July 2, 2012

protein wisdoms

From long-time commenter LBascom, comparing the Border Patrol and the Secret Service :

Two federal protection agencies; one protects the country’s borders, one protects the country’s temporary political representative. One is told to take a bullet if they must to do their duty. The other is told to run and hide under threat.

I find it illuminating of our ruling elite’s mind set. They have no intention of living under the conditions they mandate on the rest of us.

A tidy summation without the horrors of one of my thousand-word sentagraphs.  Nicely done.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 1:25pm
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  1. Wow, it’s own post huh? Cool.

    Well, allow me to repost my follow up comment here:

    Kinda like how Obama used an executive order to protect Holder, but they don’t remember Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry ‘s name.

  2. Look where we will today, we’ll find clear signs of our new twofold political arrangement, an arrangement of rulers and subjects. The better detailed, as Lee has done, the sooner — I believe — we’ll be rid of it. A catalog, a template for which we find in the Declaration, may be in order.

  3. Also relevant I think:

    Issa, Grassley release details about Fast and Furious whistleblower retaliation, cover-up. [...]

    Grassley and Issa said that in early 2011, right around the time Grassley first made public the whistleblowers’ allegations about Fast and Furious, Scot Thomasson – then the chief of the ATF’s Public Affairs Division – said, according to an eyewitness account: “We need to get whatever dirt we can on these guys [the whistleblowers] and take them down.”

    Thomasson also allegedly said that: “All these whistleblowers have axes to grind. ATF needs to f—k these guys.”

  4. Look where we will today, we’ll find clear signs of our new twofold political arrangement, an arrangement of rulers and subjects

    Indeed.

    Has little Timmy Geithner paid his taxes yet?

    I gotta go do yard work, have fun!

  5. Is “sentagraph” really a word?

    ;)

  6. It is now.

  7. Part of the Outlaw! lexicon.

  8. Sentagraph: a protologism meaning “A one-sentence paragraph”. Also semantopoeic. Which is also a protologism.

    I got all that from Wiki. ;-)

  9. sorry, OT but sweet Jeebus on a stretcher…

    Don’t know why I or anyone tortures themselves by listening to Ed Morrissey’s ustream show. Today, nothing but feel-good chucklebunny syrup. Because, you see, losing on RobertsCare is actually a win for the Republicans, a real motivational coup for our side! We should rejoice in the fundraising numbers for Our Team! Furthermore, Ed tells us that Teh Amurican People will not stand for the gubmint doing nothing about healthcare… when we fully victorious Republicans in both Houses and the Presidency repeal RobertsCare we must replace it eleventy with “fiscally sound” responsible “market-based” reforms… and Romney is just the man to do it!

    They even lied and said Romney had no interest in seeing a national version of Romneycare.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M9gGwW2gCs
    (Wyden-Bennet plan included a federal mandate)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbLTovqG29g
    http://bit.ly/Lg29nm
    http://huff.to/Lg2l67
    http://bit.ly/Lg4FtF

    I wish sometimes the internets really were tubes, so I could pee into Ed’s mouth and call it lemonade.

  10. Because, you see, losing on RobertsCare is actually a win for the Republicans, a real motivational coup for our side!

    Yeah Ed, and if the French hadn’t fallen apart like a roll of cheap toilet paper in a turkish bath, there never would have been a “miracle” at Dunkirk.

    Nobody ever won for losing. But that hasn’t stopped the GOP from trying since 1932, has it?

    Fucking idiot.

  11. this Issa person is vastly more relevant to advancing the cause of liberty in this one year than Boehnerfag has been in the last 7

  12. Sorry again about the OT but the delusion on our side is so deep it’s making me dizzy.

    Ever wonder how Mittens will actually impose these waivers he’s so keen to sign? He can’t waive a single thing until 2017.

    http://reason.com/blog/2011/12/07/romney-on-obamacare-relief-waiver-i-dont

    Why is this so seldom discussed? Unless Romney plans not to rely on section 1332 of RobertsCare for the waivers and simply issue an executive order out of whole cloth that gainsays a duly enacted law of Congress, declared constitutional by Lord High Judge Roberts.

    In which case I have three words for Mitt which the Democrats will use in court: Truman, steel mills.

  13. It is tweetable! Maybe Lee can tweet Glenn Reynolds and other 2nd amendment advocates.

  14. Nobody ever won for losing. But that hasn’t stopped the GOP from trying since 1932, has it?

    “If you can accept losing, you can’t win.”

    “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

    Vince Lombardi

  15. I’ve heard a lot of delusional rejoicing from the likes of Ed, and my reply is the same each time: “Oh, yeah — it’s totally worth it to hollow out the Republic for a bit of short-term political advantage! What’s not to like?”

  16. In which case I have three words for Mitt which the Democrats will use in court: Truman, steel mills.

    To which the rebuttal is just three more words: Barack. Hussein. Obama. Seriously, these guys are gonna have a hard time finding traction on selective law enforcement after the last four years. And anyone who gets too unruly in their complaints can find a drone buzzing their house at random hours of the day and night. I mean, if we’re going to show the other side what becomes of the powers and tools they bestow upon their benevolent central authorities, we might as well come out swinging.

    If it were me, I’d simply have my bureaucrats write a rule that says any state where health insurance is available from any source is in compliance with the federal mandate, and leave it at that. No need for waivers when you can just say that everybody’s already compliant. Everybody gets a medal!

