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18 Sep 2011 03:14 pm

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President Obama and former President George W. Bush one week ago at the September 11th, 2001, ten year memorial service in New York City.

Some have suggested that Obama was praying to himself in this photo while others have mused that Obama was simply bored at the tenth anniversary of the deaths of three thousand Americans.

I dunno. He could have just been feeling like the Maitre D’ in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who couldn’t abide the fake Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, the type who gave old whats his name, Paul Shrugman, the heebie jeebies.

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Perhaps Obama simply realized he was standing beside the Walrus and it really pissed him off.

21 Aug 2009 05:57 pm

Watch this video of an elderly woman’s attempt to cross the road and a disrespectful thirty something’s reaction to her.

It’s rich.

The man is in a hot sports car and is impatient with the woman’s slow progress across the road. It’s evident that he thinks she is just an obstacle in his way so he honks his horn at her. He doesn’t recognize her humanity and he certainly doesn’t get out of his car to see if he can assist her in any way.

No. He just wants her out of the way.

Although Barack Obama claims that the American people are “wee-weed” up about his plans to nationalize health care in reality it’s Mr. Obama himself and his fellow leftists in congress who are in that odd condition due to the strong disapproval the American people are showing at town hall meetings.

“Wee-weed up” is an odd and undignified phrase to come out of an American presidents mouth and I, for one, am at a loss to make any sense of it. I recall an incident that happened when my son was three years old. He had to have exploratory surgery on his “private parts.” When the technician took him to have an xray, she explained to him that they were going to take a picture of his “wee wee.” He looked at her and said, “Well, it’s not gonna smile.”

That response got all over the hospital in nothing flat.

I remember the nursery rhyme. “This Little Piggy.” I loved reciting that to my kids when they were little and I would grab their toes as I said it. One line said this: “This little piggy went wee wee wee.” The kids loved it.

But for an American president to engage in such bathroom language sounds to me that Obama was at a loss for words and certainly, he would have been, not having the help of his teleprompter. I recall that the left called former President George W. Bush stupid because of his unique, invented words like stratagery. Well, at least that word had more shrewdness than “wee-weed Up.”

The Bookworm Room has an analysis of Obama’s rhetorical flourishes.

Why have Obama’s approval numbers dropped so precipitously? Why are Democrat plans for health care so unpopular?

One reason? Sarah Palin’s take down of the death panels on her Facebook page. Now she’s talking tort reform.

Another reason? The American people can read and have been reading the thousands of pages of dreck the Democrats want to impose on this free people. Most of these Americans do not appreciate being called a mob and they don’t like being called stupid.

In addition, Obama has insulted the doctors and surgeons of this country with his ignorant comments about tonsillectomies and cardiology.

Seniors in this country have the right to be very afraid. Even the New York Times is admitting that Obamacare will send the grandparents of this nation to an early grave.

Then there is the performance of the stimulus on the nations economy.

Not so hot.

So Obama reminds me of the smart aleck young man in the sports car, honking at the old lady. An airbag to the face is what the jerk got for his incivility.

Obama is dropping in the polls.

Boo-bloody-hoo.

08 May 2009 01:59 pm

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For the past forty years feminists have urged women to run for office because “Women are more honest, have more common sense, and empathy.” Another unspoken but obvious implication was that the softer side of women’s personalities, the emotions, would eventually bring a kinder - softer national life. Men in political office had to learn very quickly how to achieve success in the world of weepy women.

President George H. W. Bush successfully campaigned for president in 1988 by using the slogan, “A kinder, and gentler nation,” which was coined by former speechwriter, Peggy Noonan. (who has proven to be a disappointment to all who used to read her work for its common sense)

It’s been an interesting but also a discouraging sociological experience watching the nation take on the extra flotsam and jetsam that adding women into the political mix required. Sure, equal pay and all that jazz has been a great thing for women.

But how has it really worked out with women dominating political life for the past twenty or so years? I’ve watched some female Republicans go to Washington D.C. and after serving for a while, soften their policies and turn into moderates, like their fellow male Republican representatives. Others have remained tough but they are few and far between. Congresswoman, Michelle Bachman had a tough time of it during her recent re-election but she seems to be sticking to her guns.

How has it worked out for the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi? What has she accomplished in her days as Speaker besides pushing through her extreme liberal agenda. Has she exhibited any of the qualities of the mythic, honest, common sensical female politician which supposedly makes them automatically superior to men, and would cause them to stand up and object to anything done on our nations’ behalf that is wrong?

Although Nancy Pelosi continues to deny that she was briefed by the Bush White House on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques as early 2002, evidence mounts that she is simply lying.

That she was briefed and did not object to waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques back in 2002 makes life uncomfortable for Pelosi today because she has to stick to the Obama Make Bush Pay script.

She didn’t make any objection back when she was playing an important oversight role on a congressional committee, so in essence Pelosi approved of the CIA Protocols.

Watching her deny the obvious is just more evidence that Nancy Pelosi is simply a hack who should be hounded out of office. If truth had any value in Pelosi’s universe she would simply have told it. That she hasn’t makes her a total shill.

31 Jan 2009 04:09 pm

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Jan. 31: An Iraqi girl holds up an ink-stained finger after her parents voted in the country’s provincial elections in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, Iraq.

Growing up in Iraq for this generation of Iraqi children will be very different than it was for their parents. The color purple will signify something entirely different than it did for their parents because it will not be the sickening purple of bruises resulting from beatings inflicted because they dared to speak out against the brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein.

The brilliant choice of the color purple as the indelible ink to be used for proof that an individual Iraqi voted has also provided an indelible image of the courage of the Iraqi people to the world.

Millions of Iraqi citizens stepped over the rubicon from chaos to Democracy in the election in 2005 and as the nation has reached considerable more stability the Iraqi people again took advantage of the privilege a Democratic government provides. The color, purple has always been associated with royalty, regality, and nobility and with the election today, millions of Iraqis earned their colors.

While the news media’s been consumed with coverage of all things Obama, a man-made miracle happened today in Iraq and it was brought to the world, courtesy of the steadfast leadership of the former President of the United States, George W. Bush. He listened to and appointed General David Petraeus to lead the United States Military in that all important Surge which brought victory and provided more safety to the Iraqi people.

This election was truly a victory for the Iraqi people because they ran it themselves.

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s provincial elections have wrapped up without any reports of serious violence.

Polls closed at 6 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) on Saturday — an hour later than planned — after millions of voters cast ballots for influential regional councils around most of Iraq. There were no reports of major violence.

Iraqi authorities imposed a huge security operation around the country that included traffic bans in major cities and extensive checkpoints and surveillance posts. The U.S. military also was out in force but did not take a direct role in the election security.

Results from the elections are not expected before Tuesday.

Iraqis passed through security checkpoints and razor-wire cordons to vote Saturday in provincial elections that are considered a crucial test of the nation’s stability as U.S. officials weigh the pace of troop withdrawals.

Polls opened shortly after dawn after a step-by-step security clampdown across the country, including traffic bans in central Baghdad and other major cities and closure of border crossings and airports.

More.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has hailed a largely peaceful vote for new provincial councils across the country as a victory for all Iraqis.

Voting was extended by one hour due to a strong turnout, including among Sunni Muslims who boycotted the last polls.

“I consider it a great success, like a wedding.”

Iraqi forces are determined to show they can keep security in the country as U.S. troops begin to withdraw almost six years after the invasion to overthrow Saddam.

Maliki, who claims credit for improving security, aims to use the election to build a power base in the provinces before national polls later this year. Sunni Arab groups who boycotted the last provincial polls hope to win a share of local power.

There was something of a holiday atmosphere in many parts of the country. In normally traffic-choked Baghdad, children took advantage of a ban on cars to play soccer in the streets.

“How can we not vote? All of us here have always complained about being oppressed and not having a leader who represented us. Now is our chance,” said Basra voter Abdul Hussein Nuri.

In the only reported incidents countrywide, mortar rounds landed in former dictator Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit but no one was hurt, and Iraqi troops shot one person dead and wounded another after a quarrel in Baghdad’s Sadr City slum.

U.S. forces killed two Iraqi police officers during a raid in Mosul in early morning before polls opened. The circumstances were not fully explained.

