Daily Archives: February 26, 2012

Bomb, bomb,bomb, bomb bomb Iran

Hey, it couldn’t be worse than crawling on our knees, begging for love. Pathetic. These “sacred texts” were confiscated because the Taliban terrorists had marked them up with coded messages and exhortations to continue the war. I do believe that the punishment for defiling the Koran (by marking it up, say) is death. Can we hope that we took these bastards out and shot them? Hah.

Groveling.

GROVELING WEAKNESS: “It is easy to lose count of the number of administration officials who have issued groveling, pitiful ‘apologies’ over the burned Qu’rans at Bagram Air Base. But take note that our apologies aren’t sufficient. The protests are still active, they are spreading to Pakistan, and Iran wants more – a lot more. It’s ironic how we see things through Western, secular eyes concerning issues pertaining to religious pre-commitments. Our apologies are so serious, so heartfelt, so sincere, so sober – and so completely irrelevant to the Muslim world.”

I liked it better when they were afraid of us instead of the reverse. Now they smell weakness. How did that change, exactly?

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1989 and the last of Greenwich’s great land parcels is broken up

Reader Horse Jock sends this along. The Perry 169 acres chopped into Partridge Hollow.   I was here in town then and yet I don’t remember this subdivision. There must have been a stink about it but it flew under my radar.

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No argument here

Wake me when Chris Dodd shuts up

Drudge is calling it “The Dullest Show on Earth” and Forbes joins him in his critique. They’re referring to tonight’s Academy Awards show, of course, and while I’m not watching it and haven’t in decades I’ve never heard of one that wasn’t soporific. I might have some interest if I still went to movies but I don’t.

I was tempted to see that one about silent movie stars and the coming of sound, based loosely on my grandfather John Gilbert’s story but I so hate the entire movie-going experience that I just couldn’t make myself see this one. A friend and silent film authority, Kevin Brownlow said on NPR this morning that it was a terrific film so maybe I missed something – if I ever remember the title, I might rent it.

But I don’t have to suffer through the show anyway – Walt’s bound to check in with a review, sooner or later.

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There’s a future for her as a Democrat politician

Caught cheating on the bar exam, a would-be lawyer is flunked so, naturally, she sues. Okay, her case was dismissed but look for her in Washington soon. Too bad Teddy Kennedy’s dead – she could have been, depending on her looks, his intern.

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Obama, you’re no John F.Kennedy

But you’re a clone of Rick Santorum.

Obama is out there appealing not only to blacks as blacks but also asking them to renounce the principles of the Democrats’ patron saint, JFK and bring their church into this election. Thank you very much, but I don’t want “Congregation Captains” swarming out of their church and onto my stoop soliciting votes for any political candidate. Jehovah’s Witnesses are cool – many free speech cases protecting the First Amendment stemmed from their persecution – but keep my politics away from people telling me the will of God. Scary.

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That does it for me

Rick Santorum says JFK’s 1960 speech on religion “made him want to throw up”? Oh dear; I wasn’t planning on voting for him anyway – the man of limited government seems overly interested in dictating private behavior -but this is so over the top it should give even a Republican pause. And that’s too bad – his other comments on Obama’s call for everyone to college; stupid, Obama’s handling of the Koran burning incident: spineless, and so one, were all things I agree with, but I won’t vote for a man who wants to bring the church into our politics.

The entire speech is here. See if there’s anything in there to make any American sick. I couldn’t find anything other than a reassertion of a fundamental American principle. The speech is short and if you’re curious, you can read the whole thing. Here’s a large passage from it (by the way: Obama’s call today for church leaders and their congregants get behind his reelection would make JFK puke. But then, JFK was a different kind of Democrat, in every way):

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute–where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote–where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference–and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish–where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source–where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials–and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew–or a Quaker–or a Unitarian–or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson’s statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim–but tomorrow it may be you–until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.

Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end–where all men and all churches are treated as equal–where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice–where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind–and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.

