• Back in May (2008) Senator Barack Obama mad a gaffe at a campaign stop/speech claiming his great uncle was a solder that liberated Auschwitz; the Soviets actually took Auschwitz. It turns out that Senator Obama’s uncle was part of the group that freed Buchenwald. Rand Simberg theorizes about the specifics of the gaffe, which really involves some blind and some educated guesses about how the human mind, and the American mind, and the leftist American mind calls up names from history. That could make it notable as it was, but in making the distinction between a NAZI slave labor camp and a NAZI extermination camp, a large number from his readership, as well as total strangers, inferred that he made the moral judgment that one was worse than the other rather than different. Naturally it was quite an experience for him.
  • What brought one of my Google searches to that article was Barack Obama’s June 4th AIPAC speech, where he attempts to link himself to the Jewish experience, through the story of his Great Uncle at Buchenwald.
  • I’ve been looking for an article from what I recall as the American Spectator. When I was in a library in McCook, NE, taking a break from being chased by blockers I was reading some magazine articles and one that stuck out was a book review chronicling meetings between American Presidents and dictators of hostile nations. Much has been said in response to Barack Obama’s 2007 debate claim that he will meet with American’s enemies without preconditions. To back up the supposed (and apparent) wisdom of his declaration he tells of other Presidents that meet with the leaders of our enemies. The review takes anecdotes from the book, talking of Nixon meeting with Mao, Neville Chamberlain with Hilter (if I recall correctly), a few others, and one that went particularly badly, a meeting that President Kennedy had with Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. I still cannot find the article and I believe it is not available on the Spectator’s website, but until I find it, probably using lexis nexus, the article from the Weekly Standard that I linked to contains more information than I asked for, and definitely enough to be useful. Setting aside the idea that meeting with the Iranian leader elevates his tyrannical regime to the level of our country, it is never good to give an enemy leader an opportunity to possibly see ours as lacking in any way or strength. In the case of Kennedy versus Khrushchev it led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the erection of the Berlin Wall, and conflict in Southeast Asia.
  • John Podhoretz wrote an interesting review of Tropic Thunder, a movie directed by (and starring) Ben Stiller, featuring Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr. The film sends up all of Hollywood quite successfully; sounds like a good DVD movie.
  • I have other articles on the invasion of Georgia by Russia, and that info will be consolidated with that from this Washington Post article, which essentially claims the opposite of what Ralph Peters said. The other two articles, along with my observations, are linked on Facebook.
  • Here is Peter Kirsanow on the Corner bringing up Senator Obama playing the race card.
  • Cal Thomas eulogizes Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.
  • Suzanne Fields takes a look at negative campaigning and how in the end that is still not quite a reflection of a President’s mettle, especially as how the POTUS makes the hard calls does show in these advertisements. Nonetheless experience may bare it out.
  • Isaac Hayes is dead; I will miss his Stargate character. I enjoyed Truck Turner. His Shaft theme was marvelous.

The recent thing with Paris Hilton’s response video to John McCain’s “Celebrity” advertisement has brought forth pundits into a strange circle of wagons. Most of the good ones are still vaguely typical, worthy of mention, but still not too useful. Kathleen Parker’s is the best, and thus I will mention last.

  • Clarence Page just talks about energy policy, bouncing off Paris Hilton.
  • Kathleen Parker believes that the original advertisment as beneath McCain but that is less the point than whatever the quality of the video this has brought Paris Hilton the chance to be back in the spotlight. Essentially this cannot be a good thing. What brought Paris Hilton fame? Pornography. It cannot be good to make this famous creature more fame and attention from the American public. What is nearly as bad is two Senators, politicians, potential Presidents of the United States, letting their thunder and words being overshadowed and blurred out by a do-nothing know-little heiress.

To some extent, furthermore, I’m linking to article that will make good blog post topics for my PLS 325 course on its course blog. I will make the decision later this week after the Final Exam on Wednesday.

I have to organize the wonderful fact that Senator McCain has endorse the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, for now.