April 30, 2008
— Open Blog Update: [Liberrocky]
I also saw Iron Man this evening (thanks to the good people at Oracle who supplied me with the passes, your SQL has no equal) and I agree 100% with someone's review.
It is a very good super hero movie, not as good as Batman Begins or Superman II but in the super hero genre well above par.
The only beef I really have is with the casting of Stane, come on Jeff Bridges?! The Dude does not make a very menacing villain, good bowler bad villain.
Short version: good movie, no moonbat content.
Seriously. That's what y'all wanted to know, right? Go see it Friday.
Mild but general spoilers below. more...
— Ace Note, however, who was polled: Not Democratic voters specifically.
A survey of 571 registered likely voters in North Carolinas May 6 Democratic primary shows Sen. Hillary Clinton having moved from a double digit deficit in an InsiderAdvantage poll taken in mid-April to a two point lead over Sen. Barack Obama in this telephone survey, conducted April 29. The survey was weighted for age, race, gender, and political affiliation. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%
The results were:
Hillary Clinton: 44%
Barack Obama: 42%
Prior to his appearance on FoxNews Networks Hannity & Colmes, on which the poll was released, InsiderAdvantages Matt Towery noted: The shift has come almost entirely from white voters age 45 and over. There was a small drift of African-Americans back towards Clinton, but not so significant as to establish any trend.
I believe when all is said and done, Obama will likely carry North Carolina; or if he loses the race, it will be by just a few points.
Thanks to CJ.
— Ace Well, not versus. Hillary will sink her claws into Obama a bit, as the previews already show.
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That diva act, Jesus. You married a hundred and forty year old corpse, parlayed that into a super-impressive gig on the Detroit city council. Get over yourself. You're a gold-digging, no-account minor governmental layabout.
And you can't even put your ego on hold long enough to just say "I did wrong" to a kid.
And so, the delightful result: A kid makes you look like an even bigger assclown than you are.
— Ace I'd steal it, but then you wouldn't need to click.
Thanks to DebH.
— Ace Yup.
New prediction: No global warming at all for the next ten years.
Which only proves we've got some serious fucking global warming going on.
— Ace He mentions the Ace of Spades blog, but he's interested, ultimately, in Mary Katharine Ham.
Aren't we all.
— Ace Quoting a reader's email approvingly:
The point has been made before, but we need a reminder. Obama did not have a strong model of masculinity, a father figure to know intimately and revere, in his earliest years. He yearned desperately for it; somehow, finding the patriarch would make him whole and normal in a way he thought others felt.
So he found Wright a few decades ago. But he's flying blind. If we're lucky enough, and our fathers live long enough, we can see them for the humans they are. We don't love them less, but in the process of maturing we begin to grow independent by seeing them with new eyes. We separate, and in doing so, enter a new ambivalence about what the father-son role means as it transforms. We might be watching a limnal process for Obama in real-time here. The sad thing is that (and I believe Obama is sincere) I don't think any of us could know the inner turmoil this causing Obama. Sometimes its easy to forget how privileged those of us who know well the father-son dynamic are; its just too easy to yell "throw Wright under the bus." Obama is human, too.
Awww. Baby Barack just needs some Daddy Time and he'll stop courting racist demagogic Marxist America-haters.
Every woman who read that just started menstruating in sync.
In further evidence that Andrew Sullivan is simply insane, he offers this site as a delightful time-waster, providing him hours of pleasure, and a new reader contest.
It's called "Falindromes." They are almost palindromes. They almost could be palindromes. Except they're not. They're just nonsensical sentences.
Bobak eats meat: Kabob!
See... it sort of, kind of, looks like a palindrome, except when you bother to check.
Wow. Dude, how can I even leave the house when I have madcap fun like that going on online?
There was a National Lampoon joke about this sort of thing years ago. Proposing new state license plate mottoes, Ohio was called "The Almost-a-Palindrome State."
That got a smile out of me, yes. But, uh, I think the studio space there is pretty much explored entirely with that. Not sure how much more water that particular well can provide.
This proves something else I've long noted about Sullivan: He does not have a functioning sense of humor. Long ago, back when I was actually bothering to read his tripe, I realized that when Sullivan provided a link he deemed "hysterical" or "hilarious," it was almost entirely unfunny. He's one of those people (like movie critics) who simply guess at what normal human beings find funny.
— Ace 1. Wright's anti-semitic, anti-American, hardcore Marxist radical hatred was entirely occluded from Obama, the world, and most especially the NYT until yesterday. It came as a complete shock to one and all, and no one should hold it against Obama that he cultivated a mutually advantageous political partnership with a Nazi for 20 years. Now he's "repudiated" the Nazi, and we all know that you can consort with Nazis for almost all of your adult life and then simply "repudiate" them at a press availability and the issue goes away entirely.
2. Obama's 20 year political partnership with Wright may raise questions about his judgment, but it is wrongful for his political opponents to raise such questions in campaign ads. Some questions, it seems, are properly raised, but silently, in deep personal meditation, perhaps on an alpine hill while reading Rilke. Certainly we do not need to audibly ask questions about a presidential candidate. That's just hurtful and corrosive of our political process, which relies, at its core, of utter trust in our political leaders without question.
3. Not only does Obama's very late-inning "disowning" of Wright completely insulate him from questions about their 20 year history together, it actually transforms Obama into an anti-Wright, the good, cleanshaven mirror-universe good version of the goateed evil version Wright. Whether or not a transporter malfunction is partly responsible for this is anyone's guess.
4. Obama gets to decide when the Wright issue is not legitimate. He mentioned it being legitimate the other day, now he rules it out as legitimate, stating he didn't want the press to associate him with Wright anymore. As will soon be apparent, Obama gets to decide on behalf our our independent media when an issue is and is not worthy of public discussion.
5. When Obama felt that Wright was defensible "in the context" of racial divides and the black church, he was defensible in the eyes of the MSM. When Obama felt he was no longer so defensible, the MSM agreed he wasn't.
6. In any event, it's time to MoveOn (TM) from this distraction, just as it was time to MoveOn (TM) from this distraction each time Obama, and his Liberal Media Spirit Squad, pronounced it so. Except this time, they really mean it. Case closed, "distancing" achieved, nothing to see here folks, move along.
7. There was nothing wrong with Wright's anti-American Marxist racist hatred until he paraded it in front of the public, with "context" provided by he himself, and thus threatened the Liberal Media Spirit Squad's boyfriend's chances of being elected. That, and that alone, was Wright's sin. And the one he must be repudiated for. Wright is guilty of preening, thinking it's "all about him," knifing his friend in the back, raising questions when Obama could least afford them, taking Obama off message, hurting Obama's political viability, etc. Wright's sins, in short, are your sins: Not caring enough about the political fortunes of one Barack Hussein Obama. And for those sins, we must all repent.
8. And this has nothing at all to do with Obama. Did I mention that?
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe, Adolf Hitler is "distancing" himself from Josef Goebbels, telling the German media that despite Goebbels' long-time position as Minister of Propaganda, the anti-semitic Goebbels "habt sprechen fur mich nicht" and that he no longer wants any questions about Goebbels' loose talk about a "Final Solution."
"Distancing." That's all it takes. Run a poll, decide someone is now a political liability, cut him loose, and you hit the reset button. You are no longer answerable at all for the lack of "distance" -- nay, the very real political and spiritual closeness -- with a lunatic racist you cultivated all of your adult life.
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Just Got An Email From OJ Simpson! He says he wants to "distance himself" from the Rockingham murders, and that he also would like no longer to be asked about them. He says he "repudiates" those murders and finds them "shocking."
He also says he's running for sheriff and doesn't want any of these "distractions" to affect his chances.
Wow! This is Awesome! I just vote to Visa and Verizon and told them it was my wish to "distance myself" from any debts I may have incurred and strongly wished to "no longer be associated with them" nor "asked about them." Furthermore, I strongly stated these niggling questions about what I may have done in the past were "distractions" from my life's ambition of building a Robot Dog who catches Frisbees and solves crimes.
— Ace And not, technically, a recession.
"Nothing to crow about," the administration says.
The bruised economy limped through the first quarter, growing at just a 0.6 percent pace as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses alike to hunker down.
The country's economic growth during January through March was the same as in the final three months of last year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The statistic did not meet what economists consider a definition of a recession, which is a contraction of the economy. This means that although the economy is stuck in a rut, it is still managing to grow, even if slightly.
Many analysts were predicting that the gross domestic product (GDP) would weaken a bit more -- to a pace of just 0.5 percent -- in the first quarter. Earlier this year, some thought the economy would actually lurch into reverse during the opening quarter. Now, they say they believe that will likely happen during the current April-to-June period.
"The economy is weak but not collapsing," said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Bank of America's Investment Strategies Group. "A recession can't be ruled out, although the stars are not lined up at this point to definitively say one way or the other."
Thanks to dri.
— Ace Was this guy really that impressive? I always thought he was pretty damn boring.
But I never really followed the Flash, and I've always had this bias against blond male superheroes.
Yes, including Captain America.
— Ace A fifteen year old girl. For God's sake.
I wonder if his story will change from "I didn't do steroids and/or HGH" to "I did so much steroids and HGH I went out of my mind and so I'm not responsible for my actions."
Drugs, including alcohol, are being used as a scapegoat for an awful lot of pathologies lately. Do something wrong, say it was the drugs acting, go to rehab, go on Oprah, the redemption is complete.
What do you do if you're not on drugs or alcohol but just do something awful? What if you are, as Bill Cosby said, just basically an asshole? Where's your reset button then?
I always got the impression that Michael Richards was something of a straight-edge health-nut. Not sure if that's accurate. But it's too bad he wasn't a drunk or drug-user, at least for his career. He could have blamed the N-word tirade on smack or something.
— DrewM Theres a lot of speculation about why Rev. Wright went on his 4 day Sink Obama Tour.
Some speculate it was a set up to give The Obamassiah his Sister Souljah moment.
Now one source who claims to know whats going on says its a genuine rift between the two men over Obamas decision to distance himself from Wright and the church he built.
