Monday, September 29, 2008

Disappointing Rhetoric

I just heard (ca. 10:40 AM PST) Dennis Prager say "I am not among the panicking types as you well know" and conservatives must allow the bailout because "the last depression brought us gentlemen named Hitler and Mussolini -- remember? -- and so would this."

Aside from the alarming tone that makes it sound like Mr. Prager aims to infect conservatives with his own fears, he is factually wrong.

Mussolini was in power long before the crash of 1929 that itself preceded the Great Depression by a few years. And I am not even gonna bother with his simplistic cause for the depression (among the causes being governmental intrusions made in a panic). This is Prager's Joe Biden moment, and he hasn't a clue how panicked he is.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

RepublicRats™

Dirty hands in both the Democratic and Republican Parties brought about the current financial crisis. I feel this cartoon demonstrates what happens when leaders in both parties agree so well that any lesser voices are simply ignored.

"Bipartisan" agreement is too often another way of announcing that differing interests have been silenced.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Madness of the Political Class -- E.G. 1

In my prior post, Invasion of the Sanity Snatchers, I observed that you are not insane for concluding the political parties and MSM are all behaving madly.

However accurate my observation and conclusion may be, I intentionally left out examples. I simply wanted to state what I think many of us relatively quiet observers are all taking for granted.

Today I begin a series of posts wherein I give examples of the madness.

Democratic Party activists and pundits started questioning the experience of Sarah Palin from the start. In another time it would have been thought the height of madness to question the experience of the opposition party's VeePee when the experience of your own Presidential candidate was so open to question. And, in fact, the Dems daring to bring it up actually highlights how many ways Barack Obama not only has less experience than that of the opposition Veepee, he has less experience than a very large number of ordinary Americans. All Dems who decided it was a good idea to make an issue of experience were mad.

In fact I'd like to nominate whatever Democrats chose not to do so as eligible to form the core of a New Democrat Party right after the elections when the current nuts can be properly eased into long term treatment.

And as for the Republicans. How is it possible, given the opportunity Barack Obama has given them, that they do not pummel Senator Obama with the same questions he raises about Governor Palin? Using his own words and that of his closest allies. Daily. In ads. On TV. And in panel discussions everywhere.

Each time the Dems prove they're nuts and the GOP then chooses not to make an issue of it simply amplifies the fact the Pubbies are in their own way every bit as mad as the Dems.

***Update***09/29/08

Well, I am delighted to say that the following video responds well to my concerns about the GOP's sanity for failing to take advantage of the opening provided when the Obamaniacs made an issue of experience. (h/t Macsmind by way of Ace.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Invasion of the Sanity Snatchers

If all seems mad to you, rest assured you are not. You'd only be mad were you to think the current political news is normal election cycle inanity. It's well past that.

It's not just that the Left becomes more unhinged on a daily basis. It's apparent to me that the Right believes their best chances for winning is to keep the Left looking like the raving mad threat they really are. For only in contrast to the Democrats do the Republicans appear comparatively sane. That's not saying much.

I keep getting requests for money, two or three a day, from the RNC and the McCain/Palin campaign. But I know I cannot countenance sending them a dime. Why?

Because they'll take the major portion of any money they have and give it to blatantly Leftist MSM -- what I fondly call by its Orwellian cognomen: The Ministry of Information. Thus, with help from the money of the unwitting Republican faithful, the Republican hating misinformation media survives another day.

And need I remind you that the MSM is the only "independent" that McCain-Feingold gives a free hand in the last days of an election to say what it wishes about any candidates?

Oh, by the way: what's the name of the Right-most candidate again?

In the old Soviet Union, those who questioned the sanity of the leaders wound up being treated for insanity. Damn. Kinda.

Looking at the denizens atop our major parties, insanity is neither red nor blue alone. They're the In crowd, and they're mates, and they ARE controlling the institution.

I will follow up this commentary with examples. Please feel free to offer up examples of your own.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Who's the Stuck Pig?

Tarnsman, in this thread at Belmont Club, joked:

I have to say give it a rest as far as the Lipstick on a Pig comment goes. That is a old saying with a well defined meaning. Obambi is many things but stupid isn’t one of them. Oh wait, he is clueless, so I take it back.

I responded to the clueless portion with a skeptical "As demonstrated [between .40 and .43 seconds] in the video by how most of his audience laughed when he said lipstick, and he didn’t bat an eye."



Well, an Obama supporter, "Watchman," complained next.

“and he didn’t bat an eye.”

What a bunch of hypocrites! You bitch about Obama smearing Palin then go on to tie him to Jeremiah Wright all over again.

Here is what I replied.

“and he didn’t bat an eye.”

For crying out loud! That’s an ages old metaphor for one who takes no notice or feels no pain.

What a bunch of hypocrites!

First of all you can’t legitimately blame the rest of the Belmont Clubbers for what you imagined *I* intended. Certainly none of them cheered and hooted and applauded as did Barry’s friends. I’d say I’m safe in saying that you saw the speck in the eyes of most clubbers but not the beam in your own.

Secondly, were Barry as smart and diplomatic as he wants you to believe, he’d have heard the crowd’s response, made an uneasy chuckle and said “I’m sorry, that’s not what I meant” and then finished the line. He didn’t. So he was either clueless (as Tarnsman said) or he bathed in the joy of his crowd after he fed it raw meat.

Thirdly. Obama clearly paused for the applause. The normal line has no long pause in it.

You bitch about Obama smearing Palin then go on to tie him to Jeremiah Wright all over again.

Fourthly. Had I wanted to make the connection to Rev. Wright I would have written my comment a bit differently. Here is what you should look for:

“You can put lipstick on a pig [pauses for applause] but it’s still a pig.” and he Never batteddd an ayyyye.

And fifthly. Were Obama as clever as he was in the primaries, and not unwinding so badly now, his campaign would have replied to the McCain campaign’s complaints with “We took the lady at her word that she was tough as a pit bull. Sorry to have upset the vision of herself that she has been selling.”

Saturday, September 06, 2008

PDS

So you think that Bush Derangement Syndrome has been bad?

I think Palin Derangement Syndrome is gonna top it.

(This is not my promised expounding upon the reactions to Sarah Palin. Stay tuned.)

---------------updated with related posts:

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Palin' Reactions

I know there are those who want to know what I think about the most recent political developments. Well, I'm still biden' my time about what pascal fervor has to say about the reactions.

On a human note: I worry for Sarah almost as much as I worry for our republic. Both should be able to take care of themselves except, well, except for the imminent presence of those who are not as they appear. Come back soon and I'll expound.