Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Enjoy this short clip of Ronald Reagan. And enjoy this holiday however you like to celebrate it. MC is thankful for liberty and the men and women in uniform who safeguard it for us. MC is also thankful for the Gang of Five and others over the last 18 months we have met. You are terrific and you know who you are!
Hat tip: Jimmy Choo
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Says Cohen: "As an Obama admirer, I’m worried. He feels over-managed, over-scripted to me, to the point where he’s not showing the guts that prevailed at various difficult moments in the campaign. The ideas are good, but the warmth, cajoling and craft that make ideas more than that are lacking."
Says MC: We're glad Cohen's worried; we border daily on controlled panic or despair. He is everything Cohen's second sentence says and then some. The ideas are manifestly not good (to a liberal perhaps) and Obama is the opposite of warm and possess no craft. In. Over. His. Head.
Click on the title of the post to read the whining of a liberal (the same fool, it should be noted, who earlier in the year wrote that Jews in Iran don't have it so bad; fortunately, even other liberals couldn't take nonsense and he was widely mocked).
Monday, November 23, 2009
"The White House did not even stand up for itself when it came to the question of human rights in China. The president, who had said only a few days earlier that freedom of expression is a universal right, was coerced into attending a joint press conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao, at which questions were forbidden. Former US President George W. Bush had always managed to avoid such press conferences."
Bush compared favorably to Obama by Der Spiegel? Passing strange but not, we think, the last of its kind.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Click on the title of this post to read Charles Bremner's take in the TimesOnline.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Jeanne Claude was wife and artistic partner of Christo. Together they became famous for artworks involving wrapped items. Nonsense you say? Then you haven't been paying attention to what passes for modern art, e.g., Jeff Koons. MC is a fan: take objects and make them new. That's one operating definition of art we can live with.
Worthy of special applause is the couple's refusal to take corporate or other sponsors of their art, installations or exhibitions. They funded themselves because they did not want to be compromised. How very refreshing. Jeanne Claude once said: "Our art has absolutely no purpose, except to be a work of art. We do not give messages."
Click on the title of this post to read her obituary in The Telegraph (UK).
Images from bottom to top: Surrounded Islands, The Gates, Running Fence and Wrapped Reichstag (MC's personal favorite)
So says the British Spectator:
'The Afghan issue has made clear the astonishing disregard with which Mr Obama treats Britain . As he decides how many more troops to send to Afghanistan – a decision which will fundamentally affect the scope of the mission – Britain is reduced to taking a guess. The White House does not even pretend to portray this as a joint decision. It is a diplomatic cold-shouldering that stands in contrast not just to the Blair-Bush era, but to the togetherness of the soldiers on the ground.'
MC likes, if that's the right word, the play in the title of the piece: the UK was always said to have had a special relationship with the US. Not under the Vapid One, however. Looking around at home and abroad, 2009 under Obama has uniformly been a disaster.
Click on the title of this post to read The Spectator article.
Hat tip: Weekly Standard via The Corner
Thursday, November 19, 2009
MC reads Andrew Sullivan so that you don't have to. You're welcome. If you don't know who he is, do the Google on the internets and bone up. He once really was something (a young Brit who was Catholic, a Tory, editor of The New Republic and openly gay when it wasn't fashionable) but over time became something of a nut. Honestly, people still can't quite believe it. Pity about that.
What has people talking now, however, is that his blog, The Daily Dish, hosted at The Atlantic Monthly, has gone quiet. Why? He's reading Going Rogue. So what? Well, Andrew disgraced himself last year by banging on, to use a Brit term, about Palin's fifth pregnancy, ie, Trig, born with Down Syndrome. First he was convinced it was Bristol's and Sarah was covering up. When Bristol's pregnancy became known (hey Levi Johnston! your 15 minutes are up!) he pleaded honest inquiry. Right.
His writing became so focused on all things Palin, including the most rancid internet rumors, that The Dish went silent for the first time. In other words, the adults at The Atlantic Monthly gave him a time out and sent him to his room for a few days. Now The Daily Dish has shushed itself for the second time and the blogosphere is having a field day. Truth be told, so are we.
Click on the title of this post to read Ace of Spade's hilarious take on the latest installment of poor Andrew's decline. Graphics in this post were first seen there. The link in that piece to Iowa Hawk is not to be missed if you know anything about Sullivan. Ouch.
Hat tip: Scott Johnson of Powerline
His point of departure is the shameful absence of Obama from the world's celebration in Berlin on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His observations, more broadly, acutely highlight the emptiness of so much of this administration's approach to the world and foreign policy issues. Click on the title of this post to read Wieseltier's whole article. MC found the following excerpt deadly:
"Liberals no longer remember that anti-communism was once a glory of liberalism. The president is so busy breaking new ground in foreign policy that he may not see that the ground of his foreign policy is broken. His renunciation of idealism has brought none of the rewards of realism. Conflicts that were supposed to be transformed by his magic are immune to his magic. He has no magic. There is no magic. His trip to China, where the subject of human rights was “raised,” has shown this again. When he gets back, perhaps he will meet with the Dalai Lama, but not for the purpose of “strategic reassurance.” That blessing is reserved for Hu Jintao. It makes sense that the man who refused to meet with the Dalai Lama did not make it to Berlin."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
No, this, apparently, is the man who decided Khalid Sheik Mohammed (that word again) should stand trial in a federal, civilian court. Manifestly this is a Presidential decision but the hopey changey crowd in DC attempted to make it seem a normal decision within the ambit of the AG's office. It is anything but. Is there nothing Obama won't fob off on others or outsource in some way? No wonder he's taking so long on troops to Afghanistan: he can't really say someone else needs to make the decision. Where's a decider when you need one?
At any rate, click on the title of this post to read Allah Pundit's take on the AG's appearance and his incompetent, pathetic and, yes, foolish responses to Senator Lindsey Graham's serious and thoughtful questioning. This is the man leading our justice system? Is it 2012 yet?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A friend of this blog brought to our attention a brave, honest column about the Ft. Hood murders and its fundamental motivation. Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Kindly click on the title of this post to read his excellent article that was recently run in the Edmonton Sun newspaper. You'll be both glad you did and left wondering why we don't read anything like this in the drive by media.
Hat tip: She knows who she is.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
King of Morocco
Prime Minister Slovenia
President South Korea
Prime Minister India
NEW VIDEO of the Obama bow here: at hotairpundit
Hat tip: Hot Air
Friday, November 13, 2009
MC can't help but notice that this development was announced while the Vapid One is out of the country. What purpose is served by having these men return to the scene of their horrific crime? Most New Yorkers are democrats so why the affront? Of course, the rest of the country is entitled to feel affronted as well but the sting has to be acute in Manhattan and the other boroughs.
"Obama, speaking to reporters in Japan on the first day of an eight-day overseas trip, declined to comment extensively on the decisions, saying Attorney General Eric Holder would hold a news conference later in the day." Unreal; the President doesn't really even take responsibility for this decision and lets others further down the food chain explain. This is leadership?
Click on the title of this post to read the Washington Post's coverage.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
We are disappointed, though, that President Obama refused to join other leaders (hmm, maybe there's part of the answer?) in Berlin to celebrate the fall of this hideous wall. Why is he so slow to celebrate freedom over tyranny? His silence about the Iranians being slaughtered, his disgraceful refusal to meet with the Dalai Lama in order to appease the Chicoms, his pulling the plug on missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, his comments that he doesn't want to "win" in Afghanistan and his shameful bowing to the grotesque "king" of Saudi Arabia surely set some sort of pattern that MC really doesn't wish to see in any American president.
Unfortunately, they are all of a piece. And freedom loving people around the world are worse for it. Still, MC takes comfort that when it was needed, the world had genuine leaders. We know who they were. Happy Anniversary!
Click on the title of this post to read The Independent's coverage of events two decades ago; events that astonished the world. MC remembers where it was when we heard the news; do you?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
What Bolshevik instincts drive these liberals to insist on destroying healthcare in this country while all that people really want is an economy on a sound footing? MC can only hope that the grim numbers released make it more difficult for Speaker Pelosi to pass "that bill" tomorrow.
Monday, November 2, 2009
MC was distressed to learn that the capable, competent and courageous Janet Beihoffer has resigned her position as Chair of CD 2 effective 10/31/09. Click on the images above to read her resignation letter. More on what is behind this step backward for CD 2 and the RPM shortly.
Discretion hat-tip: Co-defendant