The Post has learned. "After 20 years of loving Barack like he was a member of his own family, for Jeremiah to see Barack saying over and over that he didn't know about Jeremiah's views during those years, that he wasn't familiar with what Jeremiah had said, that he may have missed church on this day or that and didn't hear what Jeremiah said, this is seen by Jeremiah as nonsense and betrayal," said the source, who has deep roots in Wright's Chicago community and is familiar with his thinking on the matter.
The source noted that the roots of Wright's disillusionment with Obama began last year after the Illinois senator unexpectedly yanked him from participating in the public announcement of his presidential campaign.
"That's why Jeremiah revealed . . . that he had actually been at the [announcement] hotel and prayed privately with the Obama family before the official declaration," the source told The Post.
"Rev. Wright, as well as other senior members of his church, believe that Obama has betrayed over 20 years of their supposed friendship."
The story is written by Fred Dicker who covers NY State politics for the NY Post and is generally considered a very solid reporter. Theres probably someone working at the Capital in Albany with Chicago ties who is feeding him this.
Its interesting that the Dickers source is quoted as saying that he (Obama) may have missed church on this day or that and therefore didnt hear some of the crazier shit.
I really wonder if there is video of Obama sitting there listening to some of the stuff he denies having heard in a draw in Wrights desk.
Even if there isnt video of him, I dont think Obamas problems with Wright are done. Sure the media will tell us to move on but what if Wright doesnt stop? With the liberals in the MSM go all out to destroy Wright for Obama?
I dont know about you but I need some more popcorn.
— Dave in Texas Irony, thy name is irony.
Fifteen descendants of John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil are calling for Exxon Mobil to make corporate governance changes and adopt a renewable fuels strategy blah blah blah.
Heard a Dallas talk show guy ponder about this yesterday, you know what would have been sweet when that moron Ed Markey was whining at the oil company execs about why they don't invest more money into alternative fuels? If just one of those guys had leaned into the microphone and replied "I'll tell you why congressman. Because we are a fucking oil company. We explore for, extract, deliver and refine petroleum. That's what we do. We don't make hamburgers. We don't deliver pizza either. Dipshit".
Ok the radio guy didn't say "fucking" and "dipshit", that's all me. I took a good idea and improved upon it a bit.
[Neva Rockefeller] Goodwin called on Exxon to reconnect with the forward-looking vision of her great grandfather.
"Kerosene was the alternative energy of its day when he realized it could replace whale oil. Part of John D. Rockefeller's genius was in recognizing early the need and opportunity for a transition to a better, cheaper and cleaner fuel."
Not exactly, dear. His genius was replacing whale oil with a product he just happened to produce and sell. Visionary.
UPDATE (from the sidebar): What could we do about it? We could hire China to explore in the Gulf for us.
Oh wait. Cuba already did that.
April 29, 2008
— Ace Kind of a false democracy where no one really votes but their "votes" are counted anyway, according to how Democratic bigs figure the public would have voted.
Clinton has argued that she should get 73 delegates based on the results of the Jan. 15 primary, which she won 18 more than Obama.
Obama, who removed his name from the ballot, wants the 128 pledged delegates split evenly, 64-64.
The compromise, suggested Tuesday in a letter to Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer, fell halfway between the two proposals.
Still, it's probably close enough. And it would give Our Girl another six delegates. And she a-gonna need 'em.
— Ace Premature, as Allah suggests. Obama is still the tougher candidate. Were Hillary somehow to manage to prevail, the Democrat Party would be so wracked and riotous that even Ron Paul could beat them.
— Ace Well, the word on the street is that Barack Obama did not repudiate or further "distance" himself from Wright (who, by the way, he cannot "distance" himself from) last night, but rather waited until today, because he was polling on whether he should make the move all night.
That's the word on the street.
The word from Mary Katharine Ham's dad confirms that, as he, a North Carolina resident, did receive just such a poll last night.
Interesting Theory... sort of crazy, actually, but not entirely.
Who pushed ABCNews the Wright story last May 13th?
Maybe Obama himself, who was blown away that the media had not shown any interest at all in one of his biggest vulnerabilities, and needed the story out there well before the general election, but after he had all but locked up the nomination.
Crazy idea. But who knows.
Update: West Wrote Essay Praising James Cone's "By Any Means Necessary" Farrakhanite Call to (Literal) Arms
— Ace Of course not. Wright's sin in Obama's eyes wasn't holding a Marxist, lunatic vision of America the Evil. It was just that he didn't keep his mouth shut like a good soldier.
These Aren't the Marxist Liberation Theology Pastors You're Looking For: Obama's Jedi Mind Trick, claiming that Wright has "changed," doesn't fool the Weekly Standard.
A High Tech Lynching: At least according to the new pastor at Trinity, Barack Obama led the lynching party.
Everywhere Is Turning Up Marxists: Rick writes:
If I remember correctly Cornell West is a Black Liberation Theology advocate. I know hes written the first essay in Black Faith and Public Talk Critical Essays on James H. Cones Black Theology and Black Power edited by Dwight N. Hopkins.
Rick does indeed remember correctly. You can browse through Amazon's excerpts from this book, where Cornell West heaps praise upon it, calling it "towering."
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