  17. Ever wonder how Mittens will actually impose these waivers he’s so keen to sign? He can’t waive a single thing until 2017.

    Hey, if you can challenge a mandate in court, up until the point at which it becomes a tax, which you cannot challenge until some has to pay it, then why not issue waivers into that same space-time rift?

    Everyone’s doing it, ma!

  18. I’ve heard a lot of delusional rejoicing from the likes of Ed,

    They still think Washington can be sufficiently reformed to stop us plummeting over the edge.

    What fools these mortals be.

  19. I mean, if we’re going to show the other side what becomes of the powers and tools they bestow upon their benevolent central authorities, we might as well come out swinging.

    I only hope Mittens has the balls to do so.

    If it were me, I’d simply have my bureaucrats write a rule that says any state where health insurance is available from any source is in compliance with the federal mandate, and leave it at that. No need for waivers when you can just say that everybody’s already compliant.

    If Romney actually does something like this, I might develop a grudging respect for him. Seriously, since this is not a nation of laws, why the hell not? If it comes to client groups fighting over the national carcass, might as well get the best seat at table.

  20. ELB, I don’t tweet. Jeff can if he wants.

  21. http://www.constitution.org/afp/pennmi00.htm
    The Address and Reasons of Dissent of the Minority of the Convention of Pennsylvania to their Constituents
    December 12, 1787

    …That the new government will not be a confederacy of states, as it ought, but one consolidated government, founded upon the destruction of the several governments of the states, we shall now shew.

    The powers of Congress under the new constitution, are complete and unlimited over the purse and the sword, and are perfectly independent of, and supreme over, the state governments, whose intervention in these great points is entirely destroyed. By virtue of their power of taxation, Congress may command the whole, or any part of the property of the people…

    …And the supremacy of the laws of the United States is established by article 6th, viz. “That this constitution and the laws of the United States, which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby; any thing in the const ituition or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.” It has been alledged that the words “pursuant to the constitution,” are a restriction upon the authority of Congress, but when it is considered that by other sections they are invested with every efficient power of government, and which may be exercised to the absolute destruction of the state governments, without any violation of even the forms of the constitution this seeming restriction, as well as every other restriction in it, appears to us to be nugatory and delusive; and only introduced as a blind upon the real nature of the government. In our opinion, “pursuant to the constitution,” will be co-extensive with the will and pleasure of Congress, which, indeed, will be the only limitation of their powers.

  22. “To protect and serve” is a common LE motto. Left out is the what and who are being protected and served. This is because they are assumed to be obvious, and they have been perceived that obvious and always trusted way.

    This administration is stripping out all the old assumptions, transforming them, or maybe only the perception of them, before our eyes.

  23. In late 1943, Germany’s propoganda ministry began to describe the widespread retreat on the Eastern Front as “Consolidating Our Victories.”

    I am not sure that the Republicans and Conservatives/Tea Party–the Libertarians are a lost cause since 2001–can hope to regain the upper hand in a meaningful fashion until they begin to acknowledge their defeats and then explore (and surrender of the language is a big part) the root causes of defeat.

  24. In late 1943, Germany’s propoganda ministry began to describe the widespread retreat on the Eastern Front as “Consolidating Our Victories.”

    I am not sure that the Republicans and Conservatives/Tea Party–the Libertarians are a lost cause since 2001–can hope to regain the upper hand in a meaningful fashion until they begin to acknowledge their defeats and then explore (and surrender of the language is a big part) the root causes of defeat.

    Here here. Dead on. And three cheers.

    What’s really weird about the times, we have to note, is that the progressive theoretical structure is entirely moribund, yet the progressives keep winning tactical victories nevertheless, to such an extent that they have no idea their program is doomed.

    The right, on the other hand, hasn’t yet developed the theoretical structure which will replace the progressive collapse, and in it’s confusion continues to throw away opportunities to restore a saner politics.

  25. OT: Been in the middle of the Ohio power outage since Friday evening, with AEP saying that July 8 is the date we can expect restoration. I was able to find a generator (one of 10 left) yesterday, and spent the day getting it set up, laying in a supply of gasoline, hooking up the freezer, fridge, hot water heater; running fans to strategic areas and setting up lighting. Got any stuff from the fridges and freezers that went bad thrown out, and generally set to hold on until next Sunday.

    Then, as proof that God has a sense of humor, the power came back on.

    I am NOT complaining.

  26. I hope your neighbors thank you for your hard work in getting Murphy on their side.

  27. Is it at all possible we’ll see a rise in medical tourism?

    Could American doctors set up shop in India, China, Vietnam, Australia, Thailand, The Philippines, etc., and then provide procedures as part of a holiday package?

    You hate to see this sort of thing, but if 50% + 1 of voting age Americans are going to vote for suicide, does the other 50% – 1 have to go along?

  28. batboy:

    Mrs. Darth, if we can get her exit strategy from slavery via ObamaRobertsCareTax settled, plans to still practice but on more of a barter system. Right now, when the next-door neighbor needs a weekly injection he comes over, she does it, and we get a plateful of tasty treats. We got taken out to dinner one time when she superglued the neighbor’s grandkid’s head shut.

    As another commenter here noted (sorry, I forget who), if there’s a doc in your neighborhood or personal circle, find out what brand of whisky or beer they drink, and set ‘em up a few times. They’ll remember you.

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