Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moment of Silence



Yesterday, the nation was rocked by news of the tragic passing of Hubert J. "Hub" Schlafly Jr, the man who invented the teleprompter and, therefore, also invented Barack Hussein Obama.

Schlafly, age 91, was a TV engineer who originally developed the teleprompter in the 1950's to help soap opera actors remember their lines about rumors, scandals, affairs, sickness, death, financial shenanigans and melodrama expressed in dumbed-down, populist, purple prose. Surprisingly, neither the device nor the scripts required modification for political use.


To show appropriate respect for the passing of Mr. Shlafly, Hope n' Change would like to suggest that the alleged president lower his head and observe a dignified period of silence.

Two years should do nicely.

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30 comments:

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Two years of silence in conjunction with two years of inactivity. Then America could claim to be in remission. We must hope that modern political science can develop a cure by November, 2012...a real cure, not a Mitt Romney band-aid over a sucking chest wound.

Chuck said...

Romney and Huckabee lost to McCain in '08, who then lost to Obama. Why would they even think they have a chance in '12? Trump is a distraction, and far from being conservative. He is a successful business man and he got where is by greasing all the necessary wheels.

Truly, if we don't get a candidate conservatives can honestly rally behind, Obama wins. One of the deciding factors in his '08 win was that the left got out their vote, but another major factor was that too many on the right stayed home rather than vote for the RINO. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men (and women) do nothing."

To the topic of the day: too bad Mr. Shlafly couldn't take his invention with him. I do believe we would be a better world without it. It allows a skilled actor (politician) to read scripted words and “appear” genuine, when in fact he (or she) is anything but.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Romney "might" have been able handle McCain if the Huckster had dropped, but that annoying dipsh*t refused to go. Romney, reading the writing on the wall bailed. A shame, rather - Romney / Palin might have had a chance...

Politicians and 'scripted words' ga back much further than television - at least as far as the Greeks and Romans, I'd think. All they do is allow the speaker to appear to make eye contact while reading the speech. The character of the speech (and the speaker) are quite unaffected.

I think it *is* telling that the 'Current Occupant" is painfully crippled w/o one, tho. For all the crap that W took (with some merit) about his vocabulary and mannerisms, at least he could speak off the cuff.

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

I don't want to give the impression I'd sit out the election if Romney were the nominee. But I'd know we'd go back to the slow shuffle toward statism we experienced under Bush and that would make the walk into the polling station sort of like a forced march toward slow death. Somehow, some way, with the help of God, we must get off this path.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Angry - you lips, God's ears..

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- I couldn't agree more. Our country is at such a crisis point that it's not enough to simply get Obama out of office (though that, too, is critical). We need leadership with genuine courage and the willingness to make unpopular but necessary choices to pull us back from the brink.

robert said...

As usual, I agree with pretty much everything said here so far. Romney is not the answer. AHD is absolutely correct.

I saw a headline yesterday that said Guiliani might be considering a run. I was pulling for him in '08 until he dropped out for some reason. I sure like what he did with NYC when he was hizzoner. Ya gotta like a guy who had a price on his head vis a vis the mafia and just went about his business and wore that as a weird sort of badge of honor.

But I always felt that the media picked Mccain.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Robert - that's because they did (pick McCain)
Rudy's not much of a conservative either, but he understands fiscals, and has a pair.

robert said...

Detroit Pete, (hope you don't mind me calling you that), You're right about Rudy not being a real strong conservative. However, we hadn't really met king hussein yet either. One of the things that I really liked about Rudy was that he hadn't been in Congress. What's the old saying? "Those who can, do. Those who can't, legislate."

Suzy said...

There have been a couple good people say they were going to run but they get absolutely NO media time. What about the Alabama judge Roy Moore? Regardless of what you think about the Ten Commandments thing, he's very conservative, wants to run for President, yet he has not been in the news at all. The media chooses who they cover, which is why all I've heard about is these moderates like Romney and Trump. They won't cover the really good ones.

Earl said...

In the previous primaries I was a big fan of Rudy, but worried about his conservative credentials. Ultimately, he would have gotten my vote (before he dropped out) because he reassured me that he would only nominate strict constructionist judges. And I believed him.

James said...

Where's the love for Palin? She ain't perfect, but I'd vote for her before any of the others mentioned, and she doesn't have any sizable opposition on the right, wouldn't break the base up at all. Hell, the allure of the "first female president" might even pull in a few voters who would otherwise vote Democrat.

