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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