Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You on Your Way Out

Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC.

I don’t know anything about Mr. Bashir or his upbringing. But how could anyone, ANYONE, say such vile and offensive things on live television just because they disagree with someone’s politics? It’s just another example of how low liberals will stoop to get their way.

He doesn’t know how lucky he is that Todd didn’t come find him and teach him some manners.

“Swatting” of Conservatives Story Gaining Traction

The dam is cracking and the #Brett Kimberlin crowd doesn’t have enough fingers to stop the deluge of truth.

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss is requesting the DOJ investigate. I wonder if Holder will even bother, unless he can find a black conservative that has been threatened and oppressed by a white attacker.

ABC scooped CNN on the story. (Erick Erickson should really ask his bosses over at CNN what has to happen for them to cover a story about one of their own. You bet if Christiane Amanpour had been swatted like Erick, the producers would be slobbering all over themselves trying to figure out how turn it into a mini-series.)

The American Center for Law and Justice has stepped up in defense of this assault on the First Amendment.

You Can Thank Obama for those Lumps of Coal in Your Stocking

I’m sure his Mama is really proud of him right now…

(h/t Get the Picture)

Those watching the UGA/Mississippi State game Saturday saw the MSU team run out on the field and stomp on the big G at the fifty yard line. Stellar sportsmanship on display before the first whistle even blew. What those of us watching on TV didn’t see was MSU DB Nickoe Whitley taking a whiz on The Hedge. Public urination, no less. As most UGA frosh know, in Athens, that’ll get you arrested pretty quick.

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Double-Shot Burn-Out

The day job continues to be a simmering lava pit filled with alligators, sharks and jumping spiders. Who would have thought that a relatively straightforward application could bumfuzzle so many supposedly smart people at such a globally-acclaimed and supposedly super-smart institute of higher learning? Surely I’m surrounded by cylons.

Some random things that managed to spark through the sulfuric fog the past week:

– I have a new second favorite MLB team. The Texas Rangers drafted UGA Diamond Dawg, Johnathan Taylor. Back in March, Taylor was injured in a head-to-head collision with teammate Zach Cone. JT had been scouted for years by the Rangers, and they recognized his efforts with a draft pick. The Dawgs had a great run this season, going all the way to the final game of the NCAA Regionals. What a classy move by the Rangers organization.
Kyle Wingfield/AJC is looking past the usual campaign fuss and bother and seeing some interesting things about Tim Pawlenty.
– General Geekiness: Yesterday was IPv6 Day.
Pinin’ for the fjords.
– The RedState Gathering is open for registration. Be there, be square.
– 9+ minutes of Teh Awesome. Grand Rapids isn’t dead yet, they are feeling better. Thank you very much.
NCAA punk/crook/liar/cheat meets the same at The White House.

Many have asked why I haven’t chimed in on #Weinergate, since I’m such a manners maven. Honestly, if I wanted a dose middle-school boy humor, all I have to do is go home. Go read The Anchoress’ take on this whole debacle. She echos my sentiments. And now we find out his wife is pregnant. What a wonderful black cloud to hang over the announcement of new life. Mortifying, isn’t it?

Elementary Social Studies

Here’s a question for those of us who really lived That 70’s Show. Step into your way-back machine…

How many remember back in elementary school, during Social Studies, learning about the British monarchy and the near obsession with decorum? I remember learning that all of Queen Elizabeth II’s clothing was custom made. Special attention was paid to modesty in the necklines, sleeves and hemlines. Shoes were designed specially for her that were fashionable, but sturdy enough to keep her from tripping over ancient cobblestones. Hats were fitted so as to not muss the hair, but still stay on the head in London’s well-known blustery days. Tailors even sewed weights into the hems of her dresses so that on windy days, her dress wouldn’t fly up. Like most young girls, I was enthralled by it all.

Now back to the present. Imagine that – after almost sixty years at the helm, the obsession with the image projected not only to her subjects and the world won out. When you see the Queen in any situation, she is perfectly dressed, perfectly groomed, but never causing a distraction from the power of The Crown.

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Tabitha Hale Assaulted by CWA Thug, Those Crickets Keep on Chirpin’

Tabitha Hale of FreedomWorks was assaulted by a union thug Wednesday, after they showed up uninvited at the building housing FreedomWorks to protest their grievance du jour (Wisconsin? Indiana? Oh wait, scratchy toilet paper?).

Tabitha’s account is here. Where’s the state run media? Covering Charlie Sheen’s latest meltdown and slobbering over who may wear what at the Oscars this weekend, I’m sure. Priorities, people, priorities!

Ace is at his best when he’s foaming at the mouth. This post is no exception (h/t The Other McCain). Like the rest of us, he takes exasperated issue with the liberal filter the media tools use on every little thing.

“Context.” “Manufactured.” Those who don’t wish to say the truth — and those who don’t even wish to know the truth, to discover the horrors they actually believe in — content themselves with such evasions.

