According to an ABC News poll
released today, zero percent of Americans consider global warming an issue in this year’s election.
I guess I’m in the majority on this one.
Hat tip Anthony Watts.
The thinking, scientific world owes much to James Joyner and Arthur Brooks for this piece examining the socio-economic background of American gun owners.
Barack Obama’s "bittergate" comments served to debunk the Barack myth. He is neither transcendent nor particularly intelligent. Instead, he is a narrow, prejudiced, little man, made ignorant by the vapid idiots who surround him. His anti-American wife, his anti-white spiritual leader, his terrorist friends have filled his welcoming head with lies.
The lies Obama believes are the kind of lies that demand action. His race for President is his attempt to pay back the people who harmed him, but only in his perverted imagination.
Just say "no" to Chicago-style ignorance.
Wednesday night, in a debate here, Barack Obama complained a number of times about the presidential campaign process and how some people spend way too much time “obsessing” about some of the things he and others have actually said.
Dude: when you haven’t actually done anything in your life, your words are the only thing voters have to go on. And your words suck.
Every modern man knows that invalidating a woman’s feelings lies on the offensiveness scale somewhere between unwelcomed groping and fat jokes. Whether or not it’s fair to suffer a woman’s wrath because she misunderstood a word is another matter.
Last week, Barack Obama smugly told a group of billionaire liberals in San Francisco that rural Americans are bitter, ignorant Neanderthals who prefer guns and superstitions (aka, religion) and race-hatred to reason, education, and hard work. He thought his comments were off the record. He was wrong on all counts.
This week, Barack and his posse are defending himself by invalidating the feelings of the people he offended. In the process, he’s compounding the problem by telling us that we’re too damn stupid to understand what he meant. ( By "us," I mean gun owners who go to church and ask forgiveness for our rampant sinfulness.)
Like the strategy of blaming Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s bigotry on the racism of whites, this attempt to shift the blame is failing miserably. Miserably.
According to Ed Morrissey [on HotAir.com], Obama’s hard work in Pennsylvania was more than undone by his snobbish remarks. Ed understands, as I do, the crux of the problem.
No matter how Obama tries to spin it, his statement assumes Midwestern voters are idiots.
What’s worse, Obama can’t see it. Like a child who blames the teacher for his failure to turn in assignment, Obama wants the voters he disdains and ridicules to forgive him solely because he’s smarter than the rest of us.
Barack handled the Rev. Wright affair atrociously. He’s handled the Rezko affair poorly. Like Bill Clinton, all of Obama’s weaknesses, failures, and poor decisions were and are someone else’s fault. He has no sense of responsibility. He is a child.
In the 1990s, with a Republican Congress, America could afford a child-president. In the age of War on Terror, we cannot. The hicks in the Midwest understand these subtleties of history precisely, even if they don’t choose to articulate them in the pompous terms Obama and his ilk prefer.
Obama’s day in the sun is fading.
Pope Benedict XVI will receive the highest honor the United States can bestow upon on a visiting head of state: the President will meet him at the airport. Afterwards, the White House will host the largest gathering of Bush’s presidency, as over 12,000 guests will receive His Holiness. Quite an honor.
Sadly, Catholic hate mobs will be out in force, too. Excommunicates who believe they know God’s designs for the church better than the Pope will travel from St. Louis to embarrass themselves and the church they refuse to obey.
Why would a Methodist president show more respect for the Pope than cradle Catholics?
Pride. Donna Quinn, a former nun excommunicated recently by St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, wants to be a priest. Her pride drove her to separate from her church. Presidents are proud men at some level, but this one is not so proud as to blind him.
Benedict continues a rejuvenation of the church that John Paul II began. In this reform, the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s begin receding. The old prayers are returning as the church remembers that ancient admonition: lex orandi, lex credendi.
Fr. John Corapi, a preacher every Catholic should know well, tells of a meeting late in the Second Vatican Council. The Cardinals took turns extolling the virtues of "fresh air." The idea was to renew the church by opening the windows, metaphorically.
As Corapi tells it, an old French Cardinal sat and listened for hours. As the proceedings neared a close, he rose to speak. He said, "Openness is good, and we could all use some fresh air. But be careful. When you throw open the windows, you might let in fresh air. You might let in every stench from the gutter, too."
