In no particular order, let’s take a random look at what has my tab bar all cluttered up:
Sir Elton John: is actually a brave knight willing to dare the dangerous Swamp of Political Incorrectness. First the Limbaugh wedding, now a concert in Israel, where other artists are too cowardly (and too well-trained by the collective) to go.
“Ain’t gonna stop me from coming here, baby,” he told the cheering crowd in Tel Aviv, saying he believed music should spread peace and bring people together: “That is what we do. We do not cherry-pick our consciences, OK?” he added, in an apparent swipe at the artists who have canceled concerts in Israel . . . “I have always believed that music inhabits a world set apart from politics, religious differences or prejudice of any kind,” [John] said in a statement before coming to Tel Aviv.
A renegade to the end, bless him. “Building bridges” used to be what liberalism was all about.
And the rain falls on the just and the unjust, too: Michael Gerson on Mitch Daniels:
“If there were a WMD attack, death would come to straights and gays, pro-life and pro-choice,” he told me. “If the country goes broke, it would ruin the American dream for everyone. We are in this together. Whatever our honest disagreements on other questions, might we set them aside long enough to do some very difficult things without which we will be a different, lesser country?”
Of course, with stuff like this going on, there may be other reasons to keep the arms nearby. Why do we not have pictures of these men? I mean, pictures of the AWOL Afghanis strikes me as a little more urgent a matter than asking General Petraeus if we have renewable energy in our Afghan bases. Un. Real.
Theodore Dalrymple on the psychobabble that surrounds us
BP & the “transparent” Obama government: are thwarting press access into the Gulf. You’ll note there are few new images coming out of the area. And somehow, the press just sits down and doesn’t go to court over it.
Sally Quinn, sounding insipid:
Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs. Really. It makes sense for the Democrats, actually. Clinton has done an incredible job as secretary of state. First of all, she has worked harder than anyone should ever be expected to.
This column is right up there with NY Times’ Gail Collins inane post-election column of 2008, wherein–having no understanding or appreciation for the gift of a transitioning period she wondered why President Bush wasn’t simply resigning his presidency to make room for Obama two months early:
Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.
These two women, Quinn and Collins, are thought of as credible, smart women; they live in rarefied air and wield a measure of real power. And they really are this asinine. They make me ashamed of my sex and my Irish tribe, all at once. These are exactly the sorts of people who think that those of us who do not appreciate Obama’s speeches are simply not smart enough.
Oh, let Chris Matthews put up his propaganda, and don’t be afraid of it. Half his audience if on the right, monitoring him, and the far-left other half will never believe anything less than the worst. Why waste the energy?
Hope and Change, assault and battery, whatevs.
Of course it’s a tax; it was always a tax
Ross Douthat: A very insightful look at Hitchens.
Melissa Clouthier gets to chatting about blogging, the internets and Obama’s reaction to the Gulf with some other blogger who gets loud when she gets worked up.
Andrew Malcolm: Hopey Changey fading in Europe, too
“Do we have Ray Nagin in the White House?” Ouch.
May we finally get to learn who Obama is?
Is Soros instigating a coup? In present tense? And why is something so obvious as a case of voter intimidation taking such a long time to identify?
“Let them clean the bathrooms!”: Hey, if they use rubber gloves and have supervision I’m all for it. I bet they won’t misbehave again!
Goldman Sachs helping out the Dems…
No Pork sausages and wine at a Paris festival. It offends the people with the swords.
Joseph Bottum: An unnecessary execution
Baseball: somehow does not end its season in riots. Another reason why it is the best game.
Muslims and Catholics: fighting over the use of a Cathedral
Coptic Christians and Egyptians: Guess who is suppressing whom?
David Mills: A Common Catholic Voice
It takes a very good musician to do this intentionally.
The pianist at my husband’s parish does it unintentionally, all the time, though. (H/T)