Mother Nature may have pounded my area last week, but she does have a sense of humor. From Seattlestan:
Only in Seattle could an event touted as a way to help the environment get washed out during what is supposed to be the driest time of the year.
Only from the openly liberal Beeb (or possibly al-Reuters and/or Al Jazeera)! Details:
A BBC news girl attacked TV yesterday for failing to show viewers the Taliban’s “humanity”.
Presenter Lyse Doucet’s astonishing statement comes as an Apache gunship hero revealed the fanatics aim to capture a British soldier and SKIN HIM LIVE on the internet.
Military Cross winner Ed Macy — whose book Apache is serialised in The Sun from today — tells how an intelligence officer gave details of the Taliban butchers’ sick plan.
It made Army Air Corps Warrant Officer Macy and his comrades even more determined to rescue a mortally wounded Marine from a Taliban stronghold — which they did with four soldiers strapped to the outside of two Apaches.
But BBC World News correspondent Doucet claimed the public also want to seeing the kinder side of the Afghan extremists.
Asked what was missing in media coverage, she said: “It may sound odd but the humanity of the Taliban, because they are a wide, very diverse group of people.”
Canadian-born Doucet, 49, told the Edinburgh TV festival: “Some would like to talk to the British Government. Some of them don’t want to be fighting British troops. Some of them would. This is the ideological Taliban.”
Doucet, with the BBC since 1983, also criticised the reporting of Prince Harry’s Army service in Afghanistan.
She said: “You knew the bombs were dropping and the guns were pointing in that direction but you never got a sense of how Afghans are as a people.” …
The Obamessiah picked his disciple last week: Joe Biden (Plagiarist-DE), a clean articulate guy from reliably blue Delaware. They might want to avoid campaigning at 7-11 stores, though. What are we seeing about the blogosphere regarding the pick?
- Reminders that Greasy Joe thinks Iowa schools do better than DC schools due to the lack of blacks in Iowa.
- Reminders that Greasy Joe, being the “foreign policy guru” that Barry O needs him to be, didn’t notice any “bad guys” in Iraq.
- Barry O must not have vetted his mate very well, because Biden’s got ties to his son’s lobbying firm.
- Biden can at least take some credit for uniting Iraqis of different sects. Greasy Joe, being the “foreign policy guru”, came up with the craptastic idea of partitioning Iraq into three different countries. That idea was so bad that Iraqis of different blocs (Sunnis, Shias, Kurds) united in their opposition, and they credit Biden’s horrendous idea for their unity. But I’m sure that was his goal, right?
- McCain’s got an ad where Biden himself criticized Obama’s lack of experience, and heaped praised upon McCain. What a difference a VP slot makes, huh?
- Greasy Joe, being the “foreign policy guru”, thought in the wake of 9/11 that we should send the Iranians a $200 million blank check to prove to the Arab world that we weren’t going to kill them all. Ignoring the faux pas that Iranians aren’t Arabs (maybe all those “clean, articulate” brown people look alike to him?), did anyone clue Capt. Oblivious in to the fact that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism who is intent on getting nuclear weapons?
I’m not suggesting that a bad VP pick is necessarily going to sink a candidate. After all, Bush’s dad survived the 1988 election with Dan Quayle. But man, this ought to be a hoot!
Probably another sign that The One made a good move in passing over VA’s Dem governor, Tim Kaine. From Marque’s Letters:
Speaking this morning on Fox News Sunday about how the Biden pick will help Democrats in Virginia, Kaine has a curious answer:
Well, first, Joe comes from a state, Delaware, that borders Virginia. The eastern shore part of Delaware and Virginia are not only bordering but very very similar.
Um…no, Magellan, it doesn’t. The eastern shore of Delaware borders…well, the Atlantic Ocean. And a 50-mile stretch of MD, if you want to get technical. But VA? Not quite. One would think the governor of a state would know his state’s borders.
You can read this guy’s leftist pap if you want to here, but he undermines his own argument at the very end with this:
You may or may not agree with Obama’s policy prescriptions, but they are, by and large, serious attempts to deal with the biggest issues we face: a failing health care system, oil dependency, income stagnation, and climate change.
Read that bold text again. The buttmunch is making the right’s argument for us: we disagree with his policies (at least, the policies we know about that he hasn’t flip-flopped on or lied about)! Isn’t that the main reason to reject a political candidate?
Sure, there are a variety of reasons not to vote for a guy: shady character, mental defects, poor judgment, etc. But by and large, we vote for someone because of his/her policies, and/or we vote against someone for the same reason. This schmuck seems to think that we should vote for guy just because he has some ideas that he thinks will solve “the biggest issues”, but if we think the proposed solutions would make the problems worse, then do we not have an obligation to vote accordingly? According to this dork, apparently not.
Friends, we’ve always known that the left is morally and intellectually bankrupt. Attempts like this to shame the electorate to vote for the wrong guy so as not to appear “racist” are evidence of said bankruptcy. The Obamessiah must be in real trouble if the left is resorting to “please vote for him, or you’re a bigot!” Sorry, but that crap doesn’t work on me, nor on most of normal America.
It’s hard to concentrate on blogging when you’ve got strong gusts of wind and sheets of rain pelting your window near your computer. I think I’ll pass on blogging today. Go away, Fay!
UPDATE (08/21/2008 – 2:28 PM EST): For some reason, the rain and wind have let up for a while now. The projected path makes it look like Fay is gonna get more medieval on my asset this evening. So, I’m gonna pull a Barry O and flip-flop on the above. In other words, I’ll blog a little bit, until I flip-flop back the other way and hunker down.
UPDATE (08/22/2008 – 10:12 AM EST): Had a hard time sleeping last night with the howling winds. I need to tell my neighbor to take down his windchimes next time a tropical storm comes through, since those things were clanging all night. Things are quite a bit calmer right now, but the feeder bands from the ocean will be coming in throughout the day, making things blustery and rainy again. Quite a bit of flooding has hit the area, but fortunately (knock on wood), not my neighborhood. Power flickers sporadically, so I think I’m gonna power down the PC for a good bit of the day. Talk amongst yourselves.
UPDATE (08/22/2008 – 10:15 PM EST): Had not one, but TWO tornados come within a few miles of my house! Fortunately, they had a bigger bark than bite. They were large, but the damage they did was minimal (as far as we know right now). The flooding in many parts of Jacksonville is enough to make Noah sweat. I just want the wind to calm down long enough. Supposedly, the wind shouldn’t be as bad tomorrow, though the rain will continue. The weatherman said we got about 6.6″ of rain today. That’s not even counting yesterday.
Oh, well, I’m gonna try to catch up on my sleep. Again, talk amongst yourselves. I see jen’s regurgitating enough of that racist Howard Dean’s talking points (all while lamely defending her Manchurian candidate, Barry “The Defender of Infanticide” Mengele…after all, defending a practice so horrid that even Planned Parenthood doesn’t condone it is hard work. As we all know, not knowing how many houses your rich wife with separate assets owns is MUCH worse than vigorously defending slaughtering innocent newborn survivors of abortions.) to keep you fine folks busy, which prompted our friend Tommy Chong to hit her up for some of her stash.
UPDATE (08/23/2008 – 10:05 AM EST): I’m alive, and all seems pretty calm here. To quote the great Barry Manilow (wait…did I just say that? Hey, I still like girls, OK?? ), “Looks like we made it!”
By the way, let me get a shout out to my old man: Happy Birthday, Dad!
Heck, the Russkies are just learning from us…so sayeth the Obamessiah:
Democrat Barack Obama scolded Russia again on Wednesday for invading another country’s sovereign territory while adding a new twist: the United States, he said, should set a better example on that front, too.
The Illinois senator’s opposition to the Iraq war, which his comment clearly referenced, is well known. But this was the first time the Democratic presidential candidate has made a comparison between the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Russia’s recent military activity in Georgia.
“We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”
Before Chris Matthews pops a woody over that line, how’s about we read Allah’s retort?
Here’s a newsflash, champ: Russia’s foreign minister did indeed invoke a case of U.S. military action in his Journal op-ed the other day, but it wasn’t Bush and the Middle East that he had in mind. I don’t begrudge the guy his leftist cant, but at least put some meat on the bone. How, precisely, would Russian actions have been different if we hadn’t invaded Iraq? Georgia and Ossetia have been fighting since Obama was in his 20s. Are we playing another game of Time Machine here, in which the war somehow becomes a justification even for misfortunes that preceded it?
“Hope” and “change” and “judgment” and stuff.
But hey, don’t you go thinking that the Euro-kowtowing, arugula-eating, Hawaiian bodysurfer is an anti-American elitist or anything, m’kay? From the DC Examiner:
Barack Obama, in a discussion with evangelist Rick Warren about his Christian faith, said he had been guilty of a “fundamental selfishness” that had contributed to regrettable youthful behavior.
Then he confessed for the rest of us.
“Americans’ greatest moral failure in my lifetime,” he said, “has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”
Really? Americans aren’t very charitable?
Sorry, but he can hang that one up. Whatever the case is with his own selfishness, the evidence of an internationally superior American generosity is impressive, beginning with the numbers on our charitable giving. We give twice as much as the British per capita, and according to The American magazine, seven times as much as the Germans and 14 times as much as the Italians.
Even in inflation-adjusted dollars, the amount given each year just keeps getting larger, and meanwhile, we do far more volunteer work than in other industrialized countries.
If only we conservatives could be as generous as liberals, then…well, we’d have more money in our pockets.
Of course, Obama isn’t just talking about private giving, and could face serious embarrassment if he were. As has been reported about a study by Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University, conservatives give almost a third more money to charities than liberals, who mostly have more to give.
Read the rest of the column. It’s great!
As Instapundit notes on two points:
UPDATE: Speaking of selfishness, perhaps the millionaire Obama could do something for his long lost brother living in poverty in Kenya: “Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate’s half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender. ‘No-one knows who I am,’ he told the magazine, before claiming: ‘I live here on less than a dollar a month.’ . . . He has only met his famous older brother twice – once when he was just five and the last time in 2006 when Senator Obama was on a tour of East Africa and visited Nairobi. . . . Of their second meeting, George Obama said: ‘It was very brief, we spoke for just a few minutes. It was like meeting a complete stranger.’”
ANOTHER UPDATE: More Obama/Kenya background. “Obama to School Named After Him – Drop Dead.”
“Stingy are thee, but not me!” The Obamessiah’s message is clear: We should take care of our brothers…so long as they’re not our real brothers!
From Marc Ambinder:
Liberals are having a conniption over Sen. John McCain’s purported endorsement of a draft today.
In Las Crucas, New Mexico, a woman asked McCain about the “horrible conditions” that veterans often see when return from combat. Here’s the last few sentences:
My son is an officer in the Air Force, I’m a vet., and I was raised in a military family. And I think it’s a sorry state of affairs. When we have illegal aliens; having a medic-aid card that can access specialists, top physicians, the best of medical, and our vets can’t even get to a doctor. And these are the people that we tied yellow ribbons for and Bush patted on the back. If we don’t re-enact the draft, I don’t think we’ll have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of Hell.
His critics focus on the first sentence:
SEN JOHN MCCAIN: Ma’am let me say that I don’t disagree with anything you have said, and thank you.
So he agrees that unless there’s a draft, the war on terror can’t be won?
Not exactly. I’ve heard McCain tell numerous audiences that he opposes a new draft. As the context makes clear, McCain is focusing on the meat of the question and not the woman’s exclamation at the end. Unless you think McCain privately favors the draft and let the cat out of the bag, you’re going to have reach to conclude that he’s radically changed his mind here. …
The video clip is here, so you can make up your own mind.
