Saturday, April 12, 2008
Looks to me as if the whole vacuity of "Vote for Change" is finally starting to cave on poor little Obama. When you finally get past the cliche' and have to explain to people in concrete terms what the fuck you really mean, you'd better be ready to pony-up with the goods. This is a deep, very empty chasm he is about to enter.... Could not be more timely for Mrs. Clinton or the American people in general. He's just another politician, folks, with a very good catch-phrase and the appropriate shade of beige. Wake up and remove the halo....
That's why people cling to guns and religion? As for anti-trade sentiment, perhaps Obama is talking about...people like himself, who have spent the last 3 months bashing free trade. Not only is this pretty darn condescending on its face, but the trade comment adds another whole layer of insult. He's almost admitting that he does not believe his previous trade talk!
The other problem is this: Obama was essentially claiming that the reason people are not voting for him is because they are bitter...
So now, Duke University wants to keep certain people from saying certain things about the disproven rape allegations against the school s lacrosse players.
Now that lawsuits accuse Duke of having helped inflame campus sentiment against the team, this is a good time to be quiet about the whole thing, it seems.
Well, that is a turn of events.
This is the same school where faculty and students loudly demanded jailing -- and worse -- for the young men; where administrators canceled the team s season and fired the coach to try to quell the mob. That same school is now trying to punish players lawyers for inviting the news media to write about what the school allegedly did wrong."
Read the whole piece, and then read this book.
DISGRACE IN DETROIT:
If you respect the NAACP's heritage, you will be disgusted to learn that the organization's Detroit chapter plans to honor a man who says that AIDS is a U.S. government plot to kill black people and that the Sept. 11 attacks were "America's chickens . . . coming home to roost," and who declares: "God damn America." . . .
This appears to be a case of circling the wagons: Wright, a black man, is under attack, so the NAACP, an organization that seeks the advancement of black people, is defending him. In doing so, the NAACP is committing an analytical and moral error. Wright is under attack not for the color of his skin, but for the content of his ideas. To defend him is to countenance those ideas. Through its actions, the NAACP is in effect arguing that anti-Americanism is acceptable, so long as its source is black. The association is sanctioning both invidious ideas and an invidious racial double standard.
Read the whole thing.
One Man's Blockade . . .
Here's a great example from the BBC of the presumably unthinking double standard that guides so much Middle East reporting:
Egypt has sent 1,200 extra security personnel to the border area with Gaza, officials say.
The Egyptians fear another breach of the frontier by Palestinians trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
A senior member of Hamas, which controls Gaza, threatened on Tuesday to repeat a breach of the border with Egypt earlier this year.
So Egypt is trying to prevent "a breach of the border," while Israel is imposing a "blockade." Yet there is no difference between what the two countries are actually doing.
"A PROVOCATIVE MASKED BALL SET IN THE RUINS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER:" They do this because they know we won't behead them. Such is the bravery of artists.Did you ever get the feeling from these foolish people that every bad thing that ever happened throughout history (which, by the way, is a lot older than the US in case you missed high school history) was invented right here? Slavery, oppression, racism, war, and fallen arches all had their debut in The New World didn't they?
Friday, April 11, 2008
Where's Obama on Israel and the Palestinians? On both sides.
Since running for President, he's become an outspoken supporter of Israel. While in the Illinois legislature, he was a friend, supporter and beneficiary of Palestinians whose organizations trashed Israel.
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the only four seed to make the Frozen Four, beat top-rated Michigan in an overtime thriller on Thursday to advance to the NCAA championship game. The Irish will play Boston College on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Calle Ridderwall, who opened the scoring, finished it, too, getting the winner for the Irish at 5:44 of overtime. A Notre Dame point shot rebounded high in the slot to Ridderwall, who fired it by freshman goalie Bryan Hogan.
