Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sarah Wuz Robbed!

No, No She's Definitely Not

Fox Doesn't have All The Foxes

I don't watch CNN very often so I'd never heard of Brianna Keilar. That's my loss:

History Repeats Itself

Palin electrifies conservative base - Yahoo! News:

The media elite – as well as elite members of the GOP consulting community – have all but mocked Palin as a former smalltown mayor with zero Washington experience.

Jonathan Martin
Politico


Replace "smalltown mayor" with "B-movie actor" and you've pretty much got the state of opinion on Ronald Reagan 30 years ago. What beltway types don't understand is the extent to which someone like Palin resonates among those of us who spend something less than 80% of our time working the political angles.

I heard Juan Williams on Fox News Sunday this morning going on again about her lack of experience. He's a little late to the party. It is sort of amazing to me that two people can look at precisely the same set of facts and not just come to opposite conclusions but not even be able to acknowledge that there may be more than one legitimate way to interpret a given set of facts.

Personally, I can see several ways to view the question of experience:

1. Neither one is particularly experienced but experience isn't overly important. There is no other job which is particularly good preparation for the presidency.

2. Neither one is particularly experienced but at least Palin isn't being asked to be "ready on day one" while Obama is.

3. Obama has some experience at the national level which is vital for a president. In fact, he has just the right amount of experience to be a change-agent. We want someone who has been involved in the issues but we don't want someone who has a 30 year record in Washington because he's part of the problem, not the solution.

4. Palin is lacking in national experience but she has executive experience which is far more valuable as a preparation for the presidency. The job of the president is essentially to be a decider. He (or she) has access to advisers who can provide facts and options, it is his (or her) task to sort out those facts and choose from among the available options. Executive experiences is decision-making experience.

For what it's worth, I agree with 1, 2 and 4 completely and I even agree with 3 partially. I would summarize my belief in this way:

Experience is overblown as a qualification for the White House. The presidency is such a singular position that no other job provides full preparation for it. That being said, I think the job of a chief executive is the best preparation for the presidency available because it provides experience in executive decision-making. While some degree of Washington experience in order to provide a familiarity with the issues would be a valuable addition to this, it is secondary to executive experience. Ultimately, however, the position of Vice President is a contingent position so it is entirely acceptable that the Vice President have less experience than the President. Reversing those two positions makes no sense at all.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I Think I'm In Love



No, not because of the picture. Thought it certainly doesn't hurt.

No, you may have noticed that I've devoted a huge (for me) number of words to the Palin pick over the last 24 hours. The reason for that is simple: for the first time in this campaign, I'm actually excited. I've thought for a month or more than McCain is more likely than not to win, but the Palin pick actually excites me. It opens up all sorts of possibilities for the future of the Party. Think about it. Let's assume a McCain victory. Whether he serves one term or two, it is darn likely that the next Republican contest will include Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and god knows who else. Hell, maybe Mel Martinez (though he wouldn't be on my short list). At the risk of lurching into identity politics, I think that is outstanding. If the Dems want us to trumpet just how historic the nomination of Barack Obama is then I think it is at least as important to trumpet the idea of minority groups and women taking up strong positions in not just one party but both parties. I relish the day when Democrats can't take Black votes for granted. I can't wait to see the liberal canard about rich, white, male Republicans put to rest once and for all time.

I'm rambling a bit, but I just can't help it. Over the last couple of months McCain has run an absolutely magnificent campaign and the Palin selection is just the latest and most impressive example of that new-found strength and dynamism.

She's Not His Type

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

As you might have guessed, One Note Andy has his panties in a bunch about Sarah Palin.

I'm not even going to waste my time (or yours) taking him point by point because Andy doesn't make points anymore. he just gets into little hissy fits.

The Phile Sucked Yesterday

As you may know... Or maybe not... I know you have lives. Wives, families, children... You just come here when you want a fix of blogporn... Or maybe some right-wing ranting... I know I don't mean anything to you... We do it your way, because I'm the whore!

Ahem... Where was I? Oh yes. As you may know, I'm a fan of the Philips Phile (WTKS-104.1-Orlando/XM 152). That said, Friday's show sucked. It sucked because Jim and the gang spent the entire four hours running down Sarah Palin's qualifications.

Now, I don't agree with Jim's politics. I agree even less with Big Mo's. That said, I enjoy the show because it isn't a political program. Oh, they may delve into politics some, but after five minutes of that they're just as likely to move on to putting powder on your junk or Big Mo seeing bears in her front yard. The show goes all over the place and that's what keeps it fun.

That diversity is what makes it possible for people like me, people who are about 180 degrees from Jim Phillips politically, to still love the show. He may piss you off right now, but in five minutes he'll have you laughing.

That's why Friday's show sucked. Jim and the gang kept going on and on about it. On top of that, they were letting their partisanship get in the way of their intelligence. Jim is usually considerably smarter than his callers... Not that it's all that hard since (IMHO) people who will sit on hold for an hour to talk to a radio host are mostly dim bulbs. Friday though, there was at least one guy who argued him into a corner. Jim, when cornered, becomes a bit of an ass. Jim and the Phile had been going on about how unqualified Sarah Palin is. The caller quite adeptly argued that she is just as experienced as Barack Obama. Jim then turned to the idea that what good is experience anyway since "experience" has gotten us into "the mess" we're in. Jim ended up as he usually does on those rare occasions when someone bests him in an argument: he hung up on the guy.

Seriously, Phile, I know you can't please everyone. If you talk about stupid things, people want you to be more serious. When you're serious, people want frivolity. Still, you don't do politics especially well. It becomes boring and repetitive. Do some of it if you must, particularly local stuff, but don't let it bog you down.

