September 25th, 2008

How Much Decisiveness Is Just Right?

Mickey Kaus suggests that McCain is too decisive.
No convention today! ... OK, it's on! ... The economy's sound... No, wait, it's going to fall apart unless I go to Washington tomorrow! ... We need a commission! ... We need to fire somebody! ... Get me Andrew Cuomo! ... I want ten more debates! ... But let's postpone the one we've scheduled! ... Do you get the impression a McCain presidency would be a bit exhausting?
But GayPatriot rants that Obama is too indecisive.
Strong and confident he may appear in image. Uncertain and indecisive he has become on the issues. His campaign slogans of hope and change have absolutely no meaning whatsoever. As he himself wrote, "I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views."
There's plenty of debate about decision,
and certainly no shortage of derision!

Protesting a Survivor

It's not every night that Nazis stop traffic in Chicago.

It's also not every night that Elie Wiesel comes to town.

We went to hear him talk.  He was frequently funny, and sometimes quite moving.

He's the author of many books.  But none of them ever came close in popularity to Night, his first big success, a fictionalized recounting of his survival in a concentration camp.

He said his other books complain to him about all the attention that Night gets.

As for the neo-Nazi protestors, I'd like to quote from a scene from The Blues Brothers:

Elwood: Illinois Nazis!
Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.
[The Blues Brothers promptly drive through the parade, forcing the Nazis to dive into the river].

The first amendment, of which they do not approve, 
keeps them from being rudely removed.