WOTD followup

As a follow up to Word of the Day’s post, I’d like to throw in my 2 cents and vent a little frustration. I’m really sick of all the anti-American a-holes out there who are willing to sacrifice the ideals of America, everything America stands for, and everything that makes us great so they don’t have to be afraid of the boogy man.

If you don’t like the fact that in America, you should be willing to die as a sacrifice to lady liberty every single day, then maybe you should leave the country and go somewhere safer. The patriots didn’t lay down their lives so that we could be safe at whatever the cost. Patrick Henry didn’t say give me a tall soy latte or give me skim if you’re out of soy. He said give me liberty or give me death. If you aren’t willing to die for your ideals, then what are you willing to die for?

Anyways, two other points: Firstly, I really want to see Samuel L. Jackson as Patrick Henry, saying that famous line punctuated by a forceful SLJ mothafucker. Secondly, this was my favorite comment, props be to Foxwood:

Let’s go surfin’ now
Everybody’s learnin’ how
Do some waterboardin’ with me!

Let’s go surfin’ now
Everybody’s learnin’ how
Do some waterboardin’ with me!

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What The Fuck Is Wrong With America?

I’ll make this quick and full of pomp and outrage:

What kind of fucking country do you live in where you have to debate whether torturing someone is a crime? What kind of country do you live in when you can spend 3 years prosecuting the President for a consensual sexual act but won’t prosecute a President for authorizing illegal wiretaps and torturing people? What kind of country do you live in where the supposed ‘spiritual’ and ‘religious’ leaders think it’s OK to torture non-Christians? What kind of country do you live in where you can’t even use the word ‘torture’ but have to say ‘interrogation techniques’? What kind of country do you live in when their Nuremberg defense (‘We were just following orders’) becomes the mantra for not holding war criminals accountable for their actions? What kind of country do you live in where a major candidate in a Presidential primary openly advocates for doubling the size of America’s illegal detention centers and increasing the use of torture?

Obama, you won the fucking election. Everyone despises Bush and his administration — they spent 8 years spitting on international law, good sense, and common decency. Fucking prosecute them. God damnit.



[tags]george bush, barack obama, what kind of country is america, torture, what is torture, defining torture, the debate on torture, Nuremberg defense, criminals, prosecution, use of torture, bush administration, Geneva convention, Guantanamo bay[/tags]

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Fighting For Your Right To Hate

In case you’ve been living under a blog rock (HARDY HAR HAR), PBH has been expanding its efforts into all sorts of new and untold dimensions.

Currently, we are addressing the two major ills of our society: hipsters and guidos. This war must be waged and I will command it (via anonymous blogs with snarky captions). I hope you like it!

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On Slashing $100 Million

Earlier this week, Greg Mankiw jumped on the reports that Obama planned to ask his cabinet members to slash $100 million from their combined budgets:

Just to be clear: $100 million represents .003 percent of $3.5 trillion.

To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall. How much would he or she announce that spending had to be cut? By $3 over the course of the year–approximately the cost of one latte at Starbucks. The other $33,997? We can put that on the family credit card and worry about it next year.

On the surface, this is an easy and obvious judgment — $100 million is a penny in the well and we’ll never get to fiscal solvency if we don’t make dramatic budgetary changes!

But for anyone who has ever in their life worked at the federal government, this will come across as a rather naive assessment of the ease of slashing federal agency budgets. Budgetary cuts are fought tooth and nail with the kind of fervency that would make a Prussian bureaucrat explode.

I’ve had the pleasure of working at two federal agencies and I can personally attest to how difficult it is for department cuts to gain traction or simply reach the right people. I watched two managers turn beet red in a screaming match over a discrepancy of $500 in an over $5 million dollar budget. I’ve seen a $1000 budget ‘adjustment’ (hint: moving money from one project to another) take over a year to pass through the right hands to actually be passed (with the ‘besieged’ departments doing their best to block the cut by any means possible). Budget cuts seem to awaken the inner demon in every government employee, channeling an anger usually left for divorces and little league games.

I know $100 million doesn’t sound like much given the current economic situation and federal budget. But trust me, getting federal agencies to voluntary cut their budgets by $100 million will be a painful and agonizing process.

See Also: $100 million here, $100 million there, Disagreeing With Greg Mankiw, Mankiw: This Has to Be a Joke, Right?, How Big is a Budget Number?, Obama Asks You to Save $6, Obama Gets An “F” For First 100 Days (MSNBC Poll), $100 million is not a serious budget cut, Obama’s spending cuts!, Obama Is on the Right Track When It Comes to Eliminating Government Waste, Comment Of The Day, Perpetuating A Myth, Quote Of The Day — Obama Cost-Cutting, and The Wrong Way to Cut the Deficit.

[tags]greg mankiw, on cutting budgets, barack obama, $100 million, 100 million dollars, bureaucracy, economists, addressing budget cuts, federal budget, federal deficit, fiscal solvency, federal cuts, national government, government agencies[/tags]

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