Archive for July 20th, 2008

July 20, 2008

The Killer: Jerry Lee Lewis

I was just watching CMT, where they’re showing the 1989 film Great Balls of Fire, with Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis and Wynona Ryder as his cousin/child bride, Myrna. The movie trailer:

Just in case you think that’s a Hollywood exaggeration of the outrageousness of Jerry Lee’s original act, here’s footage of his first appearance on the “Steve Allen Show” in 1957:

The boy was just flat crazy.

July 20, 2008

Bob Barr shocks the Left

A surprise appearance at Netroots Nation, where no one — not even the normally savvy Garance Franke-Ruta or the clever Christina Bellantoni— suspects Barr’s secret plan to play the “spoiler” role by undermining Obama’s claim to be the most credible anti-war candidate.

Barr graduated high school in Tehran and once worked for the CIA. If he could get into the fall debates, he’d expose Obama as a clueless lightweight. Liberals who’ve been promoting Barr as a spoiler who’ll hurt only the GOP don’t realize how dangerous Barr could be to the Democrats, once the anti-war crowd recognizes Obama as just another lying politician who will sell them out in a heartbeat.

July 20, 2008

And you thought YOU were having a bad day?

It could get worse:

A patient at George Washington University Hospital fell from a fifth-story ledge overlooking New Hampshire Avenue in Northwest Washington yesterday afternoon after threatening to jump for several hours, police said.
The man climbed onto the ledge about 12:15 p.m. and for four hours paced and peered at the ground. He fell just before 4:10 p.m. after trying to climb down. The man lost his footing as he tried to move down the building and briefly hung off the ledge by only his hands before falling feet first.
His body partially hit the concrete and a large inflatable air mattress police had set up while trying to coax him down, police said. . . .
The man, whose name was not immediately released by police, was still breathing at the scene, readmitted to the hospital and listed in critical condition. . . .
The man had been taken to the hospital yesterday after being involved in a car accident. (Emphasis added.)

(Via Hot Air Headlines.)

July 20, 2008

Obama’s Eagleton opportunity

While the New York Times sees all sorts of troubles afflicting John McCain’s problem of picking a running mate, apparently everything’s sunshine and roses at Hope HQ:

For Mr. Obama, there is no shortage of what Democrats describe as do-no-harm people he can pick: be it Mr. Bayh; Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware; Mr. Nunn; or Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who introduced Mr. Obama at a huge rally in Northern Virginia two days after he effectively won the nomination, and whom many Democrats see as one of the more intriguing names on Mr. Obama’s list.
Democrats said they thought it was less likely now than it was a month ago that Mr. Obama would choose Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York as his running mate, though they said she remained in consideration and that she was being vetted.
If he does not choose Mrs. Clinton, several Democrats said, it would be difficult for him to name any woman — like Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, someone for whom he has had warm words. Both Clinton and Obama advisers said such a move could create a backlash among women who supported Mrs. Clinton. (Emphasis added.)

Ahem. Here’s the problem: Hillary is a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t VP choice for Obama. If Obama picks her, it will be seen as a sellout by the hard-core Hopers. If Obama doesn’t pick her, the Denver PD will need tear-gas and riot batons to control the PUMAs.

A belated gift from “Operation Chaos,” you see.
July 20, 2008

Obama’s symbolic problem

Barack Obama’s foreign trip is, as multiple press accounts affirm, “aimed at bolstering his foreign policy credentials” (CNN) and “an effort to look presidential on the world stage” (Chicago Tribune). In other words, a symbolic gesture — and it might help Team Obama to choose their symbols wisely:

Barack Obama, when he arrives in Berlin on July 24, will hold his speech at the Siegessäule monument in the heart of the city. . . .
The Siegessäule — or Victory Column — was erected in memory of Prussia’s victories over Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870/71). The column originally stood in front of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, but was moved by Adolf Hitler to its current location in 1939 to make way for his planned transformation of Berlin into the Nazi capital “Germania.”
“The Siegessäule in Berlin was moved to where it is now by Adolf Hitler. He saw it as a symbol of German superiority and of the victorious wars against Denmark, Austria and France,” the deputy leader of the Free Democrats, Rainer Brüderle, told Bild am Sonntag. He raised the question as to “whether Barack Obama was advised correctly in his choice of the Siegessäule as the site to hold a speech on his vision for a more cooperative world.”
Andreas Schockenhoff of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats said, “the Siegessäule in Berlin is dedicated to a victory over neighbors who are today our European friends and allies. It is a problematic symbol.”

(Via Hot Air.) Congratulations on your tasteful gesture, Team Obama. Welcome to your Dukakis tank ride. Obama-Eagleton ’08!

UPDATE: Discerning Texan at Astute Bloggers:

I cynically commented the other day that the only thing missing from Obama’s German “rally” was Albert Speer; now I’m not so sure I wasn’t actually on to something…

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl?

July 20, 2008

No comment necessary

Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union:

A 19-year-old man dressed as a penis was arrested for disturbing a high school graduation today at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Calvin Morett of 337 Pyramid Pine Estates allegedly interrupted the Saratoga Springs High School graduation by marching across SPAC’s stage in an inflatable 6-foot penis costume while diplomas were being given out, Saratoga Springs Police Sgt. Sean Briscoe said.

(Via Nice Deb.) “Allegedly”? Video of the crime:

(Via Ace of Spades HQ) Ben Franklin once said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to dress up in an inflatable penis costume and remove all doubt.”

July 20, 2008

New gas prices

(Via Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spade HQ.)

July 20, 2008

Joe Cocker, decoded

“I got some leather for my Fred!”

(Via Infinite Monkeys.) I’m reminded of the old joke:
Q. What did the Grateful Dead fan say after the drugs wore off?
A. Dude, this band sucks.

July 20, 2008

‘Economy dips, morbidly obese hardest hit’

Poor, fat victims.

July 20, 2008

DNC to PUMAs: STFU

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Don Fowler sent an e-mail telling the PUMAs that “she lost. Barack Obama won. It’s over.” The nub of the counter-argument was summed up by one PUMA blogger:

How can you possibly say that Barack Obama won and Hillary Clinton lost when neither achieved the required amount of pledged delegates to receive the nomination. It’s still undecided and won’t be until the vote is taken in Denver.. . . [T]he DNC pushed the superdelegates to endorse him. He hasn’t won anything.

This goes back to the pledged delegate count, where Obama is still more than 300 votes short of a nominating majority in Denver. Hillary supporter Larry Johnson:

Here are the facts. Hillary won more delegates in elections than did Barack. Barack won more delegates in caucuses–events that are not Democratic because only a small fraction of eligible voters can participate in them. Neither Hillary nor Barack won enough delegates to secure the nomination. Both had to look to the Super Delegates to put them over the top. . . .
Our beef is that when it comes to a general election, Hillary, who actually won more votes in real elections than Barack, is a much better candidate and has a much better chance of beating McCain.

As I observed at AmSpecBlog:

The point about the delegate count . . . is the PUMAs’ strongest argument for having Hillary’s name in a first ballot roll-call vote in Denver.
Because of the super-delegates, Obama would win that vote, but the DNC and Obama HQ apparently feel that such a vote would highlight the division in the party. They want their guy nominated by unanimous acclamation, and seem to view opposition as disloyalty.

It is their obsession with public perception — the same image-making stuff that went into Obama’s current foreign excursion — that causes Team Obama to oppose an open roll-call vote at Denver.