Sunday, February 28, 2010

Psalm 44



1We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.

2How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.

3For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

4Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

5Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

6For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

7But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.

8In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

9But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.

10Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

11Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

13Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

14Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

15My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

16For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

17All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

18Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

19Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

20If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

21Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

22Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

23Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

26Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.

Tuba Skinny in New Orleans

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Dems Who Claim to Be Compassionate Show None for Trig: I Would Be Careful How Much Power I Give to People Who's Feelings Are Dictated by an Agenda

The Democrats often talk about how much more compassionate they are than others. But if they gleefully enjoy an attack on a powerless toddler because it fits some political agenda they have shown that there are severe limits to their compassion. They are too ready to mold their feelings to agendas and quotas set from on high for their feelings to be seen as any more than a conditioned response to orders from their leaders. These do not qualify as actual human feelings originating in the heart. In the end they are not distinguished by having compassion but rather by a near nonhuman readiness to follow orders and mold themselves to some norm they have little or no part in creating.
I would be afraid to give such people any power in the run-from-Washington health care system they want to institute. Who and what they will find worthy of receiving support and resources will be in constant flux. They are too conditioned to take direction from above. Their leadership will rule by fiat and they see it as their duty to obey. The shallowness and inconstancy of their feelings indicts them as unworthy to run or design a humane healthcare system.


h/t: therightscoop.com

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Republicans Came Out Ahead Seems to Be the Consensus of Gergen and this CNN Panel: Watch Out Dems, If You've Even Lost CNN You're Effed!!

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h/t: HotAir.com

I watched a little more than three hours of the summit. I could only take so much. Boring as it was, it was more interesting than I expected. How many times can you listen to the same points made again and again and how much reminder do you want in a couple of hours that people getting health care are sick, having rough times and often do not have every thing going their way? People going through rough times have a rough time of it. I get it. Waxman might want me to believe that the federal government can make the boo-boo all better. But you have to wonder, if they will not listen to the reality of how it will all be paid for by borrowing too much and printing more and more worthless greenbacks and they will ignore the endless beat of opinion polls that all seem to show strong public disgust with their plan, well, you have to wonder if people who will so ignore present reality can help create anything but a perverse alternative that the willingly deaf and blind have fated for themselves and anyone who will listen to them.
My initial description of the summit went like this: "It was like a strange kind of liar's poker game.. The Dem says I'll ignore 37% of what you say and I'll make a statement that you will certainly ignore 74% of because you're owned by an insurance company. And the Republican limps in with a statement with an unacknowledged but complete neglect of 42% of what the Dem said and 53% of what he says is ignored by the president. And on around the table it goes." I sent this off to the B Cast and Scott read it on the air. (He will no longer give me credit by name for my rare contributions and I don't know why. I do know that I have a unique talent for pissing people off and I often can never figure out why. I am socially phobic and congenitally incapable of picking up lots of social cues. So there is communication going on all around me all the time that I am not even aware of and do not have a clue of how to read. So I'm figuring that it is just another one of those kinds of things with the B Cast. When I was younger I alternated between ignoring that this even existed and suffering horribly from it. Now I see myself as too old to change much so it still causes me problems from time to time and it does hurt a little but, mostly, now I just accept it as part of who I am and accept that it is going to kick my ass from time to time, and so be it.)

Mr. nonunion-member, average income loyal Democratic voter can kiss any chance of having any influence on the head of his party good-bye if , , ,





The passage of the legislation in the House and the Senate that has come to be called health care reform is not in the best interest of many if not most Democrats. They will be better off in the long run if these bills die quick deaths. Even a slow death will be in the best interest of most rank and file Democrats.
Thus far Barack Obama has not been seen to take input from any part of the Democratic Party that did not give him large campaign contributions. With Team Obama, having just voted for the president and maybe having given him a few hundred dollars is a quick ticket to nowhere. They are not interested in your opinion and would prefer that you just shut up and do as you are told. Part of me says that this is typical of the authoritarian nature of the Democratic Party. But I also realize that it is also part of the nature of large organizations. Also, my freshman poli sci professor taught us that one of the three main laws of political science is: what have you done for me lately. (Number two was ‘it all depends on whose ox is being gored’ and, now, forty four years later I can never remember number three).
If the president gets his killer bill passed in the near future Mr. nonunion-member, average income loyal Democratic voter can kiss any chance of having any influence on the head of his party good-bye. If the president gets his way here then Obama and his top advisors will be so full of themselves that there will not be enough space in any normal, gigantic room in DC for both their heads and any person who is not giving them large sums of money.
So my humble plea to average Democrats is please do not reinforce the president’s ingrained habit of ignoring normal people. Please for the sake of all Americans and for the sake of the democratic ideal make him work harder and really listen to just regular people for a change. Please do not back him on this and give him no reason, except for the occasional CSPAN moment, to leave the back rooms with the fat cats. Please give him some real motivation to stick to his campaign promise to be the president of all Americans. Do you remember that promise that was often repeated in the campaign? It is hard to remember because he went to Washington and has not taken input from normal people. He has pretty much stuck around other Democrats, in back rooms and with fat cats. Please help free our president from these bonds. Please give him a good reason to get rid of his ineffective advisors and give him reason to actually listen to common, everyday Americans.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Musee des Beaux Arts

About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Brueghel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

Ex-Planned-Parenthood Employee Abby Johnson (Now Pro-Life) Interviewed by Mike Huckabee

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Vacation



I have not taken any significant time off from this site since I started it. So I’ve decided to give it a bit of a rest for a week. I will still do some posting. And I will update the classic car pics and the Most Beautiful Woman of the Day from time to time since I find those responsibilities fun. And I will continue to change the header picture many times a day.
I am planning on relaxing more but I also would like to spend some of the time making some posts on my other site The Chinese Jar.
I hope you miss me a little and stay with the site because I have no plan to give it up. But I do crave a short break

The Statue of Liberty v. Colossus of Rhodes Beck's Keynote at CPAC

The info about the very deep depression of 1920 that has been largely ignored by progressive historians is worth hearing. Apparently the 'Great' depression of the 30s receives the title 'great' mainly because it was created, deepened, sustained, managed and used as a PR tool by progressive historians.


h/t: HotAir.com

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Keynote Speakers at CATPAC

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Andrew Breitbart at CPAC

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So, Andy Bright is finally going to launch Big Education and open a front against the deceit and anti-Americanism on our campuses. This is so essential to blunting the way liberals just coast by intellectually and emotionally strong arming kids who so often lack the ability to defend themsleves.

Let's Call Global Warming Climate Change. Better Yet, How About We Just Call it 'Shut Up Your Excuses' ??

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My Thoughts on My Thoughts on My Thughts








