January 19, 2010
Is a Republican winning the US Senate seat from Massachusetts? Really?!
If you live in Massachusetts chances are you’ve heard you have a little election going on today. And, chances are, you’ve already made up your mind as to who gets your vote. So I’m not going to bother doing any last-minute convincing (although listing all the Coakley gaffes in one place should sway you at least a little), I’m just going to say that if you intend to vote for Scott Brown, don’t forget to actually go and vote for Scott Brown. Don’t believe the polls that have him winning in double digits. This is going to be a close one, and in a state like MA, the Democrat will always have the edge. Vote!
UPDATE: This Jon Stewart video on the whole Coakley fiasco is pretty hilarious. He also makes the point I’ve made lots of times: George W. Bush was such an idiot, right, but he got every one of his proposals through congress and he never had anything close to 60 votes.
January 18, 2010
“You never give me your money” by the Beatles. When Allahpundit has nothing to post he’ll twitter “oh that magic feeling, nothing to blog” and then this song will be in my head for the rest of the day. So I figured I’d share it with all of you:
January 15, 2010
How come when aid was slow to reach New Orleans it was because “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” but aid slow to reach Haiti is the fault of “Americans”? Just wondering? When is the president ultimately responsible and when is he not?
January 14, 2010
Harold Ford, former Congressman from Tennessee, has moved to NY and decided he just might run for U.S. Senate from our fine state. I mean, why not? The last person elected to the seat was Hillary Clinton, and she had spent about 20 minutes in NY before running too.
What’s funny, of course, is that when we last saw Harold Ford he was running for US Senate from Tennessee, and going out of his way to prove to the people of that state just how conservative he is. Now? Not so much.
Harold E. Ford Jr. distanced himself from his previous opposition to same-sex marriage, his description of himself as “pro-life” and his push to permit local police officers to enforce federal immigration law
He also revealed that he doesn’t take the subway, he’s only seen the outer boroughs of NYC via helicopter, and he gets regular pedicures. To describe his interview with the NY Times as amateur hour insults amateur hour. Oh, almost forgot, his masterful potential slogan: “Harold Ford: nobody’s man but ours.” But that’s what Tennessee thought too.
And then there’s this, which I’m sure will really fly upstate:
Ford’s life could only be lived in New York. NBC sends a black car to whisk him to 30 Rock for “Morning Joe.” He breakfasts at the Regency, favorite haunt of senior bankers. His favorite “hangout,” a close friend said, is the Waverly Inn, the exclusive, clubby restaurant run by Vanity Fair editor and scene-maker Graydon Carter. After that, it’s Gray Goose vodka at the 35th floor bar at the Mandarin Oriental, one of the city’s most expensive hotels. His social circle include the likes of investor Ronald Perelman, who described Ford as a “very close friend” in an email.
At least Hillary did a “listening tour”. Ford seems completely tone-deaf.
UPDATE: “By this point, one assumes, Ford’s flak is lying dead on the floor, having impaled himself with his BlackBerry.” Peter Beinart has a funny take on the interview.
January 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers, and I’m sure yours too, are with the people of Haiti. I hope the numbers of dead are lower than have been reported, and that anyone with loved ones on the island gets some good news.
I don’t believe in hell, but if there is a hell I hope there is a special place in it for people like Pat Robertson. His comments are just disgusting, though as Allahpundit points out “Anywhere there’s human misery — after 9/11, after Katrina, even after Ariel Sharon’s stroke — Reverend Pat will be there to explain to the victims why they deserved it.”
Update: As if the comment wasn’t kooky enough, it turns out Robertson thinks Haitians literally made a pact with the devil (like spoke to the devil, hammered out the details of the deal, signed on the dotted line). Wack-job.
How come when Michelle Obama wears J-Crew we have to hear about it endlessly, but when she wears zillion dollar Jimmy Choo boots it’s only mentioned in passing. How much were those boots, Mrs. Obama? Because if I’m right, it’s probably what most Americans make in a week (or two!).
“Walls” by Tom Petty.
Our apartment is being renovated, building a baby’s room, etc. So for the last few weeks we’d been staying at my brother’s apartment, my old place, which is still filled with so much of my stuff (sorry, Ronnie). For one thing, all my cds are here. Didn’t seem reasonable to bring them when I only listen to MP3s on my computer anyway. So it’s been sort of fun listening to them during our exile, the old Depeche Mode cd “Songs of Faith and Devotion” which I played out in high school, “Animals” by Pink Floyd my favorite album by them, Sinead O’Connor’s “I do not want what I have no got” the cd my best friend and I would listen to on repeat on college and love Sinead’s sultry sadness.
My favorite of week has been Tom Petty. Everyone knows his hits, but his later albums like “Wildflowers” and “Echo” are just beautiful and sort of underrated. You won’t really hear “Room at the top” or “To find a friend” on the radio. And my personal favorite under-recognized cd by Petty is the “She’s the one” soundtrack. I know, a soundtrack! But it’s such a great, interesting album. “Walls” is probably the most famous song on the album, and probably my favorite too. Thought I’d share as I haven’t done a Song of the Day on here in awhile. The song, and being in my old place, remind me “even walls fall down.”
January 12, 2010
David Brooks has a great piece in today’s NYT:
Milton Friedman used to joke that Israel disproved every Jewish stereotype. People used to think Jews were good cooks, good economic managers and bad soldiers; Israel proved them wrong.
But that has changed. Benjamin Netanyahu’s economic reforms, the arrival of a million Russian immigrants and the stagnation of the peace process have produced a historic shift. The most resourceful Israelis are going into technology and commerce, not politics. This has had a desultory effect on the nation’s public life, but an invigorating one on its economy.
Israel’s technological success is the fruition of the Zionist dream. The country was not founded so stray settlers could sit among thousands of angry Palestinians in Hebron. It was founded so Jews would have a safe place to come together and create things for the world.
January 11, 2010
In a new book, called “Game Change”, coming out about the 2008 election, Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann quote Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
Reid “was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he said privately.
Oh, but don’t worry. The light-skinned African-American with a Negro dialect that he could turn on and off has already accepted Reid’s apology for his “poor choice of words.” And why wouldn’t he? I mean, here’s a guy who chose for his vice president a man who marveled that he was so clean! And articulate! Biden didn’t add “for a black dude” but that’s because few are as stupid as Harry Reid, a special kind of stupid since it’s just come out that he was the source of the quote to reporters. I mean, WOW. We’ve elected for our president a man who seems to enjoy being insulted by his friends and enemies. The fact that his enjoyment extends to the insult of our country is unfortunate.
Race-baiter for hire Al Sharpton has also accepted Reid’s apology. This is not another Selma, he won’t be marching on Reid’s office. Why? Because Reid’s a Democrat, STOOPID, and Democrats can’t be racist. Also, “Senator Reid’s door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community” which of course means he takes Sharpton’s calls and keeps him relevant.
But I don’t accept Harry Reid’s apology. What he said was insulting not only to Barack Obama but to everyone. It insults black people, obviously, those who maybe don’t have a lighter skin tone or a dialect learned at Harvard.
But it also insults white people. Basically what Reid was saying is that this guy is only marginally black so we can probably sneak him past those white racists voters who would never go for a darker skin shade. He can tone down his jive-talking for them but turn it back up for the black folks so that those rubes can relate too. In short, Harry Reid thinks we’re the idiots, all of us. And for that he must go. He was likely to lose re-election on the next go-round anyway but Reid must step down as Senate Majority leader. Obama can accept all the apologies he likes, and sadly offer them to anyone he pleases on our behalf, but this time he can not accept for all Americans. We are being insulted and it’s the most American thing in the world to turn out the leader hurling the insult.
**An excerpt from “Game Change” focusing on John and Elizabeth Edwards has been published here and it’s easily one of the trashiest, most amazing things I’ve read.
January 6, 2010
The NY Times has a very cute column called “Letter from London: My American Friends” that is definitely worth a read.
The writer needs new friends, though:
“Several said that if Bush were re-elected in 2004, they would leave the country. He was and they didn’t. The bottom line is that given the choice, Americans love it rather than leave it.”
January 5, 2010
I’ll be back when I can be, just busy with all the things one has to do before a new human shows up and takes up residence in their apartment.
I miss you all and miss blogging, my days are currently spent doing things like picking out lighting fixtures for the baby’s room or figuring out what makes a onesie for one gender over another (how is this specifically for boys??).
It’s all very exciting (it is, actually, don’t mean to be so sarcastic).
January 4, 2010
…congrats to Jen Chung on her new baby girl! And thanks Jen for giving those of us with four long weeks left the hope that it’s really only two long weeks left.
I had no idea newsman Dom Carter had been convicted of assaulting his wife. He always seemed so mild-mannered. Of course, like any public figure in trouble, he’s playing the victim:
He blames the incident on the fact he never really dealt with the abuse he faced as a child at the hands of his mother.
Also, he’s sad and poor. The heart, it bleeds.
Oh and his wife called the cops on him but later recanted and said she was attacked by a “day laborer”. I guess white women use “masked black man” while black women use “day laborer”.
January 1, 2010
Ben Smith and Carol E. Lee at Politico have a must-read piece about Obama’s nonsensical reaction to the attempted terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
The two parts I like best in the piece (although seriously, click over and read it, the article is so much more than these snippets). The first:
The muted response, allies said, was aimed at denying al Qaeda a propaganda victory, and at demonstrating how little the terrorists can now disrupt Americans’ lives. “The president and his team have done a good job at handling the situation given the competing interests at play. He’s been forceful without the bellicose chest bumping of the last administration,” said Jim Manley, the chief spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “One thing he’s got going for him is Republicans have no credibility on this issue when their sending out former Vice President Cheney you know they’ve hit the bottom of the barrel.”
Listen. Whatever you think of Dick Cheney, ain’t no one anywhere thinking he doesn’t have *credibility* on the issue of terrorism. If that’s really the line defenders of the administration want to use, bless them. Because it’s not going to work.
And second, the title of the piece is “Democrats worst nightmare: Terrorism on their watch.” Notice, it’s not “Democrats worst nightmare: Terrorism.” Americans know this too. The Democrats don’t so much fear an attack as they fear that they won’t fare well politically following an attack. Did the Republicans lose American trust by behaving like big-spending drunken sailors (yes, haha, at least sailors spend their own money) and generally failing to live up to the conservative agenda that they espoused during the 8 years of Bush? Of course. Did they deserve to lose in ‘08? Absolutely. But the reason Republicans have not lost the trust of the American people on terrorism is because there’s no pretense; they can and do say loud and clear that we must crush those who seek to destroy us. Until Democrats can say the same, and maybe even thump their chests a little, they’ll just keep coming off as over-polled, under-comprehending weaklings who fear political ramifications of a terrorist attack more than they fear the attack itself.