... that if any residents decide to remain when Hurricane Gustav hits, "they're on their own"?? How heartless! How cruel! How inhumane!
Now, imagine if George Bush had said it ...
UPDATE: Check out this Nagin quote: “This is the mother of all storms, and I’m not sure we’ve seen anything like it.”
Um, did'ja forget this, Mr. Mayor?
... that the Wilmington News Journal is written at a 6th grade level. (Which means these simpletons only understand about half of what's in the daily.) This headline serves as no better confirmation:
Near-fossilized pundit Eleanor Clift let out what anyone with half a brain already knew well: The mainstream media is completely, utterly and totally in the tank for The Messiah.
ELEANOR CLIFT: This (Sarah Palin) is not a serious choice. It makes it look like a made for TV movie. If the media reaction is anything, it's been literally laughter in many places across news-
JOHN McLAUGHLIN, TALKING OVER CLIFT: Where is that? See that?
CLIFT: In very, very many newsrooms. (Link.)
What a surprise, eh? That a GOPer is met with disdain ... by so-called journalists?? At least the good thing is that these so-called journalists are met with disdain themselves -- by heartland Americans.
Of course, these same [so-called] journalists had a different reaction to The Messiah's speech at the Democrat Convention this past week! And you know the MSM's love fest is getting beyond silly when the hater of all things Republican, Bill Maher, blasts you as "ready to have sex" with The Messiah.
Soooo appropriate ...
Delaware Liberal has always been, and will always be, less partisan than Delaware Politics and that mirrors our party orientations and philosophies.
Democrats are by nature more willing to be critical of Democrats. Republicans can never break with the party line ...
If you ever doubted the sanity, intellect and rationality of that gaggle of twits (and if you did, say whaaat?), possibly no statement exemplifies why you should better than the above.
Advice from Jim the Mechanic (Frank McRae) from 1980's "Used Cars:"
Here's a new regular feature that'll continue through November 4th. Today's entry shouldn't surprise you: Scholars question Palin credentials.
Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.
So unconventional was McCain’s choice that it left students of the presidency literally “stunned,” in the words of Joel Goldstein, a St. Louis University law professor and scholar of the vice presidency. “Being governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining who’s of presidential caliber,” said Goldstein.
As opposed, say, to a "community organizer" and state senator who had a predilection for always voting "present," and who's on the TOP of a major party ticket!
Cripes, does this really surprise anyone? Scholars opining against the conservative ticket? Don't academics vote Democratic something like 100-1?
See this post if you forget the context!
... and I'm beat. But it's a "good" beat. As I told Paul Smith Jr. the other day, I crashed on my sofa Thursday night at 6:30pm, and didn't awake until 7:30am the next day! The transition from summer hours to regular school hours is always tough, but don't play any small violins for me -- I ain't really complaining, 'ya hear? ;-)
My classes this year appear to be a "notch down" academically from the group I had last year. You might think that "it's still too early to tell;" however, my instincts after 17 years have proven to be pretty accurate. It's not, though, as some teachers might complain, a "gradual dumbing down" year after year. For me, it "ebbs and flows" -- some years I get exceptionally bright students, other years not so bright. No biggie. I just gotta go more in-depth on basic concepts, that's all.
At any rate, I saw an interesting article the other day: Florida is considering allowing teachers to use "force" against students in a much more, well, "liberal" fashion:
Educators could use physical force to maintain a "safe and orderly learning environment" under a proposed state Board of Education rule.
State law already allows school officials to restrain special education students who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
The proposed rule would extend the use of force to any student and is drawing criticism from parents across the state.
The 30-line rule does not define the term "force" and leaves open to interpretation the circumstances under which it would be allowed.
It says force can be used to protect students from conditions harmful to their learning, mental health, physical health and safety or in cases of harm, injury or the significant damage of property.
The rule would not require that parents be informed if a school staff member has used force on their child.
Many students have the misperception that NO teacher can touch him/her for ANY reason. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, here in DE (and my district in particular) we're advised never to touch a student unless absolutely necessary (like if there is a fight, or a threat to another student or teacher). This is how it should be, in my opinion. In our modern litigious society, any other reason just opens the proverbial can of worms regarding "inappropriate touching." And hell, I know of cases where that charge has been brought even when a teacher was just attempting to break up a fight or melee. I think Florida, if they enact this law, better put aside a "legal fund" to back up teachers/administrators against litigious parents and their attorneys.
Council winner was The Razor with "Russia - The New Cold War."
Non-Council winner was Michael Totten/Middle East Journal with "The Truth About Russia In Georgia."
Full results can be seen here.
From the very top of CBS.com's website circa 8:30am:
Jim Geraghty lays out a very interesting scenario:
One month from now, the Palin pick has proven a bonanza for the McCain campaign. A large chunk of Hillary's 18 million voters have been won over. Conservatives are unified and energized, and the previously-undiscovered "Maxim magazine vote" is suddenly giving McCain large margins among young males.
Joe Biden will disappear from the campaign trail, and we will later learn it was to see a doctor. A previously-undiscovered, vaguely ominous health issue will be discovered, and Biden will sadly announce that he cannot continue as Obama's running mate. With a sudden need for a new one, Obama will turn... to Hillary Clinton.
Call it the Torricelli gambit.
Depends on how soon this would transpire. But I've always said that if the Dems wanted to assure victory in November, just nominate Hillary for veep.
The 41st representative district features disgraced former GOP Rep. John Atkins trying to regain his old seat as a Democrat. Atkins is a pathetic individual, and WGMD's Bill Colley lays it all out for y'all.
As I said earlier today, I'm totally juiced over Sarah Palin being tapped as McCain's second, and I think there's a lot about her that is impressive -- one of them being that her 18 year-old son is in the Army and is heading to Iraq soon.
But what the hell kind of name is Track??
From that mecca of terrific Spanish rock -- Monterrey, Mexico -- here's the band Volovan with their hit "Ella es Azul" ("She is Blue"). I really dig their stuff (and this video) as it has a definite 50s-ish and/or Beatles-esque feel to it:
Done so remarkably well by the one and only Duffy.
Know about that infamous Alaska "Bridge to Nowhere?"
The Messiah voted for the project.
Sarah Palin axed the whole snafu.
Oh, not to mention, Sarah Palin chose to have a baby with Down Syndrome. The Messiah nixed legislation that would have protected such a baby had it survived an abortion. What was that again -- about what The Messiah said about the Gospel of Matthew?
And that would be courtesy of CNN's John Roberts:
The (Palin's) baby is just slightly more than four months old now. Children with Down's Syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?
Earth to Roberts: Did'ja know that Palin is married? Like, maybe her husband could -- get this -- assume a greater role? And besides, what the hell does the governor of a state do that gives her so much time?
First of all, how in the hell do you say her last name?? Al Mascitti on WDEL this morning said it was "Pah-lin." Yet, all the big pundit shows have been saying "Pay-lin." So, somebody find out and report back to me, dammit!
I am definitely happy with the pick, personally, because I like "outside the box" thinking. However, I will endeavor to take a more [brief] objective take on the matter:
Our hits here are through the roof today, and for one reason: The picture of Sarah Palin I put up at this post. People are scouring Google images looking for her pic.
Beware the mainstream media: Now that John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin (it's pronounced "pah-lin," not "pay-lin," by the way) as his veep candidate, watch how the MSM will make a huge deal out of her "minimal" experience. This, even though she is the #2 pick of the ticket, while The Messiah -- with even LESS managerial experience than Palin -- is the #1 spot on the other ticket. And it's already begun:
[CNN's JOHN] ROBERTS:She's only been in office for a couple of years now, which really raises the experience issue here... Now, of course, Republicans have been raising the experience issue about Senator Obama, experience not quite so important when you're talking about a vice president, except in the case that John McCain today turned 72 years old. And one of the prerequisites, we'd like to believe are prerequisites, for picking a vice presidential running mate are a person who can step into the office at a moment's notice and not miss a beat, a person who is prepared to be President of the United States. Now, she is a manager. She is the governor of a state. She does have limited experience, though. She's also been the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. And for a time she was the ethics chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. But that does not add up to broad experience, particularly the type of broad experience that you think should launch you to the national level... and maybe the fact that he has the depth of political experience would take away some of those questions about her experience. Again, though, with the caveat that you want to have a vice president who can step right into the job.
As opposed to having a president already in the job, as would be the case with Barack Obama, right John?
... you're f***ing stupid.
As much as idiot "progressives" praise states such as Fidel's paradise and denounce their own country as a "fascist" state, a "police state" and other inanities, there really is nothing anywhere else on the planet that can compare to the United States' guarantees regarding expression and speech. Case in point:
HAVANA (AP) - Cuba has ordered jailed punk rocker Gorki Aguila, an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro and the communist government, to stand trial on Friday for "social dangerousness," a charge that could carry up to four years in prison. Authorities arrested the 39-year-old lead singer of Porno para Ricardo at his Havana home on Monday, shortly after the band had completed work on a new album. Cuban law defines "social dangerousness" as behavior contrary to "communist morality," and police use it to detain offenders before they have a chance to commit a crime.
Performing songs with angry lyrics that poke fun at or openly insult Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, who became Cuba's president in February, Porno para Ricardo is banned from official Cuban airwaves.
Yes, you'll see a bunch of morons in and around Denver this week sporting their Che and Mao t-shirts and hammer and sickle flags. And yes, they'll all be chiding America as an oppressive, sexist, racist, homophobic state. Don't hesitate for a second to think that 1) these folks are complete mental defectives, and 2) they actually like what Cuba, China and North Korea do to those who disagree with their respective governments. Just look at what "progressives" did to Stanley Kurtz at a local radio appearance today when he was discussing Barack Obama's ties to terrorist William Ayers, and what Obama himself is trying to do to a group who aired an ad dealing with the same subject.
And that's certainly A-OK by me.
Well, well, well. Mike "It's Doctored" Protack had informed the Bill Lee campaign via e-mail that he planned to show up with some veterans at Lee's "Veterans Forum" to ask Lee why he won't debate Protack. In his e-mail, he wrote, "How can you be a Marine and be afraid?" He also wrote "The press will be notified also."
