Dear Readers: I want to start out with some thrilling news! One of the most energetic, humorous and insightful pundits is bringing me on to his elite team. William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection has asked me to help coordinate items for his new effort “College Insurrection”. He will also kindly shine a light on the Shrine, so this is an exciting development and much appreciated.
It also means that there will be a new media source available to college and university students, which ties into the thesis of Captain Capitalism’s book “Worthless”. So, I will help provide information to the young that the elite media and BIG EDUCATION elitists just won’t do! (MUT Note, the Captain will be joining me on CANTO TALK this Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 pm PT/9 pm CT).
Word Warrior features another new media approach to vetting, via his review and analysis of 2016: Obama’s America: OBAMA’S AMERICA: DOWNSIZING THE USA.
I had a chance to screen the film last week. No fan of the President’s, I entered the theater expecting to agree with Mr. D’ Sousa’s underlying thesis. What I didn’t expect was to be impressed with the quality of this film; nor to be so fascinated as the film takes the audience around the world, tracing both the President’s and his father’s footsteps to interview people who knew both; and can help to explain the enigma that is this, our 44th President
I have to agree with Word Warrior that 2016: Obama’s America is an excellent movie. In fact, the Team Obama fundraising numbers are showing that the vetting that this movie does (and also via other non-traditional media sources)is finally being accomplished. It’s nice to see that Americans are now “down-sizing” Obama, instead of the reverse.
The movie features Obama’s anti-colonialist attitudes, which seemingly colors ALL his foreign policy tactics. It also highlights his close relation ship with American Communist Party member Frank Davis (not a composite mentor, though Obama tries to obscure his identity in the “autobiographies”.
The movie also shows an interview with George Obama, whose appreciation for the benefits of capitalism and inherent sense of self-responsibility and dignity are in stark contrast with his half-brother. Recently, George Obama asked the movie’s director, Dinesh D’Souza, for money to help cover his son’s medical bills (instead of asking his millionaire President brother), with these words: “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
My New York friend, Lonely Conservative, reports that “2016” had higher earnings per theater than “Batman”. I must admit, given that Obama-supporting Hollywood’s box office numbers for the summer are flat, I am experiencing a bit of Schadenfreude!
One last item, as I am also experiencing Schadenfreude at Team Obama’s enthusiasm gap in the wake of the crowd differential in the wake of Mitt Romney’s bold decision to tap Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential pick. Team Obama claims that they want smaller crowds, which an innovative approach to garnering support.
The fact that the old media is in the tank for Team Obama is now transparently clear; and it is this mindless approach that makes a lot of material written about other topics also worse than useless. In fact, Beers with Demo fisks the Los Angeles Times today: Crime, smog, traffic and graffiti and all they have to show for it is this crappy newspaper
The article that stuck out for us, though, was the one on Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri, Todd Akin, who claimed the “legitimate rape” seldom makes woman pregnant. He has refused to step out of the race for his reckless and uninformed comments and here is the title of the Times’ article documenting this dust-up:
Tea party rogue: Todd Akin defies GOP bosses by staying in race
Now, we know that the Times will never miss an opportunity to bash conservatives and/or the tea party but there is an inconvenience about this title: Akin beat the tea party candidate and the one endorsed by Sarah Palin, Sarah Steelman in the primaries.
That doesn’t seem to matter to the Times. And they wonder why they’re bankrupt.
No, Akin was never Tea Party. It seems Claire McCaskill was hoping Akin would be her opponent, hoping he would implode. Sadly, he did — far too early for her, as the GOP seems to be taking measures to get another candidate in Akin’s place.
I will remind all my dear friends on this board that there is actually one more alternative to consider: A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.
Given how angry Tea Party activists and Republicans are at Akin’s inane stance, resources can be used to support one of the 2 opponents Akin had: Preferably, Steeleman, as Palin supported her and that is a big spotlight.
I will also remind everyone that such an approach work worked in the Alaska Senate race in 2010. Though, this time, the write-in candidate will have grassroots support on a vast level.
Akin’s idiocy has caused me now to support McCaskill. I urge the Missouri GOP to think outside the box if Akin remains.
As the Paul Ryan/Math meme is going viral and Team Romney is going on a “Math Offensive”, I wanted to contribute one of my favorite graphics for this election cycle:
SLOB News and Notes:
B-Daddy has a great piece on how Conservatives and Libertarians compliment eachother, in terms of policy focus.
It is less obvious that conservatives need libertarians, but they do. First, their votes and energy are necessary to do battle with the forces of statism. On any individual issue, the pressure for government to “do something” often seems compelling. Only a firm adherence to principles, which libertarians seem better equipped to do, can beat back these impulses. Second, conservatives forget at their peril that the use of government to achieve their desired social ends usually ends badly for them. From the death of the church because it was identified with the monarchy in old Europe to Republicans becoming identified as the party of big government before the 2006 elections, marrying conservative social ends to the coercion of big government has been a loser. Further, funding big government conservative programs undermines the principled arguments for limited government.
It is a great piece, well worth reading in full.
Finally, to round out today’s reading, Mark Meckler has a piece on how Tea Party and its army of “citizen journalists” have beat “Occupy Wall Street” in the arena of public opinion.