"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved." -- Confucius

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A rose by any other name...

On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Senators McCain and Obama set aside their cudgels and came together to pay their respects at Ground Zero. Roll the clip:

Notice it? Sen. McCain and his wife (someone who is also more qualified to be President than Sen. Obama) bend down to lay their roses on the memorial while Sen. Obama and Mayor Bloomberg toss theirs. I'm sure there are folks who are thinking "so what?". It's a matter of etiquette, of respect, but more importantly it's also a matter humility. These were fellow Americans (heck, fellow citizens of the world for that matter) who were brutally murdered. The least you can do is bow or kneel down (something quite difficult for Sen. McCain given the injuries he endured at the hands of the enemy), you humble yourself and gently place your offering upon the memorial for people who had violence thrust upon them.

Sen. Obama, on the other hand, walks up standing tall and tosses his rose on the memorial. I wonder if it went through his mind when he saw Sen. McCain and his wife, his rose already tossed, place their roses and thought, "Damn, I should have done that too."

When media attacks.

After bemoaning the fact that Gov. Palin hadn't been grilled interviewed by the media elite, not to mention the full-on tizzy fit they had over her "lack of vetting" [read: by the media], Gov Palin sat down with Charlie Gibson. Unlike the treatment Sen. Obama has received by his cohorts, Mr. Gibson's interview was brimming over with pomposity and gotcha trapdoors. Three bits stood out for me:

Georgia and NATO, as well as the reactions of the leftists - Yes, if a member-nation is attacked, you defend them. That's the bloody point of such an alliance. But... but... that means we'd be at war with Russia! Does it? The word "deterrence" never has been a part of the leftist lexicon, so it's understandable that they wouldn't get that had Georgia been a member of NATO Russia might very well have not invaded in the first place. Nevermind that Obama and Biden are supporters of Georgia being accepted into NATO.

Israel - Israel is a sovereign nation and has every right to do what it has to to defend itself. We in the US are lucky, spoiled if you will, in that we are surrounded by Canada and Mexico. And while there are tensions, especially with Mexico using the US for a dumping ground for its people, neither nation wants to wipe us off the face of the map. Not so with Israel. They don't have the luxury of being milktoast like we do. The folks over in that part of the world are playing for keepsies boys and girls.

The Bush Doctrine - Charles Krauthammer does an outstanding job of setting the sanctimonious left and Charlie Gibson, but I repeat myself, straight on the Bush Doctrine. A term he himself coined. Gov. Palin's "In what respect, Charlie?" response was a display of ignorance. But not on the part of Gov. Palin. It was, is, a display of ignorance on the part of Charlie Gibson, the NY Times, and the rest of the leftists the world over.

And you thought you were having a bad day.

AP - Teacher OK after crashing into bear on a bicycle

MISSOULA, Mont. - A middle school teacher suffered some bruising and a big scratch on his back after he struck a bear while riding his bicycle to school.

Jim Litz said he was traveling about 25 mph Monday morning when he came upon a rise and spotted a black bear about 10 feet in front of him. He didn't have time to stop and T-boned the bruin.

He tumbled over the handlebars, his helmet hit the bear's back and the two went cartwheeling down the road.

The bear rolled over Litz's head, cracking his helmet, and scratched his back before scampering up a hill above the road.

Litz's wife drove by shortly after the crash and took her husband to the hospital. He hoped to be able to return to teaching science at Target Range Middle School on Friday.

See? The more folks try to help the environment, the more they end up hurting it.

Marriage of Convenience

We've all heard that term before, but I'm not sure what to call Congressman Charlie Rangel putting a stop to the divorce he filed for back in Feb of last year. Undivorce of Convenience? Let's see, after it came to light that a man in charge of writing our tax codes didn't know he had to pay taxes on his Punta Cana Yacht Club villa (can we stop with the 'the Democrats are protecting the little guys from the fat cats' crap now?) he deftly threw his wife under the bus for not filing their taxes properly. Funny how many loved ones are finding themselves chucked under the bus by Democrats this year.

