A couple of choice nuggets from Mark Steyn’s weekly column:
“This plant indirectly supports hundreds of other jobs right here in Toledo,” Obama told the workers at Chrysler. “After all, without you, who’d eat at Chet’s or Inky’s or Rudy’s? Manufacturers from Michigan to Massachusetts are looking for new engineers to build advanced batteries for American-made electric cars. And obviously, Chet’s and Inky’s and Zinger’s, they’ll all have your business for some time to come.”
A couple of days later, Chet’s announced it was closing after nine decades. “It was the economy and the smoking ban that hurt us more than anything,” said the owner.
When historians look back at the fraud and hoax and mass hysteria that was the Obamenon, they will wonder how effing dumb any so-called advanced civilization could be. He was no magician, there was no sleight of hand. He just told us that the lady we saw lying dismembered on stage in a pool of her own blood was successfully sawed in half, and we believed him. It didn’t hurt that the media, in the personage of a fat, hairy-bellied, middle-aged bald guy, in fishnet stockings and a sequined leotard, mimed astonishment at the fetes of the Amazing Prezkin. Ta-da!
I will have more to say on historians in a later post, but back to Steyn:
Random example from the headlines: The paramilitarization of the education bureaucracy. The federal Department of Education doesn’t employ a single teacher but it does have a SWAT team: They kicked down a front door in Stockton, California last week and handcuffed Kenneth Wright (erroneously) in connection with a student-loan “investigation.” “We can confirm that we executed a search warrant,” said Department of Education spokesperson Gina Burress.
The Department of Education issues search warrants? Who knew? The Brokest Nation in History is the only country in the developed world whose education secretary has his own Delta Force.
A government bureaucracy with no reason to exist has quietly built itself a rapid deployment force for (erroneously) collecting on delinquent loans.
Do you hear me? Am I making myself clear? The Department of Education, an invention of Jimmy Carter, employs shock troops. When not collecting on bad debts, they are known to frisk young children for plastic forks and to wrestle peanut butter cookies to the ground.
And speaking of frisking:
A 24-year old woman has been awarded compensation of $2,350 after TSA agents exposed her breasts to all and sundry at the Corpus Christi Airport security line and provided Weineresque play-by-play commentary. “We regret that the passenger had an unpleasant experience,” said a TSA spokesgroper, also very Weinerly. But hey, those are a couple of cute bumps on the road, lady!
This happened months ago, but who can keep straight all the examples of inappropriate behavior and inexplicable selections for “enhanced techniques”?
Let’s refresh your mammary:
Murley, pictured above, charged in her lawsuit that she was “singled out for extended search procedures,” and that a TSA agent frisked her and “pulled Plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing Plaintiff’s breasts to everyone in the area.”
TSA employees, Murley added, “joked and laughed about the incident for an extended period of time.” After leaving the security line to be “consoled by an acquaintance who had brought her to the airport,” Murley returned to the line, where a male TSA worker said that he had wished he was there when she first passed through. The employee, Murley recalled, added that “he would just have to watch the video.” The incident left Murley “extremely embarrassed and humiliated,” according to her complaint.
If you’re wondering why she got only $2,350, it’s because that’s all they thought the government was good for. A bigger check would have bounced.
If you’re wondering why the abject humiliation of a young woman by irresponsible and unaccountable louts in uniform has stirred barely a whisper of outrage (poor ACLU, stricken with palsy), take a number. We should get to you by November 2012.