A Trust Betrayed

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

An oath.  73 words.  Defined as “a formally affirmed statement or promise accepted as an equivalent of an appeal to a deity or to a revered person or thing; affirmation.”  And something serious to many, but not all.

It is easy to get lost in the horror of what madness can do.  In the world of a 24 hour news cycle, people can often find themselves barely treading water in the rushing tide of blood libel unleashed by partisan media hacks pretending at neutrality and sanctimony, but we have the right to expect better of a select group among us.  These are the people who put themselves forward as qualified to represent us, and they are set apart by the duty that we trust them with.  It is good to remember that no one is perfect.  Humanity at its best will still be flawed.  Mistakes will be made, judgment will be clouded.  Nevertheless, if one accepts the public trust, then one also has a minimum obligation to not to betray it.

And yet this is exactly what has happened in the wake of the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, as several of her contemporaries have proposed legislation that offends the freedoms guaranteed by the document that they swore to support and defend.

One day after this tragedy, Congressman Robert Brady proposed legislation that would make it a Federal crime to to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress. 

“Perceived as threatening” casts a very wide net.  And then there is that little matter of the First Amendment that very plainly states “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” .  In Congresses past, Representative Brady might have had an excuse for forgetting such a plainly written prohibition, but seeing as we were still on a media hue and cry about the stupidity/waste of time/waste of money that occurred when the incoming Congress read the Constitution and Amendments just last week when a mentally ill man succumbed to his urges, it seems to me that he loses this excuse. Maybe the Representative was in the rest room when the part of the Constitution that he is rushing to assault was read?

He isn’t alone in this attack on a Constitutional pillar of our society.  Representative Jim Clyburn has also taken up arms with his proposal to revive the long-dead “Fairness Doctrine” to insure standards to guarantee balanced media coverage.  Even if I thought he meant it, I can see that what he proposes will hinder free speech, and since I’m fairly certain that his idea of “balanced” and mine are not the same thing, I’m even less in favor of such a proposal, especially since the Democrats’ preferred method of achieving such goals is to altogether forego the legislative process and go straight to regulation by government agency.  Having someone else do the dirty work at his suggestion doesn’t relieve him of the oath that he took, either.

These two are not alone, however. 

Representative Peter King has decided that further restrictions on firearms are an appropriate response:

“It is imperative that we do all that we can to give law enforcement the tools they need to ensure the safety of New Yorkers and prevent an attack before it happens,” King said at a news conference with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “That is why, as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns, I will be introducing legislation that would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within a 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials.”

Now I would be hard-pressed to think how this law would prevent an insane loner who thinks that he is being controlled by grammar from deciding that he is going to take a shot a Representative or Senator, but I can see that law-abiding citizens could get caught up in nebulous enforcement of “knowingly” carrying too close to a government official.

I suppose that we could think of this as a test.  They failed, and its good that we know that now, because it tells us something important.  These are people who by virtue of their position will be looked to for leadership.  Emergencies and crises are trying times for all.  That does not excuse forgetting their primary duty.  And either by accident or design, these repositories of the public trust have either let themselves get carried away in the hysteria rather than remaining calm and providing an example to others, or they have seen an opportunity, and chose to act like people who rule, rather than people who govern.

Congress is a place where it is possible to find fame.  There are those who have walked its halls, and are remembered as legends, and those who should be, and this is why it is easy for their focus to become misplaced.  But in truth, the real stars of this process are the American People.  They are the ones who, election after election, preside over a peaceful transition of power, regardless of the rhetoric or its tone, and present an example for the rest of the world, where change is often accompanied by bloodshed.   This can only be possible because of the genius of the Constitution, and the freedoms it guarantees. 

Anyone who lets themself get carried away by emotion to the degree that they would assault what they swore to protect fails those whom they represent.  Anyone who purposely designs against it after undertaking the responsibility to defend it shows a contempt for the people who entrusted them with the duty, and an unforgivably cynical outlook by asking for that trust in the first place. 

While it is disappointing to have members of a new Congress that is more filled with promise and an emphasis on the right things than we have had in a long time, we are fortunate that these failures have occurred so early, because it gives these Representatives ample time to redeem themselves, and us time to seek others to fill their offices if they don’t.

No Apology Necessary From McCartney For His Self-Beclowning Moment

I’ve refrained from commenting on Paul McCartney’s self-beclowning in the East Room at the White House, Wednesday night, because, frankly I was so disappointed that the  more conservative half (or so I thought) of the brilliant Lennon/McCartney songwriting team turned out to be, well…not so conservative. I probably should have known that, but I rarely pay attention to show biz news.

