Just In Passing – Sunday Morning

The Absurd
Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt is the Republican nominee for State Rep in Colorado Springs HD15. What qualifies him as a candidate in the Colorado State House? “‘Chaps’ as they call him, has a long history as a disgraced former Navy Chaplain who brags about having successfully performed an exorcism on a lesbian soldier and who has stated again and again that demonic spirits are behind everything from abortion to gay marriage to ENDA to President Obama to Madonna won him the support of the vast majority of GOP caucus-goers earlier this year.

As Susie Madrak of Crooks and Liars says here is a man running for Congress ‘who thinks that “Obamacare causes cancer,’ that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to ‘defend themselves against left wing crazies,’ and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to ‘molest and visually rape your children’ is now a Republican candidate for office.”

The Incredulous
Fox News psychiatrist and contributor Dr. Keith Ablow (hat tip: C&L) was on ‘Outnumbered’ the other Thursday morning. After the topic turned to The World Cup, how well the US was doing, and the overall support for the team; here is what he had to say:

Ablow: I am suspect because, here’s the thing. Why, at a time when there are so many national and international issues of such prominence, I’m a little suspicious of yet another bread and circus routine. Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws, and get people even more crazy about yet another entertainment event.”

What’s wrong with you?

Ablow: This is a way to distract people.

Powers: You have a very dark world view.

Ablow: This is like Rome. I can see why Obama would love the World Cup –

Guilfoyle: What are you talking about? This is encouraging for kids to get out and play sports, and you can play soccer from a young age.

Ablow: It’s overblown. . .”

The World Cup is 84 years old this year and Ablow thinks it was put on to distract us.

The Ridiculous
I am a Vietnam era Marine who had the opportunity to shoot everything up to a 155mm howitzer. I have a few rifles, but, I have nothing beyond 30 caliber. I still shoot even though it is getting harder to do so with all the loons around who wish to publically display. For me, it is a private affair. Here is a reported news event I would call ridiculous.

” A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home. (hat tip: C&L)

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles away.

Homeowner Gene Kelley could not fathom what he found after hearing a large crash inside his home.

[…] A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.”

After ricocheting off a tree branch, the spent round penetrated an outside wall, hit the ceiling, damaged another wall and coming to rest within the house; all while the owner and his wife were in the house.

“The gun range owner says the weapon was fired safely by professionals at a downward projection.”

Aren’t they all trained professionals after something unplanned happens as the result of a firing a weapon? Hey, at least they were not firing HE rounds! The house would have disappeared with them inside of it.

March 3, 1933
Some things never change.

“Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.” FDR 1st Inaugural Address

“Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him. Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman?”, December 1851

The Fifties and Matt Laeur
“But some people are speculating that you also got this job because as a woman and as a mom because people knew this company was in for a very tough time and as a woman and a mom you could present a softer image and softer face for this company as it goes through this horrible episode. Does it make sense or does it make you bristle?” he asked.” Moron ‘o the day, Digsby

Matt Lauer speaking to Mary Barra, CEO of GM. Why she did not get up and let him have it speaks of her ability to control herself. I would not have been so polite.

Water for The Elephants
“carrying water for elephants” is a phrase that means carrying a heavy load, much like carrying a secret that you can’t tell even someone you love wholeheartedly, just as in the end Jacob does for his wife.

An elephant drinks 25-75 gallons of water a day far more than any man would be able to carry at any given time. “Water for Elephants” “Sometimes when you get older . . . things you think on and wish on start to seem real. And then you believe them, and before you know it they’re part of your history.”

“Most recently former NY Lt. Governor Betsy McGaughey in the WSJ (August 8th) commented on the ACA in ‘ObamaCares’s Phoney Deficit Reduction’ choosing to carry water for the Republican candidates Romney and Ryan with the hope she can convince voters President Obama’s ACA will not reduce the cost of Medicare and instead will rob the Medicare TF. By her words alone, Ms. McGaughey can not change the numeric of Medicare expected and occurring reduced growth and costs resulting from the passage of ACA. In her, Romney and Ryan’s minds the logic of how the robbery of benefits and the Medicare is all too real even when the proof of the opposite is self-evident. The three will have to do double time if they are to provide enough water to conflate the ACA to the public if in fact they are to make them believe the illusion.” Medicare Cuts: What is the Fight About?

I am hearing that part of the contraction in GDP is due to less expenditures in healthcare as a result of more people being insured due to the PPACA. So far, the detractors have been wrong on the PPACA and they “still” can not carry enough water to prove it otherwise.