A curmudgeonly, politically independent blog on the news, politics, religion, culture, mores, and occasionally sports and astronomy by Robert Elart Waters, who is proud to be among those proclaimed by the President of the United States to be human scum for disapproving of him.
The Democrats- notably Barack Obama- are stuck in a time-warp on Iraq, portraying a war we're currently winning as the disaster it was some time ago. Barak Obama has been to Iraq exactly once, some years ago- and on that basis regards himself qualified to pontificate on our progress there. He's willing to meet with terrorists, and the heads of rogue nations- but not with our own commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petreaus.
Here's a useful perspective on the realities we're facing in Iraq, and in the War in Terror in general.
Not, of course, that it will do Obama any good. He just doesn't deal in reality. He prefers his fantasies of gloom and defeat.
Michael Medved- one of the smartest men in America, whose political judgement is even better than his talent at judging movies- has written a fascinating blog entry over at Townhall on just who John McCain should pick as his running mate.
He makes a strong argument for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, with an intriguing and impressive possibility I haven't heard mentioned before- Connecticut Gov. Mary Jodi Rell- as the alternative.
Worth a read. One thing's for sure: Mitt Romney isn't the answer, and neither is Mike Huckabee.
Sarah Palin might be- if only she had more experience.
Jupiter- at 2.5 more massive than all the other planets combined- is not small.
It is, however, increasingly measly.
For about three hundred years- give or take a century- the King of the Planets has sported what amounts to a permanent Category 5 hurricane about three times the size of Earth in the tumultuous atmosphere of its southern equatorial region. The Great Red Spot, as it's called (being great, and red, and a spot) is probably the thing observers with telescopes try hardest to make out when viewing the biggest of our solar system's four massive gas giants.
About a decade ago, a series of smaller, white storms merged to form Red Spot Jr., or Oval BA as it's officially known. Now, the Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a third red spot,
Each is big enough to easily gobble Earth and leave room for desert.
Red Spot Jr., or "Little Red," had a near-collision with its big brother a few years ago, but escaped unscathed. The newest member of the family currently appea…
That's a basic fact of life apparent to anyone who has actually studied his record and his positions. He is the last gasp of '60's Movement politics, and the last politically significant paladin of American socialism.
The media, of course, paint their darling as a moderate. He is not. John McCain must not, and I trust will not, allow that silly conceit to go unchallenged.
Here are some thoughts from Carol Ann Shiver of The National Review on Obama's status as the candidate of the Hard Left, and the folly of pretending that he's anything else.
(Note: The poppy is a symbol which, at least in the United States, is usually associated with Veterans Day, celebrated in November- on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. But this year, I think, the appropriate time for thinking about poppies is before November.
In a public school third grade class- a couple of years before my first exposure to Luther's Small Catechism- I had to memorize the poem below. It was written by a Canadian veteran of World War I, but it speaks with the voice of the dead- and of the living- who have fought in every war. Substitute Antietam or Normandy or Hue or Falujah for Flanders fields, and the appeal that voice makes is just as compelling.
When we memorized the text, we were instructed to substitute the words "Take up no quarrel with the foe" for "take up our quarrel with the foe." After all, we were no longer at war with the Germans and the Austrians. But this particular Memorial Day, the original words seem mor…
Barack Obama, the not-ready-for-prime-time presumptive nominee of the Democratic party for President of the United States, could not have picked a worse moment to stick his foot in his mouth about meeting Middle Eastern terrorists and friends of terrorists without prior conditions than this spring when gas prices have topped four dollars a gallon, and are still climbing.
