July 31, 2008

Mike Protack: View on education of the undocumented varies depending on audience

Mike Protack said to the Latino forum yesterday "You can't solve the long history of documented/undocumented on the backs of our children." But most telling was the segment in this video where Protack was asked specifically -- twice -- about the education of UNDOCUMENTED children in Delaware public schools. After the questioner reiterates he is talking about UNDOCUMENTED students and getting in-state tuition at college, Protack responds, "Well, the important part of that is that they're students in our public schools. Yes. That's the easy answer." Further, he goes on:

"If these students are in our public schools, attending our schools and want to attend the University of Delaware, absolutely."

"These students" clearly refers to the UNDOCUMENTED students the questioner was asking about -- whether they should be allowed to pay in-state tuition for UD. Mike Protack clearly says "Yes" first, and then "Absolutely." It's on the video.

On WGMD radio this afternoon, in response to a caller who expressed the view that any student should be allowed to come here -- no matter what country they're from -- and get an education, Protack responded thusly:

"As I just said, legal residents in the state of Delaware, going to our public schools, going to a public university, paying in-state tuition."

Listen to the exchange here. (Relevant audio begins at approx. 2:48 into the segment.)

I also wonder why WGMD didn't post the entire Protack interview. I've heard from sources who heard the WGMD show live who say about a quarter of the interview is missing from the WGMD blog website, and in it Protack emphatically stated that [he meant] only LEGAL residents should get in-state tuition. (This is probably why he begins "As I just said" in his answer noted above.)

So here we have it. For a downstate radio audience, Mike Protack believes only LEGAL residents should get in-state tuition (and DE education in general). For a live Hispanic audience, Mike Protack believes that even UNDOCUMENTED residents can get in-state tuition (and DE education in general).

And this is the guy who had a paroxysm of self-righteous indignation -- and who said rival Bill Lee's campaign is "over and done" -- because Lee initially favored granting drivers licenses to undocumented residents?


UPDATE (Aug. 1 at 8:47am): As I could have predicted, Mike Protack, in the comments section of this post, has claimed that the relevant video has been "doctored," and that he did indeed ask about the legality of students' residency. He's even offered to show us the "full video."

But Down With Absolutes' Mike Matthews might have something to say about that. He was at the Latino forum that day, and tells me by e-mail that Protack "DID NOT ask to clarify the question to see if the moderator confirmed the children were legal residents/citizens. He simply asked to have it re-read so he’d understand the moderator was referring to 'CHILDREN of undocumented immigrants.'”

I've a feeling if Protack actually did show us the "full segment," it'd be that tape that was doctored.

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Spin of the Day

The Messiah's campaign claims Obama's comments from yesterday -- that "he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills" -- wasn't about race:

"What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn't get here after spending decades in Washington. There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race." -- Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs.

Let's see: "Doesn't LOOK like all the presidents ..." Right. And how much "time" did Washington spend ... in Washington?

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The Messiah reneges on promise to Kenyan school

Rhymes With Right has the story.

The school's principal: "Senator Obama has not honoured the promises he gave me when we met in 2006 and in his earlier letter to the school. He has not given us even one shilling."

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"Recent Comments" section added

I've added a "Recent Comments" section to Colossus right under the Obama "Nope" picture over in the right-hand margin. This seems to be a "hot" feature on blogs these days. If you're in a heated [comment] debate with someone this feature allows you to check with a mere glance whether a new comment has been posted or not in the relevant post.

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Don't play the race card! (Unless you're The Messiah, that is)

The Messiah accuses John McCain of racism and xenophobia, and ABC's Jake Tapper calls him out for it:

Obama said that "John McCain and the Republicans, they don’t have any new ideas, that’s why they’re spending all their time talking about me. I mean, you haven’t heard a positive thing out of that campaign in ... in a month. All they do is try to run me down and you know, you know this in your own life. If somebody doesn’t have anything nice to say about anybody, that means they’ve got some problems of their own. So they know they’ve got no new ideas, they know they’re dredging up all the stale old stuff they’ve been peddling for the last eight, 10 years.

"But, since they don’t have any new ideas the only strategy they’ve got in this election is to try to scare you about me. They’re going to try to say that I’m a risky guy, they’re going to try to say, 'Well, you know, he’s got a funny name and he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills and the five dollar bills and, and they’re going to send out nasty emails.

Says Tapper:

There's a lot of racist xenophobic crap out there. But not only has McCain not peddled any of it, he's condemned it.
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Who knew? But hey -- he's The Messiah!!

The Messiah let's everyone know:

"We could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups. You could save just as much."

Video available at the above link.

Um, I'd really like to see the studies on this one.

(h/t to AJ Lynch.)

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Protack = former Bill Lee position

Mike "Lee's campaign is over and done" Protack attended a forum on Latino issues yesterday. Now the Sock Puppet, who wasted absolutely NO time blasting GOP competitor Bill Lee for his initial stance on drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, had this view on the children of illegal immigrants in DE public schools:

"You can't solve the long history of documented/undocumented on the backs of our children," he said to applause.

Protack also said "educating the undocumented was 'an easy answer.'"

Now the obvious question for Protack (or whatever name he might be calling himself on the DE blogs these days): If allowing illegal immigrants to hold drivers licenses is a preposterous idea (as you opined regarding Bill Lee's initial view on the matter), how is allowing the DE taxpayers to fund the education of illegal immigrants any less so??

Stay tuned for the ultimate twisting of the English language on this one.

The News Journal also noted

While none of the candidates said he would support driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, all said they would not tolerate immigrant-bashing. They also said it is not up to places like Elsmere, which have tried to pass local ordinances, to address illegal immigration.

Which is nice; however, I'm still interested in what the News Journal noted in its June 11 article:

Protack said if he were elected governor, he would use federal Homeland Security grants to provide handheld computers to state and local police, allowing them to scan more than a dozen national databases and verify the identities and backgrounds of anyone they encounter.

I haven't seen Protack (or one of pseudononymous "surrogates") address this -- does he actually mean randomly stopping people to verify their IDs and/or backgrounds?

UPDATE: See Protack's very own words (from last night's Latino forum) for yourself:

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July 30, 2008

A benefit of hyper-parenting

I caught this great quote from Tigerhawk (via Joanne Jacobs) regarding snooty parents who will see at nothing to make sure their kiddies get their way:

These parents are teaching their children to be easily discomfited, hypersensitive in the defense of their own prerogatives, and disrespectful of rules, all traits that are opposite to those required to be a good citizen.

There is some good news in this, at least if you believe that social mobility is a good thing (and I certainly do). Most of these children are from affluent, highly-educated families. If by dint of their upbringing they turn out, on average, to be as dependent and petulant as is the likely consequence of this much parental intervention, they will not be successful and will be displaced in the upper quintile by the children whose parents actually taught them to be adults.

Amen, brutha.

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Mike Protack YouTube video

Well, sort of. It's obviously not done by 'ol Sock Puppet himself, that's fer sher:

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Obama wants slavery reparations?

A political non-winner if there ever was one:

Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.

"There's no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we've got some very sad and difficult things to account for," Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY '08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

"I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged," the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

"I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."

Y'think it might be a good idea for the McCain camp to highlight this statement? Perhaps. But it must be done in a delicate manner, certainly. Obama pushing this idea would be a total loser (especially judging by the comments following the linked article). Most [white] folks don't think their money should go to pay for something that began approx. 400 yrs. ago; 230+ yrs. officially in the U.S. (and ended about 150 yrs. ago).

But consider: Say the government did pay reparations to African-Americans, Native Americans (and whoever else). Would this then be considered "payment in full?" Would affirmative action be put into the dust bin? "Holistic" entrance determinations for college entrance? "Critical Mass" for "needed" diversity in higher (and lower) education? Minority business set-asides like that which WDEL's Al Mascitti is talking about right now?

Years ago, I was staunchly opposed to any sort of reparations. Now, however, I can see, if not necessarily totally agree with, the argument for them. But my question(s) would be like those noted above. In addition, do you really think folks like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the like really want reparations to be paid? Because if they are, their entire reason for, well, living goes out the window if you think about it.

Then, obviously, there's the issue of race relations. Paying reparations (which would have to be, minimally, billions of dollars) would peeve many white Americans. Continuing to not pay them will miff many African-Americans. Perhaps a middle-ground approach might work.

What do you think?

UPDATE: Soccer Dad points me to a Charles Krauthammer column on reparations from 2001. You might be surprised at the conservative writer's view:

In the American case, one can make both a symbolic gesture and a real one by giving, say, every African-American family a substantial sum in the tens of thousands. For example, $50,000 per family of four would cost about $440 billion--a considerable sum but manageable. (It amounts to about one-thirteenth of the projected 10-year surplus.) Expensive, yes. But far less expensive than the corrosive, corrupt and corrupting alternative of affirmative action. Reparations should become the cornerstone of a Grand Compromise. The endless partial payment of affirmative action -- with all its destructiveness -- is ended. Yet the debt of the past is neither denied nor ignored. In one grand gesture, an acknowledgment is made not of collective guilt, but of collective responsibility. Reparations are paid. We then end the affirmative action experiment that has been disastrous both for African-Americans and for America as a whole. And we return to the original vision of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement: color-blindness. I doubt that anyone on either side of this debate is prepared to accept this deal. But I defy anyone to present one that more cleanly--and fairly--cuts the Gordian knot.
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July 29, 2008

McCain's old; Obama's excuse?

From Jake Tapper's Political Punch (my emphasis):

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on January 10 2007 predicted that the surge of troops in Iraq would fail. "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there," he told MSNBC. "In fact, I think it will do the reverse."

Four days later he told CBS's Face the Nation, that "we cannot impose a military solution on what has effectively become a civil war. And until we acknowledge that reality -- we can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops, I don't know any expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to privately that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground."

But this past Sunday, Obama told Tom Brokaw that

... I said there's no doubt that additional U.S. troops could temporarily quell the violence. But unless we saw an underlying change in the politics of the country, unless Sunni, Shia, Kurd made different decisions, then we were going to have a civil war and we could not stop a civil war simply with more troops.

But ... did he? The only thing that Tapper could get from the Obama campaign to substantiate The Messiah's claim actually seems to contradict it, especially this line:

... I would disagree the bombings and the deaths that have been occurring over the last several weeks, you hadn't seen any real significant difference over what we've seen in the last year.

Sheesh. And when stalwart liberal journalist Richard Cohen ain't fooled by The Messiah, y'know somethin's up.

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No good deed ...

Let's see .... you get a FREE house worth approx. $450,000. You get a FREE $250,000 for your kids' scholarships and for home maintenance.

Then you blow it:

More than 1,800 people showed up to help ABC's "Extreme Makeover" team demolish a family's decrepit home and replace it with a sparkling, four-bedroom mini-mansion in 2005.

Three years later, the reality TV show's most ambitious project at the time has become the latest victim of the foreclosure crisis.

After the Harper family used the two-story home as collateral for a $450,000 loan, it's set to go to auction on the steps of the Clayton County Courthouse Aug. 5.

$450K loan? Yep -- they attempted to start their own construction business. Which failed. But ... how are they "victims" of the foreclosure "crisis?" They took out a huge loan for a risky business ... and it didn't work. It's called RISK. The difference here is that the Harper's used what was given to them out of kind-hearted (and well publicized) charity, and they blew it. Are we supposed to feel sorry for them?

Some of the volunteers who helped build the home were less than thrilled about the family's financial decisions.

"It's aggravating. It just makes you mad. You do that much work, and they just squander it," Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt, who helped vault a massive beam into place in the Harper's living room, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

You got that right, Willie.

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More liberal "compassion" for Bob Novak

Yesterday it was these local nimrods; today, there's more from across the land.

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A word from the Angry Left

From the Newsbusters e-mail tipline, which goes to many contributors, not just me:

This story seems to imply that your entire enterprise sucks hairy, misshapen balls:

Any feedback? Thanks, [name deleted]

PS: refusal to reply based on my tone -- as opposed to the substance of
the criticism, will be taken as further evidence of cowardice. Or possibly
evidence that you're too busy jerking off to that up your arsenal model to
bother answering email.

Actually, it doesn't imply it. It pretty much denotes it. But really:

The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.

You read it right: tougher on the Democrat.

During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.

Network reporting also tilted against McCain, but far less dramatically, with 43% of the statements positive and 57% negative, according to the Washington-based media center.

The center reviews and "codes" statements on the evening news as positive or negative toward the candidates. For example, when NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell said in June that Obama "has problems" with white men and suburban women, the media center deemed that a negative.

The positive and negative remarks about each candidate are then totaled to calculate the percentages that cut for and against them.

Visual images and other more subjective cues are not assessed. But the tracking applies a measure of analytical rigor to a field rife with seat-of-the-pants fulminations.

Well, that's the rub now, isn't it? No visual images? Right. Like Obama in front of thousands of Berliners, while McCain is at a grocery store where cans are toppling from a shelf. And precisely what are "more subjective cues?" Hmm ... let's try to guess ...

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New Yorker cover out of bounds; MSNBC cartoonist ... well ...

Check out this cartoon lampooning John McCain.

Where's the outcry? Where's the calls of "INSENSITIVE" and "OUTRAGEOUS"??

Don't hold your breath.

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MoveOn.org: "Jews Control "Racist" Fox News"

Definitely time to "move on" from these dolts.

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July 28, 2008

Liberal "compassion" on display right here in Delaware

Take a look at how these a**holes are ... "taking" the news of Robert Novak's brain tumor.

These sub-humans deserve not one single ounce of anyone's respect. Among many other things.

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The Great Debaters

I saw this movie over the weekend. It is superb. I highly recommend renting this flick at your earliest convenience.

However, the only detracting aspect of the film is what -- incredibly, actually -- the World Socialist Web Site says -- that Wiley College (where the debaters attend) always ends up debating the "progressive" and/or "correct" argument. (One of these really stuck out: Denzel Washington, who plays debate team leader Melvin Tolson, informs his team that the debate is "Resolved: Captalism is Immoral. We'll be arguing in the affirmative.") Tolson is shown in the film to be a socialist, perhaps even a communist, although the latter doesn't appear to be an accurate assessment. Nevertheless, considering the story takes place during the Depression (and in the South), the present-day ... "stigma" of being labeled a socialist has to be considered in this light. But the horrors of the Jim Crow South are copiously portrayed in the story, and the climax debate between Wiley and Harvard (the national championship debate was actually against USC, not Harvard) is stupendous. James Farmer Jr.'s (played by Denzel Whittaker) final argument -- how unjust laws have to be actively protested and ignored -- can only leave you nodding your head with an accompanying "Amen!"

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July 27, 2008

Another moonbat target-myth bites the dust

"Blackwater is getting a bad rap."

Who said this? The Messiah, who was protected by Blackwater on his recent trip to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Gee, thanks.

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Mike Protack engages in sock puppetry yet again

Mike Protack doesn't tell the truth. About a year ago, he wrote this at DE Politics.net:

I have never used the different names of Vision and Observer. I always use my full name on every blog or comment, most don’t, I do. Comparing phrases from blogs is certainly not rocket science. I am not GOP Vision although this party could use a bit of that. I am not GOP observer either. I am Mike Protack and only Mike Protack.

Of course, this was proven incorrect, despite what Protack claimed. Now, he's at it again. Here's a portion of what "Mike Protack" (whose name links to his website) commented at Colossus yesterday at 3:48pm:

Christianity and Partying July 22nd, 2008 by Joe Ciccanti

Candidate for Governor Bill Lee talked about his faith on WGMD’s Jared Morris Show this morning.

First he says, ”I’m a Christian. I taught adult Sunday School for 27 years. I’m a God-based person, and I support Christian political agendas…”

He goes on to admit that he does drink, he does enjoy Dewey Beach. He enjoys the women, enjoys dancing, and enjoys the party atmosphere. He then adds, “As a Christian we are challenged to go forth in the world, not hide, and I like going forth and I have a good time. That’s been well documented, and I’m not ashamed of it at all.”

The comment ends with Protack's usual "Have a safe (sometimes "great") day."

Here's what a commenter dubbed "Hube is Wrong Again" (whose moniker links to the DE GOP website) wrote at Down With Absolutes at 3:35pm, just thirteen minutes earlier:

Christianity and Partying July 22nd, 2008 by Joe Ciccanti

Candidate for Governor Bill Lee talked about his faith on WGMD’s Jared Morris Show this morning.

He goes on to admit that he does drink, he does enjoy Dewey Beach. He enjoys the women, enjoys dancing, and enjoys the party atmosphere. He then adds, “As a Christian we are challenged to go forth in the world, not hide, and I like going forth and I have a good time. That’s been well documented, and I’m not ashamed of it at all.”

Question for the gubernatorial candidate: Do you think your potential constituents are stupid??

Another question for the gubernatorial candidate: What does your priest say about lying? After all, you belittled Bill Lee's social life by invoking what your priest would think of it; I think priests would be a bit more concerned about telling the truth.

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July 26, 2008

This is our Senate majority leader

Senator Harry Reid on how paying taxes in the United States is supposedly "voluntary." Notice (and how could you not?) how he absolutely, positively cannot answer the interviewer's incredibly easy and straightforward question -- "Is paying taxes in the U.S. voluntary?" Reid insists "yes," but contradicts himself at every turn. Have fun:

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Will "Watchmen" succeed?

Anyone who has seen "The Dark Knight" probably caught the trailer for the "Watchmen." And if anyone has read the 12-part series (or the trade paperback which collects all twelve issues) knows "Watchmen" is one intricate plot. (Hell, the official site even says so: "A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure...") Given that, the question is -- how will "Watchmen" translate to the big screen?

Unfortunately, my opinion is "not too well." "Watchmen" is one of those stories that is tailor-made for comics ... and comics only. (It is, like Marvel's awesome "Kree-Skrull War", "an epic so grand, only the comics could bring it to you!") To do the story any justice, I think the film would have to be about three hours long -- that's about an hour too long for a casual movie-goer.

I won't go into the plot here (that would require a LOOONG post); I'll simply recommend reading the trade paperback (probably about $25 at a bookstore/comics shop), and at the very least the Wikipedia synopsis. When you're through, ponder if the yarn will translate to the silver screen. For me, I'm seeing another "Dune" debacle. But I hope I'm wrong.

The main characters of "Watchmen."

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Should only matter if he becomes veep pick

John Edwards mistress/love child story confirmed?

At this point, who gives a hairy bongo? That is, unless he becomes The Messiah's VP pick ...

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July 25, 2008

And Phil Gramm got grief? How come?

Ken Shepherd nails it at Newsbusters. "The media has done little to prove Gramm wrong," he writes, and this MSNBC.com segment proves it without a doubt. In "Salvaging a Miserable Summer," the Democrat Party cheerleader site solicits reader tales of summer "woe."

For instance, Nancy Carol Marquand says "Given the circumstances of our economy, I think this is one summer we will always remember." A summer to "always remember??" Why -- just 'cause gas prices are higher than last summer? Man, either I'm weird or I'm very old school. For instance, I like to live by a thing called "planning." One adjusts to circumstances. It doesn't make me "miserable" as MSNBC refers to it; at worst you ... "settle" for what is best for you. Does this make it any less enjoyable? Perhaps. But "miserable??" You're still vacationing with your family -- isn't that what it's all about after all, not where you go?

Take Apple Plotnick (what a name, eh?). She had to "settle" for a cruise this year:

In years past, as a do-it-yourself traveler, I visited friends in Europe for summer vacations, staying in hostels and traveling by foot, train, and occasionally, car. I've also flown down to Florida for two-week vacations to visit family.

Putting together my own vacation is simply too expensive, with the dollar exchange being so low right now, as well as the rising costs of gas. Driving used to be a low-cost way of experiencing a new city, but it's become a financial drain.

Because of high costs of gas and a completely unreliable airline industry, I have decided to take a cruise that leaves from my state of Virginia so that I can rely solely on myself for transportation to and from my departure port. The cruise will also include all the hotel, gas and food costs, as well as combining entertainment with my interests in guided travel.

Now, I plan on exploring the ship, shore excursions, tours, and I will use my own feet as we dock at interesting ports of call.

"Settling" for ... a cruise? Instead of going to Europe and staying in ... hostels? Yeah, that sure sounds "miserable!!" Puh-lease!

Then there's Katie Poti who seems quite contradictory in her assessment of this "miserable" summer:

This summer is much different for us because we just bought our first home in March and have a baby due in October. I would say that even if gas prices weren't as high as they are we would still be spending our money elsewhere.

Uhh, 'ya think??

