Morning miscellany

‘We’ve got a big hole that we’re digging ourselves out of.’ — B. H. Obama, as cited in the Mail. B. H. Obama, who doesn’t appear to know the difference between a hole in the ground and… Someone please tell this supposedly brilliant man that when one digs in a hole, it gets deeper.

Is everyone HAPPY? Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) wants us all to become so. HAPPY stands for H.R.3501 “Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years” Act. What this would do, if congress is stupid enough to pass it and Obama is stupid enough to sign it, is provide for a tax deduction of up to $3,500 per year for pet expenses. Why? Because, according to McCotter, “Research suggests that pet owners are ‘happier and healthier’ than those without companion animals.” Hmm. My satellite tv service makes me happy. Why shouldn’t I be able to deduct its costs? Not to mention whiskey…

Il est faible” [he is weak] is what French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said of Obama. Then there’s that long history of French perfidy and cowardice, and their leaving NATO and the defense of Europe against the Soviets some 45 years ago. More recently, Obama has declared “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people…” This naturally has our British cousins in a bit of a snit. From the Telegraph:

Quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the US president is difficult to fathom, and if the White House means what it says this represents an extraordinary sea change in US foreign policy. Nicolas Sarkozy is a distinctly more pro-American president than any of his predecessors, and has been an important ally over issues such as Iran and the War on Terror. But to suggest that Paris and not London is Washington’s strongest partner is simply ludicrous.

This one’s not Obama’s fault. He was simply reading what some allegedly smart aide had written for him. And, truth be told, the French have much better food than Britain…

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