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Quick, Call A Lawyer

October 23rd, 2014 No comments

link Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse – Chicago Tribune.

You know things have taken a horrible turn for the worse when most every problem these days is addressed by appointing a lawyer to fix them.  In this case we refer to the appointment of Ron Klain to oversee the Ebola issue in the U.S.

Think of that: not an engineer, not a medical person nor an accountant, not even a plain old businessman, but a lawyer.  Lawyers by definition are in the business of assessing blame.  They are not trained to solve problems.  They are not known for their organizational prowess.  Their role is to insert themselves into a conflict and point fingers of blame.  It’s not well known that the famous large foam finger you find at sports events was in fact invented by a lawyer in response to a successful trial.

That lawyers would be picked at all to be in charge of anything outside of the interpretation of laws is non-sensical.  It’s as if you hired the TV repairman to help with your flooding problems.  Yet somehow, over the last few generations, the insertion of lawyers as the means of resolution of all social problems has become the norm.  Lawyers shape virtually everything that affects our lives without most of us even being aware of it.  From the design of cars, the foods we can eat, the temperature of coffee, when we can use phones, who we choose to marry and even how we complain, they all have been shaped by lawyers.  The fact that people have to listen to instructions on how to wear a seat belt on an airplane is because of lawyers.

In the linked story, the new notional head Poobah or Czar, overseeing the containment of a possibly vicious Ebola virus outbreak, Ron Klain, is  of course, a lawyer.  He’s the guy who helped Joe Biden reach the American public.  Like that’s a resume builder.   Klain is known for his views on both overpopulation and global warming.  Oddly, if global warming was the big threat to the world’s population as he believes, then the overpopulation thing would look after itself.  Of course, he may not see it that way.  Regardless, he is seen as the great hope to manage the Ebola crisis.  Apparently, there were no medical people with the skillset to manage this crisis.

It should be pretty clear to any rational person that when a serious crisis needs to be addressed and a lawyer is put in place to manage it, then the problems are only beginning.   Sadly, we know there is ample evidence of that.

 

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Joe Would Be Proud

October 14th, 2014 No comments

link The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem.

It’s not well known that Susan Rice was not the first pick for her original position at the State department.  Stung by accusations that the administration was staffed with too many inexperienced people, the original intent was to try to hire more seasoned people as spokesmen.   Being placed in the position of explaining events to the public is not always easy, since much of what is uttered is either shameless spin or outright whoppers.

Joe Izuzu was asked to come out of retirement, but he thought the task too challenging and didn’t feel that he could maintain a straight face while performing that role.  Some may remember Joe from his role in the late 80’s as the TV pitchman for Izuzu cars.  Joe Izuzu

So instead, they defaulted to Susan Rice who was the only person in the vetting process that could maintain a straight face while reading some old Izuzu ads.  John Cleese didn’t make it past the first 2 pieces.  Rice’s first big test was to convey with much gravitas and authority that the Benghazi incident was caused by a YouTube video.   Of course as the truth came out in the follow up analysis of that incident, it was obvious that the ill fated compound was not the only thing on fire.  Rice now only wears skirts.

Following up that was her second big test.  This time, she was tasked in portraying Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s military service as ‘distinguished’ and ‘honorable’.  This was the soldier who admitted to deserting his comrades while in Afghanistan, taken captive and then subsequently traded for 5 hard core Taliban commanders held in US captivity.

With such a resume of credibility, Rice today contends that Turkey has joined the coalition of nations supporting US military efforts in combatting the ISIS group in the middle east.  Only someone forgot to tell Turkey.  Given the record of how the U.S. has treated its allies in the Obama era, it’s not really a shock that no one wants to be seen with them in public.  Ask Poland.  Or the Ukraine.  Or Israel.

We find it hard to understand how anyone can listen to anything that Rice says without picturing Joe Izuzu’s face on her body.

NFL May Soon Mean No Foul Language

September 12th, 2014 No comments

link Roger Goodell criticized harshly over handling of Ray Rice mess, but he isn’t the one who threw the punch  – NY Daily News.

It may only be apparent to those not involved in generating ratings, but the media inspired frenzy of outrage over Ray Rice’s intemperate actions looks more and more like the tabloid journalism that now dominates American media.  It’s not in debate that Rice’s actions were ungallant at best and perhaps criminal at worst.  But there are mechanisms to determine that.

I’m not sure how his employer, the NFL and it’s head, Roger Goodell could be held responsible, legally or morally for Rice’s actions.  In this particular instance, both the right and left factions of the media are tripping over each other to determine who gets the prize for being most sanctimonious.

When the Benghazi scandal happened a few years ago, people were actually killed due to incompetence; yet to this day, no one has been held to account, no head of any department has resigned, no one has been fired.  Heck, the person directly involved may become the next President.  But poor Roger Goodell; he is being pressured to resign over the perceived mishandling of Rice’s case.  One minute, he is running a lucrative business and next thing he knows, his head is on the block.

As was the case of former LA Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling, he is being tried in the court of public opinion and held to a standard that is totally fabricated by  the PC media.  At the very least, what this type of arbitrary morality does is to introduce a new layer of bureaucracy to the employment process by way of more boxes to tick off during the hiring of workers–in any job.  We can think of a number of items to tick off in the employment application:

Do you beat your spouse or significant other?

Do you smoke in bed?

Do you recycle?

Do you leave your children in hot cars with windows up? Your dogs?

Have you ever kicked a cat or dog?

Do you text while driving?

Do you make fun of minorities or fat people?

Do you leave the toilet seat up?

I could go on, but could never possibly anticipate the next moral outrage that will be elevated from tsk tsk level to crimes against humanity by the sensationalist media.  If the above standards were the filter for NFL players, you may be lucky to field 4 teams worth of people and the product would be as interesting as girls’ soccer.  In the Rice case, it’s not a stretch to have all other institutions that he may have contact with withdraw their support as well for fear of being seen as endorsing of his conduct.  The state driver’s license can be revoked, his Starbucks card and maybe even his American Express points could be cancelled.  The heads of those corporations should be squirming as we write.

 

 

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