April 17, 2012

Off to the doctor’s

…but I wanted to leave you with this:  at a $50K per plate fundraiser on Sunday, Mitt Romney told the rest of the “severe conservatives” supporting him that he’s already got the “true believers” — that is, those who watch FOXNews, according to Romney’s characterization — and now we need to move beyond them and concentrate on bringing in the “women” and the “independents” (who are, apparently, necessarily separate species).

More, Romney signaled a willingness to join in with Obama in punishing “the rich” — only, to a lesser degree — using the tax code.    Because as we all know, that’s what severe conservatives do — use the tax code to create “fairness” in wealth distribution.

Here’s a unsettling fact:  Romney is forever and repeatedly apologetic about his wealth.  He simply can’t defend it on any other ground than by parroting leftwing economic assumptions:  his wealth was derived from private sector employment meant to save and creates jobs, and it is the purpose of wealth to create jobs for the people (rather than create jobs a mere offshoot of profit motive and a necessity of the wealth creation process for free market capitalism).  Romney believes he must pander to various identity groups — following the left’s playbook in dividing us by class, race, sex, etc.  He shows contempt for conservatives and the Party base while taking care, when necessary, to pretend he’s not only one of them, but a rather severe example.

But the truth is, he is, in every respect, a Rockefeller Republican, and as such, there is nothing fundamentally conservative about his worldview or governing platform.  Conservatives are just another voting bloc he needs to win in order to ascend to power, and he’s shown himself willing to adjust his positions with the political winds.

And promoting a Rockefeller Republican, is being put forward by the GOP as the best way to defeat a Marxist socialist — and in fact, we’re told, the only way, really.  Meaning, the GOP believes it takes an unprincipled pragmatic pander to win elections and govern in a way that suits the ruling elite in DC.

— Which, if that’s true, means we’ve already lost.

And I say this as a reminder to the GOP enforcement mechanism — their paid shills and those hoping to become paid shills — who insist that the “purists” shut up, and that it is the “realists” who care about the important stuff, like, eg. winning.

Evidently, whatever schools they went to forgot to cover the idea of a Pyrrhic victory.  And confused realism with fatalism, while conflating surrender with fighting.

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:46am
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Comments (157)

  1. Congrats in order?

  2. I’m really looking forward to telling the GOP “I told you so.”

    It’s almost like 2008 all over again. Okay, perhaps more than almost.

  3. It’s almost like 2008 all over again. Okay, perhaps more than almost.

    It better not be. We won’t survive turning over all 3 branches of government to the Left. A 2008 Presidential election would be fine, but we really need to make sure it’s accompanied by a 2010 state & Congressional election.

  4. 2008 repeats: first as tragedy, then as farce.

  5. Come now, men. You dare call yourselves Outlaw? It’s always darkest before the dawn.

  6. Don’t expect Mitt to set his hair on fire. The chemicals in Aqua Net are like rocket fuel.

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  8. I say let em’ be gloomy, Leigh. As much as I loathe Romney, I’m deriving a small amount of sadistic pleasure after suffering through endless expressions of fake enthusiasm for the other jackholes who were on offer. Being resigned to disappointment from the outset has its limited benefits.

  9. Abe: my brother from another mother. I’ve been resigned to Mitt being the nominee since 2008, so I feel like I got a head start on the seven stages of grief.

  10. Leigh and Abe are so savvy that they don’t even bother.

    That’s hip.

  11. I wasn’t resigned to Romney being the nominee. I was resigned to having absolutely no use for the nominee, whoever it was.

  12. Somebody listened to Levin yesterday.

  13. That’s why we read your blog, Jeff. It’s hip.

    What’s the ETA on the new Baby G?

  14. It’ll be very difficult to unseat a dirty socialist who offers free goodies to moochers (who don’t care about this Republic, but only for their own personal welfare) for their votes. Those who do vote for Obama are soft and weak and will be the least able to survive his long-term harmful CHANGEs.

  15. I remember how I felt after Clinton beat Bush 41 in 1992. On the one hand I was angry and disappointed. On the other I felt oddly liberated because I no longer felt that I had to defend Bush.

    After he went back on “read my lips” I should have already stopped trying to defend him, but my cynicism glands hadn’t grown in quite yet.

  16. Don Surber for those convinced that’s it’s already over.

    Even though, philosophically speaking,

    it’s already over.

  17. Anybody know if a candidate’s been elected President WITHOUT carrying his home state?

    Of course, Mitt has so many to choose from, so maybe that metric isn’t worth knowing.

  18. I figure Mitt’s home state — Washington DC — both isn’t a place he’s lived in and isn’t a state. And he won’t carry it. But then, that’s our Mitt.

  19. I thought Mitt’s home state was Inevitability

  20. Obama got elected without carrying Kenya!

    /birther

  21. Seriously though, how do we determine what is meant by “home state?” Usually we associate it with where he holds or has previously held office, but by 1968 wasn’t Nixon a New York resident? Did he carry New York in ’68?

    Eisenhower was born in Texas and grew up in Kansas, but never held elected office before becoming president — and during his military career he lived in several states, at least some of which I’d bet he didn’t win.

  22. As far as the presidency goes, this election is over.

  23. As in, who cares?

  24. As in, who cares?

    We’ve got to put forth the effort to support McCain Romney, cranky-d. And I’m thinking everyone who is reading this blog has deep concerns about McCain Romney, but still the only other choice is, bottom-line, Obama; the most naasty, vile, vicious and pernicious false-American President we’ve had in my lifetime.

    Oh, and you’ll like that fellow I linked earlier, the one with the nice Remingtons. I’ve done bidness with him, to my satisfaction.

  25. I bookmarked that link, jdw. I have already picked out the one I want.

  26. Romney”s not interested in my support.
    Besides, I despise tokenism.

  27. More, Romney signaled a willingness to join in with Obama in punishing “the rich” — only, to a lesser degree — using the tax code.

    Mr. Drudge told me yesterday that rich people are telling America to fuck off in record numbers cause of how obnoxious and grabby it’s gotten and I believe him.

  28. Racist.

  29. Bagging on the rich is a losing gambit and you’d think they’d have figured that out by now. When they tried to tax the rich in Maryland, the rich moved to friendlier environs.

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  31. Only in government does the mindset that money is in endless supply. Especially when it’s other people’s money. There are no “rewards”, other than one’s integrity, for being a good steward of the trust the public has given you, so not caring about their fiduciary responsibilities, they spend, spend, spend. Got to grease the new palms in the old ways and grease the old palms in new ways, don’t you know.

    In this mindset, it only makes sense to find more ways to raise taxes, fees, licenses, assessments, penalties, fines, etc. The “rich” are an easy class target, especially to those who are on the taking end of the equation. And, as we know, “rich” is a relative term that changes from moment to moment, depending on the 2 minute hate du jour.The politicians never learn because they can’t stop playing the game, and even if they did, no one else does. The in quickly moves to an out.

    Romney is no different from the average politician in this regard. Even though as President, he would be the one person who could stop playing the spend, spend, spend game and suffer the least consequences politically. Not to mention he would become an instant hero to the working class “rich” – the suckers like me, stupid enough to have a job and pay taxes. I don’t think he really believes that cutting spending would endear him to the people, so the political calculus says, “Why chance it?”

    The only thing worse than 4 years of Romney would be another 4 years of the anti-American narcissist that currently occupies the Oval Office.

  32. Shoot, weren’t we supposed to start eating the rich in Obama’s world already? Word is, the rich have very nicely marbled hams on ‘em. And with the price of pork going the way it is, the need practically demands the reciprocal measure. And for sure eating them’ll feed more people than the damn Buffett Rule will make in taxes.

  33. I’m hip and savvy, too! No, really I am! I’ve been hip and savvy for six months already! I’m just glad that Ham Sandwich came on the scene, solving my running-mate conundrum.

  34. At least with sober and non-smoking Captain Romney at the helm the USS America will be sunk with competence and in good taste.

    Mitt’s hair will be perfect as he stands steely eyed at the wheel, with no earthly idea what action to take that won’t offend the Democrats sailing in first class.

    Good thing that fellow Portman’s (?) going to be the ship’s first officer! He’s from a fine family, we summered with them on the Cape, so I am confident that he will stand fast as we slip slowly beneath the waves.

  35. This just in. By order of his Majesty it is proclaimed that your father’s race will be the standard for deciding your racial classification.*

    *This decision affects only race and should not be used to decide any other classification such as citizenship status.

  36. The last best hope is getting some fire-breathers elected in Congress.

  37. Jeff, hope all is well or soon will be.

  38. Jeff, good luck at the doc’s. Remember to wear non-skid gloves so you can catch the little guy.
    Did someone say “Remington”, jdw? I missed the link. And I am a fanboi.

  39. By order of his Majesty it is proclaimed that your father’s race will be the standard for deciding your racial classification.

    That’s mighty white of him.

    Squid: Of course you’re hip and savvy. How could you not be with your own Squid Brand™ pitchforks and torches?

  40. I suspect Romney is uncomfortable, at least in part, with his wealth because he didn’t really do anything constructive to earn it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I understand what Bain Capital did, but it didn’t create anything. Romney didn’t invent something, he didn’t build something, he didn’t market something, he didn’t run through 5000 elements looking for the tungsten in the light bulb. He scooped up failing businesses and efficiency-experted-ed them into something like solvency. That’s an esoterically valuable action, but it is like little rich boys playing at business in a little sandbox. Or maybe like a janitor. It doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel creative.

    For whatever else you say, the old school industrialists like Carnegie and Ford built something real. They took nothing and made something. ex nihilo. I think without that tangible, driving productivity, it’s hard to defend your wealth — especially if you’re already ashamed of capitalism in general.

  41. Raptor hatch complete, 4 new baby birds, for now.

  42. OT, here’s Boudreaux speaking rather bluntly:

    At the White House this morning, Pres. Obama behaved very much like a North American version of a banana-republic Generalisimo: posing as a tribune of a People besieged by nebulous devils, he blames those devils for the ill-consequences of his own bad policies and announces that he’s unleashing his henchmen to track down and subject the devils to the People’s justice. And as is so frequently the case with generalisimos, the devils are speculators.

    Title of the post is “A Banana Republic, Unless You Can Avoid It”.

  43. I don’t really care if he inherited his money or not. So have a lot of other people; the Kennedys, Rockefellers, etc? He isn’t from a family of criminals or robber barons like they are, so he has that going for him.

  44. sdferr dinosaur eggs have been discovered in Chechnya today.

  45. There’s a feeding ongoing at this minute (4:05).

  46. I’m guessing that if you took a look at the earlier (and perhaps later) Ford and Carnegie years you’re gonna find some private equity involvement regardless of what it was called.

  47. I understand what Bain Capital did, but it didn’t create anything

    bain provided the capital so that others could create sumthing.

  48. bh, oh, undoubtedly Carnegie and Ford had equity involvement. But, ultimately, they made their money by speculating on something new. They were creative. Bain Capital — scavenger.

    For someone who is uncomfortable with the idea of a Carnegie or Rockefeller or Ford or Edison — men who created and innovated — I would imagine his feelings about Bain Capital are probably mixed, which makes it difficult for him to defend.

    Romney is no Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. He’s not even a Warren Buffett, although he’s a lot closer there.

    It is also possible that Romney, with his ambivalence about free markets, approached his time at Bain Capital very differently than some libertarian like, say, Arnold Kling would have. It’s possible he looked at taking over businesses more like an extended version of Flip This House than as George Bailey helping businesses survive.

  49. nr, yeah, but you could also just say he was the sleazy Wesley Mouch greasing the skids for Hank Reardon. Reardon created. Mouch — not so much.

    It’s just my impression, but Romney himself doesn’t appear to think what he did at Bain was particularly capitalistic. Even if that kind of equity firm could be 100% laissez faire capitalist, it doesn’t necessarily follow that Romney was or that he perceived it as such.

    Which can make it awkward when you talk about how you made your money.

  50. Some people have money but don’t know how to create things. So, they figure out a way to make the money work.

    There is nothing wrong with that aspect of Romney’s career. Just because he didn’t invent something himself does not make what he did somehow lacking.

    Coming up with good ideas isn’t easy. Anyone who thinks otherwise has never tried to come up with a product that people want.