In addition, five candidates were assassinated in the run-up to Saturday’s election — three just two days before the vote.

“Those who want to pull down the electoral process as a whole have just not been able to get off the ground. That … is a very positive sign,” said Toby Dodge, an Iraq expert at the University of London.

The 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq had patrols on the streets and helicopters in the sky but mostly kept a low profile. A U.S. armored column was seen weaving down a Baghdad street between children and rocks placed in the road as makeshift soccer goals.

“So far, so good. The significance? Historic,” U.N. Special Representative Staffan de Mistura told Reuters at a polling station in a Baghdad school. “We have seen quite a flux of participants … The rules have been applied quite strictly. I’ve also been seeing quite a good organizational system.”

There’s so much that’s good in this, my eyes fill with tears and I can’t begin to list all the insightful people who are taking note of this most historic day so I will let The Anchoress do it. She has so many of them already. Go see and forget all the dark, foreboding nonsense coming out of the Obama administration. Many of us supported President Bush from the begining in his decision to fight the war on terror and to invade Iraq and free the people from that mad tyrant. We have the right to share in the joy.

May the nation of Iraq continue to bloom and grow.

20 Jan 2009 02:04 am

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Where do I start with this very sad missive that I feel must be stated for once and for all with my own limited means of expression? President George W. Bush will be leaving the White House tomorrow and believe it or not, he will be missed, if not immediately, within twenty months of this day. That he has been ripped to shreds by the political elite who knew what they were doing has been quite obvious since the 2000 election. That he has been treated with profound disrespect by Barack Obama throughout the presidential election and especially the transition is quite apparent.

That President George W. Bush has borne all of this with grace is crystal clear.

That the man who will become our next president tomorrow is just a man, has not been made clear by the no longer objective media. Barack Obama is not Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Christ although some in the American punditocracy seems to believe he is. He could possibly be the Pied Piper.

That Obama is now a cult like leader is a frightening truth.

That Obamamania has become an obsession has been obvious for quite some time.

Because when it comes to Obama, hyperbole seems to be the rule, not the exception.

His charms seem tough to resist, even for some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

“He walks into a room and you want to follow him somewhere, anywhere,” George Clooney told talk show host Charlie Rose.

“I’ll do whatever he says to do,” actress Halle Berry said to the Philadelphia Daily News. “I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.”

Welcome to the cult of Barack Obama.

Not that the singer Bruce Springsteen’s utterances matter much at all but he launched an attack on President Bush yesterday in an interview which was published just as he was singing at the ‘We Are One’ concert on the mall celebrating the inauguration.

The Born to Run singer said that the US was now “suffering the consequences” of eight years of rule by a “very radical group of people” who had attempted to undermine the country’s democratic values.

Describing President Bush’s period in power as a “nightmare” for most Americans, the songwriter said: “We had a historically blind administration who didn’t take consideration of the past; thousands of thousands of people died, lives were ruined and terrible, terrible things occurred because there was no sense of real history, no sense that the past is living and real.”

In a rare interview, Springsteen said that President-Elect Barack Obama’s election represented the triumph of the values and spirit he had attempted to capture in his music.

That we no longer have an objective national media is more than plain to see.

Even some members of the media, trained to be “objective” and to withhold their own emotions while reporting, were lip synching the lyrics as Bono wowed the crowd, on the day before MLK Day, with a rendition of U2’s “(Pride) In the Name of Love.”

People were incredibly friendly, except, of course, for the one photographer in the media section who brought a stepping stool so he could tower over the other journalists.

The fanfare of it all struck me immediately after I got off the Metro train in the morning. As some left the station, they chanted, O-BA-MA! And then there were the streets littered with Obama merchandise.

One woman quickly showed me the small selection of Obama candy bars that she was selling.

“You can’t eat them, though,” she said. “They’re a collector’s item.” (I did end up buying one for $2, but only because I was hungry.)

The list goes on: Obama buttons, picture frames, even a set of playing cards.

“Get your Obama playing cards–where George Bush is the joker in every deck!” shouted the street vendor.

That we have very few individuals with courage in the Republican party is clearly observable.

