But it doesn’t apply to the elite

Governors, mayors, and all officials were asking people to stay home so plows could get through.  This is one of the heaviest single snowstorms to hit the DC area since recordkeeping began.

But the Democrats held a winter meeting.

Obama thanked Democrats for being “willing to brave a blizzard. Snowmageddon here in D.C.”

During the Christmas snowstorm, some were so hot to vote on their health insurance bills (not healthcare — we haven’t seen a healthcare bill yet), both Jim Webb and Barbara Mikulski touted their willingness to drive (or be driven, in Mikulski’s case) through snow, against advice.

Stay away from Virginia too, Mr. Frommer

So one who would set himself up as arbiter of  what you “should” like, Arthur Frommer, won’t go to Arizona any more because they respect the 2nd Amendment.

Guess he’d better stay away from the other states that also respect the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  Maybe he should restrict his vacations to Canada, England, Australia (I was unable quickly to find unbiased links for Australia; this was as close as I could get), and Japan.

Here in Virginia, we are perfectly able to carry our firearms openly.  Our government understands (though we constantly have to remind some) that most citizens are law-abiding, and that most understand a bullet can travel at 800+ feet per second, but police seldom more than 73.35 feet per second*    If we want to hide the fact we’re able to take care of ourselves, we can apply for a permit to conceal.  Many other states allow some form of carry; if you count the states that require the government to “certify”  you (guilty until proven innocent), that statement becomes “most” states.

Of course, Mr. Frommer lives in Brooklyn, so he happily gives up his rights to live in that very safe location.


*50 mph, which they can’t do in residential neighborhoods.  And they have to travel much further than the bad guy who’s standing 20 or fewer feet from me.

Published in: on August 22, 2009 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Los Nacionales?????????

Sure enough, the Washington Nationals have these shirts printed for Hispanic Heritage celebrations.
Sorry.  That’s not their name.

Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Acquire the Fire

Apparently, the “Acquire the Fire” events are concerts and rallies, attended by lots and lots of teens and their families.

Ron Luce, its founder reportedly isn’t universally loved.

But not everyone is on board with Acquire the Fire’s medium and message. While Luce is a warm and charismatic leader, his sermons preach total separation from mainstream American culture, and his vehement nature has been known to get a little out of hand. His message touches many young people, but others say it isn’t a message of peace and love.”

Wonder what would the news would look like if Muslim teens rented a stadium for a concert and rally.  And espoused total separation from mainstream American culture.  Oh, like Islamberg (whose only readily available links are bloggers and “reporters” who allege, apparently without much evidence, that it was founded by terrorists).  At least Cara Ellison’s blog cites “federal authorities”, but the entire corpus of comments against this town seem to relate back to one speculative news report.

Published in: on April 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

What. A. Surprise.

Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth – WSJ.com.

Poll numbers dropping, as I noted a few weeks ago.  I wonder how much of this is because polls are not surveying only those who consider themselves “likely voters” but have actually paid attention to policies and actions rather than race and charisma.

By the way, I’ve never seen the charisma.

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Enough to make me spit nails

So some baseball player admits not only did he use banned substances, but that it’s okay because “I was lying to myself” and therefore had to lie to interviewers?   Now he’s to be cheered; he only did steroids for three years.  But he’s been lying to the world for eight?

Hell, at this rate, he could be President.  Bill Clinton seems to get away with it.

I’m sorry.  I’m ticked.  No, I’m more than that.  I’m outraged.  It seems more and more we’re okay with people lying through their teeth to themselves, to us, to the world, and then when they need or want the sympathy vote, apologizing.  Anyone think those apologies are heartfelt?  Bullpuckey.

Until we start holding people accountable, we might as well hang it up.  When you’re not accountable for screwing an intern in the White House, and then lying; when you’re not accountable for doing drugs, and then lying; when you’re not accountable for paying taxes, and then lying … when are you accountable for anything?  And if you aren’t accountable, why do I want you in my world, again?

Published in: on February 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm  Comments (1)  

On news coverage

There’s been a lot of talk about how the media delivered the nation for Obama.  I believe that’s true, but not in the “OMG they endorsed one and lambasted the other” sense.  Rather, the newspapers, and television “news” and entertainment coverage, gave Americans what they think Americans want to see – sensationalized coverage of the person, and little mention of any issues.

