And so informative. You’ve no doubt heard all about Obama’s plan to cut $100 million from the proposed budget. Let’s just say that this gives that a little bit of perspective.
April 29, 2009
And now, I’m going to talk about flowers. This is extremely important, life-altering subject matter. (ha)
I simply couldn’t stand it anymore, and so yesterday, despite the un-late-April like cool weather, I loaded the kids into the car and went to the nursery to buy some of my annuals. For the past two years, I’ve said that I’m going to go with a red and white theme for my pots, and each spring, I’ve gone to the nursery and been spell-bound by the vibrant oranges, corals, pinks and purples. And I simply couldn’t resist them. And by midsummer, I always feel a pang of regret that I didn’t stick to plan.
Alas, yesterday I exercised super-human restraint by passing over those colors and adhering instead to my intended palette. Judging from the way they look all jumbled together in their flats on my porch, I think I’ll be satisfied with them. I ended up choosing a beautiful deep shade of scarlet geraniums (Calliope red, to be specific), some white petunias, a red Gerber daisy, some trailing variegated vinca, small-flowered and dainty white Bacopa, deep-scarlet Calibrachoa, white impatiens, and a deep-red pot carnation.
Every year, too, I inevitably see someone’s house in a magazine decorated with a huge number of ferns in hanging baskets, and I’ll admit that I’ve scoffed at them, remarking on the money they must’ve paid for them. (A huge fern in a hanging basket can be quite pricey.) “You,” David remarked, “have fern-envy.” And as soon as he said it, I knew it was true! I will admit it: I am afflicted with an outrageous case of fern-envy. I, too, want multitudes of hanging ferns surrounding my porch. The first step toward alleviating a problem is admitting it, so I’m well on my way.
I realize one can propogate ferns. I will have to do this. Except I seem to have another problem; I’m starting to accumulate too many house plants due to propogation, and ferns have to be kept inside half the year, and they’re messy. Such a grave dilemma, I know.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress. But my green/brown thumb has awakened and it cannot be stopped. Woe to anyone who gets in my way!
If you’re a conservative, you’re exasperated beyond belief. If you’re a liberal/statist, you’re too busy fawning over BO to actually consider his actions critically. Divided we stand, after the election of the great “Unifier.”
One thing that particularly stands out to me (and, apparently, to many others) is the arrogance on display by President Obama. It’s really quite stunning. It makes me wonder, “Does he know what he looks like?” Who really knows, but I’ve found that extremely narcissistic people generally don’t realize the complete asses they make of themselves by displaying their own self-love with such gusto. (They also tend to be incredibly thin-skinned and unable to laugh at themselves or detect irony and sarcasm.)
Michelle Malkin adroitly illustrates the ego with which we’re dealing: 100 Days of Reckless Photo-Op Hubris.
Also, Jonah Goldberg has a great column, too, that is quite worthy of a read: Obama’s Liberal Arrogance Will Be His Undoing.
Meanwhile, circulation for the conservative National Review (where I work) is soaring. More people watch Fox News (where I am a contributor) in prime time than watch CNN and MSNBC combined. The “tea parties” may not have been as big as your typical union-organized “spontaneous” demonstration, but they were far more significant than any protests this early in Bush’s tenure.
And yet, according to Democrats and liberal pundits, America is enjoying unprecedented unity, and conservatives are going the way of the dodo.
Case in point: The media’s spin on yesterday’s announcement that Arlen Specter has decided to switch parties and become a Democrat. “The GOP is flailing! It’s over with!” And on and on. I’m not denying that the Republican party is in a painful transition right now; it is. But it’s a good thing! It’s like a controlled burn, a purging, if you will, where all the RINOs will be gotten rid of, and we will once again elect people who actually remain true to conservatism. Liberal Republican Arlen Specter leaving the party? Let’s throw a party! Don’t let the door hit your rear on the way out, Arlen. While you’re at it, take Snowe and Collins with you.
Goldberg ends his column with this:
American politics didn’t come to an end with Obama’s election, and nothing in politics breeds corrective antibodies more quickly than overreaching arrogance. And by that measure, Obama’s first 100 days have been a huge down payment on the inevitable correction to come.
Let’s hope he’s correct.
April 28, 2009
I just finished a book that I check-out from the library on a whim. It was located on the “new fiction” rack, it looked like an easy read (it was), and I was in the mood for just that. It ended up being a slightly entertaining piece of trash, but one in which the author felt compelled to reveal her private political predilections on every page. This, to me, is an annoying and amateurish habit, that actually makes the author appear as not “liberal,” in the classic sense, but rather showcasing her inability to be open-minded and accepting. I am in no way overstating things; it was page after page of authorial cheap-shots at anything that strayed one inch right-of-center. No doubt this author fancies herself as one of those “smart” people, and is thus blinded to her own hypocrisy. Very well. It’s a free country, at least for now.
