Putin vs Obama: The Strong Horse vs. My Little Pony
Lost on the western media and assorted schmos from the blogosphere is the obvious fact that these macho pictures of Putin were not released for their amusement, but for Putin’s benefit. And, in the current international climate, they benefit him quite a bit. They benefit Putin and Russia because, for most of the world unblotched by the the crippling “sophistication” of the West, Putin is compared, inevitably, to Barack Obama. And when that happens, it’s like comparing a Wild Mustang to My Little Pony.
The whole arrangement gives off the strong odor of cronyism and inside-dealing. No one but the White House and PhRMA seems satisfied with it. You can read left-wing criticism of the deal here and here. The White House spin is here.
Since we can’t get enough of Obama, now he’s going to make unprecedented address to ‘Students across America’ Sept 8.
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion continues Throwing Darts at HR3200 – Day 3 (Cost Sharing Limits Gone Wild)
This is a tough slog through mind-numbing verbiage which accomplishes limits on cost-sharing, but does not reveal the implications of such cost sharing limitations for people who prefer alternatives to traditional Medicare. Might this have the effect of eliminating the alternatives to traditional Medicare because of the limitations on cost-sharing? Am I paranoid, or correct, or both?
Read about page 347 of HR3200 and keep in mind that the guy who wrote that post is a law professor at Cornell, and has read more than his share of mind-numbing legalese verbiage, and he is “having to take multiple breaks before my head explodes with frustration.”
Via Maria, better order a new pair of polartec socks: Almanac Predicts ‘Very Frigid’ Winter
“We feel the middle part of the country’s really going to be cold — very, very cold, very, very frigid, with a lot of snow,” she said. “On the East and West coasts, it’s going to be a little milder. Not to say it’s going to be a mild short winter, but it’ll be milder compared to the middle of the country.”
The Unintended consequences of using the use of isobutane and propane hydrocarbon gases as refrigerants, instead of the much more inert freon.
An excellent post from Moe Lane, I’m not really surprised at the acceptance of blood sacrifice…From Free People, Castro-Love, Unending
…these people — certainly some dismaying percentage of them — actually like it: actually like the dictatorship and all the murderous oppression that goes with it. You can’t remain entirely ignorant or naïve after 50 years of this dictatorship. And that is a very, very bitter pill to swallow.
Last, but very important (WARNING: a very graphic post particularly if you view the videos:), Gateway Pundit remembers the Massacre at Beslan– 5 Years Ago Today
On Beslan, via The Astute Bloggers (WARNING: graphic photos),
There is more to this atrocity than was ever published by the MSM. See links under ‘Beslan – Child rape, torture and ritual murder’ at The Religion of Peacetm Subject Index