October 19, 2011 - October 12, 2011
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Old Guy, R.I.P.
He never said he was sorry.
PERSON POV. I regret to inform you all that Old Guy passed away
week before his 77th birthday. We will miss him.
He was, in his own words, "an old coot." It's no secret that we took a
lot of heat for his posted attempts to take Obama up on his call for a
serious dialogue on race relations. He still holds the record for most
comments here on his first
post and his second.
Should we have published his controversial thoughts? Yes. Are we sorry
that the accidental viral diffusion of his posts permanently consigned
InstaPunk to the backwaters of the blogosphere? No. On the occasion of
his passing, we reread what he had to say and we find no hatred there,
only an old man's attempt to tell the truth as he saw it. The way we
read it, that's what the First Amendment is all about. And philosophy.
Which doesn't mean that InstaPunk has any right to be linked,
respected, popularized, or made fashionable. The First Amendment also
carries an implicit mandate that speakers be responsible and bear the
consequences for what they say. We have no problem with that. Regret is
an unfailing signpost of ambition unhorsed. All we've ever wanted to do
here was communicate the truth as we saw it. We still have the freedom
to do that. As long as we continue to have that freedom, we're good.
About his passing. We visited when he was failing at the end. He said a
few things, in no particular order or context, that seem worth sharing:
"I hope there's a God. My mother's life
would be a farce if he wasn't there."
"I don't mind dying. I'm not afraid. I'm just a shit-making machine.
I'm tired of all the eating that takes."
"If there's a hell, that's where I'm going. No doubt. All the folks
I've met aiming at heaven are the worst Saturday night I could ever
"There better be dogs in hell, too. And not just the vicious ones. I
want to hang out with the ones who pretend they can't hear all those
"I sure hope hell is like Salem. I always thought it was hell and it's
what I'm used to."
I'm not as sure as he is that he's going to hell. But wherever he winds
up, I'm pretty sure it will be a lot like like Salem and there will be dogs there.
He didn't look so bad dead. Still cross looking but maybe more calm.
Probably the less stress involved in not having to make all that shit.
G'bye, Old Guy. Give'em hell. Whatever your destination.
Who's the Wacko
married? To a man? How quaint. I
feel safe in saying that those are, indisputably,
Honestly. It's an interesting question. Christine O'Donnell appears to
be a modestly unfocused woman of the sort we've all met, albeit more
conservative than most, while her opponent Christopher Coons bristles
with elite credentials, including Amherst and Yale.
Is it at all conceivable that voters are getting sick to death of Yale?
Perhaps. But maybe they'd relate better to his charismatically
of average American values:
After college, Coons worked in
Washington, D.C., for the Investor Responsibility Research Center,
where he wrote a book on South Africa and the U.S. divestment movement.
He then worked as a volunteer for the South African Council of Churches
and as a relief worker in Kenya, before returning to the U.S. to work
for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York. In 1992, he earned his
J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and a master's degree in Ethics from
Yale Divinity School.
Coons clerked for Judge Jane Richards Roth on the United States Court
of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and then worked for the National "I
Have a Dream" Foundation in New York. After returning to Delaware in
1996, Coons began his career as in-house counsel for W.L. Gore &
Associates, Inc., Newark, Delaware-based makers of Gore-Tex fabrics and
other high-tech materials. There he was responsible for the ethics
training program, federal government relations, e-commerce legal work,
and for general commercial contracting. In 1999, he was awarded the
Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award for his work with the "I Have a
Dream" Foundation of Delaware, the Governor's Mentoring Council, and
the United Way of Delaware.
Oh. So the guy hasn't ever actually had a job. You know, the kind of
job where you contribute to the bottom line or get fired. He's been
browsing in South Africa and Kenya instead. And stuff with foundations,
charities, non-profit liaison bullshit and like that. I see. Which is
ever so much better than being an average citizen with overdue bills and
mortgages and inconvenient religious beliefs, etc. I see. He's
obviously a shoo-in for the Senate. When the Delaware voters get a load
of just how hard he's worked for Kenyans and Zulus,
they'll flock to his banners (which will be very appropriately
bio-degradable) because the citizens of Bear, Delaware, feel so
soulfully close to Shaka Zulu. Or something.
