Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Redux

Hillary's crossing swords with the coffee maker in the convenience store reminds me of Joel Robinson matching comic riffs with his robot buddies Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot on the TV cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). The comedy series ran from 1988 to 1999 and featured the merciless put-downs and jokes of Joel and his robot buddies directed at the Z-grade Science Fiction movies they were forced to watch by mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester as they traveled in space aboard the S.O.L. (Satellite of Love)

Here are a couple of segments from the Best of MST3K:

Hillary takes on the Coffee Machine

Cute segment.

The former first lady tries to coax a cup of "Joe" out of a coffee maker during a break between campaign stops.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Jeremiah Wright Sinks Obama Campaign at National Press Club

No deep-pockets Hillary supporter or died-in-the-wool conservative blogger, pundit, editor or journalist working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day could do the kind of damage to Barack Obama's campaign that Jeremiah Wright unleashed during a one hour appearance before the National Press Club yesterday morning. Words fail to describe the stunning spectacle of calumny, and shtick that was put on full display before the national press corps between the hours of 9 and 10 AM Eastern Time Monday by the Junior Senator's Pastor and mentor of 20 years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

While Barack Obama has been waging a relentless campaign to win the trust of blue collar and middle American voters in his bid to win the Indiana and North Carolina Primaries, Reverend Wright was able to shove the Presidential hopeful off stage and take the center spotlight at a critical juncture in Obama's effort to finish the 2008 race as his party's nominee. Following his disappointing 10 percentage point loss to former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Obama launched a new phase in his campaign in neighboring Indiana, forsaking the large rallies that exemplified his earlier appearances in favor of a blizzard of small townhall meetings and even capping a long day of glad handing in Kokomo with a televised 3 on 3 game of basketball. The last thing the Obama campaign PT boat expected today was to be sunk by the "friendly fire" blazing from the guns of the Battleship Jeremiah Wright. In scatter-shot fashion Reverend Wright launched self-congratulatory broadsides at various targets including Vice-President Dick Cheney, the Iraq War, Jews, America, critics of his sermons, the Marine Corps, and his former congregant turned Presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama.

During a much happier time in run for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination Senator Obama tried to dismiss the incendiary rantings of his cleric by telling reporters at the time that Reverend Wright, "is like an old uncle who says things I don't always agree with," and told a Jewish group that "everyone has someone like that in their family." Unfortunately for the Senator from Chicago's South Side, polite company is sitting in the parlor and the crazy old uncle has just taken off his clothes and is not going back into the attic.

Before a supportive group of listeners who have crowded in front of the dias Obama's Pastor is asked during a Q and A session to explain comments he made after 9/11 that "America's chickens are coming home to roost". Reverend Wright justifies his bombastic statements by repeatedly asking the questioner, "Have you heard the whole sermon?" The Reverend says he was quoting the ambassador from Iraq at the time who would have been a representative from Saddam Hussein's murderous regime. (What a source of moral authority!) Reverend Wright accuses the United States of carrying out acts of terrorism. The crowd gathered in the front of the auditorium is in full agreement with his anti-American quips.

During the segment while addressing questions about his association with Louis Farrakhan Reverend Wright said; "He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century; that's what I think about him. . . . Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

Regarding Senator Obama Reverend Wright indicated that as a politician Obama will say whatever it takes to get elected and added regarding the Senator's distancing from his Pastor, "we both know that if Senator Obama did not say what he said (in creating space between himself and Reverend Wright) he would never get elected." Later when asked if he thought America was damned Reverend Wright said, "as I told Obama last year, if you get elected, November the 5th I'm coming after you. Because you'd be representing a government whose policies grind under people."

In this segment Reverend Wright says the media was foolish to criticize him and his sermons and intones that these are not an attacks on him but an attacks on the black church and opines that if God wants Senator Obama to be President "no white racist....can get in the way". A not-so-subtle inference that a white person who does not support or vote for Obama is a racist.

After the smug performance his Pastor turned in before the nation's media Obama must be asking himself "with friends like this, who needs Hannity?"

Weathermen Bomb Attack Victim Raises Obama's Association with Terrorists

Retired NYPD Detective Paul Ragonese talks with Sean Hannity about his survival of the June 9th 1970 bombing of New York City Police headquarters by associates of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn who enjoy a friendly relationship with Senator Barack Obama. Weather Underground members Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn now teach at Northwestern University and describe themselves as unrepentant terrorists.

Mr. Ragonese says "if that's the standard for NYC cops, that we can't associate with known criminals, that should be the minimal standard I believe for the President of the United States."

H.T. Gateway Pundit.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Full context of Jeremiah Wright's "God Damn America" Sermon

Reverend Jeremiah Wright complained to an overly-simpathetic Bill Moyer's on Friday of the unfairness of replaying of video clips "cherry picked" by certain people for "very devious reasons". Here is the full context sans "cherrypicking" of one of the Reverend Wright's sermons in his own words.

The Reverend Wright's distortions of American history are too numerous to cite here.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Obama's Pastor: Broadcast of Sermon Soundbites Unfair

Senator Barack Obama's pastor of twenty years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright told PBS host Bill Moyers that he felt the broadcast of sound bites from his sermons on various media outlets was unfair. "I felt it was unfair. I felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that were doing it for some very devious reasons," the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ told Moyers during a video interview.

This week the North Carlolina GOP aired excerpts of the Reverend Wright's "God damn America" rants over the objections of Republican Presidential candidate John McCain.

Here is the ad in its entirety.

Michelle Malkin links to Katy's Conservative Corner who reports that contributions to the NCGOP have been pouring in as the phone at the state GOP headquarters has been ringing off the hook. The unveiling of the Ad has garnered the nefarious attentions of the lunatic fringe supporting Obama.

The state party is apparently receiving threats, as the Raleigh Police Department has been guarding NC GOP headquarters all day. The doors to the Hillsborough Street building are locked. After the firebombing of the same structure by anarchists a few years back, they've learned to expect the unexpected.

B. Hussein Obama's chickens have come home to roost.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Barack; the Glass Candidate

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the clear winner in yesterday's Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania. Late internal polling by the New York Senator's campaign on Monday showed her with an 11 percentage point lead over her rival according to a report published in the Drudge Report.

An insider with Mrs. Clinton's campaign told The Drudge Report that in many regions of the Keystone state Senator Clinton held a 2 to 1 polling margin over Barack Obama. The Illinois Senator was left behind in a 10 pecentage point vote deficit after having to battle charges of elitisim after disparaging remarks he made about small town voters surfaced on the web while at an invitation only fundraiser at the San Francisco mansion of Gordan and Ann Getty. At that time the junior Senator from Illinois noted, "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them,... And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,...".

Yesterday's victory for Mrs. Clinton underscores Jeb Babbin's observation in Thoroughly Beatable Barack that the Illinois Senator has a proverbial political glass jaw. Babbin notes; the supposedly-brilliant Democratic wunderkind can’t take a punch. Like a Hollywood actor, he’s only comfortable, quick and charismatic as long as the crowd is oohing and ahhing. But the moment that he is challenged -- as we first saw in his presser after he lost the Ohio primary in March and again last week in the ABC debate -- the mask shatters. What we see is what we would get with an Obama presidency: a man whose range is so small and ego so huge and fragile that when taken out of his comfort zone, he not only fails to shine, he barely is able to speak.

This congenital weakness of Obama was noted earlier in the campaign during his similarly poor performance while debating Mrs. Clinton on the eve of the South Carolina primary as the Clinton's played Rope-a-Dope with Obama.

During that oratorical exchange, Mrs. Clinton was able to get the cool-as-a-cucumber and logical Obama to look angry, flustered and petulant, qualities that would disqualify him as presidential material to voters in contrast to the Mandarin-like Junior Senator from New York who is well versed in maintaining her cool under pressure. In fact while on the stump in the Palmetto State (Former President) Clinton remarked 'I know you think it's crazy, but I kind of like to see Barack and Hillary fight,'. The tag team of Clinton and Clinton have Obama swinging at their gloves. The Clintons love a good fight and now they've led Obama to the ropes. Expect a knock-out punch from the duo in the eighth round.

