Monday, 21 April 2008
Here are some random thoughts, apropos of nothing and in no particular
-If Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania by more than a few percentage points, she's in it to the
end. And she should be. No Democrat who wins the primaries in New York,
California, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania should be expected to just hand it over
to someone else.
-Can anyone give me a good reason why New Jersey remains the only state
where you can't pump your own gas?
-For that matter, can anyone give me a good reason why New York City
remains the only place in the United States where you can't make a right turn on
red? And don't tell me it's because of how much traffic there is.
Philly and Chicago and Boston etc. have tons of traffic too. There's
nothing magical or different about New York's.
-What happened to Bumble Bee tuna? It used to be the gold
standard. But now you buy a can of the solid-white and it's about as
solid as lumpy oatmeal. We shop at Wegman's, which has its house
brand solid-white on perpetual sale at 69 cents a can, and it actually IS
solid. Thank you Wegman's and buzz off Bumble Bee.
-Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos are both accomplished
TV personalities. But for now and probably years to come, maybe
always, they'll be indelibly associated with the questions they asked of Barack Obama
during last week's debate.
-Hank Steinbrenner has proved that the crab apple doesn't fall far from the
tree. Assuming the New York Times got his comment right, Steinbrenner said
the following about the Yankees' young pitching phenom Joba
Chamberlain: "You don't have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball
and keep him as a setup guy. You just don't do that. You have to be
an idiot to do that"
Nice going, Hank. You've just cut the legs out from under manager Joe
Girardi, who is using him as a setup man. Now either Girardi does
what you tell him to, which means he's nothing but a puppet on a string, or
he doesn't, which means he is doing something that establishes him as an idiot
to the man who can fire him.
If Girardi quit as Yankee manager over this I wouldn't blame him a
-New Jersey being New Jersey, the construction on Route 18 south of East
Brunswick will continue for months or years past when it should be
finished. I can only wonder how much corruption is involved in this
-Ed Rendell impresses me every time I hear him speak. Yeah, I know he's
a partisan Democrat and will support whoever gets the Democratic nomination,
even if it isn't his candidate (Hillary Clinton). But he brings a
refreshing candor to his comments about all three of the candidates that is hard
to find elsewhere.
-Now that Isiah Thomas has been fired as the New York Knicks'
president and coach, what possible reason do the Knicks have for keeping
him on other than the king's ransom they agreed to in his last
contract? They have to be praying that someone else offers him a deal so
good that he'll forgo the Knicks' sinecure and move on.
On the one hand, common sense tells me Thomas butchered his jobs so badly with the Knicks that such an offer
is nearly impossible., On the other hand, isn't this the same NBA in which
Latrell Sprewell signed a big contract after punching out his own coach?
If that can happen, anything can happen.
-I truly envy the metabolism of people who don't gain weight after
attending two passover seders. I wish I could say it about
-No matter how much pre-emergent crabgrass killer I put down I still get
crabgrass. Either I'm cursed or this stuff doesn't work.
I suspect it's a little of both.
-How come it's so hard to find a hotel room in Fire
Island with a private bath? Is that really so much to ask?
(UPDATE : We did find one and it wasn't as
hard as I was initially led to believe).
-No matter how hard he works at it, Dan Abrams will never be as obnoxiously vicious
as keith olbermann. He tries and fails.
-My thanks to God for having most people prefer white meat turkey (which I
find dry and not very tasty) to dark meat (which I love, and usually have plenty
of due to the other people preferring white meat).
-How does the Pope keep that hat on straight? There must be some apparatus
underneath it that we don't know about. Either that or he has
-David Ortiz seems to be a very good guy. But every time I hear him
referred to as "big papi" I want to toss my cookies.
-I wonder how Patrick Swayze is making out. We don't hear much, which
suggests to me things aren't looking very positive. That's too bad, given
his relative youth (I think he's 55) and the fact that he seems to be a really
good guy. I hope I'm wrong, but I have this bad feeling the end is coming
-I saw the Gilbert Gottfried "Dirty Jokes" special on (I think) HBO. I
had no idea he had that foul a mouth. And some of the jokes he told were
so old that I remember them from my pre and early teen years. That said,
however, a lot of them were genuinely laugh-out-loud funny.
-The Aquagrill is the best fish house in New York.
-I managed to finish yesterday's New York Times' Sunday
crossword (which actually comes on Saturday) without knowing what the theme of the puzzle
was supposed to be. I don't remember that ever happening before.
-If John McCain proposes a flat tax (and there is reason to believe he will)
I wonder if it will help or hurt him on election day. My guess is that it
will help him.
CARTER'S STUPIDITY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
jimmy carter, the worst President of my lifetime (and the worst ex-President
too), seems to have a limitless capacity for stupidity.
I am posting the latest demonstration of said stupidity below,
via excerpts from today's Associated Press account of carter's visits with
hamas. You can read the entire article by clicking here:
Carter: Hamas is willing to accept
Israel as its neighbor
Apr 21, 7:19 AM
JERUSALEM (AP) - Hamas is prepared to accept the
right of Israel to "live as a neighbor next door in peace," former President
Jimmy Carter said Monday.
