Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Feet Friday

Gorgeous Ina Ray Hutton sings "Baby, Knock Me a Kiss”.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why, you could've knocked me over with a feather

Obama admits that he doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic State…“yet”.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Mr. Obama said in a news conference at the White House. “We don’t have a strategy yet. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”
Well, you’d better get on it, Barry, or you’re not going to have a cart or a horse.

Oh, and if you’ve developed an interest in consulting with Congress (however belatedly), you might want to include a couple of other little issues, like amnesty and climate treaties.

Update: Sorry, dude. Wearing Ronald Reagan-style suits doesn't make you the Gipper.

"Nice try, Junior."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So how did he manage to survive?

Film director Spike Lee recently went on television to claim that the events in Ferguson, MO are emblematic of “America’s war on the black male”.

Presumably Lee was being filmed at a secret location, safe from the hordes of white-robed nightriders who rove our nation’s highways, streets and country lanes, gunning down innocent black Americans with impunity, while basking in the unqualified admiration of their lily-white sympathizers. In fact, Lee’s continued existence is a great mystery. Not only has he managed to survive the genocide, but to thrive as one of Hollywood’s most successful movie directors, accumulating accolades from scores of critics and millions of fans, many of whom seem to be Caucasian, and piling up the kind of wealth that one normally associates with the hated 1%.

How did he do it? What cunning plan enabled Lee to hide in plain sight, especially in his earlier years before he was finally in a position to secure himself in some carefully concealed, out-of-the-way, wretched little shack? Some speculate that Lee eluded detection in his youth by wearing a disguise (perhaps a Pee Wee Herman mask); others say that his diminutive stature and pug-dog face may have enabled him to pass as someone’s household pet. Still others, less scientifically-minded, suggest that he possessed a magical porkpie hat that rendered him invisible.

Or maybe the real key to the mystery is this: it isn’t all white people who are out to subjugate African-Americans, but only a few powerful ones, like the late Lyndon Johnson, whose Great Society promised an expansive safety net that turned out to be a cage, locking millions of blacks into a life of bare subsistence on the dole, cooped up in hell hole ghettos where traditional (and genuine) safety nets like family and community broke down completely, leading to widespread resignation, violence and despair, and constant exploitation by the execrable victim industry that has sprouted up to fan the flames of resentment (and not coincidentally, to line the pockets of its self-appointed leaders). And of course Spike Lee, who was reared in a solidly middle class environment, was spared all of this, and can now indulge his voyeuristic urges to peer into the underside of modern urban life and fantasize that he has something more than simply an outsider’s passing acquaintance with it.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure the founders would be cool with that

Ace discusses the government’s funding of a database to monitor “subversive” speech.

Take away quote: “I always know I'm engaging in ‘open debate’ when I feel the hot breath of a government censor on the back of my neck.”

It’s a much-used truism, but it’s still valid: if all of the things being done under the administration reign of Barack Obama were done under a Republican president, we’d be seeing hostile media coverage 24/7. In fact, a GOP president would probably be lucky to escape with mere impeachment ; he might well wind up with Harry Reid leading a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with his head on a pike.

Political whore Charlie Crist stages comeback in Florida

I don’t follow Florida politics, but one wonders how awful his opponent had to be for notorious weasel (he even looks like one) Charlie Crist to win the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

For a good time, call Charlie “Anything Goes” Crist

Tainting the well

Financial support for a new gun control measure in Washington state is coming primarily from ten zip codes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The great hallucination

Victor Davis Hanson nails it, as usual: “Historians will look back at 2008 as a time when the country became more or less collectively unhinged.”

The question, going forward, is whether this tendency toward mass self-delusion has been reversed (or is even, any longer, reversible). Color me prayerful, but skeptical. Why skeptical? Let me count the ways:

1) The Romney boomlet. How many times do establishment presidential candidates have to lose before it becomes apparent that that’s the only thing they’re especially good at?

2) The dubious gaggle of alternative GOP contenders, many of whom began the last election cycle as putative tea party hopefuls, but eventually revealed themselves to be delicate and insubstantial souffl├ęs, collapsing into establishment goo before the onslaught of noise from the big government/amnesty/business-as-usual wing of the Republican party.

3) Hillary Clinton’s continuing popularity. She’s not inevitable, even as her party’s nominee, let alone as the next president; however, in what mature, sober environment would someone so utterly lacking in genuine accomplishments, and so heavily freighted with the baggage of corruption and ineptitude, have any real chance at all?

4) The rapidly growing segment of the population that is not only resigned, but apparently eager, to undergo the transmogrification from a free people into a lowing herd of government-fed, domesticated ruminants.

5) The mainstream media’s permanent role as a progressive bullhorn, in which it excels as a purveyor and validator of left-wing fantasy, peddling ideological salt licks to the bovine (see #4).

So, as I say, I remain prayerful rather than hopeful.