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Monday, December 25, 2006

Drink Blog

At Thanksgiving, I blogged about my choice of alcoholic beverage. Here's my Christmas Eve libation. It's fantastic. From here

Silky Kiss (makes 2)

1 shot rum
1 shot triple sec
1 shot store bought eggnog

Pour into cocktail shaker with ice (you have a cocktail shaker don't you?), shake, and strain into champagne glasses halfway up. Fill the rest with champagne. Be careful. The champagne mixes with the eggnog to make a foam that easily overflows.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Sounds yummy for New Years Eve. Now, let's assume I'm blonde and make the recipe as such. Do I have to drink both myself? I find this double recipe nonsense biased and offensive to the non-paired.

On the other hand, I bet I could just drink both myself . . .

6:56 PM, December 28, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Well, you could, or you could take the simpler and perhaps more enjoyable route of inviting over a friend who can share in this marvelous concoction.

If it's soon, you can celebrate the impending (or completed, depending on when it is) neck stretching of the former President of Iraq.

8:02 PM, December 29, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Great idea. All bloggers, my house, 11 p.m. Pencil, bring the cocktail shaker.

7:41 AM, December 31, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

P.S. I'll be asleep by 10, so keep the noise down.

8:47 PM, December 31, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Were we quiet enough? You didn't come down to join us or to yell that we woke you up, so I'm guessing that either we were or you just had a few too many Silky Kisses before we arrived, I'm sure as just a simple "sleep aid".

By the way, you're out of gin, vokda, vermouth, Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort. And that bottle of 1977 Dow vintage port that you were saving? Uh... sorry about that.

9:35 AM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

And sorry about the cat. He'll get over it.

11:58 AM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Someone(s) apparently had the major munchies. Hope nothing illegal was going on (besides the cat incident). (Do I look like a cat person?)

6:29 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger festivus said...

No one had the munchies until we used those brownies you left on the counter as a palate cleanser between gin tastings. What was in those things? You have any more?

11:09 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Ooooh, right, the brownies. I was just holding them for -- uh, they were for the kids -- I mean, the cat.

6:26 AM, January 02, 2007  

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Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!

The presents are wrapped and bagged, the stockings stuffed, and Santa's plate holds only artfully placed crumbs (nothing says Santa was here like crumbs). Visions of racetracks are still dancing in the head of the six-year-old, blissfully unaware that the day he has been counting down toward has arrived.

Six is the magic age for Christmas. Belief in Santa is in full force, egged on by the arrival of a letter from the man himself and reinforced by Mom who reminds him Santa is somehow always watching. His room has been perpetually clean, and he has been treating his sister like a princess, always aware of the omnipresence.

This Santa scheme is a fabulous idea. My parents didn't know what they were missing when they shunned the whole Santa phenomenon during my childhood. I doubt I would have fallen for it. But little William de Scribbler didn't seem to notice that Santa's letter was posted with a one cent stamp, uncancelled (I'm cheap a tightwad a monetary genius), or that it arrived on Christmas Eve, a mail-free Sunday. He may have questioned why Santa must have skim chocolate milk, but was alert enough to hush me when I mentioned Santa's waistline.

Sure, many of the inconvenient discrepancies of Santa can be explained away with magic; a billion children served in one night is easily the result of time zones and super sonic sleigh speed; Santa's handwriting looks like Mommy's, but so does many people's -- it's a popular style; it's true that most reindeer don't have red noses, but Rudolph drinks a lot. It's a stressful job.

And the six-year-old is now awake and dancing with excitement. Yes, he commented on the cookie crumbs.

Merry Christmas! (Or glædelig Jul, if you prefer.)

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Child #3 was too excited to go to sleep. At 2:00 AM Santa came. At 2:15 AM, said child came down to discover Santa had come, announcing the news to her siblings, who were all ordered back to bed. At 5:00 AM, all were back downstairs again. Dear wife and I gave in and made a pot of coffee. At 6:30, child #3 was sound asleep. I got a nap around 2:00 PM.

Altogether a wonderful Christmas. Wouldn't change a thing.

Merry Christmas to all.

