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...]

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...]

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...]

Cohen is a Dan Akroyd Character

I generally had no interest in this race, but having watched this almost surreal interview with Scott Lee Cohen, the Democrat nominee for the office of Lt. Governor, all I could think was: if there is ever a film, Dan Aykroyd needs to re-invent his Ed Zelinsky character (from the film Tommy Boy) to play this guy."I never touched the woman; I never tried to cut her throat . . . and if we can find her, and have her come forward, I'm sure she would sure she would tell you the same thing! [I had … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Terrorist not Talking; Obama Cruises Yemen – UPDATED

Noted at The Corner:To see the danger we face because of Obama’s return to a law-enforcement approach to terrorist interrogation, read today’s front-page story in the Washington Post.At the very end of the article, the Post notes:Abdulmutallab remains in a Detroit area prison and, after initial debriefings by the FBI, has restricted his cooperation since securing a defense attorney, according to federal officials. Authorities are holding out hope that he will change his mind and cooperate … [Read more...]