Archive for January 21st, 2009

January 21, 2009

Whatever happened to Ned Lamont?

“This is truly a great day for our blessed nation! I was deeply moved and inspired by President Obama’s eloquent and stirring address. Now is the time to unite as a nation behind our new president’s leadership and address the challenges facing our country at home and abroad.”
Sen. Joe Lieberman

January 21, 2009

Harsanyi: Not feelin’ the Hope yet

Unicorns and rainbows and peace and love don’t do much for the Denver Post‘s David Harsanyi:

Obama challenges Americans to have “a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves.” So if you find massive concentrated power in Washington a turn-on, you’ve found your higher purpose. . . .
To require such fealty to power in the name of patriotism was once repugnant to the left. Now, with the right guy in charge, apparently it can once again be embraced.

Dave, man, you need to take inspiration from Kathleen Parker. Puddles of hope!

January 21, 2009

Well, that settles it, then

“He admires his sense of family, his relaxed and easygoing nature, and his character. He has gotten to know him during this transition period and he has a pretty good gut for people. His gut tells him Obama has what it takes to be a successful leader.”

January 21, 2009

How to Hate Obama

“Red Eye” co-host Andy Levy:

DON’T use the word “divisive.” At this point, all that word means is “You disagree with me,” and the English language gets mangled enough these days.
DON’T use the phrase “speaking truth to power.” EVER.
DON’T move to Canada.

Lots more where that came from at Big Hollywood.

January 21, 2009

From hate to Hope

Palin-hater Kathleen Parker gets her Hope on:

For awe is the truest word to describe what transpired and what was inspired.
It is not only awe for Obama’s meteoric rise to the highest human power. It is not only that so many trekked so far to be present for the moment. It is not even awe for the peaceful transfer of power for which Americans are deservedly proud.
It is awe for what is, in fact, not change, but the natural, if difficult, progression of an ideal that is true and good and transcendent through time. Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t a change from, but a continuation of the American experiment toward its hoped-for destination.

If you want to know where she was during the inauguration, just look for the puddles. Puddles of Hope.

January 21, 2009

Just in case nobody noticed

Remember all those MSM stories where reporters were quoting “experts” about the potential for a white-supremacist assassination attempt during the inauguration?

Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

January 21, 2009

Sex and science

My latest column at Taki’s Magazine:

It was one of those headlines that automatically gets a Drudge link: “Wealthy men give women more orgasms,” the Times of London declared Sunday.
Before we launch our “Win a Dream Date With Taki” promotion, however, let’s pause to ponder the gap between what the headline said and what the researchers found.

Please read the whole thing. When I was at The Washington Times, I frequently reported on the dubious “science” of sexual researchers, for example:

The whole point is that common sense generally is a better guide than “science” when it comes to sex. If you listen to these so-called “experts,” you might get the impression that it’s impossible to have sex unless you’ve memorized an anatomical chart showing the Latin names of the organs. But, as witness the 6 billion of us on the planet, human beings were successfully having sex for thousands of years before we got any guidance from “experts.”

Like I said, read the whole thing.

January 21, 2009

Christian Toto on ‘Big Love’

The HBO hit:

Sex. Religion. Intolerance. Acceptance. It’s all here, and the new episodes blend those ingredients with considerable finesse.
It’s still dicey enough material to push some viewers permanently away, but those who embraced Tony Soprano’s whack-a-gangster exploits should find enough moral wiggle room to relish the drama here.

He’s got a point. It’s hard to picture people calling up their cable providers and cancelling their HBO in outrage: “Foul-mouthed murdering Mafioso, OK. But I absolutely draw the line at polygamy!”

January 21, 2009

Quoted in USA Today

Matt Kelley writes:

The celebrations surrounding the inauguration of President Obama on Tuesday had many on the political right feeling left out. . . .
Losing the White House is a letdown for Republicans, who lost control of Congress two years ago. Nevertheless, some conservatives such as Liz Mair, the former online communications director for the Republican National Committee, said they were proud of the new president.
“Like many others, and perhaps Republicans especially, I’m also a little bit apprehensive about what the next four years will bring,” Mair said in an e-mail after the ceremony.
“The majority of conservatives are, to some extent, bummed out,” says Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and contributing writer to The American Spectator magazine. “But I don’t think there is any sense of deprivation or depression among the people I talk to.”

