Life is nine tenths work, my boy, and a little play when you can get it. Same in the Greenwood as it is on the Lord’s manor or in Nottingham town.

Little John: The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955

if some adults, even a few, believed Gillian’s Island was real, just think of the effect other shows on television have–shows with much greater emphasis on reality.

Sherwood Schwartz Inside Gilligan’s Island 1988 p188

Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek Cover story “The First Gay President” has been the talk of the town. Actually it’s not so much been the story as Tina Brown’s cover. It has been compared to Time’s sensational cover of last week and reproduced all over the net.

Glenn Reynolds had the best snark “If I were a GOP operative, I’d distribute thousands of those Newsweek issues to black barbershops in key precincts. . . .” but I think, snark aside, this cover is going to have a much bigger impact than anyone realizes.

One of the things you become conscious of when cover or write about news every day is how uninformed and/or disinterested the average person is concerning news.

This is in fact normal. Folks are busy living their own lives, worrying about their own problems and paying their bills. They may in passing notice something during the day but with hundreds of channels to choose and millions of choices on the world wide web they have little time or inclination to devote what free time they have toward topics they aren’t interested in.

Let’s look at this cover again

This cover is all over TV and as Jazz Shaw suggests it is almost certainly going to be on posters:

The poster that comes from this is going to sell millions. Take that to the bank.

I suspect we will see it on T-Shirts too. This image, in my opinion is going to be an iconic image of Obama.

Think about what that means for a second:

How many people are going to see this cover in passing? How many doctor’s offices, waiting rooms, barber shops, (Black and otherwise) and other places where free copies of Newsweek go to die will this cover sit for months, perhaps all the way to election day?

And How many of those people who are too busy to read the story inside will see this cover on a magazine called NEWSWEEK without reading Andrew Sullivan’s piece and think Obama has come out as Gay?

I’m betting an awful lot.

If you think that is going to have a positive net effect on the president’s re-election effort, then you just might live in the MSM media bubble.

Update: Charles from Left Bank of the Charles points out that if you had a poster like the Newsweek cover at a tea party in 2008 you would have been branded as a racist.

Update 2: While I was out beating the bushes for advertisers for the Radio Show (WCRM AM 830 Saturday 10 – Noon this weeks Guest Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Next Saturday Jack Mitchell author Fireside Chat) I was apparently linked by Hot Air. Welcome, take a peek around, discover what a Sarah Palin endorsement can do to a Nebraska Senate Candidates election chances, marvel at women deciding they like the good looking clean cut rich guy named Romney after all, and find out why I’ve been advising Republicans to “Ride right through them (Democrats), they’re Demoralized as hell” since last May.

Remember when Saturday Night Live was a show that mocked the powerful instead of serving them:

The Daily Caller has obtained a scrapped sketch critical of President Barack Obama that was intended for airing at the opening of last night’s “Saturday Night Live” on NBC.

In the skit, President Obama addresses Americans soon after the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden — and he makes sure to remind viewers that all credit for the raid on the terrorist leader’s compound belongs to him.

How about that, NBC parent company of MSNBC was unwilling to show a skit teasing Obama over something unfavorable and hitting Fox & Friends instead. Talk about brave comics.

Of course it could just be that Obama isn’t a draw

Consider this, how scared must these guys be for election 2012 if they are too worried about a SNL skit moving votes to show it?

Yeah I’m shaking in my boots over these guys. Cue the slogan:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Oh BTW if Mitt Romney goes on SNL after this, he’s an idiot.

Oh lets see if Morning Joe today mentions the empty seats for Obama on Saturday. In the initial bit which is repeated at 8 a.m. not a word

Apparently the cheating website Ashley Madison has put a bounty on the virginity of Tim Tebow. The Ashley Madison people are playing this for all it’s worth:

“I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city,” CEO Neal Biderman sneers in a press release.

The Bleacher report is outraged:

Of all the disgusting ways to gain publicity, this has to rank right up there at the top.

Tebow’s religion and abstinence are well documented and arguably the most talked about personal matters of any football player in the league. For whatever reason, people love to attack the superstar in any way, shape or form.

For whatever reason? Are you serious? It is his Christian witness that enrages them. It is simply silly to pretend anything else. They do note that Tebow seems to be above it all:

Rather than fight an uphill battle against those who will say or do anything for money and/or fame, Tebow chooses to shrug it all off with a smile and laugh.

