Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ironman Tops Box -- Speedracer Bombs

Seriously, did anyone out there really like the Speedracer Cartoon? My sister and I hated it -- it was always like someone had it on to fill space or maybe it was one guy at the network's favorite and everyone was afraid to tell him it sucked.

The movie may have been good, but the weekend box office showed it did about half what the studio projected. If they play it continuously everyone will have to watch it like we did that daft cartoon when we were kids.

I really hope it was a good story because it had some talented actors. But as soon as I heard they were making a movie of that damn cartoon something inside me died just a bit -- the cartoon was that bad!

On the plus side, IRONMAN dominated for the second week pulling in 2 1/2 times what Speed did.

Here are the numbers from Box Office Mojo:
  • Ironman -- 50,000,000
  • Speedracer -- 20,200,000
  • What happens in Vegas -- 20,000,000

Chicago Politics of Change?

A Chicago pol's wife gets a 200 grand salary bump (almost tripling her compensation) and a year later hubby seeks to channel a million bucks to the wife's employer. Good old time Chicago poltics, right?

Apparently not, because the candidate in question is running on a platform of change, and he seems like such a nice fellow. Leon H. Wolfe of Redstate is being awfully judgmental here isn't he?

Al Qaeda In Nigeria?

Okiro said, “The Al-Qaeda network has threatened to send time bombs to Nigeria. The AIG Surveillance should intensify surveillance while the CP Airwing, CP Border Patrol and the CPs of all the commands should be on the alert and ensure that these items (bombs) do not pass through their end.”

Is al Qaeda planning an attack on Nigeria?
Gateway Pundit -- Al-Qaeda Plans Attacks on Nigeria

They Still Hate Guns

When moderator Charlie Gibson pointed out that Obama's handwriting was on a 1996 candidate survey that said he favored banning handguns, Obama flatly denied his writing was on the questionnaire, contradicting what a campaign staffer had told Politico weeks earlier. Asked if he still supports licensing and registering guns, Obama said he favors "common-sense approaches" to gun control like keeping guns from "the mentally deranged." When Clinton was asked if she maintains her past support for licensing and registration, she too sidestepped the question, saying, "What might work in New York City is certainly not going to work in Montana."

The Weekly Standard -- We're All Gun Nuts Now

Hezbollah Pulls Back -- Endgame

So it ends not as a formal coup but as an informal one, with the government temporarily brought to its knees to remind it who’s boss.
Why the pullout this morning? Per yesterday’s post, they don’t want to run the country, they want a safe base of operation against Israel and its western allies without interference from the Lebanese government. Mission accomplished

Hot Air -- Hezbollah withdrawing from Beirut

Obama Changing His -- What, Flat Out Lied -- Nevermind

“But nobody said he would initiate contacts at the presidential level; that requires due preparation and advance work.”

The problem is, Barack Obama did say he’d meet with Iran unconditionally, in front of a lot of people, at the CNN/YouTube Democratic debate last July.

Little Green Footballs catches the flip.

Interesting it was still on his website and can be seen in a screen capture at Gateway Pundit.
Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions


How Obama Neutered The Clintons

I keep reading post after post of how Obama beat, bested, or defeated Hillary. None of these are accurate descriptions of what happened.

Obama preemptively neutered the Clintons, period.

Let me explain:

At the beginning of the race, prior to it narrowing to Obama versus Clinton, Obama began his Hope tour. Nondescript, nonspecific, and completely nonthreatening, but well choreographed, including swooning and fainting throngs.

Occasionally he would throw in comments about the old way of campaigning and how that was the evil way of the, "others." All the while his surrogates, sometimes his campaign, and on occasion even the master himself attacked the Clintons (later on he attacked McCain, often unfairly -- but that was okay because he had already sold it).

Basically he appeared to move above the negative even managing to label it as Clintonian. When your name becomes a tactic you really can't disengage yourself from that label.

At the same time his campaign made a preemptive strike labeling minor criticism as racial and constantly appeared poised to do so again at even the faintest hint.

This combination meant that Obama not only defined the playing field but he wrote the rules of the game in the process removing the Clinton's proven weapons. Playing to win was no longer PC if it meant actually pointing out your opponents flaws.

In the Democratic party, controlled by the far left as it currently is, this effectively neutered the Clintons before the race even began.

Any attack Hillary made was Clintonian or racist. She could no longer bring up issues that may have won it for her. Any question of Obama's electability was radioactive. Associations and judgment about his, "friends," things that will matter in the general election, Reverend Wright, William Ayres, or Tony Rezko were instant death! The Media could no longer be trusted to bring these things to the fore because they were as caught up in the dream as the throngs at the rallies!

Toward the end Hillary did hit on the only option left to here -- drinking with regular folk demonstrating to the Super Delegates that Obama could not win the voters that cling to their guns and God

Interestingly the Clintons were NOT neutered when it came to the Super Delegates, just with the Democratic voters. That is her ONLY hope now.

Unfortunately, it appears Obama may have managed to finally neuter them as well when he took 91% of the black vote.

Defining Obama

"To encourage a country with only rhetoric, rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people, is not a promise of hope," McCain said, alluding to Obama's speaking skills and campaign theme. And in another jab he added, "I do not seek the presidency on the presumption that I am blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save my country in its hour of need."

Tribune -- The Swamp -- McCain paints Obama's portrait.

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