“disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude.”

dawn-johnson Time to dust off the old filibuster. 

Dawn Johnson, sister-in-law of David Hamilton (the jurist who said it was illegal to begin a legislative session with a prayer in Jesus’ name, but perfectly OK to pray to Allah), has been nominated to head the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.

You may remember Ms. Johnson for the quotation in the title of this post, in which she compared pregnancy to slavery.

Brillyunt!

What are the odds that one or both of these giant-brains will have tax problems?

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It’s Official: Kentucky gets Calipari

John Calipari is leaving Memphis to take the reins of the University of Kentucky.

Quick.  Everyone look surprised!

john-calipariCalipari agreed to an eight-year, $35 million deal. He gets a $2.5 million signing bonus and $3 million per year for the first four years. In years five through eight, Calipari will receive $4.5 million annually. Incentives increase the deal to $35 million.

Todd said he was unaware of any effort to raise private funds to supplement Calipari’s pay.

In terms of players as well as coach, Calipari’s move may prove Kentucky’s gain and Memphis’ setback.

Several players or recruits spoke of leaving Memphis and joining him at Kentucky.

In Miami for Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game, heralded prospect DeMarcus Cousins (who had committed to Memphis) told The Miami Herald on Tuesday that he spoke with Calipari before the decision was made.

“I’m trying to stay focused right now and have fun,” Cousins said. “When I get back home, it’s time to get back down to business. I did get a chance to talk to Coach Cal, and he said he was considering the job. Now I’m basically waiting like everybody else to see what he does.”

Another McDonald’s All-American committed to Memphis, Xavier Henry, said he would reopen the process.

“I could get out of my letter of intent if he wasn’t there for any reason,” Henry told reporters in Miami. “It reopens my whole recruitment to everybody and anybody.”

Meanwhile, point guard Tyreke Evans, who won several national Freshman of the Year honors this past season, told FoxSports.com that he was leaving Memphis for a shot at the NBA.

“If he’s leaving, I’m not staying,” Evans told FoxSports.com. “Coach leaving did it for me. …

“I’m shocked he left, especially with the class he had coming in. I know it was tough for him, but it was his dream job. You can’t get mad at him for that.”

Calipari fits the criteria Kentucky desired after firing Billy Gillispie on Friday: a well-rounded coach who can perform the UK job’s varied duties on and off the court.

In terms of coaching, Calipari is one of only 13 coaches to take two schools to a Final Four. He guided Massachusetts in 1996 and Memphis in 2008 to college basketball’s grandest stage.

Only Rick Pitino has taken three schools to a Final Four: Providence (1987), Kentucky (1993, 1996 and 1997) and Louisville (2005).

Calipari has compiled a record of 445-140 in 17 seasons as a college head coach. That includes a nine-season record of 252-69 at Memphis.

More at KentuckySports.com

You get one chance to make a first impression

So what is my impression of obamessiah’s first appointment to the Appellate Court?

Here’s a hint.

Warning:  This decision is breathtaking in its fatuity.

Judge David Hamilton found it Constitutionally offensive to pray a prayer opening the Indiana Legislative session “in Jesus’ name,” but, specifically found it OK to for an Imam pray invoking the name of “Allah.”

Brillyunt.

Obama must be exhausted, having to tote that huge brain around with him all the time.

Sebelius: Surprise! Tax problems

Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s 2nd choice to head up HHS after 1st choice Tom Daschle withdrew because of tax problems, has tax problems of her own.

Jeebus. How many is this now? I’ve lost count, but it is at least 5 or 6.

The Kansas governor explained the changes to senators in a letter dated today that was obtained by The Associated Press. She said they involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home and business expenses.

She and her husband paid a total of $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest to amend returns from 2005-2007. source

With April 15 just around the corner, this couldn’t have come at a worse time for the democrat messiah.

Would You Shake Hands with a Jew?

Man on the street interview in Saudi Arabia ….

My conclusion: There will be not be peace in the Middle East, without victory.

The silliness of forcing Israel to the bargaining table to fulfill some nutburger’s dream of a “peace process” is revealed by this video.

(h/t ECR)

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What Say You, Thomas Paine?

