Cold Front in Hades

It is a little colder in Hell today...though probably not frozen over.

Bill Maher has apologized to John McCain
Remember during the campaign when John McCain attacked Obama for acting like a celebrity and we all laughed at the grumpy old shellshocked fool? Well, it turns out he was right. Sorry, senator. I'm sending a nice gift basket of high-fiber muffins your way.
The rest of the column isn't all that good, but there does seem to be a large majority in this country that would like the President to get the heck out of our televisions.

Someone needs to remind President Obama that he was a mid-season replacement show last January, the television season is now over, and he should take a break until September or October.....

Obama's Deurbanized Zones

It looks like Obama has a plan to help our cities survive and become greener at the same time:
Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline.

Yeah, we should probably get rid of those pesky buildings in order to make room for all the tent cities we will need thanks to George Bush!

But I remember watching a documentary recently about the new wide open natural spaces in New York City, where wildlife runs free.

Oh, wait...That was 'I Am Legend'. My bad.....

But what the hey...the animals looked happy!


A Picture is Worth 1000 Words...

...or none at all.

People are making some hay about this photo of First Lady Michelle Obama

Now, as much as I like to bash her for her previously stated dislike for her lot in a wonderful life, and wearing expensive shoes to feed the homeless, and $100/lb steak at the White House...I can't bash her for this photograph.

Photos are but an instant in time. Sure they can reflect the emotion of a person, but they can just as easily be misleading. Emotions take moments, even seconds to express. Thus taking a sliver of that expression as it evolves can produce a snapshot of something entirely different.

Lets take a case in point... Do we really think that President Bush looks like this?

Of course not...these were but slivers in time during an emotional expression. But hey, the left sure did love to use them to advance their case that he was a dunce and a moron.

Now was the First Lady scowling at Carla Bruni...maybe...maybe not. We just don't know. (In fact if you ask me, based on the angles, I would say she is looking *behind* Bruni)

My ultimate point is, there will be plenty of fodder for which to criticize the hypocritical First Lady, but lets not start the meme that an alleged scowl proves that she is a mean bitch. To do so would be no better than how the left treated Bush....and we need to remind ourselves that we are better than them....

UPDATE: Thanks again to Instapundit for the Instalanche! I have also fixed the bad picture. One drawback to a job where you can't read 'blogspot' sites or access Blogger...I didn't know it was an issue until I got home tonight. For the same reason, I haven't read the comments yet....

UPDATE II: Well I certainly am getting beat up in the comments... But if you think I am soft on Obama, look around the rest of the blog and decide for yourself.

In the end, I don't necessarily disagree that she might be a shrew, or a cold-hearted bitch, or whatever else. But I was simply stating that based on my photographic experience, this picture doesn't "prove" any of that, no more than Bush's funny faces "proved" he was allegedly an idiot. If you want to spotlight the arrogance of the First Lady, use her words against her. There are certainly plenty of those to go around.

But ultimately I think there are plenty of bigger issues to go after besides discerning the temperament of the First Lady.

UPDATE III: Now almost 2 years since I published this post, I noticed that the Yahoo News image of Mrs Obama and Carla Bruni that I originally used was blank. A search of Yanhoo News images for "Obama + Bruni" now gets ZERO his. So it appears that someone put that official image down the memory hole. Thank goodness for the internet....there are plenty of other copies out there....