We are now in the seventh round of the Clinton v. Obama match up and Obama isn't going to be the one left standing in the eighth round of this thrilla from Catawissa. The mainstream media outlets predictably in the Obama orbit are changing their spin mode from Clinton must have at least a double digit win in Pennsylvania to Clinton campaign suffering from cash shortfall. Despite having outspent his more experienced opponent by a margin of 3 to 1 Obama failed to win Pennsylvania, a key victory for the Clintons in what promises to be a final round dust up between the New York by way of Arkansas middle heavyweight and the Illinois by way of Indonesia welterweight wimp.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI visits NYC Synagogue

Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope in history to visit a U.S. synagogue with his visit to Park East Synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Welcomed by Rabbi Arthur Schneier the pontif remarked before the assembled congregation, "I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this."

The Pontiff brought his greetings for Passover and accepted gifts of matzo and a seder plate. In exchange Pope Benedict XVI brought a reproduction of a Jewish codex.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier told the congretants, "This momentous occasion takes places on American soil, where men and women escaping the clutches of oppression and religious persecution have built a nation of democracy and freedom. This is a nation which has allowed all religious communities to flourish."

It truly is uplifting when men of God are brought together to invoke His healing and renewal for all people of good will who are called by His name and for His purposes on earth.

As the Psalmist writes, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)

APNews has more coverage of the story here.

Corazon Espinado con Carlos Santana y Mana

Here's a break from politics as usual.

An oldie and goodie with Carlos Santana and Mana playing at the Latin Grammy's in 2000.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Obama's comment on small-town people in Pennsylvaina

ZombieTime has an audio of Barack Obama describing in essence for the ego gratification of his invitation-only audience in San Francisco that people living in small towns in Pennsylvania are unfortunate, racist, backward saps who cling to religion and guns.

Here's the audio.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Obama: Small town people in PA cling to Guns or Religion or Xenophobia

Barack Obama steps in it again. His disdain and contempt for America and it's people can't help but leak out of him through the hateful statements made by his wife, his pastor, his associates or the candidate himself.

Here we see one of the limousines pull up in front of one of the Getty homes in San Francisco for an invitation-only Obama fundraiser in the city's most exclusive neighborhoods. The area is commonly refered to as Billionaires row. ZombieTime covered the event here. It was at this venue that Obama allegedly made his disparaging remarks about small-town voters.

While hobnobbing with the smart set at the Pacific Heights home of Gordan and Ann Getty in San Francisco, Obama apparently made deragoratory remarks about the "little people" of Pennsylvania he wants to vote for him while breaking pate' with the Bay Area swells.

Explaining to his well-heeled hosts how the other half lives, Obama said of the small town voters in the Keystone state, "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them,... And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,..."

No doubt the candidate was trying to relate his story on the plight of poor rubes living in small town America in a manner that the assembled crowd of typical white persons gathered to contribute to his campaign would readily be able to comprehend.

While in the company of like-minded liberals who view themselves as superior to their small-town bretheren, Obama betrays his scornful opinion of people who make up the American heartland as small minded, superstitious, bigoted little folk and looks upon them with the same disdainful detachment as would his anthropologist mother observing a primitive people. I have a suggestion for the title of the genteel Senator's next book; The Audacity of Unmitigated Gall.

The story of the Obamassiah's latest stumble first ran on the Huffington Post and was picked up by Ben Smith's Blog and has since gone viral, much like the sermons of Obama's racist, anti-American, anti-Semitic "Pastor" of twenty years the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Of course the Senator never heard anything offensive coming from the pulpit in twenty years of attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

The foibles of Barack Hussein Obama just keep rolling in as the campaign for the Presidency trolls on toward November. One thing Hillary Clinton can say about Obama's Presidential campaign is that it's the gift that keeps on giving. Why a person could almost dedicate an entire website to the lies, obfuscations and distortions of the Junior Senator from Illinois as has

Expect to see the Senator convene a "major" news conference in front of the first Starbucks to explain how his elitist remarks about America's heartland and its people should be interpreted within the proper "context".

FAA's Grounding of American Airlines MD80: Example of Why the Government shouldn't run Healthcare

American Airlines has been reeling from the effects of even more flight cancellations since its last round of cancellations due to wheel-well wiring issues on the company's fleet of MD-80 jets. This morning another 570 flights were cancelled by the airline according to WCBS-TV.

Democrat Charles Shumer places the blame squarely at the feet of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Schumer said the Federal Aviation Administration's aggressive inspections of wiring in the wheel wells of MD-80 planes is too late, too haphazard and needlessly plunged America's aviation system and even the economy into chaos.

"You can be tough and smart," Schumer said. "You can tell American we are going to inspect this plane at this airport at this time. Make sure you have a back up."

According to American Airlines Chief Executive Officer Gerard Arpey and Executive Vice President Dan Garton, the present arrangement of the wiring bundles in the wheel wells posed no threat to traveler's or air crew's safety.

The failure to meet FAA specifications regarding the wheel- well wiring wasn't a safety issue, Garton and Arpey said. The CEO spoke at a Oneworld airline alliance press conference in Marina del Rey, California.

Garton said American concluded that it had met the FAA's safety directive when it grounded the MD-80s on March 26 and 27 for fixes to the wiring bundles. Those planes weren't reinspected by the FAA before they returned to service.

In the FAA spot checks that began on April 7, inspectors found that the attachment of the wiring bundles didn't match agency specifications such as the orientation of certain clamps and ties, Garton said. Mechanics ``had taken certain latitudes'' in the work, Garton said, not realizing the ``greater emphasis on strict compliance'' at the FAA since U.S. lawmakers began raising questions last month about its oversight of airline maintenance.

``It's a question of how we did the work, not whether we did it,'' Garton said. ``We now understand the rules have gone to a very strict level of enforcement. We will meet that and get the planes in the air.''

So because the arrangement of the wiring bundles by experienced mechanics doesn't line up with the exact dot and tiddle of FAA specifications American has to strand nearly 250,000 passengers as of this week and take the additional promotional and financial hits that result from having to cancel thousands of flights. The Airline and its passengers have to go through all of this chaos not because of an actual safety issue but to observe an FAA protocol as to how the wiring is to be mounted in the wheel well of an MD80.

Can you imagine how the Government would handle healthcare for its citizens?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Camille Paglia takes on Hillary's Girly Men

Camile Paglia comments on the caliber of the men who gather around Hillary Clinton's campaign in today. Writing an opinion piece titled, Hillary's slick willies paglia throws a straight right at the weak men that make up the Clinton campaign's inner-sanctum.

The men you always see under her are to a person passive-aggressive, sadistic, mean, little, petty beta-male pieces of work who would not naturally succeed in a common male-type hierarchy. By that I mean an environment that values straightforward achievement rather than the darker political arts. ..... Hillary's persona is simply not compatible with another strong will, male or female -- but definitely male, and that itself is a big red flag.

One reader lands an inside power punch when he comments, the male staff who Hillary attracts are slick, geeky weasels or rancid, asexual cream puffs. (One of the latter, the insufferable Mark Penn, just got the heave-ho after he played Hillary for a patsy with the Colombian government.)


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Obama and Hillary the U.S.A.'s twin answer to Neville Chamberlain

British statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke observed, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." History is clearly not the strong suit of the modern Democratic party and their top tier candidates Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Elected as Prime Minister of Great Britain in May of 1937 Neville Chamberlain believed that Germany had been treated badly after Armistice and subsequent Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. Not wanting to plunge his nation into another war with Germany Chamberlain believed that if he could appease Hitler and Mussolini that he could save Europe from another confligration with the resurgent "New Germany". Unfortunately for Chamberlain and those who banked on his policy of "peace in our time", negotiation and "meeting the other party half-way" only works when the fellow sitting across the table from you is also bargaining in good faith. Neither Hitler nor Mussolini were the type to bargain in good faith and only saw negotiations with the well-mannered Chamberlain as a sign of Western decadence and weakness before an ascendant Third Reich a new Roman Empire.

Here we have an old newsreel recounting the events and hopes surrounding a major conference between Chamberlain and Herr Hitler. Note how the tone of excited anticipation underscores the newsreels coverage of this event as well as the media's effort to legitimize Hitler's Nationalist Socialist regime as a partner in peace. Note the air of anticipation conveyed in the newsreel as though a solid breakthrough is about to occur in Anglo-German relations.

In the following reel Chamberlain is shown holding up a worthless scrap of paper signed by Adolf Hitler as a guarantee to the British people of his promisses to avoid war and pursue peace with the Western powers. The film is slowed down to underline the preposterousness of Chamberlain's faith that a thin piece of paper signed by the Nazi warlord during the Munich Agreement signified a breakthrough in the diplomatic stalemate that occured with Britain and France with Hitler's insistance in acquiring the Sudetenland for Germany.

In this segment Senator Obama explains to General Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker his belief in a "diplomatic surge" the includes negotiations with Iran. Senator Obama postulates that if the Iraqi government can pursue peaceful relations with Iran then the U.S. should as well. True. However that only works if Iran really wants to pursue peace with the United States and not continue as it has even up to the present week in initiating fighting in Basra and with mortaring diplomats in Bagdad's "Green Zone".

Here's the tape.

Not to be outdone, Senator Clinton drifts before the cameras during Senate Armed Services committee hearings on the state of progress in Iraq to cite her desire to remove American forces from Iraq and redeploy to Afghanistan. In one of the graphics put up by CSPAN, the Senator is quoted as saying that she would have U.S. forces quit Iraq in as little as 60 days if elected President. I question why the Democrats are in such a hurry to abandon Iraq post haste and move forces to a relatively quiet theatre of war in Afghanistan and leave that strategically located nation with all its resources, infrastructure and wealth to the tender mercies of al Qaeda sympathizers. Now that the surge has been shown to be a success on the military and political fronts despite Democrat and New York Times assertions to the contrary, all that remains in Iraq are some mopping up operations of Iran supported resistance to the Maliki government. But today's Democratic leadership wants to abandon Iraq to have our military chase moonbeams in some remote backwaters of the world to look for terrorists while the real centerpiece of the war on terror is Iraq. As Julius Caesar would say, "Quo Bono?" Who Benefits?

The main beneficiaries of such a blundering policy would be the governments of Iran and Syria. So why the big Democrat push to leave the door wide open for the two nations in the region that have been sneaking fighters into Iraq to simply saunter in after we "redeploy" forces under a Democrat inspired middle-east policy under the guise of "protecting our troops", "preserving the national treature" and "looking for terrorist hideouts"? The big fight is in Iraq, the terrorists themselves have said this so why are the Democrats in such a hurry to leave?

The following video shows Mrs. Clinton's statements before the Senate Armed Services committee where she quote's a New York Times article of all things (She may as well have quoted Al-Jezzira) on the emotional toll the war is having on returning Veterans. (An article which by the way was found to have been highly suspect in its sourcing and viewpoint) And goes on to misquote General Petraeus on the status of the political and military progress made in Iraq.

No matter how things change they always manage to stay the same. Today's Democratic party leadership have decided to apply Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement with the modern-day Hitler and Mussolini of our time; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Bashar Al-Assad of Syria. They obviously think that with their charm and intelligence they can persuade Ahmadinejad and Al-Assad to see the error of their ways and reach an accommodation with the high minded liberals of the Democratic establishment.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Dreams of Barack's Father

Presto Pundit uncovers a critique by Barack Obama Sr. of a policy paper written by pro-Western Kenyan political leader Tom Mboya. The Senior Obama, a Harvard educated economist was very critical of the paper, writing that it was "neither African nor socialist enough."

Presto Pundit notes that authors E. S. Atieno Odhiambo and David William Cohen in their book The Risks of Knowledge published by the Ohio University Press, copyright 2004 cite among the positions put forth by the Senior Obama in his attacks on Mboya's paper published in the East Africa Journal were:

1. Obama advocated the communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land, as part of a forced "development plan", an important element of his attack on the government's advocacy of private ownership, land titles, and property registration. (p. 29 of The Risks of Knowledge)

2. Obama advocated the nationalization of "European" and "Asian" owned enterprises, including hotels, with the control of these operations handed over to the "indigenous" black population. (pp. 32 -33)

3. Obama advocated dramatically increasing taxation on "the rich" even up to the 100% level, arguing that, "there is no limit to taxation if the benefits derived from public services by society measure up to the cost in taxation which they have to pay" (p. 30) and that, "Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed." (p. 31)


In 2003 Philip Ochieng, an editor with the Nation Media Group wrote his impressions of Obama Sr. as charming, generous and extraordinarily clever, Obama Senior was also imperious, cruel and given to boasting about his brain and his wealth.

It was this kind of boasting that proved his undoing in the Kenyatta system – although, as he said, there was tribalism in it –and left him without a job, plunged him into prolonged poverty and dangerously wounded his ego.

Early on in the blog post Presto Pundit quotes Senator Obama on the driving source of his inspiration as he writes in Dreams For My Father that, "All of my life, I carried a single image of my father, one that I .. tried to take as my own.".... Obama cites his image of "the father of my dreams, the man in my mother's stories, full of high-blown ideals .." and "It was into my father's image .. that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself."

Given the company the Senator keeps with the likes of Frank Marshall Davis whom Obama simply refers to as "Frank" in his book Dreams From My Father, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers and others I'd say that even in the 21st century the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree.

I see a man on a mission to connect with and fulfill the unrealized legacy of his father, fueled by a longing for approval from a vital man in his life that he did not know.

ABC News Spotlights Obama / Clinton Support Among Troops

I just know we're going to get revelations that ABC cherry-picked the minority of American Soldiers that support Obama and Clinton in the upcoming 2008 election while glossing over the majority of those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan who support McCain but here is a link to ABC's story on the Surprising Political Endorsements by U.S. Troops.

Of course there will be members of the military who trend on the liberal side in their politics but it's hard to reconcile the belief that a sizeable contingent of voters serving in the military would support a candidate who advocates these positions in regard to the defense of the nation.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Blind Boys of Alabama cover Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground"

Music Video of the Grammy Award winning Blind Boys of Alabama filmed in L.A.

This jamming video features scenes from their appearances at local venues while on location.

I just love these guys and the tune.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Jane Fonda: A Vote for Obama

TMZ has a video up of paparazi questioning Jane Fonda as she emerges from a restaurant with friends. You hear one of the cameramen offscreen ask Ms. Fonda which candidate gets her vote in the 2008 presidential election.

Her answer is not too surprising coming from the former outspoken anti-war activist.

Ms. Fonda earned the moniker "Hanoi Jane" for her 1972 trip to Hanoi while the Vietnam War was still raging and Americans were fighting to stop North Vietnamese aggression against South Vietnam. Captured American servicemen like Senator John McCain were being tortured at places like the Hanoi Hilton courtesy of the communist government while Ms. Fonda was being feted by the North Vietnamese. Although she says in retrospect that the trip to Hanoi was a mistake she has never formally apologized for her words and actions during that trip.

Senator McCain recalls with Walter Cronkite those days as a POW in this CBS news segment.

Had George Walker Bush been President of the United States at that time, there would have been regime change in Hanoi.

Blake Hausman brings up the issue of Ms. Fonda's detestible trip to Hanoi during her appearance at Columbia University. Here is her answer.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Hugo Chavez with Mouse Ears

Major hat tip to Michelle Malkin for providing a link to a funny photo of Venezuela's wanabe presidente por vida Hugo Chavez gadding about town with a pair of orejas de raton.

The headline for the Noticias24 story behind the photo flap reads; "Chavez fury against Reuters for this photo" The article that appears with the obviously coincidental photo provides some background and the chavista media's huffy reaction (Is that where they get Huffington from? Never mind). It reads, This photograph, taken of Chavez on his recent trip to Brazil, has unleashed chavista fury against Reuters. A statement published today by World Radio said, "Reuters continues with the systematic disrespect for the Presidents of Latin America."

Chavez calls the photo an act of "terrorism".

You gotta' hand it to a guy who really knows how to dude up in a pair of Mouse Ears.

I'd personally give it a serious high-five on the snort-worthy index.

When you click on the link, try not to laugh while you're having your morning cup of Columbian coffee.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Hillary Clinton - Rocky Balboa - And Bowling with Obama

You can't beat the Democrats for sheer entertainment value!

Hillary Clinton compared herself with Rocky Balboa yesterday in comments made during a meeting with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. The former first lady remarked, "Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up." Continuing her boxing analogy Mrs. Clinton said, "I know what it's like to stumble. I know what it means to get knocked down. But I've never stayed down, and I never will."

The fiesty Junior Senator from New York has never been a shrinking violet when it comes to a good knock-down drag-out fight. She's just getting warmed up. While addressing the crowd Mrs. Clinton recalled the famous scene in the first Rocky movie from 1976 where Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa ascended the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Clinton proposed that quitting the race now would be as though, "Rocky Balboa had gotten halfway up those art museum steps and said, 'Well, I guess that's about far enough."

Think Mrs. Clinton will just melt away just because the prospect of a floor fight at the Democratic convention looms ahead and some namby-pamby super delegates are fretting about a split in the party and urging her to quit?

Fugehtaboudit! The Clinton's haven't had this much fun since they played "Rope-a-Dope" with the Illinois Senator during the South Carolina debates.

While I'm at it, here's an inspirational video montage for the Senator.

The Clintons aren't going to stop campaigning when they see a victory that can be grabbed out of the jaws of defeat. Mrs. Clinton knows that by winning the upcoming Pennsylvania primary by double-digit margins she will take the glow off Obama and slow down what seems like an inevitable victory for the Illinois Senator.

And if Obama's Pennsylvania campaign is anything like his bowling game the Clintons have nothing to worry about. Barack managed to rack up a whopping 37 pins after bowling at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Altoona, Pennsylvania during a recent campaign stop. After playing 7 of 10 frames Obama's score sheet showed 37 as his game total. That's a 3 followed by a 7. --- 37.

I think the Clinton's should challenge Obama to a bowl-off for the primary. If Bill and Hillary had made an appearance at that venue, they'd be running the front desk, ordering your pizza, getting your shirt size, taking deposits and fitting you for a pair of those snazzy shoes to sport about on the lanes while you're perusing the bowling balls and bowl a 300 while your soda's being served!

Here's Senator Obama on the Lanes in Altoona. I don't think he's going to be recruited to play in any Bowling Leagues anytime soon, though he was very good natured about the whole thing.

Obama's Plan for Iraq

Senator Barack Obama today touched again on his plan to withdraw American forces from Iraq if elected President during a round of questioning by CNN reporter. The Page has a nice excerpt from Obama's presser at a Pennsylvania Gas Station viewable here. The Senator becomes highly defensive after the reporter obvously doesn't buy into his dreamy plan to leave a few military personel in Iraq to watch over our "diplomatic forces" while we "redeploy" (run and hide). Taking a very clumsy tack, Obama then resorts to mis-quoting John McCain by stating that McCain would have us fighting in Iraq for 100 years!

What McCain actually said in remarks made before a Derry, New Hampshire town hall meeting that, is that he would be fine, "with Americans being in Iraq for 100 years. We've been in Japan for 60 years and South Korea for 50 Years or so; as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed."

You can watch the video here:

In contrast to McCain's "stay as long as it takes to get the job done" position on Iraq in order to build a valuable ally in the region, Obama in this video taken while introducing Patrick Murphy to his advisory team goes into detail about how he would "redeploy" (abandon) Iraq to chase phantom enemies (we don't know who) in "that part of the world". Obama props himself between two veterans who happen to agree with him as he declares his intention to abandon that Iraq in its time of need and dependance upon the United States while it fights to stabilize itself from terrorists. What a hero!

Unfortunately for the Senator and the Democratic Party, Iraq has shown itself to be very resilient in defeating it's enemies with the support of the U.S. and the success of the troop surge architected by General David H. Petraeus.

Since the Democrats have been banking on the defeat and retreat of U.S. forces in Iraq for their own craven political purposes they have been quite inconvenienced and disappointed to say the least in their drive to blunt the success of the war in Iraq and to undermine funding for our forces during a time of war.

One wonders how they sleep at night worrying how their efforts to cast Iraq as a losing proposition, civil war, unwinnable, lost cause and all the other Soros inspired superlatives have collapsed all around them.