Friday, April 8, 2011

Beavers make mistakes too

Okay I know I've used this photo before but it fits the post so here goes. To borrow a phrase from George C. Scott from the beginning of Patton you may recall him standing there discussing who wins wars and why I came up with a slight twist that seem pertinent to today's events. Okay I borrowed it as well but that's how this train of thought went yesterday whilst doing the link to link thing. It went:
“Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever succeeded by learning from his mistakes. He succeeded by learning from the other poor dumb bastard’s mistakes.”
And the thought also came to me that it fits todays' events quit well. Make the same mistakes and you are doomed to repeat them if you don't learn from them. A few examples:
Massive oil spill in the Gulf and what was done? If you guess nearly nothing you get a gold star today. A response team was set up that can respond to a spill within 17 days? Boy I'm just glad they don't run our local fire department because half the neighborhood would be burned to the ground before they arrived. In the past I've responded to emergency spills within 45 minutes. Most of that time was for travel and I don't have flashing lights on my car either.
Nuclear plant meltdown in Japan and what do we do? Okay we'll run a check of our own plants most of which are 40 years old and in need of replacement. It's alright though they're still standing so let's just recertify for another 40 years. There shouldn't be any problems with aging steel and concrete. Just like a shoe lace that you know will break any time now but hey it should last another day and what's a few radioactive fish worth anyway. Don't you have those new boots with dosimeters in them?
Stolen elections again? Funny how 7000 votes mysteriously appear in a very close election in Wisconsin. Also funny how the person in charge of keeping the count was tied to the guy behind. Where is that Rove guy?

There's more much more but no time now. Bank fails later


Randal Graves said...

I've always wanted to have one of these.

BBC said...

I find it interesting that almost everyone whines about our government and wants it to fail.

And then get all worked up when there is talk of it shutting down. Maybe talk of a shut down is just a scare tactic they use to get everyone behind it again.

I don't give a damn if they shut down, bring it on.

Demeur said...

What they don't already have those in Lake Erie yet?

You won't think it's so amusing when the SS check doesn't come in the mail.

BBC said...

You won't think it's so amusing when the SS check doesn't come in the mail.

During a temporary shut down the SS checks still go out, you know that. And if they shut down totally I'll just have to deal with it like everyone else.

But the latest news says that they hammered out a deal to keep things going until September and cut billions in spending.

Don't expect any improvements though, others will whine about the cuts because it affects them.