Tuesday/Wednesday Open Thread

Ok, I’ve read only a couple of articles about the Michael Jackson memorial spectacle underway right now, and already I’m creeped out. Anyone actually watching it?

Came across a semi-humorous article today on MSN about what they feel are the 10 “worst automotive fads.” I think the worst they mentioned was the one about faux wood paneling. Do you have any to add to the list? Just as I was writing this, I thought of one: Those signs you could put in your car that say things like “Baby On Board.” A joke the late George Carlin made about them years ago comes to mind (language warning):

Heh. From that same show, here’s his routine about the things you experience driving (language warning again). Love it!


Did you “choose hope over fear”? If so, you’re not getting it.

Hope? Nope.Well, not entirely, anyway.

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a day similar to Michael Douglas’ character in the 1993 movie Falling Down (remember the “Whamlette” scene?), but something I saw earlier this evening after I had waited 20+ minutes in line at Walmart to make a return just rubbed me the wrong way.

After I spent about 15 more minutes shopping, and waited another 15 or so minutes in the “20 items or less” line – behind one person, I proceeded to my car when I just so happened to notice a sticker on the back of a rather large SUV (not a hybrid, I should note) that read “Hope Over Fear – Obama 2008” (or something along those lines. I thought to myself, “Has this person gotten that hope over fear” ever since the candidate they voted for won last November?

The answer, I knew immediately, was no. I also felt quite confident that the person, like so many millions of others duped into voting for the guy who was a State Senator a little over 4 years ago, probably has no idea that they’re not getting that “hope over fear” that they “chose.” Either that, or they, like so many other True Believers, believe that it’s “ok” for the Obama administration to use the fear card because the administration “means well.” Uh huh.

—– Barack Obama and his administration – alongside Democrats in Congress – have made it perfectly clear that if we don’t do something NOW about the health coverage situation, we’ll have a crisis of epic proportions not later, but sooner, with the sick getting sicker, more people not having coverage, etc. Where’s the hope over fear in that?

—— The Obama administration made it clear right after the President’s inauguration that if we didn’t get a stimulus plan passed “soon,” that the economy would collapse and we’d be looking at the Great Depression II. “Worry about the details later,” they demanded. Well, the stimulus has long been passed, and unemployment continues to grow, the economy is stagnant to worse, the administration has to spin jobs numbers, while Joe Biden says earlier this week that the admin “misread” the economy and that it was “worse” than they initiall thought it was – which paved the way for opening the door to a second multi-billion dollar stimulus package, now being pushed by at least one Obama advisor, as well as a leading Democrat in the House. Why? Because, according to the advisor, the first one was “a bit too small.” Where’s the hope over fear in that?

—– Global warming alarmists within the administration, in Congress, and elsewhere, proclaim that the world faces imminent “catastrophe” if we don’t do something NOW to combat so-called man-made “global warming.” The Goracle, who is not in any way, shape or form a scientist (which is the main measuring stick for “credibility” amongst staunch global warming alarmists, unless you happen to agree with them, which in that case means it’s ok to spout off various doomsday scenarios as often as you please), escalated the rhetoric today by comparing the fight to combat global warming to the fight against … Nazism:

Al Gore invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill today by encouraging political leaders to follow the example of Britain’s wartime leader and unite their nations to fight climate change.

The former US vice-president accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming. He said lack of awareness among voters allowed governments to avoid taking difficult decisions.

Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment , sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War II.” He added: “We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource.” Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as the threat during World War 2.

“The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshhold where political leaders feel that they must change.

“The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it’s a necessity.” Mr Gore, who brought the issues around climate change to a mass audience with the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, said the great hope for the future lay in the high level of environmental awareness among young people.

Translation: Let’s fan the flames of fear, regardless of whether or not mankind can actually do anything about global warming in the first place.

Where’s the hope over fear in that?

I could go on and on, but ya’ll get the picture.

“Is there hope anywhere, ST?” you may ask. Sure – sure there’s hope. The Obama administration is hoping you won’t see right through their game-playing and scare tactics. The Obama administration is hoping that by playing a passive role in relations with Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, that no one will notice the fear in their eyes over the very thought of actually having to take a strong stand on, well, anything.

The rest of us are just hoping like hell we can get through the next four years with only minor injuries. Highly unlikely.

Depressing? Irksome? Enraging? Baffling? You betcha.

Two quotes I leave you with:

“A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.” — President Obama, 2/4/09

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” — Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, November 19, 2008 (video here)

‘Nuff said.

Hurl alert: Alec Baldwin to run for Senate?

Via Times of London:

As speculation continues to swirl over Sarah Palin’s presidential ambitions, the equally colourful and controversial co-star from her Saturday Night Live appearance has announced he too may seek public office – from the other side of the political spectrum.

Alec Baldwin, the outspoken and famously ultra-liberal Hollywood star mercilessly sent in the puppet satire Team America, has been rehabilitated from the showbiz dead by his scene-stealing role in US television show 30 Rock and has now put word out that he is seeking a seat to run for Congress in 2012.

Baldwin, whose political entanglements include blogging for the Huffington Post and repeatedly tangling with Fox News attack-dog Bill Reilly, told Playboy magazine that he was looking for an opportunity to run when his 30 Rock contract ends in 2012.

“The desire is there, that’s one component,” he told the magazine. “The other component is opportunity.”


Baldwin knows all about missteps. His failure to curb his tongue has brought him close to derailing his career more than once. Most recently lawyers for his ex-wife, Kim Basinger, publicly released a voicemail recording when Mr Baldwin called his 12-year-old daughter a “thoughtless little pig”.

The actor and Basinger were then embroiled in a bitter custody case.

Baldwin’s rehabilitation came courtesy of 30 Rock the show written by Palin-lookalike Tina Fey. Saturday Night Live also gave him the opportunity to share the screen with the real Mrs Palin whom he later called a “beautiful, beautiful woman” and “Bible Spice” while conceding she was not who he would want with her finger on the nuclear button.

Baldwin has not always been so courteous about those on the other side of the political divide. In his Huffington Post blog, he once called former vice president Dick Cheney “a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or a murderer of the US Constitution.” [Note: And he also posted a fantasy on HuffPo about assassinating Dick Cheney – on July 4th, 2006. –ST]

Of the Republicans driving Bill Clinton’s impeachment, he told Conan O’Brien’s Late Show: “If we were in another country… we would stone them to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they’re doing to this country.”

Baldwin later apologised, and the network explained his remarks were meant as a joke and promised not to rerun them.

His remarks came as another former Saturday Night Live star, Al Franken, was preparing to be sworn in to the Senate after the climax of an eight month battle over the Senate election in Minnesota.

Has Al Franken started a trend? Heaven help us …