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Bits and Pieces 7-30
Posted by: Lance on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jon Voight launches a scathing attack upon Barack Obama's deification. Andrew Breitbart reflects on Hollywoods blacklists. Jonathan Wells seems to be a supporter of leftwing reparations:
It's been said in this town many times that the right has a debt to pay for the blacklisting of lefties in the '50s, and that in all fairness it's probably going to take a long time to make amends. The fact is that the philosophical grandfathers and great-grandfathers of today's right-wingers ruined the lives of many Hollywood screenwriters in the '50s, and so their descendants now have to suffer and make up for that. Simple. As you sew so shall you reap. He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. [E.A.]
I thought Hollywood already was a giant left wing affirmative action program. [H/T: Instapundit]

Does Obama get anywhere based on his accomplishments?

It is now thought this ancient Greek marvel:
not only predicted solar eclipses but also organized the calendar in the four-year cycles of the Olympiad, forerunner of the modern Olympic Games.
It is also believed it may have come from the hand of Archimedes.

I have to go to sleep, but A Second Hand Conjecture co-blogger Lee Garnett is on a roll. In addition to the earlier mentioned piece on Lebanon and Syria, he has a post on Russia's views on the US election,the economic progress in Ghana and Nigeria and various other bits and pieces.

Also, sigh, the Libertarian Party of Kentucky might change their mind about racist nutcase Sonny Landham. Just scroll around and don't neglect the sidebar.
 
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In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee and in remarks to a private conference on missile defense over the weekend hosted by the Claremont Institute, Dr. William Graham warned that the U.S. intelligence community “doesn’t have a story” to explain the recent Iranian tests.
One group of tests that troubled Graham, the former White House science adviser under President Ronald Reagan, were successful efforts to launch a Scud missile from a platform in the Caspian Sea.
“They’ve got [test] ranges in Iran which are more than long enough to handle Scud launches and even Shahab-3 launches,” Dr. Graham said. “Why would they be launching from the surface of the Caspian Sea? They obviously have not explained that to us.”
Another troubling group of tests involved Shahab-3 launches where the Iranians "detonated the warhead near apogee, not over the target area where the thing would eventually land, but at altitude,” Graham said. “Why would they do that?”
Graham chairs the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, a blue-ribbon panel established by Congress in 2001.
The commission examined the Iranian tests “and without too much effort connected the dots,” even though the U.S. intelligence community previously had failed to do so, Graham said.
“The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” he said. “And that’s exactly what you would do if you had a nuclear weapon on a Scud or a Shahab-3 or other missile, and you wanted to explode it over the United States.”
The commission warned in a report issued in April that the United States was at risk of a sneak nuclear attack by a rogue nation or a terrorist group designed to take out our nation’s critical infrastructure.
"If even a crude nuclear weapon were detonated anywhere between 40 kilometers to 400 kilometers above the earth, in a split-second it would generate an electro-magnetic pulse [EMP] that would cripple military and civilian communications, power, transportation, water, food, and other infrastructure," the report warned.
 
Written By: Neo
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Does Obama get anywhere based on his accomplishments?
Ummm... Yeah, he does. He gets to within a pubic hair of the White House. He’s an accomplished politician, orator, and dream weaver, yes?

But I’m also not quite sure what you and Volokh think you have there. Hill of beans would be a generous description.

I like what one commenter over there stated so I’m just going to quote him,
TyWebb:

Teaching gave him satisfaction, along with a perch and a paycheck, but he was impatient with academic debates over “whether to drop a footnote or not drop a footnote,” said Abner J. Mikva...
Because he never fully engaged, Mr. Obama “doesn’t have the slightest sense of where folks like me are coming from,” Mr. Epstein said. “He was a successful teacher and an absentee tenant on the other issues.”

I found the article (these quotes in particular) more insightful as to the inner workings of the minds of academic elites than the profile of Obama. I mean, do professors really get upset when someone is an "absentee" to other issues when they’re "successful" at carrying out the mission of the institution? Do they find it remarkable that someone would get bored with such a pointless exercise as the location of citation?

Oh, those that can’t do...
My professors didn’t like me either. They thought I was a smarty pants.

