In a New York Timesop-ed John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy - a direct link to an era nostalgic Dems wistfully refer to as “Camelot” - endorses Barack Obama (D-IL) in the presidential primaries:
Here’s liberal ninnies at work for you: They don’t think you have any right to decide what to do with your own body, so they’re pressing the FDA to crack down on the use of Botox. How dare we choose for ourselves! (Botox, no. Abortion, yes. There’s the inconsistent left for ya.)
An inspector from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Virginia fined a restaurant $2000 for–get ready for this–serving sangria. It’s a violation of a 70-year-old law banning the mixing of wine and liquor. Not only that, the inspector directed the restauranteur to pour 40 liters of the stuff down the drain. My comments?
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH or is that D’OH?) has dropped out of the running for the White House in order to defend his seat against four challengers in the March 4th Dem primary. For some unfathomable reason, the presidential hopeful’s quixotic (by which The Stiletto means “doomed”) campaign just did not resonate with moonbats the way putative Republican Ron Paul’s equally quixotic campaign resonated with ronbats (second item). Reports CQ Politics:
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) still hasn’t moved on, and remains fixated about the legitimate questions raised about his four-month tour of duty at the helm of a Navy patrol-boat in Vietnam by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. He has since leaped to the defense of any fellow Dem who he thinks is being “swiftboated,” including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), her colleague Rep. John Murtha (PA) and now, presidential candidate Barack Obama (IL).
What is it about Kosovo that attracts the corrupt and/or makes people corrupt? I don’t suppose it has anything to do with the statehood- “deserving” province being founded on organized crime, which is the nicest thing that can be said about it.
Two pigs’ heads were recently found at the site of a proposed Islamic school on Sydney’s outskirts Wednesday…An Australian flag was draped between the two heads, said Jeremy Bingham, spokesman for the Quranic Society.
I check out the Huffington Post on occasion just for laughs–the outrageous spin against anyone they don’t like is hilariously applied to even the most mundane news stories. Sometimes, if it’s a particularly juicy target, I pose as a lefty and post a nutbag comment, then watch the lefties agree. (It’s fun. You should try it.) So today I see that ESPN has suspended a sportscaster for cursing Notre Dame. I thought I’d post some crazy left comment about how religious people and religious schools are trash and deserve to be cursed. Then I read the comments, and the real lefties had already beaten me to it. Liberal Americans putting their tolerance and intellect on display–and they think **we’re** intolerant!
Correction to a previous post, in which I blogged about the Democratic debate on Monday night: Tony Rezko’s contributions to Barack Obama’s various campaigns go beyond a simple $1000. ABC News claims “Rezko and people in his circle have contributed more than $120,000 to Mr. Obama’s campaigns.” Although “people in his circle” strikes me as a little vague, it would seem that the man was clearly a major player in raising contributions for Mr. Obama.
People who believed in the Bush boom and got into the markets when the president cut tax rates in 2003 have done very well. If you read NRO and have bought into the ideas of Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer, Steve Forbes, Rich Karlgaard, Brian Wesbury, Don Luskin, and yours truly, you made money. If you bought into the leftie doom-and-gloom scenario of Paul Krugman et al, you missed one of the great wealth-creation events in modern history. Bush proved, once again, that Reaganomics isn’t just theory — it really works. It works when Republicans like Calvin Coolidge use it. It works when Democrats like JFK and Bill Clinton use it. It even works when Russia and China use it.
On Friday I was invited to a conference call with Ed Lazear, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. The call was devoted to the topic of an economic stimulus package being considered by the President. Supply side economists like me were respectful but somewhat skeptical of the idea of the government sending out checks to the public in the hopes that we’ll spend the money. The idea is that we have a short run slow-down and we need a quick kick to get us through this rough spot. I don’t agree.
The American presidency is a highly unique thing. Parents used to (I don’t know if they still do) tell their children that if they worked and studied hard, they could grow up to be president. The truth is, however, that only 43 Americans have grown up to be president. A very small group, indeed.
The story goes that in 1992 when he was directing the film adaptation of the John Grisham thriller, The Client, Joel Schumacher was searching for a certain type of child actor to play the boy trapped between the Mafia and the police. Besides a Southern accent, the child had to ”understand in the marrow of his psyche what it was like to grow up too soon.” While in Tennessee, Schumacher was directed by the Knoxville Police to a 10 year-old boy with a tough real-life reputation who turned out to be perfect for the role, Brad Renfro.
The truce between Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (IL) lasted just about as long your average truce between Hamas and Fatah. The two repeatedly lobbed bombs at each other during the first half of the Democrat debate in SC on Monday. For his part, Fmr. Sen. John Edwards (NC) chose to provide both sides with additional ammunition rather than play the role of peacemaker, as Gov. Bill Richardson (NV) used to.
In thinking about when this primary season is over, I’ve wondered if some of the debates fought and attitudes expressed will find new footing — like the non-interventionist foreign policy from the candidate who inspires the most loyal Technorati hunters. In my Los Angeles Daily News column today, I sit down with Eran Lerman, Israel/Middle East director for the American Jewish Committee, a super-smart and funny guy whose comments on such policy really, really need to be heard.
But judging from the news accounts, you might get the idea that this is bad not good news. We’re told about the difficulty that abortion clinics have in staying open, “restrictive” abortion laws being passed in many states (such as, oh dear, stopping a child’s friend from taking her across state lines for a secret abortions without the knowledge of their parents), intimidation by “anti-choice zealots” and so forth. In other words, reason for the decline is that women are being denied their “reproductive rights.”
During the 2004 campaign, Senator John Kerry’s wife, Teresa, was so zany, unpredictable, and frankly, wacko that his campaign hid her away in the attic. In order to prevent any campaign-destroying displays of nuttiness, they limited her to highly controlled events, and then for only minutes at a time. No interviews, no spontaneous visits with the press on the trail, no unscripted moments anywhere.
Just watched the Democratic debate from South Carolina. For anyone who didn’t see it, Hillary and Barack were scrapping like wild and Edwards was piping in with his usual warmed over class warfare spiel. Most striking were Hillary’s fierceness, even ruthlessness, and an intriguing comment on the part of Obama.