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In Context, They Had Cause to Fear

The ripples radiating from Barry’s inaugural address have revealed something about another famous address. FDR’s first inaugural offered the powerful rhetoric, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” A fan of speeches but no fan of Roosevelt, I’ve never paid attention to what the rich old cripple actually said:

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Forewarned is Forearmed

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

Quoted from: Saul Alinsky

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Black Like Me

I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.

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BHO < WSC

Into the cacophany of opinion regarding Mr. Obama’s inaugural address, I launch this:

(the first 2:45 is Parliamentary business and may be skipped past)

Roughly equivalent to an inaugural address, this was Winston Churchill’s first speech as Prime Minister, to the House of Commons on May 13th, 1940. The Nazis had taken the low countries and were smashing through France. The Battle of Britain had not yet begun. These were the darkest hours of modern history.

A model for leaders during crisis, drafted by the penultimate master of the English language, this is the inaugural to beat:

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BHO ≠ MLK

It is true that there could have been no Obama presidency had Dr King and the movement he sprang from not existed, but that simple fact of history does not amount to a King benediction from the grave for Obama's moral character and political policies.

Indeed, Dr King's life and words are indelible evidence that he and Obama represent opposing moral and political camps.

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Target-Rich Environment

The ongoing Obama spectacle is a party to which I was not invited. Thus, I’m trying to keep low profile. There are battles to be fought, but I will gain nothing by interrupting the march to communal O-gasm.

Roissy in DC, as a devout hedonist, sees an opportunity:

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Compassion Requires Suffering

A liberal will cut off your leg so he can hand you a crutch.

Quoted from: Jim Brown

Via: Newmark’s Door

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It Depends

In this week’s column, Walter Williams poses a question:

The Federal Register, which lists new regulations, annually averaged 72,844 pages between 1977 and 1980. During the Reagan years, the average fell to 54,335. During the Bush I years, they rose to 59,527, to 71,590 during the Clinton years and rose to a record of 75,526 during the Bush II years.

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Selective Forgiveness

It’s nearly impossible to follow all the laws. Our society’s rulebooks have grown too large. Federal and state laws, local ordinances, and the procedural pronouncements of regulatory bodies at every level are beyond the comprehension of even the government bodies who write them. That a nominee for a high-profile public office might be in violation of a couple of laws is probably not a big deal.

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Cabal of Councilmembers Compromise Principles

A trio of of our Councilmembers—perhaps the three goofiest—have been caught selling out their principles:

A preemptive effort by several Minneapolis City Council members to state a preferred route for a new Xcel high-voltage power line through south Minneapolis blew up Friday when their colleagues cried foul.

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Call Him Barry Backpedal

Our nation’s President-elect is learning that community organizing really is not sufficient experience to manage the world’s most powerful bureaucracy. Campaiging on platitudes learned during his adventures in the Chicago ghetto was much easier. The complexities a serious Presidential candidate should have grasped are leading Barry to forsake his glorious promises.

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Joe the Reporter

I heard it from Anderson Cooper, in full sneer, on CNN. I join Michelle Malkin’s opinion:

If a community organizer can be president and a Saturday Night Live comedian can be a U.S. senator, why can’t a plumber be a reporter?

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Networks Refuse Ad Challenging Barry’s Citizenship

Some of the folks who doubt Obama’s eligibility to serve as President have made a commercial:

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Even a Child Could Do It

Even a child could spot the silliness in current economic thinking:

“Mrs. Adams talks about fairness a lot in school,” Junior said. “She says it’s not fair for some people to be very rich and others to be very poor, that the government should do something about it.”

“That’s right, son,” Dad said. “The rich should pay more in taxes to reduce the gap between rich and poor, something they call income inequality.”

Don’t Believe the Hype

Prominent in today’s headlines is Obama’s proposal for tax cuts. Some commenters are optimistic that Barry is not really as much of a Marxist goon as his history and campaign rhetoric suggested. I disagree.

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Granting Rights Imposes Duties

As the Minnesota Senate race is moving from the recount phase to the lawsuit phase, hearts are bleeding:

After the counting, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he was satisfied that the recount results were as accurate as they could be, given human limitations, the scope of state law and Supreme Court directives.

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Government Reaction to Failure

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed down from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In the Public Service, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies is often employed, such as:

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Hybrids Hit Hardest

Auto sales are down significantly in the short term, so much that the least-viable manufacturers are taking a lifeline from the US Congress. Congress has made no secret that they intend to wiggle their end of the rope to force greater production of fuel-efficient vehicles. But that class of vehicle has suffered the biggest drop in demand:

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Obama is Uniting Us

Even before his coronation in a few weeks, Barack Obama is bringing the country together. Turns out, the majority in nearly every state wants more information about the facts of his birth and citizenship.

 

C’mon, Barry, show us the document!

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Equal Time in the Classroom

TJIC has a suggestion to address the lefty bias our educational system:

I think that anarchists should be given equal time - every time the schools bring a politician in, anarchists should be brought in too.

“Hey, kids, do you want to go to Disney World?”

“Yeah!!!”

“Well, your moms and dads worked very hard, and now they have a lot of money, and they can all take you to Disney World, and maybe buy you a pony.”

“Yeah!!!”

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