Charles Krauthammer thinks that Obama started off by misspeaking- and then, in his haste to demonize the "cowboy diplomacy" of George W. Bush, painted himself so quickly and so completely into a corner that he had no choice but to make his verbal blunder policy. Sometimes mere candidates can get away with this, especially when (as in Obama's case) the media is firmly in their corner and not only downplaying their blundering but creating almost a daily series of pseudo-gaffes and faux scandals centering on their presumptive November opponents, as they continue to do with John McCain. But even this double…
Fascinating, isn't it, the way Barack Obama continues to backtrack from his downplaying of the threat Iran poses to the United States, and his willingness to meet personally with its nutty president? The naivette of Sen. Obama is startling in a man who finds himself so close to the White House. Only last night CNN was displaying electoral college maps which seemed to demonstrate his near inevitability.
In fact, he's a phenominally intelligent and charismatic man- without the first qualification to be President of the United States. He has held only one national office, and during the time he's been in the Senate he's spent such little time in Washington that it's reasonable to ask whether that even counts.
As his naive (and oft-modified) foreign policy statements would indicate, Sen. Obama has no foreign policy experience at all. To the extent he has one, he seems to espouse the Jimmy Carter make-nice-nice-to-the-bad-guys approach to what his supporters laughably cal…
The abomination whose creation the British Parliament has authorized (albeit in embryonic form) is in fact a creature from Greek mythology- the minotaur.
It should be pointed out today that no treatment for any disease has ever been derived from embryonic stem cell research, and that other approaches to the creation of pluripotent stem cells equally useful in research into Alzheimer's Disease, Parkonsonism, etc. have been shown to be feasible.
Anybody who maintains that the British vote is in any sense an advance for human dignity (!) or even a real step toward the alleviation of human suffering is responsible for a result of 100% bovine inheritance, bearing a Y chromosome.
British MP's have approved the production of half-human, half-bovine embryos for research purposes.
There's a great deal of potential for humor here. The trouble is that the subject matter just isn't funny. The creation of half-human hybrids even in the embryonic stage is something grotesque enough that whether or not it shocks somebody might well be seen as a test of just how deeply that person's conscience is seared.
Or at least how badly his or her moral sensibilities have been ravaged by the ethical insanity of an age which considers species diversity- as important as it is- as being of greater importance than the ethical status of the human creature as something separate and distinct from the rest of creation.
Call it the image of God, or sentience, or what have you: he who truly fails to distinguish strictly between human beings and animals rarely ends up treating animals like human beings.
She usually ends up treating human beings like animals.
Barack Obama thinks that it's below the belt for John McCain to have pointed out that Hamas has explicitly endorsed him- Obama- for President of the United States. Apparently- though inexplicably- much of the main stream media agrees with Obama.
Well, here is a remarkable YouTube video in which, first, Obama opposes negotiating with Hamas before he was for it. Then comes the actual endorsement of Obama's candidacy by a Hamas spokesman, in which he compares the Illnois senator to John F. Kennedy and explicitly says that Hamas hopes he wins:
And here is some commentary by an expert on McCain's charge- which, as we just saw, is truthfully nothing more or less than a simple statement of objective fact :
The nutroots- led by The Huffington Report- have been showing a carefully edited version of a statement by Sen. McCain which makes him appear to be saying that he is in favor of negotiating with Hamas. The video follows a widely-reported article in the Washington Post in which Leftist Jamie Rubin misrepresents McCain's statement in precisely that fashion.
Here is Sen. McCain's actual- unedited- position. Note that he's even wearing the same clothing he was wearing in the version being circulated among the nutroots:
Remember the uproar when John McCain- correctly- pointed out that the Iranians were supporting fellow Shi'ite Muqtada al-Sadr in making war against American troops in Iraq?
Well apparently nobody has even noticed that Barak Obama- a foreign policy neophyte who is as innocent as the driven snow when it comes to dealing with foreign governments, yet is being touted by the MSM as the best potential president since Abe Lincoln- apparently thinks that people in Afghanistan speak Arabic!
He also thinks that farmers in Iraq, like those in Afganistan, cause us problems by growing opium poppies.
