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Huh? That can’t be so.

I’ve started to keep a file of stories I find on the web, kept in a folder called Huh? To quality for the Huh? folder, something must appear to be the exact opposite of what you think your government should be doing. Every day you read something like the stories below. Such as:

Tucked away in the August 11, 2010, Federal Register (page 48,626) is a way arcane U.S. State Department proposal to allow “third-country nationals,” including Chinese, Syrian, and Iranian citizens, much greater access to U.S.-controlled military technology.

And you think, well, that can’t be so. You’d like to think your government regards U.S. controlled military technology as something that ought to be in a Fort-Knox style building, patrolled by grim-faced men who shoot first, ask questions later, like “are you dead? No? Here. Have some more.” But no. Even if it’s a case of a company begging the government to let them sell our whizbang gadgets to anyone with a briefcase full of money, you’d like to think the authorities would give them the gimlet eye and say “we’ll forget this conversation ever happened. Bring it up again, and I’ll press treason charges.” But I live in a world of old black-and-white movies where the G in G men didn’t stand for Globalist, I guess.

Well, click on something else. Hey, it’s MSNBC:

The imam behind controversial plans for a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks is being sent by the State Department on a religious outreach trip to the Middle East, officials said Tuesday, in a move that drew criticism from conservative lawmakers.

And you think, well, no, that can’t be so. Did I miss the moment when the Bush administration sent James Dobson to Europe to foster greater understanding between the American Evangelical community and the post-Christian France and England? Because that would gave raised eyebrows. People on the left might have been forced to bring up that separation-of-church-and-state point, albeit with their usual reluctance.

It’s his third trip, by the way. Let me tell you how much this will move the needle on relations between America and the Middle East: one nanometer. There are pragmatists in the Middle East who are content to get along, because there’s money to be made, but the real problem are the energetic fellows who would look at the imposition of Sharia on American culture and say “well, it’s a start.” Imam-mollification programs will not change their minds.

Well, click on something else. Hey, it’s a union blog:

I came across a really interesting article written by InformationWeek editor Paul McDougall. This article is all about a multi-million-dollar program in which the U.S. will help train a variety of workers in Sri Lanka. In addition to fostering partnerships to educate workers and create jobs in the construction, garment and textiles industries, USAID is also focusing on training 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions.

And you think, well, that can’t be so. Surely we’re not taking money from American taxpayers and using it to underwrite the education of cheaper labor offshore. Well, it’s just Sri Lanka, who cares. No: the program also includes Armenia, and is intended to make them more attractive to Indian firms, since they’ll move their call centers.

This is really what the upcoming election is about: now that spending and the deficit are front-and-square in people’s minds, voters will ask our betters to defend a system that borrows money from China to fund the development of call-centers in Armenia to take business away from India – then tells us they only way they can fund the First Lady’s eat-your-spinach educational initiative is to take money away from food stamps.

Remember when the president said he was going to go through the budget, line by line? I believe he did. And he concluded: hey, it’s all good.

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