'Coup d'etat in Hondarus. LOL. That's a good one Barak. Like your style, give me some skin!'
coup d’etat: a violent or illegal seizure of power.
We’ve heard the word bandied about all week; a coup d’etat in
Honduras. One detail which of course was left out was that it was a deposing which was neither violent or illegal. Indeed, if this is a coup d’etat it is certainly a very odd one. Who ever heard of military coup imposing an interim leader from the very same Liberal party of the deposed president? Or that deposing being sanctioned by the supreme court and the legislative body of the land because the elected president was trying to implement a coup of his own? Or the new interim leader, Roberto Micheletti, assuring that he has no intention of staying on past the current term? What kind of coup is this? Do the Hondurans need the Iranians, Venezuelans, or Cubans to come in to show them how its done?
The word coup of course got into our vocabulary so quickly in regards to Honduras because President Obama declared it as such before even Hugo Chavez or the Castro brothers had a chance to put on their berets to mimic such absurdities. And they are absurdities; can you imagine the shock of the Honduran people must be in right about now? The United States of America has sided with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro? What the hell is going on here? George Landau, the former U.S. ambassador to Chile, Paraguay, and Venezuela explains:
“This was not a military coup. The military blocked an attempted civilian coup by Manuel Zelaya, as he defied Honduras’s Supreme Court, its Congress, and his own political party. Instead of calling for his reinstatement in office, we should congratulate the Honduran government on removing the president peacefully.
“So far, Washington and most of the world have missed what is happening in Tegucigalpa. This was a power play by Hugo Chávez and his ALBA colleagues. [‘ALBA’ is a leftist bloc led by Venezuela. Zelaya made Honduras a member in 2008.] We are faced with a battle between democracy and leftist autocrats who have manipulated themselves into permanent power in their countries and want to add Honduras to the list.”
John Thomas, of the National Review has an excellent review of the situation referenced above. The money quote:
American John Park, the former Anglican archdeacon of Honduras and a resident of the Central American country for more than 17 years, summarized the situation succinctly: “What has happened can be called democracy in action. It was not a military coup, but just as a U.S. court may order the arrest of a citizen, the Honduran army acted on the orders of the Supreme Court to arrest a citizen who . . . was flouting the law and the constitution.”
I wonder how long it will take for the Washington press corps to realize the complete and total inconsistency demonstrated by the Obama administration in just the last week. (I’ll take the over on 8 years). To sum up “We can’t get involved in the internal affairs of Supreme Leader of Iran, but oh yes we most definitely will get involved in the wanna-be supreme leader of Honduras.” I understand that foreign affairs is all about inconsistencies, but the disturbing thing is in neither case was administration on the side of liberty.
November 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments
All night long we heard the recurring chant of “Yes, we can!!!!” The question that we will now begin to ask ourselves is “Can They?” For 8 years now, the left has spent a great deal of their time, money, and effort in attack/complaint/excuse mode. We are now at a point in history where they will have to prove to us that they can actually govern and move the country forward to the greater prosperity they believe we can acheive.
Whether they can do it or not remains to be seen. But from here on out, there are no excuses, no easy targets, no evil empires on which to focus their angst. They CANNOT blame President Bush anymore. They CANNOT conjure up ridiculous conspiracy theories anymore. They CANNOT villify Dick Cheney and Karl Rove anymore.
Barak Obama now has the power of the executive and legislative branches in his hands to enact his vision of change. The test is about to begin. Can he pass the test?
Dave: it’s good to be back online…..
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November 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment
November 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment
Do you believe in miracles? YES!
First off, I do not in anyway believe that Obama actually has double-digit lead. The polls and the media are displaying two huge blind-spots, 1) a +7 to +10 party identification they are given the Democrats. This completely misses the enthusiasm which Sara Palin has generated. Party ID spread I venture to guess will be at best +3 for the Democrats. 2) Undecided voters will break two or three to one against Barak Obama. Why? They’re not really undecided at all, but just do not want to tell pollsters they are not voting for the black candidate. If after two year of campaigning by Barak still leaves these voters undecided, I beleive in the end they will just play it safe and vote for McCain.
McCain rocks the early night by delivering two huge states, Ohio by +3 and PA +1, with the coal industry and Catholics swinging overwhelming towards the ticket.
NC +5 is not that close in the end, going to McCain, as small town and rural areas overwhelm urban vote.
Florida +3, as surprisingly strong support from Jewish voters who are spooked by an Obama presidency
Miracle in Miami
and Cuban-Americans move the state to McCain column
Virginia +.5 will be too closed to call most of the night. This will be a great sign for McCain, as his candidacy resides on the turnout of military families of Hampton Roads. TossUp
Missouri +3 and Indiana +4 will go McCain on huge Palinmania turnout.
Arizona +10, Montana +8 and North Dakota +8, McCain. Please, there is no way these states are toss-ups; polls showing their bias.
Obama nabs Iowa +4, New Mexico +2
Colorado will be much closer then polls are showing, again will be too close to call late into the night. “Putting coal plants out of business,” hurts Obama here, but not quite enough. He holds on +1.5.
Nevada, which had been tredding back to McCain, but will it be enough? I’ll give it to Obama in a squeaker.
- I don’t believe what I just saw!
So where does that leave us? Obama 257 McCain 268, with the election to be decided by Virginia. Navy families in Newport News come out in huge, huge numbers, bringing home the victory for the old navy pilot. McCain wins!.
From my mouth to God’s ear.
(oh the delight i will have watching Oberman and Mathews squirm. It will be orgasmic. Wow, I feel tingle going up my leg.)
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October 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment
This was John McCain best debate performance tonight. Was it good enough to give him a boost; probably a small bump in the polls. Obama looked very thin visually, and rattled at times. He smirked and laughed several times during McCain’s answers which did not help him. But by the second half of the debate he recomposed his remarkable velvet smoothness and finished relatively strong. Of course it helped that not a single, incredibly, not a single question in a presidential debate about foreign policy. How is that possible? McCain did not look as old and wheezy tonight, and he was much more focussed, however neither men truly has grasped the enornimity of the economic crisis and how it has played on the American mind. I’m amazed that McCain didn’t study this situation unfailingly and came out confidently and stridently with how he would weather this storm. But perhaps its just beyond the man.
The debate Tuesday was dreadful and depressing. Here our country is panicked and angry, and these two bores wandered around room with non-committal rhetoric, clueless that the country and the world are looking for a leader. Instead on one side of the stage we got a slick socialist, who promises to install social programs for everyone and to extract the wealth from our American kulak class, the small business owner; whom he plans to confiscate whatever wealth they have left after the market collapse. His wry smiles and soothing answers left me seriously creeped out; it was if he was Marxist professor lecturing his students with a nonchalant acceptance to the Hegelian turn of history. It was a smiling and chilly performance in the wake of a country which is seriously spooked.
And on the other side, a doddering modern-day von Hiddenburg, who like his predecessor, it seems that the day’s events have simply passed him by. His voice wavered as much as his thoughts, which seemed to be filled with an endless procession of “my friends”. Not since Bob Dole self-referred to himself as “Bob Dole” has there been such a glaring tick on the national stage. But aside from that distraction, this was passionless performance, never seizing the wide openings Senator Obama constantly left him and never coming to grips that sixty million Americans were watching the debate looking for a leader
Here’s what needed to be said at very start of the night by John McCain:
My Friends, (kidding)
Tom, I’m going to lay aside your question for a moment because there something that needs to be said to the American people which is more important then this debate. We are going through some economic perils right now, and although there were abuses and mistakes made by many on Wall Street, Main Street, and Capitol Street, we as Americans, not Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans will find our way back to prosperity. I do not know the complete solution. My opponent doesn’t know the complete solution. Chairman Bernanke and Secretary Paulson do not know the complete solution. But I know who does; the industrious mind of the American people. So together we will find our way through this, it is but a small divergence for the American dream.
Then, he could then explain how we got here (Freddie, Fannie, etc) and then address the people with his plan on getting us through these straits. McCain gave us some of this, but not nearly enough. Rather, he provided some angry rhetoric in the beginning about corporate greed which we all find appealing, some talk about earmarks, a very brief mention of FannieMae and FreddieMac and Barak’s role, and then his mind drifted off to sleep, (along with the audience). The only time you really saw the warhorse wake up was when he spoke about earmarks, which he talks about with glee. You would think there wasn’t two wars going on, a financial debacle, and rapid shift in the country towards socialsim. Not much to get passionate about I guess.
Beneath it nothing but a great simulacrum. -Thackeray.
Something quite scary is happening to our country. It’s not the sub-prime mortgage which has me worried; it’s the total panic it has induced. I wonder have we lost our imagination as a nation? We have been filled for so long with such very-small minded ideas, such self-indulgence, that the power to tackle big problems with a creative spirit seems to have left us. It’s as if our national grit has been hollowed out from inside by the MTV culture: preening, narcissistic, and base. What we are left with in our national psyches is a dramatic schoolgirl who indulges in gossip, vindictive to any slight, and screeches with horror to any obstacle which comes their way. Indeed, we have taken the wide world and reduced it to a high school stage with small actors who mug for the cameras and read off scripts as the real world passes them by.
Its fitting that Paris Hilton has recently done a video running for fake president; it is art imitating life imitating art one might say. I get its a joke, and I even half-heartedly laugh, but it was a nervous laugh just the same. A laugh which betrays a realization that this economic crisis might just be a prop for both drama and comedy, but real drama might be coming our way if our leadership doesn’t ease this panic.
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September 11th, 2008 · No Comments
Deepak Chopra made a name for himself in the ’80′s as a sort of wise man Buddhist who opened Americans to the deep importance of the mind-body connection. He became an alternative, new-age priest of mysticism, penning forty books on the topic in the last two decades ( a number which would make even Steven King jealous). His works appealed to me very briefly when I was a freshmen in college having just read Siddhartha, but was just as quickly dropped as many of Buddhism’s ideas are eventual side-barred by most young Americans exposed to them.
Buddhism, after all, is deeply antithetical to the American psyche; a psyche which at it roots is puritanical, (a word which since the 60′s we’ve been trained to abhor). That is, if a country can have a psyche at all, which makes me uncomfortable even suggesting we have one, at our core is a can-do, individualistic belief system which insists on confronting evil, not co-existing with it. Thus, I guess, it makes sense that almost every point Deepak makes in his article on Sarah Palin I completely disagree with and find profoundly unwise. Actually, I find his whole take smug and condescending, which from one who is suppose to be One, is a bit odd
Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.
She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses.:
Oh really Deepak, please enlighten me more oh enlightened One
In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.”
Wow dude…deep. So its kind of like how we enjoy watching Darth Vader garrote his hapless toadies.
For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind.
Obi-One, I fear you are right. I can not resist the Dark-Side. Strong, Palinmania is.
In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.
Look at what she stands for:
–Small town values — a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism. [Ha. OMG, this so ridiculous]
–Ignorance of world affairs — a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.
–Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be heeded. [LOL. This is such a cartoonish view of what conservative values are. Its just hilarious]
–Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree. [Well, how does one negotiate over the life of fetus oh deep-one?]
–Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war. [Except, in fact, even the NY Times has asserted we have won]
–”Reform” — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.
Master, I am lost. I am patriotic American who believes in small-town, family values,…. I hate to reveal this Master, yes I too have rigid stands on guns and abortion. Oh dread. The Dark Lord has me Master. Lost, I am.
Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict.
Master, I feel there is some smidgeon of goodness still in me. Oh One, I will find the Force again. Study Jimmy Carter’s speeches and books, I will. The Michael Moore video collection, watch will I. The Deepak Chopra library, digest I shall. Thank you Master for showing me the light.
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I keep seeing this headline in my web-browsing today, and for a split second I think “Against Sarah Palin for assault & battery?” I watched the speech again a little bit ago, does anybody every remember a complete dismantling of an opponent such as this?
September 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment
Yesterday Fred Thompson quipped that Sarah Palin was “ the only candidate who knows how to field-dress a moose”. From her remarkable performance tonight, its obvious she also can field-dress a lofty liberal rhetorician and his symbiotic pack media with the same deftness. What a spectacular speech.
Seeing the always funny Rudy Giuliani warm up the crowd, I thought how is Gov. Palin going to top this. But oh, how wrong was I. With an authenticity and wisdom which only a full life can provide, Sarah gave a speech rich with poignancy, wit, wonkishness, and a bit of sarcasm throw in. Her accent, which at first distracts, soon warms the listener with an embrace of an old friend. She, in a word, is a sensation, and the Obama crowd should be very worried.
Anyone who still thinks this was some token female pick for the ticket, simply has their snarky blinders on. Not one of the Republicans candidates this year, (with the exception of possibly Mike Huckabee) could have delivered this speech with the sparkling charm of Palin, while marshaling devastating arguments against the Obama candidacy.
First she dealt with the light work, our pathetic mainstream media which fell over themselves shamelessly sensationalizing her and her daughter’s pregnancy as if they were some sort of lost tribe members of the FLDS Church. No, there’s nothing weird going on here, just families having babies, which actually for much of the elite media might be very odd.
Palin lets them have it.
But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.
Ouch. If the grim faces and commentary from the MSNBC crew post-speech is any indicator, they know they’ve been called to the mat by no dim-witted rube as they portrayed Governor Palin all week. Seeing Chris Mathews and Keith Mathews left literally speechless was the perfect wafer-thin mint after a cornacopia of a speech.
And that was just the start of the feast. Governor Palin then took us through her many, many accomplishments, a policy discussion on oil and its critical role in our national security, a tribute to the timber of Senator McCain’s character, and explanation on why he is just the man to lead our country. It was masterful.
But the best part, was the field dressing of the Senator from Illinois.
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.
I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
This is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform, not even in the state Senate.
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change
And more slice.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign.
But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger .
And yet another hay-maker.
And then this, where I yelled at the screen “Holy [Explitive]!! She’s tearing him to shreds”
My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of “personal discovery.“
Indeed. That pop you just heard was an Alaskan moose-hunter deflating the very puffed up Obama campaign. What a speech, what a woman, what a campaign. Republicans, we have ourselves a leader.
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There has been an a-ha moment which has swept the country. It took place sometime earlier this year when each of us were filling our cars at $70 a tank. Anger and frustration boiled over in the American mind to finally percolate into one idea, “ENOUGH!” We are Americans, a can-do nation, and its simply absurd that we are subsidizing radical sheiks to send terrorist here to kill us. This is a problem which well within our scope as nation. It’s a problem which requires us to roll up our sleeves and leverage the great imagination of this dynamic economy. If we can defeat Hitler’s Third Reich and Stalin’s Soviet Union, certainly we can send these oil-lords and their sick philosophies off to the dustbin of history.
Barak picked up on this meme early on with his Change campaign. But Americans aren’t fools, and we know when a haughty patrician is mouthing the words, but not giving us the solution. Soaring rhetoric from a Harvard lawyer we know, deep down, will lead no where.
And then, quite suddenly, John McCain gives the most shocking stage direction in a drama since Shakespeare’s “Exit, pursued by a bear”, that is, “Enters, Governor Sara Palin“; (who has apparently pursued some bears of her own). Her American can-do story is the exact approach we as a nation need now, and certainly more powerful then any rhetoric which was offered at that spectacle in Denver last week. Fireworks, 90,000 screaming fans, and Greek columns is no match for an Alaskan woman with a gun and a mission.
Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous thesis on America claimed that this country’s greatness was derived from the edges of society, on the frontier. It was here where freedom was created, where the fertile American mind broke “the bonds of custom, offering new experiences, [and] calling out new institutions and activities.” “The frontier,” he claimed, “is the line of most rapid Americanization—that coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and acquisitiveness; that practical inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things… that restless, nervous energy; that dominant individualism” — could all be attributed to the influence of the frontier.
Sara Palin is the very embodiment of this thesis. That we as a nation should reach into the wellspring of our frontier and find a hunter of our own; who will tell us how inane it is not to drill in ANWR; who will point to the massive natural gas fields which occupy her state and say yes America this is ours and we must use it; to finally, in just two years in office, start building a new pipeline to that gas after 30 years of wrangling; to bring down a corrupt oil-commission, attorney general, and ultimately the governor because she refused to play along with their shenanigans; and to do all this while raising five children is the American heroine we’ve always wanted.
It is this experience, the experience on the American Frontier which our nation needs more then any rhetorical lawyering. A real person for the very real problems we face. If this isn’t the answer to the very essence of our national security problems, I’m not sure what is. So, the more these Washington insiders such as Sam Donaldson and David Gergen chuckle and dismiss snidely this Alaskan wonder, the more I know Mac got it right.
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