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Friday, January 23. 2009
I am heading to Killington for a weekend of skiing and general merriment in the snow and cold, and leaving these droppings behind.
Yo Yo and Itzhak faked it? Sheesh. Just like Milli Vanilli. Would have thought it beneath their dignity.
How to get your wife to screw you. (Just thought I'd throw that in the pile to surprise you.)
Too busy for the Medal of Honor Ball? A sick and sickening decision.
Major fault in Arkansas. But when?
Are Republicans too nice? I do think they have trouble playing the dirty pool. Dems don't mind looking bad, and accept the reality that politics is the ugliest sport.
First time I ever heard of Hillary's "people skills." I've heard that she is a chain-smoking, no-class, potty-mouthed, menopausal bitch on wheels butchy harridan who expects to be treated like royalty. But otherwise a very nice person. I do not think I would want to work for her sort.
Related: The new US foreign policy - Make them love us. Didn't Jimmy Carter try that? Guess what. They have their own interests, and do not give a damn about ours.
Frum's new website: New Majority
Vanderleun's personal journey with abortion
Scientists get misty-eyed over Obama
Stephanopoulis gets misty-eyed over Obama
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Funny piece by Iowahawk over at Big Hollywood called The Idiossey. A modern day epic poem. Hes a talented writer.
The 'O' loves every minute of it. Were he any kind of man... looking beyond his own self, he would denounce it, and make it clear that he didn't care for it. That the country was more important than any gleanings on his coat. But, alas.
Pencil neck geek in Chief was too busy to attend the Medal of Honor ball...During wartime no less...He is a swashbuckler sporting a tin sword. The troops now know this for sure if they were uncertain before...Look for an acceleration in retirements and a drop-off in recruiting.
What started out with Ike ends with The Anointed One. Every President since Ike attended the MOH Ball. No, to visiting the troops in Iraq and no to attending this Ball.
His sweet words can get him so far, but his actions show me where is heart is. His whole Administration is a bunch of commie, rat, degenerate, bastards.
Ahh, Hillary. We're certainly going to have a great Change in our concept of courteous encounters with the ambassadors and leaders of other countries. The quotes from the link above are truly horrifying. I remember seeing the quote about the "f**king flag" last year, but the other strings of obscenities are new to me. This should be a waring to parents who are saving and depriving themselves to give their children a good education. Hillary graduated from Wellesley, IIRC, where parents should be able to be confident that their precious offspring will be well grounded in the humanities, science and, I'm sure they hoped. good, civilized behavior
Hey guys ... it just didn't take, I'm afraid.
Good to see that Frum is working on building a new Republican majority by driving Sarah Palin and the people who like her out of the Party.
Rush is really the defacto Chair of the RNC so let's keep it that way. He's got it made now that Obama is attacking him- my God, Rush, could it get any better than that? Whatever happens, Republicans must act like the Opposition Party, and the role of the Opposition Party is to oppose first, and then propose the better alternative to whatever the Democrats advocate.
That sets up the choice for voters: Do you want to do things their way and fail or do you want to do things our way and succeed? With the proper organization and candidates eventually the voters will come around to voting Republican once again. The worst thing Republicans can do is to go along to get along. Never again. If John McCain wants to play that role then Arizona Republicans need to "convince" him to retire or be defeated in a primary.
Thanks to The News Junkie for skiing Vermont, the Green Mtn State needs all of the tourista revenue it can beg in tough times. The big buzz at Killington is the casino proposal being resurrected up there in the wake of sharply declining tax revenues. Political roles in VT are the reverse of everywhere else: VT Democrats, unlike Democrats everywhere else, are agin' it whereas the old purist Republicans are fer it!
I believe it was professional gambler Amarillo Slim that said,
' You can't beat a man at his own game'...
How fool-hearty was it for the man-child to throw down the gauntlet for Rush Limbaugh ?..This is gonna be a fun four years.
Punter ... You make several very good points. "Republicans must act like the Opposition Party, and the role of the Opposition Party is to oppose first, and then propose the better alternative to watever the Democrats advocate." And we better start doing it soon, and doing it often.
As you say, "The worst thing Republicans can do is to go along to get along." It never works.
Vanderleun is such a good writer. He sometimes scares me a bit, with his ability to cut to the chase, through his descriptions of his own very personal experiences. Seems he has been an eye witness to a lot of the cultural life and times that shaped us baby boomers and he puts it all out there. I think his writing is unique and interesting and often quite touching.
Marianne, thanks, I nearly always agree with your excellent observations and insights but am remiss in posting my agreement. I know I would feel much more at home down in your Lone Star State (outside of Austin, of course) than up here in wacko Green Vermont.
The wackos that run this place expect that Obama is going to bail them out and that Green technology is going to save the VT economy although they haven't told us just exactly how soon. The Democrats have driven away most good businesses and job creators, including IBM, and have discouraged too many others from locating here.
We few GOP'ers, the last of the Mohicans, qualify for endangered species protection up here. The Democrats here have screwed it up royally but the sheeple have not yet caught on to the scam. 2010 is our next chance to embark on the long comeback trail.
We need to look at Democrats in government as tax happy domestic oppressors, just as the original New England Patriots looked at the Brits as tax happy foreign oppressors. Oppressors are not merely defeated, rather they must be overthrown if freedom and liberty are to survive.
Punter ... You would be very welcome down here, if you would come see us. Austin is like California [where the nuts grow] and it's a very small part of this splendid state which reaches 800 miles from its southern to its northern border. When I hit town back in 1971, when I married my 5th generation Texan, Houston was medium big, but it still had courteous southern manners. Those manners have been somewhat vitiated by a great influx of new people from other parts of the United States, not to mention Central and South America and an unknown but growing number of Mid-Easterners, Asians, and Africans of various sorts . But Texans are still strong enough, and independent enough, to have retained their basic wild, free Americanisms. You'd be comfortable here.
And I already know we'd like you. I do.