Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Morning Blog

Watching the President's speech on policy in the Mid-East and Northern Africa.

A quick aside before I get into proper blogging as the Girlfriend and I watch something on the news about Bin Laden:

TGF: Did you know he dyed his beard? He used "Just for Men"

Me: You mean "Just for Iman".

Wocka frickin' wocka.


The President just made an important point that peaceful protest has accomplished more in the Middle East (at least in Egypt and Tunisia), than decades of terrorism. That leads nicely to Al Qaeda making a belated attempt to jump on the bandwagon.

Some presidents have slightly fewer press conferences than ours.

And some presidents aren't doing so hot.

What the hell is going on with the money men? First, economist Strauss-Kahn allegedly goes berserk in a New York hotel suite and now German insurance salesmen are playing hide the schnitzel. Trust the Germans to throw an incredibly organized and regimented orgy.

More on Strauss-Kahn here. He's resigned from his position at the IMF and his lawyers are pushing once again for bail. The application for bail reveals part of what will probably be his defense:

Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s bail application gave clues to his potential defense strategy. It recounted his whereabouts on Saturday and suggested that his actions were not consistent with that of a man who had just committed a sex crime, which prosecutors said occurred at noon. Mr. Strauss-Kahn checked out of the hotel at 12:28 p.m. on Saturday, the application said, and then went to lunch a few blocks away at 12:45 p.m.

Why on Earth would they? China has stated that it has no interest in matching American military power. To be honest, there's no reason why they would want to. First of all, they simply have a long, long way to go in terms of matching our ability to project force. Not having an aircraft carrier is certainly a big hindrance. More significantly though, I think they've realized that there are more economic ways to advance their interests than playing world cop. Why would they want to go to the bother of dispatching an aircraft carrier to every unstable spot on the globe when we seem happy enough to do it for them?

Let's face it: Empire is expensive and the Chinese should be more than happy to send forth merchants rather than marines.

Anyways, the Chinese have problems of their own, dam it!

Retirees vs. Reptiles. Honestly, it seems as though the only growth industry in Florida may be gator wrangling.

Take that, stupid lizards! Frankly though, based on my experience with humans, I have to take this assertion with a grain of salt.

Speaking of which...

2012 Watch: Open mouth, insert foot... The Gingrich campaign appears to be stillborn. Unbelievably, he's probably one of the more serious people in the Republican field. This really, truly is the best that they can do. Appalling.

Anyways, while we're on the subject of Gingrich, let's take a quiz.

Kids do the darndest things.

Hmm... bad day for the kids it seems.

As amazed as I am that the Center for Disease Control actually has a blog, I'm delighted to find that they use it to reach out to the public and highlight what critical steps every American should take in order to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Breaking up is hard to do. Though this is certainly one way to do it.

I really have nothing to say about this.

This however, is pretty awesome.

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