That the conservative pundits we used to trust have bought into the Obama magic.

They want to see him succeed. At what one would ask?

On this Martin Luther King holiday I was taking a longer time to wake this morning. Not jumping out of bed to make coffee, just dreaming and coming to wakefulness slowly. First, praying for my family, then contemplating the day, and watching the light filter in the room.

Then, I remembered Martin Luther King’s profound statement about his dream that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

That dream seems to have come true in the election of Barack Obama.

Yes, I will pray for President Barack Obama in this respect…that he will soberly undertake the mantle of leadership of our nation and the free world. That he will consider that the national and economic security of our country should go hand in glove. Is this too much to ask?

We will see.

Hope and change are symbolic words, not policy deliverables as some Americans will be expecting once Obama takes over the reins of government but these words are supposedly what Obama told his wife, Michelle that he hoped to offer America when he was inaugurated. This is pretty thin gruel. There is nothing there that speaks of strong character, deep insight, or even of a deep love of anything. There has been no on-the-knees-Apostle Paul, sacrificial moment, “here I am Lord, send me.”

There is such a striking difference in the way this inauguration is being covered by the media and the celebrities that are flocking to it. One would think there was never a September 11th, or a war on terror. The holiday from history begins.

But what of the ripping to shreds of George W. Bush? It still continues and if Nancy Pelosi and her compatriots in congress have their way, it will continue while they tax and spend and spend and tax. The media will give them cover on the evening news by covering the testimony of the show trial.

It’s been this way since 2000. As Sissy Willis writes: to trash Bush was to belong.

What I’ve been getting to in this missive is a dream I had back in 1998. First of all, some background. I am a Christian and a Southern Baptist. I look askance at psychics and fortune tellers and all that.

But in my life I have had a few dreams that have come true. Just a few.

In the late winter of 1999 I became aware of George W. Bush because of the news that the previous November he had won his second gubernatorial race in Texas by a record 69%. Bill Clinton had just come through the impeachment with the senate voting to let him off.

One night I dreamed that George W. Bush was standing alone in the middle of a boxing ring seemingly the winner of a fierce fight and there was a sort of fogginess around him mixed with a golden aura. He seemed to have on a golden robe and a serene and yet determined look on his face. I awoke with a start. A thought came to me right away, “he will be the next president.”

I remembered that dream throughout the presidential primaries and even bought a book to learn more about him. When it looked like Gore was going to win the election after the networks called Florida for him I was pretty dejected and decided to go to bed (we were living in Germany) but I remembered the dream and knew that it would come true.

I remembered the catcalls from many in the media about President Bush’s Christian faith and statements that he had made about being called to a purpose that they had twisted, implying that Bush felt that he was called by God to be president. All sorts of calumnies like this were hurled at President Bush.

When one thinks what he did face just eight months in to his presidency, standing up against the most vile of all evil that our nation has ever had to face and yet for that he has received nothing but vilification from those who should have known better. They do know better but for political purposes they have chosen not to acknowledge that fact.

I’ve often wondered if I were the only one who could see the spiritual side of the fight that President Bush has had to endure in his sacrificial presidency to protect and defend our nation but no, there are some who do. Taking a step back from politics is helpful for one to see the other aspects of the job of a commander in chief.

Paul Kengor in the American Thinker writes of the sacrificial Presidency of President Bush and compares it to Aslan at the Stone Table in the movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

My mind, however, for several years now, has raced back to another movie when I think about George W. Bush — actually, a scene in the movie, based on a scene in a book by the same name. These final days of the Bush presidency seem an apt time to share it.

The scene is from C. S. Lewis’s classic, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It takes place when the Christ figure, the lion, Aslan, is led like a lamb to the slaughter at the Stone Table, where he is killed by the White Witch and every ugly hobgoblin of the netherworld. Aslan knows this is what he must endure for the larger good. Lewis described it this way:

A great crowd of people were standing all round the Stone Table and though the moon was shining many of them carried torches which burned with evil-looking red flames and black smoke. But such people! Ogres with monstrous teeth, and wolves, and bull-headed men….