  51. “I thought Mitt’s home state was Inevitability”

    Mitt is our first Quantum President! He has no rest state. It is possible to know either his current position on any issue or the direction of his thinking, but not both….

  52. other than divots what has baracky created?

  53. update: other than divots and massive gov’t debt what has baracky created?

  54. Thug-ocracy, Victory!!!

  55. update: other than divots, massive gov’t debt and a tyrannical bureaucracy what has baracky created?

  56. quantum mittens 2012: at least he’s not a communist!

  57. what has baracky created?

    Faux-food mania?

  58. Is this a sign of hope? GOP senators sue Obama over sham labor board nominees

    In a double-barrelled blast at President Obama, Senate Republicans today moved to join a lawsuit challenging the White House’s Christmas “recess appointment” of National Labor Relations Board members even though the Senate was technically in session. To handle their case, they hired Miguel Estrada, who in 2002 became the first-ever judicial nominee to be torpedoed by a Democratic filibuster.

    The Estrada hire is simply delicious.

    “The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency, when the Senate was not in recess, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab,” McConnell said. “We will demonstrate to the court how the president’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

    Who is this McConnell fellow? He sounds like a fighter.

  59. Who is this McConnell fellow? He sounds like a fighter.

    yea for his own entrenched interests

    Establishment to Ron Johnson – “Get in Line”

  60. Nugent offers to bring a tree, left cries out OMG! He’s going to…..

  61. The Nuge was on with Dana Loesch today. Hilarious.

  62. Look at the glass half full.

    If you can manage to elect some conservatives in the House and the Senate and take control, Mitt can probably be cajoled into signing legislation that is put in front of him. He might even appoint some conservatives to the bench.

    Or you can do four more years of Obama. A Republican Senate and House would help with that too, but you know Obama is not going to be signing any GOP legislation.

    Okay, maybe the glass is not even close to full and just has just a bit of questionable gray water in the bottom and you are thirsting for more…but Romney might possibly do some good things. There is no chance with Obama.

  63. Establishment to Ron Johnson – “Get in Line”

    Disgusting, but not surprising.

  64. Apparently, we’re all #1 in Jeff’s book.

    So where’s my trophy;)

  65. From Geoffb’s link (yup also #1;)

    “Obama could have noted that Zimmerman was as Hispanic as he is Black and could have said that since the facts of what happened on the night Martin died are still unknown, Americans shouldn’t hastily use the Trayon Martin tragedy as a symbol of “racial tensions in the U.S.,” as Acevedo suggested.

    Of course, Obama did not respond this way for politicizing the Martin tragedy works to his political advantage and drives home the misconceived notion that America is a nation of systemic inequalities that needs to be fundamentally transformed. ”

    As a certain Private would say:

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE,

    Americans are still acting “stupidly” and only the lightbringer can save us from ourselves.

  66. What gets him the extra special chutzpah award is playing the Trayvon race card on Univision for a hispanic audience.

  67. I must admit to not knowing where I belong in the Jeff G classification system. I spent the better part of the last several months battling the Romney cheerleaders over at another website that shall not be named (it’s named after A high ranking card). I never really doubted that Romney would win this nomination, and I’ve been firmly of the opinion that Obama wouldn’t have been reelected under any circumstance.

    The thing that’s always bothered me about Romney is that he has no interest in articulating anything resembling a coherent governing strategy. It’s possible to interpret that any number of ways, and I certainly would have liked to have seen him pushed harder throughout this process, because I didn’t believe there was anything more any of us could do.

    He was going to be the nominee, and so he is. He’ll most likely be elected President. How will he govern? Who the heck knows. I don’t, and neither do the rest of you. But I can’t accept another four years of Obama, and thankfully, I sincerely don’t believe we’ll have to find out what that would be like.

    We can all moan and groan about Romney for four years, I fail to see how that’s the worst thing that could happen to this country.

    Does that make me a realist? Fatalist? Nitwit? What??

  68. http://www.tnr.com/article/the-vital-center/102614/barack-obama-reelection-2012-campaign-2008-president

    He has a point.

    That does not mean Mitt in Charge is much better, or even that it is going to happen, only that if it does it is relatively better than what we have now.

