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Pelosi Dumb?

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Recently there has been a spate of articles asking if Rick Perry is dumb (and even one asking if Barack Obama is dumb). It is certainly a staple of American politics that anyone on the right is dumb. After all, George Bush certainly was, not to mention Ronald Reagan. The flip side of this assertion is that liberal politicians are smart. The arrogance and ignorance of those who actually believe such propaganda needs no explication. For these assertions are based not on any evidence, behavior, or activities, but on party label. In short, if you are a Republican you are dumb, and if you are a Democrat you are smart. I find this rather simplistic and somewhat lacking in empirical evidence as you might expect.

But, let’s apply the Forrest Gump standard: stupid is as stupid does. And let’s look just at Nancy Pelosi for the moment – onetime speaker of the house, and current minority leader. Let us also just focus on her most recent statement: the lack of a rebuttal is disrespectful to the president.

Really? Not providing an alternate view to the president is a sign of disrespect? Or is it that one doesn’t consider the president’s words needing a rebuttal? After all, disagreeing with the president we are told is racist. Now, not disagreeing with him is disrespectful. Exactly how does Nancy Pelosi view Barack Obama? It appears he is somehow above disagreement and above … response? I don’t get it. What is Pelosi after?

Does she want a Republican response highlighting how all of the president’s prior policies have made the economic situation worse? Or, does she want the Republicans to challenge the efficacy of Stimulus II? Does she want the Republicans to put forth their own agenda of tax cuts, lower regulation, repeal of Obamacare, and less government intrusion?

I doubt it. It seems to me that Pelosi is out for short-term political gain. A gain which will not materialize based on the last couple of years. And that makes Nancy Pelosi dumb.


We Got Him!

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I hope.

Fox News is reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead, apparently killed by US bombs a week ago. We have the body (very important). President Obama will be speaking about this shortly.

It appears that this is part of the surge as lead by General Petraeus, copied from Iraq, and championed by President Bush. Both these men deserve some credit.

But so does President Obama for bucking his leftist constituency, staying the course in Afghanistan, and approving the surge there.

Osama now goes straight to hell, where I’m sure he will enjoy his seventy-two raisins. Thanks and kudos to the US military personnel who delivered this evil man to his just desserts.

Update: It looks like he was killed in Pakistan. It may not have been a bomb, but a ground operation. I hope so. I would much rather he saw it coming and knew the end was at hand.

Update II: As of 11:35 EST, President Obama is addressing the nation, and confirming that Osama bin Laden is dead. Hooray!

Update III: The President has confirmed that it was a ground operation, carried out by American forces. Good.

Update IV: Obama is here at his best. He took some credit – as he should – but he also mentioned President Bush positively, our military, our allies, and all those who have helped bring this evil man to justice. The President has affirmed that we will not be attacked with impunity and will be relentless, and I applaud him for it. He has also asked that God bless the USA. Thank you Mr. President.

Update V: An important lesson for those who would declare war on the United States as bin Laden did is that it does not matter that you outlast one of our presidents. Certainly, President Bush would have liked to have this happen on his watch, but he has already issued a statement that he is delighted it has happened. President Obama – who has frankly grown in the national security aspects of his office – has recognized that this is bigger than he is. Mess with the US, and don’t expect that all you need to do is outlast the guy presently in office. In one way, it’s good that this happened under Obama – a president who has apologized for the US, who has been less than jingoistic to put it mildly, and who’s own wife has admitted that she was not proud of her country prior to her husband’s nomination. President Obama has now demonstrated that our enemies cannot count on weakness on our part. Mess with the US, and you mess with the whole country for good and for all. There is no statute of limitations.

Update VI: It appears that the mission went down not last week, but just this weekend. The Navy SEALs carried it out and the self-proclaimed “strong horse” cowered behind one of his wives, using her as a human shield. It also appears that this day was long in the planning, at least back to 2007, a tribute to the military and intelligence professionals who spanned two administrations to bring this man to justice.

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May 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Nobel Committee Jumps the Shark

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Yasser Arafat was bad enough, but this is just silly.

Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

One is tempted to ask “for what?” but that too is silly. I mean, he was evidently nominated two weeks after being inaugurated, so it’s clear he hadn’t yet done anything. That’s part and parcel of the man’s career to date: nothing substantive, just basically getting full marks for showing up with a sharpened #2, no need to actually take the test.

Of course, the real reason Obama got the most cheapened award going? He isn’t George W. Bush. Heh, that man is going to bedevil their little lefty psyches for a long time.

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October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

In Case Anyone Forgets

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Obama isn’t president yet.


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November 18, 2008 at 12:19 am

Feeling Silly on 9/11 + 6

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I spent most of today high up in Boston’s Prudential Tower, and I felt a strange foreboding. Odd, since I haven’t felt that on any other post 9/11/01 anniversary, but perhaps my cousin’s recent death is a contributing factor.

It’s not that I really thought anything would happen — I don’t believe the terrorists will successfully hijack planes in the west again — but I couldn’t shake the gloom today.

However, thanks to George W. Bush, we’ve had no more attacks on our soil. Unless we’re smart enough to elect someone like Condi Rice, or perhaps Rudy Guiliani, in 2008, I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep on saying that.

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September 11, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Can the Liberals Explain This?

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Can those on the left explain this? And will John Kerry denounce it?

via Instapundit among others …


None of the readers here have seen fit to answer the question, but Junkyard Blog takes liberals to task on this.  I cannot ever remember anything like this being published in the National Review or the Weekly Standard on Clinton’s watch. 

So why do you hate the guy? Is it just because he’s proving how useless your politicies are, and how useless your hero Wild Bill was against terrorism? What is it? And why do you people feel the need to ratchet up the hate minute by minute?

You’re taking yourselves and our country down a very dangerous road.

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June 29, 2004 at 10:33 pm

Bush Is Losing the War

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The big one.  No, the BIG one.

Not the ground war, not the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan, although both of them could be improved in various ways.  No, Bush is losing the media war, and that will lead to losing the real war – the one that counts.

I’m no fan of the media.  I think they tilt viciously left, are hypocritical, self-righteous do-nothings with a hugely inflated view of their importance in the grand scheme of things.  After all, are they not self-dubbed “the Fourth Estate?” In my estimation, politicians, ambulance chasers, journalists, used car salesmen – no difference worth mentioning.  And yet, they do have influence.  And they cannot be ignored.

By and large, the media are not fans of George W. Bush.  Start with the fact that if the surveys are correct, some 90% of them voted for Gore.  Then there is the fact that Bush is not very forthcoming with them.  While some call this secrecy, others have said that Bush has calculated that he doesn’t need the media.  I think both premises are mistaken.  The media will never roll over for Bush, but they must be taken into account.

The mainstream media – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC in the States; the BBC and Reuters primarily abroad – are all but campaigning for Kerry.  I have many liberal friends who insist to me that the media is conservative, and I can only conclude that they are far more leftist than I realize or they don’t actually pay attention to the news.  If the real story of Iraq, the economy on a rebound, and Abu Ghraib cannot be properly reported, how much less the heinous partisanship of a Democratic party that would rather see the defeat of Bush than the defeat of bin Laden.  We do get endless stories about American abuse of detainees, torture innuendo, the Patriot Act, and anything anti-Bush that can be found.  Yet the media maintains a stoic silence on issues such as obstruction of judicial nominees, minority sandbagging of Congressional committees, and false, preemptive accusations on the part of Kerry and other Democrats.  Let’s be clear: no Republican has ever questioned the man’s patriotism, but he uses that false charge to inoculate himself against legitimate criticism of his record.  And the media lets him get away with it every time.

And so does Bush.  Maybe the vaunted Rove machine that the Democrats are always touting is just keeping its powder dry, but I’m beginning to have doubts.  Do they realize how much the Democrats hate George Bush?  Do they realize that the most important thing to them is his defeat?  Nothing – nothing – else matters to them.  And the media are their faithful lapdogs in this fight.

It is probable that Bush cannot do much to sway the media, but he can use the bully pulpit.  He can ignore the carpers on the one side who always want to talk a Fallujah away when guns are the answer, and then he can defend that action in public.  Trust in the common sense of the American people – a sense rarely seen in the media.  For that is the problem.  The President should not make his case to the media but to the people.  Trust them and let them judge.  I believe Americans are fair and open-minded and that Bush possesses a trump card the media does not – trust.  But that trust is being eroded by the media in daily, haranguing, vicious, partisan sniping.  And it seems to be having an effect.  The Administration speaks not, but Bush cannot afford to have these charges go unanswered.  In the vacuum of silence, the carping media sets the agenda and shapes the perceptions. Yet it almost seems that the Administration is unwilling to bet the pot on the American people.  That’s wrong and too cautious by half.

A lot is at stake.  This much everyone agrees on.  But I believe that John Kerry is unfit for the office of the presidency.  I’ve been watching him for years.  He is a vacillating, opportunistic, empty suit.  He has married for money twice, has spent his life pretending he is better than his fellow man.  His record in the Senate is distinguished only by his lack of accomplishment and his pattern of voting against the interests of his country especially on defense matters.  He’s defended by liberals only because they’re stuck with him – not one of them marked him as their first choice.  He is a droning, pedantic, bore who makes Gore look interesting.  And if it were 1996, none of that would matter. 

But it’s 2004.  The stakes are high.  Terrorists still target the US, and they want the big strike.  Nothing less than exceeding 9/11 will do.  Kerry, who will seek the approval of our ‘allies” – France and Germany – before he’s willing to defend his own country, will talk his way into doing precisely nothing.  And a dirty nuclear bomb will go off in a major American city.  Perhaps Boston, which is my home as it is his.  I’m not afraid for myself – but I will be damned before I sacrifice my son on the altar of John Kerry’s presidential ambitions.

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June 22, 2004 at 11:20 pm

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