Obama unveils new campaign bus.

Sen. Barack Obama surprised many political observers today by turning on his anti-war supporters — most notably MoveOn.org. As has been noted throughout the conservative blogosphere, this is just the latest incident of long-time Obama backers being thrown under the bus. But so strong a reversal would not have been possible without the Obama campaign bus unveiled last weekend.

Obama’s Electoral Assault Vehicle (EAV) marks an unprecedented advance in presidential campaign transportation. While his detractors call it overkill, the campaign insisted upon its necessity.

“The old bus was sufficient for the occasional primary bump in the road, be it financier Tony Rezko or Obama’s ‘typical white’ grandmother,” according to Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. “However, tossing Rev. Jeremiah Wright under the bus caused some lasting damage to the drive train.” By the time Obama tossed the congregation of his former church under the bus, campaign transportation officials wondered if a standard luxury coach was up to the job.

“Our last bus has been leaking oil since April,” according to transportation chief Jan Michael Peppard. “We knew we’d have to up the stakes.”

Since campaign staff realized that the entire anti-war movement would have to be tossed under the bus before the convention, Peppard turned to ’70s film Damnation Alley for inspiration. “That thing could drive right over mutant animals and post-nuclear zombies,” Peppard said. “Picketers — even those carrying giant puppet heads — would not be a problem. This is just what we needed to get to November.”

“The EAV is 100 tons of hippie-crushing power,” said University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato. “Not the ACLU, NARAL, or even the Sierra Club can prevent Obama from veering to the middle of the road now.” Sabato expects to see Obama take out an entire ANSWER protest on Independence Day.

Seeing the ease with which Obama’s EAV drove over MoveOn.org, the cash-strapped McCain campaign is reportedly looking at lower-budget options. “Right now, we can only afford an armored semi like the one on The Road Warrior,” said McCain’s lead engineer. “But McCain wants to sit on the roof manning the crossbow.

UPDATE: Thanks to Mark Hemingway on The Corner!

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

You’re kidding me

Joe Eszterhas, the man who wrote three of the most sexually exploitative movies of the last 20 years, (“Showgirls”, “Jade” and “Basic Instinct”), that same Joe Eszterhas is now a strong, professing Catholic?

No, really, he is. (Via DirtyHarry)

Chalk another one up to God and His amazing grace.

Next thing you’ll be telling me is that Anne Rice is a now a Christian.

Oh, wait

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

A Quantum of Solace

The new trailer is out, and it’s a doozy.

Three things:

– Bond and Aston Martin cars go together bees and honey. Anything else just ain’t Bond.

– Not liking the “Q. v. rogue Bond” thing that seems to be a holdover from the excremental Die Another Day. Bond is not a transnationalist loose cannon, above the law, he is and always will be an Englishman first and foremost.

– Nice to see the producers loosening up Bond’s hardware. Sure, Bond likes his Walthers, but if the situation calls for something else, why stick with a semi-underpowered silenced PPK, (as Timothy Dalton did at the end of The Living Daylights), when there’s other options that are just as quiet and yet increase your chances of coming back alive?

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

We win!

Tired of losing to everyone else, the French military has finally found an opponent they can defeat: French civilians.

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

Thinking the unthinkable

A sequel to “300”?

It’s possible, but it would have to be on water, not on land, more of Master And Commander-type thing: “Do we want our children growing up under the thumb of a Persian king? No!!!!”.

Actually, they could do a prequel, too.

Have your people call my people, Hollywood. Let’s do lunch.

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

‘Popcorn! Get your popcorn here!’

This morning, I felt a great disturbance in the Left, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

It didn’t take long to find the source of the disturbance.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, in a major speech on patriotism, criticized MoveOn.org for referring to Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us last year.

The Illinois senator said politics too often seems “trapped in old, threadbare arguments” that he called “caricatures of left and right.”

This, Obama added, was “most evident during our recent debates about the war in Iraq, when those who opposed administration policy were tagged by some as unpatriotic, and a general providing his best counsel on how to move forward in Iraq was accused of betrayal.”

The Democrat argued that “given the enormous challenges that lie before us, we can no longer afford these sorts of divisions.”

MoveOn.org, a powerful left-of-center interest group, endorsed Obama in the Democratic presidential race.

So, Netroots… how does it feel to be the latest speedbumps in the path of Obama’s campaign bus?

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

Bridge to nowhere

Obama is helping re-unite the Democratic party after a contentious primary by…

Ignoring a big Democratic Leadership Council event right in his own backyard.

Yeah, that’ll heal the wounds between the left and center-left wings of the Democratic Party. The DLC may be down but it ain’t out. Obama is treading a knife-edge here: He’s got to move to the center to win the election, but he must do so in a way that doesn’t tick of the DU/Kossack/Deaniac money machine, and alienating the centerists in the DLC is one less constituency he can rely on if he should fail.

And with a huge flip-flop on Iraq coming soon, the future’s looking bleak for Obama’s passionate base of anti-war supporters. 

The Kos Kiddie’s Lament (With apologies to Martin Niemöller)

First, Obama turned his back on Robert Malley, and I did not speak up for I was not pro-terrorist.

Then he betrayed Jeremiah Wright, and I did not speak up as I was not a Black Liberation Theologist.

Then he turned on Jim Johnson, and I did not speak up as I did not have a sub-prime mortgage.

And then Obama threw the Daily Kos under the bus, and by that time there was nobody left to defend us. 

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude


It seems Canadians want the right of self-protection, too.

Well, duh.

Growing up in Alberta, guns weren’t the boogeyman and the root of all violent crime, guns were used to hunt in the fall or clear a field of gophers and as a way to relax and do some target or skeet shooting. They were a tool, as needed on a farm as the baler or seed drill.

Same thing here in the U.S., although now I’m more of a shooter and than a hunter, more likely to shoot a USPSA match than I am to go after quail or javelina.

The welfare of our families rests on our shoulders, and not on the government’s. Having the means to defend yourself is so fundamental, so basic to civil society it amazes me that four Supreme Court justices would think otherwise.

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June 30th, 2008 by admindude

Jacksonian unions?

The New Republic notes  the Machinists Union isn’t onbard the Hope and Change Express.

In the Machinists
Union, a predominately blue-collar union, the impression continues to
grow that Senator Barack Obama could care less about folks like us. At
the plant closings in Galesburg [where a Maytag plant moved its
operations to Mexico] and Herrin, in llinois and during our fight to
save pensions at United Airlines, he never lifted a finger to help our

Michael Barone’s Jacksonian vs. academic argument is looking better all the time.

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June 29th, 2008 by admindude

Brilliantly subversive

Charles Austin suggests that Obama should be given a custom engraved 1911 .45 auto as a memento of his “support” for the Heller case. (Via Instaglenn).

DARN good idea. It puts him in one camp or the other for good, as it’s hard to weasel your way out of accepting (or not accepting) a gift, unlike what he’s done with his stance on the 2nd Amendment.

One small change, though. Instead of a Colt .45, make it a Springfield Armory .45 auto. That way it can be tied in with John F. Kennedy’s commemorative National Match M1 Garand, and signifies both a landmark Supreme Court decision and a fallen hero of liberal politics. You don’t want to disgrace the heritage of JFK and our right to keep and bear arms by turning a gift like this down, would you Senator Obama?

Would you?

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June 29th, 2008 by admindude