POINT: Department of Theological Implications: From his sister, Steve Jobs’s final words:
Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them,” she recalled. “Steve’s final words were, Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.
Wouldn’t you like to know what he saw? I have a pretty good idea, but wouldn’t you like to know?
POINT: Don’t Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry Department: Go here, again to The Frisky” for the story of two great Danes, one blind, the other her seeing eye dog. They’re up for adoption, but it’s in England. It’s definitely the kind of story that makes you appreciate man’s best friend.
One of my undergrad professors in college had a half-serious perpetual campaign to put Harry Truman on Mt. Rushmore. Mr. Truman said if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., get a dog. Good advice.
POINT: Who Needs Congress Anyway? Or: Oh How I Long to Be A Chinese Dictator; That Mao Fellow Was Pretty Cool! Remember when (March 10, 2011, the New York Times) Mr. Obama longed for the easy life of the Communist dictator? Oh how easy it would be to have life or death powers. How grand not to have to deal with Congress and the Courts and that whole messy Democracy thing!
So now Mr. Obama has decided to just ignore Congress—since half of it won’t give him everything he wants and even the Democrat Senate won’t give him much of what he wants—and do whatever he wants by means or probably extra constitutional executive orders! His most recent attempt at legislation by tyranny? He’s going to help people with student loans pay less!
Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, David Indiviglio at The Atlantic did a bit of calculation and discovered that few would be affected, the taxpayers would be on the hook for additional megabucks (remember, gentle readers: Mr. Obama federalized the student loan industry with ObamaCare! Whenever a deadbeat student fails to pay his student loans, you’re on the hook!) and student loan debtors would save only between $4.50 and $7.75 a month! Who says Mr. Obama doesn’t have a domestic policy clue? Me! Me! Me! You?
POINT: The One, or Is it The One, Or Which One? I’ll let the Washington Times tell the story from their point of view:
Urging Congress again to pass a portion of his jobs bill, President Obama claimed Wednesday that God is on his side.
Mr. Obama was standing at the D.C. side of the Key Bridge, calling attention to America’s crumbling infrastructure and the need to put more construction workers back on the job. He criticized House Republicans for ignoring his legislation while approving a measure that reaffirms “In God We Trust” as the national motto.
‘That’s not putting people back to work,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.’
He added, “There’s work to be done, there are workers ready to do it.”
A reporter asked presidential spokesman Jay Carney if invoking God in the jobs debate was ‘a bit much.’
‘I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves,’ ‘ Mr. Carney said.
Uh-yeaaaaah. Mr. Carney needs a bit of remedial Sunday School as that aphorism does not actually—you know—appear in the Bible. And am I detecting a bit of resistance out there in the red-state flyover country—you remember, that cultural wasteland filled with people who hate everyone not like them and who cling to God and guns—to the idea of Mr. Obama having the faintest idea what God actually wants? I’m sure the Almighty has an opinion, but He hasn’t been available for comment. Listening, certainly, but comment, no. Discuss.
POINT: Louis Renault Awards, Profound Delusion Department: From Jim Geraghty at National Review Online, we discover:
Talking to WCCO-TV of Minnesota, [President] Obama said:
‘Well, you know, I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn’t taken all the steps that we took. I don’t think the country is stronger yet then it was when the economy was still booming and we didn’t have Wall Street crisis, and we didn’t have the housing bubble burst. But, we’ve made steady progress, we just need to make more.’
Well that tears it! I’m shocked, shocked that anyone would think that things aren’t absolutely better now than they were when Mr. Obama took office and plunged the country into more debt in just three years than every president before him combined! I mean, good grief! How could anyone think something like that? Discuss.
Bonus Trivia Feature: Captain Louis Renault was the French cop in the Classic Bogart film Casablanca. Confronting Bogart’s Rick in his establishment, Renault proclaims that he is shocked, shocked that gambling is taking place in Ricks! At that moment, one of Rick’s employees says: “Here are your winnings, Captain,” and hands him a stack of bills which he hastily pockets with thanks and immediately resumes haranguing Rick.
POINT: Well, If That’s What You Have To Do To Get The Desired Effect, Maybe Not… From the Frisky (just love that website name) comes the story of a young woman in India who saw her doctor complaining of an uncontrollable sex drive. Unfortunately, she died of rabies four days later. Short, tragic, interesting story. It kind of reminds me of those ads for male sex aids on TV that say “If an erection persists longer than four hours, see a doctor.” Is that a bug or a feature/marketing gimmick? Discuss.
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