Tarry for the Nonce

April 23, 2009

Execute a Dissenter, Share a Laugh with POTUS

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 12:07 am

I will, in the words of Shumley Boteach, criticize Obama for hob-nobbing with bad men:

And if Obama feels that he has to be the one to greet a man like Chavez, must it be with the kind of ear-to-ear grin that one might show girl scouts selling cookies? It must surely be disheartening for those who suffer oppression in countries like Venezuela, Cuba and Saudi Arabia to see the American president backslapping their oppressors . . .

ALL THIS LEADS to one important question. Suppose Obama succeeds in building friendships with Chavez, Castro, Ahmadinejad and the Taliban. What then? Does America still get to feel that it stands for something? Will we still be the beacon of liberty and freedom to the rest of the world, or will we have sold out in the name of political expediency? And do any of us seriously believe that presidential friendship is going to get a megalomaniac like Hugo Chavez to ease up on the levers of power, or are we just feeding his ego by showing him he can be a tyrant and still have a beer with the president of the United States?

The evidence suggests that he can and, moreover, that the malicious dictators are disinclined to acquiesce to our requests.

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April 20, 2009

But Eight Billion is Miniscule

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 10:55 pm

Robert Gibbs is rapidly becoming one of the most annoying personalities ever to grace the podium. A reporter asks a legitimate question about the much-touted mosquito bite deficit reduction that Obama has proposed, and Gibbs glibly replies that it’s a lot of money “for hundreds of millions of Americans.”

Way to miss the point, Bob.

Who’s Excited?

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 9:55 pm

I’m excited.

Very excited.

April 16, 2009

Jesuits Ignoring Matthew 10:33

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 9:39 pm

Not one to be outdone by another God on the stage, Obama recently delivered a speech at Georgetown only after hiding all visual references to Jesus.

“Julie Bataille from the university’s press office e-mailed me that the White House had asked that all university signage and symbols behind the stage in Gaston Hall be covered.

“. . . [I]t seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.”

Tell me, what particular symbol was out of context? The Catholic monogram over the Catholic stage at “one of the most prestigious Catholic institutions of higher education.” That symbol?

I’m annoyed with Obama, but Obama is Obama: he’s at odds with the Catholic Church and that’s not going to change. I am far more disgusted with the Jesuits, who compromised their venue to cater to . . . what? To the state? To the vanity of a man who opposes some of the most fundamental things they stand for? Considering their noble origins (their real noble origins, not the Dan Brown fantasies), it is un-be-liev-able how spineless they are.

Last time I checked, the First Amendment to the Constitution still provided a fundamental right and the President has hundreds of flag-and-column-rife stages at his disposal. So to the rest of the orders that still consider that they’ve devoted their lives to something meaningful: should you find yourselves placed in a similar situation, simply inform the President that he must find another podium for his pontificating prattle.

Fresh Wipe, Anyone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 12:36 am

I am entertained by the callow Susan Roesgen, who finds run-of-the-mill political protest to be “anti-CNN” and “not really family viewing.”

She lacked the same delicacy of feeling when Bush was compared to a Satan-Hitler, but she bristles with indignation when a Chicago man (holding a baby, no less) spouts disgusting and vile phrases such as “freedom” and “Abraham Lincoln.” She attempts nary a modicum of journalistic impartiality. I guess CNN has stopped trying.

The National Review urges CNN to “mercifully ablate her career before she embarrasses you any further.” I suspect they will listen to The Daily Show first. They ought to.

In the end, Roesgen ends up sounding like a dish of sour grapes, unable to deal with CNN’s relatively poor performance, as compared to Fox News (whom she blames for the political rally.) Her vitriol is especially bizarre since the tea party rallies were arguably initiated by Rick Santelli of CNBC.

Apparently, Ms. Roesgen doesn’t read the news.

April 14, 2009

I’ve Been Marginalized

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 11:59 pm

The Department of Homeland Security has defined me as a possible right-wing extremist:

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

I don’t particularly hate anyone and I accept government authority, but as a proponent of state’s rights and someone who opposes abortion, they’ve got me on two fronts.

April 9, 2009

No-Aloha

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 12:03 am

Hawaiian tourism has taken quite a hit:

Hotel occupancy rates in the winter were the lowest in at least five years, and in February — traditionally the state’s busiest month — the rate dropped to 75% . . .

The average daily room rate — another key measure of the industry’s health — dropped 12.4% in February from the same month in 2008 . . .

But Hawaii’s problems are compounded by an increasingly hostile attitude toward business travel, particularly when major corporations are laying off hundreds of workers and accepting government bailouts . . .

[Governor Linda] Lingle said that since Jan. 1, 132 meetings and business trips had been canceled for this year and next, representing a loss of 87,003 room nights. The cancellations amount to losses of $58.8 million in direct revenue and 694 full- and part-time jobs in the state’s tourism industry, according to the letter . . .

In response, Hawaii’s tourism leaders have launched a campaign pushing the message that workers who meet in Hawaii are happier, more productive and more focused afterward.

The L.A. Times surmises that Barack Obama’s discouragement of travel for companies using bailout money contributed to the crisis. Hawaii is feeling the pain.

Cry me a river, Hawaii. Your four electoral votes helped to elect him.

I feel the same way about the citizens of Connecticut (7 votes), Delaware (3 votes), Illinois (21 votes), Massachusetts (12 votes), Minnesota (10 votes), New Jersey (15 votes), Oregon (7 votes), Washington (11 votes), and Wisconsin (10 votes). Enjoy your significant tax increases – especially you “rich” $60,000/year wage earners in that Biden-inflicting state.

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