I fell asleep for the last half of the third period, and missed the overtime too. And then I yelled (scaring the heck out of my poor wife) when I checked my iPhone at 7 this morning when I saw the news. It was tied 3-3 when I conked-out; and I figured that in erasing a 3-0 deficit the Wolverines were in great shape to overcome the horrendous goaltending from Billy Sauer (sorry, Billy, you know it's true) and take their rightful place in the final against B.C. It was not to be.
Anything can happen in OT; and obviously it did. This was a great Michigan hockey team. All season they played a confident, aggressive game; and even though they only has 2 seniors, their inexperience was turned into a positive the whole year. It's a shame that Sauer folded, because it was his play (especially in the first half of the season) that gave them the confidence to play the way they did. But for the last month you could see that Billy was not just the same goaltender; and I worried about the tournament because of it. There is no way they should have lost to Notre Dame; and I predict now that BC will crush them in the final - Michigan was the only team that stood a chance against the BC juggernaut that is seeking revenge for losing in the last 2 finals.
There goes part of my Dream Weekend... Oh well. Go Tiger! Go Rangers! Go Mets?
"Federal prosecutors in the nation s capital this week charged Los Angeles adult-film producer John Stagliano with seven felonies for selling his films to Washington, D.C., residents over the internet.
Stagliano, also known as Buttman, wasn t producing kid porn, selling to kids, or forcing his films on anyone who didn t want them. So it s heartening to see that in the middle of a war, and under the ever-present threat of terrorism, the Bush administration can find the resources to target someone for offering titles like Milk Nymphos and Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice to the public."
"Why is Barack Obama so comfortable around people who so despise America and its allies? Maybe it’s because they’re so comfortable around him.
He presents as the transcendent agent of “change.” Sounds platitudinous, but it’s really quite strategically vaporous. Sen. Obama is loath to get into the details of how we should change, and, as the media’s Chosen One, he hasn’t had to."
Please read the whole thing.
"Weasel" sounds like a good term for all this. Rev. Lee is doing his best to take his foot out of his mouth; but, rest assured, he won't be brushing his teeth afterwards to keep the foul stink from spewing forth again....
"Fourteen months into a campaign that has the feel of a movement, Sen. Barack Obama has collided with the gritty political traditions of Philadelphia, where ward bosses love their candidates, but also expect them to pay up.
The dispute centers on the dispensing of street money, a long-standing Philadelphia ritual in which candidates deliver cash to the city s Democratic operatives in return for getting out the vote."
Gee, what an advance over the old politics. Those "colored people" sure want to change America!
We know now that we can pull off a successful counterinsurgency in Iraq. We know that we are working with an increasingly willing citizenry. But counterinsurgency, like community policing, requires lots of boots on the ground. You can't do it from inside a jet or a tank.
Read the whole thing. And buy his book! Get a second copy to send your congressman.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
From reading Seidel's brief, it is clear that she is either savvy or well-advised about the law. But many bloggers probably aren't, and would be intimidated into silence by such an effort. It might behoove the ACLU, or some organization devoted to civil liberties, to devote some resources to figuring out how to defend speech that is inconvenient to plaintiffs lawyers.
Read the whole thing. Too bad the ACLU is too busy trying to defend terrorists.....
This ABC news story, indicating that senior Bush administration officials (including Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, John Ashcroft, and George Tenet) personally approved specific enhanced interrogation techniques to be used against al-Qaeda suspects, is sparking a bit of a debate about how a future Democratic administration should respond. Marc Ambinder notes that such an administration might be interested in investigating Bush officials for possible war crimes; Jack Balkin points out a number of reasons why that would never happen.
Hopefully, the people of this country would be smart enough to turn ABC off forever after this....
"Because the stakes are so high Iran has no choice but to lick its wounds and try again. This is one fight Teheran really can't afford to lose. As Amir Taheri says, 'this was just the first round. The struggle for Iraq isn't over.' The second round, when it comes, will probably be a variation of the 'Tet' strategy, just as this was."
Read the whole thing. He is, as always, a bit more perceptive than most.
"In a new poll conducted by Marist College and WNBC, a McCain-Rice ticket would beat a ticket that includes both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New York — a state that reliably votes for the Democratic candidate. (In 2004, John Kerry beat President Bush there by nearly 20 points. In 2000, the margin between Al Gore and Bush was an even higher 25 points.)"