But then get this: Protack, a former Marine himself, never showed up.
Check out the e-mail here.
From the Newsbusters e-mail tipline, which goes to many contributors, not just me:
It looks like this blog is really a neo nazi right wing force. By the way..did you realize you are helping the enemy? Because I've been listening to some of these commenters on CSPAN. I am really embarrassed at their reasoning to vote for McCain over Obama. I say DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Did you vote for Bush? Can you admit that you've looked back into history? Check out the time Reagon [sic] was shot and seen the Hinkley [sic] connection? Can you see the link between the Carlyle Group and the Saudies [sic] (which the hijackers were from in the first place - not Iraq) Can anyone put ANY dots together? Can anyone explain to me HOW, on the same day that a bunch of hijackers did their damage, that a guy from an inside U.S. lab, delivered a bunch of envelopes with Anthrax to Congress members? How did "HE" know the hijackers were going to strike that same day those anthrax letters were mailed? To me that's a smoking gun that it was all set up by the Saudi/Carlyle group...to scare Congress into signing the Patriot Act which attempts to slowly take your civil rights away.
By the way..if you would do your homework..does anyone understand that the
Bush Family owns aver 80% of the prison system in this country? DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEOPLE!!! This family doesn't car [sic] two shytes about you or your drowning grandmother in a nursing home in a hurricane.
Not just a return to the Fairness Doctrine, but outright legal intimidation of free speech:
Barack Obama is striking back fiercely and swiftly to stamp out an ad that links him to a 1960s radical, eager to demonstrate a far more aggressive response to attacks than John Kerry did when faced with the 2004 "Swift Boat" campaign.
Obama not only aired a response ad to the spot linking him to William Ayers, but he sought to block stations the commercial by warning station managers and asking the Justice Department to intervene. The campaign also planned to compel advertisers to pressure stations that continue to air the anti-Obama commercial. (Link.)
Just imagine for a second -- just a second -- what the "progressive" response would be if George Bush had threatened to do same. "Fascist," "dictator" and "police state" are three terms that come to mind.
Unless there is outright false information in the ad, Obama should just clam up. I doubt he'd want more light to be shone on his relationship with Bill Ayers than is necessary.
Andy McCarthy adds:
The only two cents I'd add is that a real story — and one that should alarm people — is that this is what Obama thinks the Justice Department is for. Here is a guy who fought the Patriot Act, fought surveillance reform, has spoken admiringly of Ayer's radical views of the criminal justice system, and has a record as a Chicago legislator of being soft on violent crime. He is evidently ambivalent about going after terrorists and hardened criminals, but he wants to mobilize the Justice Department post haste to suppress political speech that he doesn't like. I regard that as more than a little disconcerting from a guy who wants to be president, pick the next attorney-general, and make U.S. law enforcement policy. The McCain campaign may not be too anxious to mix it up on this one given McCain's own history of suppressing political speech. But that doesn't make it any less a story.
Barack "The Messiah" Obama visited all 57 states.
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine on Fox News Sunday:
Well, first, Joe (Biden) comes from a state, Delaware, that borders Virginia. The eastern shore part of Virginia and Delaware are not only bordering but very, very similar. And I think there's a lot in common, and Joe understands that.
That's actually impossible for Joe to understand, Tim, as Delaware and Virginia share NO common border. Maryland gets in the way for a small bit there.
Wonder why a state's chief exec doesn't know this?
DOVER ~ The location of the Veterans Forum organized by veteran Dave Skocik for gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee has been changed to the Noble Eagle Family Restaurant (formerly Sorentinos) at 518 S. Bay Road, Dover, on Wednesday, August 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The meeting will be open to veterans who wish to comment on issues affecting them. Those unable to travel to Dover for the forum can e-mail questions or concerns to Maria@LeeDelaware.com, or call Lee campaign headquarters at 302-260-9206.
The event grew out of some of the issues identified in The Delaware Plan and from feedback directly from veterans to Bill Lee, a Marine Corps veteran.
The agenda will include property and income tax issues as they affect veterans; state hiring practices; contract set asides for veteran contractors; educational benefits that would extend to family members; the veterans home; and a number of other issues that have been the source of inquiries from veterans.
The floor will be open to give and take on all issues during the three-hour dialogue. Call 302-260-9206 for more information.
“By giving individuals and their doctors more choice,
we can insure more Delawareans.”
Wilmington ~ Candidate for governor, Bill Lee, and candidate for lieutenant governor, Charlie Copeland, today jointly released a plan to improve access to, and the affordability of, health care in Delaware.
The key focus of the Lee-Copeland health care plan is expanding the healthcare opti ons available to Delawareans. In releasing the plan, Lee stated, "This plan is a common sense policy for our state. It protects taxpayers, increases the options available to Delaware’s families, and would once again make certain we are the First State, leading the way on health care."
At the core of the Lee-Copeland health care plan is a provision allowing anyone in Delaware who purchases health care to purchase a plan from any state in America, provided that the state where the plan is offered has approved that plan. This immediately and vastly increases the options available to Delawareans and instantly makes health care more affordable without spending tax money on a vast health-care bureaucracy.
Remarking on the proposal, Copeland stated, "Increasing the choices available to Delawareans is the key step towards making affordable health insurance a reality and finally insuring the more than 100,000 Delawareans who currently live without health insurance, while allowing consumers and their doctors to make health care decisions. Taking this step will benefit both those who are currently insured and those who cannot currently afford insurance."
A recent study by the National Center for Policy Analysis estimates that the availability of lower cost plans could reduce the number of uninsured by up to 25% in some instances.
In addition to increasing options to individuals and families, Lee and Copeland outlined other areas for healthcare savings, including medical mistake reduction in the health care industry. Said Lee, “By encouraging our hospitals and other health care providers to further efforts to reduce medical mistakes, we will not only reduce costs for consumers with the pass through of savings from reduced malpractice insurance rates, but we will also increase the confidence that Delawareans have in the health care industry.”
Also included in plan presented by Judge Lee and Senator Copeland is support for a number of ideas which have previously been introduced in the General Assembly but seen no legislative action. These ideas include: requiring health insurers to offer a policy option stripped of all state mandates and creating a tax credit for small business owners who offer health insurance.
Recently, the state of Massachusetts has examined reducing the number of mandates on its health programs, following the passage of their "universal" health care program.
"Now that the state of Massachusetts is paying for the care, they realize and admit that mandates are burdensome and expensive," said Copeland. "Delaware needs to go in a new direction. People should not be forced to pay for coverage they will never use; they should be given the choice of the coverage they desire, including covering their own specific needs. The state shouldn't mandate a one-size-fits-all solution. That drives up the cost for everyone."
Upon releasing this plan, Judge Lee stated, "Charlie and I are convinced that we can greatly decrease the number of uninsured in Delaware and make health coverage more accessible and affordable for the already insured. It is an affront to all of Delaware that we continue to have an uninsured crisis in Delaware and that working families are forced to pay more than they should. Ending that pattern will be a top goal of the Lee-Copeland administration and this plan will make sure we achieve it."
"Barack Obama has the capacity to hit,” Jackson said a breakfast panel just before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. “But he is in the situation where he can’t hit back, which Jackie Robinson could not do. … He had to be able to run the bases, even though the crowd was jeering the first African-American on the field.”
Jackson, son of the civil rights leader, said Obama is in the same situation: “He has to keep smiling, because no one wants an angry African-American man in the White House.”
What?? The son of Jesse Jackson ... using the proverbial race card?? Unbelievable!! (Did I tell 'ya or what?)
Please. The Messiah has been doing just fine "hitting back," so to speak, at John McCain. And trust me, even his opponents want him to do that -- not because it'll make him look like an "angry African-American man in the White House," but because if he does win at least they'll know he has some cojones.
Tavis Smiley, another panelist, said "expectations for Obama have become so high that 'even Jesus Christ himself might not be able to respond.'” Uh-huh. Right. And lest you think that Smiley is of a different mind-set than Jackson Jr.:
"We have really missed the boat in this campaign on covering race,” Smiley said. “I look at how quick we were to jump on the language of ‘post-racial,’ the language of ‘race transcendence.’ That’s not possible yet in America."
Of course not, Tavis. It never will be possible to people like yourself. And as long as "race" is covered in a way that is palatable to guys like you and Jackson Jr., all is swell. If not, then the "R" word has a hair trigger.
How could this be? After all, our local "progressives" claim that the mainstream media is conservative!
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was supposed to give "closing remarks" during this afternoon's Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with all three Sunday show moderators — NBC's Tom Brokaw, ABC's George Stephanopoulous and CBS's Bob Schieffer — but instead, he opened up a can of worms about bias in 2008 election coverage
"Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing," said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. "It was embarrassing."
Rendell, an ardent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter during the primaries, now backs Obama in the general election. Brokaw and Rendell began debating campaign coverage, including the on-air comments by Lee Cowan, and when MSNBC came up, Rendell went after the cable network.
"MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing."
Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons." (Link.)
Let's face it -- MSNBC is as liberally biased as Fox News is conservative. However, liberals definitely get a much fairer shot on Fox than the reverse. The two networks' "powerhouses" -- Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly -- differ greatly in that Olbermann never invites on his show anyone who disagrees with him. Never. O'Reilly is the exact opposite. In fact, he begs opposition to come on his show. (I can understand why some won't, though, as Bill tends to shout down opponents, but if your case is worthy ...!)
Remember, Biden yesterday did call him "Barack America."
Stay tuned for the Marvel comic ...
(h/t: Media Blog.)
10. Hillary and Bill Clinton sabotaged their (The Messiah's and Biden's) efforts.
8. Various state measures requiring voters to show photo ID before voting.
7. Fox News and conservative talk radio.
5. Jokes about Biden's hair-plugs and The Messiah's ears.
4. The mainstream media is "too conservative."
3. GOP operatives hacked into Diebold electronic voting machines in key battleground states and added votes for McCain.
2. The Electoral College skews popular will towards red[neck] states.
And the #1 excuse the Democrats will use if they lose the election ...