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

**UPDATE**
OBAMA WORRIED ABOUT THE 2ND AMERICAN REVOLUTION!!!

Leftist-islamic convergence: BHO takes next step

CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House.

The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was bumped up two weeks because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, who sifted through more than 300 names.

“It was mostly under the radar,” Williams said. “We thought it would put (the president) in a precarious position. We didn’t know how closely he wanted to appear to be working with the Muslim American community.” source

I wonder how closely Obama has worked with this organization.

A quick check of the CMSA website reveals prominent links to CAIR, and ISNA, both of whom were named as “unindicted co-conspirator” in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

Now that the story is out, I’m sure that yet another dubious association of the president will be explained away by the lapdog media. But, before this story joins the rest in the memory rat-hole, just ask yourselves this question: What if George W. Bush had worked closely with Christian leaders to obtain a pre-vetted list of Evangelical Christians for the sole purpose of making political appointments? The charges of “theocracy” and “separation of Church and state” would make your ears hurt.

Billy Clyde Gillispie shown the UK door

It has been the grist of rumor mills all over SEC chat rooms, and it is now official. Billy Gillispie is no longer the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. After a two year run, the PTB@UK decided that finishing in the middle of the pack in a mediocre basketball league was, in a word, unacceptable.

Make no mistake about it SEC fans, the league has been down for the last couple of years, and until the level of talent catches up with the other power conferences, the league will remain mired in mediocrity. Getting the talent is every bit the responsibility of the head coach, just as much as gametime X’s and O’s. Gillispie, it seemed, was unable to excel in either area.

Kentucky must excel in college basketball. Gillespie couldn’t get it done. Simple as that.

Reminds me of Richard Williams during MSU’s FF run in ’96 when he sarcastically said to an interviewer, “yeah, I guess we’re a crummy league: Kentucky and the 11 Dwarves.” Even though he was joking, there was a lot of truth in that statement as to how the league is perceived in the national sports media. Arkansas has had some nice runs, so has Florida. MSU, LSU, and others have made some noise in the big dance. But Kentucky is the blue blooded royalty of the conference.

Speaking of Arkansas, it must have really irked long time Hawg Fans to see Mike Anderson’s Mizzou team use “40 minutes of hell” to put Memphis to bed last night. I know the Arkansas faithful were tired of Nolan Richardson’s mouth, and Anderson was part of his regime, but his system was always a tough out. And, the rest of the conference probably looked kind of longingly at Mike’s team last night too. Any one of them could have gotten him from UAB. Oh well, spilled milk and all.

BTW Kentucky fans, the rumor is that Billy Donovan will take over the helm in Lexington (didn’t we just go through that?). Now, I’ve got a question for you. If Billy D.’s last two years at Florida would have occurred at Kentucky, would you now be showing him the door?

/just sayin!

P.S.
the rumors that MSU’s Kodi Augustus was planning on transferring were put to bed today. “I love Mississippi State,” said Augustus, as reported by CL’s Kyle Veazey. That means the top 7 starters and reserves return for next season. Time to hit the weight room and bulk up. If anything, this year’s Big Dance shows that the Big East is as good as advertised, and the one thing they can all do well is grind it out in the half-court. That requires muscle in the front court.

Read more:
Billy G out at Kentucky

Gillespie the latest victim of Kentucky pride

Kentucky pulls trigger; Arkansas shows patience

From Channel 11:

UK News conference – Part 1 | Part 2

Gillispie runs from WHAS11’s Mark Hebert

LIVE CHAT: Cats and Cards

Gillispie Out: As it broke on WHAS11 News

Continuing WHAS11 Gillispie coverage

WHAS11 Gillispie announcement

P.P.S.: Want to know why Memphis’ Calipari won’t be offered the gig at UK? Calps’ last two teams were good enough to win it all, but they fell short. Free Throws. They couldn’t hit their free throws, and it cost them two National Championships. Can you imagine a Kentucky team hittingless than 60% of their free throws? I can’t either. Calipari can get the talent, true, but it’s the little things that separate great teams from championships.