Donna Quinn’s perverted, disordered views, her self-importance, her pride, result from those gutter stenches that wafted into our churches when we threw open the windows. The poor woman never received the education, the formation that the church knows to give. Like so many modern Catholics, she learned a disordered catechism penned by men, not by God. The spirit that moved the church’s leaders were not of Heaven, but of profanity.
Thank God that our president will give Pope Benedict his due. May the world, and particularly Catholics, see his visit as the chance to return to the church Christ ordained, following the shepherd He left to tend His flock. And may Donna Quinn and I be in that number.
People love Billy Bob Thornton . . . or they hate him. Either way, they owe themselves a listen to selections from his new band’s new album.
The Boxmasters combine the English Invasion with 60s hillbilly music to form "electric hillbilly." It’s heavy on steel guitar, which gives all their songs the twang that screams "old country." I love the sound. Thornton’s voice and accent fit the songs the way Johnny Cash fit black.
The Boxmasters were formed long ago when W.R. ‘Bud’ Thornton went in to a fast food chicken restaurant in Bellflower, California and got in an argument with the young man working the counter over a coleslaw incident. That young man was J.D. “J.D.” Andrew. The incident turned out to be a misunderstanding and the two had a laugh about it and they became fast friends. They started hanging out together and eventually discovered that they had both come to California in search of the big time in the world of ELECTRIC HILLBILLY Music, W.R. ‘Bud’ from Hot Springs, Arkansas and J.D. from Gypsum, Kansas.
The album will be available in stores on June 10, but you can download cuts and a preview album from Dell Lounge. Cuts are $ 0.99 each and the full set is $7.90. The Boxmasters kick off a tour on July 11 in Jacksonville, OR. It arrives in St. Louis in August in the Bottleneck Blues Bar in the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles.
The much ballyhooed link between hurricanes and global warming appears to have snapped.
A Houston Chronicle story describes the findings published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (a GW alarmist pub):
One of the most influential scientists behind the theory that global warming has intensified recent hurricane activity says he will reconsider his stand.
The hurricane expert, Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, unveiled a novel technique for predicting future hurricane activity this week. The new work suggests that, even in a dramatically warming world, hurricane frequency and intensity may not substantially rise during the next two centuries.
If reality occupied the same universe as Al Gore, this news might disturb that criminal. This means that any attempt to blame the coming hurricane season, Katrina, or Andrew, on human activity (aside from building in the path of hurricanes) is mere pseudoscience, like everything else associated with global warming.
(H/T Anthony Watts)
Barack Obama told the world what he thinks of rural people, and, in so doing, sealed his fate [from Powerline]:
So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Wow. Rev. Wright taught him well. (h/t Gateway Pundit)
If you’re surprised that Obama could be so . . . so elitist, then you don’t know many liberals, and you don’t know any well. Liberalism is elitism. That elitism is what Buckley spoke of when he said, "I’d rather be ruled by the first 200 names in the Boston telephone book than by the 200 members of the faculty of Harvard University."
Obama surrounded himself with a racist wife and a racist mentor in Jeremiah Wright. In Ed Morrissey’s thoughtful post on HotAir, he writes:
What makes this so breathtaking is the mindless, casual way in which Obama reveals his snobbishness and elitism. We saw hints of this from Michelle Obama, in her assertions about never being proud of her country until her husband ran for President. (Soren Dayton has more on this.)
Barack taught himself bigotry and elitism in fine universities and pompous periodicals. He traded his race for a shot at the big time. His immaturity and inexperience prevent him from burying his prejudices, his weaknesses, and his pathetic judgment.
Obama is a lightweight. He’s not so smart. He’s a pedestrian liberal who made the mistake of buying into his own press.
Update: Ace of Spades writes the headline of the year [go read it . . . now!]
The U.N. Secretary-General is quite furious at Denmark for permitting Geert Wilder’s film "Fitna" from seeing the light of day, according to Reuters.
"Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility," Ban said.
"We must also recognize that the real fault line is not between Muslim and Western societies, as some would have us believe, but between small minorities of extremists, on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict," Ban said.
Funny. When his own organization calls for extermination of Jews or death to Christians, he calls it the U.N. doing its job. The U.N.’s job, then, must be annihilation of the West.