  69. Or maybe I should say marginally better. I do not see it making things worse.

    A lot of pressure on Mitt to nominate a fiscal conservative to Veep might help (provided he does it).

  70. We can all moan and groan about Romney for four years, I fail to see how that’s the worst thing that could happen to this country.

    The Etch-A-Sketch is bad enough, but the real problem isn’t him so much as what his nomination represents.

    Personally, I think him getting elected would be far worse for the Republican Party than it would be for the country — except that we don’t have a viable alternative to the Republican Party, which makes it pretty damn bad for the country after all.

    I could be wrong, but I think that’s Jeff’s complaint.

  71. Does that make me a realist? Fatalist? Nitwit? What??

    No, it just means that you have a different opinion than someone like me who believes that because Romney has an R before his name he is more dangerous than Obama.

    Those that should criticized are the ones that try to convince us that Romney is a solid conservative.

  72. *should be criticized

  73. We can all moan and groan about Romney for four years, I fail to see how that’s the worst thing that could happen to this country.

    Does that make me a realist? Fatalist? Nitwit? What??

    oh noes, if quantum mittens wins, start attacking him on day one if he strays from smaller gov’t less taxes. no more of this bs of the prezident being the head of “the party”.

  74. “What gets him the extra special chutzpah”

    Geoff,

    I think that’s his blood type. Who else would get challenged about his vacation travel and then turn around with a comment like this:

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-colombia-part-my-job-scout-out-where-i-may-want-bring-michelle-back-later

  75. I can agree with that, McGehee. Some people seem to think now that the nomination process is essentially over, we’re all supposed to pretend Mitt is what we wanted all along, and it’s wonderful. It’s not wonderful. Indeed, some of what he says clanks in my ears like an Obama 3-pt shot attempt.

    A party realignment would be nice, and in my vision of the future, I’ll be on the side that doesn’t include a Romney type. But first, Obama has to be got gone.

  76. Personally, I think him getting elected would be far worse for the Republican Party than it would be for the country

    It’s not what he will do to the Republican Party that concerns me, it is what he will do to the conservative movement. The average American sees Republicans and conservatives as basically one and the same. W gave us Obama, and Romney is a lot worse than Bush.

  77. oh noes, if quantum mittens wins, start attacking him on day one if he strays from smaller gov’t less taxes. no more of this bs of the prezident being the head of “the party”.

    That’s my plan.

  78. StrangernFiction says April 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm…

    You may be right. I certainly can’t say you’re not. I hope not, but I just don’t know.

  79. As RI Red says, my general election vote is purely aspirational so I need not cast it for Romney. My hope is that Obama loses, and the Senate swings with enough actual conservatives to push McConnell out of the leader spot. And then, to beat on Romney like he owes me money. ‘Cept if he did, I suppose he’d just pay it. But that need not get in my way.

  80. Thanks, jdw. I hauled my 870 out of the safe last weekend and shot 160 rounds on a trap course. I have the hematoma to prove it. Classic firearm.

  81. Pablo, you have a good memory. At this point, I guess I don’t even have to vote in the RI primary. My fear is that Romney wins in a blow-out a la Don Surber and then thinks he has a mandate to govern as a squish, when all that the vote shows is disgust with Obama.

  82. “Off to the doctor’s”

    Off to the doctor’s what? You’ve piqued my interest.

  83. My fear is that Romney wins

    if quantum romney wins he becomes the next baracky.

  84. But at least he ain’t a communist.

  85. Pablo, you have a good memory.

    I remember great lines.

    /doffs cap

  86. I expect I’ll hit the primary just to vote against Romney. Maybe Santorum, maybe Herman Cain, maybe I’ll write in Frank Zappa. I will express my objection to Mr. Inevitable.

  87. OT: I picked up my very first pair(s) of prescription glasses today, and I’ve finally found something progressive that works. So I’ve got that going for me.

  88. in pa, under hush tones, there’s the vote for rick faction on 4/24/12. don’t want squishes like corbett to be “setting their hair on fire”.

    The Cars – Shake It Up

  89. I don’t care if Romney “destroys” the Republican party. It’s been a party of zombies for 20 years or more. As far as most Americans thinking Conservatives and Republicans are one and the same, think of it as an opportunity to educate the masses.

