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How Obama Blew a Big Debt Deal – Rick Newman (usnews.com)

July 21, 2011

How Obama Blew a Big Debt Deal – Rick Newman (usnews.com).

And please note, the author of this US News report sounds like he’s solidly sympathetic to Obama’s plight, but at the same time not so solidly partisan as not to call him on his failures, declining to search for deeply nuanced excuses for said failures…

How bad is the drought in West Texas…

July 19, 2011

This bad….

This is OC Fisher Resevoir.

And the below pictures were taken recently to show that there is almost no water left in the lake. Just a little puddle which was the last refuge of the fish population, and as the puddle shrank, so did the amount of oxygen available in the water I assume.

A close up of the “puddle”, with the dead fish piled up.

Don’t know if the water is red because of some kind of algae, or if it is red because of the buzzards eating the dead fish and allowing the blood from the feast to collectively taint the water…

The guy who took the pictures said that he scared off about 30 buzzards, so I’m thinking they might indeed be contributing to the macabre scene….

We need rain in the worst way….

Retail and Economy: Borders Says It Will Shut Down All of Its Stores for Good – CNBC

July 19, 2011

Retail and Economy: Borders Says It Will Shut Down All of Its Stores for Good – CNBC.

11,000 jobs lost! Holy COW! Anybody smell a bail out here? I mean… if its good for GM……

Modern Poverty Includes A.C. and an Xbox – By Ken McIntyre – The Corner – National Review Online

July 19, 2011

Modern Poverty Includes A.C. and an Xbox – By Ken McIntyre – The Corner – National Review Online.

Well duh….

Welfare state behind debt fight–Michael A. Walsh – NYPOST.com

July 19, 2011

The debt-ceiling cage match is the culmination of the Democrats’ 75-year-long fight to establish a voting bloc of dependents under the false flags of “compassion” and “social justice.” It’s sapped our strength, created a welfare mentality and, if unchecked, will reduce us to a nation of aging, resentful beggars with eyes cast permanently toward Washington.

via Welfare state behind debt fight–Michael A. Walsh – NYPOST.com.

You betcha! This isn’t about servicing debt and defaulting on our debt, it’s about being able to continue servicing the plethora of “social safety nets” engineered by those who find the nanny state necessary for the continuing existence of mankind…

Instapundit » Blog Archive » HEY, DON’T KNOCK HERMAN CAIN ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Sure, the Framers believed in free exercise, a…

July 19, 2011

HEY, DON’T KNOCK HERMAN CAIN ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Sure, the Framers believed in free exercise, and there’s even evidence that they explicitly meant for it to include Muslims. But who cares what a bunch of dead white men — some owned slaves! — thought in a document that’s over a hundred years old anyway?

The Constitution isn’t a dead letter, but a living document that changes with the times. Religious freedom made sense back in the 18th Century, perhaps, but this is the 21st Century, the era of Facebook and smartphones and other new stuff that wasn’t around in the Framers’ time of over a century ago. So things are different now! Cain’s just acknowledging the reality, and one day those stuffy courts will follow along, at least if the right justices are appointed.

Rigid constitutional doctrines from dusty bookshelves will have to adapt to the modern needs of a modern people. The Constitution was never meant to be a straitjacket.

via Instapundit » Blog Archive » HEY, DON’T KNOCK HERMAN CAIN ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Sure, the Framers believed in free exercise, a….

Hmph. Indeed.

Obama meets with Boehner; threatens veto of GOP plan – The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency

July 18, 2011

Obama meets with Boehner; threatens veto of GOP plan – The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency.

Wait. Let me get this straight. The GOP is not supposed to, under any circumstances, draw a line in the sand and instead must compromise.

But the White House gets to draw a line in the sand, say that they will veto anything but an increase of the debt ceiling along with the promises of spending cuts over the next…. ten…. years…

Anybody else want to be that those cuts will not materialize  over the next… ten… years…

Especially as new challenges and needs and entitlements and new “rights” to other people’s money materialize…