This summer has changed our feelings about vacations to feelings of frustration. It used to be easier to just pick up and go somewhere, but now with the expense of gasoline -- and everything else for that matter -- trips require more financial planning.


We feel like we work very hard for the money we make and the time off we get, and a vacation shouldn't feel like punishment or something we should feel guilty about doing. Instead we feel more stressed out about taking a vacation now than we would if we just took our time off and stayed home.

Maybe that's because you just purchased a home and have a baby on the way? Maybe?? Those two "little" tidbits are naturally stressful events. Sheesh -- when my wife and I found out we had a daughter on the way, get this -- we planned ahead. We agreed that we wanted our daughter to have a stay-at-home mom for her pre-school attendance years, so this meant that I had to pick up a part-time job to help make up what we lost with my wife's salary. And since we were in the market for our first house shortly after our daughter was born, this additionally meant that luxuries -- yes luxuries -- like a travel vacation were out of the question for a number of years. That's just how we placed our priorities. Call us silly.

I'm quite sure there are many folks out there who are facing REAL difficulties -- whose lives are REALLY miserable. And I seriously doubt these folks are weeping over anecdotes like the above ... and this, where a family "had" to cut a trip to the Florida Keys by two days ... and "settle" for more time in South Beach instead.

"Miserable" indeed.

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Getting ahead of themselves

The Politico:

Echoing presidents who came before him, Barack Obama used this city that symbolizes the fall of Communism to seek a renewal of the European-American alliance, calling for fresh cooperation to face down modern-day threats.

The Messiah may be The Messiah and all, but he ain't been inaugurated yet.

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Watcher's Council results

Soccer Dad has the full results here.

Done with Mirrors had the winning Council post: "Who knew?"

Stars and Stripes had the winning non-Council post: "Soldiers Recount Deadly Attack On Afghan Outpost."

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July 24, 2008

John Kerry uses supposed racial epithet; media silent

John Kerry:

"I think John [McCain] is trying to throw that big tar baby out there. You want to lose, you don't want to win. Of course Barack Obama wants America to be successful."

Video here.

GOP Rep. Tom Davis got flack for using the term. And John McCain and Mitt Romney had to apologize when they said it.

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Mike Protack: Going to a bar, having some drinks and dancing with women = "creepy." (And more)

Candidate for DE governor Mike Protack thinks the fact that [GOP gubernatorial candidate] Bill Lee likes to occasionally hit a bar, have a few drinks and dance with the ladies is somehow a disqualification for the office of governor -- that it's "creepy." Take a listen here.

PROTACK: I'm tryin' to think if my priest would ever give me that kind of advice. Um, and I don't think he would. I can't imagine him saying go to the night life to look for a mate if that's what you're, well, let me be, I'll be pointed -- you don't go to bars lookin' for a mate. You go to bars lookin' for a good time. And that's not somethin' ... that's creepy. I don't wanna hear about that from someone that's running for governor. That's just not ... it's creepy.

Protack then briefly mocked Lee's statement about "liking women;" he said that he's loved "one particular woman for 29 years."

That's terrific, Mike. Now the big question: So?

Protack today also criticized Lee for his reevaluation of the illegal immigrants and drivers license issue. While I happen to think Lee's initial statements about granting licenses indicated wrong policy, at least Lee recognized that he was out of the mainstream, and he did so quickly. Take a trip back a month and half ago now, to this Wilmington News Journal article of June 11, regarding Protack's plan on combating illegal immigration:

Protack said if he were elected governor, he would use federal Homeland Security grants to provide handheld computers to state and local police, allowing them to scan more than a dozen national databases and verify the identities and backgrounds of anyone they encounter. Those who don't check out would be arrested and turned over to immigration officials, he said.

Not only that, but Protack said he "would require all residents over 16 years old to carry a state driver's license." Um, Mike, doesn't "all residents" mean those that are also here ... illegally? (See DE Politics.net.)

Back to the hand-held computer system: This system is dubbed "E-Verify." The idea seems solid at first glance; however, I'm worried about this part: authorities can verify IDs of anyone they encounter?? Does Protack actually mean to say that a cop can arbitrarily stop someone that is walking down the street, ask for ID, and detain that person while they run a make on him using E-Verify? Is this is why Protack bragged that various "human rights" groups aren't happy with the idea? If it is, sorry Mike -- this time, the human rights groups are dead right.

I don't particularly like Mike Protack. Anyone who has perused DE blogs regularly probably knows that Mike often treats with contempt commenters with [legitimate] questions, and his "surrogates" or "supporters" denigrate others on the blogs routinely. Then there's that whole matter of these "surrogates/supporters" posting comments from the same IP address that Mike himself used. (So maybe many of those "surrogates" were ... Mike himself?) For me, ultimately it doesn't matter what Protack's ideas are. If he acts like a jerk to those who choose whether to hire him as our leader, to me that says quite a bit about character.

I wonder what Protack's priest would say about that?

UPDATE: A source informs me that Protack called in to WGMD earlier today and said he didn't mean illegal residents would be included in his mandatory drivers license scheme.

And I rediscovered yet another reason I don't Protack.

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For some good laughs ...

... check out this site. Hilarious advertising from the Far East. Still, in many cases the English is better than you'll find here.

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McCain's old; Obama's excuse?

The Messiah speaking to reporters in Israel:

Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don't obtain a nuclear weapon.

There's just a small problem: Obama isn't a member of that committee.

As McClatchy notes,

Perhaps Obama was thinking that as the presumptive leader of his party, all of the Senate committees are his, as President Lyndon Johnson once quipped, when told he was heading toward the wrong military helicopter, that they all were his.
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July 23, 2008

Knee slapper quote of the day II

King of the Moonbats -- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann -- obviously had a field day with John McCain invoking the country of Czechoslovakia a few times in the past couple weeks. Last night, he said

Senator John "Czechslovakia" McCain at a Town Hall in New Hampshire today, catching himself for once again citing the name of an Iron Curtain country that has not existed for 15 years.

Not only did Obama foreign policy adviser Sam Nunn also make the same gaffe, the cretinous Olbermann has too -- at least three times in his show's existence.

(Image credit: Olbermann Watch.)

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Knee slapper quote of the day

MSNBC's David Gregory on that network's news coverage:

"We're trying to do something here. We have a big tent. We have many different views, all on one network. We're doing reporting, analysis and opinion all under one umbrella."

Then he uncrossed his fingers.

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July 22, 2008

McCain's old; Obama's excuse?

The Messiah speaking in West Lafayette, Indiana on July 16 (h/t to Taranto):

Throughout our history, America's confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world.

Now, would that be THE bomb as in the A-bomb, or the single conventional bomb that was dropped by that multitude of Japanese aircraft?


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McCain's old; Obama's excuse?

From The Messiah's remarks in Jordan today (h/t to The Corner):

Well, let me -- let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain government -- administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.

Well, that's a relief to know!

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Nah ... the media isn't biased for Obama ...

Tyler Nixon has the video over at DE Libertarian.

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Fareed Zakaria: Bush not a "wartime president"

And how come? Well golly -- Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush didn't refer to themselves as such, even though they involved the US in foreign conflicts:

George W. Bush is fond of describing himself as a "war president." And he has made many decisions involving soldiers and battle. But does this make the description an appropriate one? For many people the answer is obvious. We're engaged in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, after all. But Bill Clinton initiated hostilities in the Balkans twice, George H.W. Bush invaded Panama and Iraq, and neither president ever described himself as a "war president."

For a superpower, being involved in a military conflict somewhere is more the norm than the exception. Since 1945, only one president has not presided over combat that engaged American troops—Jimmy Carter. (Between the Bay of Pigs operation and the American "advisers" in South Vietnam, John F. Kennedy doesn't make the cut.) America remains the world's dominant military-political power, so local crises often engage American allies or interests.

America (and before it, Britain) has felt it was "at war" when the conflict threatened the country's basic security—not merely its interests or its allies abroad. This is the common-sense way in which we define a wartime leader, and by that definition the politicians in charge during World Wars I and II—Wilson, Lloyd George, Roosevelt, Churchill—are often described as such. (Link.)

Earth to Zakaria: WTF do you call 9/11 if not a threat to the "country's basic security?" Fareed goes on to note how different the war (or non-war) on terror (don't want to capitalize the term for fear of offending Fareed) is from past conflicts. Well, no duh. Then, he notes that radical Islam isn't nearly the threat it's usually made out to be. To me, this is a serious error in judgment. Zakaria lauds Dwight Eisenhower for investing internally rather than assuaging many hawks during the height of the Cold War -- that he recognized that the USSR wasn't really the threat it was made out to be. That may or may not be true; however, the Soviet Union wasn't run by a bunch of raving lunatics, and its leaders also recognized that their country would be irrevocably annihilated if they attempted to destroy us.

This is not the case with the Osama bin Ladens of the world. If they get a hold of a nuke and use it -- of even a so-called "dirty bomb" -- they could care less what the United States' (predictable) reaction would be. They're insane. They want to die for "the cause."

As for Zakaria's first beef -- about Bush calling himself a "wartime president" -- who cares? Bush's dad, Bill Clinton and others certainly could've done the same and they'd have been right.

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The Messiah: "Change the debate" vs. reality

Barack Obama talking to ABC's Terry Moran:

TERRY MORAN: The surge of U.S. troops, combined with ordinary Iraqis' rejection of both al Qaeda and Shiite extremists have transformed the country. Attacks are down more than 80% nationwide. U.S. combat casualties have plummeted, five this month so far, compared with 78 last July, and Baghdad has a pulse again. If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you — would you support the surge?

OBAMA: No, because — keep in mind that —

MORAN: You wouldn't?

OBAMA: Well, no, keep — these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. Hindsight is 20/20. I think what I am absolutely convinced of is that at that time, we had to change the political debate, because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with…"

So, knowing what we know now, Obama STILL wouldn't support the surge because ... well, we had "to change the debate." In other words, WTF??


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The Altar

Wilmington News Journal nugget about a peeping tom in Fairfax (4th item down).

WDEL.com report of the same incident.

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July 21, 2008

Must be an adviser for the News Journal

University of Illinois Professor Travis Dixon says that the "If it bleeds, it leads" rule of local newscasts leads to racial stereotyping:

A University of Illinois professor is arguing that such approaches also lead to racial stereotyping. Those who watch more local or network news are more likely to see African Americans as intimidating, violent or poor, says communications Professor Travis Dixon.

