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Today's Chuckle

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Actually, I want to know who comes up with these ideas.
 

Afternoon Chuckle

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Found via Stumble:

(Four Dudes) On their way to getting married, a young couple is involved in a fatal car accident. They find themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates, waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they begin to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter shows up, they ask him. St. Peter says, 'I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked that. Let me go and find out,' and he leaves.

The couple sit and wait, and wait. Two months pass and the couple is still waiting. As they wait, they discuss that if they were allowed to get married in Heaven, what was the eternal aspect of it all. 'What if it doesn't work?' they wondered. 'Are we stuck together forever?'

After yet another month, St. Peter finally returns, looking somewhat bedraggled. 'Yes,' he informs the couple, 'you can get married in Heaven.'

'Great!' says the couple, 'But we were just wondering, what if things don't work out? Can we also get a divorce in Heaven?'

St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slams his clipboard onto the ground.

'What's wrong?' ask the frightened couple.

'OH, COME ON!' St. Peter shouts, 'It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it'll take me to find a lawyer?'
Yeah, of course it didn't work. Since when is the thinking that caused the problem ever going to solve the problem.

Why BP is Not Katrina

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Kevin Drum does a crack job of explaining the difference between the Katrina disaster and BP's mishandling of the ongoing oil spill.

This conflates two very different things. Katrina was an example of the type of disaster that the federal government is specifically tasked with handling. And for most of the 90s, it was very good at handling them. But when George Bush became president and Joe Allbaugh became director of FEMA, everything changed. Allbaugh neither knew nor cared about disaster preparedness. For ideological reasons, FEMA was downsized and much of its work outsourced. When Allbaugh left after less than two years on the job, he was replaced by the hapless Michael Brown and the agency was downgraded and broken up yet again. By the time Katrina hit, the upper levels of FEMA were populated largely with political appointees with no disaster preparedness experience and the agency was simply not up to the job of dealing with a huge storm anymore.

The Deepwater Horizon explosion is almost the exact opposite. There is no federal expertise in capping oil blowouts. There is no federal agency tasked specifically with repairing broken well pipes. There is no expectation that the federal government should be able to respond instantly to a disaster like this. There never has been. For better or worse, it's simply not something that's ever been considered the responsibility of the federal government.

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But there is one way in which they're similar. As Levin says, Katrina would have been an immense disaster no matter what. But it was far worse than it had to be because a conservative administration, one that fundamentally disdained the mechanics of government for ideological reasons, decided that FEMA wasn't very important. Likewise, the BP blowout was made more likely because that same administration decided that government regulation of private industry wasn't very important and turned the relevant agency into a joke. If you believe that government is the problem, not the solution, and if you actually run the country that way for eight years, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But we shouldn't pretend it's inevitable.

In the end, it all boils down to having competent people in government positions, not ideological cronies scratching their balls.

Afternoon Chuckle

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.... I don't care if Steve Jobs occasionally tries to take over the world. If I could, I would try, too, and my world would not be the benevolent dictatorship Jobs wants to set up. A lot of you people suck, and in my world you would just have to go.
You know, John Cole does not write enough of these funny posts. Yes, I know he might be serious, and I agree with his sentiments. Of course, no doubt his post will be grist for the conservative blogmill. Whatever.

2010 Tour De Rook - Leg 5

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Run for the hills! Hide the women and children! Break open the attache case and key the launch codes! That is right. It is time for another Tour De Rook post.


  • Average Speed: 11.1 mphThumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif
  • Total Distance: 8.25 miles
  • Top Speed: 23.0 mph
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.44.19
  • iPod: The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You & The Eagles - Greatest Hits Vol I.
  • Wind: SE 21 mph
  • Temp: 90
  • Humidity: 47%
Well, I am a bit surprised by my performance. By no means close to my best, as of yet. But still, to manage just over 8 miles with an average speed of 11.1 mph is damn good, considering I took off almost two weeks after my initial spurt of legs.

Oh, as an aside, you seriously need to go check out:

http://video.pbs.org/video/1397479116/

You will not regret it.

Mom's Day

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Yes, of course I called my mother. It would be cruel not to. besides, I am a progressive blogger, not a conservative blogger. I have a heart.

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