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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Classy. Real Classy.

This from the people who ask that we all get past the partisanship, join hands, and become one, now that their man controls the White House:
Bush Mocked As He Arrives on Inauguration Dais
The Hill

The crowd packed on the west side of the Capitol grounds serenaded President Bush in mocking fashion when he took to the inaugural stage alongside Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye," a section of the crowd chanted.

The crowd packed immediately below the podium received Bush in stony silence when he took his seat on the stage surrounding the podium where Barack Obama was scheduled to take the oath office to become the 44th president of the United States. [link]
Obama supporters. He deserves them.

What Does This Mean?

The news that should bring Obama back to Earth:
U.S. Stocks Slide in Dow Average’s Worst Inauguration Day Drop
By Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg.com

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks sank, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst Inauguration Day decline, as speculation banks must raise more capital sent financial shares to an almost 14-year low.

State Street Corp., the largest money manager for institutions, tumbled 59 percent after unrealized bond losses almost doubled. Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. slumped more than 23 percent on an analyst’s prediction that they’ll need to take steps to shore up their balance sheets. The Dow’s 4 percent slide was the most on an Inauguration Day in the measure’s 112-year history, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and the Stock Trader’s Almanac. [link]
There isn't a direct connection, I don't think, between this dramatic decline in the market and Obama's inauguration, but it should wake Junior up to the fact that the problems this country is dealing with aren't going away no matter how many magazine covers his smiley face graces.

That piece about Wells Fargo is particularly startling as WFC has been one of the few shining stars in a galaxy of black holes in recent months. It appears that even the well-run financial services companies are getting sucked into the vortex.*

* An awful metaphor, I know, but it was fun.

A Test

Tell me if this sentence from the Roanoke Times this morning (see "A Call To Unity") stands up to scrutiny:

"President Barack Obama's inaugural speech met all the expectations built by a campaign marked by great oratory."

Great oratory?

Here's a test:

Other than this memorable line - "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go." - does anyone remember anything this great orator has said since his meteoric rise to power began? Any "great" quote?

Your answer goes here: ______________.

No? Such the great orator.

Look, delivering middling words written by others - no matter how well spoken - does not make for a great orator.

I think we have the Joe Biden thing going on here. Want a memorable quote? Here's Crazy Joe:

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Storybook indeed. A black man who can speak in front of crowds. Time to cheer.

Kind of a racist element, if you ask me.

Well, They're At It Again

A bulletin from an honest-to-God civil rights organization - my NRA - about that never-ending attempt here in Virginia to close that mythical gun show "loophole":

Anti-gun legislators and activists are at it again in Virginia. They are attempting to end Virginia Gun shows by pushing legislation that will restrict the right of citizens to sell and purchase private property without government regulation.

Senate Bill 1257, authored by State Senators Henry Marsh (D-16) and Janet Howell (D-32), would require that all firearms transactions that take place at gun shows be subject to background checks, require gun show promoters to register all vendors (private citizens as well as licensed dealers), and maintain that registry for four years following the date of the gun show.

This bill could be considered soon and it is important that law-abiding gun owners stand-up and make their voices heard.
Did someone say the state budget is in crisis?

Why do they insist on wasting our time like this?