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Why it’s Hard to Remain an Optimist


It can be very difficult when people like Victor Davis Hanson give good rational to the bad ju-ju I’ve been feeling ever since Obamacare held.

Some excerpts. First of five reasons for conservative’s need to be cautious this election season:

1. The so-called Obama crash. I believe that Obamism — 41 months over 8% plus unemployment, anemic GDP growth, serial $1 trillion deficits, unsustainable rates of new aggregate debt, the takeover of health care, record numbers on unemployment insurance and food stamps — is not only strangling the country, but in the long run will be seen as such by most Americans. Obama is incoherent — castigating the Supreme Court’s right to overturn a law, then himself suing to overturn state laws, while simply ignoring federal laws. Abroad, even his supporters cannot claim the Russian reset was a success. What was so hard about supporting the Iranian dissidents in the spring 2009 demonstrations, or expressing support for secular democratic movements in the Middle East rather than praising the Muslim Brotherhood? Why treat Israel or Canada worse than Turkey? And was it worth the administration chest thump to risk the security of the United States by leaking classified information about Predators, the cyber war against Iran, the Yemeni agent, and the bin Laden raid?

Sometimes when I watch Fox News, listen to talk radio, or read the blogs, I fear too many are in a strange bubble: the Obama embarrassments are tallied, his crashing defeat predicted — but no one seems to say, “But hey, he is still after all that ahead in the polls!” And to the extent someone might point to polling, he is met with “But the polls are biased!” Perhaps they are by 3-4 points.  But right now, given the power of incumbency, the changing nature of the U.S., and the no-holds-barred methods of Barack Obama, the advantage is still all Obama’s — and almost all the polls show that. And we should remember that fact rather than be told simply how bad Obama is.

And from the conclusion:

None of us know what November brings. We all imagine the race will be far closer than 2008. We worry that eight years of this administration will institutionalize what we saw during the first four years. That said, every person worried about the direction of the country will have to vote, donate time or money, or offer public or private commentary. We are going to see things in September and October that we have not quite seen before in an election, as our modern Borgia pulls out all the stops to do whatever is necessary to win.

We have a president who was not truthful about his prior associates and pastor, raising taxes, the Bush-Cheney protocols he once demonized, and promises to follow the law. The law now is followed largely to the degree that it is judged most progressive for most people. On a mundane level, a president is up for reelection who, by common assent, made up almost all the key details in his own memoir, claimed on his own bio that he was born in Kenya, jokes with his middle finger on his chin, laughs about Predator assassination drones protecting his daughters, offers a double-entendre about a sex act with his wife, and links “BFD” T-shirts to his website. From the fundamental to the ridiculous, Obama is sui generis. After all, we have a man of the people in the White House who has set presidential records for golf outings and fat-cat fundraisers, while running on them/us class warfare — to the delight of 50% of the country.

A hard lesson of being a news junkie and amateur political analyst is that the majority of one’s country is not as in-tune with events as one’s self. The internet has changed this decisively and has largely sidelined the TV ‘mainstream media’ – but it stands that news is apparently still boring to people until it affects them.

Maybe that’s why politics is so shallow and flashy these days. It’s effective towards those who don’t pay much attention or don’t really care.

I need some freaking coffee.

Cheers!

ALSO:

More negativity! It’s freaking disappointing having it hit home that politics happened in the supreme court, not constitutional judicial review.

Well, fine then. Politics has always been shallow but it’s still frustrating!

Update: Threw in some excerpts of the Victor Davis Hanson piece, since people aren’t clicking links. Tsk.

Update Update: In which another blogger reminds that opinion polls aren’t necessarily elections.

Music Video Featuring Videos from Occupy 2011


An interesting thing happened back in November – I got a message in my inbox asking if I would be alright with the potential use of my footage in an upcoming music video. I agreed, and recently got a message sharing this:

My footage didn’t make it in – but honestly, that’s fine. I was admitedly a little concerned that this would wind up being something glorifying anarchy – but watch the whole thing, take note of the images we see. Happy protesters, mad protesters, people caught in the middle, calm police, rough housing police, calm protesters, protesters destroying things and being violent. It’s a broad swath of the humanity at play in the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring in the fall of 2011. That and the song -is- good.

These folks were polite enough to approach and ask for permission – and at the end credited ALL contributions! No matter where they’re coming from, these folks deserve a shoutout and respect! Also – the fact that all footage was taken from citizen journalists and folks on the ground like me? Very cool, very awesome, and worthy of applause.

So what do you think? Thought provoking commentary on humanity, or sappy hippy style unicorns and rainbows?

