BABE HUGGETT: For the malleable young, nothing beats having a role model to look up to and emulate. That’s why sports figures, rock musicians and celebrities need to be so circumspect in their lives. They’re not, of course, because it’s in their commercial interest to keep the current toxic popular culture churning away for their risk adverse, corporate masters. Scandals help to hide the lack of talent amongst the unoriginal, cookie-cutter star set while generating you-can’t-pay-for-this-type-of-publicity headlines sure to push off real news in favor of the mental cotton candy floss so beloved by commercial interests.
However, this type of decadent, inartistic slovenliness gets repetitiously boring after a while and a teen’s radar is exquisitely tuned to winnowing out the bogus from the merely banal. So what’s a poor teen looking for someone to pattern themselves after supposed to do? Our past heroes and heroines are either excoriated for not being politically correct, if they are even mentioned at all, or are considered so out-of-date as to be irrelevant. In fact, what with all this eco-greenie Gaia worship going on in our public schools, humans themselves are not only not held up as something worth while but actively despised for their respective and collective carbon footprints. Even that current socialist secular living saint, President Obama, is proving to have feet of clay for them because BP oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico soiling US beaches, destroying Louisiana tide water ecosystems and killing untold numbers of marine and animal life all while he goes on yet another vacation and/or tees off at the nearest golf course. Read more…
Obama Golfs While Poland Mourns
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE: While 38 million Poles mourned the tragic deaths of their President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, and dozens of top Polish government officials, last Sunday Barack Obama decided it was an opportune time to take in his 32nd round of golf since becoming President. President Obama is as good at offending our allies as he is in bowing to our enemies.
Last month Obama snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the White House. Barack Obama was mad that the Israelis did not fall in line with Obama’s order to cease settlements in Jerusalem, their nation’s capital. Obama’s dictate was meant to show the Arab world his power over the Israelis. The NIP further speculates that their disagreement also extended to Obama’s buying time for the Iranians to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.
A newly declassified Pentagon report warns that Iran will have ICBM capacity to strike the US with nuclear weapons within five years. Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that this administration has no effective plan or policy to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. Iran’s regime has repeatedly made clear their desire to wipe Israel off the map, and with ICBMs able to reach the US could attacks on the Great Satan be far behind?
Last year Obama cancelled Poland’s missile shield, exposing Eastern Europe to Iran’s nuclear threat. With Iran’s nukes looming and US striking capacity just a few years away, it may soon be time for Poland to golf while the US mourns.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL: Today President Obama laid out his vision for future space exploration after cutting NASA’s mission to the moon. NASA had discontinued further deployment of the space shuttle to be able to afford their planned mission to the moon due to Congressional budget cuts, and now the moon program has been scrapped. The NIP has previously warned that the US is about to become a third world country in space.
Obama, being sensitive to criticism, scheduled his trip to Florida today to not only shore up support for his NASA cuts but to shine the spotlight away from thousands of Tea Party protests all over the country on this tax day. NASA is one of the many non-entitlement programs that Obama is cutting to finance his socialistic dream.
I interviewed Dick Gordon, command module pilot of Apollo 12 today after the President’s speech. When asked what he thought of the speech he answered, “Not much. The President was long on rhetoric but short on specifics. Wait until the Russians are the only game in town. Their $50 million fee to the space station will escalate.”
Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon was interviewed today by Neil Cavuto after the speech. Cernan stated, “I have concerns about the future of this country. I’m not on board with Obama’s transformation of America. The President’s vision is a vision to nowhere. Nothing has changed today after I heard the President. You can take parts of his glib presentation today and add them up and there is no defiinition, no detail, there’s no real destination, no focus.”
Cernan wrote an open letter to President Obama with Neil Armstrong and James Lovell that graphically warns us of the dire consequences of the decisions made by this administration: Read more…
Today's Discovery launch, photo courtesy NASA
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL: Early this morning NASA launched the space shuttle Discovery, one of the last launches of our shuttle fleet. Only 3 shuttle missions remain this year before the retirement of the most successful takeoff and reentry vehicle in space history.
Considering that our entire communications infrastructure depends on satellites, our administration is taking an enormous risk. Discontinuing the shuttle program before a replacement vehicle has been put into service has severe repercussions:
- USA held hostage to Russians to enter space
- International Space Station is turned over to Russians
- No emergency repairs to communications satellites
- No more repairs to Hubble Telescope
- No entry into space to counter potential Chinese offensives
- No defensive military use of space shuttles
- Our entire communications grid is at risk
- NASA will experience a “brain drain” as engineers leave the program
The “International” Space Station was built almost entirely with US funds. Now it is hands of the Russians. Private space exploration is far from being able to take over for NASA. Virgin’s new commercial space flight has nowhere near the power necessary to project a spacecraft into orbit. Only massive boosters like the space shuttle’s can do that. Read more…
NEW ORLEANS: Yesterday’s Super Bowl set a record for TV audiences, and also set a record for the most disgusting advertisement in NFL history. It’s hard to chronicle all of the offensive ads through the years, but certainly Motorola’s ad touting it’s new MOTOBLUR software has to be ranked the most offensive. While the commercial was not particularly graphic, it did have its share of innuendo and double entendre. What the NIP finds most offensive is that the commercial legitimizes the practice of sexting.
Sexting, the practice sending pornographic images of one’s self or other via text messaging or email, has been linked to all kinds of problems among youth in this country, even being linked to the suicide of one teenager. Back in 2007 cheerleader coach Victoria Schattauer in Goshen Ohio made history when she photographed herself with a student topless. The photo was sexted and emailed all over the school, and subsequently all over the country. The photos shocked the country because of their graphic nature involving a teacher and a student together, with the teacher taking the photo. Since then apparently lots of other coaches have followed suit, judging by a quick Google search of “coaches sexting.”
Motorola’s commercial shows actress Megan Fox taking a picture of herself in the tub and sending it out. Besides frying the local telephone lines the explicit photo makes the rounds to a teenage boy locking himself in a bathroom, a voyeuristic husband getting slapped by his wife, a gay couple slapping each other, etc., all in good fun, apparently in the judgement of Motorola executives. The trouble is that teens don’t need any more incentive to engage in sexting. This commercial does not help teens understand just how severe the consequences can be: Read more…
BABE HUGGETT: On the Culture Wars front, the British supermarket chain, Tescos, struck a blow for sartorial dignity in its St. Mellons in Cardiff, Wales branch by posting a “Customer Dress Code Policy” banning shoppers coming in clad in pajamas, barefoot and/or both.
Signs saying, “To avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others we ask that our customers are appropriately dressed when visiting our store (footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted).” have been placed at the entrance to the store in what Americans will recognize as a variation on our “No Shoes, no shirt, no service.” domestic stores policy although here in open-carry Arizona, “No weapons allowed” signs give a regional variation that must make the Nervous Nellie crowd feel better.
Back at the St. Mellons Tescos, outraged customer, Elaine Carmody, was actually turned away when she tried to buy cigarettes because of her sloppy and routine PJ bottoms and slippers wear. Read more…
BALTIMORE: Today Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned, a month after her conviction for embezzling gift cards meant for the poor and needy families of Baltimore. It seems to be a theme with those on the left that while they talk a big game when it comes to helping the disadvantaged, they have little compunction when it comes to ripping those same people off.
After more than four years of investigation, and a month after a guilty verdict in the first corruption trial against her, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday in which she pledged to resign from office…
Last month, in a separate trial, a jury convicted the mayor of taking for her own use gift cards donated for the city’s poor.
Under Wednesday’s agreement, prosecutors asked the court to strike last month’s guilty verdict and give Dixon probation before judgment – a legal status that means the mayor does not have a criminal conviction. She will serve no jail time, keep her $83,000 a year pension and after two years will be able to run again for office. Christian Science Monitor
The NIP wonders if a conservative had been guilty of such egregious conduct whether he would have his record expunged, receive $83,000 per year for the rest of his life, and be able to run again for office in two years. Read more…