Quote of the Day

Here’s a tip for liberals: If your candidate is going to stage enormous rallies in front of tens of thousands of chanting Germans (with monuments to Prussian military might in the background) in the middle of his Presidential campaign, it isn’t the GOP’s fault if the footage comes out looking a little like Hitler at Nuremberg.

–Ross Douthat (Source)

Hat Tip: The Corner

Cat abandons her own children; dog bails her out

Golden retriever adopts tiger cubs at Kansas zoo :

A dog at a southeast Kansas zoo has adopted three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother. Safari Zoological Park owner Tom Harvey said the tiger cubs were born Sunday, but the mother had problems with them.

A day later, the mother stopped caring for them. Harvey said the cubs were wandering around, trying to find their birth mother, who wouldn’t pay attention to them. That’s when the cubs were put in the care of a golden retriever, Harvey said.

Trade Deadline

The non-waiver trade deadline is today at 4 PM, and it’s so nerve-wracking waiting to see what shoes will drop.

Rumored trades include:

* Future Hall of Famer and 600-homer man Ken Griffey Jr to the White Sox
* Future Hall of Famer and 500-homer man Manny Ramirez to the Marlins
* Future Hall of Famer and 350-game winner Greg Maddux to the Dodgers

Meanwhile, nothing apparently brewing in Philly. They need to improve this team. Their window of competitiveness closes soon, especially if Burrell heads elsewhere this coming offseason.

UPDATE (11:52 AM): Griffey to the White Sox is a done deal. As I mentioned before, Griffey’s long been one of my favorites and is still the only player jersey I ever bought. It’s sad to see him leave one of favorite teams (but the Phils still come first). Especially to go to a team like the ChiSox. They’re so blah.

And another note, he was a Mariner, then he was a Red. What is he now? A Sock?

UPDATE (12:40 PM): The Marlins got former Phillie (and Oriole) Arthur Rhodes. I assumed he had retired. Well, maybe he’ll finally help the Phils now by returning to his old Phillies self while with the Marlins.

One Huge Reason to oppose Universal Health Care?

It gives the government an incentive to want you dead:

After her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that would cost $4,000 a month, the newspaper reported, “Wagner was notified that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn’t cover the treatment, but that it would cover palliative, or comfort, care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide.”

It’s cheaper to kill people than to keep them alive. Today, it’s encouraging people to exercise their “right to die.” Tomorrow, it will likely be a “duty to die.”

Quote-a-palooza

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” – Benjamin Franklin

“People who make careers out of helping others- sometimes at great sacrifice, often not- usually don’t like to hear that those others might get along fine, might even get along better, without their help.” – John Holt

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“It is essential to the triumph of reform that it should never succeed.” – William Hazlitt

“What is amazing this year is how many people have bought the fundamentally childish notion that, if you don’t like the way things are going, the answer is to write a blank check for generic ‘change,’ empowering someone chosen not on the basis of any track record but on the basis of his skill with words.” – Thomas Sowell

“So Senator Obama and his campaign decided that it would be inappropriate to visit wounded soldiers in Germany while touring Europe as a candidate for the presidency. Senator McCain hit this one right on the head: it is never inappropriate to visit our wounded men and women in uniform.” – Bobby Eberle

“Barack Obama represents an obnoxiously elitist attitude that reeks of paternalistic government…” – Kathryn Lopez

“Sen. Obama owes it to the public to let us know how much of our hard-earned money he, in his wisdom, believes we have a moral obligation to give away to poor people around the world- and how much of our money that he has a moral obligation to extract from our wages forcefully, through federal taxation.” – Tony Blankley

“The time may be coming when our lunatic environmental policies are swept away by a rising tide of common sense.” – Michael Barone

“Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted ‘present’ nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.” – Charles Krauthammer

“Obama was in Germany [last week], and 200,000 people showed up. There was so many Germans shouting and screaming that France surrendered just in case.” – Craig Ferguson

Jay Leno: Barack Obama is back from his big European tour. Did you see him in Europe? People were cheering him, holding up signs, blowing him kisses. And that was just the American media covering the story. … Barack Obama was on “Meet the Press” Sunday. John McCain was on a new show called, “I Wish I Could Meet the Press.” … Polls show Obama more popular than McCain in Germany, France, and Great Britain. However, McCain leads in Mesopotamia, Gaul and the Holy Roman Empire. So, it’s pretty balanced. … In world news, I guess you’ve heard Barack Obama [was] elected Chancellor of Germany. … You can tell the French are still a little gun shy. After speaking in front of 200,000 Germans, when Obama arrived in France, they said, “You came alone, right?” … You know, they said on the news earlier [this week] that this political campaign has only 100 days left. Only! Anybody complaining that this thing was dragging out? … I don’t know what’s less likely, Barack Obama getting enough experience in 100 days, or John McCain living another 100 days. … The National Enquirer caught former presidential candidate John Edwards sneaking out of his girlfriend’s hotel room at the 2:40 in the morning. See, Edwards got caught ’cause the reporters were there waiting for him…[I]f Edwards didn’t want to get caught, he should have met this woman at the hotel where John McCain was staying. There are no reporters. … If this story turns out to be true, there go his chances at becoming vice president. He could still be governor of New York. … And in Puerto Rico, it [was] Constitution Day [Friday]. So, that’s where the Constitution went. I knew we weren’t using it anymore.

Thomas Sowell’s Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene

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Government bailouts are like potato chips: You can’t stop with just one.

Anyone who is honest with himself and with others knows that there is not a snow ball’s chance in hell to have an honest dialogue about race.

I wonder what radical feminists make of the fact that it was men who created the rule of “women and children first” when it came to rescuing people from life-threatening emergencies.

Barack Obama’s motto “Change you can believe in” has acquired a new meaning– changing his positions is the only thing you can believe in. His campaign began with a huge change in the image he projects, compared to what he was doing for 20 years before.

After getting DVDs of old “Perry Mason” TV programs and old “Law & Order” programs, I found myself watching far more of the “Perry Mason” series. The difference is that too many “Law & Order” programs tried to raise my consciousness on social issues, as if that is their role or their competence.

What is amazing this year is how many people have bought the fundamentally childish notion that, if you don’t like the way things are going, the answer is to write a blank check for generic “change,” empowering someone chosen not on the basis of any track record but on the basis of his skill with words.

When New York Times writer Linda Greenhouse recently declared the 1987 confirmation hearings for Judge Robert Bork “both fair and profound,” it was as close to a declaration of moral bankruptcy as possible. Those hearings were a triumph of character assassination by politicians with no character of their own. The country is still paying the price, as potential judicial nominees decline to be nominated and then smeared on nationwide television.

Some of the most emotionally powerful words are undefined, such as “social justice,” “a living wage,” “price gouging” or a “fragile” environment, for example. Such terms are especially valuable to politicians during an election year, for these terms can attract the votes of people who mean very different– and even mutually contradictory– things when they use these words.

How many in the media have expressed half as much outrage about the beheading of innocent people by terrorists in Iraq as they have about the captured terrorists held at Guantanamo not being treated as nicely as they think they should be?

Although most of the mainstream media are still swooning over Barack Obama, a few critics are calling the things he advocates “naive.” But that assumes that he is trying to solve the country’s problems. If he is trying to solve his own problem of getting elected, then he is telling the voters just what they want to hear. That is not naive but shrewd and cynical.