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Gingrich takes his shots at Obama too…

Good morning, Netizens…

Picture: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addresses the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Thursday, April 8, 2010. This is the opening session of the four day conference. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, called Barack Obama on Thursday “the most radical president in American history” who oversees a “secular, socialist machine.” He went on to urge his fellow Republicans to stop Obama’s secular, socialist machine.”

Of course, he did not bother to expand upon nor define what he meant by a secular, socialist machine, but he did say the GOP wasn’t afraid of recognizing faith’s role in American Society.

He directly addressed the Republican Party being referred to as the “party of NO” by adding there were a lot of things the Republicans can say yes to, such as yes on tax cuts, a lower deficit, fewer regulations and a sensible energy plan. He did not mention a solution to health care, nor would he comment specifically upon his Presidential aspirations.

“That will be up to God,” he said, “and the American people.”

If I were to wildly speculate, it does seem as if Gingrich is already running for something. He certainly is not stipulating what that might be, at least not yet.


International Women’s History Month…

Good morning, Netizens…

March 8th, in honor of International Women’s History Month, a special ceremony was held at the White House which was attended by a stellar collection of women crossing all demographic and geographic positions. You may, of course, view the entire program here:

There is also access to the text of the entire program on the above link, which is full of enlightening and often candid statements about women in life throughout the world.

President Barak Obama, in his opening remarks, perhaps stated the facts which some may dispute, but that speak to the history of women.

“But even as we reflect on the hope of our history, we must also face squarely the reality of the present -– a reality marked by unfairness, marked by hardship for too many women in America. The statistics of inequality are all too familiar to us — how women just earn 77 cents for every dollar men make; how one in four women is the victim of domestic violence at some point in her life; how women are more than half the population, but make up only 17 percent of the seats in Congress, and less than 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.” President Barak Obama

What others in the Blog community have reflected on, rather than the content of the program is that President and Mrs. Obama appear to flirt prior to and during the program. The picture, which accompanies this piece, from Huffington Post, shows a radiant First Lady and her husband, as they departed from the program on International Women’s Month. I personally think the offhand flirting between the Obamas is healthy and only adds to their personal charisma.

Sitting atop the sum of 40 years of observing the rising role of women in government and corporate affairs, I cannot help but state, yes, women’s rights around the world are getting better than they were in my younger years, but they are far from the type of equality that our President alluded to in his comments; I agree with his sentiments that women still have a lot of Glass Ceilings that need breaking, that the battle for equality is not over.

It is perhaps very easy for many in public and private life to overlook, if not dismiss entirely, the many accomplishments of women throughout history. It is even more simple to ignore the absolute demands that women must increasingly train their daughters and granddaughters to rise to the challenges that still remain.

Most of all, we need to train our sons and grandsons to accept the wisdom of wise women, wherever and however they may find them.


It’s back to work we go…

Good morning, Netizens…

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye as they enter Air Force One at Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Michelle: “We don’t have to go through TSA screening, do we?”

Barak: “No, that’s for ordinary people, and we are anything but ordinary. After all, we got paid to go to Hawaii during a national crisis, didn’t we?”


Is Obama bugged? It would seem so…

Good evening, Netizens…

David Horsey makes a minor point appear quite innocuous while he overlooks one stark fact that somehow has eluded most of the policy-makers in Washington, DC. As far as I know nobody has won a war in Afghanistan. Perhaps I made a minor error in stating this, but thus far, I have not yet found a victor. None.

So if, as Mr. Horsey so aptly put it in his cartoon this morning, Obama is bugged by the Taliban insurgency, so be it.

We either have to discover a viable means of obtaining victory in a country where no one else has, or simply lick our wounds and retreat. Which will it be?


The new-and-improved health care system?

Good morning, Netizens…

Obama’s Health Care Plan seems to have more land mines than the main highway leading to/from Kabul, Pakistan and yet while the Republicans are muttering openly against it, many middle-class to lower-middle class Americans simply cannot afford either the preventive medical care, treatment or the medications they need for good health because they have no health insurance. Then there is even those utterly fear trips to the dentist, which can set a middle-class family into the throes of bankruptcy.

I admit a certain bias when it comes to health insurance. I once had health insurance, the self-paid health insurance that is among the most-costly of them all, but I paid it willing. The minute I had my first heart attack, they cancelled my policy which should be against the law. They eventually closed their doors. Once I applied for a new health insurance premium, however, I had a pre-existing condition, and what was even worse, the cost of the premium, at $710 per month, was far beyond my financial means to pay. The rates for health insurance have continued climbing since that time.

I am a statistic, one of the millions of Americans who cannot afford health insurance. I have two choices: go on welfare or hope someone fixes a badly broken system.

It sounds to me as if the Obama Healthcare System is any improvement. In fact, it sounds suspiciously as if the Health Care Insurance companies wrote it, which is no improvement at all. However, if the Obama-plan is voted into law, we will not have any choice on whether or not to buy a policy.

Perhaps this is best described as, “if you don’t have or cannot afford health insurance now, under Obama-care you will have health insurance but you will not have any choice.”



