Some must reads for today – Updated, scroll down for new:
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H/T Lynda: NY Times suddenly discovers “nuance” in Gitmo issues that used to be all about Bushhitler. That didn’t take long. Watch the double-standards begin to fly!
The Daily Show makes a similar discovery: “There’s lots to make fun of other than the White House”. You don’t say! A President Obama will be treated very differently, then, I guess, than Bush?
A particularly good podcast: from PJM – quite fun, and insightful
Chrenkoff: America will continue to be a terrorist target. The left doesn’t believe it, yet. And if it’s true, it’s Bush’s fault for making them mad because – you know – terrorists didn’t hate us before then.
An oldie from Vanderleun (H/T Larwyn) that you may have missed and shouldn’t: How Beautiful We Were
Pope Benedict XVI: Congratulates Obama. The text remains private, but let us remember what Benedict said last spring (and what is currently on my header: “Those who hope live differently.” If I can make any suggestion to my Catholic and non-Catholic friends on this day, I say pick up a copy of Benedict’s God and the World and Mother Angelica’s Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures. Both are more “superChristian” than “superCatholic” and both are “suerInsightful.” If you found this post from yesterday to be helpful, you’ll like those books, as both inspired it.
The First Obama Joke: H/T Dan “Barack Obama won the election because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.” — New York Times, The Next President. The New York Times is purely bananas.
AJ: Nattering Negativity, looks at the fissures in the GOP and ponders.
Harry Reid: Crowing and unclassy. As ever.
Sorry, Mr. Reid: Yer man has no mandate; he ran on tax-cuts and other “centrist” ideas. But then, so did Bill Clinton. We know. We know.
EJ Dionne: Don’t play to the center-right, Obama! Keep away from the center-right! We’re not a center-right nation!
California: Votes to ban gay marriage. Center-right.
Ruth Marcus: Will the Dems be able to resist overplaying their hand? See Dionne, Ms. Marcus. (Note: Ms. Marcus suggests Obama begin by “reversing President Bush’s order prohibiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, signing the Bush-vetoed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and enacting an equal pay law overturning the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Lilly Ledbetter.”). Yeah…don’t overplay.
It is remarkable to note, however, that – finally – someone in the press managed to correctly identify President Bush’s position as “prohibiting FEDERAL FUNDING of EMBRYONIC stem cell research” as opposed to their usual, “he’s against all science! He’s against all stem cell research! He’s a Neanderthal” dishonesty. That only took 8 years.
From the email: An interesting quote I’d never seen before: “We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.” – Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959 Actually…I don’t think that really IS a Khrushchev quote. I know THIS one is, though: “If anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.”
Tom Shales: The Press Behaved Badly last night. Well…they’ve been behaving badly for over a decade, but last night, even my husband – who does not care about this sort of stuff – had to turn them off for all their self-congratulating glee. He found it “infantile.”
Ed Morrissey: Good Analysis.
Wizbang: First 100 Days: Congrats and See you on the battlefield of ideas!
Instapundit: Showcases the diff between lefties and righties rather succinctly. More distinctions here. Note: Also, no one ever thought for even a second that an Obama win would cause the right to “riot.” The same cannot be said for the left. I hope they’ll grow up, now.
The People’s Cube: A fella who survived the Soviet Union dusts off the slogans and says “Comrade” again.
Neo-neocon: Time always tells
Steven Den Beste: Good news and bad news. Read.
Hamid Karzai: Expects Miracles from Messiahs
A post-election break from hype: it won’t last, though
Survival Guide: if you feel you need one
Sincere & cautious congrats: I pray that you may acquire wisdom
“… — wisdom beyond your tender years, your thin experience, and your inconsequential legislative achievements — wisdom as a public servant in office, rather, that is at least commensurate with the skill you’ve shown as a campaigner, which has been a genuine marvel.
George Washington’s: Advice to us
I pray for your health, because, with due respect, I regard the prospect of your Vice President-elect having to step into your shoes with genuine panic. “
Hope and pray you’re wrong: From an email: “I did not vote for Obama but I am afraid for him. I feel like whoever put him in place is going to try to make a martyr of him to create chaos in the nation.”
The Racial Angle: Still not gone, but reading that makes me think that now perhaps some racial issues will be addressed from “within” the African American community, itself, which might be a healthy thing. Introspection is always a good thing.
The Wheels on the Bus: Go round and round
Today’s Eyeroll: LA Times writer: “The nation is in dire economic straits.”
Yes, yes, yes. I see. Unemployment is 6%. Gasoline prices are a whopping $2 a gallon. The Dow is 9,000. People are actually paying cash for things. Run for your lives.
The 60′s: They’re finally ending About damn time.
Curt: Offers curt congrats
Geraghty: Ball’s in his court
Fears: For the churches
And hope: for life
Meanwhile: Stocks are tumbling