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November 29, 2008

Movin’ On

112508In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today, Karl Rove applauds Barack Obama’s appointment of a “first-rate economic team,” cheering the selections of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Council of Economic Advisers chief Christina Romer, and OMB head Peter Orszag.

Man, if Karl Rove likes it then we are really in trouble.

Internet is abuzz with Obama news this morning, believe it or not, some folks actually advocating that Bush step down now and turn it all over to the new elect.  Thank goodness we have a system of rules and stop-gap measures in place, for people like this.

Your turn is coming, be patient.

Having visited Washington DC twice in my lifetime I did come away with one observation.  Washington has a lot of one-way streets.  Never could figure it out, then one day it occurred to me.  “This is so the bunch leaving, won’t be running into the new bunch coming in.”

Pretty smart planning.

President Bush recently told staffers at a meeting at the White House that “he understood how difficult it would be for them to move, locate new employment, and get on with a new life.  He said that he felt their concerns.”  He is however, in considerably much better shape, leaving Washington with estimated assets of some $21 million dollars.  He also said that he would be “bored” living on his 1,500 acre ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Ranch?  The Ponderosa was a ranch, I never understood that Crawford, Texas ranch observation at all.

The Crawford spread surely doesn’t fit the definition of “ranch” I have never observed any livestock of any kind on it, don’t believe it grows anything other than brush and chainsaws.  At least Ronald Reagan had a horse or two around for him and Barbara Walters to ride.  The “ranch in Crawford” is reminiscent of all those old Hollywood movies where they show the home of the cattle baron bad guy, and you hear all of these cows in the background lowing (moo’ing) but you never actually see any of them.

Bush the impossible dreamer has another iron in the fire now.  He is now dreaming of setting up “A Fantastic Freedom Institute” (his words not mine) to promote democracy around the world, no word on which country they plan on invading in order to pull of this lofty goal.  Stay tuned, when we hear where it is located, we will let you know.

One thing for sure, he said it is not Cleveland.

It is all kind of moot anyway, “he won’t know until Cheney tells him.”  He also said that “he would be giving some speeches, to replenish the coffers.”  Now there is a definite yawner there, that is like paying for tickets to see the Partridge Family in concert ….. Pass.

We haven’t had a “class act” president in a long, long time.  Mr Obama is now our present hope.

The last president we had that had a modicum of good taste or class would be (this is my opinion) Harry Truman.  Nowadays presidents line up on the speaking tour circuit, it is lucrative and of course there is the “presidential library gambit” which provides a neat, legal avenue for the rich to funnel money to ex-presidents without reporting the stipend to anyone.

That works out just swell and the majority of the outgoing presidents have taken advantage of it.

When Harry S. Truman, left the White House, he had to take out a bank loan to tide him over in private life.  He had no official government income or support except for his Army pension of $112.56 a month.  Yet he turned down every lucrative consulting engagement, and tidy-sum endorsement offer that came his way.  When asked about it, he replied, “I could never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the presidency.”

But that is back when our leadership had a moral conscience, direction and backbone.  All we have now is a bunch of pandering clowns with their hands out headed for the next free $1,000 a plate fund raiser and book signing.  Which is kind of sad, for the dignity of the office and the country as a whole.

A Fantastic Freedom Institute, that is a real hoot.

This from another elected political thug in a long line that has made the name America as Tom Hetland said in his book “synonymous with Viet Nam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, the toppling of El Salvador, Allende in Chile and now Iraq, Afghanistan and Guanta’namo. A dark twisted country that sends its best men off to die.”

Needlessly sacrificed in parts of the world most folks cannot locate on a map.  All in the name of democracy … War is good business … Invest your kid.  Just go home Dubya and be quiet, we are all tired of your speeches and policies that emptied our coffers, and killed the best of our sons.

