Monday night links and open thread

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I will be retiring to Snoozeville shortly to get some much-needed rest, but didn’t want to until I posted some links to a few stories I haven’t had the chance to blog about today:

—– Identity Politics Disease strikes again: I read at the LA Times Top of the Ticket blog earlier this evening about a piece uber-feminista Nora Ephron scribbled at the HuffPo today, which started out a little something like this in the opening two paragraphs: “But now there are two and we’re facing Pennsylvania and whom are we kidding? This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women.” It doesn’t get any better. Make sure to read the whole thing as it is a case study on just about everything that is wrong with identity politics.

—– Britain a “Why Bother?” country? The UK Telegraph wrote today (h/t: BCB) about an independent think tank’s report which reportedly shows that Britain’s “benefits culture, high taxes and poor education system leave many people lacking the motivation or capability to succeed.” Hey, I believe it, and frankly I’m not so sure the US isn’t already there.

—– Bill Clinton: I wish we had the GOP system on awarding delegates. Ok, that’s not exactly what he said in front of a group of reporters today, but how much you wanna bet he’s dreamed about it more than once?

—– IBD: “McCain is right to question Obama’s ties to a ’60s radical with a fondness for explosives.”

—– Tony Snow to be a political contributor for CNN: Our beloved former press secretary will now be appearing regularly on CNN to comment on all things politics. I must confess I’ve been impressed overall with CNN’s coverage of the election to date (give or take a few stories) and I think Tony Snow will be a good fit there, and he will, as always truly shine. Cancer update: He has admitted on two different occasions in the last six months that his cancer is in remission.

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Catch ya’ll tomorrow. Oh, and happy PA primary eve ;)

He’s got time to tape a short segment for Monday Night Raw …

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… but when it comes to debating in North Carolina, Barack Obama doesn’t have the time:

We regret to inform you that the proposed Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for April 27 has been cancelled due to time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event.

You have shown tremendous passion and interest in being a part of history as Democrats are poised this year to elect the first female or African-American President. However, there were also growing concerns about what another debate would do to party unity.

We hope your interest in the North Carolina Democratic Party will not end with the cancellation of the debate.

We will keep your e-mail addresses for a random drawing to attend a special event in the fall featuring the nominee.

Senators Clinton and Obama have offered additional opportunities to be seen and heard across the state in the coming weeks and months.

Both candidates have committed to attending our Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Friday, May 2 in Raleigh.

As I wrote over in the comments section at Hot Air, BO never actually committed do doing a debate in NC, at least from what I’ve read. Our liberal governor even put out a public request last week asking him to debate in NC. He’s been wishy washy on it for the last month or so. The verbal beating he got last week in PA just pushed him to make it official that he wasn’t going to debate here in NC. (Note: Obama spokesman Bill Burton claims BO agreed to “a” debate in NC “long before” Hillary Clinton did. I don’t recall anything about him actually committing to debating here at anytime, although there were discussions at one point of a possible debate here in Charlotte at an earlier date.)

In fairness, it’s probably not necessary as he’s going to win the state easily if these numbers are any indication, but it still makes him look like even more of a wuss all the same.

Regarding the WWE guest segment, eyeroll, please:

(CNN) – The road to the White House apparently runs through WWE Monday Night Raw.

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to make taped appearances on tonight’s episode, hoping to tap into the show’s approximately 5 million weekly viewers. The messages will also come on the eve of the crucial Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania.

The transcript for Hill-Rod and baRACK is as follows (the McCain transcript has not yet been posted):

Clinton on WWE

Hi, I’m Hillary Clinton. But tonight, in honor of the WWE, you can call me Hill-Rod.

This election is starting to feel a lot like “King of the Ring.” The only difference? The last man standing may just be a woman.

The truth is, this election is so important. The next president will face a stack full of difficult challenges right from the opening bell… to fix the economy, bring our troops home from Iraq, and make college more affordable. You need a president who will go to the mat for you. And that’s exactly what I’ll do.

I’ve been knocked down, but I’ve always gotten back up. And I know how to take a hit for the American people. And if things get a little tough, I may even have to deliver the “people’s elbow.”

Because this country is worth fighting for.

Now, I promise to stick to the political arena. So don’t worry Randy Orton you’re safe… for now.

When it comes to standing up for the American people though, I am ready to rumble.

Barack Obama on WWE

Hey WWE fans – I hope you’re all enjoying the program tonight. You know, this is a historic time for America. It’s not just that the reign of Randy Orton may soon be coming to an end. It’s that at this moment, in this election, we have a chance to finally end business-as-usual in Washington. For a long time now, we’ve had a politics where our leaders go after each other like they’re competing to become King of the Ring instead of coming together to provide universal health care, fix our economy, and solve our other problems. That’s what I’m running for President to change. So to the special interests who’ve been setting the agenda in Washington for too long – and to all the forces of division and distraction that have stopped us from making progress for the American people – I’ve got one question: Do you smell what Barack is cooking?

