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Obama Mangles History To Defend His Poor Record
IBD Editorials ^ | March 16, 2012 | MARK STEYN

Posted on 03/16/2012 5:00:17 PM PDT by Kaslin

Our lesson for today comes from George and Ira Gershwin:

"They all laughed at Christopher Columbus/When he said the world was round/They all laughed when Edison recorded sound/They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother/When they said that man could fly/They told Marconi wireless was a phony ..."

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang it in the 1937 film "Shall We Dance?" Seventy-five years on, the president revived it to tap-dance around his rising gas prices and falling approval numbers.

Delivering his big speech on energy at Prince George's Community College, he insisted the American economy will be going gangbusters again just as soon as we start running it on algae and windmills.

He noted that, as with Wilbur and his brother, there were those inclined to titter: "Let me tell you something. If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail — (Laughter) — they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. Llaughter.) They would not have believed that the world was round. (Applause.)

We've heard these folks in the past. They probably would have agreed with one of the pioneers of the radio who said, 'Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan.' (Laughter.) One of Henry Ford's advisers was quoted as saying, 'The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a fad.' (Laughter.)"

The crowd loved it. But President Algy Solyndra wasn't done:

"There always have been folks who are the naysayers and don't believe in the future, and don't believe in trying to do things differently.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: marksteyn; steyn

1 posted on 03/16/2012 5:00:26 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
He noted that, as with Wilbur and his brother, there were those inclined to titter: "Let me tell you something. If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail — (Laughter) — they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. Llaughter.) They would not have believed that the world was round. (Applause.)

Whenever people in a room laugh and applaud at such inane b.s., it just goes to reinforce the fact that although the average IQ is 100, that number in a room full of democrats must certainly be much lower.

2 posted on 03/16/2012 5:05:06 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Kaslin
Why am I not the least bit surprised that the Great Obama learned his history from musicals.
3 posted on 03/16/2012 5:15:21 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Kaslin

Educated people even in ancient times knew the earth was round and even roughly how large.

By the time of Columbus I suspect everyone who had even the slightest education knew it.


4 posted on 03/16/2012 5:23:13 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s friend Whoopi Goldberg, whom he recently invited to the White House, insisted on national television that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a hoax.


5 posted on 03/16/2012 5:47:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Obama is a dunce who insists that a baby that is gasping for air after surviving an abortion isn’t “life” and his Secretary of State is married to a man who insists that oral sex isn’t sex.

DUMBOCRAPS


6 posted on 03/16/2012 5:48:59 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: yarddog
Educated people even in ancient times knew the earth was round and even roughly how large.

By the time of Columbus I suspect everyone who had even the slightest education knew it.

Yes, I’ve seen links to that effect. And after all, it’s not difficult to visualize how to estimate the radius of the earth. One need only travel a measured distance north or south of a given location, and measure the elevation of Polaris at both locations. This would be more accurate at high latitudes and at greater differences in latitudes, but it would certainly give you a good ballpark figure. It could also be done by measuring the noontime elevation of the sun at two different low latitudes on the same day.

With instruments then available it would have been easy to estimate that sailing west from Spain to China would require a voyage of over 10,000 miles. Far beyond the range of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria without resupply. Therefore if Columbus had been correct in his assumption that there was no land west of Spain until you got to China, he would never have been able to make the voyage. In that light it’s easy to see why the crew thought Columbus was nuts - he was.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 6:32:04 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

“although the average IQ is 100, that number in a room full of democrats must certainly be much lower.”

Absolutely.

ABout a year ago, the Demonrat Governor of my state used my company’s large meeting room to announce some big government nanny program. About 150 rat sycophants were in the room. I was mercifully not invited. When they left, I stepped into the men’s room. Beneath each urinal was a puddle. These people are so stupid, they can’t even pee straight.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 6:45:59 PM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The majority of people who were attending this event are indeed stupid low IQ parasites living on other people expense...


9 posted on 03/16/2012 7:21:04 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
One need only travel a measured distance north or south of a given location, and measure the elevation of Polaris at both locations.

Born and raised in Indianaplis.

First trip to southern Florida left me quite disoriented at night; due to the star locations being shifted.

I was ready for it when I visited cancun.

10 posted on 03/16/2012 10:27:27 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Kaslin

Then Obama said “ we didnt back down when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor”.
Democrats write their own version of history. And since nobody in the media will contest it,it goes on unchecked.
If Newt or Rick said something so stupid, NBCCBSABC would break into prime time to report it.


11 posted on 03/17/2012 2:41:52 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Kaslin; mickie; seenenuf; flaglady47; seekthetruth; Bob Ireland; Ricebug; Chigirl 26; ...
A portion of one of the Usurper's speeches at a community college played on radio the other day. I noticed that Obama would say one line in an almost-seductive manner and the young skulls of mush in the audience would immediately reply in claps and shouts.