Carter said the group promised it wouldn't
undermine Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to reach a peace deal
with Israel, as long as the Palestinian people approved it in a referendum. In
such a scenario, he said Hamas would not oppose a Palestinian state in the West
Bank and Gaza.
Hamas, a militant Islamic group that both the U.S.
and Israel consider a terrorist organization, calls in its charter for Israel's
destruction. It has also traditionally opposed peace negotiations with the
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, later said
Carter's comments "do not mean that Hamas is going to accept the result of the
"There's no doubt that both the Arab world and
Hamas will accept Israel's right to exist in peace within 1967 borders,"
(carter) said, referring to Israel's frontiers before it captured large swaths
of Arab lands in the 1967 Mideast war.
Israel has been negotiating directly with Abbas,
who heads a moderate government based in the West Bank. Abbas lost control of
the Gaza Strip last June, when Hamas violently seized control of that territory.
Could this man be more stupid? How could he be more
Let's start at the beginning. Israel and Mahmoud Abbas have been
"negotiating" (if you can call it that) for peace since Abbas became the
palestinian Arab leader. Throughout this entire period hamas has never for
one second changed its position that Israel must be destroyed through
So now jimmy carter meets with hamas (thus giving a terrorist group
an international propaganda coup) and he concludes that hamas will approve
a peace deal that is acceptable to palestinian Arabs -- in other words,
exactly what hamas has been rejecting all along.
And just in case that doesn't sound stupid enough, after
carter makes the statement a hamas spokesman announces that he doesn't know what
he's talking about, because carter's conversations with hamas... "do not mean that Hamas is going to accept the result of the
Is that stupid enough for you? I would think so. But just in case
you have any lingering doubt, there is more. carter then says that "There's no doubt that both the Arab world and Hamas
will accept Israel's right to exist in peace within 1967
That so? Well, how did those borders expand beyond
what they were in 1967? The borders expanded
because Israel successfully fought off simultaneous attacks
by Egypt, Syria and Jordan.
say that again: Arabs made war on Israel in 1967, when Israel was
WITHIN the 1967 borders.
So let's see here. jimmy carter says there is "no doubt"
that Arabs will accept Israel's existence and live in peace with it, if Israel goes
back to the exact borders that existed when Arabs attacked Israel and
tried to annhiliate it.
Is THAT stupid enough for you?
Simply stated, jimmy carter is to stupidity what the Great Salt Lake is
NOTE: I was just reading through some comments
about carter at the www.littlegreenfootballs.com
site, and one of the commenters, who uses the name "shug", said:
"Billy was the smart
I'm still laughing.
ANOTHER HATER ON OBAMA'S STAFF
I suppose there is a silver lining in this story; that this is
one member of Barack Obama's staff who is not notable for hating Israel
(that I know of, anyway).
The story comes to us from www.newsbusters.org, which got it from www.redstate.com. Its disgustingly
offensive subject matter is provided by Obama's senior campaign
staffer. The bold print is provided by me:
Obama Tech Advisor Introduces
Video of Gay, Singing Jesus Who Gets Hit by a Bus
Video Below the Fold
Erick Erickson over at RedState tells us all of
an anti-Christian video recently introduced with great frivolity by
Internet philosopher and Obama technology advisor Larry Lessig. The video
introduced at a Google Author series seminar shows Jesus singing the Gloria
Gaynor tune "I Will Survive" in a very effeminate, theatrical way. As the song
ramps up, Jesus throws off his robe and strips down to a diaper-like covering,
then he sashays through a modern city until he gets hit by a bus in an
The worst thing about this is that this is also
another scandal involving a Barack Obama campaign associate showing his
disdain for the American mainstream, this time a disdain of
Christianity. It turns out that Lessig is a somewhat secretive Obama campaign
advisor, serving to assist the campaign on Internet and technology policies. As
Erickson points out, Lessig hosts Obama's tech policy on his own lessig.org
At the conference, the Google
employees can be heard laughing and enjoying the show. The clip ends with Lessig
claiming that we shouldn't worry because a sequel shows that Jesus survives
being run over by the bus. How comforting, eh?
Again, as Erickson points out, "Barack
Obama's campaign has regularly cited Lessig as a key
supporter on technology
issues (see here too) and made sure Lessig was quoted when listing Obama's technology endorsers."
Aside from his attacks on Jesus, Lessig is
also an advocate of the concept of digital communism, a belief that there should be no such thing as
intellectual property rights, that all creations of art or technology should be
free for the taking.
So, what we have here is another close Obama
supporter and advisor that seems to hate the things that the average American
holds dear. The list of America hating Obama associates is getting longer every
day, and now we can add a Christian hating, communist to that list.
It's really hard to believe that any real American
can support a man for president of the United States of America who surrounds
himself with people who so hate this country and all it stands for.
