Jan 282015

Remember when our esteemed president released five senior Taliban leaders in exchange for one soldier (who almost certainly deserted) and the promise that the released Taliban would behave themselves? Remember that he did so unilaterally, ignoring a law requiring him to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing anyone from Guantanamo?

Remember the released POW’s father actively campaigning for more Guantanamo releases? Remember the released POW’s father praising Allah in Arabic in the Rose Garden, with a nod and a smile from The One?

Remember that at least six American soldiers were killed in battle while looking for Bowe Bergdahl? Did their parents get invited to the White House? Do you think Obama even knows their names?

It sounds very much as if the U.S. Army intends to formally charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. And the White House is exerting tremendous pressure to keep that from happening, so that whatever feel-good narrative it has deluded itself into believing is preserved. Anything in this hey-wait-a-minute story sound potentially coerced to you?

Of course, even if closed-door strong-arming fails, the president can still get his way on this by pardoning Bergdahl. I would love to see him forced into having to make that choice.

It is 650 days to Election Day, 2016.

 Posted by at 7:31 am
Jan 212015

I don’t much like State of the Union addresses even when I like the guy giving them. The State of the Union address has become a particularly shallow exercise even in a shallow town. I’d love to see a return to the president advising Congress of the state of the union by letter.

So I didn’t watch our esteemed president last night. I did, however, look over a transcript of his remarks this morning. I see he is taking implicit credit for the country being “as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.”

Indeed. You know, recently I had an Obamanaut ask me if I was enjoying the gas prices, as if her hero had something to do with it.

Our gas prices are not falling because of anything Obama has done.

Thanks to the ongoing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) revolution, the United States has accessible oil reserves in quantities unthinkable just a few years ago. OPEC doesn’t care for that at all. So they’re trying to lower prices to a point that it’s not profitable for us to get our own oil out of the ground. It’s no more complicated than that. Obama’s just there while it’s happening.

Thus, he might as well take credit for the sunset.

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Jan 202015

To whom it may concern: I will not talk to your stupid automated “natural conversation” phone menus anymore. No commonly encountered societal construct irritates me more highly, or takes me from content to extremely agitated more quickly. Pressing 0 used to work reliably. I encountered one last week that kept saying “Tell me something about […]

 Posted by at 9:55 am

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