    What I don’t think we can survive another term of Obama. We’re at a point where the pendulum is either going to swing back our way or the entire clock is going to fall off the mantle and shatter.

    Some time back Red and I were talking about our sons who are roughly the same age and how they don’t buy into a lot of the garbage that they’ve been told is gospel since they started school. I’ve found this to be the case with most kids who aren’t idiots or spoiled brats; they are sick of being played for fools with the social experimentation that they’ve had shoved at them. They no it’s crap. They know the people telling them the crap know that it’s crap. Things are changing.

    It’s time to fish or cut bait.

  90. It’s not what he will do to the Republican Party that concerns me, it is what he will do to the conservative movement. The average American sees Republicans and conservatives as basically one and the same.

    That too. <kicks self for missing that point in my own comment>

  91. Off to the doctor’s what? You’ve piqued my interest.

    office was implied, I thought.

    Says wife could give birth any day. Tanner’s head is so low that he was smiling at me during the exam, and at one point he reached out and started tugging on the doc’s stethoscope.

  92. Think I’ll just write in Sarah Palin for shits and giggles. The only thing progressive about me is the glasses I’ve been wearing for too long. As an ex-Army Aviator (100 Bravo), coming to grips with failing eye-sight is a bitch.
    Had my annual eye doctor appointment last week. I asked for actual shooting glasses in yellow that allow me to see the front sight when my head is down. Pick them up tomorrow. I will be reporting on them.

  93. Does that make me a realist? Fatalist? Nitwit? What??

    Yes. [sideways grin]

  94. Tanner has already missed my hoped for due date of 4/15. Just for the lulz. Is Satchel excited?

  95. “office was implied, I thought.”

    Yeah, it’s never off to the doctor’s water slide or the doctor’s extreme combat hang gliding ultimate frisbee course is it?

  96. leigh, my conservative and only son called me from college and started talking about the service. When he was young, he told me that he didn’t know what he wanted to do, but he knew that he didn’t want to be an army pilot or a lawyer. Well, turns out that that it wasn’t quite true.
    My only concern at this point is that the Commander in Chief might not be the best. I’ve reminded him and his best friend (recent Marine) that the oath of allegiance is to the Constitution, not the CinC.

  97. If we can’t survive four more years of Obama, the Republic’s probably already too far gone to save.

    In any event, the way Romney’s running, he won’t be able to must the necessary political support to do the things that need doing, even were he so inclined.

  98. god bless your progeny. god help him with his baracky debt.

  99. Red, my son had applied to/been on the cusp of being accepted to the Air Force Academy before he decided against the service. I was a little disappointed (dad is a retired Chinook pilot and career officer) but it’s worked out for the best, at least from my mom’s point of view, what with us being in three or four war/not-wars right now. Anyway, great reminder to your son.

    I grouse about that CinC thing whenever Jugears says it. He’s not MY CinC; I’m a civilian, thankyouverymuch.

  100. I suspect that Baracky debt is as ephemeral as the credit on which it is based. There is just no way that it can be paid back. I think Hillary’s Reset button will be reset to our national obligations.

  101. Interesting, leigh, I did two years at USAFA before deciding I wanted to get down flying in the bushes right away before all the SE Asia shooting was over.
    Some of us are really stupid when we are young. Well-intentioned, but not thinking clearly. My progeny is following in my footsteps. Bless him.

  102. Heh. Husband was in the USAF, got out and then went in the USA were he spent three tours blowing things to smithereens in SE Asia.

    As to young and foolish, sonny takes after me. Worked his way (on scholarship, too) through school and has a BA in Film and Media Studies with a minor in Business—or he will on May 11. I love my impractical boy. So handsome, so creative, so full of promise.

    Man, it’s great to be young and the world is your oyster.

  103. OT but interesting

    one of the DDA’s I work with .. her son is a high school senior, 4.6 GPA, Eagle Scout and one of 350 kids in the whole USA who scored a perfect 2400 on his SAT

    and has been rejected by all the Ivy League schools he applied to … plus rejected by UC Berkeley, Stanford and is only on the wait list at Harvey Mudd

    wrong gender and melanin level, I suspect …

  104. Wrong schools Darleen. With number like that the kid ought to be able to get into a school actually worth going to.

  105. Darleen, have him check a protected identity group on his apps, get accepted and then dare them to reject him when he gets there. I’ll take the case.

  106. Your suspicion is correct, Darleen. Tell your friend to have him check Native American and apply again.

  107. 4.6 GPA, Eagle Scout and one of 350 kids in the whole USA who scored a perfect 2400 on his SAT

    a’s used to be 4’s 1600 used to be sat. no you’re experiencing “credential” deflation with some diversity deflation tossed in for the proggslam fun.

  108. Darleen, the Ivies will never admit anyone more than five times as intelligent as an average faculty member. It would spoil the illusion that the school has something to teach.

  109. but don’t worry quantum romney will fix it. just try not to observe it.

  110. I asked for actual shooting glasses in yellow that allow me to see the front sight when my head is down.

    Heh. It was my pistol performance at the range that motivated me to visit the optometrist. “I’m way better that that!!!”

  111. I did not know that Harcourt Fenton Mudd had a school named after him.

    The tribbles would be proud, if they could think, which they can’t.

  112. Me? I’ve always been blind as a bat. A few years ago I started needing reader’s with my contacts. I’m considering Lasik, but a friend tells me it’s a bitch for the first year. Chronic dry eye, light sensativity. Maybe I’ll just get some really nice bifocals.

  113. sdferr

    He’s been accepted a some private universities and is leaning to go to John Hopkins. His mom is resigned to working a lot more years …

  114. I’m considering Lasik, but a friend tells me it’s a bitch for the first year. Chronic dry eye, light sensativity.

    I had LasEk (my corneas were a bit on the thin side) about 5 years ago. The “bitch” part lasted just a few weeks (the first two were the hardest). I had mono-vision done and wear cheaters only for tiny print or hand sewing.

    LOVE it.

  115. The kid applied to 11 schools with perfect SATs and they all turned him down? His application essays must have been about his admiration for campus spree-killers.

    (I suspect your DDA acquaintance is shading the story a bit here.)

  116. Private universities are usually easier to get into since they are costly. Surely there is somewhere closer to home that he can get into so mom doesn’t have to work her ass off paying out of state tuition.

  117. bh

    I’ve known her for years and socialized with her on occassion. She’s more stunned than anything.

    She doesn’t shade a thing. Believe me, she’s one blunt cookie.

  118. He’s been accepted a some private universities and is leaning to go to John Hopkins. His mom is resigned to working a lot more years …

    That’s certainly more practical than bringing a discrimination lawsuit.

    How many years left until affirmative action in college/university admissions is illegal according to O’Connor?

  119. leigh

    he’s been accepted at USC (like John Hopkins, a great school in a lousy/dangerous neighborhood) and a couple others I don’t recall at the moment.

  120. Wow, Darleen. That’s shocking then.

  121. What’s the kid interesting in studying?

  122. Aargh. Blockquote fail. Time to call it a day I guess.

  123. bh

    considering how the Boy Scouts are persona non grata to the Left, I’m also wondering if the Eagle Scout thing was more a detriment than an advantage.

  124. bh

    he was first thinking of law, but is now wanting to study engineering.

  125. UC Berkley rejected him as he applied for general engineering and they had only 190 slots for that. “Too many smart kids” allegedly.

  126. If only he’d been in 4-H or junior ROTC. Then the Ivies would’ve loved him for sure.

  127. It shouldn’t be. There’s a box to check on each application for Eagle Scout. If it were my kid, I’d send him to USC. All unis are in crappy neighborhoods, it seems. At least he’ll only be across town.

    My friend who had the Lasek/Lasik surgery is a microbiologist and spends a great deal of time peering through a microscope. Close work indeed.

  128. so darleen,
    is the persons you are talking about male or female”

    Darleen says April 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    leigh

    he’s been accepted at USC
    Darleen says April 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    bh

    I’ve known her for years and socialized with her on occassion.

  129. Leigh

    the “e” and “i” are slightly different procedures. Lasik creates a flap, Lasek merely softens the top layer which is pushed aside “like a throw rug” as my surgeon explained it.

