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Saturday, April 7, 2012
I'm about half-way through it right now, and absolutely impressed with the overall quality of Dr. Groseclose's workmanship. Well-researched and very persuasive, it still is a very easy read.
But as I was reading it, I came across a quote that I have seen and heard quite a few times in the past few years. I first heard it on the Rush Limbaugh Show, when I actually had time to listen to his show on a regular basis. During one of his monologues, he mentioned Pauline Kael's (not by name) quote about Nixon's winning of the 1972 presidential election. “How can this be?”, Kael is supposed to have said, “No one I know voted for Nixon.” This quote is supposed to demonstrate how out of touch the liberal press of the two coasts are with the rest of America.
Becoming curious as to the origins of the quote, I looked at the footnotes in Groseclose's book, only to find that he was quoting from one of Bernard Goldberg's books. I always like to try to find a primary source whenever I use quotations, so I turned to the Internet in order to find the original source of the quote. I finally found a webpage that discussed the origins of the quote. Here is the link to the page. According to the source quoted from the New Yorker, the actual quote is, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”
Now, if this quotation is correct, we can see where the distortion of the quote came from. “I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know.”'s order is turned around and becomes, “How can this be? No one I know voted for Nixon.”
But what is overlooked is an even better part of the quote. “I live in a rather special world.” Now, can you imagine if Rush Limbaugh had said something like this? Mitt Romney? Rick Santorum? Newt Gingrich? John Boehner? Ann Coulter? Sean Hannity? Mark Levin? Glenn Beck? Sarah Palin?
Oh, the press would go nuts if Sarah Palin had ever said anything like this. “Out of touch” would be the nicest thing the talking heads would be able to say on the news shows.
And then, we have this further clarification. Apparently, Will Brantley edited a collection of interviews that were made with Kael over the years, in a book called “Conversations with Pauline Kael”. Brantley wrote to the blog author:
“Kael told me the story of that mysterious quotation when it appeared in (I think) The Wall Street Journal several years ago. She never said it, and she was irked by the fact that it was so often attributed to her. Apparently a reporter, or somebody, asked her to comment on Nixon's election, and she replied that she couldn't because she didn't even know anyone who had voted for Nixon. And the story got garbled. I may have garbled the story myself slightly, since some years have passed since she told me, but the point is: she never said it. Which is easy to believe, because I never knew her to make patently stupid statements, and when she joked or was outrageous it was never with the kind of naivete that you would have to assume to make a statement like that. The upshot is that people who know nothing about her or her work are constantly berating her for saying something she never said and never would have said.”
To which the blog author replies:
“As far as I'm concerned, the case is closed. Not that posting this on my blog is going to make a difference, but hey, if Craig Seligman can hunt me down, maybe Repugs can, too.”
Repugs. Charming, eh?
So there you have it. Kael never stated that she didn't know anybody who voted for Nixon, but she did state that she lives in a rather special world. And we have a blog poster who thinks Republicans are so repugnant, they have to have their own generic name. He lives in a rather special world, indeed.
The junta's takeover has been a diaster from the beginning: Toureg and al-Qaida fighters have seized Mali's entire northern territory in just three weeks, while neighboring nations angered over the illegal coup have placed crippling sanctions on the regime and every ally in the world has condemned them.
I am hoping this constitutional return to power will bring more effective government on the northern front, as the Mali government cannot allow the Toureg and al-Qaida fighters to establish a foothold in western Africa, or for their country to be destroyed by 14th century nomads seeking to establish their own country on long gone herding grounds.
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As the entire world knows, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012. Since that date, our media and our political "leaders" have deluged us with massive amounts of heat, but shamelessly little light. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) poured this not untypical bit of soothing balm on the troubled waters: "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog! He was shot in the street! He was racially profiled!" President Obama exponentially increased our knowledge of the facts by noting that if he had had a son, "he'd look like Trayvon".
Our media, tirelessly employing their investigative skills and reporting 'round the clock without the slightest hint of agenda, induced hundreds of thousands of armchair detectives and attorneys to sign a petition declaring, in their best legal judgment, that George Zimmerman must be immediately arrested.
Media biggie NBC displayed its investigative skills by editing out an important part of the first 911-call audio tape. On the original tape there was no mention of race until the dispatcher asked Zimmerman to specify:
NBC chose to present the tape edited as follows:
Friday, April 6, 2012
President Obama suggested this evening that the Republican governing agenda will lead to "poisoning our kids" with pollution.Please bookmark!
"I believe that it is part of our solemn responsibility to future generations that we look after this planet; that we make sure our air is clean and our water is clean; that we’re not poisoning our kids," Obama said at a campaign fundraiser tonight. That credo came as he explained that "the contrast between visions in this election could not be more stark, because I believe that America is stronger when we’re looking for one another."
