The Public Wang Theorem


As I once told a friend in the media, a good rule of thumb is probably that a source’s credibility is inversely proportional to the number of times he’s shown his dong in public.


Apparently Some Israelis are Really Mad at Barack Obama

These guys have taken jabs at him before, but never this vicious (skip ahead to 4:08):

One Reader’s (In)sincere Plea on Behalf of Barack Obama

I never really got this blog going, it’s been five months since I posted anything, and the first thing I do is reblogging.


I need to change the tone of my blog, make it more about honest discussion and reasoned opinions. Then I need to post more often. In the meantime, here’s something that I find very disturbing:

In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.

Ms. Light always claims to be a local in these letters. Her real estate holdings are apparently prodigious, as she has claimed residences in Philadelphia, PA; Daly City, California; Mansfield, Ohio; Waynesboro, Virginia; Algoma, Wisconsin; Bangor, Maine; and dozens of other places. Who said Obama supporters were all downtrodden?

What I find most disturbing is not just that this is obviously either a) a fake letter to the editor, or b) a real letter being passed around like a chain email and updated to make it fit each community. No, what disturbs me is the thought that each of the editors who published it likely (to my mind, at least) did so knowing it was not from a genuine reader of their paper. Such blatant and obvious disregard for journalistic integrity from the people who control how Americans get their information should disturb everyone.

USA Today Corrects Obama’s Speech for Him

It’s in a sidebar to a story about how terrible the opposition to the current health care reform bill is, but here are the highlights:

  • “10 million workers could lose employer-provided benefits and would have to find other insurance” if the bill passes.
  • Medicare Advantage covers about 10.2 million Medicare recipients and “provides additional benefits, such as vision, dental and hearing, to seniors and helps coordinate health care for those with chronic conditions.”
  • Senator Johnny Isakson had nothing to do with the so-called “death panel” provision included on this House bill.
  • The AARP has not endorsed the current bill nor anything like it.

H/T Ed Morrissey

A Meditation on the Pledge of Allegiance

By Red Skelton:

“Getting back to school, I remember a teacher that I had. Now I only went, I went through the seventh grade. I left home when I was 10 years old because I was hungry. (laughter) And .. this is true. I worked in the summer and went to school in the winter. But, I had this one teacher, he was the principal of the Harrison school, in Vincennes, Indiana. To me, this was the greatest teacher, a real sage of..of my time, anyhow.

He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over. This little old teacher … Mr. Lasswell was his name. He said:

“I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?

I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.

PLEDGE: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

ALLEGIANCE: My love and my devotion.

TO THE FLAG: Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there’s respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job.

UNITED: That means that we have all come together.

STATES: Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries yet united to a common purpose, and that’s love for country.

AND TO THE REPUBLIC: A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people, and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION: One nation, meaning “so blessed by God.”

INDIVISIBLE: Incapable of being divided.

WITH LIBERTY: Which is freedom, the right of power to live one’s own life without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

AND JUSTICE: The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

FOR ALL: For all, which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: “under God.” Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools too?

Happy 4th of July, everyone.