In addition to not having a clue, when it comes to ISIS, Obama says that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” I’m sure if someone asked Franklin Roosevelt in early 1942 what his plans were for dealing with Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, he would have had a strategy. Then again, FDR’s polio probably severely curtailed his golfing…
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Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.
The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko.
Well, thank God for Hillary Clinton’s reset button, and Obama’s “flexibility” and smart diplomacy. Who knows what sort of mess that bungler Bush would have made of the situation.
And the UN Security Council is meeting. Since Russia still has a Security Council veto, don’t expect even the usual strongly worded letter.
Time for another random roundup of news and links:
As to Mr Earnest’s point on “what Congress intended”, who can say? No Congressman who voted for the bill read it. Presumably, some legislator’s staffer wrote that actual line about “established by the State”. If we could locate him among the vast entourages of the Emirs of Incumbistan, we could ask him what his “intention” was. Until then, calibrating the competing degrees of deference to a corrupt bureaucracy, a contemptuous executive, a politicized judiciary and a feckless hack legislature brings to mind Samuel Johnson’s line about arguing the precedence of a louse and a flea, with a tick and a cockroach thrown in.
— Maddy Perennity (@Madel_Schmadel) July 19, 2014
Twas once a Vancouver Philly Whose political race was a dilly After the shouts She had to drop out For shaking dew off the lily @rsmccain
— BattleSwarm (@BattleSwarmBlog) July 22, 2014
There’s so much news going on in the world that it’s hard to sit down and focus on one story to get a single blog post out of it when there’s another huge story coming down the pike. Iraq, Ukraine, the VA Scandal, the dog eating Lois Lerner’s emails (“Barack Obama has brought us Jimmy Carter’s economy and Richard Nixon’s excuses”); too damn much going on to focus on one thing. So here’s a LinkSwarm instead:
Texans: Don’t forget to vote in the runoff today!
Now a LinkSwarm to follow the Memorial Day weekend.
“We are going to have to hire additional staff just to manage the insurance verification process.”
“Identification of ACA plans has been an administrative nightmare.”
“Patients have been very confused about benefits and their portion of the cost. Once the patients find out their deductible, they’ve cancelled appointments and procedures.”
Republicans don't like to be reminded that the VA hospital system is an excellent example of single-payer health care. http://t.co/LkcCFYZr
— cecil bothwell (@cecilbothwell) April 16, 2012
The president will not tolerate the VA's neglect of veterans one more day beyond the 1,825 days he's already tolerated it.
— Jay Carnie (@weknowwhatsbest) May 22, 2014
Today was a day spent doing a lot of piddling stuff I let slide while I was doing my taxes. And the sad news of Russia’s slow-motion invasion of Ukraine hasn’t left me a lot to say that others haven’t already said in greater depth, and at greater length.
But I can hardly let news that Russian thugs in eastern Ukraine (the part that Russia wants to slowly annex) have asked Jews to start “registering” pass in silence.
Eh. A little registration. What’s the worst that could happen?
Oh yeah. That.
Of course, Ukraine under communism had a lot of experience with such things.
Marillion’s “White Russian” seems particularly apropos today:
Before the LinKSwarm itself, an observation: On the drive home from Houston to Austin this weekend, I saw a Prius with a “Repeal ObamaCare” sticker. Truly the tide has turned…
Enjoy your complimentary Friday LinkSwarm, and be sure to tip your waitress!
Time for another LinkSwarm, sweeping up all the news that was happening while I was churning out Texas primary news:
“The exchanges are based on layers upon layers of bad software, run by shady characters,” he writes. “The Bitcoin masses, judging by their behavior on forums, have no actual interest in science, technology or even objective reality when it interferes with their market position. They believe that holding a Bitcoin somehow makes them an active participant in a bold new future, even as they passively get fleeced in the bolder current present.”