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The Snarky Files - Euripides' Views on the Week (August 26)

So long Senator Kennedy. Thanks for teaching us what American politics is all about. You have been the quintessential example of Washington power and corruption.
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The Snarky Files. Snarky means several things. I prefer the definition of "sharply critical." Here's my take on some news stories this past week. No real news here, just snark.

Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy died at age 77 after a battle with brain cancer. I won't be making any rude comments about how much the country will benefit because he is gone. I won't snidely remark about his abuse of power. I won't make any remarks about killing a girl in the Chappaquiddick. I won't even make fun of his little red, inebriated nose.

What I will say is this: Isn't it convenient, now that Kennedy has passed on, that every news media from one side to another memorializes Kennedy and his dream for nationalized healthcare?
Kennedy was a longtime advocate of healthcare reform, a signature issue of Obama's presidency. Obama said on Wednesday he was heartbroken to hear of the death of Kennedy, a crucial supporter of his presidential candidacy. (Reuters)
I'll bet Obama is heartbroken. Really. And I mean that most sincerely.
In the wake of Kennedy's death, who wouldn't have predicted that Nancy Pelosi would start channeling him?
"Ted Kennedy's dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration," Pelosi said in a statement.(Breitbart)
Yes, it's politics as usual in Washington, where liberals never let a good crisis go to waste and Nancy Pelosi never lets a comrade's death help to further her own, corrupt agenda.

GLAAD to Protest
Gay activists continue to try and stir up public shame over same sex marriage, despite the fact that their campaign to neuter the institution of marriage has stalled in the public arena, and public support for same sex marriage has declined this past year.

Case in point: GLAAD attempted to make a big deal out of a small, Utah-based newspaper refusing to run a "wedding" announcement for two homosexual men. The St. George newspaper refused to print the announcement, stating its policy to only announce marriages legal in Utah. Of course, the two homosexual men were outraged at being treated so unfairly and turned to GLAAD to help set things right for them. GLAAD, in turn, made some phone calls and the story made it to the news. (AZCentral)

What does the news story turn around and do? Once again, the media vilifies the Mormon church in an attempt to alienate it as a major stumbling block to gay rights.

Let's get to the bottom line on this one. Gay rights is failing, not because of some religious group which has insignificant influence on public opinion, but because Americans are waking up to the fact that gay rights is trying to hijack civil rights. It attempts to equate with race, the sexual preferences of two homosexuals. It attempts to redefine what marriage is to validate homosexuals living together. It attempts to create protected class status for a group based on sexual preference and some nebulous considerations of "fairness" and "love."

Gay activists have offended religious groups, racial minorities and middle America. Let's see if they can turn moderate liberals against them as well.

A Bridge Too Far
In relation to the previous, leaders of Equality California, a gay activist group trying to force neutered marriage in California, announced that it will wait until the 1012 election to try again to push same sex marriage on Californians. (LA Times) Equality California leaders say they want to make sure they can win the next time around.

Why? Because with every failure of the political issue of same sex marriage, gay activists understand that their chances will diminish of neutering marriage and forcing protected class status for homosexuals.

Note that despite gay activists spending millions these past five years or so, despite the constant gay campaign, despite buying off elected officials, despite courting Democratic party favor, despite all these, public support for same sex marriage continues to dwindle.

Apparently, Americans as a whole aren't fooled by the same sex marriage mantra of gay activists.

Liberals and Race
In my article Liberalism's Peculiar Institutions, I asserted that liberalism supports race and class warfare in the US. By clinging to race within political discourse, liberals perpetuate and extend the problem - in effect creating class warfare to maintain the liberal agenda.

Case in point: New York Governor David Paterson is not doing well in his bid to win reelection next year. Does he blame himself for his heavy-handed policies dealing with the state legislature this past year? Does he blame pushing unwanted liberal programs on New Yorkers? Does he blame his support of unwanted institutions (like same sex marriage)? Does he blame his 18% approval rating?

Heck no. Instead he blames the news media turning against him because of race. (NY Daily News)

Yep, he's spoken like a true liberal. He's bought into the big lie of liberalism, that all failures can be blamed on identity politics, rather than on personal failure. Worst of all, he perpetuates race as a divisive issue in this country, cheapening the real racial problems yet to be solved by wrapping himself up in the protective cloak of race-baiting.