Actually if I’m Tebow I do one better, I make sure the offer is in writing and a bond is put up. Football is a tough and dangerous sport and you never know when you will go from Playoff QB to punt protection so when the time comes when he meets the right girl and wedding bells will ring the very next morning the happy couple can go to Ashley Madison and collect the brides dowry.

And what a joke that would be on a business sustained by cheating spouses.

Sheldon:  Is the Whip App contextually appropriate here?

Leonard:  Yes, but I think you waited too long for it to be funny

(Sheldon runs Whip app all laugh

Leonard:  I was wrong it’s still funny

Big Bang Theory 2012

For the last several days on Facebook on twitter and during at least one segment on Morning Joe there has been unrestrained laughter concerning the president and his youthful culinary choices all those years ago.

We’ve seen posts, tweets on Obama dog recipes , a vast array of Photoshops, the return of the puppy blender meme and cartoons like this one:

and a return of the puppy blender meme , we’ve had dogs against Obama and the amusing spectacle of “Dogs against Romney” blogger insisting that eating your dog is no big dealI’m the dish of the day, can I interest you in parts of my body?”

Odd that I don’t see any comments questioning his defense of the president, you would think he is not allowing contrary opinions or something?

We’ve also seen some serious questions too; Why didn’t media who rushed to pick up his book Dreams of my Father know this (I think they did but team Obama counted on their silence) , How does this damage the president long term “the one thing everybody will remember is Obama ate a dog”, What does it mean for leftist comedians , and of course the media double standard:

See, when Romney puts a dog on a car roof, it’s a job for Diane Sawyer. When Obama eats one*, it’s a goofy Jeanne Moos story. And isn’t it interesting that an incident from 1983 couldn’t be more current, but quoting one of Obama’s books is “dredging” it up? Guess it all depends on which party is embarrassed about it.

which is why the MSM wants to let sleeping dogs lie (their words not mine).

All of these questions are interesting, but they are missing the only real question that matters:

Are Obama eating dog jokes still funny?

After seeing this tweet from John McCain and the outraged twitter reaction of the left to it:

Yep still funny.

Heh HEH!

Wednesday I stopped down at the Five and Diner in Worcester Mass

Five and Diner Worcester

The Place is full retro including the full-sized Juke Box:

and the individual ones at each table

Booth Juke Boxes

I spoke to the General Manager and Head Chef

Who were kind enough to sit for an interview
Continue reading “DaTechGuy at The Five and Diner Worcester”

If you give me power, I’ll use it

Lady Agrippinna to Claudius. I Claudius 1976

One of the disadvantages of abandoning Judeo-Christian ethics is that you get an interesting crop of ‘Ethicists’

We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her … it is not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense …

what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”

We who subscribe to the old-fashioned oppressive philosophy of traditional western civilization refer to this as “murder”.

I would say I was surprised at this post at Breitbart (via smitty) but that would be as dishonest as a Democrat in the White House denying they are connected with Hilary Rosen:

I would make the obvious statement that this is simply evil, and I mean Satanic level evil, but our modern secular society has decided that “evil” is relative and “Satan” is superstition so let me make the self-interest argument that such folks will understand:

Once you decide to abandon the Judeo-Christian principle that all lives are of equal value in the eyes of God, once Doctors abandon the traditional Hippocratic Oath then things like “personhood” and “life” and “ethics” can be defined however those with power choose to do so, I assure you they will.

And when the day comes when someone playing Kodos decides to define YOUR life or your children’s lives as something without value to society, a waste of scarce resources better used for others, remember who willingly gave them the power to declare you obsolete.

You have been warned.

Update: Let me make something clear that might not be clear otherwise, one does not have to believe in the God or the doctrine of either Judaism or Christianity (or as I call him God) to agree that the Judeo-Christian ethic of all life being of value is an important one and a healthy one for a society. It is on that Juedo-Christian ethic that western Civilization is built (with kudos to the Greeks for the ideas of Democracy and Republicanism).

Update 2: Bill Quick who I admire and while agreeing with me on the sheer evil of this suggestion considers the post an “unwarranted smear against atheists” and points to an example of Christians violating their own tenants tenets. Fair point, many Christians do, but that reflects on those who violate those tenants, not the tenants> tenets themselves, as Christ himself said:

“The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. Matthew 23:2-3

I would still submit that the weakness of a moral code not God based means it can be altered by man or even by majority vote, and when that is true anything is possible depending on the current (ICK factor).

