Oct 10 2009

The top ten on Obama and the Nobel crowd

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 11:52 am

Here are the top ten reasons why I am beyond delighted that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize

(thanks Blog and Mablog and Melody)

10. Because this means that the Vatican must have verified that reports of the president floating around the top of the Washington monument were reports of a genuine miracle, and were not a deceitful trick by the devil.

9. Because the prize was funded and named after the inventor of dynamite, and it has ever been the destiny of this prize to be wreathed in ironies, the same way a smoking tank is after it runs over one of Nobel’s inventions. So this just continues a long and honored legacy.

8. Because there is no apparent reason for the prize, this must mean that the committee is inviting all of us to assign our own meanings to it — and so I would submit that Obama got it for continuing the Bush policies of rendition, roving wiretaps, indefinite detention of accused terrorists, urging continuation of the Patriot Act, and so forth.

7. Because the prize did not go to David Letterman, it shows that the Nobel committee does in fact have its limits. But on the down side, it also shows they are willing to go right up to those limits.

6. Because it means that intelligent liberals won’t know which way to look for at least a couple months.

5. Because this shows that our secular civilization’s great awards now have about the same value as the Montessori preschool participant ribbons in a block-stacking contest.

4. Because this is yet further testimony to the deep affinity that necessarily exists between awards and their recipients, kind of like rich little old ladies and their poodles. In this case that affinity is the shared characteristic of being as hollow and as shiny as one of those over-sized vases at Pottery Barn.

3. Because this is a boon to American conservatism almost as great as if Obama won People’s Sexiest Man Alive award. This morning, as the news spread across red state America, that noise you heard was howls of delight, happy applause, bloggers typing, cheerful sharing, and gladsome whoops.

2. Because American narcissism is never fulfilled until Euro-weenies join in the applause, which means we might be almost done now.

1. Because soft tyranny can always be effectively fought with the horse laugh. And soft tyrannies never understand this. And on they go, as solemn as a judge. You know, provoking us.

Oct 10 2009

Quick Draw McGraw?

Category: gunsharmonicminer @ 9:08 am

Robbery victim shoots assailant at carwash

An 18-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday when he tried to rob another man at a midtown carwash and was shot by the victim, Tucson police said.
The incident occurred at a self-service carwash on East 22nd Street near South Beverly Avenue just before 4:30 p.m., said Sgt. Diana Lopez, a police spokeswoman.
A 50-year-old man was washing his car when he was approached by the 18-year-old man, Lopez said.
The younger man pulled out a gun and attempted to rob the older man, she said. The older man pulled out his own gun and shot the 18-year-old.
The younger man ran away and got into a vehicle that was being driven by another person. A short time later, the 18-year-old man showed up at a hospital with life-threatening injuries, she said.
The 50-year-old man was not injured. He was being questioned by police.
The driver of the car who took the wounded man to the hospital also was in police custody.

I thought Wyatt Earp already went on to his reward.   At least that’s what happened in the movie.  Maybe he’s still around.

It’s just not safe to be a criminal anymore.

On the other hand, it may not be safe to be one of the good guys, either.