Friday, January 23, 2009

Argentina: On the wrong side of history...most of the time!

UPDATE: photo was photoshopped?

Regarding more government regulation...

Walter Williams explains the financial crisis:

The blame for our current financial mess rests with government, with the major player being the Federal Reserve Board keeping interest rates artificially low and the congressional and White House market interference in the name of more home ownership. In the clamor for more regulation over our financial institutions, has anybody bothered to ask whether people in government know what they're doing?

President Obama's emancipation.

Charles Krauthammer:

Obama's unapologetic celebration of Washington and the Founders of the original imperfect union was a declaration of his own emancipation from -- or better, transcendence of -- the civil rights movement. The old warrior Joseph Lowery prayed for the day when "white will embrace what is right." Not Obama. By connecting himself in this historic address to Washington rather than Lincoln the liberator, Obama was legitimizing the full sweep of American history without annotation or mental reservation. If we ever have a post-racial future, this moment will mark its beginning.

Wounded British soldiers...

are waking up in hospital to find Taliban prisoners being treated in the next bed.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The National Prayer Service sermon to President Obama and Vice President Biden.


Mr. President and Mrs. Obama, Mr. Vice President and Dr. Biden, and your families, what an inaugural celebration you have hosted! Train ride, opening concert, service to neighbor, dancing till dawn . . .

And yesterday . . . With your inauguration, Mr. President, the flame of America’s promise burns just a little brighter for every child of this land!

There is still a lot of work to do, and today the nation turns its full attention to that work. As we do, it is good that we pause to take a deep spiritual breath. It is good that we center for a moment.

What you are entering now, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President, will tend to draw you away from your ethical center. But we, the nation that you serve, need you to hold the ground of your deepest values, of our deepest values.

Beyond this moment of high hopes, we need you to stay focused on our shared hopes, so that we can continue to hope, too.

We will follow your lead.

There is a story attributed to Cherokee wisdom:

One evening a grandfather was teaching his young grandson about the internal battle that each person faces.

“There are two wolves struggling inside each of us,” the old man said.

“One wolf is vengefulness, anger, resentment, self-pity, fear . . .

“The other wolf is compassion, faithfulness, hope, truth, love . . .”

The grandson sat, thinking, then asked: “Which wolf wins, Grandfather?”

His grandfather replied, “The one you feed.”

There are crises banging on the door right now, pawing at us, trying to draw us off our ethical center—crises that tempt us to feed the wolf of vengefulness and fear.

We need you, Mr. President, to hold your ground. We need you, leaders of this nation, to stay centered on the values that have guided us in the past; values that empowered to move us through the perils of earlier times and can guide us now into a future of renewed promise.

We need you to feed the good wolf within you, to listen to the better angels of your nature, and by your example encourage us to do the same.

The price of trying to change the tone in Washington

was to be often pummeled by lesser men.

...and most of all, he was our President...

TIME Magazine photographers reflect on having photographed President Bush for 8 years.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tigerhawk says:

"In a just world, who should be the better known parent of an American soldier killed in action: Bush-bashing surrender activist Cindy Sheehan, to whom Maureen Dowd famously ascribed "absolute moral authority," or Dr. Bill Krissoff, who at the age of 60 gave up a lucrative medical practice to join the Navy in honor of his son, a United States Marine who died in Iraq?"

So true.

I got a phone call from somebody I knew [in Iraq] who personally survived an I.E.D. attack on one of these vehicles:

Former Navy S.E.A.L. Christopher Berman built a better armored vehicle to help prevent the tragedy that befell his friend, Scott Helvenston, whose car was ambushed by insurgents in Fallujah in 2004. Helvenston’s body was defiled and hung from a bridge.

Hero of the Hudson.

"That guy is one cool customer," said a police source. "He was a rock star. He had saved everybody and was behaving like it was just another day at the office."
Check out the video Gateway Pundit has that shows the plane landing in the water and the ensuing rescue.