Guess what. Coons might win. But I don't think O'Donnell is the only
wacko in the race. I'll leave it to Michael Barone to decipher the
internals of the polls, but I have two observations to make that I
think will have an impact on the outcome, regardless of what the polls
Christopher Coons is bald.
He's not even in comb-over territory. He's a youngish chrome dome.
Electorally, that's not good. It's worse than not good if you're a
do-gooder lefty who's spent most of his life not caring about his home
state. It makes you look like what you probably are -- a privileged, unattractive
weenie dilettante who woos women by being slavishly submissive to feminist cant.
2) Christine O'Donnell has breasts.
This is pretty much undeniable, even by Democratic strategists. True,
she may be a few pounds overweight, but those extra pounds, let's face
it, don't look bad on her. Especially when she dons her Palin specs.
How do you think she managed to trounce her septuagenarian primary
opponent? Does anyone want to spoon with Coons or read his tramp stamp? I rest my case.
Think about it. Baldness versus Breastedness. If Karl Rove weren't so
old and so betrothed to his whiteboard, he'd see it too.
Except that inside the Beltway, they actually think the resume of a guy
like Coons is impressive. Don't laugh. They really do. Go to a
Georgetown cocktail party, utter the name 'Yale,' and fourteen female
journalists will roll onto their backs with their legs waving in the
air. (Another four male journalists will sink to their knees with
their tongues stuck out, but that's a whole other topic.)
Here's the thing. I've been to Delaware. If they have to have a strange
bedfellow for political purposes, trust me: Christine O'Donnell will be
their preference. It doesn't take two graduate Yale degrees to say
"fuck no" to more federal spending.
And she has breasts. That
would be a pure bonus.
Try to remember, Karl. Way way back. Before the whiteboard. Anything?
Monday, September 20, 2010
The Best Suggestion
Remember when Jane
Fonda did the Tomahawk Chop? Who you rooting for?
On WIP SportsTalk radio, they've received the first trash-talk from
Atlanta, assigning all the recent success of the Phillies to their
homerun-friendly ballpark. The response of host Glen Macnow is my
favorite fan participation idea ever. Let's resuscitate the Braves' politically incorrect
Tomahawk Chop and use it against them in Philly throughout this series.
Kewl. Spread the word.
Full disclosure. I actually called in to WIP SportsTalk on the subject
of the Phillies a few weeks ago and got on the air. I compared the
experience of seeing games at Citizens Bank Park, Veterans Stadium,
and Connie Mack Stadium. And I successfully answered a trivia question
about the nickname of a player from the Connie Mack era. I'm officially
an "Old Phart Phillies Phan."
But I'll be fine, win or lose. Baseball is a symphony that spans the
decades, and every high and low has its own beauty, whether the melody
is presently carried by the trumpets or the bassoons. Or tomahawk
Green Room Homeruns
doesn't say baseball to you? Can't you see the on-deck circle?
. I've remarked before that the best writing at Hotair
the Green Room, and this morning we have more proof. Three excellent
posts that represent long-ball elaborations on points made previously
here. Top of the list, as always, is Doc Zero, who considers hints
being bruited about that the Obama administration may begin expressly targetingdemonizing
Sarah Palin rather than John Boehner. The Doc
(RTWT, of course) doesn't think it's a good idea:
Obama would be making a deadly mistake
by calling out Sarah Palin
for a political cage match. Let me put this bluntly: virtually no
in America gives a damn what Barack Obama says about anything
at this point. What could be more predictable, and less
than Obama’s opinion on any given subject? Who wants to
the economic wisdom of a guy who looted the Treasury for a trillion
dollars, with less benefit than we could have achieved by stuffing
hundred dollar bills into random cereal boxes? Who’s excited to
about the next plan to convert taxpayer dollars into Democrat campaign
funds? Who’s hungry for another hour of tedious excuses about
permanently broken markets and the titanic dead hand of George W.
Bush? Who wants a lecture on ethical business practices from the
titular head of the party that gave us Charlie Rangel and Maxine
Waters? What use is another hollow foreign-policy speech from a
who sees no global adversary to rival the menace of Arizona? Even
Obama’s supporters don’t hear anything he says any more. There’s
nothing left to hear.
Palin, on the other hand, commands
There are lots of colorful personalities
making news during this
election season, but these elections are not about personality.
Describing them as expressions of unreasoning anger against the
Democrats underestimates the thoughtfulness and determination of the
Tea Party movement. Voters are not just looking for scapegoats to
punish for a lousy economy. They are preparing to act against the
system itself, in
a manner without precedent in modern history. Palin understands
better than any other frontrunner for the 2012 Presidential
nomination. Her presumptive rivals have ties to various aspects
that system, as with Mitt Romney’s precursor to ObamaCare in
Massachusetts. Too many of them treat the repeal of ObamaCare as
sensitive topic, while Palin uses it as a battle cry.
The last thing Obama should do is pull
Palin onto the stage as his
chief rival. She might talk about the perpetual corruption engine
“stimulus” dollars protecting
and filtering down into Democrat campaign coffers. She might ask
“centrists” how they can find the center of a system tumbling over the
left edge of a cliff. She might ask “independents” how much
independence they think they can retain after a few more years of wild
government growth. She might ask how a President with so little
in the American people dares to complain when they show him
anything less than complete trust and unquestioning obedience.
As Doc Zero rounds the bases, J.
E. Dyer steps up to the plate prepared to slam a round-tripper on the question of why
the tea partiers are voting their conscience rather than a strategic RINO sellout
for a Republican majority. He says, in part (RTWT):
I think many high-information voters see
things this way: if we can
retake the House and achieve a blocking minority in the Senate – both
of which are increasingly probable, even if O’Donnell loses in Delaware
– Congress can act as a check on Obama until January 2013.
On the other hand, a RINO-heavy
Congressional majority would be
likely to set Obama’s course in stone – e.g., with only marginal
changes to Obamacare, with some version of amnesty and some version of
cap-and-trade – and actually make the Obama agenda harder to decouple
from down the road.
The Republicans who would take over as a
majority in 2011 just
aren’t convincing to a lot of voters. The voters aren’t stupid;
they’re using their votes for their own purposes. It’s not a
Karl Rove that his electoral advice has been overruled. It’s a
that something much bigger is going on, and the rules have gone out the
window. Expertise with running campaigns is secondary right
first place is a candidate’s message – and the people are listening
with a very critical ear. They’ve left their party’s, and
direction on autopilot for a long time now, but they’re no longer
willing to. Their vote is the one thing they have direct,
control over, and they’re using it to do what they want to
While Dyer was high-fiving teammates in the dugout, Steven Den Beste
poled one out of the park with his thoughts on the Obama
A long time ago I came to the
conclusion that one of the motives
driving Obama is his concern over his legacy. How will he be seen once
he leaves office? In particular, given that he’s the first President
who isn’t white, what kind of record will he leave behind for the next
non-white to make the attempt?...
Obama wanted to be a transformative
president, the left’s answer to
Reagan. Unfortunately for Obama, he’s going to transform the country,
alright, but in the long run it will be the same direction as Reagan.
I think it will take decades to undo most
of the damage that Obama
has caused (mainly by out-of-control spending and expansion of
government) but it’ll happen, and this country will survive it. At the
end of Obama’s one-and-only term as president, the country will be
wounded but still standing.
Obama’s main legacy is going to be to
utterly blacken the reputation
of the “Progressive” political program for the next fifty years, if not
Something we warned about in September
2008. But be sure to read Den Beste's list of what not to do. It's a tape measure job.
If the Green Room is the second string at Hotair, what do they call the
first string? The Red Room? Well, there was also at least an RBI double
there today from Patterico,
who isn't AllahPundit or Morrissey, so what is he? At any rate, with
the help of additional researchers (why no HR), he fisked David Brooks
for his latest column, which contained the following:
Along the way, the movement has picked
up some of the worst excesses of
modern American culture: a narcissistic sense of victimization, an
egomaniacal belief in one’s own rightness and purity, a willingness to
distort the truth so that every conflict becomes a contest of pure good
versus pure evil.
