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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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 Fou … [Read more...]

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Staggering bigotry of Kathleen Parker – UPDATED

After reading this execrable bit of bigotry and preening martyrdom by Kathleen Parker - who apparently has discovered that the magic formula for "instant media love" is "going maverick on your own tribe," - I am considering adding her to my list of Media Whores and Sad She-Clowns who - in excessive spurts of spirit brought on by sudden media praise - cross lines and go way too far.Parker, who had her right-wing, "Christianist" Conservative moments until she found her Smart-Kid-Inclusion sword … [Read more...]

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Proposition 8 and Believers

As I leave for retreat, I note it's getting pretty hot in California and elsewhere regarding Proposition 8. Almost sad to be incommunicado as the debate rages. Does seem to me, though - from a strictly legislative point of view, anyhow - that the "will of the people," is supposed to mean something. Had gay marriage been approved, that would certainly (and justly) be the case, wouldn't it?As my Li'l Bro Thom said to a co-worker at his job (about a different but similar issue)"...this is a … [Read more...]

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Thoughts on The American Presidency

I was helping someone find a quote about American Presidents, and in the process of searching, we found these from my own site. Thought as we ponder our latest election and the question of what the presidency means and where it might lead, I'd toss 'em out to you.But sticking to Clinton, and to the value of the American Presidency - it is worth noting. We are too enthralled with our partisanships and our "hates", sometimes, and we overlook the fact that - as with the papacy - the Office of … [Read more...]

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Paglia pretty much says it all…UPDATED

I've written almost nothing about politics since the election because there was so much noise out there in the days following it that I thought it best to step back, reflect, process and pray. One thing I've come to realize is that the instant busyness of the right - the call to "win in 2010, win in 2012" - before election day was even over, was off-putting to me. I think if you're too busy scurrying and too busy moving from fury-to-fury, you're going to make many missteps. Be a little angry, … [Read more...]

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