Here's Louisiana Governer Bobby Jindal on Leno. This guy has some serious potential.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
As Puck might say, BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday he was outraged and appalled by the latest comments from his former pastor, who asserted that criticism of his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church and the U.S. government was responsible for the creation of the AIDS virus.Gee. Ya think? You only had 20 years in which to do so, Barack. Funny how you didn't until your poll numbers started to slip.
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On Tuesday, Obama sought to distance himself further from Wright.
"I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia explaining that he's done enormous good. ... But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS .... There are no excuses. They offended me. They rightly offend all Americans and they should be denounced."
You think Wright's done? Me neither. He'll have every opportunity to fire back this week, and he can't help himself. This is getting good; pass the popcorn.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. You live by identity politics, you die by identity politics.
A couple comments, in no particular order:
1) Senator Obama keeps telling us that his judgment is better than that of his opponents, and that's why we should vote for him. If that's so, how come I knew Reverend Wright was a racist jackass after listening to a couple of clips from his sermons, and it took Obama 20 years and a complete and public meltdown on the part of the good reverend to figure that out?
2) I listed to today's press conference live, and I was struck by how many times the Senator said that Reverend Wright's comments were "hurtful to me" or "disrespectful to me" or to "my campaign." Oh, from time to time he would hastily add that such comments were hurtful to the American people too, but those were afterthoughts. Bottom line: this is not a guy who is sorry he attended the church of a hateful racist for 20 years. He's just sorry that the association has become his campaign's latest albatross. And that makes him a fraud.
3) What I'm looking forward to seeing is all the people in Obama's corner who have been -- in wide-eyed earnesty -- defending Reverend Wright's craziness for the last few weeks, suddenly do a 180 and start denouncing the shameful divisiveness of his words. It's going to be very amusing to watch. Or it would be, if it didn't make me weep for the future of my country.
Meanwhile, in a desperate attempt to stay relevant, Reverend Al Sharton's aide is denying that he accused Senator Obama of grandstanding for whitey.
UDDATE: BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. My post posted first.
UPDATE #2: Of course, that means that no one will see it. Drat.
Left to the preferences of liberal policymakers, these brave men (and their customers) may well have died.
Except for yesterday, when he got into a discussion with a Reverend Wright apologist, and with all the determination of a prosecuting attorney, doggedly refused to permit any weaseling whatsoever.
Perhaps more impressive is that he managed to do so without ever straying from perfect civility and respect for his guest (who probably deserved a little less of each). Nice work, Shep.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday Night: Penguins vs. Rangers, Playoffs Round 2, Game 1. Penguins give up three bad goals (a virtual death sentence in playoff hockey). I'm so mad I even change the channel to "Ocean's Twelve" on AMC. My co-pilot Tim persuades me to put the game back on. The Pens score two goals 16 seconds apart, and they're right back in the hunt when the third period starts. Two more quick goals, and the Pens lead. The Rangers tie it. High drama. Then the Pens steal the win with a Sidney Crosby slapshot from the top of the circle with 1:41 on the clock. Stunning.
Saturday: NFL Draft. They moved the start time back from noon to 3:00 p.m. so I watched more pre-draft hype than actual drafting. No matter. The Steelers pick a top-notch running back (Rashard Mendenhall) who shouldn't even have been available at the 23rd spot. Outstanding. Leave immediately after the Steelers' first pick to watch the Pirates lose to Puck's Phillies at beautiful PNC Park on a beautiful spring evening with the blogger formerly known as Shylock. The Pirates are awful, but sitting in a luxury box behind home plate, eating free hot dogs and drinking free beer is not.
Sunday: Mellon Arena at 2:00 pm -- somehow Shylock has scored free tickets to Pens-Rangers Game 2. We get a free pre-game lunch (due to horrendous service), and then the Pens win a tight, physical game 2-0, highlighted by an empty-net bankshot off the side glass by Adam Hall(and you thought that could only happen in basketball).
I have no voice left.
Via NRO. Mark Steyn:
Well, Western governments listened to the eco-warriors, and introduced some of the “wartime measures” they’ve been urging. The EU decreed that 5.75 percent of petrol and diesel must come from “biofuels” by 2010, rising to 10 percent by 2020. The U.S. added to its 51 cents-per-gallon ethanol subsidy by mandating a five-fold increase in “biofuels” production by 2022.
The result is that big government accomplished at a stroke what the free market could never have done: They turned the food supply into a subsidiary of the energy industry. When you divert 28 percent of U.S. grain into fuel production, and when you artificially make its value as fuel higher than its value as food, why be surprised that you’ve suddenly got less to eat? Or, to be more precise, it’s not “you” who’s got less to eat but those starving peasants in distant lands you claim to care so much about.
