The supporting role of political spouse did not suit Ms. Taylor

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“When a man loves a woman . . . Sen. John Warner has no shame, as his absurd marriage to Liz Taylor in 1976 (above) and his pathetic attempt at intimidating Lt. General David Petraeus yesterday attest,” we captioned this image of Liz and her sixth back in January of 2007. (©2005 TopFoto / AP)

By Sissy Willis of sisu

Chelsea, March 23, 2011. In recognition of the splendiferous, eminently quotable — “I have a woman’s body and a child’s emotions” — Elizabeth Taylor’s passing from this vale of tears this day, a republication of our January 2007 post confirming her sensible decision to divorce Husband #6 John Warner when she realized it was all about him:

Many regarded Ms. Taylor’s glamour as a chief reason for the relatively unknown Warner, a former secretary of the Navy, getting a Senate seat in 1978. The supporting role as political spouse did not suit Ms. Taylor, and she returned to a life where she was undoubtedly the main attraction.

Our four-year-old post resonates. Plus ça change:

Chelsea, January 24, 2007.Addressing the crisis in leadership among American boys and young men” was the topic of pc-lite Esquire author Tom Chiarella’s brave new article last summer, “The Problem with Boys.” The soon-to-be commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, Lt. General David Petraeus, was one of the earnest author’s expert witnesses. We stumbled upon the thoughtful if somewhat annoyingly naive piece as we were getting up to speed on the man of the hour that Thomas P.M. Barnett in another Esquire article called “the closest thing the Army has to its own Lawrence of Arabia.” Chiarella skirts delicately around the edges of the insidious Marxist feminist anti-boys-will-be-boys movement of the last few decades that has turned Mother Nature’s “snakes and snails and puppy dogs’ tails” into carriers of a “disorder” that must be kept at bay by the administration of Ritalin and other inadequately tested drugs that kill the soul and may precipitate murderous acts [see Columbine]. Speaking of a young, rudderless friend named Gerald, Ciarella — seemingly channeling John “Stuck-in-Iraq” Kerry — writes:

He’s got no way to grab on to the culture of work. Nowhere to go, except Iraq maybe. They keep raising the bonus for enlistment; they keep tempting him to put himself in the mix. I always think he’s a bag of flesh to them, a bullet stopper.

Reading that military-culture-challenged bit of drivel, we gagged and nearly clicked away in disgust, but remembering that Lt. General Petraeus had brought us to the site, we read on and were duly rewarded with Chiarella’s reportage of the General’s take:

I tell him about the boys I know, about how I’m concerned that the Army may be the only option for a kid like Gerald. “That’s the problem,” he says. “It may not be an option for him. We have a profile we’re looking for; we need high school graduates who are physically fit and driven by the desire for self-improvement. We need men who are prepared to be better soldiers.

“I see the same things you do. The numbers are declining among boys,” he says, clearing his throat. “I always call them men.

“What boys need,” says Petraeus, “are role models, parental supervision, encouragement to pursue excellence in all that they do, especially in education, where we must do whatever is necessary to keep them in school.” Old stuff, but tried and true and often lost amidst today’s multiculti pc cacaphony:

They need direction to stay on the straight and narrow, a push to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities, help to pursue a healthy lifestyle, recognition that they must be accountable for their actions, and reinforcement of good performance.

We couldn’t help but think of those aging Peter-Pan boys — and girls — in the Senate who made such fools of themselves yesterday when they bypassed the opportunity to ask General Petraeus to educate them — and us — with his vast store of knowledge about the subject at hand, the “way forward” in Iraq. Instead they used the opportunity of Petraeus’s confirmation hearing to — what else? — grandstand at will. Our favorite exchange came after Sen. Lieberman asked Petraeus whether Senate resolutions condemning White House Iraq policy “would give the enemy some comfort”:

Petraeus agreed they would, saying, “That’s correct, sir.”

