Tarry for the Nonce

September 21, 2008

Totally Not Cromulent

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 9:23 am

I consider similar physics homework to be the culprit and instigator of my first automobile accident.

Long story.

September 19, 2008

Someone Explain This Logic

Filed under: News, Politics — lmwalker @ 6:36 am

So both Senator Clinton and Governor Palin were invited to a bipartisan U.N. event protesting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clinton withdrew after learning that Sarah Palin was invited, opining that inviting Sarah Palin now (apparently) made the event “partisan.”

Now, the National Voice of Jewish Democrats has called for Sarah Palin to be disinvited (de-invited? uninvited?) because “Monday‚Äôs protest against Ahmadinejad is too important to be tainted by partisanship.”

Am I missing something here? How does inviting both a prominent Democrat and a prominent Republican make an event “partisan?” Did I miss something in the definition? Since the Democrat doesn’t want to come to the party, the Republican should be turned away at the door?

I am imagining that Marc R. Stanley has not thrown many successful parties with his odd parsing of a guest list. And as for Senator Clinton, she should perhaps consult a dictionary.

September 15, 2008

Obama’s Candor

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:09 pm

Opinion though it be, it appears that Obama on Iraq is not as clear-cut as he would lead us to believe:

While campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July . . .

Iraqi leaders are divided over the US election. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (whose party is a member of the Socialist International) sees Obama as “a man of the Left” – who, once elected, might change his opposition to Iraq’s liberation. Indeed, say Talabani’s advisers, a President Obama might be tempted to appropriate the victory that America has already won in Iraq by claiming that his intervention transformed failure into success.

[Prime Minister Nouri al-]Maliki’s advisers have persuaded him that Obama will win – but the prime minister worries about the senator’s “political debt to the anti-war lobby” – which is determined to transform Iraq into a disaster to prove that toppling Saddam Hussein was “the biggest strategic blunder in US history.”

Honestly, I don’t think Obama is politically sophisticated enough to deliberately cause failure in Iraq, but I think it’s likely that his incompetence could result in it

September 12, 2008

Apolitical Reform

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 3:38 pm

The candidate for change is avoiding reform in his home state.

[Barack Obama] ducked a plea Thursday to use his influence to safeguard landmark state legislation barring big government contractors from making campaign contributions . . .

Designed as a response to the “pay-to-play politics” that have flourished under Gov. Blagojevich, the plan would bar firms with more than $50,000 in state contracts from donating to the officeholder in charge of the deals . . .

A top government watchdog group that worked closely with Obama during his Springfield years urged the Illinois senator to intervene at a time he is trying to make his reform credentials a cornerstone of his presidential campaign.

“As a presidential candidate, this is small potatoes. But as Illinois’ U.S. senator, this is a place he could come in and quickly clean up some of the damage and serve his state,” said Cindi Canary, director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, which has pushed for the donation restrictions for three years.

This is not a surprising thing. Isn’t Obama the same “reformer” who neither authored nor co-authored a single reform bill in either the U.S. Senate or the Illinois Senate? Isn’t Obama the same “reformer” who was unable to take the inordinate leap of voting “yea” or “nay” on over 130 pieces of legislation during his tenure?

At least we know for sure that he’s the same “reformer” who’s taking the high road in this political arena. He’s told us so repeatedly.

Aborting the “Genetically Abnormal”

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 3:26 pm

One Canadian doctor, at least, is a faithful Margaret Sanger disciple. He appears to consider abortion as a master eugenics solution.

[A] senior Canadian doctor is now expressing concerns that such a prominent public role model as the governor of Alaska and potential vice president of the United States completing a Down syndrome pregnancy may prompt other women to make the same decision against abortion because of that genetic abnormality. And thereby reduce the number of abortions . . .

[Dr. Andre] Lalonde says his primary concern is that women have the choice of abortion and that greater public awareness of women making choices like Palin to complete a pregnancy and give birth to their genetically-abnormal baby could be detrimental and confusing to the women and their families.

Yup, it’s pretty loathsome.

September 2, 2008

Beat Them Into Submission

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:31 am

Peace protestors visit the Republican National Convention.

Oh, and they also threw bleach in the face of some delegates. One 80-year-old was taken to the hospital.

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