Blowhards.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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As you sew so shall you reap.
I’m pretty sure he meant "sow", unless he really thought people could harvest newly sewn shirts and socks.
The fact is that the philosophical grandfathers and great-grandfathers of today’s right-wingers ruined the lives of many Hollywood screenwriters in the ’50s, and so their descendants now have to suffer and make up for that.
Wow, it’s no longer even guilt by lineage. It’s guilt by being conservative when people not even related to you did something 60 years ago: in other words, a thought crime.

 
Written By: Steverino
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Pogue,

I don’t think I have anything. I didn’t even think of my link as criticism of him. I do think it is remarkable that he keeps advancing based on having accomplished almost nothing in whatever field he is in besides having moved up.

It is as if a football player that looks good on film, has the size, speed etc., but has never actually bothered to show up for a game, kept moving up the depth chart.

As you say, good orator, a keen sense of theater, etc. It isn’t just that he has not accomplished much of substance, he practically doesn’t do his job at all. He is always campaigning for the next rung on the ladder, too busy to actually act as a legislator or Senator.
 
Written By: Lance
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The fact is that the philosophical grandfathers and great-grandfathers of today’s right-wingers ruined the lives of many Hollywood screenwriters in the ’50s, and so their descendants now have to suffer and make up for that.
Yeah? Well plenty of Hollywood screenwriters have ruined my time and wasted my money by the drivel they’ve "written", so maybe they’re lucky we don’t see MORE payback against them...
 
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I don’t think I have anything. I didn’t even think of my link as criticism of him.
You sure? Because with statements like these, “he practically doesn’t do his job at all” and “too busy to actually act” it certainly reinforces the idea of it being criticism.

And I don’t know if that’s actually true. After all, from the article,

For all the weighty material, Mr. Obama had a disarming touch. He did not belittle students; instead he drew them out, restating and polishing halting answers, students recall.

As his reputation for frank, exciting discussion spread, enrollment in his classes swelled. Most scores on his teaching evaluations were positive to superlative.
But the liberal students did not necessarily find reassurance. “For people who thought they were getting a doctrinal, rah-rah experience, it wasn’t that kind of class,” said D. Daniel Sokol, a former student who now teaches law at the University of Florida at Gainesville.
For one thing, Mr. Obama’s courses chronicled the failure of liberal policies and court-led efforts at social change: the Reconstruction-era amendments that were rendered meaningless by a century of resistance, the way the triumph of Brown gave way to fights over busing, the voting rights laws that crowded blacks into as few districts as possible. He was wary of noble theories, students say; instead, they call Mr. Obama a contextualist, willing to look past legal niceties to get results.
But whether out of professorial reserve or budding political caution, Mr. Obama would not say so directly. “He surfaced all the competing points of view on Guinier’s proposals with total neutrality and equanimity,” Mr. Franklin said. “He just let the class debate the merits of them back and forth.”
Mr. Epstein said. “He was a successful teacher and an absentee tenant on the other issues.”
Sounds to me that he was indeed a “successful teacher” and in light that “enrollment in his classes swelled”, it might just confirm that. So the suggestions that he “doesn’t do his job” and that he’s “too busy to act” kinda’ ring hollow.
Just because some of his colleagues didn’t like the fact that Obama was disinterested in their interests, doesn’t necessarily mean he didn’t do his job. And though usually most of you would rhetorically string up academic elites at the drop of a hat, it seems to bother you that Obama snubbed his academic colleagues. I would think that statements like, “For one thing, Mr. Obama’s courses chronicled the failure of liberal policies and court-led efforts at social change” might just impress you. Not so much though.

I went to school. First off, I never had a professor that was so interesting that “enrollment in his classes swelled”. Secondly, I was thoroughly disinterested in most of what they had to say. So I kinda’ don’t blame Obama for not wanting to play their reindeer games.

You wanna know what me thinks? And I know you do… Me thinks Obama is too cool for school. Quite literally. And me thinks that drives most of the QandO brethren bonkers. Accusations of hubris and arrogance habitually popular.

Obama has fashioned himself as a blank slate. The Dream Weaver. And many many people are projecting their hopes and dreams upon the Senator. He’s a f*ckin’ rock star. Jumping rungs is as natural to Obama as sinkers from downtown…. BANG!!

And his accomplishments? Well like I stated before… He’s a pubic hair away from being the most powerful person in the known universe.

Better than you or me.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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So the Libertarians are running the "Indian" from Predator,stock murderer, rapist turned quasi fascist against McConnell. There are times the Loony Party should be this party’s name.
 
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