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April 28, 2011

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Neo

The key scene takes place in “The Incident,” a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman consults with the President’s national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East. However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.

Now what American President would be upset that an American icon would be part of a non-violent protest in Iran ? Can you think of one ? Hmmm.

Jim Ryan

I read that Superman also is leaving his wife and children and and is going gay. "A little confused right now. It's a journey," he commented. "One more thing. I'm CPUSA and I vote," he said.

Neo

Other equally useless news:
Pub singer arrested for racism after Chinese passers-by hear him perform Kung Fu Fighting

matt

I thought Obama's election would have made Superman proud to be an American once again after those awful Bush years.

The Left's trash is so insidious that even the writers of Superman have become Amerikkka haters.

In another note, the Guardian reports that Obama's papa was subject to racist harassment for being an all around skeeze when he lived in the States. LUN.

Apparently, it is racist for early 1960's America to frown upon a neer do well African grad student sleeping around with as many women, mainly white, as possible. From the article:

"Obama senior is described within as "a slippery character," his relationships with several women are discussed and investigated, while the question of Obama senior's "marital problems" are repeatedly raised"

To today's left, the whole idea of the Puritan based Christian culture that held sway until 1966 or so is anathema.

I guess it was just as racist for the Kenyan government and political establishment to come to a similar conclusion 30 years later.

Ranger

Hmmm... speaking of Tehran, isn't this interesting (via Drudge):

Iran's president and supreme leader in rift over minister's reinstatement

MPs call for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be impeached after his refusal to back Khamenei's judgment

A rift is emerging between Iran's president and its supreme leader, prompting several members of the parliament to call for the impeachment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has not been seen in public for days.

Ahmadinejad has refused to appear at the presidential palace since Friday in what is being seen as a reaction to Ayatollah Khamenei's reinstating of a minister he initially "asked to resign".

Under pressure from Ahmadinejad the intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, a close ally of the supreme leader, stepped down on 17 April but was reinstated when Khamenei asked him in a letter to stay.

I wonder who's side the Republican Guard will come down on in this one.

matt

LUN

B. Clinton

"Obama senior is described within as "a slippery character," his relationships with several women are discussed and investigated, while the question of Obama senior's "marital problems" are repeatedly raised"

Piker

Kevin B

Ezra Levant's take on the great Kung Fu Fighting crime of the century.

Jack is Back!

Superman (George Reeve), Ronald Reagan and Babe Ruth all share the same birthday as your humble commentor - February 6th.

So, it is with, grave disappointment that Superman is renouncing his US citizenship to be a "man of the world" much like Obama, Sr. has been described by Miss Smathers. Ronaldus Maximus and The Babe will continue to represent Mom, Apple Pie and Old Glory. Also, he can't be gay since he went to Tehran and we all know there are no gays in Iran.

jimmyk

Apparently, it is racist for early 1960's America to frown upon a neer do well African grad student sleeping around with as many women, mainly white, as possible.

Matt, maybe it had little to do with race. Is a government, or a private university, entitled to set behavioral standards for foreign students? And might those standards include the idea that those who are married should not go around randomly impregnating American women?

Ignatz

Well, Barry has taken us into Bizzaro world where right is wrong and up is down so why shouldn't Superman go all un-American on us?

sbw

When a news vacuum indicates an absence of intellect, there is no telling what detritus will be sucked in.

matt

there used to be all sorts of morals clauses as well as expectations inherent in many facets of American life at one time. Didn't matter what color one was. "decent" people didn't act in certain ways.

the baby was thrown out with the bathwater in the 1960's in many cases.

Appalled

Superman is just going Galt, everyone, and moving to a low tax jurisdiction.

Dave (in MA)

In Bizarro world, Bizzaro Joe Biden says non-wacky things.

A. Sullivan

Well, it isn't that big of a stretch that superman wasn't at least a little bi/curious. I mean, just look at his red panties. Yumm.

lyle
become a citizen of the world, thereby stealing a march on Barack Obama, who still has to wait a few years before he can take that path.

Maybe, but he's sure telegraphing it now.

Neo

They said if I voted for John McCain that they would introduced a bill to disqualify abortion as a medical service, and they were right.

Lord Whorfin says Murphy was an optimist

"red panties" LOL
Joe Biden-"non-wacky"-not in any world.
Superman doesn't pay taxes, anyway.

Neo
The weather team at corporate sibling WJLA Wednesday night confirmed a tornado touched down around the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base.
Fortunately, the Secret Service wrestled the tornado to the ground.
lyle

Fortunately, the Secret Service wrestled the tornado to the ground.

Hmm. I heard The One, himself, raised his hands to the heavens and commanded the twister out to sea. It's true, MSNBC reported it.

jimmyk

He was only able to do that thanks to having slowed the rise of the oceans. Sending the tornado out to those Bush-era higher up seas would have been a disaster.

BB Key

GWBush to GStepanopolus: "Just because you are reporting it doen't mean it is news"

Neo

Too funny ...

The inspector general’s report specifically reveals Penn State’s wagon-circlers to have been at best comically negligent/inept in allowing Mann to not answer the damning charge they were tasked with examining: did he delete or ask others to delete records? At worst, they were complicit in the cover-up.

Elliott

Superman is going to renounce his American citizenship

Which royal family is he marrying into?

fdcol63

Superman will henceforth be known as "Supranational Man".

Frau Lebensmittelgeschäft

As Mark Steyn pointed out, the IRS will follow him everywhere and make him fork over his taxes.

Go Cooch.

Yep, Neo, the Piltdown Mann sinks deeper and deeper into the bog.
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Ignatz

This thread is lame, think I'll spice it up a bit.
Since Superman was born on Krypton, but had natural born USA citizen adoptive parents should he be eligible to be POTUS?

lyle

He was only able to do that thanks to having slowed the rise of the oceans. Sending the tornado out to those Bush-era higher up seas would have been a disaster.

Good point, he's omnipotent and omniscient. CNN just reported it so it must be true.

squaredance

Perhaps Superman can now become spokesman...er, ah, forgive me, spokesperson..for the new German owned NYSE.

Superman should be the least of our worries, no doubt, but this is a sign of the times, and a symbol, however trivial, of the treason of our "liberal elites".

The business of the NYSE, on the other hand, is quite real and serious.

It is amazing how low we have fallen in just handful of years.

You cannot tell me that this fall is either accidental or inevitable. It is contrived by our enemies, foreign and domestic.

fdcol63

When the President of the United States treats a book titled The Post-American World as if it's a Bible, what can you expect?

Jim Crotchie

I told you not to tug on his cape!

Teddy K

The end of an American errr-aaa...errr-aaaa, what was I saying? Oh yes, why don't we just ask Osama Bin Lad...Osama Obama...ah, Obama...errr-aaaa...errr-aaaa...where's the nearest bar?

Threadkiller

Ig, What if Krypton declared all inhabitants of Earth to be citizens of Krypton? That would f... everything up.

Threadkiller

The Constitution says you have to be a natural born citizen (citizen at birth). Since he is Supernatural born, that looks good.

The Constitution does not say you must have current citizenship and since no court has ever taken up the issue, he should be ok with that respect.

Here is his real problem:

How Old Is Superman?

Army of Davids

Waiting for Superman

Neo

By issuing its 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Court has essentially stripped away individuals' rights to band together in class-action lawsuits should a corporation choose to include an arbitration requirement in its contracts or licensing agreements.

Neo

By issuing its 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Court has essentially stripped away individuals' rights to band together in class-action lawsuits should a corporation choose to include an arbitration requirement in its contracts or licensing agreements.

matt

really, it's okay...Asterix and TinTin have been living quietly in South Florida for years.....

TinTin runs an exotic pet import/export business, while Asterix runs a language school. They and their families vacation together in Branson because it is quelle jolie et l'Amerique verite'.

BobDenver

I was five years old when George Reeves died. An older kid told me that Superman had killed himself with a gun. This was my first experience with paradox.

matt

the secret ending is that in fact, Superman cannot renounce his citizenship because he was registered at the county hall of records as Clark Kent. You know Lois Lane isn't going to buy off on this either.

Show me the long form.....

P Solver

It was a Kryptonite bullet.

Jack is Back!

BobD,

You know the reason George Reeve was hired to play Superman? He was the only guy who actually did have X-Ray vision.

srp

So much for the Frank Miller take on the Big Blue Boy Scout. Instead of a government lackey, he's turning into Ramsey Clark.

