August 17, 2010

Tooting my own horn..Hot Air Comment of the Day..

In a fit of rank self-promotion, I wanted to share with you a comment I made because of what Allahpundit wrote over at Hot Air! today.

It's not that I dislike AP; he puts up some pretty good stuff. Just, once in a while, he sends me over the edge with his inability to drop the hammer or pull the trigger. In the above-linked post, he wrote something that caused me to reach critical mass and to which I responded:

“But they’re like the bitterness that Americans feel about the 2009 economic stimulus, which was oversold and has become politically toxic because its success is hard to measure.”

..hard to measure? Hard to measure? Let’s see, practically every stat, every indicator, every scintilla of objective criteria since February 2009 has plummeted, risen, flagged, waned, ballooned, and generally trended in an unfavorable direction.

Any whisper, breath, or hint of success in these criteria have been blown away by subsequent measurements. People laughingly hired at brain-dead-burger-flipper-like jobs (the census and other laughable make-work, CCC-like, new deal boondoggles) have been returned to the streets. Many people have been out of work for so long that they have dropped off the radar and are eking out a living by the most pathetic means possible and living off the meager stipend this leadership actually believes can represent stimulus in and of itself.

This nation slides inexorably towards total catastrophic break down and you say this is “hard to measure”.

AP, it’s like saying that the force of a 20-megaton. 2,000 foot air burst is hard to measure because the instruments got blown away.

Get serious, dude..

..and actually read the stuff you and Ed put up each hour, day, and week for the past 18 months.

The War Planner on August 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM
stimulus, which was oversold and has become politically toxic because its success is hard to measure.”

..hard to measure? Hard to measure? Let’s see, practically every stat, every indicator, every scintilla of objective criteria since February has plummeted, risen, flagged, waned, ballooned, and generally trended in an unfavorable direction.

Any whisper, breath, or hint of success in these criteria have been blown away by subsequent measurements. People laughingly hired at brain-dead-burger-flipper-like jobs (the census and other laughable make-work, CCC-like, new deal boondoggles) have been returned to the streets. Many people have been out of work for so long that they have dropped off the radar and are eking out a living by the most pathetic means possible and living off the meager stipend this leadership actually believes can represent stimulus in and of itself.

This nation slides inexorably towards total catastrophic break down and you say this is “hard to measure”.

AP, it’s like saying that the force of a 20-megaton. 2,000 foot air burst is hard to measure because the instruments got blown away.

Get serious, dude..

..and actually read the stuff you and ad Ed put up each hour, day, and week for the past 18 months.

The War Planner on August 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Again, AP and Ed Morrissey do great work and I expect them to be objective. Unhinged rhetoric is for stiffs like me who visit what John Mortimer's character Horace Rumpole calls "the reviving drinks tray" and wades into a tempestuous sea hurling lightening bolts like the Norse god Thor. Think the hoary old Monty Python 16 Tonne weight dropping on someone in those wonderful sketches.

But I mean seriously, his inattention to reality in this case is kinda like your heading out across the Arizona desert with the next petrol station 95 miles away and your fuel gauge on "E".

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1 comment:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Zip, zero, nada, is what I've seen.