One of THOSE round-ups

Yes, this is going to be one of THOSE round-ups, where I clear off all my open tabs of things I just read, and pass them off to you; covering everything from my personal stuff to a video recommendation or two.

Fluff: Ann Althouse is running the inevitable captioning thread on this picture. Now I am on record as finding Michelle Obama to be an attractive woman with a mostly pleasing sense of style (but dubious judgment, as in wearing $540 sneakers to a food bank). But I have to admit, my first thought on seeing the picture was “suppressed, seething rage.” A little less vivid than Althouse’s first commenter’s. All of Mrs. Obama’s attractiveness is subsumed by an outward manifestation of an inward (and thus sincere) sort of ugliness. It made me feel bad for Mrs. Obama who sometimes seems like a most unhappy woman.

I thought the folks at Ace’s place would also be running the photo, but they’re too busy having their stomachs turned by health-care proposals. Tom Elia has more. Jimmie Bise calls the cheat sheet.

You sneezed? “Barack You!”

That story makes me think of this poll. I lost all interest in presidential approval polls during the 1990′s when it seemed like every news broadcast had to begin with a pronouncement about how dearly Bill Clinton was loved. With Bush those polls were put to bed until the press could nightly announce how hated he was. I didn’t pay attention to them when Bush was president, and I am inclined not to pay attention for Obama, either. That said it occurs to me that there is a core base of about 30% or so (the same 30% who always hated Bush no matter what the rest of the country thought) who will always love Obama, no matter what the rest of the country thinks. And there is probably another 10% that can be added to that of people who – for whatever reason – are determined to love anything Obama does. So Obama begins any poll with a roughly 40% approval-rate guarantee. Which means that as usual – these polls are useless. Rent: Network.

I wish they’d take another poll: The destruction of the US Economy, banking industry, auto industry, insurance industry, bond markets, etc; is Obama completely clueless as to what he is doing, or does he know exactly what he’s doing? Ace writes: Math is Hard, so we’ll just Make Stuff Up.

The Economy: Does Obama know what he’s doing?
No; He’s clueless and we’re screwed
Yes; knows exactly what he’s doing and we’re screwed
Screwed is screwed, who cares?
  
pollcode.com free polls

Oh, wait, here come 600,000 new jobs!so says the same media who wrote, during the boom-times, “there go 800,000 jobs!” Hey, just shut up and believe your betters. If Obama says he’s “saved or created” 150,000 jobs, and he’s going to “save or create” 600,000 more, you just trust him! And the press. Trust the press, too.

Blaming Bush: They’re going to continue to do it for as long as they can and incessantly. And of course, the press will obediently echo them. The charts do not encourage. I’m telling my sons to get their instruments out and practice, because if we head into depression, the nation is going to need its escapist fare, as they did in the 1930′s. Or at least they’ll be able to play on corners, for coinage. Hell, to some extent, I think the media narrative of Obamas-as-Royalty is part of that escapist fare, even now.

The “mediating intelligences” of the “gatekeeping” big-time-professional press: They’ll believe anything if it fits the world-view they want you to adapt. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?. Well, we are, for all the good it does. Happy trails to you.

60 Years: It’s the anniversary of the publication of Orwell’s 1984. Deserves a re-read, no?

Another god-sighting; this time in France.

“I saw God before me,” he said, “because I saw this smile that a million people have seen around the world. I saw her (Michelle) radiant. … It’s idiotic, but it’s like that.”

I expect we’ll see much more of this and also of this:

“For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” The Greek word translated as “for” in this verse in the KJV is gar (Strong’s G1063). This word can also be translated as ’seeing’ or ‘when’, e.g., ’seeing Barack come from the East’ or ‘when Barack comes from the east’ and shines as far as the west is timing signal that Jesus is coming back soon. From lowly roots in the Far East (Indonesia) to America (the bastion defining ‘the West)… interesting… at least.

I know what you’re thinking: Anchoress, that’s crazy-talk; calling Barack a sort of god is one thing, but implying he’s the anti-god (and Rahm his anti-forerunner) is another. I agree. I’ll let you call the “one thing” and “the other” whatever you want. If Evan Thomas wants to use major media to declare this man “sort of god,” then I say let the other side have their time, too! ;-)

Sarah Palin; she’s I toldjah so-ing a little early, I think, but the woman was treated so abominably by the press, she does have to re-introduce herself, so I give her some latitude. Besides, she did tell us. I can’t wait for the day someone in the press looks back on her emergence in ’08, and the way they ripped into her like hyenas, and feel a little professional embarrassment or something. And, continuing on the biblical themes raised above, she looks like Esther to some.

California may do away with welfare? I don’t believe it, but it’s as good a time as any to applaud Bill Clinton for his own policies here.

SecState Hillary: If Iran nukes Israel, we’ll retaliate. Might be a little late for Israel, don’t you think? Can someone explain to me why Hillary and Obama are telling Israelis they have cannot build houses due to natural growth, and whether either of them would ever say the same to the Muslim population living peaceably in Israel? Why are they pandering to Hamas while others are wising up?

Outting Anonymous Bloggers: I missed this whole controversy, but it seems to me that unless someone is slandering another, outting another or breaking a law, you leave ‘em alone. I’m also of a mind that if a gay person wants to be in the closet, they should not be outted.

Obama on D-Day: good cartoon. I thought Sarkozy gave the better, more meaningful speech, while Obama was simply continuing his perpetual campaign. Read Brits at their Best as they recall some WWII heroism. And this excerpt of a great speech no one heard. Also, rent 1940′s House and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Both will make you think, and we’ll discuss ‘em soon.

Spying for Cuba: That story got pretty quickly buried, didn’t it? Rent: The Lives of Others.

This story also died very quickly.

And they’d like this one to go away, too.

Sometime this week: I will go to a Burger King and buy a Whopper Jr., in support. I know some are concerned about the solar flares being minimal; but it’s not like we can do anything about it, and I am loving our so-far mild summer. Climate change is natural and the politics are hoo-hah. Plus, Are SUV’s greener than Mass Transit?

Sigh and repeat after me: If Bush had done it… there would be handwringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth.

It’s Buster’s Birthday is this week and so we’re having some company. In his Rule, St. Benedict implores all Benedictines to excel in hospitality, to “open wide the door, to receive every guest as though you were receiving Christ.” This is the thing I really need to work on. Seems hospitality means more than cleaning up, re-scrubbing the bathroom, changing the bedsheets and leaving fresh towels with a lovely-smelling nun-soap. But beyond that I’m usually stymied. I mean, I know – cooking and stuff is also good, a nice dessert. Still, I always feel like when I am entertaining, even when I really, really like my guests, I’m never quite doing the hosting thing correctly. This may partly have to do with being raised by people whose idea of a good party is one where the Chivas flows so deeply that people falling headfirst into snow (or knocking down walls to start bookshelves in the middle of the night) was good times. I am not talented in this area. Pray for me.

I never said I wasn’t neurotic!

Finally: Why do I post pictures of Buster and not Elder Son? It’s not favoritism, it’s simple respect. Elder Son has asked me not to. Buster does not mind.

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  • Catherine

    Looks more like hatred to me. Pure, unadulterated hatred.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Scowling Sasquatch

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Buster was an absolutely breathtaking baby! And is doubtless a most stunning adult male creature!

  • kelleybee

    Great roundup–as usual…I have a request of your IT folks. Could the link color change when it is clicked. Your old bog had a color change. It helps us old folks to keep track of where we are in the link-fest when we return from the loo or the fridge or the nap…..

    [I'll pass it on - admin]

  • newton

    “Looks more like hatred to me. Pure, unadulterated hatred.”

    The first impression of Michelle when I saw the picture above was, well, “What a *!%@#!” I kid you not! (I encrypted that word for obvious reasons… I’m a Baptist.) Carla Bruni should receive any gift from her mon cheri hubby just for having to put up with Lady Michelle McBeth here.

    I knew that woman was not good news. I had this feeling, for the longest time before the election, that she sincerely hates white people. She really, really does. That Oprah was able to sell this whole package just astonishes me.

    Especially after Europe turned right on parliamentary elections! If the Europeans can sense what the Obamas are made of, why can’t the American elites? They just want to be part of the new utopia, when they will actually become the rats that jump out of the ship when it begins to sink.

    ***

    I tell you my dear Anchoress: I would have shown that nice grown-up picture of Buster to my (former) sister-in-law, but I had to remember that my niece is too young (11 years old)…

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  • Melissa

    I don’t know. I have had people come up to me wanting to know why I was mad at them. I had know idea what they were talking about. I guess when have a serious look on my face, I can sometimes look like I’m mad. Maybe that’s what’s going on here. Maybe she didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Maybe she has a headache. I think there’s plenty enough to get upset about without nitpicking. :)

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  • http://spreadingolive.blogspot.com Elizabeth Anne

    Are we really being at ALL serious here? The woman has 5 photographs a SECOND taken of her at events like this: some of them are going to look a bit off. In fact, I have a photo taken at my *wedding* that looks as if I’m about to disembowel my new husband. I wasn’t thinking any such thing at the time, but the camera caught some crazy confluence of expressions with that result. I suppose I’m “inwardly ugly” and “deeply unhappy” too.