ALSO! There’s a podcast today. On KSDT! Click the tab up above labelled ‘The Invisible Voice’ for more information!

Barry Rubin on Egypt – Looming Radicalization Spurring Moderates to Flee


Yet another link I had to share as I continue to wallow in allergies. This time, from Barry Rubin –

PJMedia – Rubin Report: Good-Bye, Middle East! Liberals and Minorities are Fleeing

Some excerpts, emphasis mine:

What’s so terrible about the ideological, agenda-based domination of the mass media and academia is that people don’t ask critical questions that undermine their political positions.

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Ice Age Alarmism in the 70s – Parallels with Global Warming Alarmism – PJMedia


This article from Zombie, one of my favorite PJMedia writers, is just too good not to share with you.

Not only does it have a huge link bomb of recent blows to man-made global warming theory, it succinctly addresses my problem with the global warming crowd – that of political exploitation AND neatly draws parallels from a ‘impending ice age’ book from the 70s that makes almost the exact same case and solutions as man-made global warming advocates today do!

Good case, good points, great evidence. I maintain that the leaders of the those who suggest extreme measures to combat global warming do so primarily as an excuse to mandate progressivism on all of us, as opposed to a genuine desire to save the planet. Their favored political ideology so conveniently presents a solution to this ‘problem’ and all those who oppose it are just stupid haters. No need to debate, no need to convince, we know what’s right and should just tell everyone what to do and throw a bunch of money to the third world! If no one listens we’re all DOOMED! — The 70’s. And today.

Be sure to read the scans from the book. The parallels borderline on the hilarious. And this serves as a great warning against any political message that uses doomsday rhetoric, hype, and outright belittling of their opposition as dumb as their primary debate tactics.

Obama’s Detachment from Reality: SOTU Analysis from PJMedia


I wanted to quickly bring this link to your attention since this has been a busy week – and my analysis of the speech is taking a different tack then most! Breaking it down paragraph by paragraph. That takes awhile. So in the interim, have this one analysis by Barry Rubin from PJMedia.

He describes Obama as a president with an unrealistic agenda that is just not American, and he has it at a time America is facing unprecedented crisis. Very apt description and very much worth the read and some thought.

I SHOULD CAVEAT – I’m not just lazily saying ‘The President is UnAmerican duurrr’ I mean that in the context that his ideas just don’t resonate with the ideology of the country. Obama has far leftist sympathies and notions of economic fairness and social justice in a country that has classically valued the free market and capitalism. The president also continues to flirt with this odd notion of executive supremacy and circumventing congress, bucking the checks and balances built into the very fabric of this nation. America needs to be careful this election.

Supreme Court and the EPA: Interesting Developments — Hot Air


Quick note: apologies if some of you just got bombarded by massive OMG STUFF GOT PUBLISHED spam. That was me un censoring my website.

This piece of audio comes from Hot Air, worth a look as it could have far reaching implications for styles of government regulation and enforcement in this country. The specific case is Sackett v EPA. Link and commentary…after the jump.

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Hey, Haven’t we Seen Her Before? Occupy SD Kicked off Texas Bus


So remember back in November/Octoberish when that woman from Occupy San Diego punched the camera out of that one lady’s hands? That incident sparked off the whole “debate” with drysift!

I do believe we have stumbled into her once again, tied into a story about a small contingent of occupiers getting kicked off a greyhound bus. Links and a little discussion…After the jump.

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GOP Field – Does Santorum have the Wrong Mindset? – Roger Hedgecock


Hey folks! The next few days or so will be a bit busy, so I won’t be writing -as- much for this. I will be writing…papers for school. Hooray! I have NOT forgotten my que or ongoing discussions, never fear. I just have to bump things around when time gets short.

However, I’ll still be absorbing the news and sharing the occasional stand-out story, such as this one Rodger Hedgecock did where he interviewed Rick Santorum and did research on his background and experience. Remarks that stood out especially were ones regarding just how Rick Santorum would try to achieve his goals, an area Santorum is weak in and a significant one.

Rodger Hedgecock is one of the best out there when it comes to researching candidates and issues. This just may be changing my lukewarm attitude towards Santorum in comparison to the other. How about you?

Happy MLK day!

-Doug

Regarding Iran and Foreign Policy Options


Well isn’t this right timely?

PJMedia did a posting on possible options with dealing with Iran. Some of them sound a lot like my suggestions, and largely I agree with the things posited in this piece.

For those who need a reminder, I discussed this earlier in a caller clarification article.

Discuss! Or not. It’s up to you. I’ll likely bring this up on Friday’s show (8:30pm. Sorry Canada, time constraints demand it.)