The Fruits of Smart Power(tm)

July 27, 2009

The Obama campaign promised us a new era of intelligent diplomacy that would restore our standing in the world and our allies faith in us after the dark years of the BushChimpHitler and Darth Cheney regime. So far, we’ve humiliated the prime minister of our closest ally, dissed the premier of another, stabbed two allies in the back over missile defense after they stuck their necks out to support us, and interfered in the internal politics of another. And now the administration begins to reap what it has sown:

Anti-Obama rally in Jerusalem

For the first time in years, the nationalist camp will hold a large scale rally against United States policies vis-à-vis Israel.

The protest will be held in downtown Jerusalem, on Agron St. on Monday evening, and is being organized by the Residents Committees of Binyamin and Samaria, as well as the nationalist umbrella organization Mateh Maamatz, the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities, and Komemiyut.

Knesset Members and others representing various parties, including the Likud, will speak.

“Not since the days of [U.S. Secretary of State Henry] Kissinger has there been such a protest against American policies,” said MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh), chairman of the National Union party. “The pressure that Barack Hussein Obama is exerting against us to simply stop growing and stop living will not work.”

The Obama administration has made it clear that Israel must stop building of all types throughout Judea and Samaria (Yesha), as well as in parts of Israel’s capital city that were liberated during the Six Day War of 1967.

How’s that Hope and Change working these days?  Doh

Cambridge Police Profiling Still A Grim Reality for Harvard Faculty Assholes

July 27, 2009

Iowahawk once again turns over his pulpit to a wronged American who wants to share his pain with the people, the pain and humiliation he experiences everyday as an Asshole at Harvard:

When I first learned of the arrest of my colleague Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates after he stood up to the fascist jackboots of a declasse, ill-educated Cambridge police officer, I was of course angered — but scarcely shocked. L’Affaire Gates simply aired, in public, the dirty 100-thread-count table linen of an American culture where Harvard faculty assholes still face a daily struggle against profiling, abuse, and insolence.

It will come as no surprise that Skip’s arrest was the talk of the Douchebag Room at the Harvard Faculty Club last Friday. I and a group of colleagues had assembled for our weekly lunch; I opted for their competently-prepared Ahi Tuna Tartare and an amusing glass of ’05 Hospices de Beaune Premier Cru Cuvee Cyrot-Chaudron. I had noticed that the Franz Fanon Memorial Booth — Skip’s long-reserved lunch spot — was uncharacteristically empty, and asked our waiter Sergio for an explanation.

“Professor Skeep, he no is come today,” said Sergio. “I tink he is in the jail.”

Our table exchanged knowing glances, for we knew immediately that Skip was only the latest victim of a system that singles out the Harvard faculty asshole for stigmatization and unequal justice. It is a system that all of us knew too well, and provided an opportunity for an open conversation about our shared experiences as Harvard faculty assholes in America while waiting for Sergio to bring the dessert cart.

Read the whole thing. It’s a sad, tragic tale, and one can only hope this great nation will unite to fight for the rights of academic assholes everywhere.

Rolling on the floor

Man, are we ever lucky or what?

July 27, 2009

We could have been stuck with that Palin dope instead of Joe Biden. Whew

Actually read the bill? You must be joking!

July 27, 2009

Ed at Hot Air has a doozy of a video clip: House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (whose wife recently plead guilty in a bribery  scandal) at a National Press Club luncheon scoffing at the idea that members of Congress voting on proposed health-care legislation should actually read it and know what’s in it. Ed writes:

Representative democracy rests on having the people send Congressmen and Senators to Washington DC to vote on legislation so that we don’t have to hold constant national referendums on issues. If the elected representatives don’t bother to read the legislation, then we have surrendered representative democracy and adopted an autocracy of Capitol Hill staffers and lobbyists.

I think he meant “oligarchy” instead of “autocracy,” but the point about the point of representative democracy is spot-on. It’s a big, red warning light that the Federal government is trying to do too much, too fast if members complain they haven’t the time to read the bills. And it’s even worse when they accept this dereliction of duty as just the way things are. It’s corruption not in the sense of criminal bribery or graft, but in a deviation from the intended role of Congress so great that the institution itself can only be seen as debased and rotted.

Really. Go watch the video. Poor man, and how terribly arrogant and unfair we in the public are for expecting him and his colleagues to actually do the job for which we voted them into office.

Maybe it’s time we voted them out. Waiting