I'm embarrassed to admit that, with all the other events of this weekend, personal and global, I have neglected to devote any time to watching or reading about the Beatification of Pope John Paul II. But how wonderful that the events of his life, death, and growing hagiography have changed forever the complexion of "May Day".
JUST AS GLORIOUS
Blessed John Paul would approve of my excuse: just too busy gathering with the fam in sunny So-Cal to witness as new granddaughter was welcomed into the Body of Christ, waking up just long enough to "WAH!" her assent. A truly beautiful blossom on the family tree.
HITCHED WITHOUT A HITCH
Felicitations to the once and future King William of What's Left of the Empire, and future Queen Katherine. We wish them the best, despite the fact that it was a case of "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to join in Holy Matrimony this man and this woman who have been shacked up together for at least three years that we know of, and undoubtedly making the beast with two backs for years before that....."
Considering the colossal marital failures of his immediate family, especially the tragic exploitation of his child-bride mother, one can hardly blame Prince Wills for creeping a slow and twisted path toward the altar of glaringly public commitment.
Anyway, lovely show (if musically under-served -- pretty boring choices on the whole -- "Jerusalem" all the more outstanding by comparison). And sincere hopes that the good side of Diana -- the one that enabled her boys to physically embrace the dark-skinned, the down-and-out, and the diseased, and to scrub toilets in Patagonia or eat dust in Afghanistan, and to wait in line behind the "commoners" at McDonald's -- will aid them both, toward transforming yet preserving the British monarchy for generations to follow.
NOT SO GOOD:
There have been scores of brilliant headlines in the past 48 hours, many of them via the always brilliant Instapundit. This may be my favourite:
Team Six: From Cheney's Secret Assassination Squad To Obama's Super-Awesome Clean-up Crew
Team Six is the elite pocket of the Navy Seals that carried out the 40-minute raid that ended ten years on the hunt for September 11 Master-mind and Sugar Daddy, Osama Bin Laden.
The headline says it all: how every corner of political left in America, from the raving street-mobs to the cosmetically "civilized" denizens of federal congress, took one position while George W. Bush was President [an official position which, we hasten to add, they maintained aggressively during the Obama campaign of 2008, and during the formative years of the Obama administration], and took the totally opposite position, at least for one week in springtime, in order to support and praise a military mission ordered by President Barack Obama.
Let us be clear [as Rush Limbaugh has just now pointed out -- I paraphrase]:
The assassination raid which killed Osama Bin Laden was made possible ONLY by the kind of interrogations carried out years ago, during the Bush presidency, for which Obama and many others now wielding power in Washington D.C. would happily have prosecuted and at least impeached, if not imprisoned, the former President, Vice-President, and members of their administration.
And, had this assassination been carried out during the Bush administration, Obama and the voices of the left would have made the case that such an act would inevitably create and incite more terrorists, and make the world less safe.No rational and/or literate human being can deny this. The record is the record.
[I suspect that Limbaugh will be putting his monologue up on the site this afternoon. Audio's of the past two days are on his Facebook page. Nobody can lay it out better.]
The record is the record. Or is it?
NBC's DAVID GREGORY BEGINS NEW ASSIGNMENT BROADCASTING FROM SOME DISTANT PLANET
What colour is the sky in your world, Mr. Gregory? Does it hurt your brain to engage in contortions too extreme for Cirque de Soleil?
[hat-tip Breitbart TV]
As one of my military family once put it (can't remember which one -- possibly the nephew), we went in there to win hearts and minds: one to the heart, two to the mind. Waitin' for the photos.
By the way....
THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
Of course not. That was the point -- the point of releasing it when a third of the entire planet (literally) was preparing to watch Wills and Kate get married. The Prime Directive of political PR is that, if you have bad news, release it on a Friday when everybody's focused on their weekend fun. The Birth Certificate came out on a Wednesday, but heck, with the wedding on Friday, the excitement at fever pitch, and the pre-game shows in full swing, the weekend really started on about Wednesday, so timing was perfect......
HA HA HA!! THEY GOT US!!
WE THOUGHT THEY WERE USING THE WEDDING
TO BURY THE BIRTH CERT,
WHEN ALL THE TIME THEY HAD OSAMA
UP THEIR SLEEVE!!
Even if you believe the certificate is genuine, and Barry Soetero was birthed on Oahu [and I'm quite prepared to believe it -- though I was equally prepared not to, in which case I preferred it not be discovered], the issues surrounding Obama's childhood and the phony biography he has been selling for years [I'm not talking about Dreams From My Father -- that's just a symptom] are still an albatross, and not the sort of thing the President wants floating to the surface as he prepares to run in 2012.
It's still a mystery as to why Obama has spent nearly three years and a rumored $2 million resisting the release of the certificate. If his calculation was that the longer the birthers boil over about it, the more foolish they look, and the 2 mill is a small price to pay for keeping them in this condition -- well, that's actually a reasonable political strategem.
But maybe it's still risky to have them on the fringes of the campaign in the summer of 2012, so better defuse it earlier on, especially as fund-raising is gearing up. So release the certificate -- which shines a light on the fact that his mother was a gormless teenager at the time, and his father a 25-year-old itinerant student who may or may not have married her -- and do it well enough ahead of time, at a moment when it would be swamped by other news, and you have the best possible scenario for putting the matter to rest. Game, set, match. Advantage Obama.
That was the theory. Subsequent efforts by the Mainstream Media (and Obama himself) to paint the President as the bold captain who forged the plan to take out Osama, and who stood alone in that crossing-the-Delaware moment as he gave his manly utterance "Get 'er done" to cue his well-muscled
Good luck with that, scribblers. At the end of the day, there is way to much fibre optic cable lying around to allow you to stuff the inconvenient truths down the memory hole.
WHILE WE'RE AT IT:
Let's not forget one of the other famous deeds of Navy Seal Team Six. Our friends on the Left cheered and jeered when the Seals were subject to Court Martial for punching one of the world's most wanted terrorists, and giving him (ooooh) a bloody lip in the process of apprehending him, alive, for prosecution. All were exonerated, of course, because it was 100% B.S. Where were their fans in the sycophantasmic media then?
A peaceful and uneventful next weekend to one and all.
P.S. Last night Canada voted in a Conservative majority government, and despatched the Liberal Party (Canada's Natural Rulers, if you ask them) into political Siberia. Spring is here.