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The 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted by Ryan on August 8, 2008

Berlin 1936:  Hitler’s Nazi Germany hosts the Olympics not only to showcase the prosperity which National Socialism had brought the Reich in the middle of the Great Depression, but also to bask in the attention given to such clean streets and orderly very white people.

Beijing 2008 will not sell such a facade.  We all know the deal with China and have not been living through a period like the 1930s.  China offends than it impresses people.  The changes China has made which it would like to showcase are those that make China look more Western, more like the rest of the world.  Yet, the smog cannot be whisked away at whim, which serves as an appropriate pall over the games — as if even the air in China is somehow sending a message that not all is right in the Middle Kingdom.  I applaud President Bush for making human rights statements while IN China, like he did today at our new embassy.

I’m going to watch some of the games, rooting for America to win some gold.  I appreciate the notion that being more engaged with China will put the appropriate pressures on them with the appropriate forces so that our ideals may be achieved with a maximum amount of political stability for China, but I can’t help but root against them and their form of totalitarianism. 

So: Free Tibet, Falun Gong, and everyone else in those Chinese jails there for simply expressing their human dignity in the face of a pseudo-fascist commie state!

Photo snuck out of China in a toy panda bear placed at the bottom of a rusty transport ship on a non-descript dock in Shanghai… not really, it’s AFP

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So John Edwards Is A Candidate Now?

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2008

Today John Edwards admitted that he cheated on his cancer-stricken wife with Rielle Hunter.  When the story first broke, the MSM wouldn’t utter a peep about one of their hero’s scandal.  Conservatives argued that the media silence was based on the fact that Edwards is a Democrat.  Laughably, liberals argued that the MSM was silent because Edwards currently holds no political office and is no longer running for President.

Now that Edwards has owned up to being a scumbag,  the MSM is grudgingly covering the story despite their earlier refusal to do so.  Something isn’t right though.  As was the case before Edwards’ admission, Edwards still holds no political office and is no longer running for President.  The only fact that seems to have changed is that Edwards no longer needs the media to cover up for him.  Weird.

Check out Red State for how the New York Slimes covers Republican non-scandals and Democrat scandals.

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The Gang of 10 is Killing the Energy Issue

Posted by Ryan on August 8, 2008

Finally, an issue where the Republicans can actually wipe the floor with the Dems in the Fall: ENERGY. 

We see McCain opening his eyes to new possibilities of drilling, House Republicans sticking around on vacation trying to put political pressure for Congress to come back, Obama constantly having to retool and modify his positions making him look ridiculous, and the polls reflecting that the Republicans are on the right side of this.  It’s WIN-WIN, right?

Never underestimate the Republican’s capacity for self-destruction!

Last Friday, a new “Gang of 10” emerged on the scene with a compromise proposal on an energy bill.  This “gang” includes five Republicans, led by Lindsey Graham (ugh). 

Their purpose: to “compromise” with Dems which would have the ultimate effect of ending the energy debate until November!  How ridiculous can they be — especially when the compromise is full-fledged capitulation to the Dems’ demands!

This flies in the face of the McCain campaign’s strategies, undercuts the House Republican’s efforts, gives Obama thrills, and mutes the best issue Republicans have in this campaign.  I’d have a different attitude if this compromise was worth it, but it’s not.  It sucks.

AP photo from the LA Times.

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