So far as I can tell, conservatives aren’t going through anything like the grief/angst/outrage that Democrats went through after the 2000 and 2004 elections. There may be activists who would like to generate that kind of reaction, but most conservatives have got real lives — jobs and families — and don’t go in for the sturm und drang stuff like those 28-year-old gay grad-student types who attach themselves to the Democratic Party like barnacles to a ship’s hull.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! (Who throws more traffic — USA Today or Insty?)

UPDATE II: Hmmm. Now I’m looking at the line about “28-year-old gay grad-student types” and worrying that it might be misconstrued. First of all, I went to college in the late 1970s and ’80s, when there were quite a few 28-year-old hippie types who’d arrived on campus circa 1969 and stayed on in sort of perpetual student status. Second, it cannot be doubted that Democrats have benefitted from the support of gay activists who, being unencumbered by dependents, have more time to devote to politics than the married-with-children types who are the basic GOP constituency. So the offhand phrase was intended to combine those two ideas.

UPDATE III: Speaking of “married-with-children types,” the Insta-Wife has a new PJTV video online.

January 21, 2009

Democrat’s gay teen sex scandal

Excuse the British tabloid headline, but the Oregonian can’t bring itself to mention the party affiliation of Portland Mayor Sam Adams:

In his first face-off with reporters, Portland Mayor Sam Adams apologized for “a sexual relationship” he had with Beau Breedlove and for lying about it during his campaign for office.
“I made a mistake,” Adams said, adding that he has no plan to resign. “This was clearly an error. I clearly messed this one up. But it’s an anomaly over the two decades I’ve served Portland.” . . .
Adams met Beau Breedlove in April 2005. Breedlove, then 17, was an intern at the Oregon Legislature for Rep. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer. Adams, 42 and a city of Portland commissioner, was in Salem on a lobbying trip. They struck up a conversation, and Breedlove called Adams soon after, hoping for both professional and personal advice on coming out of the closet in the political world.

So, the lover boy was a mere lad of 17 and an intern when he first met Mayor NAMBLA, who now tries the Gus Grissom defense: “It was a glitch! A technological malfunction!” Not trying to get all judgmental here but:

  • If the mayor was a Republican, this story would be top-of-the-hour news on CNN and MSNBC, and the liberal blogosphere would be pounding it like Gene Krupa in “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
  • “Beau Breedlove” — that’s the kind of name that any second-rate novelist would be embarrassed to give a gay character. It’s like “Pussy Galore” or something.

Which is to say, the intrinsic news value of the story — as per the usual standards of the industry — would seem to merit more coverage than it’s actually getting.

UPDATE: Cold Fury: “Anybody remember the OUTRAGE! over Mark Foley?

UPDATE II: Fox News:

“I lied at the time because I was afraid that people would believe untrue rumors being circulated by an undeclared mayoral opponent that I had broken a law involving sexual relations with a minor. But this is not a good excuse,” Adams said in his statement.

Right. Mayor NAMBLA had the legal savvy to wait a few weeks until Beau Breedlove turned 18 before pouncing like Michael Moore on a bacon double cheeseburger. And not even Fox News mentions that the twink-hopping mayor is a Democrat.

UPDATE III: Liberal blogger Pam Spaulding:

[O]bviously the young man, Beau Breedlove was of age, though clearly adding homosexuality and stereotyping into the mix and expect a scandal.

C’mon, Pam: Foley was guilty of nothing more than sending creepy e-mails, but resigned automatically and his scandal was treated by Democrats as the major campaign issue of 2006. Yet here you have a Democrat whose entire campaign theme was “first openly gay mayor,” who meets a 17-year-old in April 2005, begins an affair three months later — when the mayor-to-be was 42 and the boy had apparently just turned 18 — and the best you can do is to offer a lame complaint about “stereotyping”?

Clayton Cramer: “Where Do These Nasty Stereotypes Come From?” Yeah. Good thing it was a Democratic mayor. If Adams was a Catholic priest, they’d do a week’s worth of “Nightline” about it. Not to mention “The View,” “Oprah” and “Larry King Live.”

UPDATE IV: UN human rights official in kiddie porn bust.