Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Condi and the Queen

Condi Rice exhibited her pianistic abilities in a private performance for Queen Elizabeth II. She played Brahms.

Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=081201224605.z1mwenki&show_article=1

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

George W. Bush Is A Hero Day

Taking off from an idea for a Victory In Iraq Day (nov. 22), I officially dub today, the 26th of November, to be "George Bush Is A Hero" Day.

Hey guys, It's OK to be pro-War now

Ok, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Maureen Dowd. You can all go home and rest easy. Obama is at the helm, and the way things are looking Guantanomo will NOT be closed, the Iraq mission (the war is over) will be completed and we will not pre-emptively leave before that country's security is in plave. Afghanistan war will continue and will in fact be scaled up. Obama will likely get credit for Iraq's success.

Are you happy? Will you suddenly accept that torturing terrorists for information might be a really good idea? Will you suddenly see the light on Iraq and surmise that in the long run being rid of Saddam and having a democracy in his place was a positive thing and worth fighting for? Will our troops suddenly be heroes to you rather than demented monsters who enjoy killing?

Of course you will, is the answer to all the above questions. But it's not because you ever held clear convictions on those issues, but that you merely hated George Bush.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Palin-Romney-Huckabee 2012

Let's just say this up front: it is WAAAAAY too early to say who will be a frontrunner in 2012. But it isn't such a stretch as it was this last time around, when the GOP had no clear heir-apparent. This cycle had several strong contenders rallying support to them. And the top three are who you would expect.

Here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/112252/GOP-Faithful-Like-Palin-Romney-Huckabee-2012.aspx

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Batman---The Dark Knight---as you've never seen him before

Youtube is a wonder. Yeah, there's a lot of trash and the commenters almost always use at least one expletive (even on kid videos)...but the good stuff available makes it all worthwhile.

I recently read an editorial by John Podhoretz where he opined that 'The Dark Knight' was just another superhero movies. Ok, his opinion. Fine. But regular superhero movies don't inspire as much fan-spoofing (admiring fan spoofing, I should add) as did this last Batman movie. Spoofs of the trailer are most common, though there are some recreated movie scenes as well.

Here are some of the best The Dark Knight spoofs on YouTube:

1. First, a kiddie-version of the trailer. This both genuinely funny and weird. Pure enjoyment.

Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy673zWHUOw&feature=related

2. Next, a lego-version of the trailer. Quite well-done indeed. Also a second version was made, and the link for that is in the feature box next to the video.

Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StWZDqqBfJo

3. And this is one of the BEST. A Toy Story version!

Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QFWBFIEuig

4. A pretty good spoof by high-school kids, with a slightly different twist on the trailer here and there.

Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYBqhOEdRQ&feature=related

5. Perhaps funniest of all this Interrogation Scene re-do, in which Batman's breathy/raspy way of saying things leads to some confusion...

Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2yv8aT0UFc&feature=related

Mitt News Nov.23rd, 2008

A website promoting Romney for a 2012 Presidential run:

1. Here: http://mittromneyrevolution.com/
If you didn't already catch the news, Mitt was in Georgia (the US state) campaigning for Senator Saxby Chambliss.

2. Here: http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/11/mitt_romney_campaigning_in_geo.html
I'll bet you didn't know Mitt Romney had a flickr page...

3. Here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mittromney
Romney was on CCN's Late Edition with Jennifer Granholm, Carl Levin, and some other dude to discuss the Auto bailout package that congress is considering.

4. Here: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000002990434
General Motors responds (quite well, in my opinion) to Romney's NYT editorial some days ago...

5. Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/21/opinion/l21gm.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
This story highlights part of an interview with Romney by Wolf Blitzer in which Romney refuses to go back into the muddy waters of primary fighting. The real amusing part however is reading the comments which follow the article. I won't say, "not since Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton have two men hated each other so much in American history!"....but boy, I sure is tempted :p

6. Here: http://www.arktimes.com/blogs/arkansasblog/2008/11/mitt_takes_the_high_road.aspx

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Top Ten LEAST Favorite Conservatives/Republicans

First let me say that I do not dislike any of these people purely on a personal basis. All of them are disliked by me because they have either a) not been real conservatives/Republicans, b) given in too often to the left or c) hurt the party more than helped it by their tactics.

10. Mike Huckabee---Why? Because he has spent more time bashing Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, the Club for Growth, and Libertarians than he has defining his credentials. And his credentials are quite stellar, if you really look at them. A full 3-term Governor, a good on-the-stump speaker, has visited many countries, and has a background as a Baptist minister which is a POSITIVE thing, not a negative one. The negative stuff is the fact that he is often mean-spirited, even in his jokes. Anybody remember the "Mitt Romney doesn't know how to eat fried chicken" remark? Or the time in Iowa where he invited the press to see his new ad against Romney, then told them, "nah, I not going to show this SUPER NEGATIVE ad, because I'm a nice guy." Or worse of all the Mormon-bashing that came specifically from his campaign
One of things about good Republican candidates is that they should be able to sell their credentials well, and store away the slashing remarks for their true opponents: Democrats. Mike Huckabee has failed at both, and continues to fail.

9. Peggy and (K.) Parker, the Palin-Bashing Sisters---and Christopher Buckley too!
There's nothing more aggravating than "conservatives" who jump ship, and when the liberal media sings hallelujah. As you may know, Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker didn't start out as Palin-bashers. In fact, they wrote very nice things about her. But there was a problem: they didn't know what they were really talking about. Then the liberal firestorm hit, and in the aftermath Peggy and Parker found themselves weeping over John McCain's pick. How could he do this to them?! How could he pick a dummy lady who speaks different from Harvard and Yale graduates?! How DARE he pick someone just because he is a woman! We were supposed to WAIT for that, until we felt SINCERE about it! That does it! I'm voting for quasi-socialism! This is no longer the big-tent Republicanism I once knew! There aren't enough media-worshipers like me!
The problem is that Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker didn't know what they were talking about when they praised Palin. Neither did they know of which they spake when they started bashing her.

8. Colin Powell---The prize for the most inarticulate ship-jumper goes to Colin Powell, who said that people who were against Obama thought Obama was a Muslim. This is insanity. The "Obama is a closet Muslim" people are very fringe, and even living here in TN, I swear I've never met one who believed that. Too bad Colin Powell couldn't vote for his old friend John McCain because a few fringe-believers on the left thought McCain was secretly one of the "Lizard People."

7. Chuck Hagel---In some ways I can understand why leftists hate Joe Lieberman so much. He defects from his party on the issue they love the most: giving up in Iraq. Lieberman is the liberal counterpart to Hagel. He has defected from the Republican party as regards to Iraq. Nevermind that we've now won the war, essentially. The difference between Lieberman and Hagel is that Lieberman has guts. That's what it takes to side with George Bush on Iraq, to support the surge and to support John McCain specifically to ensure America wins that war. Hagel on the other hand, is merely impatient with having to defend Bush, the war. He longs to be loved.

6. Ted Stevens---we all knew Uncle Ted was corrupt a long time ago. I knew in 2004 when I was 17 years old. But nobody did anything about it. Ted Stevens is not a bad person on the whole, but very morally weak. The real villain here is the GOP senate leadership, who looked away rather than call out one of their own. That's what kills a party.

5. Ill-informed Radio Talk Show Host who blathers---there are a lot of good conservative radio talk show hosts. Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Mike Gallagher, Neal Boortz,, Phil Valentine, Laura Ingraham...and for the most part they all fight against the Left in a decent way, and don't indulge in hyperventilating dooms-day talk. Others, especially those who host shows on local levels, are the very kind who give talk radio a bad name. The sad thing is that many people take them seriously, and the result is a very embarrassing slew of sentiments from a certain segment of the GOP bloc. The sunny side is that none of the Air America hosts match even these conservative blatherers.

4. Scott McClellan---President Bush's former Press Secretary is the slimiest character on this list. I percieve part of it to be his shallow political bearings. The other part was greed. He sold his former boss down the river for a sack of gold. It's one thing to tell "the whole story" once a person is out of office or is about to be prosecuted. Neither of those was the case with George Bush.

3. Ron Paul---I like SOME of Ron Paul's ideas. That is, I think he was made for the 1880s. To be perfecty honest, I'm not sure how I feel about the Federal Reserve. Nor do I know whether the Gold Standard is a good or bad idea. But one thing I can tell you is: eliminating the Federal Reserve, at least within one presidency, is a BAD and dangerous move. In addition to that, congressman Paul has been against the Iraq war. OK, fine. But what about winning the Iraq war? He's against that too. Just like a Democrat. Unrealistic.

2. Michael Bloomberg---Granted he may never have been "on the right," but time was once when he was Republican. So he qualifies for the list. In a frighteningly FDR-esque move, Bloomberg has made it possible for himself to run yet again for the NYC mayoralty. Good politicians would respect the limits of power, or they would seek to run honestly for another position. But Bloomberg decided he wants to be Dictator of New York, mandating that restaurants not use certain types of cooking oil (while he eats Cheez-its in the office), and then decides about term-limits "what the heck, these legal boundaries didn't anticipate that I was going to be such an awesome guy. I'll just chunk 'em."

1. The Unrealistic Voters of 2008---I know I know, everyone has the perfect right to vote however they want. However more than ANYONE else on the conservative side, voters who a) hated McCain b) hated Palin c) loved Obama and drank of his chalice of kool-aid, or d) voted Libertarian....are the cause of the GOP's troubles. Sometimes political pundits think too much about the ideas-campaign, or the get-out-the-vote campaign etc. The fact is, certain voters are just plain gullible and vote for the guy who is "nice," or are just plain stubborn, and will write in their own name as a "protest vote." Thanks a bunch guys. Iraqi children may die because of you.

0. David Brooks---David Brooks is not really a conservative. Thus, he gets mentioned only as my #0 on this list. Everyone acts like Brooks is a conservative though. NPR pairs him with EJ Dionne, and slaps down the label of "conservative," despite the fact that Brooks is only a conservative about 12% of the time. When are those times? Only when times are looking up for Republicans. When Palin was riding the crest of post-convention popularity, the sky was blue and sunny, David Brooks was galloping along with the rest of the gang. When the liberals struck, Brooks jumped back onto his old home wagon. Ah, political chameleons...