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28 Jan 2009 10:04 pm

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It has been eight days since the much ballyhooed inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. The Wide Awake Cafe has kept the coffee locked up tightly in the canisters on the back shelves of the store. No froth, no cream, no lattes, and not even any weak tea has been offered while this proprietor has been hiding and watching the new administration march forward to the brave new world that was promised to us by the One.

After one week, has the One lost his aura of majestic Oneness?

What is in the privy council of this prince, Obama? What kind of treasure trove of artifacts will we find after eight days?

I’ve been studying the deep history of the first eight days of the Era of Obama and so far, the Hope and Change that we have all been promised has been much more like the Gloomy shades of a Tim Burton movie. Obama’s cast the great Rush Limbaugh as his evil nemesis. Nancy Pelosi’s been put in her place, Biden’s had a few forelocks plucked and some Republicans, in the senate, in their desire to please the great Obama seem to want to belong to another party altogether, say the Wannabe tribe.

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Never before in my lifetime (except perhaps the presidency of Jimmy Carter) has there been such a dour outlook coming out of the White House but at 12:01 pm on January 20th there was no mistaking who was in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama started out in office by peddling fear of the future to the American people. Not fear of foreign attack, but fear of loss of jobs. In most, if not all of his news conferences in the past eight days, the president has promoted a list of new job losses, using this as fodder for his massive 800 billion dollar stimulus plan. (all 1,588-pages of the big pieces of pork that he calls economic stimulus)

The news media, of course, plays along with the president, they get the talking points every morning. And when the press doesn’t cooperate with Obama, he lets them have it.

Obama’s pressing hard to pass the stimulus bill quickly (before people read the small print) declaring “we don’t have a moment to spare.”

Everything you ever want to know (or don’t want to know) about the stimulus is at Read the Stimulus. Hat tip: Powerline

That’s some deep reading.

Surprisingly, Republicans are holding on to their wallets and are not supporting the great Obama in his quest to take America over the edge into socialism even though he has invited them over to the White House for cocktails tonight.

What will they be putting in the drinks? After giving such a resounding NO to Obama congressional Republicans may want to take along some food tasters. Not one Republican in the House voted for the Democrat Crap Sandwich. The GOP actually stood up and said no. This will be a stand that will sting the O in the Oval. The privy will not be pleased. Nevertheless, this must be done for the sake of our country and our children and generations to come.

Dick Morris wrote the following on January 20th…

But in the name of a largely unsuccessful effort to end the Depression, Roosevelt passed crucial and permanent reforms that have dominated our lives ever since, including Social Security, the creation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, unionization under the Wagner Act, the federal minimum wage and a host of other fundamental changes.

Obama’s record will be similar, although less wise and more destructive. He will begin by passing every program for which liberals have lusted for decades, from alternative-energy sources to school renovations, infrastructure repairs and technology enhancements. These are all good programs, but they normally would be stretched out for years. But freed of any constraint on the deficit — indeed, empowered by a mandate to raise it as high as possible — Obama will do them all rather quickly.

But it is not his spending that will transform our political system, it is his tax and welfare policies. In the name of short-term stimulus, he will give every American family (who makes less than $200,000) a welfare check of $1,000 euphemistically called a refundable tax credit. And he will so sharply cut taxes on the middle class and the poor that the number of Americans who pay no federal income tax will rise from the current one-third of all households to more than half. In the process, he will create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks from the government. The dependency on the dole, formerly limited in pre-Clinton days to 14 million women and children on Aid to Families with Dependent Children, will now grow to a clear majority of the American population.

There have been the myths of one sort or another before the election, but what is the reality of the man who’s first call to a foreign official from the Oval office was to Palestinian President Abbas; his first foreign interview was given to Al Arabiya, the Arabic-language satellite news channel; one of his first actions was to issue an executive order to close Guantanamo within a year. Where to house the terror detainees apparently hasn’t been decided. Sixty-two detainees released from the U.S. Navy base prison in Cuba are believed to have rejoined the fight against America so should Congressman John Murtha get his wish to house the detainees in his district in Pennsylvania we will see how well his constituents take that bit of news. So far, they’ve voted for him no matter what, despite the long list of verbal abuse he’s heaped on them so what’s a few homicidal jihadis in the mix?