Or, if you read it carefully, is he really just trying to provide plausible deniability to the US government?....hmm, could be an Alan Moore angle there.

JM Hanes

fdcol63:

Superman will henceforth be known as "Supranational Man".

Per Jim Ryan, I think that would be "Transnational Man."


Ignatz:

"Since Superman was born on Krypton, but had natural born USA citizen adoptive parents should he be eligible to be POTUS?"

No es importante. Viva TOTUS!

Sara (Pal2Pal)

You all better cool it on Superman or DOT will be over here to tell you:

Gas over $4. Several wars (depends on how you count), none going particularly well. A nightmarish, statist healthcare statute. Inflation looming. And etc.

The focus on this tangential crap is insane. (But I do indeed love the target practice.)

Bananas Foster

Paul Ryan voted ti extend subsidies for big oil, but like all the Republicans who voted to end Medicare, he is walking (running) backwards as fast as they can, because they don't like tittie-twisters and ass-kicking.

"QUESTION: The subsidy for the oil companies that the federal government gives. They’ve gotta stop.
RYAN: Sure.

QUESTION: End the oil company subsidies…

RYAN: I agree.

QUESTION: …and you will gain a lot of that money in the red back.

Total Energy

KevinDrum;

Paul Ryan vs. the Truth
— By Kevin Drum| Wed Apr. 27, 2011 3:08 PM PDT
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Gage Skidmore/Flickr
There's a lot of annoying mendacity in Paul Ryan's budget proposal, but the most annoying by far is his repeated insistence that under his plan seniors would get "the same kind of health-care program that members of Congress enjoy." Aside from the fact that he's offered no details about how or why private insurers would magically decide to provide the same kind of benefits to the elderly that they do to members of Congress, he's just flatly lying about the most important part of his proposal: namely that it will force seniors to pay far, far more for Medicare than they do now — and far, far more than members of Congress pay for their health insurance. If you're a millionaire, maybe this counts as the "same kind" anyway, but for the rest of us it doesn't.

Here's the difference: under Ryan's plan, the government pays a set amount for Medicare and you pay for the rest. So far, that's pretty similar to the congressional plan. But that set amount goes up very slowly under Ryan's plan — much more slowly than the actual rise in the cost of health insurance — which means that seniors have to pay a bigger and bigger share of the total premium cost as the years go by. CAP's Tony Carrk and Nicole Cafarella ran the numbers to see how that would have worked out if Ryan's formula had applied to Congress over the past decade, and the dismal results are on the right, below.

Under the actual congressional plan, family premiums have gone up from $2,500 to $5,000. Under Ryan's plan, premiums would have gone up to about $8,300. That's a difference of $3,300 in only ten years. Over the course of 30 years, the difference would be more like $10-15,000.

That's a pretty whopping difference, and it would be even bigger for Medicare beneficiaries since Medicare starts from a bigger base. The result is that lots of seniors just flatly wouldn't be able to afford to buy Medicare. They wouldn't have enough money to pay their share of the premium, and that means they'd be uninsured and uncovered. Ryan has, of course, offered up a bunch of handwaving about how indigent seniors would get bigger subsidies, but unsurprisingly has been pretty sparing with any details. If he explained things, after all, everyone would immediately figure out (a) just how miserly his plan is, and (b) how much it would actually cost to support all those seniors who couldn't afford the astronomical premiums his plan forces on them.

The end result of all this is debatable. What's not debatable, however, is whether his plan is "the same kind of health-care program that members of Congress enjoy." It's not. It's not even close.

Total Dim Bulb

Duh.

Mydronesaretorepairyou

Superman killed himself because he was using his luciferianpowers to fly in space as the first astro naut,leading jabs at christianity and the miracles performed by those claiming to serve god,while using the perversions of lucifer to get results and get even for their damnation creating hell instead of heaven; earth being the only gods creation as we call on creations other than gods devolving into perversions instead of the perfection we once were.

Frau Supermensch

"Waiting for Superman..."

Be sure to expect a longer wait and problems with the international date line.

Ignatz

And here's cleo and the Luciferian sharing socks in close proximity again.
and don't start with that avatar business, cleo. You're way too clever to let that stop you; we've seen you do it before.

Total Energy

"You're way too clever to let that stop you; we've seen you do it before."

I understand. My comment that you are too stupid to speak any language but chimpanzee chafes you.

The truth is like iodine, it has to hurt before it helps.

Total Energy

A low point for me: reduced to citing Kevin Drum, one of the dimmest bulbs around. This is worse than the time I had to do you-know-what to get a baggie of downers last week. At least that was worth it. I need a glass of vodka.

matt

show me the long form, dammit.... If it doesn't say Mr. & Mrs. Kent, what's he gonna do? Like being born on Krypton is going to qualify for US citizernship? Mexico yes, Krypton, no.

One rumor about Clark was that his father was actually Lex Luthor, a well known Commie activist living in Smallville at the time.

Jor- El is another suspected candidate, and we know he wasn't a natural born citizen. And wasn't this "Super" man character suspended in ice in the Fortress of Solitude for an extended period? And what about in #2891, when he "died"? How would that affect his citizenship?

I wanna see this "Super" man's records at The Bishop School, Occidental, Columbia, Harvard, and Metropolis City College while they're at it. Wasn't he some kinda community activist?

This guy's history is very sketchy. I think the CIA should probably investigate. In short, he can't renounce what he never had.

PD

"Truth, justice, and the American way"

Interesting slogan for a guy who's renouncing American citizenship.

Whatever "American citizenship" is.

Melinda Romanoff

not iodine, too expensive, just too much merthiolate, which you've obviously experienced.

daddy

OT, (But is it really?)

Great opening lead lines in Journalism...A bonehead Yankees employee...


Porchlight

How would that affect his citizenship?

Depends on whether he ever lived in Cook County.

inanyemergencycontractdrones

They made avatar to hire a bunch ballerinas. Ballerinas with tails.Maybe someone should offer them bananas.Monkeys are the same as us,just not as smart.Bananas?

Melinda Romanoff

Porch-

That almost hurts.

Porchlight

Mel, I was born in Cook County, so I did not mean to wound, I promise.

Ignatz

--I understand. My comment that you are too stupid to speak any language but chimpanzee chafes you.

The truth is like iodine, it has to hurt before it helps.--

Yeah. I was smarting over the stinging wit of that one for some time, but I did address it after I recovered my senses.

Melinda Romanoff

And why I said "Almost".

Porchlight

The truth is like iodine, it has to hurt before it helps.

Actually it's not the iodine that stings, but the alcohol in the tincture.

So, in vino veritas?

Sorry to remind you of your little problem.

JM Hanes

"The truth is like iodine, it has to hurt before it helps."

I believe you're thinking of Mercurochrome.

JM Hanes

Ah, I see that once again, I should have refreshed first, Porchlight!

Stephanie

Checking in as requested...

The storms parted just south of Atlanta and missed us on the NE side. We barely got a 1/4 inch of rain, a little thunder and a meh lightning show.

Ann

Good News, Stephanie. I have been thinking of you.

Fatty liver

Is Superman moving to Canada? ;)

DJ

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Well this clinches it. Obama is eligible since his father was an illegal alien, since we all know that children of illegals are entitled to all the benefits of citizenship.

AL

Obama birth certificate debacle was classic tactics to throw stones into the bushes.

There are tons of skeletons in his closets, yet for three years everybody was fixated on his BC.

I am 95% certain that his diploma thesis was copy-and-paste job. To name e a few.

But who cares about this kind of racist accusation after he produced his long form?

jimmyk

I am 95% certain that his diploma thesis was copy-and-paste job. To name e a few.

So? For better or worse, that stuff doesn't seem to matter to voters. JFK didn't write his thesis. Biden is a serial plagiarist.

Total Energy

The transition from 'Birfers' to Trannys' is not yet complete.

You all really do think riding a flaming horse will get you to the church on time.

Tally Ho !!!!!

narciso

For someone who admitted he didn't think the nuclear freeze movement,went far enough, in securing 'peace and social justice, as Steyn brought up, even bringing up a Peter Tosh song, and this was the era when Strobe Talbott's idiocy was 'conventional wisdom' and the Day Afterwas on the air, well you can imagine the wretched delusion, therein,

narciso

Here's more delusional thinking, specially considering the dismissal he has made of their
concerns, in the LUN

Total Energy

I had my head in the toilet at my local dive last night for about the first 1/3 of the evening last night! That means I get a D!

Cecil Turner
If he explained things, after all, everyone would immediately figure out (a) just how miserly his plan is, and (b) how much it would actually cost to support all those seniors who couldn't afford the astronomical premiums his plan forces on them.
The assumption, of course, is that health care costs will continue to rise at the current rate. Whatever you do, don't consider that the reason health care costs are rising at the current rate is because the government subsidizes them and eliminates the incentive for price comparisons. Or that if Drum's assumption is true, one needn't worry about anything else, because it'll eat up the entire budget in a few decades.

Yeah, but if the government just picks up a bigger share of the tab, it'll all work, right? [/eyeroll]

Porchlight

You all really do think riding a flaming horse will get you to the church on time.

I see Cleo was up early (or up late?) to watch the royal wedding.

narciso

Apparently, they weren't thinking ahead, I'm
beginning to think they were smarter in 1983:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/04/virginia-ag-cancels-king-spalding-work-after-obsequious-act-weakn

DebinNC

Before Obama became prez, was disaster relief a matter of political payback? If tornadoes had damaged Huntsville, instead of Dem friendly Tuscaloosa, the Obamas wouldn't be stopping by this morning. Same with the TN floods which Obama ignored since they devastated Nashville and not Memphis. I can't understand the lack of common decency in the man.

Rob Crawford

Before Obama became prez, was disaster relief a matter of political payback?

AFAICR, in the past it was used to try to buy favor, but only in the marginal cases. So if the president felt like there was a chance he could win a state, then he'd be more likely to declare a disaster area -- but there was no withholding of the declaration in valid cases where the president had no opportunity to win the state.

Obama's essentially punishing citizens for not supporting him.

anduril

John Kass: This is Chicago; We don't need no stinkin' birth certificate

Gather round my friends. Let's fill our Hopium pipes and talk of how Obama truly came to be.

narciso

Down here, 'Walkin' Lawton, pulled off the same trick, not declaring an emergency after
Andrew, until several days in, delaying the
deploying of relief supplies, in order to make George Bush look bad.

Rick Ballard

Narciso,

Thanks for the links. I doubt that King Abdullah will respond with the craven servility of a King & Spalding to pressure from the idiot who initiated the reeking Arab Spring movement. It is not in the best interest of the KSA to furnish aid and comfort to the Kendonesian commie. I have no idea whether the KSA will cut production again but they haven't lost a dime by doing so thus far. Funny how that supply/demand thing works. Someone should diagram it a few times with sidewalk chalk for the President. Trying to think about it might drive him to the 1st tee - and that's always good for the country.

narciso

I'm afraid that is so, Rick, and to think that just some two years ago, they were dutifully impressed with him, if Lacey's
'Inside the Kingdom' is an guide.

PaulL

Tom Bevan discusses the new mind-boggling Pennsylvania polling results:

"In the last Quinnpiac survey, taken in mid-February of this year, Independents approved of the job Obama was doing as President by a net 4-point margin, 50 to 46. Today they disapprove of the job he's doing by a net 20-point margin, 37 to 57."

LUN

Rick Ballard

"I can't understand the lack of common decency in the man."

Deb,

The space was filled with very low cunning - no room for decency of any kind. His adoption of the Barney Frank Doctrine (lead from behind) is further evidence of his Wile E Coyote grasp of strategy and tactics. It's going to put him in the same place it puts Frank.

BTW - I appreciated all your links last week. Thanks.

Army of Davids

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
Joseph Stalin

Porchlight

If tornadoes had damaged Huntsville, instead of Dem friendly Tuscaloosa, the Obamas wouldn't be stopping by this morning. Same with the TN floods which Obama ignored since they devastated Nashville and not Memphis.

He also ignored the ice storms in Kentucky in 2009.

And he still hasn't responded to Perry's April 16 request for a federal disaster declaration for Texas due to the wildfires.

Porchlight

Wow, PaulL, that is quite a drop in PA.

PA is like Lucy and the football, though. It always seems to vote for the Dem in the end, at least in recent Pres. elections. 2010 was encouraging, though.

sbw

I suppose before "blindly" supporting the UN, Superman could use his X-ray vision to see what's really going on in those chambers.

bestmishu

The end of an American errr-aaa...errr-aaaa, what was I saying? Oh yes, why don't we just ask Osama Bin Lad...Osama Obama...ah, Obama...errr-aaaa...errr-aaaa...where's the nearest bar?

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