Archive for September 2015

Boehner says he’ll wreck up the Party on the way out

Boehner is talking big about what he’ll do on the way out. Either he really is as incompetent as we’ve always suspected, or he really likes the sound of “President Trump.”

People who are supporting Trump aren’t supporting him so much because we love him and think he will do a great job.  We are supporting him because we hate you and know that you will do a shitty job.  At worst, Trump will bumble around in office and make a spectacle of himself.  At your best you bankrupt the party’s political capital and give our enemies everything they want.

This is the part that really gets my goat:

Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a longtime Boehner ally in the Republican leadership, said those clamoring for another shutdown this week or later this year would jeopardize the party’s chances at the big prize — winning the presidency in 2016.

“We have the very same people who led us to disaster in 2013 telling us to do the same thing,” Cole said Monday on MSNBC. “Government shutdowns never work.”

And remember, by “disaster” he means the 2014 midterm elections.  What happened there again?

  • The Republicans retook the Senate.
  • The Republicans took more of the House.
  • We have the largest majority since 1928.
  • We have the largest majority of state legislatures since 1928.
  • We added 2 governorships to our existing majority.

That’s what the GOPe considers disaster.  And you know why?  Because they weren’t establishment candidates being elected to those positions.  Because they didn’t get drones that would sit by and vote for their “compromises” with the Democrats (remember, that means “we get nothing that we want, but they don’t get everything that they want, so ‘compromise'”) they consider it a disaster.

Boehner broke the Hastert Rule.  Boehner broke the Boehner Rule.  Boehner handed the Democrats everything they asked for, and signaled from the start that they would continue getting anything they wanted if they just put a little pressure on him.

The GOPe has made it very clear that they consider Republican voters their enemy.  It is time we make it clear that this runs both ways.

Hackaday Forgets Its Audience

So Hackaday decided that, on a site where they talk about people building nuclear reactors in their garage, that Irving Ahmed’s “invention” is something to be celebrated.

It’s not.

To be clear, I place 100% of the blame for the whole kerfuffle on the school.  They had every opportunity to end this debacle, and at every turn they escalated.  It was obviously not a bomb.  They never treated it like a bomb.  Anyone who thinks that looks like a bomb is at best wholly ignorant about the modern world and is probably stupid.

So what if he intended it to look like a bomb?  That’s your excuse, Irving?  That you were outsmarted by a 14 year old whose “invention” was taking the case off a Radio Shack alarm clock?  You aren’t getting any further ahead with the “we got punked by a 14 year old kid” than with “we can’t tell an alarm clock from a bomb.”

At the end of the day, though, this is Muslim science.  Muslim science is 1400 years of taking another culture’s knowledge, wrapping a shitty, inferior wrapper around it, and calling it your “invention.”