    [Really, Elizabeth Anne, I know you don't think I said that unthinkingly, or on the basis of one photograph. We have had a few years exposure to Mrs. Obama, and as I generally have positive things to say about her, the thought was not simply a knee-jerk bit of snark. -admin]

  • Catherine

    “I suppose I’m “inwardly ugly” and “deeply unhappy” too”

    Well, if your boss has said that you seem never satisfied, and you’re on record for saying that America is “mean”, and you’ve never been “proud” of your country until your husband was nominated for office, and now this picture shows up, I would say that, yes, you’re “deeply unhappy” and perhaps “inwardly ugly” too.

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    On Sarah Palin–the liberal-secular media must be absolutely terrified of her possibilities.
    She gave a speech in Anchorage, Alaska and Chris Matthews (he of the Obama chill of worship running up his leg) felt compelled to report on it and use her speech as an excuse to sling some of his usual verbal, virtually insane, garbage at her.

  • Catherine

    Sarah is going to run in 2012. The speech she recently made in NY, which drew a crowd of 20,000, seems to indicate that she is carefully and measuredly priming up for a campaign.

    Yes, the media will continue and intensify their vicious attacks, and it’s up to us to do our best to help and protect her. It sickens me so much that it feels as if they are attacking my sister, or mother, or daughter…

  • The Dark Avenger

    I know you don’t think I said that unthinkingly, or on the basis of one photograph.

    Even if you devoted more thinking to your comment than Einstein did to E=M(c)squared, or used 100 photos to come to your conclusion, it’s still a stupid and vicious comment.

    It reminds me of an old Ukrainian proverb, “The Devil is never so close as when you think him far away.”

    [Actually it was neither or stupid, nor vicious comment. We've spent the last 8 years watching the press taking the worst possible snapshots of Bush and his wife and the left had no problem saying truly awful things about those people. I have been very, very complimentary to Mrs. Obama; I've said she's done a good job so far as First Lady, and complimented both her looks and her fashion sense. But it doesn't change the fact that she has occasionally exposed herself as a very angry person who cannot feel "proud" of her country. That picture is a glimpse of her interior anger just as, I guess, some of the pictures of Bush showed his interior "chimp." My observation of Mrs. Obama, btw, were sympathetic. The woman has the world at her feet, adoring press, lovely children and an apparently loving husband. But she does not seem happy, and I feel bad for her. If you think that's stupid or vicious, well, you're certainly entitled to your opinion. I do think it is interesting, however, that some bloggers on the right are saying "lay off" the picture (and they're probably right) because these snaps are "a moment." I don't recall any such generosity being shown toward Bush or his family. Ever. As to the other, I have no doubt that the devil is closer to me than I ever imagine, and that I fail daily as a Christian. Which is why I need Christ, and hold fast to grace. Hopefully I will be better. -admin]

  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    Ahh, Dear Anchoress, Long time, no see! :) I had trouble logging in here before and decided to give it a chance so here I am!

    Under all the gown is a tiny beautiful Baby Buster. What a beautiful woman you are to birth such a beautiful boy and now handsome man.

  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    By the way, dear friend, do you think you can give us a NYT warning on links that go there? LOL Then we don’t have to because you did the hard work for us. :)

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  • The Dark Avenger

    the press taking the worst possible snapshots of Bush and his wife and the left had no problem saying truly awful things about those people.

    I think someone who said this is truly awful:

    Bush whips around and stares at me. “No, I didn’t meet with any of them,” he snaps, as though I’ve just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed. “I didn’t meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with [Tucker], though. He asked her real difficult questions, like ‘What would you say to Governor Bush?’ ”

    “What was her answer?” I wonder.

    “Please,” Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, “don’t kill me.”

    Also, that the Left did or didn’t do something based on what you think were photographs taken by members of the Bush-hating media doesn’t justify you doing something similar.

    But it doesn’t change the fact that she has occasionally exposed herself as a very angry person who cannot feel “proud” of her country.

    Link

    “Of course Michelle is proud of her country, which is why she and Barack talk constantly about how their story wouldn’t be possible in any other nation on Earth. What she meant is that she’s really proud at this moment because for the first time in a long time, thousands of Americans who’ve never participated in politics before are coming out in record numbers to build a grassroots movement for change.”

