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"Do that face, George; they love that face.  C’mon, George . . . yeah, yeah, that’s the one, you’re killin’ ‘em.  It’s just like the cartoons."

Deconstructing McCain

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The right (myself included) knew damn well what the left media were up to:  influence voters to pick the weakest, viable Republican candidate.

They’ve done it.

McCain was the "media darling" candidate only until all other candidates fell out.  That fall out came with this week’s primaries.  Today, the very media that built up McCain and propelled him to the Republican nomination tore him down.

Thursday’s New York Times destroys the Arizona Senator in a premeditated plan to secure the White House for the DNC.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

It had been just a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems had nearly ended Mr. McCain’s political career by ensnaring him in the Keating Five scandal. In the years that followed, he reinvented himself as the scourge of special interests, a crusader for stricter ethics and campaign finance rules, a man of honor chastened by a brush with shame.

Take that, Mr. Golden Boy of the MSM! 

In McCain’s defense (something I’m not used to taking), the NYT story is salacious pack of innuendo.  But it demonstrates what smart conservatives like Rush Limbaugh have been saying for years:  the mainstream media are activists, not reporters. 

The paper that praised McCain, now destroys him.  In the most cold-blooded indictment of motivations I’ve ever read, the paper lays out this quest for power:

Mr. McCain started his career like many other aspiring politicians, eagerly courting the wealthy and powerful. A Vietnam war hero and Senate liaison for the Navy, he arrived in Arizona in 1980 after his second marriage, to Cindy Hensley, the heiress to a beer fortune there. He quickly started looking for a Congressional district where he could run.

Mr. Keating, a Phoenix financier and real estate developer, became an early sponsor and, soon, a friend. He was a man of great confidence and daring, Mr. McCain recalled in his memoir. “People like that appeal to me,” he continued. “I have sometimes forgotten that wisdom and a strong sense of public responsibility are much more admirable qualities.”

For a year, now, I have been warning you that a moderate Republican is a dead Republican.  We nominated a moderate, and he’s dead.  Nonstarter.  Still-born.

Congratulations, GOP.  You get to play the minority party for four more years. 

Global Cooling Is Back!

Baby, it’s cold outside.  Are you cold tonight?

I thought it was just me.  Here in St. Louis, we’ve had a few way above average temp days this winter, including 70+ in January and February.  But between those balmy days are many, many below average days and nights.  My gas bill has been in over $200 a month, and I live in an 11-year-old, well insulated home.

Now, we learn that the polar ice caps have reversed five years of shrinkage by returning rapidly old levels.  From the Daily Express:

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.

But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the “lost” ice has come back.

Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels.

Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.

Damn.  All that worry and rancor shot to hell. 

Now, the idiots will tell us that record cold temperatures and increasing ice caps prove global warming is real.  Just remember–they’re idiots. (h/t Gateway Pundit)

White man’s World

James Joyner gets the credit for finding this one.

"Stuff White People Like" is the most exciting new blog on the planet.   Example:

White people love to laugh, so it’s no surprise that some of the funniest people in the world are white!

But there’s more:

WARNING: under no circumstances should you EVER list Dane Cook as your favorite comedian. The wrong kind of white people like him. And mentioning him will cause white people to lose all respect for you.

These people should run for President.

 

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When Your Children Die

When your children die at the hands of terrorists, blame the Democrats and their lawyer friends.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and other Democrats let the domestic surveillance law die.  They did it because their Trial Lawyer donors want to sue telecommunication companies who help stop terrorism. 

It’s impossible to count the number of American lives saved by electronic surveillance.  We know it’s in the thousands.  Possibly the hundreds of thousands. 

When the law authorizing this critical counter-terrorism law came up for renewal, Trial Lawyers, who stand to make billions suing telephone companies, spend millions lobbying liberal Senators, and the lobbying worked.  Hillary didn’t show up for the vote, and Obama voted against re-authorization.  Both candidates’ campaigns have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from specific law firms who want to sue telephone companies. 

Some will argue that the eavesdropping law infringed on civil rights.  Well, the courts already decided against that.  Congress’s failure to act had nothing to do with political science or philosophy; it had to do with money. 

When the next terrorist attack occurs–an attack that this law might have prevented–I hope those who let the law die meet with an angry mob, chains, and pitchforks. 

Gunfight At the Not-OK Corral

Clinton Inc. will do whatever (it thinks) it takes to secure the Democrat nomination for president.

The news of the past two days has been Obama’s plagiarism of Hillaryspeak.  As if Obama is incapable of formulating pandering drivel on his own.   From WaPo:

Yesterday, key Clinton supporters accused Obama of "lifting" a passage of the rousing speech he delivered to a party gathering in Milwaukee on Saturday night from Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, a longtime friend and supporter.

Captain Ed notes that the Clintons are make much over nothing.

Put simply, it’s nonsense. It is, however, an indication of how desperate Hillary has become to derail Obama.

It’ more than desperation; it’s personal.  Clinton Inc. can’t stand the thought of losing. A loss in the primaries would be the end of that tragic legacy, a repudiation of the most corrupt administration since Johnson.  And the Little Rock mafia won’t stand for such.