A howl and a gibber of dismay went up from the creatures when they first saw the great Lion pacing toward them…. Then [the Witch] recovered herself and gave a wild, fierce laugh. “The fool!” she cried. “The fool has come. Bind him fast…. Bind him I say!”

The Hags made a dart at him and shrieked with triumph when they found that he made no resistance at all….

And they surged round Aslan, jeering at him…. But he never moved. And this seemed to enrage all that rabble. Everyone was at him now….

At last [the Witch] drew near. She stood by Aslan’s head. Her face was working and twitching with passion, but his head looked up at the sky, still quiet, neither angry nor afraid, but a little sad. Then, just before she gave the blow, she stooped down and said in a quivering voice, “And now, who has won? Fool….”

She plunged the knife. It was finished.

The movie portrays this bracing scene vividly and unforgettably. It needs to be seen to be appreciated.

The rest of Kengor’s piece needs to be read in order to be appreciated.

The Americans who watched President Bush standing on that pile of rubble in 2001 boldly telling the world that those who knocked down the buildings would be hearing from us soon were touched by his strength and determination. (we know this because of his overwhelmingly high poll numbers) Now, at the end of his presidency, as we see the progress that our military has made, the Iraq war won, a Democracy in the Middle East being built, AlQaeda weakened and still on the run, to counter all this success, it took many malicious mouths and a determined daily drubbing by the media to knock down President Bush’s popularity but still, he leaves office as serene and determined as he entered it.

President Bush is a good man. He served our country with honor. He doesn’t deserve the malicious treatment he has received.

Still, we will see who has won. Fool….

Welcome Sisu readers. Thank you for stopping by.

Welcome Amused Cynic readers. Thank you for stopping by as well.

16 Jan 2009 07:55 pm

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The Captain of the Ship of State has kept the nation sailing safely through deep and troubling waters these past eight years. Yesterday as President George W. Bush prepared to deliver his farewell address to the nation there came the shocking news that a commuter plane had crashed into the Hudson River in New York City.

My first thoughts were, “Oh, no, not another terrorist attack!” After all, eight months in President Bush’s first term two planes flying in New York’s air space caused great destruction on September 11th, 2001 and just as Bush was about to say farewell some seven plus years later, here was a plane that could possibly be doing the same thing.

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Then came the news that it wasn’t a small plane that had plunged into the icy waters of the Hudson River, it was a US Airways jet with 155 souls aboard.

Then we learned that the plane was still afloat and encircled by many ferries, and other boats as people were literally standing on the wings.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:2

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Reporting from New York – After a stricken US Airways jet made an extraordinary emergency landing in the Hudson River on Thursday, a flotilla of commuter ferries, water taxis and other boats plucked all 155 passengers and crew — many shivering as they stood on the plane’s wings — to safety in as little as five minutes.

Once the plane was down, the ferries and other boats immediately went into action.

“Hurry up, guys! Man overboard!” shouted Vince Lombardi, the captain of the ferry Thomas Jefferson. Lombardi and his crew were among the first at the scene and rescued 56 people, he said. “They were shouting ‘I’m cold, I’m cold.’ “

As we have since learned, all the passengers on the plane were brought safely out of the water. They were cold and wet but alive. They were survivers, many have since declared, of a miracle.

The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger lll, a USAF veteran, has over 40 years of flying experience. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, (B.S.), Purdue University (M.S.) and the University of Northern Colorado (M.A.). He was a speaker on two panels at the High Reliability Organizations (HRO) 2007 International Conference in Deauville, France May 29-31, 2007. He has just been named a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Even more providentially, Sullenberger heads up an aviation safety firm, is an expert in Catastrophic Risk Management and a certified glider pilot.

Sullenberger glided his plane safely into the water.

Last night President Bush delivered his farewell speech and although the news media covered it, most news organizations quickly went back to fulltime coverage of the miracle on the Hudson River. I found it ironic that not one commentator made note of the curious timing or place or circumstances of the crash landing or the fact that the pilot, an Air Force veteran was the right man in the right place at the right time which in the early days just after 911 was also how President Bush was being described by the likes of Howard Fineman and others in the liberal media.

No one made any connections.

How quickly Americans have forgotten.