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New PAC: Whites for Romney. Shocking! Disgusting!

See y'all on the Vineyard! Yo, house boy! You stay home with Whitey.

Oh relax, it’s actually, “Blacks for Obama” so that’s alright then. After all, the Great Unifier would never deliberately appeal to racial prejudice and hatred, right?

Today, we’re announcing the 2012 launch of African Americans for Obama.
There’s no better time than African American History Month to consider the tremendous progress we’ve made through the sacrifice of so many—or a better time to commit to meeting the very real challenges we face right now.
Visit africanamericans.barackobama.com for more information about all the ways you can get involved—from attending HBCU organizing workshops to becoming a Congregation Captain—and say you’re ready to keep making history. Thanks, and see you out there.

UPDATE: Who said this?

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute–where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote-

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Here we go again – I blame Cheney

U.S. readies air cover for Syrian rebels. Worked in Libya: Khadaffi’s gone, replaced by an entirely new group who have reopened the prisons and now torture their enemies at leisure. They told me that if I voted for Bush we’d have an interventionist government that thought it was the policeman of the world, spending treasure and lives to impose our will on other nations. And they were right!

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The Oracle nods

 

Any day now

Warren Buffett admits he “was dead wrong” in his prediction that housing would start to recover in 2011.

In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Buffett said he is sure housing will recover eventually and help bring down the nation’s unemployment rate. But he did not predict when that will happen.

I only wish I owned Berkshire stock and the octogenarian Buffett doesn’t seem to have lost his marbles, so it’s interesting that he should have drunk the Kool-Aid so many others were imbibing. Kool-Aid or margaritas, maybe.

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Looks like the GHS performing palace is headed for $50 million and climbing

A taxpayer relaxes

And town officials refuse to tell us about it. I was just explaining to a friend who’d said that the Byram pool would “only” cost $7 million, that the way politicians work is to first sell the concept, with an attractively low price tag, and then let it rise to its true cost in incremental steps. I believe a fit analogy is placing a frog in a bucket of cold water and turning up the flame very slowly until it boils.  That’s fine, as long as you want to be a frog.

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Fudrucker tosses away the towel, joins Tesei in the pool

Get your tutsi-frutsi ice cream, right here!

Chairman of Greenwich Democrat Party admits Tesei was right all along and now supports  Byram pool.

“As is so often the case, Peter was right, we Democrats were wrong”, Fudrucker admitted to FWIW’s Scusie while being interviewed in his Olympic-sized, above-ground hot tub in his sprawling Cos Cob mansion. “In fact, we Dems are considering just folding up and joining the Republican Party. I mean, how wrong can you be, so consistently, without questioning your own party’s reason to exist?”

Fudrucker denied that his support has less to do with a pool in Byram and more  a desire to foment divisiveness among the Republicans, already split over the merits of the project:

“Hell no, we don’t play politics when it comes to the well-being of children,” he deadpanned. “Peter’s right on this, his fellow Republicans and my own party are just wrong. We Democrats can acknowledge that – his can’t. But political gamesmanship for its own sake and at the expense of needy kids? You insult me.”

The chairman also denied that his goal in installing a pool on Greenwich’s western border was to anchor those residents there and away from the town jewel,  Greenwich Point. “Now you’re really insulting me,” he insisted to Scusie.

“We want to see Byramites happy, and a pool will make them happy; beginning and end of that issue.” He sipped his martini from a crystal cocktail glass presented him by the Republicans on Frank Fudrucker Day this past year and reflected:

“Of course, it is possible that, on a hot summer day – one of those really baking ones, you know? – when the parking lots at the Point are already filled, the beach crowded, that a Byram family might choose to stay put in the refreshingly cool waters of their brand new pool rather than drive through Cos Cob and invade our beach but believe me, that’s a bug, not a feature. We want those people with us. We want to learn Spanish and dance salsas on the sand. Trust me on this.”

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