Barack Obama ... played by a white comedian?? OH NO!!
"Obama's candidacy gives us solid proof of the progress that African-Americans have made in this country. I guess SNL still has further to go on that front."
"Casting a black actor wouldn't have guaranteed the quality of the sketch, but it would have made the whole thing a lot less shoddy. Let's get one thing straight. The moment anyone starts reaching for 'blackface,' they are on extremely dodgy territory. Anyone who thinks it's either necessary or, for that matter, remotely funny to black-up needs to have the gauge on their moral compass reset." (Link.)
Then there's the obligatory "outraged" black professor:
Todd Boyd, a professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California, says viewers might have a different reaction if the roles were reversed. What if, he says, SNL had cast a black woman to portray Hillary Clinton? "Do you think there's ever going to be a day when we start casting Queen Latifah to portray Princess Diana?" he asks. "We just don't have the same representations going in other direction."
This stuff is just too rich. It's f***ing COMEDY, people! (It may not be very good comedy, but ...) Ye gods, if this is the sensitivity level regarding Barack Obama, the McCain campaign is going to have to walk on eggs. Then again, he may not -- because clear-thinking normal people who don't have too much time on their hands will recognize that folks like professor Boyd are idiots.
(By the way, anyone who hasn't seen the classic Eddie Murphy SNL skit where he dresses up as a white man for a day doesn't know what they're missing. It is by far one of THE funniest SNL moments in the history of the show! "I watched LOTS of 'Dynasty' ... look at how they walk ... their butts are tight, real tight ...")
Manomanoman. Is this movie gonna KICK BUTT!!
The latest "Iron Man" movie trailer can be seen here. This latest reveals a bit more of the plot (which most fans sort of figured on already, natch), namely that the main "baddie" will be industrialist rival Obadiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges -- see at left) in his Iron Monger armor.
In the comic, Stane had taken over Tony Stark's company and had eventually discovered some of Stark's notes and drawings for a version of the Iron Man armor. Using them, Stane and his minions constructed the "Iron Monger" armor whose mass-produced copies Stane had planned on selling to whatever country that wished to purchase them. Unfortunately for Stane, Tony Stark had sufficiently recovered from a long bout with alcoholism, had constructed a radically new and different Iron Man armor, and thwarted his plans. (This culminated in the classic Iron Man #200 from 1985, which featured the clash of the Iron Titans -- see below -- on its cover.)
Faced with total defeat, Stane blew his own head off with a gauntlet "repulsor" beam rather than submit to Stark's (Iron Man's) victory. It'll be interesting to see how Jeff Bridges' Stane will fare in the movie. Unfortunately for Jeff, I'm betting he'll meet a similar fate ...!
Read more about Obadiah Stane and the Iron Monger.
It's a damn shame, but really -- don't they have anyone to blame but their own political party??
African-American superdelegates said Thursday that they’ll stand up against threats, intimidation and “Uncle Tom” smears rather than switch their support from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama.
“African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.
“This is the politics of the 1950s,” he complained. “A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.” (Link.)
WHAAAAT? How can this be? The party of "tolerance," "diversity" and "civil rights" -- reverting to the ugly politics of racial division?
Actually, it should come as very little surprise. If a party counts on racial and ethnic groups to vote in a particular way ... if they rely on the collective rather than the individual, this sort of crap is but one unfortunate result.
Remember: Laws? Rules? They don't mean a thing if they stand in the way of [an ambitious] Democrat.
And now... the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are In A PC Nation, How Will The GOP Run? by Cheat Seeking Missiles, and To Die in Jerusalem, Part II by My Shrapnel. Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:
|3||In A PC Nation, How Will The GOP Run?|
Cheat Seeking Missiles
|2||Find the Adjectives|
|2||Obama (with links) & McCain's Petard|
|1 2/3||Unforced Errors|
The Glittering Eye
|2/3||The Pursuit of Happiness|
|2/3||"I'd rather be with God against man than with man against God..."|
|2/3||Still At Risk: The Shocking Ignorance of Our Young|
Right Wing Nut House
|1/3||Packer on Iraq|
Done With Mirrors
|2 2/3||To Die in Jerusalem, Part II|
|2 1/3||The Fierce Urgency of Lies|
|1 1/3||Guns in the Desert|
Michael J. Totten
|1||Bobby Kennedy and Why Obama Unnerves Me|
Roger L. Simon
|1||Validating AGW Skepticism|
The QandO Blog
|2/3||The Democrats' Collective Cognitive Catatonia|
|2/3||DoD News Briefing with Col. James from Iraq|
|2/3||Greece and Rome in Iraq|
Kings of War
|1/3||15 Years: The World Trade Center Bombing|
|1/3||Obama Logic Versus Racial Preferences|
I caught this AP story via AOL: Exchange Student Starved While in Egypt.
Jonathan McCullum was in perfect health at 155 pounds when he left last summer to spend the school year as an exchange student in Egypt.
But when he returned home to Maine just four months later, the 5-foot-9 teenager weighed a mere 97 pounds and was so weak that he struggled to carry his baggage or climb a flight of stairs. Doctors said he was at risk for a heart attack.
McCullum says he was denied sufficient food while staying with a family of Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians.
But he does not view the experience as a culture clash. Rather, he said, it reflected mean and stingy treatment by his host family, whose broken English made it difficult to communicate.
"The weight loss concerned me, but I wanted to stick out the whole year," he said in an interview at his family's home outside Augusta.
Let's see, he loses fifty-eight pounds in four months, is weak as a baby ... but he "wanted to stick out the whole year." Two words: "Friggin'" and "moron." Dude, nothing like that is worth "sticking out" if you're in danger of dying. Sheesh.
This story intrigued me because I once spent almost four months studying abroad back in 1986. The country was Costa Rica, and my host family -- out of the thirteen assigned to the thirteen students on the semester -- was the "poorest" of the bunch. By "poorest" I mean monetarily speaking. In terms of soul and heart though, my family was anything but poor.
Nevertheless, at the onset, it was difficult adjusting to living there. My room was a good size and I had my own bathroom. But from the very first night, I knew something was up. I awoke my first morning in Costa Rica covered with mosquito bites, mostly on my neck, face and arms. Little did I know that my host family didn't have screens on their windows. (This remains a common fact in CR today, by the way.) Bathing was fine -- for the first week. But after that week, suddenly I had no hot water whatsoever. When I inquired as to what was up, the reply that I got was that "the fuse" had broken. "Fuse?" Aren't they easily replaced? Not this kind. The "fuse" was actually a condensed heating coil located in the shower head. This coil superheats the water as it passes through, giving you hot water. Unfortunately, it lasts two weeks -- if you're lucky. So, I had to take cold showers for the better part of three months ... until my family got another one. It wasn't so bad when I took a shower after wandering the city of [capital] San José in the middle of the day; however, taking one right after waking up in the morning was ... trying. The usual routine was to turn the water on, jump in and quickly get your body wet, turn the water off and lather up, then turn the water back on and rinse. Repeat same with your hair.
I never complained about the lack of hot water. To do so would have been in quite bad taste. It was obvious from the start that my family was on the "lower" end of "middle class." And by that I mean Costa Rican "middle class" which would equate to "poor" here in the States. All of us in our exchange group knew that Costa Rica was (is) a third-world country, and as such is quite a bit poorer than the US; why would we -- should we -- bitch about amenities that were lacking from our usual lives?
That being said, the nightly mosquito hassles did suck. But as one Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway (at left) is known to say, I "overcame! I adapted!" First I bought what Costa Ricans call "espirales" -- the spiral-shaped thingamajigs that you light and whose smoke keeps mosquitos at bay. I lit one in my room every night. I also kept the sheets pulled up over my entire body excepting my nose and mouth. Yeah, this sucked, especially when it was exceptionally warm at night, but it was better than being eaten alive.
The other insect hassle was that my family's house had a ... problem with palmetto bugs. If I didn't leave a light on at night when I went out, I hated coming home at all. Why? 'Cause when I turned the lights on in my room, the friggin' things would be on the floor and would scatter into the walls. Not a whole lot of them, mind you -- usually less than ten -- but considering their huge size, that's enough! To keep them away at night when I was sleeping, I kept a night light on (which usually, but not always, did the job). But what was friggin' eerie was that I could hear them in the walls chomping away at whatever it was they were chomping on! Ick. But hey -- I had to deal with it.
How my family took care of leftover food was another issue. Let's just say it wasn't what most here would have done. And, I think it caused (or at least contributed) to the major [intestinal] illness I suffered while on the exchange program. But overall, unlike poor John McCullum noted in the AP story, my family fed me as they were required to. But that being said, the overall diet was quite a bit different from what I used to. I was hungry a lot (but not because of lack of food) and I ended up using a lot of my spending money supplementing my meals.
As I mentioned before, in terms of soul and heart, my family was golden. They ran the cafeteria at a private [bilingual] school and actually made/cooked most of the food each day themselves for the place. They worked their tails off each and every day. And they did it for their kids -- their oldest boy was studying in New Mexico, and their next oldest was planning on studying in Canada (which he indeed ended up doing, by the way). Despite their economic standing, a few times when our UD exchange group went away for a weekend travel junket, the father of my family would give me a couple hundred colones (Costa Rican currency, at the time 50 of which equaled one dollar), telling me to "have a few beers on him." I tried to graciously refuse his kind offer the first time, but his two daughters (both older than I) would quickly wave me off and tell me to take it, out of respect.
