Anthony Dolan wrote an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on Monday entitled, Four Little Words, in which he argues that Reagan’s confrontation over the Berlin Wall should be a signal to the Obama administration on how to handle criminal regimes. You have to believe that he has a point, especially after watching North Korea’s nuclear weapons jig. But more so when dealing with Iran, it seems that the real fear in Iranian government is the truth about what’s happening in their country.
It seems like people have forgotten about this summer’s near revolt in Tehran over the Iranian elections. As soon as CNN stopped showing video of green bannered mobs, bloodied from encounters with the Republican Guards, we stopped caring. I’d almost be tempted to call the uprising the forgotten rebellion, it has lost public ferver so quickly. But the reality is that the Iranian Republic is weak, and I would argue that this administration has not done enough to aggressively confront the regimes funding of Islamic terrorism, human rights violations and the general repression of the Persian people.
I think that the administration should look at the Berlin Wall ceremonies this week and remeber the events that lead it to fall. I don’t believe that Sec. Clinton is laying out a weak foreign policy, but at some point soon the President may need to give a “Tear down this wall” speech.
Winner of the Week: The Center for Gene Therapy, who this week was able to stimulate extreme muscle growth in monkey’s by ramping up cellular production of a protein called myostatin. The hope is that advances in manipulating this protein will lead to creating therapies for muscular dystrophy and other muscle related diseases and deficiencies. When the gene therapy was injected into the monkey’s thigh scientists started to see increased circumferences the muscles in that area. Basically, what I see is the first step in creating a super soldier serum.
Loser of the Week: Carrie Prejean, for her absolute failure of an interview on Larry King. She tosses aside a soft ball question about her motivation to settle a lawsuit, calling it inappropriate. Then decides to cut and run on a TV show called Larry King Live…you can’t just leave when you’re the guest of a live show, you just deflect and move to a subject you want to talk about.
Beyond that she got bashed by every entertainment commenter from Donald Trump, who was mystified by Prejean’s responses and characterizations to Keith Lewis, executive director of Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA, who released a biting statement on Thursday saying,
“The public is finally getting a glimpse of the real Carrie Prejean who lives in her own delusional world,” he said. “The childish behavior, her negative attitude, the sarcasm and condescending tone, the disrespect and continual lying she is demonstrating now is only a fraction of what we endured during her reign and after.”
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Sara Palin Career Memorial Rogue Trophy – Lou Dobbs, for quiting CNN this week. Who saw that coming? I mean I understood that CNN kind of pushed him aside for being to politically bias on a station that tries pretty hard to be the unbias middle between Fox and MSNBC, but I’m shocked it was such an irreconcilable difference. I mean the man has been there for 30 years, he basically helped built the network.
In his sign off message he hints heavily at perhaps running for office, saying,
“Over the past six months it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day.”
He goes beyond that hitting all the good Republican talking points, including: national defense, middle class jobs and immigration policy. I’m not saying he’s obviously going to be running for congress in 2010, but he certainly leaves the door open to speculation. Regardless, he definitely sets the stage for some kind of beyond the media involvement. Either way, rogue move for him…at least from where I sit.
Grown Ups (2010) – Starring: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, with appearences by Steve Buscemi, Gary Busey and Maya Rudolph. This is one of those movies that will actually be funny, or horribly horribly fail.
Clash of the Titans (2010) – Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos and Ralph Fiennes. This remake of the 1981 classic Greek myth, looks a little to reminicent of Troy for my liking, but with a stacked cast like this it’s hard not to get excited about it’s prospects.