Did I say fisked? I meant knocked into the next county (you know, the one outside the beltway):
Bruni book author stands by
Michelle Obama anecdote
PARIS (AFP) – The author of a book on Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Friday
stood by his account of US First Lady Michelle Obama complaining about
life in the White House, but admitted she was probably joking.
Both the White House and the French embassy in Washington firmly denied
Thursday that Obama had told Bruni that she found life as first lady to
be "hell", as recounted in the biography "Carla and the Ambitious".
But journalist Yves Derai, co-author of the book with Michael Darmon,
told AFP that the pair stood by their account of the March 31 dinner at
which the two first ladies allegedly had the exchange.
...which leaves one wondering, particularly in the context of the First
Lady's well documented high
girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day
Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation
by Andrea Tantaros
Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too
familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in
President Obama's inaugural address to the nation, and he's referenced
it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its
But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing
summer sojourns - or forgoing them altogether - the Obamas don't seem
to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the
First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the
chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her "closest friends."
According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more
than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what
one would call cutting back in troubled times.
Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama's Spanish fiesta, the
Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, "luxurious," "posh" and "a
millionaires' playground." Estimated room rate per night? Up to a
staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two.
To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what
they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70
Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the
taxpayers a pretty penny.
Perhaps it could be that the Obamas, who seem to fancy themselves more
along the lines of international celebrities than actual leaders,
espouse a different view of sacrifice...
The Obama modus operandi is becoming clear. From lavish trips to Spain
to reportedly flying Bo, the President's Portuguese water dog, on a
separate aircraft to vacation with them in Maine, to a date night in
New York City that perhaps cost nearly $100,000, their idea of
austerity is really just the lap of luxury, at least for ordinary folks.
Incredibly, the Obamas have long portrayed themselves as precisely such
commoners. Just this month, Obama told ABC the First Couple is "not
that far removed from what most Americans are going through." And that
"it was just a few years ago that we had high credit card balances, we
had two kids, thinking about college. We had our own retirement
accounts, wondering if we were going to be able to get enough assets in
...well, a fairly specific Question: What does she want that would be
better than "Hell"? Nutrition Czarina of the U.N.? Ice Queen of the
Warming Globe? Or Boss Bitch of the Universe?
Apparently, the power-giving icon that drives Michelle's ambition is
NOT a fish, but a different creature
of the sea:
Depleting U.S. Lobster Supply
by Keith Koffler on August 25, 2010
So how much lobster are you having during these precarious economic
times? What? You’ve had to cut back? No longer ordering it stuffed with
crab meat, at least?
Well, if you happen to be the President of the United States or the
First Lady, your lobster consumption is continuing at a robust pace.
Yes, the economy is still getting battered. And Tuesday night, so
was President Obama’s lobster.
Well now, let's get down to business.
According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, the president savored some
lobster tempura at the trendy State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury on
Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, just the thought of it. If he brings some back
to the White House for me, I’ll write whatever he wants.
Monday night at The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard it
was the lobster pasta appetizer for the president and a surf and turf
entrée – the “surf” being a lobster tail – for Mrs. Obama.
And what would the vacation to Maine in July have been without a taste
of everyone’s favorite crustacean. The president did it in a little
less genteel fashion that time, heading over to something called
Stewman’s Downtown restaurant where he was served the “Lobster
Experience” dinner – just regular lobster, corn and slaw.
But the Obamas’ lobster experience is not confined to these shores.
Michelle Obama was barely off the plane during her voyage early this
month to the Spanish Riviera when, according to the Spanish press, she
dived into a feast of sea bass tartare, strawberry gazpacho and
sardines, and a main course of lobster with seaweed risotto.
Michelle enjoyed the repast so much that she was right back at it
on August 14 during the Obamas’ two-day Panama City, Fla photo-op
vacation. There, at the Firefly restaurant, it was more lobster for
The Obamas were supposed to be showing support for the good people of
the oil spill-stricken Gulf, eating their seafood and so forth. So the
big question is, was it a Caribbean lobster or one shipped down from
And who knows what lobster delicacies the White House chef is whipping
up for them in between vacations?