... but changing his last name from "Obama" to "America"?? Check out the video:
The look on The Messiah's mug at the end is, as they say, priceless.
Jim Geraghty reports.
You got it, from John Harwood:
He is not somebody who is infused with political correctness, the verbal equivalent of putting his pinky up when he opens his mouth. So this is what, the way ordinary voters are as well. They're not always worried about sort of calibrating every single word by "ooh, is this racially insensitive?" That's something that Joe Biden brings as an asset to the ticket. The gaffes actually show one of his strengths.
When asked for his opinion on this ... "idea," former Virginia Senator George Allen said, "That's the biggest bunch of horsesh** I've ever heard."
... another moonbat 9/11 conspiracy theory bites the dust.
This e-mail sent to Kathryn Lean Lopez makes a lot of sense:
I think Obama's pick of Biden coupled with his decision not to vet Hillary has given McCain a huge and I MEAN HUGE opportunity to tip this election his way. If McCain chooses a woman, especially a pro-life, conservative, out of the beltway type for VP (Sarah Palin being the best of the bunch) he would energize the conservative base AND siphon off enough disgruntled Hillary voters to win this election. I think a Palin pick would nudge just a small enough percentage of disaffected, swing state, working class, soccer Mom-type Hillary supporters to tilt the playing field McCain's way in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and maybe even Pennsylvania.
If McCain can nab 10-15 percent of Hillary's primary voters (which seems within reach after Clinton's down in the mouth body language today and Carville and Begala's 'she was never vetted' bent out of whack public postures on CNN), he wins this thing comfortably.
He may very well still get to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a Romney or a Pawlenty, but I think a bold choice like Palin would go for the jugular and win this election with some real conviction.
Plus, she's gorgeous:
The Messiah has tapped Joe "Obama is Clean and Articulate" Biden. No need to post anything about it ('cuz it'll be all over the news today); however, here's an instant classic from the Right Ringtail blog:
Everybody’s watching what’s going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you’re starting to think, “Beijing looks like a pretty good option.”
Greg Pollowitz does a good job fisking The Messiah on this [yet another] inane statement; I'd add that it's pretty easy for a government to do what it wants anyways ... when it's an authoritarian dictatorship! (Yeah, like pollute the environment to friggin' hell!)
When the Obama campaign was at it's apogee six months ago, its narrative— and Obama's appeal— consisted of the following components: 1) he transcends race; 2) he has superior judgment; 3) he's a post-partisan, non-ideological moderate; and 4) he's a nice, decent guy.
For most of the primary season, the narrative filled the voids in Obama's resume and experience. The claims underlying the narrative have now evaporated —- primarily due to Obama's self-inflicted wounds:
Reality: 20 year membership in Rev. Wright's church; staunch supporter of racial preferences in public employment, contracting and school admissions; profligate insinuations of racism; even the New York Times notices he fails to transcend race.
Reality: Spectacularly and obstinately wrong on the surge; associates with Wright, Ayers, Rezko,Pfleger; his position on withdrawal from Iraq would've resulted in chaos, defeat and a resurgent al Qaeda.
Reality: Most liberal member of the senate; doctrinaire Democrat who rarely crosses the aisle; has perfected the technique of claiming to "listen" to the other side while almost invariably ending up on liberal/ Democrat side.
Reality: Voted against the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act and issued four false explanations regarding same; calls those who point out the truth liars; repeatedly implies opponents or critics are racists; condescends to rural, blue collar Americans.
The Born-Alive vote and Obama's mendacity regarding the vote are, perhaps, the most devastating blows to the narrative. Obama hasn't been able to explain the vote because it's inexplicable.
With the narrative extinguished, the war being won and Bush/Cheney leaving office, what's left of the Obama appeal?
(h/t to Peter Kirsanow.)
You really can't get much more extreme than this:
Andrew McCarthy has a lot more of the grisly mess that is The Messiah's stance on abortion.
Check out this dopey e-mail via the Newsbusters e-mail tip line:
You are mentioned in a news article complaining about "liberal" bias stating that Obama has more magazine covers than McCain, yet your own website has Obama on all three lead stories. Seems to be the pot calling the kettle black. (no pun intended)
Be the first in the comments to explain why this person is a dope.
Wolf Howling hosted this week. The winners were ...
1st place Council post: Bookworm Room – McCainiacs thinking outside of the box.
1st place non-Council post: Daniel Pipes – The West’s Islamist Infiltrators.
I usually refuse to watch Olympic events like gymnastics and boxing because it involves opinion. In other words, your prowess depends on the generosity of often-politically motivated judges. F that. That's why track and field and swimming are marquee Olympic events -- as they should be. It's just you, your competitors, and the clock. And computers have all but ensured that whoever wins, actually won (just ask Michael Phelps about his next-to-last race!).
And what makes crap like gymnastics worse is when the host country outrageously cheats. Anyone with an IQ over 70 (which excludes most of the DE Liberal crowd) could tell that several members of the Chinese "women's" gymnatics team were not the required 16 yrs. old. And now a computer sleuth has proven it. The IOC won't care, though the pressure is building. Can't embarrass a communist dictatorship host country, right? (God, I would have jumped up and down had anyone at NBC come down with a coughing fit on air and said, "I GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE! I'LL GET EMPHYSEMA!!" I mean, did you get a load of that unbelievable pollution? It made 1970s Los Angeles' smog hassles look like pristine Alaska wilderness!)
I also like what Duffy said: "Nobody is interested in cheating unless it involves taking medals from the US." While that's not 100% accurate, obviously, it sure does seem like it more often than not. It wasn't just gymnastics, either -- did you catch the men's 200 meter final last night? The original bronze medal winner from the US was DQ'd after a judge noticed he stepped on the inside [lane] line on the turn. (He did, too -- no argument.) However, it took a US protest about the exact same infraction by the initial silver medal winner (from Netherlands Antilles) to get him disqualified. (And his line running was more blatant than the American's.)
Funny how the judges missed that, eh?
Breaking news here.
Wonder when the "breaking news" will be posted at DE Moonbat declaring that Air America, Daily Kos and MSNBC are partly culpable.
I don't plan on watching this (yuck!), but isn't it necessary to correct this glaring error ASAP?
Former NBA star Charles Barkley might have his colonoscopy televised as part of a "Stand Up to Cancer" special to show on NBC, CBS and ABC next month, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
Barkley will undergo the procedure Friday, and it will be aired Sept. 5.
Colonscopies are used to screen for prostate and other cancers. (Link.)
Nothing like shoving a camera up your ass to look for something you won't be able to see, eh? DOH!
1. When were you happiest?
Watching my newborn daughter in her crib smiling up at me some 14 yrs. ago.
2. What is your greatest fear?
Being lost in pitch blackness.
3. What is your earliest memory?
Watching the ambulance take my mom to the hospital so she could give birth to my youngest sister (who's three yrs. younger than me).
4. Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My father-in-law. At at very spry 70, he's not only the coolest guy I know, he's probably the funniest, nicest, most savvy and most loving person as well.
5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
7. What was your most embarrassing moment?
Being involved in an incident at my high school the year after I graduated, and which was reported through the AP. The news went national and was widely reported in local news and newspapers across the country.
8. Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A fully restored Datsun 240-Z.
9. What is your most treasured possession?
My daughter (at least until she's 18, right?) ;-)
10. What makes you depressed?
11. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My big melon.
12. What is your most unappealing habit?
I spit a lot whenever I'm outside.
13. What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Iron Man's armor.
14. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Watching "Boiling Points" on MTV.
15. What do you owe your parents?
One hell of a lot.
16. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
A certain friend from HS. Again.
17. What does love feel like?
18. What or who is the love of your life?
19. What is your favourite smell?
20. Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
21. Which living person(s) do you most despise, and why?
Delaware Liberal. They're rock-like stupid.
22. What is the worst job you’ve done?
Grocery store pack-out guy for Pepsi. A pack-out guy stacks the shelves with "product." Back-breaking work for lousy pay.
23. What has been your biggest disappointment?
Not sticking with playing music after college.
24. If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Would have been more motivated with music and athletics.
25. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Early 60s for the Space Race, and to advise Kennedy and Johnson to leave Vietnam alone. ;-)
26. How do you relax?
Reading, writing, watching TV/movies.
27. How often do you have sex?
Not as often as I'd like! ;-)
28. What is the closest you’ve come to death?
At birth. I was a "yellow baby" -- my blood and my mom's had mixed to a fairly dangerous degree, and it was touch and go there for a little while.
29. What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Enough $$ to retire, pay for daughter's college, and pay off mortgage.
30. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being the dad of one very smart, very creative, very lovely daughter.
31. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
32. Tell us a secret.
I was once very close to a terrorist grenade attack.
(h/t to Duffy.)
Democrats begin crapping their pants: Reuters/Zogby poll -- McCain leads by 5 percent.
And why would that be -- especially considering that Joe has been a Delaware senator for ... thirty-five years??
MITCHELL: This is a guy ... who takes a train home every day. He has not been part of Washington in that extent. He‘s a blue-collar guy. He was out with the firefighters last Thursday... (Link.)
Yeah, because Joe's DE abode happens to be close enough to Washington that he can commute, he's therefore not really "part of Washington." Uh huh. And don't forget those firefighters! (I wonder if Barack Obama hung out with some firefighters -- would Andrea Mitchell refer to him as a "blue-collar guy?") Unbelievable.
Pundit Howard Fineman points to Joe's son Beau as a positive if Obama points Joe's way for veep:
FINEMAN: A couple of quick—if it‘s Biden, you‘ll see all the children and grandchildren. And also Biden‘s son, Beau, who‘s the attorney general of Delaware, is going to be posted in the National Guard of Delaware to Iraq in September. And he‘s going to be in Iraq in the fall, which is a big deal.
