The dog that didn’t bark in the night

Obama’s online SA Truth Squad is out in full-force today, littering the comments throughout the conservative blogosphere wherever this video is to be found. The gist of their arguments is, “Yeah, but what about the wingnut excitement about Palin? What about little kids praying for Bush’s safety? What about rounding all you Trotskyites into re-education camps once the revolution has transformed this country into a worker’s paradise?”.

Ok, maybe I made that last one up.

Maybe.

The point is, what’s lacking in their arguments is any denial that the video isn’t creepy nor over-the-top, it’s that BushCheneyRoveHitler would have done / have done just as bad.

Maybe they have, and maybe they haven’t. I don’t really care how bad a campaign gets, I want a candidate and campaign that’s better than what we have already. And from mocking McCain’s age and health to Trig Palin trutherism to this new paen to the Dear Leader, the Obama campaign has consistently opted for the political low road.

Hope and Change, indeed.

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

I do loves me a western

Opening this weekend. From a novel by one of America’s best tough-guy authors.

Can’t. Wait.

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

WWJD?

What Would Jefferson Do?”

Somali pirates have hijacked a Ukrainian cargo ship filled with T-72 tanks bound for Kenya.

Or so they say.

David Axe thinks the SEALS should go in and deal with the situation, but I kinda like Murdoc’s idea of a measured response:

If not for the hostages, I’d say wait ‘em out. With maybe some gunnery practice from the USS Howard twice a day and three times a night. Maybe tow a hulk over within sight and send it to the bottom with gunfire.

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

Blogs on the Bailout.

John Hawkins polled right-of-center bloggers on the bailout, including me, myself and yours truly. While my answers seemed utterly contradictory, they actually hold a flimsy internal logic. Here is how I answered:

1) Is the PRIMARY cause of this crisis…

    A. Deregulation, market forces, and Wall Street?

    B. Government interference in the market?

2) Do you support the bailout? YES

Originally, I opposed it. But after hearing from several respected conservative experts (most of all, the free-market adoring Steve Forbes), I now believe a bailout to be the least-worst option.Back to the poll:

3) Politically, is it smarter for Republicans in Congress to support or oppose the bailout? OPPOSE

4) If John McCain signs on to the bailout, does it help or hurt his chances of getting elected? HELP

These last two answers are counter-intuitive but accurate, I believe.

A congressman is supposed to represent his small, local group of voters. Overwhelmingly, American citizens were against the bailout. And for those constituents supporting the plan, a candidate could say he opposed one particular part of the messy, complex package. Lastly, a Congressman is but one vote out of 435. No loss or victory can be pinned on him alone.

A president, however, is supposed to rise above the parochial, building bridges between regions and parties. And whether something succeeds or fails, the entire weight is upon his shoulders.

Click here to see if our fellow bloggers agreed.

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

Alternate Lyrics

Obama loves me! This I know
For my parents tell me so.
Everyone to him belongs;
We are weak, but he is strong

Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
My parents tell me so

Obama loves me! He will guide
our nation to the liberal side.
He will take away our greed
And give us all the things we need

Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
My parents tell me so

Obama loves me! He will chat
With Hugo Chavez or Ahmadinejad
Kim Jong-il will soon behave,
and not put me into a grave

Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
My parents tell me so

Obama loves me! He’s very good;
We’ll all pay taxes like we should.
Big corporations, little ones, too;
Will all give money to me and you.

Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
Yes, Obama loves me
My parents tell me so

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

Tomorrow Belongs to Me

Many parents bring their kids to church where they learn Bible stories and sing a few songs. Some other parents spend Sundays teaching their children hymns to Obama.

According to its creators, the “Sing for Change” video is “a testament to our hope, unity, courage, joy and belief in the future represented by these children.” One nine-year-old Obama psalmist puts it this way: “We’re gonna change it / And rearrange it / We’re gonna change the world.”

As I was watching this disturbing performance, I couldn’t help but think of an earlier youth-based movement taught to worship a political leader. From the film Cabaret:

What is “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” other than a solemn pledge to “rearrange” the world?

When I first created the poster below, it was intended as heavy-handed sarcasm. After watching the video, it seems a little too accurate.

Choose well, America.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jonah and Ace for the links! Confederate Yankee is also on the case.

UPDATE #2: By popular request, we’ve made our Obama Youth artwork available for purchase at ExLg Outfitters. It’s perfect attire for the re-education camp!

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

Monday Night Music Blogging Part Deux – Messiah

My comfort music.

Put me squarely in the “Less is more” camp when it comes to Messiah. These clips are from the stunning 250th anniversary performance done in Dublin by The Academy of St. Martins in the Fields.

Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Hallelujah! 

(Listen for the trumpet soloist to knock it out of the park halfway thru this cut.)

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.


 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

Monday Night Music Blogging – Frank Black

If this doesn’t snap you out of it, nothing will.

 
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September 30th, 2008 by admindude

…and suddenly you’re talking about real money

This is a cave painting from the Lascaux region of France. It was painted sometime around 30,000 B.C.

One trillion seconds ago.

This is a dollar bill.

One trillion others just like it were sent crashing to their doom today because the Democrats and GOP in the house couldn’t play nice with each other. While I don’t expect the outcome of their actions to last quite as long as the Lascaux cave paintings, it would be nice if people remember this November who voted against the bailout and who did not.

 
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September 29th, 2008 by admindude

World ends: Women, minorities and art collectors hardest hit

First they came for the domestic help, but that did not bother me as I could always order out.

Then they came for the LearJet, but that did not bother me as I could always hitch a ride on Al Gore’s plane.

Then they came for my collection of abstract impressionist drawings, and there was nothing left to hang over the sofa.

Kathy Fuld, the art-collecting wife of Lehman
Brothers Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Richard Fuld, is selling
a $20 million set of rare Abstract Expressionist drawings at a November
auction, according to two art dealers.

Christie’s International, which is offering the works in New
York on Nov. 12, declined to reveal the seller’s identity. The auction
house announced the sale of the drawings, including three by Willem de
Kooning, four days after Lehman filed the largest bankruptcy in U.S.
history on Sept. 15.

Good to know that everyone is having to cut back these days.

 
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September 29th, 2008 by admindude