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If This Does Not Creep You Out Totally ...

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... you have a lead on why we disagree about things.

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"The government's the only thing that we all belong to." I think the only thing we all belong to is the human species. That video is so completely opposite the spirit of Clint Eastwood's excellent performance at the RNC and it marks a major difference between the parties.

Romney tweets in a perfect tone:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 06:49

Noone Ever Builds Anything

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I wish this were not so funny; it fits here perfectly as well.

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"WIthout Mommy and Daddy bringing you into the world, your molecules ..."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 16:19

Why Is Clint Eastwood So Mean?

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OK I laughed hard at this and thought, no, no re-post, it's silly.

And then on reflection I realized that this was roughly the level of argument that people who have submitted to me who feel I am "too hard on President Obama" have made, and that I have felt no call to respond. (Well, or my response would be "How dumb can you be?".)

This goof (thank you, Internet and the creativity it unleashes) encapsulates exactly what I hear when I hear from those folk.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 16:20

This Inspires a Drinking Game

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This really does suggest a drinking game, though a very dangerous one the next three nights of DNC2012.

h/t Legal Insurrection


A New High in The Great Windbag's Displays of Narcissism

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Roger Kimball astonishes me with this shocking interchange with Obama:

Falsani: What is sin?

Obama: Being out of alignment with my values.

That is just so amazing on so many levels. The complete self-absorption seems to be at least pretty non-Chirstian to me in any way I understand that (I am an atheist.) Well, he has never struck me as much of a Christian in anything but name. It goes in a pithy phrase a long way to explain why the progressive Democrats go so bonkers listening to anyone espouse any other priorities than theirs. Those people do not disagree with us, we are doing eally bad things and going to Hell!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:47

National Empty Chair Day

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Though I live in Canada, I might even have set an empty chair out in front of the house with an appropriate sign.

THe day is young and it seems this institution is off to an energetic start with lots of empty chairs being reported.

Here's one nice example but go look at all the others and expect a lot more. I like the teleprompter touch here.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 06:55

Eastwood - Ann Althouse is Doing What I am Doing

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And getting the same result on Eastwood's RNC performance.

It was f&*(ing brilliant. And kudos to the Romney team for the guts to let it disrupt the convention schedule!

I just rewatched the performance. It was great! Hilarious... subtle... well-paced.... The haters are totally bullshitting and playing dumb (assuming they are not actually dumb). And what they are trying to do is scare other celebrities: Toe the line or we will destroy you. That crushing repression is the opposite of what the performing arts should be about.references to the phrase 'fuck yourself'

If I had seen it live I suspect I would have been baffled and not got what he was doing. It was so out of line with what one does at a convention. How smart are those Romney people?

Now exactly ALL the people who are needed to swing the election and would never watch the coverage are going to watch this, like me (I am not one of them) many times, and the message is just too damned clear and very compelling. This is the consequence of the Obama suckocracy mentioning it so much.

I doubt there is a single person outside the Romney family who would be troubled by Clint's brilliant references to the phrase 'fuck yourself' and I suspect they ALL know no Romney would say it, and it would come to Obama's lips easily.

This was very subtle. Way beyond Rowdy Yates.

And maybe the RNC got social media right once after the genius Obama team thought they owned it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 10:33

Gary Sinise - Nice!

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I have never seen Forrest Gump, and it is not on my bucket list, but I love him in CSI:NY.


Bob's a Racist

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Given that last post, I guess I have to refer my readers to Bob's workplace problems as a racist.

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Dog Whistles

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MSNBC outdid even itself last week hearing racist dog whistles and Mark Steyn has a little fun with it.

Here's roughly the middle of the article.

On the matter of those racist dog whistles all these middle-age white liberals keep hearing, the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto put it very well: "The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it's intended for somebody else," he wrote. "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog." And a very rare breed at that. What frequency does a Mitch McConnell speech have to be ringing inside your head for even the most racially obsessed Caucasian NBC anchorman to hear the words "PGA tour" as "deep-rooted white insecurities about black male sexuality"? That's way beyond dog-whistling, and somewhere between barking mad and frothing rabid.

Still, now that "golf" and "Chicago" – along with "Clint," "Medicare," "debt," "jobs," "foreign policy" and "quantitative easing" – are all racist code words, are there any words left that aren't racist? Yes, here's one:


I hope that's enough to encourage you to follow the link to see how Steyn gets there and where he goes. It's a good analysis and, as usual, full at least of some sharp writing worth at least a giggle.