Besides, what is the left getting their Birkenstocks in a bunch for? One of their own, Charlie “Rent Control” Rangel is the guy who tried to bring back the draft. Of all the bellyaching the left does about the right trying to reinstitute a draft, it seems they would be quite vocal about their own moonbat leaders who try to do it.
Barry O: Hey, McCain is a rich snob with too many houses, so he’s an elitist.
McCain campaign retort:
Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH), best known for having delusions of “Bush stole OH” in 2004, has died of an aneurysm. Unlike the moonbats, I do not take pleasure in the death of a political opponent. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
UPDATE (08/21/2008 – 02:37 pm EST): CNN has corrected the story. Ms. Tubbs-Jones has not died, but is in critical condition.
In related news, Hell freezes over.
You guys know how I treat polls with a grain of salt, even if it’s a poll with numbers that I want to believe. Since this is a Zogby poll, I’m even more skeptical. In the mid-to-late 1990′s, Zogs had arguably the most reliable poll in the business. But ever since Bush was elected, Zogby (who is Arab) has released wildly pro-left “poll results” that greatly differ from reality.
For example, in 2004, his “polls” showed TN to be a toss-up between Bush and Kerry. No one in his right mind believed that a state that rejected its own (Al Gore) was going to vote for a Boston blue-blood liberal, and the final result was Bush by about 15%. Zogs also had Kerry by 1% in FL, which Bush won by 5%. There are other examples, but I think you get the point.
All that said, I find it telling that even Zogs has to report this bit of bad news for the Obamessiah. Excerpt:
McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama’s solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll.
The reversal follows a month of attacks by McCain, who has questioned Obama’s experience, criticized his opposition to most new offshore oil drilling and mocked his overseas trip.
The poll was taken Thursday through Saturday as Obama wrapped up a weeklong vacation in Hawaii that ceded the political spotlight to McCain, who seized on Russia’s invasion of Georgia to emphasize his foreign policy views.
“There is no doubt the campaign to discredit Obama is paying off for McCain right now,” pollster John Zogby said. “This is a significant ebb for Obama.”
McCain now has a 9-point edge, 49 percent to 40 percent, over Obama on the critical question of who would be the best manager of the economy — an issue nearly half of voters said was their top concern in the November 4 presidential election. …
Again, let me jump through hoops to stress that this is ONE poll and is merely a snapshot in time. We are about three months away from the election, and that is a political lifetime. However, times are not that rosy for The Chosen One right now, so he’ll need some more of that MSM fawning and adulation that followed him to Europe in order to further boost his chances.
When he’s not busy grabbing his crotch during the Pledge of Allegiance, Barry O can be seen looking like this:
The viewers say with the stars and blue field in the lower left corner, it looks like an upside down American flag. Published flag etiquette states the stars should always be displayed in the upper left corner. An upside down flag represents an international symbol of extreme distress.
Matt Chandler with the Obama campaign says the flag is not upside down. He says it is a stylized flag designed to blend the stars on Senator Obama’s shirt with the flag blowing in the wind.
Oh, I get it now. The flag isn’t really upside down! It’s just “blowing in the wind” on a giant mirror and not blowing upside down. Got it. Thanks for the clarification. More:
Natalie Wyeth with the Democratic National Convention Committee sent 9NEWS the following statement Saturday night: “The DNCC community credentials incorporate patriotic design elements. They do not depict an actual American flag. The DNCC has full and complete respect for the flag and all rules of display.”
Yeah, that whole “blue field with white stars, as well as the red and white stripes” thingy doesn’t look a thing like the American flag. Don’t believe your lying eyes. Whatever you say, Baghdad Bob.
You’d think that with so many leftists at the DNCC, they’ve burned enough American flags over their lives to know what one looks like. Exit question: do you think that maybe The One was confused since there were only 50 stars in the blue field instead of 57?
If you have not yet done so, feel free to go ahead and question their patriotism.
Check it out, friends…I got linked from the British rag The Guardian:
But it is lines like “we gotta kill him” and “F##k making fun of you in punch lines / I’d rather kill your family in front of you by lunch time” that have outraged the right-wing blogosphere.
Another right-wing blowhard Michelle Malkin, who also receives death threats in the song, responded: “Don’t they have anything better to do? Rides to pimp? Ho’s to diss? Bling to steal?”
How cool is it that the first “right-wing blogosphere” example they site isn’t LGF, Powerline, Hot Air, Ace, or Michelle Malkin (she’s the “right-wing blowhard” that the writer so objectively described)…but l’il ol’ me? By the way, Jenn gets an honorable mention, too (see “takeastandagainstliberals”)!
By the way: Welcome, my European visitors! Feel free to look around my humble abode. If you like what you see, then I thank you. If you don’t, then an even bigger “Thank you!”
Once upon a time, Crush Liberalism had a troll who eventually was banished for implying racism on the guests here (after being warned) without basis. Said troll didn’t buy this “Obamessiah” phenomenon, writing it off as a myth. Despite several examples, said troll ignored the facts.
Well, this is yet another inconvenient truth that contributes to the accurate “Obamessiah” meme…and this one’s from Madame Speaker, San Fran Nan:
He was warmly received by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called him “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time.”
Kinda hard to chalk this one up to the “right wing”, eh? Heh.
Exit question: Who knew that Pelosi even believed in God?
Ed Morrissey does a great job dissecting the Obamessiah’s “above my pay grade” skirting of the abortion question at Saddleback:
It seems the higher Barack Obama climbs in politics, the lower his pay grade gets. Don Surber finds a quote from 2001, when Obama served in the Illinois Senate, that indicates that his pay grade covered the kind of determination that Obama now says exceeds his authority. Obama told Rick Warren that he couldn’t comment on the moment personhood gets established:
Q. Now, let’s deal with abortion. 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. you know, as a pastor I have to deal with this all of the time. All of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. 40 million abortions. At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?
A. Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade. But let me just speak more generally about the issue of abortion because this is something obviously the country wrestles with. One thing that I’m absolutely convinced of is there is a moral and ethical content to this issue. So I think that anybody who tries to deny the moral difficulties and gravity of the abortion issue I think is not paying attention. So that would be point number one.
But in 2001, Obama must have had more authority to opine on this same question:
“Number one, whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a 9-month old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”
Obama made this argument to oppose the Illinois bill that would have forced Christ Hospital and other medical providers to give life-supporting treatment to any infant born alive, regardless of whether the birth occurred during an abortion or not. Essentially, Obama argues that only those infants carried to term achieve personhood through birth, not those he deems “pre-viable” but which were born alive anyway. …
Kerry’s got nothing on this guy.
We all know it, but IBD does a great job explaining how. Read the whole thing (it’s not long). Here’s an excerpt:
…”It’s one of those situations where the devil is in the details,” Obama said at one point. He could have been referring to his own oratorical shortcomings when a teleprompter is unavailable. We learned a lot more about the real Obama at Saddleback than we will next week as he delivers his acceptance speech in Denver before a massive stadium crowd.
The stark differences between the two came through the most on the question of whether there is evil in the world. Obama spoke of evil within America, “in parents who have viciously abused their children.” According to the Democrat, we can’t really erase evil in the world because “that is God’s task.” And we have to “have some humility in how we approach the issue of confronting evil.” (WTF? – Ed.)
For McCain, with a global war on terror raging, there was no equivocating: We must “defeat” evil. If al-Qaida’s placing of suicide vests on mentally-disabled women and then blowing them up by remote control in a Baghdad market isn’t evil, he asked: “You have to tell me what is.” …
How telling that the first thing popping into Hussein’s head when he hears the word “evil” isn’t Islamic terrorism, but is instead his own country that he aspires to lead!