Just eight days into his presidency, Obama’s soft approach to diplomacy has brought a strong reaction from Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded today that Obama apologize for sixty years of crimes committed against Iran by the United States.

The hardline leader also called on Washington to withdraw its troops from across the world as a proof of Mr Obama’s commitment to change.

“You were standing against the Iranian people in the past 60 years,” Mr Ahmadinejad said during an address in the western region of Khermenshah that was broadcast by state television.

“Those who speak of change must apologise to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran.”

As to the troops, he said he expected two kinds of “deep and fundamental” change.

So Obama still thinks he can negotiate with this mad man? His administration has been drafting a letter to Iran since November?

And yet, he told the Republicans to get in line because he won.

Republicans, moderates and of course, the news media were praising Obama’s appointments to the cabinet during the transition and the Republicans, at least, had some faint hope that things would turn out better than they are in truth turning out to be. We are in for a fight as the Republicans in elected office are finding out.

Eight days of silence to watch the many reversals of Bush administration policies which kept our country safe and the despicable reversal of the Mexico City policy. The Obama administration is reversing former President George W. Bush’s climate change policies in order to allow states to raise fuel efficiency standards. How will this schizophrenic policy assist the auto industry as it struggles to get out of the red?

Eight days in, it’s not looking good. President Obama tried to walk through a window at the White House today.

09 Nov 2008 04:43 pm

The thoughts below might seem cranky, yes. A little over the top, yes. One might think the proprietor of Wide Awake Cafe has succumbed to Obama Derangement Syndrome.

But perhaps not.

Neo Neocon writes in Pajamas Media:

First some definitions. When we talk about ODS, or Obama Derangement Syndrome, we are obviously referencing its precursor, BDS — Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Neither phenomenon consists of mere dislike of the policies of the person in question. That’s allowed. One can even distrust the person or think he is lying, if there is evidence for it.

Neo Neocon continues:

That’s the important part: evidence from behavior in the present. Although we are all emotionally driven in our lives — and there’s nothing wrong with that; who would want to be surrounded by Star Trekian Spocks? — at certain times and places there’s a need to put emotions on the back burner and attempt to evaluate things in the cold harsh light of reason.

Yes, there are reasons to fear that Obama has a far left agenda, based on his history, some of his own statements, and his associations. There are even reasons to believe that whether he does or doesn’t have such an agenda himself, he will lack the inclination (or perhaps the backbone) to stop the far left agenda of those with the power to pass bills — in other words, the hugely Democratic Congress and its leaders Reid and Pelosi.

This is an uncertain time. One now sees the news media second guessing themselves as they digest the election and the fact that their favorite, Barack Obama was indeed, elected.

Now they are discussing how little is really known about Barack Obama and what is really going to shake out with the economy and taxes and Wall Street.

The fact that so little is known about Barack Obama is of course, due to the lack of curiosity of that very same media.

It’s still quite apparent that to the media, their man, Barack Obama can and will do no wrong.

During the unending presidential campaign one item that stood out in plain sight but was never questioned by any American reporter was the fact that the daughters of Barack Obama were not given Christmas gifts by their parents.

Not one gift.

Does that mean there was no tree in the home of Barack and Michelle Obama? After all, one would think that if there were a tree in the home that it would have been incredibly cruel to the children if there were not at least two gifts under the tree on Christmas morn for the daughters.

No stockings at least? No lumps of coal?

What does this portend for our nations’ celebration of Christmas?

Will Christmas still be a National Holiday?

Will the next four years be an era of four seasons but never Christmas?

Although People Magazine let slip the news about the Obama’s cultural lifestyle in their lovingly portrayed puff piece the national news media ignored it.

Politico’s Mike Allen delivered a soft pat on the back to Obama.

However, the Brits noticed and ran with it.

In a magazine interview Obama and his wife Michelle revealed that one of their steadfast house rules is not giving Christmas or birthday presents to Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven.

The couple explained that they spend “hundreds” on birthday slumber parties and want to “teach some limits”. Santa Claus is still permitted to deliver seasonal gifts however.

The girls are also given an allowance of just $1 (50p) a week for performing household chores, according to People magazine. Those chores include making their own bed, setting and clearing the dinner table and putting themselves to bed by 8.30pm.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

So Santa is still in the mix. Gives us some hope I suppose. But only seasonally. Not at Christmas.

