Sen. Obama, Constitutional Ignoramus or Jackass? And no fair choosing both.
The Good Junior Senator From Illinois (hereinafter, “The GJSFI“) is a proud graduate of Harvard Law School, where he edited the Law Review. Distinguished constitutional scholar Laurence H. Tribe is a member of the Harvard Law School faculty, and may have taught the GJSFI. The GJSFI himself once taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. The Gormogons have put one of his Con Law exams up for review, and ridicule. Leaving aside politics for a moment, ‘Puter was momentarily stunned, then enraged when The GJSFI blithely referred to President George W. Bush (who gets no love from ‘Puter either) as “John McCain’s president, George W. Bush.”
Now, ‘Puter’s no Haravard Law graduatin‘, Con Law teachin‘ junior senator from Illinois, but ‘Puter’s read hisself the United States Constitution more than a few times. Being a bit slow, ‘Puter must have missed the part where a citizen of the United States can unilaterally declare that the duly elected sitting president of the United States is not his president. Maybe The GJSFI can point me to the relevant provision.
All kidding aside, the asininity that somehow the sitting president is “not my president” has got to stop. It sounds stupid and petty whether it comes from KosKids in reference to George W. Bush or the Buchananites referring to William J. Clinton. Look, [insert hated president here] is/was the president whether you like it or not. Your guy lost. Deal with it.
And for a presidential candidate from a major political party to pull this garbage is inexcusable. It may excite your base, GJSFI, but it diminishes you personally and professionally. ‘Puter calls on The GJSFI to reaffirm or retract his statement that implies George W. Bush is not his president. As if the GJSFI or his campaign staff read The Gormogons.
And for Sweet Baby Jesus In The Manger’s sake, no non-apology apology, please.
‘Puter’s never been a fan of Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. Anti-democratic, too accepting of Islamic extremism, unwilling (or unable) to control his tribal borderlands. His resignation of Pakistan’s presidency leaves ‘Puter worried though.
With Musharraf’s departure, ‘Puter fears the rise of militant Islam as a political force within Pakistan, which will give America’s enemies a more secure base from which to launch operations against America and her interests. Perhaps a worse alternative is a failed, nuclear-armed state on the border with India.
Since partition, Pakistan has been ruled by kleptocrats and/or thugs. See, e.g., the Bhutto family. The likelihood of this ruling characteristic changing approaches zero. Nothing good will come of this.
Capitalism’s ascendancy appears to be deeply entrenched, but the current predominance of democracy could be far less secure. … the reasons for the triumph of democracy, especially over its nondemocratic capitalist rivals of the two world wars, Germany and Japan, were more contingent than is usually assumed. Authoritarian capitalist states, today exemplified by China and Russia, may represent a viable alternative path to modernity, which in turn suggests that there is nothing inevitable about liberal democracy’s ultimate victory — or future dominance.
The fact that the intellectual class of the liberal democracies seems inclined to blame all of history’s sins on their own side, thus effectively if tacitly advocating the deserving victory of their enemies, bodes very ill in this case indeed. We’ve been here before in the 1930s, and I hope we don’t reprise that low, dishonest decade.
Worth reading. Covers Georgia, the Near Abroad, and the Middle East.
The main aim will be to weaken America’s position in the Middle East. In this respect, there are differences of opinion in the Kremlin. Some ex-generals have come on record to the effect that a war with America is inevitable in a perspective of 10-15 years. The influence of these radical military men should not be overrated. But it is certainly true that the belief that America is Russia’s worst and most dangerous enemy is quite common (see for instance the recent Russkaia Doktrina). The downfall of the Soviet empire is thought to be mainly if not entirely America’s fault; Washington, it is believed, is trying to hurt Russia all the time in every possible way. This paranoiac attitude is deeply rooted (in contrast to China) and it will be an uphill struggle in the years to come to persuade the Russian leadership that this is not the case.
I know the Olympics are generally GorT’s beat, but holy cow, what a crazy race the men’s 100m butterfly was. All credit to Serbia’s Milorad Čavić for taking it to Phelps without the slightest sign of fear or hesitation. One one-hundredth of a second is a ludicrous margin of victory: it’s literally imperceptible. I can see why Čavić’s coaches protested; by the same token, if you’re judging by computer out to hundredths of a second (and is 0.01 second a reliable margin of error on these instruments?!), you have to go with what the computer says, unless you’re going to have video review with a MythBusters-style high-speed camera.
Congrats to Michael Phelps; well done, Gospodin Čavić; and holy crap, is it amazing that Crocker’s 2005 world record is still in place.
UPDATE: Oops. Milorad Čavić isn’t really “Serbia’s.” He’s was born in Anaheim, went to Cal-Berkeley, and is swimming for his parents’ country.
UPDATE 2: And all praise to Mark Spitz. His comments to Phelps were utterly gracious and perfectly pitched for the occasion.
Besides the fact that Michael Phelps is physically pretty close to the perfect swimmer (length of legs, torso, size of hands, feet, double joints, etc.) the US Swim Team also has science on their side. Hear that, kids? Science. Go get some education.