Is Obama trying to Lead or to Rule?

So, to no one's surprise, it looks like the US Government is going into the car business, something our founders certainly never intended.I keep watching Obama and wondering if he is trying to lead America to further greatness, or to simply bring her to heel?There is an absolute disconnect between what Obama says, and what he does. In his first 100 days he said he had "no interest" in running the banking and auto industries in this country, even as his hand crept out and snatched both under … [Read more...]

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The Value of a Tweet – UPDATES!

Okay, so I tweeted my first twitter.It looked like this: So, here we go, I have tweeted my first twitter.It looked like this: http://tinyurl.com/cdzpdm is how Obama votes "present" on prosecuting Bushies for keeping us safe (per Friedman http://tinyurl.com/c4ha97 )What that means in real lingo is: in this piece Kim Priestap, expresses shock and outrage that President Obama may decide to co-operate with Spain in prosecuting Bush Administration officials who, even Tom Friedman admits kept … [Read more...]

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The "Truth;" There is only One – UPDATE

The image is - according to the press release, meant to be deliberately ambiguous: we see Barack Obama once again being presented in the image of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world - an image and narrative that some clearly can't communicate enough.He stands before the Great Seal of the President of the United States, which surrounds him like a golden nimbus, and the effect creates a pentagon over the seal. His head is lowered to the right, and his arms are outstretched, … [Read more...]

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If this is correct, liberty is almost gone -UPDATED

I am going to look around more before commenting further, but if this is correct then we're looking at something very bad, indeed....the democratically lead Congress has proposed the “Pay for Performance Act” which passed Thursday with even some Republican Congressman voted for it. ... The scariest part of the bill is that while you’re serving as a “volunteer,” you’re prohibited from participating in worship and church activities, political rallies and being involved in a union. In short, your … [Read more...]

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Obama & Co Theater: Chaos & Cajolery UPDATED

Okay, so...60 days into this new presidency, it looks to me like we're going to spend the next four years watching a non-stop play of infinite acts. With none of the wit or wisdom of Pride & Prejudice, Obama and Company are going to treat us to Chaos & Cajolery.Basically, the theater production is 137 acts (presented without intermission) of Barack Obama and/or any one of his supporting players (from the veep, the speaker, the secstate, the sectreas and on down to the lowly press … [Read more...]

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Obamarama Linkapalooza

Actually, the Linkfest will be coming up, but I had to share Chris Muir's great cartoon, (H/T Amused Cynic):Oh, come on, laugh! If you're not allowed to laugh at your president, then you're already not free!Check back for lots of links! Today will be a "day of continual linking" with constant updates, so keep coming back! One quick thought: If any congressional critter needs an excuse to suddenly "switch my vote in order to take a serious look at this provision, they've got it. And … [Read more...]

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No news; working on a Project

The news is: fascinating, troubling, confoundingly stupid, entertaining, amusing, cautionary, worrying, dysfunctional, encouraging, discouraging, predictable, mind-boggling, wholly engaging and completely addictive and I would rather not pull myself away from it, but a deadline looms and I have to do it.I'd much, much rather be talking about how President Obama is going to put a lot of people out of work and make life much more difficult for the auto industry and the oil industry by allowing … [Read more...]

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Peggy Noonan, Roger Ebert & me

Noonan - October 2005A few weeks ago I was reading Christopher Lawford's lovely, candid and affectionate remembrance of growing up in a particular time and place with a particular family, the Kennedys, circa roughly 1950-2000. It's called "Symptoms of Withdrawal." At the end he quotes his Uncle Teddy. Christopher, Ted Kennedy and a few family members had gathered one night and were having a drink in Mr. Lawford's mother's apartment in Manhattan. Teddy was expansive. If he hadn't gone into … [Read more...]

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A sad painful life…

I learned today that another one of my "birth" brothers has died - that he died yesterday.He was much older than I. He was in the USAF and then married and out of the house by the time I was 6 or so, so my relationship with him was distant, but we "sort of" kept in touch. Moreso than other family members, anyway.I remember, when I was very, very small and he was home on leave, being fascinated by his blue eyes. Our father's eyes were a sort of hazel-blue that would change with mood and … [Read more...]

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Joyless Prudes & Panics

I'm sorry but I'm really starting to lose patience with these decorate nothing because it might offend someone and don't let kids dress up for thanksgiving because it might give offense or re-inforce an old narrative that needs "correction."These people prattling on and on, trying to render everything sterile in the name of "sensitivity" and "accuracy" give me a pain in the ass. One wonders - if these practices are so "demeaning" and detrimental to society - how these enlightened folks (who … [Read more...]

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