I have a bunch of open tabs on my monitor, so I’m just going to jumble all of the stuff here, in one post:
On Obama, the UN, and the World:
I noted yesterday that Obama seems to have a huge problem with the more democratic nations in the world, and a corresponding affinity for the totalitarian dictators. That’s why I think his “naive” speech about the UN having more power isn’t naive at all, but is part of his desire to place more power in the hands of the dictators. And you know you’re in good company with that kind of viewpoint when Anne Bayefsky, the greatest UN Watcher of them all, says that Obama’s speech was deliberately calculated to appeal to the totalitarian in the UN. The speech should also be seen as part of a package that has Obama offending Britain again, while bullheadedly siding with a would-be Honduran dictator who has tin-foil delusions about Israeli operatives beaming radiation into his head.
On media matters:
Just to let you know that Rachel Maddow is not only biased, she is completely dishonest. But you knew that already, didn’t you?
The potential AIDS vaccine
I supposed it’s good news that scientists have come up with an AIDS vaccine. Except that it only protests 30% of the people who use it. To me, that means “back to the drawing board.” However, some in the scientific community seem to believe that it means it’s ready for prime time: “Even a marginally helpful vaccine could have a big impact. Every day, 7,500 people worldwide are newly infected with HIV; 2 million died of AIDS in 2007, the U.N. agency UNAIDS estimates.” Color me stupid, but wouldn’t you think that giving people this vaccine would increase high risk activity, something that would offset and possibly exceed any benefits from the vaccine?
The New York Times continues to explore the possibility that Obama is not perfect
In a long, boring editorial in the NYT today, the editors did something bizarre. After first making sure we all knew that Afghanistan is George Bush’s fault, they suggested that maybe, just maybe, the Dear Leader might want to get off his tuchis and figure out a way to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming an Al Qaeda/Taliban cesspool out of which the worst kind of destructive Islamic germs emerge.
As the inexperienced Obama self-destructs before us, Palin grows
Obama may be so bad that he’s scaring even his friends, but the opposite news is that Sarah Palin, who wasn’t ready for prime time (not that it mattered because she was only running for Veep, and she has more smarts in her finger than Biden in his whole brain), is polishing herself, learning and growing.
Can’t we just dislike the man because he’s a yutz and a putz?
Did you know that Walter Mondale is still alive? Go figure. Well, he is, and he’s assuring us (thoughtfully, of course) that yes, racism is what makes people hate Obama. Not all people, but some people. Well, that’s probably true. But I’m willing to bet that the critical mass of people who are turning against him — many of whom voted for whom or were just neutral — dislike the man because he’s incompetent on the economy, and all too competent when it comes to destroying America’s strength and standing in the world.
A trend we hope stays in Britain
The newest trend amongst Britain’s elementary school aged children is “shag-bands.” Shag is the British slang for copulation. The different colored bracelets represent an ascending scale of sexual acts from kissing and touching to things you don’t want to know about. The younger elementary children see the bracelets as decorative. The older ones are putting them to the purpose for which they were intended.
The past you always have with you
An amateur treasure hunter in England turned up one of the largest Anglo-Saxon hoards ever. It is a reminder of how little we still know about the world around us. It is a wonderful window to the past. And it is a reminder that civilizations come and civilizations go.