Here are Ed Morrisey's comments on one of the most ridiculous pieces of writing we're apt to see even from the New York Times in its ongoing series of spurious hit pieces on John McCain: the notion that John McCain was prevented from confronting the realities and lessons of the Vietnam War because he spent so much of it being tortured and held captive by the North Vietnamese!
Could backfire. It will simply underscore the point that the Republican loonies are sore losers.... while the Democratic loonies will, as usual, be running the show.
As for the Paul wing of the Party, we need them like we need a hole in the head. Ron Paul is the Jar Jar Binks of the GOP, and the role of chronic embarassment is about the only role he has to play in it.
Consider this piece of partisan garbage masquerading as journalism.
For eight years, the entire case against George W. Bush, according to his partisan critics, has consisted in the allegation that he is a diabolically clever but somehow stupid mass murderer who looks like a smirking chimpanzee.
Even after fellow national guardsmen came forward to share memories of serving with him at an Alabama air base where he was alleged not to have reported, not only partisan Democrats but media types continued to repeat the discredited lie- even four full years after it was discredited, during the President's re-election campaign. Claims of having stolen Florida and the election in 2000 were routinely made by the very people who actually tried to steal them by disenfranchising military personnel and through their crooked manual recount.
The attacks against Bush and his administration have been so heavily ad hominem and top heavy with outright slander that at many junctures during the past eight y…
Herein John Kass of the Chicago Tribune poses an interesting- and obvious- question: how is it that Barack Obama- child of the corrupt world of South Side Chicago politics- has hitherto been able to present himself as a pristine and unblemished reformer, of all things?
The answer: Obama is unvetted. He's a former state senator who has hardly been around the U.S. Senate to make a name for himself either for good or for ill nationally. At the state level, he wasn't prominent enough to create a profile, either.
Hence, everybody is free to project on to him their own wishes and fantasies- and they do, especially if they work in the media.
The media's love affair with Obama is a wonderful thing for us Republicans. Sooner or later, somebody is going to do what nobody has done yet: take a good look at this guy's life and career. I'm not saying that there are necessarily frightening skeletons in the Obama closet, or even any skeletons at all. But he isn't he person the MS…
Some day I'd like to write a book about my generation. Generation of Vipers is one possible title; a book by that name came out in the early 'Sixties, but I think enough time has passed for another to use that title. Another possible title- and maybe a better one- is The Least Generation: How the Baby Boomers Ruined America.
In case you haven't guessed, I'm not a big fan of us Boomers. We are, in essence, a generation of spoiled brats, handed a level of prosperity and opportunity no generation before us in any country had ever had. We quickly decided that we were born entitled, and demanded that the world conform to our whims. When it failed, we had a decade-long temper tantrum called the 'Sixties.
We like to kid ourselves that we are uniquely compassionate. In fact, we're the generation that has embraced the casual murder of the unborn as yet another one of our rights. We rejected, by and large, the notion that we have any obligation to anybody but ourselves. I…
He who would forbid the pulling of babies limb from limb in utero is not the heartless one; rather, it is the one who regards it as a constitutional right who might be suspected of lacking that particular organ.
Here, Republican presidential nominee-to-be John McCain speaks eloquently about the necessity of defending those among us who are the most vulnerable.
Liberals should take compassion lessons from the man.
This is the anniversary of the victory of the Mexican army, loyal to the great President Benito Juarez (often called "the Abraham Lincoln of Mexico"), over the French supporters of the puppet Emperor Maximilian at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
It's been the Mexican national holiday ever since.
He was reported by the Huffington Report to be Baptist minister(!)
He got into the meeting posing as a journalist.
The Des Moines Register, Iowa's best Red newspaper, bought his story hook, line and sinker.
In reality, he's a Barak Obama supporter who used to work for the Biden campaign- and yesterday he asked John McCain a rude and obscene question which prompted the Republican Presidential nominee-to-be to respond in a very appropriate fashion.
One question about this incident I can't get out of my mind: what was this dude trying to accomplish?