Saturday on the way to the studio I passed by the Dance Arts Studio on Airport Road and noticed that there were people already waiting in line for tickets to their June Recital. I talked to the folks in line:

It’s one think for people to wait in line for6-8 hours for a Dr. Who premiere or Starwars or something, it’s another thing altogether to do so for a dance recital.

What does that tell you? They must really put on an incredible dance program.

Israpundit had an interesting report on Sarah Palin in Denver concerning the use of force by the US:

I believe our criteria before we send our young men and women, America’s finest, into harm’s way, I believe that our criteria should be spelled out clearly when it comes to the use of our military force. I can tell you what I believe that criteria should be. I can tell you what it should be in five points:

First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake, period.

Second, if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not send our military and stretch out the mission with an open-ended and ill-defined mission. Nation-building, a nice idea in theory, but it’s not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.

And third, we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending our troops into harm’s way. If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly, concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent to battle. Period.

Fourth, American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side by our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and command of the American officers.

And fifth, sending our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual.

Pretty significant set of policy opinions. I’m sure the media with an election coming up decided to examine it carefully.

Well not quite, instead they decided to focus on something much more important:

Sarah Palin gave passing praise to President Obama’s “decisive leadership” in the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, though in a speech here Monday night the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate did not once use Obama’s name.

“We want to thank our president,” Palin said, but then she quickly shifted focus to the previous administration for having laid the groundwork.

Some on the left don’t even give her that much credit:

However, making a specific point not to mention President Obama (and, yes, it must have been a specific point. I doubt she and her speech writers just forgot his name) was a bad move. It’s just a distraction.

Of course we must assume the left believes that when she says “The President” she must mean Jefferson Davis.

Now as John Notle points out, the MSM doesn’t want to focus on the substance when it comes to Sarah, can’t paint Palin as a dunce that way, so they invent a meme. Why? Remember the Golden Palin rule.

watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

Thus forget the policy stuff, let’s re-define what she means by “The President.”

The MSM will tell you who they fear.

Update: Instalanche, thanks much.

Update 2: Put update 1 in the right place, and Linking Ann Althouse who looks at Huff Po’s latest “gotta” moment and notes:

Those White House Correspondents’ Dinner “attendees” who “had no problem coming up with answers” were journalists giving laughably self-interested answers like “my boss, Arianna Huffington.” And there were plenty of attendees who couldn’t come up with an answer or who changed the question to “my favorite journalist.”

(Ask me who the most influential law professor is, and my answer will say something about me as I decide to promote my own school, suck up to some particular individual, highlight somebody obscure, or drivel about how there are so many wonderful law professors.)

Don’t go looking for the Palin Doctrine list there, after all Ariana doesn’t pay them for that.

On WCRN this morning the talk was the why’s of the conspiracy theories and their success. A look at memeorandum shows that they are alive and well.

You have the Alex Jones types on one side and the Cindy Sheehans on the other playing either the “Bin Laden was already dead” or the “You’re a fool is you think Bin laden is dead” cards.

As I’ve written before you have the 1% of the population as Crazy Uncles and that 1% is empowered by the net. They gather acolytes and followers and like a pyramid scheme the people at the top tend to make their living off of their followers at the bottom.

In a free society you are going to get some of this of course. This contrasts with an unfree society where a government will put out a falsehood and force feed it to a public that can’t get alternate information or a cult where other information is simply ignored…

…which brings us to the misnamed Think Progress who are not crazy uncles but who in my opinion operate like a well-financed cult.

Think Progress is pulling a bait and switch trying to claim that Andrew Breitbart is “pushing the theory that Bin Laden is not dead”. This is demonstrably false.

Looking at the Breitbart sites there is article after article about killing of Bin Laden and what it means. Breitbart’s own tweets complement the president over this success. The single article by J. Michael Walker on Big Peace talks primarily about the proper propaganda use of this victory and concludes thus:

I’m going to raise a mug of beer and munch a Hebrew National pork sausage to celebrate the brave CIA men who took bin Laden down.

