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Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Roy Rogers had Gabby. Cisco had Pancho. And Barack has Biden. Every hero needs a colorful sidekick. Only Biden has to apologize for all his attempts at comic relief. Oh, well. Ya gotta love Joe.

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Congressional hawk Joe Lieberman certainly gets around. He was the Democratic VP candidate in 2000; an independent candidate in his bid to hang on to his Senatorial seat;  and, most recently, John McCain’s Siamese twin and RNC keynote speaker.  These days, however, he is a good soldier in President Obama’s army:

“I thought the president was superb in that interview, it was very important that he did this as his first interview after he took office, that he spoke to the Muslim world,” said Lieberman. “I think now he has people hiding out in the caves and the Fatah worrying that he might be their worst nightmare. I certainly hope so.”

The plaudits were a striking contrast to the tone that Lieberman often deployed during the presidential campaign. Back then, he frequently questioned Obama’s capacity to handle foreign policy crises and criticized in particular his position on drawing down in Iraq. “Sen. Obama doesn’t come to this debate with a lot of credibility,” Lieberman declared at one point, in his advocacy for John McCain.

This guy, flip flops more than Kerry!

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Andrew Sullivan contrasts Obama and Bush:

One impression from Obama’s interactions with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Obama clearly sees the presidency as a different institution than his immediate predecessor. This is a good thing, it seems to me. Bush had imbibed a monarchical sense of the office from his father and his godfather (Cheney). The monarch decided. If you were lucky, you’d get an explanation later, usually dolled up in propaganda. But the president had one accountability moment – the election of 2004 – and the rest of the time he saw the presidency as a form of power that should be used with total boldness and declarative clarity…If Bush was about the presidency as power, Obama is about the presidency as authority. It’s fascinating to watch this deep difference in understanding slowly but unmistakably realize itself in public actions. Somewhere the Founders are smiling.

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Okay, nobody has accused Obama of having a shortage of gray matter. But, wow! His first televised interview, he does for Arabic television. And he can say that members of his family are Muslim, and that he grew up in Muslim countries. All the stuff that didn’t play well in West Virginia, gives this guy a leg up in the West Bank. Hopefully, this does more than reduce the flag burnings. Hopefully, it helps reshape the globe. Yes we can.

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Bin Laden and company are sure going to miss Bush. He was the poster child for al-Qaeda recruitment. Now they are trying to come up with ways to demonize Obama. Good luck with that one.

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Obama’s repealing of the so-called “Mexico City” gag-rule is being seen by many as evidence that Obama is wasting no time in enacting his radical pro-abortion agenda. Well, not exactly. He is simply engaging in this 25- year back-and-forth game the two major parties play with the abortion issue. Oddly enough, one group is even arguing that the repealing of the gag-rule will actually REDUCE the number of abortions in poor countries. Of course, most Pro-life groups seem far more interested in outlawing abortion than preventing the circumstances that lead to women to make that sad choice. The Third Way argues:

Reforming U.S. foreign family planning aid by repealing the Mexico City policy is a life-affirming step.
Fact: The repeal would not fund abortion.
Since 1973, the Helms Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act has explicitly banned the use of U.S. taxpayer funds for abortions overseas.4 Repealing the Mexico City policy would do nothing to change this.5
Fact: The repeal would reduce the number of abortions worldwide.
A joint report by the Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund estimated that providing family planning services to the 201 million women in developing counties whose needs are unmet would prevent 52 million unintended pregnancies and 22 million abortions annually.6
• The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana provided family planning services to as many as 697,000 individuals. Their loss of funding as a result of the Mexico City policy affected the ability of 1,327 communities in Ghana to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortion. Repealing the Mexico City policy would reduce the number of abortions worldwide by restoring desperately needed family planning services to some of the poorest countries in the world.

Clearly, better birth control would be one very effective way to lower the global abortion rate. But here’s the rub. Devout Catholics who are united with Evangelicals against abortion, are also against contraception. Could it be that the Pro-life community’s high morals are causing more abortions than they are preventing? Wow!  There’s an ironic thought.

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Remember when FOX News thought it was unpatriotic to criticize a sitting President and his policies? Those days, apparently, are over.

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Anticipating wingnut backlash, Obama decided a retake of the oath of office might be a good idea. Chief Justice Roberts came to the White House. This time he brought the words. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Roberts said. “I am,” Obama said, “And we’re going to do it very slowly.”

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Obama’s preachers just can’t catch a break. Rightwing pundits saw Wright as unAmerican. Leftwing bloggers saw Warren as a hatemonger, and now Republicans are feigning shock and awe at Rev. Lowery’s playful allusion to an old rainbow coalition ditty about blacks, Asians, Latinos, native Americans and white folks. I think Obama may need to consider attending a nice, low-profile mosque. Clearly, his Christianity is snake bit.

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After jetting the globe, helping heal the Northern Ireland divide, facing down steroids in major league baseball and accomplishing great things in general, George Mitchell will now be the special envoy to the Middle East. Looks like Mitchell’s good luck is about to change.

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Good news, Barack wasn’t going all Dubya on us when he appeared to fumble the oath of office. The fault in the fumble was the quarterback’s. Chief Justice Roberts got it wrong. Althouse explains:

The Chief Justice in fact screwed up the oath. The Constitution requires:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Roberts left out the word “faithfully.” (He also said “President to the United State.”) Obama saw the mistake and stopped himself to gave Roberts a chance to fix it. Roberts redid the line, remembering to throw in “faithfully,” but putting it in the wrong place — after President of the United States — and, this time, Obama went along with the wording. Close enough, I guess he figured. I wonder what Barack Obama was thinking. Maybe: Some textualist you turned out to be!

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Bush’s Farewell Address. Or Ferrell Address. Kinda the same thing.

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I have a dream that one day … little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.– MLK

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With Democrats controling both Houses and the Executive, Liberals were hoping to have Neo Cons for breakfast. Apparently, Obama prefers to have them for dinner.