Almost As Fun As Holding a Porkchop Over a Piranha Tank

Well, this morning Peach Pundit (see here and here) stirred up the masses in daring to express a little sympathy for Karen Handel, former candidate for Georgia Governor and current VP for Public Policy at Susan G. Komen Foundation. Yes, that Susan G. Komen Foundation… the one that’s been in the news for daring to get out of lockstep with the Planned Parenthood crowd.

It was almost as fun as holding a porkchop over a piranha tank. The feeding frenzy began in earnest, with the usual suspects sniping back and forth over the intertubez, dredging up old campaign slog and muck. The KarenHandelHaters, the AbortionIsAGodGivenRight protestors, the LiberalEntitlementScamsters and the IJustDisagreeToBeDisagreeable lurkers all ganged up on the few who tried to make the point about how shameful is was that the liberal media immediately pointed out that Karen Handel, a (gasp!) Republican woman with strong value beliefs, was in a position of responsibility at the foundation and therefore had to be the prime instigator of the decision to end PP’s funding. The pixel ink was barely dry on the first post reporting the funding change when the witchhunt began in earnest. What an evil woman! She’s a witch! Burn her! Burn her!

One issue at hand is that PP’s umbrella of “women’s health” services includes breast cancers screenings, but they outsource the mammogram portion of the service. Gee, wouldn’t it make better sense for SGK to fund the mammogram providers, not PP? It’s their money, isn’t it?

It doesn’t have anything to do with research for breast cancer, saving lives, women’s health or even the money. The whole bruhaha boils down to deviating from the liberal narrative. If one dares stray, we now have the state-run press to act as Big Brother and blast over the Oceanian loudspeakers your name, rank and serial number.

One big, giant reeking bowl of Osso Buco slime.

But back to our Georgia friend. The biggest shame in this whole spectacle is that a fine woman of good character has been attacked and maligned, in an unwarranted and cruel fashion. She deserves our prayers to withstand the firestorm around her.

God help America. What have we become?

Various and Sundry

Since the Anniversary Parade, I’ve kicked back a bit due to family stuff and work-bandwidth-suckage. Yes, that is an IT term. At least some people noticed. You know who you are, and your devotion has been duly noted.

Of course, there was the pilgrimage (parts I, II, III), plus a big party, being glued to the tube over the tragedy of Japan, then the pre-Easter musical* and mom’s birthday, the annual spring ritual of taxes and FAFSA, tons of bad weather, (literally) tons of pollen that drags you down like the chains of Davy Jones, a scary medical test that turned out okay and the never-ending project from H-E-doublehockeysticks that is supposed to go live in two weeks.

Not to mention distractions like this. Be quiet while I feed my addiction.

While I was gone, Trog got his million hits, a reporter got locked in a closet on purpose, Gerard wrote another required reading piece, the Big Brother crap became even more ridiculous, we got to see Smitty’s room at the Bagram Hilton, my 2011 brackets were an epic FAIL, Oregon State University proved that it is run by idiots, and Herman Cain showed why he’s Da Man.

And I got a new phone, which is vexing me greatly. So don’t call me or text me. Or email me or IM me. The thing beeps and chirps and carries on, and I just stare at it, mesmerized by the pretty screen and blinky lights. Yesterday, my friend poked fun saying, “But you’re in IT!’ I said, “Yeah, but I don’t do hardware.”

It may take several hours for a return anything, and that includes factoring in two Advil and another try in the morning.

*This year, Hubster scheduled his Easter musical early, since he had planned to be on a Far East musical tour in April that would have traveled through parts of China and Korea. We all watched as the hand of God protected these men earlier this year, causing the trip to the rescheduled in 2012.

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.

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

Is Obama Afraid of His Shadow?

Must be, if he’s afraid of these folks.

I report, you decide. Remember, November is coming.

Political Prevaricators, Oh Wait, That’s Redundant

The depth and breadth of bad manners is breathtaking. The last few days have brought new meaning to the old joke,

“How do you know a politician is lying?” “Their mouth is open.”

How to lie shamelessly, even on a nationally televised commercial.

Sen. Carl Levin has an attack of Tourette’s, during testimony. The Senate should have a special soap dispenser – adjustable to mouth level.

Goldman Sachs doesn’t mind taking a little heat now, because look at this pot at the end of the carbon-trading rainbow they have wrangled for themselves.

Caleb Howe points out the flow of events around the supposed mortgage collapse orchestrated by Goldman Sachs vis-a-vis their mountainous contributions to the Obama coffers.

To summarize the timeline of events Erick posted on last week: The SEC announced its charges Friday morning. At 10:38 a.m., the New York Times broke the story. 28 minutes later, Organizing for America sent out an email in President Obama’s name calling on people to support his version of “Financial Reform.”

Right after that, the New York Times published a massive hit piece on Goldman Sachs’ alleged actions during the highly publicized bursting of the housing bubble. By that afternoon, the DNC had launched a Google Ad campaign tying Goldman Sachs’ alleged wrongdoing to the need for Obama’s “Financial Reform” proposal. As Erick wrote, this is stunning – especially since (and this bears repeating ad infinite) Goldman was a top donor to the Obama campaign in 2008.

Erick and Dan both (rightly) questioned just how this series of events would have been treated by the press if this had happened during the Bush administration?

The same masters of manipulation can also certainly SIT on reports when it suits their purpose. Jill is literally sputtering with frustration over the Obama administration holding the report on Obamacare costs done by the Medicare Office of the Actuary.

As you may recall, the story was that Congress went ahead with the ram-through, declining to wait for Medicare’s Office of the Actuary’s report on the costs of the bill.

Scratch that. The report was submitted to HHS, and to the White House, at least a week before the vote. It “set off alarm bells,” and was hidden from the public.

And not one ‘public servant’ at HHS leaked anything about the report’s existence or contents. They were ‘too scared.’ Way to earn that salary.

I don’t suppose Sebelius or Obama broke any laws by hiding the report, but it’s unequivocally unethical. Sebelius, at least, should be hauled before one of those blowhard committees, sworn in, and required to disclose what she knew and when she knew it. It’s outrageous. This is the woman who’s been given enormous powers over our healthcare under the new law. And we pay her salary, too.

Add immigration to this mix, along with a compliant media, and things are bound to heat up.

Hoping and praying this isn’t true. Pete is skeptical, as is Stacy.

Obviously, Victor Hill, a.k.a. “Walking Small,” must feel emboldened by the success of the Liar in the White House, otherwise why would he be running for State Senate when he’s still under investigation?

Both Elizabeth and Neo, women whose opinions I value, feel a calm before the storm. Can it get any worse? Oh yes, much worse…

Cross-posted at Potluck

FAIL – Updated

After a busy day at work, I took advantage of my own background processing to chew on last night’s SOTU speech. I can only come up with one word – FAIL.

Obama had the perfect opportunity to reverse his fortunes last night. The captive audience of the chamber, plus millions of viewers, all waiting to see him miraculously dig himself out of the sinkhole that swallowed him when his unicorns and pixie dust evaporated over the last few months. Many wanted him to stumble, but many, many more, all his devoted followers, wanted to hear his soaring words and reassuring tones and know that all was well.

He blew it. His speech was worse than any stump speech we’d all heard a thousand times. He was arrogant. He was condescending. He dissed the Supreme Court. He dissed the Senate. He dissed conservatives. He dissed pretty much everyone but himself. The speech itself contained many falsehoods. He spent more time talking about jobs and healthcare and the economy than about national security. Sport, let me let you in on a little secret – without strong national security, our country is a target, weakened and possibly destroyed. What’s the point of petty jobs programs, restrictive and rationed healthcare and a teetering economy if there is no nation in which they might function?

Many folks much smarter than me are putting forth some great commentary. Here’s just a sample:

The Anchoress live-blogged the speech with some interesting points on cognitive dissonance.

Dr. Melissa notes Obama may have taken Carville’s advice – “attack, attack, attack.”

Erick on the jobs/taxes lie.

Fausta notes a special historical moment.

Jimmie is unimpressed.

Jill on Obama’s personal inflation and snippiness.

