“He’s probably the smartest guy ever to become President.” – historian Michael Beschloss
For no other reason than it amuses me. From here -
BARACK OBAMA MET WITH THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND.
He asked her, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?”
“Well,” said the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around are really intelligent?”
The Queen took a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.”
The Queen pushed a button on her intercom. “Please send David Cameron in here, would you?”
Cameron walked into the room and said, “Yes, Your Majesty?”
The Queen smiled and said, “Answer me this please, David. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”
Without pausing for a moment, Cameron answered, “That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.
Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question. “Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”
“I’m not sure,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one.” He went to his advisers and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer.
Finally, Biden ran in to Sarah Palin out eating one night. Biden asked, “Sarah, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”
Sarah Palin answered right back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”
Biden smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with Obama.
“Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Sarah Palin!”
Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, “No! You idiot! It’s David Cameron!”
We saw the movie today. John C. Wright discusses it here, in depth and excellently, but DO NOT read it unless you have seen the movie. In Wright’s own words -
…And here I must draw a line and ask no one to step across it who has not seen the film. My main problem is that, for me, the movie worked on so many levels, as hard SF, as pure storytelling, as religious allegory, I don’t know what to say without spoiling it for the virgin viewer.
So there are spoilers in the following column, and these will diminish your enjoyment of this masterpiece going in, I assure you. Only readers who have already seen the film are allowed to read further.
Go see it. I cannot, can NOT, recommend it highly enough.
Today is a format change – Night Sky Radio changes over to Black Friday Radio! Click to listen.
Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do
But catch all the sales and deals
When Black Friday falls you know it’s got to be…
To paraphrase Morrissey, Wal-Mart shoppers of the world unite!
I would have posted this yesterday, but I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s holiday.
The “Potty-mouth Princess Posse” is back, dropping f-bombs like a rapper dropping names.
Just for laughs, let’s take that “1 in 4″ statement as sort of a fact. Even if statiscally there is 1 domestic violence incident for every 4 women in a given area, say 25,000 DV cases in a city with 100,000 women over the age of 18 , that doesn’t mean 25% of the women were victims. It’s often the same small percentage of women who keep going back to the man that hit them.¹ So if repeat occurrences aren’t accounted for, the numbers will look much higher than they are.
“Society barely lifts a finger when men raise their fists,” they claim. Considering the cops arrest men every night for domestic violence, I doubt that. Raising a fist isn’t even necessary… just raising his voice can get a man jailed. Just the accusation alone without proof gets the law on your doorstep.² Not to mention all the charities, shelters, and activist groups dedicated to helping battered women. But society hasn’t done anything.
And when did the “silence” about domestic violence start? It’s not like it hasn’t been covered in an endless stream of books, movies, TV, songs, comics, etc. throughout the decades.
As for that bit at the end – “Baby, you provoked me. I was drunk!” – I hate to say it, but there’s some truth to that. A surprising number of women will provoke a drunk man, angering him until he gets violent. Some women even hit the man first, even when they know it’s gonna get them punched.
¹ There’s no mention of that in the video, of course.
² I don’t blame the cops for this. They know it’s crap, but they have to follow the law as written.
I did my last post too soon…
Title and details shamelessly swiped from Ed Driscoll -
Arthur C. Carlson was right: as God is my witness, turkeys can fly! “After centuries of being largely earthbound, your Thanksgiving turkey is finally able to fly. That is, with the help of a drone … and into a boiling pot of oil.”
…continuing the annual tradition from the Pinedale Shopping Mall, on the air in Cincinnati Ohio!
BONUS THANKSGIVING EXTRA: The full theme song performed by Steve Carlisle, a radio hit in 1981 -
…or just dropping it in an unmarked grave somewhere?
A man living as a woman who suddenly passed away from a brain aneurysm was buried as “Geoffrey” not “Jennifer.”
Okay, whatever. I don’t care what name a person wants on their headstone. I don’t think it’s a big deal how the family chooses to lay to rest one of its members, since the deceased isn’t really going to be worried about it at that point. But again, I really don’t care how anyone outside of my own family handles funerals.
But now California has passed the Respect After Death Act -
It requires any official responsible for completing a transgender person’s death certificate to ensure it represents the deceased person’s gender expression, as documented in other government-issued documents, or evidenced by gender confirmation medical procedures.
Masen Davis of the Transgender Law Center, a cosponsor of the bill, said this was a “common-sense bill that will help protect the dignity of our loved ones upon their passing.”
This is where the failure to think ahead comes in. Will the deaths of transgenders make note of their transgender status? If not, more deaths will be statistically attributed to women. For one, suicide rates are abnormally high among transgender people. After this law, will the numbers read as suicides among women increasing? Will fewer women die from breast cancer, statistically speaking? How will this affect statistics and subsequent medical research?
Then again, this might be a Blow For Equality in disguise. Men generally die younger than women… if transgender men are listed as women when they die, that would help achieve statistical Age Of Death Parity among men and women.
Bu maybe this is exactly what progressives want. If women can be numerically shown to be dying younger and more often, feminists can agitate for more government favors.
I find it amusing somehow that the article was posted under Yahoo’s “Parenting” section.
[Or: “Too Cool For JUST School”]
In keeping with what seems to be the New School trend around here these days…
Jet-powered school bus. Everyone should own one.
Watch all the way to the end.
Hat tip to VodkaPundit