I figure I’ll sound smarter if I rip off Thomas Sowell.
First, I want to rat out Philo. He seems like a nice guy. And I bet he was a serious nerdgeek in his day. But he was easily led astray by the fidgeter-miscreant-note-passer par excellence, me, yesterday at a working group hearing in the Texas legislature yesterday. The reason I like sitting next to Philo is that he cares more about my tiny feelings than he cares that the State Representatives notice that he’s giggling in the fourth row before he gives testimony. So he laughs at almost everything I write in my running commentary about the witnesses. As an added bonus, he wrote the funniest comment of all, his only one to my 15 or so, while simultaneously writing his testimony and laughing at my jokes. If we had gone to college together, he would have gotten the “A,” I would have gotten the “C with commendation.” By the way, that is how I went through college.
Speaking of college, I have been to several of these hearings with this particular committee, and I haven’t been to one yet where the chair fails to mention the grad school he went to. Often, he goes on to mention that other committee members went to Harvard and Princeton. It’s the Ivy League Litany. There’s even one member who has mentioned, on more than one occasion, something that someone said when he was at Harvard…at a leadership conference [sotto voce].
Other randomness: our accident-prone dog was found to be bleeding profusely from a gash behind her ear in the wee hours of the morning. I opted for the “let nature take its course” strategy, which paid off because she clotted nicely and we took her to the vet at a reasonable hour. We couldn’t tell, really, because of all the blood-matted hair, what the nature of the injury was, and thanks to her generally stoic and slightly senile nature, we didn’t even know how or when she got injured.** So I dropped her off at the vet and called later to see if she was ready to be picked up. Yup, said the tech. “We cleaned the area, shaved it, and glued it back and she’s good to go.” Glued it back? I didn’t have the presence of mind to ask what they glued back. Anyway, she’s back and the damage only cost about 40% of emergency treatment rates.
** This is not unusual with her. She was once stabbed by a deer (those antlers are sharp) right above the collar bone but she hardly bled and didn’t limp or anything. By the time we noticed it (“Oh, lookie here: Stripes gotta big ol’ hole in her chest”) the vet said it was healing nicely that’ll be $50 please.
Meanwhile, in other news: Arizona’s soon-to-be law cracking down on illegals is pretty draconian, but when Nina Easton did her best to sound moderate in her critique of it, Bret Bair got more worked up than I’ve ever seen him. Granted, his “worked up” is Keith Olbermann’s comatose, but it made me sit up. He said (paraphrasing from memory) that Arizona had the highest kidnapping rate int he world last year and that the cartels and the drug/human trafficking were making south Arizona a no-go zone (like Mexico proper, in other words.) To that, Nina Easton said that the state should crack down on employers to cut off demand for illegals. This obviously is a non-sequitor. We’re talking violent crime and drugs: tossing the guy in the WalMart warehouse back to Mexico isn’t going to reduce the cartel activity.
Meanwhile, Elena Kagan is not a lesbian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The best part: Anita Dunn rebuking the CBS blog for saying so with this: “The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010.” I think this whole pot-calling-kettle thing is racist. And for once, we Republicans are way ahead of the curve on CBS. I seem to recall an incident in 2004… “Courage.”
Meanwhile, apart from all the other fishiness surrounding the Goldman Sachs suit (no warning, announced in middle of day on a week day, coincident with Obama’s Slayer of Financial Titans Act, etc.) I would like to point out that the person that the SEC has named as a bad guy isn’t the “boss,” he’s a trader. He may have been intimately involved with shenanigans that may or may not be prosecutable in court, but he isn’t the “big fish.” He is, however, a French citizen living in London. I think that’ll be pretty convenient for him and BO’s cronies back home. Prediction: Goldman pleads down from charges involving stuff none of us really understand to misdemeanor spitting on the sidewalk, gets a slap on the wrist that has a monetary value of something less than they donated to BO, Chuck Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand**, and we call it a day for Super Dooper Crimestoppers of the SEC, aka Bernie Who? **BO “is not embarrassed by Goldman Sachs contributions” so he’s keeping the nearly $1 million the firm donated to him. Hey, he takes a lot of money from a lot of people. Good to know that his personal embarrassment is the measure here. From my experience, pols are pretty shameless, so no rebates, folks.