Fun Game, Oratory Page & other stuff

Fun Game: Google "Obama agrees with Bush on Plame" & count the news outlets covering it. ZERO. unless you're looking at stuff from 2005, in which case you'll find tons of articles from Time, Newsweek and the rest decrying the "outting" of a Langley desk jockey; another of those "great moral imperative" stories that seem, well, so unimportant, now that Obama is president. My New Idea: An Oratory Page. Once this promised site re-do actually happens (and a get a few projects out of the way) I … [Read more...]

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...]

Why "the recession is over."

Yesterday, President Obama and Joe Biden went out and grabbed a burger in a bit of "we're just normal guys" political theater, a replay of what we saw back in 2004, when John Kerry and John Edwards went to Wendy's. A breathless press told us this was part and parcel of Ben Bernanke's statement that, while things must still bottom-out, and un-employment numbers are still going up, our economy was looking much better. So, in February, we were facing "catastrophe" and Obama didn't know if we'd … [Read more...]

"How They Hated Bush" & other things

Someone sent this video to me with the comment, "illustrates how the press despised Bush. How they hated him!" Well, duh. Of course they did. They spent 7 years doing their very best to make sure that everyone else hated him, too, and yes, they succeeded. Not saying Bush's own errors didn't help it along, but the non-stop (sometimes untrue, frequently unfair and almost always unwarranted and disproportionate) pounding given Bush, 24/7 by every media outlet -news, books, sitcoms, films- … [Read more...]

Limbaugh, Jeb Bush & Reagan

Was moving around this morning and picking up Rush Limbaugh in the car. He had some interesting things to say. In talking about Obama's notion of what constitutes "sacrifice," Limbaugh intoned, (I am paraphrasing) "sacrifice is only sacrifice when it is voluntary. Otherwise it is compulsion." I've been saying that for a long time. There is an enormous difference between a few dozen people voluntarily giving up their worldly goods for communal living, and forcing people to participate in … [Read more...]

Obama: Yeah, Iraq war caused the hate…

Lots of people writing about Obama's interview with al-Arabiya. Some are angry that he gave his first presidential interview to a news agency outside of the US. I don't care much about that - the man's entitled to speak to whomever he wants - but some of Obama's answers seem to me just a bit disoriented or perhaps I should say purposely disorienting. Obama does not come out and say it, he merely agrees with the dishonest framing by his interviewer - video and partial transcript here: AL … [Read more...]

Flattered & Blushing linkaround – UPDATED

Amazing footage: US Air Splashdown. Watching those people evacuate is really something. Thank God for good news. As the doorman said, "well, bust my buttons!" It seems Tony Blankley has visited my humble abode and said some very nice things. I'm blushing. No, really. But that was very nice; thanks. I would add that I share the same experience with Blankley; I get the papers and leave them unread because I get it all online. But...we do need our crossword puzzles and our Sudoku's, don't … [Read more...]

Longest. Linkaround. Evah.

Settle in for a long 'un, kiddies. Start here (h/t Ann Althouse): Hey, according to the press, wars are challenging, serious and difficult to win. Funny how perceptions change when parties change in the White House, innit? Iraq suddenly looks different, too! Or...actually...maybe the same! President Bush has declared Washington DC a state of emergency to help secure and pay for Obama's inaugural. Most expensive inaugural ever. In a time of (if the left is to be believed) "unprecedented … [Read more...]

Mystery Chords and Idols

"Thrummmmmm...." "It's been a hard day's night and I been workin' like a dog..." You can hear the chord, of course. But can you play it? Exactly? Many have tried, all have failed, it seems, until now: The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. ... Four years ago...Jason Brown of Dalhousie’s Department of Mathematics decided to try and see if he could apply a mathematical calculation known as … [Read more...]

Obama/Blagojevich or Podcasts?

In preparing to record Vespers for today I thought instead I should ask you folks what you prefer. So far, the most popular podcasts seem to be the Rosanne Rosannadanna impression w/homiliette at the end, the podcast with no prayers, just a talk on the Immaculate Conception, and the Office for the Dead which I did on for 9/11, and was one of my earliest efforts. Would you like to hear Morning Prayer instead of Vespers, or would you like me to mix it up with Midday Prayer or the Office of … [Read more...]


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