Obama's line evokes his Associated Press speech this week, when he said Republicans believe that if the government "let businesses pollute more and treat workers and consumers with impunity, that somehow we’d all be better off." Mitt Romney, at his Associated Press luncheon speech, dismissed Obama's "rhetorical excess."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called that AP speech a "wonky . . . policy speech," but has been refashioned by the campaign into an attack video and a fundraising speech.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012
DOJ Letter to 5th Circuit re Judicial Authority
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
And if the latest survey conducted by Public Policy Polling is accurate, then the fat lady better start warming up:
Romney - 42%
Santorum - 37%
Ron Paul - 9%
Gingrich - 6%
Just two weeks ago Santorum held his home state - where he was elected twice to the U.S. Senate - by double digits, and now he's trailing to someone who has absolutely no right leading in his back yard.... And unless his campaign does something unbelievable, or voters are duped into buying the "lets deny Mitt for no reason" argument, then his candidacy is finished.
Perhaps it will finally end before we reach the last primary in early June...
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate François Hollande will face off in the second round of France's presidential election after edging out the far right's Marine Le Pen in Sunday's first round of voting.
Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande topped the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday with 28.4 percent of votes, while incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy finished second with 25.5 percent, according to exit polls. Those figures set up a widely expected run-off between Sarkozy and the candidate of France’s main opposition party who led most voter intentions surveys before the first round.
Exit polls showed Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, had conquered third place with 18.5% of the vote. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 11.7%, and centrist François Bayrou 8.8%, the Ipsos polling agency said. While the tallies of the two leading candidates were in line with dozens of opinion surveys published before Sunday’s ballot, Le Pen’s figures were well above any of those forecasts.
Marine Le Pen far exceeded her father’s shocking second-place 16.86% score in the 2002 presidential race.
And here's why:
With almost half of the delegates awarded thus far, Romney now has 655 in his corner according to the Associated Press, or almost 60% total. Meaning, he only has to win 489, or 42% of the remaining GOP delegates up for grabs to clinch the nomination, while Santorum is three weeks away from elimination.
Then we take into account California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah have yet to award delegates - 513 of them - and that Romney will win most of them, without even considering the very possible chance of winning Pennsylvania in three weeks, his path is statistically inevitable.
For the sake of ending this never ending political version of the Hunger Games, and to save resources for the true battle this fall, the three remaining competitors should end their campaigns for the good of the party, and quite frankly, our country before one of them says something that causes harm that can't be reversed...
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Police this evening identified a man suspected of opening fire today at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people and wounding three others.Please bookmark!
Police identified the suspect as One L. Goh, 43, a Korean national believed to be a resident of Oakland, though Goh surrendered to police at a Safeway supermarket in Alameda, Calif., Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.
Police planned further questioning of witnesses and the suspect, who had yet to be charged as of 6 p.m. PT, Jordan said.
Officials also were looking for Korean-speaking crisis counselors to address the needs of those touched by the shootings, Mayor Jean Quan said.
"It's the kind of pain and situation that we won't understand totally, immediately," she said, "but will leave the community asking questions for a long time."
The NYPD is investigating a disturbing graphic (featured below) that has appeared on numerous al-Qaeda and terrorist oriented websites over the past day, which features New York City at sunset and says: "Al-Qaeda Coming Soon Again In New York."
The department's Intelligence Division is leading the search into the graphic's origin and any threats that might be associated with it.
This might be a stretch, but with the one year anniversary of SEAL Team Six's dramatic operation that took down Osama bin Laden approaching, maybe al-Qaeda is gearing up for acts of retribution, and its starting on a psychological level with the city that they can't help but target continuously.
Regardless, I'm confident the competent professionals at the NYPD will discover both the origin and the meaning behind this disgusting graphic, which should serve as a reminder to citizens that our war has not ended, and that our enemies will not stop fighting until we eliminate them one by one.
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Monday, April 2, 2012
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Sunday, April 1, 2012
The aftermath of last week's coup by dissatisfied soldiers, who rebelled in part because of President Toure's handling of the Tourag rebellion in the North, has been devastating for the nation: allies are enforcing crippling economic sanctions for overthrowing the democratic government and the rebels control the entire North now.
Including the ancient trading city of Timbuktu, which fell early this morning to the rebels, who are descendants of nomadic clans attempting to declare their centuries old herding lands where they've historically dwelt as an independent nation. They are also fighting alongside islamists aligned with al-Qaida.
Mali soldiers were fleeing Timbuktu as the rebels advanced, leaving only arab militia's to defend it, who apparently weren't able to hold it for long.
Neighboring governments should immediately put the coup down, restore President Toure until the scheduled election is held in the next couple of weeks and push the al-Qaida alligned rebels back to the stoneage. There is absolutely no excuse for Mali's dire situation to be ignored...... and unless we act now, who knows how much more will be lost.
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