Archives for February 2010

Due for an Apology

Remember when Andrew Sullivan laced into Bill Kristol for having “utter contempt of the rule of law” because Kristol thought Ft. Hood terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan will be found guilty, and that he should face the death penalty?

“Let us be clear: this is a fascist statement,” wrote Sullivan.

Funny that Sullivan to my knowledge never accused Barack Obama of making a fascist statement and having utter contempt of the rule of law when Obama essentially said the same thing. Obama said of Hasan, “I don’t think it will be offensive when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.” (He later claimed he meant “if” not “when.” But believe me – Obama meant “when” at the time he said it.)

Let us be clear: Sullivan owes Kristol an apology.

Pretty Much Just Angry White Folks at Leftie Protests, Too

I’m not a comic book reader but the latest news is that a recent Captain America comic book removed “tea bag” in reference to a tea party protest depicted in the comic. But it left in “angry white folks” to describe the protesters.

While it’s true that tea party protests are probably disproportionately made up of white folks, that’s also true of leftie protests. During the Bush years if you went to an Iraq war-related protest or an anti-globalization protest, you were met with a sea of angry white folks as well. Very few blacks, Hispanics or Asian-Americans.

Whaddaya bet that the Captain America comic book never wrote about angry white folks in relation to a leftie protest?

I’ll wager $100. Now.

Meantime, regarding “tea bag” I still don’t know what exactly that means and don’t want to find out. I guess that’s something that pretty much mainly lefties know the meaning of, given that they use the term so much (even National Public Radio does!) and that they’re the main drivers of the sexualization of American culture.

Poetic Justice Has Been Served

You know what’s galling? That every cliffhanger race for Congress – or the vast majority of them – is won by the Democrat. Or at least that’s how it’s seemed – since around the late 1990s when I started noticing. (A notable exception, of course, was the 2000 presidential election.) Things really came to a head in 2008 with the Alaska and Minnesota Senate races. At first it it looked like the Democrats weren’t going to have their filibuster-proof majority. But then Ted Stevens lost in Alaska – under dubious circumstances; lawyers ginned up an indictment against him just before the election, and only later was the indictment thrown out amid prosecutorial misconduct.

And then, months later, Al Franken was declared the winner, also under dubious circumstances. Franken’s win, along with Arlen Specter’s party switch, sealed the deal for the Democrats. They got their 60-seat filibuster proof majority. Franken must have been patting himself and his legal team on the back for working so hard to finagle that win.

But his smile must have melted into a frown the morning of January 20, when it was announced that Scott Brown won the special Senatorial election in Massachusetts. A totally clean victory. The only hanky panky came from the other side: right before the election, the left’s biggest talk radio personality and MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz encouraged Democrats to vote early and often, i.e. engage in massive voter fraud.

It was only by pure chance that the Dems lost their supermajority. It’s not every day that a seat is up for grabs.

To think that of all Democratic senatorial seats to become vacant at that time, it belonged to the father of healthcare deform. And totally contrary to what one would expect in such a heavily Democratic state, that vacant seat was won by a filibuster-breaking, healthcare deform-derailing Republican.

Yes, in light of the dubiously-attained Democratic supermajority, poetic justice was served.

Mind you, the Redistributionist Left is still winning and likely will continue to win for decades to come, but still, it’s sometimes nice to see an occasional wrench get thrown into the machinery of their all-powerful locomotive.

A U.N. Scandal Breeds a Media Scandal

 

It’s scandalous enough that Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, waited two months – and after the Copenhagen summit – to announce the news that claims about Himalayan glaciers melting by 2035 were wrong. This Nobel Peace Prize winner learned about the error in November, but didn’t report it until January.

But you know what else is scandalous? That leading science websites (ones I haved turned to for science news), which always report on global warming, as of this writing haven’t even reported on this latest news about Rajendra Pachauri. I’m talking about Science Daily and and LiveScience. And based on a search, Science Daily never even ran a story about the false claims about the Himalayan glaciers at all! LiveScience ran a small story on it, but never got to the juicy details, such as the fact that the IPCC’s false claim derived from a news reporter’s short interview with a little-known Indian scientist.

A Science Daily archive search comes up with all kinds of news stories about Rajendra Pachauri, touting that he’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner. They even have news about Taylor Swift and Beyonce making Grammy history. But nothing at all about the latest unflattering news about Pachauri.

Even more scandalous is that Science Daily doesn’t even have any stories about Climategate! LiveScience just has one story on it.

Perhaps its own publication explains this survey finding as reported in LiveScience: that Republicans are better informed about current events than Democrats. Well duh – one reason is because Democrats aren’t informed about major news stories in the publications they read, especially news stories that are embarrassing to the left.