As such, I could start referring to the Obama Administration as, simply, “The Administration,” as Ms. Too-Smart referred to the last one. (She actually equated the Christian Right and the jihadists.) So, in that vein, The Administration illustrated its “smart power” yesterday by scaring the daylights out of traumatized New Yorkers by buzzing the Goldman Sachs building and the Statue of Liberty for a…photo op. Yes, the smartest administration evah decided to zoom a low-flying 747, followed by an F-16, over lower Manhattan, without warning anyone about it. From MSNBC: “An official from the Obama administration said the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.”
See how it looked from the ground:
Eerily similar to 9/11. People actually evacuated their high-rises and sought medical attention after the spectacle. Don’t count on the buck ever stopping on Obama, however. If anything goes wrong, someone is always quick to point the finger to someone–anyone–else. Imagine the reaction of the media had this occurred during Bush’s presidency. There would be non-stop news coverage and much gnashing of teeth.
Smart power, indeed. Not to mention quite “ungreen,” to burn this amount of fuel for a measly photo op for the White House. This from a man who chastizes us for the types of vehicles we drive and reprimands us for the temperature level in our homes. H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-I-C-A-L, it’s spelled.
And kudos to former supermodel Kathy Ireland, who bravely spoke out against abortion recently. We by now know what happens to women who dare speak their minds on hot-button issues, like Miss California. They are outrightly attacked and coerced into apologizing for their beliefs. This, again, from the “tolerant” left. Conservative women are not allowed to have an opinion. Should they make the mistake of issuing one, they will most certainly by subjected to ridicule and misogynistic verbal assaults. What a sad state of affairs.
But, way to go, Kathy. Read the link. She not only says what she thinks, but says it well.
Related: We’re here, we’re queer and we’re hypocrites. This article isn’t against gays; it targets the Perez Hiltons of the world who are not representative of most gays. The thuggery of the gay-rights haters is astonishing.
This swine flu, this swine flu. A possible pandemic is in the works, and Obama has yet to staff the HHS department. No fear, Janet Napalitano is on the case, although we know we can’t expect her to make calm, rational decisions that make sense, like, say, monitoring the Mexican border. Rather, they are reactionary; after-the-fact. Obama went golfing. Hugh Hewitt wonders, “Could this be Obama’s Katrina Moment?”
And, finally, we’re approaching the hallowed close of Obama’s first 100 days. John Hawkins has a marvelous wrap-up: Twenty Great Moments From Obama’s First 100 Days! Suffice it to say, I’m severely underwhelmed.
April 27, 2009
Mary Ann Glendon, pro-life advocate, was set to receive one of the most prestigious Catholic awards in existence, the Laetare Award, at Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement. Of course, since her initial invitation in December 2008, Notre Dame also completely lost their true Catholic cred by sullying its honored name in inviting The Abortion President, himself, to speak and receive an honorary degree.
Ms. Glendon has since sent them an open letter declining the invite and the award. It seems that she doesn’t favor becoming the token Catholic at the Catholic university’s commencement. Her letter reads as follows:
April 27, 2009
The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame
Dear Father Jenkins,
When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame’s most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.
Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement speech was to be given by President Obama, I mentioned to you that I would have to rewrite my speech. Over the ensuing weeks, the task that once seemed so delightful has been complicated by a number of factors.
First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” and that such persons “should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.
Then I learned that “talking points” issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:
- “President Obama won’t be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal.”
- “We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about.”
A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision—in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops—to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.
Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.
It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.
In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.
Yours Very Truly,
Mary Ann Glendon
Good for her. A woman of principle. In Bishop John D’Arcy’s words, she has chosen truth over prestige.
More on this, from Fr. Raymond J. de Souza:
Father John Jenkins likely thought himself very clever. Professor Mary Ann Glendon just took him to school.
In declining to receive the Laetare Medal alongside President Barack Obama’s honorary doctorate of laws at next month’s commencement, Glendon has refused to participate in the shabby manipulation Father Jenkins attempted to engineer. It is a rare personage who could ennoble an award by refusing to receive it, but Professor Glendon has done just that. The Laetare Medal will now be known best for the year in which it was declined. Glendon chose, to use the apt words of Bishop John D’Arcy in this regard, truth over prestige.
