September 15th, 2008

Musical Ralphy

What’s the secret?

I have the exact same whistle as this guy, so how come I can’t play it?—

(Of course part of the reason is that, even though the Dixon whistle is incredibly light, it’s painful for me to hold. My hands hurt and the right thumb is the worst of all.)
Apollo 4 on column of fire

There will always be a Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann today suggested that, in response to being falsely accused of calling Sarah Palin a pig, Obama should call Sarah Palin the ‘Queen of Pork’.

It took him much longer to say it than I just did, so the clashing was muted. However, Thom Hartmann is pretty reliable in having no clue on how to speak when campaigning for office. Maybe he’s a little weak on the imagining of oneself in someone else’s shoes, and correspondingly strong on the repeating talking points to oneself.

Hartmann’s observation that you can’t run by going through a checklist of issues (my phrase) is sensible, however.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

What Obama isn’t telling you

Barack Obama isn’t telling you that the actual reason he supported the FISA-gutting bill is that congressional leaders would have had their careers destroyed otherwise, and Obama didn’t have the fortitude to get in their way:

Whether he was personally bothered or not I don’t know. I’m not a mind-reader, just someone putting 2 and 2 together. The man was afraid of Nancy, Steny, and Jay.

The excuses Obama gave for his FISA-gutting support were lies. He did not support the bill because it installed some safeguards; the bill did no such thing, and actually was worse than FISA-gutting opponents had expected it to be. Obama’s level of comprehension is such that he knew his excuses were bogus, an attempt to deceive the citizenry.