When I started this blog a couple of years ago my main goals were to fill some time while I was retired. I had planned to write about some subjects I find interesting and tell some stories readers might find interesting. I had planned to write about some of the things I have seen in almost three decades of working as a nurse. I also thought I might write about some of my other adventures such as the times I was involved in protests against the Viet Nam War. I wanted to write about books and movies. And I thought I might reproduce some good old poetry that I have enjoyed. And as time progressed I found I could also add music that I enjoy.
I had always wanted to write about mythopoeic thought and bring it to a wider audience. I did write about mythopoeic thought early on. But what I wrote was not very good. Maybe someday I’ll take it up again. The poetry on the blog is never anything but older, out of copyright greats. The poems I post are ones that I have enjoyed. And I often think that others might enjoy the insights in them or the unusual imagery that sometimes catches my attention. A few weeks ago I posted a poem by the ancient Greek lawgiver Solon. I felt that my readers might enjoy observing the difference between his way of looking at the world in contrast to some of the ways our contempories see it.
The basic theme was that I would create something on the net that would mirror my interests and what I find important. I was semi-successful at that until the recent election. Then I became near totally obsessed with politics. As I saw such a yawning gap between what I discovered about Barack Obama’s history and what was being presented by the MSM I think I might have had some delusion that I was not then aware of that some little blog off in a far corner of the net could help set things aright. I do know that I felt some sense of mission. And my blog became almost all political (with rare intrusions of poetry and music).
I have started a separate blog to write about books and provide background material for understanding the classics (it’s The Chinese Jar, named from an image in a favorite poem). And I have gotten pretty comfortable with this blog now being mostly about politics. There continues to be poetry and music from time to time. Sometimes I wonder if my readers are even interested in the music and poetry. I know that I was gratified to know that my father greatly enjoyed my posts of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Tuba Skinny. But music and poetry will stay since there are not marketing decisions that must be made here. I have never make a cent off this blog and do not expect to ever make any money from it. So I might as well make myself happy.
I do not always enjoy writing. But sometimes some idea or theme will grab hold of my imagination and I will not let go of it until I feel comfortable posting it or I have made such a mash of it that I put it aside. I do not find writing easy. It requires lots of attention and focus. And since I have diabetes and mild kidney disease I have limited energy. I can seldom write more than an hour a day. So anything requiring much time and effort goes slowly for me. Fortunately or unfortunately as it may be, I usually have some idea that has gained some hold on me that sits in a file waiting to be continued or finished.
Just as I do not methodically and rationally come to ideas to write about I have a similar approach to choosing video clips to be posted. I look at many every day just as part of my effort ot stay informed. And the ones that end up on my blog are the few that some loud, intuitive voice within says, “Yes, we need this one. This one helps paint the picture of the world we want to convey.” I seldom consciously override that voice. The main reason I would override it is usually a conviction that the clip in question is too widely disseminated already and I do not want to subject my readers to another appearance of it.
That is a quick overview of how I have experienced my change in mission over the couple of years that I’ve produced this blog. I intend to keep it mostly politics. There will be a little poetry (I hate to think of life without poetry). And there will be music of all kinds. My favorite finds recently are Hayley Westenra, the Chocolate Drops and Tuba Skinny. I’m sure they will continue to appear along with some of the pop hits of my youth, good swing and jazz and some opera. And sometimes I get on a Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach, Scarlatti, etc. kick that is sure to manifest itself on the blog.
I am open to suggestions and like input. But except for a few fairly regular individuals, I get little. Go ahead and tell me what you think.

Republicans in Congress Are ALSO Unable to Say 'No' to Pork

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h/t: HotAir,com

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Rattler



Carolina Chocolate Drops and Mercedez Benz

A Rhyme about an Electrical Advertising Sign

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I look on the specious electrical light
Blatant, mechanical, crawling and white,
Wickedly red or malignantly green
Like the beads of a young Senegambian queen.
Showing, while millions of souls hurry on,
The virtues of collars, from sunset till dawn,
By dart or by tumble of whirl within whirl,
Starting new fads for the shame-weary girl,
By maggoty motions in sickening line
Proclaiming a hat or a soup or a wine,
While there far above the steep cliffs of the street
The stars sing a message elusive and sweet.

Now man cannot rest in his pleasure and toil
His clumsy contraptions of coil upon coil
Till the thing he invents, in its use and its range,
Leads on to the marvellous CHANGE BEYOND CHANGE.
Some day this old Broadway shall climb to the skies,
As a ribbon of cloud on a soul-wind shall rise.
And we shall be lifted, rejoicing by night,
Till we join with the planets who choir their delight.
The signs in the street and the signs in the skies
Shall make a new Zodiac, guiding the wise,
And Broadway make one with that marvellous stair
That is climbed by the rainbow-clad spirits of prayer.

Vachel Lindsay

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Reaction to the Mount Vernon Manifesto

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h/t: NewsBusters

The Bulwark of the State

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Not in hewn stones, nor in well-fashioned beams,
Not in the noblest of the builder's dreams,
But in courageous men of purpose great,
There is the fortress, there the living State.

by: Alcaeus (7th-6th century B.C.)

AGW Front Is Weakening: Emotional Blackmail of Large Corporations Loosing Power

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h/t: Breitbart TV

Funny: Catholic Reporter Considers Possibility of a Luge Accident Before Realizing that Ash Wednesday Could Have Something to do with Biden's Fohead

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h/t: Breitbart TV

Mark Steyn - "Kiss Your Blooody Arse G'bye"

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Oedipus, Obama and Denial, Denial and More Denial




I recently reread ‘Oedipus the King.’ I needed the review to write something about the TV series Mad Men. The story of Oedipus is dramatic and full of insight into human nature. No big surprise that Sigmund Freud gave it top billing in his description of the workings of the human personality,
This odious semi-monster, the Sphinx has the city of Thebes blockaded and closed up. Oedipus shows up and with some clever thinking defeats the monster by solving a riddle. The people hail him and make him king. They marry him to the old, lost king’s wife. So Oedipus settles down to a happy marriage in a great new job.
All of this is wonderful until the people of the city begin dying from a plague. Oedipus is told that the plague is caused by there never having been any punishment for the murder of the old king. He’s also told that the murderer remains in the city and the deaths from the plague will not end until the man is found and punished.
So now Oedipus is pretty much drawn into the whole hero gig. He’s full of himself and convinced of his ability to make a difference. He starts smart talking the little folk and he acts like there is no way he can fail at this. Circumstances and his ego keep drawing him slowly, deeper and deeper into the search for the killer. Will find the killer? At this point, Barack Obama is somewhat like this guy. Barack defeated Hillary, McCain and Palin without breaking a sweat mainly by piercing the riddle of how to manipulate the caucus process. Plus, he inextricably seems to be the favorite of the party old guard. Maybe they just figure he is better than Hillary. Or maybe they think they can manipulate him more easily than they can Hill. And I think they’re right about that. But what a perfect example of: be careful what you wish for..
There follows much investigation into the old king and all of the circumstances surrounding his death. The further he goes the more committed Oedipus becomes to the whole quest. Solving this question becomes Oedipus’ whole life. We detect no fear in him. He seems to have not an inkling that the final answer will discomfort him in any way.
I’m beginning to notice more and more divergence from the story of Barack Obama. Once inaugurated into the presidency he talks big about lowering unemployment and bailing out those too big to fail. The plain English for ‘too big to fail’ is ‘gave money to whoever gave us money and will give to the reelection.’ Decreasing unemployment seems to be unimportant for anyone but Barack’s friends the government employees and union members. Apparently everyone else can go to hell and at a rapid rate. Not heroic!
For the first reader totally unfamiliar with the story, the dénouement is just as much a massive surprise to them as it was to Oedipus. Because, as everyone else knows, the new reader and Oedipus are in for a really, really big surprise. As he is looking for the murderer, some revelations also begin coming out about Oedipus’ genesis and youth. And this is a finely woven plot so nothing goes to waste.
It all gets down to at the inescapable fact that Oedipus was the killer. We also discover that, by a strange chain of accidents, that the old king, Laius is actually Oedipus’ father. And also Oedipus’ present wife, Jocasta is actually his mother. All of these revelations coming at once are more than a little upsetting to Oedipus. To see how all or this is finely worked out by the playwright you need to read the whole play (the judgement of the ages is that it is well worth the time and effort). Oedipus goes a little crazy and ends up gouging his eyes out. No fear of Obama seeing too much. I think the main fear is that he might not pay attention at all. Meanwhile, the plague of recession and unemployment stalks the land. I suppose if Barack and friends eat enough Kobe beef, I mean a lot of Kobe beef, the Japanese cowboys will become so rich that they might come to America on vacation and create an hotel maid job or two. But maybe Barack and Michelle will go all soft and sweet again and have another date night in New York. That won’t put any new actors to work or make a whole new cook or waiter necessary but it might mean a few bucks for the local economy. They do pay for their theatre tickets and dinner, don’t they? Well if a few dozen cops get some extra overtime that might get spent on the locals.
There is no lack of denial in this story. Obama’s inner circle is in denial that he is anything but very holy. But that is a cautionary tale. Obama has surrogates all over the place and they are spreading the denial thick and deep. The two favorite denial systems seem to be ‘It’s all Bush’s fault’ and ‘All of our critics are racists.” Yes they lay out this crap with straight faces and act like this BS belongs in a rational discussion between adults. Well, denial is whatever gets you through the night. And this worthless crap really seems to speak loudly to many a Democrats’ inner Keynes.
Obama does have some answers. Regrettably they are not to questions anyone has asked. His answers are to the straw men. And those answers might try to make him look wise and rational but they don’t do any of us any good. So plainly Obama is not the hero that is going to save us from the plague. Maybe he only thinks about the plague once or twice a week, anyway. The fine silver service and the crystal in the White House might be all the denial system the Great One needs to live and think like there is actually no plague ravaging his newly acquired kingdom Maybe we’re going to have to go to a local Tea Party and become our own heroes.

On my other blog The Chinese Jar I have posted a totally unpolitical version of this. I recommend it for those who want a little intro to the Freud's take on the myth as well

Beck on the Spending Freeze Riff in the Obama Stand Up Act

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Another of his jokes is green jobs. It's not so funny from where I sit. At the cost of a couple of regular jobs for the normal run of people Obama spends a bunch to create by fiat one very expensive job for one of his cronies. He might think that's funny. He might even think it will get him reelected. I don't quite see how misspending my money and spitting in my face and the faces of tens of millions of other Americans will make him look good.

Another Golden Oldie: AARP Ignores and Walks Out On Members

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Some Palin Advisors: David Shuster Somehow Links Most of Them to the Kidnapping of the Lindbergh Baby

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Ann Coulter on the Joke That Is Joe Biden

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Joe 'The French Threw Hezbollah Out Of Lebanon' Biden Accuses Cheney Of Inventing History

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Joe should have a grip on history before he starts accusing others of inventing some. He answers the criticism that Obama does not take this war serious by replying with the fine but ultimately meaningless argument that Cheney did not listen to the speech in which Obama even said he is taking the war serious. Joe, Obama's mere words mean little in a world where more and more people are realizing that those words are a dime a dozen and seldom honest. When Biden claims that he and Barack with their ferocity have sent al-Qaida underground you can only wonder where Joe thought AQ has been for the all these years and if Biden has been paying attention.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love and Law

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True Love is founded in rocks of Remembrance
In stones of Forbearance and mortar of Pain.
The workman lays wearily granite on granite,
And bleeds for his castle 'mid sunshine and rain.

Love is not velvet, not all of it velvet,
Not all of it banners, not gold-leaf alone.
'Tis stern as the ages and old as Religion.
With Patience its watchword, and Law for its throne.

Vachel Lindsay

DANA PERINO SAYS SHOE BOMBER & UNDERWEAR BOMBER ARE ‘APPLES AND ORANGES’

"I think the comparisons are out of wack." She explains why they are different. Apparently since she is not a Democrat operative (i. e., MSM employee) the word 'bonber' is not sufficient reason to draw an equivalence for Ms. Perino. Nuance?


h/t: Breitbart TV

Placido Domingo - M'appari

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Let Freedom Ring -- Even If The Only Reply From The MSM Is, "You Racist, Homophobe, Sexist , , , "





We are in the midst of an explosion of free speech. The general populace turning its back on the alphabets and the big newspapers and news magazines is part of the growth of free speech. It was like they used to have it all locked down tight as a closed union town: if you didn’t work for one of them you were not allowed to express yourself. And they kept a close eye on who they allowed to talk and what they could say. Their basic ‘thing’ could be summarized as: work for us and talk about what we want the way we want or you are not part of the public discussion and if you cross us we’ll savage you in every possible way, just look at the corpse of Sarah Palin suspended in the town square. If you don’t believe Sarah is dead we’ll back stab and then pummel you just as bad.
As we all know there have been a lot of changes. Talk radio has grown in popularity and become even more widespread than ten or fifteen years ago. Fox News was founded and steadily gained viewers in spite of dire warnings from the union thugs and bosses. And the internet, oh the internet! Where would James O’Keefe’s work exposing ACORN be without YouTube? And where would YouTube fit in without the net? Because of O’Keefe, Breitbart, YouTube and the internet someday many, many Americans will be saying, “If it weren’t for O’Keefe we would never have grown to know what manner of organization Barack Obama strangely felt at home with and funneled never ending taxpayer money that that Congress of liars and thieves failed to provide oversight to.” No, the fat lady has not sung on that one yet and it’s because of the net, Fox and radio free America. And there are no thanks due to those who the founders hoped would protect free speech and give some oversight to Congress. Now the individual citizen has to join with other common citizens to give some motivation to Congress to do its job..
No the MSM is a large part of the problem. Of course, they long ago sold out on their constitutional responsibilities by shutting out and attacking those they disagreed with. They have become so frightened of losing their power and position that that they have begun to label their enemies as unpatriotic. But the accusations of lack of patriotism only came because they are finally discovering that, if you work for NBC and you call most anyone who doesn’t work for NBC a racist, homophobe, sexist, whatever, whatever that the main responses become people politely ignoring you or just laughing at you.
Of course the emotional extortion and strong arm tactics are all part of the whole closed union shop thing. When the union boss is afraid of his territory being threatened by another union or workers who don’t want a union, out come the thugs and the strong arm tactics. Thus Palin in the town square and Rush and Beck and any other loud voice in opposition or just not following the party line. This goes against the values most Americans hold to so this criminal activity is losing and will continue to lose. Just get ready for lots of name calling, yelling and screaming because the MSM thugs will not end it quickly or quietly.

