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The One In Which I Hire the New York Times to Write for Me.

In my last post I said I had an idea about Obama’s “socialist” problem by which I mean, the view that he’s left-wing even though he’s actually centrist [also American conservatives really don’t know what “socialist” means even if it hit them in the face with a baseball bat which would then shatter because socialists can’t produce high quality goods]. <Rant off>

Anyway, David Brooks has written it for me and I’ll just hand you over to him: “Obama’s Very Good Week”.


And for Obama’s “black” problem, Ishmael Reed: “What Progressives Don’t Understand About Obama”.



Categories: Politics, United States

QOTD: American politics is so infantile Edition

So American politicians again accomplished something (until it’s stopped in Congress). President Obama and Republican Congressmen have brokered a deal on the Bush tax cuts and additional stimulus (Ezra Klein, my go-to-guy, thinks it’s better than expected). You can see more reactions to it here.


But what I really love is this quote (bold) in what is a very good post on the strategy behind the negotiations:

In all these cases, Republicans have argued that it’s not the policies they oppose — it’s that Democrats aren’t paying for them. But perhaps the most important enabler of the deal is that Republicans don’t care about paying for them, either. The basic deal was that if the Obama White House would give the Republicans their unpaid-for tax cuts, Republicans would give the Obama White House their unpaid-for tax cuts.



I have some observations on Obama’s “socialist” problem but right now (which is when I wrote this, not right now) I’m off to finish an essay.

Categories: QOTD

Don’t avoid the deer!

hazard warning sign seen in places where deer are most likely

Will your insurance company pay out if you were involved in a collision (with a tree/pole/another car) after swerving to avoid an animal? [Yeah, random things enter my head all the time]. My thoughts were they’d make the driver take most of the hit since he/she* had the choice between hitting the animal and swerving – potentially more costly if you collided with another car.

After some Googling, I found some advice from The AA (corroborated on other sites). Their advice:

"At 60 miles per hour, hitting a deer is serious – not just for the animal but car occupants as well. A natural reaction is to try to avoid the collision but as a result, drivers may miss the deer and hit other vehicles or trees which could be even worse…”

Try to avoid swerving – hitting a tree or an oncoming car could be worse than hitting the deer

Which, I think, is safety information to reduce the chance of fatalities occurring.

As regards insurance, I think they’d pay for repairs but you’d lose any benefits you had:

Around 6 per cent of all claims involve missing the deer and hitting either other vehicles or most commonly, trees.

"That high cost tells its own tale," Douglas adds. "Cars can easily be written off in a collision with a deer and car occupants are often injured. Not only that, an increase in premium is likely to follow as some or all of any no-claim bonus will be lost, unless it’s protected."


* Choosing “he/she” was a weirdly difficult choice. “He” would have led to complaints of sexism, as would “she” – “Are you saying women are bad drivers?” Not worth the hassle… although no one reads this.

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Cookie Monster performs a whole SNL show.

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QOTD2: Post 101 Edition

Commenter on seeing a picture of Tom Friedman’s house:

It’s just "another" example in a loooooong list of examples of Progressive/Liberal/Socialist hypocrisy. BTW, a progessive is the same thing as a liberal is the same thing as a socialist. There’s absolutely no difference in their political idealogy. I’m not going to squeeze Fascist in to that group but there does exist some striking similarities there as well. And guess what peeps, Hitler started with what was it again, oh yeah, healthcare. Then he declared the crisis so great that he had to dissolve the government and become "Fuhrer" in order to hasten decision making and reduce partisanship… Say it ain’t so Joe!

I’m not Joe, but it ain’t so.


Sarah Palin responding to yesterday’s North Korean attack:

"We gotta stand with our North Korean Allies”



Yes, it is my 101st post yes, I have not contributed anything useful to the internet 101 times and yes, it is a reference to Room 101.

Categories: QOTD

QOTD: One-Sentence Takedown Edition

via Salon, Moe Tkacik on Howard Kurtz:

I wish I had the bile in me today to go advanced menstrual on Howie, who was a decisively early adopter of all the traits—fatuousness, near-religious myopia, imperviousness to basic comprehension, dogged almost-Confucian commitment to churning out colorless text in such reliably prodigious volume every single gosh darn bleeping day that any of his editors who are not in a coma already are probably still too overwhelmed combing it all for copy editing errors to notice how extraordinarily awful he is—the "journalism" business would later come to deify.

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