American Elephants

Janet Napolitano’s Nifty Newspeak Thesarus: by The Elephant's Child

(From Peter Kirsanow at National Review)

“It’s not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion.”

It’s not a terrorist attack. It’s a man-caused disaster.

It’s not a global war on terror. It’s an overseas contingency operation.

It’s not the Ft. Hood massacre. It’s an instance of workplace violence.

It’s not a war. It’s a kinetic military operation.

It’s not a mandate. It’s a compromise.

It’s not taxing and spending. It’s an investment.

It’s not a a public-sector boondoggle. It’s a stimulus.

It’s not a duck. It’s . . .

How to Be a Dad: by The Elephant's Child

Small boy’s definition of Father’s Day: It’s just like Mother’s Day only you don’t spend so much. – Anonymous

It is a wise child that knows its own father, and an unusual one that unreservedly approves of him. -Mark Twain

Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. -Jimmy Piersall

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” -Harmon Killebrew

You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.-Robert Frost

(h/t: Sippican Cottage)

Saturday Morning Food for Thought by The Elephant's Child

People in government will always try to help those who are powerful at the expense of those who might become so. What-is can always yield influence that what-might-be cannot match, regardless of any campaign finance laws that may be in place.  The power of what-is made the abolition of slavery— by the 1780s widely seen as immoral and inefficient — politically impossible. Indeed, what-is was able to force a provision in the new Constitution that counted the disenfranchised and powerless slaves at three-fifths their actual numbers for determining the distribution of seats in Congress, greatly increasing the political power of the states with large slave populations.
— An Empire of Wealth, John Steele Gordon

But intellectuals not only want to think well of themselves, they want to be important. The attraction of ideology is that it offers a simple principle, or a few simple principles, by which to understand the world; and, of course it offers the prospect of power to those who know and wield those principles with the greatest facility.  It seems to me that inside every Marxist Western intellectual there has been a Stalin trying to get out.
— preface to Last Exit to Utopia, Anthony Daniels

To change our fate, the best possible solution is real reform that improves incentives and inspires confidence — world’s difference from today’s sterile debate about whether a conspicuous short-term deficit encourages or inhibits recovery.  Fed Governor Kevin Warsh put it nicely in a speech in Atlanta this week, when he cited veteran Washington economist Charles Schulze to the effect that “it is not the wolf at the door but the termites in the walls that require attention.  Tackle the termites and jobs and growth will return.”
— “The Obama Depression,” Holman Jenkins Jr. 6/30/10

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