Nuke the News: Hopefully You Have Power to Read This

Posted on August 29, 2011 11:00 am

* So I guess hurricane Irene was overhyped, but Katrina was overhyped too (remember when it was tens of thousands dead and people were turning to cannibalism?) so that doesn’t mean the damage wasn’t bad. Still, when you hear that Washington D.C. is getting hit with a earthquake and a hurricane within a week, it sounds like God is finally deciding to lay down His wrath on them, but from the results it doesn’t look like His heart was into it.

* People are acting like it’s a big deal that Rick Perry called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, but could someone explain to me how in any way it’s not a Ponzi scheme? There are no actual investments in it, and if new people stopped paying into it, it would stop being able to pay out, i.e. it’s completely dependent on new investors to keep the image of stability making it a text book Ponzi scheme. The big difference between it and other Ponzi schemes is that the government forces you to pay into it, so it doesn’t matter if you know it’s a scam. And the big difference between politicians and Bernie Madoff is that Madoff probably had more respect for other people’s money.

* In more Rick Perry news (I’m guessing we’re going to see a lot of Rick Perry in the near future), he’s billed the federal government $349 million for the cost of Texas having to deal with illegal immigrants. But if everyone sues the government for incompetency, then soon it will be bankrupt and… actually then probably have the same or better in levels of competency. This is an idea we should run with.

* If you were thinking liberals might finally get in more touch with reality to be competitive in 2012, here’s Jonathan Alter with an article demanding people prove Obama’s been a bad president. I guess by his logic you’re a great president until proven incompetent or something. See, I would have thought the burden of proof would be on Obama that he’s actually ever done anything useful, but what do I know; I’m not a partisan nutjob. Anyway, I guess this will be their 2012 campaign slogan: “9% unemployment, skyrocketing debt, leadership that consists of repetitive, pointless speeches — but you can’t prove he’s a bad president!”

* Actually, here’s about as close as you will get to objective proof in these sort of matters: A comparison of Reaganomics and Obanomics. Both had inherited an economic mess, both had huge unemployment at about this time in their presidency, but one cut taxes while the other just spent and spent and spent and expanded government. And only one had GDP growth skyrocketing by reelection time. But those Keynesians sound so smart! They’re plans would totally work if we were attacked by space aliens.

* Inside of compound of Libyan leader Qdaffy, they found an album filled with photos of Condoleeza Rice. Everyone always thought Qdaffy was a weirdo, but it ends up he’s just like the rest of us.

* So far, the Obama administration hasn’t been seizing people’s guns like they feared — in fact, they’ve even given out guns to Mexican drug cartels — but now the Obama administration has started confiscating axes. The U.S. Justice Department raided Gibson, accusing it of having exotic wood, to which Gibson replied, “That’s what she said.” So Obama’s connecting with the young people by declaring war on rock & roll. Actually, does that pop garbage kids listen to even have guitars in them? KIDS THESE DAYS AND THEIR MUSIC!!!

* I finished reading the Hunger Games series at SarahK’s recommendation, and while I could nitpick it to death (so much important stuff was told instead of shown and why in a book about people fighting to the death was a stylist such a prominent character? Oh yeah; because it was written by a woman), it was overall very engrossing and I highly recommend it.

BTW, I’m trying to read more since it’s kind of silly that I’m trying to write scifi and fantasy but barely ever read any myself as an adult. What do you guys recommend in current fiction? I like stuff that’s fun and not so ponderous. For now, I’ve started John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.

* Make sure you read my column that was posted on Pajamas Media yesterday. In it, I apply the Coolidge Test and see whether a sack of hammers would have performed better, worse, or about the same as Obama in the various challenges he’s faced. Not to reveal too much, but SACK OF HAMMERS 2012!!!

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58 Responses to “Nuke the News: Hopefully You Have Power to Read This”

  1. 4of7 says:

    Terry Pratchett is my favorite (living) English author.
    You know an author is good when he can make the Specter of Death a sympathetic and recurrent character. (Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music, Hogfather, Thief of Time).
    Then there’s his books that feature Guards as main characters – you know, the poor slobs who charge onto the scene in most fantasy novels, get hacked into pieces by the ‘hero’ and are never mentioned again? (Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Thud).
    And his books featuring the Wizzard Rincewind (imagine if Shaggy from Scooby-Doo had flunked out of Hogworts). (The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, Interesting Times, The Last Continent, The Last Hero).
    Or the worlds meanest ‘good’ witch, Granny Weatherwax (Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum).
    And a bunch more (over 30).
    Caution: if you read too many, you won’t have time to write!

  2. Burmashave says:

    John Ringo…John Ringo. When I was a boy, Johnny Ringo was a cowboy, a gunslinger who once shot a man just because he refused a free drink.

  3. ussjimmycarter says:

    Prego – It’s just starting… The Hard Way, The Nasty Way The Hard and Nasty Way of The Funny is an art. Dames don’t always get it…but we start out with a shot and build momentum going forward until you are a quivering lump asking for the bad man to go away…

  4. Ernie Loco says:

    One of my favorite sci-fi authors is Timothy Zahn. He’s written all sorts of stuff, including the only good (non-canonical) Star Wars books. His work is often more light and fun than “hard” science fiction, but almost always good.

    I recommend Night Train to Rigel as one of his best recent works (and the start of series), and Spinneret which is one of his “harder” science fiction books, but it’s 20 years old and may be hard to find.

  5. Sam says:

    I agree with the comments suggesting reading anything by Terry Pratchett. Excellent fantasy author. One of my favorite Pratchett novels is “Night Watch”.

  6. Joel Hoekstra says:

    Brandon Sanderson writes consistently entertaining Epic Fantasy: Elanrtris, Mistborn Trilogy, Warbreaker, Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive). I will second George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (5 books so far). I’ll take Martin over Tolkien any day. Orson Scott Card is the only SF author I still follow.

  7. sportsnmusic says:

    Try Garth Nix. He writes “young adult” novels, but they’re quick reads, with some darkness to them. If you’re looking for another series, read his “Abhorsen”. Starts with “Sabriel”, Lireal”, then ends with “Abhorsen”. I read it because my daughter brought it home, and I wanted to see what she was reading. I’ve read it many times since then.

  8. 4of7 says:

    My favorite Terry Pratchett novel was Thud.

    They stated at this sudden, bloody, swaying apparition, which was dreamily waving a sword in one hand and an axe in the other.
    They had axes, too. But the thing glared at them and asked:
    “Where’s… My… Cow?”
    They backed away.
    “Is that my cow?” the creature demanded, stepping forward unsteadily. It shook its head sadly.
    “It goes Baaaa!” it wept. “It is… a sheep…”
    Then it fell to its knees, clenched its teeth, turned its face upwards, like a man tortured beyond his wits, beseeching the gods of fortune and the tempest, and screamed:

    “No! That! Is!! Not!!! My!!! Cow!!!!!”

    The words echoed around the cavern and broke through mere rock, so great was the force behind them, melted mere mountains, screamed across the miles…
    And in the somber nursery, Young Sam stopped crying and looked around, suddenly happy but puzzled, and said, to his despairing mother’s surprise: “Co!”

    (Sam Vimes reads a bed-time story to his son – because some things are IMPORTANT.)

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