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Bob’s Musings: ‘All Powerful To Be Impotent’

20 June 2012 @ 14:52

-It’s been a while.

-Smitty’s book, SALVE: Shameless Acts of Literary Vandalism and Entertainment is now available in Kindle format. The details may be found here. He has released this plea:

So, if I’ve done you favors, wire yourself a copy, blog it and flog it. If I’ve done you not-favors, blog it anyway and call me everything but a U.S. citizen.

What is with these Navy guys and flogging?

-Mike Huckabee, in addition to being (1) in it for the money and the fame and (2) a faux-conservative, has shown himself repeatedly to be a first-class jerk. Recently, he made some very snide and scolding remarks about Bristol Palin, blaming her for not being available when scheduled to appear on his radio show. Problem is: his staff screwed up and never got back to the young lady. Another typical day for Hucksterbee.

In her response, Miss Palin showed that, no matter what you think of her [and I think her job choices stink], she’s (1) cut from the same cloth as her wonderful mother and (2) got potential to grow into a very upstanding adult. A highlight from it [tip of the fedora to Jeffrey Lord]:

I would’ve considered it an honor to talk to his viewers about my show, my experience of single motherhood, and what a wonderful little boy Tripp is.

But the fact is, his people didn’t schedule my appearance. I’d said I’d do the show, I sent them my phone number, and they apparently neglected to schedule a time. Of course, mix-ups do occur in life. Schedules aren’t communicated, errors are made.

But this isn’t the first mistake on his show. Maybe instead of lecturing me on being irresponsible, he should get his own team in line.

Then, maybe, we could talk.

But I probably would just call Rush instead.


Q: Hey, where’s Mike?

A: He’s down yonder in the Stream — the Lame Stream.

-Over at Big Hollywood, Christian Toto reported on Bill Whittle’s remarks to the RightOnLine Conference about the active blacklisting of conservatives in Hollywood and this tidbit caught my attention:

He shared a story he heard from a grip who works on the CBS drama "CSI: New York" starring Gary Sinise, one actor who unabashedly supports the troops. Sinise’s character works out of a desk which features a framed photograph of President Ronald Reagan. The camera man moved the framed picture while setting up a shot. Sinise picked the picture up and made it stand tall right back up before the shooting commenced, Whittle said.

Gary Sinise: One Of The Good [And Fearless] Guys.

Thank you, Mr. Sinise for all you do and for your refusal to play the Leftist game.

-Speaking of Breitbart, One year ago this past Saturday, Anthony Weiner resigned, thanks in very large part to the efforts of Andrew Breitbart.

The folks at Breitbart News have put together a video retrospective that includes Andrew’s famous taking of the stage before a Weiner press conference. It’s one of his greatest moments.

Damn, I miss him.

-Weinergate, as it came to be called, is connected with Neal Rauhauser and Brett Kimberlin, with the former being convinced that Weiner was the victim of a conspiracy by the Evil Right Wing [see Stacy McCain's latest report here for a flavor of this].

-Author Erik Robert Nelson has an interesting post up at his site analyzing a study that found the most popular chords used in 1,300 songs. He also relates the findings to novel writing. If you’re interested in either, please do give it a read.

-You may already know this, but in case you didn’t hear the truth: Sheriff Joe Arpaio did not arrest a six-year-old illegal immigrant girl; in fact, he rescued her.

One has to wonder, what the smugglers intended to do with this unaccompanied minor.

The Left has it is for Sheriff Apaio and they’re using the government and the media to try and bring him down. I’m surprised he has been SWATted yet.

-A group of ex-Special Forces veterans has banded together to oppose our Fearless Leader’s re-election. Barb makes blog-sense of the story here [also, please check her follow-up post here].

Thank you, soldiers, for standing-up for us — again.

-To paraphrase Michelle ‘Boudica’ Malkin: there are Lies, Damn Lies, and the Mainstream Media — and they live, as Sarah Palin said, in MakeUpCrap-istan. Nanny Bloomberg must be so proud.

A well-done review of an exhibition of Winston Churchill the writer by Charles Cooke reminds me of remarks made by Mr. Churchill in a speech before Parliament in 1936 where he chided Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin for appeasing Hitler:

Anyone can see what the position is. The Government simply cannot make up their mind, or they cannot get the Prime Minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful to be impotent. So we go on preparing more months and years – precious, perhaps vital to the greatness of Britain – for the locusts to eat.


The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.

Kind of sums up the foreign policy of the current [mal]Administration, eh?

-Over at The Corner, Mark Steyn, it seems, shares a pet peeve with me.

…The primary debates were all “Governor”, “Senator” and “Mr. Speaker”, even though there wasn’t a single governor, senator, or speaker on the stage. What’s the point of a republic if a guy can serve one term in the House of Representatives in the early Seventies and be addressed as “Congressman” until he keels over half-a-century later? Turning offices into titles of nobility is, to my mind, even more unrepublican than having a bunch of marquesses and viscounts queening it up because “Senator”, “Governor” et al. are titles that by definition are in the gift of the people and, when the people are no longer willing to bestow said title or the office-holder declines to submit himself to their adjudication, the use thereof should cease.Lest I be accused of being anti-American in respect of the above, I may add that, as a subject of Her Canadian Majesty, I think “Mr.” and “Mrs.” can be pretty cool in monarchies, too. Just about the only advice I ever had the temerity to offer Mrs. Thatcher was not to accept a peerage, because “Mrs. Thatcher” was a far greater title than anything the Sovereign could bestow. I still think I was right on that, and can never quite bring myself to say “Lady Thatcher.” In fact, the only guy who makes it work is Larry King, who liked to introduce her on CNN as “Margaret the Lady Thatcher”, which makes her sound like she’s running the south side numbers racket with Sammy “The Bull” Gravano.

If you notice, since she left the Governorship, I have never referred to Sarah Palin as Governor Palin. Nor do I use former titles for anyone else [I'm sure I occasionally slip].

We live in a republic where, as Mr. Steyn says, the sovereign people bestow titles on some of their citizens, but these all come with an expiration date. Continuing to refer to someone by the office they once held smacks of heraldry and inherited titles and, is therefore, un-American.

-BTW: Did I mention that Smitty’s new book is also available now in Kindle format?

-Live Well, My Friends…

  1. 20 June 2012 @ 14:56 14:56

    Bristol shouldn’t waste her time with that cop-killin’ clown. Have her call Mark Levin.

  2. 20 June 2012 @ 17:03 17:03

    I could never figure out why former Presidents are addressed as ‘President (whatever)’. Is it a formal rule?

    • 20 June 2012 @ 17:08 17:08


      I’m not sure but it may have started after George Washington left office – so respected was the great man.

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