Heigh-ho. In the greater scheme of things, a few dead natives keeled over with distended bellies is a small price to pay for saving the planet, right? Except that turning food into fuel does nothing for the planet in the first place. That tree the U.S. Marines are raising on Iwo Jima was most likely cut down to make way for an ethanol-producing corn field: Researchers at Princeton calculate that to date the “carbon debt” created by the biofuels arboricide will take 167 years to reverse.
The biofuels debacle is global warm-mongering in a nutshell: The first victims of poseur environmentalism will always be developing countries. In order for you to put biofuel in your Prius and feel good about yourself for no reason, real actual people in faraway places have to starve to death. On April 15, the Independent, the impeccably progressive British newspaper, editorialized: “The production of biofuel is devastating huge swathes of the world’s environment. So why on earth is the Government forcing us to use more of it?”
You really must read the whole thing.
Cue gnashing of teeth from The Left.
If you are a black former preacher at a church which the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate (also black) has attended for 20+ years, and you publicly and unapologetically announce that black people and white people think differently, learn with different sides of their brain, and (gasp!) have different rhythmical abilities, then you are lauded by the NAACP.
If anyone criticizes said black former preacher or his church for saying things like the government invented AIDS to kill black people, or that the "US of KKKA" is a terrorist nation that got what it deserved on 9/11, then you are a racist attacking "the black church."
Identity politics is so hard to keep with.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Pennsylvania Primary Extravaganza has left town, and not a moment too soon. For nigh on six weeks, local Democrats have been bouncing around and squealing like giddy children preparing to receive gigantic, shiny-paper-wrapped, bow-tied gift boxes filled with larger-than-life, hopey-changey goodies. We've been treated to photos of Hillary doing shots of bourbon, endless traffic jams as candidates visited over and over and over again to tell us how like us they are, and I even got two phone calls from Barack Obama. (By the way, I'm on the do-not-call list -- I wonder if I can turn him in and get a reward.) Enough is enough. It's over. Hillary wins by 10%. Which is pretty much what we Republican-types were hoping for. Indeed, a very liberal friend remarked dourly Wednesday morning that Pennsylvania had done tremendous service to the cause of ripping the Democratic Party in two.
For you folks who may not follow the technical politicky stuff, let me put the PA primary results into perspective. For a long time, it was assumed that Hillary would be the nominee. Then, over the winter, Obama became a RockStarMessiah, and Hillary was dead in the water. But over the past six weeks or so, a series of revelations about Obama (i.e., Pastor Wright, Bill Ayers, etc.) have deflated somewhat the sheer magnificence of His HopeyWonderfulness. With the convincing win in PA, Hillary has made this an extremely tight delagate race once again.
And the delegate race is what it's all about. Hillary and ChangeyGuy are so close in the state delegate count that it's becoming increasingly unlikely the state delegates will form a clear majority for either candidate. This is because the state delegates are not the only delegates that count. There are *drumroll* SUPERDELEGATES! Able to leap large constituencies in a single bound. So what exactly are these SuperDelegates we keep hearing about? Heh. This is super fun (and maybe a touch ironic):
Up until about 1984, Democrats nominated presidential candidates the way Republicans still do: The people voted in primaries and caucuses, delegates were apportioned according to the results of the primaries and caucuses, and whoever got the most delegates won the nomination. Simple, no? Elegant? Democratic? Well, maybe not elegant, but surely democratic.
Problem is, some of the Democrat Party Big-Wigs got kind of tired of the filthy masses deciding -- completely on their own and without the guiding wisdom of the Democrat Party Big-Wigs -- who their nominee would be. Sayeth Walter Mondale: "The election is the business of the people. But the nomination is more properly the business of the parties. . . . The problem lies in the reforms that were supposed to open the nominating process. Party leaders have lost the power to screen candidates and select a nominee. The solution is to reduce the influence of the primaries and boost the influence of the party leaders. . . ."
Remember -- this is from the party that whined about supposed "disenfranchisement" in Florida because voters were too stupid to operate a punch-card. But I digress.
The Democrat Party Big-Wigs solved the problem of those pesky, independent-thinking voters by setting aside about 20% of all convention votes for "Party Leaders and Elected Officials" (read: Democrat Party Big-Wigs) so that fully a fifth of the voting power in the nomination process would be wielded by same Democrat Party Big-Wigs.
Fast-forward to 2008. The Democratic National Convention looms. Neither Clinton nor Obama has enough state delegates to capture a majority. The tie-breaker will be -- you guessed it -- the Democrat Party Big-Wigs. This might cause a bit of a stir under normal circumstances, but, oh, how the fates have made this one a doozy. You see, we have the first-ever possible Lady President against the first-ever possible Black President. So how do the DPBWs cast their ballots? First woman? First black guy? One's head spins. Presumably, they'll vote for whoever has the best shot at beating McCain (who got his nomination the old-fashioned way, thank you very much).
It's lose-lose. If they vote for Hillary, they will enrage -- ENRAGE -- the black community. You think Jeremiah Wright had conspiracy theories before? Yeesh. The charges of racism will wash over the party and infect the convention. The general election period will be a complete cacophony of Democratic angst.
If they vote for Obama, feminists will shriek and wail -- as will moderate Democrats who are increasingly seeing Obama for what he is. More delicious angst.
The Democrats have spent decades using race and gender as bludgeons to define and control people, and now their chickens (to borrow from Pastor Wright for a moment) are indeed coming home to roost. And all because the Democrats decided twenty-five years ago to make their democratic process less, well, democratic.
Monday, April 21, 2008
It went something like this:
PUCK: Did you know that Tuesday is Earth Day?
MR. G: [rolling eyes] Oh Jesus Christ.
PUCK: What, you're not going to compost some potato skins and bring a canvas tote to the grocery store to buy your organic veggies and 95% recycled toilet paper?
MR. G: Hmph.
MR. G: [silence]
MR. G: [folds up newspaper and takes long swig of coffee] No. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to go buy a *@!ing Ford Expedition. I'm going to fill it with the priciest gas I can find. And then I'm going to FLOOR it up and down the city streets all day. And every time I come to a red light, I'm going to put it in neutral and rev it, CONSTANTLY, until the light turns green. Just to piss people off!!!!
MR. G: [silence]
PUCK: Tuesday's also primary day.
MR. G: [sigh] I'm going to Home Depot.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Except that I don't own one.
Heaven forfend a CNN commentator should criticize communist China. Because, really, the Mandarins are showing us a path to the enlightened future. Or something.
Reality check, anyone?
Aside: Protesters lack punctuation savvy:
"Lake Wang, a 39-year-old engineer from Thousand Oaks, was wearing a T-shirt that read, 'Do not be jealous of China Jack.'"
Yes, we're all jealous of China Jack. Whoever he is.
Friday, April 18, 2008
And you know what? I don't care. Note to all religious fundamentalists: You make us nervous when you do things like that right before we're about to shoot up into the sky in a hollow piece of tin. Particularly when you disobey the people who are authorized to give orders for the sake of passenger safety. This is not an irrational fear on our part.
If you can't handle takeoff without chanting and bowing and scraping, don't fly.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Beginning next Tuesday, [art major Aliza] Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself 'as often as possible' while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.
So she be-slutted herself on a constant basis without the use of contraception so that she could achieve -- and terminate -- as many pregnancies as possible over the better part of a year. And now she's going to exhibit the blood. In the name of art.Just to be clear, here's what the exhibit will consist of:
The display of Schvarts' project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts' self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.Somehow I don't think this is what feminists of the early twentieth century were fighting for.
Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom [sic] tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.
UPDATE: It's a hoax of sorts. "Performance art." Hardly less reprehensible, if you ask me. I hope Google searches haunt this woman forever.
UPDATE: Yale says it's not real. But the student stands by her disgusting story.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
In today's Iraq, it appears, women who cannot raise their children entrust them to the United States military. Further evidence of what remarkable ambassadors -- and humanitarians -- the men and women who serve in our armed forces truly are.
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.That's right. When Obama feigns respect for the Second Amendment, he's a "Constitutional scholar"; when you purchase a handgun to protect your family, it's a symptom of bitterness. When Obama gets religion (and, oh boy, does he get him some religion), he's a disciple of Christ; when you get religion, it's because your poverty has compelled your undernourished brain to believe in crazy fairy tales. When Obama cheers on a pastor who drips with hatred for whites and Jews, he's just keepin' it real; when you express disagreement with affirmative action or support border security, you're a slave-owning bigot who doesn't like brown people. When Obama opposes free trade, he's looking out for the American worker; when you buy American, you're a jingoistic knuckle-dragger.
How could Obama make such tone-deaf remarks during a national campaign? He made them in San Francisco, one of many metropolitan areas where this sort of sentiment passes for conventional wisdom among the literati. He was just telling a mainstream liberal audience what it wanted to hear.
It's always nice when liberals are honest about their impressions of us unwashed folk. I wonder how this will play in small town Pennsylvania (which consists of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and hundreds upon hundreds of small towns), which heads to the primary ballot box in less than two weeks. This is nothing less than a gift for Hillary.
Friday, April 11, 2008
An Iraqi blogger watched the hearings. His reaction (emphases mine):
The solution of the Iraqi situation cannot be helped by trying to find scapegoats and excuses to run away and escape. The formulae expounded by the Democrats amount to nothing but defeat and escapism. The problem is that this is a situation where defeat is fatal. If anybody thinks that the U.S. can run away this time, and sits safely and happily in tranquil isolation between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, is in grave error. Solutions can be found to reduce casualties and expenses, but the strategic involvement of the U.S. in Iraq is a necessary and sufficient condition to avert a disaster the scale of which boggles the mind. A disaster that is infinitely more serious and dangerous than the aftermath of the Vietnam defeat. Because the Vietnamese had a clear objective, i.e. to unify their country and once that this objective had been achieved, they had no more business with the U.S. and the West. In the case of Iraq, the objectives and purposes of the enemy are fundamentally different, as has been expounded “maint fois” by people of the like of Al-Zawahiri et. al.; so many times have we heard Al-Qaeda leaders affirm that they consider Iraq the central front in their International Jihad campaign, and as being the more appropriate battle ground, being in the heart of the Arab world and so near to the holy lands apropos to which they share the sick visions of certain of their western (and non-western) counterparts of Armageddon’s and Apocalypses and all such kinds of nonsense and legend.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Professor Hanson is having none of it:
Some questions. Who are "they"? Those who made her husband the best-funded Presidential candidate in election history? And what is "the bar"? The need to pay back Ivy-League law school loans when at the same time one must also contribute over $20,000 to the cause of Rev. Wright? And is it written in stone that one must live in a $1.6 million home, go to Harvard, or give to a church to facilitate the hate-speech spewing pastor's acquisition of a 10,000 sq. ft. gated estate?
Unfortunately, I doubt there are too many Americans who are sympathetic to the dilemma that when a couple earns $1 million per year, their appetites and expenses likewise adjust. Is that the always elevating "bar"—private school tuitions for kids? Elite summer camp? An extra adjoining parcel to expand the garden? Rev. Wright's justified need for decent housing?
Quite so. Why hasn't the campaign muzzled this woman? My guess is, it can't be done. She's drunk on self-righteousness and exposure. She's Teresa Heinz-Kerry without the billions. And she's a lead weight tied to Barack's ankle if he makes it to the general election.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Uh oh. Rock. Hard place. It's a tough week to be a liberal legislator in Southern California.
Identity politics do have such an annoying way of coming back to haunt you.
Go ahead, Geraldo. Call them racist. What are you going to do? Dare to threaten to spit on them?You said it, Michelle.
Go ahead, La Raza. Call them hate-mongers. What are you going to do? Try and stop them from getting their message across?
Hey, Barack Obama. Where’s the honest dialogue about the racial crimes the Left doesn’t want to talk about? Will you march with the Shaw family–or with the illegal aliens again?
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Here's Senator Jay Rockefeller (D.) on Senator John McCain: "McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet.[?] He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."
I wonder what Senator Rockefeller thinks of the thousands of military airmen who are currently serving our country with live ordnance.
Monday, April 07, 2008
The head of the World Meteorological Organisation said La Nina - the weather phenomenon which is cooling the Pacific - is likely to trigger a small drop in average global temperatures compared with last year.
The prediction - which follows a bitterly cold winter in China and the Arctic - is prompting some sceptics to question the theory of climate change.
At least the Daily Mail goes on to quote some other "leading climate scientists" who have made a full-time job of ignoring all data that does not fit The Message.
But if you're going to build your stump speech around the healthcare horror story of an uninsured woman who died in childbirth because she was turned away by a hospital when she couldn't afford to pay $100, well, you'd probably better make sure the woman was uninsured. And that she really was turned away from the hospital.
The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured.
“We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story,” said Rick Castrop, chief executive officer of the O’Bleness Health System.
Protesters in London and Paris have ensured that press coverage of the boondoggle focuses on Free-Tibet protesters and anti-Chinese sloganeering. And good for them. It's about time our European cousins managed to project outrage toward a country other than the United States or Israel, and for real rather than imagined "human rights abuses."
Now if they can only muster some contempt for radical Islam . . . .
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Media Mogul Ted Turner (who, let's recall, married Hanoi Jane Fonda) has revealed that in just 40 years (give or take) society will crumble, and we'll all resort to cannibalism. Pass the soylent green, please. Mmm, people-icious.
And another major liberal media figure, nationally syndicated radio host (and apparent Obama supporter) Randi Rhodes has been suspended for repeatedly opining before a live audience that Hillary Clinton is -- and I quote -- a "BIG F---ING WHORE!!!" (Except she used the whole F-word. You know, "FUCKING." Well now, there, I just went and said it. Aw fuck. I guess we're now officially an adult website. And I imagine since I'm a Republican, this blog post now qualifies as patriarchic, anti-womynist hate-speech.)
But I'm not done. Liberal former Senator from Alaska (and fringe presidential candidate) Mike Gravel has created a music-video cover of Helter Skelter. This is every bit as creepy as those murderous third-graders from Georgia the other day.
I knew 2008 was going to be fun, but this stuff surpasses all explanation and expectation.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008