P.P.P.S.: Alabama hires Anthony Grant (Donovan protege)

A Miami, Fla., native, Grant is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference having served 10 years on the staff at Florida, five years (1996-2001) as an assistant coach and five years as associate head coach under Billy Donovan (2002-06). Grant helped lead the Gators to their first national title in 2006 and laid the groundwork for UF’s 2007 national championship before departing for VCU. While on the Florida staff, the Gators won the SEC Tournament in 2005 and 2006, captured three SEC Eastern Division titles (2000, 2001 and 2002) and earned back-to-back SEC Championships in 2000 and 2001. In 1999 and 2000, the program made its first back-to-back ‘Sweet 16’ appearances in school history and appeared in the national championship game in 2000. During Grant’s time in Gainesville, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight straight seasons and compiled a 226-98 (.698) record.

Noted as a strong recruiter, Grant recruited and coached nine McDonald’s All-Americans and seven NBA first-round draft picks at Florida. Four of his last seven recruiting classes at UF were ranked in the top five nationally. At VCU his 2007 recruiting class was ranked as the fifth best in the mid-major ranks.

Things I never thought I’d see

Writing at Market Ticker, Karl Denninger uses these three words in the same sentence:

“Cuomo, integrity, and public interest”

I read the entire article twice, just to be sure that I saw it correctly, but there it is, “Congratulations to Mr. Cuomo for having the integrity and public interest necessary to go after this matter…”

I suppose it’s not too surprising. As with several lines of demarcation in the financial meltdown blame game, this one does not easily lend itself to the left/right paradigm. If there is one area of apparent agreement between all factions however, it is that the rotten foundation of worthless mortgages underlies the current financial mess.

And no one has more to answer for than Andrew Cuomo.

Seeing Cuomo trying to don the white hat in all this is like Ted Kennedy joining a local M.A.D.D. chapter. The American public should know better. Denninger has no excuse – – he does know better.

WFFOT: Linkage edition

The Friday Edition:  Stories I’m following ………

Here are two stories that seem to go together quite well. ROPMA.

The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a proposal backed by Muslim nations Thursday urging the passage of laws around the world protecting religion from criticism. Link

A TEENAGE girl was burned to death at her home in India in an “honour killing” by neighbours.

Four residents of her village in Ghaziabad, north India, allegedly set the 16-year-old Muslim girl alight after they suspected her of having a relationship with a boy.  Police claim residents kept a vigil on her house as they noticed the boy visited her frequently when her father was away. The four men then beat her, doused her with kerosene and set her on fire. Link

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Vietnam vet unveils new project to honor the fallen …  Here’s an example …  Link

“‘Dear Dad, I’m sorry it took so long but when you went away I was 8 years old and I couldn’t understand why you never came back to us. I’m now 35 and I can understand now as I have fought in two wars myself. It’s not much fun, it it? You might like to know that you have three grandchildren, two girls and a boy, and they all know about you. It meant a lot to me to see your name on The Wall with all the others. Your loving son, Paul.'”

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More unveiling … Obama unveils his “stronger, smarter” strategy for Afghanistan. Let’s just hope that is is better than the wicked-smart surrender strategy for Iraq that launched his presidential campaign.

“I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the Taleban and al-Qaeda.”

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Michelle Malkin reports a “curious” departure from Treasury …

The acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision has been put on leave pending a review of the agency’s role in the backdating of capital infusions by some banks, the agency said Thursday evening.

OTS said in a surprise statement that Scott Polakoff, who has been serving as acting director of the OTS, would be replaced by OTS Chief Counsel John Bowman during the review by the Treasury Department.

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I watched the news footage of the Red River flooding this morning.    Man against nature, no contest. Nature wins.

Residents in this city of 92,000 had been scrambling in subfreezing temperatures to pile sandbags along the river and spent much of Thursday preparing for a crest of 41 feet, only to have forecasters late in the day add up to 2 feet to their estimate.

The National Weather Service said in its follow-up statement that the Red was expected to crest between 41 and 42 feet by Saturday, but could reach 43 feet. It said water levels could remain high for three days to a week.

The first estimate sparked urgency among thousands of volunteers in Fargo. The second shook their spirits.