Remember civilization, peace and justice is not the default position in the history of men or nations, that’s why America for all it’s faults that our friends on the left love to point out is as special as it is.

Update 3: Typed tenants instead of tenets but for the record, if a Christian violates his “tenants” that’s against the “tenets” of the church too.

Being a sarcastic fellow when I saw the title of Joy’s piece: “The Titanic at 100 what does it mean?” my answer was: “Rust” but after reading her piece I noticed something that perfectly illustrates the difference between a secular atheistic society and the Judeo-Christian culture:

What is interesting to me, of course, is that while Anglo-Americans mourned the Titanic, and romanticized her, and prayed for the victims, and attempted to care for the survivors, they continued building ships, though with more lifeboats and stricter attention to iceberg warnings. There was no call to stop crossing the Atlantic; only to do it a bit more wisely and safely. Likewise, after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (a year earlier, or six months after the date named in Woolf’s saucy assertion) we continued to manufacture clothing in New England; we just no longer locked the exits, so that in the event of a fire the women working within would not be trapped and burn alive.

Now, in the post-modern age, many disasters simply lead to a collective sitting-on-our-hands: the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was followed by nearly a decade of design-by-committee and hand-wringing over whether the WTC site should be rebuilt at all, and if so, how. The “Freedom Tower,” or WTC 1, is finally rising, but it took ten years for New Yorkers to see physical progress at the site. The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico cost eleven men their lives, but cost the entire Gulf region many tens of thousands of jobs when the Obama Administration used it as an excuse to stop/slow the issuance of permits for drilling in the Gulf.

That weakness is cowardice.

When one is afraid one can not make decisions, when one is afraid one hesitates, that applies from the Principal of a school who bans tag at recess all the way up to refusing to rebuild the trade center, it is everything from companies intimidated by Astroturf twitter campaigns to individuals afraid to tell a friend a necessary truth.

When one believes in (lets show some courage) acknowledges the truth of Christianity, it gives a great advantage. It can provide the courage to make choices that might be uncomfortable, that involve risk, that even involve reproach from their fellow creatures.

When one does not, when you have only one life to live and when it’s done you’re done, it’s every man for himself. Survival of the fittest we become less Titanic and more Costa Concordia.

Your choice west, What will it be?

Update: Cripes I should know it’s McCann not McCain, fixed

…for finishing first in the Top 25 Political Mom’s Pol at the Circle of Mom’s site here.

My congratulations also to friends of mine such as Pam at Atlas Shrugs, Katy at Katy’s conservative corner, Zilla of the Resistance who all finished in the top 20.

And I would urge my readers to go bookmark two friends of mine who didn’t make the top 25 (at least not this time) Lady Liberty1885 and the totally misnamed No One of any import. You won’t regret it.

Oh and my thanks to our friends on the left who as usual are living down to my ever lower expectations for them.

The uncivil progressives aren’t satisfied with simply leaving negative comments on this site. Now they’ve taken my email address and signed me up for all sorts of interesting reading. Most children aren’t this petty and immature.

Contrast this with my commentator from the Left Foible or my friendly “enemy” Chris from Center of Mass. If only the left had more guys like them who can disagree without being disagreeable.

I have a much more serious post that I’m working on but when I saw this passage from Stacy McCain’s post today via the LSU student Newspaper:

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will make an appearance on campus Thursday at a Tea Party forum hosted by the LSU College Republicans.

The event is a Tea Party forum and straw poll, according to Austin Stukins, state grassroots coordinator for Louisiana Team Gingrich 2012. Stukins is an interior design junior at the University.

…this Monty Python skit came instantly to mind

Now any excuse to embed a python skit is generally a good thing but this skit has interesting cultural implications:

In their time the Pythons were considered on the edge of cultural change. Most of the surviving members of the group are rather far to the left politically and the late Graham Chapman (the officer in the sketch) was famously gay, but consider for a second two things:

1. There is absolutely no way this skit could be made in 2012 without massive objections and protests being made.

2. There is likewise absolutely nobody in the Hollywood left who would condemn the Pythons as racists, bigots or homophobes

Something to think about