8:44 PM, December 25, 2006  
Blogger ReTorte said...

Our nephew was caught looking up his parent's fireplace trying to figure out the physics of chimney travel. Little Prose was in a wonderful slumber and quite content with the arrival of Santa this year. Father Filibuster had also given up the battle to stay awake for Santa's arrival and was asleep in the recliner oblivious that Santa had arrived.

Though, at 23 2/3 months, little Prose was quite content with a pair of shoes, towel, and PJ's. Ah yes, there are advantages to the younger years too.

5:57 PM, December 27, 2006  

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Carter Jumped the Shark

In my opinion, Carter jumped the shark when he first entered politics, but I was to young to remember then. Anyway, as an ex-president Carter certainly jumped the shark when he gave in to Kim Jong Ils nuclear program, but you have to blame that one on Clinton, not Carter. Certainly, Carter has jumped the shark with his recent book on palestine - especially when liberals like Alan Dershowitz says your an idiot.

Carter has gone even beyond the errors of his book in interviews, in which he has said that the situation in Israel is worse than the crimes committed in Apartheid South Africa. When asked whether he believed that Israel's "persecution" of Palestinians was "[e]ven worse . . . than a place like Rwanda," Carter answered, "Yes. I think -- yes."

How pathetic....

Blogger LessIsMore said...

It seems to me to be unrealistic to blame Carter for the North Korea mess. The decider determined who should go and what were the parameters of the negotiation in recent months and years. Let's stop finding excuses for the Decider. He's been on the job for six years and the chickens are starting to come home to roost. The decider is a conservative, just a very stupid one, not unlike Boss Hogg. Conservatives must distance themselves from the Decider or he will set the conservative cause back decades, maybe even centuries.
In short, stop making excuses for the Decider. Lay the blame squarely at his feet where it belongs.

4:50 PM, December 21, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

I also blame the decider for America some how avoiding another terrorist attack...when it was conventional wisdom that there would be one. I wonder if this lack of attacks has anything to do with the decisions the decider has made? Hmmm... Of course in your opinion, General lessismore, the decider is very stupid so it must be just dumb luck....In your opinion the decider is only responsible for what you see as the errors and not the successes. Although, perhaps you are so content in your peaceful home and prosperous lifestyle, which by the way, has grown unabated since the decider came into office, that you have forgotten relative comparisons in history.

Also, isn't "centuries" a little bit of an exaggeration?

1:20 AM, December 22, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

"Jumped the shark" has jumped the shark.

11:34 AM, December 22, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Ho Hum, the eternal critic.

10:31 PM, December 22, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

That's what comments are for!

10:40 PM, December 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know whether to ignore this historical revisionism, or to comment, but it appears that die is cast. Unless "the decider" is Bill Clinton, who oversaw Carter's wholesale capitulation to the NoKos, you are propouneding a version of history that never happened. Even now, it looks like Bush's "stupid" diplomacy might result in the fall of both North Korea and Iran-- the remains of the "axis of evil"-- before his term expires.

9:17 AM, December 23, 2006  

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No tax increases

Jim Pinkerton writes that President Bush is considering raising taxes. I doubt this is the case and Bush was most likely only indicating that he is willing to listen to all ideas, which is a reasonable response. Nevertheless, if Bush caves to a tax increase, I will be pissed. Bush has done a good job with judges, on fighting terrorism, and on taxes. In my opinion, these successes make a great legacy despite the increased spending (which was the Congress' fault, not Bush's. While tax increases may be supported by the likes of Federal Farmer and the other psuedo conservative-paleocons here who all want to see Bush go down in flames, that should be signal enough that tax increases are a very bad idea....

Blogger festivus said...

I had not read that article, but I have read that he would consider support for an increase in the minimum wage if that was accompanied by adjustments (presumably downward) in the tax code to protect small businesses.

I seem to recall that one of our esteemed economist members, Harsh Pencil, was in favor of increasing the minimum wage (well, I guess it was really more "it's inevitable under this political environment, so why fight it"), as long as it was done once and indexed to inflation to take it off the table. I'm sure he'll weigh in to correct me on my interpretation of his comments.