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Look up “stupid” in the dictionary. If there’s not a picture of Michael Vick, then there ought to be …

CNBC reports that “The U.S. Department of Labor filed complaints Wednesday accusing suspended NFL star Michael Vick of illegally spending about $1.3 million in pension plan funds for his own benefit, including paying restitution ordered in his dog-fighting conspiracy case.”

The Labor Department accuses Vick of illegally transferring money out of the pension plan for MV7, his marketing company that covered nine current and former employees.

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Have you seen the video of Daniel Hannan? He’s the member of Parliament who gave a major B-slap to PM Gordon Brown.  Here is the Link.

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Oh, You want that stamp on your face or on your hand? Link

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner shocked global markets by revealing that Washington is “quite open” to Chinese proposals for the gradual development of a global reserve currency run by the International Monetary Fund.

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How much is 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas?

Sounds like a helluva lot to me.

That is the amount of recoverable natural gas that has been declared “off-limits” by a bill which just cleared the Senate.

But don’t worry, America.

The Senate is now holding hearings on how college football teams are chosen to compete in the BCS.

Don’t you feel better now?

I thought you might.

Now, back to sleep.

Is your bank on the TARP List?

The following is a list of TARP recipients:

Bank of America Corporation
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Citigroup Inc.
The Goldman Sachs Group
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley
State Street Corporation
Wells Fargo & Company
Bank of Commerce Holdings
1st FS Corporation
UCBH Holdings, Inc.

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Best Mississippi Governor Ever

With apologies to Governor Haley Barbour who comes in a close second, I wanted to take a moment to pay a quick tribute to the best governor the state of Mississippi ever had: Kirk Fordice of Vicksburg, MS.

Kirk was in the construction business before he ventured into Mississippi politics, winning the governor’s office in 1991 as the first Republican governor in 100 years. He was a man’s man: a tough, no-nonsense kind of guy, as reporter Bert Case from TV-3 found out in this famous confrontation, late in Governor Fordice’s second term. Watch the first 16 seconds of this video and you’ll see what I mean. …

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Kirk Fordice passed away a little over 4 years ago. I wonder what he would have to say about the on-going clusterflop in Washington DC.

Michelle Bauchmann questions Turbo Tax Tim

Michelle Bachmann, Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, grills tax-cheat Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner yesterday over the constitutionality of his (and b. Hussein’s) economic polices:

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Rappin’ flight attendant

If you’ve flown Southwest Airlines, you know they do things their way. Like, rapping the pre-takeoff flight attendant’s speech.

Leading me home

email from Mom and sis …

Back in 1932, I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago ‘s south side. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn’t want to go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis .

I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66. However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, I had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back.

I found Nettie sleeping peacefully. I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music.

The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram. I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the words:

YOUR WIFE JUST DIED.

People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could hardly keep from crying out. I rushed to a phone and called home. All I could hear on the other end was ‘Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead.’

When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy. I swung between grief and joy. Yet that same night, the baby died. I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in the same casket. Then I fell apart.

For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an injustice. I didn’t want to serve Him anymore or write gospel songs. I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well. But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis. Something kept telling me to stay with Nettie. Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died.

From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him. But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially one friend. The following Saturday evening he took me up to Malone’s Poro College , a neighborhood music school. It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys. Something happened to me then. I felt at peace. I felt as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, once into my head they just seemed to fall into place:

‘Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn, through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light, take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.’

The Lord gave me these words and melody, He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to
His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.

-Tommy Dorsey-

PS: For those too young to know who he is, Tommy Dorsey was a band leader in the Thirties and Forties.

Great story. Thanks Mom and Sis!

Jesus loves you!!

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DCA: Is this the cure for cancer?

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

The key word here, though, is “probably.”

dcaTwo years ago, I blogged about a promising new drug that held out hope for a major breakthrough in the treatment of many forms of cancer. It’s called dichloroacetate, or DCA for short. Two trials have been completed at the University of Alberta. Also, clinical trials in patients with solid tumors that have failed standard therapies, as well as in patients with malignant brain tumors have begun.

Desperate people, however, can not and will not wait for the formal clinical trials to be completed, published, reviewed, and submitted to governmental authorities for approval. They don’t have the luxury of time. And, thanks to the miracle of the internet, people are finding out about DCA, and are self-administering their own treatment programs.