When you see the Obama camp accusing McCain of “cheating” because his answers were “too good”, it’s clear that even they know they were trounced. It’s Megan’s Fourth Law of Politics: “The party that starts looking for implausible and unprovable conspiracy theories about the opposition candidate is in trouble.”
While we out in normal America use the word “lie”, The Chosen One prefers “misstated”! From Jill Stanek:
From the New York Sun, dated August 18:
Indeed, Mr. Obama appeared to misstate his position in the CBN interview on Saturday when he said the federal version he supported “was not the bill that was presented at the state level.”His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law. Those concerns did not exist for the federal bill, because there is no federal abortion law.
Less than 24 hours prior, Obama told CBN’s David Brody that people were lying about his vote. The Obamaliar was right about that…but the person lying about his vote was himself! The money quote:
So for people to suggest that I and the IL Medical Society, so IL doctors were somehow in favor of withholding life saving support from an infant born alive is ridiculous. It defies common sense and it defies imagination and for people to keep on pushing this is offensive and it’s an example of the kind of politics that we have to get beyond.
In other words, the defender of infanticide admits that what he did “defies common sense” and “defies imagination”! What a hideous, shameless, disgusting, and heinous waste of oxygen this man is!
Exit invitation: Next time you hear some moonbat pop off at the piehole about how Bu$hitler McCheneyburton is a “baby killer”, let them know that their messiah is a true baby killer!
Ya think? From the comPost:
Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party’s presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain — and therefore there’s more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn’t look good.
In overall political stories from June 4 to Friday, Obama dominated by 142 to 96. Obama has been featured in 35 stories on Page 1; McCain has been featured in 13, with three Page 1 references with photos to stories on inside pages. Fifteen stories featured both candidates and were about polls or issues such as terrorism, Social Security and the candidates’ agreement on what should be done in Afghanistan.
Numbers aren’t everything in political coverage, but readers deserve comparable coverage of the candidates.
Naturally, her colleagues see it a tad bit differently:
Bill Hamilton, assistant managing editor for politics, thinks that I’m wrong to put weight on numbers. “We make our own decisions about what we consider newsworthy. We are not garment workers measuring our product every day to fulfill somebody’s quota. That means as editors we decide what we think is important, because that’s what our readers look for us to do — not to adhere to some arbitrary standard.
Ah, yes…the “grand deciders” of newsworthiness! We readers look to them to decide that UFO invasions are more “newsworthy” than a presidential campaign.
I’m sure it’s just a great big ol’ coinkidink, and in no way reflective of any MSM desire to see The One win this November. I mean, it’s not like the MSM is sending its Big Three network news anchors overseas to follow the Obamessiah while they refuse to follow McCain over there. Actually, it’s a lot like that.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
I have a great deal of sympathy for these parents, as I would for any parent who loses a child. It’s a form of grief that I pray I will never experience. But I think it’s clear that their anger is misdirected here. From Californiastan:
The family of a gay teenager who was fatally shot in class blames the school district for allowing their son to wear makeup and feminine clothing to school — factors the family claims led to the death.The parents and brother of 15-year-old Larry King of Oxnard filed a personal injury claim against the Hueneme school district seeking unspecified damages for not enforcing the dress code.King, an eighth-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School, was shot in February. Classmate Brandon McInerney pleaded not guilty to the shooting last week. He was charged as an adult and also faces a charge of a committing a hate crime.The family’s claim, filed last week in Ventura County Superior Court, said administrators and teachers failed to enforce the school’s dress code when King wore feminine clothing and makeup to school.His parents, Dawn and Gregory King, said faculty members knew their son had “unique vulnerabilities” and was subject to abuse because of his sexual orientation. …
I hate to pile on the parents, but I have to call it like I see it: if you don’t want your kid wearing a dress and lipstick to school, then for the love of God, do not let your kid wear them to school! Heck, that goes for any form of clothing or makeup!