Thinking men and women reject them, push past the gauzy haze of such vague words and demand to know (including demanding to know of themselves) what these words actually mean and what assumptions, precisely, we believe in.

If an assumption is too odious to be stated aloud — there is a very good chance that assumption is false and hateful, isn’t there?

Now we hear that these same friendly folks will be bussed in everywhere Saturday. They are hoping to make all 50 state capitols, spreading their message of “hope and change.” We should all be there – cameras in hand.

There’s a reason I have a category for “Stuff I’m Tired Of”

The attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s life and accompanying murders/injuries on Saturday shows just how fractured our national psyche has become. The self-same media that warned us not to judge the Ft. Hood shooter jumped on this like a hungry dog. Shame on them.

The Brits get it. Regular (read non-elite) Americans get it. Most also believe the Arizona sheriff is hiding possible negligence in his department. Why else would he be spouting such a wide variety of conspiracy theories?

Michelle Malkin has a one-stop primer on the left’s hate we have to put up with.

People are grieving here. Get over yourselves.

Like I said, “Stuff I’m Tired Of.”

UPDATE: More from Moe Lane.

UPDATE II: Dr. Melissa Clothier voices my concern exactly!

Now, here’s the thing about the lefties jumping in…they know better. They know how the media cycle works and they want to drive a narrative a certain direction because their lens is purely political. This is not the first time they’ve seized the crisis– Time’s Square, the Holocaust Museum shooter, the DC sniper and on and on–were all falsely tied to conservative ideology.

Normal people feel the pain, horror and fear of these events. It cuts across partisan lines.

It’s wrong. It’s shameful. These actions deprive Americans of a normal shock – sadness – anger – resolution cycle. They stunt our emotional I.Q. nationally. And yes, the Leftists contributed to the poisoned political environment they ostensibly despise. They created cynicism in a moment of pure human sorrow.

It’s another subtle way the culture gets degraded just a bit more and the greater truth of love and life and loss gets buried in a sea of petty calumny.

Read the whole thing.

The Tarnish on the Lombardi Award

College football continues it’s downward spiral to something more resembling the NBA.

Nick Fairley, dirty player and Cheat #2 at Abuurn, wins the Rotary Lombardi Award.

He doesn’t deserve to be in the same room with the 2004 winner, David Pollack. Boy, talk about a contrast in character.

You may have noticed we are quite fond of Dimples at our house. There’s a reason.

I Don’t Want To Talk About It

No, I don’t. Really. I don’t.

Classless Behar, At It Again

Joy Behar, that paragon of class and decorum, smeared Sharron Angle (the conservative running against Sen. Harry Reid D-NV) on her show Monday.

Instead of a bar of soap, Angle sent Behar flowers the next day, thanking her because her shrill insults backfired to the tune of $137,000 dollars of donations to Angle’s campaign website.

Ever the gracious host, Behar responds in the only way she knows how – with more vitriol and bigotry.

I wonder what the take will be at the end of the week for Angle’s campaign. If Joy keeps this up, she may out raise even Michelle Bachmann.

It’s simple. Next time the future Senator of Nevada should just send Behar a gift-wrapped Sarlacc and be done with her.

Everything Conspires

…to keep me from blogging.

Whether it’s the new/old leak in the roof that should have been repaired after last year’s nightmare, or the washer than randomly refuses to spin, or the malaise that permeates the day job environment, or the book I’m reading, or the book I want to read, or the scarf I’ve started, or that Mad Men only has two episodes left in this season, or the room I need to clean out for the impeding move home of Underemployed Graduate formerly known as College Girl, or the room I need to paint for the same, or that I can never eat chicken nuggets again, or the sad and aging little dog, or the trouble sleeping, or the pants that are tighter than last fall, or the mysterious aches and pains, or the ever-rotten sinuses, or the Dawgs, or the malfeasance of the supposed media, or the fact we may never sell this house, or the negativity that spews from practically every politician’s mouth, or the dismay accorded our rudderless POTUS, or the clueless current party in charge, or the secret and sneaky destroyers of liberty lurking behind every shrub, or the fact that although I can navigate with ease the many galaxies of Star Wars, Star Trek (the many flavors), Aliens, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate and Babylon 5 – I may never understand Caprica

I suppose I’m looking for inspiration in the midst of disillusionment. Somewhere. Anywhere. The already dreadful political climate will only get worse the next 30 days. I seriously doubt it will provide anything constructive and uplifting. America will survive it and be stronger for it. As for me, I’m not so sure.

Friday Fashion Faux Pas

Oil-spill chic? Does she sport a Che camisole under that monstrosity? Dear Heavens, where are this woman’s handlers?

Or as Nice Deb (from whom I gleefully swiped the picture) says,

Holy Mackerel…would you look at this

Would someone please explain to this woman that America expects a certain bit of decorum from their First Ladies? The Election night dress. The Inaugural Ball bedspread dress. The Medal of Honor ceremony dress. My big toe has more fashion sense than MO and her stable of assistants combined.

