Archive for April 22, 2009

Talk about a reality check

Posted: April 22, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Well it will be interesting to see how his friends on the left treat Mr. Roose after this:

Roose had transferred to the Virginia campus from Brown University in Providence, a famously liberal member of the Ivy League. His Liberty classmates knew about the switch, but he kept something more important hidden: He planned to write a book about his experience at the school founded by fundamentalist preacher Jerry Falwell.

and what did he find?…

He lined up a publisher — Grand Central Publishing — and arrived at the Lynchburg campus prepared for “hostile ideologues who spent all their time plotting abortion clinic protests and sewing Hillary Clinton voodoo dolls.”

Instead, he found that “not only are they not that, but they’re rigorously normal.”

He met students who use Bible class to score dates, apply to top law schools and fret about their futures, and who enjoy gossip, hip-hop and R-rated movies — albeit in a locked dorm room.

A roommate he depicts as aggressively anti-gay — all names are changed in the book — is an outcast on the hall, not a role model.

How about that average church going Americans who’s basic moral beliefs are pretty much the same as their grandparents who won world war II are pretty much normal. Who woulda thunk it?

Allahpundit at hotair thinks it was brilliant no matter what the result:

It’s actually a brilliant idea for a book: No matter which way the experiment turned out, he knew he had a built-in audience waiting for him. If Liberty turned out to be as grotesque as the left’s caricature of it, the nutroots would have snapped it up. As it is, he’ll end up on Hannity’s show talking about how believers are people too. Well played, sir.

Newsbusters points out the netroots are taking his results poorly. I guess he did find intolerance after all!

You know I seem to be noticing something. I could be totally wrong about this and I would like any of my readers on the right and left to tell me why I’m wrong or right on this but I seem to noticing a pattern on the president at least in foreign affairs.

In terms of Rhetoric and visuals he is Carter all the way, from Europe, to Ortega, to Chavez, to Iran, to Cuba his words drive any Bush supporter in general and person on the right in particular up the wall.

In action however the substance doesn’t seem to have followed the talk. He talks a tough game about Gitmo, but its still open and will take a ton of time to close, he talks about Afghanistan and disengaging then increases troops, he releases the memos then the info about the success about protecting LA comes out, he smiles and takes cudos from Chavez but acts with Uribe. He waffles on rendition and prosecutions.

Now on the domestic front it’s a different story but that the subject of this post. Dissenting Justice has been noticing stuff like this for a while and to his credit Sock Puppet extraordinaire Glenn Greenwald has been consistent in his beliefs.

Could the general strategy be to appease the far left with rhetoric but actually decide to do what is needed to keep us safe? His Clinton Era guys are more than savvy enough to play this game. The president has correctly figured out that short of picking Sarah Palin to replace Joe Biden the mainstream media will defend him come what may.

If that’s the case I’m all for it and the reason be damned. After all Johnson’s civil rights pushes in 58 and 64 were more about him than civil rights but who cares? I don’t care if he did it due to a bribe, the result was important.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If this president successfully protects us from attack and doesn’t neutralize our military I will deem it a success.

We are only three months in and things can turn on a dime but this is what I’m seeing. What do you think? Am I missing something?

He must be talking post civil war

Posted: April 22, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Maybe it’s just me but I don’t think RFK’s statement calling President Obama an Indentured Servant of the Coal Industry is racist.

There are other terms that would have a racial connotation, the servant of, the slave of, the sharecropper of etc…

You might recall in history that Indentured servants were not in fact slaves but once their committed labor was completed would in fact be freemen. One could claim that the post civil war sharecropping systems designed to keep ex-slaves in virtual serfdom might be

But even if he used these terms I don’t think it would be racist. He is criticizing the president using a valid metaphor.

The metaphor isn’t racist, however as Don Surber points out that doesn’t make it correct and it doesn’t prevent RFK from being full of it.

Join the Club

Posted: April 22, 2009 by datechguy in oddities, personal
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Was talking to my son this morning about his trip with a school group to NY yesterday.

He told me the UN disappointed him.

I told him why should he be any different than anyone else?