Besides, let’s assume for a moment that the school would have implemented and enforced a dress code that said boys must (perish the thought) dress like boys! The ACLU and various gay rights groups would have been all over that school like Barney Frank on a Chippendales table dance. They would have screamed “discrimination”, and sued the school. The school wouldn’t have been able to win, one way or the other.
To me, this is not a referendum on gayness. This is a clear cut case of personal responsibility, and the family wants to sue because they abdicated their responsibility. It’s not right.
So let’s see. By the time he was nominated, Clarence Thomas had worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s office, served as an Assistant Secretary of Education, run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sat for a year on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second most prominent court. Since his “elevation” to the High Court in 1991, he has also shown himself to be a principled and scholarly jurist.
Meanwhile, as he bids to be America’s Commander in Chief, Mr. Obama isn’t yet four years out of the Illinois state Senate, has never held a hearing of note of his U.S. Senate subcommittee, and had an unremarkable record as both a “community organizer” and law school lecturer. Justice Thomas’s judicial credentials compare favorably to Mr. Obama’s Presidential résumé by any measure. And when it comes to rising from difficult circumstances, Justice Thomas’s rural Georgian upbringing makes Mr. Obama’s story look like easy street.
So why won’t The One do more unscripted events?
So much for civility in politics and bringing people together. And no wonder Mr. Obama’s advisers have refused invitations for more such open forums, preferring to keep him in front of a teleprompter, where he won’t let slip what he really believes.
Who knew the Obamessiah could be such a phony? For those of you on the left, that question was both sarcastic and rhetorical.
Regarding Clarence Thomas, the Obamessiah says he wouldn’t have nominated Thomas because…I kid you not…Thomas didn’t have enough experience at the time! Oh, the hilarity!
Obama: “I don’t think that he was exp–…a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time.”
Video clip here.
Think John McCain did pretty well in last evening’s Saddleback Civil Forum on Presidency hosted by the Rev. Rick Warren? You’re not the only one. The Obama campaign thinks he did well too — so good, in fact, that they think he might have cheated. And on this morning’s “Meet the Press,” Andrea Mitchell wasted no time floating the Obama campaign’s “private” concern:
SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ): Defeat it. Couple of points. One, if I’m president of the United States, my friends, if I have to follow him to the gates of hell, I will get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. I will do that and I know how to do it. I will get that done.
MR. GREGORY: Andrea Mitchell, that’s a pretty clear contrast.
MS. ANDREA MITCHELL: Oh, absolutely. And, you know, there was the crisp, immediate, forceful response by John McCain, clearly in a comfort zone because he was with his base. And Barack Obama, taking a risk in going there but seeing an opportunity. And a much more nuanced approach. The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because that – what they’re putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.
MR. GREGORY: Right.
MS. MITCHELL: He seemed so well prepared.
As NB points out, imagine the roles reversed: McCain says “Wow, that Obama cat sure seemed well prepared, as if he heard my questions and answers!” Countdown to “racist” shrieks in 5, 4, 3…
Nope…no liberal media bias!
From the “entrepreneurial” Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA):
“He is the most intellectually inconsistent politician in the history of politics,” Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said of former Massachusetts Gov. Romney. “I have never seen anyone so completely without any commitment to any particular principle and so willing to say whatever he thinks will help him win the next election.”
He must have been talking about the Obamessiah, since anyone with a functional brain cell knows that The One has had more waffles than an IHOP. But believe it or not, Frank was actually talking about Mitt Romney, in an ad that the DNC is running against Romney. Has anyone let these mental midgets in on the big secret that Romney is not running for president anymore?
Oh, please…PLEASE choose this guy! From a Kerryphile Boston columnist:
Barack Obama has yet to name a vice presidential nominee and some are wondering if he might turn to Massachusetts to round out the ticket.
John Kerry for vice president?
Don’t dismiss the notion just yet.
