Monday, June 25, 2012
Yeah. We're in the girl bands part of the campaign. Don't fret.
RAPTORS IN CRISIS: CAN YOU FLEDGES FLY? So the week isn't off to a great start. The Supremes wimped out, including Chief Justice Roberts, on the Arizona immigration law. Which reinforces doubts I've been having all along about the optimistic projections of SCOTUS-watchers that ObamaCare would be overturned in whole or in part.
How crazy is the situation overall? So completely nuts it barely merits comment. The media think the SCOTUS outcomes are crucial, but nobody knows who is hurt or helped by any decision, any way. Striking down Arizona could embolden the Obama amnesty bandwagon, but it could also inflame the hearts of immigration hardasses in the southwest. Striking down ObamaCare could energize the Obama base, but sustaining ObamaCare (prepare yourselves) could also motivate the Republican base, even those whose chief Romney objection is "magic underwear." Nobody knows.
A flurry of media fury, which adds up to nothing. In the meantime, the NYT does a long article about the mysterious ratings decline of NBC News without once mentioning fallacious Today Show editing, which has even become an issue in the Penn State/Sandusky trial, or the flagrant violations of journalistic editing in the Trayvon case, or the nostalgic (yearning for Bush 41) fraudulent editing of Romney's remarks at a Wawa in Pennsylvania. The article never even references the fact that the first time Brian Williams reported on Fast & Furious was last week for a total of about 19 seconds. The initials MSNBC were never named in the NYT's lamentation about the fall of the NBC News Division. Wow.
Nothing adds up to nothing, over and over again. Jon Stewart utterly trashed the Obama administration over Fast & Furious, while his lefty soulmates at Bill Maher's HBO show nearly came to blows with libertarian Nick Gillespie over, uh, Fast & Furious, because it's all a covert racist attack on Holder and Obama. Both Bill and his star guest, the brilliantly manly Rachel Maddow, denied Gillespie's charge that they were mere shills for Obama Democrats. Really? It would seem that for once the Libs can't get their Talking Points straight.
Meanwhile, polls are showing that the incredibly stupid American people aren't too keen on the Obama administration's claim of Executive Privilege (63 to 29 against). For which the rebuttal by Bill Maher is that being a Republican isn't about having principles but about "being a dick." Rational, oh-so-tolerant, and convincing to boot. Simultaneously, the Obama administration, led by FLOTUS Michelle who is headed off to another glamorous multi-million-dollar excursion to the London Olympics, is actually asking voters to forgo wedding presents for themselves and instead make contributions to her husband's campaign. Done with a straight face because she believes so much in the husband she spends all her time running away from. You know, the husband who was playing his 101st round of golf while the Muslim Brotherhood was conquering Egypt and promising a repudiation of its peace with Israel. The president-elect happily declared his intention to make Egypt's new capital Jerusalem. Oh. Our president -- er, popular Michelle's immensely likeable husband Barack -- did take time out at the 13th tee to congratulate the new president of Egypt, who had already declared that Egypt should never be ruled by non-muslims or women. Does Sandra Fluke, who enthusiastically endorsed Obama for a second term last week, know that her president just threw all muslim women under the bus in the name of an Arab spring that saw at least one Egyptian woman beaten to death by her husband for wanting to vote against the Muslim Brotherhood? I guess we'll just have to wait for all the upcoming autobiographical bestsellers by Obama true-believers the NYT will no doubt be promoting this fall...
Monday is the day when we accept the end of weekend fun and confront the reality of another week of nuttiness. I can deal with all that part of it in a single sentence: the American left is stone fucking crazy.
But the implicit title of the post is "Manic Monday." Meaning why we should feel kind of jazzed about Monday. Well, we should. Because why? Because none of this crap means anything. What matters is that I can point you to three diversions you'll enjoy while the pundits and political strategists jaw and jaw and jaw about nothing. Here they are:
Thor. An entertaining movie, which is actually endearing for its determination to convince us that Norse mythology is neither Celtic nor Nordic. (Extra credit for identifying the name-link with The Boomer Bible.)
The Boys and Girl of County Clare, which is actually endearing for its clever twist against monolithic Celtic culture, even though it's completely charming in a thoroughly Celtic way.
The Smithsonian documentary on the Goshawk. Pretty much the most accurate profile of the Instapunk persona you'll ever find. And some of the best nature cinematography you will ever see about raptors.
Just because I don't provide links for all the news stories anymore doesn't mean you shouldn't do some searching on your own. Don't google yourself. Google the stories you run across. Constructing effective search strings is part of your education.
Not part of the Smithsonian show. But part of mine.
Enjoy your Monday. And have a better Tuesday. I know I will.