The creep factor of this sordid story just grew exponentially. I wonder if the tape was made while his wife’s cancer was in remission?
Via Hot Air:
“He believed that Edwards was the next Kennedy,” said a person who was close to Young. “It’s not enough to say that he idolized the guy — there’s something deeper and weirder than that.”
Elizabeth Edwards, in a thinly veiled portrait of Young in “Resilience,” her book on surviving cancer and her husband’s affair, compared him explicitly with Rielle Hunter, her husband’s former mistress…
She described an “obsessed” and “overbearing” young volunteer who “volunteered for everything, making himself indispensable,” taking care of cars and dry cleaning — an unmistakable portrait, people close to her say, of Young…
“What we always said about Andrew was that there would always be a place for him as long as John and Elizabeth didn’t want to get their hands dirty and deal with the painters and yard people and get their own groceries,” said a former Edwards aide who was among several who agitated more than once to have Young fired. “It was not a healthy arrangement,” the former aide said…
Elizabeth Edwards, meanwhile, had been leaving messages on Young’s and Young’s wife’s voice mail, two sources say Young told them, demanding that he reassert his paternity to clear the cloud over her husband. The Youngs returned to Chapel Hill, and they heard that Elizabeth Edwards had been spreading the rumor that, among other things, Young had stolen her late son Wade’s baseball card collection, which he denied…
And Young, with all the fury of a spurned lover, may be holding out yet another threat to his old idol, if it comes to that: an explicit videotape, two people who have seen it said, of Edwards and Hunter together.
“It’s his hole card,” said the source.
Interesting choice of words.
One can only hope.
A new Gallup poll shows a sharp increase in the number of people who say they want the government to promote “traditional values.”
Gallup’s question was simple: “Some people think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Others think the government should not favor any particular set of values. Which comes closer to your own view?” In the new poll, taken in the first days of September, 53 percent of respondents say they want the government to promote traditional values, while 42 percent say they do not want the government to favor any particular set of values. Five percent do not have an opinion.
The results are a significant change from recent years. For most of the last two decades, a majority of people have been in favor of the government promoting traditional values. But that number began to decline in 2005, and the number of people who believe the government should not favor any particular set of values began to rise. Last September, when Gallup asked the same question, the public was split down the middle on the issue, 48 percent to 48 percent. Now, opinion has rather abruptly gone back to the old position, and there’s an 11-point gap between the two, in favor of traditional values.
Read more here.
How do you say “I concur” in French?
Breitbart has the story and yesterday’s WSJ editorial lays the foundation for Sarkozy’s sentiment:
President Sarkozy in particular pushed hard. He had been “frustrated” for months about Mr. Obama’s reluctance to confront Iran, a senior French government official told us, and saw an opportunity to change momentum. But the Administration told the French that it didn’t want to “spoil the image of success” for Mr. Obama’s debut at the U.N. and his homily calling for a world without nuclear weapons, according to the Paris daily Le Monde. So the Iran bombshell was pushed back a day to Pittsburgh, where the G-20 were meeting to discuss economic policy.
Le Monde’s diplomatic correspondent, Natalie Nougayrède, reports that a draft of Mr. Sarkozy’s speech to the Security Council Thursday included a section on Iran’s latest deception. Forced to scrap that bit, the French President let his frustration show with undiplomatic gusto in his formal remarks, laying into what he called the “dream” of disarmament. The address takes on added meaning now that we know the backroom discussions.
“We are right to talk about the future,” Mr. Sarkozy said, referring to the U.S. resolution on strengthening arms control treaties. “But the present comes before the future, and the present includes two major nuclear crises,” i.e., Iran and North Korea. “We live in the real world, not in a virtual one.” No prize for guessing into which world the Frenchman puts Mr. Obama.
In his column today, Richard Cohen pens a blistering assessment of President Obama’s omnipresence on television, his handling of the Iran nuke issue and his inability to take a stand on an issue and see it through.
For a crisis such as this, the immense prestige of the American presidency ought to be held in reserve. Let the secretary of state issue grave warnings. When Obama said in Pittsburgh that Iran is “going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice,” it had the sound of an ultimatum. But what if the Iranians don’t? What then? A president has to be careful with such language. He better mean what he says.
The trouble with Obama is that he gets into the moment and means what he says for that moment only. He meant what he said when he called Afghanistan a “war of necessity” — and now is not necessarily so sure. He meant what he said about the public option in his health-care plan — and then again maybe not. He would not prosecute CIA agents for getting rough with detainees — and then again maybe he would.
Most tellingly, he gave Congress an August deadline for passage of health-care legislation — “Now, if there are no deadlines, nothing gets done in this town . . . ” — and then let it pass. It seemed not to occur to Obama that a deadline comes with a consequence — meet it or else.
