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Stuff and whatnot

The idiocy continues on all sorts of fronts.  A few things that caught my eye.  David Axlerod’s autobiography and his expectations:

“More than anything, this is what’s terrible about modern media and how these books roll out,” Axelrod says. “I was determined to write a book that wasn’t going to be characterized by some titillating nugget that had about a three-day half-life, but rather an entire story of my life and the conclusions that life has led me to. I wanted to write a book that people might want to read years from now and not just today’s publication because they wanted to find out who had been knifing who.”

A lovely sentiment. But Axelrod, who likes to think of himself as a real-world idealist, surely knew not to get his hopes up.

Oh balderdash.  Axelrod is about as calculating a political hack as one can find.  To assume he was so naive or stupid to believe his book would be treated any other way is irony on steroids.  The only thing interesting about the man at all are the political secrets he may reveal.  I got a good laugh out of his disappointment.

Under the sarcastic title of “wow, I’d have never guessed this … ” we find:

A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

Look, those guys learned how to successfully co-opt liberal left anti-war groups ages ago.  This is just the updated effort.  Why this would surprise anyone is a mystery to me.  And, of course, it’s the big names of the movement – Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, Food and Water Watch, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress.  Bought and paid for … by evil oil.

Irony … it’s just lost on the left.

Under the title of “when bureaucrats get huffy”, things got a little testy in a Congressional hearing yesterday with the newest VA Secretary.  Apparently he’s not used to having his competence questioned:

The fracas started when Coffman criticized the VA for citing its effort to defend cost and time overruns at a Denver hospital projects as a major accomplishment.

“How is that a success?”

[Rep. Mike] Coffman [(R-Colo.)] asked. “You lost that case on every single point for the hospital in my district that is hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.”

“I think that that’s just characteristic of your glossing over the extraordinary problems confronted by your department,” Coffman added. “This is a department mired in bureaucratic incompetence and corruption. And I gotta tell you, I think the public relations is great today, but there’s no substance.”

McDonald said he was offended by those remarks, and then dodged the question and tried to shift the blame to Coffman and others in Congress.

“Actually, I’ve been here six months,” McDonald said to Coffman. “You’ve been here longer than I have. If there’s a problem in Denver, I think you own it more than I do.”

Really … because Coffman has what to do with running the VA project in question?  After all the failure of the past 6 years, that’s just what you need, an egoistic, thin-skinned nincompoop at the head of the VA.  McDonald followed that little jewel up by showing he knew nothing about the person he was insulting:

… McDonald ended by barking at Coffman, “I’ve run a large company, sir. What have you done?”

Well, as it happens, Mike Coffman is a combat veteran who started his own company, and is the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq wars.  And as it happens, Secretary McDonald is an ass, just like the head of the IRS, just like our Attorney General, just like … yes, it’s the culture and climate that has evolved within this administration and it all goes directly to the head of it all … our snarky, sarcastic and disrespectful president.

Btw, in my estimation, McDonald ended up looking like a fool, something he richly deserved.

Instead of hurling insults, McDonald should be interested in actually doing something useful.  Like his job:

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ vast health network — beset by a scandal last year over delayed care — has been listed as a high-risk federal program by congressional auditors for the first time.

The report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office, which is issued every two years, includes a broad indictment of the $55.5 billion VA program, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. USA TODAY obtained the VA section of the report, scheduled for release Wednesday.

And this goob, like most of the administration, is trying to lay off any blame.  It’s a perfect example of an ossified bureaucracy that is more than incompetent, it’s lethal.

Finally, for those of you who like strolling down the memory lane of climate alarmist predictions, there’s a website up dedicated to reminding us again how wrong they’ve all been:

A senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.

San Jose Mercury News 30 Jun 1989

Ah, yes, the good old days.


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8 Responses to Stuff and whatnot

  • Lessee…

    the top executive of a major Federal agency wants to know what a guy who is one of several hundred Congress-critters has done to solve the problems of the agency the executive is SUPPOSED to be managing.

    WHY do we have a manager?

    WHAT can the Federal government point us to as being competently…much less WELL…managed?

  • “what have you done”
    McDonald should ask his boss over there at the White House.
    Don’t recall Barack running any major companies, or much of anything else really.
    So if he thinks that matters he should go right to the top of his food chain with that.

  • Slash his pay, slash his personal travel budget, make his life miserable.

  • You have this guy…and boy are there a lot just like him…back-talking a representative of the people who pay his salary and for his perks when called to account for his stewardship.

    In the private sector, his spurting stumps would be left after he was cut off at the knees. Same-same with the military, I think.

    • Hey, this guy didn’t spend a lifetime climbing the bureaucratic ladder and reaching the top, just to be lectured to by a mere congressman.

      • Well, this is “taking it to the streets” time then.

        If these pukes are so arrogant and unaccountable to their oversight people, they essentially have no oversight, and hence nobody can bring them to heel. If this guy is the “improver” Pres. ScamWOW brought in to fix the broken system, he’s just another space-holder on the game board. We need to wake these people the FLUCK up.

  • entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth

    We had a close one with Guam. If not for the effort of the fearless Rep Hank Johnson, it may have capsized and sunk.

    • Yuck – You’re only making a case for why people like this VA clown don’t think they should have to answer to Congress critters.

      Is it any wonder ‘the elite’ think they know how to live your life better than you do?
      Hank Johnson? His constituents? they elect a man who thinks islands can capsize?
      The country twice elects a narcissistic serial liar (who hangs around with terrorists) as President and half of us think he’s doing a good job?

      Is universal suffrage really such a good idea after all? It’s beginning to look like a suicide pact.
      We’re voting to destroy ourselves.