Thursday, 29 May 2008

Nepotism Never Works--Scott McClellan is Living Proof

It was a stunningly stupid appointment. When I marvelled at how inappropriate it was, and at what a contrast there was to the brilliant Ari Fleischer, my husband told me that Scott McClellan's brother had done something, and President Bush was thanking him by appointing his utterly inarticulate and colossally ineffectual little brother as Press Secretary. It turns out that the former nobody is an ingrate and a petty mercenary who doesn't mind having someone ghost-write a book in his name just to make big bucks. This man was a complete non-entity before his mind-bending appointment, and it's understandable that he now lusts for the limelight to continue to shine on his potato-like visage. Pity he's so intellectually-challenged that he had to use someone else's brain to do so. The democrats are going to use him in an attempt to bring down Senator McCain. When people get another chance at listening to this dullard's rhetoric, it will be risible. But the Democrats don't set much store by literacy and intellectual aptitude, so it just may work for them--they march in lockstep when it comes to blindly hating Republicans, so it is entirely predictable that they shall hang on every word of this mentally-challenged, monosyllabic, miserable (thanks, Bob Dole) critter.

Interesting White House Press Gaggle with the McClellan Brothers

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino expressed shock the viciousness of McClellan's memoir:
"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad - this is not the Scott we knew."

No, it’s not the Scott they knew—it’s a ghost-writer. The malevolent, mendacious mental midget McClellan isn’t smart enough to speak, much less write:

National Review Piece
Andrew C. McCarthy in National Review Online, Exposing the Brute Stupidity of the Most Inept, Incompetent Press Secretary in History

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Camila Batmanghelidjh: Kids Company Heroine

Photo: Evening Standard

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company charity in Great Britain, knows what it means to be a survivor. She is helping young people in London to overcome conditions at home that lead to violence and disaster. Having had a childhood of privilege, Camila Batmangelidjh's life changed drastically for the worse during and after the Iranian revolution in the 1970s. After personal hardship and tragedy, she pulled up her socks and became an award-winning psychologist and philanthropist.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company Charity, and author of

Shattered Lives

The Angel of Peckham

I've discovered Camila Batmanghelidjh's late father by accident: he was the Water Cure M.D.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Our Friend, Massad Ayoob Speaks

Beautiful Tribute to Jimmy Stewart

My friends at Amigos de la Arena have written a memorial piece honoring movie great and Princeton alumnus, Jimmy Stewart.
The latest post there before that is an excellent treatise on the movie industry, by Pope Pius the Seventh.

Postscript: in the 1990s, an on-campus theater was built at Princeton University, and named after James Stewart.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Honoring War Veterans

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Human Statue of Liberty with 18,000 Soldiers, Camp Dodge, Iowa; Col. Wm. Newman Commanding; Col. Rush Wells Directing; Photo by Mole & Thomas(Below) French Soldiers in Fort Formation: France, 1919

Historic Human Shield Formed at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan
Photograph Staged by Mole and Thomas

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The Gray Lady Loses Her Grip on Reality Again, Forgetting Who Really Caters to Special Interests

The New York Times article* suggests that presidential candidate John McCain has some baggage in the special interest lobby area; that the perception may hinder his image as an independent maverick. What causes the perception is outlets like the NYT and their own narrow, tunnel-vision-like focus on "negatives" regarding Senator McCain. A HUGE special interest was rejected when Sen. McCain voted NO to the farm subsidies this week. Who voted for this wealthy special-interest group funding? Senators O---- and Clinton!

* Read it while you can. The Mercenary New York Times on-line makes you pay to read old, mouldy news.

Friday, 9 May 2008

How Hillary Can Help the Hungry

Hillary could help the hungry by dropping out of the democrat primary election in West Virgina. It's a really poor state, as Senator Robert Byrd (KKK; Democrat-W. VA) will tell you. Hillary thinks she needs West Virginia, though, and her colossal ego won't let her quit, even though canceling the election would save that downtrodden state megabucks. Hillary and Bill have always depended upon the ignorance of their constituencies, and this time is no different. Hillary's last bastion just might be the KKK in W. VA.


L'Avion Uses Boeing Planes

L'Avion, the little, low-priced luxury airline that flies between Orly and New York/Newark, uses Boeing planes.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

It's a Misconception that "Misnomer" Means "Misconception"

Ever since I heard Rush Limbaugh misuse the word, "misnomer" in 1991, when he really meant "misconception", I've been hearing other people doing the same. I wrote to Mr. Limbaugh about it in 1991, to no avail. His misuse of the word has spawned a plague on the English language.

Misnomer: a name or term used wrongly; the wrong use of a name or term.

When people are being paid to speak, they ought to "get it right"!

Cabbie Finds Valuable Violin in His Car and Returns It

Mr Khalil, Heroic Cab-Driver Who Returned a Lost, and Found, Stradivarius