Friday morning round-up

If ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise — especially when the subject is Islam.

Today is the day that Obama (at extraordinary cost) flew all over the country to hype as Armageddon.  I got out of bed this morning, looked up, and saw the sky right where it belonged.  “Wow,” I said to myself.  “The sky didn’t fall.  I think someone lied to me.”  Krauthammer thinks the same.  The Dems were on to something with their “never let a crisis go to waste” policy.  Where they erred was in thinking they could use that policy effectively by faking crises.  That might have been a mistake for them — and I hope it was a big mistake.

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Mia Farrow inadvertently said something very important.  “Bob Woodward burned his cloak of impartiality.”  What did Woodward do to start this conflagration?  Acting as an actual investigative journalist, he reported that Obama lied about the sequestration.  In other words, “impartiality” means “the Obama party line.”  I have a friend who loves Jon Stewart.  He cannot understand when I say that, aside from finding Stewart too puerile and crude to be funny, I don’t like his biased humor.  “Bias?  There is no bias,” says my friend.  According to him, the impartial truth is that, 90% of the time (per Stewart) conservatives are stupid, mean, and wrong, while that’s only true (maybe) about 10% of the time for Democrats.

I couldn’t agree more with this article urging that schools have children read the Bible, not as a religious book, but as literature.  The King James Bible is, without doubt, one of the most beautifully written books in the English language, and one that enriches our speech every day.  And if a little morality rubs off along the way, well, who’s to say that’s a bad thing?

Who knew that Michelle Obama had so much in common with ancient Sparta?  Following her fitness program is now a “patriotic obligation.”  Considering that Sparta was a, well, spartan, warlike, slave state, I’m not sure I like this.  It’s one thing if people want to be physically fit (as I do).  It’s quite another thing when the state makes it a civic obligation that, ultimately, as a civic obligation, will be enforced using all the state’s power.

One of my long-time blog friends, and one of the smartest women in the conservative blogosphere has a fascinating post up at PJ Media about the transition from liberal to conservative — one that sees many of us following a Churchillian political trajectory.  I think many Bookworm Room readers will recognize themselves in her post.  I certainly see myself.

Also at PJ Media, David Goldman brings some of his always interesting insights to bear on the warped, and definitely pre-modern, mental life of Obama’s favorite political leader, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan, as you may recall, is the Muslim political leader who just the other day called Zionism a “crime against humanity.”

When Whitney Houston, the pathetically drug addicted diva, died in her bath, Obama paused in his busy campaign to acknowledge her passing.  To date, Obama has said nothing about Chris Kyle, a man who fought ferociously in the military that Obama heads, given his constitutional status as Commander in Chief.  Keith Koffler rightly calls Obama out on this revolting silence.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say as the day rolls on, but this is a start.

 

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  • Libby

    Every single one of these kids is special.  They’re all special.  Every child I meet has the potential to contribute something amazing..It’s up to us to bring out the very best in all — do you hear me — all of our young people...”
    – Michelle Obama
    Helen: Everyone’s special, Dash.
    Dash: Which is another way of saying no one is.
    – The Incredibles
    I have no problem with Michelle Obama’s (tritely worded) enthusiasm for having American children succeed. I do not support her quest to coerce schools, parents, food manufacturers, grocers, and restaurants into “supporting children” in the manner she dictates. After reading that article I’m left wondering how soon before there are mandatory exercise requirements for public school children. For the children!!

  • Spartacus

    Morning calisthenics as a patriotic obligation?  “Doubleplusungood,” grumbled Smith, W., 6047.

  • Ron19

    Michelle, the Everything Else Czar.
     
    Who knew that Michelle Obama had so much in common with ancient Sparta?  Following her fitness program is now a “patriotic obligation.”  Considering that Sparta was a, well, spartan, warlike, slave state, I’m not sure I like this.  It’s one thing if people want to be physically fit (as I do).  It’s quite another thing when the state makes it a civic obligation that, ultimately, as a civic obligation, will be enforced using all the state’s power.
     
    We could adopt Orwell’s all hands physical fitness program, complete with in-home monitoring, the one he proposed in 1984.

  • Ron19

    If ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise — especially when the subject is Islam.

    Drilling down through this, I came to this great comment:

    Donald R. McClarey says:
    Friday, March 1, 2013 A.D. at 5:58am
    “I guess my overarching problem with all of them, and most atheists in fact, is that they’re far more avid scriptural literalists than most Christians and certainly most Catholics are.”
    Bingo. We see that in the atheist trolls who come here and attempt to roll out their “proof texts” that they use against Evangelicals and are stunned to learn that Catholics have a completely different way of looking at Scripture. The bone ignorance of Catholicism is often deep and wide among most atheists I have encountered, including those who claim to be ex-Catholics.
    – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2013/02/28/richard-dawkins-bigot-and-coward/#sthash.uIYghIkK.dpuf

    One of the problems in defending the Catholic Christian faith against non-Catholic Christians is that there are 30,000 brands of Protestantism, each with it’s own version of Sola Scriptura. It’s like having each soldier in a large battle like the invasion of Normandy needs to be trained to fight one and only one particular enemy soldier, and the guy next to him trained to fight one and only one different particular soldier. If you wind up facing the wrong enemy soldier, all your training is useless. If your landing boat landed at the wrong place, whether five feet away or an entire beach away, you are just out of luck.

    Other problems: Catholics and Protestants are separated by a common tongue with different dictionaries. And most dissenting Catholics and former Catholics never have known what Catholicism is; they only know what other dissenting and former Catholics have told them about Catholics.

  • KellyM

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
    With all due respect to Mia Farrow, didn’t Inigo Montoya say it first???
     

  • jj

    Hate to be crude – except when I enjoy being crude – but when Michelle Obama’s ass gets to about half its current size, then she can tell me what to eat.

  • JKB

    Is Michelle Obama more like Sparta or Prussia? Prussian virtues

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The fools that thought they could vote in a totalitarian tyranny and have the rest of us pay their price, will get what’s coming to them soon enough.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Spartacus, did you finish your daily 10 minute of hate for Sarah Palin yet? All goodly state denizens are required to do so every morning.