Posted on 01-11-2010
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

London’s Daily Mail has alleged that China pressured judges to eliminate Miss Norway Mariann Birkedal in the 2010 Miss World contest – which was won by Miss USA Alexandria Mills.  The contest itself was held on China’s Hainan island.  If true, this would be the latest petulant outburst by the corporatist dictatorship that is still steaming over the award of the Nobel Peace Price to Liu Xiaobo.

Out of deference to copyright law I will not post gratuitous bikini shots of the contestants, but you can view them in the first two links above.

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It was a strategy that was started by George W. Bush and came into full bloom for Sarah Palin – try to hide a candidate’s ignorance, extremism etc. by hiding them from the media.  It seems to be maturing in this election cycle where unknown candidates try to cover up their ethical peccadilloes or to avoid backing up their own statements.   Scary thing is that some of these candidates actually have a shot at being elected.  List and videos below:

  • Christine O’Donnell – Evidently it is fair game to criticize Chris Coons for his management of the county budget, but it is off limits to ask her what exactly she would have done in that situation since that is not the position she is running for.  Her campaign then threatens to sue and crush the radio station if they played the interview (and later ate humble pie and apologized).

  • Carl Paladino – At times you have to wonder if this guy is mentally balanced.  After his own love child is disclosed, he accuses the media of ignoring Andrew Cuomo’s affairs.  When asked to provide evidence for his claim he threatens to “take out” the reporter.

All candidates try to blame the media and obfuscate questions.  But this level of hostility and/or disdain for the freedom of the press is breathtaking…and scary. These are also the product of a political movement that labels Barack Obama a tyrant.

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Posted on 01-11-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) prepares the ground for the Democrats to cave on allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire.  A priceless opportunity to actually tackle the deficit will be squandered because of the perceived horrors of a reverting to the Clinton era tax rates.

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Posted on 01-11-2010
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

Maybe I should not be surprised that the Washington Post published this blather from David Broder.  The last couple of years it has cheerfully published factually inaccurate or outright propaganda columns from George  Will, Charles Krauthammer and (the torture supporter) Marc Thiessen.  It also published Dinesh D’Souza’s garbage about the roots of Barack Obama’s ideology.

Somehow Broder seems to forget that we already fought two expensive wars in the last decade and primarily managed to blow up the deficit (with a lot of the money wasted abroad it produced almost no stimulative effects back home).  Saber rattling with Iran will also drive up oil prices which could lead to a double dip recession.  Even though Broder does not actually advocate bombing Iran he seems to assume that Iran will remain motionless while we ramp up preparations for war.  It has proxies in Iraq and Lebanon that can be unleashed against the United States and Israel.  The threat of war will also allow Iran’s isolated autocrats to rally support at home.

Since Broder’s column is essentially calling for more government spending to stimulate the economy, maybe he should call for spending on our infrastructure and education instead of fueling an already over-bloated military-industrial complex.

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