Yeah. We do. And it stinks.

Here are snippets of their taped segments (via Ben Smith). The most natural looking, of course, is Obama, who looks right at home acting (perhaps it’s something he hopes to fall back on should this presidential thing fall through – he’s certainly got more than a few connections). Hillary looks like an iceberg (what’s the weather like right now in PA, anyway, or does it matter when it comes to her?), and McCain looks so unnatural and scripted:

*shudders* I think now’s as good a time as any to remind the candidates to can the whole “man of the people” act. Most of the time it just comes off looking phony .. because it usually is.

Cross-posted to Jules Crittenden’s blog, where I am helping guestblog the next couple of days while he takes a mini-vaca.

Is it time to revoke Jimmy Carter’s passport?

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Considering his latest outrageous diplomatic antic (one of many), is it about time for former pres. Jimmy Carter (D-Moonbattia) to have his passport revoked? Rep. Sue Myrick (R-9th district in NC) says yes:

WASHINGTON –Rep. Sue Myrick wants America to “wake up” and stop allowing terrorism to proliferate — and if that means revoking the passport of a former U.S. president or examining the preaching of prison chaplains, that’s what she’s prepared to do.

The Charlotte Republican on Friday released a list of 10 items she hopes will help peel back the layers on how radical elements of Islam might be infiltrating the military, school rooms and other elements of society. She also wants to stop the government from supporting terrorist organizations through financial investments and military sales.

Earlier this week, she called for President Jimmy Carter’s passport to be revoked because he met with Hamas, a Palestinian group that the U.S. government says supports terrorism.

“His actions reward terrorists, lend support and provide legitimacy to their belief that violence will eventually get them what they want,” Myrick said. Carter could not be reached on Friday.

The co-founder of the House anti-terrorism caucus has spent an increasing amount of time trying to tackle what she views as threats posed at home by extremists, an issue that fuels her commitment to deporting illegal immigrants.

Van Helsing thinks it’s a good idea:

These days it’s apparently too much to ask that Carter be prosecuted for sedition (for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize). But revoking his passport to minimize the mischief he can cause in the future is the least we can do. Better still, since Carter has made it obvious that he hates this country anyway, he should be denied reentry. Then he could spend his waning years doing what he loves best: nibbling the toes of terrorists.

Heh.

While the idea is appealing on many levels, I don’t see it happening, primarily because the far left, including DNC Chair Howie Dean, Dem frontrunner Barack Obama, and other prominent apologists for Carter and others like him, will scream “freedom of speech violation!!!!” which would, of course, totally ignore the main point, that being that Carter is deliberately interfering and countering US policy in the Middle East with his visits and “talks” with “leaders.” The equally left-leaning media would gleefully amplify the charges coming from the Democrat party so much so that weak-kneed Republicans would back off, primarily because it’s an election year and they won’t want the negative publicity.

And speaking of Carter and Obama, Billy Hollis at the QandO blog writes about Obama’s comments over the weekend in which he suggested McCain would be better than Bush which, hilariously, pretty much ruins the Dems “McSame” plan for the general election, as Hillary supporter Taylor Marsh notes here. With that in mind, Hollis asked in his post: “Do you want a third term for George Bush or a second term for Jimmy Carter?” Obama, Hollis indicated, would be the second Jimmy Carter.

Although I don’t believe that GWB and McCain are exactly the same, they are close enough on the issue that matters most to me – Iraq, so ya’ll know my answer to the above question.

Quote of the day

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“Meet the new Robin Hood, ladies and gentlemen: he steals from the poo[r] so the rich can continue their lavish lifestyles without feeling guilty about imminent planetary doom.”

— Newsbusters blogger Noel Sheppard, writing about how The Goracle admitted he won’t take to task the gigantic carbon footprint of many of the Hollywood elite because he doesn’t want to “get into personally criticising anyone.”

Oh really?

I think this is the real reason he won’t get into holding Hollywood’s feet to the fire – he knows where a lot of his money, fame, and power is coming from. Not only that, but it’d be like he was criticizing himself.

Yet Gore will stick it to opponents of gw personally, including the common man who can afford the “green” lifestyle a lot less than the Hollywood blowhards who help fuel his royal “prophetness’” ego with “green concerts” which were supposed to “raise awareness” of the “threat” from global warming, but in actuality created an even bigger carbon footprint than they started out with. And let’s not forget last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, which had a similar negative impact on the environment, thanks to other two-faced global warming alarmists.

Hypocrites all.