It's Damn Near Laughable

Scholars question Palin credentials - Yahoo! News

On January 20, 2009, Sarah Palin will have served four years on the Wasilla City Council, six years as mayor of Wasilla and two years as the governor of the state of Alaska.

On January 20, 2009 Barack Obama will have served eight years in the Illinois state legislature and four years in the United States Senate.

Now will someone explain to me why Barack Obama is supremely qualified to be President of the United States but Sarah Palin isn't even qualified to be Vice President?

The only difference between the two of them is that Obama has spent time in the national government while Palin has not. If you think that is important then fine. However, you can as easily point out that Palin has experience being a chief executive while Obama has none.

It is reasonable to weigh these two types of experience differently based on your own subjective opinion of their value. What is unreasonable is to suggest that Obama is clearly qualified while Palin is clearly unqualified.

Given how arrogant Obama and his supporters have been about this subject, one really has to hope that the experience question comes back and bites him in the ass. It will be well-deserved.

1 For 3

Crist got word from McCain in 9 a.m. phone call - St. Petersburg Times

Well, everybody can't win. Hillary lost, Sarah won and what of Carole Rome the future Mrs. Charlie Crist?

Well, Carole, hopefully the deposit on the dress is refundable. No, seriously, I doubt Charlie will call the whole thing off.

After all, McCain may lose and 2012 is only four years away.

Just a Little More About Sarah Palin

We've said before that we sort of like Joe Biden.  He's an egomaniac and he's wrong about most things.  He's got bad plugs and all the rest.  Still, we like him because there does seem to be a certain genuineness about him.  Not at the surface where he is as smarmy as any other politician, but deeper down.  As Jim Geraghty said on National Review Online: "There’s something decent at the core of Joe Biden."  I believe that also.

That being said, I think the Biden-Palin matchup has the potential to be very interesting.  I don't think she's going to be intimidated by him.  She may not be able to go on (and on and on and on) as long as he can, but I think she will hold her own just fine.  What I also think is that there is a the very real possibility that Joe will say something dreadfully condescending to her without even meaning to do so and that as a result he will further piss off the Hillary-types who are already less than happy with Obama.

Here's what I mean...  I think that it's entirely likely that Biden will make some comment, some reference, that will sound like he is talking down to her.  He won't necessarily mean anything by it.  He won't realize how it will sound.  Hell, he may even mean it to be chivalrous, but plenty of women will be offended by it.  It's like the comment he made about his own wife.  To wit (from the NYT):

After Senator Barack Obama tapped him on Saturday to be his vice-presidential running mate, Mr. Biden introduced Jill Biden to the world this way:

“My wife, Jill, who you’ll meet soon, who’s drop-dead gorgeous. My wife, Jill, she also has a doctorate degree, which is a problem.”


Now, I know what he meant by that. I think most of us know what he meant by that. It's loving. It's teasing. It's playful. I agree with the next line from the New York Times which is that Joe Biden is head-over-heels in love with his wife which, honestly, is one of the best things you can ever say about a man in my book. Still, there are plenty of women who are going to be offended by that. Now, I'd be the first to say that most of said women have a stick up their asses but having a stick up your ass isn't a disqualification from voting.

Don't believe me? Read this. See? Joe is entirely capable to pissing women off and not even realizing he's done it.

And On Top Of Everything Else... She's Hot!






The Real Face of the Compassionate Left

From a message board:

I just don't see the major virtue in bringing a child with Down's Syndrome into the world. I might do it, but it would be a selfish because when I die, (since I'm already 44), and leaving the responsibility to my other children to care for an adult with Down's Syndrome.

I for one do not rhapsodize the fertilization of an egg. It's just random science. Idiots have kids, as do people who beat and kill their kids. Isn't having four kids enough when you're in your 40s? What were they thinking not using birth control?

Fundy freaks scare and anger me. They have a stranglehold on the agenda in America, just because they believe in fairy tales. Sick country.

Of course, I guess I should point out that said board describes itself as "10 Years of Gay Gossip, Politics and Pointless Bitchery." Having met a couple of Mrs. MediaBlog's friends I can say with experience that there is nothing worse than a catty gay man-bitch.

Saying It Doesn't Make It So

``It takes the whole experience issue off the table,'' Daschle said.

Sorry, Tom, it doesn't. This is a straw man that the media is running with hook, line and sinker. In other words, it's bullshit. Sarah Palin is plenty experienced to be Vice President. Obama, on the other hand, is NOT experienced enough to be President.

That is, assuming we buy into the whole "experience" thing to begin with. To be honest, I don't. While I believe that being Governor is the best preparation for being president, I also believe that the job is so singular that there really isn't any sort of direct experience that prepares you for it. Being a state governor or the executive of a large enterprise of some sort is the best of what is available, but either of these pales by comparison to the responsibility of having your finger on the button.

It Begins

Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's - Yahoo! News

Naturally, the Obama campaigns media wing (ie ALL of the mainstream media) wasted no time in tearing into Governor Palin based on her supposed lack of experience.

I even saw at least one conservative columnist (Michael Medved) buy into the lack-of-experience meme. I'm not really a fan of Medved, but he should know better.

Here are the facts: Sarah Palin is running for Vice President, not for President. A Veep who needs some experience is a world away from a President who needs experience. Unlike the President, the Vice President doesn't have to be ready on day one.

Besides, I'm not at all prepared to concede that Sarah Palin has less experience than Barack Obama. Unlike Barack Obama, Sarah Palin has executive experience. My opinion has long been that being a governor is the best preparation for being president.

