I wanted to blog last night, but work has wiped me out this week. There’s a big football game in Springfield this weekend. Hopefully I’ll have the energy to blog about it later.
Instead, enjoy some Deltron 3030. I swear Del was used as bump music on The Sports Reporters yesterday, which is one of the strangest things ever. Who would’ve guessed listening to Ned Reynolds and Scott Puryear would’ve sent me on a Deltron kick.
I’m currently having a semantic disagreement with conservative talkers. I say toe-may-toe, they say toe-mah-toe. I say changed plans, they say abandoned.
I’m talking, of course, about the Obama administration’s decision to change directions with its missile defense program in eastern Europe. The new plan will have SM-3 interceptors deployed by 2011, or – as the conservatives say – we’ve abaonded our allies and dealt a stunning blow to those who love freedom and its defense. It was a day, according to Sean Hannity, to be very, very afraid.
And what’s not to fear when you’re conservative and a liberal comes up with a better plan? The Bush plan would’ve put missiles into action by 2017, not 2011. Bush’s plan was behind schedule and over budget and used old technology.
The Obama plan includes missiles that have already had several successful test fires and the airborne, space- and ground-based sensors are more adaptable and will offer much better tracking data than the fixed radar sites originally proposed.
One more minor detail, the new missiles are much more effective against the mind of missiles Iran is capable of launching than the Bush administration’s plan.
And this is called abandoning our allies. Is it any wonder I have a hard time trusting conservative talkers when they talk down a public option for healthcare?
Here’s another person famous for no good reason: South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, he of the inaccurate “You lie!” shout during President Obama’s adress to a joint session of Congress.
I happened to be watching the speech when it happened and, like a lot of people, thought “What a Turd Ferguson.” The immediate blowback for his remarks was right on, but now…well, now it just seems over the top.
What the Democrats have done is, as Politico’s Andy Barr said, made Wilson a folk hero. He’s very quickly gone from jerk-hole to victim. It reminds me a little bit of what happened with President Clinton and the Lewinsky affair. When that first surfaced a lot of people were upset, myself included. When it came out that he’d lied to us about it, people wanted him punished. Pretty understandable.
But then it went over the top, became a witch hunt and a lot of formerly angry people – myself included – went “Jeez, lay off a little bit. Was it really that bad?”
That, I’m afraid, is what the Democrats in the House are at risk of doing. Let it drop and let him stay the jerk.
So on that note, I leave you with some Lewis Black quotes on the Clinton scandal that I feel are applicable here.
“So the Republicans got out their rifles, got him in their sights, then turned the rifle around and went BAM!”
“If you want to get somebody who’s an —hole, you don’t hire a bigger —hole because then the bigger —hole make the —hole look like it’s just a rectum.”
I was reading over the speech President Obama is going to present to defenseless schoolchildren today when I thought back to one of the most asinine things I heard anyone saying during the fervor over this back-to-school address to our nation’s future: “The president gets to speak to my children and I don’t get a chance to defend myself.”
It would be hilarious were it not for the fact he was dead serious. He had no doubt in his mind the speech was going to be pure, socialist indoctrination and he would have no chance to protect his kids from it. Leave the flawed logic aside (Dude, you’re not under attack and there’s no reason, as a parent, you won’t be able to talk to your kids about what they saw) and let’s look at ultimately what he has to defend himself against:
“Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. …
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America. …
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.”
Yeah, bro, it’s a shame you won’t be able to defend yourself from these heinous messages President Obama is using to assault your children.