Thursday, April 03, 2008

News In Brief (And The Usual Opinionated Commentary)

Dean Having Trouble As DNC Chairman

The NYT article is suggestive that there are some people that have doubts about Howard Dean's ability to keep the party united, in the face of a major rift that has been exposed by the Presidential campaign. The article calls him "low-key". But with that in mind, it's hard to imagine that this is the same outspoken guy that had a verbal meltdown in the last Presidential campaign, one that probably cost him the nomination.

So let's not fool ourselves here. Democrats got what they bargained for, a "nothing but hot air and no results" kind of guy.

Argentina Lays Claim For Falkland Islands

This comes from the "Oh Brother, Not Again" Department. Every year, the Argentine leader makes a call for what used to be known as the Malvinas, to be returned to Argentina. They do it every year.

Here's an idea. Why don't we let the islanders decide? Let them vote.

More than anything, this whole thing makes me wonder something. Besides the breath taking scenery, what is there that so much appeals to them. The culture is more British than Hispanic, is there something there that they feel would benefit them?

Media May Turn On McCain

This article tries to tell us what most of us really know. Dems will paint McCain as a warmonger. We can count on it because it's probably going to be one of the very few issues which they can realistically use.

And the media will go along with it.

Listening to Bernie Goldberg yesterday, he said (something to the effect of) the media has a fascination with McCain, when he takes on Republicans. But when he starts criticizing the Democrats' candidate, the honeymoon will be over. All bets will be off. No surprise.

Botox May Leave Face, Go To Brain

Let's see if we can get this straight here, shall we?

We are going to inject botulism (a deadly bacteria) into the skin for purposes of vanity only, and no other reason.

And we are surprised this is a possible outcome?

Basic science dictates that this could get into the blood stream, hit a nerve or blood vessel, or using the basic principles of osmosis or diffusion, happen to find itself in other kinds of tissue. Where people get the idea this is a risk worth taking, is way beyond me.

No wonder we are one of the lower ranking nations in science scores, in the developed world.

Dowd: Hillary Good For Obama

This op-ed piece by the elitist and aristocratic Maureen Dowd of the NYT, is getting some buzz on the talk shows at the time of this writing.

The reason I think she is an elitist (from the article):

Hillary is cruelly misunderstood, and she deserves more credit for her benevolence. Not only does she have a lot in common with Rocky, as she said Tuesday in Philadelphia, but she has a lot in common with another famous character — the Marschallin in Strauss’s bittersweet comic opera “Der Rosenkavalier.”

The Marschallin is a princess married to a Viennese field marshal who has a liaison dangereuse with a younger man, Count Octavian. Though she’s worried about her fleeting youth and the fickleness of men, she instructs the young man on the ways of love and then gracefully sets him free, allowing him to find happiness with young Sophie as a soaring waltz plays.

It makes good conversation if you are at some lavish dinner party held by an upper crust elitist snob convention, but not much else. She wasted her ink on this one. It won't connect with anyone, other than those that already share space in her liberal patrician circles.

I love art as much as anyone. But frankly, she doesn't convince me and nor am I not impressed.

12 Year Old Boy Kills Man Attacking Mother

The 12-year-old boy had finished his homework and was playing a video game when he heard his mother cry out. Rushing to her aid, he found her on the kitchen floor, straddled by a fellow resident of their Prince George's County boarding house, the man's hands wrapped tightly around her neck, the boy said yesterday. "I kept saying, 'Stop! Stop! Stop!' " the boy said, describing the events of Monday night. "But he just ignored me. He didn't stop. He just kept hurting her." The boy said he grabbed a knife and swung, slashing 64-year-old Salomon Noubissie across the neck and opening an artery. Noubissie was fatally wounded.

No kid should have to have to do something like this, if you ask me. But the reality is, this kid did. Based on the information in this article, I have to say this is one brave young man.

But here's the clincher:

Law enforcement officials were reviewing evidence yesterday and had not decided whether to file charges. Their preliminary account of the incident broadly matches that of the boy and his mother.

How nice of them to review things, have some conversations, and then decide whether or not to file charges. I bet both the mother and the child (in between the delayed stress episodes and the nightmares) are both appreciative of the compassion being shown by these brave desk sergeants and lieutenants that will eventually run this by the captain (who will ultimately decides to whether or not to take this to the prosecutor). Sounds like an efficient department, to me. (Eye roll)


Greg said...

That's a really interesting article in Politico. One of the reasons I have less and less in common with Democrats is this neo-isolationism the author talks about. It's a natural sentiment - I've been saying for a couple years that Americans are listening to the "international community" - how much we are truly detested - and have the natural reflex of isolationism.

But I had not realized that this could explain in large part the meteoric rise of Obama. He's campaigning in Pennsylvania right now, talking about breaching our treaty obligations and abandoning our long tradition of international leadership. Indeed, he sounds like Pat Buchancan, as the author points out. Weird.

As for the "clean shot" on McCain over the "100 years" statement, it strikes me as less of a clean shot than the anti-American statements of Obama's wife, pastor and other close collaborators. Imagine the field day McCain's people will have with them if Obama is nominated. The "100 years" thing only appeals to the already hardcore anti-war crowd - people who wouldn't have voted for McCain in the first place.

Anonymous said...

McCain must with hold his attack until he can see the whites of his opponent's eyes. Otherwise, most American voters (who have the memory of a gnat) will forget most of what he says today, and others will get tired of hearing him repeat his messages.

Yesterday, McCain addressed Obama's remark about being in Iraq for 100 years, claiming that Obama's statement simply illustrates how unqualified he is to be president. The assessment was valid, of course . . . but the press conveniently ignored it. Remember, the press WANTS an Obama presidency.

Semper Fi