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This isn’t Camelot or the court of the Sun King

Reading The American Spectator today, Norman Podhoertz in the Wall Street Journal and Nile Gardiner of the UK Telegraph, reminded me of Evan Thomas (grandson of that loser but perennial socialist presidential candidate, Norman Thomas) declaring to Chris “tingly leg” Matthews in 2009 that “Obama is sorta god.”

(As an aside, Chris really should have this tingly leg thing checked out. It could be neuropathy caused by undiagnosed diabetes or something and maybe shove himself away from those jelly doughnuts, just in case it is. A weekly workout in the MSNBC gym wouldn’t hurt him, either. His god-dess Michelle will be the first to tell him, and the rest of us, that obesity is the number 1 cause of diabetes.)

But I digress and that’s a whole other blog.

Those were the days, weren’t they? Obama on the cover of every “news” magazine in the grocery store checkout line with the celestial halo around him, head upturned and nose in the air; the frown of determination and decisiveness across his face.

Under the spell of the messiah on Rolling Stone

Yes, Evan, he really was above us – on a ledge of your making. And every journalist in the nation, nay world, was all too quick and willing to acquiesce to their new found god Obama. His was the soaring rhetoric that was going to heal the world:

In the American Spectator, George Neumayr relates that “Obama loomed even larger than Lincoln. He was a “Lightworker,” as San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford​ put it in 2008, “that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment.” [A bizarre earthly experiment? Does anyone really talk like this? Maybe if you were in a 70’s consciousness raising group, or something…]

Now that the Lightworker has fallen to earth and the glorious new way of being on the planet turns out to be a lowered credit rating, some of his prominent supporters have fallen silent or resentful. Heady Lincoln comparisons have given way to Carter comparisons, sotto voce: “We are watching him turn into Jimmy Carter right before our eyes,” an anonymous Democratic Senator said to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd​.

Yep, well it’s a long, hard fall when you’re up “above the world” looking down.  It’s an even harder fall when you start to believe all the mythology about yourself.

The new Emperial president.

There is a disturbing let them eat cake mentality projected by the Obama White House … No US presidency in modern times has been more elitist or out of touch than the present one, which exudes the kind of condescending left-wing snobbery that is normally the preserve of an ivory tower common room. President Obama looks increasingly aloof and out of sync with the American people, three quarters of whom now believe the country is heading down the wrong track – including a staggering 58 percent of Democrats, according to Rasmussen. Nile Gardiner/UK Telegraph

Norman Podhoretz says that his “own answer to the question, “What Happened to Obama?” is that nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind.”


Ben & Jerry’s new flavor: Abu Jamal Mumia-cadamia Nut

Cop killer Wesley Cook, better known as Abu Jamal Mumia

Cop killer Wesley Cook, better known as Abu Jamal Mumia

Abu Jamal Mumia (really named Wesley Cook) is the convicted cop killer of Daniel Faulkner. He shot Faulkner 5 times… FIVE TIMES and one of those shots was point blank in the face, in what can be described as an ambush assassination.

In the early hours of December 9th, 1981, in a less than pretty part of Philadelphia, 2 cars were parked across the street from each other, Mumia in one and his brother, William Cook in the other. Faulkner, a white cop was performing a traffic stop on Cook. Some say that Faulkner was bludgeoning Cook, others say he was cuffing him. But regardless, Mumia dashed across the street, shooting the policeman in the back. Faulkner was able to shoot Mumia in the chest before Mumia unloaded his gun in the policeman, with one bullet in the face, at point blank range.

Obviously, Mumia survived and is now on death row where he broadcasts a radio show – you might have heard Van Jones speaking on it a few weeks ago.

At age 15, Mumia was a member of the Black Panthers in Philadelphia and his hero is Huey Newton. (The Black Panthers just keep showing up in one place or another lately, don’t they?) Unbelievable as it is, Mumia has even been invited to speak at university commencements (of course, not in person but videotaped from his cell): Kent State, Occidental College (remember that Obama attended this one) and UC Santa Cruz, among them.

The list of those who support Mumia and are working on his behalf are a real eclectic group, from the late Paul Newman to Ben & Jerry of ice cream fame;  Amnesty International, the National Lawyers Guild and of course, the NAACP. The list is a real eye-opening read.

And of course, Van Jones. (Please read this article from 1999, SF Chronicle about a rally Van Jones helped organize on behalf of Mumia. Remember Valerie Jarret’s words? “We’ve been watching Van since his early days in San Fransico”?) I’m not sure which is worse, Van Jones defending Mumia or being a 9/11 truther. They are both equally despicable.

Abu Jamal has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts from California State University. In 1996 he wrote a book about his prison experience titled Live from Death Row and he hosted his own radio show on (believe it or not) Prison Radio.

Assassinated Officer Daniel Faulkner/danielfaulkner.com

Assassinated Officer Daniel Faulkner/danielfaulkner.com