Forums, blogs, and journals have sprung up across the web to bring the needed information to families who are willing to grasp at any available hope. Normally, I would suspect these people would be ripe prey for a con artist, and a healthy skepticism of generally anecdotal evidence would be called for. But, what impresses me the most is that these folks who are blogging their experience are not doing so to make money. They are offering no advertising, nor selling a product. They seem to be motivated only by their desire to share their experience, and to pass along any helpful information that they discover.

I don’t know how long it will take before the FDA will approve DCA for use in cancer treatment. At this point, however, it really doesn’t seem to matter. People are taking the matter into their own hands, and their reported results are truly remarkable.

In this blogger’s humble opinion, this is what the internet is all about.

People-powered news indeed.

Related Links:

This is the original news story from two years ago: “New Scientist”

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.

Curing Cancer: The DCA Story

The DCA Site

Pure DCA

DCA: Is this the answer?

University of Alberta, DCA Research Information

Obama gives Geithner “vote of confidence”

The besieged secretary of the Treasury gets a strong vote of confidence from President Obama in a TV interview to be broadcast tonight.

In a session with “60 Minutes” interviewer Steve Kroft, Obama tells Kroft that if Timothy Geithner were to tender his resignation, he would tell him, “Sorry, buddy, you’ve still got the job.”  source

After the 60 Minutes interview, private sources say that a planned outing for the President and his Secretary of Treasury has been arranged.

Obama will meet Geithner on a fishing trip/working vacation.

Vote of confidence = K.O.D.

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World Down Syndrome Day Is Today!

I am compelled to write this, as the Fiftieth Anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day so closely coincides with the insulting remark our current President, B-HO, made about the Special Olympics.

I have no family members with this unique chromosomal condition, but have known many, through the years, who did, and the love and concern they had for their child/grandchild/sibling, was deep and unending. One good friend of mine has a Down Syndrome child, and she and her other boys love him, and cherish him, in a manner that is as inspiring as any love I have ever seen.

B-HO’s words, when I first heard them on the radio, the day after his comedy show appearance, stung me in the heart. What type of callousness could compel someone to say that? He’s not “cool,” he is “cold.”

I visited Hugh Hewitt’s blog today, to retrieve an email written to him by a parent in response to B-HO’s insult, that was read on his radio show Friday, and discovered Hugh has written an excellent piece on World Down Syndrome Day, and it’s Fiftieth Anniversary. Below is the heart felt email sent to him:

Hugh,

Thank you so much for your blog post about Obama’s Special Olympics comment.

I’d like add to what you’ve said by pointing out that the President’s
insult runs much broader than against the set of citizens you’ve
identified, the people with Down’s Syndrome.

I’m the father of a beautiful, young, 12-year-old girl (quickly
growing into a young lady) named Emily. She’s smart — an avid reader and books-on-tape listener — and she’s excelling in school. But Emily also has cerebral palsy, which affects practically all of her physical abilities. Her speech is affected as are her limbs. She relies completely on a motorized wheelchair to get around.

I might sound overly sensitive when I say this, but the President’s
Special Olympics comment is deeply insulting to anyone, I believe, who has any kind of significant disability. It reveals a coarse insensitivity to the plight of people with disabilities. His comment is every bit as demeaning as some of the most racist and sexist things that have been said in public in recent years by politicians and celebrities. While I’ve sensed in some commentators a rush to excuse his comments as unintended and inconsequential, and therefore hardly worthy of rebuke, I believe such an attitude reveals a double-standard in the way our society views and treats people who are disabled. Those in the public eye who have made racist and sexist comments of equivalent offense have been rightfully pilloried.

I have found myself to be angry — not in my sometimes knee jerk,
emotional way — but in a deeply disappointed way. I can still hardly believe that an orator of his ability, one who ardently claims to defend the disenfranchised, could make such a blunder. I fear it reveals an attitude of arrogance and elitism that portends trouble for the way he will govern.

My only consolation is that perhaps the backlash to his comments will have a positive effect in raising the awareness of the subtle but troubling way some in our society treat people with disabilities. I also hope that the President will make a sincere and full apology for his insensitive remarks.

