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Week In Review

I have a couple thoughts about the events of the past week. Here goes:

Item: I was wondering if there was an intermission at Coretta Scott King's 6 hour funeral. If not, at least a bathroom break and some snacks....

After about 4 hours I would have sent out for some Chinese food or perhaps a nice cold six-pack of beer and an extra-large pizza with green olives and extra pepperoni.

Item: Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) latest foray into the icy cold waters of bipartisanship in the United States Senate met with disaster this past week when freshman Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) had the audacity to renig on an agreement to work with Senator McCain in a bipartisan effort to bring about lobbying reform. McCain wrote a letter to Obama that began:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.

Getting bitch-slapped like that had to hurt! It doesn’t look like McCain and Obama will be sending each other any cards or flowers for valentines this week. However, this will not lessen McCain’s need to cross the isle. He has a burning desire to reside in the White House but he cannot win the Republican nomination. Realistically, McCain’s road to the White House will be from the superintendent's house at the Naval Observatory, now the official residence of the vice president, as the running mate of a Democrat. As I have said here before, I predict McCain will get crushed in the 2008 Republican primaries and ultimately run as Hilary’s running mate. That is the only way either can win.

You can read the full text of McCain’s letter to the (less than) ‘Honorable’ Barack Obama directly from McCain's senatorial web site here.

Item: Hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East have been protesting the cartoons published last fall by a Danish newspaper. Don't these people have jobs?

Item: Bill O'Reilly was criticizing the New York Times earlier in the week for running a depiction of the Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung and surrounded by cut-out rear views of buttocks with pussies peeping underneath, while refusing to print a Danish newspaper's cartoons the thin skinned Muslims are protesting so violently. During that program, O'Reilly showed the Virgin Mary picture no less than three times but did not run a single picture of the Danish cartoons.

Bill O'Reilly's beanieWhen asked during the viewer mail portion of the show the following night why he did the same thing the New York Times did by showing only the offensive depiction of the Virgin Mary and none of the cartoons in question, O'Reilly, who occasionally wears a beanie with a propeller on it, was spinning so fast he was lifted right out of his chair.

So much for the 'no spin zone.'

Item: During the Senate hearings held about Hurricane Katrina the past couple weeks the Senators on the committee delighted in using former FEMA director Michael Brown as a whipping boy, but gave a pass to Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin. But why? It is apparent that the ball was dropped by the Louisiana officials before, during and after the levees broke and Brown could do little until Governor and Mayor Nagin got off the dime. The Governor was more worried about protecting her turf and power than responding to the immediate needs of those stranded in the Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center. Mayor Nagin was too busy appearing before the television cameras lipping off to really accomplish anything. The bottom line...Cheap theatrics on the part of the Senate committee members! Really cheap!!!

Item: The Palestinians have purportedly said yes to the slogan, 'Islam is the solution.' The solution to what may I ask? The killing of Jews and Christians?

Item: This just in from the Jerusalem Post:

Three chief editors of Yemeni papers will stand trial on charges of offending Islam for publishing the Danish cartoons of Islam's prophet, Information Ministry officials said Saturday.

It was also reported that they would have their licenses suspended. What?! There's no free speech in Yemen???

Item: Over the years there have been numerous depictions of the 'Prophet' Mohammad. There is a web site called Zombietime that shows a number of those depictions. I am posting the Danish cartoons that have stirred up so much breast-beating by the idiots in the Middle East below with my favorites first followed by the abstract of the Virgin Mary covered with dung that Bill O'Reilly and the New York Times love to display. Enjoy.

Finally, two of the most recent and controversial desecrations of Christian images: "The Holy Virgin Mary" by Chris Ofili published again last week by the New York Times and Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News channel televison show The Factor, followed by a bonus image of "Piss Christ" by Andres Serrano:

I would like to point out that, while there have been physical attacks on the last two 'works of art,' I do not believe that Christians have rioted in any streets, no embassies have been burned and no one has died while protesting their display.

Posted by Rick | February 12, 2006 01:44 AM

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