Coupla Things.

The jobs picture worsens

Is Obama Vetting Beginning.

As trivial as the Obama-eats-dogs and composite-girlfriend memes might seem, they actually speak to a deeper issue. At the Telegraph, Tim Stanley argues:

What stands out from the composite story isn’t that Obama amalgamated characters, it’s that the press hadn’t noticed until now. As with the dog story, this confirms the suspicion that the mainstream media gave Obama a free pass in 2008 and declined to check too deeply into his background. Even The Atlantic’s [David] Graham admits that he’s never read Dreams From My Father, and neither, it would seem, has anyone else in the press corps. They have the excuse that the book is incredibly narcissistic and boring, but otherwise isn’t this exactly the sort of character assessment/assassination that should have happened four years ago? …

Elizabeth Warren and the Tragedy of Modern Liberalism.

Cold Fury has some choice words for Ogabe.

Off to work now, a bit late, beautiful spring day here and I have outdoor work today, am I not a lucky feller?

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25 Responses to Coupla Things.

  1. R. de Haan says:

    As I said before, the official Government data doesn’t add up.
    The Dems will hype “everything” dealing with the economy to ensure an Obama reelection.

    Well, there is no magical solution to turn a depression into revival.
    Not with the hacks we have in government right now.

    • Llanfar says:

      Zero chance the dems can sell an improving economy. The best hope they have is that the GOP super PACs forget about the true jobs picture (ref. underemployed, the huge number of people giving up on the jobs market.) It’ll get ugly there if Obama agrees to a debate.

      Their best shot is to marginalize the tea party, and incite classism/racism (trying to attribute them to the GOP.)

  2. Phil in San Fran says:

    The “tragedy” of modern liberalism? It is to weep.

  3. Bob says:

    “Warren’s alleged use of affirmative action, if true, ”

    Not true, but the writer builds his case on it anyway. Spare me.

    • ligneus says:

      So what is the difference between his ‘if true’ and your ‘not true’? Can you think of any other plausible explanation? With such a bizarre thing people are going to speculate.

      • Terry says:

        Harvard won’t identify the lone Native American on their faculty:

        Harvard Law School lists one lone Native American faculty member on its latest diversity census report — but school officials and campaign aides for Elizabeth Warren refused to say yesterday whether it refers to the Democratic Senate candidate.

        What sense does it make to have a diverse faculty if you can’t tell who the diversity hires are? It boggles the mind. Harvard could have a lily-white faculty and claim they were more diverse than the American population.

        • sz says:

          The other side of this spectrum is how utterly miserable humanity, enlightened humanity, is that needs a “diversity” hiring clause in the first place. Bah. We haven’t learned a thing.

      • Bob says:

        The difference? She never used affirmative action, nor did any university that hired her.

        You like well-educated and bootstrap people, right? If she were a Republican, you’d be singing her praises. She’s self-made, damned smart and aggressive.

        This Native American flap distracts from a couple of important pieces of Scott Brown’s current bio: he’s a wealthy man pretending to be a regular Joe wearing a farmer’s jacket and driving a pick-up. Also, he voted against the health care act, but he’s using its coverage for his twentyish daughter.

        Both candidates promised to lay off personal attacks. Brown, running scared, has encouraged looking into her past. Well, it ain’t beanbag. She’s tough and should prevail.

    • Bob says:

      “…suggestions she tried to game the system…”

      What system was she gaming? I can’t figure out what she gained by the claim.
      I can fathom why Harvard listed her (anything to appear other than all-white male), but what did she gain? She hasn’t played the Native American card in her campaign. She’s not done any Cherokee dances. This is just a breeze in the teepee.

      The real issue in this campaign is whether Massachusetts voters want a tough Democratic senator dedicated to cleaning up the financial industry or a Republican senator who votes party line in D.C. and hedges his bets in Massachusetts. Brown’s on a tightwire here, too often required to please a Democratic or independent constituency.

  4. Nolo Contendere says:

    As usual, Bob’s doctrinaire leaps are amusing, but nowhere near as funny as Fauxcahontas.

  5. Terry says:

    What system was she gaming? I can’t figure out what she gained by the claim.
    She got hired, Bob. Highly competitive position at a time when Harvard was being criticized for its lack of minorities.
    You figure it out.

  6. Terry says:

    If she were a Republican, you’d be singing her praises.
    Please don’t me whose praises I will sing, Bob. It’s childish. “Why didn’t you like Bush? He was born into power and privilege just like those democrats you like!”

    • Bob says:

      Warren was born into power and privilege. Her father was a janitor.
      Was Obama born into power and privilege? Joe Biden?
      Nancy Pelosi? Come on, Terry.

  7. ligneus says:

    Obama, Biden, Pelosi, if they weren’t born with the proverbial silver spoon it makes a good case for power and privilege, no?

    Meantime Mark Steyn puts all this stupidity where it belongs, in a comedy routine.

    • Bob says:

      “…if they weren’t born with the proverbial silver spoon it makes a good case for power and privilege, no?”

      Well, yeah, I guess, if you work in a pretzel bakery.

      Pelosi’s family, incidentally, acquired a mite of power: mayor of Baltimore and a Maryland congressman. Speaker is the highest office a woman has held in the U.S., so she’s accomplished a good deal more than many of us.

  8. Ligneus says:

    Obama, Pelosi, Biden, Reid, ghastly people all.

  9. Ligneus says:

    The voice of experience in academia, Victor Davis Hanson, writes about the “Cherokee” con use to advantage a student’s progress.

    Anyone who has taught in a university has come across the “Cherokee” con, especially given the Oklahoma diaspora in California. By the time I retired from CSU, I was exhausted with “1/16th” Cherokee students, who claimed success with their gambits. This was a world of Provost Liz Smith-Lopezes, José Beckers, Simba Bavuals, and all the other attempts to traffic in victimized identities.

    Still, Warren, as no other recent examples, reminds us of the bald fakery in America these days. “Van” Jones was not born Van Jones. Louis (note the Jehmu Greene bowtie) Farrakhan was not born Farrakhan (yet just try to be a cool black racist as the Caribbean Louie Wolcott, aka Calypso Gene). In his twenties, Barry Dunham Obama went from Barry (a not very useful preppie suburbanite-sounding name) to Barack Obama. In the La La lands of academia, high journalism, and big government (though not in the landscaping business, farming, or short-order cookery), we sometimes wear identities in America as we do clothes, a different outfit as the occasion demands, given that our present-day Jim Crow racialists are busy figuring out to what degree pigment, ethnic ancestry, nomenclature, or assumed identity “counts.

    It makes the Harvard/Warren use all too normal.

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