He apparently spent much of the night engaging in an embarrassing, (and now out of vogue),  leg tingling, obsequious manner:

McCartney literally gushed over President Obama throughout his East Room concert.  “Getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from this president…” McCartney said letting his praise trail off as if there were vast volumes left unsaid.

And to add insult to injury, his thoughtless, cheap shot at President Bush could not be further off the mark:

“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.

As Mark Hemingway pointed out at the Washington Examiner:

…it would also be good to have White House guests who knew that the former president’s wife has masters degree in library science and worked as a librarian. There’s even a grant program at the Institute of Museum and Library Services called the “Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program” which awards grants of up to $1 million. Here’s the bio from George W. Bush’s archived presidential webpage — “Laura Bush: Librarian and Teacher.”

We get it. You think the former President is dumb. But Bush and his wife in particular have done a lot to support literacy and libraries. The joke would be in poor taste on any occasion, but it’s made worse by revealing McCartney’s own ignorance.

An unamused John Boehner made the following statement :

“Like millions of other Americans, I have always had a good impression of Paul McCartney and thought of him as a classy guy, but I was surprised and disappointed by the lack of grace and respect he displayed at the White House,” Boehner told HUMAN EVENTS.  “I hope he’ll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.”

What was he even thinking? Why would he so carelessly tarnish his own legacy? Doesn’t he realize that  large numbers of Americans are reeling in disgust by his behavior?

Frankly, I don’t care if he apologizes or not. He has revealed to the world what a small, foolish man he is.

I was once a huge fan…but now, to quote Mr. Darcy: My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.

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Redneck Cajuns On Obama: No Merci Beaucoup!

I love it, I love it, I love it!:

Go inflate your own tires!

Poor James and the Swamp Crows

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Video:Sarah Palin’s RNC Acceptance Speech

Historic. She absolutely nailed it:

Part 2:

Part 3:

This race is now McCain’s to lose.

Reactions to the speech at Ace of Spades HQ, where you can add your own creative description, such as:

Sarah Palin = Giant effing asteroid
Obama = Dinosaurs

Sarah Palin = King Henry the VIII

Obama = A turkey drumstick

Obama = Hiroshima

Also See: CatHouse Chat and Yeah, Right, Whatever for more blog reactions.

Palin = Enola Gay

UPDATE:

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PALIN!

RightWingSparkle has started the website, PROUD OF PALIN with the sole purpose of publishing letters of support for Governor Palin. After a short while, she will be sending the letters directly to her, so get busy!

Well Thank God!

I think I speak for most everyone in the blogosphere when I say, thank God, Verne Troyer, (aka “Mini me”) has put a temporary stop on distribution of that sex tape featuring him and his ex-girlfriend:

The celebrity Web site TMZ posted a G-rated (yet still disturbing) 25-second snippet of the video last week, but pulled the clip down Friday evening after federal judge Philip Gutierrez granted a temporary restraining order requested by Troyer’s attorneys.

The ruling also prevents any attempt by a porn distributor from taking orders for the full 50-minute vid, and keeps TMZ from broadcasting any more clips. Troyer’s suit also seeks $20 million in damages and the return of all copies of the tape.

Kudos to Judge Gutierre for that excellent ruling. If I saw one more picture of him and his tongue with that woman….blechhh!

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Jane Novak To Appear On Fox And Friends Tomorrow

UPDATE:

That would be Cotillion blogger Jane Novak, of Armies of Liberation, and The Jawa Report, who was recently the subject of that New York Times article about her “crusade” to free Yemani journalist, Abdul Karim al-Khaiwani.

She’ll be appearing on Fox And Friends (First) at 6:20 a.m. eastern.

BTW:

You can still sign the online petition on al-Khaiwani’s behalf, here.

UPDATE:

She’s also featured prominently in Alisyn Camerota’s blog. Alisyn’s asking for viewer responses.

Some inside the ballpark T.V. gossip:

…are you ready for it?

Jane says Alisyn Camerota is very nice.

You heard it here, first.

Awesome!

The first all dwarf soccer team in the world:

You can also see them in action, here.

As many of you know, one of my children is a dwarf. So this warms the cockles of my heart.

Found via Instapundit

Diaper Clad Toddler Sings “Hey Jude”

Incredible! This kid isn’t even diaper trained, but he can sing two full verses of Hey Jude. Watch til the end when he does his little guitar solo. Too cute!

