Tarry for the Nonce

March 28, 2009

The Movies They Should Have Made

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 11:09 am

I’ve never seen The Shining because I had always heard it was a horror flick, but Robert Ryang has shown me the error of my assumptions:

And, in the same vein, I always knew there was something lurking beneath the surface of Mary Poppins. Chris Rule and Nick Eckert finally brought it to the fore:

March 26, 2009

Some Women Read Romance Novels . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 11:28 pm

This does it for me:

Speak to me about deficits and riding into the squalls, darling. I’m absolutely smitten.

I’ll have his babies as soon as I’m finished with James Taranto’s.

March 24, 2009

An “Overseas Contingency Operation”

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 10:09 pm

So I guess we’ve officially ended the global war on terror.

Not in essence, mind you. Just in rhetoric.

Democrats do care about rhetoric.

Rice Spoke Russian, By the Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 9:53 pm

Obama is choosing to reduce the number of public appearances of our Secretary of State as “internationally saavy” Hillary Clinton continues to embarrass our nation with incident upon incident (not including the international offenses before the election:

  • Managing to mispronounce the names of both the EU foreign policy chief and the European Commission External Relations Commissioner
  • Declaring the United State had an older democracy than Europe
  • Presenting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a misspelled reset button in the Latin, rather than Cyrillic, alphabet.

And she’s only been around for a month.

Actually, we can attribute that last Russian nugget to her longtime press secretary Phillipe Reines, who failed to involve the actual State Department in the gesture, but instead confined it to Hillary’s political team. He first tried to place the blame on Russian scholar Michael McFaul, but ultimately thought better of it and emailed the following admission:

“Ultimotely [sic], this was my soul [sic] risponsibility [sic], nobody else’s in or out of the building. While the Russians laughed off the error and accepted the gift in the spirit of cooperation that it was meant, I’ve been sic [sic] about the mistake since, especially that I let down the Secretary and the fine professionals at the State Department.”

Ummmm . . . yup.

I suppose the employment of such nitwits could be Clinton’s attempt to obfuscate the more worrying points of our new foreign policy, such as the decision to not let human rights issues “interfere” with our agenda . . . a move that has horrified both Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch.

Not that Democrats care.

It’s the Hair, Isn’t It?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 8:54 pm

I’m pretty startled that my second favorite Chicago radio station (after 950 AM) is letting Rod Blagojevich host a show . . . even if its only a one-time thing.

A Frickin’ Genius, He

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 8:36 pm

Obama finds, to his surprise, that Wall Street has the money.

The Obama administration, after months of criticizing Wall Street, has been scrambling to woo top bankers and financiers to back its latest bailout plan . . .

[T]he administration has concluded that it needs the private sector to play a central role in fixing the economy. So over the weekend, the White House worked to tone down its Wall Street bashing and to win support from top bankers for the bailout plan announced Monday, which will rely on public-private investments to soak up toxic assets . . .

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his colleagues worked the phones to try to line up support on Wall Street for the plan announced Monday. They told executives they don’t favor using the tax code to retroactively penalize specific individuals who had received bonuses, according to people familiar with the calls. They asked officials to sign on “in pencil, not ink,” and to “validate” or “express support” for the plan, these people say.

Obama has apparently discovered that if one wishes to increase the velocity of currency, one needs to encourage the spenders.

March 19, 2009

Most Brilliant Obama Quotation Yet

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 10:37 pm

“So for everybody in Washington who’s busy scrambling, trying to figure out how to blame somebody else, just go ahead and talk to me, because it’s my job to make sure that we fix these messes, even if I don’t make them.” – Barack Obama

He then likened his poor bowling skills to those of a disabled individual.

And I would wager that he even had a teleprompter.

March 10, 2009

Flying High

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 10:48 pm

Nancy Pelosi seems to be abusing her privileges:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group.

Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents from a Freedom of Information request, said the correspondence shows Pelosi has abused the system in place to accommodate congressional leaders and treated the Air Force as her “personal airline” . . .

But Judicial Watch said that Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations and racking up additional expenses for the military.

An Obama-Nation

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 10:40 pm

Again, I love Camille Paglia, but John Hawkins and Howard Fineman have interesting articles too.

My blogging has gotten seriously lazy. I will try to put something of more substance up here tomorrow.

March 9, 2009

You Can’t Believe Everything You Read

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 10:50 pm

I find the solution to Wikipedia‘s censorship problem remarkably evident: if an administrator can not be neutral, they should have their administrative privileges removed.

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