    While most of America was offened or at least surprised by Micelle Obama’s remark of ….proud of my country, I was not. As a black woman, there has not been too manyy times that I have been pround of this country. Yes, I am glad I was born here but as a black person, I and others, have not really been considered ‘Americans’. 9/11 was the first time, at least in my lifetime, that this country felt like ‘one’- they attacked us! But that didn’t last too long either. If you cannot understand her comment, try looking at it from the African-American point of view and then tell me if you are proud. Don’t mention MLK or Malcom X, sure WE were proud of them but not the country. Think about it.

    Obama ’08

    But she does not seem happy, and I feel bad for her.

    Have you thought of using this gift of yours for determining the mood of someone who you’ve never met for profit and/or fun?

    I do think it is interesting, however, that some bloggers on the right are saying “lay off” the picture (and they’re probably right) because these snaps are “a moment.”

    So your concern outweighs your possibly doing something that you admit is “Probably right.”

    I wonder what the Devil has to think of that one.

    I don’t recall any such generosity being shown toward Bush or his family. Ever!

    So you’re going to show them, and behave in a despicable way because others have done so before you when it was unjustified.

    Sounds like a plan.

    [No. It's not a plan. And actually I think it was pretty fair of me to suggest that the righty blogger telling us to "lay off" may have had a point, but in your very odd, deeply angry, determined-to-be-offended way, you're trying to use that against me, too. Whatever. I stand by the fact that she seems an unhappy lady and that I feel badly for her about that. It was an observation that I made honestly, and with a bit of compassion, although perhaps - in God's eyes - imperfectly. I may have to answer to God about it, I don't have to continually use energy answering to you about it. You've worked up an impressive head of steam on this very casual and unimportant remark of mine...I'm sure you're equally energized by David Letterman talking about Sarah Palin's "slutty flight attendant" look and suggesting Alex Rodriguez should impregnant Willow Palin, or Bush liberating millions of oppressed people. The Slate article, in total was one of the nastiest things I'd read in my life, but you could only find that within it to identify as "nasty"? My observation was not nasty, it was a casual, human observation I made about someone I normally have good things about whom to say. Compare it to anything you want, from the left or the right; what anyone else says has nothing to do with what I said. The reason I brought up the 8 years of Bush-bashing being relevant? Why...to get you to admit it might have been be unjustified, after all. Now, if you want to continue to comment here, you're welcome, but I won't be going on and on about this with you, anymore. Two responses is usually one more than my limit. - admin]

  • The Dark Avenger

    but in your very odd, deeply angry, determined-to-be-offended way, you’re trying to use that against me, too.

    Somebody says doing A is the right thing, they’re probably correct, but I’ll do B instead because?’

    If you cannot use logic and facts to make your case, using pejorative language in response to what I wrote isn’t an acceptable substitute.

    Whatever. I stand by the fact that she seems an unhappy lady and that I feel badly for her about that.

    Yes, you show your concern by finding the one picture that supports your fact and forgetting that when you point a finger at someone, you’ve three pointing back at you.

    It was an observation that I made honestly, and with a bit of compassion, although perhaps – in God’s eyes -
    imperfectly.

    Matthew 7:

    “Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    I may have to answer to God about it, I don’t have to continually use energy answering to you about it.

    If you were sure of your position, my comments wouldn’t elicit such a violent and disproportional response from you.

    You’ve worked up an impressive head of steam on this very casual and unimportant remark of mine..

    You’ve worked up a gigantic head of steam defending a remark that you now characterize as casual and unimportant when push comes to shove.

    I’m sure you’re equally energized by David Letterman talking about Sarah Palin’s “slutty flight attendant” look and suggesting Alex Rodriguez should impregnant Willow Palin, or Bush liberating millions of oppressed people.

    If Letterman had a blog to leave comments on, perhaps I would, it is worth noting that he apologized for the implication v. Palin and her daughter and A-rod, he has the good sense to realize when he said something stupid, I do wish that was true of others as well………

    The Slate article, in total was one of the nastiest things I’d read in my life, but you could only find that within it to identify as “nasty”?

    The quote I gave from George W Bush is also one of the nastier things I’ve read in my life, so I guess were even.

    My observation was not nasty, it was a casual, human observation I made about someone I normally have good things about whom to say.

    Then try making the same observation to about 20 random people on the street,
    the results would be interesting.

    The reason I brought up the 8 years of Bush-bashing being relevant? Why…to get you to admit it might have been be unjustified, after all.

    I did address that point, please read my response again carefully.

  • Rifle308

    Dark Avenger: Stop being a self righteuous, self justifying jerk. And get over your BDS too.


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