CSPAN: Don't blame us! – UPDATED

The Crypt has a statement from CSPAN - who are apparently getting angry phone calls over the cameras being closed during the Mr. Smith Republicans revolt. A number of media organizations have incorrectly referred to 'C-SPAN cameras' being turned off and not providing televised coverage of the GOP House members' post-adjournment protest on energy policy being held on the House floor on Friday afternoon. Please note that cameras in the House chamber are under the control of the Speaker of the … [Read more...]

Obama: "President of the World?" – UPDATED

"The Ambiguously American Candidate." That's what I thought yesterday when I saw this photo.It is striking to note that Obama's plane flys around the world sporting an iiiiittty bitty American flag (out of camera range when he walks down to tarmacs) and many prominent O symbols. I wrote to a pal yesterday:"A tiny little flag near the serial numbers, the big Obama symbol everywhere - including, apparently, on HIS seat in first class.It's starting to really make me uncomfortable. Obama … [Read more...]

Blogger Free Speech, Humanae Vitae – UPDATE

:::UPDATE::: A blogger who is rebuilding finds his Obama-critical posts uncached and unrecoverable. Hmmmmm...:::END UPDATE:::So, these Obama True-Believers are an insecure bunch.It seems to me if you are confident in your candidate, you don't need to run around doing all you can to silence opposition by shutting down blogs that dare to dislike your guy.When you act like a jack-booted silencer of dissent, you do your candidate no favors. You (and by extension your candidate, even if he … [Read more...]

Free Speech, Liberals, Eugenics, Move America!

I need a cat. Or maybe another puppy to keep the collie company!Blogging will be light and probably not so political.Although...as long as I'm posting this...Is free speech really such a tough concept? Three pieces yesterday on a Huffpo writer admonishing The Daily Show's Jon Stewart for daring to make jokes about Obama that have any sort of substance to them. Stewart is apparently only to gently mock Obama, and only when doing so also mocks John McCain.There is something ominous … [Read more...]

Quick hits from the Insomniac

The good thing about insomnia: in the wee small hours, you get caught up on your blogging and finally have time to link to all those things you've been meaning to. Got some email answered, too. Please forgive me if I have not responded; I try, but lately there is so much of it, that some does slip through the cracks.Happy 5th Anniversary: to American Digest. Vanderleun seems inclined to his couch for the summer. Not a bad idea as we gear up for what promises to be an eventful autumn … [Read more...]

Is Canada the Stepford Nation?

Okay, so Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant, Kate, and Kathy and other writers are being hounded for daring to presume a freedom to express themselves in a country that has fixated on "being nice" over being "sensible" or "honest" or "provocative" or even "cranky" if one wants to be cranky.We already know that extremely liberal, extremely "nice" Canada claims authority over the public utterings and mutterings of its people (unlike, for instance, the "fascist" regime down in DC who, belying their … [Read more...]

My beloved, ornery tribe!

How the Irish Saved Civilization...Again!.Irene Lagan has an excellent piece up on this subject over at Inside Catholic.Ah, me peeps. They had me worried there, for a while.Up the Irish! In Ireland in 2002, I recall stopping into a pub on the Dingle Peninsula at ask directions to the Gallorus Oratory. Many helpful voices chiming in at once and finally a no-nonsense waitress said, "did you see the sign at the parting up the road?"I said I had."Well, pay no attention to it, it will … [Read more...]

Dude, where's my sunspots? – UPDATED

Some scientists think the "warming trend" which (despite the fact that we're having our usual early-June heatwaves) has stalled out over the past few years was helped along by sunspots. And lately, there aren't any.The scientists said periods of inactivity are normal for the sun, but this period has gone on longer than usual."It continues to be dead," said Saku Tsuneta with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, program manager for the Hinode solar mission. "That's a small concern, … [Read more...]

D-day by today's media standards

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Rheotical Mishaps vs Sheer Naïveté

Via Liberty Film Festival and Liberty Film FestivalAs they say over at Libertas - one man made a pile of rhetorical mistakes, the other is amassing a pile of real errors, and - to quote: "[Bush's] list is a record accumulated over nearly a decade. How long’s Obama been around?"And yes, naive is applicable, too.Maybe Obama makes fewer "rhetorical" slips (although that's changing, too) because he says the same thing in any given situation, as with all the friends now revealing sides h … [Read more...]