To those who do not live close to the life of a person with
disabilities, my remarks may seem overly dramatic. But living every day with the effects of a severe disability is a tough road. And it’s very disappointing to have the President so flippantly poke fun at a group of people who deserve — more than most — a greater degree of compassion and respect.

Thanks, again.

I was also reminded of a post by Peggy Noonan, several years ago, about her audience with Pope John Paul, and how Pope John felt about Down Syndrome children.

I always get the feeling with John Paul that if he could narrow down who he meets and blesses to those he likes best it would not be cardinals, princes or congressmen but nuns from obscure convents and Down syndrome children. Especially the latter. Because they have suffered, and because in some serious and amazing way they understand more than most people. Everyone else gets tied up in ambition and ideas and bustle, but the modest and limited are able to receive this message more deeply and openly: God loves us, his love is all around us, he made us to love him and play with him and serve him and be happy.

I know a woman who once worked with the retarded. The Down syndrome children would ask her to comb her long blond hair, and then they’d get lost in it, lost in the beauty of it. They touched it and patted it and walked through it like curtains. It takes a kind of spiritual genius to know a hunk of long blond hair is heaven. They knew. The pope knows they know.

Those words have remained with me, and were the first to enter my mind, while B-HO’s words stung my heart.

Contrast our current President’s words with those of Sarah Palin.

Since our current President is so lacking in compassion, and incapable of a sincere apology to all the families with special family members, I feel I must speak out.

God Bless all the special children/adults, and their families, from someone who sincerely loves you as one of God’s creations, and for the special gifts you bring. There are many people in this world incapable of sincere compassion, but there are many more of us who cherish you and your ability to teach the rest of us, about the love God wants us to have for him, and for each other.

Well, Obama’s Not a Zero, But…

…..given the margin of error he is Duh One. But we knew that, didn’t we?

Oh, that’s gonna leave a mark! Get the details HERE.

Bus tour of AIG homes by ACORN front group

Brian Lockhart, writing at The Advocate

Just got a press release a little while ago that the Working Families Party has scheduled “a fun, goofy AIG protest” for Saturday that entails chartering a bus to take activists on tours of some employee homes in lower Fairfield County.

“Then we’ll be finishing the tour with a rally at the AIG Financial Products offices (in Wilton),” reads the release.

I don’t know. There’s something about this that just seems a bit … off to me, like it’s inviting potential threats or harm to these people.

Of course it is.

It is radical left-wing  populism run amok, and  ACORN is the worst of the worst.

Their modus operandi is to openly flout the rule of law, and then dare anyone who might try to hold them accountable with threats of loud, angry, potentially violent, and (of course) televised protests, all the while claiming the protected and privileged mantle of victimhood.

Balderdash.

ACORN is nothing more than a well-funded effort to strip away the Bill of Rights.

They must be stopped.  Yes we can.

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TOTUS lowballs deficit estimate

John Carney writes that Obama’s Telepromter has understated the budget deficit by 20%

The White House has estimated that the Obama budget will produce deficits of about $6.9 trillion over 10 years. But a powerful congressional office that is due to file its budgetary estimate on Friday will report a uch larger deficit.

The Congressional Budget Office has warned the White House in advance of Friday’s estimate that the deficit projections will outpace the White House estimate, perhaps by as much as 20%, Politico reports. Democrats expect that the CBO projections will add around $1.5 trillion more to the Obama deficit

TOTUS picks Udub over State

potus-final-4The Presidential Teleprompter Bracket, revealed in an interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz, shows a Final Four of UNC, Pitt, Memphis, and Louisville, and projects the national champion as North Carolina.

In the first round matchup between Washinton and MSU, President Obama’s teleprompter gave the edge to the Pac-10 champs over the Bulldogs from the SEC.

Tip-off today at 4P Central.

Watch it here

Go State!

More: “Bulldogs Love Ducks”

Update: Final score 71-58, in a game that was not as close as the score indicated.

Update2: Go Sooners!

Silver Linings

Looking for a silver lining in the economic clouds? How about this headline from AP …

“Economic woes slow US migration to Sun Belt region”

Credit crunch, economic woes slow US migration to housing bubble magnets in South and West

Dang.

Heh.

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