Archive for January, 2010
I have been going to the Speaker Series from Calvin College (via satellite of course) this January. There have been some very interesting topics. I go partly to avoid driving home in traffic and to get some intellectual speaking that is a bit different from simply watching the news. I quite enjoyed listening to the warden from a penitentiary in Louisiana and the story of a survivor of the holocaust in Rwanda. (and the guy who was totally for Free Enterprise and entrepreneurship vs statism. but given where I live I might have been the only person in the room who appreciated him.) A number of the these topics are available online still if you are curious. . .
Today was the final speaker – Archbishop Elias Chacour, a Palestinian Archbishop in Israel. He was actually rather funny and cracked quite a few jokes. While I did miss some of his points, mainly because when he started touting how our country had done such a great thing electing a former “slave” race to the president (please don’t quote me exactly on that one, but that was the basic jist of it) I quickly began searching online for how Palestinians feel about Obama. Because obviously this guy is anti “W”. He actually made reference to George Senior and seemed to almost like him, but did not like the younger. Anytime a topic goes here and I have the chance I will do some searching and reading, and in this case since I was in the back room with my iPhone I decided to search. What I found was an interesting article from this week regarding Obama and the Middle East.
Highlights (and things I was not totally aware of) being:
Among the factors that made the first 12 months of Obama’s presidency better for peace prospects (for those of us who want a two-state solution) than previous years:
* There was less violence both between Israelis and Palestinians, and between Palestinians and Palestinians, than there has been for years.
* 2009 was the first year without any successful suicide bombs against Israel for a long time.
* The Palestinian security forces in the West Bank have finally started to behave as a security force rather than as a terrorist group.
* There was strong economic growth in both Israel and the Palestinian territories relative to most of the rest of the world, for which 2009 was a bleak year.
* A Likud leader recognized the principle of an independent Palestinian state.
* Benjamin Netanyahu made the most sweeping freeze on Israeli settlement building in the West Bank since 1967.
– from National Post
Also states that Obama to be the most naïve president regarding foreign policy, which I would tend to agree with. Not only naïve but unpatriotic. So the United State is starting to see that he is not getting things done, how long will it take for the approval rating of the rest of the world to follow suit . . . time will tell.
I admit it. I have been avoiding all things political. Well, not really. I have been working with a few groups on some new conservative websites – GippersList – think conservative Craigslist, doing business with like-minded folks. Cool Conservative Gear – some feminine pretty conservative apparel, and a few other random things. I manage to get myself involved in lots of things (have trouble saying NO) and my current situation has me working on the yearbook at my children’s school AND 1/2 of the book is due February 1st. Got to love crunch time.
I was thoroughly excited by the Scott Brown win and do believe that regardless of what cloud the White House has their collective heads in, this seat in Massachusetts going to a Republican was not a referendum supporting the Obama agenda. It was in fact the polar opposite. Listening to Obama and his toy puppet Gibbs talk about how this vote was really supporting the change Obama wants when clearly Brown campaigned against not for all of these policies. But I digress . . I am very excited to see where it goes with mid-term elections and am looking forward to seeing sweeping Republican wins across the country. While perusing the blogosphere yesterday I read this little article that quotes Obama as suggesting the reason that this will not happen during his term in office as it did to Clinton is 1994 is simply because – “‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ So apparently Obama’s head is getting a little inflated these days . . . (the article is an interesting little read about the 1994 loss of mid-term elections and some commentary by Senator Berry – I quite enjoyed it)
My other blog read yesterday was regarding the potential for subversion of the legislative process by the current Democrats to pass the Health Care bill before seating Brown to get it done. I am not saying that they are doing this, simply that it is not something I would put past the untrustworthy souls that seem to be the ones ramming the bill through the hardest. And should they actually do this, it would be a very scary thought because they would be circumventing the actual procedural way that our laws govern these types of things. Curious. Personally I hope they seat Scott Brown and throw the Health Care Bill as it is away. Spend more time actually trying to create jobs instead of rewording what the stimulus bill did not do so that the White House can pretend that they actually have affected the employment numbers, when in reality they have had little to no impact on them. But again all smoke and mirrors.
See you soon and hopefully more regularly.