Bleed America economically?
Sorry, Al, but Barack Obama already beat you to the punch.
the Wall Street Journal: "Google Inc. founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin may have to dig deeper to operate their fleet of private jets, after the U.S. Department of Defense ended a little-known arrangement that for years allowed the tech billionaires to travel on sharply discounted jet fuel bought from the Pentagon.
"The agreement between the Google founders and the government, which started in 2007, ended Aug. 31 after officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — which sponsored the arrangement — opted not to renew it, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman."
It began in 2007?
For once, President Obama can blame Bush.
3. From the Washington Times: "Newly released emails show that Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, specifically targeted tea party applications and directed they be held up in 2011 in order to come up with an agency policy."
This was not politics but a dispute over beverages.
Given the choice between whiskey and tea, Lois Lerner always takes the Fifth.
4. From Washington Free Beacon: "President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Terry O’Sullivan emphatically stated if Obamacare cannot be fixed it needs to be repealed."
Don't worry, Terry. Those welfare recipients the AFL-CIO will start signing up are all on Medicaid.
So always look forGOOD.
The union label
It says we're able to screw up the U.S.A.
5. From the Christian Science Monitor: "First Lady Michelle Obama is adding a third pillar to her healthy eating and exercise platform: She wants Americans to drink more water."
Democrats must have run out of Kool-Aid packets.
6. From USA Today: "Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers will be named the next chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Obama, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper."
Guess all the Yellen is done.
Jonathan Winters would be a better choice.
And he's dead.
So is the economy.
7. From Breitbart: "A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources."
Yes, protect them from competition from bloggers who don't buy the government line.
8. From Politico: Time magazine's top editor will join the Obama administration to officially be on the federal payroll.
9. Tweet of the day:
Comments from Sen. Feinstein yesterday on who's a reporter were disgusting. 17-year old 'blogger' is as important as Wolf Blitzer. Fascist!And smarter.
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) September 13, 2013
10. From Media Bistro: "Shepard Smith has signed a new multi-year deal with Fox News Channel in which he will become the primary breaking news anchor for the network. In the process, he will lose his 7 pm Fox Report, while his 3 pm program Studio B will now be known as Shepard Smith Reporting.”
Breaking news anchor.
This means whenever a Muslim major shoots up an Army camp, Roger Ailes will bring in Shep Smith to withhold the name.
11. From CNN: "This year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say."
89% not vaccinated.
But at least they are not autistic.
12. From Gawker: "The Waltons Are the Greediest Family in the World."
But John-Boy seemed so sweet.
13. The Scorekeeper noticed ads on Gawker's site.
So it is not that the Waltons make money, it is that they make more money than Gawker founder Nick Denton.
14. From the Associated Press: "Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80."
It was a homicide.
She blinded him with science.
Yes, the song was by Thomas Dolby, no relation.
Under he got his three score and 10 in rule:
15. From Capital News Service: "Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking Gov. Martin O’Malley up on his offer to visit Maryland after criticizing the state for high taxes in radio and TV ads that started running Thursday."
As president, he should visit China.
16. From Fox News: "The federal government’s investigation into Utah Attorney General John Swallow is now over, and no criminal charges will be filed against the embattled AG. It’s a victory for Swallow, who wore a smiling face after hearing the news from The Department of Justice that he’s been cleared."
When he gets out of politics he should go into practice with a former New York attorney general and form the law firm of Spitzer Swallow.
17. From the Star-Gazette: "A referendum on the November ballot promises all that and more to New Yorkers as politicians seek to change the state constitution to allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos."
The government muscles in on Mafia territory.
18. From the Associated Press: "Data suggests Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak, may actually be 83 feet shorter."
20,237 feet? The Himalayans laugh at you silly Americans.
By the way, Mount Olive in West Virginia was not named for what Popeye wanted to do.
19. From the BBC: "California set to raise minimum wage 25% by 2016."
California set to raise unemployment by 25% by 2016, too.
20. From William Jacobson: "I was fortunate to have been mostly off the grid today and thereby missed the rage and fury about Vladimir Putin’s Op-Ed in The NY Times pissing all over the concept of American Exceptionalism."
Didn't miss much, professor.
Just a re-hash of old Barack Obama speeches.
21. From the Washington Post: "Four men were sentenced to death by hanging on Friday for the brutal gang-rape and murder of a New Delhi student on a bus, a crime that roiled India and drew international attention to problem of sexual violence in the country."
Now the international fury will be aimed at the death penalty.
22. From the Associated Press: "Hundreds of multicolored balloons used Thursday to launch a balloonist for a trans-Atlantic crossing look like a page taken from the script of the movie Up."
Won't his arms get tired?
23. From Peach Pundit: "Bob Barr had claimed that Speaker John Boehner gave him “his blessing” for his congressional run in the 11th.
"That was a surprise to Georgia’s congressional delegation."
They became suspicious when Barr kept calling Boehner "boner."
24. Luftschlacht um England is the German name for Hitler's air strike against Great Britain in the summer of 1940.
France had capitulated in six weeks.
Hitler figured after a few weeks of bombing, England would cave without an invasion.
Who would lead them?
The Brits had just installed a 65-year-old geezer as prime minister replacing John Kerry, er, Neville Chamberlain.
But the geezer had better ideas, extolling his countrymen to fight back.
And they did.
Londoners sent their children to the countryside and dug in.
When the Germans bombed Buckingham Palace, Queen Mary reported said, "good – at last I can look the East End in the eye."
Whilst American Firsters contemplated their navels over a European war, the Royal Air Force took flight and engaged the Luftwaffe, first neutralizing it and then turning the German air force back, still dangerous but mortally wounded.
Sir Winston Churchill said future historians would look back upon the Battle of Britain and say, "This was their finest hour."
The British saved civilization in 1940. Had Hitler succeeded, the world would have returned to a darker and colder age, with Nazis running Western Europe, Communists running the East and Maoists running China.
Now, 73 years later, only the Maoists survived.
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," Churchill said of the RAF.
The world should say the same for the old geezer and his countrymen.
Sunday is Battle of Britain Day.
God save the queen -- and her subjects.
Final score: GOOD 14, EVIL 10.