Rev. Graham hospitalized for ‘possible case of pneumonia’

The Charlotte Observer reports that America’s most beloved pastor has been hospitalized again (first time this year was in May) in Asheville, NC:

Evangelist Billy Graham has been hospitalized with a possible case of pneumonia.

A statement from the evangelist’s organization said Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville for treatment and observation of his lungs.

Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia in May. Pulmonologist Mark Hellreich is testing the 93-year-old Graham for the condition today.

Larry Ross, Graham’s longtime spokesman, says the evangelist recently developed a cough, congestion and a slight fever. After being tested at the hospital, doctors decided to keep Graham overnight for observation as a precautionary move.

According to the statement, Graham was alert when he was admitted, smiling and waving at hospital employees. Ross said Graham remained in good spirits.


While it is not clear when Graham will be released from the hospital, the statement said he is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family in his Montreat home.

Prayers, please.

Media concentrates on Perry’s gaffes, but what about Obama’s latest?

I read it at Heritage first, because, well, they’re about the only people I see reporting it:

It is gratifying to see President Barack Obama condemn the disgraceful storming of the British Embassy in Tehran by thugs acting at the behest of the Iranian regime. After all, Obama has been notoriously slow in the past to criticise the brutal actions of the Iranian government after initially extending the hand of friendship to it. But did he really need to make another embarrassing foreign policy gaffe while doing so?

In a press conference this evening, the president referred in stumbling fashion to the “English Embassy” in Iran instead of the British Embassy. One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. You can watch the video above.

In case the president is unaware, England forms part of Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales, though not Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. There is no such thing as an “English” embassy anywhere in the world, and there hasn’t been one for several centuries.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by this latest slip-up by President Obama. After all he recently described France as America’s closest ally, and famously declared that he has traveled to no less than 57 states. But it would be nice if the leader of the free world bothered to look at a map once in a while, or even paid a visit to theBritish Embassy in Washington, currently housing the Churchill bust that Mr. Obama unceremoniously threw out of the Oval Office soon after his inauguration.

The President quickly recovered from the gaffe just seconds later, as shown in this short video, but that’s not really the point.  The point is this President, alongside his “gravitas-lending” Vice President Joe Biden, are virtual gaffe machines – President Obama’s seem to happen most often when he doesn’t have the benefit of the TOTUS.   Yet the only gaffes the media seem intent on focusing intently on with round the clock coverage saturation are those made by Republicans, especially those running for President, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, and those who considered running but passed up the opportunity, like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin – who has oftentimes been attacked for “gaffes” she didn’t even make.

MediaWhat’s even more infuriating is the differences in how the media characterizes via insinuation gaffes made by Democrats (when they are reported) versus Republicans.  In the cases of GWB, Palin, and Perry (among others), their gaffes – in minds of the elite media, anyway – were/are strong indicators of a “profound lack of intellectual curiosity”, and were a flashing red siren that the politico who uttered them was unfit for even local political office, much less the highest office in the land (and let’s not forget about how country accents are mocked). Yet when Obama makes a gaffe,  it’s because he’s “tired” and/or “overworked” – or “under a lot of pressure.” Biden’s gaffes? They’re “endearing.” Ya know, “his heart was in the right place, by golly!”  The standard is rarely EVER the same for both sides when it comes to the mainstream media’s portrayal of flubs and slips of the tongue by people in positions in power.

In an ideal world, most political gaffes would get minimal to no coverage, no matter who they came from.  Everyone makes gaffes, not just us regular folks but the people we elect to represent us as well.  Most of the time, as is the case with Obama, they recover from it and move on. But the media and their Democrat allies  have helped create this false sense of a candidate and/or politico having to be “perfectly well-spoken and articulate” in order to be considered qualified for elected office.  But in the event that candidate/politico who is prone to gaffes is a liberal Democrats, as in the case of O’Biden,  the same rules – of course – don’t apply.

Yeah, I know this is the world we live in and it’s a double standard that will  never change, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.   [-x

Eric Holder cracking under pressure?

**Posted by Phineas

The Daily Caller has been carrying lots of articles about the growing calls for Attorney General Holder’s resignation over the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking scandal. And apparently it’s getting to him: when a TDC reporter tried to ask him a question about the growing clamor, Holder snapped:

Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.

As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.

Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”

Holder then walked offstage without answering TheDC’s request for comment about calls for his resignation.

Visit TDC for the video.

I honestly feel sorry for our Attorney General; after all, it’s not easy being an admitted incompetent who doesn’t read memos on major DoJ operations and who thinks voting rights laws protect only some Americans, based on their skin color. For the worst AG since Wilson’s A. Mitchell Palmer, these have got to be tough, stressful times.

Which is why I think the poor dear should do the right thing and resign to “spend more time with his family.”

Before he does any more damage.

PS: Bravo, TDC!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

A governor turns the table on #OWS –UPDATED, fresh video

**Posted by Phineas

The Occupiers all like to claim they’re into mass democracy: general assemblies, voting by up and down-twinkles, free speech, and all that jazz. And all while making obnoxious prats of themselves. Prats who don’t understand a thing about real democratic societies… but I digress.

Anyway, it shouldn’t be surprising that I took a special joy in seeing Colorado Governor Hickenlooper (D!) and the crowd he had come to address use democracy against the Occupiers.


Major up-twinkles.

via Jonah Goldberg

UPDATE: The original video was suppressed after a copyright claim by an Occupier named Michael Clifton. Hey, Mikey! Other people had cameras, too:

Thanks to Moe Lane, who observes…

Suuuuure. Now they care about private property. Doesn’t information want to be free, Michael Clifton?


(Crossposted at Public Secrets)