And there is a moral lesson:

as dysfunctional as Greece undoubtedly is, if you criticize the government's plans for public pensions, there are no Chris Matthews-types with such a highly evolved state of racial consciousness that they reflexively hear "watermelon" instead of the word "pensions." So, instead, everyone discusses the actual text rather than the imaginary subtext.


The Henri Guy Deserves to Make a Living off It

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And Gawker says he does.

Though they do seem to disapprove somewhat. Personally, I am hopeful that the modest income documented in the article will mean Braden is able to supply Henri only with an amount of well-being that keeps him (I infer from the name) in a state of some existential despair.

I am hoping for more Henri videos!

Well, and many other cat videos too!


What, Me Worry?

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THe More I Read about Eastwood ...

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... the more brilliant what some lefty dismissively called his my drunk Uncle Harry performance looks.

Instapundit gathers many reflections and all of them strike me as right.

And one I had somehow failed to notice. The empty chair had a teleprompter! Brilliant! And it provides an interesting rationale to Eastwood's unscripted performance.

I love Jennifer Rubin noting:

Rattled and bitter that they could not knock the Romney-Ryan ticket off-message, the Obama team and its allies in the blogosphere fixated on Clint Eastwood. Listen, I was there and it was darn weird. But at times it was funny and devastating in its dismissal of the president’s excuses. And in clips and sound bites the day after the live performance, the oddness is diminished and the punch lines seem more biting. In simple terms, the movie icon encapsulated the message of the convention: If someone is doing a bad job, you have to fire him.

Eastwood apparently so annoyed the egomaniacal president that the leader of the Free World felt compelled to hit back via Twitter (“this seat is taken”) at the movie star. Talk about losing your presidential aura. Empty chair = Obama is now a powerful association. Will the chair be in ads?

In this, as in so many other artificial kerfuffles, the media’s feigned outrage only serves Romney’s purpose. Now everyone is familiar with Eastwood’s cracks, and the conversation has taken the place of any criticism of the two nominees’ speeches.

That last point is good; there is much to criticize in both Ryan's and Romney's speeches.

And count on Mark Steyn to provide an image that makes me giggle:

the hard lines packed more of a punch for being delivered in the midst of a Bob Newhart empty-chair shtick from the Dean Martin show circa 1968. Indeed, they were some of the hardest lines of the convention and may well prove the take-home (“We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go”), but they seemed more effective for appearing to emerge extemporaneously from the general shambles.

The curse of political operatives is that they make everything the same. A guy smoothly reading platitudinous codswallop while rotating his head from the left-hand teleprompter to the right-hand teleprompter like clockwork as if he’s at Centre Court watching the world’s slowest Wimbledon rally is a very reductive idea of “professionalism.” Even politicians you’re well disposed to come across as slick bores in that format. Which is by way of saying Clint is too sharp and too crafty not to have known what he was doing.

Oh, and next time ’round, he should sing.

'Clint is too sharp and crafty' - yes this reminds me of the twinkly in Rowdy Yates' eyes oh those so many years ago. Even in such a role, we was clearly an actor we would come to appreciate.

And go to Steyn's post and read his comment about the hair. Like the teleprompter, I missed that.

On a separate topic that Instapundit link also points to a fine post from neo-neocon, and I agree with her fundamental point (and I am embarrassed I knew none of this about Romney when he ran in 2008):

Whatever the reasons, the degree to which Romney has been a practitioner of personal kindness and good works is extraordinary. Whether he wins the election or not, it’s clear that Romney is a very unusual human being, with a combination of brains, hard-nosed business sense and competitiveness, and personal kindness that goes way beyond anything most people consider necessary or even possible. For a politician, this is so unusual as to be unique.


People keep saying about Romney, “the more I know of him the more I like him.” Not just on this blog, but in comments all over the internet. It strikes me that Obama is just the opposite—the more people know of him the more they dislike him.

Her final point hits me perfectly. At the end of the 2008 campaign I thought of Romney as a coddled child who inherited his wealth (I was oh so wrong about that!) and of Obama as moderately inspiring. Three and a half years later, we get to learn a lot more of the truth, and I find Obama not even likeable, and in fact pretty much not admirable in many ways. I think the Republicans made their case nicely in three days - this guy has been a total failure and 'our' guy is manifestly not simply more competent but decent beyond levels I even understand.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:42

A Silly Little City Too - Whore-Walk Edition

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After a bunch of rapes in one of the trendy parts of Toronto our opinion leaders were all in a state and then the Mayor's niece tweeted:

“Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes and don’t dress like a whore.”

This all looks to me like pretty good advice.

