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May 04, 2008

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Danube of Thought

Not only that, Jane, but the crisis is one that demands federal intervention with money or restrictions on behavior, and we all know that federal intervention with money or restrictions on behavior has an unbroken track record of success. We move from one crisis to the next; the federal government always proposes and enacts a solution involving money or restrictions on behavior; and the problem is solved.

And as Billy Mays's commercials always say, "But wait!" Guess what: there's gonna be another crisis tomorrow, and what do you suppose we're gonna do to solve it? (You got it.)

And now let us assemble a catalogue of disastrous federal "solutions" which the congress has subsequently acknowledged were disastrous. (This will be a research project for someone younger and less cynical than Your Narrator...)

Jane

"Give it a Rest"

I like it!

Hillary makes me worry about America. Not as much as Obama does - I would definitely prefer Hillary, but my gawd she is gross.


Ann

"Give it a Rest". LOL I love that. Thanks for making me laugh.

I also kinda like: "What About the Puppies" or "It is all for the Puppies" (but I have a bias for puppies ;))

Ann

D(oT),

I have a dumb question. I was going to post "HooYah" at the end of my message to HH (just so I would stop tearing up). Is that a battle cry just for the Navy Seals or can you say it to all the military services?

clarice

You could have a special feature every day, Jane. Today's Most Breathless Hyperbole.(You could have used the WaPo's Friday sob story about middle class Washingtonians being forced to give up their purchases of single serve juices.In fact, you could give out awards for the dumbest sob story of the day.
Hey---You don't need a writer do you?

Jane

I need a writer. And you are hired if you want the job.

What I need more is to figure out how you do it.

My partner is all for it. I think she just wants me out of the office more. But I feel like I need to take a class or something...

clarice

Maybe you could ask someone like Laura Ingraham if you could come and watch her for a few days and talk to her to learn the ropes.

Elliott

Hoosier,

I am so glad you had a great week. Godspeed to your son and his mates.

MayBee

Hoosier! I'm so happy you and Jordan and all of his buddies had a great time. I hope you told him how grateful we all are out here, and I KNOW you gave him tons of hugs.

HoosierHoops

thanks for all your outpouring of well wishes for our 3/5 returning home..
I forgot a few things and need to give some props..
While we were waiting for the 3/5 to come home i saw a familiar face in the crowd.
I walked over to ex-NFL great steve wright..he was wearing a red shirt that said 'marine ministries'. I said don't i know you? and we exchanged talk for awhile and i asked what he was up to.. He works for a church and he helps counsel married couples upon a spouse returning home from Iraq.. his mission is all about helping Marine familes.. there he is just working handing out toys and candy to the kids with his sign up list under his monsterous arms and offering to get together to talk.. ( who doesn't want to talk with Steve Wright?married issues' or not..it's like 'Honey let's go!')
Here is a hat tip to ex-Cowboy/Raider Steve Wright for all he does for our troops..

I should also bring up the best moment with Jordan.
It was at night and 4 of us were on the deck overlooking the waves and plac told that story about Jordan saving his life.. Tears fell down Plac's eyes and everybody had misty eyes as they hugged and said they loved each other.. Tears just welled in my eyes.. it was so emotional.. afterwards i thought to my self..Very few humans on this Earth have cried along side of a squad Marines in a moment of shear emotion.
It is a privilge to have sat there with them at that moment.
I'll never forget that moment.
Hat tip for all our son's and daughters in the military that will shed a tear for humanity, friends and family.
Last Thing ..When the busses pulled up and everyone after the reunion was milling about the commander of 3/5 got on a mike and the main thing i reminder is that he yelled that not 1 single marine of the 3/5th was killed during thier deployment.. Evey marine of the 3/5 kilo, lima, h&S, and some other companies i don't recall and said something like' Every Marine that left you on this mission so long ago is back here right now on this parade ground' great cheers were heard.
Hat tip to military leaders and the USMC 3/5th that all came home safe and sound from Iraq..

clarice

HH, if my tears fall all over this keyboard and wreck it, I'm blaming you.
(*smooches*)

vnjagvet

May God continue to bless Jordan and his USMC 3/5th, HH. A special troop. Semper Fi.

And a big hoooorah!!!! to dad and mom for meeting them "on the beach". They will remember that week forever.

Ann

HH, I hope you stop any thread anytime with your memories of your reunion with your son. It makes us all so proud!

Ditto on the Smooches.

JM Hanes

Jane:

When I read some of Maya Angelou's autobiographical work years ago, I was particularly struck by a passage where she describes the defining moment when a young black girl realizes she can never be the beautiful blonde princess that dominates American dreams. I remember thinking that sooner or later most white girls hit that wall themselves! When she subsequently talked about the challenges of raising a black son, almost any parent would recognize the bulk of the concerns she'd been expressing. Michelle Obama seems to have viewed her own discomfort at Princeton through an similarly exclusive racial lens. When Wright descibed different learning styles as a function of race, I thought about my left-brained daughter and my right-brained son.

The failure to distinguish between problems which are, in fact, a function of race and those which are universal challenges, has long been a pervasive feature of black public discourse, and post-feminist discourse is now floundering on those same shoals. Unfortunately for all concerned, this distorted perspective has the kind of real world consequences you pointed out above.

clarice

Two wonderful jmh posts in one night. I can go to bed a happy woman, enriched by such bright observations so elegantly expressed. Niters all.

JM Hanes

HH: Words fail, so I'll just say Hooray!

Jane

The failure to distinguish between problems which are, in fact, a function of race and those which are universal challenges, has long been a pervasive feature of black public discourse, and post-feminist discourse is now floundering on those same shoals.

JM Hanes,

When you can't afford to fail, you learn how not to. Endless AA mitigates that drive. Race, femaleness, being gay has all too often been used as an excuse, and that is the worst possible lesson.

My partner and I talk often about how she will instill that understanding in her kids, as they will not grow up poor. It was instilled in her, so I think she has a bead on it.

As I get older, I certainly get dumber, to my regret, but one thing I am sure I am wise about, is the function of values, and that precise value in this society.

MayBee

The failure to distinguish between problems which are, in fact, a function of race and those which are universal challenges, has long been a pervasive feature of black public discourse, and post-feminist discourse is now floundering on those same shoals. Unfortunately for all concerned, this distorted perspective has the kind of real world consequences you pointed out above.

Oh, how I adore you JMH.
I've long thought the best gift of being white in America is that you always get to assume that people are reacting to you as an individual, and your experiences are yours and not necessarily a part of a larger narrative or cause.
If people could stop saying "this happened to me because I'm _____ (black/white/beautiful/ugly)" and just say "this happened to me." it would be so....freeing.

What I'm really saying is yes, you are so right. But I'm babbling and incoherent about it. Or at least you probably think so, but only because I am a blonde woman.

JM Hanes

Looks like I'll be turning in with a smile on my face too, Clarice! Many thanks.

MayBee

HH, tell us as many stories as you wish.
And don't forget the pictures!!

Ann

"but only because I am a blonde woman."

Me too! And I am so bitter at not getting that promotion because of a man.! Ha Ha Ha.

I worked just as hard as my male peers and we were all rewarded for it. Go figure.

HoosierHoops

Clarice:
If Mrs. Hoopster hasn't ruined her laptop yet, I think you're ok on the keyboard.
:)
Thanks so much Clarice.. Your great!
OBTW.. We flew back early saturday evening when both Obama and HRC had landed just moments apart...If this was a NY airport everyone would have been cursing under thier breath..here at Indy, it was like so cool to be there. Such a Hick i am
We are in the very brightest center of american politics..It like so cool to see the secret service, snipers and stuff and everything is totally obama and Hill on the news...
All of you are just a little jealous aren't you? :)
It's like Ali and Fraser just scheduled the world championship fight in your home town.
WOW! and trust me this is just like a heavy weight fight..This is cool!!
Hoosiers like sitting on the 1st and 4th turns at the Indy 500 to watch all the wrecks..It's a terrible thing to happen but not one eyes will avert our attention..
( and the ceaseless slo-mo replay of every possible angle of the wreck.)
So I get to blog for 2 more days about what the local media has to say about the speeches and the voting trends and stuff..
It relly is fun.. The local reportrs are gushing all over themselves talking about the star power in town and how important hoosiers are in the Election.
Loving every minute of it!!


Laika's Last Woof

I mentioned this on another thread, but did anyone catch that Michelle is calling for Obama to debate?

She basically tells him, "Be a man and debate that woman!"

How sad is it that he can't "man up" for either Hillary or his wife? "Dreams of my father," indeed.

Porchlight

HH, I am jealous of your seat on the 50 yard line! (sorry I'm a football fan and to steal from Butterfly McQueen, I don't know nothing 'bout Indy racing)

Keep us up to date and enjoy the next two days of political deliciousness while you can. I know from TX experience that the candidates and the media will drop you like an empty Starbucks eco-cup when the primary's over!

MikeS

...it was like so cool to be there. Such a Hick i am

No Sir Hoopster, You're the MAN!

HoosierHoops

I feel ya porch..
I know i'm going to feel used and discarded afterwards...
But at least i don't live in Florida...

JB

"She basically tells him, "Be a man and debate that woman!"

The Obamas are a real-life MAD-TV sketch.

JM Hanes

Maybee:

" it would be so....freeing."

In a way, that's really the heart of the matter, isn't it? When you embrace victim status, you are essentially ceding your fate to others. The people who surmount the most extreme circumstances -- including those beyond their control -- are almost invariably the ones who refuse to act like victims, even if they are.

Jane:

"My partner and I talk often about how she will instill that understanding in her kids, as they will not grow up poor"

If my own experience as a parent is typical, there will be an abundance of teaching opportunities that don't actually require being poor! On the other hand, I also found out that the lessons you think you're teaching aren't always the lessons your kids are learning, especially when you try to replicate your own experience for them in some artificial way. For me the scariest times were when I decided to rely on my own instincts instead of my parents' example and advice. I'd have to admit I held my breath a lot, because I was not nearly as sure of myself as I can afford to sound in retrospect.

JM Hanes

Jeez HH. North Carolina suddenly seems dull as dishwater in comparison.

clarice

From Instapundit:
Ayers stepping on the flag 2001.http://marathonpundit.blogspot.com/2008/05/bill-ayers-stepping-on-us-flag-in-2001.html>Ayers


It is impossible that Obama didn't know about him and his leftist beliefs.

sbw

My grandfather, then newspaper publisher, was visited by someone running for judge, asking for support. My grandfather declined. "Why not?" the candidate asked. "Because you're a crook!" as he threw him bodily out of his office.

You choose who you associate with based on your principles. If you have no principles, you associate with anyone convenient. Obama doesn't seem to have principles, and certainly doesn't recognize that failure much less consider it significant.

Any of the interviewers would positively bring Obama up short by asking, "List some of your core principles."

Ayers, indeed.

hit and run

Man I miss you guys. And I will probably be forever two threads behind (or 12 if TM maintains his current level of productivity). ::sigh::

HH, add my well-wishes and congrats and gratitude to everyone else's, only double whatever the sum total of their wishes is to date. Heck, triple it.

Also, I'm late to this story, but Obama's not so much angry, of course.

He's bitter. And clingy

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