Interesting the things he couldn’t bring himself to say:
We won in Iraq
– Haiti only deserved a “shoutout”
– the two heroes sitting next to his wife (hint: they took down the Ft. Hood shooter)
He who shall not be named

Another interesting thing is that the day after, are people talking about his speech, or a quiet aside from the chamber (h/t Instapundit)? Don Surber:

The mouthing of words was one of the few newsworthy moments in a speech that dragged on for more than an hour as Obama grasped at any and all straws in a desperate attempt to salvage his presidency.

Judge Samuel Alito, you are da man.

One final thought, via Glenn Reynolds, on sitting there and taking it,

No, actually, you don’t, and Alito didn’t. And that will step on Obama’s press tonight and tomorrow, turning his demagoguery into a negative for him. That’s why Presidents usually act Presidential. Not so much because it’s dignified. But because it’s smart. That’s something that Obama, with his limited experience on the national stage, hasn’t figured out yet.

Not only did Obama stumble last night, he dug himself deeper.

In the meantime, enjoy your day after. FAIL.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey on the AP’s Top Ten Whoppers from the speech.

Gerard has the final word on that idiot Matthews.

Phineas of Public Secrets can’t help but notice that the President came off as diminished and petty. Wait, it gets worse. God help Obama – he needs help extracting his head from his hindparts.

Obama’s SOTU Speech Leaked!

Via Erick, the text of Obama’s State of the Union Speech courtesy of Chris Buckley:

What a difference a year makes. But I’m pleased to report that before I came up here tonight, I was able to sign a contract with my publisher for a new book. I’m going to call it The Audacity of Oops.

And don’t forget those words immortal uttered to retiring Arkansas Representative Marion Berry by Big Zero himself (h/t HotAir),

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

Same song, different verse. Astroturfers abound. His minions continue to do his bidding. Yadda – yadda – yadda.

Jill is generally annoyed by it all. She has a point – even in his decline, his mug is still on every television in sight. In a sad way, it resembles those documentaries of fallen starlets or burned-out rockers. But me, in a way, it reminds me of dealing with teenagers. When they’re caught in blatant lies, they wiggle and negotiate and obfuscate; thrashing themselves into such a state that anything… everything is fair game if it will get them out of their current pickle. But it never occurs to them that their behavior, their lies, effect other people. Hurt other people. Because it’s all about them. That’s why the grown-ups are annoyed. Elizabeth, The Anchoress, lumped Obama in with the perpetual adolescents last fall, and I’m sad to say, I see no trend in growth or maturity since then.

As Fausta says,

We’re awash with bs, folks.


Quote of the Day

Stogie, over at American Power, on ninnies who holler “racist!” anytime someone defends their Southerness:

…that people of prior generations with different social mores, cultures, beliefs and situations should be denounced for not holding 21st century views, even though they never lived in modern times?

Sigh. Since the rules on what you can and cannot say about race change daily and are also dependent on which party believes what at a point in time, it makes it hard to carry on any type of discussion with anyone more than 2 shades lighter/darker than their current conversational partner.

Oh, look, a flowchart! (h/t Larwyn)

2010 Dawns a New Year – Updated

And new hope that America can be saved from the approaching evil.

The Anchoress is known for her predictions – she has an interesting set this year. While there, read her take on the ‘Dems kill the DC voucher program’ debacle. Every issue for this administration boils down to politics.

Even the Georgia Governor can’t help it. [UPDATE II: From PP’s comments, fishtail dubs Sonny a “Sonnycrat, a one-person political party, himself.” How apropos. Seems that’s the political fashion these days.]

Paco has the White House transcript of the might-have-been Obama/Napolitano discussion immediately following the foiled Christmas day terrorist attack on NW 253. At least it is better than Obama’s original fluff. Rest assured, we are in the best of hands.

P&P has the year in pictures. Gee, just her shoes would pay two months car payments!

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has only been blogging for a year – but he writes like an old pro! If you’re not reading him daily, you should be.

The Other McCain and The Camp of the Saints both begin the new year at new digs. Check them out.

No Sheeples Here continues to delight with pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Gerard asks the timely question, “Where do we get such men and why do we deserve them?”

Dear Gerard, despite what our government may believe, there are still men and women who love America, the promise of liberty, the freedom promised all by our Creator. You are one; I am another. There are many more, and we are rousing.

As we look upon the far-away gates of Mordor, with its belching smoke and stench of death, we should remember brave Aragorn’s words:

“Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight! For all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!” LOTR, The Return of the King

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin discusses 2009’s underreported stories. Patriot Room has their own list.

Erick says something wicked this way comes and Smitty has cautions for the new year. The enemy, both within and without, is testing us. Read them both.

Double points bonus – Janet “The system worked” Napolitano may be under the bus soon!

Is Obama’s Acceptance of the Nobel Constitutional?

(Sorry, I’m a little late on this, because, well, I’ve been a bit busy lately with life and it’s curveballs.)

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Tell me, Mr. President, Mr. Constitutional Scholar, Sir, is there a precedent on a sitting president’s acceptance of awards from foreign interests?

J.P. Feire of the Washington Examiner thinks so…

It looks like the Times editorial page is endorsing the very definition of foreign meddling in domestic affairs. Foreigners validating and then rewarding certain approaches while repudiating others is not appropriate, regardless of whether it’s coming from six nations or six Norwegians.

So what is the propriety of a sitting wartime president accepting an award from a foreign committee that is merely an expression of repudiation for the behavior of his predecessor? It is especially concerning because undoubtedly, Obama’s partisans will use the credential to grant him greater legitimacy in foreign policy among his own people.

That’s an open question. But our democratic system already provides an outlet for such a repudiation, and it is the only kind that matters because it is the will of the American people. All others should be given the Giuliani treatment: Thanks, but no thanks.

This strikes at the heart of what I posted on Friday. The purpose of the discussion of the emoluments clause was to look at the constitutionality of Obama’s acceptance of the prize. Even Teddy Roosevelt made it clear there was a discomfort with the legitimating power of the Nobel committee; Roosevelt refused to accept the prize until his term was up, and even then, he jumped through hoops to work with Congress to determine the use of the prize money.

Indeed, taking out your handy little pocket Constitution from The Heritage Foundation (get your free copy here), we read in Article I, Section 9,

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Eugene, founder of the Volokh Conspiracy and a real lawyer (he doesn’t just play one on TV) muddies the waters further, like any good lawyer will do. Just read it as a whole – it’s difficult to excerpt without losing the intent of the entire argument. He poses some excellent questions.

Of course, we all know that Obama immediately accepted the award, gushing with false humility. His ego wouldn’t have allowed otherwise, regardless of any question of constitutionality, propriety, or just good-ol’-American-common-sense. Did the Nobel committee have a vision of future and thus hastened the prize, while they still could?

…this is a preemptive prize, because the Committee looked ahead to the insane nuclear winter and global Muslim/non-Muslim war Obama’s fecklessness is bringing into being and they knew: he makes a desert, and calls it peace. Since the Committee can confidently expect that, once Obama does what he does best, there will be no more prizes, now was the time for a preemptive award.

One unanticipated accomplishment was the uniting of the blogosphere altogether. To date, never has the world heard such a collective cyber-“huh?!?” Making history, anyway he can.

While Obama is Obama’s favorite subject, it is too bad he won’t talk about other things…you know things that effect our nation, our security, our sovereignty, our economy, our future. Why attack a network or a radio personality when he should be looking at rogue nations that are planning to attack US. Here. Soon. That is so unpresidential. He could stop so much with just a word, or a caution. But he chooses not to, and therein is the rub. He quietly stokes the destruction.

“Prove that you did not do what I said you did,” is not journalism. It is, frankly, the tactic of the schoolyard bully and the fascist. They are often one and the same. And they’ve learned that once a headline is “out there” retractions and corrections don’t much matter, to the narrative.

Camille Paglia (Salon) notes that Obama’s trusted circle of advisors are, well, shall we say small-minded?

Obama is approaching a turning point which will define his political future, if he has one. He is surrounded by some mighty small potatoes who need shoveling into the dumpster. The petty provincials need to go, and far more sophisticated and world-savvy analysts must urgently be brought on board.

and that the Nobel timing is just awful for him, personally:

It’s true he has accomplished nothing thus far and did not remotely deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, a gift carrying a terrible curse. The Nobel should have been the crown of Obama’s career and not the butt of jokes.

But the Office is not supposed to be about the Man, is it? Has anyone told Obama that yet?

Pull out that handy little pocket Constitution again and look at Article II, Section 1, that last paragraph.

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: – ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'”

That last part isn’t working out so well, either.

Cross-posted at RedState and Atlanta Politics Online.

UPDATE: Rotunda & Pham at the Washington Post agree with me.

Lessons From Our Betters

“Ahem. Class, settle down. Is this thing on…? Let’s continue in our daily reading from The Constitution of the United States.

The Bill of Rights. Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion , or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Akhil Reed Amar, in his excellent America’s Constitution, A Biography, notes

…the mere fact that the First Amendment enumerated free-speech and free-exercise rights against Congress did not mean that Americans lacked similar rights against the president and federal courts, if those rights could indeed be properly inferred from the Constitution as a while or from the siprit of the First Amendment itself.

The House Resolution condemning Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) for shouting out during President Obama’s speech (ad nauseaum) on healthcare last week was passed by typically partisan lines. Citing the House rules for decorum (funny, can’t find those online – perhaps a “constitutional scholar” can help me out?), Democrats have refused to accept his personal apology to Obama (after all, he accepted it and he was the fellow who was interrupted, was he not?) and have signed him up for I.S.S.

Even better, now this Congress, surely the finest and most upstanding Congress evah elected in this fine nation, has given us a playbook to help navigate the sometimes murky waters of Congressional discourse whilst in the presence of the Anointed One.

Especially useful: The section on how to properly insult the executive branch in the in the chamber.

“Disgrace” and “nitwits” — okay.

“Liar” or “sexual misconduct” — ixnay.

Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual it has been held that a Member could:
• refer to the government as “something hated, something oppressive.”
• refer to the President as “using legislative or judicial pork.”
• refer to a Presidential message as a “disgrace to the country.”
• refer to unnamed officials as “our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs.”

Likewise, it has been held that a member could not:
• call the President a “liar.”
• call the President a “hypocrite.”
• describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”
• charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”
• refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
• refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”

I kid you not. There is now a list of what you can and cannot say on the floor of the House of Representatives, the House of the PEOPLE, of the United States. Did they include the most important word of all – fascist?

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), the man who replaced Cynthia McKinney has suddenly filled her shoes and then some.

[Rep. Pete] Stark calls Bush a liar: no problem. Wilson calls Obama a liar: it simply MUST be racism! 10-4, good buddy.

Can someone please explain to me why simply disagreeing with a person of a different race than yourself automatically smears you as a raaaaaist?

Isn’t targeting another person based on their race considered real racism? Or does the Ministry of Truth now consider it social justice? Don’t expect this to get national attention, because, well, it doesn’t fit the media template. Seems the true definitions are becoming more blurred by the day.

To make matters worse, now Joe Wilson’s son, Alan is coming under fire simply for the preceived “sins” of his father. He is running for Attorney General in South Carolina.

Shortly after the revolution, colonials would abuse and often punish the sons of tories, those who had supported King George. When the Constitution was written, the Founders prohibited punishment in treason that would “work Corruption of Blood,” or punishment extended to descendants.

It is a natural tendency in the corruption of man to punish the children of those who did things wrong or perceived to have done things wrong. It’s like my neighbor heckling my 3 year old solely because she is related to me. It is part of the baser parts of human nature. And it is not right.

Was myopic on the good words or bad words list? Just askin’…

Always looking for the silver lining – we can look forward to uncrowded beaches in South Carolina, just in time for spring break.

“Class dismissed.”

Cross-posted at RedState.

About That “Lack of Candor”

Two outstanding posts that go hand-in-hand are must-reads for Sunday afternoon…

“Bust-O!” by Dan Collins at Piece of Work in Progress (h/t The Other McCain):

Largely missing from the analysis, which is punctuated with a lot of 20/20 hindsight observation, is any appreciation of how Obama and his administration’s lack of candor might have affected perceptions of his trustworthiness.

Obama’s approval numbers are drooping like a soggy Slip-n-Slide after an all day birthday party. He knows.

Pair Dan’s piece with this jewel at Atlanta Politics Online by Dr. Dave and you have all the answers (at least as of today) on the Democrat’s disdain for the “Great Unwashed”:

I’m a democrat. I’m an elitist. I’m perfect. I’m not like all of you stupid wingnuts out there working your greedy little fingers to the bone trying to make a little money and feed your family and have something to call successful when you retire. You owe me.

And they wonder why we’re angry…


UPDATE: Welcome Rhetorican readers!

Henry Gates: Another Artful Distraction

Thomas Sowell has an outstanding article on Obama and the “Post-Racial President.” Read it all.

Those who were shocked at President Obama’s cheap shot at the Cambridge police for being “stupid” in arresting Henry Louis Gates must have been among those who let their wishes prevail over the obvious implications of Obama’s 20 years of association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Anyone who can believe that Obama did not understand what the racist rants of Jeremiah Wright meant can believe anything.

With race– as with campaign finance, transparency and the rest– Barack Obama knows what the public wants to hear and that is what he has said. But his policies as president have been the opposite of his rhetoric, with race as with other issues.

Remember, when he was elected, he was hailed as a new messiah and would usher in a new enlightened age of bi-partisan cooperation, multi-cultural tolerance and cosmic karma for all. So far, he has acted and enacted exactly the opposite of the many, many, many things he promised during the never-ending campaign.

Kelly King, of the Cambridge Police Department voiced her opinion convincingly – she voted for him once, but not again. The President, this President, any President, should restrain from inserting himself into local matters. Especially if they involve a personal friend. Especially if that friend always has his handy Race Axe ready to grind. IMHO, Obama had already set the race discussion back a few generations since his election. This latest snafu has only made it worse.

Or was it a snafu? Could it have been convenient moment, when presented, that afforded Obama a golden chance for another smoke-screen that would distract the American public from what is going on under the covers in his administration? A tricky way to get his healthcare trojan horse passed under the nose of the unsuspected rabble.

Watch closely: the next thing you know, Henry Gates will have a new job – as Obama’s speech writer.

UPDATE: As usual, Gerard artfully outdoes us all. (Warning – contains words you don’t want your kids to ask you what they mean. So there.)

Obama on the Couch

Sorry so quiet lately – after a few days out of town, then a house full of college kids and the sinus headache that never goes away, well, I just didn’t have the brain power to string together a post or two.

But after Obamistan’s bad week, I thought I’d take a stab at shrinkdom (so much material so little time) along with some help from my bloggy friends.

Tell me about your mother…. Bookworm Room (h/t Anchoress) notes that as you find out about his “consigliere” you learn about the man himself. Seems cowed by strong women.

…aside from hearing effusive praise for Valerie Jarrett, the President’s consigliere, you also learn so much about Obama. Just on the first page, you learn that he’s whiny, bad-tempered, lazy, ill-informed, stubborn, a loose cannon, and, when it comes to strong women, submissive. (Oh, gee, just the qualities I want in my president.)

Narcissism is “It’s all about me, Me, MEEEE”… Steve Eggleston notes that Senator Chuck Grassley heard from a Democratic colleague that Obama groused that the House was screwing up his legacy.

…and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’

Obsessive-compulsive behavior is usually a sign of a much deeper problem. Smitty smuggly notes that Gateway Pundit should cut POTUS some slack. After all,

…he’s trying to locate some balls.

Golf balls,
you dirty-minded thing! Don’t you know that golf is the ultimate sports spectacle of elitist intellectuals? Next to polo, of course. And his is the superior intellect? How dare you doubt his sagacious, big-alien-brain-power, you pathetic peon? Fetch me my orb and mortar board, spit spot. Clllarrriiiicccccceeee smacks him down:

But the “literary genius” foundational myth is not the only one in need of serious examination. The very notion that he merited admission let alone degrees from these rigorous and competitive institutions is called into question every time Obama makes an extemporaneous remark. He knows little or nothing about history, economics, law, geography and the grammar rules of his native tongue.

Forcing others to do your bidding, especially sexually, is well, just sick. Too bad most Democrats and Mediacrats just line up for it. Gerard invents another word. If you want to see it in a sentence, (I try to keep things PG around here) look here. That Gerard…

I get so tired of all Obama, all the time, so here are a few other items hot off the press:

Just taxing Pelosi would retire the national debt.

Countrywide says Dodd and Conrad KNEW the glove fit them both.

Cynthia McKinney’s successor makes her proud.

Who wants to buy a square on the Scapegoat Pool?

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