In his piece, The 9/11 Presidency, Phillip Klein writes the following:

But while most of America has moved on from that horrific Tuesday morning, the occupant of the White House could not.

“As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9-11,” President Bush said in Thursday night’s farewell address. “But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.”

This threat against our nation became President Bush’s overwhelming focus after September 11th, 2001. He would defend the American people and our American way of freedom. He would do it against opposition from Democrats and even from some in his own party. President Bush chose principle over popularity. He did keep the American people safe. We will land safely on January 20th, 2009 with Captain George W. Bush at the helm.

Thank you President Bush for taking America on this safe journey these past eight years. The time seems to have flown and while I know that it is time for your term to end I am very sorry to see you leave. Our nation has been blessed to have such an honorable and good man leading it. I am sincerely sorry that there are so many Americans who don’t realize the good that you have done or the many sacrifices that you and others have made in the name of national security.

Some day history will tell the world about the greatness of the man, George W. Bush. Our great grandchildren will one day read about the tens of millions of people who now live in a democracy because of your belief that the desire for freedom resides in every human heart. The detractors who hounded you these past eight years will be forgotten because their words were full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, as we knew all along.

Come Tuesday, January 20th, at 11:30 a.m. EST, Captain Sullenberger’s advice to the passengers on Flight 1549 moments before they crash landed into the Hudson River may be prophetic advice for all of America, “Brace for impact.”

26 Nov 2008 06:25 pm

Taking a break from cleaning the house before the return of the Charlotte and her Thanksgiving guest, a fellow law school student who is a fascinating young woman, born in Paris on Bastille Day, the very day a year after her older brother had been born in Lebanon in 1982 during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

The first birth was premature, brought on by the terror of the bombs in Lebanon, the second birth was also premature, brought on by the noise of the fireworks in Paris. The Christian Lebanese family eventually were able to move to the United States where they brought their children up in Alabama.

Anyway, the shopping is done, the cleaning is ongoing and I need a break.

Checking out the non-Turkey news I find this Instapundit link to Ed Driscoll who has a New Silicon Graffiti Video about anger in politics. I like the name “A Bee in the Mouth!”

Ouch!

Ed interviews Peter Wood, writer of the book, “A Bee in the Mouth!”, (hence the name of the video) and gives me a new book to add to my Christmas wish list. Peter examines the anger in politics which has been growing in the past four generations.

I plead guilty to being extremely angry at my fellow Americans when they bought what Bill Clinton was selling. I was appalled, shocked, saddened and yes, angry. But I didn’t take to the road with ugly bumper stickers on my car, nor did I join an outfit like Moveon.org which was started up after the impeachment of Clinton. I did use what opportunities I had as a citizen and wrote one letter to the editor of a newspaper during the 1996 Presidential election arguing against the reelection of Clinton but that was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Clinton had done enough in my book to be sent home to Arkansas but the American people didn’t see it my way. Did I experience some bitter moments after that? Yes indeedy. But I still didn’t become a hater because I wasn’t raised that way.

Ed Driscoll linked to this review of Peter Wood’s book by Stanley Kurtz that is very illuminating and has more indepth thoughts that capture what I have been thinking lately.

Peter Wood’s book is about political anger in America but not specifically in the past election and reading Stanley Kurtz’ thought’s about Wood’s book set me off on an inferential jaunt.

I’ve been thinking about why the American people have turned against the Republicans in this election year. It wasn’t a mandate for Obama because in some states in the South, McCain won over Obama with larger percentages than President Bush beat Kerry.

The South is still very traditional but the midwest and Northeast is just about gone in that respect. Midwesterners and the Northeast might be able to take tough winters but they don’t like mean talk. After all these years of polarizing political speech, they’ve had it with politics. Whoever yelled the loudest got their attention.

The Democrats have been yelling loudest with the help of the media. They got the attention. The message was repeated over and over. The Bush Derangement Syndrome of the extreme left of the Democrat Party went mainstream. People who one would think would have been resistant to such delusions bought into that message because there really wasn’t any pushback from the White House or Bush surrogates or heaven forbid, any Republicans in Congress.

The angry message stuck. The American people bought it. Obama arrived and did his Humphrey Bogart-best. The American people bought it. The media whispered that John McCain seemed angry. The American people bought that.

Ronald Reagan was never the angry type. President Bush, God Bless Him has never been the angry type. Barack Obama seems more angry than both of these men in reality but reality matters no more.

Everything is perception which is why the Peggy Noonans of the world are working hard to make Sarah Palin unelectable. She is not an angry person, just extremely successful as a governor.

Gotta go make a pie.

I’m back from the kitchen. My husband has been watching movies in the computer room while I was blogging so I was unaware of the terror attacks in India today. Horrible.

Oh yeah, I probably won’t get back here for a while, so Happy Thanksgiving. May God comfort all the civilians and the families of those killed and injured in the terror attacks.

13 Sep 2007 02:15 am

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These past few days have revealed the darkness in the heart of the Democrat Party. The soul of the party is now wholly bought and paid for by MoveOn.org. The Democrat base, leadership and its felonious fundraisers are, in a word, base.

Not one Democrat presidential candidate has disavowed the contemptible and vicious attack ad against General David Petraeus in the New York Times. I’ve witnessed the Democrats’ attempt to roast an army officer on a spit before. During the Iran-Contra hearings Lt. Col. Oliver North withstood their attack, ensuring the election of President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Why do I believe that? I remember watching the hearings. I recall the Olliemania. I remember the disgust of the American people. Perhaps the people of our country perceived that the “crimes” President Reagan and Oliver North were accused of committing were essentially an attempt to help the people of Nicaragua achieve freedom from the communists.

We are a freedom loving people, after all. Or we were at one time.

As I watched the impotent attacks by the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, and Barack Obama on General Petraeus (and the rage of the Code Pinkers) I couldn’t help but think of his wife and family. Dave married an Army brat, the daughter of the Superintendent of West Point and she has been a tremendous Army wife, following him throughout the past thirty three years, moving every one or two years, rejoicing in the good times and being steady in the bad. As an Army wife, we are our husband’s biggest supporters. We grow stronger throughout the years, through deployments, moves and the responsibilities of being both mother and father when left alone. Our love of country becomes entwined with our love and pride in our husband.

General Petraeus has done a magnificent job in Iraq, throughout his years, not only in this recent deployment. He’s been in harms’ way just like the rest of our troops. To watch a beloved husband treated like a common criminal on a witness stand by his Democrat inquisitors had to make Mrs. Petraeus sick at heart. I remember what the Democrats did to Judge Alito’s wife.

The only word in Duty, Honor, Country the Democrat Party understands is duty. They believe it is their duty to rule. It’s not. After this week’s disgusting display I suspect the Democrats will be set aside like a potted plant.

01 Aug 2007 02:47 pm

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Now that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has been released from the hospital and the usual suspect/leftists are (hopefully) recovering from their convulsive fits of glee at another person’s distress, some of us have been thinking about the effects epilepsy has on the lives of loved ones who suffer from the condition.

Jack Lewis has an interesting post up about his own problem with “benign idiopathic seizures.”

In 1983 I had a grand mal seizure. I’d suffered for years from short “black outs” following periods of lack of sleep. The neurologist put me on seizure medication that summer to see if it could control it, but as I left for college that August I forgot the medicine. Being August, in Arkansas, in a dorm with no air-conditioning, I got very little sleep that first night back, and the next morning rather than a simple “black-out” I had a full-blown seizure. I was on the medication until 1997 when a different neurologist wanted to see if my original seizure was caused by going off the medicine too quickly. I went off the medicine slowly, and everything seemed fine, for several months until one morning I again had a seizure.

Epilepsy also runs in my family. My grandmother developed it as an adult after she gave birth to my mother. She was advised to have no more children. My grandmother suffered grand mal seizures for the rest of her life but it didn’t stop her one iota. She was a brilliant person who went to college at the age of sixteen with a chemistry scholarship. She and my grandfather ran a dry cleaning business and after my grandfather’s death at the age of sixty kept the business going for quite a few years. She never drove a car but that didn’t stop her from getting where she wanted to go. She walked.

In our family the seizures were called spells.

When my mother was in her mid-thirties she suffered a grand mal seizure while in a college class and after she arrived at the hospital had another one. Tests indicated that she also suffered from epilepsy so she went on medication and has never suffered another seizure.

I do think that high intelligence brings with it a tendency to overuse certain areas of the brain. My son’s best friend has also been diagnosed with epilepsy. It first occurred when he was a teen, then went away until his mid-twenties when it returned with a vengeance. He is unable to drive but that hasn’t stopped him. He is a missionary currently serving in Africa.

Growing up with relatives who suffered from epilepsy may have made life more serious to me. I do remember how scared it made me when my own little brother suffered some seizures and I was the one who discovered them. He outgrew the malady, thankfully, by his teens.

But I will never forget one summer day when I was about ten, sitting with my family at my brother’s baseball game and a man fell to the ground with a grand mal seizure. The crowd grew very quiet except for some teenagers who started to point and laugh. A man jumped out of the bleachers and gave assistance to the seizing man and another woman took on the laughing punks. I still remember the looks on the kids’ faces when she was finished with them.

May Chief Justice John Roberts long serve our country on the Supreme Court, rendering justice and wise decisions. I wish that same fierce lady was around today to take on the leftist adolescents praying for Robert’s demise.

27 Jun 2007 04:17 pm

september11th

I remember the “good old days” after 911 when our nation was united against the evil and destruction inflicted on our country. The attacks by Al Qaeda on September 11th, 2001 were targeted at our economic, political and military class. Because of brave, everyday Americans on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania the political class didn’t suffer the devastation intended for them. The Capitol and the White House were saved.

Thanks to the Americans on United Flight 93.

The unity didn’t last long, however. The political class buttoned up their mouths for a while but when the polls (which are the Holy Writ in the Federal Church of the Congressionals) indicated that President Bush’s job approval was in the stratosphere, the Daschles, Schumers and Leahys went to work. They demanded that President Bush take action even at the same time the Pentagon plans to attack the Taliban in Afghanistan were being finalized. In October, 2001 Daschles’ office received a letter laced with Anthrax.

When the war in Afghanistan seemed to be going badly, Daschle and company became more bold in their attacks on the President.

When President Bush presented the evidence before the UN of Saddam Hussein’s refusal to account for his WMD the Democrat operatives in the CIA, State Department, and Department of Justice went to work overtime.

Hollywood liberals went into action against President Bush and his Herculean efforts to secure our countries national security by painting it as repressive against the citizens of our country.

Today subpoenas were issued against the White House demanding documents on the warrentless wiretapping program. This is a program that has been credited with helping to ensure that our country hasn’t suffered another devastating attack. The Democrats are in open war against President Bush and whether or not the country suffers too is of no significance to them.

The Democrats seem to be the ubiquitous man with no country.

That President Bush has joined with them in the Kennedy McCain amnesty bill is stunning to me. Our borders need to be secure to prevent more attacks from terrorists. I believe the president’s reasons for supporting the bill are different from the Democrats but he has alienated so many of us who support him in the War on Terror that I fear our chances of winning in Iraq will be hurt.

Victor Davis Hanson writes at National Review Online.

That the war has morphed once again into one largely against al Qaeda and Islamic terrorists is lost on critics. All the old bogeymen — Ashcroft, Bremmer, Feith, Libby, Pearl, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz — are gone. But the media and opposition searches for new ones to blame for a policy they largely once endorsed. Witness the new slurring of the Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Pace as incompetent and Gen. Petraeus — our most innovative commander in a generation — as less than candid and not in touch with operations under his command.

The war against our national defense has been joined not only by the Democrats and the media but also (sadly) by the Republican Senators from Indiana and Ohio.

Today, average Americans are not being listened to by the Political class. Our attempts to express our opinions about the “shamnesty” bill are being met with arrogance and derision. It’s as if we the people still believe that we are one nation under God but our “betters” in Washington D.C. have lost that faith.

That is why I feel nostalgic about the days after September 11th, 2001. While they were shocking, sad and horrific, for a few months we could see ourselves as a nation clearly. We knew we had a battle to fight. We had the chance to unite and defend our land. Today our political class is giving it all away.

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