The Brilliance of John McCain

Okay, you're not going to see a lot new here, but here are 7 reasons why this was an absolutely brilliant pick by John McCain:

1. Sarah Palin has impeccable conservative credentials.

2. Sarah Palin is a complete outsider which reinforces McCain's maverick credentials.

3. Sarah Palin has a compelling personal story (5 kids, one going to Iraq, new baby with Down's Syndrome, working class husband).

4. Sarah Palin keeps the oil drilling issue front-and-center. How do you argue that you know more about drilling in ANWR than the governor of Alaska?

5. Nominating a woman takes the edge off the "making history gap" between Obama and McCain.

6. McCain picked a woman. Obama didn't pick a woman. Did you hear that Hillary-fans?

7. By avoiding picking a former rival, there are no nasty soundbites where your Veep called you an idiot.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Only Good Thing I Plan To Say About Barack Obama

And it really isn't even about Barack Obama...

When you see a Black man stand up and accept the nomination for President of one of the two great American political parties... And not just any party, but the party of secession and slavery... The party of Bull Conner and Robert Byrd and George Wallace and Lester Maddox... The party of Jim Crow... When you see all of that you realize just how far America has come.

God bless this country. God bless America.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Son Also Rises

Beau Biden has a future.

Who Are You and What Have You Done With Bubba?

You know, I was planning to liveblog Bubba's speech. Like I said 4 years ago, Bubba is the most gifted politician of our age. You listen to him and you have to shake yourself to remember that he's full of shit.

Tonight though, the heart seemed to be out of Bubba. He wasn't up to his usual standards. Not surprising, I guess, since he and Hillary have ZERO interest in seeing Barry Obama elected president.

I Pray To The Living God

If I'm never nominated for anything by acclimation, please God don't let them herald my victory with "Love Train."

Blogpornapalooza!

You've hit the motherlode, friends. I've got a backlog of hotness for you. Yowza! Here we go!

First we've got Miss Amy. It seems the studio may have been a little chilly. Yes, quite nipply... Ahem... I mean nippy in there.


Next we've got Dorrit Moussaieff, first lady of Iceland. You know, this may be a phrase never before used in the English language, but this is one fine looking Icelandic Jew!


And then we're got the only reason to watch 7th Heaven toward the end, Ashlee Simpson's breasts:



Moving on, we've got a pretty pair...  First Fox News' Julie Banderas and then Tom Cruise's beard, Katie Holmes...  Why did they have to recast that role in The Dark Knight?  I ask you.



And finally, our AI favorite, Kat McPhee!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Little Blogporn Anyone?

I haven't done you folks right lately.  I have some stuff, I just haven't gotten around to posting it.  Here's a little something to tide you over.  A couple of nice shots of our Miss Amy that I happened upon:

Why I'm Not Going Wall-to-Wall On The Democrat Convention

I didn't even watch Michelle Obama last night and I'm only tuning in to the last few minutes of Hillary Clinton tonight.  You've probably noticed that I haven't even said a word about the Democrat convention so far. 

I didn't talk about Michelle last night because I don't give a shit what the spouses have to say.

I'm not saying much about Hillary tonight because I don't give a shit what losers have to say.

Ouch.  Okay, that was mean even for me.  Still, what is there to say about Hillary's speech?  She has lousy delivery like I said four years ago.  When Bubba speaks tomorrow night that will be readily apparent.  Her voice is difficult to listen to and her speech was very little more than a string of Democrat catch phrases strung together in rapid succession ("restore America's standing in the world", "end the war in Iraq", "join with our allies", "energy speculators", "workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas", "windfall profits to the oil companies").

As far as I'm concerned, this convention actually starts tomorrow night.  Bubba and Biden and then, the following night, Obama.  Not that any of it matters since conventions don't matter anymore, but the next two nights will be the most consequential part of this inconsequential spectacle.  So, I'll probably give you some coverage of the last two nights of the convention.

You know, I'll be very surprised if Obama gets any meaningful bounce out of this thing.  I really will.  Maybe I think other people aren't watching because I'm not watching, but I really do think the bloom is off the Obama rose.  McCain's campaign tried to raise the expectations by saying that they expected Obama to get a 15 point bounce.  Obviously, that's sandbagging so when he gets 10 they can call it a failure.  Honestly, I'll be surprised if he gets 5.

Fundamentally, if you want a prediction here, I think the best days of the Obama campaign are behind him.  McCain has gone on the offense and Obama seems to be revealing himself more and more each day as an empty suit who reads a good speech.  Not that I'm looking for a McCain landslide, but I think a McCain win is much more likely than not and a solid McCain win (40 electoral votes or more) is a genuine possibility.

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Okay, now what would you do to save your own life?

It sounds melodramatic and maybe it is just a bit. Still, it's a valid question. What would you be willing to do in order to improve your health? What would you do to help improve your chances of living a long and healthy life?

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Actress vows not to see 'Tropic Thunder' - Lifeline Live - USATODAY.com

Seems Maureen McCormick won't go see Ben Stiller's new movie because it contains the word "retard."

And in other news, Jerry Mathers refuses to eat tuna that isn't dolphin safe. Oh! And the guy who played Potsie knifed some guy at a grocery store after he gave him plastic instead of paper.

Why does Maureen McCormick think we give a tinker's damn whether she goes to see a movie? More to the point, why does USA Today think we care?

Good, Healthy Fun



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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Making A Virtue of (Relative) Poverty

A look at Biden's net worth - Yahoo! News

You know, a lot has been made in the last 24 hours or so about the fact that Joe Biden is, by Senatorial standards at least, a man of modest means. This article gives you a bit of a breakdown as to the man's income and assets.

Okay, now here's the thing about this... I'm not necessarily a fan of Senators who come into office without two brass farthings to rub together yet somehow manage to leave Washington with millions. Buy any good cattle futures lately, Mrs. Clinton? No, I'm not a fan of that at all.

On the other hand, doesn't it say something about Joe Biden that he has made a very healthy salary every year of his life for almost 40 years and has very little to show for it monetarily? I mean, does this speak well for his economic insight?

Since it's Sunday, I'll make a Biblical reference. There is something called the Parable of the Talents. It was a story told by Jesus...

"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

"The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

"Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

"His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

"Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."


Now, I'm not suggesting that we consign Good Old Plugs to outer darkness. I am suggesting, however, that he has been given a good deal in a financial sense and, it would seem, has not done all that much with it. Does this reflect the sort of financial stewardship we are really looking for in a leader?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Why Stay Stuck At A Desk?

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The Messiah Chooses Plugs

Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence - Yahoo! News

Well... And now we know. Can't you sense the excitement that is spreading across America, from sea to shining sea?

Yeah, me neither. Look, just this one time I'm going to say something positive about Plugs Biden. He's a very smart guy and, God knows why, I like him.

Okay, now that I've got that out of my system I will also say that he's terribly self-important, he talks too much, he has a tendency to make stupid gaffes (anyone remember Indian accents at convenience stores?) and he's hardly the candidate of change or excitement.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Here's What I Don't Understand

Why do you announce your Veep candidate on a Saturday?

That makes no sense to me. Weekends are dead times for news because people with lives aren't watching. They're mowing their lawn or playing with their kids or whatever. They're not sitting in front of the TV to figure out who gets a shot at being deputy Messiah.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Here's Where You Start Looking

You know, the internet is great for finding a lot of things. I mean, if you want to find an internet retailer that sells Chinese paper dolls then the internet is the place to go. You can find anything from anywhere in the world just by searching online.

On the other hand, sometimes the internet isn't very good at all at helping you to find a product or service that is right up the street from your home. That's where Clicksmart.com comes in. By taking advantage of their awesome directory site, the businesses in your own hometown (or anywhere else, for that matter) are just a click away.

For example, let's say you are looking for albuquerque moving companies. Click on New Mexico, click on Albuquerque and bing, bang, boom! You will find links to companies that can help you out if you are moving to albuquerque!

Pick the city, pick the service. Clicksmart has them all.

Maybe It's Just Me

So I'm sitting here watching Superman II.

Yeah, I know.  Look, that's the life I have.  I work, I eat dinner, I play with the Bloglet, I go to bed.  I'm a middle class American, damn it!  I don't go to cafes.  I don't sculpt.  What do you expect of me?

Ahem...  Sorry about that.  No, here's the thing.  I'm watching Superman II and I find myself asking a question:

Are we supposed to think that Lois Lane is attractive?

I honestly don't know because I have to tell you that I have NEVER found Margot Kidder even the slightest bit attractive.  Even before she had that little nutso thing I just always found her ugly.  And that voice is annoying as all hell.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Something A Little Different

Asia Times Online :: Central Asian News and current affairs, Russia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan

Spengler in the Asia Times can always be counted on for an outside-the-box take on international affairs. His current take on Russia's real interests in the Georgia conflict is exactly that.

In a nutshell... Spengler's take is that Russia isn't overly interested in territory or in energy in the Caucasus or anywhere else, for that matter. And it certainly isn't interested in defending the principle of self-determination for ethnic minorities. What it is interested in is finding and gathering in as much of the Russian population outside its borders as possible along with other small minorities which are open to Russification.

Not a quest for Liebensraum since the Russians have plenty of living space. Rather, they seek people to fill the space they already have. Given the collapsing state of Russian demographics, it seems entirely plausible.

Consider the position from the Russian side... The Russians have seen their empire fly apart. A plethora of states along their borders, states with relatively little historical legitimacy, containing large ethnic Russian populations. The West, taking advantage of 10 or 15 years of Russian weakness took advantage of the situation by expanding their military, diplomatic and commercial presence not just into former Warsaw Pact countries but all the way into these new "illegitimate" states. In effect, the West has decided to draw the noose tighter and tighter around Russia with the ultimate goal of seeing her whither away. In essence, it is just containment redux.

I'm not suggesting that any of that is accurate. Like Spengler, I don't think the West (and the US in particular) is very good at grand strategy. We place entirely too much faith in elections and assume that if people vote then their countries are democracies just as legitimate as Belgium or Canada and deserving of our support and encouragement. Nevermind that the votes are often of somewhat questionable integrity. Forget that many of the other underpinnings of liberal government don't exist. Disregard the fact that these states are more than ready to oppress their own minorities. Anyway, what I am saying is that the Russian interpretation is plausible and when you are facing The End then you can't take chances and you can't trust in other people's motives.

Spengler's suggestion, more or less, is that we really don't have differing strategic objectives from the Russians. At least, we wouldn't if we were actually paying attention to our true strategic interests. Because of that, we should acquiese in the establishment of a Russian sphere of interest in most of what once was the Soviet Union.

I agree with him completely.

