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August 16, 2010

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Wagon Wheel”

Filed under: Music — mikecgannon @ 9:26 AM

Nile Gardiner Nails It

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 8:59 AM

Editorial perfection in his piece “The stunning decline of Barack Obama: 10 key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown”. My favorite is Number 10.

10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form. In a speech to the United Nations last September he stated that “no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” It is difficult to see how a US president who holds these views and does not even accept America’s greatness in history can actually lead the world’s only superpower with force and conviction.

There is a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency and it’s not hard to see why. The most left-wing president in modern American history has tried to force a highly interventionist, government-driven agenda that runs counter to the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited government that have made the United States the greatest power in the world, and the freest nation on earth.

This, combined with weak leadership both at home and abroad against the backdrop of tremendous economic uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world, has contributed to a spectacular political collapse for a president once thought to be invincible. America at its core remains a deeply conservative nation, which cherishes its traditions and founding principles. President Obama is increasingly out of step with the American people, by advancing policies that undermine the United States as a global power, while undercutting America’s deep-seated love for freedom.

That, in a nutshell, is the problem with Barack Obama. Spot on, Mr. Gardiner.

Democrats and Dramatic Irony

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 8:32 AM

The two seem to go hand-in-hand.

Democrats who reluctantly slashed a food stamp program to fund a state aid bill may have to do so again to pay for a top priority of first lady Michelle Obama.

The House will soon consider an $8 billion child nutrition bill that’s at the center of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week.

H/T Drudge Report. There’s really nothing more I can add to this.

Oh yeah, Vote Republican.

August 15, 2010

Sunday Gospel Reading for August 15, 2010

Filed under: Religion — mikecgannon @ 10:18 AM

Luke 1:39-56

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.


August 11, 2010

Reason #235 I Love The Onion

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 4:15 PM

Articles like this: Hillary Clinton Drags Taliban Leader’s Body Through Streets Of Kabul

Earlier in the day, Clinton had led a band of mercenaries through rugged mountain terrain to hunt down Jalil, whom the former senator eviscerated with a single stroke of her gleaming scimitar. U.S. soldiers marched alongside the triumphant, blood-soaked Clinton to the center of Kabul, where she ordered the Taliban leader’s gutted body be hung from the town’s tallest spire, where “all may behold it.”

Well-played, sirs, well-played.

Stay On Message This November

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 9:59 AM

Via RealClearPolitics, Michael Tanner at National Review Online has a good piece reminding Republicans why they are projected to crush the Democrats in the coming election (taxes, health care, and deficit spending), and what are NOT reasons for the healthy lead in the polls (cultural issues like gay marriage and illegal immigration). His conclusion sums it up best.

If one needs a template for victory, Republicans need look no further than last year’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie did not run as culture warriors. Instead they won their upset victories on issues like jobs, the economy, and a commitment to limited government.

The polls are overwhelming. Those are the issues that voters care about, not whether two men in California get married. Republicans should focus on creating jobs, reducing spending, repealing Obamacare, and cutting the size of government — and leave the culture wars for another day.

Now, I do think that illegal immigration is a fiscal matter (if you don’t believe me, just ask California), and I don’t think making it one of the issues Republicans runs on this year is a losing proposition (the response to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law has been highly positive outside of the mainstream media), but it’s a good point nonetheless. No need to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by reverting to 2004’s “50% + 1” playbook when we can have a landslide build on the same issues that have spawned the tea party movement.

NB: Tanner didn’t say that Republicans should abandon the culture wars entirely, just that they can wait until another day. Indeed.

August 10, 2010

How Do You Know You’ve Gone Too Far?

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 10:44 AM

When you’re an anti-war activist and Amnesty International and George Soros’ group are siding against you.

Mr. Julian Assange, the founder and head of WikiLeaks, has been making a name for himself over the past couple months as one of the more reprehensible human beings on the planet, for posting some 70,000 classified US Government documents concerning the war in Afghanistan on his website. Though he purports to having nobility of purpose in this blatant act of espionage, Mr. Assange has shown a callous disregard for the American and Afghan lives he has put at risk by publicizing this material. In proof that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, even Amnesty International and four other usual suspects “human rights groups” are condemning his actions. Keep reading

New Releases of Note 8/10/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note,News & Politics,Religion — mikecgannon @ 8:07 AM

Some good political books out recently, as well as a new collection of the teachings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Enjoy!

Where There Is Love, There Is God, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dismantling America
, by Thomas Sowell

The Post-American Presidency, by Pamela Geller, with Robert Spencer

The Truth About Obamacare, by Sally C. Pipes

Culture of Corruption (Paperback Edition), by Michelle Malkin

August 6, 2010

Classic Movie Despair

Filed under: Film,News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 12:55 PM

I can’t figure out what made me think of this.

Christina Romer To Step Down

Oh yeah. That.

See you in November!

El Rushbo: “Life Is Not Fair”

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 12:27 PM

Check out this video of the Great Maha-Rushie waxing eloquent.

via RealClearPolitics – Video – Rush Limbaugh: “Life Is Not Fair”.

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