I agree that Beau heading to Iraq is a brave and noble endeavor, and is a definite asset if his dad is chosen as veep. However, what should be known to the public outside Delaware is that Beau [slightly] defeated an opponent that was so vastly superior to him in the attorney general race two years ago that it really is a joke that he holds the office. Look, when a leftist progressive like Dana Garrett endorses Biden's attorney general opponent -- Ferris Wharton -- you just know Beau was vastly outclassed. Only his family name won him the office.
Video of the Mitchell and Fineman exchanges here. (Relevant portions occur near end of segment.)
McMad's latest lie about the "cross in the dirt" came straight out of a Soleys book, and a movie. He also lied about being a POW and when "tortured" gave up the names of the Green Bay Packers...however when campaigning in Pittsburgh told those folks that he gave up the names of the "Pittsburgh Steelers". Who could actually believe that McCain didnt hear the Obama interview with the Rev. in his car or from his campaign workers who did hear the questions posed to Obama and then pass them on to McMad.
I don't really care about the "cross in the dirt" stuff (The Corner has had corroborations of McCain's anecdote the last few days) and the "McCain cheated" crap has already been shredded. But just consider what Moonbat Liz has stated in the bold type above:
Funny, then, that Liz went all apoplectic when word came out about the US waterboarding a scant few al Qaeda types, and was quite vociferous in her use of the term "torture" -- so much so that she regularly referred to Tom Carper as "Torturin' Tom" for his Senate votes.
I do not believe I have ever read/seen/heard a bigger suspension of reality than that comment above.
Prepare the padded cell, please ...
Yet, somehow, it attracts the most balanced viewership:
Wow, I wonder why this viewership is so .... balanced? Why do you think that is, Perry? Geez -- CNN's viewership is highly skewed, followed closely by MSDNC, er, MSNBC.
(h/t: Media Blog.)
This one's for Duffy:
The title of the post is the classic line uttered by Pelé, when he wants to get back into the game after sustaining an injury. What? You've never seen "Victory?" From 1981, it's about a soccer game organized by the Nazis against a team of [mostly European] POWs. If you're a soccer fan, this film is for you (it stars mostly actual soccer players) and it features an exquisite soundtrack (just listen!) -- not to mention Sylvester Stallone at the height of his early 1980s popularity!
If you can set aside the fact that Pelé, the Allies best player, most likely would not have been in the same POW camp as the others (or even permitted to live, for that matter; the whole thing sorta reminds me of that "Hogan's Heroes" episode where African-American Ivan Dixon as Kinch was disguised as a Nazi guard and no German soldier noticed!), and the fact that Stallone -- who had never played soccer before in his entire life -- holds the German national team to a mere four goals (and stops a penalty kick!!), you're sure to enjoy it.
The French Resistance organizes a rescue of the team for halftime (organized by Stallone who we hear actually speaking French!), but the Allied team will have none of it -- much to Stallone's chagrin. In probably the funniest exchange of the film (you can view the exchange in this clip), a POW player exclaims "We can win this! We have a chance!"
"Chance my ASS," retorts Sly off camera. "Don't you guys understand? NO CHANCE."
"We're not going to pay for votes or pay for turnout." -- The Messiah, prior to the Pennsylvania primary.
(h/t to Gooch!)
... if my district implemented these new rules:
1) teachers have to accept late homework without penalty,
2) ignore homework grades that lower a student’s semester grade, and
3) give retests to students who fail.
The rationale for this? Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says,
“We want to make sure that students are mastering the content [of their classes] and not just failing busy work. Our mission is not to fail kids. Our mission is to make sure they get it, and we believe that effort creates ability.”
There's a good debate going on in the comments, but as you might surmise by this post's title, I side with those who this idea is pretty much crap. As some note, part of teachers' job is to prepare students for the real world. This real world doesn't accept work whenever an employee feels like turning it in, nor does it allow an employee chance after chance to "master" a skill or knowledge until they "get it."
On the other hand, most teachers I know (including myself) aren't nearly that harsh. They'll accept work late (although with a penalty), and allow retests (but not interminably). I personally don't give retests; however, any homework I give is akin to a "take home quiz" and I allow corrections to be made on it.
A blanket edict where ALL homework must be accepted at any time and/or ignored if it lowers a student's grade (not to mention constant retests) is just educationist nonsense and will only serve to further decrease student motivation and necessary "real world" preparation.
... is that if someone treats you like sh**, you can go elsewhere.
Back on Father's Day, after a round of golf, the frame of my sunglasses broke. Not on a joint or anything, but right in the middle of the right earpiece. I assume metal fatigue. (I was wearing these glasses when I got hammered playing soccer a year and a half ago, but there didn't appear to be any damage as they flew off of head.) At any rate, I waited most of the summer to look into getting new ones, mainly 'cause I'm a lazy bum.
At any rate, I finally go to a place recommended by my aunt. A very friendly (and attractive) woman shows me the latest athletic-looking (yet still dressy) sunglasses. The first pair I try, I'm sold.
Nine days later I go to pick them up. Uh-oh. I soon as I walk outside I notice something is amiss. My depth perception is way off. I continue wearing them as I think I "just have to get used to them." Wrong. The problem is highlighted when, a little later at a nearby Target store, I missed the handle of the milk cooler. Missed it. Completely. That's how off my depth perception was. I call the woman at the optical place and explain what's up. She tells me to bring them in the next day. When I get there, she thinks she's discovered the problem: The "base" of the lenses were not crafted to "wrap-around" lens specifics. I give 'em back to her, and again, nine days later I go back to get the fixed glasses ....
... last Friday. When I walk outside this time, all seems perfect. I wear 'em on the ride home. Great. The next day, I head up to a buddy's house in Downingtown. While on rt. 202, I notice what I think is a smudge on my right lens. I use a lens cloth to wipe it off. It doesn't go away. At any rate, the traffic light turned green, and I pretty much blew off "cleaning" the lens the rest of the way up. The next morning however, when I put on the glasses, I see what's really up: The "smudge" was nothing of the sort. What was obscuring my vision in that small section of the lens was a small half "teardrop" shape where the anti-glare/anti-scratch coating did not spread evenly on the lens. (It's like when you paint a wall and some of the paint collects in small teardrop shapes at the bottom of the wall.) The left lens also had one of these too, albeit smaller. But what REALLY pissed me off was that there were three huge scratches where I thought I was cleaning the lens the day before!! Like, I put out $120 for the latest anti-scratch coating!! And I used a lens cloth to wipe them!!
But the best part is yet to come.
Yesterday I drove to the place before I went in to school to set up my classroom. The lady who had taken care of me the previous two times was not in. The other woman said "It's OK, I can help you." BIG mistake. When I explain the story of the glasses, the situation immediately became like that "Seinfeld" episode where Jerry's auto mechanic demeaned him for apparently not taking proper care of his car, not knowing what kind of motor oil he put in it, etc. When I explained I was a bit miffed about how the lenses scratched, the woman immediately asks "Well, what did you use to clean them?" I had brought in the cloth and showed her. "Well, that's not a good one," she says. "I got it at Delaware Opthamology Associates," I respond. Oops. That seemed to faze her. Then she asks, "Did you wash that cloth?"
"I do sometimes, yes."
"But did you do it before cleaning the glasses this time?"
"No, I was driving."
"Oh, so you didn't even wash the lenses beforehand either?"
"No. I was driving."
I proceed to show her the information card about the "latest special coating" I had paid for for the lenses.
"See what it says here, ma'am? 'No special cloth or cleaner is required to clean your lenses.'"
"Let me see that. Hmm. Well, despite what that says, you still need to wash your lenses with soap and water each time."
"OK, that's fine, but you can see why I cleaned them how I did based on this card and what I paid for, right?"
"What kind of cleaner do you use on your glasses?"
"I don't know. Something I bought at a pharmacy."
She exhales audibly, exactly like Seinfeld's auto mechanic in that episode. Like, I'm somehow SUPPOSED TO KNOW the precise type of lens cleaner I had bought many months ago.
"Here. Use this." She gives me a small bottle of cleaner. She then grabs a box and -- get this -- DROPS IT on the desk in front of me. It's full of lens cleaning cloths. I am now officially seething. "Pick one," she says.
"Thanks," I say. "Now about those lens imperfections ..."
"Right. Hold on while I take a look at 'em."
She spends approx. five minutes in the back room. She then comes back a bit through the doorway, apparently looking very hard for the "teardrop" shapes I told her about.
"They're very tough to detect."
"Not if you're wearing them."
"Here, I'll circle where I think they are and you can confirm it."
She circled precisely where the imperfections were. Plus where the scratches were.
"That's them," I say.
"Again, they're tough to see."
At this point, I'm about to explode. I wanted to stand up and scream "WELL THEN YOU WEAR THE DAMN GLASSES AND ENJOY GETTING YOUR VISION BLURRED EVERY TIME YOU LOOK IN THE DIRECTION OF THAT IMPERFECTION, LADY!! I PAID OVER $500 FOR THESE F***ING GLASSES AND IT'S NOT A LOT TO EXPECT THAT THEY ACTUALLY BE MADE RIGHT!!"
But I didn't. Because, mainly, I knew that the lady who took care of me the first couple times would never have treated me so, and I didn't want anything to reflect negatively on her. As I sat there -- with a quite noticeable scowl on my face -- the woman proceeded to pick up my glasses and say "We'll call when they're ready."
"Thank you," I said gruffly and walked out.
I called the place that afternoon hoping that "my" lady was in by then. She wasn't. I plan to lodge a complaint (tactfully) and definitely make sure that SHE is aware of the problem with the lenses. As it stands, I probably won't be going back to this shop.
UPDATE: My original sales-lady got back to me. She was extremely apologetic about the incident yesterday, and promised me that she'd call the [lens] lab personally to make sure they know exactly what the coating problem is and yes, to rectify the scratch problem too. Still gotta wait 7-10 days for the glasses, 'tho.
The Messiah, to a crowd in (where else) San Francisco:
"I will win. Don't worry about that. . . . I understand why a lot of folks are saying, this should just happen. Why are we having to run all these television commercials? Why do we have to raise all this money? Just read the papers. These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge. Throw 'em out. But American politics aren't that simple."