And that was the key, really. My family was absolutely terrific. I ultimately could have cared less how poor they were. They were the among the nicest and hardest working people I've ever met. They took care of me as they were required to by the rules of the exchange program, but they went beyond that. They treated me as one of their own. I've visited them a couple of times since then, the latest in 2002. They've since moved from the house where I stayed, but not very far from it. Unbelievably, the two daughters (the ones who "waved me off") have both passed away, the oldest (three years older than I) from cancer, and the next oldest (a year older than I) from a tragic car accident. The parents -- the mom and dad -- continue working hard, now additionally taking care of the latter daughter's two children. God bless 'em all.
I hold that 1986 semester abroad trip as one of -- if not THE -- greatest experience of my life. Such a trip definitely gives one a fresh perspective on life -- in general, but also as viewed from outside the confines of our own borders. It gives one an appreciation for the points of view of others elsewhere in the world, and also makes one appreciate how good our [material] standard of living here in the US truly is.
I highly recommend to any younger readers out there to take advantage of a study abroad program that is available. And do it for at least a full semester to get the full experience. (UD only offers a month-long winter session to Costa Rica anymore, which is a damn shame. That's not long enough.)
... questioning whether John McCain can actually serve as president, well, let's just call it "an intriguing constitutional question":
Does John McCain's birthplace disqualify him from serving as president? The New York Times raises the issue in a report this morning. McCain is a citizen, but he was born on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal where his father was posted. The Constitution says only a natural-born citizen can serve as president. So far no one born outside the U.S. has served as president. (Link.)
Ah yes. The New York Times. On John McCain. Again.
Newsflash: American military bases are considered United States soil.
He denounces the fact that there was a debate issue regarding Louis Farrakhan, but not ... Bill O'Reilly.
Meanwhile, in the same article, Byron York discusses the "Farrakhan Trap."
Maybe Barack Obama ought to go and re-read the infamous Dred Scott decision by the United States Supreme Court back in 1857. That legal travesty ruled that people of African origin in the U.S. were property, not people.
Consider the position of Barack Obama as an Illinois State Senator. He voted against a bill that would define as "a person" a baby that was born and had survived an abortion:
Although the Illinois General Assembly's online bill tracking system indicates the bill was "held" in Obama's Health and Human Services Committee in 2003, former Sen. Rick Winkel, who sponsored it, and Sen. Dale Righter, then the committee's ranking Republican, both tell me that written records kept by Illinois Senate Republicans indicate Obama did bring the bill up for a vote and then voted against it.
When Obama was in the Illinois Senate, the Born Alive Infants bill came up three successive years.
In 2001, three bills were proposed to help babies who survived induced labor abortions. One, like the federal Born Alive Infants bill, simply said a living "homo sapiens" wholly emerged from his mother should be treated as a "'person,' 'human being,' 'child' and 'individual.'"
On all three bills, Obama voted "present," effectively the same as a "no." (Link.)
Obama has stated that he would have voted for the bill had it contained provisions similar to that of the federal bill. He said so in a 2004 debate with opponent Alan Keyes:
Now, the bill that was put forward was essentially a way of getting around Roe vs. Wade.... At the federal level, there was a similar bill that passed because it had an amendment saying this does not encroach on Roe vs. Wade. I would have voted for that bill.
But ... the Illinois and federal bill were originally essentially the same, and when an amendment was introduced in the Ill. senate to make the language identical to the federal bill, Chairman Obama refused it.
This brings up several things. One, it shows that Obama is indeed a hemmer and hawer when it comes to taking an real tough position -- "tough" meaning one that actually isn't popular. (Not like being against the Iraq War, natch.) Two, he lied. Three, as I noted above, what does it say about his view on life? Obama is one of the most liberal politicians in the country. Aren't liberals against the death penalty in part because it supposedly shows how "barbaric" our country [still] is? Don't liberals want to grant terrorists the very same legal protections that you and I as US citizens have -- protections that even the liberal-vaunted Geneva Conventions do not grant? Yet, Obama couldn't even grant that a fully born baby not be treated as a "person."
Yeah, right. Talk about your ever-lovin' non factors. As Dennis Miller once remarked (paraphrase) about Dodd: "This is a man who can't even get his own family to listen to him at the dinner table."
In the era when "big" news agencies cannot even bring themselves to ID virtually any politician in trouble with the law as a Democrat, these same outlets are now delving into the party registration of common criminals -- when they're Republicans.
The latest example of the former involves former mayor of Newark, NJ Sharpe James. Nowhere in the Associated Press article today will you read that James is a Democrat. James has dates in federal court for two corruption trials.
However, we only have to glance locally for an example of the latter -- our own CBS Channel 3, ABC Channel 6, KYW News Radio 1060 (all in Philly), and Allentown's Channel 69, felt it necessary to note that one Jose Antonio Ortiz was a "registered Republican" in a story about two individuals that got into a violent scuffle after a political argument. Y'see, even though Ortiz is actually a Hillary Clinton supporter, perhaps pointing out that he's actually a GOPer might just reinforce the notion that, since he attacked someone with a knife, he, like all Republicans, are nuts.
Barack Obama's campaign yesterday accused Hillary Clinton’s aides of engaging in “shameful, offensive fear-mongering” by distributing a photograph of him in a turban and tribal costume.
David Plouffe, Mr Obama's campaign manager, was already firing off press statements about it at a time when most voters were still digesting breakfast.
“On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern,” said Mr Plouffe, alluding to a previous controversy in which one of Mrs Clinton's volunteers had been dismissed for forwarding an e-mail falsely stating that Mr Obama is a Muslim.
My wife recently showed me a chain e-mail she received from some friends of hers in Costa Rica, which contained all those ridiculous lies about Barack Obama, including the falsehood that he is a Muslim. I told her to delete it, but first inform her friends that the e-mail is pure bunk.
That being said, Obama's actual church should raise a lot of eyebrows. One wonders when the 'ol MSM will ever get around to looking at it.
... it's up to the foreign press to research Democrat shady dealings. Like Barack Obama's relationship with one Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
Aww. Howard Dean is upset. He's complaining that John McCain is "attempt[ing] to wriggle out of the very campaign finance constraints he championed." And while he may indeed have a legitimate point, the fact is that rules -- and laws -- mean little to Dean and the party he heads. The fact that is that when they want to do/change/modify/ignore something, they could care less about rules and laws, and this is likely to signify that not many are going to give a sh** about Dean's current bellyaching.
That, and the fact that Dean engaged in similar political behavior in 2004. Oh, and that Democrats are responsible for there currently not being a quorum at the FEC! Not to mention these little factoids from Democrats' inanities past.
Julie Cavalca of Newark agrees with Barack Obama's wife:
Cindy McCain has spoken out strongly against Michelle Obama's occasional lack of pride in the United States.
In my opinion, Mrs. Obama was putting it mildly. Most of my friends and relatives not only feel a lack of pride in America, they are ashamed of America.
First of all, Michelle Obama did not say she was "occasionally" lacking in pride for her country. She said "for the first time in her adult life," which is most of her life (she's 44), and she said it twice. Since Mrs. Obama's undergraduate thesis was on race relations and black self-concept, I find it incredulous that Mrs. Obama doesn't feel that the United States has progressed substantially in those realms since the early 1980s. Not to mention myriad other aspects of our country.
America is far from perfect, but unfortunately people like Ms. Cavalca fail to realize that without the United States, the world would be a far more dangerous, and incredibly less generous place. If America is something to be ashamed of, maybe Ms. Cavalca can ponder just why in the hell so many people want to come here. That always pops that proverbial radical chic bubble pretty quickly.
Zai Stevens' letter from the same day (today) is, well, chuckle-inducing since one of the complaints is against supposedly incompetent teachers. Looks like Zai might have had one him/herself:
How about a testing for the teachers? Since the kids have to be tested constantly (DSTP, MAP, midterms, finals) to assess their grasp of subject material, shouldn't we make sure the teachers are capable of imparting that knowledge to them.
I want to my tax dollars going to textbooks, technology improvements, supplies for art and science labs, educational field trips and presentations, and other things that directly impact the child's education.
Avi Green does a phenomenal job shredding the garbage that is "Black Summer." Warren Ellis sure wasn't short on the radical commentary when he did his brief Iron Man stint; this sounds like he wanted to rip off his own Authority work (which was, despite the later hardcore lefty diatribes, pretty cool stuff -- mainly 'cause the of the heavy science fiction and Bryan Hitch's awesome art).
Speaking of The Authority, in their "Coup d'Etat" graphic novel, the superhero team took over the reins of the US government for meddling in inter-dimensional travel; in "Black Summer," the "heroes" don't bother with just assuming power -- they execute the president. Why?
Because the Commander-in-Chief had committed severe criminal actions including election fraud (um, election 2000 anyone?) and starting an unnecessary, illegal war (Maybeee ... Iraq?) for the benefit of his oil conglomerate cronies. Superheroes enforce the law, Horus reasons, so he had to do this. How could any self-respecting hero stand aside and let his entire country be run by criminals?
As one commenter to Avi's Four Color Media Monitor wrote, why is it that lefties are seemingly so keen on killing those that disagree with them politically? After all, aren't lefties against capital punishment? But it does make a certain degree of sense; leftists excuse lefty dictatorships all the time (see: Cuba), since what those leaders do is all in the name of the "common good." Thus, what the "hero" did in "Black Summer" fits this mold perfectly.
Cool site here which "morphs" the most beautiful women of Hollywood, from its earliest stars to some of the most recent.
In my book, however, the award for most drop-dead gorgeous female on the planet goes to Mexican singer-actress Patricia Manterola:
“We have to change our mentality,” said Richard Rocchio, a public relations consultant.
“The problem is time,” offered Walter Hurney, a real estate developer. “There just isn’t enough time. Men won’t spend a whole day away from their family anymore.”
William A. Gatz, owner of the Long Island National Golf Club in Riverhead, said the problem was fundamental economics: too much supply, not enough demand.
