Obama sans Teleprompter: not pretty – UPDATED

According to Jake Tapper, Obama and Leno talked bowling.Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he's gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.He bowled a 129, the president said."That's very good, Mr. President," Leno said sarcastically.It's "like the Special Olympics or something," the president said.When asked about the remark, the White House had no comment.I wonder if NBC will edit that … [Read more...]

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...]

2002: Bailout & "too big to fail" theme predicted

Well, Bookworm may have found <something huge.Researching for another post she came across this prophetic bit of writing by economist Utpal Bhattacharya, of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana U:As no rational agent would be willing to take part in the last round in a finite economy, it is difficult to design Ponzi schemes that are certain to explode. This paper argues that if agents correctly believe in the possibility of a partial bailout when a gigantic Ponzi scheme collapses, and … [Read more...]

PJ O'Rourke Pulls Not a Punch – UPDATE

PJ O'Rourke is dealing with cancer, right now, so if he wanted to, he could defend the president's recent executive order promoting (with his typical strawmen and ungenerously snide references to his predecessor) the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. He could wail and weep "poor me, I might need this research. I might get healed with it, and since the world is all about me, me, me, we should take this big moral jump and try! For me!"O' Rourke could ignore the fact that … [Read more...]

Buster, Technology & Foosball – UPDATED

In yesterday's link-filled post, I added this astounding technological demonstration.And because my kids do not read my blog - who is more boring than mother? - I sent the link to each of them. I got into a conversation with someone, later, about how the technology shows us that nothing is static, that soon watches and cameras may be little more than charming relics, like horse buggies.It's a good reminder, I think, not to get attached to "things."This morning, having watched the video, … [Read more...]

The Move to control the Church – UPDATED

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of AmericaI frankly thought we had a few more years before we started seeing this, but here we go.As I wrote in the comments section, here:I have no … [Read more...]

A Pep Talk & Morning Prayer

Okay, the emails are sounding very, very down.Here is morning prayer preceded by about a 5 minute, extemporaneous pep talk inspired by the emails.I have no idea what I'm blathering on about or whether it will help, but there it is.Pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Incorporate this into your life. It will change your perspective and give you the patience to take the long view. I promise. And, if you are inclined, pray the various mysteries of the rosary. Contemplative prayer changes … [Read more...]

American Leningrad – UPDATED

You'll want to read neo-neocon today.She's got quotes by Lenin and thoughts on Dostoevsky and yes, it's all relevant, relevant, relevant.The quotes from Lenin are chilling and you will be able to relate all of them to what is happening in America, today, even though President Obama insists it's not, and that he's no socialist, nope, not him! Bush was the socialist, yep, yep, yep.Bush made his mistakes, and the damn bailout in October was a biggie, but he was no deliberate socialist.A … [Read more...]

It takes a lot to "remake" a country

Che, of course, is a bizarre affectation to the musical. … [Read more...]

What Is American Culture?

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Yesterday my son and I were flicking through television channels and we hit a stand-up comic from India who was trying to make a joke about “American culture” or the “lack” thereof. In his routine he was defending the Americans as “actually having culture” to his father, who could not see beyond hotdogs.The audience wasn’t laughing and Buster felt badly for the guy. “They’re not laughing,” he said.“No,” I answered… “he’s got an audience of white Americans sitting there earnestly asking th … [Read more...]