Sunday, February 27, 2011

Turn Chacha Manmohan S.Gandhi into approvers

There is this news -

Raja* should turn approver, says Shourie

which made me put on my thinking hat-
One turns someone into an approver to catch bigger fish or to catch several other big fish who collectively must be worth more than the approving fish.
But who is a bigger fish than Raja? Nobody -except Manmohan Singh and the Gandhi family(who collectively can be called Chacha Manmohan S.Gandhi in the words of inimitable Sauvik Chakraverti) and the DMK supremo and family.
Or who all can be the big fishes collectively more important than Raja? Perhaps several corporate CEOs and their political enablers.

So do you see Raja leading to the above? Maybe to a few business honchos and some minions to feed the frenzy of public opinion. Chacha Manmohan S.Gandhi and his merry gang will again get cleanly away, all the while claiming credit for following the rule of law.

Here's an idea - turn Chacha Manmohan S.Gandhi into approvers. Surely they know a few highly placed corrupt politicos and babus. More than a few, I bet. Can anyone believe they don't?

Only, no investigative agency has the balls to touch the real bastards. For the modern Mughals, the guard dogs are lap dogs. For us, they are just rabid. Totally useless and best avoided.

*Raja is the tainted former minister reluctantly booted out by the PM Manmohan Singh after serious allegations of corruption.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

From the LNC Quote Shop

Bloody marvelous comment by O'Geary at this post-

Once upon a time, primitive peoples believed that, with enough human sacrifice, they could change the weather.

Today's advanced post-industrial peoples believe that, with enough human sacrifice, they can change the climate.

That's real human progress for you

Friday, February 25, 2011

All quiet on the civility front

It was only a few weeks ago but yet it seems like ages. We were being lectured on civility by a horde of talking heads and pundits. The hordes have since fallen silent though much incivility has occurred. All quiet on the civility front. The guns are silent. Pundits AWOL. Hysterical TV anchors and anchorettes mum. As if it was long, long ago in a different era.

Their silence about civility is, one suspect, the silence of support even as we are getting lessons in goodwill from the left-

Rhode Island union supporter to cameraman – “I’ll f**k you in the ass, you faggot”


Union Protester Berates Jewish FreedomWorks Employee: ‘You Are a Bad Jew!’

Dem Rep to unions: Time to get ‘bloody’

They pushed and shoved until he fell on the ice, screaming the whole time to get the “F**K”out of here, they took the elderly man, pushing and shoving him

Elderly 'Teabaggers' Not Dying 'Fast Enough' Laments Libtalker Mike Papantonio

CWA union thug strikes young female FreedomWorks activist Tabitha Hale


As John Hinderaker put it-

So that's what the Democratic Party meant by "civility!" If they had made that clear in the beginning, it would have saved a lot of trouble.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Getting around the Blogger template upload problem

Ah, the geniuses of Blogger have been doing naughty things - so naughty that they have messed up the back end of the Blogger platform, leaving thousands of poor blooging souls like myself to go crazy in our pajamas (bloggers are supposed to work in PJs). Have a look.

The problem has been summarized thus -

In the design back end of Blogger, you can not use the following features.

1. Expand Widget Template.
2. Preview your Template Savings.
3. Clear Your HTML Template Savings.
4. Save your Template in HTML Mode.

A couple of possible work arounds till blogger gathers it's marbles back.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Difference between private and public-sector unions

James Taranto provides the much needed clarity on the difference between the public and private unions and why the protesting public employees in Wisconsin are neither fighting for the rights of the workers nor for the taxpayers.

There is a fundamental difference between private- and public-sector workers. A private-sector labor dispute is a clear clash of competing interests, with management representing shareholders and unions representing workers. In the public sector, as George Will notes, taxpayers--whose position is analogous to that of shareholders--are usually denied a seat at the table:
Such unions are government organized as an interest group to lobby itself to do what it always wants to do anyway - grow. These unions use dues extracted from members to elect their members' employers. And governments, not disciplined by the need to make a profit, extract government employees' salaries from taxpayers. Government sits on both sides of the table in cozy "negotiations" with unions.
Collective bargaining in the public sector thus is less a negotiation than a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. The notion that this is "in the economic interests of the middle class" for government employees in Wisconsin and elsewhere to get above-market wages and extremely lavish benefits is just laughable. Sure, government employees are "middle class," but so are the vast majority of taxpayers who don't enjoy the special privileges that come from owning the means of coercion.

(emphasis mine)

And neither is Governor Walker Hosni Mubarak or Hitler.
Nor is Bush still the president.

But, hey, these are government teachers.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black Holes are racist!

Quick, somebody tell Stephen Hawking - Black Holes are racist!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Julian Assagne looks like his condom!

Picture of Julian Assange's Famous Leaky Condom

Turned sideways by the Harry's Place, it resembles Assagne himself ! -

Is this some kind of karmic signal?