Sorry I haven't been around much - the paying job has been rather consuming lately - but, in honor of the Omnibus Pork Bill currently squabbling its way through Congress, here is an omnibus post on the absurd headlines and talking points in the news lately.
The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants against a sitting head of state for the first time. They have accused Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur and officials from Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah have stepped up to defend and endorse al-Bashir. A gaggle of known criminals is endorsing another criminal and they're not even smart enough to realize what this means.
The U.S. Postal Service is losing revenue yet again and is now threatening to remove Saturday deliveries in order to save money. Face it folks. If any real business were run the way this agency is run it would have gone bankrupt and disappeared long ago. The USPS is the only "business" in the world that gets away with raising rates because no one wants there service.
A middle school in Southern California is spending $10000 a year to teach Advanced Placement Spanish classes to native Spanish speakers and they don't understand why everyone else is giving them funny looks. School officials claim to be just taking advantage of a natural resource but I'd say artificially inflating your "success" numbers by giving classes to students who are known to have no need of the class is more accurately described as cheating. It's kind of like putting the math nerds in the Checkbooks for Dummies classes and then claiming to have done something wonderful when they all achieve perfect scores.
Southwest has a new plane on the runway that has some passengers seeing red. It has other passengers seeing a beautiful woman in a bikini but it's all in the eye of the beholder, right? The new plane is a flying advertisement for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and features Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli lounging in a bikini. Uptight passengers are complaining that it is "pornography". Ordinarily I scoff at European opinions of America, but this one makes sense. One of the reasons they often look down on us is because we have so many loud people who do not know how to use a dictionary. Look up "pornography", people. You will not find "woman lounging in a bikini" anywhere in the definition.
And, of course, the hoorah about comments from Rush Limbaugh continues to defy imagination. Everywhere you look you'll find Lefties crying "treason!" because a man who is known to oppose liberal policies has stated that he hopes those policies fail. When did criticising a sitting president become treasonous? It certainly wasn't treasonous for the last eight years when the Left was non-stop slamming and ridiculing Bush. Of course, we're talking about the same people who dismiss Limbaugh as a "drug addict" because he became hooked on pain medication after surgery but apparently have no problem with Obama's admitted recreational drug use. Amazing how that works, isn't it?
Speaking of that particular controversy, Federal Union Thug ... I mean Boss Colleen M. Kelley recently weighed in on the controversy by lambasting Limbaugh and claiming that "If he [Obamna] fails, our country fails." Really? In a country of more than 300 Million people our only possibility of solving this economic crisis resides with one man of middling political experience? And Kelley wonders why she didn't get invited to the White House for the last eight years.
I could keep going but I think I've skewered enough absurdities for one day. Maybe I'll do another omnibus tomorrow. There will certainly be the headlines for it. It seems certain now that one thing I can count on from the current political circus is plenty of absurdities. It would be entertaining if it wasn't so frightening.