But needless to say the 'opinion leaders' (CBC, Tronto Star people, it was all after the local MetroMorning, major home of leftie orthodoxy, the like) went bonkers. She was blaming the victims!

WTF! This was entirely forward-looking advice and certainly transferred no blame onto the victims. Do people actually think they are not more likely to be raped if they are dressed provocatively? I do not understand how ANYONE could think that. It makes no change to the culpability and badness of the rapist; it just seems to me there are incentive structures in place that anyone with half a mind would understand.

These are the same idiots in love with the Muslim community. And like why do they think Muslim communities often want women in unrevealing outfits?

In any case the same brain-dead outrage arose as fed into the Slut-Walks (which really seem dumb to me). Mostly they are not targeting the rapist community as far as I can see.

Do men ever talk to the women behind this nonsense (and I speak as someone incredibly unlikely in life to even approach a woman )? 

So Krista Ford had to do a penitential apology for NO good reason. A whole bunch of idiots got to feel self-important (including one of the rape victims, who wrote some dumb stuff).

Now poor old Barabara Kay has tried to inject some sense into this stupid dressing like a whore discussion and I do not plan to even repeat the profound stupidities being Tweeted. The one clear fact is that Krista Ford (as a veteran of the Lingerie Football League, perhaps with some knowledge) sure sounds a lot smarter than the standard Toronto lefty whine. Maybe we now need 'Whore-Walks' to add to the pointless 'Slut-Walks'.

For of course it is a woman’s right to dress like a whore, just as it is a woman’s right to dress like a poor person. But the difference is that dressing like a poor person does not look like an invitation to a sexual advance, and dressing like a whore does.

Mark my words, please. I did not say dressing like a whore is an invitation to sexualassault. I said dressing like a whore – that is, dressing like the kind of woman whose professional sartorial fashion sense is premised on the need to maximize male lust – is to send a message that extremely high sexual interest from males is not only welcome, butvery welcome.

She has a couple of other entertaining and subtle insights into how this all relates to class, not to the favor of our lefty fashionistas.


UPDATE: Fords whack their kid. I am not sure they are right but if you are a politician in this silly city what real choice have you?

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 01:27

More on Clint at the RNC Wind-Up

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Ed Morrissey clearly sees, as I do, a pretty competent Eastwood in that slightly rambling performance.

I do not know about the map but I never saw anyone doddering, except the leftie Twitter outburst after it.

Ed has some fun responding to some of the more stupid lefty press, like Time. "What did 'We own the country' mean?" Time thinks it was anti-immigrant. No it was anti-Beltway!

The “sane” world understood that as a reference to the taxpayers as opposed to the political class, actually, and the theme of Gran Torino wasn’t a paean to xenophobia, either.  In fact, that’s nearly a direct antithesis of its  message.

But how wonderfully sad and self-absorbed this shows Time staff to be.

But having watched it this morning, after all of the drama has passed, I actually thought Eastwood was … pretty funny.  It was refreshing to get that break from all of the seriousness of the three days in Tampa.  The clucking of tongues over Eastwood’s “I can’t do that to myself” as inappropriate is almost laughable, considering what passes for humor these days in the US.  Eastwoodintended this to be irreverent, spontaneous, and fun. If you didn’t get at least three laughs out of that 11-minute segment, you’re taking life too seriously.

And for heaven's sake this was on after 10 o'clock! Do you get HBO?

If I can riff like that on national TV at the age of 82, believe me, I’ll be happy.

My mother is over 90, and for all the troubles she has, I think she could riff like that, and I am with Ed : I pray (and Iam an atheist) I will be there myself.

And I think Ed's argument about the scheduling is right:

Besides the Heartland Strategy, the RNC and Team Romney was using the Eyeball Strategy.  They needed to reach people who might not have otherwise tuned in to the Republican convention to see Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney.  That means putting their Eyeball Strategy in play directly before Rubio.  Now, perhaps some people who tuned in to see Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood speak tuned out after (or even during), but it’s a no-lose strategy.  They wouldn’t lose anyone who tuned in to see Romney and Rubio anyway, and there’s a very good chance that most of the people who tuned in for Eastwood stuck around for Rubio and Romney afterward.  If they did, they saw two terrific speeches and perhaps had their minds opened about Romney after Barack Obama’s summer of vilification.

What was the overall risk? Having a bunch of stupid lefties go bonkers is really only a win. And that is largely the price so far. 

(And read the article for what the Romney campaign said if you want to hear some very solid good sense.)

Last Updated on Friday, 31 August 2012 12:58

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