Nationally, the Bureau of Justice Statistics say that of known offenders, blacks committed 52 percent of homicides nationally. Chicago crime statistics for 2005, the most recent available, show that African Americans made up 77 percent of those charged with murder.

But Dixon says blacks have been disproportionally represented as criminals in newscasts in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Um, 77% of those charged with murder, yet news stories about such are ... disproportionally represented?

Seems to me like Dr. Dixon might be an adviser to the News Journal crime report staff!

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Am I supposed to sympathize?

OK, so I went to the grocery store yesterday and certainly noticed that prices have gone up on most of what I bought. Some quite a bit, some not so much. So what do I (we) do? Cut back a bit on non-essentials, clip more coupons, buy more generic brands ... usual common sense measures. But totally cut out .... meat??

So Nunez and her daughter are mostly stuck at home.

The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries — $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now it’s more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they don’t buy extras like ice cream anymore. Instead, they eat a lot of starches like potatoes and noodles.

Be sure to take a good look at the accompanying photo. Looks to me like that "extra" of ice cream was a major portion of their food budget. If anything, cutting back on the food budget will be a quite healthy lifestyle move.

But seriously -- is meat really prohibitively expensive? I bought a two-pound package of ground beef yesterday for a little over six bucks.

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Pontifications on the "N" word

By the inimitable Xrlq.

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July 20, 2008

McCain's old; Obama's excuse?

Isn't Obama a graduate of Harvard Law?

Today on CBS's Face the Nation, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Afghanistan, told the paparazzi-pursued correspondent Lara Logan that "the objective of this trip was to have substantive discussions with people like President Karzai or Prime Minister Maliki or President Sarkozy or others who I expect to be dealing with over the next eight to 10 years." (Source.)

OK, quick -- what's the major problem in that statement? (OK, my boldface kinda gives it away.)

Take a look.

It's really amazing how people are falling all over this idiot ...

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Superhero movies I'd like to see

Blatantly copying Ryan's idea from a few days ago, and after the adrenaline rush of seeing "The Dark Knight," here are some comic characters I'd like to see have their own flick(s):

The Avengers. The good thing is, it appears we will actually see this film go to fruition if the teasers at the end of "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" are any indication. The original team consisted of the Hulk, Iron Man, the Wasp, Ant-Man and Thor; I'm betting that Thor will be axed and in his place will be Capt. America. Why? Thor being a "god" doesn't translate well to the big screen, and Cap's "super soldier" serum was utilized in "Hulk." The Wasp and Ant-Man will be easy enough to do up.

The Silver Surfer. He was awesome in "Fantastic Four 2" and now we should see what he's all about. Marvel handled the planet-eating Galactus ridiculously in the film; now's the chance to redeem themselves by showing how he once threatened the Surfer's home planet, but in return for sparing it, Norrin Radd of Zenn-La offered to become Galactus' herald.

Green Lantern. Any sci-fi aficionado should be craving to see a flick where test pilot Hal Jordan is bequeathed an alien ring that can transform his thoughts into pretty much whatever he wishes. Or, given that Lantern was created in the days when African-American comic characters were unheard of, long-time Lantern John Stewart could fill the bill.

The Vision. My second fave character after Iron Man, the Vision debuted in 1968 in Avengers #57 (probably the most valuable remaining old comic in my collection, seen at right) as an enemy of Earth's Mightiest. He rebelled against his creator, Ultron-5, and joined the team. He is a "synthezoid," or artificial human, who can control his body density, becoming wraith-like or hard as a diamond (and unbelievably heavy) with a thought. He was created from the same robotic body as the Original Human Torch, one of Marvel's first-ever characters, so a writer could easily manipulate this back-story into what occurred Avengers #57 and violá -- you make him the bad-guy (who reforms) in the Avengers movie, and a couple years later you give him his own film!

Superman: Red Son. I'm not a big follower of DC characters (I grew up a Marvel guy) but this excellent alternate-reality yarn by Mark Millar is silver screen worthy in a big way. It re-imagines the Man of Steel mythos whereby Supes' spacecraft lands in the Soviet Union instead of a Kansas corn field. Stalwart villain Lex Luthor ends up being America's salvation. Go figure!

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July 19, 2008

Yet another rant

Yesterday I went off on rude and irritating movie-goers. Today, I played in a small golf tourney at the Scotland Run course in Jersey. It's the second year I've played in it. It's organized by a friend of a buddy I used to teach with; we get four foursomes (16 guys), and when everyone's done, we split everyone's scores into the best eight, and the worst eight. These scores then go into two hats. A score from each hat is then drawn (the scores have the people's names on 'em) and whichever duo has the lowest total score wins 75% of the money pot (everyone put in $20 at the beginning of the tourney). The next two win the other 25%. It's a fun way for even lousy players to get some cash.

At any rate, my buddy and I were teamed with two dudes we didn't know. My buddy and I are quite ... "traditional" golfers -- we count each and every shot, and count whatever penalties are required when necessary. In essence, we don't cheat. The duo we played with were the complete antithesis of us. Normally, I (we) wouldn't care a whit, but when the guys (or anyone, for that matter) start bragging about how they're doing -- when all the while they've been shaving strokes left and right -- and money is involved, well, that's when it becomes ridiculously annoying and irritating.

One guy was so bad that his cheating became irrelevant. (He finished with a 122. Supposedly.) But at the 18th hole, the other guy says (while lining up his putt) "I make this and I break 90!" My pal and I glance at one another, smile, and just shake our heads. He missed the putt, but there I was, finishing with a legitimate 92, supposedly being beaten by this guy with a "90" ... and whose score might be the difference between winning some cash or not.

And I knew precisely where this guy had shaved two strokes. (He had obviously done so on other holes, too, but this one stuck out). It was a par 3, and he chunked his first shot into the pond. He reloads on the tee, and does the exact same thing. This means he is now hitting shot number five with the appropriate penalties incurred. He hit up to where I laid one (just short of the green), again his fifth shot. I chipped up and then two-putted, carding a four. He did the same, which means he legitimately carded an eight. However, when we called out scores, he had said "triple bogey" which was a six. There's the two strokes right there by which this dude supposedly bested me.

Give me a break.

Some advice if you golf: If you shave strokes, just tell the folks you may be playing with that "you're keeping your own score." Or, when/if you announce your score, say something like, "Well, I took a few liberties (known in golf lingo as "mulligans") out there ..." That way, people won't think you're an unsportsman-like a-hole. Cool?

No, that's not the guy above, just an example video for the previous paragraph. And be sure to check out what has to be the world's worst golf swing.

UPDATE: I just heard from my buddy. (Since I didn't stay for the festivities afterwards, he had to fill me in.) He ended up with the best score overall (85) and he (and a dude from the worst 8 scores) won the pot 'o cash. Good for him. He informed me that my 92 was the fourth best overall score -- third best if you discount that one jackass's blatant cheating. Last year, I had finished in 8th place.

Thankfully, neither of the two numbnuts in our foursome won any $$. Oh, and my bud told me that after he had left, the dude with the 122 told those remaining at the post-golf party that my buddy had cheated on at least two holes!! Are you freakin' kidding me? WTF???

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Watcher's Council results

The illustrious Watcher has been forced to give up his weekly duties, unfortunately. However, members of the Council are working on keeping the tradition alive!

Travel over to JoshuaPundit for all of this week's Council winners. The tops for the week are:

Council Winner: Wolf Howling -- Critiquing The Obama Manifesto On Iraq.

Non-Council Winner: Melanie Phillips -- Sleepwalking Into Islamization.

BTW, if you haven't checked out Wolf Howling's blog yet, do so ASAP. It is one of the best political analysis blogs out there today!

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July 18, 2008

I'm beginning to detest seeing movies in the theatre

I went to see "The Dark Knight" this afternoon with a buddy at the Movies 10 in Stanton. The mid-afternoon show was pretty packed. We sat in the back of the middle section, and off to our immediate right were about eight 12-13 yr. old boys who wouldn't shut the f*** up, and who kept checking their cell phones (whose light illuminated a too-big a portion of the area). The dad that "accompanied" them -- sitting directly in front of us -- was totally clueless. He never said a single word of admonishment; one gent in back of the boys told them to put the cell phones away at least four times that I heard. In fact, WAY too many folks kept checking their cells throughout the flick, despite numerous warnings beforehand NOT to do so.

Next, the dude who ended up sitting on the other side of me was loud beyond belief. What made it worse was that he was the slowest guy to realize happenings in the movie (like the way-too obvious Harvey Dent-is-Two Face "revelation"). Sudden exclamations of "OHHH! YEAAAH!" drove me nuts. (And no, the gent wasn't mentally challenged either, just in case you were wondering.)

Lastly, some old woman with way too much make-up on had a Blue Tooth on a few rows in front of me. Like, why the f*** do you need one of those in a friggin' movie theatre?? The constant blinking blue light on the damn thing was distracting -- and again, I was several rows behind her. I can't imagine what'd have been like to sit directly behind her.

Good thing I paid a bit less for the matinee. Even so, the way manners are going in public these days, it'll soon be worth it to just wait for the DVD and enjoy the movie where you won't have to worry at all about absolute behavioral cretins.


BTW: For those who saw the "DK," can you name the well-known [current] U.S. politician who had a small bit part in the movie? (Don't look at the cast list at the link above ... even if you do, you'll have to be fairly sharp to spot the name!)

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Dan Abrams' new favorite word

"The Verdict" host's new fave word: "Mocking." He used the word when referring to that dastardly Karl Rove four times in a short span last evening 'cause, well, I guess he couldn't think of anything else to use:

"Rove, he's showing up and talking to FOX News about why he's defying that congressional subpoena, and in the process, mocking the House committee investigating allegations he had a hand in the prosecution of a prominent Democrat."

"No, they want to see him tell the truth and nothing but the truth about whether he was involved in politicizing justice. But now, he is mocking the committee congressmen."

"And nothing has happened—and now, he's mocking the committee on national television, congressman."

"... but Karl Rove now is talking about the circus that the House Judiciary Committee is trying to implement there. I mean, he is now mocking this committee, Kris."

I have a question for you, Dan: Do you think Karl Rove is mocking the House committee?

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Dan Rather calls Barack Obama "Osama bin Laden"

Enjoy this post which I put up at Newsbusters earlier today:

On this morning's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, co-host Tiki Barber asked guest Dan Rather about his feelings regarding the recent Jesse Jackson imbroglio -- his "off mike" comments about Barack Obama. In the middle of praising Jackson, Rather referred to Barack Obama as "Osama bin Laden" -- and none of the four "Morning Joe" co-hosts reacted (nor did Rather). Partial transcript (from video):

RATHER: ...with Jesse Jackson, and I recognize this is not popular to say with a lot of people, but I have a respect for Jesse Jackson. That he was an important figure in paving the way for an Osama bin Laden to appear.

Check out the video here:

Question: Will the media pick this up? That one of America's longest-serving network news anchors referred to one of the two presidential candidates as the world's biggest terrorist -- and no one in the room seemed to notice?

(h/t to FiveThirtyEight who first noticed this blunder!)

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Public announcement: Bill Lee For Governor Campaign Kickoff

Rehoboth Beach -- Bill Lee will be launching his campaign for Governor this Tuesday, July 22nd, and you can join him at any of these spots around the state:

  • 7:30-8:30 Dutch Treat Prayer Breakfast at Georgetown Family Restaurant
  • 9:00-10:00 Live Broadcast From WGMD Radio, Rehoboth Beach 92.7 FM
  • 11:00-11:30 Area near Morris Community Correctional Center, Dover
  • 11:35-12:30 Old State House, Dover
  • 1:00-2:30 Lunch at Bogey's, Middletown
  • 2:30-3:00 Live call in on WDEL 1150 AM, Wilmington
  • 3:00-3:45 Old Court House, Old New Castle
  • 3:45-4:30 Reception at The Arsenal, Old New Castle
  • 5:00-6:30 Christiana Millcreek Region GOP Barbecue, Wilmington

"Please join me this Tuesday, July 22nd, as I travel our great state to announce my candidacy for Governor." - Bill Lee

For more details visit www.LeeDelaware.com or call 302-260-9206.

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July 17, 2008

Chutzpah Alert

Nancy Pelosi on President Bush:

"God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States -- a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject."

In the meantime, "Congressional Approval Falls to Single Digits for First Time Ever." Yep. NINE percent. President Bush's approval is 33%, almost four times higher than Congress's.

Who's a "failure" again, Botox-head?

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A word from the Angry Left

From the Newsbusters e-mail tipline, which goes to many contributors, not just me:

Hack job website. Right wing nonsense. Go talk about your old, old man who wants to fight many, many wars. Remember, "my friends, there will be many wars..."

My friends, my friends, my friends I will bomb Iraq on January 21, 2009. My friends...

This guy probably meant Iran instead of Iraq, but you don't expect accuracy from a moonbat, do 'ya?

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The Messiah acts like Hillary

Believing in that Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy:

GLAMOUR: An AP poll shows that while the positive ratings on Michelle are higher than those of Cindy McCain, her negative ratings are higher as well. I'm curious about how as a husband that makes you feel. Does it mystify you? And what do you want to say to those Americans who don't know the woman that you know?

SENATOR OBAMA: It's infuriating, but it's not surprising, because let's face it: What happened was that the conservative press—Fox News and the National Review and columnists of every ilk—went fairly deliberately at her in a pretty systematic way...and treated her as the candidate in a way that you just rarely see the Democrats try to do against Republicans. And I've said this before: I would never have my campaign engage in a concerted effort to make Cindy McCain an issue, and I would not expect the Democratic National Committee or people who were allied with me to do it. Because essentially, spouses are civilians. They didn't sign up for this. They're supporting their spouse. So it took a toll. If you start being subjected to rants by Sean Hannity and the like, day in day out, that'll drive up your negatives. (Link.)

But Hannity, FNC and National Review aren't John McCain, so most of Obama's rant is moot. But consider: Taking Obama's logic further, one could say that he is leading McCain in the polls only because of MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, Keith Olbermann, etc. "day in day out."

In other words, when it comes to media coverage, Messiah, count your lucky stars you're a liberal Democrat -- 'cause that's the only place you're gonna get any sympathy for your whiny soliloquies.

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DOH! Global warming caused by ... cleaner air!

My God. What will the enviro-nuts do now?

When the effects of global warming are discussed, Europe is often the focus. While many parts of the Earth have seen little or no warming in the past two decades, Europe has seen a rapid temperature increase of one full degree Centigrade. The rise has been a contributing factor in at least one deadly heat wave in recent years.

A new study suggests much of that warming isn't due to global warming at all, but rather a decrease in atmospheric pollution as a result of clean air legislation. The cleaner air has fewer small particles known as aerosols, which tend to block sunlight from reaching the Earth's surface. A reduction in aerosols leads to an effect known as "solar brightening," which increases surface warming. (Link.)

What a conundrum, eh?

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Obama was for political cartoons before he was against them

The Messiah in 2005:

But what I love about political cartoonists - at least, what I’ll love about them until I open up the paper and see a drawing of my big ears accompanied by something that came out of my big mouth - is that they cut through the conventional wisdom and just tell it like it is. People like Herblock and Tony Auth and others can jolt us awake from our political cynicism with a few ingenious images and a clever phrase that can often speak more truth than a thousand words. And this is the kind of wake-up call our politics needs today more than ever.

The Messiah in 2008:

I do think that, you know, in attempting to satirize something, they probably fueled some misconceptions about me instead. But, you know, that was their editorial judgment. And as I said, ultimately, it’s a cartoon, it’s not where the American people are spending a lot of their time thinking about.

You know, there are wonderful Muslim Americans all across the country who are doing wonderful things. And for this to be used as sort of an insult, or to raise suspicions about me, I think is unfortunate. And it’s not what America’s all about. (Source.)

My emphasis. Par for the course for The Messiah, folks.

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The Messiah still doesn't know history

While buffoons like these make a stink about John McCain still using the term "Czechoslovakia," their "57-state-USA" Messiah has once again shown his knowledge of 20th century history is ... pretty inept. The recent New Yorker (yes, the one with the controversial cover) article has Obama saying in 2002

". . . My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's Army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow-troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. . . ."

James Taranto corrects him:

In fact, Auschwitz was liberated not by Patton's army but by Zhukov's. Like all of Poland, the death camp was taken by the Soviets, not the Americans. As for Treblinka, also in Poland, it was never liberated. In 1943, after a failed uprising, the Germans closed Treblinka and forced the captives to destroy the facility.

Next we'll hear of another Obama relative that worked hand-in-hand with Robert Oppenheimer on the Manhattan Project!

Meanwhile, a noted Democrat also muffs up and uses "Czechoslovakia."

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Sign of trouble for The Messiah?

Eight super-delegates switching to Hillary.

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July 16, 2008

Who will stand up and protest?

What wasn't aired when Jesse Jackson made disparaging comments about Barack Obama:

TVNewser has been sent the transcript of what Jesse Jackson said Sunday morning July 6, as he prepared for an interview on Fox & Friends Weekend. Below is the partial transcript we received in our tips box, and confirmed to be authentic by Fox News Channel representatives.

Barack...he's talking down to black people...telling n—s how to behave.

So, yes. Jesse Jackson did use the "N" word. But it was not directed at Barack Obama. Fox News and Bill O'Reilly have maintained there was more on the tape, but that the un-aired portion was not relevant to the issue at hand: about whether Obama was "talking down" to the black community. (Link.)

I'm not quote certain if the third sentence in the second paragraph makes sense -- Jackson wasn't directing his comments at Obama? Who, then? Nevertheless, Jackson used the "N" word in a demeaning and disparaging way. There's no doubt about it (if the story is accurate).

And the other big story out of this is the fact that the dastardly Fox News Channel DID NOT reveal this very interesting tidbit right at the onset! Now, why would they do that? Do you think CNN, CBS or MSNBC (cheeyeah, right) would put a lid on it if George Bush saying something like that?

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune has more on this.

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On The Trail With Bill Lee

Everywhere, DE ~ Bill Lee, GOP candidate for Governor, has been on the campaign trail from the North to the South, and from East to West in our fine state. The month of July has been a busy one so far, and he started it off by blasting the Administration's veto of the bipartisan Eminent Domain Bill:

"The right to own property is one of the most basic civil rights in our nation. This administration has usurped that right, and endorsed an atmosphere where anyone's property rights can effectively be sold to the highest bidder," said Lee. "The rationale for her veto was flimsy, and the Senate acted in a cowardly fashion in not overturning this travesty."

Lee also took issue with the government threatening paramedic funding to balance their "bloated budget:"

"Inserting a last-minute money grab into the Grant-In-Aid budget is beyond acceptable. For too long, we have governed with only the elected officials' interests at heart, and we have done it in secret and at the last minute. This has got to stop."

And after the DSEA showed their political stripes, the candidate for Governor was quick to respond:

"I sent my children to public schools because Delaware's public education system was once the envy of the nation. Unfortunately, the teachers union has allowed our schools to deteriorate and the endorsement process is a political sham to allow them to choose a Democrat," said Lee. "There is no way Delaware will bring about the change we need if we continue to elect politicians who preserve the status quo. I know we can do better."

And Bill was, as usual, out meeting Delawareans and listening to their concerns.

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July 15, 2008

The latest: Global warming causes kidney stones!

Maybe these researchers went to the Ed Markey School of Hyperbole:

More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas.

Kidney stones, which are formed from dissolved minerals in the urine and can be extremely painful, are often caused by caused by dehydration, either by not drinking enough liquid or losing too much due to high heat conditions.

If global warming trends continue as projected by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, the United States can expect as much as a 30 percent growth in kidney stone disease in some of its driest areas, said the findings published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Link.)

I see. So, global warming will just suddenly make the world's climate insufferably hot, and people, in response, will just up and not drink enough fluids. Cripes, I tell 'ya.

"When people relocate from areas of moderate temperature to areas with warmer climates, a rapid increase in stone risk has been observed. This has been shown in military deployments to the Middle East for instance."

What did I say about "suddenly," again?

Next up: Global warming causes fevers to feel "hotter."

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July 14, 2008

The economy is so bad that ...

... it's forcing couples who want to divorce to stay together longer. Check out the video.

Talk about your ever-lovin' slow news day...

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Who said this?

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set… We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

Nope, it wasn't George W. Bush. Not Dick Cheney either. Karl Rove? No.

It was Barack Obama.

Now, imagine what the moonbats would be clamoring about on their blogs if one of that trio noted above had said that: NAZIS! FASCISTS! POLICE STATE!

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30 years later: Reflecting on the Bakke decision

Check it out.

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Wow. There really isn't anything for which global warming isn't blamed

Now it's the famous "Blackhawk Down" event.

A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, also equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

"To say you know the conflict was caused by global warming is to show how really ignorant you are of the scientific issues involved,” was the response of Myron Ebell, director of Energy and Global Warming Policy at CEI. Mainly 'cause that area of the world is subject to drought conditions all the friggin' time.

Meanwhile, the Space and Science Research Center has noted that the period of planet-wide warming is over, and a cooling period has begun.

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July 12, 2008

R.I.P. Tony Snow

The Corner has numerous tributes, including a line from a Snow article (titled "Message to GOPers: When you sell out, you get booted out") showing how critical he could be of fellow conservatives:

The party that best praises limited government and traditional virtues will win — and if Republicans won't do the touting, Democrats will.

Amazingly, thus far, the moonbat Daily Kos comments have been respectful. Not so, as you'd expect, from these a-holes.

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July 11, 2008

The Altar

Top -- top! -- story at the Wilmington News Journal site as of 10:30am:

A University of Delaware student was beaten and robbed early today by five assailants, police said.

The 21-year-old victim from New Jersey, who was enrolled in the summer program, was walking in the first block of W. Cleveland Ave. about 2.30 a.m. when five men tackled him to the ground.

The assailants punched and kicked the victim in the head, injuring him, and robbed him of his cell phone, wallet, the keys to his car and money, said Newark police Cpl. Gerald Bryda.

The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The men were described as between 18 and 25 years old. One of the assailants was a large-built 6-foot-tall man who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. A second attacker was thin-built and about 6 feet tall. He wore a baggy white T-shirt and jeans.

No description was provided on the other attackers.

Oh, really?? The Newark (DE) Police Dept. has a full description in their press release, including the descriptive tidbit the News Journal always omits.

"No other description." Only that which the ridiculously PC News Journal opted to leave out!

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Watcher's Council results

And now...  the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are American Whining and the Culture of Dependency by The Razor, and Is Gun Control Behind Our Loss of Civil Liberties? by Bishop Hill.  Thanks to everyone for all the great entries this week...  Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:

VotesCouncil link
3American Whining and the Culture of Dependency
The Razor
2Identifying Obama's Real Position on the Second Amendment (Updated)
Wolf Howling
2You May Now Assume the Risk
Soccer Dad
1  1/3Narcissism In Another Color
1/3Economic Illiteracy Venting
The Glittering Eye
1/3Another Disgusting Philly Inquirer Op-Ed
The Colossus of Rhodey
1/3Does Patriotism Matter?
Cheat Seeking Missiles

VotesNon-council link
3Is Gun Control Behind Our Loss of Civil Liberties?
Bishop Hill
2Former CIA Agent in Iran Comes In from the Heat
Pajams Media
1There Oughta Have Been a Law!
Classical Values
2/3Liberals for 'Conservative' Grand Strategy?
The American Strategist
2/3Georgia Man Killed Own Daughter to Protect Family Honor
Shooting the Messenger
2/3My Shiny Iraqi Skyline
Neurotic Iraqi Wife
2/3Arguing Politics
2/3MPAC Person "Bulldozed By Al-Jazeera"
1/3Obama's Flip-Flops =/= Kerry's
Ace of Spades HQ
1/3Do Liberals Love America Too?
Right Wing Nut House

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July 10, 2008

It was bound to happen!

Just as I put up a post today agreeing with some African-Americans about an offensive Mexican comicbook character, I come across the story of these mental midgets: They think the terms "black hole" and "devil's food cake" are racist.

"Black hole?" The term was dubbed in the 1960s to describe the phenomenon of a massive star that has exploded and collapsed upon itself. The resulting gravity well is infinitesimally small, yet unbelievably massive -- so massive that light cannot escape it. Hence, the term "black" (no light) and "hole" (nothing gets out).

One commissioner (John Wiley Price) wondered what a "white hole" is; here's his answer.

Price will probably lead the charge to have networks never again show this Disney movie. And in the video clip in the second link above, this cretin actually compares "black hole," etc. with the phrase "Jewing someone down."

Hopefully the power will never go out in Dallas County. Price will have a paroxysm of rage when everyone refers to the "blackout."

(h/t: Malkin.)

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Public Announcement: Haley Barbour special guest at Bill Lee event

Rehoboth Beach ~ Mr. and Mrs. Irenee du Pont, Jr., are having a reception at their home, Granogue, for Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee, on July 13th, 2008.

"Bill's campaign is drawing national attention and support. We will be joined by a special guest, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi," said the du Ponts in their invitation to the event.

Governor Barbour showed outstanding leadership in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and this is a great chance to meet him and another outstanding leader, Delaware's own Bill Lee. There will be a press conference starting shortly after 6:30 PM featuring Governor Barbour and Bill Lee with Congressman Mike Castle and Irenee and Barbara du Pont on the grounds of this beautiful estate before the event.

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Jesse Jackson wants to castrate Barack Obama

He said so himself. No lie:

But it won't matter. Not a bit. Jackson is already pretty much delegated to the political dust-bin, and Obama can say whatever the hell he wants about policy, and despite whatever contradictions and changes in stance the MSM just plays right along.

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What to do when P.C. and minorities conflict?

Wal-Mart was trying to market to their growing Mexican shopper base in Houston, TX. One of the items they carried was a character name "Memin," who possesses exaggerated [African-American] facial features. But this, as you might expect, didn't sit well with the chain's African-American patrons:

But the dark-skinned Memin's exaggerated features in "Memin for President" came as a shock to Houston, Texas, Wal-Mart shopper Shawnedria McGinty.

"I was like, OK, is that a monkey or a boy?" McGinty said. "To me it was an insult."

She'd never heard of "Memin Pinguin." She bought a Spanish-English dictionary and tried translating but still didn't like what she saw.

"So I asked my boyfriend, does that look like a monkey to you?" she said. "And we went back and forth and he was like, no, that's a black woman," referring to the character's Aunt Jemima-like mother."

Here is an image of Memin. I can certainly see where Black Americans would be offended. Hell, I was. But not so fast, says Javier Salas, a Spanish-language talk show host on Chicago radio station WRTO:

"They will bring a smile to their face because we're so fond of that character. We respect him, we love him. And that's why it's so absurd for us to hear complaints from people who don't know, don't understand Memin."

Memin is a poor Cuban-Mexican kid with bug eyes, thick lips and protruding ears. The mischievous and caring boy helps his mother by selling newspapers and shining shoes.

"We grew up reading, learning and educating ourselves with a lot of the topics they always touched on, which was honesty, justice, tolerance. He was a very unique character," Salas said.

I agree with Salas that many terms and images in the Hispanic community do not connote the same things to the Caucasian and African American communities. I know this based on my fairly extensive experience with Latino culture and language. For example, my father-in-law's nickname is "Negro" -- pronounced "NAY-gro" in Spanish -- due to his dark complexion (his father was black, mom white). Such an appellation would obviously be deemed offensive here in the States; however, it is quite natural and common in Spanish-speaking countries.

Nevertheless, I gotta agree with Wal-Mart's decision to pull Memin products (this, despite my agreement with complete idiots Quannel X and Al Sharpton). Other companies have "modernized" some of their "outdated" characters over the years (see Aunt Jemima for one), and I don't think it'd be all that difficult for the creators of Memin to utilize a less offensive image for its U.S. market. Face it -- the image IS [very] offensive to the average American, and especially so for African Americans.

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July 08, 2008

One way to gauge how the MSM is out of touch ...

... is to read the comments and/or polls associated with a supposed "heart-wrenching" story. Case in point: AOL News reports on a family that was kicked off their connecting flight in Phoenix because the kids were completely out of control.

"I am furious about it," Slaughter said after arriving home in Seattle. "I just couldn't believe they could do something like that, and then, leave us completely stranded with no money and no way to get anywhere."

Slaughter said this was the first flight for her children and admits the kids were loud and kept getting up and walking around the plane.

"The children were a little bit out of control on the flight. They were restless and excited and worked up, and they're kids." (Local story link.)

One of the kids is autistic, and the other has cerebral palsy.

Now, while I feel sorry for the children's afflictions and the fact that (apparently) the airline didn't assist them with alternate plans when they got booted (it did refund their money for the lost connecting flight), frankly I am weary of people who adopt a totally self-centered attitude and the media that plays it up.

First, if I had children with the mentioned afflictions, I would have contacted the airline ahead of time and seen what accommodations could have been made -- if I even considered taking them on a flight at all. Second, I would feel extremely sorry and apologetic for the hundred or so other passengers who paid hundreds of dollars for their tickets and who had their hours-long journey turned into a hellish experience.

But that's just me. For this family, it's merely an admission that the airline's complaint was valid, but that "hey, they're just kids."

Here's a screen capture of the AOL poll accompanying its story. The family ain't getting much sympathy:

A related example (in terms of media coverage/sympathy) I saw today was this USA Today article about the difficulties the children of illegal immigrants face regarding college. Check out the comments section after the story.

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Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

Maria Wells of Garnet Valley, PA thinks that Gen. Wesley Clark did not disparage GOP nominee John McCain a week or so ago on a Sunday pundit show:

Gen, Clark did not question John McCain’s patriotism. Gen. Clark praised John McCain’s service for several paragraphs before and several paragraphs after the sentence that was pulled out and paraded around.

I know Wes Clark. I’ve exchanged e-mails with him, talked to him on the phone and argued with him in person. He would never question anyone’s patriotism or denigrate anyone’s military service.

That anyone would think otherwise is a sad state of affairs caused by the Republicans who started the witch hunt, the media who perpetuated it, and the Democrats who refused to defend General Clark.

Um, baloney. Once again, you can say "you honor" someone's service all you want, but when in the next sentence you denigrate said service it makes your previous statement(s) worthless! Clark said of McCain:

Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.

It's not disparaging to say that a pilot was merely "riding" in his plane? And impugning that "getting shot down" makes one less of a candidate? Not only that, Clark praised John Kerry as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004 for a lot less in his military background.

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July 07, 2008

What happens when you fund a nonsense government agency

In this case it's the [UK] National Children's Bureau which obviously has WAY too much time on its hands. I mean, whoa:

The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says "yuk" in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.

It just keeps getting nuttier and nuttier there across the pond, doesn't it? A three year-old saying "eew" to an unfamilar, yet foreign, dish is a now a "racist." (Although, why anyone -- kid or otherwise -- would say "yuk" to any food other than usual British fare is beyond me. British grub is probably the single WORST cuisine on the planet.)

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"Hancock" as pro-American propaganda?

I wasn't planning on seeing it in the theatre, but the wife bought tickets for herself and numerous co-workers, and then asked if I wanted one. "OK, I guess," I said. The flick isn't bad, but IMO it isn't all that great either. It's standard current-era fluff, using top-of-the-line CGI to enhance its likability.

But I didn't even consider this aspect of the film: Pro-American propaganda. Usually I'm skeptical of such ... "digging" into a film's message, especially if it's a pretty specious endeavour. However, I think critic Kyle Smith is on target in his assessment:

Locking Hancock up is exactly what society decides to do, and in this film — directed by Peter Berg, who also made last fall’s film "The Kingdom," (I haven't seen this film -- Hube) about Americans and Arabs working together to foil terrorists in the Middle East — the title character is the enemy of the people. He has a few hundred lawsuits pending against him for all of the stuff he’s wrecked.

Even when he saves Ray’s life, people complain that he did it the wrong way. Ray thinks that’s crazy: Hancock is the barrier between decent folk and the bad guys, and though he isn’t perfect, the price we collectively pay for his services is more than reasonable.

The film is a witty defense of America as a rude, sometimes blundering but ultimately invaluable and benevolent force, although Berg, who took a lot of heat (mainly for being infuriatingly patriotic) for "The Kingdom," doesn’t press the message so hard that everyone is going to notice it. And anyway, he seems to drop it in the second half.

Not for nothing does Hancock share his name with one of the fiercest patriots in American history; the movie also takes pain to establish the eagle (a frequently seen image) as Hancock’s symbol, even at the beginning when it’s merely a patch on his ratty ski cap. “I’m the only one of my kind,” Hancock complains, by virtue of explaining his difficulties as the world’s only superpower. He has trouble getting along with others.

Smith also notes one funny moment where co-star Jason Bateman's son is being harassed ... by a French kid named Michel! Bateman's wife (played by the oh-so smokin' Charlize Theron) makes excuse's for the bully, but Hancock will have none of it. He soon-after scares the living crap out of the kid (by throwing him several hundred meters straight up in the air!) so that he'll never bug Bateman's son ever again. To Smith, this is an allegory of the US's relationship with France.

Many of the commenters take issue with Smith's review. One points to this review of "Hancock," too, though I can't make much sense of it personally.

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Iraq's yellowcake

I've been the recipient of several e-mails (to me directly and via the Newsbusters tip line) noting that the dismantling of the last remaining remnants of Iraq's (Saddam Hussein's) nuclear program in essence proves that President Bush was correct all along. Depending on which source you look at, the answer is "yes and no."

For instance, the New York Sun writes the following:

The uranium issue is not a trivial one, because Iraq, sitting on vast oil reserves, has no peaceful need for nuclear power. Saddam Hussein had already invaded Kuwait, launched missiles into Israeli cities, and harbored a terrorist group, the PKK, hostile to America's NATO ally, Turkey. To leave this nuclear material sitting around the Middle East in the hands of Saddam and the same corrupt United Nations that failed to stop the genocide in Darfur and was guilty of the oil-for-food scandal would have been too big a risk.

The Sun does note that the yellowcake had been left over from over a decade before -- discovered by the UN after the first Gulf War -- and says that is why there "hasn't been much of a fuss" about it in the media.

The New York Times does less editorializing in its article as a whole, although it is quick to point out that the yellowcake in question is not the same that Pres. Bush noted in his 2003 State of the Union Address, and that that reference has been "discredited." While it is accurate that the yellowcake is not the same, Bush's reference is hardly "discredited."

Reuters, in its article, notes that

The Bush administration's claim that Saddam was developing nuclear weapons was a primary justification it gave for the invasion to topple his regime, but no evidence has been found that Saddam continued a nuclear weapons programme after 1991

but conveniently omits what the Times (and other) articles note about the deadly dangers of yellowcake if used in a terror weapon -- or just plain not being aware of it. Reuters merely says that yellowcake "causes pollution." The Times doesn't go into the terror aspect (surprise) but refers to the concern officials had when Iraqis looted some of the yellowcake barrels to use for water storage. This is because the yellowcake dust is mildly radioactive, so ingesting it -- either by via drinking or breathing -- is quite dangerous. And while numerous media note that yellowcake isn't ideal for a "dirty bomb" because its radioactivity is low, it could cause "widespread panic." Well gee, 'ya think? Check it:

Yellowcake is obtained by using various solutions to leach out uranium from raw ore and can have a corn meal-like color and consistency. It poses no severe risk if stored and sealed properly. But exposure carries well-documented health concerns associated with heavy metals such as damage to internal organs, experts say.

"The big problem comes with any inhalation of any of the yellowcake dust," said Doug Brugge, a professor of public health issues at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

So, a little "poof" in downtown Manhattan could indeed be ... quite worrisome.

In my opinion, this would seem to add to Pres. Bush's rationale for invading Iraq since 550 tons of yellowcake is far from something to sneeze at. (I, personally, still don't think the invasion was worth it, however.) But again, keep in mind it's not the yellowcake Bush referenced in 2003. Although numerous sources make a big deal out of this, Bush has already been vindicated for referring to it in his speech (see link above).

So, to reiterate: Was Bush correct all along? Yes and no.

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July 06, 2008

The Altar II

Wilmington News Journal report about a beef jerky thief (!!) in Lewes (last item).

DelmarvaNow!.com report of the same incident.

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The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report of a July 2nd incident (second item).

Wilmington Police Dept. report of the same incident.

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Obama "puzzled" at media scrutiny of his statements

Barack Obama, "who based his drive to capture the Democratic nomination on his early and ardent opposition to the war" and who said he'd bring US troops home within sixteen months is now "puzzled by the sharp reaction to his statement this week that he might "refine" his timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat troops":

[Obama] said earlier this week he might alter his plan to bring combat troops home within 16 months of taking office if conditions on the ground changed.

Obama said he did not make a mistake with his earlier choice of words in describing his Iraq position — even though he called a second news conference a few hours after his initial comments to clarify his stance.

He laid the blame with reporters.

"I'm surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured. I wasn't saying anything I hadn't said before, that I didn't say a year ago or when I was a United States senator," said Obama.

With Barack Obama, it's always someone else's fault. And what the hell is Obama complaining about regarding his words? Does he believe they are "JUST WORDS??" JUST WORDS???

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July 05, 2008

Agree or disagree ...

... the Phillies' Ryan Howard is absolutely BRUTAL defensively.


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Another reason why Americans should be glad they're not Europeans

Sharia law SHOULD be used in Britain, says UK's top judge.

The most senior judge in England yesterday gave his blessing to the use of sharia law to resolve disputes among Muslims.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance.

He declared: 'Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.'

He did say, however, that sharia shouldn't be used for punishments and divorce proceedings. Gee, thanks! Critics argue that women will be at a distinct disadvantage with sharia ('ya think?) and "that rulings incompatible with English law should never be enforceable."

Have fun, Brits!

UPDATE: I wonder what the law is in Britain governing freedom of religion and freedom of association? Schoolboys punished with detention for refusing to kneel in class and pray to Allah:

Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and 'pray to Allah' during a religious education lesson.

Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.

One parent, Sharon Luinen, said: "This isn't right, it's taking things too far.

"I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn't join in Muslim prayer.

"Making them pray to Allah, who isn't who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful.

"I don't want this to look as if I have a problem with the school because I am generally very happy with it."

Another parent Karen Williams said: "I am absolutely furious my daughter was made to take part in it and I don't find it acceptable.

"I haven't got a problem with them teaching my child other religions and a small amount of information doesn't do any harm.

"But not only did they have to pray, the teacher had gone into the class and made them watch a short film and then said 'we are now going out to pray to Allah'. (Link.)

Wow. And over here it's a huge story if even one parent complains about a non-denominational prayer at a graduation or sporting event!

But this [Brit] parent probably has it right: "But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war." At the very least there'd be a plethora of street demonstrations with the usual placards denouncing the West and Israel, and threatening beheading(s).

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Van with Delaware plates part of terror plot?

Hmm. The New York Post has the details.

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July 04, 2008

And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that the people preserve the spirit of resistance? The remedy is to set them [the rulers] right as to the facts.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. —Thomas Jefferson

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Another disgusting Philly Inquirer op-ed

The Inquirer does it again. This time, just in time for Independence Day, they defend Wes Clark's recent disparaging comments again John McCain, all the while blasting Obama for not defending Clark, and, of course, omitting Clark's hypocrisy:

The real Barack Obama would not have so quickly disowned Gen. Wesley Clark for simply telling the truth: Surviving five years in a prisoner-of-war camp, while admirable, does not by itself qualify John McCain to be commander in chief.

Unlike what many news outlets have reported, Clark, on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, did not question either McCain's heroism or patriotism. In fact, Clark said flat-out that McCain had been one of his own heroes during Vietnam.

Oh, right. Clark "did not question either McCain's heroism or patriotism." He just implied that McCain is incompetent: "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president." Y'see, McCain didn't pilot the plane according to Clark; he was just "riding" in it. And then he had to go and get himself shot down! What good "plane rider" does that, right?

It's an opinion that Wesley Clark is uniquely qualified to express. Like McCain, Clark is a war hero: In 1970 Vietnam, after being grievously wounded in battle, Clark directed his men in a victorious counterattack, earning a Silver Star for bravery.

Yet, unlike McCain, Clark also has had extensive experience in the upper echelons of the military as the supreme allied commander in Europe and NATO from 1997 to 2000.

So Clark knows the difference between what it takes to show personal courage on the battlefield (or a POW camp) and the skill and experience necessary to conceive of and execute successful military strategy.

He's done it all. John McCain has not.

That may be. Funny, then, that Clark praised John Kerry four years ago -- Kerry, whose military experience was substantially less than that of John McCain. Clark said of Kerry:

War. War. I’ve been there. So has John Kerry. I’ve heard the thump of enemy mortars. I’ve seen the tracers fly. Bled on the battlefield. Recovered in hospitals. Received and obeyed orders. Sent men and women into battle. Awarded medals, comforted families, attended funerals.

He’s seen the flash of the tracers. He’s lived the values of service and sacrifice. In the Navy, as a prosecutor, as a senator, he proved his physical courage under fire. And he’s proved his moral courage too.

And John Kerry knows that members of our armed forces embody the best of America’s values: service, sacrifice, courage, compassion.

He knows that the members in the armed forces are serving to build something greater than themselves. They’re serving to build something worth fighting for. They’re serving to build something worth dying for.

John Kerry knows that the men and women who serve and our veterans are a company of heroes. And everyone who fights for the best in American life is also a hero: firemen, police officers, teachers and so many others.

I say to you tonight: John Kerry’s time to lead this company of heroes has arrived. Right here, right now, in this town, tonight, from this place, we set out together to put our country back on track to security and freedom and opportunity.

America, hear this soldier.

So, basically, all Kerry's military experience enabled him to do (according to Clark) was to "know" what the military is all about. That was sufficient for Clark to recommend Kerry for president four years ago. But now, somehow, McCain's decades of experience is ... insufficient for the land's highest office.

The Inquirer then goes on to note that Clark is a "hero" for his role in commanding troops in Kosovo:

The 1999 battle of Kosovo that Wesley Clark directed is the most successful American military endeavor in the last half-century: It saved the Albanians in that province from an actual threat - genocide - while incurring not a single American casualty. Not one.

I wonder if the Inquirer was railing against the "illegality" of the Kosovo campaign in 1999. Even Clark himself allowed that the war was "technically illegal" because the UN Security Council didn't approve it. Of course, contrariwise, Clark a few years later complained that the Iraq War is illegal!

And I wonder why the Inquirer cleverly omitted the fact that Clark was dismissed from his command for the very thing they praise him for -- judgment?

Wes was NATO Commander and running things in Kosovo, when for one of the very first times we worked directly with Russian troops in a peace-keeping role. Gen. Clark inaugurated our inaugural operation with a new ally, by ordering a British General to militarily interdict the Russians as they attempted to occupy the airport they believed they were to safeguard and operate from. Wes had other ideas and absent Gen. Mike Jackson of the British Army, he would have picked a fight with a country we had just ended 40 years of Cold War with. I can hardly emphasize the tremendously poor judgment that would put a nascent relationship with the most dangerous nation we have ever had a beef with in jeopardy. At most it was an administrative dispute about which units from the same team would handle which sectors, Clark escalated things in a way that showed his complete unsuitability for great responsibility.

See here for more on the incident.

Lastly, the Inquirer attempts to tie in Iraq directly to McCain's supposed incompetence in foreign policy:

Compare that to John McCain's war in Iraq. Waged against a trumped-up threat of weapons of mass destruction, it has accomplished nothing, but at a terrible cost: the lives of thousands of American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, environmental and economic devastation.

Ah yes. "Trumped up" even though practically everybody -- here and abroad -- believed Saddam Hussein possessed WMDs. "Accomplished nothing," despite the fact that millions of Iraqis are free of a despotic ruler (somehow, it was OK to utilize US forces to yank Slobodan Milošević in Kosovo ... must be because it was "free" of American casualties); and cripes, what war doesn't entail "environmental and economic devastation?" Unreal.

To the Inquirer, Iraq is McCain's war because he supported it and still does; however, they conveniently forget McCain's frequent criticism (see here, among myriad other links) of the way the war has been handled since day one.

The genius editors conclude by expressing the desire that Wes Clark "lead us in battle again - a political battle this time." What does this mean? Obama should give him the VP spot? Keep Clark on the offensive as an Obama surrogate? Yeah, that'll surely work -- 'cause Clark sure is offensive.

Good luck.

(Thanks to the ever-vigilant Gooch for the tip!)

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Watcher's Council results

And now...  the winning entries in the Watcher's Council vote for this week are Patriotism by Hillbilly White Trash, and Sacramento Host Breakfast by 365 and a Wakeup.  Here are the full tallies of all votes cast:

VotesCouncil link
2  1/3Patriotism
Hillbilly White Trash
1  2/3The Supreme Court: Originalism, Activism, and America's Future
Wolf Howling
1  1/3Obama's 8 Years As State Legislator Makes Him Better Qualified
The Colossus of Rhodey
2/3Fireworks and the Nanny State
The Razor
2/3Impeach Anthony Kennedy
Rhymes With Right
2/3Witch Hunt For "Obama's A Muslim" E-Mailer
Cheat Seeking Missiles
2/3More On Jokes
Done With Mirrors
2/3This Deal Keep Getting Worse and Worse
Soccer Dad
1/3Surreal Logic *UPDATED*
Bookworm Room
1/3The Rising Price of Oil: How High Is Up?
The Glittering Eye

VotesNon-council link
3  2/3Sacramento Host Breakfast
365 and a Wakeup
1  1/3Honestly, Is John Aravosis a Piece of Excrement Or What?
Right Wing Nut House
1Reverberations of Al-Dura
1"THE TALK" -- On Patriotism
Thought You'd Never Ask
2/3The New "Fairness" Doctrine
Big Lizards
2/3Heavyweight Physics Prof Weighs Into Climate/energy Scrap
The Register
2/3Sun King Rules Still Apply in French "Journalism"
Dave's World
2/3Demographic Conquest
Gates of Vienna
1/3Lost in Translation
The Paragraph Farmer

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July 03, 2008

This is what happens when you backtrack on your vote

You piss people off:

Shame on you, Senator Cloutier (see also here), and shame on the other senators who switched their votes when it came time to override Governor Minner's veto of the eminent domain bill.

This was hung up on Foulk Rd. in north Wilmington sometime around mid-day today. An e-mail about the banner tipped off WDEL's Rick Jensen, who then asked someone to call in and confirm this banner was indeed there. Since I was about to head out on some errands in that area, I decided to swing down Foulk Rd. and check. There it was, between Wally's Shell station and the entrance to Brandywood. I called Rick to let him know, and he was appreciative.

By the way, Rick and I chatted for about five minutes before I went on the air with the info, asking me if I was the Hube from that certain old "Cube" blog. "Indeed I am," I replied. But he informed me he checked out my (our) "new blog" Colossus fairly often, to which I replied I was (we were) much appreciative. He also dug the backstory behind our blog's name! (Ask him; state secret!)

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North Carolina first lady gets 88% pay raise

Once again, faithful Colossus reader Fred Gregory is on the case:

On the same day her lavish spending on an overseas trip was front-page news (see here, at Colossus), [Democrat] Gov. Mike Easley’s wife Mary received a $79,700 pay raise for her job at North Carolina State University, according to public records obtained from the school.

Ms. Easley began working at NCSU three years ago with the title of executive-in-residence/senior lecturer. Until June 30 her salary was $90,300, but as of July 1 it was raised 88 percent to $170,000. Her position title remains the same, according to records.

Her raise gives her a salary nearly $35,000 more than her husband's, who makes $135,854 as the state's top elected official.

Manoman. I'm damn lucky if I get a COLA raise every year. 88% sure sounds nice, eh?

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Top 10 reasons a gun is favored over a woman

Top 10 reasons a gun is favored over a woman:

#10. You can trade an old 44 for a new 22.

#9. You can keep one gun at home and have another for when
you're on the road.

#8. If you admire a friend's gun and tell him so, he will probably
let you try it out a few times.

#7. Your primary gun doesn't mind if you keep another gun for a backup.

#6. Your gun will stay with you even if you run out of ammo.

#5. A gun doesn't take up a lot of closet space.

#4. Guns function normally every day of the month.

#3. A gun doesn't ask, "Do these new grips make me look fat?"

#2. A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it.

And the number one reason a gun is favored over a woman....


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July 02, 2008

July 01, 2008

What's going on with Democrats in North Carolina?

Loyal Colossus reader Fred Gregory sends us word that Democrat Governor Mike Easley racked up over $170,000 in taxpayer-paid expenses during a recent trip to Italy:

Most of the bills for Gov. Mike Easley's trip to Italy were in euros. The exchange rates during most of the trip was about 1.65, which means one euro would be worth $1.65. Here are some examples of specific expenditures:

First-class tickets from New York to Rome and then Florence to London and then London to Raleigh for the governor and his wife, Mary Easley: $19,500.

Airfare for similar flights in coach for Communications Director Sherri Johnson: $2,987.

Chauffeured Mercedes sedan and van on call for North Carolina's first couple: $51,954.

Hired van or bus for the rest of the delegation: $23,584.

Lunch in Rome for the Easleys, Johnson and five others: $732.

Three-night stay for the Easleys at Starhotels Splendid Venice : $2,249.

Thankfully, Easley is close to ending his term.

Elsewhere in the state, Joy Johnson, a third vice-chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice chairwoman of the Young Democrats, has been charged regarding various Satanic rituals, "that included shackling people to beds, caging them and depriving them of food and water."

Her husband, Joseph Scott Craig, 25, was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for an incident in January and another in May.

The two made an appearance in court Monday morning after spending the weekend in the Durham County jail.

Mark McCullough, an assistant district attorney, urged Judge Nancy Gordon to increase Johnson’s bond to $500,000 from the $270,000 set by a magistrate. “Part of the allegations are that Satanic worship is part of this case,” McCullough said.

Gordon kept Johnson’s bond at $270,000. Craig’s bond remained at $500,000. Each was ordered to stay away from the accusers. Craig has been charged with beating a man with a cane and a cable cord and assaulting a woman with a wooden cane and raping her.

Three letters: WTF?

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G.O.P. gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee on Delaware's eminent domain bill veto

Bill Lee Blasts Eminent Domain Veto

Says Veto Decision is “an Abuse of Authority”

Rehoboth Beach ~ Bill Lee rebuked the recent veto of SB245 and the refusal of the State Senate to override it, calling Governor Minner's decision "an abuse of her authority," and the Senate's decision to let it stand to be "an affront to Delaware's citizens."

"The right to own property is one of the most basic civil rights in our nation. This administration has usurped that right, and endorsed an atmosphere where anyone's property rights can effectively be sold to the highest bidder," said Lee. "The rationale for her veto was flimsy, and the Senate acted in a cowardly fashion in not overturning this travesty."

In an 11-9 vote with one abstention, the State Senate refused to overturn Governor Minner's veto. The motion required 13 votes to pass.

"Rectifiying this mistake will be among the highest priorities of my administration. This should not have come to pass."

Bill Lee for Governor.

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