August 25, 2008

Ping pong is coming home

Most of the show around the London Olympics makes me cringe, especially the pc propaganda for 'diversity', cripples as athletes, ant-like communitarianism, wrinkly heavy metal, effeminate male performers, visual cliche's of London buses and bobbies and so on. So the Mayor of London to the rescue in Beijing last night, effortlessly upstaging the PM, David Beckham and Seb Coe:

August 23, 2008

The audacity of verbosity


So where did Obama do his on-the-job training? Berlin? Maui?

I've been wrong in all my 2008 election predictions so far (Romney, Bayh, Kaine, Hillaryputsch), tho I may yet be right that McCain will sweep all 57 states. So here's my instant assessment of Biden as Obama's running mate, based as usual on 5 minutes research:

Now I understand what 'vetting' means. It means picking an admitted plagiarist (both at law school and running for the Presidency), an admitted multi-point liar (running for the Presidency), a man who has no resume' other than in the US Senate where he's been pontificating since 1973...that's his adult life, a US Senator for 35 years...a man with no charisma, no executive experience, no cross-party appeal, no appeal to Clintonistas, he's not a woman, he's a faux-Catholic with a 100% NARAL rating, a noted gasbag and gaffebag who says Obama isn't ready to be commander-in-chief. 'Vetting', eh?

Obviously picking Biden says that Obama feels his own main deficit is zip credibility in foreign relations, but no-one in his party has any whiff of credibility in foreign relations except Hillary, so he should have gone for someone who could charm the Hillary wolves ladies a little...any of Sebelius, Bayh or Kaine...because the pack's going to howl for McCain now.

Update: I just replaced a different video clip with the one above from Team McCain. There's blood in the water now. How do you feel if you're a Democrat waking up to this news and that video? You see Obama's eyes slowly close like a man hearing a death sentence, you realize that Obama has thought long and hard and yet chose Biden, knowing this clip is there so he must be desperate, you realize that Team McCain are pretty competent at sliding the blade between Obama's ribs, the blade he's just given them, and you're waiting for the Obama comeback, but it isn't there, nothing's there, only "a speech that he gave in 2002", and the Convention's convening and the Clintons hate Obama and it shows. A politician doesn't die from knife wounds, but from the gangrene of ridicule. Obama's hair will be white come November. Maybe there will be a Hillaryputsch after all.

Update 2: It's funny how Obama made the VP announcement in European time, giving me the drop on my merely American colleagues. This is fun. Every conservative comment is happy, every liberal comment is wary or rebellious. I didn't realize Biden has hairplugs. It's over, folks. All McCain has to do is not pick Lieberman, Ridge or Michael Moore or Hillary Clinton for veep...even then.

August 22, 2008

You read it here

Been chatting with a RINO friend (just teasing, Chris) who's been chatting with a liberal friend. The image of Obama opposite Putin disqualifies Obama plain and simple in their eyes, so I confidently forecast that McCain will sweep all 57 states.

August 21, 2008

The least of my brothers

Barack Hussein Obama:
I think America's greatest moral failure in my lifetime has been that we still don't abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.

George Hussein Obama:
"When you have a brother who wants to be the number one most important person in the world, it obviously gives you a lot of inspiration," Mr Obama, 26, said at his corrugated tin shack in a Nairobi slum.

August 18, 2008

What's the nice way to kill a Presidential candidacy?

Let the candidate do it himself:

I asked "What's the nice way to kill a child?" and "What's the nice way to lie about killing a child?". Now the issue is going critical and may finish Obama off. He's been caught stone cold in the Big Lie that those who said he voted to deny care to babies who survive abortion are lying. This clip is a year old, but do watch it:

Advance, Australia fair

As an equal-opportunity sexist and the father of a tribe of Anglo-Australian beauties, I'm pleased to see that chivalry lives on in Australia's heart:
The mayor of a remote Australian mining town has come under fire after saying that female "ugly ducklings" might benefit from its shortage of women.
John Molony told a newspaper last week that "with five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa".
..

"Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face. Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness," he said.
"Some, in other places in Australia, need to proceed to Mount Isa where happiness awaits.."
My own daughters are beyond compare and if I could sell them, I'd be very rich....but have you noticed how often Australian women look like wombats, either the common wombat or the hairy-nosed wombat? This is a hairy-nosed wombat :

Some biologists say it's convergent evolution, some say it's miscegenation. I call it 'wombatitude.'

August 17, 2008

Whoooah!