The problem was not a game of golf. It was the game of golf itself.
Over the past decade, the leisure activity most closely associated with corporate success in America has been in a kind of recession.
The total number of people who play has declined or remained flat each year since 2000, dropping to about 26 million from 30 million, according to the National Golf Foundation and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.
More troubling to golf boosters, the number of people who play 25 times a year or more fell to 4.6 million in 2005 from 6.9 million in 2000, a loss of about a third.
The industry now counts its core players as those who golf eight or more times a year. That number, too, has fallen, but more slowly: to 15 million in 2006 from 17.7 million in 2000, according to the National Golf Foundation.
Wow, who'da thunk it? I'm considered a "core player." These stats are right up my alley as I'm itchin' to play a helluva lot more beginning this summer. Maybe I'll actually be able to shoot another sub-80 round. I've only done it once, fifteen years ago, and that was only by one stroke.
(h/t: Soccer Dad.)
The consumer advocate made the announcement today on NBC's "Meet the Press." He says most Americans are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties ...
OK, I'm in "bipartisan mode." Tell that to the many thousands (Tens? Hundreds?) of new voters who're turning out in droves to support one Barack Obama, Ralph.
Two words: "Good" and "luck."
Anthony Robbins of Newark (couldn't be that self-help guru, could it?) is yet another of the myriad numbskulls who think that, just because one pays rent instead of a mortgage, they shouldn't have a say in public school referenda (my emphasis):
Other than not liking how my money has been misused, my biggest reason is that I don't like to pay for other people's children's schooling. Especially when they don't have to pay a cent.
As a homeowner, with no children in school, I am taxed. But those parents who rent, and have one to who knows how many children, are not taxed.
I am surrounded with apartment buildings filled with children and know they do not pay these fees.
What should be happening is that if you have kids in school you should pay a part of their education as well as the homeowners in the area. When you put everyone on the same playing field, then I'll do my share to help the village raise the child.
Like another past Dopey WNJ Letter winner, Robbins fails to grasp that renters will pay for a passed referendum -- in the form of higher rent. Or does he believe that the landlords will just eat the higher tax cost? Right.
And also like that past letter-writing ninny, I wonder how Robbins would feel if we had a referendum on those Social Security taxes that I -- and others -- pay ... the taxes I pay to support folks like Robbins.
Don't count on the MSM to pick up on this, of course. A Barack Obama gun control proposal from 1999:
Obama is proposing to make it a felony for a gun owner whose firearm was stolen from his residence which causes harm to another person if that weapon was not securely stored in that home. (Link.)
This is a good example of the "generalities" for which Obama is famous in his speeches. Just don't pin him down on specifics. Like, what specifically is meant by "securely stored"? A gun safe? A locked cabinet? Would it be a judgment call by police?
And a felony if someone steals your gun and uses it to harm someone else? What if I stole Obama's car (like Newsbusters' Tim Graham asks) and then plowed into someone? Should that be a felony too if, for example, Barack didn't have an alarm system in the car and/or something like "The Club"?
"Star Trek" geeks will dig this: Star Trek Star Charts.
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I was switching channels last evening and watched various portions of CNN's debate between Obama and Clinton. I happened to catch what I thought was a big "Aw, C'MON!" line from Obama -- where he claimed that US troops in Afghanistan were short of supplies, had to borrow Taliban supplies, and were even short full compliments of soldiers. ABC's Jake Tapper supposedly investigated the matter and found the claim "credible." However, The Corner's Stephen Spruiell has gotten deluged with e-mail, the vast majority of which call Obama's claims bullsh**, and they provide evidence. I actually thought about what one commenter at Tapper's blog wrote:
... in every war, there are logistical screw-ups and problems getting the right stuff to the right guys at the right time. The military has actually done a phenomenal job in getting new equipment to deal with new or unanticipated battlefield threats.
Nevertheless, Obama's overall point was a criticism of the Iraq War (the Afghanistan statement was referenced because supposedly the need to fight in Iraq hampered the Afghanistan effort), which, personally, I find hard to oppose. But whatever the situation, if indeed Obama's anecdote is truthful, what that theatre of operations may need is one Gunnery Sargeant Thomas Highway to ... "assess" it:
UPDATE: Spruiell makes another good catch:
Obama, last night:
"They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief."
Obama's source, an Army captain, to ABC's Jake Tapper today:
"The purpose of going after the Taliban was not to get their weapons," he said, but on occasion they used Taliban weapons. Sometimes AK-47s, and they also mounted a Soviet-model DShK (or "Dishka") on one of their humvees instead of their 50 cal.
Wasn't the point of Obama's anecdote that our troops in Afghanistan were so poorly equipped, they were forced to capture weapons because they didn't have enough?
CNN.com report on the next president's budget woes includes the following photo:
Yeah, let's see.... Hillary looking good and smiling, check. Barack looking good and smiling, check. McCain looking constipated and haggard, CHECK!
Verum Serum demonstrates how it's so. Perfectly, I might add, with two screen-captures.
... 'cause its target is "progressive" white liberals -- Stuff White People Like.
Via the Newsbusters tip line (which goes out to many contributors, not just me):
You have no clue of what you do!! You are so right-wing (and sleeping in your unctuous shit), you might as well stroke your brother's dingdong!! Your articles are fabarications [sic]! It seems that you are anti-everything that the true America is about.
You Are Philistines!!
And now... the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are Make Washington's Birthday a National Holiday Again by Right Wing Nut House, and The Dungeon of Fallujah by Michael J. Totten. Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:
|2 1/3||Make Washington's Birthday a National Holiday Again|
Right Wing Nut House
|1 2/3||Iraqi Political Progress Leaves Few Places For The Left To Move The Target|
|1 1/3||Muslims and the Right Not To Be Offended|
|2/3||On The Mountaintop With Obama|
Cheat Seeking Missiles
Rhymes With Right
|2/3||Re-Wiring the Problem|
Done With Mirrors
|1/3||When a Man Stops Believing in God...|
|1/3||Le Figaro on the Upcoming American Presidential Election|
The Glittering Eye
|3 2/3||The Dungeon of Fallujah|
Michael J. Totten
|1 1/3||How Rachel Corrie Really Died (Hint: Not Protecting a House)|
|1||Feels Like the First Time|
|1||U.S. Rewarding Palestinian Terrorism|
The Terror Finance Blog
|1||Dear Paperlicious -- Stamping and Politics|
|2/3||Obama Imitates Olmert|
|2/3||Politics, Policy and the Internet|
|1/3||Executed for the Crime of Being Different|
|1/3||Moscow and la Hudson|
Word comes from a Colossus reader about an interesting lecture at the University of Delaware next week (an e-mail that was sent to the entire UD student body):
From: James M. Jones [mailto:email@example.com]
The Black American Studies(BAMS) Participatory Action Research (PAR) team, a research collective committed to evaluating the lived experiences of Blacks at the University of Delaware, has invited Rap artist, Lavell Crump, alias "David Banner", (hey -- that was The Hulk's real ID back in the 1970s TV series! -- Hube) to give a formal lecture entitled, "Cope, Conform or Resist? How Black College Students Should Think About Double Consciousness in the 21st Century," on Tuesday February 26th, 2008. The BAMS PAR team hopes that you can support this special and free event by having your students attend this event at 7pm in the auditorium of Clayton Hall.
Refreshments will be provided.
Mr. Crump's lecture has been scheduled this semester as one of several action events organized by the BAMS PAR team in response to data analyzed in an ongoing study. Results suggest Black students feel torn between holding on to an "authentic Black identity" and conforming to a more mainstream White value system in order to thrive in the college environment.
The BAMS PAR team determined that Mr. Crump would be an ideal lecturer to discuss the challenges as well as strategies on how to "keep it real" and be successful in a "professional" or what some have identified as a "White world". In addition to being a successful Hip-Hop artist, Mr. Krump is also the graduate of Southern University. Recently Mr. Crump presented on the impact of Hip-Hop music at a Congressional Sub-Committee hearing alongside intellectual heavyweights Michael Eric Dyson and Tracey Sharpley-Whiting. Mr. Crump in his music and other formal presentations has addressed not only issues related to
Hip-Hop but also Hurricane Katrina, both in Louisiana and his native Mississippi; economic poverty in the Black community; as well as the state of Black leadership.
James M. Jones, Director
Black American Studies
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Based on what potential First Lady Michelle Obama wrote in her Princeton thesis, this sounds like it is right up her alley. But again, as I mentioned previously, universities have no one to blame but themselves for this supposed "problem" with "racial identity." And then, after inculcating in students this need to find that ethnic and racial "niche" for themselves, then we have to have conferences and lectures about the subsequent racial "confusion." Then, people write columns about being annoyed because others view them via their ethnic/racial identity. After all, what exactly does it mean by "keeping it real"? What is an "authentic Black identity"?
It's the ultimate "progressive" Catch-22; the pinnacle of the No-Win Scenario.
News Journal report on a man whose skull was fractured by an attacker.
WDEL.com report on the same incident (relevant portion, as their main page changes frequently):
Wilmington police are looking for a man they say left another man critically injured after an argument. Witnesses told police the suspect hit the victim as the two argued Tuesday at the Adams 4 Shopping Center. The victim fell to the pavement, fractured his skull and lost consciousness, and is hospitalized at Christiana with a brain hemorrhage.
Police describe the suspect as black, in his mid to late 40's, about 5-11 with a full beard, and wearing a black leather jacket.
Previous Colossus reports available here.
By now you've most likely heard/read about the MSM's latest self-infliction of harm -- that, by trying to smear John McCain, it's only making itself ever more laughable. That the New York Times lowered itself to National Inquirer-level is beyond sad. An eight year old story that, for some reason, they decided to go with now.