Then it’s back to work to destroy what the al Qaeda leader left behind. That means piling dirt on bin Laden’s legacy, destroying his appeal, and providing the world with all the necessary facts to heap humiliation on anyone who insists on continuing to follow his cause.

Yup, sounds like denial to me.

Thus the double bait and switch, not only do they misrepresent the base article but they attribute that misrepresentation to Breitbart himself with the goal of making him “untouchable” by “respectable” opinion people. This is vital because unlike Think Progress’ own pieces in context they don’t chase away the general public.

Andrew being Andrew instantly took the bull by the horns:

That is pure projection by the institutional left, which can neither celebrate American victories in the war on terror, nor mourn American tragedies like Tuscon, without politicizing them.

So I am challenging the left to prove what it is alleging.

If anyone can prove that I believe American special forces did not kill Osama bin Laden, I will donate one million dollars to ThinkProgress.emphasis mine

Put up or shut up, John Podesta. And let Americans celebrate as one.

Talk a bout a million reason why Think Progress if full of it. Expect the MSM to ignore Andrew’s Challenge as they did the last one, it’s too easy for the general public to understand.

You know there were a lot of people behind the iron curtain who were paid to write propaganda, Think Progress carries on that fine tradition today.

Update: Speaking of crazy uncles

Update 2: Another crazy uncle self identifies.

There are many significant reactions to the Bin Laden raid. There is the reaction of Hamas and some in Pakistan (the Taliban deny it btw update, not anymore) all of it is interesting, but I’d like to detail what I think the proper reaction to this should be both by our foes and among the average Muslim.

First for our foes. Consider; We were able to get choppers full of Navy Seals into a nuclear military, land, win a firefight, capture an objective taking prisoners, escape with no casualties and only losing a single chopper which they destroyed themselves, without any detection until the battle was in progress.

Pakistan was not informed until the choppers were leaving the area, Their military, their air force and their nuclear weapons were powerless to stop this. Their intelligence agencies were unable to warn you. Bottom line if we want you we will get you.

No drug lord, no terrorist, no enemy should entertain any doubts. If you attack America this will be your fate, doesn’t matter who is in the White House, doesn’t matter you can’t stop it, you can’t prevent it, you can only delay it.

Bottom line, if you are a foe, make a deal when you can.

Now for the average Muslim in the street who has been told about how the US is out to kill Muslims etc etc etc…Let me refer you to this story at Legal Insurrection:

Apparently bin Laden’s compound was identified positively in March, and the military wanted to drop a dozen or so guided bombs and reduce the compound to ashes.

According to Tapper, Obama passed on the request because there would have been no body to recover and hence no DNA to positively identify bin Laden. And there would have been collateral damage and civilian deaths.

Consider the power of the United States of America, it would have been the easiest thing in the world to drop a series of drones, a single tactical nuke or send a batch of jets in there, absolutely destroy the area and everyone in it. Poof no Bin Ladin and it’s party time, low risk, little fuss and it would have been supported by Americans overwhelmingly.

We didn’t.

We instead risked our absolutely best troops, men that we spend millions to train and risked them to do this without harming the people around there.

Think about this, what other nation would give a damn if a local baker, or janitor was killed if they could get Bin Ladin? What other nation would care if some peddler has his head blown off by a missile? What other country that had the ability could have cared if the whole section was firebombed?

If the US is interested in dead Muslims we sure go about it a weird way.

If after this raid you still believe that the US is out to get you, then you are deluding yourself and if you choose to attack us based on that belief then you will deserve all you get from it.

Yesterday morning Twin City Tea Party President Justin Brooks sent out an e-mail announcing a candlelight vigil in honor of the troops who had died in the wars since September 11th. When I got there I took a few pictures:

There was over 70 people in attendance which was very impressive for an event with no planning and only announced less that 12 hours before it started.

After the invocation members of Leominster’s Gold Star family spoke, then individual people gave their thoughts. The Mayor closed out the evening.

A serving soldier game me some of his time at the end:

There ceremony was solemn and respectful, it hit the exact right tone. To anyone who has only the left’s perception of the tea party it would be a revelation.