Tuesday morning round-up

Just stuff I found interesting:

As a word person, I was delighted with Jeannie DeAngelis’ American Thinker article explaining why George Bush’s vocabulary errors didn’t matter, and why Obama’s should. “Corpse-man” is just the gilding on the lily of Obama’s disconnection from the world of true communication and real values.

Come election time, third parties are always bad for the party that they most closely resemble.  That is, they suck votes away from their closest competitor, leaving their mutual opponent standing tall.  Nevertheless, I think the Tea Party movement is a very important movement, especially if the Republicans can learn from it, absorb its message, and bring those disaffected Republicans and Independents back into the fold.  Woe betide both the Tea Partiers and the Republicans, though, if they create an adversarial relationship with each other.  Rich Lowry opines here about the Tea Party’s vitality and necessity in the current political scene.

Here’s a good article from Mackubin Thomas Owens about non-homophobic reasons for leaving Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in place. On a similar topic, Dennis Prager deconstructs Frank Rich’s fevered, and fact-free, defense of jettisoning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Fundamentally, I can’t escape the feeling that straight soldiers may legitimately feel uncomfortable serving with openly gay men who may (a) engage in personal relationships within the ranks that affect group dynamics or (b) may be sexually predatory towards other men in the unit.  Having said that, I strongly approve of allowing openly gay people to serve in non-forward combat arenas, much as women do now.  But, having said that, I don’t think the women in Afghanistan are sleeping in the same barrack rooms as the men.  Would this mean separate barracks for gay and straight men in non-combat environments?  Also, how would this work with the whole panoply of military life, such as family housing, etc.?  Integrating blacks meant opening the military to the same lifestyle, but a different color.  Openly integrating homosexuals means fundamentally changing the military culture to accommodate a group that is distinguished only by their lifestyle habits.  (And no, I don’t want to open a debate here about whether being gay is a result of nature or nurture.  I’m just pointing out that the single thing that distinguishes gays from everyone else is sex practices, an activity in which one choose to engage or not, as opposed to a static color.)

Apparently “yellow” — the color of the sun, of a lemon, of a daffodil — is a dirty word.  Who knew?  Only the PC grievance mongers had figured this one out.  I feel the need to vent:  Yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow.

I have always been a very, very big Elton John fan.  I think he is one of the most talented performers of the modern era.  He’s gone up in my estimation today because I learned that he’s performing in Israel, something that always gets the goat of one Leftist group or another.  (Let’s just hope he doesn’t disappoint me, and back down.)

Years ago, Penn and Teller did a TV show about the fact the recycling is a costly boondoggle.  Berkeley seems to be bearing out the truth of that.

Should you have the patience (and are crazy enough), you can go back through my old posts and read where I predicted, over and over, that Obama would not pull a Clinton and tack to the center.  I argued that, while Clinton’s narcissism demanded perpetual love, and he would do anything to maintain it, Obama’s more malignant narcissism has him viewing everyone around him as an idiot, who should just be harangued more and more to get with Obama’s program.  This is true even if the “idiot” is the majority of the American voters.  To date, facts on the ground are bearing out my predictions.

If you’re a California Republican voter, please take note of the fact that Tom Campbell, who is currently in the lead, has a history of being remarkably hostile to Israel.  That’s never a nice trait, but it’s one that’s especially worrying in the face of a nuclear Iran.  Both the Weekly Standard and Commentary have more info.  (And even if you don’t personally vote in California, if you know Jews who do, you might want to relay this information to them.)

The Nanny-in-Chief in action:  Fat kids now the subject of intense government scrutiny.  Sasha and Malia welcome them to the re-education camp.

That government is best that governs least.  I believe it, you believe it.  Victor Davis Hanson explains why we should be afraid of the government that tries to govern most.

Watch the slow-motion, courtroom-directed death of freedom in Holland.  It hurts especially when remembers that, during the religious wars that tore Europe apart, Holland managed to carve itself out as a bastion of freedom (by that era’s standards).  It’s now becoming an especially repressive place, all in its efforts to placate its murderous Muslim minority.

Britain has become a parody of a Nanny State, bullying its law abiding citizens, even as it panders to its Islamists and criminal classes.  It is a Clockwork Orange nightmare — and the majority of its citizens now want out.  What’s important to note is how quickly this took place.  I lived in England in the early 1980s, when Maggie Thatcher was slowly bringing it around.  England started thriving under Maggie, and even under the early Blair years.  However, as the state exerted more and more dominance over the minutiae of its citizens’ lives, all the while applying a PC double-standard to selected victim groups, its collapse has been fast and complete.  It’s even worse than pre-Thatcher, because the pre-Thatcher era was one of government economic control, but it didn’t have that poisonous mix of Nanny State and PC ideology.

Please consider this an open thread, an add anything else you found interesting today.

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  • jj

    To (indirectly) address your second paragraph.
    I am – as I imagine most of you are – in more or less constant receipt of “surveys” from the national Republican Committee, the Republican Party, the GOP, the state party, and sundry other branches of the party tree.  These things purport to be in search of my opinion on a variety of issues, and they always end with an invitation for me to become a donor.  I’m sure you all get them on a regular basis, too.
    So I printed up some stickers, and when I come to the end of the survey, and the last question asks me if they can rely on me as a donor, I check the “no” box, and affix my little sticker that says:  “You are welcome to my opinions – you get none of my dough.  When you were in charge you were every bit as bad as the Democrats.  In fact you were arguably worse – because from you we expected better.”
    My attempt to wake them up.  I would not like to see the Tea Party split the Republican vote, but maybe it’s time.  It’s happened before: Lincoln and his cronies had to croak the Whigs and create the Republicans from thin air to straighten out their thinking.  The Republicans need to wake the hell up, remember who they are supposed to be, and begin making some sense.  They seem not have noticed, but their voters do actually have expectations, and don’t just vote the label the way Democrats do.  They better wise up to that, and they better do it fast.  They cannot count on their constituency through thick and thin, whether they perform or not.  Their constituency – unfortunately for far too many of them (McCain, Graham, Snowe and Collins spring instantly to mind) – seems to know how to read.

  • suek

    ““Corpse-man” is just the gilding on the lily of Obama’s disconnection from the world of true communication and real values.”
    More than that – remember back somewhere…I think it was during his campaign…when he was going on about we ignorant non-globally minded Americans and the fact that so few of us spoke a second language?  This little blooper indicates to me that he himself has had somewhat limited exposure to English, and even less to French.  English is a difficult language because it absorbs words from other languages, and often that inclusion means absorbing the pronunciation from that language as well.  This mispronunciation says worlds about his lack of familiarity with the military, but it also says worlds about his narrowness of education.

  • suek

    Heh.  Wonder how he would refer to “Col. Somebody”, should the occasion arise…!
    I must admit – I’ve never figured out how “colonel” ended up being pronounced “kernel”…

  • suek

    Are you limiting this to “interesting”?  How about “outrageous“???

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