Obama-McChrystal-Petraeus Reactions

On NPR this afternoon, I heard a report that some military folk on the ground at Kandahar believed McChrystal would get off with a tongue-lashing for the Rolling Stone piece, particularly since it was his underlings who made the most controversial comments.I tend to think more along the lines of Victor Davis Hanson:I think conservatives are making a big mistake citing all sorts of legitimate reasons for McChrystal to have expressed frustration. I agree with almost all of them, but they are … [Read more...]

Obama & Hayward; Two sides of a coin

Oh, this is rich, and as tone-deaf and irony-challenged as ever:A White House spokesman had a little fun at the expense of BP CEO Tony Hayward at the daily briefing Monday, tweaking him for taking his yacht out on the water for a race off English shores while the waters of the Gulf become ever more polluted."You know, look, if Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on that yacht and bring it down to the Gulf, we'd be happy to have his help," Bill Burton said.A skimmer is a piece of equipment … [Read more...]

1200 Hours After Rig Explosion – UPDATED

It has been 1200 Hours since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.Dead sea turtle lies on beach in Pass Christian, Mississippi(Source)There have been dozens of dead sea turtles found washing up on the beaches.And dolphins:And young herons:All manner of sea life are dying in the Gulf of Mexico.So are jobs and livelihoodsPondering these heartbreaking pictures, I tried to find out what serious steps the Obama administration has taken to bring every available … [Read more...]

Vacuuming up the oil Spill, Part II

Vice-President Joe Biden, last night, talking to Charlie Rose:“BP is not in charge. The federal government, the president of the United States, is in charge.”Now, check out this video of Keith Olbermann talking to former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister:Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyYesterday I wrote about the notion of engaging supertankers and vacuuming up the oil from the surface of the Gulf.I made it very clear that I had no idea if suc … [Read more...]

Witnessing the heart as it cracks – UPDATED

It is not possible to remain unmoved as Rep. Charles Melancon (D-LA) finds the break point."Everything that I know and love is at risk."Watch it all. Melancon's sincere pain is a rebuke to the incessant political posturing we see out of Washington, and all the artless media outrage to which we have become so accustomed.In all seriousness--because this is a very serious situation--it seems that Chris Matthews' heart is breaking, too:Allahpundit writes of Matthews:But now that I’ve w … [Read more...]

The Fundamental(ist) Imbalance

Nowadays, the truth of peace continues to be dramatically compromised and rejected by terrorism, whose criminal threats and attacks leave the world in a state of fear and insecurity. These are often the fruit of a tragic and disturbing nihilism.Looked at closely, nihilism and fundamentalism share an erroneous relationship to truth: the nihilist denies the very existence of truth, while the fundamentalist claims to be able to impose it by force. Both show a dangerous contempt for human beings … [Read more...]

Lies and liars – UPDATE

I've cribbed the video, but after watching it, do go read Ed Morrissey's whole piece. They lie and lie. And they may get away with it, too.The reason they may get away with it, even with boldface lying like this, is because they are assisting in strenghtening the resistance of the world, that there may be no breach by which to "open up space for God’s life to pass through."Am I actually suggesting that at this point The Pelosi and The President are -knowingly or unknowingly, actively or p … [Read more...]

Just how angry are some Americans? -UPDATES

Because all of his pronouncements are subject to sudden change, President Obama, who decried the use of reconciliation on much smaller matters than this, has decided reconciliation is the perfect vehicle by which to tell the American public to shut up and take what he's giving them (language warning), and also take command over 17% of the economy.And he's doing it, all while pretending not to know that America is saying "no."Is that just Obama taking a stab at some plausible deniability? … [Read more...]

If Obama v Alito were a murder trial -UPDATED

Still lots of talk in the blogosphere about the president calling out a co-equal branch of government before the whole nation and then inciting another co-equal branch to jeer against it, and Justice Samuel Alito's reflexive, and unheard-only-lip-read reaction.I have followed with great interest the varying opinions, arguments, and thoughtful comments. I was particularly struck by Megan McArdle, though, who wrote:I'm sorry, I'm having a really hard time getting worked up about Alito's … [Read more...]

Final thoughts on SOTU

Three posts are enough. But let me show you two images from the speech, both sent by readers:The story here is not J-Nap resting her eyes (or being transported into a happy place by Obama's transcendent presence), but the expression on Rahm Emmanuel's face.He seems rapt -as in enraptured- doesn't he?I'm not sure if his expression is one of parental pride or deep devotion or basic smugness, but overall it's cat-with-mouthful-of-canary to me. It begs a caption, so be my guest, but do … [Read more...]