The Washington Post has addressed this twice (emphasis mine).

Some readers complain that coverage is too poll-driven. They’re right, but it’s not going to change. The Post’s polling was on the mark, and in some cases ahead of the curve, in focusing on independent voters, racial attitudes, low-wage voters, the shift of African Americans’ support from Clinton to Obama and the rising importance of economic issues. The Post and its polling partner ABC News include 50 to 60 issues questions in every survey instead of just horse-race questions, so public attitudes were plumbed as well.

So being “too” of something is okay as long as you win in the end?

The Post’s Ombudsman also wrote here:

It pains me to see lost subscribers and revenue, especially when newspapers are shrinking. Conservative complaints can be wrong: The mainstream media were not to blame for John McCain‘s loss; Barack Obama‘s more effective campaign and the financial crisis were.

But some of the conservatives’ complaints about a liberal tilt are valid. Journalism naturally draws liberals; we like to change the world. I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.

I find this incredibly arrogant.  This “more effective campaign” was the surface, that which the Post covered.  Where the Post, and other “news” media failed us, was providing in-depth INFORMATION about the issues the campaign was covering.  Instead of covering, for example, each candidate’s voting record on issues, they re-broadcast what the candidate said during the campaign.  That’s not journalism, that’s parroting.

And only liberals want to change the world? How biased can one get?

Since 2000 elections, I believe the news media has been a prime player in dividing our country into Republican=conservative/Democrat=liberal factions, treating the groups as opposite ends of a feud, and ignoring the large crossovers.  The news ignored the non-Christian-fundamentalist conservatives, and the small-government liberals.  They ignored almost all who fight for less legislation, while focusing on the Hollywood Washington celebrities’ pet causes.

I don’t fall in to the “You’re too stupid.  We have to placate you with Brittney Spears coverage so you feel you belong” crowd.  And I don’t believe most others in America are.  But I do believe the news media wants us there.  Then the liberal journalists can change the world.

And as long as they have their token (see above:”there are centrists …” and “the conservatives …so outnumbered…”), they’re ok.  Where was that attitude over the last two decades?

Am I ready to quit reading the Post?  I wish I could say yes, but I find it easier to skim headlines for issues I may want to investigate further than to do internet searches for something I don’t know exists.  The Post’s on-line presence is amateur, Fox news’ on-line content reads more like what I used to see in my grandmother’s copy of “National Enquirer”, MSNBC, CNN, and others make me click through too many pages to get to world, opinion, and science pieces.  I use all these sources, and many more, to get in-depth information, but I use the post as a “what might I want to learn more about”.  For that purpose, it’s almost worth what I pay for it.  Almost.

I will admit I quit watching television news, with the exception of September 11-20, 2001, long ago.  I got tired of getting what they want me to get, with no option of moving on, going deeper, or getting another opinion.

Small people

I’d always admired Chevy Chase’s comedic talent.  But apparently he’s a very small, hateful person.  Quoted today as saying about Tina Fey’s portrayal on Saturday Night Live:

“I thought it was extraordinary how well she played her and much she looked like her. I’d just like her — personally I felt we didn’t need the Hillary stuff — I’d like her to go even harder,” the former “SNL” star told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show.

“I want her to decimate this woman. This woman is, I can’t believe there hasn’t been more about it. … It’s just unbelievable to me this woman is actually running for vice president,” he continued.

Can you believe this?  It’s absolutely one thing to dislike someone’s stance, or politics, or even personality.  But to want to “decimate” a person, not an idea?  Come on, now.  I guess I still expected to see some class from people, but there is none here.

Why do people have to get their kicks from tearing down others.  Not because it’s Palin – she’s a big girl in a big game and made the decision to put herself in the public eye.  But I can’t imagine setting out to decimate another human being.  Much as I dislike many politicians, I can’t even imagine a hatred like this.

Sure, he has the right to say what he wants, but this is a case of venom masquerading as entertainment, and I find it disgusting.

Published in: on September 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment