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Monday, November 23, 2009

Tip of the Iceberg, Indeed

My first reaction to the headline, "Report: ACORN Mismanaged Grant Money," in the Washington Times, was to wonder how the hell anyone can talk about proper management of stolen property.

And then I read the following quote from Texas Republican Lamar Smith: "The Justice Department IG's report may prove to be just the tip of an iceberg-sized fraud."

You don't say!

I'd feel a lot more confident in Smith's being on the case if he opposed federal funding to charities on principle, but, sadly, he does not.

Physician Slavery Update

All I can add to Paul Hsieh's update is the following excerpt from a famous Winston Churchill speech:

[N]ever give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
There are a few scattered rays of hope yet.

Interest: $2,300 per Year per Man, Woman, and Child

And I'm rounding that payment down after dividing by only 300 million people an unrealistically low projection of the cost of servicing the national debt in 2019.

Three Good Ones

I feel the need to end with a triple dose of humor today.

1. Saturday Night Live has apparently been having a field day with Barack Obama lately. Ms. Underestimated posts a video of a skit that she calls, "probably one of their funniest parodies to date." (HT: David Elmore)

2. The moral provided with the hilarious video below is, "NEVER taunt somebody who can do cartwheels."

Actually, it might also be helpful to save your taunts for a time when your odds of success exceed twenty percent. If you like the song, here's the whole thing, although it's actually about American football.

3. From FMyLife: "Today, my friend called me freaking out because of an online pregnancy test. She was scared because she had no idea that she was pregnant, let alone having a fifteen pound baby. The website is a joke. She goes to an Ivy League school, and I couldn't even get into community college." [link added]

-- CAV


Rational Education said...

"[My first reaction] ...... was to wonder how the hell anyone can talk about proper management of stolen property."
Well said and Amen!
When you cut it to the core, it is as simple as that (as you have put it) -the evasions of any and every compassionate (!) other people's money spending statist not withstanding!

Gus Van Horn said...

You helped me realize that this is also another reason why it is so important to help people become better able to think in terms of principles: Idiocy like that stands out in stark contrast.

Were more people able to do that, we wouldn't need to have Barack Obama in the White House to make people wonder whether statism might be dangerous.