"Twenty-nine percent 29% of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% oppose such a government-led initiative while 31% are not sure.
The survey also found that 46% believe the quality of care would decrease under a national health insurance program while 16% believe that quality would increase. Twenty percent 20% say the quality of care would remain about the same while 18% are not sure.
At the same time, 42% believe the cost of health care would increase while 25% would expect prices to go down."
A new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
On March 26, Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University, was named by unanimous vote to a newly created position to report on human rights in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. While Mr. Falk’s specialty is human rights and international law, since the attacks in 2001, he has devoted some of his time to challenging what he calls the “9-11 official version.”
There has been quite a hub-bub about the dangers of hybrids because they are more quiet than internal combustion motivated vehicles. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) naturally takes these matters quite seriously and in the Spring of 2007 approached SAE International about the problem. Minds can now be put to rest because, according to a press release issued by the SAE, decisive action has been taken.
The Islamist known as “Osama bin Laden’s right hand man,” Abu Qatada, is now set for life on British benefits
"I never cease to be amazed at the misogynist attitude of some of the people in this country. I say to hell with them."Now we are getting to the crux of the matter: If you don't vote for Hillary, you are a misogynist; and if you don't vote for Obama, you are a racist. This guilt thing seems to have worked well with all of my liberal Jewish friends.... Well done, Dems.
"A Los Angeles event held by Kappa Alpha Psi—the national African-American fraternity—on April 4, the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, was reportedly marred by a disturbing incident of anti-Semitism by its keynote speaker – Reverend Eric Lee."
After Ziman received her award, Reverend Lee, who is the President/CEO of the Los Angeles branch of Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, began his keynote speech. In the midst of this, after praising Malcolm X, he started staring directly at Ziman, according to an email she sent.
Ziman’s email states “[Lee] started talking about the African American children who are suffering because of the Jews that have featured them as rapists and murderers. He spoke of a Jewish Rabbi, and then corrected himself to say ‘What other kind of Rabbis are there, but Jews.’ He told how this Rabbi came to him to say that he would like to bring the AA [African-American] community and the Jewish community together. ‘NO, NO, NO!!!!’ he shouted into the crowd, ‘we are not going to come together. The Jews have made money on us in the music business and we are the entertainers, and they are economically enslaving us.’”
Read Reynold's whole post, follow the links; and then look at where our colleges and universities are headed - and be very, very scared.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
An attempted kidnapping and mass murder attack by Palestinian terrorists — killing civilians in cold blood — and the mainstream wire services are scraping the bottom of the euphemism barrel to avoid using the dreaded — and obviously appropriate — T word: Nine killed as Gaza militants storm Israeli border.
Whether or not an Obama delegate should have resigned for calling two black kids climbing in a tree near her home “monkeys” sorta’ depends on how she said it, and I guess which way the winds of political correctness happen to be blowing. I can certainly see an innocuous explanation. And I guess I could see a less forgiving explanation. But a $75 fine? For something she said? Even if she meant it in an overtly racial way, I can’t see how that passes constitutional muster. Or at least how it should.
Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.
"Now he says we can't afford to withdraw because violence is down."
Ted Kennedy to General Petraeus.
Me to Ted Kennedy: A year ago, you wanted to give up because we were losing, and now, you want to give up because we're winning.
"“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”
The politics of theater. Can you imagine if a similar request for African-Americans was made by the Clinton campaign? It would lead the evening news."
AN ARMY REENLISTMENT GOAL, exceeded. "In case that wasn't clear, I'll explain: the 3ID - the Division that took Baghdad in 2003, did a second tour in Iraq in 2005, and then bore the brunt of the surge in 2007, exceeded it's re-enlistment goal for FY2008 half way through the year."Someone please explain to me why the vast majority of those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are in favor of us staying there, while the vast majority of those who are here at home are not.....
"RON BAILEY on world food prices: 'If surging demand is not the problem, what is? In three words: stupid energy policies. Although they are not perfect substitutes, oil and natural gas prices tend to move in tandem. So as oil prices rose above $100 per barrel, the price of gas also went up. Natural gas is the main feedstock for nitrogen fertilizer. As gas prices soared, so did fertilizer prices which rose by 200 percent. . . . Even worse is the bioethanol craze. Politicians in both the United States and the European Union are mandating that vast quantities of food be turned into fuel as they chase the chimera of 'energy independence.'' You can make methanol -- and, now, ethanol -- from kudzu. Forget corn."
"The fairly uncontroversial argument that some regulations might have mitigated our current problems has been transformed, in the minds of many commentators, into a belief that the meltdown must therefore have been the result of deregulation, or of rapacious financiers deliberately crippling the regulatory apparatus. Hence the frequent invocation of that magic name, Glass-Steagall, which of course can summon the spirit of FDR to fix the economy if only the president is brave enough to speak it three times aloud."It is scary how much of the "FDR argument" you hear nowadays regarding the economy. FDR's policies did almost nothing to fix the economy; but they did make some people feel better. Would a modern version of Smoot - Hawley have fixed the free trade problems? How silly can people (especially the media) be? Read the whole post...
"For an exceptional look at what happens to countries where the overall energy policies are dictated by imbeciles, lackwits, and lawyers (although I may be redundant in listing all three), look to South Africa, formerly an economic and industry powerhouse (pun intended) on the African continent. The country is now in a deepening economic crisis because they let all of the released inmates from the environmental asylum dictate policy, didn't build new power plants or maintain the existing ones appropriately, and so now they can't mine gold, platinum, and palladium at anything near normal production rates. A good part of the recent run ups on those metals' prices is because of the reduced production. There are rotating power outages around the country for everyone, and SA industry is being reined in significantly, obviously reducing the quality of living for the ordinary person."
"Yes, the world is agog! Harvard University, that 30-something-billion-dollar repository of political correctness, is sponsoring a conference on feminism that features a genuine diversity of opinion. Amazing, but apparently true. On April 10 and 11—tomorrow and Friday—Harvard will host a conference on “The Legacy and Future of Feminism”—“A Harvard First.” As an advance announcement put it, this is “The Conference that the Radcliffe Institute Didn’t Want to Host.” Among the participants will be Camille Paglia, Harvey Mansfield, Wendy Shalit, and Christina Hoff Sommers. Not only is the event is free and open to the public but—good news!—“Ladies receive and additional 50% off.” Hurry to Cambridge to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org."
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
It's hard to say what lies ahead. My guess is that Petraeus himself doesn't know how the confrontation with Iran will play out. And that is the fascination with watching events unfold between Maliki and Sadr: it is freighted with information about how all sides (the Iraqi government, Iran and the Coalition) are going to deal with this conflict. Interestingly enough, Petraeus has explicitly mentioned the role of the "Lebanese Hezbollah" in training Sadr's men. This suggests that Petraeus regards the problem in theater-wide or regional terms, not simply as a problem that is confined to Iraq.
Corn seems to think that the proper role of the Democratic Congressmen was to discredit or attack the Surge. I would have thought their first duty was to listen to Petraeus and think about America's strategic choices in the region. But then it's 2008 and we all know what that year signifies.
Here’s more of the America for which Michelle Obama feels no pride:
“[I]n this ever-shifting, moving bar, Barack Obama will always be the underdog. No matter how much money he raises, no matter how many wins he pulls together, no matter how many delegates he accumulates; he is still the underdog. It’s the way it works.”
Honey, your husband is damn near a lock for the nomination for President of a very major political party. Get over yourself already.
Hillary favors some subsidies but opposed the relevant 2005 amendment.
And John Sidney McCain has consistently opposed ethanol subsidies and voted on Hillary's (losing) side in 2005.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Let’s start with the things that aren’t anyone’s fault.But you just know that it just wouldn't end there. Of course, he leaves out the whole episode in Africa where people are starving while tons of American corn sits in warehouses because the populace is too scared to eat genetically modified foods. That doesn't count because - eh, it must be global warming!
Read the whole thing; and then wonder why he even bothered to write the piece (or, in my mind, why he bothers to get up in the morning). Oh, yeah! It's the money!!!!!
The sun rises this morning and 16 teams survive. For them and their fans it is cause for celebration. The playoffs are upon us, a chance for renewal, for rebirth, for optimism. Yes, thrills await. Passions ignite. Suspense hangs in the air. It’s another opportunity for players to make their mark on the season — and for fans to invade the nearest supermarket and buy all the aluminum foil in sight (a couple of those heavy duty 200 foot rolls should do) so they can construct Stanley Cups.Nothing gets my engine running like the hockey playoffs. This weekend alone is a trifecta of almost epic proportions: The Frozen Four (if you have to ask, don't bother) starts Thursday evening and ends Saturday night; the Stanley Cup playoffs start Wednesday and go for two months (way too long, but that's another discussion); and it is Masters Weekend. I will be bathed in Hi-Def glory all weekend; and if the freaking TV breaks down again (just returned from the shop today) I'm throwing my remote through it.
Go Rangers! Go Tiger! Go Blue! It doesn't get much better than this for total frivolity - unless I make some steaks to go with. Hmmmm.....
I think a lot of conservatives otherwise puzzling support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign can be explained for the most part by those conservatives’ opposition to the Iraq war. See, e.g., Andrew Sullivan and Doug Kmiec. So I’ll offer them a long bet: If Obama wins and pulls all US combat troops out of Iraq by the end of June 2010, they win. If Obama wins and there’s 50,000 or more US combat troops in Iraq at the end of December 2010, I win. Anything in the middle and bet’s off. Deal?
Economic excesses occur in free-market economies, and from time to time they must be cleansed.
"I strongly disagree with what seems to be the growing opinion that borrowers, specifically those who got mortgages the past few years, had little or no responsibility to read and understand the documents they were signing and the loan they were getting. Even when the terms were explained to them, when they were told about possible interest rate adjustments, and when they could have/should have/were in a position to know, borrowers increasingly (and to my mind inappropriately) are being considered unwitting victims."
More than 25,000 raging Muslims turned out in Pakistan today, burning effigies and flags and screaming for blood, to show how much they resent being portrayed as uncontrollable violent madmen: Over 25,000 Pakistanis Rally Against Anti-Koran Film, Prophet Cartoons.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
At the so-called Moderate Voice, Sean Mullen has an interesting concept of terrorism. Former Sen. Phil Gramm, now an adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign, is a “terrorist in pinstripes” for his sponsorship of the Financial Services Modernization Act. Mullen blames the law for the subprime mortgage meltdown… because Barack Obama says so. You really cannot get more moderate than that.
Okay, so maybe Mullen could get more moderate than that. For example, Mullen could have noted that the Financial Services Modernization Act was signed into law by then-Pres. Bill Clinton. Mullen could have noted that Obama, like Hillary Clinton, has taken plenty of campaign cash from the main players in the subprime-mortgage industry. Mullen also could have told his readers that Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee has defended the deregulation of mortgage lending on the op-ed page of the New York Times. Mullen might even have pointed readers to Gramm’s response to the charge.
Mullen chose not to do any of those things because the the tagline for “The Moderate Voice” really should be “Moderate, but reliably Lefty.” And once you have chosen to mislead people as to who you are, the rest follows naturally.
Actually, though, the unemployment rate in November 1996, when Clinton rode a soaring economy to victory, was 5.4%. That's right--three tenths of a percent higher than the "grim picture" of a "pink slip nation" painted by this month's unemployment report.
That was different, because back then a man from Hope promised Change.
No doubt, the Islamists are now trying to find ways to find young McCain. Just as The Times showed its lack of regard for the Guliani kids in its attempt to smear Rudy, you can bet the ranch this is the same lack of respect for Jimmy McCain's life is another ploy to get at the candidate.