Wow. He WILL win. Hell, we should just GIVE it to him.
Just keep this in the back of your mind, Messiah: "I can't believe I'm losing to this idiot." -- John Kerry, 2004.
... the Left can't handle it. They wasted no time in circulating the idea that McCain "cheated" because he wasn't in the "cone of silence" and therefore heard the questions being asked to The Messiah. NBC's Andrea Mitchell, as I reported over at Newsbusters, was a willing Obama campaign surrogate, offering up the theory on Sunday's "Meet the Press." Reliable moonbat Daily Kos floated that McCain either heard the questions or got them ahead of time. Our local twits even demand proof that McCain did not cheat -- proof of a negative.
Well, well, well.
Kos actually got part of the story correct -- but not in the way they thought. Both McCain and The Messiah got two questions ahead of time, and were given the "themes" of the remaining questions. Obama actually got a third question in advance. McCain was to have gotten it too; however, logistical problems prevented such. So, if anything, The Messiah had the slight advantage. (Source.)
As for the "cone of silence," there was never any such thing. "Pastor Rick Warren was making a little joke when he used that phrase. But he was assuring the crowd that McCain was not hearing any of the questioning of Barack Obama," reports Byron York.
McCain was in his car en route to the forum for a span of 35 minutes -- while The Messiah was on stage. He emphatically states he heard nothing from the forum during that time. Once he arrived at the forum, he was directed to a holding room that had no TV, radio or anything. Could he be lying? Sure, I suppose. I don't buy it, however. But let's suppose he was -- he already knew the questions. And even if you think hearing The Messiah's responses would be an advantage, how is that any different from an actual debate when someone has to go (answer) first?
Again, I say The Messiah "cheated" because he was given a third question in advance while McCain was not. And McCain still kicked The Messiah's ass.
The Messiah actually claimed that Clarence Thomas didn't have enough experience to serve on the Supreme Court. Yes, he said it -- despite the fact that he caught himself. Check it:
Why does the Messiah insist on playing the race card -- claiming that an African-American jurist is "inexperienced?" Isn't that just "code?" ;-)
UPDATE: I like Mark Levin's take:
Without a doubt, the lowest moment of the night was Obama's smear of Clarence Thomas. He, like Harry Reid, can't simply disagree with Thomas, he has to try to degrade him. On Obama's best day he can't hold a candle to Thomas's intelligence. Obama can barely make it through a press conference and ducks town hall debates with McCain because of his inability to speak in complete sentences when pressed to show his much noted but usually absent brilliance.
Jerome Corsi's latest book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, is number one on the NY Times best seller list. This, despite the fact that Corsi didn't even get the simplest facts about Barack Obama right (like his wedding date). Corsi was also the co-author of the anti-John Kerry book, Unfit for Command, which was co-authored by Vietnam veteran John O'Neill (which many forget about; O'Neill was the guy who debated/called out Kerry on the early 70s about Kerry's claims and anti-war messages) and which many feel was partly responsible for Kerry's electoral defeat in 2004, along with the effective "Swift Boat" ads.
Personally, I think these type of books on either side are pretty much garbage; however, this is not my point today. What I'd like to know is this: Why have Corsi's books -- on Kerry and Obama -- sold so extremely well? Especially when compared to anti-Bush/anti-GOP books? Here's my theory:
Much like the reason for the meteoric rise of [conservative] talk radio and Fox News Channel, it's because a significant portion of the public recognizes that the MSM (mainstream media) usually plays up anything anti-Bush/anti-GOP, while at the same time diminishing anything anti-Obama/anti-Democrat. Hence, when books of the former genre come out, there's not as much "to reveal" -- the MSM has already been actively on it. Contrariwise, when a book like Corsi's arrives, there's more of an interest in it as the perception is the MSM has been actively supporting him, which includes staying away from anything of potential negativity.
Liberals like to claim that books like Corsi's sell well because they appeal to "the gutter" and people have a morbid fascination with such. (They also claim this is the reason talk radio and Fox News are popular; of course, the fact that conservatives finally and actually get their views heard on these outlets has nothing to do with it!) I'm sure that's partly true. But I believe my theory plays a bigger role.
Remember this hilariously unintentionally funny night of football last year? When the anointed at NBC lectured everybody about "going green?" Yep, they turned the lights off in the studio to ... "make a point."
Well, apparently sitting the in dark during a football broadcast is one thing; dealing with the Beijing heat during the Olympics is another:
Beijing - Coordinating a huge event like the Olympics is a huge effort. It also requires massive resources on the part of the media covering the competition.
The Today Show is broadcasting from a temporary set in Beijing this month. The set was first used in Athens, then in Torino. Producers, crew and engineers all support the show.
"This set has been everywhere. What happens is we package it up and we send it off somewhere and we wait two years and send it to the next place that hosts the Olympics," said Meghan, a producer.
It's a first: The whole front line Today Show crew on foreign soil with Katie Couric as the competition.
"This is my absolute best Olympics. It's also the only one I've ever been to," said Today Show host Meredith Vieria.
The show is an attraction between events. Chinese fans sense this might be something big-time.
"They're asking for an autograph and they're like, 'Who are you?'" said Ann Curry, Today Show host.
Americans arrive, anxious to send greetings back home or get a sense of home.
"They are in your living room every day and now you are just seeing them in person," said Linda McDonald.
Journalism students line the fence, hoping to be noticed. The set is outside, but air conditioning vents make the weather bearable.
Wha -- air conditioning ... for an outside set??? What's THAT carbon footprint, you NBC hypocrites??
DOVER ~ Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will host a Veterans Forum in the House Chamber of Legislative Hall, Dover, on Wednesday, August 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The meeting will be open to all who wish to comment on issues affecting Delaware’s veterans. Those unable to travel to Dover for the forum can e-mail questions or concerns to Maria@LeeDelaware.com, or call Bill Lee's campaign headquarters at 302-260-9206.
The event has grown out of some of the issues identified in The Delaware Plan and from feedback directly from veterans, according to Bill Lee, a Marine Corps veteran.
“Our military veterans, including those who have served in previous and present conflicts, represent a significant, important, and productive segment of our citizenry. The Delaware National Guard and the Reserve have been continuously deployed in combat zones and to natural disasters. We need to hear their concerns and determine how we can best assist them and their families,” said Mr. Lee.
The agenda will include property and income tax issues as they affect veterans; state hiring practices; contract set asides for veteran contractors; educational benefits that would extend to family members; the veterans home; best ways to retain highly trained and entrepreneurial retirees in Delaware, and a number of other issues that have been the source of inquiries from veterans. The floor will be open to give and take on all issues during the three-hour, nonpartisan dialogue.
“I’ve reviewed the legislative record and Delaware has, for the most part, been veteran friendly, but we need to make certain we do right by these patriots and their families who have been so willing to defend us. Our goal is to hear what veterans have to say and incorporate their priorities into my vision,” said Mr. Lee.
The family of a gay teenager who was fatally shot in class blames the school district for allowing their son to wear makeup and feminine clothing to school — factors the family claims led to the death.
The parents and brother of 15-year-old Larry King of Oxnard filed a personal injury claim against the Hueneme school district seeking unspecified damages for not enforcing the dress code.
King, an eighth-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School, was shot in February. Classmate Brandon McInerney pleaded not guilty to the shooting last week. He was charged as an adult and also faces a charge of a committing a hate crime.
The family's claim, filed last week in Ventura County Superior Court, said administrators and teachers failed to enforce the school's dress code when King wore feminine clothing and makeup to school.
Now, answer the title of this post's question: What if the school district did enforce the dress code?
Answer: It would have still been sued -- for [sexual] discrimination against a gay student.
At least that's what these predictable mental midgets believe. Thankfully, DE Libertarian's Steve Newton (the best writer in the DE blogosphere) tactfully dissects this drivel ('tho there was no need in this case to be tactful), as does Miss Anonymous Opinion.
dear bill, I’d like you to getcha mouth off that conservative cock long enough to sit and talk it out, scratch that, let’s backtrack I’ll stalk ya house knock u out drag out gag ya mouth dog it’s out, I wanna hurt you immerse you in torture F**k make fun of you with punchlines I’d rather kill ya family in front of you by lunchtime a one line execution in sunshine, Its crunchtime, let’s take it to the frontlines Bless the union of marriage? Oh that’s classic, d**k in your in your hand making phone calls to andrea mackris you got it backwards, phone sex leading to threats to get her flat up on ya mattress is as sick as the list adjectives put upon ya favorite actresses in your book, no spins so grim, you borderline rapist, sexist, racist makeshift talking head celebrity that needs a facelift
Ah, but in the world of the Looney Left, this is a justifiable response (torture and murder) to all the "hate rhetoric" in which O'Reilly engages.
The Glittering Eye hosted this week's vote.
First place Council post: “Obama, Criminalizing Politics & Thinking The Unthinkable” by Wolf Howling.
First place non-Council post: “The Columbia Journalism Review’s Division Over Dissent” by Slate.
... and that is sue, sue, SUE!!
Saint Anne's Catholic school, its principal, the church and the diocese are being sued for implementing an English only policy at school.
When some students refused to sign a pledge to honor the policy they were expelled and their parents filed suit.
Three families are suing alleging that the policy discriminates against those who speak other languages and lawyers for the families say it's racial discrimination and therefore violates their civil rights. (Link.)
First, how is prohibiting any lingo other than English in school racial discrimination? If a French student enrolled in the school, could he/she sue for racial discrim .... oh, yeah. Right.
Second and most importantly, the Catholic school is a private institution and therefore should be able to set its rules as it desires. Just as private colleges are allowed to establish their [risible as they are] speech codes -- which have, basically, the same effect as what St. Annes implemented -- so should private/Catholic schools. After all, don't like the rules? You're quite free to attend that nearby public school which will accommodate virtually your every need.
(h/t: Joanne Jacobs.)
There's been a lot of buzz about Jerome Corsi's new book on The Messiah; the AP notes today that The Messiah's campaign is proactively addressing many of the book's claims. But the first one they note doesn't completely make sense:
Jerome Corsi's anti-Obama book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president. The book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a "black rage" hidden beneath the surface.
In fact, Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Hmmm ... Trinity United isn't a radical [black] church?? The same Trinity United that had Jeremiah Wright as its pastor? That had guest stints by Michael Pfleger?
Good luck with that one, Messiah campaign!
Wilmington News Journal report on an Olgetown Exxon robbery (third item).
WDEL.com report of same incident.
Wilmington News Journal report of a flasher in Wilton Park (first item).
WDEL.com report of same incident.
I love headlines like this: Higher inflation brings lower standard of living.
Let's think of some other ways to sound just as inane:
Inflation at 5.6%? Sure it's the highest percentage in many years, but it ain't anywhere near the double-digit mess we faced in the late 70s/early 80s.
In other words, Americans' standard of living ain't all that much lower.
I demand an investigation! I want to know if these [well-known] folks in any way violated the civil rights of Germans, Japanese or Italians during WWII.
You won't believe this one: Dr. Alexei Koudinov, editor of the Israel-based Doping Journal Web site, claims that swimmer supreme Michael Phelps -- by listening to music before he swims -- has an "unfair advantage":
Intriguing scientific evidence testifies: Listening to music improves blood oxygen capacity and is a performance enhancement.
There could be several mechanisms, says Stefan Koelsch of Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, in Leipzig, Germany, who has published 40 articles on the subject of how the body reacts to music. Dr. Koelsch says that "music can have influences on the breathing rate (e.g. via emotional effects such an increased arousal) which will alter oxygen levels in the blood, or relaxing effects (so that fewer muscles consume oxygen, which also increases oxygen levels)." He says that his group "has reported clear changes in breathing rate on a conference last year, with breathing rate being higher during pleasant music." In line with Koelsch conclusion are the data of the research article by Luciano Bernardi group of the University of Pavia, Italy, implying that the withdrawal of music shortly before the swim race induces relaxing effects noted by Koelsch.
If you're in way taking this hilarity seriously (not the actual science, but the fact that Koudinov believes Phelps "cheated" and should give his medals back: "Straightforward ruling results in a straightforward conclusion: Listening to music through earphones before the start is in line with other measures prohibited. Therefore, Phelps’ Beijing swimming golds is faked and should go to others who battle for it fairly.") just consider: Phelps is by FAR not the only swimmer (or Olympic athlete in general) who listens to music before an event. In addition, what's next? Checking into Phelps' diet? I heard yesterday that Phelps eats about 12,000 calories a day. Do we examine all the ingredients of his diet to make sure there are no artificial substances in it? What about breathing deeply before a race? Wouldn't this type of breathing be "artificial," since it is far from "normal" breathing?
Gotta get those proverbial 15 minutes, eh?
And make no mistake -- it is a movement, as in one big BOWEL movement.
Watch your back, Dick Cheney! Actor Ed Asner, former Dallas Cowboy Mark Stepnoski, and formerly famous hip hop group Arrested Development are leading a petition drive to get a referendum on New York City’s November ballot that would establish a new 9/11 investigation. If the group, called 911 Truth, can collect 30,000 signatures before September 4th, the City Council will be required to consider the measure, which calls for an investigative panel with subpoena authority.
Former Senator Mike Gravel (who would join the panel along with former senator Lincoln Chafee, Asner and 9/11 widow Lorie Van Auken) tells NY Mag that “the original commission didn’t get to the bottom of anything. We need to investigate from scratch.” Among the “Top 40” reasons the group gives to doubt the official story of 9/11, from their website:
- "Al-CIA-da?" The longstanding relationship between US intelligence networks and radical Islamists.
- Flight 93. Did the Shanksville crash occur at 10:06 (according to a seismic report) or 10:03 (according to the 9/11 Commission)? Does the Commission wish to hide what happened in the last three minutes of the flight, and if so, why?
- Pentagon Strike. How was it possible the Pentagon was hit 1 hour and 20 minutes after the attacks began? Why was there no response from Andrews Air Force Base, just 10 miles away.
Ed Asner? What, does he believe he's still Lou Grant and is now some investigative sleuth? And oh! A former Dallas Cowboy!! Well, that's enough for me -- let's restart this investigation immediately!
But hey -- at least local Liz Allen (#4069) will be happy.
All right, all right I'm sorry. This is a braggart-type post, but I just can't resist. I'm quite happy. Y'see, I've been playing golf for a long time -- a really long time -- since my junior high school caddy days at the Concord Country Club. But it's really been this summer that I've gotten more serious about it than usual, and it's paid off big-time. For the first time ever, I've shot more rounds under 90 than above it. And by a wide margin, too. Heck, my last three rounds were an 81, an 83, and an 84 today. That 81, shot last week at Wilmington's Porky Oliver course, is my second best ever round of golf. (My best ever was a 79, the only time I shot under 80, back in that halcyon year of 1993.) I do believe that new TaylorMade Burner driver may have had something to do with it ...
And with that, I leave you with a classic scene from my favorite golf movie, Tin Cup:
From -- where else? -- the San Fran Chronicle:
Joann Gardner sat forlornly on her living room floor, waiting for the final step in her home's foreclosure process. The lender's representative was due any moment to give her "cash for keys," a transaction in which she would deliver her family home vacant in exchange for an incentive payment.
"I'm glad it's done," Gardner said wearily. "I just want to sit down and have some Hennessy."
Only days earlier, the house had been jammed with boxes and bags holding the worldly goods her family had accumulated during 54 years in the cramped Oakland bungalow.
Now it was entirely empty, the possessions in storage or donated to the Salvation Army. Gardner's elderly parents, both suffering from dementia and other ailments, had moved a week earlier to a local board-and-care home whose cost would be covered by their Social Security and pension checks. Gardner, who has been her parents' full-time care provider for the past 18 months, planned to move in with her boyfriend in Vallejo and look for a job, perhaps something at Costco.
Highlighted are what should be some red flags. But hey, another "feel sorry for me because I'm being foreclosed on" story, right?
For example, how could the mortgage not have been paid off in 54 years?? Here's why:
Joann's parents, Johnnie Gardner, 87, and Estelle, 88, bought the two-bedroom in the Sobrante Park neighborhood in 1954 for $11,500. His salary as an electrician at the Oakland naval shipyard allowed them to make the payments.
But in recent years, Joann and her brother refinanced it several times for increasingly larger amounts.
The final refinance at the end of 2006 left the family owing $454,000. The monthly payments of $3,362 exceeded the household income of $3,144.
Over $400K?? Now, what in the hell was happened to all that money?
Gardner can't quite say. Some went to paying off credit cards; some was eaten up in huge loan fees.
And perhaps some went to buying a lot of Hennessy? Or something a little "harder?"
At least Gardner realizes -- somewhat -- that she bears some responsibility for her predicament:
"This is it; I can't come back here no more," she said as she walked down the front steps. "I hope it helps somebody to read about this; they won't be boo-boo the fool like I was."
Maybe Gardner could have emphasized this to the Chronicle so that they'd find something much more worthy about which to write.
As a seasoned 40-something, I've often wondered why Jews often get such a bad rap. I just don't get it. Really. Maybe it's 'cause I grew up in an area with a higher-than-average Jewish population, meaning, (at the risk of sounding stereotypical myself) I knew many Jewish folks quite well. One of the four ushers in my wedding is a Jewish guy. Another very good pal of mine is a rabbi. One of my very good friends that I've known since first grade who lives out of state, but is one of the few out-of-staters I still keep in touch with, is a [conservative] Jewish girl. And perhaps most significantly, my only first cousin married a Jewish guy, converted to Judaism, and is raising her three children in the Jewish tradition. Her husband is a professor of computer science at a major university. He taught himself French and now speaks it fluently. The best students I've taught in my teaching career have been Asian and ... ready? Jewish.
So why the bad rap? Why do too many idiots rant and rave about a "Jewish neo-con conspiracy" to start WW III on behalf of Israel? That 9/11 was a Jewish/Israeli plot? Not to mention rattle off all the other negative stereotypes that have, unfortunately, survived over centuries? I've come to a fairly simple conclusion: Envy. Yep. [Many] people are envious of Jews, and this envy eventually turns to anger and then scapegoating.
Why the envy? Simple. Jews as a group are, and have been, very successful, not only monetarily but educationally. Don't believe me? Just check out this site. Just check out the Physics section. Recognize any of these names (DE Liberal writers/readers excluded; the only physics they can grasp is simple gravity):
And consider these stats:
And that's just in physics. Let that sink in.
Jews make up less than one half of one percent of the world's population. (There are approximately 14 million Jews in the world, the U.S. having the largest total Jewish population of any country.) Yet, their numbers in major fields of endeavor are, quite simply, staggering.
Not staggered yet? Take a gander:
I could make this post my longest ever if I continued. 'Nuff said.
So, when you consider many of the great accomplishments of humanity over the centuries, be aware that there's a very good chance a Jew had a hand in it. We Gentiles shouldn't be spiteful, envious and hateful towards our Jewish brethren -- far from it. We should be extremely thankful and grateful.
UPDATE: Soccer Dad sends an excellent addendum my way.
There's been a few changes since the last update -- some new sites, some that gave up, and some URL changes. I also added and changed some commentary.
Check it out here.
Via The Corner's Peter Kirsanow. (Personally, I like #20):
It's unlikely you'll vote for Obama if you....
1. aren't a news anchor.
2. read the New York Times for pretty much the same reason the NSA monitors radio transmissions.
3. automatically conclude that the person laughing in the car next to you must be listening to Rush. Or maybe Obama off teleprompter.
4. dislocated your shoulder trying to explain Obama's position on Iraq to co-workers.
5. find autobiographies generally more interesting when the author has, you know, done something.
6. remember the Carter Administration.
7. would give a month's pay to play Jack Bauer's partner on 24.
8. increasingly agree with Mark Steyn that "almost everything [Obama] says is, well, nuts."
