Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday's wash

North Korea issues new threats:
"North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days."
I suspect much of this is just North Korean bluster, but it's something to keep an eye on.
Don't see how our liberal friends can blame this stuff on Bush; and again, it shows that Obama's insertion of some kum-by-yah into our foreign policy doesn't change much.

How do some persons live with themselves?
"Michigan authorities removed two children from a licensed Van Buren County foster mother Tuesday evening after finding an active meth lab in the home."

First Sen. Ensign, now Gov. Sanford:
"South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he's been having an affair and will resign as head of the Republican Governor's Association."
This isn't exactly going to help Republicans in getting out their message.
I guess the power these politicians gain makes them think they can get away...with anything.

BASEBALL DIARY: the Tigers won in dramatic fashion over the Cubs last night, 5-4, with Ryan Raburn the hero--he hit a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win it. You had to feel good for him; before that, you felt badly about Joel Zumaya giving up a 2-run homer in the 8th that gave the Cubs the lead--on a changeup, his 3rd best pitch, when his fastball had been unhittable. But the Tigers showed resiliency and came back and won it--and those are the kind of breaks you catch when you have some toughness, and when you're having a pretty special season (given last year's collapse). Zumaya says he learned something from his bad pitch. Let's hope so, and let's be glad that he IS pitching and throwing with such velocity.
Meanwhile, it's official--the Texas Rangers are in a pretty bad slump right now. They've lost 5 in a row, including last night's 8-2 laugher to Arizona. They're not hitting, and they got a poor start last night from Matt Harrison. They need a spark. But from where?

You've no doubt seen pictures of the young female protestor named Neda, who was shot and killed yesterday. The Iranian regime today keeps trying to change the subject--blaming her death on fears of "terrorist" groups operating in Iran, that she may have been mistaken for the sister of a terrorist.
And of course the terrorists are those sowing "division" in the country.
So ultimately they try to blame protesters for the woman's death. Hopefully Iranians won't fall for this; surely most of the world won't.
By the way, as for President Obama's apparent strategy for dealing with Iran? Jonah Goldberg is right--it appears to be untenable:
"Here is the one immutable fact of Barack Obama’s foreign-policy agenda as it relates to Iran: It’s over. The rule book he came in with is as irrelevant as a tourist guide to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. If the forces of reform and democracy win, Obama’s plan to negotiate with the regime is moot, for the regime will be gone. And if the forces of reform are crushed into submission by the regime, Obama’s plan is moot, because the regime will still be there.
Politics and decency will simply demand that the world condemn or shun the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei if they come out on top. Even the most soulless realists will be repulsed by the blood on the regime’s collective hands."