Perusing the pundit shows, even liberals/Democrats are embarrassed by what the Times has done. To coin a 1980s commercial cliché, "Where's the beef?"
Now, just keep in mind what the Times has just printed about McCain, and then wonder why they haven't done a story about Obama regarding this "scandal." Or this one. The answer is obvious to anyone with half a brain (which, of course, leaves out a certain 50% of these dolts). Personally, I think the first story is 100% utter garbage, but the second is certainly worth looking into ... and reporting about (though, not as a major all-out exclusive) as it directly ties into Obama's political philosophy.
There's is probably as much "evidence" to sustain these Obama stories as there is to base the McCain story on. But John McCain is a Republican.
"President Bush doesn't care about black people."
But the guy who organized "Live Aid" sure has a different opinion:
Mr. [Bob] Geldof praised Mr. Bush for his work in delivering billions to fight disease and poverty in Africa, and blasted the U.S. press for ignoring the achievement.
Mr. Bush, said Mr. Geldof, "has done more than any other president so far."
"This is the triumph of American policy really," he said. "It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion."
"What's in it for [Mr. Bush]? Absolutely nothing," Mr. Geldof said.
Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed "to articulate this to Americans" but said he is also "pissed off" at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.
"You guys didn't pay attention," Geldof said to a group of reporters from all the major newspapers. (Link.)
Geldof sure has a lot to learn about the American (well, world, too) press and their treatment of Republicans/conservatives, doesn't he?
(h/t to Greg!)
According to Time's Mark Halperin, it is:
So far, Obama campaign officials have smoothly explained away Michelle Obama's statement Monday when she told a Wisconsin audience, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country." The campaign has clarified her comment thusly: Of course she is proud of America and loves her country, but she recognizes its political system has not always been perfect.
Huh? How does Halperin know? (Bill O'Reilly asked him just this, by the way, last night on his show.) Well, he claims "he knows her." Oh. Gee, thanks.
I'm not buying it. Halperin sounds like an Obama campaign spokesman (which too many in the MSM already do). How can one say "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country" not once, but TWICE (the first time she omitted the "really" before the "proud") and simply mean that "its political system hasn't always been perfect"? By "adult life," this means Mrs. Obama is referring to roughly 1984 to the present. I can understand her wanting to take a swipe at the Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 administrations, but what about the eight years of Democrat rule under Clinton? And even so, there is absolutely not ONE thing that Mrs. Obama can be proud of in the last 24 years? What about the state of race relations, for heaven's sake? Helping to end the Cold War? Freedom for Eastern Europe? Democracy spreading throughout Latin America? Massive aid to Africa?
A cynic might claim that Mrs. Obama is herself playing the race card, to which her husband's campaign was so quick to complain about the Clinton campaign. In other words, "we can only be proud" of America now ... because we've finally accepted an African-American as a major presidential candidate.
Possibly related: Michelle Obama's thesis, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community," will not be available to the general public until -- ready? -- November 5, 2008.
Guess which important date is the day before?
UPDATE: Apparently an entity called Newhouse News dug up a bit of Mrs. Obama's college thesis:
In her 1985 Princeton senior thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” Michelle LaVaughn Robinson lamented that white professors and classmates always saw her as “Black first and a student second.”
I'm surprised that Ms. Robinson was surprised by this. It's an American Ivy League university! That's what they do -- classify people by their ethnic and racial group. That's what liberals do.
She had surveyed alumni to see whether they sacrificed their commitment to other blacks on the altar of success, and foresaw for herself an uneasy future: “further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”…
On the cusp of becoming First Lady. Some "periphery," eh?
As Michelle Obama wrote in her thesis introduction, “My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘Blackness’ than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.”…
Again, this "surprise" comes off as completely non-genuine. That's what colleges do, after all. (Remember what my local University of Delaware was doing recently.) They make one "aware" of their "cultural identity" whether one really wants to or not. And, again, this is part of liberalism -- color-blindness is disdained, and color-consciousness is lauded.
Michelle Obama was guided in her choice of thesis topic by a consuming concern that her success might compromise her black identity. As she wrote in her conclusion:
“I wondered whether or not my education at Princeton would affect my identification with the Black community. I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with Whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that Black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility.”…
Michelle Obama’s fears of losing touch with her roots without ever being embraced into the mainstream led her to promise, in her thesis introduction, “to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black community.”
I've noticed over my years that it's usually only liberals that worry so about such aspects of "ethnic identity." Why does success and successfully interacting with the majority population have to make one "less black"? Or "less Hispanic"? Or "less Asian"? The very concept is absurd on its face. Liberals have created their own Catch-22: Clamor for race/ethnic consciousness beyond measure, then suffer [their own created] uncertainties as a result -- the very ones that Mrs. Obama pontificates about.
The concept of color-blindness doesn't sound all that bad, does it?
I'm not a very big Chris Matthews fan, but kudos to him for this (my emphasis):
MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "You are a big Barack supporter, right, Senator?"
State Sen. Watson: "I am. Yes, I am."
Matthews: "Well, name some of his legislative accomplishments. No, Senator, I want you to name some of Barack Obama's legislative accomplishments tonight if you can."
State Sen. Watson: "Well, you know, what I will talk about is more about what he is offering the American people right now."
Matthews: "No. No. What has he accomplished, sir? You say you support him. Sir, you have to give me his accomplishments. You've supported him for president. You are on national television. Name his legislative accomplishments, Barack Obama, sir."
State Sen. Watson: "Well, I'm not going to be able to name you specific items of legislative accomplishments."
Matthews: "Can you name any? Can you name anything he's accomplished as a Congressman?"
State Sen. Watson: "No, I'm not going to be able to do that tonight."
Matthews: "Well, that is a problem isn't it?"
One would think it is. Wonder why it's not?
UPDATE: Here's the video. It ain't pretty.
What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something -- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud.
Do I even have to say it? First time in her adult life??
That's just sad.
No, not from any policy similarities, but for plagiarizing someone else's speech. Check it out -- view Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s 2006 “Just Words” speech from October 2006, and then what Barack Obama has to say in his recent (Feb. 16) Wisconsin speech:
The British Labour Party's Neil Kinnock was quoted as saying, "I had nothing to do with this."
Our own Joe Biden reacted thusly: "I warned 'im!"
A must-see over at ZombieTime.com. My favorite pic:
Yeah? Maybe not, but he sure can afford that kickin' gangsta-style suit, yo! (He actually seemed to be an anti-Code Pink protestor.)
A close second:
Dude, that's a T-shirt with the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #1 on it! Whoa! He can't be all bad!
UPDATE: Byron York has more thoughts.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin on Meet the Press: He was complaining -- complaining!! -- about the Clinton campaign wanting to "change the rules" after the fact (referring to the Michigan and Florida Democrat primary voters).
Hey you Dick, er, um, hey Dick -- read this post. You a-holes only care about rules -- and laws -- when they suit you.
UPDATE: Mark Finkelstein has more over at Newsbusters, noting that Durbin's co-guest, NY Senator Chuckie Shumer, admits that Clinton's and Obama's word ain't any good:
TIM RUSSERT: Senator Schumer, Senator Clinton said in October "you know it's clear this election they're having in Michigan is not going to count for anything." Is that your position?
CHARLES SCHUMER: Well, no. Here's the bottom line once again, Tim. Each candidate of course takes the position that benefits them at the moment.
Again -- never believe a Democrat who whines about "counting all the votes" (among many other things)!
UPDATE 2: Here's the AP's report (via the News Journal) about the Clinton camp wanting to change the rules:
Harold Ickes, a top adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign who voted for Democratic Party rules that stripped Michigan and Florida of their delegates, now is arguing against the very penalty he helped pass.
In a conference call Saturday, the longtime Democratic Party member contended the DNC should reconsider its tough sanctions on the two states, which held early contests in violation of party rules. He said millions of voters in Michigan and Florida would be otherwise disenfranchised -- before acknowledging moments later that he had favored the sanctions.
There's that "disenfranchised" word again. Funny how it wasn't a big concern when the party "punished" the two states, eh?
So says Bob Owens.
And its name is ... the Loch Ness Monster:
LEGENDARY Nessie hunter Robert Rines is giving up his search for the monster after 37 years.
The 85-year-old American will make one last trip in a bid to find the elusive beast.
After almost four decades of fruitless expeditions, he admitted: "Unfortunately, I'm running out of age."
Despite having hundreds of sonar contacts over the years, the trail has since gone cold and Rines believes that Nessie may be dead, a victim of global warming.
LOL!! As The Corner's Andrew Stuttaford says, "You couldn't make these things up (well, Al Gore could, and would, but you know what I mean...)"
... but this is just going a bit too far:
A class action lawsuit filed in federal court here Friday claims that the New England Patriots "fraudulent videotaping" of the St. Louis Rams' walk-through prior to Super Bowl XXXVI 2002 Super Bowl should cost the team damages in excess of $100 million.
The suit targets the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick. The suit says: "The basis of this action is that the Defendants illegally videotaped the St. Louis Rams ("Rams") "walk through" prior to the 2002 Super Bowl for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage in the game." It claims the Patriots were engaged in fraud, racketeering, breach of contract, and were in violation of Louisiana's unfair trade practices and consumer protection act.
The suit is filed on behalf of Willie Gary, identified as a Rams employee and football player (he played seven games for the team in the 2001 season), an owner of a St. Louis seat license and two ticket purchasers and attendees of the Super Bowl. It seeks restitution for three classes: Rams players, coaches, staff and employees of the team that met New England in the Super Bowl in 2002, all 72,922 fans who attended the game, and owners of St. Louis Rams seat licenses for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Hey -- what about Delaware's greatest Rams fan?