9. think it's relevant — despite what the sophisticates say — that several of Obama's mentors and associates have displayed a dislike for America or a disdain for Americans.
10. think it's relevant that several of McCain's mentors and associates are American heroes of historic magnitude.
11. think about 9/11 more than once a year.
12. have concluded that Larry the Cable Guy makes way more sense than Howard Dean.
13. feel a little safer during turbulence when your pilot is a calm "white haired dude."
14. thought about Hillary's 3:00 a.m. phone call ad when you first heard about Russian tanks in Georgia.
15. wonder why Obama felt it necessary to give a speech on patriotism.
16. get sorta creeped out by 200,000 Germans chanting "Obama! Obama!"
17. think the jury may still be out on Harvard Law School.
18. suspect "merci beaucoup" is French for "empty suit."
19. doubt that teleprompters are really magical dispensers of good ideas.
20. know in your gut that defiantly withstanding 4 1/2 years of torture trumps all of Obama's qualifications and accomplishments combined — regardless of what the elite pundits say.
21. repeatedly find yourself asking "Change to what?"
22. have ever used the term "pompous twit' in the same sentence with "Marx," "Marcuse," or "Sartre."
23. don't like being told what to do — especially by someone who hasn't done it.
24. really like ticking off the media, Hollywood, academics, and PC busybodies everywhere.
25. weren't born yesterday.
Score (# of descriptions that apply to you):
0— Go ahead, write in Dennis Kucinich
1—3 Obama may be your choice after all
4—5 You think Hillary got a raw deal and won't vote Obama
6—24 McCain's your man
25 It's OK to write in Reagan
UPDATE: Kirsanow has 25 more (from readers):
You're unlikely to vote for Obama if you.....
1. aren't registered to vote in France or Germany.
2. believe Gen. Petraeus is more important than Al Gore.
3. nod every time you read a Thomas Sowell column.
4. have ever caught yourself humming the theme from" The Green Berets."
5. have gotten your pants dirty in the last week.
6. kinda like a good steak once in a while.
7. have accidentally discharged your gun during church services in a bitter fit of antipathy over people who aren't like you.
8. wouldn't mind knowing if your 14 year old daughter was being taken by a non-family member to Toledo for an abortion.
9. prefer the Super Bowl to the World Cup.
10. know Sig Sauer isn't the name of Obama's domestic policy advisor.
11. are certain Obama would've taken the tank ride if Dukakis hadn't beaten him to it.
12. can't describe Obama's position on the surge without using the word "incoherent."
13. don't think having a baby is "punishment.".
14. have heard about Obama's vote against the Induced Birth Infant Liability Act.
15. tend to giggle whenever Nancy Pelosi talks energy policy.
16. think your taxes are plenty high already, thank you very much.
17. prefer legislation come from Congress, not the Supreme Court
18. believe we'd be in a world of hurt if we'd followed Obama's advice on Iraq last year.
19. resent the suggestion you're a racist for treating Obama like a serious presidential candidate.
20. hear the name "Osama Bin Laden" and words other than "habeas corpus" come to mind.
21. were to meet William Ayers, you'd be more likely to bop him in the nose than join his board.
22. list either Patton, Braveheart or 300 among your favorite movies.
23. realize that Obama's Speech of the Century on race was, in hindsight, a crock.
24. wonder which government agency is in charge of healing the planet.
25. personally know somebody who packs his passport whenever traveling to San Francisco... just in case.
Score (# of descriptions that apply to you):
0— You heard that according to Publisher's Clearinghouse, Al Gore won Florida
1—3 You think that had Ron Paul gotten more time in the debates he'd be the nominee
4—24 McCain's your man
25 If only Fred Thompson would drink more coffee....
Here's a statement by DE Liberal's Jason Scott, in a post complaining that George Bush is getting too much camera time at the Olympics:
If he hadn’t let terrorists attack us on 9/11
This isn't the first time this complete idiot has said this. When called on it before he's backed off to a degree -- as he always does when confronted with his myriad asinine statements. (That's his M.O. and why no one should take much of what he writes seriously ... he'll change the subject and/or laugh at the matter when called out.) But here he is again saying it.
Face it -- this a-hole really believes it. He thinks President Bush allowed those hijackers to attack us on 9/11.
Let that sink in. And then ponder why BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) should probably be a legitimate medical disorder.
... and as such, the weird dreams begin. What do I mean by "weird?" Here's a typical week-before-school-starts dream:
For some reason, I miss the inservice days preceding the first student day. I discover that I am not teaching my own subject -- I have to teach something like math or keyboarding. I have the worst behaved kids imaginable. 35 or more of them. They absolutely, positively do NOT listen to a word I say, even after I slam a desk to the ground to get their attention. When I call the administration for assistance, I am told that it "is my problem, so deal with it." In addition, I'm back enrolled in grad school and I've forgotten that I enrolled in a class. I haven't attended once all semester. If I don't pass this class, I'll be tossed out of the graduate program.
This happens every year when there's about 1-2 weeks to go until the start of school. Every year. This, despite the fact that I'm a 17 year classroom vet who easily gets a full night's sleep before the first student day.
I'd be curious if many other teachers experience such pesadillas (nightmares).
This is frickin' hilarious -- a guy from the Young America's Foundation asks Rep. William Jefferson (D) what "the best way to store $90K in a freezer" is:
(h/t: La Shawn Barber.)
Just a few days ago, China told President Bush to "mind his own business" after he denounced the communist government's record on human rights -- right before settling in to attend the Olympic Games there.
But did China get actual revenge ... last night? During swimmer Michael Phelps' first [gold] medal ceremony, the playing of the U.S. national anthem was quite wacky. The opening stanza was repeated three times and then the ending was cut short! Phelps looked around for a sec, dumbfounded, then began to clap and laugh. Pres. Bush was in attendance, so did the Chinese do this as payback? If so, it didn't faze Bush much; he, his wife and those surrounding him finished the anthem, smiling and waving Old Glory the whole time.
Otherwise, they'd still be sitting on their backsides.
Remember how the NY Times inferred that John McCain had an affair with a lobbyist with much less evidence?
David Thomas of Warwick, MD thinks the Iraq War came about only because ... Israel would benefit from it:
How has the Iraq war benefitted America? We have spent over half of a trillion taxpayer dollars. Are we safer? Iraq was never a threat to America. This war has benefitted only one country: Israel. Israel now has one less enemy in the Middle East.
America did the dirty work because the Israel lobby pulls the strings of foreign policy. Why America has to do the dirty work for another country I will never know.
An old and tried "last refuge of the scoundrel": When in doubt, blame the Jews.
... here's this week's "Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week." This time out it's Spain's Presuntos Implicados (Presumed Guilty) with their hit "Gente" ("People").
Joe over at Merit Bound Alley says that Colossus is full of "constant negativism" (shouldn't that be "negativity?"):
I still read the Colossus of Rhodey on a regular basis, but as of late, it seems kind of like Garfield. Same ol’, same ol’. We know Colossus does not like Obama and liberals in the same way that Garfield dislikes Odie. It’s pounded in on a regular basis.
However, at least Garfield was able to devote some comics to what the fat cat liked. Lately, all that I see on Colossus is screeds against liberal media, against Mike Protack, against Obama, against Delaware Liberal. But what are they “for”? Comics, apparently.
I’d like to see Colossus of Rhodey get back to writing about what they do like, what they believe. The constant negativism has gotten tiresome and boring.
I thanked Joe for the constructive criticism in the comments, and for the fact that he thinks we were once "mighty." But are our posts all that different from, say, [lefty] DE Liberal's or [lefty] DE Watch's of late? Doesn't criticism of your ideological foes entail a lot of "negativity" -- by pointing out their faults and errors?
Wadda you think about Joe's pontifications?
The Razor has the full results.
JoshuaPundit was the Council winner with Winning in Afghanistan.
Classical Values was the non-Council winner with Obama Be.
Xrlq takes down the MSM idiots (and our usual local idiot) who rushed to the defense of The Messiah over his "inflate your tires" statement. Remember The Messiah first said that properly inflating your tires can save Americans "all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling." Time magazine was probably the first to scream that The Messiah "was right" -- by injecting that "all the oil" means "just on the outer continental shelf." Of course, The Messiah didn't say that. I pointed out this quite obvious fact here.
The Messiah's minions must have been out in force, clamoring about the following (as one commenter noted on the link above):
After all the grief that Obama has taken from the RNC and from rival John McCain this week over the Democrat’s comment that motorists could save some more oil if only they put some more air in their tires, it turns out a search of the clips — conducted by a motivated party — has found that the administraiton [sic, three layers of editors notwithstanding] of President Bush — George H.W. Bush — was telling Americans the same thing back in 1990.
See? The above, from a Chicago Tribune moron, takes it even further now, making "all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling" to mean merely "save some more oil." Check it -- John McCain and the GOP are fools for mocking sensible cost-saving measures ... that even George Bush Sr. advocated. The problem, however, is plain: This isn't what The Messiah said.
Xrlq, as ever, says it perfectly:
This sleight of hand is reminiscent of the Gorons who defended their Messiah’s outlandish claim to have “[taken] the initiative in creating the Internet” by pointing out that he had sponsored some legislation to promote it, decades after others had taken the intiative in creating it. Gore was never the media darling that Obama is, so he took his share of ridicule over that infamous quote, tempered by the fact that it was frequently misquoted and for some, the fact that he was widely misquoted was bigger news than the goofy quote he had actually made. As for Obama, one has to wonder if there is any claim so outlandish that he could not make it and expect his disciples in the media to try. If anyone working for the Obama campaign is reading this, here’s how to test my theory: feed some line into Obama’s teleprompter stating that all experts agree that an apple a day will increase your life expectancy by 230 years. We’ll have our laughs for a few days, buttressed by even more laughs when Barack tries to turn it around by claiming Republicans are opposed to healthy diets. Within a week, some “journalist” from Time, Newsweek or the Chicago Tribune will come back claiming Obama was right after all, because some obscure bureaucrat from the Eisenhower Administration made a vague pronouncement that apples really are good for you.
A couple of links about two of the more dopey, yet loved-by-the-Left radicals of our age. First, check out this post about our buddy Hugo Chávez down in Venezuela. (Hopefully, my favorite Venezuelans won't get blacklisted!)
Then there's this neat video of "I'm-a-linguist-but-I'm-supposedly-an-expert-on-world politics" Noam Chomsky getting fact checked and called out.
What a putz:
"Mommy, are we in danger? If Mr. Obama doesn't win, will I have a future??"
Stay classy, Messiah.
It's bad enough that Chief Moonbat Keith Olbermann never -- and I mean never -- has on guests that disagree with him (he just has a cast of "regulars" who serve as his "yes men"); now, it's revealed that one of those "yes men" strayed from the "script," and this guy realized "WHOA":
Yesterday, I wrote on Dana Milbank’s abrupt departure from “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” which at first seemed to directly follow a disagreement over the Washington Post columnist’s July 30 column calling Obama “presumptuous.”
However, Milbank’s dissatisfaction with the show started before any controversy over the Obama piece or questions from Olbermann about misquoting the Democratic candidate, according to sources.
A source familiar with the situation told Politico that Milbank had been unhappy on the show for a couple of months and expressed this sentiment to friends. But it wasn't until directly after an incident last month that Milbank made a move.
During the first week of July, Milbank spoke to producer Katy Karp about why he had not been on the show for a couple of weeks. At that point, Milbank was told that there was an issue among staff with something positive he said the previous month about Charlie Black, a McCain senior adviser.
Gee, what a surprise. Imagine -- one of Keithy's fave "yes men" strays just a tad off course and he's persona non grata for a few weeks. Then, when the "yes man" gets a better offer from CNN, Olbermann feels the need to concoct a story about Milbank's journalistic integrity.
I've become less and less a fan of "pundit" shows over the years, but say what you want about Olbermann's competition at Fox -- Bill O'Reilly. At least O'Reilly clamors for people to come on who disagree with him, and the only regulars he has on are those with established weekly segments (like Dennis Miller, Bernie Goldberg & Jane Hall). No wonder he routinely slams Olbermann in the ratings.
MSDNC's "7 biggest driving mistakes moms make" from July 28 of this year. Number 7:
Slacking on car maintenance In 2005 there were 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries due to tires that were underinflated, overinflated, or that had worn treads — which can make cars harder to handle. To be safe, you need to take care of your car, which is actually easy.
Surprising that Keith Olbermann hasn't ordered this story yanked from the website!
Remember when The Messiah laughed at John McCain for favoring a summer hiatus from the federal tax on gasoline? He called it a "gimmick." Well, I don't know 'bout you, but an approx. 20 cent cut per gallon every time I fill up would be nice. But now, The Messiah has come out and proposed getting some of that Strategic Reserve oil out for the folks. Considering that The Messiah's new plan would save Americans less than McCain's "gimmick," who's laughing now?
Then there's The Messiah's tire inflation plan. The Messiah got a bit testy today, saying the GOP "take(s) pride in being ignorant" because they chuckled at this "plan" of The Messiah's. But it was well worth chuckling at when considering The Messiah's original comments about inflating one's tires, not his revised comments from today. The Messiah originally said
"There are things that you can do individually though to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated, simple thing, but 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 actually save just as much."
Today, he said
"So I told them something simple. I said, 'You know what? You can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we'd get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.'"
Look, even McCain doesn't dispute that proper car maintenance is a good thing. The Messiah has to know -- as his latest policy "revision" demonstrates -- that there's gotta be some new drilling to enable real relief for gas prices.
But don't blame folks for making fun of something silly you said, OK Messiah?
Courtesy of Peter Kirsanow.
UPDATE: As if on cue, there's this Philly Daily News op-ed. Here's a taste:
PREJUDICE and racism arise from feelings of lost opportunity and inferiority. To demean Obama as inexperienced, arrogant, radical or black is but the cover for: "How dare he have what I don't!"
(h/t to Gooch!)
... MSNBC would have canned him years ago.
Longtime guest Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has been excised from Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" show for, according to Olbermann, failing
"to offer a correction or an explanation for his column from last week in which he apparently reported an Obama quote without a full context turned the meaning of the quote inside-out.
Isn't that rich. The master of misquoting people and taking people out of context boots someone off his show ... for supposedly doing just that. Keith Olbermann has suddenly discovered ethics? Hardly. The REAL reason why Milbank was ditched is because he dissed The Messiah, MSDNC's, er, MSNBC's very favorite person. If Dana had dissed John McCain, he'd have been promoted to "Countdown" guest host!
Milbank has a different version of events, however:
As for his MSNBC departure and arrival on CNN, Milbank tells TVNewser: "It predated the column and nothing occurred along the lines Keith described." A week ago tonight, Milbank appeared on Countdown and was identified as "MSNBC political analyst." An insider tell us Milbank's contract with MSNBC expired earlier this year.
And from Fishbowl DC:
"The CNN contract was negotiated long before the Obama column," Milbank tells FishbowlDC. He says that there are "no hard feelings" although he takes exception to Olbermann's characterization of things on last night's program (more on that later here on FishbowlDC).
"It's just that CNN's a better fit for me and my philosophy of holding all parties to account," says Milbank. He will be a political analyist for CNN, mostly with Campbell Brown but "wherever they want me."
Keithy has a follow-up response to Milbank, too.
I swear no city is nuttier than San Francisco. You can feel totally free to drop your drawers in the middle of the city streets ... and engage in any sort of sexual activity (while even the police watch!!) but if you DARE to mix up those recycling goods? WATCH IT!!
Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents' trash to make sure pizza crusts aren't mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
And if residents or businesses don't separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.
The plan to require proper sorting of refuse would be the nation's first mandatory recycling and composting law. It would direct garbage collectors to inspect the trash to make sure it is put into the right blue, black or green bin, according to a draft of the legislation prepared by the city's Department of the Environment.
"If we're truly going to be the city we promote ourselves to be, a world-class, 21st century city that advances its values and principles, we're going to have to try new things," Newsom said Thursday. "People are used to doing things a certain way. And when you change that, they say it can't be done. Well, we've proved them wrong."
I wonder if Newsom thinks that 2008 Up Your Alley Fair (first link in first paragraph) "advances [San Fran's] values and principles"? Are those folks at the fair are "used to doing things a certain way"? What can you do to change that, Mr. Mayor?
(Cross-posted at Rhymes with Right where I'm guest hosting along with a couple other Watcher's Council folks.)
The newest owner of the St. Louis Rams ... Rush Limbaugh??
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk radio host, said he would be interested in buying the St. Louis Rams if the team were for sale. "The Rams would be a great team to have," Limbaugh said in a phone interview from his Palm Beach, Fla., studio. "I have a lot of friends in ownership in the NFL, and my desire to get involved has not been a secret." Limbaugh grew up in Cape Girardeau but said that does not play into his thinking about the Rams. "This is a business decision," he said. And even for Limbaugh, whose new eight-year syndication deal with Premiere Radio Networks is estimated to be worth $300 million, buying into the NFL would be a stretch. "I have no debt whatsoever. This would require changing that," he said. "There is a whole lot of interest in the Rams with the NFL being a business entity that a lot of people want to be involved in. But it's becoming a billionaires' club."
If he can do for my team what he's done for talk radio, I'm all for it!
Insert Jason & dimwitty joke [here.]
Explain this one to me: McCain 47, The Messiah 46 according to Rasmussen.
Bloggasm reports on a CNN memo about its employees commenting in 'net chat rooms and elsewhere:
It depends on what you’re commenting on. A chat room is, of course, a public place. If you identify yourself, or could in any way be identified, then you should not comment on anything CNN reports on. Remember, even though you don’t say who you are, someone else might reveal your identity. AND if you’re discussing things that are in the news, keep in mind you could be seen as representing CNN, and therefore you should not comment on the issues CNN covers.
It appears as though the cable news giant is encouraging what's known as sock puppetry, doesn't it?
But even if DE's own Mike Protack was inclined to follow such an edict, he wouldn't, right? After all, he's emphatically stated, "I always use my full name on every blog or comment. I am Mike Protack and only Mike Protack."
Yesterday we saw this lame spin on The Messiah's constant use of the "I look different" mantra to paint John McCain as a racist. Looks like The Messiah better get his advisers on the same wavelength:
Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, acknowledged on "Good Morning America" Friday that the candidate was referring, at least in part, to his ethnic background.
When pressed to explain the comment, Axelrod told "GMA" it meant, "He's not from central casting when it comes to candidates for president of the United States. He's new to Washington. Yes, he's African-American." (Link.)
In other words, "Yeah, we pretty much thought people were stupid, so we changed our tune."
Steve Newton blasts away at a study of "fairness" (hence the term "Fairness Doctrine") in the Philly talk radio market.
The mysterious video person strikes again! Below is the entire segment of Mike Protack being asked about undocumented students at the recent Latino forum. Keep in mind that, in the comments section from this post, Protack said the following:
Sorry guys but you leave out an important part of the equation and doctoring up a tape doesn't help.
I asked twice about the students as they are the ones who are applying for admission. I asked if they were legal residents, attending our schools and if they were asking to attend the U of D.
I ask you, the viewer: Do you hear Mike Protack asking whether the students were legal residents?
How could I have forgotten this musical genius from Mexico -- the one and only Aleks Syntek?? Here he is with his old chums from "La Gente Normal" ("The Normal People") and their superb "La Fé de Antes" ("The Faith from Before"):
I have Howard Stern on via the 'net and he has Jesse Ventura on. My God -- he's a 9/11 Truther. He's spouting the same garbage as Rosie O'Donnell and, more locally, moonbat Liz Allen.
Bookworm Room hosted this past week. Many thanks for a great job.
Council winner: Soccer Dad with "Hating Israel More than Loving Palestinians."
Non-Council winner: Investor’s Business Daily with "Barack Obama’s Stealth Socialism."
Full results can be seen here.