While I see an increase in the minimum wage as yet another indirect tax, were Bush to get a proposal to increase it but tie to inflation, it's probably a worthwhile tradeoff. However, I don't see that as a reasonable possibility. The Democrats want to dredge this issue up regularly to cater to that "we're just helping the poor, the women, the kids" instinct in most of us, and I don't see them agreeing to such a proposal.

9:25 AM, December 21, 2006  
Blogger LessIsMore said...

Let's be sure we agree on what "raise taxes" means. When spending is not balanced with taxes, that produces inflation. Inflation is a tax. It may be delayed, but it remains a tax.

The true measure of Federal taxes is Federal spending increases, not Federal revenues.

4:43 PM, December 21, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Hold on Less. There is little or no evidence that deficit spending causes inflation. Inflation is caused by printing too much money. Yes, sometimes governments print money to cover their deficits, but this does not have to happen and in developed countries, usually doesn't happen.

Actually, spending itself is the real tax. That is, governments are, in this sense, no different than you or me. Every bit they spend has to be paid for in a present value sense. (The present value of expenditures plus current debt has to equal the present value of revenues in.) It's just a matter of pay for it now, or pay for it later.

4:56 PM, December 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean government cannot spend money that it does not first take from the citizens? That's odd. When asked, in a Federal Reserve study of economic knowledge, 2/3 of adults replied that government spent "its own money" and didn't have to take it from anybody.

J. Ewing

6:20 PM, December 22, 2006  

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Baker = Chamberlain??

I'm not quite ready to go that far (although I'm this/close), but David Zucker of "Airplane!" fame apparently is, and does so in his unique style.

Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Although Chamberlain did fail at Munich in the moral contest with Hitler, it is commonly overlooked that Chamberlain instituted a massive ramping up of Britains military expenditures, specifically the airforce which increased at least 5 times from 1938-1940. It was this airforce that won the Battle of Britain. One could argue that Munich bought badly needed time for Britain.

8:51 AM, December 20, 2006  
Blogger LessIsMore said...

One also has to wonder what role that air force had in convincing Hitler to make his famous misstep intp Russia vs operation Sea lion (Invasion of the UK).

11:10 PM, January 01, 2007  

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Strangers on my flight

Here's the link to the Frank Sinatra parody that some of us talked about at the debate last night.

Blogger festivus said...

You're quick, my friend. Beat me by 7 minutes.

11:03 PM, December 13, 2006  
Blogger Craig Westover said...

Early Bird gets the worm, but second mouse gets the cheese.

2:02 PM, December 14, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

And Festivus enjoyed plenty of cheese Wed night. Not that I was counting.

6:38 AM, December 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, do we ever publish the winner of these debates, and which "side" was victorious?

J. Ewing

7:07 PM, December 16, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

The right prevailed, and the resolution failed spectacularly.

9:52 PM, December 16, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Rather than ask for publication of the results, why not attend the debate in person and participate. It's open to all as long as those in attendance are willing to abide by our sartorial standards.

You can choose to speak if you wish, but all who attend the debate may vote on the resolution.

10:35 AM, December 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such was my intention, should I come to believe that the debate is rational and the outcome useful. I am concerned about your sartorial standards, however. I tend toward the functional, rather than decorative.

J. Ewing

12:57 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Let me briefly address each of your points.

The debate is rational to the extent that the debaters are rational. In my time in the Society, I have generally found that most of those who choose to speak make good points. Not all, but most.

I think the usefulness of the outcome lies squarely in the eye of the beholder. I almost always find that I find new ways of looking at an issue, regardless of my agreement with each individual speaker.

As for our sartorial standards: We're a conservative debating organization, and thus tradition and precedence is important, and I would say that they add greatly to the entire experience. I urge you to attend so you can witness and personally judge if it is functionality or decorum which reigns supreme.

Please note that (quoting from our whip sheets) "While there is no dress code for attendance, gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies should adhere to a similar sartorial standard"

2:23 PM, December 18, 2006  

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Resolved: Bring Back Blue Laws

Debate tonight, Dec 13, at the University Club.

Map and directions here.
Full Whip Sheet available here.
Drinks and banter at 7 p.m.
Debate begins precisely at 7:30.

This is the last debate of the term and the last opportunity to qualify to petition for Membership.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Great turnout last night -- forty people? -- and some very fine speeches. Well, except that one speech. It was wonderful to see he-who-has-no-blogger-ID and his Boots back for a debate.

The Chairman is to be congratulated.

4:31 PM, December 14, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

"except that one speech". How tactful! I love it! I know it wasn't mine - I didn't speak.

8:09 PM, December 14, 2006  
Blogger ReTorte said...

You mean I missed the Boots made for Bronz'n???

2:47 AM, December 15, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

(Between you and me, Festivus, they were all great speeches. But I'm letting everyone wonder if his was the bad speech. And there, I gave it away, it was a guy.)

6:40 AM, December 16, 2006  

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Kofi Annan -- Outta Here!

Hey, Kofi, don't let the door hit ya on your way out! Whew!

But what do we know about Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General-Elect? A quick surf revealed nothing alarming. Well, he has been a bureaucrat his entire life. Red Flag. And he did actually campaign for his new position as figurehead of the United Nations. Big Red Flag. But by his very nature, a Secretary General of the UN would be an unsavory character.

The John Birch Society does not like Ban Ki-moon. Of course, the John Birch Society would not like anyone heading the UN. The JBS does not like anyone who has ever said anything favorable about the UN, which is one of their beefs with Ki-moon. I like the John Birch Society.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Hitler was kind to animals.

9:43 PM, December 11, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I just wanted to point out that it is always good form to bring Hitler into any argument. And that the nutcase Birchers happen to be correct on the UN doesn't make them any less nut-casier.

9:44 PM, December 11, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

OK, Stalin liked animals too. I have attended several speakers events put on by the JBS and didn't find them nut-case like at all. A group of grey haired folks handing out information pamphlets and inviting people to speak on current topics. The bunch of them didn't look as though they could foment a revolution in a retirement home over the lousy food. In point of fact, their meetings are far less nutty than those of the JAS.

10:57 PM, December 12, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Talk about damning with faint praise.

11:06 PM, December 12, 2006  

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Friday, December 08, 2006

John Kerry -- How not to apologize

This letter from John Kerry to the father of a serviceman in Iraq is, well, reminiscent of the hooker that charges extra for sincerity. The Dad’s response comments better than I can or have a right to.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I have never before heard the expression "like a hooker that charges extra for sincerity." I love it.

9:12 AM, December 10, 2006  

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

The ISG Report

I am not sure what to make of the Iraq Study Group Report. Most of it is actually nothing new. I think in the end Bush will put it in the drawer where it belongs.

The report is supposed to be drafted by the Foreign Policy "Realists" - aka foriegn policy paleocons. These are the same folks who wanted to stay with the British crown during the revolution and wanted to let the South go during the Civil War. They are also the same group who freaked out when Reagan called the Soviets the evil empire. Nothing gets accomplished under the realists approach. They are the George McClellans of history.

Foreign policy realists are to their core anti-American, which is why all of the anti-american groups around the world hailed the ISG report.

Bush's idea for the middle east - to try and create democracies and turn a new leaf in an area that has only known corruption and tyranny for hundreds of years, is still the only new and fresh idea. WHy would we attempt to adopt a realist approach that has already proven in the past to be a failure. Yes, it is turning out to be difficult, but not nearly as difficult as other challenges in the past.

Let's hope Bush sticks it out.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

The report was the impetus for Jason Lewis to straighten himself out on the issue. He is now correctly questioning why we, as conservatives, are trying to play policeman to the world.

Jason had been pretty squishy prior to the election, going soft on Pawlenty and Bush. I'm glad he has rediscovered his testicles.

1:02 PM, December 07, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

Responding to numerous attacks on our people and Nation constitutes "playing policeman to the world"?

8:42 AM, December 08, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

It one thing for us to go after actual terrorists. We are, however, officially in a quagmire, our current stated purpose being the democratization of Iraq, and the only reason we haven't gotten out is because no one knew how to do so while saving face. See Reagan and Beirut. Now there was a wise and humble man, not afraid to do what was right.

4:49 PM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

Well, as our esteemed member Charles Erickson pointed out, democratization can be one of the tools used to fight terror. Also, as has been repeatedly pointed out, it is more fun to fight terrorists over there than over here. In my view the long term damage from just quitting and running is far greater than that incured by trying to make these policies work. Our hasty retreat from other fields of battle has been repeatedly quoted by our enemies as reason for them to believe in ultimate victory.
This "Quagmire" was forseen by Tommy Franks. He states in his book "American Soldier" that in his very first assesment of the proposed invasion of Iraq he estimated it would take at least five years to complete the operation and perhaps as long as a decade, during which there would have to be a significant U.S. troop presence. None of this is a supprise to policy makers. Further, Bush stated in his first speech after 9/11 that the war on terror would long out last his Presidency. I expect it to last another twenty years or more, and the only thing I question is do we as a nation have the inner strength to see it through. If we don't than our way of life will be considerably altered.

11:00 AM, December 10, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

A 200-terahertz computer could be another of the tools, as could a space rocket. Fighting terror with democracy is equally nonsensical and grasping at straws to save face. Enforcing democracy in fact IS playing World Policeman, or God if you'd rather.

Iraq, at least in its current configuration, is not amenable to democracy, even were our imposition proper. We might as well install the Shah in Iran. Carving out three nations would have had a greater chance of success. Now we do not have the credibility for such a feat.

My dear neocon friends, you have all been so well reeducated to toe the Party Line, to not think for yourselves, that you should know you are to parrot Jason Lewis. Step smartly now!

2:49 PM, December 10, 2006  

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Monday, December 04, 2006

"Happy Feet": Liberal Propaganda?

The answer to the question stated in the subject of this post is a resounding "YES!" I told my kids I'd take them to a movie yesterday afternoon if the Bears won (and they did, in a rather ugly fashion against an even uglier Vikings team), and they chose the animated movie "Happy Feet". So off we went.

It starts out fine, and by about 20 minutes into the movie, I think it's going to be one of those "little creature is different than all the other little creatures, is shuned by the group, befriended by one, is banished, goes on an adventure, come back, saves the colony and is elevated into hero status" kind of movies. Generally predictable, a warm if squishy "everyone has value" message.

And I was right. EXCEPT along the way, they manage to:
  • Poke fun at mono-theistic religion
  • Portray humans as evil
  • Pump up the United Nations
  • Push the agenda that all fishing (at least around the southern nether regions of our planet) should cease
  • Make the "plastic six-pack ring stuck around an animal's head" a major storyline
  • Screw up Stevie Wonder's "I Wish", one of his greatest (Penguins should not sign this song)
  • AND heavily stereotype some Latin-American speech and culture traits (Puerto Rican, I think - it was darn funny with Robin Williams doing the voiceover, but in our PC culture today, I'm really surprised that this has not created an outcry)

I'm going to have to send my youngest son (4) back into the Family Festivus Re-education Room, as when his mother asked about the movie, he said "it said we should stop eating fish". I've clearly done a better job with my older son, as when asked by me what he thought of the message that we should stop fishing, stated "someone has to be on the top of the food chain - might as well be us. And there's plenty of fish out there".

Fellow conservatives, we are missing the boat by allowing liberals to create the majority of these animated kiddie films.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

The Incredibles is one of the most conservative, and best, animated films out there. Nothing liberal (that I can think of) about Cars either. Basically, Pixar makes the best kids movies out there.

11:22 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

If you're not a liberal at age 4, you have no heart. (I was a raging conservative at age 4, which explains a lot about me.)

Incredibles is the most recent movie I've seen, and I agree that it was quite good. Not a television viewer, the only evidence I have of what is playing is an occasional movie poster at the Excelsior Dock. Most of them look like crap.

11:30 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Agreed on Incredibles - we saw that when it came out, and I was plesantly amazed at the message. I had forgotten about that.

I'll put Cars on the list.

1:16 PM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

One more thing:

How can penguins sing "I Wish"?

It's about growing up as a poor but happy black child. The first verse is

Looking back on when I
Was a little nappy headed boy
Then my only worry
Was for Christmas what would be my toy
Even though we sometimes
Would not get a thing
We were happy with the
Joy the day would bring

I wasn't aware that a penguin could be a "little nappy headed boy."

11:00 AM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Pencil, you sparked another thought. One thing I noticed was that they edited the song and skipped one of the stanzas. I didn't think about it at the time, but I bet it was the reference to Christmas - I'm not 100%, but I'd put your money on it.

If true, it only further makes my point.

1:38 PM, December 06, 2006  
Blogger Louie said...

Our kids went to Happy Feet with freinds on Thanksgiving and our second oldest--15--came home absolutely livid. This being the daughter we had some concern about her political leanings walked in and immediately started ranting about how they made humans look evil. Her biggest peeve was the pop thing around the neck. She was mortified to say it best. Hubby and I quickly wiped the sweat from our brow.

11:32 PM, December 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the movie was great and so did all the kids from my day care that went to see it on a field trip, they didn't think about anything but dancing like 'Mumble Happy Feet' all the way out of the theater.

8:31 PM, December 28, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Now there's an endorsement for day care.

8:40 PM, December 28, 2006  

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

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Have been listening to talk radio this past week and all the buzz is that we don't have to worry bout Hillory being our next President, it is going to be O'Bama! Isn't that GREAT? This should make the Paleo's very happy indeed, as it removes any chance that a Republican will be elected. Our future is assured.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Have we sunk so far that a guy named O'Bama could get elected? I haven't been following things as closely lately, but unless this guy has walked on water or healed a bunch of blind people (hey -- we wouldn't need new money!) I don't see a guy whose name sounds like Osama getting elected. I would think he'd be great to run against.

On the other hand, I could see the current GOP leadership advocating name changes for candidates so they can sound more like muslims/democrats.

6:57 PM, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

Buzz around the airwaves is this guy has rock star like charisma. People stand in line for hours to get a chance to see him and touch him. Maybe he does walk on water and heal the sick, the Dems seem to think so anyway. It all has such an inevitable feel to it. People standing in line for hours to see and touch the charismatic John McCain? I don't think so.

10:36 PM, December 02, 2006  
Blogger ReTorte said...

Here I was hoping that Tommy Thompson will be the Republican candidate for President in '08. He's much more charismatic in my opinion than McCain.

12:48 AM, December 03, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

I agree. Does he have the National constituency to swing the endorsement? The public persona with the media?

10:10 PM, December 03, 2006  
Blogger ReTorte said...

Knowing his re-election rates in Wisconsin, which, when it comes to Governor and National Elections historically goes Blue, any mud that could be slung already has and didn't stick. I think if Republicans want to keep the Presidency, they've got to come up with someone who's inside, but far enough removed to be an outsider that the media isn't necessarily going to find constantly available.

As for Thompson's persona with the media, he's pretty easy going and good with soundbites. On the issues, he would be the candidate who could rally the disgruntled conservative troops and still get the swing votes with the HHS issues. The question remains though whether or not he can swing the endorsement.

2:14 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Make sure to get Obama's name right. It is:

Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

With a name like that - golden!

9:07 AM, December 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm remarkably uninformed on this issue. Isn't Obama an immigrant, Constitutionally prohibited from the Presidency?

J. Ewing

10:46 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Are you talking about Hussein Obama?

I believe his mother was from Kansas.

3:39 PM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

According to Wikipedia, he was born 1961 in Hawaii (2 years earlier, and he would not have been US-born) to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya. His mother was from Kansas. His parents divorced when he was two and his mother married an Indonesian foreign student, moving to Jakarta with Obama when he was six years old. Obama then moved in with his grandparents in Hawaii. His mom sounds like an interesting character; maybe she's one of those City Pages Personals types.

5:24 PM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

The name probably is golden these days. I liked wht TK called him "Osama Bin Bama". I think TK was drunk at the time (big supprise).

9:00 PM, December 04, 2006  

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