September 18, 2010

Alea Jacta Est

I fear we may have crossed the Rubicon.

The ad hominem attacks against FLOTUS have reached a crescendo. I feel as if I have been drawn into an overpowering whirlpool, a swirling vortex of personal, anatomically-directed invective from which there is no return. I feel myself ... slipping. It is something that I can't quite get my hands on and I tremble at the thought.

I summon all the resources at my disposal. I know I should resist. I know I need to resist. Indeed, I want to resist. But my inner strength seems so weak and puny when confronted with the overwhelming size of the temptation placed before me. I desire nothing more than to be able to put a leash on it.

I truly am in desperate straits. It staggers me. Nothing is as it should be, as it always was. My sense of proportion needs reassurance.
I. Can't. Stop.
There is nothing left for me to do but to embrace the madness.

DC, 'tis your doing. I am undone.

All the news that fits the narrative, they print

MSM Sitting Out Eleanor Holmes Norton Scandal
by Ron Futwell - Big Journalism

They are still virtual no-shows. The activist old media is putting itself on the sidelines with a Democrat Congresswoman who was caught on tape squeezing a lobbyist for cash.

They will be pulled kicking and screaming into this story by the people Dan Rather called “pajama journalists.” I think we’ve seen this story before.

Andrew Breitbart broke the story on Big Government because it shows everything that is wrong with government. Politicians who use their power to shake down lobbyists for cash so they can keep their power– usually the media love these stories, especially when there’s audio! But so far, nothing in the New York Times, nothing in Holmes’ hometown newspaper, the Washington Post. Only the Wall Street Journal has done its job. Writes John Fund:
Ms. Norton’s office didn’t respond to several requests for comment yesterday, leaving open the question of whether she crossed ethical lines that prohibit members from linking contributions to the performance of their official duties. At least one House member I spoke with says Ms. Norton is in clear violation of House rules and should be hauled up before the Ethics Committee.

The sleazy scramble for cash initiated by Speaker Pelosi is a far cry from her pledge to run the “most ethical and honest Congress in history” when Democrats won control in 2006. Just last February, when asked at a news conference about that quote, she interrupted a reporter and said “And we are.”

Thankfully, voters will have the final say this November on whether or not they believe the accuracy of that statement.

DC's Music Festival ... Get off of Michelle's butt! Would you people, please?! For the sake of all things decent, man ...

I hear you people working out there, already snickering because the FLOTUS's posterior is large enough for carrier quals. That will be enough of that. It's because of you hateful people that she hates her job.

Tonight's song (which features some mighty fine guitar playin' and croonin' by the boys from Queen, I might add), is dedicated to America's first lady ... yes, the lady who turned Barack into that one bad dude who pretty much every one now wishes they had never met.

It's always the chick's fault ... as long as she's got a "big, fat fanny," that is.

Hit it, boys:

September 17, 2010

An Election To Remember

It is amazing how a self-stylied community organizer such as Obama failed to see the nation-wide community organizing that was going on right under his nose in the guise of the Tea Party. There are only two reasons for this: detachment and/or incompetence. I suspect a lot of both was at play.

The Dems are in full panic mode right now as they see the iceberg approaching. It wasn't so much that the ocean was free of obstructions such as this, minor ones are encountered all the time and are easily dismissed. It's just that this one is so big and was created so quickly outside the normal iceberg channels.

Iceberg specialists disregarded this one until it was too late. The Captain and his Lieutenants mocked any chance that this particular iceberg could damage such a great ship under his command. Ignoring all warnings, he steamed straight ahead.

Now the lifeboats are being readied, emergency rations distributed, flares are popping off, the crew is dogging the watertight doors and the Captain is on the lido deck with the band practicing "Nearer My God To Thee."

Even before Christine O’Donnell handily defeated Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in an epic upset Tuesday night, the Tea Parties, all of them, had already won. No matter what happens in the midterm elections on Nov. 2, the Tea Party has moved the Democrats to the right and the Republicans even more so, and President Obama’s agenda is dead.

Anger from disaffected conservatives who sat quietly through eight years of the surplus-to-deficit presidency of George W. Bush bubbled up immediately after Obama took office. All it took was the unprecedented $787 billion stimulus package, and before Obama could mark his first 100 days in office, a movement was born. Some of the already angry yet newly active were libertarian supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), and almost all of them were fuming over the Troubled Asset Relief Program of 2008, the bipartisan bailout of Wall Street that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) voted for and that his running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), supported.