Still unsettling, given the slip of the tongue a nervous Obama had in a George Stephanopoulos interview earlier this summer while speaking about his “Muslim faith.” The ever helpful George immediately corrected him and of course, everyone in the media gave Obama a pass.

So, yes, Virginia there may still be some hope. But not so for many of the adults in this country who could see beyond the slogans of hope and change.

But God is still in His Heaven. (Just don’t tell Christopher)

One Hitchens brother sees through the swooning of the 53% and the media.

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

The very sober conclusion to Peter Hitchen’s article needs to be read over and over by those who still love our country and want it to remain free.

I was in Washington DC the night of the election. America’s beautiful capital has a sad secret. It is perhaps the most racially divided city in the world, with 15th Street – which runs due north from the White House – the unofficial frontier between black and white. But, like so much of America, it also now has a new division, and one which is in many ways much more important. I had attended an election-night party in a smart and liberal white area, but was staying the night less than a mile away on the edge of a suburb where Spanish is spoken as much as English, plus a smattering of tongues from such places as Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan.

As I walked, I crossed another of Washington’s secret frontiers. There had been a few white people blowing car horns and shouting, as the result became clear. But among the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities, there was something like ecstasy.

They grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.

These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.

They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?

The question remains, is it already too late? Will we, the conservative Republicans, the 46%, after all the disappointments of the 2008 campaign and the ups and downs of the past eight years make the decision to give up and go the way of the Whigs?

Will we forget Sarah Palin, and let the smearers of the left in the Republican Party have their way? Will we start to rebuild our party with solid, conservative economic and social Reagan principles? Or will we merely attempt to ugh, rebrand ourselves?

Or will we simply go to sleep?

Or, worse, than that, will this be the replacement for Christmas?

If so, the Third World will be our destiny. Christmas will never be the same.

01 Aug 2008 03:50 pm

The great Rush Limbaugh celebrates twenty years of broadcast excellence today. We are all much richer for this wonderful man and his monumental, golden voice expressing conservative, honest, original views.

I discovered Rush in early 1993 while our family was stationed at Fort Drum. My husband was deployed to Somalia at the time and we were deep into winter in the north country. Bill Clinton had just taken over the White House and I felt pretty lonely in my winter of discontent. Although I was disappointed that Bill Clinton had been elected I did not at any time feel ashamed of my country. I was an Army wife and had at that point, along with my family, seen a lot of our country and had lived overseas.

What I saw in our country was good but you would never know it if you listened to NPR or watched the three television networks and CNN.

So when I discovered a voice on the radio that expressed my views with humor and exuberance I made sure to find out who he was and began to listen everyday.

Until that time there was no reason to listen to A.M. radio. Since our family traveled a great deal and sometimes late into the night we were always looking for something interesting to listen to. The kids of course wanted to listen to rock music but if I had the wheel of the car I wanted to listen to news and talk. National Public Radio was usually the only choice I had but I was constantly disgusted with the liberal tone expressed.

After discovering Rush I made sure to listen for the full three hours but when we were stationed in Heidelberg, Germany Rush’s show was only carried for one hour on Armed Forces Radio. We discovered that we could listen for the full three hours on the internet. What a blessing. All the Armed Forces Television Network offered us at the time was network broadcasting. Katie Couric’s morning show and The View were broadcast several times a day. Then there was CNN International, an outright anti-American outfit.

One March my husband and I were down in the computer room with my brother who was visiting. He had come over to Germany with his fellow active duty National Guardsmen to train in the Warfighter exercize and was able to spend a few days with us. My brother, husband and I were sitting down in the basement (which is where our computers were) and were listening to Rush. He said, “It’s Lucy from Fort Smith, Arkansas.” My brother and I looked at each other and smiled. It was our sister calling Rush. She asked him if she could say hello to her brother, sister, and her sister’s husband who were in Germany. Of course Rush said yes.

That’s one of the aspects of the magic of Rush Limbaugh. Rush’s broadcast touched four Americans very specially on that day and he continues to inform educate, entertain, and express conservative outlooks on political and cultural issues.

Thank goodness for Rush. May he continue to rule the radio airwaves until, as he says, everyone agrees with him.