The line should be around the countries of the former Warsaw Pact and the Baltics. Not an inch farther. Leave the rest within the Russian orbit because, honestly that's where it is going to end up anyway. Meanwhile, engage with the Russians on challenges that we share in the medium and long term:

- a rising, resource hungry China
- a surging Muslim population with ambitions toward nuclear status

God love Dubya but we need a little Realpolitik and just a little Grand Strategy. And don't think I'm talking about Obama either. What we need is Nixon, God help us.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

See, Here's What I'm Trying To Understand


Joan Allen (I)

Joan Allen has been nominated for three Oscars. She has a film career that goes back over 25 years. Top that off with the fact that she has a sort of sophisticated-sexy thing going on.

So can someone explain to me why she is starring in The Running Man Death Race?

Yeah, there's sort of an S&M kind of thrill to hot, sexy prison warden forcing men to fight to the death. I get that. Well, not that I get it but I understand why someone might get it. Someone else. Not me. Never touch the stuff.

Ahem...

No, I mean really, I can understand paying the bills as well as the next man. Far be it from me to criticize. I'm as much of a whore as the next person. Still, isn't this movie just a little beneath her? It seems like the sort of thing that will be on Spike by next Tuesday.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Standing Athwart History and Yelling "Stop!"

Goodbye Col. Mustard: 'Clue' goes tabloid - Today Show - MSNBC.com

Yeah, I know, I'm a fuddy-duddy.  I can't help it.  They've left me nothing!  Now they're going to rework frigging Clue!  Modernize it.  Hip it up a little.  No more Colonel Mustard for God's sake!  The whole premise of Clue is that it's sort of a quasi-Victorian murder mystery.  It's a kids game for crying out loud.  Do they really think 7 year olds want Miss (I'm sure it's probably Ms. now) Scarlett to be "a famous actress often featured in tabloids"?

You know, not to get off on a rant here, but I don't really understand the constant need to modernize.  I'm really anything but a fuddy-duddy.  I like new things.  New gadgets, new restaurants, new whatever.  Still, there are some things that are classics and need to be left alone.  Aren't there?  Yeah, I know...  It's a fracking boardgame.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Well Then Maybe We Should All Just Vote For The White Guy

Bush pastor RIPS McCain over Sturgis, backs Obama � Strategy ‘08

When the BLACK preacher who is a family friend of Dubya rips McCain and when the BLACK former Secretary of State Colin Powell skirts around the edge (for now) of endorsing Obama and when the BLACK current Secretary of State says positive things about Obama... When all of these things happen then I guess we all need to remember something.

White racism has been beaten down, pushed into the dark corners and made utterly unacceptable in the public square, but Black racism is alive and well.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

You Can't Take It With You... Or Maybe You Can

Ever play that game about what you would take to a desert island? How about taking it to another level? What would you take with you if you had to flee earth?

I should probably say something profound like Holy Scripture. Or something cute like my iPod. In truth, assuming we're not talking about taking Mrs. MediaBlog or the Bloglet with us, then I think I would take my library with me. Or, if I have to pick just one thing, I would take my Patrick O'Brian novels with me. I can't narrow it down to one book because the collection is more of a long serialized novel than anything else. O'Brian's books have always revealed the human condition to me. Friendship, love, betrayal, hate and fear... Everything that makes us what we are or what we aspire to be.

Sigh... Too haughty? Oh fine. I'll take my iPod then, happy?

No, seriously. It's a good question to ask yourself and the answer, the honest answer, probably does say something about you.

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Drill

'Snake Oil' - washingtonpost.com

Even The Washington Post is debunking the fearmongering of the anti-drilling Left. If the Democrats have a lick of sense they will not stand in the way of this. If they have an ounce of patriotism then the so-called Blue Dog Democrats will force this. And they will force Best Selling Author (hee hee hee) Nancy Pelosi from the speakership.

A question for the Democrats... Do you really think it is in your interest to have a liberal from San Francisco of all places as the public face of your party?

Every day I am becoming more and more convinced that Obama is not going to win, that the Democrat "tide" will turn out to be little more than a ripple and that in 5 years (at most) the House and Senate will be back in Republican hands. I mean, if the Democrats can't win by a landslide this year than, friends, the Party is over.

The Thrilling Drama of Athletic Competition

The first time as comedy:



And the second time as horror:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

With Friends Like These

CJR: Pressing Pigeon

Number one, I would never really trust anyone named Pigeon. I also wouldn't trust anyone whose first instinct when they found out their friend (or their former friend, for that matter) was in the eye of a media storm was to go on as many TV shows as they could possibly find.

However, such was the day of the unfortunately named Pigeon O'Brien, a former friend of Edward's mistress, who made the TV rounds today.

While we're here. Give Shep his due. He's quirky, no question about that, but he puts up with very little crap, particularly on Studio B (as opposed to The Fox Report where he plays it a little straighter).

Georgia On My Mind

Forget about all the otherwise-sensible conservatives who seem to think we should treat this as another Sudetenland. Here is the most realistic thing you will read about Georgia. Period.

Courtesy of Stratfor.com

The Conflict in Georgia


On Monday, the Russians extended their offensive into Georgia proper, attacking on two axes. One was south from South Ossetia to the Georgian city of Gori. The other drive was from Abkhazia, another secessionist region of Georgia aligned with the Russians. This drive was designed to cut the road between the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and its ports. By this point, the Russians had bombed the military airfields at Marneuli and Vaziani and appeared to have disabled radars at the international airport in Tbilisi. These moves brought Russian forces to within 40 miles of the Georgian capital, while making outside reinforcement and resupply of Georgian forces extremely difficult should anyone wish to undertake it.
The Mystery Behind the Georgian Invasion

In this simple chronicle, there is something quite mysterious: Why did the Georgians choose to invade South Ossetia on Thursday night? There had been a great deal of shelling by the South Ossetians of Georgian villages for the previous three nights, but while possibly more intense than usual, artillery exchanges were routine. The Georgians might not have fought well, but they committed fairly substantial forces that must have taken at the very least several days to deploy and supply. Georgia’s move was deliberate.

The United States is Georgia’s closest ally. It maintained about 130 military advisers in Georgia, along with civilian advisers, contractors involved in all aspects of the Georgian government and people doing business in Georgia. It is inconceivable that the Americans were unaware of Georgia’s mobilization and intentions. It is also inconceivable that the Americans were unaware that the Russians had deployed substantial forces on the South Ossetian frontier. U.S. technical intelligence, from satellite imagery and signals intelligence to unmanned aerial vehicles, could not miss the fact that thousands of Russian troops were moving to forward positions. The Russians clearly knew the Georgians were ready to move. How could the United States not be aware of the Russians? Indeed, given the posture of Russian troops, how could intelligence analysts have missed the possibility that t he Russians had laid a trap, hoping for a Georgian invasion to justify its own counterattack?

It is very difficult to imagine that the Georgians launched their attack against U.S. wishes. The Georgians rely on the United States, and they were in no position to defy it. This leaves two possibilities. The first is a massive breakdown in intelligence, in which the United States either was unaware of the existence of Russian forces, or knew of the Russian forces but — along with the Georgians — miscalculated Russia’s intentions. The United States, along with other countries, has viewed Russia through the prism of the 1990s, when the Russian military was in shambles and the Russian government was paralyzed. The United States has not seen Russia make a decisive military move beyond its borders since the Afghan war of the 1970s-1980s. The Russians had systematically avoided such moves for years. The United States had assumed that the Russians would not risk the consequences of an invasion.

If this was the case, then it points to the central reality of this situation: The Russians had changed dramatically, along with the balance of power in the region. They welcomed the opportunity to drive home the new reality, which was that they could invade Georgia and the United States and Europe could not respond. As for risk, they did not view the invasion as risky. Militarily, there was no counter. Economically, Russia is an energy exporter doing quite well — indeed, the Europeans need Russian energy even more than the Russians need to sell it to them. Politically, as we shall see, the Americans needed the Russians more than the Russians needed the Americans. Moscow’s calculus was that this was the moment to strike. The Russians had been building up to it for months, as we have discussed, and they struck.
The Western Encirclement of Russia

To understand Russian thinking, we need to look at two events. The first is the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. From the U.S. and European point of view, the Orange Revolution represented a triumph of democracy and Western influence. From the Russian point of view, as Moscow made clear, the Orange Revolution was a CIA-funded intrusion into the internal affairs of Ukraine, designed to draw Ukraine into NATO and add to the encirclement of Russia. U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton had promised the Russians that NATO would not expand into the former Soviet Union empire.

That promise had already been broken in 1998 by NATO’s expansion to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic — and again in the 2004 expansion, which absorbed not only the rest of the former Soviet satellites in what is now Central Europe, but also the three Baltic states, which had been components of the Soviet Union.
The Russian Periphery

The Russians had tolerated all that, but the discussion of including Ukraine in NATO represented a fundamental threat to Russia’s national security. It would have rendered Russia indefensible and threatened to destabilize the Russian Federation itself. When the United States went so far as to suggest that Georgia be included as well, bringing NATO deeper into the Caucasus, the Russian conclusion — publicly stated — was that the United States in particular intended to encircle and break Russia.

The second and lesser event was the decision by Europe and the United States to back Kosovo’s separation from Serbia. The Russians were friendly with Serbia, but the deeper issue for Russia was this: The principle of Europe since World War II was that, to prevent conflict, national borders would not be changed. If that principle were violated in Kosovo, other border shifts — including demands by various regions for independence from Russia — might follow. The Russians publicly and privately asked that Kosovo not be given formal independence, but instead continue its informal autonomy, which was the same thing in practical terms. Russia’s requests were ignored.

From the Ukrainian experience, the Russians became convinced that the United States was engaged in a plan of strategic encirclement and strangulation of Russia. From the Kosovo experience, they concluded that the United States and Europe were not prepared to consider Russian wishes even in fairly minor affairs. That was the breaking point. If Russian desires could not be accommodated even in a minor matter like this, then clearly Russia and the West were in conflict. For the Russians, as we said, the question was how to respond. Having declined to respond in Kosovo, the Russians decided to respond where they had all the cards: in South Ossetia.

Moscow had two motives, the lesser of which was as a tit-for-tat over Kosovo. If Kosovo could be declared independent under Western sponsorship, then South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two breakaway regions of Georgia, could be declared independent under Russian sponsorship. Any objections from the United States and Europe would simply confirm their hypocrisy. This was important for internal Russian political reasons, but the second motive was far more important.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin once said that the fall of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical disaster. This didn’t mean that he wanted to retain the Soviet state; rather, it meant that the disintegration of the Soviet Union had created a situation in which Russian national security was threatened by Western interests. As an example, consider that during the Cold War, St. Petersburg was about 1,200 miles away from a NATO country. Today it is about 60 miles away from Estonia, a NATO member. The disintegration of the Soviet Union had left Russia surrounded by a group of countries hostile to Russian interests in various degrees and heavily influenced by the United States, Europe and, in some cases, China.
Resurrecting the Russian Sphere

Putin did not want to re-establish the Soviet Union, but he did want to re-establish the Russian sphere of influence in the former Soviet Union region. To accomplish that, he had to do two things. First, he had to re-establish the credibility of the Russian army as a fighting force, at least in the context of its region. Second, he had to establish that Western guarantees, including NATO membership, meant nothing in the face of Russian power. He did not want to confront NATO directly, but he did want to confront and defeat a power that was closely aligned with the United States, had U.S. support, aid and advisers and was widely seen as being under American protection. Georgia was the perfect choice.

By invading Georgia as Russia did (competently if not brilliantly), Putin re-established the credibility of the Russian army. But far more importantly, by doing this Putin revealed an open secret: While the United States is tied down in the Middle East, American guarantees have no value. This lesson is not for American consumption. It is something that, from the Russian point of view, the Ukrainians, the Balts and the Central Asians need to digest. Indeed, it is a lesson Putin wants to transmit to Poland and the Czech Republic as well. The United States wants to place ballistic missile defense installations in those countries, and the Russians want them to understand that allowing this to happen increases their risk, not their security.

The Russians knew the United States would denounce their attack. This actually plays into Russian hands. The more vocal senior leaders are, the greater the contrast with their inaction, and the Russians wanted to drive home the idea that American guarantees are empty talk.

The Russians also know something else that is of vital importance: For the United States, the Middle East is far more important than the Caucasus, and Iran is particularly important. The United States wants the Russians to participate in sanctions against Iran. Even more importantly, they do not want the Russians to sell weapons to Iran, particularly the highly effective S-300 air defense system. Georgia is a marginal issue to the United States; Iran is a central issue. The Russians are in a position to pose serious problems for the United States not only in Iran, but also with weapons sales to other countries, like Syria.

Therefore, the United States has a problem — it either must reorient its strategy away from the Middle East and toward the Caucasus, or it has to seriously limit its response to Georgia to avoid a Russian counter in Iran. Even if the United States had an appetite for another war in Georgia at this time, it would have to calculate the Russian response in Iran — and possibly in Afghanistan (even though Moscow’s interests there are currently aligned with those of Washington).

In other words, the Russians have backed the Americans into a corner. The Europeans, who for the most part lack expeditionary militaries and are dependent upon Russian energy exports, have even fewer options. If nothing else happens, the Russians will have demonstrated that they have resumed their role as a regional power. Russia is not a global power by any means, but a significant regional power with lots of nuclear weapons and an economy that isn’t all too shabby at the moment. It has also compelled every state on the Russian periphery to re-evaluate its position relative to Moscow. As for Georgia, the Russians appear ready to demand the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili. Militarily, that is their option. That is all they wanted to demonstrate, and they have demonstrated it.

The war in Georgia, therefore, is Russia’s public return to great power status. This is not something that just happened — it has been unfolding ever since Putin took power, and with growing intensity in the past five years. Part of it has to do with the increase of Russian power, but a great deal of it has to do with the fact that the Middle Eastern wars have left the United States off-balance and short on resources. As we have written, this conflict created a window of opportunity. The Russian goal is to use that window to assert a new reality throughout the region while the Americans are tied down elsewhere and dependent on the Russians. The war was far from a surprise; it has been building for months. But the geopolitical foundations of the war have been building since 1992. Russia has been an empire for centuries. The last 15 years or so were not the new reality, but simply an aberration that would be rectified. And now it is being rectified.

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Veggies



Fun, huh? Those are the sproutwells, just your average, ordinary vegetables next door. If you liked the video, feel free to pass it along.

You know, I can't say that I've ever given much thought to being a vegetable. Not a real vegetable anyway. Still, if Barbara Walters asked me if I were a vegetable, what kind of vegetable would I be, then I guess I would have to choose the carrot.

Yeah, they live under the ground but they have a unique shape and a bright color. Really stand out in the crowd. Good for your eyesight. Tasty. What is not to love?

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Smores For the Damned

Camp Offers Training Ground For Little Skeptics : NPR

NPR (who else?) runs a charming piece about a summer camp for kids who really need to learn early to appreciate the heat. Yes, friends, it's a chance to get back to nature, enjoy the great outdoors and spit in the eye of the Creator.

One of the little damned dears accidentally outed herself as an tool of Beelzebub when she swore in front of her sainted granny. God-fearing Granny was quick to tell her not to take the Lord's name in vain. The Sassy young Satanist was quick to respond that she and The Great Jehovah are on the outs.

So, there you have it in a nutshell. Your average atheist starts out as a mouthy 14 year old who curses like a sailor in front of her Grandma. And if that isn't exactly what we as parents are shooting for then I don't know what is.

Well, if nothing else, dancing around a campfire will prepare them for what awaits.

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I did that from memory. What does that tell you? Yeah, I know, that I have no life. Okay, smartass, WHAT ELSE does it tell you? It tells you that the right jingle is worth its weight in gold.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Klaatu Barada Sucko!

Apple - Trailers - The Day the Earth Stood Still - Large

Yeah, Jennifer Connelly is hot and, yeah, Keanu Reeves sucks. Stipulated. What I'm taken by when I watch this trailer is just how stupid this movie looks. For one thing, it doesn't seem as though it has much of anything to do with the original. More importantly, it just seems dull. And when the trailer seems dull that tells you something. It tells you there weren't 45 interesting seconds in the entire movie.

Managing Your Weight

Most of us struggle with our weight.

I know I do. Americans overwhelmingly have weight issues and most of us have tried just about anything and everything to try to get a handle on the problem. Whether it is the latest fad diet plan, the latest exercise craze, diet pills or any one of a thousand other ideas, there are as many different ways to lose weight as there are people who need the help.

For myself, the only thing that has ever really worked for me is just watching what I eat. Yeah, I should add exercise to the mix but I just can't seem to do it. I've started an exercise plan more times than I can count. I do well for about three days and then I fall off the wagon.

Well, if you're one of us out there trying to manage your weight then keep at it. I'll do the same.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Another Olympic Disappointment

I had some small hope that this morning I might get up to* the site of Amy Robach in a little number like this:


What did we find instead? Jenna Wolfe eating fried bugs.

*Geez... I meant get out of bed. Can't you people keep your minds out of the gutter?

How Convenient

Edwards ex-mistress rules out paternity test - Yahoo! News

I'm sorry. I know I said I was going to leave this alone, but I just have to...

The Shyster said the baby isn't his. He knew that because of the timing of the affair. Now, he hadn't taken a paternity test but he wanted to take one to set the record straight. Very forthright of him, no?

Until today when Mom, after depositing the check, announced that she doesn't want there to be a paternity test. So, naturally, there won't be one. The Shyster gets to shrug his shoulders and say, "Oh well, I tried."

Seems just as convenient as hell, doesn't it?

For Those Who Believe In Such Things

If you want to get a good idea of what it is going to look like when the Antichrist takes his throne in Jerusalem you probably don't have to look much further than an Olympic opening ceremony.

All the larger-than-life imagery, all the brotherhood of man, all the Hollywood-panache. And, as in the case of the Beijing games, beneath the golden crust is a pie filled with rotten fruit.

As I said... For those who believe in such things.

On Second Thought

The Calgary Sun - Bernie Mac on the mend - 8/9/2008 - 4:20AM EST

CNN - Comic Actor Bernie Mac dies - 9:32AM EST

Geez... Talk about taking a sudden turn for the worse! Not to be making jokes, but either the brother just crashed or somebody's press flack was being a little on the optimistic side.

Fare thee well, Bernie. In the words of Mrs. Mediablog, the funny ones always die young.

Friday, August 08, 2008

NBC Meets Leni Riefenstahl

I'm not going to spend a lot of time or energy saying what I think of the Communists opening ceremony for the Olympics. This fellow pretty much says what I would say anyway.

Still, at the risk of being the Communist Party pooper, I will just ask that as you watch this genuinely stunning visual and artistic presentation you remember Chinese dissidents being beaten. Chinese dissidents being tortured. Tibetan monks and political activists. Remember peasant farmers who have their land seized by corrupt Party hacks. Remember Christians who meet in secret with one copy of the Bible for twenty people. Remember aborted girl babies.

Hope you enjoy the show.

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Now, I don't wear glasses just yet. To be honest, I probably should. Still, I know that the day is coming very shortly. When I do, I think that ZenniOptical is the place I will go first to find glasses that will work for me. For example, I might choose a set of frames like these:



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Wives and Sweethearts: May They Never Meet

Edwards admits he had affair after heated denials - Yahoo! News

I guess we understand what The Shyster meant about Two Americas all these years...

One for his cancer-ravaged wife and one for his paramour and love child. You know, to be perfectly honest, I don't really care that much about stories like this. The Shyster is a shit and not much of a man. Fine. Enough said. Move on.

Here's the only way in which this sort of thing interests/concerns me. My take on The Shyster is the same as it was on Bubba. If you are so fracking stupid that you can't keep your zipper up for a few years when you're trying to get yourself elected Grand Imperial Poobah of the western world then maybe you are just too fracking stupid to be trusted with The Button. Leave morality aside. Bubba and The Shyster are fracking morons.

All of that being said, I don't plan (baring the unforeseen) to comment further on this subject. The Shyster's wife and children deserve to have this thing fade into obscurity.

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The Most Depressing Show On Radio

For a light-hearted guy, Glenn Beck is a real downer.

Every day is a tale of conspiracy, misery and gloom. Terrorists will attack schools, the economy will collapse, better stock up on canned goods and shoes, war, pestilence, famine, death. And that's just the first half hour. It goes on (and on and on and on) for another two and a half hours. Paranoia holds the reins. And not fun, goofy Art-Bell-the-Greys-are-going-to-probe-me paranoia. This is the dark kind. Not quite black helicopters and detention camps in the heartland, but headed in that directoin.

Quite honestly, it is becoming unlistenable. At one time, I thought Beck was the face (or at least the voice) of the next wave of talk radio in America. The exclusively political, highly partisan styles of Limbaugh and Hannity were going to give way to lighter fare with Beck as the leading edge of a new era. I don't think that anymore. That isn't to say that Beck won't be leading the way. He may very well if we are headed into a darker America (the shining city on a hill metaphor isn't used too often anymore), but it won't be lighter fare. In fact, if anything, it will be darker and more negative than anything Limbaugh or Hannity ever dish out. At least with them, there is hope... Follow me, follow my party, my ideology and we will move into the sunny uplands. Beck, while paying tribute to the virtues of the past, seems to offer a darker image of the future with precious little hope for salvation.

If only I liked sports talk.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Coming Up Next, Kathie Lee Gifford Interviews The Pope

Can someone explain to me why Today had Jenna Wolfe interviewing Condi Rice this morning? It's like having frigging Bozo the Clown sit down for a little tete-a-tete with Einstein.

Yeah, I'm sure NBC is trying to polish the resumes of some people it feels like are up-and-comers. That's probably why they had Miss Amy interview Nanci "Bug Eyes" Pelosi yesterday. Still, Amy (along with being a hot, hot hottie) is also able to be a serious journalist. Jenna Wolfe is a circus act.

Give it up, Today. Jenna isn't Christian Amanpour and she ain't going to be any time soon.