In connection with this approach, Paterson also had this to say:
“The reality is the next victim on the list, and you can see it coming, is President Obama, who did nothing more than trying to reform a health care system,” Mr. Paterson said. (New York Times)
All of which proves my earlier assertion: By clinging to race within political discourse, liberals perpetuate and extend the problem - in effect creating class warfare to maintain the liberal agenda.

Castro Knows
Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro says that Obama's trying to make changes in the US but that right-wingers hate Obama because he's black. (Reuters)

Doesn't that absolutely prove what I've said about leftists and race warfare? Absolutely.

By the way, I think that Americans should be really worried when the current administration gets an endorsement from a communist dictator such as Fidel Castro. That's not something I'd point to as a highlight for Obama, even if he did travel to court favor among the most insidious dictators of our modern world.

Deficiter and Deficiter
You heard the news that the Obama administration recently raised the 10 year deficit projection from 7.1 trillion dollars to 9 trillion. (Reuters) This news doesn't surprise me in the least. It does, however, raise a few questions.
  • How did the Obama administration miscalculate the deficit by two trillion dollars?
  • Why does Obama continue to insist on more expensive programs, such as healthcare, after such news?
  • Why do the talking heads in Washington think creating such a huge deficit was good for the economy?
  • When (not if) will Obama raise everyone's taxes to help pay for the deficit?
  • When (not if) will we get blasted by runaway inflation? (The Hill)
  • Who is it, exactly, who benefits from all this overspent government money?
  • How come no one on The Hill, or in the news media, asks these questions?
Along the same lines, Obama's office also announced that millions of Americans face shrinking Social Security payments because of the havoc of the Medicare system that the Bush administration helped screw up. (Breitbart)
Put these two stories together and then ask yourself the question of whether or not you really want government mucking up healthcare even more? What makes anyone believe that government has the answers to such problems?

Kinder, Gentler Interrogation
In a move, sure to appease touchy-feely liberals everywhere, the Obama administration also announced that it will now monitor interrogations of foreign detainees and set new standards for such interrogations to ensure that no more torture be inflicted on any terrorist or potential terrorist.

I don't know about you, but I feel safer already knowing that the White House will now take over the interrogations of Gitmo detainees and other terrorists. The folks in the Obama administration certainly know a lot more about such matters than anyone in the CIA.

Wee Obama Jokes
I just couldn't pass by the week without saying something about Obama's falling out with the national press. Obama commented on the media, saying, "everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up." (Washington Examiner)

The news media, responding to Obama's statement reportedly said, "Oh yeah? Well, Obama's just a big poo-poo head!"

Who let this guy into office anyway?

Don't answer that. It was a rhetorical question.

Land Wars
In the movie The Princess Bride, Vezzini, the evil mastermind behind the evil plot to kidnap Princess Buttercup, informs the masked man that he committed a great blunder: "Ha ha! You fool!" he said. "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia."

It's too bad that Obama never heard of that classic blunder. He might have saved himself from Afghanistan. Unfortunately for him (and for Bush in Iraq) Obama has now mired himself into a military and political position ideal for al Qaida and for the Taliban.
The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating along with U.S. public support for the war, Washington's top military officer said on Sunday as he left open the possibility of another increase in troops. (Reuters)
Soon enough, Americans will have to ask the tough questions about our increased involvement in Afghanistan and its utility in destroying the Taliban and in rooting out bin Laden.

Finally, the following government-funded projects give us a whole new definition of "stimulus." The National Institutes of Health awarded funds for studies that would:
* Examine "barriers to correct condom use" at Indiana University, at a cost of $221,000.

* Study "hookups" among adolescents at Syracuse University. Study's cost: $219,000.

* Evaluate "drug use as a sex enhancer" in an analysis of "high-risk community sex networks" at the University of Illinois, Chicago. That study will cost $123,000.

* Study how methamphetamine, thought to produce an "insatiable need" for sex among users, "enhances the motivation for female rat sexual behavior." Some $28,000 has been awarded for the University of Maryland at Baltimore study. (NY Post)

It's great to see our tax dollars at work spending so much for so very little.

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