Friday, March 20, 2009

An Appointment with "The National Razor"?

Yes, this is America, and yes it is over two hundred years later, but I find myself amazed as each new story breaks of the naked greed, and disregard for the public's outrage. Don't these captains of industry know their history? Don't they know bubbles are meant to burst? Don't they realize that when you are in a hole you don't keep digging? Or are they so deep in denial that they will only realize when they are dragged away (figuratively) by the torch-carrying, pitchfork wielding mob?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Where's Tarzan When You Need Him?

My late father loved the adventure movies of the 30's and 40's, so consequently, I saw a lot of Johnny Weissmuller swinging through the trees on The Escarpment, giving that ear-shattering cry, as a child. Weissmuller starred in 12 Tarzan films from 1932 to 1948.

In the 1943 film, Tarzan Triumphs, the Nazis have come to Africa and taken over the lost city of Pallandria. Tarzan, being, well Tarzan saves the city from the Third Reich. At one point in the battle, Tarzan divides the Nazis pursuing him, then calls "Nazi! Here Nazi!" the way one would a somewhat stupid dog. Each man turns in the direction of his voice, Tarzan comes at them from the opposite direction, and hits them over the head. No more Nazi threat to Sub-Saharan Africa!

Pope Benedict is in Africa. Preaching that condoms don't fight AIDS. On the continent that has 67% of the global HIV cases. The place that had 3/4 of all AIDS deaths in 2007.

Tarzan needs to hit another Nazi over the head and save Africa once again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Never thought I'd find myself writing this: Leave Meghan McCain Alone!

Talk about eating one's young. I found Meghan to be an irritating cheerleader for her father during the election, and her recent whining about being dateless because of him ridiculous self-pity. However, the piling on by these Republican female media "personalities" is outrageous.

This from Bob Cesca:

Malkin vs. Meghan McCain

Malkin appears to be choosing which stand-up comics Meghan McCain is allowed to like. Doesn't Malkin know that if you choose your comedy based upon ideology, you'll only be allowed to like Larry the Cable Guy, Victoria Jackson and Dennis Miller? That's not a huge pool. Nor a particularly funny one.

But this Malkin line was revealing:

The trouble with Meghan McCain is that, like her father, she has no fixed ideological principles — conservative, liberal, or otherwise.

Fixed ideological principles. If this is the view of the broader Republican Party, they're in deeper trouble than we expected because clearly the lessons of George W. Bush, and how his "fixed" positions destroyed his presidency, his party and, almost, America, are having no impact whatsoever on how they move forward.

And this from HuffPost:

Fresh off her feud with controversial conservative author Ann Coulter, Meghan McCain is in a spat with another prominent female conservative and media personality: Laura Ingraham. In the latest insult, Ingraham sent out an email calling McCain a "useful idiot" who is only gaining any traction in the media because she's a Republican criticizing the GOP, and dismissing the coverage of her remarks about McCain's weight as phony indignation (Via Think Progress):

Memo to Meghan McCain: Enjoy the media coverage while it lasts, but know you're being used. You are the flavor of the month in left-wing media land because you are a Republican bashing the GOP...

...The left's indignation in this instance is manufactured and totally phony. If any off-the-cuff remark about a woman's size was condemnable, then where was the outrage when President Obama made a passing reference to Jessica Simpson's "weight battle" during his Super Bowl interview with Matt Lauer? And of course they look the other way when obvious personal attacks are levied against conservatives.

The feud with Ingraham began when she criticized McCain for her recent remarks about the Republican party, saying that McCain was just looking for attention and making a snide remark about her weight: "Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models."

McCain responded during her appearance on "The View" by channeling Tyra Banks, telling Ingraham she could "kiss my fat ass!"

When the best response one can muster to a critic from a family in the inner circles of one's own party is "You're fat!" First off, she's not fat simply because she's not the size of these soulless stick-figures attacking her. Second, she could be Jabba the Hutt, it does not make her wrong. These catty women only embarrass themselves and their disgraced party further by not having REAL discussions about issues and their future. Though people who have nothing to say always mock, don't they?