"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Thoughts Exactly.

Republicus was born and raised in the rugged hill and lake country of central NY (practically dead-center, but that's "upstate" to NYC dwellers).

The winters there are practically Canadian in frigidity (Niagara Falls is only a few hours West to the border).

This shot of a wintry wood from the hometown of your august host would not only inspire Robert Frost to write a poem, but is quite the typical jingle-belling scene in them thar parts of the state:

A "snow day" there was caused by nearly a foot of snow dumped overnight-- which was hardly rare, and, last time I checked (but Al Gore apparently didn't), still happens.

Any less than that, the snowploughs could be heard in the wee hours of the morning making sure the school buses would be on time.

Oh, those infernal snow ploughs!

So the infrastructure up there didn't sweat it.

When your scholarly host was enrolled in a university in the Nation's Capital--not too much further south, but just below the Mason-Dixon Line--he realized that he was in an inherently southern town when he experienced his first snowday.

Two inches of snow fell, and...


The schools were closed. The goverment was closed. Telephone lines went dead; and power outages were reported...

"Wimps," your yankee host would chuckle, walking over the pathetic excuse of a "blizzard" in bare feet. (Well, not really, but...)

Those sentiments were never expressed by--and perhaps never occurred to-- our last five presidents, who were-- starting with #39 Carter over three decades ago-- from Georgia, California, Texas, and Arkansas, but now a northerner has finally come to town, and had his first snow day today.

And he said this:

Indeed. Welcome to Washington.

P.S. In all fairness, the snow day today here was not due to the fine-particled snowfall that took place per se, but because the streets and sidewalks were encrusted with black ice.


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4:51 PM  
Anonymous Rush is Right said...

Join me in prayer for Obama's failure.

Please, our party's fortunes depend on it!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you in the prayer Righty, but it's not because of any "party" concerns.

The man just makes "bad" choices.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evidently, so does "Righty" or you wouldn't have shut down the abortion thread... ;-)

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Yore Scrood said...

Obama Is a Two-Faced Liar. Aw-RIGHT!

Republicans are right. President Barack Obama treated them like dirt, didn't give a damn what they thought about his stimulus package, loaded it with a bunch of programs that will last for years and will never leave the budget, is giving away money disguised as "tax refunds," and is sneaking in huge changes in policy, from schools to health care, using the pretext of an economic emergency.

Way to go, Mr. O! Mr. Down-and-Dirty Chicago pol. Street-fightin' man. Covering over his break-your-face power play with a "we're all post-partisan friends" BS.

And it's about time.

Frankly, I was worried about this guy. Obama's appointing Clinton-droids to the Cabinet, bloated incompetents like Larry Summers as "Economics Czar," made me fear for my country, that we'd gotten another Democrat who wished he were a Republican.

Then came Obama's money bomb. The House bill included $125 billion for schools (TRIPLING federal spending on education), expanding insurance coverage to the unemployed, making the most progressive change in the tax code in four decades by creating a $500 credit against social security payroll deductions, and so on.

It's as if Obama dug up Ronald Reagan's carcass and put a stake through The Gipper's anti-government heart. Aw-RIGHT!

About the only concession Obama threw to the right-wing trogs was to remove the subsidy for condoms, leaving hooker-happy GOP Senators, like David Vitter, to pay for their own protection. S'OK with me.

And here's the proof that Bam is The Man: Not one single Republican congressman voted for the bill. And that means that Obama didn't compromise, the way Clinton and Carter would have, to win the love of these condom-less jerks.

And we didn't need'm. Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!

Now I understand Obama's weird moves: dinner with those creepy conservative columnists, earnest meetings at the White House with the Republican leaders, a dramatic begging foray into Senate offices. Just as the Republicans say, it was all a fraud. Obama was pure Chicago, Boss Daley in a slim skin, putting his arms around his enemies, pretending to listen and care and compromise, then slowly, quietly, slipping in the knife. All while the media praises Obama's "post-partisanship." Heh heh heh.

Love it. Now we know why Obama picked that vindictive little viper Rahm Emanuel as staff chief: everyone visiting the Oval office will be greeted by the Windy City hit man who would hack up your grandma if you mess with the Godfather-in-Chief.

I don't know about you, but THIS is the change I've been waiting for.

Will it last? We'll see if Obama caves in to more tax cuts to investment bankers. We'll see if he stops the sub-prime scum-bags from foreclosing on frightened families. We'll see if he stands up to the whining, gormless generals who don't know how to get our troops out of Iraq. (In SHIPS, you doofuses!)

Look, don't get your hopes up. But it may turn out the new president's ... a Democrat!

4:49 PM  

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