16 Year Old Similes.

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About sixteenish years ago, I cut this out of the local paper. The clipping has been with me on moves from Fresno to Lancaster to San Diego and back to Fresno. The poor piece of newspaper is finally falling apart, so I figured I’d share it with y’all before I ship it to its final resting place, the Fresno Municipal dump.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse with out one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse with out one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

McBride fell 10 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and “Jeopardy” comes on at 7 pm instead of 7:30.

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

Long separated by cruel fate the star crossed lovers raced across the grassy fields like two freight trains, one having left Cleavland at 6:30 pm, traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 pm, at a speed of 35 mph.

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

And last but not least, the one that hints at the period when this was published:

They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.

Another Knock On Sullivan… The Long Term View?

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In this defense of Obama, Andrew quotes Obama explaining his presidential philosophy:

Something that I have learned over the last couple of years is that I have to make decisions based on the long view. And I have to suppress my own desire for a short-term fix if I’m going to be able to lead the country effectively over the long term… I will keep on making that case, and I think that to point — to quote my vice president — I believe that voters are going to stop comparing me to the Almighty and compare me to the alternative.

Andrew concludes “We’re lucky to have him”.

Hello… McFly!

Are you kidding.

Do you think that Obama is somehow unique in this regard? Do really you think that most other past Presidents did not think in the long term? (OK, maybe you can exclude Clinton) Every Presidential race is a contest to see who will win the opportunity to leave a legacy, to be looked at as a President held in high regard due to the changes or decisions he made while in office, to forever be remembered as a great leader of men. The invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq are nothing if not decisions based on long term projections and expectations, to create and foster democracies in the Middle East. By bettering the lives of those peoples in the region you stave off the impulse to become an extremist and become a terrorist! That sounds pretty long view to me. It’s one of the reasons you originally supported the Global War On Terror in the first place. You dropped your support once you realized the long term goals were not compatible with the developing reality on the ground.

The problem with exclusive long term thinking, is that much of the time, you never consider the consequences if you’re wrong, or if maybe some short term solutions wouldn’t actually help advance the long term goals. That’s called pragmatism. And sorry, despite your assertion to the contrary, he’s demonstrated that he doesn’t have it. Despite the short term inconvenience it might have created, he and Nancy Pelosi’s Congress never really tried to get Republicans substantially involved in the health care process. The result? They rebelled, and the final bill is a partisan piece of crap that is probably unconstitutional. Sure, Obama may be thinking long term, but, for two years, from appointing several officials who didn’t file their taxes correctly, to the appointment of a bazillion Czars, to “Beergate”, to the health care fiasco, to passing a trillion dollars worth of stimulus that, in real non-modeled terms, didn’t seem to do anything, to flailing on the Gitmo and detainee situation, to deriding the Supreme Court in his SOTU address, to the lame attempt to take credit for the BP spill fix and clean-up, to the decision to keep fighting DADT in court, he’s demonstrated noting but horrifically poor judgment in his long term thinking. And the results? He’s literally handed the House, and maybe the Senate back to the Republicans. He’s operating in an egotistic vacuum, devoid of any input from the real world outside it. And you can’t make good long term decisions from that place.

Oh, and BTW, it doesn’t show good judgment to use a quote from a Vice President to bolster your case that the majority of Americans think is a complete boob.

New Song Lyric?

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In the race against time, you’ll always fail
But still we try
Sometimes it’s like watching a dog chase its own tail
Oh well
Carry on my friends
Carry on.

Sullivan vs Sullivan vs Sullivan.

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It’s sometimes like watching a dog chase its own tail!

On Obama’s stance on Same Sex Marriage?

He’s being pragmatic!

On Obama’s stance on DADT?

Perplexed.

And, just moments ago?

We’re lucky to have him!

Kyoto Treaty Success In Europe? Nope! Just More Enron Type Fraud!

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Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

We skeptics were right!

Worse yet for the Greens, this means that George W Bush, often referred to by libs as a dummy, was smarter than them and refused to sign on. Good show!

…a couple of recent studies now seem to show that Kyoto was as big a fraud as the most militant enviro-skeptics ever suspected. And it looks as if the 95 American senators were 100 percent right: the much heralded Protocol was a singularly stupid piece of counterproductive social engineering that encouraged the migration of good jobs to China and other low wage countries — without helping the environment at all.

The left leaning Guardian newspaper in Britain let the cat out of the bag yesterday, reporting that while the EU’s emission of CO2 declined by 17% between 1990 and 2010, this apparent progress was bogus. If you add up the CO2 released by the goods and services Europeans consumed, as opposed to the CO2 thrown off by the goods and services they produced, the EU was responsible for 40% more CO2 in 2010 than in 1990. The EU, as the Guardian puts it, has been outsourcing pollution — and jobs — rather than cutting back on greenhouse gasses.

So the 1995 Senate, the one that Al Gore presided over, saw right through this dren and shot it down with a 95% vote count. But this was a time when you were still allowed to vote against your party. Obama has not come close to that kind of bi-partisan unity in his first two years.

(Note – there is another skpetic article I want to post, but I have to find it and don’t have time. will post later)

Inspire Me!

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An original tune from the never-say-die San Diego band RareForm. We do have a gig on Oct 30th, at the beach Comber in Mission Beach.

Find more artists like RareForm at MySpace Music

Million Miles Away!

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“Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drums!”

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How awesome was the practice for Synchronicity IV last night????

This Awesome!!!!!!

Chris Estep, you rock!!!!!!!

Andrew Versus Reality

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Andrew SUllivan has posted Carl Paladino’s apology for reading prepared statements concerning gays that got him in trouble. Part of the apology says this:

5) My position on marriage is based on my personal views. I have the same position on this issue as President Barrack Obama…

Sully responds:

Notice how Barack Obama’s opposition to marriage equality is used by others. There are costs to pragmatism.

Interesting how, even though the policy position is indeed the same, coming from one camp, it’s a sign of bigotry and homophobia and hate, and from the other side, it’s pragmatism. How does that work exactly?

Obama Versus Math

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(OK, this is my last political post of the week. Promise)

$50 Billion Stimulus Package of 2010 = Wonderful infrastructure project to fix the nations roads, railways, runways, and implement next-generation air-traffic control systems. OK. That needs to be done.

$1 Trillion Stimulus Package of 2009 = Uhm… ?????????

How the HELL did $1 Trillion Dollar Stimulus Bill NOT ACCOMPLISH WHAT A $50 BILLION DOLLAR BILL WOULD ACHIEVE????? …. that’s $1,000 BILLION DOLLARS folks!!!

WHERE THE HELL DID THAT MONEY GO?????????

My one political post of the week – Foreign fundraising…. By Democrats!

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So, Obama has been criticizing Republicans for supposedly taking foreign money to to help finance their evil schemes or winning back the congress. I’m sure there is foreign money coming in from somewhere…. Hey, it happens. But he’s floundering so badly, that the example he gives to demonstrate this is simply a horrible example. Basically, in this case, Obama either has not done any of his homework, which would be embarrassing coming from a former college lecturer, or, he’s lying, which is to be expected from a Chicago based politician. Here is Business Investors Daily’s take on Obama’s latest gaff.

Having rammed costly and unpopular measures through Congress by questionable means, Democrats are in big trouble come November. As their president’s popularity tanks, the vast national Tea Party movement is mobilizing the public to vote them out, and America’s private sector is at long last standing up for free markets.

For Democrats, it’s like the sun — a reality they cannot stare in the face. So instead we see the recrudescence of one of the oldest and worst traditions in American politics: the demonization of foreigners. Not since the days of the nativist Know-Nothing movement in the 1840s and 1850s has it been so egregious.

The most recent example is President Obama’s stepped-up attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, insinuating that its $10 million ad campaign couldn’t possibly be a real expression of the political climate, but only the work of foreigners.

“Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations,” said the president, according to a New York Times report. “So groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections.”

Curiously enough, Obama has no prosecution in the works; he’s just playing the politics of fear of “the other.”

For the record, the chamber takes in $100,000 in dues from foreign members, an amount it says is scrupulously kept separate from political activity. Besides, it’s now spending 100 times that on its advertising to defend American companies under siege.

Everyone, please raise your hands if you believe that foreign labor unions don’t do the same thing, and work really really super hard to keep foreign money out of their efforts to get Democrats elected….

Sigh… Al Gore, John Kerry, you know better, put your hands down.

You too George Soros.

Of course, it would help Obama’s criticism if he himself hadn’t taken full advantage of fundraising loopholes and inject foreign donations DIRECTLY into his own campaign during the 2008 campaign.

Obama’s attack is as hypocritical as can be, given that Team Obama really did take cash from foreign sources, having disabled a detector of foreign cash for online credit card donations during the 2008 presidential campaign. Democrats also accepted $400 million from labor unions whose foreign cash intake is higher than the chamber’s.

The Washington Examiner reported that in one instance Obama took $32,000 or so from a credit card from two brothers on the Gaza strip. Meanwhile, the husband of Obama’s secretary of state, former President Clinton, accepted millions from foreign sources for his foundation in a direct risk of conflict of interest for U.S. foreign policy.

Looks like the pot calling the kettle black? Ooops, is that racist???

Hat Tip: Insta-P