Let's be careful where we draw our lines in the sand. Here are mine:

-Iran no nukes, thru any means short of occupation.
-Israel should be in Nato - ie we'd go to war.
-Georgia and Ukraine - not in NATO, we should not go to war with Russia for the sake of these countries who have not gone to war for us (small forces in Iraq don't cut it) and who are not of vital interest to us. Other pressures, yes. Aid, yes.
-Poland, we should defend. Other Baltic states, maybe.

If you want peace prepare for war, but choose your ground carefully and make it very clear where the line is well in advance. Do not box your opponent in just because it feels good.

Remember the only countries with martial spirit and expertise are the USA and the UK. Token gestures from the parasites in NATO will be no comfort in battle.

America the miserable

The Warren interviews were crammed with direct comparisons between the candidates to McCain's great advantage, but both were weak on the question "What is America's greatest moral failure?"
Obama said America's greatest moral failure is its insufficient help to the disadvantaged. He noted that the Bible quotes Jesus as saying "whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me."
To Obama this means
"whatever government compels you to do for the least of my brothers, you do for me."
Apart from his slander on America, Obama's misreading of Christ defines socialism.
McCain said the nation's greatest moral shortcoming is its failure to "devote ourselves to causes greater than our self-interests."
That's piffle because it's untrue and double-piffle because were it true of government it would be a good, republican thing.

The right answer is
"America's greatest moral failure would be to elect a sophomoric bullshitter as President."

August 12, 2008

Grey lady or bag lady?

Like junk says Bloomberg:
Like Junk
Credit-default swaps used to speculate on New York Times' creditworthiness or to hedge against losses are trading as if the company already was rated junk, according to data from Moody's credit strategy group.

August 11, 2008

'You don't win anything with kids'

Alan Hansen, ex captain of Liverpool FC, is the best-known football pundit in Britain. Dour, battle-hardened, vastly experienced at the top level...the man speaks with authority and his best known saying is "You don't win anything with kids" referring to the arduous Premier League Championship.

Well maybe I'm overexposed to the news, but it seems to me that this kerfuffle in Georgia has done for Obama. No non-pacifist grown-up can think that America is safer with Team Obama facing Putin rather than Team McCain. You don't win anything with kids.

I wish there were a YouTube clip of Hansen saying it, but this may raise a smile:

Surprise!

Saddam invades Kuwait - surprise!
9/11 - surprise!
Russia invades Georgia - surprise!

State Department, led by a Russian specialist, 'We know nothing.'
CIA, 'It happened fast.'

McCain's shown an impressively sure touch so far:
John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations now at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, said: “What is interesting about the US response is that you have the McCain campaign in one corner immediately understanding the significance of Russia’s aggression and in the opposite you have the Bush administration standing with the Obama campaign taking a much more diluted stance.”
Bolton of course should be SecState in a McCain administration which might lead to State starting to work for America. Tough on State, tough on the Dems who wouldn't confirm him as Ambassador to the UN.

Egosyntonic thinking

Obama repels me. He's a metrosexual phony unworthy of America's history and unworthy of the time. His base is a coalition of 'victims', emos, litigators, narcissists and corporatists. Not my type, not my types. So I may not be objective when I forecast:

1.The present optics of Obama in Hawaii giving spastic interviews to Marie-Claire while Georgia burns and McCain's ads drill into liberal insecurities, them optics is bad. Everyone can see the Clintons despise Him. Therefore I forecast the next polls will show McCain ahead.
2. Liberals can be rational actors. They ditched Dean for the less histrionic Kerry. It would be irrational to gamble the next 4, maybe 8 years of the Presidency on an untested, gaffe-prone, poor debater with terrible baggage who already lags his aged, grumpy opponent in the polls according to my thesis, while the Comeback Couple are tapping their toes at the edge of the spotlight. Man, they won elections and didn't get us killed in office. Man. Bill's blacker than Obama. Man, that Hillary is tough. Maybe this is the time for a pantsuit rather than a pantiwaist. Therefore, I predict an overt attempt to ditch Obama for the Clintons. James Carville, say, could throw a pebble to start a landslide.

My brain says, please keep Obama, he'll be squished in November. My mean streak says, squish him now.

Update: La Huffington frets and she loves the guy:
After a primary campaign in which the Obama camp skillfully went right at Hillary Clinton's strength -- her experience -- and used it to paint her as an entrenched, part-of-the-problem D.C. insider, it's been shocking to watch Team Obama cede to McCain national security and the war on terror -- his supposed strengths.

Making matters worse, they've taken this approach while McCain's Rove-trained message mavens have succeeded in turning one of Obama's real strengths into a negative - continuously reframing the fact that Obama is popular as just empty celebrity.