Thanks to Crime Scene KC

Joe Arpaio’s Message To Celebrities

“America’s toughest sherriff” has a message for celebrities visiting Maricopa County for the Superbowl:

Stay out of trouble.

So for the football player who might get into a bar fight or the starlet who might drive drunk, consider yourself warned:

“(They’ll) be treated the same as anyone,” Arpaio said Wednesday. “Let the players know that. And Paris better take a limousine. Somebody better tell her that she is in Maricopa County, not Los Angeles County.

“It’s a tough county to be in if you do something wrong. Especially the way I run the law enforcement.”

If it comes to it, Arpaio says he has a “pair of pink underwear, a bologna sandwich and a spot in a dirty old prison tent for Tom Brady, Eli Manning or, most certainly, Paris Hilton”.

Hmmm, a little googling brought up this interesting newsblurb from May 2007, when she was sentenced to 45 days in an LA jail.  It Seems Arpaio has set his sights on Hilton at that time, as well:

…because of some serious overcrowding in Los Angeles jails, she may not have to serve the complete sentence.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he’s spoken to the chief of jails in Los Angeles and offered to house Hilton at Tent City.

“I just made an offer,” Arpaio said. “Instead of reducing her sentence, which I feel is wrong, why not bring her over here? We can incarcerate her here. She can do her time over here.”

And according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff is considering the proposal.

Well, luckily for Paris it never came to pass. But if she’s planning on visiting Phoenix for the Superbowl, she’d better keep her nose clean.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

 

Led Zeppelin’s Still Got It

The first reviews are in on the big Led Zep reunion concert at O2 Arena in Greenwich, England, and it sounds like it was a triumph. In fact The Sun is calling it “The comeback gig of the year”.

Tracks like Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven had every one of the fans — who included LIAM GALLAGHER and SIR PAUL McCARTNEY — on their feet and shaking their fists.

I felt the need to do a post about this because some people….*Wiserbud, BMac, Farmer Joe*, tried to tell me they were too old to make a successful comback.

Some sample comments from my Led Zep Considering Full Scale Tour thread:

Waaaaaayyy doowwwwn insiiiiiide…… *cough

You need……. *cough*

LOOOOOOOOOOoooooo….*cough, cough* oooooooovvve *cough, gag, cough* -Wiserbud

Who’s going to sponsor the tour, Geritol? Depends? Viagra? - also Wiserbud

I’m with wiser on this one.
Sometimes it’s better to remember them as they were.
BTW, by my calculations, I’d say they’re in their 60’s. –
BMac

You can keep your history. If I’m gonna shell out for a concert ticket, I want to hear actual good music. If I want to see a relic, I’ll go to a museum. It’s cheaper. - Farmer Joe

For me, only Kieth Richards has pulled off the aging rock star thing, but he always looked old.
Page and Plant were the “sexy guy” types, and that don’t really play when you look like somebodys grandma. -
BMac

Well just listen to what people are saying, suckas:

*American Lisa Anderson, 57, said: “Everyone around me agreed it was an absolute triumph.

“I saw them a few times when I was younger, but for me this was the best show they’ve ever done.

“It was worth every penny.”

*Support act PAOLO NUTINI, 20, told The Sun: “I wasn’t alive the first time around but I’ve seen the footage on DVD.

“Now watching them live, I’ve been taught a true musical lesson.

“They were just so intense and so tight, even after all these years.

“I was just blown away.”

Yeah! And did I mention that Sir Paul MacCartney was seen pumping his fist into the air? The lyrics from McCartney’s Rock Show come to mind:

Whats that man movin cross the stage?
It looks a lot like the one used by jimmy page
Its like a relic from a different age
Could be . . . . . oo-ee . . .

Maybe it is a relic from a different age. But it sure hasn’t lost its mojo.

Rosetta, you and I were right.

Here’s the set list:

1.) Good Times Bad Times

2.) Ramble On

3.) Black Dog

4.) In My Time Of Dying

5.) For Your Life

6.) Trampled Underfoot

7.) Nobody’s Fault

8.) No Quarter

9.) Since I’ve Been Loving You

10.) Dazed And Confused

11.) Stairway To Heaven

12.) The Song Remains The Same

13.) Misty Mountain Hop

14.) Kashmir

15.) Whole Lotta Love

16.)Rock And Roll

Oh baby! Replace In My Time Of Dying with The Immigrant Song, and you’ve got perfection there.

Photo by Getty at The Sun

UPDATE: 

More rave reviews here and here.

