Evil Tax Cuts & Humpty Words

Like Instapundit, I have no problem with inaccurate news stories being corrected (although pulling them altogether is a bit dramatic), and so I am happy to read the correct information, which the press has quickly presented to us.The official said when the administration saw the story, published yesterday afternoon, they contacted one of the Reuters White House correspondents.The White House pushed these points:- Our budget explicitly calls for permanently extending the Bush tax cuts … [Read more...]

If Obama v Alito were a murder trial -UPDATED

Still lots of talk in the blogosphere about the president calling out a co-equal branch of government before the whole nation and then inciting another co-equal branch to jeer against it, and Justice Samuel Alito's reflexive, and unheard-only-lip-read reaction.I have followed with great interest the varying opinions, arguments, and thoughtful comments. I was particularly struck by Megan McArdle, though, who wrote:I'm sorry, I'm having a really hard time getting worked up about Alito's … [Read more...]

SOTU Speech Reaction

My Elder Son was on his way home from school and listening to the speech as he drove. He came in and said, "this speech is reminding me of Chesterton's dictum that'The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.'"I ended up surprising myself by live-blogging much of the speech, so you can read what I thought, there.Mostly I thought Obama was less fluent that he had been on the campaign trail, and less dynamic or energetic. I also thought his … [Read more...]

Obamaporta-prompta; Symptom of Distress?

A Shrinking Presidential PerspectiveNecessity being the mother of invention, it appears that Barack Obama has needed, and thus invented, the Portable President Kit, consisting of two teleprompters with accompanying equipment and a traveling Don't-You-Know-Who-I-Am-I-Am-The-President-That's-Who Podium With Presidential Seal, which Barack Obama takes with him, everywhere he goes.That means he brings it to an elementary school, for use in addressing the press (something past-and-moronic … [Read more...]

Politics & Religion until you puke

Lots and lots to read today, but I'll break it down for you, one section for religion, one for politics. Pols first - got this from Insty:You can read the lyrics here.SOTU Address: Obama "needs to come off as authentic".Come off? Perhaps this illustrates a big difference between Presidents Obama and Bush. Bush did not have to "come off" as authentic. He was authentic.Beltway Democrats (and to be fair, too many Beltway Republicans) do not understand it because they -as smart, … [Read more...]

Two stupid, nasty women

I'm sorry, I'm just in no mood for foolishness today, and it's made me a tad less diplomatic than I like to try to be.But I must direct your attention to two stupid, nasty women. And, perhaps, one deluded man. No, two deluded men!Martha Coakley: Evidence of Stupid:Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ she fires back, … [Read more...]

Random Must-Reads

Collected in my tab-bar since I started feeling cruddy - might as well share with you all the things I have either read or "been meaning to get to reading..." All submitted mostly without comment, because I'm still not 100%."We are at war...":The president went on to say that while America will strengthen its defenses, "we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don't … [Read more...]

Neoneocon; Hitler's Germany & US

Neoneocon rouses me from my couch that I may link to her fascinating post, one that seems relevant to our day. She offers a quote from a book (written by an American "man of the left") recounting the attitudes of his interviewees regarding a certain moment in the history of Germany:National Socialism was a repulsion of my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government—against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, t … [Read more...]

Obama and Doing vs Being – UPDATED

Neo-neocon is wondering what has happened to Obama's vaunted fluency?Obama was always a fluid if vapid speechmaker, although his off-the-cuff statements featured a lot of hemming and hawing. But I’ve noticed something that seems new: hesitancy even when he speaks from a prepared text.Obama now seems to go off-teleprompter more often—perhaps because he’s been critiqued so much for its use—and when reading from notes on a lectern he stops and starts, as well as using a tennis-match-like repetit … [Read more...]

Obama Executive Order & Interpol – UPDATED

I'm thinking that when Steve Schippert began his blog, which he calls Threats Watch, he never thought he would be tracking a threat from his own Executive Branch and Congress.Does that sound a bit out there? Yes, I worry that it does. But this Executive Order, which Obama quietly signed while the world was distracted by Tiger Woods and weather, sounds pretty out there, too:December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order "Amending Executive Order 12425." It grants INTERPOL … [Read more...]


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