Some eight years ago, America welcomed Mr. Bush with open arms in Philadelphia to the strains of “God Bless The USA” by Lee Greenwood.  As he leaves I am reminded of a John Lennon song, “Imagine.” Imagine there’s no Heaven, it’s easy if you try, no hell below us, above us, only sky.  Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do, nothing to kill for or die for and no religion too. You can play it over and over in the elevators of your new Fantastic Freedom Institute, a good anthem for you.

It is time to bring the troops home each and everyone of them, and it is also time for you El President’e , El Majordomo, to just move on.


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The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)

November 28, 2008

Obama’s Interview

imagesThe other night during the interview with Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, I did something that is totally out of character for me.  “I watched the entire episode, from start to finish.”

Now I have to admit, when it comes to political types, I have a very low tolerance for stupidity.  And I have been known in the past to throw things at my television set, grab the remote out of the hands of other people, and change channels.

The mere sight of George Bush was enough to set me off on most days, and I thank my lucky stars for the feature on my remote that says … “Mute.”

Thankfully Bush is headed back to Texas where his most important question of the day asked of him will be “what is your zip code” at Lowe’s or Home Depot (don’t worry he will have his entourage of Secret Service to assist him).

Fully expecting to see but one more episode of Tom Cruise jumping on a couch or something like that, I was pleasantly pleased to see Mr. Obama and his wife.  So it was rather different around here the other night observing this man with the engaging smile and the propensity to “actually finish his sentences” on Barbara Walters.

Carefully I listened to what he had to say, and low and behold, a closet intellectual emerged before my very eyes.  Here is someone who actually thinks before he opens his mouth, who can skillfully address a point or an idea, and make sense.

What is this?

After eight years of down-home country wit, cutesy little folklore sayings, the occasional wink and smirk, it is refreshing to have something now that resembles a thinker in the White House.  Living in a country with a long attitude of hostility towards politicians it might not be all that smart however to illustrate early on how smart we are.  Bill Clinton deliberately played down his superior intelligence on occasion.  Bush however didn’t have that luxury, and for the most part, spurned any kind of intellectual thought that differed from his own.

Not even pretending to know the answers, I will venture this.

I find it somewhat curious that Barack is taking the “Lincoln approach” to his cabinet positions, filling them with enemies and known underachievers.  Leftovers from the Clinton administration.  Lincoln did this during his tenure and it worked for awhile, but at the end, it all came unraveled and ended up in a sorry mess.

A lot of talk about Ronald Reagan and his leadership style these days, but in most respects, he was hated and often criticized to the nineteenth degree behind his back.  Most democrats hated him with a teeth grinding fury and a lot of republicans were the same.

But it is so nice to hear genuine thought coming from a man, instead of some lame sound bite, written by some 19 year old college kid working on staff.

I don’t know if Mr. Obama has “the right stuff” or not.  If he will be able to transcend the ideology that seems to be gripping the country right now.  He may have the stamina because of his apparent youth and vigor, to beat them down, those who do not see it his way, which to me is the only way he is going to be able to pull this off.

Barbara Walters much like Andy Rooney has become an American institution.  But it is refreshing to see someone that is open minded and inquisitive in this new political role answering her questions.  Something that has been missing around here for a long, long time.

It has been an interesting week for sure.

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November 21, 2008

Garbled Viewpoint

Scratch N Sniff Bandits Strike Again

DALLAS Texas – A man has proven that you can never have too much underwear when he stole more than 130 pairs of panties from a Victoria’s Secret store.  The Dallas Morning News reported online Tuesday that a man snatched $1,067 worth of underwear from a table at the Dallas store Monday. A police report says a female accomplice held open the door during the theft and both sped away in a green car.  The report did not indicate what styles or sizes were stolen.

Don’t Forget Your Coupons

Coeur d’Alene Idaho – Law enforcement agents are offering $25 grocery gift cards to people who turn in burglary suspects before Thanksgiving. The Kootenai County branch of Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is looking for five suspects in recent burglaries and is offering the grocery cards to sweeten regular cash rewards of up to $1,000.  CATCH A TURKEY – WIN A TURKEY …. What a concept.

