Monthly Archives: May 2009

Give My Regards to Broadway

Due to Mr. Obama’s fascination with Abraham Lincoln, I have said, “please don’t let him go to any plays.”  But alas…..

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama landed in New York Saturday afternoon, and after taking a helicopter from JFK into Manhattan, drove up the West Side Highway, where the northbound lanes were shut down by police for their visit, past Ground Zero, into the Village for dinner at the Village’s Blue Hill restaurant. From there, they went north to Times Square, where they went to to see a production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theater on West 44 Street.

Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest read a statement from Obama: “I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished.”

Asked about the cost of the trip, which Republicans have criticized as indulgent, coming just ahead of the expected announcement of GM’s bankruptcy filing on Monday, Josh Earnest told pool reporter Dave Michaels of the Dallas Morning News, that he “didn’t anticipate being able to provide a cost estimate tonight.”

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After the play let out at about 11:30 p.m., the presidential motorcade went down Sixth Avenue, shut down by the NYPD, and onlookers packed onto the East side of the street cheered as the presidential motorcade passed as the Obamas headed back to JFK for a return flight to Washington.

Posted:  05.31.09

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President picks Sotomayor as his judge with empathy

President Obama has made his pick for the Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor.

He has stated he would choose someone with empathy.

“I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook; it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives, whether they can make a living and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation,” Mr. Obama said.

During his campaign, he even went so far as to say:

“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old — and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

According to Title 28, Chapter I, Part 453 of the United States Code, each Supreme Court Justice takes the following oath:

“I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

I don’t see anything about empathy in there.  And what about that blindfolded lady?  I always thought it was empathy/sympathy that a judge was supposed to set aside and make their judgments based on the law.  If judgments were made out of feelings and emotion there would never be a foreclosure, never a collection of a debt, never even a divorce, and never a person jailed or imprisoned.  There are always consequences to lawful judgments and all impact lives in the end.  Empathy is for a counseling session not a court of law.

“Empathy and sympathy are very close and are sometimes used as synonyms. The easiest way to separate them is to remember that empathy is about feelings whilst sympathy is about actions. Thus you may empathize with another person and then act on this by telling them how sorry or happy you feel for them.”

“Empathetic people are often very sympathetic – they can hardly stop themselves as they really do feel for the other person.”

See Should Lady Justice Drop Her Blindfold?.

Posted: 05.27.09

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Dick Cheney on national security – Hooray!

I like Cheney’s speech today. So good to hear somebody stand up and speak out. In so many places, I can say “he took the words right out of my mouth,” especially in the following quotes:

“”Yet for all these exacting efforts to do a hard and necessary job and to do it right, we hear from some quarters nothing but feigned outrage based on a false narrative. In my long experience in Washington, few matters have inspired so much contrived indignation and phony moralizing as the interrogation methods applied to a few captured terrorists.

I might add that people who consistently distort the truth in this way are in no position to lecture anyone about “values”…..

[I think I detect a little bit of Saul Alinsky’s Rule #4 in all the moralization – ‘ Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules,’ while all the while practicing ‘the ends justify the means’ yourself.]

…..In the category of euphemism, the prizewinning entry would be a recent editorial in a familiar newspaper that referred to terrorists we’ve captured as, quote, “abducted.” Here we have ruthless enemies of this country, stopped in their tracks by brave operatives in the service of America, and a major editorial page makes them sound like they were kidnap victims, picked up at random on their way to the movies.….

…..It is a fact that only detainees of the highest intelligence value were ever subjected to enhanced interrogation. You’ve heard endlessly about waterboarding. It happened to three terrorists. One of them was Khalid Sheikh Muhammed – the mastermind of 9/11, who has also boasted about beheading Daniel Pearl…..

…..blames America for the evil that others do…..””

I listened to both speeches and I don’t have a doubt in my mind that the terrorists are happier with POTUS’ views than with Cheney’s.

One thing about it, it is not an opinion or a theory that we have not been attacked again, it is a FACT.


[Has anyone noticed the POTUS does not know the proper usage of “a” and “an”?  He also called the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, William Gates.  Wouldn’t bring it up except that he’s so, you know, “intelligent.”  But whatever…..] 🙂

See complete transcript of Cheney’s speech Here.

Posted: 05.21.09

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Idea to have Hillary and Sarah Palin join forces?

This is a very interesting story from Politico that the idea was presented to Sarah Palin to help Hillary retire her debt. I don’t think this is such a stretch myself. She did decline stating she didn’t think her contributors would be in favor of such a move, but what would it have meant if she had decided to participate?  John Coale said it was a reaction he had to the poor treatment both women received and that he was hoping to forge some alliance of women by hooking up Palin with the former first family.  The fact that I always thought Greta was very impressed with Sarah and respected her whether she agreed with her or not makes me think she may have had some input.

In an unusual attempt to forge an alliance between two of the most prominent political families in American politics, John Coale, a Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser to Sarah Palin, urged the conservative Alaska governor to use her political action committee to help retire the presidential campaign debt of Hillary Clinton.

Coale, a wealthy trial attorney and the husband of Fox News talk show host Greta Van Susteren, approached Palin with the improbable plan in February while in Alaska with his wife, who was taping an interview with the former Republican vice presidential nominee.

Posted:  05.20.09

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Cockatoo shakes a tail feather (Video – Funny)

Frostie is a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo dancing to the Blues Brothers & Ray Charles hit from their Difinitive Collection Album!   This is too funny.

Posted:  05.17.09

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President speaks at Notre Dame, calls for open hearts and open minds

Today at Notre Dame POTUS implored the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop “reducing those with differing views to caricature.”  He called for “Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words.”

Meanwhile, prior to his address, at least 27 people were arrested on trespassing charges, including Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in Roe vs Wade, who now opposes abortion.

And Friday, as I posted previously, 21 others, including Alan Keyes and a catholic priest were arrested and are today still IN JAIL.  Here’s a video of the arrest of the elderly priest who was peacefully trying to uphold what is catholic doctrine on the grounds of a catholic university.

This will break your heart.  The land of the free?  These police should exercise a little civil disobedience and refuse to do this.

I’m sure you won’t see this on the mainstream media.  But it did happen on Friday, May 15, 2009, in the United States of America.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.”  Isaiah 5:20

Posted:  05.17.09

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Alan Keyes, Catholic priest, others, arrested for trespassing at Notre Dame

Obama Notre Dame Former Republican presidential hopeful Alan Keyes, a Roman Catholic priest and 19 others were arrested Friday after marching onto the University of Notre Dame campus to protest President Barack Obama‘s planned commencement speech.

All 21 arrested were charged with trespassing. Keyes and five others were ordered held in the St. Joseph County Jail until Monday because it was their second time being arrested on a charge of trespassing at Notre Dame, said Sgt. Bill Redman, St. Joseph County Police Department spokesman. Bond was set at $250 for the others.

I was in favor of President Obama speaking, not for what he believes or does not believe but because he is President of the United States.

But this is crazy.

If I read this correctly, these people have been arrested previously for trespassing and are already out on bond.  So a new rule was imposed that they will be held until they can get a hearing, so they will be in jail over the weekend and can’t participate in any protest.

Posted:  05.15.09

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