Oh, er, um, that's right, never mind -- this lawsuit is nuts. (And who the hell is Willie Gary? Even I don't remember the guy.) Until there's solid evidence of the Pats gaining an advantage via their still-supposed taping of the Rams' pre-Super Bowl walkthrough, this just gets the usual "frivolous" label.
My fave band of all time is playing in D.C. tomorrow. Yep, that's right, Los Amigos Invisibles!
And just take one guess at who's on their guest list for this show: ME!! (Well, 'da wife, too, natch!) Not only that, 'da wife and I are invited backstage afterwards to hang with the band and have a few drinks!
I just can't think of a more happenin' time, yo!
7:00 pm Opening flag burning
7:15 pm Pledge of Allegiance to the U.N. in Spanish
7:20 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
7:25 pm Nonreligious prayer and worship with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
7:45 pm Ceremonial tree hugging
7:55 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
8:00 pm How I Invented the Internet - Al Gore
8:15 pm Gay Wedding - Barney Frank presiding
8:35 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
8:40 pm Our Troops Are War Criminals - John Kerry and John Murtha
9:00 pm Saddam Memorial Rally - Cindy Sheehan and Susan Sarandon
11:00 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
11:05 pm Collection for the Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund - Barbara Streisand
11:15 pm Free the Freedom Fighters from Guantanamo Bay - Sean Penn
11:30 pm Oval Office Affairs William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton
11:45 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
11:50 pm How George Bush Brought Down the World Trade Center Towers - Howard Dean & Rosie O'Donnell
12:15 am 'Truth in Broadcasting Award' - Presented to Dan Rather by Michael Moore
12:25 am Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
12:30 am Satellite address by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
12:45 am Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Nancy Pelosi
12:50 am Speech and toast by Hugo Chavez to the departure of 'The Great Satan', George W. Bush
12:55 am Hillary proposes a toast to our 89 million new Democratic Mexican voters
1:00 am Ted Kennedy proposes a toast to the extinction of the Republican party
1:05 am Coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton
1:30 am Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
1:35 am Bill Clinton asks Ted Kennedy to drive Hillary home
(h/t: Soccer Dad)
His college degree? Education. What subject(s) did he teach? Social studies and ... English grammar!! (Link.)
Via the Newsbusters tip line (which goes out to many contributors, not just me):
I just happened on your website. I guess shallow conservative egotists need someplace to post their hatred. Hey, I have an idea! Why not just promote the random assasination [sic] of liberals by you "real patriots?" I'm sure that you don't lack the guns. Nor the requisite hatred. So why not just exhort Billy-Bob and Cletus and all the rest of your faithful readers to get in their pickups and start potshotting [sic] liberals and atheists around the country, and finally take the country back for Jesus, by force!
It's what you really wish that you could do, isn't it? You all have wet dreams over killing us liberals off, dontcha [sic]? It's obvious in your writings. Your posts reek of hatred and seperatism [sic], shallowness and anger. Nice stuff.
You people are what's killing this country off as a nation anyhow, so why not do it literally? Go for it. It's what you really want. It's who you really are. Hatemongers for Christ.
Jesus, if he knew, would indeed weep.
Check out the absolute cretinism on display by the woman responsible for hanging that Cuban flag emblazoned with Che Guevara at a Houston Obama campaign office:
It’s wrong to try to implement restrictions in my private property. I own this piece of land. This is America. I should be able to do anything I want with it. (Link.)
She said that in response to criticism of her building an apparently gawdy domicile on the site of an historic Old Sixth Ward home.
As a person with strong libertarian leanings, I can sympathize with her view. But this is the woman who digs Cuba and Che Guevara! Doesn't she realize that the ... entities she lionizes believe in the complete opposite? That if she was a subject of their rule she would only have the "rights" that Castro and Guevara so dictated at a whim?
You can't a much better example of "moonbat":
By the way, anyone heard about this story in the MSM? I thought not. But don't despair, moonbat detractors -- Googling "obama cuban flag" reveals my Newsbusters post to be the #1 link to the story, natch!
Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed.
"I was not aware that I had voted no," he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he "intended to vote yes."
That was not the only misfire for the former civil rights attorney first elected to the state Senate in 1996. During his eight years in state office, Obama cast more than 4,000 votes. Of those, according to transcripts of the proceedings in Springfield, he hit the wrong button at least six times.
The rules allow state lawmakers to clear up a mishap if they suffered from a momentary case of stumbly fingers or a lapse in attention. Correcting the record is common practice in the Illinois Legislature, where lawmakers routinely cast numerous votes in a hurry.
But some lawmakers say the practice also offers a relatively painless way to placate both sides of a difficult issue. Even if a lawmaker admits an error, the actual vote stands and the official record merely shows the senator's "intent."
To which Geraghty says:
Hey, no big deal. It's not like the biggest, most devastating decision a president could make is represented by the metaphor of "pushing the button."
"Sir, we have outbound ICBMs."
"Relax, President Obama just hit the wrong button."
And now... the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are Mandate Me, Baby by Right Wing Nut House, and Are We At War? And What Is the Political Consequence of That For Conservatives In This Election? by BeldarBlog. There was actually a tie in the council category this week... the Watcher enjoyed both posts, but Rick Moran's critique of government-run health care ultimately won him over. Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:
|3 1/3||Mandate Me, Baby|
Right Wing Nut House
|2 1/3||Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and McCain Derangement Syndrome|
|2||Of Israel, the Palestinians and the United States|
|1 2/3||America In a Six-Word Slogan|
Cheat Seeking Missiles
|1||Philip's Complaint, or Liberal Political Thinking in a Nutshell|
Done With Mirrors
|2/3||None Dare Call It Murder|
The Glittering Eye
|2/3||How the Democrats Will Attack McCain... and Fail Miserably|
|3 1/3||Are We At War? And What Is the Political Consequence of That For Conservatives In This Election?|
|2 2/3||The Final Mission, Part II|
Michael J. Totten
|2 1/3||Obama's Politics of Collective Redemption|
|1||Seven Reasons To Support The GOP's Nominee|
|2/3||Tim Rutten Lies About Cheney's CPAC Speech|
|2/3||The White House Wants a $1.4 Billion Stimulus/National Security Package... for Mexico|
|2/3||The Red King and Equality Before the Law|
Brits at their Best
|1/3||Obama, Exxon Mobil, Economics and Populism|
The QandO Blog
|1/3||The Obama Che Flag Flap|
Ace of Spades HQ
John Rosenberg says it best today.
Remember how "every vote" had to count in Florida 2000? Also, recall how (for Democrats) rules (i.e. laws) are merely arbitrary to making sure "every vote" counts? (See again Florida, and also New Jersey when then embattled Bob Torricelli was replaced with Frank Lautenberg.)
This is the same Democrat Party that has seen to it themselves that the voters of -- check it! -- Florida but also Michigan don't get any say in choosing their party's candidate for president. Why? Because they broke the party's rules (by moving up their primary dates). 'Ya just gotta love the internal bickering too: The Clinton camp is hinting those votes should count (which would actually be well within the Democrat Party mantra -- rules actually don't mean what they mean if the Party doesn't want them to) whereas the Obama campaign has said the rules were made and everyone should accept them... but that leaves Obama in the untenable position of "favoring" disenfranchising millions of voters! Oh no! What's a Democrat to do??
Poor babies. I really feel for you. No, not really.
Of course, this doesn't even address that highly undemocratic item called the "superdelegate."
So, again, when you hear a good Democrat bitching about "disenfranchisement," give 'im a good chortling smirk and laugh right in their face. But Rosenberg brings up a better point: "Do we really want to trust a party that shreds its own sanctions and backs down when defied by Florida and Michigan to protect us from a nuclear resurgent Iran?"
(h/t to Greg!)
One of the more hilarious endings to a comics character's [own magazine's] career takes place in Marvel's Kazar the Savage #34 from 1984. After the conclusion to a multi-part epic, the "epilogue" has the protagonist lifted from time and space, and he finds himself being chased in the dark by shadowed entities. Eventually he spots a large building, and makes his way inside. He busts through a massive door to find he's reached ...
Yep, that's what it says: "The Land of Cancelled Heroes." Of course, however, many of those "cancelled" characters went on to continue their "existence" in the Marvel Universe (some proudly!), especially the Silver Surfer, Nova, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, and [Black] Goliath (although he was recently killed in the so-called epic "Civil War" saga).
See if you can pick them out, but better yet -- name some other characters in that pic!
... and not a deliberate attempt at a diss:
The bush administration unveiled another initiative Tuesday to help struggling homeowners, calling for a 30-day moratorium on foreclosures for borrowers who have fallen at least three months behind on their payments. The goal of Project Lifeline is to give borrowers who haven't worked out new terms with their lenders more time to do so. Like the administration's previous efforts, this one is voluntary, yet it quickly attracted the support of six major loan servicing companies that represent about half of the mortgage market. (Link.)
Yeah. Just a typo. Right? The LA Times wouldn't do that on purpose. Right?
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Word comes from blog-pal Soccer Dad that comics great Steve Gerber passed away a couple days ago. Steve might be best known for his creation Howard the Duck which, unfortunately, was transformed into a crummy movie.
I was checking Colossus visitors earlier this afternoon and noticed a great many coming from the well-known Free Republic.com site, specifically this thread. It seems someone used the screen capture I made for my Newsbusters post yesterday (regarding the Houston Obama campaign office that had the Cuban flag with Che Guevara on it hanging on the wall).
