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Teddy 24/7…

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I came in to dodge a thunderstorm and the Kennedy funeral was the only thing on.    There were a fair number of people lining the streets near Arlington National Cemetery, and most of them were clapping.     It was fitting for him,  but I don’t remember anyone clapping when Ronald Reagan’s motorcade passed by.    Respectful silence, a hand to the brow in salute,   American flags,  but no clapping that I can recall.

The foreign press is less enthralled than our MSM.   One radio station here put liberal commentators on to talk about the senator in place of Rush Limbaugh,  who very sensibly said we should honor the man’s fight for life,  not his ideas.   Britain’s Daily Mail knows Kennedy hated the UK,  and ponders why Gordon Brown knighted him.

National Review offers a symposium on him which is very balanced compared to the gushings of the Irish priest who attended the senator’s deathbed.    His Oneness delivered the eulogy one would expect from a man who owes his office in large part to the Kennedy blessing bestowed upon him.    I wonder if Obama remembered that he had insulted Kennedy and had to do some groveling to get that endorsement?    I’ll bet he doesn’t remember lying about having insulted him in the first place.    Kennedy managed to achieve what he told Vanity Fair was his perfect happiness,  and Mark Alexander at the Patriot Post looks back at the hypocrisy which threaded throughout the man’s life.

Rick Moran at the American Thinker reminds us of Teddy’s offer to help the Soviets “understand” Reagan,  which MSM continues its total silence on.   Yet Kennedy and Reagan were friends.    Matthew Vadum thinks that episode revealed the darker side of  Kennedy’s character and was treason.

Ellis Washington finds nothing to praise him for,  and neither does Joseph Farrah,  who reveals something I didn’t know — that Teddy admitted he was a socialist on the floor of the Senate.    After reading this revolting bit from Ed Morrissey,   I can think of nothing nice to say about him either.

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August 30, 2009 at 3:29 am

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Give ’em a sign…

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From The Corner, a wonderful video from gratitudeoperation.org, showing how to sign “thank you” to those who should have our deepest gratitude,  the military.

I haven’t flown since 9/11 because I don’t wish to end up in jail for strangling a screener,  but I thank every military member,  by word if close,  or by sign if I catch their eye at a distance.    Too many have family who served in “Nam and were spit on when they returned.    These guys and gals deserve better.

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August 30, 2009 at 1:09 am

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Rep. Watson hearts Cuba…

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Diane Watson represents the 33rd district of California,  basically L.A.     She was a School Psychologist and served on the  L.A.  School Board,  and in the state senate before coming to Washington.   She has a  BA from the University of CA – Los Angeles;   a MS from California State University – Los Angeles;  and a  PhD from Claremont Graduate University.

I give you all this information so you can watch this video in context,  and see a woman who pronounces Rush Limbaugh’s last name as “limbo” while proclaiming him the head of the Republican Party.   Her position that Rush’s wanting Obama to fail means the country must fail is a far cry from her regular vituperative outbursts against Pres. Bush.    But the real gobsmackers are her announcements that Fidel Castro is one of the brightest leaders she has ever met,  that he instituted a wonderful health care system,   and that after Che drove out the wealth,  the people selected Castro to lead them.

It appears she shares with the President who looks like her either a monumental ignorance of history,  or a frightening inability to understand it.  Of course,  members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been making pilgrimages to Cuba for years,  and Uncle Fidel always entertains them lavishly and makes them feel so special, while being very sure they see and hear only what he wishes them to.

How is it possible to obtain a degree from an accredited college and not know that Che didn’t kick out the elites — they took all the treasure they could and fled for their lives!   How can she think that “the people” chose Castro?   How can she be unaware that Fidel was a committed capitalist until the Russians outbid the C.I.A.?

If you don’t yearn for the same kind of health care system which nearly killed Fidel with a relatively common operation which it botched,  you’re already a hell of a lot smarter than Rep. Watson.   If you have ever once balanced your checkbook,  you’re far ahead of not only Watson,  but also Charlie Rangel ,  still Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee,  who has yet another pile of ethics problems.

The next time some fool on the Hill tries to lord it over you, or loftily proclaims you can’t possibly understand the complexities involved, throw this post in his face and laugh.

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August 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Finally afraid…

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Like me,  you may have disagreements with Nat Hentoff,  the famous libertarian leftist,  but you must acknowledge his honesty.    Andy McCarthy points us to Hentoff’s  column in Jewish World Review,  where he says Obama is the first president who has frightened him.

Quite frankly,  you should be frightened,  too.   A White House which violates its own posted privacy rules with regard to people who visit its official website (yes, they did that,  to me and many others)  is not going to simply stop there.    It is rather ironic that the same Democrats who shrieked that the Bush White House was too powerful are now trying desperately to accommodate the Obama White House, which seeks to control the entire economy,  and your life in every detail.   Congressional Democrats will become powerless,  having hung themselves with the rope they legislated into being.

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August 29, 2009 at 10:58 am

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Health care and the IRS…

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Declan McCullagh of CBS’s  “Taking Liberties”  has spilled one of the many ugly secrets in H.R.3200,  the House Democrats’ health care bill.

