"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

Friday, January 30, 2009

My Thoughts Exactly Part II

Yes, Mz. Walsh, it really was outstanding.

And what else can you expect from a Texan named Dick Armey? :)

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.

Speaking Of Abortion...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I've Seen This Movie Before

Reminiscent of Bill Clinton's meaningless 1993 pledge to have "The most ethical administration in history" and signing new standards pertaining to that in his first week in office, newly-installed President Obama--surrounded by Clintonites-- pledged:

I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness. Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.

That's great, Mr. President, but you can start by releasing your Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard academic records, your Columbia thesis paper, your Selective Service Registration, your Medical records, your Illinois State Senate schedule and records, a certified copy of the original birth certificate, the signed paper certification of live birth, and your record of baptism.

Otherwise, you're about as transparent as this guy:

First Things First

Intrepidly confronting the massive economic meltdown primarily brought about by the cultural dismissal of the four conservative cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude, President Obama remembered his strongest base of support (see "anonymous," top pic), rolled up his sleeves, and boldly got to work to do what must be done to get the greatest nation in the history of the world back up on its kneecapped feet.

First, the president enacted one of the largest tax-cuts in history...

No, wait, that was former President Bush.

First, new President Obama abandoned his empty campaign rhetoric and the assurrances that he believed that the word "marriage" was the exclusive domain of heterosexual husband and wife by calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had ensured just that.

It helps the economy, you see, if these two were married:

Wasting no time ("You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," said White House Chief of Staff Rahm "The Finger" Emanuel), President Obama issued an executive edict on Thursday that reversed the Bush administration policy that banned the use of federal dollars by non-govermental organizations that deal with abortions abroad (known as The Mexico City Policy).

In a symbolic, ceremonious gesture of endorsement, the president signed the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the dubious Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling.

Aborting these things, see, help the economy (as Congresswoman Pelosi explains below):

The DOW was unresponsive to the reversal.

Undeterred, the empowered Democrats, who once bewailed deficits "as far as the eye can see," decided now that the sky's the limit (and it's Bush's fault, anyway), and made sure to include earmarks for hundreds of thousands of dollars in family planning equipment (like lots of condoms) for low-income families in the $825 billion government debt and welfare program (a.k.a. "the economic stimulus bill").

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained that, essentially, the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tax-paid distribution of condoms will help the economy by inhibiting the birth of more Children to The People, thereby saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in child services and other welfare programs.

Remember, this here (rendered in a Walt Disneylike-style by the pied pipers of Liberalism to appeal to The Children): just as crucial an economic recovery device as this here is:

"Hahahaha! We finally won!"