From what I know about the speech President Obama will deliver on Thursday, he does not need the U.S. Congress as his venue — SEIU headquarters will do. But, of course, Obama is addicted to grandiosity. At the convention in Denver in 2008, he had his “Styrofoam Greek columns,” as Sarah Palin put it.
Here is a fearless prediction: The 45th president, whoever he (or she) is, will be less pompous than the 44th. You can’t run for president — or be president — without a healthy ego, maybe even a whopping ego. But, holy Moses, Obama takes the cake.
I would say, “He’ll die in his own arms,” but he’ll have the mainstream media at his disposal, too.
The Castro brothers are ticked. What now? Did another wretch manage to escape on a raft, in a hail of gunfire? No: “Cuba has announced the withdrawal of its ambassador and diplomatic mission in Libya and reiterated that it does not recognize the rebels’ transitional government.” (For the rest of that article, go here.)
My, did Fidel Castro love Qaddafi. Even more than British, and other, business did.
Let us examine the state of American political discourse through one sentence. That sentence is as follows: “Rick Perry is a theocrat.”
Who spoke or wrote that sentence? An MSNBC host? A sociology professor at UC-Santa Barbara? Maureen Dowd?
No — Dana Milbank, who, as far as I know, is one of the leading political analysts at the foremost newspaper in America, where political reporting and analysis is concerned: the Washington Post. (For the article in question, go here.)
“Rick Perry is a theocrat.” We see how words and concepts mean nothing. Time to fold up shop, y’all. Lights out.
From time to time, I write about the singling out of Israel: the attempt by the world at large to render it illegitimate, to make it a pariah state. The world is very good at this.
Everywhere they go, Israeli musicians are harassed, Israeli athletes are harassed. They are not allowed to participate in the normal affairs of life.
The latest example occurred at the BBC Proms in London, when the Israel Philharmonic was not allowed to proceed. Last year, the Jerusalem Quartet was not allowed to proceed at Wigmore Hall (also London).
People sometimes ask me, “Why do you care so much about Israel? Why are you so hung up on Israel?” Leave them alone — let them live — and I won’t be.
Memo to itchy-fingers: True, British people say “the Wigmore Hall.” But I’m not British.
Several readers have sent me this article, in which Jane Fonda is quoted as saying, “My biggest regret is I never got to f*** Che Guevara.”
Gee, and for most people the T-shirt is enough!
A reader writes,
In my job at a small state-supported college in South Carolina, I found myself talking with a student whose shirt featured the Korda photo of Che, looking off into the future perfected. I quietly said to the lad, “You know, he really liked killing people, and he ran Cuba’s political prisons and personally finished off a bunch of people.” The kid’s response: “They were imperialists who had it coming.”
I always quote the great Oscar Hammerstein II: “You’ve got to be carefully taught.” And we are, here in this falsity-stricken country.
Back to Jane Fonda: In my view, she is one of the most beautiful women who ever lived. She had her life warped by the worst political ideology. It seems that more recent stages of her life have been better than earlier ones — a relief.