Thursday, August 14, 2014

George who?


George who?  “For George belongs on the muster roll of capitalists whose speciality was to wed scientific discoveries of the ninetteeth century to mass-producing and  marketing techniques, and thereby to create enormous quantities of goods for  Everyman.”   George Eastman of Kodak fame, of course.  No matter that he committed suicide at 77 be cause his healthfailed and his job was done – his legacy lives on.

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I, ME, MY


           I,  ME,  MY

Obama Uses First Person Singular 199 TIMES in Speech Vowing Unilateral Action

Posted: July 13, 2014 | Author: Pundit from another Planet

Terence P. Jeffrey reports: Not counting instances when he quoted a letter from a citizen or cited dialogue from a movie, President Barack Obama used the first person singular–including the pronouns “I” and “me” and the adjective “my”–199 times in a speech he delivered Thursday vowing to use unilateral executive action to achieve his policy goals that Congress would not enact through the normal, constitutional legislative process.

The remarks, the White House reports, ran 40 minutes, and the full transcript (including annotations for “laughter” and “applause”) is more than 5,500 words (read more) CNS News

Number of Times Obama Has Accepted Blame or Taken Responsibility: 0   For his entire Presidency.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Envy:


                                                          Envy:

 

Whereas most other sins at least begin by being pleasurable, the feeling of envy is miserable from the outset.  Yet envy, is these democratic days, is particularly prevalent.  How many of those moods which we supposed to be a sense of justice are infected at their very base by envious impulses.

Wilhelm Roscher’s 1895

 

Fore! As Obama Golfs


                  Fore! As Obama Golfs

 

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Fore! As Obama Golfs, Tanks Roll in Baghdad and A Country Unravels. “The fact that President Obama thought that the day of an Iraqi coup was a good time to hang on the Vineyard and get on the links is bad news. Either the President blew off warnings from his advisors, or the intel community got blindsided again. Both possibilities reflect badly on the management of the nation’s affairs.”

Also Falling Apart:

ISIS Attack succeeding

Christians being Exterminated

Ukraine Doomed

U.S. Borders a Mess

Economy if Freefall

Obamacare a Disaster

 

BARACK OBAMA ON PRESIDENTIAL VACATIONS IN 2008: “You have to understand that if you seek that office, then you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially, the bargain that I think every President strikes with the American people is, ‘you give me this office, then in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure, is gone. I am giving myself to you.’”

 

ROGER KIMBALL: Obama In Oz. “Crippling successors, of course, is precisely what Obama is trying to do. It’s all part of his strategy of fundamentally transforming the Untied States of America.”

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

watchwords of a Jacksonian


The following are watchwords of a Jacksonian:  “The world is governed too much.  Our countrymen are beginning to demand” … that the government be content with “protecting their persons and property, leaving them to direct their labor and capital as they please, within the moral law: getting rich or remaining poor as may result from their own management or fortune.”  Could that we could return to those freeer days of yesteryear.


 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Second Great Awakening put us on the path to great ness?


The secularizing of the Biblical covenant of God with Abraham became one of the sources (perhaps the principal one) for American exceptionalism well into the 19th century.  What do you think - the Second Great Awakening put us on the path to great ness?

 

Monday, August 04, 2014

in 2014 as SWAT teams and enthusiastic police routinely raid homes


            “… A man’s house is his castle… this writ would annihilate the privilege of officers (entering) our houses when they please.  Their menial servants, may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court, can inquire.”  James Otis Jr. in 1761 pled against the Custom House writ which permitted forced entry.  Does any of this sound familiar in 2014 as SWAT teams and enthusiastic police routinely raid homes and apartments?

            Yes, I know there is supposed paperwork and suspicion of malfeasance.  But… even a libertarian in the White House in 2016 could not let this practice stand.  Or could he /she?  

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Buyer of bulls… b eware


            Buyer of bulls… b eware

 

“No man can be as great as that man looks,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson of Daniel Webster.  “TR bit me and I went mad,” William Allen White said of Teddy Roosevelt. “…I appeal to you for the long line – the long, long line reaching back through the ages, and forward to the years to come – the long line of  despoiled and downtrodden people of the earth,”  spoke Clarence Darrow for the defense of Thomas I. Kidd charged with conspiracy to injure a business  (asking for Union recognition) in 1898.  “I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces (of selfishness) met their master,” were FDR’s words in 1936. Beware of a charismatic figure who CAN alter the  course of history.