This was repeated over and over....until the whole bit became one rhythmic, almost hypnotic cadence reminiscent of the fervered, rhythmical interaction between black preachers and their congregations so often heard on local radio stations in the deep south.

There's no doubt in my mind that Obama employs this trick when speaking before certain audiences composed of unformed minds and/or uninformed minds. I'm sure he's completely aware of the tricks of the speechifying/propaganda trade which are employed by charlatans throughout history to induce almost hypnotic fervor and robotic responses in susceptible audiences.

Watch for this if you catch him speaking to a hand-picked crowd of unsophisticated ignoramuses. See him lapse into a religious-like back-and-forth with the crowd after he's got them warmed up and in the palm of his hand.

This guy is good at what he does to sell himself and his fake patent medicine cure-alls.....have no doubts about it.

When addressing more sophisticated audiences his word patterns and cadence are totally different.....and he easily and deliberately slips into clipped professor-speak.

Leni

12 posted on 03/17/2012 3:51:37 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

He is a charlatan and the ignorant are falling for him like they did in 2008.


13 posted on 03/17/2012 3:55:04 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin; mickie
What gets me is photos showing the zombie-like adoration on the faces of his cult-like followers in his audiences as they listen to him speak.

This is not good stuff, folks. It's alien....and chilling.

Leni

14 posted on 03/17/2012 4:13:25 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Kaslin

They left him. If someone was so dumb and incompetent to vote for him in 2008, they will do so again.


15 posted on 03/17/2012 4:17:51 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: MinuteGal

And ask even one of those commie zombies remember even notching from any speech he ever gave and watch the answer.


16 posted on 03/17/2012 4:24:14 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: MinuteGal
Watch for this if you catch him speaking to a hand-picked crowd of unsophisticated ignoramuses.

Except for the 4-5 sitting in the corners of it who are FULLY aware of their role to play there.

17 posted on 03/17/2012 4:49:37 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie
Exactly. You are schooled in the techniques. Too few conservatives are.

Leni

18 posted on 03/17/2012 5:08:55 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

It doesn’t take many hands of 3 Card Monte before one catches on...


19 posted on 03/17/2012 6:09:49 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: MinuteGal; Elsie
See him lapse into a religious-like back-and-forth with the crowd after he's got them warmed up and in the palm of his hand.

He goes into singsong when he should be going into Sing Sing.

20 posted on 03/17/2012 6:15:35 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: MinuteGal

“I consider bunco steering more honorable than the life led by the average politician.”


21 posted on 03/17/2012 6:24:51 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Kaslin

If only they were merely ignorant. They want to be deluded. They are content to be lied to because they speak and understand the same language (lies) as the charlatan.

The truth won’t awaken them or make them angry. What makes them angry are the infernal pests who keep trying to disturb their sleep.

Best to just let them snooze on the train tracks and hope Darwin can keep up. :-/


22 posted on 03/17/2012 6:30:16 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
With instruments then available it would have been easy to estimate that sailing west from Spain to China would require a voyage of over 10,000 miles. Far beyond the range of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria without resupply. Therefore if Columbus had been correct in his assumption that there was no land west of Spain until you got to China, he would never have been able to make the voyage. In that light it’s easy to see why the crew thought Columbus was nuts - he was.

Not necessarily so. At that time, they did not know exactly where China was when it came to longitude. It was not until the 18th century and the invention of the Marine Chronometer that sailors could tell how far east or west they were.

Columbus did not underestimate the size of the Earth. He mis estimated how far west China was from Europe.

23 posted on 03/17/2012 6:30:39 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MinuteGal
***young skulls of mush in the audience***

Lenin called them 'useful idiots'. They will be pawns in the on-going overthrow of the Constitution.

I would like to call Obama the pied-piper leading the children to their own destruction... but I am more attracted to the identity of the Gallic god Ogmios, sometimes equated with Hercules, but I associate him with Hermes, master of enticing speech.

Here you see a painting by Albrecht Drürer of the golden-lipped orator with chains attached to his tongue running to the ears of his followers, dragging them along.

Nostradamus actually mentions Ogmios, possibly in connection with the end-times of this age.

24 posted on 03/17/2012 8:16:54 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: Ezekiel; mickie
"HE GOES INTO SINGSONG WHEN HE SHOULD BE GOING INTO SING SING"

I hereby bestow upon your comment THE POST OF THE MONTH AWARD!!!

Magnifique!

Leni

25 posted on 03/17/2012 8:43:16 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Kaslin
Republicans HOPE people are smart, but Democrats KNOW people are stupid.
26 posted on 03/17/2012 8:50:31 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Kaslin

He noted that, as with Wilbur and his brother, there were those inclined to titter:... (Laughter) —
We’ve heard these folks in the past. They probably would have agreed with one of the pioneers of the radio who said, ‘Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.’ (Laughter.) One of Henry Ford’s advisers was quoted as saying, ‘The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a fad.’ (Laughter.)” .....Laugh all you want dumb shiites. Every example you gave was private investment, private money and private initiative. If the government was going to pick winners and losers, we’d still be picking up horseshit from the streets and working in buggy whip factories. Solyndra? “ Let’s start a non-company, get some dumb ass to finance us and bail out! We’ll be rich!”


27 posted on 03/17/2012 8:55:08 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Ditto
Columbus did not underestimate the size of the Earth. He mis estimated how far west China was from Europe.
That certainly makes sense, considering how difficult the "longitude problem” famously then was.
I don’t suppose there’s any link that could confirm that?

28 posted on 03/17/2012 9:06:06 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Columbus did not underestimate the size of the Earth. He mis estimated how far west China was from Europe. That certainly makes sense, considering how difficult the "longitude problem” famously then was.

Actually, the clock was extremely useful when the STARs and Planets were not visible.

Once the timing of the Moons of Saturn/Jupiter were well know, and printed in an almanac; then any old 'clock' could be reset to a fairly accurate time.


http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/HistTopics/Longitude1.html

29 posted on 03/17/2012 12:20:43 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Bob Ireland; mickie
I love the mythological analogies to Obama you posit in your wonderful post.

Obama...."the Pied Piper leading the children to their own destruction"

Obama...."Hermes, the master of enticing speech"

Obama....."the golden-lipped orator with chains attached to his tongue running to the ears of his followers, dragging them along" (illustrated!)

I would be afraid, very afraid to attend a speech given by Obama...checking my ears every few minutes......oh, my......

As usual, another great post, Bob.

Leni

30 posted on 03/17/2012 7:43:51 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Elsie
Actually, the clock was extremely useful when the STARs and Planets were not visible.
Longitude and the Académie Royale
That link is exceedingly interesting. But it doesn’t indicate that anyone can navigate using a clock alone, without reference to celestial observation.
Once the timing of the Moons of Saturn/Jupiter were well know, and printed in an almanac; then any old 'clock' could be reset to a fairly accurate time.
Back then, “any old clock” was pretty worthless for keeping time on board a ship at sea. They were all pendulum clocks, and it turned out that gravity was enough of a variable with location that you just couldn’t “set your watch” by a pendulum clock at sea.

31 posted on 03/18/2012 5:11:29 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
But obviously Hayes isn't as "forward-looking" as a 21st century president who believes in Jimmy Carter malaise, 1970s Eurostatist industrial policy, 1940s British health care reforms, 1930s New Deal-sized entitlements premised on mid-20th century birth rates and life expectancy, and all paid for by a budget with more zeroes than anybody's seen since the Weimar Republic.
32 posted on 03/19/2012 1:17:00 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
But it doesn’t indicate that anyone can navigate using a clock alone, without reference to celestial observation.

Of course; one CANNOT navigate ANYWHERE without some 'reference' to SOMETHING.


They were all pendulum clocks, and it turned out that gravity was enough of a variable with location that you just couldn’t “set your watch” by a pendulum clock at sea.

Uh; not the 'gravity', but the fact that the clock had nothing stable to sit upon.

33 posted on 03/19/2012 4:32:26 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Fun extra point puzzle.

A penguin is sitting on the South Pole.

If he (she?) walks one mile North,
then turns left and walks one mile West,
then turns left again and walks one mile South;
how far away will it be from the South pole?


34 posted on 03/19/2012 4:36:02 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie
One mile. Due north, of course . . .

35 posted on 03/19/2012 5:57:44 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion


Ooops!

try again....






36 posted on 03/19/2012 6:29:07 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie

South pole, dead on, 0.


37 posted on 03/19/2012 6:31:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Elsie

Wait a minute!

Was this an African or European penguin?


38 posted on 03/19/2012 6:34:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
turns left and walks one mile West,
One mile. Due north, of course . . .
Ooops, you got me good - I made two errors - one in drawing a rectangular grid and coming back to the unit circle, and the prior mistake of proceeding in a straight line when “one mile west" is a circular arc of one radian on the unit circle.
Revised answer: the defined path takes you one mile away from the pole, one mile on the unit circle, and one mile back exactly to the pole. Final answer: zero (but no matter, the direction of that distance, zero tho it be, is still north).
Lots of “gotchas” in there, and I fell for most of them!

39 posted on 03/19/2012 7:38:37 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: MrB

I had to have been African; as the European ones are all extinct south of the Urals.


40 posted on 03/19/2012 10:49:33 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
(I tested this puzzle on waitresses first. Out of 5; one actually got it!)

I wonder what GoogleEarth® does at either pole?

41 posted on 03/19/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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