"Where's the Left's Palin?"

Taylor Marsh, who is a very smart woman whose knee does not jerk, asks the question, and it's a revealing one. Despising her as they do, the question suggests that -beneath the disdain- they appreciate what she brings with her. At least Marsh does:Mrs. Palin's politics aren't for me, and though I pine to see hot headliners from the left, instead we get the likes of Claire McCaskill, Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama blue dog duds, with no women of any wattage in sight.As much as they … [Read more...]

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Obamacare & the Aging Population UPDATES

Since the Democrats last night offered anecdote-after-anecdote in order to justify the passage of Obamacare, I guess anecdotes are now completely fair entries into the debate. Let me offer two of them.A friend of mine listened to the healthcare vote while driving home from a hospital, where he'd spent the day with his 80 year-old father.His father is a robust man, fully in his wits, who only retired "for good" about six months ago. He had retired from his job as a line man and became bored … [Read more...]

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"Fear is useless, what is needed is trust."

Pondering the possibility of America being "remade" under the auspices of a Health Care Non-Vote-Deeming, I found myself thinking of St. Patrick, and the conflict between the English and the Irish; the Irish famine and the longview of God, which we cannot see or understand.SourceMany in America -a distinct majority, if polls are to be believed- are against the Health Care reforms we call "Obamacare" and they're angry about the manner in which the Democrat-run Congress is trying to force … [Read more...]

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Matt Lauer Picks & Chooses "consensus"

"Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors" - President William Jefferson Clinton 12/16/98Karl Rove and Matt Lauer apparently went at it today about whether "Bush lied" about WMD.Lauer has decided he will stick to the narrative established by the media and Democrat … [Read more...]

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Just how angry are some Americans? -UPDATES

Because all of his pronouncements are subject to sudden change, President Obama, who decried the use of reconciliation on much smaller matters than this, has decided reconciliation is the perfect vehicle by which to tell the American public to shut up and take what he's giving them (language warning), and also take command over 17% of the economy.And he's doing it, all while pretending not to know that America is saying "no."Is that just Obama taking a stab at some plausible deniability? … [Read more...]

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Dems: "Ramming it through" was bad

A left-center friend defended to me the Obama/Congress idea of ramming healthcare through."You didn't mind it when Bush did it," he said.Actually, he can't know that (and I do recall having some hesitations about how rancorous it was all becoming) but more to the point -and the conversation broke off, so I could not say it to him- if something is reprehensible when a president/congress you hate does it, isn't it still reprehensible when a president/congress you don't hate does it?So it … [Read more...]

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G. Washington, S. Brown & Idealism

This is both interesting and sad:Over at dotCommonweal, Robert Imbelli had a brief post on the buzz-producing "Yes" from Scott Brown on yesterday's jobs bill. While many analysts have spent the last little while dissecting the vote itself, Imbelli noticed a much quieter (yet much more depressing) note in the story:Three hours before the jobs-bill vote, the Senate chamber opened with its 117-year tradition of reading Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday. The current lawmakers … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Unexpected? Again?

They keep using this word, "unexpectedly".The number of newly-laid off workers seeking jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, as the economy recovers at a slow and uneven pace.Unexpectedly!Everything is "unexpected" with these people, unless the President has an R after his name, at which point, no good economic news will go unpunished, and no bad economic news will be "unexpected."Layoffs have slowed and the economy began to grow in last year's third quarter, but companies are … [Read more...]

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Voter fraud in Massachusetts? UPDATED!

But of Course!. For goodness sake, when MSNBC (a real news outfit, per the WH) is declaring they'd vote "twenty times" for the Dem candidate (any Dem candidate), there is zero chance that the press would do anything but yawn and smile, if the special election in Massachusetts could be stolen.There are over half a million dead people and other non-residents clogging the voter roles.I know many are feeling confident, but I say don't count your chickens. Unless Brown manages to pull off a win … [Read more...]

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