Aug 252009
 

I usually use my Facebook profile for twisted little urges like this, but I’ve got to lighten things around here a bit.

So in that interest, here is Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch.  See if it’s as bad as you remember.  (It was worse for me, and that almost never happens.)

 Posted by at 10:08 pm
Aug 252009
 

Amateur hour rolls on at 1600 Pennsylvania.  Here’s Charles Krauthammer on Fox last night, on Eric Holder appointing a special prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses:

Well, it is a hell of a coincidence, isn’t it? The administration is in a deep health-care debate, a national debate, and every hour that passes, support for [Obama’s] plans are diminishing and his own popularity is tanking.

All of a sudden, this issue explodes on a Monday.

Friday, the administration — at 5 o’clock, after hours — releases a $2 trillion error in estimates of deficits, and on a bright Monday, you get this re-litigation of the Bush administration all of a sudden exploding upon us.

Look, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I’m not a child. It’s not a coincidence.

And secondly, you get the president pretending he is against all this and that it is Holder, the attorney general, whose initiative all of this is about, as if Holder isn’t an employee and under the direction of the administration.

So, the president is the good cop who is magnanimous, who really wants to look ahead as the messianic visionary he is — and Holder is the bad guy.

Obama knows exactly what is happening and this serves his purposes wonderfully.

Dick Cheney’s statement on the release of CIA interrogation documents (emphasis mine):

The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.

 Posted by at 7:29 pm
Aug 242009
 

Recently Nathan and I had a conversation about invasive species.  We talked about how we accidentally got fire ants, starlings, and (gulp) Burmese pythons in the United States.

So he told me tonight on the way to soccer practice that when he is a grown-up, he is going to “accidentally” introduce the rhinoceros to northern Alabama.

 Posted by at 8:53 pm
Aug 242009
 

That’s Robert Gibbs on Obama’s willingness to “make (tough) decisions” on health care reform or anything else that comes up that demands it, shucks darn it all.  Video here.

Well, I’m quite comfortable with Obama being a one-term president, too.  Actually I’d have been even more comfortable with him staying a vapid Illinois senator.  I think I’d have been best of all with him remaining a thug cog in the Chicago intimidation political machine.

But, wishes, fishes, &c.

Jonah Goldberg has some interesting thoughts on The Corner:

1) Doesn’t this seem like a tacit concession that health care would in fact be “Obama’s Waterloo” after all?

2) How popular can his agenda be, if it will cost him reelection to get it passed?

3) How can he have a mandate for change if enacting it is so unpopular? Why is it so unpopular if he ran on this agenda? Is it all the fault of those racist, fascist, Brooks Brothers-suit-wearing huns?

4) I’m sure we will hear a great deal about how this proves what a great leader Obama is (and if I were a liberal, I might even agree!). But when Bush defied the polls, it was proof he was “out of touch” and in denial.

5) Does Obama think his agenda might cost him reelection because the American people are too stupid to understand it, or because he’s not up to the job of explaining it?

Comments 2) and 3) are two sides of the same thing, and to me, the most glaringly omitted thought in most of what passes for news coverage of this debate.  If Obama is selling something the American people want, why is the whole thing so damned contentious?

Doesn’t this badly undermine the absurd claims that all of this outrage is manufactured?  Or would the White House have us believe that an “astroturf” effort is actually capable of driving Obama from office in three years?

 Posted by at 7:50 am
Aug 232009
 

The first full-up Ace Frehley solo album in 20 years, Anomaly, is due out next month.

anomaly

You can listen to the advance cut “Outer Space” (in eminently decent quality) here.  I like it and hope it’s a solid indication of what we can expect, rather than the very tippy-toppiest bestest song there.  Other promising inclusions are a cover of “Fox on the Run” (how could that possibly suck?) and a fourth “Fractured” installment.

Poke around that site, too.  My Facebook buddy Mitch has a good interview with Ace on there.  He says he’s three years sober, all the way back (albums, tours, DVDs to come), and retirement isn’t on his radar.  Sounds good to me.

(I’d still like to see him give Tod a call, but I won’t hold my breath.)

 Posted by at 11:04 am