Outside the Asylum
This past Saturday, Rush Limbaugh apologized to Sandra Fluke for calling her a “slut;” among other remarks. The truth is, Limbaugh should have apologized; but not for the reasons every shrieking banshee of a liberal from here to Nancy Pelosi’s war room and back believe.
I recently faced an attack from a liberal acquaintance. This fellow objected strongly to my remarking on the hypocrisy that tagged along on first lady Michelle Obama’s vacation to the spectacularly wealthy ski resort of Aspen, Colo.
Any working stiff can tell you: The prices at the grocery store, the gas station, the pharmacist and even the sport shop where he buys bulk ammunition have risen dramatically, outstripping inflationary increases. There’s no sign that the pricing trend will slow down.
Last summer, a 66-year-old Chicago-area insurance broker named Denny McCann met his tragic end when he was run down by a motorist named Saul Chavez. At the time of the accident, Chavez — who dragged McCann’s body a few hundred feet while trying to flee the scene — had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .29.
I will grant that Whitney Houston’s apparently self-induced death is a cautionary tale, but let’s not overstate the case. The cautionary tale told by Houston’s death centers on the fact that Americans care far too much about precisely the wrong people.
The echoes of his oath of office had barely faded when President Barack Obama added another accolade to his resume. Just nine days after he began his occupation of the White House, Barack Hussein Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which he infamously won. Obama’s promises of a more peaceful world under his watch flitted like ash from the pyres of global conflict.
In a Chrysler ad that aired during the Super Bowl, Clint Eastwood wandered like a senile pensioner through some steamy concrete jungle while lecturing us like a cranky old neighbor about the value of an automaker that has been bailed out more than a leaky rowboat. That’s lousy advertising.
When the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, a firestorm of controversy erupted. Moveon.org went so far as to suggest that Komen had “declared war on women.”
Retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin has decided not to speak during a prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy. Islamofascists had asked West Point to rescind Boykin’s invitation. They don’t want anybody to hear what the outspoken Christian has to say.
As the housing bubble expanded in the run-up to its inevitable crash, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee meetings became a veritable laugh fest. Scribes have been perusing transcripts from FOMC meetings up to 2006 that the Fed released in January. They have found that, as the bubble expanded, the giddiness in the meetings likewise increased.