This is the original book that was the inspiration for the hit Netflix series staring Kevin Spacey. Set in England, House of Cards follows the political fortunes of the British Prime Minister as he faces his opposition after a winning (barely) election for his party. Contrary to expectations, however, it’s his own party that he has to watch his back around. Author Michael Dobbs gives us a glimpse in the dark underside of national politics.
“A politician should never spend too much time thinking. It distracts attention from guarding his back.”
This post primarily gets its information from a recent article in the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. Unfortunately for Americans real news in generally unavailable from U.S. news sources.
First the scare…
“Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast.”
Then the “science”…
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
– – H.L. Menken – –
A few days ago I posted a number of comments by Obama’s “friends“ that were less than complimentary. At the end I purposefully left off the thousands and thousands of gaffes by his running mate and the guy next in line to the presidency, Joe Biden. I shouldn’t be surprised that even Joe couldn’t find a way to force me to use him in the post. IT IS EXTREMELY SCARY THAT THIS LOOSE-TONGUED IDIOT IS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. He is like an overdone SNL skit though all SNL skits are almost always overdone. I have to grudgingly admit that the new teeth and hair look better than the old Joe. You can put new hair and teeth on a pig, but it is still Joe Biden.
Many may remember Lara Logan’s ordeal during Egypt’s Arab Spring. She was reporting on the uprising (supported by the Obama Administration) when she was attacked and raped multiple times. I have to admit to knowing very little about her politics or her professional work. Ms. Logan recently did a piece for CBS and 60 Minutes of all news outlets on terrorism. Her findings shatter the Obama foreign policy of apology and appeasement [my words not hers]. The following are some quotes from a recent speech on terrorism followed by a video of the speech. It is worth watching and while scary it is refreshing to see a reporter speaking truth rather than talking points.
I once heard Pennsylvania politics described as the “red T” where there is a corridor north-south in the center of the state and an east-west corridor on the upper part of the state that is generally red or republican. The state, however, is generally dominated by the two large urban areas around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where blue is predominant. I really cannot speak to local Philadelphia politics, but the Republican Party is, if I am being very generous, extremely weak to non-existent in the ‘Burgh.
From the workshop - Sorry about the quality...I was sitting in the back
That is the recurring message delivered by author Dr. Timothy Daughtry to an enthusiastic audience of about one hundred and fifty “activists” yesterday afternoon. The funny part is none of us in attendence were activits. We were just mainstream Americans who are very concerned about the direction that our country is being driven by the far left. “Driven” may not be the correct term as it seems like we are being “herded.” We peaceful Americans want to enjoy our families, work hard, play hard, and basically want to be left alone. Between elections we expect our elected officials to keep their promises and act in ways that do not require our oversight. That really hasn’t worked really well for American ideals for the last century.
Any hockey fan knows who Tim Thomas is. He is perhaps the premier goalie in the National Hockey League (and it hurts being from Pittsburgh and saying that). He has been described as “unorthodox” in his style, but he is the current Stanley Cup champion goalie of the Boston Bruins. Part of the celebration of June’s Stanley Cup Victory is for the winning team to make a visit to the White House. I am sure that some Bruin handed Obama a Boston Bruin sweater.
Conspicuously absent from the ceremony was Tim Thomas. It what is being called a snub, Thomas declined the invitation releasing a statement that;
Having just returned from a two day “college tour” with our high school junior I actually was in bed at 9:30 last night and did not hear the news until this morning. The great news. It was funny listening to the right-leaning talk shows today as the hosts grudgingly gave praise to Obama, but not quite happy about it. I am happy about it and can acknowledge that “It’s Bush’s fault.” Having taken the mess of our intelligence community left after Clinton and Garelick (the “Wall” lady) and infusing a mass of support and pride our human intelligence (“humint”)capabilities were greatly improved. That’s not saying much since our humint was so lacking, but yesterday’s events prove the value of himint. We may never know what all transpired, but Obama, perhaps unwittingly gave props to Bush,
The recent headlines regarding General Electrics profits contrasted with their ability to paying any taxes in the United States had a lot of us scratching our heads. I am sure there are no direct connections between GE’s ability to curry favor with the Obama Administration and their prominance in U.S. politics. I am also sure that the fact that their former ownership of NBC and that network’s almost cult-like support of all things Obama played no factor in any subsidies that the company received directly or indirectly via customers who use their products. As you know I am a thinker and a visual guy so I pulled out my old process diagram system and put together what capitalism might have looked like then (perhaps the turn of twentieth century)…