***From Power Line:
In Caroline Glick's Jerusalem Post column on Prime Minister Netanyahu's close encounter with President Obama last week, we find this condensed account of the challenge raised by Obama's leadership style:
Obama's leadership model is the model of subversive leadership. Subversive leaders in democracies do not tell their citizens where they wish to lead their societies. They hide their goals from their citizens, because they understand that their citizens do not share their goals. Then once they achieve their unspoken goals, they present their people with a fait accompli and announce that only they are competent to shepherd their societies through the radical shift they undertook behind the public's back.Several examples spring to mind, but for the moment let us just note that this explains a lot.
***A human powered helicopter gets off the ground. Pretty neat.
***Comparing Obama to Winston Churchill? Gimme a break.
Observing the start of Lord and Lady Obama's (aka president and Michelle) grand European tour and the fawning press coverage, one might conclude they were imbued with royal blood.
The normally reserved and thoughtful columnist for the London Times, William Rees-Mogg, gushed about the president's speech before members of Parliament, comparing him to Winston Churchill. Obama is to Winston Churchill as Lady Gaga is to Ella Fitzgerald. Both are singers, but that's where the comparison ends.
A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Neither stop included the White House press corps; requests by local media to cover the events were denied by the vice president's press office. The Democratic National Committee arranged the events for the Obama Victory Fund.
A number of seasoned political reporters and former White House press-office staffers consider that lack of coverage a dangerous precedent.
"It would behoove the Obama administration to keep its promise of transparency even with fundraisers," agrees Jeff Brauer, a political history professor at Keystone College. "The United States is a democracy, after all."
Having press coverage of fundraising events that feature the president or vice president matters for at least two reasons, Brauer explains.
"One, large amounts of taxpayer dollars are being used for personal security at such events. As with all tax dollars, they should be spent with accountability.
"Two, it is important for the public to know what the president and vice president are saying to donors. Is it the same message they are saying to the electorate at large?"
Such knowledge helps citizens judge officeholders' authenticity and integrity.
There ya go. Integrity. This administration has none.
***Check this out - this guy made his car look like the DeLorean from Back to the Future:
***Gorgeous! This is a picture of Eta Carinae, one of the most massive and brightest stars in the Milky Way:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
I’ve been feeling jittery and nervous and I realized I’m going through Oprah withdrawal.
President Obama arrived in France for the G8 summit, a meeting of the world’s top economic powers. To give you an idea of how bad our economy is doing, when the president arrived, the other countries were like, “What are you doing here?”
Harold Camping is now predicting that the world will end in October. In show business terms, that means God has picked us up for another 22 weeks.