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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Some People Will Never Be Convinced

Here's how the Washington Post proclaims the news:


Here's how I see it:

There are still Birthers?

Apparently so.

Here's the revealing stat: Even after Obama released his birth certificate to the public (finally) 10 percent of Americans say Obama was likely born abroad. Which is down from 20%.

The accompanying Post chart:

I suppose it should be assumed that there is a crazy person on the Right for every nitwit like Rosie O'Donnell that's out there.

The big question is this: Is Hillary Clinton still a Birther?

It's all so amusing.  In an annoying sort of way.

Obama vs. Obama

Victor Davis Hanson has the dude pegged (in "The First-Person Presidency"):
When the president reminds us this week of what “over the years I’ve repeatedly made clear,” does he include his opposition to what he now has institutionalized?

Guantanamo proves to have been important for gathering intelligence; Barack Obama derided it as “a tremendous recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.”

Some key intelligence was found by interrogating prisoners abroad; Barack Obama wished to end that practice: “This means ending the practices of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries, of detaining thousands without charge or trial, of maintaining a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of law.” “That will be my position as president. That includes renditions.” Renditions have not ended under Obama, but expanded.

In some cases we are trying suspects through military tribunals; here again, Barack Obama used to deplore the practice he now has adopted: “a flawed military-commission system that has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9/11 attacks and that has been embroiled in legal challenges.”

Senator Obama complained about airborne attacks on the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands. President Obama increased Predator assassination attacks fivefold. He has killed four times as many terrorist suspects by Predators in 27 months than did President Bush in eight years.

In January 2007 — three weeks after President Bush announced the surge — Senator Obama introduced the “Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007.” If it had passed, that law would have removed all troops from Iraq by March 2008. Obama derided the surge in unequivocal terms both before and after its implementation: “I don’t know any expert on the region or any military officer that I’ve spoken to privately that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.” “Here’s what we know. The surge has not worked.”

Candidate Obama criticized warrantless wiretaps, in accusing the Bush administration in the harshest terms: “This administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not.” A disinterested examination of present policy regarding both wiretaps and intercepts would show no change from the Bush administration, or indeed considerable expansion of the use of these tools.

If one wonders why former President Bush did not attend ceremonies with President Obama this week in New York, it might be because of past rhetoric like this about policies Obama once derided and then codified: “I taught constitutional law for ten years at the University of Chicago, so . . . um . . . your next president will actually believe in the Constitution, which you can’t say about your current president.” George Bush did not believe in the U.S. Constitution?

In sum, Senator Obama opposed tribunals, renditions, Guantanamo, preventive detention, Predator-drone attacks, the Iraq War, wiretaps, and intercepts — before President Obama either continued or expanded nearly all of them, in addition to embracing targeted assassinations, new body scanning and patdowns at airports, and a third preemptive war against an oil-exporting Arab Muslim nation — this one including NATO efforts to kill the Qaddafi family. The only thing more surreal than Barack Obama’s radical transformation is the sudden approval of it by the once hysterical Left. In Animal Farm and 1984 fashion, the world we knew in 2006 has simply been airbrushed away.
So Obama fashions himself, now, as being some kind of warrior god.  But a few short years ago?

Mother Teresa.

Will he get away with it?

The answer is yes.  At least in the eyes of some.  He can do anything; he can do nothing; he can undo what he did moments ago; he can redo what he claimed needed to be undone before - to them it makes no difference.

But to intelligent human beings?

There is no there there.  Obama is making it all up as he goes along.

And he'll likely be reelected in 2012.

May God have mercy.

This Seems Right

Paula and I watched the Kentucky Derby yesterday evening.  Good stuff.

We were, though, maybe the only two who did.

Times change.  And so do viewing interests.

Here's something that gained my interest.  We all know what the biggest sporting attractions on TV are these days.  Beginning, of course, with the Super Bowl.

But which former gangbuster viewer draws no longer draw viewers?

Here's the official list of today's "top 10 diminished sporting events," with the Derby, unfortunately, at Number 2:

1. World Series
2. Kentucky Derby
3. Indianapolis 500
4. Heavyweight boxing
5. National Invitation Tournament
6. Cotton Bowl
7. PBA
8. Western Open
9. Penn Relays
10. America’s Cup

Again, these are sporting events that are no longer attracting the TV spectators they once did.

Me?  I'd probably put boxing at the very top, but otherwise this seems right.

As for baseball, generally, I can remember a time when my father would sit on the front porch at night and listen to Cubs games.  Every night.  Now I couldn't give you the name of even one player.  On any Major League team.  The World Series?  Who cares?

The Indy 500?  I remember the riveting battles that took place between A.J. Foyt, the Unser brothers, and Mario Andretti.  Now I can't even pronounce the names of some of the foreign drivers.  Nor care to.

And don't get me started on golf ...

A Win-Win

Osama bin Laden killed.

Muslim fanatics blowing themselves up in response.

We should all encourage them in their time of sorrow.

Two Questions

Questions that need to be answered before we allow Al Gore and his kind to alter our way of life.

1) Is the planet warming?

2) If so, are we doing something to cause it to warm?

Big questions with, as of yet, no answers.

Don't let the true believers fool you.  They don't know.

Nor do all those "scientists" out there who claim to have all the answers.

So what do we know?

In truth, we know that we don't know.

A valuable standard for all to live by:
When the evidence is evaluated dispassionately, without preconceived notions, and in the context that the real "culprit" has still not been identified (like, heaven forbid, Mother Nature herself), the gavel may finally drop on the truth about climate change.

In the interim, the next time the shocking details of runaway global warming are reported by the mainstream media, remember that the usual suspect -- man-made greenhouse gas -- may indeed be innocent of crimes against the environment.
What say we make some kind of determination before we force ourselves to revert our life styles back into the Dark Ages.  Is that too much to ask?

Democrats Want To End 'Corporate Welfare'?

Not really.

They just want to end "welfare" for certain corporations.

You have a no-jobs, money-losing, going nowhere "clean energy" corporation?

As Bob Barker would say: Come on down!

Democrat Ralph Nader:

"While President Clinton and the Congress have gutted the welfare system for poor people, no such top-down agenda has emerged for corporate welfare recipients. The savage demagoguery directed against imaginary 'welfare queens' has never been matched with parallel denunciations of gluttonous corporate welfare kings."

Democrat Ralph Nader:

"A phased in initial price of $50 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions would harness $300 billion annually—money ... that would finance a green industrial revolution, providing a boon of 10 million new green collar jobs (in efficiency retrofits, cogeneration, geothermal, solar energy generation, and green grid enhancements) in the first five years."


I get so confused.  Are they for corporate subsidies or against them?

He's Just Another Two-Bit Politician

Obama, when he wanted our votes:

"We will win this election and, you and I together, we're going to change the country and change the world."

Obama, now that he's gotten what he wanted:

"There are no quick fixes."

Well, to this lying politician I have a response: Yes, there are:

All the "We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For" idiocy won't put gas in the tank.