Allahpundit spoils the moment by saying Jimmie Page looks like an old lady.

Dude! Not cool.

Here’s a BBC morning show talking about the concert:

Here’s a whole line-up of videos from the concert.

 

Rush Limbaugh Hawks Dingy Harry Letter On eBay

Today, Rush announced on his program that he would auction off the original letter that Harry Reid sent to the CEO of Clear Channel Communications demanding that they censure him, and make him apologize for his phony soldier comment. As you probably remember, Clear Channel CEO Mark P. Mays responded to Reid in a hand-delivered letter to his office:

“While I certainly do not agree with all views that are voiced on our stations, I will not condemn our talent for exercising their right to voice them,” Mays wrote.

In other words….”Take a hike!”

On Rush’s eBay page:

Up for auction is the original letter signed by 41 Democrat senators. This historic document may well represent the first time in the history of America that this large a group of U.S. senators attempted to demonize a private citizen by lying about his views. As such, it is a priceless memento of the folly of Harry Reid and his 40 senatorial co-signers. BID NOW!

The entire proceeds of this auction.. the entire high bid… will be donated to The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, a registered charity which provides financial assistance to the children of fallen Marines and federal law enforcement officers. Rush Limbaugh serves on the Board of this organization and has been active on its behalf. All costs of this auction will be paid by the seller… every dollar of your winning bid will go to this charity, which has to date distributed over $29 million.

Way to throw it back in their faces Rush!

I wonder how the letter ended up in his formally nicotine stained fingers?

UPDATE (10/18):

The top bid for the letter is now over $500,000!

UPDATE (10/19):

Now it’s over $2,000,000.

Unbelievable!

UPDATE: (10/20):

Philanthropist, Betty Casey makes winning bid.

Dingy Harry makes idiotic statement on Senate floor.

Yowza! Led Zep To Reunite For November concert

After the group split in 1980, there have only been a handful of reunion gigs, the last one 12 years ago at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bonham’s son Jason is expected to wield the drum sticks for the band known to many fans simply as Zep.

Rounding out Led Zeppelin, rated the best ever hard-rock band by U.S. channel VH1, would be its classic founding trio of singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.

The music website, NME is reporting that the show will take place in November 26 at the 12 Arena in London.

The show is being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the UK, US and Turkey.

Also performing will be Pete Townshend, Foreigner, Paolo Nutini, plus Bill Wyman And The Rhythm Kings.

*Sigh*, once upon a time, Nice Deb had quite the little crush on Jimmy Page.

Fred! To Announce Today At 4:30 EDT

Well it’s about damn time.

Ace and others are saying he’s announcing his plans to announce next week?

WTF is an announcement of an announcement?

If he’s announcing that he’s announcing……………………………………………………….

He’s announcing.

Oh, Now what?:

UPDATE: Campaign officials now say there will not be a 4:30 conference call for the media. Rather, the campaign will put out information for the press in a statement. Stay tuned for details later this afternoon.

He may or may not appear on Leno, next Wednesday, while the Republicans are having their debate.

Fred…you’re trying my patience.

High School Musical 2 Makes T.V. History

The Hollywood Reporter says that HSM 2,

made history Friday night when 17.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of the sequel to the hit 2006 film, making the debut the most-watched basic cable telecast of all time.

Additionally, Disney Channel’s original movie ranked as the most-watched TV telecast ever in kids 6-11 and the most-watched entertainment telecast ever in tweens 9-14.

It became the most watched Friday telecast in more than five years.

I know a little something about this, because I have six kids, and four of them are girls. And all four girls loved The High School Musical, and were looking forward to High School Musical 2, with much anticipation.

My twelve year old got invited to a High School Musical 2 Party, Fri. night, where they all dressed up as their favorite character to watch the movie. My 9, and 15 year olds had friends over for sleepovers. We ordered pizza, and spread out a big blanket on the floor of the loft, and let them scarf on Pizza while they watched. The Munchkin, (my seven year old) is going to a High School Musical birthday party, tomorrow.

To say that these movies are popular, is a gross understatement.

Who would have thought that 6 to 15 year olds would be so entertained by a musical? Yet they are, and for once, we parents can breath a sigh of relief, because these movies are highly appealing, yet good, clean, wholesome entertainment.

Oooooh, look….Is That A Flying Car I see?!

That’s all I’m saying.

I’m not going to beg.

UPDATE: 

Bait not working. Should I try a post about classic cartoons, next? I’m open to suggestions.

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