Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Can Somebody Please Explain To FLG

...why everybody seems so enamored of Ezra Klein?

FLG has always said that Ezra is a see the trees, but not the forest, green eyeshade beancounting-type with little profound or even interesting to say. Never has FLG ever read anything by Ezra and thought, "Hmmm, I've never thought of that. Or thought about X in that way before."

The only explanation FLG can come up with is that most of the chattering classes and political blogosphere gets completely boggled when presented with any economic analysis, math, or data. There's nothing wrong with those things, but Ezra is pretty much just a human Oracle Database query that returns data that supports liberal positions.

That's useful so far as that goes, but it makes FLG *yawn* sleepy..


Anonymous said...

I thought it was because he invented journalist.

Mrs. P

The Ancient said...

1) As Mrs P says, he garnered much goodwill with his lefty coffee-clatch.

2) He produces a lot of text for a young journalist, which is inherently impressive. (Particularly to older writers.)

3) He's bright and not overtly evil.

4) Some people assume he will grow out of this shit.

Anonymous said...

Well this morning's news is that 34 warships will be on O's trip with him - what I had heard was 40% of the military -including 75 planes- had been re-assigned to cover this trip.

Looks like I heard right.

Mrs. P

FLG said...

Mrs. P:

I'm not quite sure why you think this is such a scandal. The President of the United States is commander in chief and needs to travel overseas. Presumably, the secret service makes these types of decisions based upon threat levels and such. It's just part of having a president, and isn't really a major budget item.

What's the big deal?

I mean, anytime the President flies in Air Force one to NYC or Chicago it is a huge waste of money, but so what? It's not gonna make a dent in the budget.

Anonymous said...

Scandal? I said criminal and it wasn't in regards to the cost but the use of the deployed military as many of these guys, ships and planes are supposed to be fighting a war. Those areas just got less safe for the soldiers left behind...

I totally understand the importance of keeping our president safe but at what cost? I find it amusing that this president has no issue with spending 200 million a day for his trips and forget his wife's but if you make $250K a year - you need to pay more of your fair share. forget you're already paying the bulk of taxes in this country- you need to pay more.

As far as the scandal aspect, what this trip will produce is not *jobs* but a further drubbing of the president's approval numbers.

All that said, I for one was absolutely delighted with the morning's other news, they've removed all of the coconuts around the Ghandi's museum so one won't hit O on the head. I sleep more soundly the next 4 nights...

Mrs. P

The Ancient said...

This does seem somewhat over the top:

Tunnel for Obama near Mani Bhavan

By Pandurang Mhaske

It could give a sense of superior American organisation, or be an indicator of a deep-set persecution complex. It could also be a manifestation of Uncle Sam’s penchant for a show of strength.

The matter pertains to US president Barack Obama’s planned visit to Mani Bhavan —the Gandhi museum — on November 6, soon after he reaches Mumbai. On Monday, US secret agents visited the museum to plan Obama’s security detail.

They were accompanied by officers of Mumbai Police and civic officials of the D ward (where Mani Bhavan is located). While inspecting the route and the buildings lining up the route to the museum, the Americans detected a skyscraper near Peddar road and also found the area to be highly populated.

Since it is difficult to monitor such a congested area, they came up with a quick solution which left the Indians accompanying them amazed: A bomb-proof over-ground tunnel — to be installed by US military engineers in just an hour.

The tunnel would be a kilometre long and measure 12ft by 12ft — enough to let Obama’s cavalcade pass through. The tunnel would be centrally air-conditioned, fitted with close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point, including, of course, its entry and exit.

Details about when exactly the tunnel would be made were not forthcoming. But officials said that the structure would be dismantled immediately after Obama leaves the area.


Do you suppose I could bid on that in a few weeks at some Army surplus shop? Because it would really come in handy.

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