Internet Future-/Navel-Gazing

A quick thought (and corresponding question) occurred to me: Bill Clinton was the first President to face opponents on the Internet, George W. Bush the first to face organized opposition, and Barack Obama the first to capably utilize that opposition to get elected. What “first” will the next President likely face?

The Comprehensive Case Against Barack Obama

…Guy Benson, Mary Katherine Ham and Ed Morrisey, they make it. A pull-quote is in order:

What follows is by no means comprehensive, but it does shed some much-needed light on a number of Obama’s positions, statements, and associations about which he has been less than honest. We’ve attempted to boil each issue down to a succinct explanation with an accompanying, brief video clip—often starring Barack Obama in his own words. Before pulling the lever for someone who hopes voters will ignore his paper-thin resume, unsavory associations, and hard-left voting record, each citizen has a duty to do his due diligence.
In short, we hope this “closing argument” is compelling and clear, and we encourage you to share this essay with undecided or wavering family members, friends, and co-workers.
Barack Obama promises “change,” which is an appealing concept to an American public weary of a beleaguered administration and worried about the future. They are faced with a candidate who promises them everything: Tax cuts for 95% of Americans, universal healthcare, peace, saving the planet, and—according to his wife—the “healing” of Americans’ souls. As the saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Questions abound: Is this man prepared to be president? Does he hold mainstream values and policy preferences? Who has influenced his thinking, and where does he want to take the country? Has he been honest with the people from whom he seeks votes?

Go ye and read the whole thing. It’s lengthy but engaging.

This Browser Is… So HEAVY!

…Heavy with links! It’s time, folks, for another massive download of Links Of Interest that I’ve managed to pack-ratsave for your enjoyment, so here goes.
Near-zero-G Mentos & Diet Coke! Yay, science!

I’ve run into some funny automated censorship software in the past (the old America’s Army forums had a particularly aggressive one, so much so that there was constant talk of “making bad rearumptions” and “rearaulting the base”), but I didn’t realize that it was a well-known phenomenon known as The Clbuttic Mistake. It’s entirely juvenile of me, I know, but I can’t help laughing at phrases like “President Abraham Lincoln was buttbuttinated by an armed buttailant after a life devoted to the reform of the US consbreastution.” (See also: Medireview and Swear Filters.) I wonder if frak slips by anyone’s filters?
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That’s Not Particularly Statesman-like, Senator Obama!

From CNN’s “breaking news” headlines area just now:

I mean, I know Joe Biden can be a bit of a bore at times, but adding insult to the whole not-choosing-him-for-Vice-President thing is just mean.
Heh. And the breathless press waits breathlessly for The One to breathily make His Veep Pronouncement.

From The “Missed Headline Opportunities: Political” Division

…Yes, yes, Barack, but where do they bury the survivors?
The passes that Obama continuously receives from the media are seriously starting to tick me off. George Bush is prone to malaprops, certainly, while B.H.O. is prone to gaffes. One of them gets Bushisms of the Day, the other gets crickets chirping.
If we get a Sixth Sense/Life in These 57 United States president, the media shall surely bear a sizable portion of the blame.
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Don’t Be So Quick To Laugh, My Friends

Glenn Reynolds noted that Rachel Lucas and Charlotte Hays were basically unimpressed by Barack Obama’s campaign trail rhetoric “calling out” critics of his wife. Specifically, on Good Morning America he said

“If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful, because that I find unacceptable — the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family,” he said.
“For them to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class and I think they — most of the American people would think that as well,” he said. “I would never think of going after somebody’s spouse in a campaign.”

Leaving aside the fact that Barack decided to allow his wife to campaign for him (thus making her a perfectly legitimate “target” for criticism of her inanities), Rachel and Charlotte both laugh off Obama’s statements as impotent posturing. I’m not so sure. In light of his expressed (through endorsed/sponsored legislation) desire to curtail media he doesn’t like, I would venture to guess that a President Obama, with the full force of the FCC and the law behind him, could/would go out of his way to make things very uncomfortable for those he sees as “attacking” himself or his wife.
I think he’s actually expressing that he’s taking names, and should he be elected, those that have crossed him had best be on their toes, legally-speaking.