uniform in the so-called “Good War,” from 1941 to 1945, are leaving for eternal R&R at the rate of 650 a day.

    Which Washington politicians ?

    Harry Reid ?

    Claire McCaskill had some clever comments.

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    Posted in Big Government, Conservatism, Current Events, Obama, Political Philosophy | 25 Comments »