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Boris Johnson Imperiused

Posted by Mike on November 1, 2007

Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of London, has been placed under the imperius curse by She Who Must Not Be Named.  Although Johnson has never been one to simply tow his party’s line, he has never actually gone off the deep end. Now, by his own admission, he is endorsing “a woman who seems to have acted out the role of First Lady, from 1993 to 2000, like a mixture between Cherie Blair and Lady Macbeth, stamping her heel, bawling out subordinates and frisbeeing ashtrays at her erring husband.”

This endorsement is a coup for SWMNBN for several reasons. It virtually ensures that she will avoid one of John Kerry’s gaffes from 2004, claiming the support of foreign leaders without being able to name any. It will add credibility to her proclaimed desire to restore America’s reputation around the world. Finally, the fact SWMNBN has a British Conservative on her side rather than a Syrian Baathist dictator already distinguishes her from the other powerful woman in American politics, Nancy Pelosi. Once again she can use her fellow liberals as a foil in her bid to pretend to be moderate.

I still want Boris as Mayor of London, but let’s hope the folks in middle America are more resistant to the Imperius Curse than he was.

Photo via Yahoo News

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Paul Tibbets Dies at 92

Posted by Ryan on November 1, 2007

Who is Paul Warfield Tibbets anyway? 

He was the pilot and commander of the mission on August 6, 1945, to drop an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, in a plane named after his mother, the Enola Gay.  Aside from this mission and another on August 9, 1945 (it was still August 8th in the USA) over Nagasaki, never again was an atomic bomb dropped on a military target in war (as of yet, of course). 

Nearly 100,000 people died from the Hiroshima blast, thousands of whom died within weeks due to radiation poisoning that we did not forsee.  Tibbets, a colonel, was unapologetic about his role in world history.  In fact, he said, “I sleep clearly every night.”  By all accounts, he was not a monster.  He just understood that a lot of death and suffering was needed to possibly end the largest, costliest war America had endured since the Civil War, and that he had a mission to accomplish for his country. 

Unfortunately, the GI Generation of World War II is disappearing rapidly, and with them many stories and perspectives.  Tibbets was 30 when he dropped the bomb, a young man with a life ahead of him.  An historical figure died today, and I believe it was worth noting, and despite the atomic age and Cold War that would follow as a result of these attacks, it ended the greatest war in human history and made the world see how horrible these weapons can be if actually used.

Pic from Motts Military Museum.

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Mark Penn Tries to Stop the Bleeding

Posted by Ryan on November 1, 2007

She Who Must Not Be Named’s chief strategist and kabooki handler Mark Penn had a few gems to say during a conference call yesterday in response to his bosses’ poor debate performance Tuesday night.  It was an attempt to stop the political bloodening she sustained in Tuesday night’s debacle of a debate.  Among them were that “[SWMNBN] needs our support now more than ever if we’re going to see this six-on-one to try to bring her down,” that she was “unflappable,” and that Penn is “detecting some backlash” among women voters because of Edwards’ and O’Bama’s attacks on her. 

Backlash?  Six-on-one? “The Politics of Pile on” (a new tape being debuted)?  She’s the frontrunner!  This stuff happens! It just happened to her authentically for the first time.

Penn learned not just to spin, but also to shoot the messenger with saying things like: “Russert made it appear that President Clinton had done something new or unusual.”  Wow!  Did I miss the entire primary season, political party convention, the general election campaign and the November ballot?  We passed Labor Day and I forgot to pay attention?  I had no idea that she was President already!  I wish the Republicans would hire their own Nostradamus-like Mark Penn figure; it’ll save a lot of time and money over the next 12 months if we already knew the outcome. 

Also, is this guy saying that Tim Russert and Brian Williams are part of the vast right-wing conspiracy because for the first time they pushed her to get a straight answer?  I understand that MSDNC is an organization that believes in making the news themselves (remember the 1996 campaign when NBC would take a biased poll, run Dole over the coals, and make it their lead story just to fill in space), but Russert and Williams are friendly aides to their cause.  But, her people also also have to know that she lacks her husband’s political skills and that tearing down the mighty has been the press’ unofficial mission statement since they successfully did in to Nixon in 1974.  And, Mark Penn, so you know, they aren’t done yet.

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