I have no doubt that Barack Obama will tell us he finds this video
repulsive and offensive. He might even remove Lessig from his campaign (or
at any rate make him less visible to the public).
Hey, why wouldn't he? This certainly has worked before:
-Barack Obama has already told us how odious jeremiah wright's anti-White,
anti-USA and anti-Israel ravings are, after attending his congregation and
looking to him for spiritual succor for almost 20 years.
-He has already told us how offensive he finds Louis Farrakhan, who is a
hero of the church he attends and who he respectfully calls "Minister
-He has already told us how much he supports Israel as he stacks his
campaign with Israel haters.
-He has already told us how much he loves the USA, as he refuses to wear an
American flag pin or even put his hand over his heart during the pledge of
-He has already told us that he would be a uniter when his voting record in
the U.S. Senate is entirely to the left side.
Barack Obama is nothing if not obvious. His game plan - and
it is the same game plan every time - is that when he's caught in a situation
like the ones above, he immediately addresses it and assures you that he is
the exact opposite of what you are seeing with your own eyes and hearing with
your own ears.
The sad, pathetic part is that there are still a good number (though a
dwindling number, I think/hope) who swallow this hook, line and sinker.
Tomorrow we have the Pennsylvania primary. If Mr. Obama wins, it
is possible that Hillary Clinton will drop out.
But if he loses to Ms. Clinton, it is near certain that this battle will
continue to the convention. And if it continues to the convention, that is
more than enough time for the people who have been seduced by this fraud to wake
up, wise up and turn away.
Too bad for them that the alternative is Hillary Clinton.
PALESTINIAN ARABS: THE CULTURAL SIDE
Here, from the Jerusalem Post, is how the palestinian Arab powers that be
look upon expanding the cultural hroizons of its prisone....er, people:
Hamas wants Ramallah festival
on the Palestinian Authority over the weekend to cancel a dance festival that
is scheduled to take place in Ramallah on the grounds that the event is an
"insult" to the Palestinian "struggle."
The third annual Contemporary Dance Festival, which is
scheduled to take place this week in Ramallah, features a varied lineup of
modern and traditional performances from local and international dance
The festival is organized by the Sareyyet
Ramallah - First Ramallah Group - a local NGO whose goal is to broaden the
cultural landscape by introducing Palestinians to new and progressive forms of
contemporary artistic expression through dance.
The festival's opening event will be a
performance by the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra of Norway, one of Scandinavia's
leading jazz ensembles.
Other performances will feature ensembles and
dance troupes from the West Bank and a variety of European countries,
including Italy, Serbia and Finland. Hamas is opposed to the event mainly
because it would bring men and women together. The Islamic movement also
maintains that it is "inappropriate" to hold such an event while Palestinians
were still fighting against Israel.
Saleh al-Raqab, Deputy Minister of Waqf Affairs
in the Hamas government, said the festival "distorted" the Palestinian
"struggle" and harms the image of the Palestinians.
"Those who are dancing on the pain and wounds of
the Palestinian people can't be part of our people," he said. "How can they be
dancing while our people in the Gaza Strip are suffering under the siege?"
Raqab claimed that the organizers were spending
millions of dollars to bring international dance troupes. "They are wasting
the money of our people on trivial matters," he said. "This event has nothing
to do with our people's culture and history."
He urged the Palestinians to boycott the
"disgraceful" dance festival and distance themselves from the organizers.
"This event is an insult to all Muslims," he added. "Is this the way to
Nothing like a little circumspection, is there?
Yeah, let's protect our people from expanding their world view beyond
jihad. Hey, if palestinian Arabs become interested in (gasp!!) other
cultures, who knows what might happen next? Maybe they'll demand that
money be spent building infrastructure so there could be jobs and prosperity,
instead of using it on ways of vaporizing Israel while whining about how
mistreated they are.
The truth is, there are a good many palestinian Arabs yearning for more than
war and hatred. The existence of this event itself is a demonstration of
If it shuts down or is severely underattended because the ones with the
guns demand that nothing other than violent jihad is acceptable, that will be a
tragedy. And it surely looks like the tragedy is going to happen, doesn't
As a Jew and a strong supporter of Israel, it is sometimes
hard for me to remember this, but palestinian Arabs are
-They are victims of a government which offers them nothing but hatred
-They are victims of a government that teaches this to their children
via government-controlled textbooks and TV programming;
-They are victims of the violent terrorist haters among them, who
occupy the time they are not threatening and killing Israelis by threatening
and killing fellow palestinian Arabs who dare to want more for themselves and
I can't help but think there are many palestinian Arabs in Gaza and
Judea/Samaria (the west bank) who would be happy to lay down their arms and
just try to carve out a decent existence -- maybe even with the cooperation
and assistance of Israel, which is in exactly the same place and has become an
eminently prosperous democracy. Who better to learn from?
Lamentably, however, there are even more palestinian Arabs who do not
want any such thing, which is why they have elected terrorists to govern
I wish I could see an end to this awful mess in the forseeable future, but I