We're left to ponder what happens when the Fisherman's Wife is finally
remitted to her original condition. What kind of "Hell" will that be? For some of us, maybe, a
step closer to heaven.
HINT FOR THE
TIMID. You are absolutely invited to pile on with
appropriate video references. We'll start the ball rolling, very slowly
and mildly, with this:
Momentum is a thing that builds from a sometimes glacial start. Bear in
mind, I've never even heard
of Lady Gaga.
Sarah Palin Rules
of those orbs as "life panels."
TREMBLE... OH YE FEMINAZIS. I had this huge spike in InstaPunk hits
at SiteMeter I couldn't explain. I finally found it. It consists of
guys looking for a
pic of Sarah Palin that is billed up front as a fake. But it
amounted to five times my normal traffic. In the immediate aftermath of
the Republican primaries and all the fear and loathing expressed by
both Republicans and Democrats about her exorbitant influence on
You can say, well, a lot of things. After all, I've had a constant
stream of hits associated with my exclusive (fake) photos of Nancy
implants. But I'm thinking this is more significant than that. With
regard to Palin, I never showed or promised any nipple. And I never got
this kind of a one-time surge in traffic when the subject was Pelosi.
But Palin has finally been revealed as the ultimate kingmaker -- and
queenmaker -- in contemporary politics. She's become, overnight, every
mythological female goddess and monster in history -- from Juno to Siren to
Lamia to Gorgon. Worse, her persona on stage and on camera is
up to it. She's ultimate female power, iconic, sexual, and most
importantly gravitationally dense.
Inside-the-beltway types can talk gravitas all they want. Sarah Palin
possesses specific gravity. Whatever she weighs in avoirdupois, she
weighs more in terms of presence. She sucks in eyes, ears, cameras,
microphones. When she's there on-screen or on-stage, no one else is.
She's a magnet of the senses. Why men can't look away from her and
can't stop looking for her. Why so many women love her and why bitter feminists of both sexes hate her. Why the left is is so terrified of her they can't stop trying
to destroy her, no matter how self-destructive that quest becomes. Why
the right is so phenomenally divided about her. She's not a mind, she's
not an ideology, she's not anything in particular you can pin down.
She's a fucking hurricane of down-home American charisma.
Yeah, she makes me nervous
But the people want Palin. All of them. Perhaps in different ways, but
they all want her. Women want Palin because she's real, a mother, a
straight-shooting antidote to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton fakes. Or
they want her ('Most Wanted' posters) because she's the she-devil who stole their husbands,
blighted their careers, evaporated their own self-esteem, shrivelled their loins. Men want
Palin because she's real, a woman they can desire just because she's
real and not some superficial fake friend-cum-killer bitch. Or because
they'll never get a hard-on again knowing she's loose in the world.
Does this mean she's rising in the polls?
No. But it does mean she's a
hell of a lot more interesting to almost everyone than the gray zombie
and his sullen consort in the White House.
Upshot? Sarah is nuclear. As a woman. As a political voice. And as an
irresistible cultural attraction. Love her, hate her, symbolify her, or
objectify and try to kill her, she's the one thing that just can't be
ignored or bled to beige.
Doc Zero was right.
Attack her at your own risk. Fail and be destroyed. Succeed and be, uh,
And, you horny males: When you go looking for Sarah, look, too, for
what I say about her. (do a
Search for Palin here at InstaPunk. Tons of stuff.) You might
find my many discussions of her equally exciting.
THE PALIN THEOREM: THERE'S NOTHING NOT TO LIKE ABOUT HER UNLESS YOU FIND HER THREATENING SEXUALLY OR, ER, SEXUALLY. OTHERWISE, YOU'D JUST DISAGREE WITH HER AND WISH HER WELL IF NOT VOTE FOR HER.
That's it. Tell me how much you hate her, and I'll tell you how pathological your whole personality is.