The Apologetic Administration

Guess I could have said apologetic regime  but maybe  I’ll save that one for another day. The latest  apology should really not be a surprise. Obama himself has done a ” masterful” job at apologizing  all over the world to all sorts of folks for all sorts of things.

For the most recent administration example we can thank  Assistant  Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and  Labor ( what a mouthful of a job title that is)  Michael Posner. For what did he apologize and to whom?  The what is of course, the evil Arizona law which no one  in the Obama Administration has apparently read, even Homeland Secretary Napolitano. But she still would not have signed the law. Try and figure that one out. For the who of the apology, why that noted paragon of human rights, China.

Bill O’Reilly had a couple of great comment about Posner’s apology on his show last night. I really enjoyed his comment that China would probably like to have Posner replace Hilary as Secretary of State. The other comment was  much more troubling and more reality based. He posed the  question as to how China handles  its illegal immigrants. Hint, it isn’t  with a law like Arizona’s nor is it necessarily via deportation.

Arizona Senators McCain and Kyl  took issue with posner’s mea culpa for the United States and  demanded an apology. Isn’t that great, demanding an apology for an apology. Shucks, they may get one. That is one thing the Obama Admnistration is quite good at doing.

While we are on the  subject, wonder what other countries are due an apology? Let us see. Maybe  to Great Britain for winning the Revolutionary War, Germany for WWI & WWII, Russia for buying Alaska ( Obama might like that one) France for the Louisiana Purchase- not paying enough the list goes on and on and on and on.


May 18, 2010 Posted by | International politics, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Release of the Rogue

You may have heard that there is  a new book coming out tomorrow. Shouldn’t be an event that is very newsworthy. After all, there are around 250,000 books published annually in the United States( including re-releases) and the vast majority are like  95% of the Screen Actors Guild membership. They get very little notice. It is estimated that the average paper back sells about 15,ooo copies while such numbers are hard, if not impossible to find for hardcovers. Interesting as to why, but not really important. Suffice to say that most books are published with little acclaim.

However, a book is coming out that has already been widely cussed, discussed, analyzed, fact-checked and perhaps even read. It is Going Rogue by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. If the adage holds that any publicity is good as long as one’s name is spelled correctly, this book will be a whopper. By the way, Rush will interview Ms Palin tomorrow. She has spoke with Oprah already and I believe Barbara Walters is due.  There have been several folks talking about the book as well.

First, the Associated Press, who used a total of 11 people to fact check the book. They found a total  of 6 errors which figures out to about 2 people per error. Wonder if they fact checked either of the President’s books. Nah, already know that answer.

Anyway, here we go. So called conservative David Brooks says you can’t taker her seriously  and she is a joke. CBS elder statesman Bob Schieffer called her an amusement with no political future.  Good old MSNBC  guy, Joe Scarborough said comparing her to Howard Dean is an insult to Dean’s intelligence. Former Vermont gov, DNC chair, Howard the screamer, one and the same. Sure are talking a lot about someone who doesn’t matter, huh?

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Literature, Media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Musing About Palin

Speculation has been rampant ever since Sarah Palin announced her decision to step down as governor of Alaska. To this point she has been rather vague about the reasoning behind her action. Of course, that has not prevented wild and somewhat inane speculation from the likes of Maureen Dowd and Chris Matthews. In fact, if you lumped  together  Matthews’ negative comments about Palin in the last year, you would certainly have a lot of garbage, uh verbiage.

Of course, we could throw in Letterman’s wisecracks, the Vanity Fair interview(sort of “friendly”  trashing by fellow Republicans) and numerous other. So, back to her resignation . Did she commit political suicide? She made her  first public appearance today in a while and had this telling quote about her political future ” If  I die, I die. So be it.” She has incurred significant legal costs in defending herself from various ethics complaints, so it could be that her  resignation is just what she says. And perhaps she is  putting the welfare of Alaska first. A lot of this is still speculation. As Rush said, we would do well to wait and see, a quite herculean task in politics.

Doubtless, she has been one of the most polarizing figures in politics in a  while. She has ardent supporters and somewhat virulent critics. Me, I have never been quite sure. I thought that her nomination was a bit premature and perhaps was more for media value in the McCain camp. However, even accepting the premise that political figures open themselves up  to criticism when they step on the national stage, I think  many of those attacks she has endured were off base. Is it a case of  the more liberal pundits and politicians  being “afraid” of her in a political sense? Don’t really think so. But I believe she has a role to play in national  Republican politics, an as yet undetermined one.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments