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“Gone with the Wind” published 76 years ago today

Margaret Mitchell wrote it on a Remington typewriter. Scarlett’s name was originally Pansy.

Mitchell used a “pen” like this one to write “Gone with the Wind”

See more interesting details on Craig Hill’s post: June 30 1936 Gone with the Wind published.

176 years ago yesterday

Thanks to my Mom, who reminded me that James Madison died on June 28, 1836, at his home in Montpelier, Virginia, only 3.4 miles (as the Whip-poor-will flies) away from the house in which I grew up.

Father of the Constitution

176 years later to the day, the Supreme Court of the United States dealt his beloved foundational achievement a crippling blow.

to my dear friends

To those of you who aren’t already hopelessly in the tank for an avowed hard leftist temporary President/tyrant of this great nation, I pen this tough love plea. In response to this morning’s disastrous, indefensible decision by the Supreme Court, I’ve noticed a theme repeated in several locations. Something to the too little, too late effect of “I don’t usually share my political thoughts online, but…”

…and I ask rhetorically, how’s that approach working out for our dear nation? I’m sorry to point out the obvious, but your politeness and social graces have played out quite conveniently for aggressive leftist ideologues. As an expression of their gratitude towards you, you’re derided as a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, teabagging, women-hating, evil rich hundred-thousandaire bigot hobbit (ah, don’t mention it, you’re most welcome).

Back to those of you in the leftist tank, who permit your “leaders” boundless leeway in these (and endless other) destructive means: start working on that explanation to your grandchildren. Your creative writing skills remain sorely inadequate for the eventuality. Good luck in shouldering that burden. My fellow patriots and I will not carry it for you.

what individual freedom remains?

Today we frittered away the historically sound legacy of true historical greats. We gave away the foundation of individual freedom that our forefathers fought for and died to defend. We surrendered the very essence of this country. For what? To stroke an arrogant, misguided, impossible fool – a small man, a temporary politician unworthy of his post. Welcome to the US, our dying soft (currently hardening) tyranny. To future generations, some of us are immeasurably sorry for the harm we’ve inflicted on you. We fought this, I shed tears this morning – but we failed you.

Mr. Cain, please raise more Cain

Mr. Cain, please toughen your fiscal criticism of the US Government. In your Cain Commentary this morning, you used the following phrases: “patchwork”, “Taxmageddon”, “recent history […] does not inspire confidence”, “Congress can never seem to agree”, “serious drag on economic growth”, and “endless tinkering”.  Those phrases are listed here out of context (guilty as charged), but hopefully that choice won’t detract from this request.

a humble request for Mr. Cain

“Patchwork” brings to mind a nice quilt Grandma made. “Taxmageddon” sounds like late-night Discovery Channel fare. Compare your words to the current Wikipedia words remembering Charles Keating’s legal consequences for his involvement in the 1980s S&L Scandal: “duped”, “worthless”, “junk bonds”, “fraud”, “racketeering”, and “conspiracy”.

Presidents and Congressmen can and do use words like “patchwork” and “endless tinkering” to defer blame away from themselves when it comes to taxes and government spending. That’s not leadership.  These servants’ actions (or inexcusable inaction) would be high crimes in any other setting. Mr. Keating’s fraud was in the single digit billions, for which he spent 4.5 years in jail. Our federal government defrauds our future generations of tens of trillions. And yet, too many modern US politicians act as if the true question should be “who’s counting?”  If those politicians aren’t actively working or supporting virtuous economic purpose, we must frame our criticism in criminal terms.

As Doug Bandow points out today at American Spectator, even the CBO admits we’re headed to national insolvency very soon.  Bandow explains why even these reports are too optimistic, because they include fairy tale projections (i.e. fraudulent budgeting).

I love the Star-Spangled Banner

Bill Press doesn’t:

“…a major crusade of mine and that is to get rid of the Star-Spangled Banner.”

Keep it up, Bill. You’re doing great, I’m sure it’ll be a proud accomplishment when you get there.

Bill Press is an embarrassment

“But it’s an abomination. First of all – it ranges two octaves most people can only do kind of one octave.”

I know, Bill. That’s just not fair. It’d be better if everyone who can’t sing could sing it. It’s so pleasant to listen to people who can’t sing, don’t you think, Bill?

“I mean when you think about it, it’s bombs bursting in air rocket’s red glare it all kinds of, you know a lot of national anthems are that way too, all kinds of military jargon and the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know”

I mean, all kinds, you know, kinds of, kind of, I don’t know. Exactly.

“I mean it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”

Well, you make quite the compelling argument. I’ll think it over a little more, Bill. Keep working on your “crusade”, though. In the meantime, I’ll stick with my immense pride in a cherished song for my dear country. “You know”, that country great enough to send its best and brightest in harm’s way to defend every American’s right to spout idiocy.

June 16, 1963 First woman in space

49 years ago tomorrow, Cosmonaut Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova became the first woman to fly in space. Thanks to Craig Hill for posting this interesting space history piece. I learned from Craig’s piece that the Vostok (predecessor to Soyuz) capsule required Cosmonauts to eject at 20,000 feet during reentry.

On this 49th anniversary, China plans to send its first female taikonaut, Liu Yang (Major, People’s Liberation Army) into orbit tomorrow.

Taikonaut Liu Yang (Major, People’s Liberation Army – picture from Time)

Propagandists, all together now!

Real Clear Politics, the Weekly Standard, and Politico set the “heckle” bar pretty darned low, especially when carrying the water for the Beloved One.  MSNBC also led the “heckle” echo chamber, but also astutely (cough) observed the “racism” involved.

Neil Munro of the Daily Caller takes an O scolding (photo from Reuters via Drudge)

So there you have it, my friends:  “heckle” is the newspeak word of the day, meaning “to dare expect Obama to field a tough question” or “to disagree with an Obama policy (usually risked only by a racist)”.

a followup question for Spike Lee

After watching Spike Lee’s 2012 Sundance “rant” (I’m willing to give him a break because he didn’t start dropping gratuitous F-bombs until Chris Rock primed the pump with his question), and reading his entire June 12 GQ interview, I’d like to address the portion of the GQ interview that raised so much attention this week:

GQ: The election is coming up. You’ve been a big supporter of Barack. Why do you think so many people are so critical of him?
Spike Lee: I can’t say to all the people that are unhappy with him that they’re racist people. People ain’t got jobs, people are hurting. So I don’t care what color you are, if people are out of work, it’s tough. And then when you’re the first African American president, that’s not helping either.

a followup question for Spike Lee

Spike, you “can’t say […] all the people that are unhappy with [Obama] […] [are] racist people.”  And you go on to say “when you’re the first African American president, that’s not helping.”  I don’t understand what you meant by that second part, but I’m more focused on the first part.  If you can’t say all the people who oppose Obama are racist, can you name one who’s racist?  You made the charge, so you should bear the burden of evidence.  I don’t support Obama at all, and yet I have not one racist bone in my body.  Why the need for floating an unsupported charge of racism?  Doesn’t that cheapen instances of true racism in the past?

Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964

(via Right Scoop) 48 years ago yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (Republican, Illinois) broke a 57 working day Democrat filibuster against the pending Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Senate Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (R, Ill.)

Racist Senator Robert C. Byrd (Democrat, West Virginia) sat down after speaking for fourteen hours and thirteen minutes against passage, and Senator Dirksen took the floor soon thereafter.  The Senate voted 71-29 to pass.  The House passed the Senate version, and LBJ signed the bill into law on July 2.

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