The Russians attack Georgia. After reading Stratfor's brief analysis, I think Putin is sending a message. He is saying, "Unless you're prepared to go to the mattresses, please stop this foolish talk about Georgia joining NATO. We're the boss in this part of town." As Stratfor notes, it is more important how the other former Soviet Republics respond to this message than how the west responds, because let's face it: ain't a chance in hell America will go to war with Russia over Georgia. (Their Georgia, not our Georgia.)
John Edwards confesses he screwed around. Someone high up in the party must have leaned on him and said, "End this thing!" So while Edwards was exploiting his wife's cancer for political gain, he was also cheating on her. What a guy! He's a man who got rich suing doctors. No sympathy for this creep.
Olympics begin. Been too busy to watch. Backstage at the performance of The Tempest last night an actor told me that four bicyclists wore face masks because of the pollution and they were forced to apologize to China. My response was, "F**k China."
The Obama salute. It is done by forming an O with your fingers. What I want to know is: did anyone run this by Obama and did he say, "Gee, that's a swell idea"? He's running for POTUS, not for the leadership of some cult in California.
Obama derides America to seven-year girl. This has been getting a lot of criticism from conservatives.
All you need to know about Barack and Michelle's anti-Americanism is that it comes from New Leftist altruism. They believe that America under Bush has not sacrificed sufficiently to the rest of the world. They believe the Iraq war was an act of self-interest by rich Republicans who will make millions from oil and Halliburton.
This is why Michelle called America "downright mean." Although it sounds like something a sixth-grader would say, mean is a favorite word of altruists (as is mean-spirited). In their view it's either-or: either America sacrifices or it is mean. There are no rational egoists in their philosophy; all the world is divided into three categories -- victims, altruists who sacrifice for the victims and selfish beasts who make others their victims. Bush, Cheney and the neocons are among the mean ones who invade helpless countries for financial gain. Obama is an altruist.
If Obama is elected, he will change Bush's mean policies. America will sacrifice greatly to the rest of the world and be loved again. It's the same idea behind the liberal Rob Reiner's recent comments:
If Obama wins, Reiner predicts a great deal of interaction between the candidate and Hollywood, like the days of the Clinton presidency.
"You’d have the same thing, absolutely. There’d be the same kind of love and respect, but I think you’d have it even bigger. With someone like Obama, I think the whole country, the whole world will coalesce. Every election is about change, and change takes a long time because there are big issues that can’t be changed overnight. But the one thing that will change dramatically is how we’re viewed around the world. Once Obama is in there, the world will view us in an entirely different light. And that, to me, is a good thing."
The whole world will coalesce. I end this post by noting that it is only by a titanic act of will power that I write no insult involving the word meathead.