Chuck said...

I'd always heard the saying as "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."

Maybe it's "Those who don't give a damn, legislate."

Chuck said...

I know several "conservative” women who absolutely hate Palin, and I can't figure out why ... and they can't articulate it. Some wisted logic about she ought to be at home with her kids, or her voice annoys them. Seriously. Maybe it’s jealousy? I don’t know.

I’d easily vote for Palin over Obama.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Robert, that's fine.
Agreed, Rudy's actually had a real job, and real trials. However, he also has 2nd amendment issues. That all being said, I'd take him over any of the other 'usual suspects'.
Still waiting for a "real" candidate...

Chuck said...

wisted=twisted ... sorry

Last post for today ... I promise.

Jim Hlavac said...

My teleprompeter being broken, I could not comment until late in the day. :)

Um, Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico -- he's running. A libertarian leaning, small government, fiscally sane, a touch of foreign policy, who actually built a business from nothing to 1,000 employees, and who actually governed for 8 years. Not fancy, not a celebrity, and not driven by his own name in the newspapers. He didn't even bother with an "exploratory" committee -- just said, "Ah, I'm running."

(Weirdly, there's now two pro-gay marriage Republicans -- Karger and Johnson, and zero on the Democrat's side. It is strange bedfellows time.)

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- No one on the Right speaks strongly to me yet. I like Rudy for reasons mentioned above, but have reservations. Sarah Palin is admirable in many ways and a great cheerleader (and I don't mean that in a dismissive way) for conservatism, but I think she's quite possibly been too "Dan Quayled" by the media to be able to win. So I continue to wait and watch; there are good people on the Right, but the question is whether they're "ready." On the other hand, it's also a pretty good question whether or not we can wait for anyone to get ready.

In any case, I can't think of anyone or anything I wouldn't vote for if it was running against Obama. Except Joy Behar.

James said...

...er, been watching The View, Stilton? You really shoudn't do that, it's not healthy. In Behar's case,you know you're pretty dumb when you can make Sharron Angle of the "porous canadian border" look cool by comparison.

@Chuck: I think a lot of hatred, from both genders, comes towards Palin for her unabashed femininity. She is very aggresively female, in both her appearance and her mannerisms. Make of that what you will.

@Jim: Hate to say it, but I'm not sure running a pro-gay-marriage cadndidate would be the best idea. The amount of backlash it would get from the fundementalists on the right would be devastating. Johnson is the ideal candidate, but actually getting him in the White House could be quite tricky.

Suzy said...

I still think the perfect Rep candidate would be a strong black conservative, similar to what Alan Keyes was....I still want the chance to show that the racism thing can go both ways...

Pete(Detroit) said...

Suzy, give Allen West 4 years...

gray lady said...

Stil, the media is goin to "Quayle" ANY serious conservative candidate. They have too big a vested interest in the liberal point of view to not do it.

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Stilton:
I didn't expect you to be the type to fall for that "Palin as damaged goods" crap. I expect that of the more naive and easily pushed.

jselvy said...

Ron Paul, our last, best hope for a return to constitutional governance.

SC said...

I liked Rudy in '08. Ended up voting for Sarah Palin (McCain just happened to be on the ticket with her). I like her still. I have heard a few interviews with Herman Cain & so far, so good. Ron Paul threw his hat in the ring the other day. I lean Libertarian (I hate the word, sounds too much like liberal - yuck) Bottom line, Stilt nailed it: We have to get Obama out of there. I'm concerned that the damage to our great nation may be irreversible.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Angry Hoosier Dad- Actually, I'm not paying much attention to anyone else's "crap," I suppose it's a crappy idea of my own (grin). Plus, as much as I like and admire Palin (and that's a lot), I have to admit that I just haven't found her to be presidential. That being said, I'd support her in a heartbeat...and believed in the last election that she had 10 times the qualification for president that Barack Obama did.

Doc - Northern Nevada said...

If we had a strong true conservative candidate I would purely LOVE to see Allen West as the VP ... they could win. Might even be a winner with 'the Donald' on th ticket. IMHO ...
Doc

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Stilton:
I find her very presidential and I don't even have to compare her to Obama to say that. I only need to hear her or read her words and know that she means every damn thing she says.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Doc & AHD- With or without West, I'd vote for Palin if given the chance. But with West, that would be a really appealing ticket.

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Stilton and Doc:
Amen, brothers!