I keep thinking of this scene from the Godfather and wondering when someone is going to go Don Corleone on Barry.
Via Hot Air:
Good for Chris Wallace. Who isn’t sick of Obama’s continuous whining about Fox? Why he wants to pick a fight with the highest rated cable news network is mystifying.
I’m sure the glistening dough boy, Gibbs, will….um….have a….um….snarky response….during tomorrow’s….um…daily briefing.
I will be sipping umbrella drinks for the next eight days so there will be no new posts until I return.
Please feel free to turn this into an open thread and post links so I can keep up with what is going on in the real world….yes I am that much of a junkie.
I’m baaaaaaaaaaack! Thanks to all who sent me their congratulations and good wishes.
Here are the two Gibbs quotes:
“The president does not believe that the criticism… is based on the color of his skin,”
“The president does not believe that a majority of this in rooted in that,”
The choice of the word “majority” is interesting. It does not close the door on the charges of racism – it just implies that President Obama doesn’t think all criticism is based in racism. One could conclude that he believes a substantial amount is – just not a majority. And Gibbs never went so far as to say that the president doesn’t agree with Jimmy Carter’s indictment of Southerners.
Gibbs was responding to this ridiculous statment yesterday by Jimmy Carter (AKA The Worst President Evah):
“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man. I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.”
And there’s more!
“And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”
It concerns me very deeply that you were ever the leader of the free world, Jimmy. But trotting you out to make such vile statements about your fellow Americans who oppose Obama’s agenda shows a sign of desperation on the part of the Democrats, so I guess there is a silver lining in being called a racist.
Sad news out of Hollywood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Swayze has died after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Swayze’s publicist Annett Wolf says the 57-year-old “Dirty Dancing” actor died Monday with family at his side. He came forward about his illness last spring, but continued working as he underwent treatments.
It was 1987 when Swayze became a star with his performance in “Dirty Dancing,” a coming-of-age story set in a Catskills resort. The 1990 film “Ghost” cemented his status as a screen favorite.
The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was my anthem during the summer of ’87. I had the cassette (dating myself, I know) and literally wore it out. I’ll always think of him as Johnny Castle uttering the oft repeated sentence “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”
In her column today, Maureen Dowd says that she just knows that Rep. Joe Wilson wanted to follow up his “YOU LIE” shout during Obama’s speech to Congress with the word “boy.” Because, according to the NY Times’ resident dolt, all Southerners are paranoid racists.
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
For two centuries, the South has feared a takeover by blacks or the feds. In Obama, they have both.
I’m from Boston so I must be a racist, too. You know, that whole busing thing.
This will be the meme for the rest of Obama’s presidency; disagree with The One and you are a racist. It’s getting old and it will fail.
So much for being post-racial.
It’s about time.
The US Census Bureau on Friday severed all ties with controversial community organizing group ACORN. The reason? The bureau said ACORN’s conduct and sour public image threatened to taint the bureau’s execution of the 2010 census.
In a letter to ACORN, first obtained by Fox News, the Census Bureau informed ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) President Maude Hurd that the group’s image has become too hot to handle.
The letter, from Census Director Robert Groves, told Hurd that ACORN’s reputation, marred by allegations of voter fraud and malfeasance, threatened bureau’s image and could discourage some from participating in the census.
“To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN,” the letter said. (Read full letter below)
California Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) praised the move.
What conduct you ask? The list is endless, but here are the two most recent outrages:
11 ACORN members in Miami-Dade County accused of falsifying hundreds of voter applications
ACORN officials videotaped telling ‘pimp’ and ‘prostitute’ how to lie to IRS
This corrupt group (which was represented by President Obama in the Illinois ‘Motor Voter’ case) should not get another red cent of taxpayer money. I say Joe Wilson’s first act of business on Monday should be drafting legislation that woukd block any federal stimulus money earmarked for ACORN and would force them to return any funds already received.
It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since that brilliant Tuesday morning where, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Many have fallen back into a 9/10 mentality as time separates us from the attacks. Make no mistake – it is no coincidence that we have not been attacked in the last eight years. I will be forever grateful to President Bush and his administration for recognizing that we face evil, depraved enemies who are willing to die for their twisted cause and that this kind of enemy needs to be hunted down and captured or killed before another single American life is lost. Many wring their hands over “enhanced interrogation techniques” that garnered information about future attacks. The same group has the naive belief that sitting down with our mortal enemies will persuade them to cast aside their murderous intentions. We dishonor the memories of those who perished on that day if we do not remain vigilant in our commitment to fight terrorists in any corner of the world and to use all necessary means to prevent another attack.