What debuted in nationwide protests on April 15, 2009, has taken less than 18 months to become the current driving force in American politics. The Tea Party insurgency will not only cost Democrats dozens of seats in Congress, and likely their majority — it will define the coming GOP presidential nominating process, determine the direction of the GOP for years to come and threaten any remaining plans Obama has for sweeping reforms of education, energy policy or our immigration system.

It will be every Democrat for himself.

It's one gigantic mass of energy that grows bigger when attacked

Why It's Time for the Tea Party
The populist movement is
more a critique of the GOP than a wing of it

This fact marks our political age: The pendulum is swinging faster and in shorter arcs than it ever has in our lifetimes. Few foresaw the earthquake of 2008 in 2006. No board-certified political professional predicted, on Election Day 2008, what happened in 2009-10 (New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts) and has been happening, and will happen, since then. It all moves so quickly now, it all turns on a dime.

But at this moment we are witnessing a shift that will likely have some enduring political impact. Another way of saying that: The past few years, a lot of people in politics have wondered about the possibility of a third party. Would it be possible to organize one? While they were wondering, a virtual third party was being born. And nobody organized it.

Here is Jonathan Rauch in National Journal on the Tea Party's innovative, broad-based network: "In the expansive dominion of the Tea Party Patriots, which extends to thousands of local groups and literally countless activists," there is no chain of command, no hierarchy. Individuals "move the movement." Popular issues gain traction and are emphasized, unpopular ones die. "In American politics, radical decentralization has never been tried on such a large scale." Here are pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen in the Washington Examiner: "The Tea Party has become one of the most powerful and extraordinary movements in American political history." "It is as popular as both the Democratic and Republican parties." "Over half of the electorate now say they favor the Tea Party movement, around 35 percent say they support the movement, 20 to 25 percent self-identify as members of the movement."

So far, the Tea Party is not a wing of the GOP but a critique of it. This was demonstrated in spectacular fashion when GOP operatives dismissed Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. The Republican establishment is "the reason we even have the Tea Party movement," shot back columnist and Tea Party enthusiast Andrea Tantaros in the New York Daily News. It was the Bush administration that "ran up deficits" and gave us "open borders" and "Medicare Part D and busted budgets."


September 16, 2010

Thus Sprach The Wookie

Here at GNN we've been pondering, and pandering - just recently Nickie gave us a quota - but mostly pondering on why the First Lady (FLOTUS) requires so much attention. Why we are subjected to almost daily, media-generated episodes of "Look at me! Listen to me!" hysteria.

Eat your vegetables! But grow them yourself first! Force restaurants to change their menus!

...suggested that Americans are "programmed" by taste and advertising to eat many things that the government and health professionals know are not healthy for their bodies. So she wants to facilitate a nationwide re-programming of personal tastes by having restaurants start serving less of what customers ignorantly want and more of what they should have.

Kill your fat children! But don't eat them! Bury them in your vegatable garden!

I am strongly motivated to see how closely these outbursts coincide with the First Lady Menstrual Cycle (FLOTUSMC). This regular occurrence is listed by the Secret Service as a crisis response: code name "Rag-a-geddon." But then again, could it be that these episodes inspire the President's periodic comfort food foragings?

In reality, is Air Force One being used as an Emergency Estrogen Deficiency Ejection Capsule, hurtling POTUS into safer waters? Does the aforementioned have more to do with official trips to Europe and the Mideast than actual national security considerations?

Perhaps it was such an episode that prompted FLOTUS to comment to the FLOTFR (First Lady of the French Republic) as follows:

Michelle Obama thinks being America’s First Lady is ‘hell’, Carla Bruni reveals today in a wildly indiscreet book.

Miss Bruni divulges that Mrs Obama replied when asked about her position as the U.S. president’s wife: ‘Don’t ask! It’s hell. I can’t stand it!

And hell it is. There is nothing that staggers the mind like the personal fiery hell she incurred with an all expense paid trip to a luxurious five star Spanish hotel with friends, staff and bodyguards. How. She. Suffered.