Some political insiders are telling WBZ it could happen.
So why would Obama reach out to Kerry as his choice?
Kerry brings more money and name recognition to the table than any other name on the Obama list so far. Americans do tend to love a comeback kid and this would be the most amazing political comeback since Richard Nixon came back from the dead forty years ago.
“I’m not looking for any new job, I’m running for re-election,” Kerry told WBZ last week.
Yeah, and we all know how Kerry’s word is rock solid and not prone to flippant changes. For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
There are a few things to consider about Kerry, Obambi:
1. The truth was exposed, thanks to the Swift Boat Veterans. If you want to awaken that sleeping giant again, be my guest.
2. I’m not sure that the best way for a bodysurfing elitist snob with a Messiah complex to combat his image of aloofness and liberalism is to pick a windsurfing liberal elitist snob from Boston.
3. Obama is currently attracting more interest from military voters than Lurch did in 2004 (though not much more), and the quickest way to lose what support he does have is to pick Hanoi John.
4. “I actually did vote for the $87 billion…before I voted against it.” Seriously, are you ready to start seeing (and defending) that again?
5. You’ve already got the People’s Republic of Taxachusetts wrapped up, regardless of who you pick.
There are good strategic reasons to consider picking Evan Bayh (puts a normally reliably red IN into play), Bill Richardson (Latinos and NM in play, but he’s gonna have to defend that “UN Security Council” gaffe), etc. But I can see no payoff whatsoever for picking Jean-Francois Heinz-Kerry…ergo, I hope The One picks him.
Ouch! Kevin Williamson lowers the boom on America’s crazy aunt in the attic:
Helen Thomas, Sycophant [Kevin D. Williamson]
Does this not cause even a little bit of cognitive dissonance for Washington Democrats?
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As a tireless questioner of authority and a consummate Washington insider, pioneering White House correspondent Helen Thomas has covered nine U.S. presidents over a span of nearly a half century.
Next week on cable network HBO, Thomas, 88, makes a rare appearance as an interview subject in a documentary produced and directed by filmmaker Rory Kennedy, whose uncle “Jack” was the first Oval Office occupant Thomas followed as a reporter.
… “I could see President Kennedy was struggling. So, finally, I got up, and said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ … I got him off the hook,” she says in the film.
So this “tireless questioner of authority” went out of her way to suck up to a president she liked when he was struggling, and then was featured in a film made by one of his relatives. Profiles in courage, indeed. Helen Thomas is and has always been a Democratic sycophant, celebrated mostly for her bad manners and for the fact that she seems to care far too much about what row she sits in during the kabuki performances we know as White House press conferences. Quick: Can anybody think of a major story broken by Helen Thomas, celebrated reporter? She’s been in journalism since World War II and her most notable achievement is popularizing the phrase “Thank you, Mr. President.”
When a former Klansman, pickled murderer, and defender of infanticide are revered by the left, it should come as no surprise that a talentless and zero-achievement Oswald Cobblepot look-alike pseudo-journalist also has a warm place in liberal hearts.
Hmmm…I’ve never seen these two at the same place and same time! Coinkidink?
Same diff, if you read this crap from the UK Times:
Russians were told over breakfast yesterday what really happened in Georgia: the conflict in South Ossetia was part of a plot by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to stop Barack Obama being elected president of the United States.
“George Bush’s Administration is promoting interests of candidate John McCain,” said Dr. Markov. “Defeated by Barak Obama on all fronts, McCain has one last card to play yet – the creation of a virtual Cold War with Russia . . . Bush himself did not want a war in South Ossetia but his Republican Party did not leave him any choice.” The Americans were now engineering an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Dr Markov added. …
I thought at first it was satire. Then, I had a Vincent Gambini moment (from My Cousin Vinny): “You were serious about dat?” Such paranoid conspiracy theories tend to originate in the moonbatosphere, but obviously the Russkies are drinking from the same Kool-Aid pitcher.
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