December 18, 2008

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (121808, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 6:04 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • Helen Jones-Kelly has resigned (HT Maggie Thurber) as head of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services. She had been due to return to work shortly after her one-month suspension for her against-policy and likely illegal authorization of computer database checks into Joe the Plumber in October during the presidential election campaign. That’s one down, and at least the three others mentioned in this previous post (including but not limited to Doug Thompson, Fred Williams, and Carri Brown) to go. They all should have been fired on the spot when the related Ohio Inspector General’s report was released. Update, 8:30 a.m.Allah at Hot Air noted that Thompson has been fired, and that Williams has resigned effective January 31. My cynical side says that they all have great but less visible futures ahead of them at the Democratic National Committee.
  • From the “Even a Stopped Clock Is Right Twice a Day” Dept. — Jennifer Rubin at Pajamas Media has a radio show transcript of Al Sharpton coming out against the totally misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, which would end the secret ballot in most union authorization elections. Previous posts opposing this betrayal of FDR’s legacy are here, here, and here.
  • The Barack Obama Punk Presidential counter went back to zero Tuesday when he told a Chicago Tribune reporter not to “waste” his question when the reporter asked about the Blagojevich situation. That’s more polite Punk for “Don’t you dare question me.” Can you imagine how much grief George W. Bush would be getting from the media if he had said that?
  • Time’s totally predictable Person/Punk of the Year issue had a really ignorant sentence in its “Fond Farewell” to Charlton Heston — “Offscreen, Heston was a figure of epic contradictions. In the ’60s he marched with Martin Luther King; in the ’90s he headed the National Rifle Association.” There’s nothing contradictory about that. Though King didn’t own a gun during the 1960s, he did own one until early 1956 (see final paragraphs at the link). His reasons not to involved his role “as one of the leaders of a nonviolent movement” and in no way represented a repudiation of basic self-defense for everyday people.
  • I think Time’s biggest omission in its Person/Punk of the Year lists — he’s not in the “Runners-up” or even the “People Who Mattered” — is General David Petraeus. Al Qaeda wasn’t considered defeated in Baghdad until early July. The Associated Press didn’t acknowledge that U.S. and Iraq forces were “winning the war” until late July. This isn’t supposed to be “People of the Last Three Months.”

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