January 2006

31 Jan 2006 10:11 pm

President Bush’s State of the Union address is over and is now being dissected. I saw some of the analysis on Fox News with Brit Hume’s round table and can’t understand the yawning pessimism. The speech as a whole was great. The president’s delivery was energetic, serious and at times very witty. He hit a homerun.

A Revealing Moment………

The president drew the Democrats out with his statement on social security. He paused momentarily, tricking them into revealing themselves as the negative do nuthins they are. Imagine. Jumping up and cheering about not saving Social Security. Hillary seemed really happy about it. And yet she couldn’t crack a smile when the president said something kind about Bill Clinton.

Bill Kristol wasn’t impressed with much of the speech and seemed especially disappointed with the president’s handling of Iran.

Here’s part of the president’s remarks on Iran…..

The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions – and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.

I wasn’t disappointed in the soft talk at all and think President Bush was wise to address the people of Iran instead of the terror mullahs. What does Bill Kristol expect President Bush to say to the extremists in charge of that country? In hostage situations many times authorities address the hostages instead of the hostage takers. That is what the president was doing. Appealing to the Iranian students and others who have access to television and the internet. Thinking, rational people. People who may desire freedom.

That the president addressed the Iranian people as he did is somewhat unsettling but not surprising. In a past SOTU address President Bush named Iran along with North Korea as countries in an Axis of Evil. There is now even more evidence that it is true. The president let Iran and North Korea know in no uncertain tones where they stood with our country then and he was very clear in a much more subtle way in tonight’s SOTU. He went over the heads of the terror mullahs and spoke to the people.

Very Reaganesque and appropriate. The words were less forceful but the meaning was clearly serious. 2006 is going to be a very serious year.

31 Jan 2006 06:36 pm

The President is on. That tone of voice is there. It’s killing Hillary. She’s shaking her head. She hates that freedom is on the march. We are in a long war against a determined enemy. Tonight the President asks for support for our military. Hillary’s chewing gum. She’s angry.

UPDATE: It’s over and President Bush gave a rousing speech. Transcript here. I don’t know what is wrong with Bill Kristol. He didn’t like it.

31 Jan 2006 06:17 pm

Fox News is reporting that Cindy Sheehan was removed inside the gallery after she attempted to unfurl an anti-war banner. The state of that woman’s mind is not strong, and not going to get any stronger.

I picked the tie. I knew the President would wear a blue tie so I posted a photo of him in one. I was right. The photo I posted looks exactly like the one he is wearing. Blue. He is President of the blue states as well as the red.

He says “We love our freedom and we will fight to keep it.”

31 Jan 2006 04:09 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing President Bush deliver the State of the Union speech tonight. I’m going to just sit back and do nothing but listen and watch the man who becomes greater with every passing year.

I’m especially going to be savoring the fact that we now have two fine new Supreme Court Justices thanks to President Bush and with the leak of the news that the NSA is monitoring International calls I’m feeling just a little more secure. (although I suppose I shouldn’t since the crafty terrorists have probably changed their methods of communication thanks to the New York Times.)

But like the Anchoress I am nervous about the whole deal tonight. Having everyone in government in one room seems a little risky in these war times. And worse, Cindy Sheehan will be there.

On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Hugh just stated that he knows President Bush will be informed of Sheehan’s presence and although she has stated that she will be respectful the president has to know there may be an eruption from her. Hewitt wants to know what President Bush will do about it.

I know what he will do. He will be kind, and a gentleman. He will acknowledge her pain but he will do more than that. The President will honor the memory of Cindy Sheehan’s son, Casey. He has been forgotten by the media in the long fifteen minutes of Cindy Sheehan but President Bush has not forgotten the troops. He will honor Casey Sheehan’s life of service and Ms. Sheehan’s loss but he will not miss a step. He will go on. He is the President of the United States.

President Bush has such an amazing spirit to be able to live his life in such a public way…….. enduring the venom directed at him at every press event and in so many media markets. To even suggest that the man lives in a bubble is as inane as it is insane.

Lorie Byrd pretty much captured what I would like to hear the president say tonight so I won’t go into that. I’m not only going to watch the speech tonight but I’m going to listen to President Bush’s voice. Not just to the words but to the warm timbre of the voice. You can tell a lot by tones of voices. My husband won me because of that. There was just something there, a warmth and a confidence that made me feel I could trust myself to him. It’s been proven true.

President Bush’s soft but firm sounding voice is sometimes lost when the words get tangled on his tongue but I recommend to the readers of this blog to listen to his voice in addition to the words he is delivering in his speech. Or listen to his voice first and watch the speech later if that is too difficult a task.

I’m betting that you will find a lot of toughness in that voice and that may tell us even more than the words express.

31 Jan 2006 04:02 am

They can’t force them to participate and most are not.

Legislators are wringing their hands over a federally mandated $1.1 million welfare-to-work program that even its managers say doesn’t appear to be working.

A legislative committee heard last month that about 20 percent of those eligible for the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program participated last year, and that of the 5,070 people who did participate, just 6 percent — about 300 — got jobs.“You can’t keep pouring money down a rat hole forever,” Rep. LeRoy Daugeau, D-Wynne, said during a meeting of the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee.

“You are not having any success with this program, so maybe some evaluation needs to be done,” said Rep. Betty Pickett, D-Conway, adding that while the goal of the program is good, the money needs to be spent more efficiently.The discussion illustrated the problems many lawmakers have with federally mandated and federally funded programs.

31 Jan 2006 03:41 am

Could this have anything to do with this?

30 Jan 2006 07:55 pm

What happened in Vegas to Senator John Ensign (Republican, Nevada) this morning on the way to the airport to get back to D.C. for the cloture vote caused him to stay in Vegas. Convenient huh? Didn’t work though.

30 Jan 2006 03:55 pm

John Kerry too depressed to yodel.

After the vote for cloture (72-25) Ted Kennedy marches out of the Senate.

Michelle Malkin liveblogs the meltdown.

KENNEDY: …All you have to do, Mr. President, is look back into the history. Look back into the history of the judiciary. Look back to the history of the 5th Circuit, that were (sic) making the decisions in the 1950s. Look at the record of Judge Wisdom. Judge Tuttle. Judge Johnson of Alabama.

The courage that they demonstrated that said that at last we are going to break down the walls of discrimination in this country, that have gripped this nation for 200 years. Our founding fathers failed the test when they wrote slavery into the Constitution!

(He’s screaming.)

Abraham Lincoln pointed the way and we passed the 13th, 14th, 15th amendment and had a civil war. But we didn’t resolve this issue. It was only ’til we had the courage of those members of what branch of government? Not the US Congress. Not the US Senate. Not the executive. The Judiciary! The 5th Circuit!

(Screaming again.)

We’re talking now about the Supreme Court. But they are the ones who changed this country inevitably with what we call the march to progress. The march towards knocking down the walls of discrimination that permitted us to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and public accomodations so people who’s skin was not white who could go into restaurants and hotels.

Public accomodations. The ‘65 act for voting. Voting rights. The ‘68 act. The public accomodations. The 1973 act that said that women are going to treated equally. The Americans with Disabilities Act that said that the disabled are going to be part of the American family.

All of that is part of the march for progress.

And my friends, the one organization, the one institution that protects it is THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!

(Screaming at the top of his lungs.)

Too much blood has been shed in those battles. Too much sweat. Too many tears. To. Put. At. Risk. That. March. For. Progress.

(Banging podium. Voice cracking.)

And that is what we are doing

(voice quavering)

with this nominee. HE FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE before this Judiciary Committee that he was committed to the continued march for progress…


30 Jan 2006 02:53 pm

Mary Katharine Ham on Hugh Hewitt’s blog posts the news that Washington, Pennsylvania has changed its name.

The mayor and city council of the town of Washington, Pa. voted unanimously this weekend to change the town’s name for the week of the Super Bowl to avoid any confusion about which team its 15,000 residents were supporting.
Washington, Pa. is now Steeler, Pa.

My daughter went to Washington and Jefferson for three years before transferring to the University of Oklahoma and still keeps in touch with her friends there. I used to love to go to see her on that campus. It’s really pretty. Even back a few years ago they were Steeler crazy in that town. Steeler bumper stickers were on almost every car. The college students’ cars too.

This little town while small has a lot of history. (The Whiskey Rebellion, etc..) Washington and Jefferson is the eleventh oldest college in the nation.

30 Jan 2006 05:04 am

Is America actually in a state of war? asks James Carroll in the Boston Globe. My contention is that this guy knows the answer but is in a state of denial.

The so-called ‘’insurgents,” who wreak such havoc, are not America’s enemy. They are not our rivals for territory. They are not our ideological antagonists. Abstracting from the present confrontation, they have no reason to wish us ill.

Now the leftists have changed their tack. Just after 911 they were blaming our country and its policies for the terrorists rage. We were at fault. Now we’re still in the wrong but our enemies have no reason to wish us ill. What logic.

I am nervous about the State of the Union speech tomorrow night. Everyone in our government will be there. There is such hatred for President Bush in the Democrat party that I am wondering how well the Secret Service will be checking them.

Don’t want to go there but will be glad when it is over.

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