Hillary is counting heavily on the Super Delegates, many of whom, no doubt, will vote for Clinton at the convention to avoid embarrassing disclosures.  (The Clintons have everyone’s FBI record, remember?)

This should add up to quite an entertaining convention.  And that could be bad news for McCain. 

Pater Noster

The Lord’s Prayer in Latin intrigues me. I think it’s because it’s so easily understood to speakers of English.

Pater noster Father of ours
Qui es in Caelis Who art in Heaven
Santificetur nomen tuum Sanctified is the name of You
Adveniat regnum tuum In the Advent of the Reign of You
Fiat voluntas tua Your will be done
sicut in Caelo et in terra On Earth as in Heaven
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie Bread, give to us our quota today
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra And diminish debts of ours
Sicut et nos dimittus debitoribus nostris as we diminish debts to us
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem And let us not be pursuaded by temptation
Sed libera nos a malo but liberate us from evil

While the common translation uses more familiar words and syntax, the Latin roots and syntax make the Latin prayer accessible to almost anyone. I’m not fluent in Latin, so I may have made some terrible errors, but I think most readers will understand the Latin prayer by these English words.

This is a prayer to memorize, even if you’re not a Latin Mass type. The rhythm of the language is soothing, and the words begin to take on a higher meaning.

Obama Is a Commie–or next to it

I am disheartened that James Joyner continues to find more fault with conservatives’ reasons and methods for attacking a socialist than with the socialist himself.

In the growing debate over a Che Guevara Cuban flag proudly adorning the wall of Barack Obama’s headquarters in Houston, Texas, Joyner comes galloping to Obama’s defense, ignoring the mounting evidence that Obama is as every bit as much a threat to capitalism as is Hugo Chavez.

To be fair, Joyner may not understand the depths of the Obama’s passion for collectivism. With the wave of the hand, wrongly dismisses any connection between Obama and Communism:

The “loyalty oath” goes to the whole notion — implied by Johnson and others quoted above — that Obama is under some obligation to declare that he’s anti-Communist and pro-American. Neither of those should be in doubt.

Oh, really? Consider the news I learned today at The Gateway Pundit:

Socialist (Democratic) Senators Obama and Sherrod Brown are proposing legislation that forces companies to unionize to gain tax credits!

Threatened denial of tax benefits is a form of coercion only governments can perpetrate. And the kinds of governments that force collectivization are typically communist governments. It’s very short step to conclude, then, that men like Obama, who use the power of government to collectivize the workforce, are communists or socialists.

So I can safely go beyond the implied call for a loyalty oath that Joyner attributes to a bevy of conservative bloggers; I reject Barack Obama’s claims of patriotism and capitalism. I believe he is philosophical closer to Che than to Jefferson, Madison, or Monroe. Or Reagan, for that matter.

Joyner must be a very lenient boss. He believes that candidates for President of the United States should ignore the symbols associated with their campaigns.

But, surely, Obama doesn’t need to publicly weigh in on the decorating choices of every low level staffer?

Well, James, what if a low level staffer at the Atlantic Council of the United States chose to decorate her office with KKK signage? Would you object? Would your organization find lots of free publicity on the evening news? You’d hear Al Sharpton rhyming in your sleep!

I’m not trying to beat up on Joyner–he has credentials in this field far superior to mine. But I think he underestimates the significance of organic symbolism.

As conservatives, we tend to mock the symbolism so emblematic of the left. We relate to ‘Seinfeld’s’ Kramer who refused to wear the AIDS awareness ribbon in an AIDS awareness parade and was beaten up for his obstinacy. We see “I care” symbolism as a substitute for action, as in “Save the Earth” stickers on 1971 Chevy Impalas with V-8s and no catalytic converters.

But organic symbolism–that which swells from our passion–tells us far more about people than the things they say. A flag of Cuba with Che’s image on it tells us that the woman who hung it idolizes communists who savagely kill women and children in pursuit of the collectivist state. That the flag hangs in an Obama office tells us that those closest to his campaign believe Obama can deliver to the US what Che delivered to Cuba.

James Joyner is concerned at the vociferousness of the conservative vanguard. The Che thing represents Joyner’s second fight with the right in less than a week. Previously, conservatives jumped him for his attacks on Jonah Goldberg and others. I am concerned that James is fighting the wrong enemy. We who prefer capitalism over communism, the individual over the collective, freedom over slavery, and good over evil wish James would open his eyes and help fight the good fight.

Archbishop of Canterbury Can’t Bury His Words

Last week, Rowan Williams, the idiot who presides over the Anglican church, made comments on the radio that his country should adopt Islamic law.   Today’s Washington Post reports that Williams sticks by his sentiments in favor of the abolition of freedom and Christianity, but like so many spineless weasels in today’s public eye, Williams says he’d made a “misleading choice of words.” 

A man stupid enough to emit such utterances could not possibly benefit from my attacks: his stupidity is beyond human reach. 

He might, however, solve many problems by returning to the Mother Church and leaving behind childish things like Anglicanism and Islam.

Worse for us, a President Obama would give Williams cheer by adopting the Sharia law in our country.

Michelle Malkin has much more, including Williams’s past verbal atrocities.