Liz Taylor’s ex, Sen. John Warner, went ballistic, warning Petraeus not to step on prima donnas’ toes:

We’re not a division here today of patriots who support the troops and those who are making statements and working on resolutions that could be translated as aiding and abetting the enemy. We’re trying to exercise the fundamental responsibilities of our democracy and how this nation has two co-equal branches of the government, each bearing its own responsibilities.

I hope that this colloquy has not entrapped you into some responses that you might later regret. I wonder if you would just give me the assurance that you’ll go back and examine the transcript as to what you replied with respect to certain of these questions and review it, because we want you to succeed.

We expect intimidation from the left and from campaign finance “reform” types like John McCain. How disappointing to see John Warner going wobbly when the going gets tough. As Gen. Petraeus told Esquire author Tom Chiarella, “We have a profile we’re looking for.” Would that our fellow citizens who vote these people into office had such standards.

Crossposted at sisu,  Riehl World View and Liberty Pundits.

Published in: on March 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm  Comments (1)  

Palin “ruffles a lot of feathers because she plays by her own rules”

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It’s the language, stupid. Compare Sarah Palin’s full-blooded, All-American word choices with Barack Obama’s bloodless euphemisms. The Ruling Class powers that be — of both parties — recoil at the “gun-and-Bible-clinging” imagery of Palin’s prose. It energizes us Country Class, Tea Party types. Photo of Sarah skeet shooting from “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

By Sissy Willis of sisu

“I LOVE what JedediahBila & HeyTammyBruce are saying about THE SARAH NOBODY KNOWS” (on the Laura Ingraham Show, where Tammy is subbing), we just twittered: “Once people get beyond the MSM meme, watch out, fuddy duddies.” Jedediah nails it:

She ruffles a lot of feathers because she plays by her own rules.

As “Saturday Night Live” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels acknowledged in an unguarded moment way back in October of 2008 before the Palin-is-Stupid narrative had fully set in:

“I think Palin will continue to be underestimated for a while. I watched the way she connected with people, and she’s powerful.”

It’s taken longer than we expected, but even as her resentful Ruling-Class “betters” flail and try to push her off the stage, the real Sarah Palin has been hiding in plain sight, disintermediating the lamestream media‘s flaccid memes by “shooting to where it’s going, not to where it’s been” — as she coached reluctant daughter Bristol trying to get the hang of shooting clay pigeons in a “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” episode last fall. Jedediah pulled it all altogether in her heroic Human Events column yesterday, “Setting the Palin Record Straight“:

It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin. Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified? What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable — why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

I sort of like to shock people. It’s one of my hobbies,” Jedediah told Tammy. Her compilation of Sarah’s considerable accomplishments and intellectually rigorous strategic shots to “where it’s going, not to where it’s been” since that day in August of 2008 when John McCain pushed her center stage — while establishment sages like Charles Krauthhammer were counseling a “safe” pick — will be a shocker for members of the opinionator community who have been listening to their own voices for too long. We agree with Tammy’s assessment:

The Republicans are going to fail. The CONSERVATIVES will prevail.

Crossposted at sisuRiehl World View and Liberty Pundits.

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The First Human Being, Maori Style

It puts a bit of a different slant on things.

Deep in the ocean Tohora [the Whale] would swim and sleep upon occasion and one night a vision came upon him of his brother Kauri [the mighty Tree] cast in the very oceans he swam in sailing upon the waves carrying a strange and frightening creature of power and fragile immense light filled mortality. […]

And lo it did come to pass that the great forest guardian Tane, father of Tohora and Kauri, fashioned out of the flesh of his mother earth the first human being and upon seeing his creation love[d] it so that he imbued upon this last born the sacred divine spark of life and the sacred breath.  And lo the first of our kind was born and she was the most beautiful of all creation and her name was “She who was fashioned of the flesh of grandmother earth.” She was to all creation a strange mortal creature full of light and hope. And from her all human descendents were born.

Published in: on March 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment