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The Sunday Night “Drink the Kool-aid” link-fest

According to my mother, my sister and her husband bought a SmartCar.  I don’t know why (although, I am not above some snarky speculation), but I’m sure my nephew will just love driving to school in a used moped-with-a-roof in a few years.  I guess my brother-in-law is driving it to work now.  I’ll be curious to see what happens the first time he high-centers it on a ridge of frozen, thawed, and re-frozen ice that’s been plowed up in the street this winter.  The good news is that if the ice doesn’t rip out the undercarriage, he should be able to pick it up and move it to the sidewalk.  (/snark)

On the political front (via Moonbattery)

Remember that $50.2 bazillion bailout that GM received earlier this year, turning it into Government Motors (a federally supported subsidiary of the UAW)? And how that bailout was supposed to ultimately save American jobs and keep that vital automotive sector alive?

A sizeable chunk is being sent to Brazil ($1 billion), Mexico ($1.2 billion), and China (a continued “sizeable investment”) because it’s good for America.

Drink up, Scooter.

There is a rather refreshing post up at HillBuzz thanking former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.

If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.

You may be as surprised by this as we are ourselves, but from this day forward George W. and Laura Bush are now on the same list for us as the Clintons, Geraldine Ferraro, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the other political figures we keep in our hearts and never allow anyone to badmouth.

Criticize their policies academically and intelligently and discuss the Bush presidency in historical and political terms…but you mess with the Bushes personally and, from this day forward, you’ll answer to us.

We hope someday to be able to thank George W. and Laura in person for all they’ve done, and continue to do.  They didn’t have to head to Ft. Hood.  That was not their responsibility.

The Obamas should have done that.

But didn’t.


Thank goodness George W. is still on his watch, with wonderful Laura at his side.

We are blessed as a nation to have these two out there…just as we are blessed to have the Clintons on the job, traveling the world doing the good they do.

And we are blessed to have Dick Cheney, wherever he is, keeping tabs on all that’s going on and speaking out when the current administration does anything too reckless and dangerous.

Cheney’s someone else we villainized and maligned in the past who we were also wrong about.  There has never been a Vice President, including Gore, Biden, or Mondale, who was more supportive of gay rights than “Darth Cheney”. There has never been a Vice President more spot-on right about the dangers facing this country from Islamic terrorism.

We live in strange, strange times indeed.

Go read the whole thing.  And the rest of their website.  While I am obviously not as enamored of Hillary Clinton as these guys, they routinely crank out interesting, thoughtful, thought-provoking commentary.  I spent well over an hour reading through the most recent of their posts.  I really encourage you to do the same.

On a slightly different note, there is an article at Gormogons on generational differences and how they play out in our current political environment.  The article also refers to this article which lays out the cyclical progression of generations going back to 1433.

Moving on to a more mundane subject, not that anyone has been holding their breath while waiting, but the essay I’ve been working on busily not getting around to, continues to not be finished.  My excuse tonight is that I blew off a number of things I should have been doing yesterday to go to the gun range.  I managed to go through 100 rounds of 9mm, 50 rounds of .45, and 25 rounds of .357 magnum.  It was a good day, although I am out of practice.  When I shoot regularly, I manage to control a couple of bad shooting habits I sort of fall into.

Yesterday I was pushing almost everything to the left.  (It’s a problem with the mechanics of my trigger pull.)  Out of 175 rounds, I’ll bet there weren’t 25 on the right side of the target.  I got the groups back to the center by the end of the day, but it was a reminder that I need to practice more.

(That said, I was at an outdoor range at 25 yards.  6 inches left at 25 yards would be a whole lot of bullets in center mass at typical self-defense distances.)

Lastly, just in case you were curious about the Egypt-Algeria football match, Egypt won, forcing another match, to be played in Sudan this coming Wednesday.

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