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“Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Well, Barack Obama clearly has his priorities in the right place during his time in Germany. A planned visit with wounded U.S. troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center was abruptly canceled today, but “citizen of the world” Obama still managed to squeeze in a workout at (where else?) the Ritz Carlton in Berlin. The campaign’s pathetic excuse for the change? Obama adviser Robert Gibbs tried to spin the situation faster than Barack Obama on his elliptical machine, claiming it “would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.” Wow, how ethical of him.
h/t Laura Ingraham
We’d like to know what incredibly important event Barack Obama has scheduled on August 11 that prevents him from participating in a debate at Texas’ Fort Hood. The townhall event, sponsored by an array of military support groups, hopes to offer the 6,000-strong audience (predominantly veterans and military families) an opportunity to directly question their next commander-in-chief. John McCain is ready and willing, but so far the Obama just can’t find an opening. We wonder what scares him most — a face-to-face matchup with McCain, potential heckles, or simply not being in front of his customary mass gathering of zombies. Whatever the explanation, Obama looks weak in front an audience that needs to respect him as their commander. Not a good start.
–From Laura Ingraham
Patrick Mead has an excellent post on the high price of oil (and environmentalism in general) over at his blog. If you know a tree-hugger, get them to read it, too.
Check it out HERE.
“[Obama] has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation’s great leaders and most brilliant minds, and looks forward to seeing him on the campaign trail and receiving his counsel in the months to come,” claimed Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
h/t Laura Ingraham
All of us here at Politics & Culture are crying a river of tears over Mark Elrod’s announcement that he will be making his blog private. He and all his cronies are lamenting the fact that he is pretty much being forced to do this because his employer (Harding University) is so close-minded. All his disciples are also doing their best to kiss his butt in an effort to be invited to his new private blog.
In all this, Elrod is trying very hard to play the martyr. But as they say in his part of the country, “That dog won’t hunt.”
He works at a Christian university that is conservative theologically and politically. Did he really think he could publicly endorse things like gay marriage in such an environment with no repercussions? Of course not. He knows what he’s doing — he’s stroking his own ego, trying to make the Harding University administration look bad, and perhaps even setting himself up for another job elsewhere.
I’ll bet that Facebook groups like “Free Mark Elrod” and “Stop Censorship at Harding” are already being formed. We were going to comment on his post today, but alas, Politics & Culture was banned from his blog a while back. So much for “dissent in a public forum.”
The good people over at The Moratorium Site will be weighing in on The Martyrdom of Mark Elrod later today.
Update: Burt Hollandsworth, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Harding University, made this brilliant observation regarding The Martyrdom of Mark Elrod: “I’m moving to China. There’s more freedom of speech there than in Searcy”
Update 2: Elrod removed the Trackback to this blog post from his comment section. I guess I over-estimated his ability to deal with critical thinking or dissent in a public forum.