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Random Thoughts and Quick Hits Before the 4th of July Holiday

First, the Quick Hits…

The “CPAC Kid”

I swear, this is the same spoiled, lit­tle punk who in 2009 had me turn­ing to Hack­barth in the blog­gers’ lounge when he spoke on early Sat­ur­day morn­ing of the con and going to Sean, “Hey, what the hell is a kid doing on stage?”

Hon­estly, I saw this “Gotcha!” story com­ing then.  At 13 few of us have any­thing in stone ide­o­log­i­cally other than our love for our local sports teams (or at least the teams our fathers’ fol­low).  I’m pretty sure I can remem­ber that at 13 I was pro-life, was slightly pro-choice in col­lege, and was back to being pro-life by the time I was 24.

Life is a series of evo­lu­tions.  Though some­thing tells me Politico won’t be check­ing in on this kid when he’s 30 and see where he is polit­i­cally then.

My guess is right now he’s in that “Rebel from Mom and Dad” phase.  Polit­i­cal think­ing tends to change once respon­si­bil­ity sets in.  It also changes when you real­ize the two peo­ple who raised you might have been onto some­thing with all that they’ve been telling you over the years.

And since this kid’s going to be a “phi­los­o­phy and film mak­ing major,” he’s gonna need all the help he can get in the years to come.

The “What Has Two Thumbs and…” Joke Has Reached Its Break­ing Point

I loved the show “Scrubs.”  (There is no 9th Season…)

This is one of the best jokes to prob­a­bly ever come out of the show.

That being said, it’s get­ting old when peo­ple either overuse it or use it inap­pro­pri­ately.  Amer­ica, please don’t kill what was a great one-liner by turn­ing it into a douche move reserved only for col­lege frat boys.

Ander­son Cooper is Gay

Yeah, who didn’t know?

My 71 year old mother once asked me if Cooper was gay when I stopped by my par­ents house while she was watch­ing his after­noon talk show dur­ing the week of Christ­mas. (I remem­ber point­ing out they filmed his show at CNN Cen­ter off of NYC’s Colum­bus Cir­cle given the view from the stu­dio win­dows.  In 2007, I once stayed at a hotel just down the street.)

So if my own mother could see that he was gay, who didn’t?

The EPA has Spy Planes…and They’re Tar­get­ing Farmers

Good to know the “bovine flat­u­lence” nut­ters on global warm­ing are now run­ning the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency…and they have spy planes.

Mid­west ranch­ers have never been enam­ored with envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tors, but they really began to com­plain after learn­ing that fed­eral inspec­tors were fly­ing over their land to look for problems.

The Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency flies over power plants and other facil­i­ties nation­wide to iden­tify poten­tial air, water and land pol­lu­tion. It began using aer­ial sur­veil­lance in the Mid­west in 2010 to check farms for vio­la­tions of fed­eral clean water regulations.

Ranch­ers who object to the pro­gram said they’re not try­ing to hide any­thing. It’s the quiet approach the EPA took with the pro­gram designed to spot ille­gal dis­posal of ani­mal waste that they find upset­ting. Most were not even aware of the fly­overs until regional EPA offi­cials men­tioned it at a meet­ing three months ago.

For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watch­ing you’ area, to where the gov­ern­ment just feels like it’s get­ting more and more intru­sive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who man­ages a cat­tle feed­ing oper­a­tion in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

EPA offi­cials explained dur­ing a meet­ing with ranch­ers in West Point, Neb., that they lease small planes that fly EPA staffers over cat­tle oper­a­tions. The staffers take pho­tographs as they seek evi­dence of ille­gal ani­mal waste run­ning off into rivers and streams.

Why I Don’t Fre­quent Poker Sites

Yeah, crap like this can happen.

United States law enforce­ment arrested Full Tilt Poker’s chief exec­u­tive, Ray Bitar, on charges that Full Tilt was being run like a Ponzi scheme. Bitar vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered in New York City, Forbes reported.

Bitar returned from Full Tilt’s head­quar­ters in Ire­land to John F. Kennedy Inter­na­tional Air­port, where the FBI arrested him on Monday.

I know that a lot of peo­ple are very angry at me. I under­stand why. Full Tilt should never have got­ten into a posi­tion where it could not repay player funds,” Bitar said.

Bitar faces a poten­tial 145 years in prison if he is con­victed on all counts.

Fed­eral author­i­ties say Full Tilt Poker owes play­ers over $350 mil­lion in winnings.

Ran­dom Thoughts

- It says some­thing that those who say they want gov­ern­ment out of the bed­room are often the same folks who are all for gov­ern­ment stick­ing a fin­ger up their butt in a med­ical exam­i­na­tion room…

- Just once I’d like a lib­eral to admit dur­ing a debate that “Health Care Reform” isn’t about a per­ceived “right” to health care and is actu­ally about hav­ing some­one else pay the costs for a bunch of free load­ers.  In a way, those call­ing for “Medicare for All” are the most hon­est one out there on the left dur­ing this entire debate.

- Some­one today told me that there was an idea to turn parts of Detroit’s run­down and aban­don areas into a “zom­bie” themed amuse­ment park.  I’m pretty sure the zom­bies were already there long before any devel­op­ment begins.

- The Brew­ers bullpen is just horrific.

- Sort of have to laugh at those lib­er­als freak­ing out about the state pen­sion fund and “rumored” changes to it.  I mean, you could be work­ing in Illi­nois, where state leg­is­la­tors robbed their fund to pay other bills (same as Cal­i­for­nia), but when the idea of hav­ing indi­vid­ual employ­ees — not appointed fund man­agers — decide their invest­ments pub­lic employee union hacks go insane.  Are you all that afraid of liv­ing like the rest of us who have 401Ks?

- I won­der if the Texas Sen­ate GOP pri­mary (July 31st) will end up hurt­ing Mark Neu­mann.  Rea­son why I say that is the Club for Growth will be a player there too and despite what most lib­er­als think, resources are finite.

- Was asked the other day when I thought “Wis­con­sin Reporter” had arrived?  I told them it was last year when the Cap Times for­mer editor-in-chief Dave Zweifel spent an entire col­umn attack­ing us as “par­ti­san news” when few even knew we were around.  I don’t know if it ever dawned on Zweifel the irony in his own words given how the Cap Times was founded to be noth­ing more than (yet another) Madi­son pub­li­ca­tion meant to sup­port the agenda of “Fight­ing Bob” La Fol­lette nearly a cen­tury ago.

Pro­jec­tion anyone?

- Today’s Sign the End is Nigh: Bar­barella is avail­able now on Blu-Ray.  Because we all want to be reminded that Jane Fonda’s first (and French) hus­band was really just mak­ing a porno back then…in HD!

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  • http://twitter.com/BillClement1 Bill Clement

    Cou­ple of thoughts. As to Ander­son Cooper, who cares? The ques­tion never entered my mind, as I’m not fix­ated on it. The left seems to think it some­how noble to ‘de-closet’ your­self. It’s just an atten­tion get­ting mech­a­nism. It has noth­ing to do with, nor will it change the fact that he’s boring. 

    I agree with you on the CPAC kid. He’s just that, a kid! When I was a kid, I thought Carter got a bum rap! Kids are stu­pid, the sky is blue, water is (usu­ally) wet, in def­er­ence to Elliot.

    What is this fix­a­tion with zombies? 

    I love it when par­ti­san hacks call news ser­vices they don’t like ‘par­ti­san’. Hypocrisy of the sanctimonious.