Gibbs, Jarrett and Mrs. Obama: The Tussle

Gibbs via buzz

So, former WH press secretary Robert Gibbs apparently tussled with Obama's seeming mother-substitute Valerie Jarrett, and he was very rude to the woman, in discussing First Lady Michelle Obama.This cartoon has foul-language (you're warned) but depicts what seems to have gone down.Well, I'm not surprised that Gibbs tussled with Jarrett. Gibbs, after all, is a white Irish Catholic, and as we all know, white Irish Catholics enjoy an occasional donnybrook.Perhaps that is why … [Read more...]

Kim Jong Il is Dead; New Tyrants Come

While you were sleeping our already-roiling world took another hit to its tenuous stability:North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.Pyongyang described his son Kim Jong-un as the "great successor" … [Read more...]

Government's Breathtaking Disdain for Us – UPDATED

This kills me!:The Interior Department's inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration's six-month ban on new drilling.The inspector general says the editing changes resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." But it hadn't been. The scientists were only asked to review new safety measures for offshore … [Read more...]

'Lanie's Got a Gun & Other Smart Things

Color me amused:According to two witnesses, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took fellow Justice Elena Kagan out for a lesson in skeet shooting at his shooting club in Virginia last week.The witnesses saw Scalia at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, where he is a member, around noon on Wednesday of last week. He was with a woman who was noticeably diminutive in height, like Kagan, who stands at about five feet three inches. The witnesses, who got a very close look at the pair, say that the … [Read more...]

Roundup for Noontime Reading

Busyness has made me remiss in letting you folks know about Patheos' Religion and Faith Book Club, which is currently discussing Stephen Prothero's God is Not One, with a nifty tie-in to the PBS-series, which is also looking at the book.Sadly, neither the book nor the series has crossed my path, simply because of a lack of time, but you'll want to check out the sites and reviews, I think.Speaking of reading, Halloween is coming up. Check out John C. Wright's guffaw-inducing thoughts on the … [Read more...]

Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

The Clampdown; Shirley Sherrod & Ken Howell – UPDATED

Here we have the presentment of two job losses:Shirley Sherrod gives a speech; within the speech she indulges in a bit of roundaboutation, saying some things that seemed offensive, until the larger context was understood.Because the embrasure of "politically correct speech" has encouraged reactionary hyper-vigilance as to words, sentences or modes of reasoning that might steer too close to the movable line known as "hate," Sherrod's edited remarks were immediately received as such and … [Read more...]

Transparency Abounding!

I've been noticing how scarce seem the pictures of damage to the coastal wildlife of the Gulf. Now I know why.More at Hot Air; be sure to watch the second video.I wonder how much different all of this would be had the federal government--who is responsible for the protection of these waters--had not talked big about "stepping on necks" awhile doing nothing; if it had accepted the help and expertise of numerous nations, rather than waving them off; if it had started introducing clean-up … [Read more...]

It's FINE if law bans books – UPDATED

"...because the government won't really enforce it!"Thus spaketh...Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan?Actually, what she says is, essentially, it's alright to create laws banning books, because the government has never YET enforced such a law.Okay, this is the Dean of Harvard Law School, and another one of the "brightest people" in the country with whom Obama seems to deal with, exclusively. I am not a lawyer; I am not Ivy-Educated, and I think this is one of the most breathtakingly … [Read more...]

Heading out of weekend round-up

Heehaa! Time to round up those little doggies in my tab bar and send them into the corral afore the weekend gits busy. Here you go, cowpokes!I was in the middle of putting this post together when the Great Big Siege of First Things occurred and left me unable to finish culling together all the links. So, instead of opening your weekend with all these links, you can spend a leisurely Sunday perusing them!Start with this: a priceless and perfect economy of wordsDo you get the sense, as I … [Read more...]


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