Now that the fecal matter has hit the rotary cooling device, and that it looks as if there's a possibility (however remote) that he might have to answer for this, he's decided to hang on to his wife. Could it be he's had a change of heart and found renewed love for his bride of forty-two years? Or could it be that spouses can't be compelled to testify against their wives/husbands? If I were Mrs. Rangel, and I thank every deity in Heaven and Earth that I'm not, I wouldn't need to be compelled to drop the dime on this guy.

This just in from the Department of Self-Inflicted Wounds...

I'm not sure whether to laugh or to cr... nah... gonna go with 'laugh'. What is it with the pinheads in the Obama camp? Do they think anything through before carrying it out? Not exactly something I want in a Presidential administration. John McCain can't use a computer or send emails due to, as the Boston Globe (not exactly the most right-leaning news outlet) pointed out eight years and a half ago:

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

Nice one. Not only are you, once again, sticking it to a guy who has actually served his country and has the literal scars to prove it, you're essentially insulting everyone in this country that isn't online. Which would include most of the senior citizens, a voting block that historically turns out in far higher numbers than the excited-yet-never-actually-follow-through "youth vote". Bravo.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We will not forget...

I will not submit.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

World wants Obama as president

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.

All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer to see Senator Obama elected US president ahead of Republican John McCain.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't we, more or less, tell the rest of the world to pound sand some time ago? What with the whole emigrating to the US, leaving the "old world" behind? Does it shock me that the rest of the world wants Obama? Not in the least. Hell, if you're planning on mugging somebody, you chose the one least likely to put up a fight. It's Human Behaviour 101. Do you think for one moment the rest of the world has our best interest at heart? Hell no. They want a lightweight bantamweight they can get in an endless loop of Keep Away with.

"Large numbers of people around the world clearly like what Barack Obama represents," GlobeScan chairman Doug Miller said.

Yeah, Marxism. It's worked so bloody well for the rest of the world, why not give it a chance to fail here as well? Misery, after all, loves company.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Selective Service, Selective Memory

In a recent interview with George Stephanopoulos, Barack Obama replied to a question about whether not he considered serving in the military. His reply:

“You know, I actually did,” Obama said. “I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. And I was growing up in Hawaii. And I have friends whose parents were in the military. There are a lot of Army, military bases there.

“And I actually always thought of the military as an ennobling and, you know, honorable option. But keep in mind that I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam War had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue.”

Uhm yeah. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, wholly suspending my disbelief that growing up at the knee of Frank Marshall Davis would have negated any such ideas before they formed in young Barack's mind.

Yeah. But here's the problem.

When I graduated high school, several years later than Barack, guys had to register with the Selective Service when they turned eighteen, as it was the law at the time. Of course, as I was already in the Delayed Entry Program with the Army but that's not the point. The point is "as it was the law at the time". When Barack graduated, it was not the law. The draft, and mandatory registration with the Selective Service, was suspended in 1973 and was not reinstated until 1980.


Way to follow up George.

This just in from the "News" Desk...

AP: MSNBC says Olbermann, Matthews won't anchor

NEW YORK - MSNBC is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of political night coverage with David Gregory, and will use the two newsmen as commentators.

About the only thing I can say, besides ROFL and several derivations thereof, is uhm... yeah. David Gregory? Like he's not one of those reporting from "inside the tank". At least he's better at hiding it than Matthews and Olbermann are. Then again, I'm better at hiding elephants in my butter dish than Matthews and Olbermann are at hiding the fact that they're totally in the tank for [insert Democrat general election candidate's name here].

So, I suppose you can give Gregory that. Me, I'd rather have someone fawning like a teenage girl at a Beatles concert going on about the various locations that are having tingly feelings or sounding like a sanctimonious bore tediously lecturing us as if we're five year olds. That way you know who they are and know where they're coming from and you can take what they say with the appropriately sized grain of salt.

The problem is that MSNBC, and by extension NBC, has been trying to pass off commentators as journalists and folks have finally said enough. I'll have to take a wait and see approach as to how Mr. Gregory does. I hope he doesn't start speaking French in an attempt to make anyone look stupid. Not that he's prone to that, mind you.

Obama "Brand" at VMAs

In what can only be described as the leftists in full-fledged freak out mode, British "comedian" Russell Brand continues the Palin pile-on while hosting MTV's Video Music Awards.

I'm left wondering who the hell is Russell Brand and when did MTV start showing music videos again?

Is anyone surprised by this? Heck, I remember way (waaay) back in the day when a certain sax-playing Arkansas Governor being rammed down our throats was running for the highest office in the land. Tabatha Soren, one of MTV's first... uhm... reporters (I know, I know. I thought the 'M' stood for music too.) was interviewing a slew of young kids. She was sticking the mic under the noses of one kid after another when who questioned why MTV wasn't taking the Clinton/Gore ticket to task over Senator Gore's and his wife's involvement in trying to censor music. Most of which the channel itself was playing. This was back when MTV played *gasp* music videos. Without missing a beat, and forever etching the event in my mind, she removed the mic from under the nose of this troublemaker and stuck it under the nose of the next kid in line as if the question had never been asked.

MTV's in the tank for any leftist you'd care to offer up. They always have been and more than likely, always will be.

Catching up...

Okay, a few things have gone down recently and I figured my two cents were as good as anyone else's, so here goes:

Obama's 57 States gaffe - When I first heard people talking about this I thought Obama had just been joking in an "eight days a week" sort of way. But then I watched the clip on YouTube. Either was just having a brain fart as to how many states we here in these United States or he was joking and his delivery was awful. In either case, I'm not as concerned about him thinking that we have 57 States as much as I am worried that he apparently thinks (but lacks the stones to come right out and say, but that's pretty much par for the Democrat course) that Marxism is a good idea.

Oprah's no to Palin - "The item in today’s Drudge Report is categorically untrue. There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over." – Oprah Winfrey, September 5, 2008

Uhm... huh? Absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on her show? I mean, look, it's her show. She can have, or not have, anyone on her show that she wants. But kindly don't piss on my leg (or the legs of the rest of the country) and tell me it's raining. She, as the pronoun suggests, is a woman. The second one to ever be nominated for the office of Vice President of the United States, and the first ever to be nominated by the Republican party, not to mention a huge shocker of a reveal and a major news story, or rumormill story would probably be more accurate, and there was absolutely no discussion about having her on the show? That one doesn't even pass the giggle test.

As for not using her show as a platform for any of the candidates after publicly choosing a candidate and having him on her show twice, doesn't even make sense. Now, if she said "for any of the other candidates", that would have made sense. Heck, I would have even respected it. Kind of. I don't mind that she's in the tank for someone. Just come out and be honest about it. Gods know, how refreshing that would be from most of those on tv. But this statement is incredible in its weakness and in its gall. I know the leftist elite have trouble believing this, but we little people aren't nearly as stupid as you believe us to be. Stop making statements like this expecting us to swallow them.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

This just in from the Department of Sanitation

Okay, there's been a bit of a flap involving a few thousand wee Old Glories the attendants of the Democratic National Convention allegedly threw away. Did they do it? Did they not do it? Who cares. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if they did, but that's not really the point. Once again, the leftists have gotten their collective (no pun... okay... pun) panties in a bunch over people "questioning their patriotism".

I'm sorry. Screw you.

For decades leftists have been accusing anyone to the right or them, let alone a Republican, of being racist, being sexist, being homophobic, being fascistic, of being a Nazi. Now, nevermind that "Nazi" is short for the National Socialist Party, or that it has more in common with the modern day Democratic Party than not. Be that as it may. The leftists sling these labels around with impunity yet they get all defensive when someone points out that they may be less than patriotic. Maybe if the leftists didn't reflexively "blame America first", as Jeane Kirkpatrick would put it, folks wouldn't question their patriotism. Maybe if they weren't so willing to play the role of the "useful idiot", as Vladimir Lenin would call them, folks wouldn't question their patriotism.

But that's exactly what they do. Me, I don't really give a rip if that upsets them or not. A fig is a fig, a spade is a spade (and before some pinhead goes off, look up the etymology of that phrase) and leftists are prone to being unpatriotic. Nah, forget the "are prone to". Nowadays you're not allowed membership in the ranks of the Left unless you foster a healthy distrust/hatred of/animosity towards the United States.

Don't like it?

Does it offend you that I called you unpatriotic?

Tough crap.

I'm baaaack, bitches.

After an extended hiatus, I'm back at it.