My Funny Valentine --- Michelle Pfeiffer

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Artie Shaw (Clarinet in jazz) Featuring Gene Krupa

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another Golden Oldie: Barack Obama and Bill Ayers

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In Honor of Valentine's Day: Patsy Cline

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Dr. Melissa Clouthier has a post titled Decadent Democrats And Republican Bums that asks the question, ""The bums didn’t listen in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Are the Republican bums listening now?"
When I can locate them, I enjoy listening to the doctor's podcasts while I take a walk.

From the B Cast from Friday Scott Baker and Liz Stephans interview Dr John C. Drew who used to be a very commited Marxist revoulutionary. Dr. Drew had a couple of discussions with Barack Obama about Marxist theory while Obama was at Occidental College. Drew says there is no doubt that Obama was a commited Marxist at that point.

Here are a couple of evenings of Glenn Beck dealing mainly with what is going on in Europe. The second has a too short appearance by Andrew Breitbart. One. Two.

JammieWearingFool covers Harry Reid letting go on the American Bar Association because they only give passable marks to one of his court nominees. Ried thinks they don't know enough about the real world. How many believe Reid knows over much about the real world?

S. E. Cupps' Diary can be enjoyable if you like a little chart about books and people and life among the lower middle class in DC.

From Jo-Joe Politico here is his list of RANDOM CONSERVATIVE BELIEFS OF MINE.

Democrat Sen. Rockefeller on Obama: 'He's Beginning To Be Not Believable To Me'

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h/t: JammieWearingFool

Well, here's a canary in the coal mine getting short of breath.

Artie Shaw & Helen Forrest - Deep Purple

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Barack Obama Could Not Bipartisan His Way Out Of A Wet Paper Bag

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What is bipartisanship anyway? Don’t ask Barack Obama. Sure he talked a lot about how he will be bipartisan during the election. And it had it’s desired effect for him. It made him look like a uniter and the Republicans look like dividers. Well, good for his lying campaign . Just don’t look any closer or Obama does not come off looking so good. He had essentially no history of ever behaving in any bipartisan manner. And once elected, in spite of the promises he engaged in no bipartisanship.
By means of his surrogates he engaged in a scorched earth policy toward any and all opponents. It was all a lie. It was merely a campaign slogan. He is such a knife in your back partisan that he might not be able to work with the other party if it meant saving his own skin. So it is good that he virtually has kept his hands off what is happening in congress. So that if bipartisanship is ever necessary and possible he will have little influence to mess it up. Thankfully he is remains ignorant about the workings of Congress and why he might help himself there. And he is not building bridges. His main effect over there this session has been, by his presence at close elections, to help in the election of candidates hostile to himself and his party. That can’t be building his influence with the Democrats in either house.
Actually the majority of Americans would be, if they examined their beliefs and preferences, glad that Obama has been a total washout at the bipartisanship thing. Because of Obama’s lack in this area we have been spared cap and trade and it’s inflationary and recession producing monster attack of nation killing taxes. We have been spared card check. We were recently saved from an appointee to the NLRB who feels that workers should be denied the right to vote on whether or not they desire union membership: this man if given his druthers would have only allowed workers to vote on which union would represent them. And I hear Democrats are already experiencing buyers remorse on their thoughtless and little discussed appointment of Sonia Sotomeyer. But the main victory of our total lack of bipartisanship in Congress is Obama’s health care reform hoax. Partly because Obama could not bipartisan his way out of a wet paper bag that brutal atrocity of a misbegotten piece of legislation lies in two different but equally ugly and recession threatening pieces in the separate houses. Pelosi and Reid have little chance of putting Humpty Dumpty together in a passable bill without incurring the sure and certain wrath of the electorate. So, I guess thoughtful Americans who care about the preservation of their country and the economy that keeps it going should be thanking Barack Obama for being so much more a man of words than a man of action. Thank you, Barrack
Scott Brown is a better example of bipartisanship Democrats and Republicans and independents getting together to let Katy Couric, the president and his little friend Stephanopoulos know how they feel about their elite butts that don’t listen to the voters This is bipartisanship. This is political action that benefits everyone involved. And at this point the great ones in Washington are ignoring this as much as they think they can get away with. They are looking at it kind of like the fat girl looking in the mirror: they ignore the unsightly and life threatening fat and practice their long perfected ability to just look at the make up being applied.
Here’s one of the main lesions of this whole thing. If Barack is acting reasonable or like a uniter and his lips are moving he is lying. This is how he thinks he can best get over on the American public. Most of us have been smart enough to have learned our lesson. But you will continue to hear this BS from the MSM. That reasonable leader BS along with divisive and groundless accusations of racism and now birtherism. They are truly desperate. But they do not think themselves far enough gone to engage in true bipartisanship.

T-Paw talks with Dennis Miller about taxes, spam and Margarita

"It's a Ponzi scheme."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

P.J. O'Rourke Delivers the Wolfe Lecture at W&L

Includes an explanation of the 10th Commandment by way of political economy.

Tuba Skinny and The Hot 6 busking on Royal Street

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Empress of China

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How Will We Know if Obama Is Serious About Bipartisanship?

If his surrogates ever quit going for the throat of every Republican they see.

Stephanopoulos on Colbert

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Glenn Beck Takes His Pipe Puts on the Tweed Coat and Skewers Joe Klein

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Deanna Durbin 'I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen'

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How to become Amish EXEMPT from ObamaCare taxes

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What if 31% of the population turned Amish? If it was the wrong 31% the federal government would have about $17 total a year to spend on health care.

Bob Dylan ~ Shelter from the Storm

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Their Sense of Humor Is A Major Casaulty of NOW's Push for Thought Control

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h/t: NewsBusters

America, "Is the Greatest Experiment in Human History" Behar Mockingly Replies, "Yeah, So What."

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h/t: Pundit and Pundette

I've never seen PG on any talk show outside of Fox before. Judging from this Behar will be sorry she introduced Pam to the wider world. It is typical of MSM talking head shows in that they feel they need 3 liberals to overpower one lone conservative. They refuse to talk about things that you might think would be of importance to those who claim to value human rights and women's rights. They treat clitorectomies as a taboo subject. But Pan is not afraid to discuss this or honor killings.
But PG had them acting a little crazy. It was funny and scary the way Ron Reagan, Jr. spit out the words, "I would lighten up on me if I were you." A little bit of me wondered if he was threatening her with physical retaliation just because of the obviously large amount of anger he exhibited. But I imagine he will just do an interpretive dance mocking Pam.
But the definitive moment was when Pam said of America, "It's the most magnificent experiment in human history." and Behar answered with a snide and demeaning, "Yeah, so what." That little exchange dramatically defines the two sides. Which side are you on?

Monday, February 8, 2010

On the Other Hand

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h/t: JammieWearingFool

Uganda and Gays and MSNBC Paranoia and The National Prayer Breakfast

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It is difficult to decide what to think about this. Maddow gave absolutely no proof that the organization she is defaming did anything to bring about laws mandating the execution of gays in Uganda. And, because I have caught Maddow in an outright lie about one of her political opponents, I think there is no reason to take her word for anything. If some convincing proof of this were available I do not think that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would have gone to the Prayer Breakfast. So that makes her assertion even more dubious.
I am not a regular watcher of Maddow's show but I wonder if she has given much attention to the situation of gays in many Muslim countries. And if not why not?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pretty Woman-Roy Orbison-Original -1964

