I have often been criticized here because of my tendency to post more negative stories about Obama than about McCain. I defended my posting habits, even though I have tried to be a bit more "fair" recently, by arguing that I am admittedly biased. I’m a conservative and the stories I blog about are going to follow that trend.
I wonder if the MSM will give the same argument about their writing more about Obama as well (over 3-to-1), although I think their coverage will be a bit more positive than mine. I’m also betting their bias comes from the other direction. But I’m not holding my breathe to see them make the same admission I did.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I actually feel bad for Kobe Bryant. After losing to the Celtics in the NBA Finals, he has to hear his former teammate, Shaq, rip him in a "freestyle rap." I’m not linking it, but TMZ has the video.
The worst part is the catch phrase that Shaq closes out his rhyme with and the fact that the audience began chanting along with him. You know Kobe is going to get the infamous question at every road game for the rest of his career. I wonder when Kobe goes to the Olympics if the Chinese fans will chant:
Uh, Kobe ???????????!
That’s got to be bad even when you hear it in foreign language.
While he was battling Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, Obama was staking out the territory left of Clinton. In doing so he utter his infamous "cling" statement about some American’s affinity of their weapons. He also left the assumption in the mind of liberal voters that he agreed with the Washington DC gun ban, now … not so much.
John McCain has told conservatives that he "learned [his] lesson" on the immigration issue and understands why the base rose up and defeated his immigration reform bill in the Senate. So why is McCain thumbing his nose to them on immigration once again? Maverick being Maverick being barely tolerated (if that) by conservatives.
On Father’s Day Barack Obama delivered a stirring and inspiring speech about the importance of the father in the life of today’s children. While I appreciate and applaud the speech, many are pointing to other stances taken by Obama that they say do not square with his eloquent enjoinder to fathers.
It’s not very often I leave a theater trying to figure out when the last time I saw a better movie in that genre. That happened this week. My wife and I went to see Get Smart. I found myself laughing uncontrollably on several occasions, even spontaneously clapping with several other audience members. It was that good and that funny. My wife and I both tried to think of the last time we saw a comedy that funny. I still can’t remember one.
It seems that Colorado has passed a law allowing transvestites to use the bathroom of their choice. What a victory! Now men who think they are women can join women in the women’s rest room! How egalitarian. How comforting. I can just picture my 8 year old daughter in the bathroom while some guy in a dress delicately adjusts his johnson at the sink.
Even worse, I can see butch women trying to make a go of the men’s room without being harassed, and then trying to press harassment charges when men rightly ridicule them, asking them how big their own johnson might be. As I suggested (humorously) in Transgender Rights override women’s rights:
We can either separate men and women by their God-given biology, or we
need to create new spaces for the now FOUR possible genders.
For those who haven’t seen this interesting piece of sarcasm masquerading as a documentary coming, Bill Maher has created a documentary named Religulous that will have many religious people up in arms, and many anti-religionists cheering (though some atheists are already recoiling in shame and disgust). From the trailer:
"It worries me that people are running my country that believe in a talking snake."
"Santa Clause can hit every house in the world in one night…of course not…[but] one man hearing everyone murmur to Him at the same time, that I get."
We can disagree over a lot of things politically, but I would hope that we can agree that Massachusetts State Representative James Fagan is the world’s worst politician. For some reason Rep. Fagan believes that his job as a defense attorney
will be to destroy the lives of child rape victims because the state
legislature dared to pass a 20 year "draconian" mandatory sentence for
someone convicted of raping a child under the age of 12.
Recently John McCain reversed course on off shore drilling. While it is indeed a flip-flop, it is perhaps understandable than a policy position can be changed depending on the actual circumstances – $2.00 a gallon gas versus $4.00.
Barack Obama has been consistent in his opposition to expanded drilling and his criticisms of McCain’s new approach. He has consistently said that this is a problem we can’t drill our way out of and that drilling now will not bring any new gas to the pumps this summer. It’s only a partial solution.
Both of those objections may be true, at least partially, but they beg the question – what if we had expanded drilling 10 years ago, wouldn’t that have helped right now? Isn’t a partial solution better than no solution?
Jane Hampton Cook, author of the excellent book Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War, has posted this terrific video as an Independence Day tribute for those who sacrificed so much so that we could enjoy the blessings of liberty.
Politics is a strange world. I think that is pretty much a given and an accepted fact. What has been most striking this election cycle has been watching the Straight Talk Hope and Change Express duo become something they have long said they would avoid – just two more politicians.
People don’t pray much, even Christian people. Why is that? Because we don’t beleive it does much, because we think we are unworthy, because we think God is a utilitarian scrooge, and because we think we already know what God will or won’t give us if we pray. But something is wrong with each of these reasons.
Dr. Francis Collins, Head of the Human Genome Project, reviewed the literature and his own significant knowledge of the human genome, and concluded that virtually NO inherited personality traits are deterministic, and homosexuality, even less.
British publisher Hillhouse has published a new textbook that should add real value to the scientific exploration of evolution and origins. Rather than being dumbed down, Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism is full of information on evolution, and employs an ‘inquiry based learning‘, promoting ‘discovery, deliberation, and argument.’
I think Explore Evolution does a very good job in its stated purpose, namely, to provide a forensic presentation of the open questions surrounding the Neo-Darwinian orthodoxy in contemporary biology. The style of the textbook alone is a breath of fresh air from the sterile dogmatism that students normally encounter in the classroom.
I’ve said before in this space, and it needs to be said during just about every presidential campaign, that there is something much more potentially terrifying than to watch the government continue to fail in its efforts to prop up education in this country. Much worse than such a continuing failure would be to watch the government succeed.
Shaping the minds and the value system of our children is simply not the proper function of government—almost certainly not at any level, but especially at the distant federal level. (Emphasis added)