Going Galt, N. Korea, Afghanistan, Turks and Caicos, Executive Pay, Bobby Jindal, and Teleprompters

March 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

What is all this ‘Going Galt’ stuff anyways?

U.S. and Japan are ready to shoot down North Korea’s alledged “satellite launch” in early April:

US Will Appoint Afghan ‘Prime Minister’ to ‘Bypass’ Afghan President:

Critics, such as Terrible Depths call this move “another example of the total sham that is our pretense of bringing “democracy” to Afghanistan”.

The British government is planning to retake political control of its dependency the Turks and Caicos Islands, after a corruption scandal unseated the Carribean islands’ prime minister. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies. They have a special history with Canada:

In 1917, Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden suggested that the Turks and Caicos join Canada, but this suggestion was denied by British prime minister David Lloyd George.


In 1974, Canadian New Democratic Party MP Max Saltsman tried to use his Private Member’s Bill to create legislation to annex the islands to Canada, but it didn’t pass in the Canadian House of Commons.

France to Limit Executive Pay:

I find that to be quite interesting considering how Obama and the U.S. are struggling to find a balance between reining in exorbitant salaries for CEOs and letting capitalism function:

“Bankers and executives on Wall Street need to realize that enriching themselves on the taxpayers’ dime is inexcusable, that the days of out-sized rewards and reckless speculation that puts us all at risk have to be over,” he said. “At the same time, the rest of us can’t afford to demonize every investor or entrepreneur who seeks to make a profit. That drive is what has always fueled our prosperity, and it is what will ultimately get these banks lending and our economy moving once more.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gets a Do-over with responding to Obama Speech:

Yesterday, Obama made a prime-time appearance to herald signs of economic progress. The speech itself is of course newsworthy, but seems to have been overshadowed by the fact that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal represented Republican views at a fundraiser on the same night. From America Blog

This is terribly odd. Jindal was roundly panned last time around when gave the response to Obama’s quasi State of the Union. Among Jindal’s greatest hits: Criticizing Obama for what the Republicans didn’t do in response to Hurricane Katrina. Jindal’s delivery was also stilted and sing-songy, and at least one of his tales was pretty tall (the one where he claimed he was standing there with the sheriff during Katrina).

Recently, the “Wasteful Volcano Monitoring” section of Jindal’s speech came up again when Alaska’s Mount Redoubt erupted five times.

Jindall’s speech was hated upon by all corners of the blogosphere when it happened on Feb 24th, but hey, at least he can make fun of himself over it:

At Tuesday’s $2,500-per-plate dinner _ which President George W. Bush headlined last year _ Jindal opened his speech by poking fun of himself. He threatened to deliver a reprise of the earlier performance and then jokingly compared it to torture.

“They’re not allowed to show my speech at Gitmo anymore,” he said. “They’ve banned that.”

Dammit! I think I like him a little bit more now. It reminds me of when G.W. Bush visited Canada a few years ago and said, “I’d was happy to see many Canadians waving at me, with all five fingers”. Like Jon Stewart said at the time, “You know, I have my problems with this man, but I have to admit, that was a good joke” (no citation, take my word for it).

Another fairly rediculous aspect to this story is how instead of focusing on the context of Obama’s speech, some are focusing on Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter. Mustang Bob @ Shakesville has a deliciously snarky take on that.

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