But that's not what brought the visitors. It seems a commenter thought that since the Colossus server hosted the pic, it was somehow "illegitimate." That, and because we (I, actually) occasionally write about "Battlestar Galactica" on the blog! Well, pardon me. Amazing how this genius managed to find the "Galactica" stuff, but somehow missed the vast amount of other -- POLITICAL -- material, including the big "Contributor to Newsbusters" icon at the top of the blog.
Hopefully, though, the visitors that came here from FR have realized that this "HawaiianGecko" guy is a total tool.
Jonathan Adler on Mike Huckabee's appearance on "Meet the Press" yesterday (my emphasis):
Today on MTP, Huckabee was asked about some of his flip-flops on various issues (though abortion was not among them). One of the questions was why Huckabee went from endorsing a federal ban on smoking in public places to saying smoking restrictions were best adopted at the local level. Huckabee's response was that he'd never changed position. He likes the idea of states and localities addressing the issue, but he would still sign a national smoking ban if it landed on his desk as President.
And you wonder why politicians are held is such low esteem? What kind of bulls*** answer is that?
Yeah Mike, you're the "true" conservative -- by signing a federal ban on smoking restrictions. Next you'll say that granting in-state tuition breaks to illegal immigrants (which you argued for) is "best handled by states," but you'd make it law nationwide if by some chance a bill landed on your desk.
Conservative. My. Ass.
Check out how in my latest Newsbusters post!
The next time you make a fake ID, don't put your girlfriend in the damn picture!!
(h/t to Greg!)
News Journal police report about a Canby Park Shopping Center mugging.
Same report, except done by WILM.com.
As Mike Matthews reported when it happened (as did many other places, but I like to highlight the local blogs that nail it quickly!), MSNBC's David Shuster was suspended indefinitely for saying that Chelsea Clinton was being "pimped out in some weird sort of way" regarding her supposed contacting of "super delegates" on behalf of her mom's campaign. There's news that he actually was close to being fired on the spot for the comment. I think Shuster's comments probably were inappropriate, but that even a suspension is just plain ridiculous. The term "pimped" doesn't exclusively mean what it used to.
But consider: If Shuster can get suspended for that comment, and possibly even fired, what about Keith Olbermann? Olbermann has also apologized for Shuster, by the way ("David has been suspended and remains only for me to apologize without limit to President Clinton and to Ms. Clinton on behalf of MSNBC. We are literally, dreadfully sorry." "Literally, dreadfully sorry"?? Please, someone clean up my vomit! -- Hube); however, he used the very same term regarding President Bush and General David Petraeus back on Sept. 20!
Don't hold your breath. But like Shuster, I don't think Olbermann should even be suspended for his comments, but it surely demonstrates the clear double-standard: Against Republicans and conservatives, feel free to use whatever language you want.
Actually, if you're Keith Olbermann, you can do it to Democrats too, as long as it's the "right" ones (meaning, not the Clintons). Fox's Bill O'Reilly was raked over the proverbial coals for taken-out-of-context remarks about dining in Harlem; Olbermann, on the other hand, recently joked about Bill Clinton asking New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to "pass the guacamole" at a recent get-together.
Oh. I get it. Richardson is Hispanic. Guacamole. Ha ha.
Kietra Winn has a "Community View" article in today's News Journal which, among some confusing aspects, asks for those "real" conversations about race relations:
During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in Wilmington, syndicated journalist Roland Martin challenged young people and adults to step outside their comfort zones and interact with people of other races to bridge the gap in cultural appreciation.
Both events left me wondering why is it so difficult for people to genuinely work at getting to know someone outside their own race. Is the notion of racial equality so taboo that most people think it should go away quietly, never to be spoken of?
[Wilmington lawyer Max] Bell, who is white, and Martin, who is black, are both right. The first step to improving race relations is willingness to step outside our comfort zones and be open to such difficult conversations. Dialogue starts the process of appreciating another person's journey.
Once understanding begins, acceptance of the other person eventually leads to unity.
As we've (Felix and I) oft written about at Colossus (for example here and here), this sounds very nice -- helpful, encouraging and kumbayah-ish; however, the reality is usually something quite different. These "dialogues" usually require whites to acknowledge their guilt, their privilege, their [latent] racism, etc. etc. etc., while any hard questions posed to minorities are met with disdain and anger.
[Black] Stanford Law professor Richard Thompson Ford realizes this. In his book The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse, he writes (my emphasis)
... when people talk about race relations, they too quickly try to ferret out racism without looking at the larger issues. In doing so, they leave open the possibility that opportunists will unfairly paint someone as a racist to further their political ends, while de-legitimizing some very real problems. I decided to write the book out of dismay and frustration with the way questions of racial injustice are typically taken up. Right now, we tend to deal with questions of race and race relations in the context of scandal. There's not much conversation about the day-to-day issues with racial tensions and injustices. (Link.)
But back to Ms. Winn. Here's where that confusion that I mentioned above comes into play:
In my work, I have the privilege of meeting intelligent young people who make me hopeful about the future and race relations. They are passionate about their issues. But without guidance, many go to great lengths, and at times resort to violence, to be heard. When their enthusiasm is channeled in the right direction, it can produce change agents and tomorrow's leaders.
For example, through her passion for cultural appreciation, a black female senior from Brandywine High School decided to volunteer regularly at Henry C. Conrad Middle School. During her first visit, she realized not all of the students shared the same appreciation for their culture. Some did not know much about their heritage.
The exceptions were obvious. Black, Puerto Rican and Dominican students were excited about their culture and wanted to share it with the rest of the class. With encouragement, Mexican students began to feel comfortable doing the same.
But what she found most disheartening was the majority of white students did not know their heritage, and were often ashamed of it.
Let's see -- after spending the first 3/4 of her column lamenting the all-too prevalent societal racism that still exists in American society, somehow black, Puerto Rican, Dominican and Mexican students are very excited about their culture ... all the while white students are embarrassed by theirs.
Is there some sort of disconnect here?
In 1985 political correctness must not yet have really taken a foot-hold in American society. Case in point: This model kit ad from Marvel's Alpha Flight #29 ...
And here's an enlarged pic of the circled portion:
Hmm. The Germans, against whom all the other skirmishes are fought in this "battle" model kit, aren't referred to as "Gerrys" or "Krauts."
I surely doubt you'd see something like this today!
If Barack Obama is the Democrat presidential nominee, it's going to be one interesting race. Because of race. The Clintons are learning the hard way that you have to walk on egg shells going up against a popular black candidate, given that it seems virtually any word or phrase will be misconstrued to have some sort of racial undertone. Today, a Newsbusters reader alerted us via our e-mail tip line to Tim Russert on the "Today" show where he was discussing Bill Clinton's use of words like "inexperienced" and "inspirational," and having to be "careful." (Funny how it wasn't a big deal for people like Robert DeNiro using the term "inexperience," eh?)
As I noted in my post from the first link above, I'd almost feel sorry for Democrats -- except that they're now experiencing the very tactics which they've employed against their opponents for decades, and which "enlightened" journalists have also used against their ideological enemies. And [the] Obama[s] sure aren't helping matters much in what is supposed to be a "mainstream" African-American candidacy.
One of the latest victims of this new ... "sensitivity" appears to be NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd:
It all started when Michelle Henery, a columnist for the Times of London, penned a story about her experience in the press room after last week's Democratic debate in Los Angeles.
Henery, who is African-American, wrote that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, "one of my journalistic heroes," approached her, "greeting me like a long-lost friend." Henery was flattered and shocked until "Maureen's sweet smile turned into embarrassed confusion and she scampered off."
The next day, Henery says she e-mailed her friends, who told her that Dowd must have confused her with Michelle Obama, the wife of presidential contender Barack Obama.
Henery was shocked, considering that Obama has "almost 15 years on me and more than 3 inches in height" and despaired about "how white America was going to elect a black man for president if they could not even tell us apart." (Link.)
The Obama campaign just adds to the fire: "A spokesperson for Michelle Obama declined to comment, explaining, 'I think that story speaks for itself.'"
You see? Dowd is somehow an example of some sort of "subtle" racism -- manifesting itself via the old stereotype that all black people "look alike." But, of course, it's as if people never mistake anyone else that's of a different hue, right? Hell, my own father -- right in front of me, several times -- has been asked if he is a Kennedy! My wife has been confused for Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. But in this current political climate, do NOT mistake an African-American, especially an Obama, for someone else. It'll "speak for itself."
Then there's Philly Daily News columnist Elmer Smith who writes "He's not the 'N' word (but it's not what you think)":
I AM SICK and tired of being called the "N" word by political pundits in their lame analyses of the Democratic primary campaign.
No. Not that "N" word.
I'm sick of being called a "niche vote," as if being black in America puts me in a such a unique category that I am not to be considered along with all other potential voters.
It's true of women, too. In their haste to identify the likely voting blocs for the two Democratic candidates, pundits consider women voters as some special-interest group that is not quite typical of Americans in general.
What is driving all of this, of course, is the fact that the two remaining Democratic candidates are a woman and a black man. Women are more likely to be for Hillary Clinton and blacks are counted in advance as being for Barack Obama.
That part makes sense. Given that both candidates seem qualified and capable, and since their positions on issues are so close, it should come as no surprise that women and blacks have aligned themselves by their respective "identities."
What doesn't make sense is that this is seen as divisive and typical of the national Democratic Party, which is characterized as an amalgam of special-interest groups whose peculiar demands put them outside the American mainstream.
If it doesn't make sense, Elmer, it's because you're either the ridiculously blind partisan, or incredibly stupid.
No, it's not, as you claim in your article, the fault of Republicans. The Democrat Party has itself perfected the art of identity politics, right down to allocating [their own] convention space based on gender and color. You really can't get more "divisive" and "out of the mainstream" than that. And I really am confused at how Elmer resents being a "niche" voter. The African-American community as a whole overwhelmingly votes one way -- Democratic. And by overwhelmingly, we're talking in the 80% neighborhood.
What will also be intriguing is how the McCain camp -- and the media -- will handle Obama's "spiritual adviser" should Barack get the nomination (or even the veep nod). The MSM has stayed away from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. as you'd expect any good left-leaning entity to do. So, naturally, it's up to the non-traditional media to look into the man. Ask yourself: What would NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN etc. say about a Republican [white] candidate whose spiritual adviser was (is) directly connected to the following:
Think that hypothetical candidate would be constantly peppered with questions about the adviser? As surely as the Pope is a Catholic. But just substitute "white" for "black" above, "Romans" for "Egyptians" and "European" for "African." That's the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. He's also said the following:
Pretty "mainstream," eh?
Wright has also visited Cuba and Libya in the mid-1980s and most recently hailed the anti-Semitic and racist Louis Farrakhan as "a pillar of integrity" and presented him with a "lifetime achievement award" back in November.
If Obama is indeed THE uniter as he claims, he surely should have to address legitimate questions about the man he holds in such high regard.
And now... the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are A Short Hitch by Done With Mirrors, and Changing the Organizational Culture (Updated) by Small Wars Journal. Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:
|3||A Short Hitch|
Done With Mirrors
|2||The Most Ridiculous Story of 2008? Part 2|
Cheat Seeking Missiles
|1 2/3||I'd Have To Ask??|
The Colossus of Rhodey
|1||Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant|
|2/3||Obama Disparages the Military & Gets a Pass On Iraq From Fox News|
|2/3||The Anti-McCain Republicans|
The Glittering Eye
|2/3||Why Should We Care Whether Hillary or McCain Wins?|
|2/3||Cutting Off Berkeley|
Rhymes With Right
|2/3||Campaign Consultant Kang Speaks|
|3||Changing the Organizational Culture (Updated)|
Small Wars Journal
|1 2/3||"Mass Producers of Distortion"|
|1||The Coming Meltdown for the Democrats|
|1||The Terribly Mixed Record of Alan Greenspan|
|1||Our Policy In Iraq|
|2/3||GOP 2008: The Jackpot from the Trifecta of Stupid [Karl]|
|2/3||The Wing Has Lost Its Nuts (And Bolts), Indeed|
|1/3||The Power of Myths|
Houston's Clear Thinkers
|1/3||No Fat People Allowed: Only the Slim Will Be Allowed To Dine In Public!|
|1/3||Intransigent Huck Voters|
The dude's still in high school at nineteen, he's in a new school, and he slams a fellow student's head into a bench because he thought the kid slashed his car's tires.
The student, Bryant R. Purvis, was released after posting $1,000 bond. No word on whether Sharpton, Jackson et. al. will plan massive marches about this excessive punishment.
Avi Green is hosting over at Four Color Media Monitor.
What is the DEAL with our northern neighbor? They're trying to squelch freedom of speech all over the place. Check out this latest pathetic example:
David Suzuki has called for political leaders to be thrown in jail for ignoring the science behind climate change.
At a Montreal conference last Thursday, the prominent scientist, broadcaster and Order of Canada recipient exhorted a packed house of 600 to hold politicians legally accountable for what he called an intergenerational crime. Though a spokesman said yesterday the call for imprisonment was not meant to be taken literally, Dr. Suzuki reportedly made similar remarks in an address at the University of Toronto last month.
Toward the end of his speech, Dr. Suzuki said that "we can no longer tolerate what's going on in Ottawa and Edmonton" and then encouraged attendees to hold politicians to a greater green standard.
"What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there's a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they're doing is a criminal act," said Dr. Suzuki, a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. (Link.)
A member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association!! Can you friggin' believe THAT?? How so perfectly Orwellian!!
Actually it fits perfectly into the "progressive" paradigm. Free speech is not truly free unless it conforms to the "proper" belief system and ideology, which must be, of course, "progressive."
News Journal description of two Canby Park Shopping Center robbery suspects.
WDEL.com's circa 10:45 am (copying here as their news page doesn't have direct links and changes often):
State Police are looking for suspects in a pair of robberies that happened 2 and a half-hours apart at Wilmington's Canby Park Shopping Center.
Police say a pair of suspects took cash from 2 men around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, and two suspects took cash and a cell phone from another man around 5 PM.
The suspects in the first robbery are described as black and between 16 and 20 years old.
In the second, the suspects are black, in their early 20's and were wearing dark clothing.
It's only a matter of time before some idiot lefty comes out and demands that these people's voices be heard (especially those in Florida):
It shouldn't be funny, Ms. Olin. These are the same buffoons that wanted a "re-vote" because they couldn't read a damned [Democrat-designed] butterfly ballot back in 2000, and whose idiocy resulted in the chaos that was Bush vs. Gore.
The way things are going in this country, you can bet that some "activists" will come to the "defense" of this cretins demanding that their "right to vote" be accepted as is. I can hear 'em now (for the non-Florida would-be voters): "These people should not have to come back to the polls on the actual scheduled date of their states' primary. They showed up to vote on Super Tuesday and want their votes counted now. It will be a great inconvenience to them to have to return in a week. We deem this 'disenfranchisement.'" Don't think this is just satire, either. Around the country, "activists" are litigating against merely having to present a picture ID in order to vote -- on the grounds that for "some" people (seniors and, of course, minorities) it is "more difficult" to obtain one.
... one has to admit that Karl Rove's commentary on Fox News last night during "Super Tuesday" coverage was incredibly interesting. I was prepared for the usual ho-hum punditry, but Rove's analysis kept me tuned in for quite a while. I'd never really heard/seen the primary/caucus process broken down as he did it, and made worth watching all at the same time.
Frank Foer at The New Republic agrees.
Welcome to Colossus's second hosted Carnival of Education. While several of us (including myself) are involved in education, our blog doesn't focus exclusively on the subject. So, after perusing the Carnival, browse around, check us out, and we hope you'll come back!
Mark Montgomery wonders which is better -- Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)? One thing to keep in mind: Ask about the programs' pass rate.
In The Classroom
On the Tenure Track fills us in why teaching Government class in an election year is so easy.
Eric over at Teachers Call has some lesson ideas for language teachers on how to get the most out of CALL lessons.
Messy classroom? Don't worry. Just venture on over to Just a Substitute Teacher Blog and get some tips on keeping your room clean!
History is Elementary has a great history lesson plan that is tailored for the "Multiple Intelligences" approach.
muse at me-ander showed "Men of Honor" to her 10th grade class in Israel. The flick's theme: "Be the best."
Mathew Needleman begins his series on integrating video into the classroom by showing you some of his (and his classes') work -- and how they did it.
Darren at Right on the Left Coast serves up an anecdote that I've also experienced: The kid who feels that he gets "frustrated" if the kid asks a question in class. His explanation may have many a teacher going "I've done that!" like it did me; however, if I may add, there's nothing more [personally] frustrating than a student who constantly pays little to no attention in class, and then complains to me "I don't get it."
I love anecdotes like this one from Learn Me Good. I burst out laughing when I read it, mainly 'cause I've seen similar things all too often!
The Reading Zone wonders why reading in class is considered by some to be "a waste of time." RZ is heading on a fellowship for a few days and wonders how the substitute will handle 25 minutes of SSR.
Inside The Profession
Wow. Be sure to check out this powerful post from Scenes From the Battlefield. Blogger "oldandnew" writes about teaching in tough UK schools, and this Carnival entry is about having dreams about chaos in his class. Except that it's not quite accurate. O&N says "I dream that I have a class that simply won’t respond to anything I do to control them, or even to quieten them down." How many of you have had that dream? I sure have. It's usually before the school year starts or at times of heightened stress during the year. It's a freaky experience to be sure.
Friends of Dave says Parents Aren't to Blame for Academic Failure. He dissects three recent articles that show how "underachieving" public schools can indeed be successful -- and, by making these schools successful parents will get involved. Joanne Jacobs has still more.
Darren from Right on the Left Coast is back with a little tidbit every teacher's gotta love when it happens to them: You run into a kid who had you in class years ago, and they inform you that you were their favorite.
Eduwonkette offers up her Value-Added Bucket List; in other words, how do we measure teacher effectiveness?
Median Sib discusses R.T.I. -- "Response To Intervention." In a nutshell, it deals with IDing the struggling students as soon as possible to get them the help they need.
Pat at Successful Teaching offers some advice on resolving conflicts with teaching colleagues.
Greg Laden discusses the trend in online learning. In brief, the opinions about such learning are as diverse as the delivery methods of the online instruction.
I really enjoyed this post by Bellringers which discusses elementary school "re-enactments" and a Super Bowl-inspired Top Five [teaching/student anecdote] list!
The Tempered Radical ponders what happens when middle school teachers attempt to come to a consensus about grading and late policies. Read about his policies and compare 'em to yours!
The Core Knowledge Blog details some ... unusual trends in the responses by students as to who the "most famous" Americans are. Has our culture become "where a basic knowledge of history was considered a vital precursor to effective participation in our democracy, to an anti-academic orientation that views history as unimportant, useful only as a means of correcting historical injustices"?
My own post for this Carnival is my reaction to teachers in Dallas not being allowed to give students a grade of "zero."
Ever watch MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"? I have, and in my opinion it is one execrable program. These folks agree with me, and how.
Laureen at Life Without School takes a look at "DNs" -- "Digital Natives" who are [this era's] technological wizards, so to speak. It's a terrific glimpse at how instant communication (and the proliferation of it) is rapidly transforming our culture.
Planning on studying abroad? You might want to check out these 69 study abroad tips from SchoolisHard.com. They're all common sense, good tips, and I know from experience. I spent the spring semester of my junior [college] year in a Spanish-speaking country, and it was possibly the greatest decision I ever made!
Mamacita (I love that blog handle!) at Scheiss Weekly just gave her first writing assignment to the students of her new semester class. Make sure you know what a Patronus is before you stop by!
Dave Saba at American Board for Certification for Teacher Excellence has two updates: "The Virginia Tech Effect," and that applications to colleges are rising.
NerdMom fills us in on what she plans to do to celebrate Pancake Day! (She also has a link to check out her recipe for Almond Buttermilk Pancakes! Yum!)
That's all, folks! Thanks for stopping by! If you wanna submit a post for next week's Carnival, click here to use the handy submission form.
We'll be hosting our second Carnival of Education -- one of the bigger and better blog carnivals out there -- tomorrow. If you have an education-related post you'd like to submit, do so by 6pm this evening. But, if not, just tune in bright and early for all the excellent education links!
... and I did so for Ron Paul.
Why? Because his political views are most similar to mine, and McCain and Romney really turn me off. Oh, and I can't stand Huckabee.
If you're a fan of Sly Stallone's "Rambo" flicks, you ought to go and check out the final installment (some 20 years after the last, "Rambo III"). But be warned: "Rambo" is much more [realistically] violent than any of its predecessors.
"Rambo" has the protagonist living in Thailand catching cobras for a living(!). But, a group of church aid workers arrives and wants his help in getting them to war-torn Burma. He refuses (actually with good reason -- the place is a hell-hole), so the workers get a mercenary group to assist them. Naturally, things go awry, and guess who comes to the rescue? From here on out it's standard Rambo fare -- a lot of blood and guts, action and mayhem. The film is only 85 minutes, and like "Cloverfield" it's hard to justify paying $10 to see such a film. And, like "Cloverfield," I thought more could have been done with the ending.
** [NOT] MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**
At film's end we witness Rambo walking down a country road in what has to be back in the United States. Indeed it is. He's literally come home: He stops at the end of a ranch's driveway and the mailbox reads "R. Rambo" -- his father. He jaunts down said driveway and then the credits roll. But ... why can't we witness the reunion with his dad? A brief discussion of past years' events and thoughts?
It sure seemed Sly had "Rocky Balboa" in mind when he made "Rambo." But whereas "Balboa" was a winner, "Rambo" is really no different than those that came before it. In fact, if you're gonna watch any Rambo flick, go with the very first -- "First Blood." In that, Sly is a [fairly] recently arrived-home vet from 'Nam going around the country seeking out some of his war buddies. When he gets to a secluded hamlet in the Pacific northwest, hick sheriff Brain Dennehy lets Sly know he doesn't want "his kind" in his town. Rambo of course blows off Dennehy's "advice," which leads to the former's arrest. Needless to say, Dennehy and his police "force" learn the hard way what it means to f*** around with a decorated Green Beret!!
"First Blood" works well because it was made only six years after Vietnam's end. It's also the best acted of the four films, and has the best plot. "Rambo II" was the big money-maker of the franchise, however. Made in 1985, it features Rambo being sent back to 'Nam to track down reports of American POWs still being held there. The plot is predictable, the characters thin and shallow, and the acting pretty much atrocious (especially that of Rambo's short-lived love interest, Julia Nickson-Soul). But, however, the action is killer (literally)! The third film (incredibly titled -- get this -- "Rambo III") is as forgettable as that incredibly drunk hook-up you had in college with that absolutely heinous chick (or dude). It takes place in Afghanistan -- back when the Taliban were our buddies!! -- where Sly has to rescue his former 'Nam commander.
One of the few sci-fi staples of the 1970s was the TV show "Six Million Dollar Man." Lee Majors (married at the time to goddess Farrah Fawcett) played Colonel Steve Austin, an astronaut who is severely injured in a flight accident, and is subsequently "rebuilt" with bionic implants which essentially make him a super-human. The show was a smash hit, and of course, numerous Six Million Dollar Man products hit the kiddie shelves as well as comicbook advertising pages (click image for larger view):
Sure, by today's standards the ad is beyond cheesy, but what makes this cheese especially high in dairy fat is Steve Austin's "Special Mission Outfit":
Denim leisure suit?? For "special" missions? Like, where -- rooting out the Communist influence from ... Studio 54?
Winning by a last-second field goal ... against one of the greatest teams in the last 20 years ... when you're a 14-point 'dog?
Eighty pro bono lawyers for Guantánamo detainees have endorsed Barack Obama for president:
''We are at a critical point in the presidential campaign, and as lawyers who have been deeply involved in the Guantánamo litigation to preserve the important right to habeas corpus, we are writing to urge you to support Senator Obama,'' the lawyers said in an open letter dated Monday.
Obama has gone further than many. In a November, he pledged to both close the prison camps and ''restore habeas corpus,'' a position that Democratic rival John Edwards has also staked out.
Hillary Clinton, likewise, has said from the U.S. Senate that she favors closure. But she has not prominently included pledges to do it in her campaign speeches.
All I can say is "good luck" with that position in the general election. Most Americans do not believe that foreign fighters captured on the field of battle and/or commiting/conspiring to commit acts of terrorism are entitled to a civilian jail nor full habeas corpus protections. Such people aren't even legitimate POWs either, making them not entitled to full Geneva Convention protections. (However, we're granting them anyway.)
Whether or not you agree with the Iraq War, there is a general "war on terror[ism]" still going on. A sure way to help lose it is to grant these psycho/sociopathic murderers the exact same rights as you or I possess as American citizens. And it could also help Obama lose the election if he makes a concrete claim in this regard.
Courtesy of Time's Joe Klein:
It may well be true that any Democrat is going to have to handle that sort of sewage in the general election, but I've now--belatedly!--figured out that the real audacity in Barack Obama's campaign--far more than his positions on the issues, which almost seem an afterthought--is his outrageous belief that the entire country, not just Democrats, wants to see a straight up election; that the entire country is tired of the pestilence of tactical tricks that the Clintons learned from their co-dynasts, the Bushes. (The latest example being their sudden, sociopathic emphasis on the importance of the Florida primary, a contest all three candidates had agreed to eschew at the behest of the Democatic National Committee.)
Is there anything for which Bush isn't responsible?? Sheesh!!
It's bad enough that our neighbor to the north doesn't possess the conception of free speech; now, their philosophy is working its way south. Over at the NY Times political blog, Janet Murguia, head of National Council of La Raza, wants to muzzle those who speak out against illegal immigration:
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington on Thursday, Janet Murguia, the N.C.L.R. president, said that anti-Latino remarks on the big three cable news networks are insulting not only to minorities but also to the greater American population.
“It’s personal, it’s intolerable, and it has to end,” she said.
Ms. Murguia argued that hate speech should not be tolerated, even if such censorship were a violation of First Amendment rights:
"Everyone knows there is a line sometimes that can be crossed when it comes to free speech. And when free speech transforms into hate speech, we’ve got to draw that line. And that’s what we’re doing here today. And we need to make sure that network executives will hold their people accountable and not cross that line."
Awwww, so Ms. Murguia doesn't like it that certain talk show hosts discuss the topic of illegal immigration? Because that's what these folks are doing -- they do not advocate sanctions or punitive action against those here legally, after all. No one should even have to point out this difference, really, but unfortunately it has to be done -- again and again and again. Because idiots like Murguia fail to understand a very basic tenet of American consitutional law: The First Amendment protects this dialogue that you ridiculously deem "hate" speech.
What Murguia should do is what she alluded to in that last paragraph -- pressure sponsors and network execs of the shows in question. But good luck with that, for Murguia will then find out that hard way that it is her views on this topic that are the extreme, not those of Hannity, Dobbs, et. al. But Murguia does have her supporters, if the comments at the NY Times are any indication:
And so on.
UPDATE: Quick! Mobilize "the people," Ms. Murguia! Lou Dobbs is bringing up a "hateful" piece of information:
In their bipartisan zeal to quickly cut a deal on an economic stimulus bill, GOP lawmakers overlooked something that will certainly inflame the conservative base -- illegal immigrants could receive a tax rebate check from the government.
(h/t to Newsbusters' Clay Waters.)
And now... the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are Energy Independence -- What It Am And What It Ain't by Joshuapundit, and The Conclusion We Dare Not Face by Dr. Sanity. There was actually a four-way tie in the non-council category this week... some good posts to choose from, but the Watcher ultimately cast his tie-breaking vote for Dr. Sanity's post about the compatibility of Islam with free societies. Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:
|2 2/3||Energy Independence -- What It Am And What It Ain't|
|1 1/3||About Those "Lies"|
The Colossus of Rhodey
|1 1/3||The Media, Richard Scaife, and the Never Ending Soros Connection|
|1 1/3||How to Lie About Lying|
|1||Orwell's Britain Is Halal Toast|
|2/3||A Shot in the Dark|
Done With Mirrors
|2/3||Quote of the Day: Prez Bill Edition|
Cheat Seeking Missiles
|1/3||State of the Union, 2008|
The Glittering Eye
|2 1/3||The Conclusion We Dare Not Face|
|1 1/3||A Moral Core for U.S. Foreign Policy|
|1 1/3||Be a Victim! Or Else!|
|1 1/3||The Muslims of Europe Charter|
Gates of Vienna
|1||On Term Limits and Government Power|
Somewhere On A1A...
|1||John McCain's Open-Borders Outreach Director: The Next DHS Secretary?; Update: A "Non-Paid Volunteer"|
|1||Treaties and Executive Agreements|
Outside the Beltway
|1||The Audacity of Questioning Obama's Commitment to Israel|
|1||Capitalism Doesn't Work, Mr. Gates?|
|2/3||A List of Regional Pizza Styles|