The Analytic Atavar

Idiosyncratic Musings of a Retrograde Technophile

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ode to Vanity

Turn around, go back down,
Back the way you came.
Babylon is laid to waste,
Egypt's buried in her shame.
Their mighty men are all beaten down,
Their kings are fallen in their ways.

Oh God, pride of man,
Broken in the dust again.
- Pride of Man, Quicksilver Messenger Service

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".
- Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Instead, I fall back on Krauthammer's razor (with apologies to Occam): In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit." -- Charles Krauthammer

Monday, April 20, 2009

They Think We're All Morons

In First Cabinet Meeting, Obama Seeks Small Spending Cuts

Mr. Obama, who held his first cabinet meeting Monday, has tasked officials with finding $100 million in savings. Asked by reporters after the meeting if that amount is a drop in the bucket of the government's budget, Obama said "it is."

The budget deficit totaled $957 billion in the first half of the fiscal year, more than double the deficit for all of fiscal 2008, which was a record.

House GOP Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio), dismissed the size of the proposed spending cuts. "The Administration's new talk of trimming a meager 0.0025% from the $4 trillion federal budget just doesn't square with its reckless record on borrowing and spending," Mr. Boehner said in a statement.
Hey, enlightened One™, let me give you a clue — you can save even more by not sending $900 million to Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.