Basically, the new Health Choices Commissioner and his designees will be able to obtain all of your IRS information,  even if you are NOT applying for any coverage or benefits.    One can imagine the usual justifications — efficiency,  fairness,  helping everyone…

In other words,  we will be treated to another round of lies…

Have you had enough yet?   And what are you going to do about it?  Start with your congress critters,  then write letters to the editor of your hometown paper.    Make them short and pithy.    I can tell you from past experience that papers like letters which create controversy,  because that equals eyeballs on the paper,  so if you pen concise,  precise arguments,   you have a good chance for publication.

I’m working on a post with some excellent links to give you real information on more of the horrors in this health care madness,  so be prepared.

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August 29, 2009 at 5:50 am

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Bolton zinger…

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I adore John Bolton.     He is a man of unflinching principles,  which is one reason why the UN and our own State Department hate him.    He also  is quick with a quip and pulls no punches.    Read this  masterful dismissal of former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher,  sworn in recently as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security,  and her boss.

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August 28, 2009 at 11:32 pm

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Single-payer set to music…

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I sort of stole the title from Jonah Goldberg at The Corner,  so you can go here to just watch the video,   or visit the Shout First blog for the video and some excellent commentary.

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August 28, 2009 at 11:23 am

Teddy on the economy…

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Steven Hayward dug up this jewel,  which demonstrates Ted Kennedy’s hypocrisy nicely.

Elsewhere,  ABC News actually has a piece with  “Chappaquiddick” in the title,  before sliding into praising Kennedy.    The  L. A.  Times goes straight to slobber mode,  declaring his death leaves  “a void that won’t be filled”   and in a separate column talks about the GOP reaction ranging from condolences to catcalls, though the only examples  they produced of the latter were a conservative journalist and talk radio.

Ed West pulls no punches at The Guardian ,  describing the senator as an  “IRA sympathiser”  who was no friend of Britain,  which is pretty much what I thought when he received his knighthood.    The Daily Mail is even harsher.

Over at Reason,   Nick Gillespie is more measured,  saying he hopes Teddy is the end of the era of  “the sort of top-down,  centralized legislation that needs to be jettisoned in the 21st century.”

The Editor & Publisher blog has an interesting look at when Kennedy’s  “black mark” was mentioned in various obits.

Carl Cannon has the best piece I’ve read so far on Kennedy (h/t The Corner).

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August 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

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Church commission re-run…

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The CIA report is out,   providing a timely change of subject from health care reform.    I haven’t read it,  but National Review has begun and offers up some notable sections here.    Anyone who is surprised that AG Eric Holder has decided to appoint a special prosecutor,  raise your hand.    Of course,  the usual Democratic flacks are out in full force praising the “independence” of Holder,  which would be hilarious if it weren’t so dangerously untrue.    This ostensibly allows His Oneness to claim to still be looking forward and thus escape blame,  while still allowing the witch hunt to proceed apace.     Rep.  Pete Hoekstra is having none of it.    Dick Cheney didn’t allow the matter to go unnoticed,  and National Review links to a Washington Independent report  which appears to confirm Cheney’s original contention.

John Hinderaker at PowerLine points out that the  ” handful of incidents highlighted by press accounts of the report came to light precisely because they were reported as deviations from the treatment of detainees that had been authorized by DOJ lawyers.”

I tend to agree with Seth  Leibsohn that our treatment of terrorism suspects was extraordinarily good.    Michael Ledeen uses cigars to show how profoundly unnecessary the new re-investigation is.

Whether CIA director Leon Panetta  threatened to quit is the subject of much speculation,  though denied by the White House.

Liberals learn nothing from their mistakes.    An ordinary person with common sense would look back and see the damage the Church commission did and connect the dots to the inevitable consequences.    Obama is more radical than liberal,  so his mistakes will be that much worse,  and are very likely to cost the rest of us that much more.

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August 27, 2009 at 2:43 am

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My new man…

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You can’t turn on the TV without seeing Ted Kennedy’s bloated face floating in the background like some malevolent spirit,  so I took my new little friend,  the Alligator lopper out for a test spin.    Think of it as a cross between a small chainsaw and your long-handled loppers.  It has a chainsaw blade  on the inside of  one of the arms.   Open it wide,  place it around the limb you wish to cut,  close the arms firmly around the limb, and press the handles.   In a matter of seconds,  it has chewed its way through anything up to 4 inches in diameter.

I wanted to try the Alligator when it first came out,  but it didn’t seem well-balanced,  so I waited for the second generation.    It was well worth the wait.  I have already pruned the plum tree and cut down a small forest of small pine trees which sprouted up in the wrong places.

Since Teddy Kennedy was as far from my hero as it’s possible to be,  I happily present a man worthy of being one.   I don’t know his name,  or even where he’s from,  but this 91 year old is my new hero ,  and hopefully in a few decades I’ll be as hale and hearty and feisty as he is.    Hat tip to Lucianne.com!

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August 26, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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