March 21, 2009
It’s an embarrassment of riches in terms of “Obama sucks” articles right now. Honestly, I really didn’t think he’d suck this bad this quickly. Rushing to pass a bloated stimulus plan which allowed for the AIG bonuses, then getting outraged at the bonuses and pushing Congress to pass more idiotic, possibly unconstitutional, legislation, and then distancing himself from the 90% tax debacle, that’s bad. Sending a video of himself(!) to Iran and having them spit in our collective faces, that’s just a disaster.
I know I’m going to be accused of hating Obama because I’m a Republican and he’s a Democrat but that’s just stupid. For one thing, I don’t hate him. He seems like a fine guy who has no business in any position of managerial authority, let alone as leader of the free world. He let his ego get stroked during the campaign to the point where he failed to realize that his election was in reaction to Bush, not because he was the second coming of Christ. Listen, it happens.
On one issue after another, from bail-outs to the environment, Medicare, life issues, foreign policy, the polls now tend to confirm what this pundit and a few other incorrigible reactionaries knew from the outset: that a plurality of American voters had embraced Mr. Obama not because of, but despite the policies he was signalling. They most certainly liked the man and his “temperament,” and they most certainly wanted the Republicans out. But it did not follow that they wanted their government to lurch to the left.
To my analytical mind, such as it is, they wanted Obama the man, but not Obama the agenda, except for the uplifting rhetorical bits about “hope,” “change,” and so forth. The idea that the man could not be separated from the agenda never fully fixed; John McCain and company actually avoided riding home on this point, once the media made clear it would be reported as “scare tactics.”
The guy just doesn’t know what to say. He can’t connect. Emotions are here, he’s over there. He can’t get the words to match the situation.
This began, I’d argue, from the first moment. He punted on the inaugural. Everybody ran around like crazy trying to praise it because if Barack Obama couldn’t give a speech then what?
But now, at week 11, we’re face-to-face with the reality, the man can’t talk worth a damn.
Gosh, I thought it we could just get the Mullahs to sit down in a room with us, everything would be awesome.
Khamenei, wearing a black turban and dark robes, said America was hated around the world for its arrogance, as the crowd chanted “Death to America.”
I love this:
Prominent political analyst Saeed Leilaz said Khamenei’s comments did not amount to a rejection of better ties with the Obama administration.
Right. Except for the part where Khamenei rejected better ties with the Obama administration.
March 20, 2009
I know this is a few days old but P.J. O’Rourke schooling Barack Obama on the fallibility of science is pretty glorious:
His statement at the executive order signing ceremony [reversing the Bush administration's restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research] was a mortal error: “In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values.”
A false choice is no choice at all–Tweedledee/Tweedledum, Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon XL, Joe Biden/Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Is there really no difference “between sound science and moral values”? Webster’s Third New International Dictionary states that science is, definition one, “possession of knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding.”
Let’s look at the various things science has “known” in the past 3,000 years.
Lightning is the sneeze of Thor.
The periodic table consists of Earth, Wind, and Fire and a recording of “Got To Get You into My Life.”
The world is flat with signs saying “Here Be Democrats” near the edges.
You can turn lead into gold without first selling your Citibank stock at a huge loss.
We’re the center of the universe and the Sun revolves around us (and shines out of Uranus, Mr. President, if I may be allowed a moment of utter sophomoricism).
But, lest anyone think I’m not serious, let me quote with serious revulsion the following passages from the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911)–that great compendium of all the knowledge science possessed, carefully distinguished from ignorance and misunderstanding, as of a hundred years ago:
[T]he negro would appear to stand on a lower evolutionary plane than the white man, and to be more closely related to the highest anthropoids.
Mentally the negro is inferior to the white.
[A]fter puberty sexual matters take the first place in the negro’s life and thought.
The above are quoted–not out of context–from the article titled “Negro” written by Dr. Walter Francis Willcox, chief statistician of the U.S. Census Bureau and professor of social science and statistics at Cornell. I trust I’ve made my point.
It’s P.J, read the whole thing.
March 19, 2009
Top Yahoo headlines: LA police cite Rihanna’s driver: no front plate
Otherwise why the pic of Kim Jong Il alongside bin Laden?
I need a rabbi. Like, yesterday. Our rabbi has an illness in his family making it very hard for him to get away for two nights to perform our marriage. He assures us he’ll be there if we don’t find anyone else but that we should, um, find someone else.
Please help if you know a rabbi, preferably in NY or Miami (due to the direct flights from both…the only other place that has direct flights to Turks is Nassau, Bahamas), who might be willing to travel to Turks&Caicos in like, oh, a little over two weeks, to marry us.
March 18, 2009
And my what a great speaker we’ve elected president:
Silver’s real-life political views were even more idiosyncratic. The New York native who grew up as a staunch liberal – traveling to more than 30 countries and considering a career as a spy – Silver co-founded the Hollywood advocacy group the Creative Coalition, and spent the 1990s supporting President Bill Clinton as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In early 2003, the Wall Street Journal reported that, at the time, Silver stood up during a dinner panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, defending America from charges of imperialism while citing the Kosovo intervention.
But his politics began to drift rightward following 9/11, frequently appearing on talk shows to defend the Iraq War and other Bush Administration policies, and even speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2004. While remaining an unabashed social liberal, Silver took the idea of liberalism to what some, in those days, saw as its logical conclusion – that the most illiberal force on Earth, Islamic terrorism, must be confronted and defeated.
March 16, 2009
The Obama administration has said that about 60 detainees who cannot be returned to their home countries for humanitarian or other reasons could be resettled in Europe, but some European officials have expressed concerns about possible security risks and about whether American intelligence agencies will share complete information about the prisoners.
Security risks? From the Gitmo prisoners? That’s crazy talk! Obviously all the prisoners are innocent bystanders ensnared by America’s bumbling net sweep of brown people.
March 15, 2009
David Brooks and David Frum get it. The Republican Party is a fossil in pleated khakis and penny loafers. As Meghan McCain said: It’s unhip. It is to Washington what Donny Osmond is to the Billboard charts. It has won but seven of the last 11 presidential elections and only six of the last eight Congressional elections.
All that remains of the Griping Old Party is a tattered remnant, an embittered rump faction of 46%. I have devised a simple one-step solution to reversing our losing position in the last election: Move to the side that won.
March 13, 2009
March 12, 2009
I have to disagree with my buddy John Hawkins, Michael Steele made a colossal blunder with his abortion comments.
In case you hadn’t heard, Steele said that abortion is a personal choice (I have no problem with this part, it is a choice) and that he would support overturning Roe v. Wade and sending the matter back to the states.
What’s funny is that that is my exact position on abortion. Overturn Roe v. Wade, let the states decide for themselves, there is no such thing as a “right” to privacy, etc.
I know that my position on abortion is not in line with the Republican party which, as part of its platform, supports the Human Life Amendment being added to the constitution.
I consider myself pro-life but I oppose such an amendment. And that’s fine because despite what Meghan McCain might say after a whole year of being a Republican, we do have a big tent.
Thing is, while it’s fine for me to not tow the party line, it’s not exactly ok for the party chairman to do the same. His job is to articulate, promote and defend the party platform. He totally muddled the message and if there’s one thing the Republican party can’t afford right now is to confuse people as to where they stand.
I still like Steele but can’t help but think there are better people to lead the party right now.
You know what’s awesome about the new DNC anti-Rush Limbaugh ads? Before I clicked on, I thought it was a pro-Rush ad.
“Americans didn’t vote for a rush to failure” sounds like Rush making a pun with his own name and saying that Obama is rushing to fail.
The fact is, the DNC is as useless, if not more so, as the RNC. The presidency is a cult of personality, asking people to choose with whom they’d most like to have a beer. I like the ad, I too don’t think Americans voted for a rush to failure. Unfortunately, that’s what they’re getting.
Hat-tip Dawn Summers
“I guess the ring tattoo of her name wasn’t the best idea, then.”-IC