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Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Silence of the Lambs

September 24th, 2012 - 4:04 pm

So here I am, waiting patiently for the vaunted Mitt Romney for President campaign to begin.

Have I missed it? The only evidence so far is a series of ads on You Tube, each one I’m told, better than the last, and all adding up to the devastating indictment that, gee, Barack Obama is a nice guy but he’s just in over his head, and how about that bad economy, and what this country really needs, instead of a good five-cent cigar, is a corporate turnaround executive.

I’m told that the big push is just around the corner, that Mitt’s schedule is consumed with fund-raisers for the nonce, but fasten your seatbelts because over the course of the last month of the campaign, it’s gonna be a doozy.

And then, if all else fails, there are always the debates.

So here’s my rude question: if the Romney campaign falls in the forest and no media are around to cover it, does it make a sound? Because a paid-advertising campaign just isn’t going to cut it. And some point — and very soon — Mitt Romney is going to have to deal with and engage the media, or else run the risk of becoming a hologram of his own candidacy.

Yes, I know the media is in the tank for Obama. They’re led by the Jake Lingle of his day, David Axelrod, in a never-ending puppet show that goes something like the video on the next page.

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Nice Guys Finish Last

September 17th, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Sure, it’s easy to whine that the polls are skewed and that the media hates you — but none of that is any excuse for the passive Romney “campaign” we’ve been witnessing, which apparently boils down to victory through advertising. It’s nearly past time for Mitt to get mad and man up, strike hard at Obama, bite back a la Gingrich at the media and generally raise hell about the state of the country and the world.

So here’s the speech Mitt Romney needs to give to Eric Fehrnstrom,, Stuart Stevens, et al. in Boston to get his campaign back on track — but of course never will. From the great David Mamet, this memorable scene from the movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross. (Language warning, but you know that already):

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Go and do likewise, gents.

UPDATE: Yes, Mitt, something like this.

If Quentin Tarantino Were President

September 16th, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Here’s how he’d probably sort out the Middle East in response to the atrocities in Libya and the violation of diplomatic protocols elsewhere (language warning ahead, but you know that already):

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Instead, we get this.

This never would be happening if Gen. Martin Dempsey were chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Oh, wait a minute…

 

Shameless, Lawless, and Clueless

September 14th, 2012 - 4:43 pm

So the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has called pastor Terry Jones to remonstrate with a private citizen over his involvement in the Mohammed video that is allegedly the cause for the current round of rioting in the Middle East.  A clearer breaching of the civilian-military relationship can hardly be imagined, and Gen. Dempsey ought to resign in disgrace for his appalling lapse in judgment.

But, of course, he won’t.

The military’s top uniformed leader decided on his own to phone an extremist Florida pastor linked to an inflammatory anti-Islamic online video, the Pentagon said Thursday – no one else asked him to do so.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called Florida pastor Terry Jones on Wednesday to ask him to withdraw his support for the video that some reports have linked with anti-American unrest in the Muslim world, a spokesman said.

So should HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has been cited by the Office of Special Counsel for blatantly violating the Hatch Act.

But, of course, her actions have already been excused by the administration she works for, and whose anti-Catholic, nominally Catholic, usefully idiotic hatchet woman she is.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz explained in a statement that the administration has already taken action on the matter, though, putting Sebelius through training and making sure taxpayers were reimbursed.

“As the Office of Special Counsel has noted, these were extemporaneous remarks, the Health and Human Services Department has since reclassified the event to meet the correct standard, the U.S. Treasury has been reimbursed and Secretary Sebelius has met with ethics experts to ensure this never happens again,” Schultz said.

“This error was immediately acknowledged by the Secretary, promptly corrected and no taxpayer dollars were misused.”

He said the administration holds itself “to the highest ethical standards.”

Hillary Clinton, the secretary of State, has been revealed to be complicit in executing a naive and appeasing foreign policy that has now resulted in the deaths of at last four Americans in Benghazi, reduced America’s stature in the world, and greatly increased the threat to Americans both at home and abroad. Here’s what she said regarding the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith:

Today, many Americans are asking – indeed, I asked myself – how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be.

She ought to be out on her ear — but, of course, that will never happen. The Clinton Restoration beckons in 2016.

As Ned Sparks wonders in the greatest movie of all time: “Is everybody nutty?”

Or have we fully entered into a post-American era, the ultimate triumph of the Frankfurt School and “critical theory,” in which all previous virtues are now vices and all vices now virtues? Certainly that is the philosophy that motivates the radical Left, which sees every issue through its Marxist prism of race, class, sex, and group identity, and which preaches a form of “tolerance” that is really antipathy to all previous social, political, and moral norms in disguise.

If the chairman of the JCS, second to only the president in his command of the American armed forces (which are supposed to battle foreign enemies, not fellow citizens), can pick up the phone to intimidate an ordinary American, then we have surely crossed some sort of Rubicon; talk about an imbalance of power! And why did he do it? The explanation will sicken you:

“He called of his own initiative over concern that the violence incited by the film would pose risks to U.S. service members around the world,” said Marine Col. Dave Lapan.

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Eleven Years Later…

September 11th, 2012 - 2:40 pm

… the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have devolved into futile exercises in imaginary nation-building. The “democracy” in Iraq will soon enough become a Shia, sharia-compliant state, joining the arc of fundamentalist Islam (of both Sunni and Shia varieties) from North Africa to Iran, while the tragic farce in Afghanistan continues to play itself out, with an ending we can all see coming.

… Saudi Arabia, the home of most of the 9/11 commandos, continues to spew its Wahhabist poison around the world, financing new mosque construction all over the Dar al-Harb, And the American motorists — at the behest of their own government — continue to pay the Arabs handsomely for the privilege of sapping Western culture and society.

… the Democratic Party, which has hardly ever met a group or a cause antithetical to the nation’s founding pirnciples it didn’t like, has openly turned against Israel and wholeheartedly embraced the Palestinian cause, going so far as to boo both God and Jerusalem at their Charlotte convention.

… with Iran threatening to wipe out Israel, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to meet with the American president has been rejected.

… the U.S. military has become a laboratory for social experimentation, its warfighting capabilities threatened by sequestration cuts of $500 billion.

… the American economy, which never fully recovered from the 9/11 attacks, is heading over a cliff, with a $16 trillion national debt and no end to entitlement spending in sight.

… Moody’s, the credit-rating agency, is warning of a downgrade.

political correctness is more virulent than ever, having long since passed the point of parody and now lurching into outright insanity.

… “white male” has become an all-purpose term of opprobrium.

… a mob has stormed the American Embassy in Cairo and torn down our flag, while Libyan rabble have fired the American consulate in Benghazi.

… Osama bin Laden is both dead and the subject of a major motion picture.

… and the president of the United States is Barack Hussein Obama II.

Also read: The Second 9/11: Today will go down in infamy as the day our government became our enemy