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La traviata - Giuseppe Verdi

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Verdi - La Traviata - Addio del pasato

Carol Burnett Show Ourtakes

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h/t: Super Granny's Musings

Tancredo Describes the Ignorance of Voters and Strangely MSNBC Calls it, 'A Clarion Call to Bring Back Literacy Tests'

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h/t: NewsBusters

This is strange. Maddow said , “The National Tea Party Convention opened with a clarion call to bring back the literacy tests for voting.” But no matter how many times you listen to this video no one ever says the literacy test should be brought back. The video does make it obvious that our voters need more education. For one thing Maddow thinks her viewers don’t know anything about literacy tests and need her to fill in that piece of American history for them. And Maddow seems unable to listen to a speaker and know what he actually said. Or, if Maddow feels it is racist to just talk about literacy tests, then she should stop doing it. Oh, the bumbling heartache of desperation.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Pub and a Joke They Were Able to Milk An Extra Round of Laughs Out of

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What If They Held a Fed Bond Auction and Nobody Came???

A few choice selections from Mark Steyn's latest.
". . .according to USA Today, when the economic downturn began, the U.S. Department of Transportation had just one employee making over $170,000. A year and a half later, it has 1,690.

"Happy days are here again!

"Did you get your pay raise this year? What’s that, you don’t work for the government? Yes, you do, one way or another. Good luck relying on Obama, Pelosi, Frank, and the other Emirs of Kleptocristan “taking action” to “resolve” that. In the last month, the cost of insuring Greece’s sovereign debt against default has doubled. Spain and Portugal are headed the same way. When you binge-spend at the Greek level in a democratic state, there aren’t many easy roads back. The government has introduced an austerity package to rein in spending. In response, Greek tax collectors have walked off the job.

"Read that again slowly: To protest government cuts, striking tax collectors are refusing to collect taxes. In a sane world, this would be a hilarious TV comedy sketch. But most of the Western world is no longer sane. It’s tough enough to persuade the town drunk to sober up, but when everyone’s face down in the moonshine, maybe it’s best just to head for the hills."
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"And where’s the president getting all this money to “pour” into his “fight” against high unemployment? Would it perchance be from the same small businesses that might be hiring new workers if the president didn’t need so much money to “pour” away? Heigh-ho. Maybe we can all be striking tax collectors. It seems a comfortable life . . . "
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"It’s not the “debt” or the “deficit,” it’s the spending. And the only way to reduce that is with fewer government agencies, fewer government programs, fewer government employees, lower government salaries.

"Instead, all four are rocketing up: We are incentivizing unsustainability, and, when it comes to “some collapse down the road,” you’ll be surprised how short that road is."

Greg-a-logue with Crowder - RedEye Examination of Jon Stewart's Attack on Fox

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Tuba Skinny And His Tiny Men - Tishimingo Blues

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Carol Burnett Show

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h/t: Super Granny's Musings

John Turturro Describes His Creation of the Character the Jesus in The Big Lebowski

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Black History Month: The Truly Minorty View in Defense of Conservative Blacks

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h/t: A PATRIOTIC ROTTWEILER

Friday, February 5, 2010

Go Marco !!

Scarborough on Rubio: "This is how conservatives like Ronald Reagan win."


Rubio on Immigration also Tea Parties


He's an inspiring and patriotic speaker. He's married to a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader. He has served in congress. He was speaker of Florida State House. His service as speaker leads me to believe he is a natural leader and also knows when and how to compromise. He's not a pure ideologue nor is he a RINO.

Autumn in New York

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The Clerks

I did not think that I should find them there
When I came back again; but there they stood,
As in the days they dreamed of when young blood
Was in their cheeks and women called them fair.
Be sure, they met me with an ancient air, —
And yes, there was a shop-worn brotherhood
About them; but the men were just as good,
And just as human as they ever were.
And you that ache so much to be sublime,
And you that feed yourselves with your descent,
What comes of all your visions and your fears?
Poets and kings are but the clerks of Time,
Tiering the same dull webs of discontent,
Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.

E. A. Robinson