Locked Down and Lonesome

Paducah, Kentucky – A state prisoner serving a four-year sentence for theft returned to the McCracken County Regional Jail a few hours after he escaped from a cleanup detail. Authorities said Chad Toy, 21, told them he was influenced by family members who feared for his safety. He returned still wearing his orange jump suit.

What a classy move

The auto exec’s all flew into Washington this week in “private jets” to beg for money and a possible bail out.  Now that is an austerity program for the rich if I ever saw one.  Meanwhile, our beloved Chief Executive has done rather well in this lucrative money-pit of tax payer dollars.  It is estimated that Bush will leave the White House with an estimated net worth of some $21 million, not a bad payday, for a sorry job and a proven underachiever. This is the problem with America, we know the price of everything but not the value of nothing.

Thank You For Sharing That

Brad Pitt on fatherhood in an interview on today’s Oprah Winfrey Show says “I am impervious to poo, snot, urine, and vomit.”  Man that sure helped me get my breakfast burrito down, thanks a lot.  Gee whiz Poppa-Pitt show a little class.  Rosie O’Donnell is coming to NBC for another round of “please tune in and allow me to share my rancid life history with you” check your local listings.  Wonder if Barbara Walters is gonna watch?  Another one of Hugh Heffner’s girlfriends is leaving him to marry a younger guy … I think he is sixty.

He-Said – She-Said

Silverton Oregon has the nation’s first transgender mayor.  His/Her highness wears women’s clothes and has breast implants.  By not hiding his cross-dressing from the public he said “I have blackmail-proofed myself.”  Wonder which bathroom he uses at City Hall … Just thinking outside the box y’all.

Myopia in Texas (Where else?)

The Terrell, Texas, Tribune did not even mention in its Nov. 5th edition that Barack Obama had won the presidential election because it was not local news.  “We covered the local commissioner’s race” said the editor, “We thought that was more important.”  Texas is the only state in the nation that executes the mentally insane and also elects them to the highest office in the land.

Look out below

Now this is something everyone in New Jersey can take pride in.  Councilman Steven Lipsid, who was arrested at a Grateful Dead Concert for urinating off the balcony onto the crowd below.  The 44-year old politician said that he had “resolved not to touch alcohol again.”  See what happens when you get a good deal on cheap seats at a concert?

More Nakid News

Tell me that I don’t know my reader base?  Twelve participants in the Boulder, Colorado annual Naked Pumpkin Run may be forced to register as sex offenders.  As 150 revelers ran naked through the streets of Boulder wearing pumpkins on their heads (I am not making this up – I swear!) the police arrested 12 on charges of indecent exposure.  “I was thinking a minor fine or community service, not thinking of sex offender.” Said one arrested 23 year old.  I believe the key word in that statement would be “not thinking.”  If convicted, I think they ought to have to write and answer the Comments Section at Creative Endeavors for at least ninety-days, that would be good community service.

Back To Law & Order

Former Sen. Fred Thompson is going back to starring on TV after his foray into Republican presidential politics over the last year.  Thompson, best known on TV for his role as a gruff district attorney on NBC’s Law & Order, dropped out of the crowded Republican primaries in January after his much-anticipated presidential campaign failed to gain strong support among conservatives.

Val Kilmer (I think he was that Bat Man guy) is officially weighing a run for Governor of New Mexico approaching it as a worthy, serious matter (that is a delightful change of pace).  The 48 year old actor said he would be “very comfortable” in the position.  Here lately that position is mostly called “bending over’ if you are in politics.

No word on Vanilla Ice, Mr. T or anyone else, but I understand Hasselhoff is staying on America Has Talent. It is also rumored that George Wubya Bush is now considering “acting lessons when they settle down in Dallas” later on this year.

One thing is for sure … They should not have a problem locating a new house or an old one for that matter.

Have A Great Weekend.

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