The significance of Glendon’s refusal is enormous. The most accomplished Catholic laywoman in America — former ambassador of the United States to the Holy See and current president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences — has refused to accept Notre Dame’s highest honor. It is a signal moment for the Catholic Church in the United States. It is a signal moment for the Church’s public witness.
Perhaps there is something good to come from this scandal: It is mobilizing thousands upon thousands of Catholics to call on our Catholic institutions to BE CATHOLIC. Signal moment? Absolutely.
Notre Dame Alumni Withhold $8.2 Million Over Pro-Abortion Obama Invitation
Protesting with their pocketbooks.
President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation A sickening review. Really, about the only thing Obama has accomplished in his first 100 days. (Besides bankrupting our nation, that is.)
April 26, 2009
Via the Catholic Key
Obama said last week, on remembering the Holocaust:
“It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity: science that can heal, used to kill; education that can enlighten, used to rationalize away basic moral impulses; the bureaucracy that sustains modern life, used as the machinery of mass death, a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands.”
His words, of course, make us think of this.
Has this man no sense of irony? Either he’s blind or not paying attention. Reading continually from a teleprompter probably does that to a person.
Black is white, white is black. Up is down, down is up. Good is evil, evil is good. Welcome to 2009.
April 22, 2009
April 21, 2009
Susan Boyle’s voice is phenomenal. They’ve discovered a recording of her singing the blues riff, Cry Me A River, that she did ten years ago for a charity CD. It’ll blow you away. It’s posted here.
I mean, I Dreamed A Dream was excellent, but I kept wondering if her voice just seemed a little better than it is because we weren’t expecting it. After listening to the above? It’s that good. She sounds trained, in a good way. I can’t wait to buy whatever some greedy bastard produces for her, and pray that she doesn’t get exploited or marred. She’s just perfect the way she is.
This woman has set a record for most online hits in a week. As of looking just now, the seven-minute YouTube clip of her audition on Britain’s Got Talent has garnered over 36 million views. (No small feat, even though it’s only a drop in the bucket in comparison with Obama’s budget.)
It’s hard not to be cynical just at the moment, so when I need a dose of good old-fashioned perspective, I think of Ms. Boyle.
Me, cynical? Oh yes. Let me explain.
Our president is busy with a continuation of his World Apology Tour, endeavoring at every possible chance to bend over (or even bow) to the most asinine characters ever thrown onto the world’s stage. Obama persists in scraping around on his knees to brutal dictators and leaders of oppressive regimes that care nothing about the freedom or humanity of its people, the same countries who are totally bent upon our destruction.
Take Chavez, for example. Instead of letting him trash our noble nation, wouldn’t it be great to have a leader who actually defended that which he led? I simply don’t understand the liberal notion of trying to “make nice” with people who treat their citizens as sub-human. I do not understand the people who persist in holding some crack-brained notion that Venezuela (or Cuba, or Saudi Arabia, or Iran) is Heaven’s counterpart. Actually, here’s the case for punching Chavez in the face. It’s really a kindergarten notion. Romper Room diplomacy, if you will.
This is all happening at the same time that Obama is dissing our allies.
Meanwhile, Janet Napalitano is busy standing by her despicable, baseless DHS report, classifying anyone who opposes the ever-burgeoning, bloated government, anyone who has a problem with spending what we don’t have, anyone who opposes the long-term ramifications of this spending upon our children and grandchildren, anyone who thinks the answer isn’t always “more government,” anyone who objects to the bankrupting of our nation, anyone who opposes the erosion of our freedom under the rubric of government programs, anyone who desires to uphold the Constitution, anyone who opposes abortion or illegal immigration, and anyone who happens to be a returning vet—-as potential domestic terrorists.
HA HA HA, WE are the terrorists! And she suddenly has no problem saying the T-word. The administration has suddenly ended the War on Terror, following the pathetic example of the people who call terrorists who blow up themselves and other people as merely “insurgents”, who call our actions “overseas contingency operations”, and now refer to the terroristic acts that took over 3,000 lives on ONE DAY as “man-caused disasters.” (As Jonah Goldberg noted in NR, apparently this would make a terrorist a “man-caused disaster-causing man”.)
Behold the subversive power of language. The funny (funny?) thing is, language doesn’t mean diddly-squat when it comes to actually dealing with the threats that face our nation. What it DOES accomplish (besides making us look like capitulating weaklings and causing our enemies to rub their hands together in anticipatory glee) is to make a lot of people FEEL better about themselves. And that, my friends, is liberalism. And it is dangerous.
Happy Tuesday to you all.
Supplemental must-read: Peace Through Weakness