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Michelle Obama Might Mislead

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John Lott gets pissed off.

Perhaps a Final Reference to the University of Western Ontario

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The Chinese are sticking to the old name.

(Sorry if this is a tad subtle.)

Not As Bad As He Could Have Been

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Good Lord, has he really lost the media backstop? This Daily Show video arguing it could have been worse is so funny, and narrated by Lary David.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 September 2012 02:32

Somehow I Missed the Most Moving Moment last night at the DNC

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If you do not break into tears watching this I have no wish to discuss anything with you. You are a sociopath.

And I cannot stand Debbie Wassermann-Schultz but she moved me too. She is clearly a tremendous friend to Giffords.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2012 10:41

Clint Will Not Repent

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And nor should he. The local Carmel paper interviews Clint Eastwood about his RNC appearance. (I am guessing the pine cones are Monterey pines.)

In any case that was NO rambling distracted fool. That was an actor, with some strong personal views, and when you read that article you realize what incredible skills he has.

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

Mission utterly accomplished.

And as he sits in the Green Room:

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

He asked a stagehand to take it out to the lectern while he was being announced.

“The guy said, ‘You mean you want it at the podium?’ and I said, ‘No, just put it right there next to it.’”

If only the Great Windbag could improvise so well. But the Great Windbag is a lot less smart than Clint Eastwood, judging from this.

Moreover, unlike the Great Windbag, Eastwood is incredibly self-aware:

As he wrapped up his remarks, he was aware his presentation was “very unorthodox,” but that was his intent from the beginning, even if some people weren’t on board.

“They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit,” he said. “I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.”

As we always say, read the whole thing. It is worth the read. Rowdy Yates lives!


I Rather Like John Baird's Style

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It seems his decision this morning to basically cut off diplomatic relations with Iran is spawning a certain amount of chaos.

After years of suffering under rather waffling moral positions at least now Canada occasionally stands up a little.

Whatever the ostensible reasons remember that there are lively accusations that the Iranian embassy is running puppet events in Canada, and they occur frequently and publicly.

Stephen Harper is in many ways a very quiet guy but he is not afriad of acting.

UPDATE: Terry Glavin endorses.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 September 2012 02:46

Pigs Flew at the DNC Last Night

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I have concluded after some review that Biden outstaged Obama. Mind you, Obama left the bar really low. Scott Johnson does a nice job of explaining how bad his speech was, and includes along the way a video that had me laughing out loud.

In fact this video does such a great job of showing what an ass this little twerp is that I will steal it and embed it directly.

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The funniest thing about this is how uncomfortable the Danish PM (and, BTW, wow) looks sitting in the same room with the little creep. And look at the body language of the Philippine leader! And Sarko is so little! And people accused Clint Eastwood of rambling! Look how hard it is for 'Australia' to get from the brain to the mouth.

That video is SO good I wonder to a degree whether it might be worth learning Danish in order to watch that show.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2012 10:31

Iowahawk Hits it Perfectly on Twitter

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I remember laughing quietly with delight at how exactly right Iowahawk got this. Glenn Reynolds gets it out into his blog.



A Nice One-Sentence Summary

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In one sentence we get a summary of Obamacare.

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I'd vote for her!

h/t LI

Somebody must have bitched and darkened this great video.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:12

Clinton's Speech as Written and as Delivered

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This Atlantic article leaves me awestruck at Clinton's skills on his feet.

My one observation is that my chuckles and moments of pleasure, and recognition of this guy as the guy who was President, were almost ALL in the extemporaneous parts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 13:43

Last Night's DNC

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What a weird world! If these guys get a positive response from what transpired last night, I'll be amazed. But then I have been amazed many times.

I did not see it all but I did see that crazy imposed amendment to the platform; it's not that the amendment was crazy, rather that the process of getting approval was. It took three repeated votes before the chair could claim to have heard a two-thirds majority of 'Ayes' that nobody else could detect (I certainly could not, and the first vote seemed overwhelmingly No). Then to have the convention floor boo the call, which was a clear repudiation of the convention leadership, it's no wonder most media seem not to be covering it at all, for fear of hurting their beloved Barry.

And then Sandra Fluke. I seem to recall this girl whined several months ago about her Catholic university not paying for her birth control, which she claimed placed a financial burden on her of $3000 a year! Now I know birth control does not cost anything like that so I assume she is estimating the cost of condoms; so that means she needs 4000 of them a year (I have not bought any in a few years but guess that is about right). Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to suggest she was a slut, and the whole world went crazy; she is still aggrieved that he was trying to 'silence' her. He so silenced her that Congress invited her to testify; I am sure some Congressmen wanted a closer look at such an active woman.

Now I do not know what it takes to be a slut but I cannot figure out how she manages her law classes having sex ten times a day, and how many poor men are needed to maintain that rate. I find her so whiny and repulsive in her 'me-me-me, but you have to pay for me' mode that I cannot imagine how any man would want to have congress with her. OTOH we are a somewhat undiscriminating sex. She is a disgrace to feminism, and I don't want her silenced; I want her giving her little speech as an intro to Obama at every stop he makes.

And then dear God, Elizabeth Warren, the fake Cherokee, talking about rigging the system, after an academic career featuring shoddy work and claims of being part-Cherokee to work her way up the ladder! And so boring she had the even more boring John Kerry yawning.

And then Bill! It was like old times! I recall a colleague who commented after one of Clinton's State of the Union messages that he loved watching them, they made him feel so good (even in the crappy times in Clinton's leadership, and there were a lot, notably forgotten last night). I also am not clear how the speech helps Obama, with the emphasis on working cross-party successfully, which is the thing Obama has been an utter failure at doing after all his windbag rhetoric promising this. Even his acolyte press has started to document how little interest he has ever shown in negotiating with the Republicans, a significant change from Clinton's 1994 re-orientation. All I know is I had fun for the 50 minutes; I doubt Obama backstage was having the same fun.

And I expect the Great Windbag, if he tries lofty rhetoric tonight, will be in trouble. And I do not think he has another effective mode. It was effective when we knew so little about him; sadly we now know quite a bit. Maybe he should subcontract the speech to Michelle. This should be very interesting. At least he will be following Biden. Who knows what speech Biden will plagiarize tonight.


Hope and Change

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OK well once there was hope. Maybe now there is change. Maybe not.

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An Even More Dangerous Drinking Game

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From Vodkapundit, obviously, with many more opportunities to take a shot, all utterly predictable.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:38

A Succinct Summary of the DNC Last Night

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I'd give a h/t but I forgot who pointed me here.

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I am expecting Bill Clinton to easily trump this puppy.

It has to do with the false picture presented by Michelle Obama among many ridiculous others.

(Yes there was some of the same posturing last week at the RNC but last night was pretty special.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:22

After McKayla, Now Pippa appears Unimpressed

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 09:22

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