    More pain and downtime right after Lasek, but interestingly a lot less post-surgery complications.

  130. Since the only kind of engineering the Ivies are any good at these days is social engineering, maybe it’s just as well he didn’t get in.

  131. newrouter

    the student is a boy, his mom is a dda I work with

  132. Well, it’s easy for me to say but this is a bit of real world education for him. Too bad it’s the lesson he learns after working hard and doing well.

  133. USAF Academy has a dynamite engineering school. As an ES with great grades, he should be a shoo-in. Is he physically fit? There is a fitness test to pass and he’ll need a letter from a congresscritter to recommend him.

  134. Somebody somewhere is going to offer that kid an academic scholarship.

    He needs to learn to love one of them.

  135. Darleen says April 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    UC Berkley rejected him as he applied for general engineering and they had only 190 slots for that. “Too many smart kids” allegedly.

    really in the internet world? what uc bezurkley band width problems?

  136. If he does ROTC in college, he will get his schooling paid for and owe the service he is raining for a hitch as an officer after graduation. I tried to get my eldest to do it this way, but he enlisted in the Navy right out of high school. Now he’s doing it the hard way with a wife and part-time night school.

    Kids.

  137. throw this “t” up there

  138. “Too many smart kids” allegedly.

    bill gates, harvard drop out, too unconditioned. hi jobs.

  139. I’d suggest Michigan Tech

    if I didn’t think the first winter in Houghton would kill him.

  140. Berkeley thinks wa-ay tooo highly of itself. I got a really snotty letter from them when I just wrote asking for an information packet about grad school.

  141. If he does ROTC in college, he will get his schooling paid for and owe the service he is raining for a hitch as an officer after graduation.

    invest in a bankrupt system

  142. invest in a bankrupt system

    What are you talking about?

  143. What are you talking about?

    ask ben bernanke or see

    the royal scam

  144. The world that we used to know
    People tell me it don’t turn no more
    The places we used to go
    Familiar faces that ain’t smilin’ like before
    The time of our time has come and gone
    I fear we been waiting too long

  145. We seen the last of Good King Richard
    Ring out the past his name lives on
    Roll out the bones and raise up your pitcher
    Raise up your glass to Good King John

    While he plundered far and wide
    All his starving children cried
    And though we sung his fame
    We all went hungry just the same
    He meant to shine
    To the end of the line

  146. I heard it was you
    Talkin’ ’bout a world
    Where all is free
    It just couldn’t be
    And only a fool would say that

    The man in the street
    Draggin’ his feet
    Don’t wanna hear the bad news
    Imagine your face
    There is his place
    Standing inside his brown shoes
    You do his nine to five
    Drag yourself home half alive
    And there on the screen
    A man with a dream

    quantum romney

  147. I’d suggest Michigan Tech

    if I didn’t think the first winter in Houghton would kill him.

    But the summers are great and there are some lovely beaches though Superior is a bit chilly even in July.

  148. If you listen you can hear it
    It’s the laughter in the street
    It’s the motion in the music
    And the fire beneath your feet
    All the signs are right this time
    You don’t have to try so very hard
    If you live in this world
    You’re feelin’ the change of the guard

    All the cowboys and your neighbors
    Can you swallow up your pride
    Take your guns off it you’re willin’
    And you know we’re on your side
    If you wanna get thru the years
    It’s high time you played your card
    If you live in this world
    You’re feelin’ the change of the guard

  149. to baracky:

    You been tellin’ me you’re a genius
    Since you were seventeen
    In all the time I’ve known you
    I still don’t know what you mean
    The weekend at the college
    Didn’t turn out like you planned
    The things that pass for knowledge
    I can’t understand

  150. Darleen tell the student to leave Eagle Scout off any future applications; for the leftists that run admissions offices that just screams “White Oppressor Merit badge”

  151. Obama’s been dogging it.

  152. He’s a Third World Man.

    Or perhaps My Rival? Show me my rival.

    Or maybe a metaphoric reinterprettaion of Glamour Profession?

    Speaking of Cartegena, who is the gaucho, amigo? Or is it skate a little lower now?

  153. Are you with me Dr. Chu?

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