And FLOTUS had to comfort her close friend with only sixty rooms. How. Did. She. Do. It.
Rush Limbaugh sums up the rationale for the sixty room Spanish invasion:

RUSH: That's Obama telling you to sacrifice, to give it up for America while his wife is in Spain. Now, the woman in question here. Her gynecologist's father had died, and so she had to spend some time with Michelle. Her gynecologist's father died. Now, are woman really that...? I wouldn't know, have to ask. Are women really that close to their gynecologists that when your gynecologist's father dies, you need a vacation in Spain? Her friend, who is the wife of the head of Obama's campaign fund and the gynecologist who delivered Michelle's daughter, her father died early in July. And she was depressed and distressed, and so she had to go to Spain with 40 other people in 60 rooms because her gynecologist's father passed away -- the gynecologist who delivered Michelle's daughter. Now, you compare... We have a name for Michelle: "Moochelle." Mooch, mooch, Moochelle Obama. That will tick 'em off, won't it, Snerdley?

My heart breaks for this woman who is forced to close NYC air space so she can trip the light fantastic at restaurants and Broadway shows.Yup. Life is hell for FLOTUS and her 24 servants attendants. How she has sacrificed!

November is almost here.

Don't forget to vote.

September 15, 2010

What I learned from Delaware

Two months ago, I didn't know a think about Christine O'Donnell. I know little more now. But I have learned quite a bit about the entrenched Republican party. What a nest of self-serving vipers!!

Hats off to the voters of Delaware. Hats off to the Tea Party. I've just visited the O'Donnell site and made a donation, and those of you who know me know that I rarely part with U.S. currency. If you are toying with the idea of throwing a few clams Christine's way, please do so. She may win that thing!

I'd like to teach the world to sing...

The Earth Doesn’t Care
About what is done to or for it.

The cover of The American Scholar quarterly carries an impertinent assertion: “The Earth Doesn’t Care if You Drive a Hybrid.” The essay inside is titled “What the Earth Knows.” What it knows, according to Robert B. Laughlin, co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics, is this: What humans do to, and ostensibly for, the earth does not matter in the long run, and the long run is what matters to the earth. We must, Laughlin says, think about the earth’s past in terms of geologic time.

For example: The world’s total precipitation in a year is about one meter—“the height of a golden retriever.” About 200 meters—the height of the Hoover Dam—have fallen on earth since the Industrial Revolution. Since the Ice Age ended, enough rain has fallen to fill all the oceans four times; since the dinosaurs died, rainfall has been sufficient to fill the oceans 20,000 times. Yet the amount of water on earth probably hasn’t changed significantly over geologic time.

Damaging this old earth is, Laughlin says, “easier to imagine than it is to accomplish.” There have been mass volcanic explosions, meteor impacts, “and all manner of other abuses greater than anything people could inflict, and it’s still here. It’s a survivor.”

Laughlin acknowledges that “a lot of responsible people” are worried about atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels. This has, he says, “the potential” to modify the weather by raising average temperatures several degrees centigrade and that governments have taken “significant, although ineffective,” steps to slow the warming. “On the scales of time relevant to itself, the earth doesn’t care about any of these governments or their legislation.”


September 14, 2010

Kitchen Diplomacy

US Ambassador John Beyrle engages in Kitchen Diplomacy with Kommissar Vladimir "Bad Vlad" Waldosovich regarding Russian shipments of uranium to Iran. Speaking for the Obama administration, Press Secretary Gibbs trumpeted these talks as "useful," "earnest" and "full of surprises."

September 13, 2010

That Tingly Feeling

Although one of the Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield, is no longer with us, MSNBC personality Chris Matthews has recently teamed up with Bill Medley to re-record their most famous song.

We've Lost That Tingly Feeling

We can tell you lie every time
You move your lips.
There's no truthfulness from your toes
To your fingertips.
We're trying hard not to show it, Barry
But Barry, Barry we know it!

We've lost that tingly feeling,
Oh, that tingly feeling.
We've lost that tingly feeling,
Now it's gone, gone, gone.

Now there's incompetence
In everything that you try to do.
Even Gibbs is so tired
Of your lies that he is coming unglued.
It makes us just feel like crying, Barry
'Cause Barry, the democrats are dying!

We've lost that tingly feeling,
Oh, that tingly feeling.
Bring back that tingly feeling,
But it's gone, gone, gone .

Barry, Barry, the media went down on their knees for you.
Just because you said that you could pull it through.
We had a cause
A cause, a cause that Soros could afford to pay.
So don't...don't...don't let it slip away!

Barry! Barry!
Barry! Barry!
We need it please!
Barry! Barry!

Bring back that tingly feeling.
Oh, that tingly feeling.
Bring back that tingly feeling
'Cause it's gone, gone, gone
And we can't go on.

Premature Infatuation...


Obama’s public persona is so predictable and his image so overexposed that even the left is over him. He’s gone from fascinating and cool to a crashing bore in less than two years. Greg Sargent: “Seems the consensus is that Obama’s presser [Friday] was way too boring, substantive and unemotional to produce an abrupt and massive enough turnaround in the polls to guarantee in advance that Dems hold their majority.” Ditto, hisses Maureen Dowd: “How did the first president of color become so colorless?” Well, he ran out of catchphrases and revealed himself to be less articulate than George Bush. Dowd admits he sounds downright loopy at times: in advance that Dems hold their majority.”

And even worse, it's not covered by ObamaCare!

September 12, 2010

Remember The Battle Of Yo Mama

The Battle of Yamama in December 632 AD was important because anywhere from seventy to over four hundred Muslims who had memorized different collections of the revelations of Muhammad (they were known as reciters) were killed and their knowledge of these particular chats with Allah lost forever. This battle was the end of the internecine Wars of Apostasy that broke out following the death of the Prophet. Apparently there were Arabic tribes that did not believe that Muhammad was Allah's only mouthpiece and who really did not want to continue paying bakeesh to his relatives. That was soon settled by the sword.
"Many (of the passages) of the Qur'an that were sent down were known by those who died on the day of Yamama ... but they were not known (by those who) survived them, nor were they written down, nor had Abu Bakr, Umar or Uthman (by that time) collected the Qur'an, nor were they found with even one (person) after them." (Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif, p. 23).
Unlike Islam, the death and resurrection of Jesus brought about a powerful, unprecedented spiritual movement where the only weapon used was the Gospel. Christianity toppled the Roman Empire without an army and without killing a soul.

After the death and non-resurrection of Muhammad (he died on June 8, 632), thousands of reciters were used to compile a collection called the Qur'an or Koran (meaning "he recites"). This was accomplished by the First Caliph, Abu Bakr, in 634 and eventually become known as the Hafsah codex. Hafsah was one of the eleven (?) thirteen (?) seventeen (?) wives of Muhammad; she helped to maintain and protect this manuscript until her death. By this time (656 or thereabouts) other Koranic texts were being used with different numbers of surahs. Uthman, the Third Caliph (644 to 656), ordered the burning of all texts not authorized by him (there were at least three), including the original Hafsah codex. Burning the Hafsah codex today would be comparable to barbecuing the Dead Sea Scrolls. Unthinkable.

The following video was created by a Christian group, "Acts 17 Apologetics." It is a little hokey, but it nicely sums up what Muslim zealots do not want you to know. Please disregard the hand jive fist bump at the end.

The sites that question the authenticity of the Koran are well patrolled by Muslims who do their best to discredit all doubt that the Koran is Allah's miracle. The Koran is, IMHO, a pile of rambling, disjointed, dogmatic crap that will put you to sleep faster than reading Das Capital in the original German after knocking back a sixer.

I cannot find a reference in the Koran wherein anyone who destroys, defaces or uses crayon on the Koran should be killed. The Koran did not exist until two years after Muhammad was dead so there cannot be any revelation from Allah to Muhammad regarding this punishment. There are plenty of other surah references that could be used to satisfy even the most restrictive requirements for the general purpose killing of infidels but nothing specifically relating to the treatment of the Koran.

Again it is only IMHO, but the death penalty is a reflexive action by centuries of Muslim leaders who do not want their meal ticket, the Koran, to be examined critically. In contrast, the codices supporting biblical translation have been torn apart and critically examined under the most hostile circumstances. This has happened so many times over the past half century that I have no problem accepting scripture as it is presented today in a variety of versions. The bible is the progressive revelation of God captured in 66 books written by 40 authors over a period of about 1900 years. Not a twenty-two year series of seizures memorized by ten thousand goat herders.

In Christianity, the search for the earliest Old and New Testament transcripts is earnest and it is ongoing. The oldest Dead Sea Scroll was carbon dated back to 390 BC.

In Islam, the original compilation of the Koran was deliberately destroyed. The earliest one now in existence was compiled by Ibn Ishaq in 768.

Burn a bible, burn a million bibles, rip their pages out, it makes no difference. The Word of God is eternal, immutable truth and it exists independent of any human construct. Apparently the Muslims do not share this assurance. In fact, they are downright twitchy when it comes to their actions towards other competing faiths.

Okay - I am now officially out of the pulpit.