It's absurd, but it's worked. At least for the moment. Meanwhile, the public's perception of McCain as "ready to lead" on national security issues sits there, untouched.

...come November, national security will once again trump every issue...

Danse macabre


When Putin watches Obama campaign for Commander-In Chief by wiggling his hips at Ellen De Generes, he must feel like a snake watching an insouciant mouse. While the radical chic voters of America get their psycho-sexual thrills from Obama, the world turns. McCain is right to hold the mirror up to infantile America for the whole country to see:

Where's the vast right-wing conspiracy when you need it?

Seems Hillary would be the Nominee had the mainstream media committed journalism on John Edwards.

What's the nice way to to lie about kill a child?

Someone who kills a child born alive despite an abortion is depraved. Someone who kills a child 5 minutes before the child is born is also depraved. I don't give a monkey's whether the child is born or not, it's a distinction without a difference. Barack Obama says he'd have voted to make it illegal to kill babies born alive despite an abortion except that the bill's text didn't neutralize the implications with respect to Roe v Wade. This is sophistry on stilts, but put that aside. It turns out that this depraved bullshitter lied even about that.

August 07, 2008

Like a hell broth boil and bubble

I also like this passage in the American Thinker article cited by Anne:
It looks like Obama's belief in his inevitability may have led him into a blunder, making it easier for Hillary supporters to prevent a nomination on the first ballot. After that point, anything goes, as all super delegates and many pledged delegates are free to vote their preferences.

After accepting the party's decision last June to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida but with half votes, only days ago Obama said he wanted the delegates to have full votes

Obviously, he said this believing he has won the nomination and that pandering to voters in critical general election states is of more importance.

If the party goes along with Obama's request, it reduces the number of super delegates who would need to sit out the first ballot for Obama to be denied the nomination, opening the way for Clinton! Ouch!

This is proof that the man should not be negotiating with Ahmadinejad. If he cannot think strategically and recognize his vulnerability to a last minute ambush at the convention, he would be eaten alive in big league world affairs.

Worst of all, in his letter to the Credentials Committee arguing in favor of full votes for the two delegations, he writes:

Democrats in Florida and Michigan must know that they are full partners and colleagues in our historic mission to reshape Washington and lead our country in a new direction.

These words tacitly argue for acceptance of the popular vote results in those states. Obama cannot see one step ahead, for adding them to the vote count would give the Democratic primary season popular vote majority to Hillary.

There are about three weeks to the delegate voting. Things can still happen or even, as sometimes suspected with the Clintons, be made to happen.
You know that The Comeback Kid is muttering incantations right now. It wouldn't take much magic, just a couple more major gaffes by the Obamas and a downtrend in the polls, to induce a change in the msm's religion. If you were the New York Times, having burnt your boats with McCain with false innuendo about an affair with a lobbyist, it might be the lesser risk to start a drumbeat of doubt about a weakened Obama. If McCain is smart (I know, I know), he'll ease back on Obama till the nomination. Hillary is more formidable. The comic possibilities of Obama as underdog on a Clinton/Obama ticket are delicious to contemplate. Hubble, bubble:

August 05, 2008

Retro-authentic is fashionable


Evan Bayh - first impressions

There's talk that Obama will announce Evan Bayh to join his ticket, maybe tomorrow. I believe it. I'd never registered Bayh, so I had no preconceptions other than the routine contempt I have for any modern Democratic senator, especially one who voted against Roberts and Alito. My first impressions, based on a couple of YouTube clips and his Wikipedia entry are super-superficial and therefore fresh and valuable.

Bayh would have been a better nominee than Hillary or Obama. His relative centrism on Iraq and the economy is where Obama is staggering towards. He's a 2-term governor too. Now that Obama's bullshitterism, weathervane-ism, vapidity, liberal fascism, stuttering and pathetic resume are getting rumbled by the public and even the press, Bayh would be an asset.

Against him is his repellent John Edwards haircut and his smoothness. He's fluent, adroit and can think on his feet, unlike Obama, which may disqualify him. A running mate who looks better than his principal is hard to pick. That's probably McCain's biggest problem with Romney, but McCain is a bigger man than Obama. If McCain picks Cantor then the Bayh/Cantor contest might get interesting as mud-wrestling packs more of a frisson when the players start off looking respectable, but it will probably be boring; 2 conventionally handsome, fluent young pols positioning themselves for 2012 and beyond. Since my knowledge of Cantor is a single YouTube clip, it's especially worthwhile.

Bayh's oiliness is on display at the opening of this clip:

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