Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere… The BigsBlog Nightly Ramble.
This is the Railroad Station Edition.
- A political shooting you won’t hear about: Jonah Godberg points out an incident I’d not heard of,and I’ll bet most of you haven’t either. Fox News :
DEVELOPING: A gunman opened fire Monday at an army recruitment center in Little Rock, Ark., killing one army recruiter and seriously wounding another, FOX16.com reported.A man in a black SUV drove to the recruitment office and began shooting at around 10:19 a.m., a spokesman with the Little Rock police department told FOX News.The suspect, who immediately fled the scene, was later apprehended approximately four miles from the center with an assault rifle in his vehicle.Little Rock authorities detected a “suspicious device” inside the vehicle and called a bomb squad to the scene, according to FOX16.com.
Now, I’ve already commented on the George Tiller shooting , and so  has  David . But there is, I’ll admit, an irresistable urge to compare this shooting to the incident with Tiller. Both are certainly politically motivated killings But I wonder how many will consider these attacks as equal?
We have been hearing that the attack on Tiller is the result of being blamed on ‘overheated rhetoric’ from such as O’Reilly. Will we now hear these same folks admit that the attack on the recruiting staion is the direct result of ‘overheated rhetoric’ from such as Air America, or (Gasp!) Leftie Bloggers? I doubt it.
- Steve Benen: Fully Tanked: If there’s any better indication that Steve Benen is in the tank for Obama, and will make excuses for him regardless of the provocation, I can’t think of a better one, than this article yesterday  in Washington Monthly. I think we both very well understand, you and I, that the specter of the Republican president going for a night on the town mostly on the taxpayers dime with the country in the midst of a recession and companies, and families, are struggling to survive, would have brought unprecedented amounts of anger from the dinosaur media. You can bet your butt cheeks that Benen would be among those who would be screaming the loudest. As it is, The Chosen One is the subject, and quite predictably, Benen goes to bat for him, becoming the consummate apologist. Forgive me for thinking that there might actually be a bias/ credibility issue for Benen here. Obama would have to be caught on camera shooting puppies and kittens with a huge smile on his face, for Benen to suggest that Obama might have a public relations issue going forward.
- Rangel and the Cop Shooting: The NY Post, yesterday :
There’s nothing like a tragic police shooting to bring a tasteless guffaw out of Rep. Charlie Rangel.Speaking yesterday at a rally in honor of slain cop Omar Edwards — gunned down by a fellow cop in a case of mistaken identity — the embattled congressman outrageously quipped that President Obama, in town for a date with First Lady Michelle, should watch his back walking around the Big Apple because he is black.
“Make certain he doesn’t run around East Harlem unidentified,” the controversial lawmaker snarked.
“If [he] did not have the Secret Service . . . around him, [city cops] wouldn’t know if he was president of the United States.”
The remark brought raucous cheers and laughter from the crowd of around 100.
I wonder; Is this the conversation about race that Jen Rubin spoke of at PJM over the weekend ? See, here’s the problem; Such discussion, as Rubin points out with linking the New Haven Firefighter case, only goes one way. As Thomas Sohl says, Racism is under new management.
- The Car: P.J. O’Rourke in The Wall Street Journal :
I don’t believe the pointy-heads give a damn about climate change or gas mileage, much less about whether I survive a head-on with one of their tax-sucking mass-transit projects. All they want to is to make me hate my car.
Indeed… what did I say about The Prius, the other day? Why is it so popular among the left? The Prius is the perfect car for people who don’t like to drive and want that dislike reinforced. What’s happening is we’ve given the power of government to such people. Steven Green At Pajamas Media has comments there , as well. So, the obvious question: The locus of all of this is government and pointy headed liberals. Why are we letting them do this to our country?
- The Car Makers: General Motors went bankrupt this morning. Bankrupted by unions and government regulations. Of course, the unions and the government now own what’s left of GM. In short, the workers control the means of production. I gather that Chrysler is preparing to come out of bankruptcy sometime this week, quite possibly by the time you read this. Since they too are owned by government and the unions, I do not regard this as a good thing. What should have happened is that the places should have gone bankrupt, without the government jumping in. The result? No more unions, and far less government involvement. Far less taxpayer involvement, too… our grandkids wouldn’t be paying the price for the amount of unionizing and government we heaped on the car companies. We’d have done far better all around.
- Pravda: Did you guys see this Pravda rant over the weekend? Ponder both the words and the source, here:
First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
I doubt I have to comment further on that one. They’ve come far closer than even they know, I think.
- In your face, buddy: Sorry, but I can’t work up any sympathy for “Eminem.” Sorry, I just can’t. I wasn’t watching last night, but that hardly matters since it was sprayed all over the news shows this morning . No question in my mind that Sacha Baron Cohen is a hemmeroid, but frankly, given the history of both of the individuals, here, and for that matter, MTV, the question of who to cheer for leaves only indecision. ( And anyway…Remember when MTV used to be about music? I can’t help but think we… and they… were better off sticking to that.)
- Personal notes:?
- The Airshow did come to town this weekend, and I’ll have some photos for you soon as I get the downloaded and processed for posting. Lots of great action. but the lighting was all wrong. For one thing, the sunlight was so strong I couldn’t see how I was focused. I put it in autofocus and shot everything that moved, in the hoeps of making it all good on the editing screen.
- The new BitsBlog Logo is a little weird in the background yet. The problem has to do with the way GIF transperency works… or in the case of this CSS, doesn’t work. What’s up there will do for the moment.
- Writing has been a problem for me the last week or so. I’m unsure why. I’ve jotted ideas down for posts both here at at Pajamas Media but never seem to get them where I want them. They remain half written, at the moment. Annoying, really.