Did she NOT understand the mission? That she (being the FLOTUS and therefore attending to the duties expected of said FLOTUS to empathize and encourage the masses) was supposed to buoy the spirits of those effected by the horrendous oil spill in the Gulf, not BE THE SPILL?

Words… just… escape me…

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin speaks up,

Yikes. That’s like visiting a state that was devastated by a forest fire and arriving in a limo covered with flame decals.

Who is Ambushing Whom, Exactly?

It’s so hot down here (everybody together now – how hot is it?) that everything has slowed to a snail’s pace.

Things have certainly heated up in Washington. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC2) assaulted a college student yesterday on the street, when he approached and asked the congressman his opinion of the Obama agenda. The kid got “the Chicago way” treatment for his trouble by an adult who should have known better. Politics can be a tricky business. So who exactly did the ambushing here?

For a populace feeling ambushed by a bait-and-switch, ran-as-moderate-governs-as-radical-prince president and his congress, “do you fully support the Obama agenda” is a perfectly relevant question for this election year. I am wondering why the face of the “student” is blocked out, though, and who he is.

Elizabeth goes on to ask if Rep. Etheridge’s lame apology is enough.

To his credit, he does not issue an apology “in any were offended.” It does seem to fall short, however; his response was not merely “poor” but violent. Without the video, would he ever have acknowledged his “poor” response? Your thoughts? Is the apology enough? Does the story go away, now? Should it?

HotAir has additional video. The congressman sounds a bit intoxicated.

Gateway Pundit and The Other McCain have more.

This behavior disturbs me. How about you?

UPDATE: Phineas says Rep. Etheridge needs a time-out. How appropriate.

Charm School Invites in the Mail!

The collapse of polite society is at hand.

First and foremost, I share Stacy’s lament of the sad state of affairs in politics:

This is about trying to preserve some semblance of basic decency in politics. As a Southerner, I am particularly disturbed to think Nikki Haley’s enemies believe that the people of South Carolina would not only tolerate but endorse this kind of cruelty against her.

Is chivalry dead in South Carolina? Does no shred of honor remain?

Nikki Haley, GOP candidate for SC governor, gets the Palin treatment* in spades. First, they said she’d had numerous affairs. Then they questioned her heritage and religion, calling her a ‘raghead’ and a closet Christian. (For me, lumping her in with Obama is the largest insult of all.) Smear merchants, attack! I’m the biggest cheerleader around for free-speech, but dude, don’t go there. It makes you look both ignorant and racist. Even if you think you’re representing the folks back home, well, you may find your constituency is a little more sophisticated than you think. While lots of folks are calling for Sen. Jake Knotts’ head on a platter, or his resignation at the very least, I say let him stay in office. Let him “dance with the one that brung ‘im.” Allahpundit believes we may be close to rock bottom on this one, but wait. We have yet to hear Andrew Sullivan waxing poetic about her uterus, so there is more to come.

Helen Thomas, the 89 year old ideological tumor that sits on the front row of the White House press corp, gets a pass from her peers over her outrageous remarks this week.

Now she has said something so vile and vicious that defending her means that one accepts her antisemitism. Her parents were from Lebanon. Most of the press ignored her spewing of hatred and bigotry, giving a liberal commentator a pass that no conservative commentator would get.

[…] In the 1960s, she could never say such a thing and keep her job. She was 25 when Dachau was liberated. She knows better. She should have her press privileges lifted.

She won’t. Antisemitism is acceptable now among America’s elites and even encouraged.

From Potluck:

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants who has covered the administrations of 10 Presidents in a career spanning nearly 60 years made her controversial comments at a White House Jewish Heritage Celebration on May 27, 2010

The words? That “…Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”

Oh my. Perhaps Helen should sit on the front row at Charm School.

Right beside her will be the aging, addled Beatle, “Sir” Paul McCartney. Is he still trying to make John like him, even from the grave? Jill has a collection of reactions, all wondering the same thing – where did his manners go? Was he so overcome by the Aura of The Won that he channeled Helen Thomas and blurted out the first thing that came into his mind? Absolutely classless. Val (at Michelle Malkin) really lets him have it. “Sir” Paul may still swoon at the sight of him, but he’s part of the shrinking “In Crowd.” To quote Nice Deb on McCartney’s downfall:

I was once a huge fan…but now, to quote Mr. Darcy: My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.

Too bad these folks will never meet James Joyce, MLB umpire. Now there is a real man who understands integrity.

* Palin treatment – Vicious, coordinated, (usually) fabricated, personal/political attacks against a female candidate. Bonus points if the candidate is attractive, successful, a mother and most of all, conservative. Extra bonus level if the polls have the candidate leading a liberal.

Cross-posted at Potluck

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