Just a few random thoughts…
A lot of political observers thought that John Edwards had a decent chance to become Barack Obama’s running mate—after all, he is white, Southern, and liberal. But unfortunately for Edwards, it doesn’t look like that will happen—the National Enquirer seems pretty confident in its report that Edwards had an affair that produced a child. According to the National Enquirer, Edwards met with his mistress Monday night in the Beverly Hilton, and was caught by Enquirer photographers. The words “National Enquirer” and “responsible journalism” don’t usually go together, but the Enquirer is probably right in this case—Fox News has confirmed at least some of their report. Whatever the truth is, Edwards almost certainly won’t be Obama’s running mate now.
Blatant anti-Semitism of the week: Time Magazine’s Joe Klein explains his idea of the weaknesses in John McCain’s foreign policy: “[McCain has] surrounded himself with, and been funded by, Jewish neoconservatives who believe Iran is a threat to Israel's existence.” Yes, Jewish neoconservatives—they’re the worst kind. I hate to violate Godwin’s Law, but I would just point out that seventy years ago, Germans blamed Jews for their loss in World War I. Now, Jews get blamed for all of our woes in the Middle East. Progress.
News from the religion of peace: Jihadis punish homosexuality by raping gay men. I’m not saying my gaydar is infallible, but if you rape homosexuals to prove your manhood, you’re trying too hard. Gays tend to be liberal, but given what would happen to them if radical Islam ever got any sort of political or social power, they would probably be better off voting Republican.
Okay, I realize that Barack Obama isn’t a very good debater, but would it kill him to have just one debate with McCain? He is having an event with McCain in August, which is something, but it won’t be a real debate—the two men won’t respond to each others points. Dodging debates probably won’t help him in the long run—if he gets a reputation as a bad debater, his debate performances will be scrutinized that much more carefully.
Any doubts that the media is actively rooting for Obama? This piece from Bild (in fairness, this is a German maginize, not an American one) should help dispel them.
He goes and picks up a pair of 16 kilo weights and starts curling them with his
left and right arms, 30 repetitions on each side. Then, amazingly, he picks up
the 32 kilo weights! Very slowly he lifts them, first 10 curls with his right,
then 10 with his left. He breathes deeply in and out and takes a sip of water
from his 0,5 litre Evian bottle.
I love the breathless reporting of the completely ordinary events taking place—from the tone of the piece, it sounds like Obama is lifting entire mountains, but that particular workout regimen doesn’t really sound that hard. (Although I’m sure that Obama has some harder ones—he looks to be in pretty good shape).
Barack Obama got a bounce of a few points from his European trip. It should be interesting to see how it holds up—will is dissipate quickly, or will he keep at least some of that support?
Michael Savage has stirred up controversy by suggesting, basically, that most kids diagnosed with autism are really just coddled brats. It is possible that “normal” kids are sometimes misdiagnosed with autism, but Savage’s main point is ridiculous, as well as being hurtful to people who do have autism. I hesitate to write this, knowing that I am playing into Savage’s attention-hungry hands by mentioning it, but this sort of thing should be condemned.
Dennis Kucinich has instituted not-quite-impeachment hearing against George Bush. Apparently Democrat party leaders wouldn’t let him mention impeachment, so he and his friends just critizied Bush for a while. The mood in the room was described as “slightly demented.” Sounds about right.