The Post-Obama education talks…

Good morning, Netizens…

O Lord spare us from the idiots we may become through being narrow-minded and ignorant! At least that is what cartoonist David Horsey seems to be saying this morning as we revisit one of his American cartoon families after the kids watched President Obama speaking to them in school yesterday.

If we cannot or will not heed President Obama’s words to our kids yesterday, if the kids are unwilling or unable to heed his words, we are doomed sure as the dickens to raising a generation of idiots.

After a thorough and careful review of his speech yesterday, ie., study hard and go to college, is there any cogent reason kids shouldn’t heed his words? Did anyone see or hear where President Obama tried to sell the kids on Socialist or Communist theories? One of America’s greatest resources upon which our very futures depend so heavily, upon which our very futures rely is that of our PEOPLE in the future.

In short, our kids are our futures. Without critical thinking, and good reading, math and history skills, we are doomed.


Obama’s wandering eyes?

Good morning, Netizens…

There are, in theory, two versions of this picture. One shows U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) as they take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo at the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009. Leaders of the Group of Eight major industrial nations and the main developing economies are meeting in the central Italian city of L’Aquila until Friday to discuss issues ranging from global economic stimulus to climate change and oil prices. (REUTERS/Jason Reed (ITALY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)82065)

The other “version” of the picture notes more deliberately that Obama is attracted to the 16 year-old girl before he remembers who and what he is, while in the meantime, Sarkozy can barely hide his amusement behind his hands.

My only advice to the President of the United States is, regardless how comely the lithesome young woman may be, don’t look. Stick to the higher moral ground and keep other nations wondering.

Do you have any other advice for our President’s wandering eyes?


Creating a policy for torture?

Good morning, Netizens…

In this morning’s David Horsey cartoon we see the logical outcome of an American term called “waffling”, which is further defined, particularly outside of the U.S., as “denoting language without meaning; blathering, babbling, droning.” In other sources it is referred to as “A repetitive response to a question.”

Both seem remotely applicable, despite the fact that President Barack Obama appears to be the source of the comments made about American torture, also referred to as “harsh interrogation techniques”. Does the United States sanction or approve of torturing U.S. Terrorism suspects? That depends largely upon where you get the answer.

Former President George W. Bush was not much better at answering the same questions as put to President Obama. In fact, according a National Public Radio program heard yesterday, the opinion whether or not “waterboarding” was approved by the CIA waffled back and forth throughout much of Bush’s term-of-office until some former CIA operatives no longer active in Iraq had no idea whether or not waterboarding was torture and, if so, whether or not its use was sanctioned by our government.

It is painfully obvious to even the most-tentative explorer that various forms of torture were used on Iraqi captives, ranging from the now well-known waterboarding, to hanging prisoners from chains and other forms of indecency under the Bush administration. We, as a nation, justified this because a band of terrorists had killed hundreds of innocents at the World Trade Center by flying planes into them. We, as a nation, justified torturing prisoners because Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld implied it was necessary to break the back world terrorism, to ensure Al Qaeda or the Taliban would never again strike American soil.

But was it right? My answer has been and always will be, “Hell no!” if for no other reason than the old axiom my grandmother once taught me, that two wrongs don’t make a right.

However, now that the cat is out of the bag, that we are now forced to admit we tortured prisoners of war, how do we, as a nation of laws, deal with the issue?

So long as President Barack Obama sits at that big desk, as Commander-in-Chief of all our military might and power, it is his responsibility to answer the questions regarding our collective past. It is now his responsibility to create a policy to address the past.

Waffling is simply not the answer Americans need to hear. Or is it?


Would you buy a GM from the government?

Good morning, Netizens…

I’m with David Horsey. I do not claim to understand our national economy, nor do I necessarily understand how it works. What little I do know of it you could put in an economic thimble, except for the fact I know when I’ve been truly screwed by watching my investments steadily, inexorably diminish in size and scope over the last year largely due to people like Bernie Madoff.

However, as Horsey’s cartoon this morning points out, suddenly our great nation may now be in charge of selling and marketing automobiles, and there may be more companies than GM, because Ford Motor Company may be the next in line to be absorbed by the government. Maybe not.

The question that rises up unwanted from my perspective is would I as a consumer buy a new vehicle from the government? Would I buy a new vehicle without a durable guaranty, a warranty not underwritten by a government entity?

I remember the two GM vehicles I have owned quite clearly. One came with no warranty whatsoever, because it was a 1955 GM 4X4 pickup whose time had come, and I rebuilt it and drove it for over five years. My second, a brand-new GMC 4X4 pickup purchased from Matt Lott GMC in Evanston, Wyoming, was perpetually in the shop for repairs under warranty, and eventually I got rid of it in favor of an older but more durable 4X4.

If our government suddenly assumes control of GM, I’m sorry, but that would not entice me to buy a new GM truck. No way. What about you?


Obama Fingers, anyone?

Good morning, Netizens…

A German fast food company, in hopes of increasing their sales, hit on a new fast food, Obama Fingers with curry sauce. The company, according to the AP piece, says it meant no racist overtones, as it wasn’t aware of any implied racism.

Many sales executives around the world have drawn the same conclusion: What better poster child for hope than US President Barack Obama? There are Obama dolls, Obama T-shirts, Obama soap-on-a-rope. There is even Obama thong underwear.

Sprehe, a German company that has all manner of frozen delicacies for sale, has come up with a new product it states is selling well. The “fingers” in question are tender pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried.

Would you be offended if you encountered “Obama Fingers” in your favorite fast food store?


The art of understatement…

Good morning, Netizens…

Having dabbled briefly in the wild wonderful world of Spokane Police politics, and having spent the better part of two days making certain, in my mind, that former policeman Jay Olsen is a simpering self-serving nincompoop who would shoot someone with drunken and farcical intentions of justice, I will momentarily take a hiatus from casting aspersions in his general direction and examine this morning’s David Horsey cartoon.

The question Horsey asks, as are lots of other people, when is Obama’s economic stimulus package going to work?

After all, we have this rather huge problem called the economic crisis that seems to reinvent itself each new day, getting bigger and bigger. Here is our fearless leader, Obama, hacking away at it with a scimitar, seemingly unperturbed and actually quite calm about it while the rest of us are sweating away our 401k plans, watching our investments trickle on down into insignificance.

Work your magic, Barack Obama! While you’re hacking away at what you perceive the problem to be, the rest of us are sweating and getting more and more worried.


Flip a coin or listen to Obama?

Good morning, Netizens…

In this morning’s David Horsey cartoon we have the first time that David Horsey has violated the air space of Barack Obama’s sacredness. Of course, that isn’t to say that President Obama is sacred, no; rather it speaks to the truth about Obama’s version of our national economic projections. After a week that saw the sacred gods of the Dow Jones diving deep into their inflation-proof bomb shelters, taking refuge in their offshore bank accounts which are now not nearly so safe as they once were, nobody can be convincing when they say they understand the markets.

“I dunno, man, like, let’s flip a coin and see where it’s going next,” one Wall Street marketer says to another.

Then we have Obama, making predictions about the economy. Which do you trust more, Obama’s predictions while wearing rose-colored glasses or the two residents of Wall Street flipping a coin to see where things will end up?


Vetting another cabinet member…

Good morning, Netizens…

Could it be possible, based upon David Horsey’s cartoon this morning, whether President Obama is getting a violent rash each time he seeks to appoint someone to his cabinet? After all, how many cabinet appointees has it been that have run afoul of the IRS thus far? But Gary Locke? Say it isn’t so that the former Governor of our fair state hedged on his taxes? Stranger things have happened, which of course unquestionably delights the Republicans no end.

Ammunition. That’s what they call it. Of course, have they got a blind spot when it comes to fellow Republicans, or is that just my eyesight tricking me again?

It will be interesting, in my opinion, to watch former Governor Gary Locke playing in the Big Game in Washington, DC where you can either score really high scores or fall dismally into the refuse can they call Washington politics.


Obama before the nation 02/24/2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Did you watch Obama’s entire speech last night?

If you did not, you can read his speech in its entirety at

I made it a point, despite being overwhelmed all week long with toxic levels of overwork and stress, to sit through Obama’s speech before Congress, and although I was impressed after a fashion, where he succeeded, in my opinion, was that he engendered a feeling of HOPE that somehow he is going to successfully restore our national economy to some semblance of normalcy, and with it, the world economy.

Lest someone from the Right Wing view on life accuse me of bias, I hereby admit it openly and willingly. I come from the Grey-Bearded generation of folks who once traveled extensively in the Deep South and witnessed first-hand the horrific racial assaults, the imbalances of justice—in short, everything about the racial dividing line that once was there, and I have lived with those memories and shame for decades because I did not get involved. When I look at Barak Obama, President of the United States, and his family I cannot help but well up with tears because this is a new generation of Black Americans who can, as Obama has stated, have equality and hope for the future for all Americans, regardless of their racial makeup. It’s been a long time coming.

I am glad of it. I am proud to live in a time when such things as his Presidency can happen. I simply hope with every bit of my heart he can steer us a course safely through all the trials and tribulations we still have yet to face, beginning with our economy, the warlike stance of Iran, the combined wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and restoring America’s confidence.

Thus, once for all, I admit a certain bias where Obama is involved. That and I am feeling the beginnings of hope. Perhaps we can do this!


Obama in world view?

Good morning, Netizens…

A carnival float showing a flying President Obama followed by a flying Europe is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday. Street spectacles in the carnival strongholds of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of revelers, marking the highlights in Germany’s carnival season. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
(February 23, 2009)

Oh really? Obama has a halo in the European view of the U.S.? And Europe is following hard on his heels? Something the Germans left out was the role of China in our success and/or failure, wouldn’t you say? At least if my facts are correct, our country is in hock up to their eyes to China and Japan.

Oh, maybe the halo is made in China perhaps. What do you think?


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