January 20, 2009 4:29 PM
Now that Barack Obama is officially president of the United States, I hope Americans of all political stripes can acknowledge George W. Bush's hospitality toward the new first family. Some status updates that have come across my Facebook today have included one friend wanting to smack Bush across the face on the way out, another lauding the departure of the "Shrub" (please, that's so 2000), and, of course, the borderline conspiracy theory rumblings that Chief Justice John Roberts purposely flubbed Obama's oath as just another cog in the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.
For those looking to get in their parting shots at the old president, why not just celebrate the new president instead? That would really be "change." You don't think that Bush has been beaten down enough, dodging shoes, aging exponentially in eight years, having Cindy Sheehan as a squatter next to his private home? Funny how anger still pervades what's supposed to be Hope (TM) and Change (TM) Day. Protesters are trying to figure out life post-Bush (note: they'll still be angry about something), but I sure hope they let the man retire in peace and don't initiate more Texas campouts. Enough already.
Here's some positives to go along with that positive vibe today: Bush's daughters penned this cute letter to Obama's daughters on life in the White House, published by WSJ. And speaking of WSJ, you'll enjoy James Taranto's comparison of Bush's second inaugural address and Obama's speech today. That is, if you didn't throw a fit at the picture I posted.
January 8, 2009 10:16 AM
BEST POLL ON THE ROCKY'S FUTURE EVER: Particularly option No. 4. ROFL. (ColoradoPols)
LOCAL PRO-ISRAEL, PRO-HAMAS PROTETS: Josh Sharf has video from Monday night. Next up: a pro-Israel rally at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol west side steps, sponsored by Americans Against Terrorism. Meanwhile, Boulderites will demonstrate for the Palestinian side Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at Broadway and Canyon.
ER, I DON'T THINK IT'S THAT BAD: Rocky Mountain Right compares the Bennet for Senate pick with the doomed-from-the-start Harriet Miers SCOTUS nod.
ALIENS AGAINST ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: UFO with bad driver, or an ax to grind against clean power, hits a wind turbine and tears off a 65-foot blade. I'd add "allegedly," but I guess you already knew that. (The Sun) I remember one alien that was against nuclear power...
January 5, 2009 12:47 PM
January 5, 2009 11:32 AM
LIKE ISRAEL? LIKE HAMAS?: Both sides in the Gaza conflict have been hitting the streets locally. Tonight is a Community Solidarity Gathering for Israel at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 South Ivanhoe, at 5:30 p.m., with a counter-protest planned by Sabeel from 5 p.m. to 6:30. The notice said "residential area, parking available" -- so yay, local residents, have fun getting home!
NOT EVEN WORTH THE EFFORT: Josh Sharf on Denver's $6 million to buy up distressed properties.
15 MINUTES OF FAME JUST BECAME 20: Joe the Plumber is a scheduled speaker at the Conservative 2.0 sister conference to the Conservative Political Action Conference.
JUST MULTIPLY THE REAL NUMBER BY 18: The Taliban claim they killed 5,220 foreign fighters last year, plus took down 31 aircraft (with what, harsh language?) in the most amusing P.R. blitz in a long time.
December 29, 2008 10:21 AM
WHAT HE SAID: TChris on Chip Saltsman going down with the "Barack the Magic Negro" ship. (TalkLeft)
OK, IRAQI SECURITY FORCES WILL BE READY IN TIME: What with this brutal hazing at the Baghdad police academy. (Oddly Enough)
BUT EVERYBODY LAUDS THE UK FOR HAVING GUN CONTROL: Six people a week are now stabbed to death in Britain. Even 50 Cent may have trouble surviving those odds. (The Sun)
2008 GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED AUTO SHOW: With the government extending a hand into the domestic auto industry, the boys at The People's Cube get nostalgic for a bit of Soviet machinery. A must-read.
December 26, 2008 3:37 PM
December 19, 2008 5:34 PM
Well, come on, she's angry enough. She's about to chuck that shoe at the AP photographer. In other shoe-chucking news, some twerp in New York tried to pull off a sequel at an MTA board meeting, never mind that the shoe-sole insult doesn't exactly carry the weight here that it does in the Arab world.
In other shoe-thrower news, a Palestinian patriarch, Ahmad Salim Judeh (People's Front of Judeh?), has offered one of his daughters to bachelor al-Zeidi, dowry included. That's a great idea. It's not as if al-Zeidi has an anger-management problem or anything.
December 19, 2008 9:28 AM
"...While their countrymen suffer through another political crisis and the looming threat of famine, pirates are splashing hundred-dollar bills like play money around the nowhere towns of northern Somalia .
Residents say that the pirates are building houses, buying flashy cell phones and air-conditioned SUVs, gifting friends and relatives with hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars and winning the attention of beautiful women, who seem to be flocking to pirate towns from miles around.
Shopkeepers charge the pirates a premium for food and khat -- a narcotic leaf that Somali men chew religiously -- but the buccaneers don't seem to mind.
'It is true,' said a 28-year-old pirate who identified himself as Jama. 'We are getting very rich.'
Jama, who described himself as a high-ranking member of a group based in Eyl, has earned $375,000 as a pirate, enough to buy a Toyota Land Cruiser and to begin building a six-bedroom house in Garowe, the regional capital, for his family. His biggest payday came last month, when he earned a $92,000 share of a $1.3 million ransom for a Greek ship, the MV Centauri, which was released after 10 weeks with its crew unharmed.
Almost overnight, Jama said, his standing with the fairer sex has improved dramatically.
'Once there was a girl who lived in Garowe,' 100 miles from Eyl, Jama said. 'I loved her. I tried to approach her many times, but she rejected me. But since I became a pirate, she has tried nine times to get with me.
'But I refused, because I'm already married.'"
A pirate with morals -- how touching!
December 17, 2008 1:58 PM
A BAD CHOICE FOR NATIVE AMERICANS?: Steven Nielson is concerned about what the Salazar appointment means for tribal rights. (The New Conservative)
AND THEN THERE'S BOB BASLER'S TAKE ON THE APPOINTMENT: I can't stop laughing. Or thinking about "Bonanza." (Oddly Enough)
THE GRINCH WHO STOLE MINNESOTA: Dan Blatt delves into the recount madness and Al Franken. (GayPatriot)
WOULD YOU MAKE A CAKE FOR ADOLF HITLER?: The 3-year-old version with Aryan-fetish parents, that is. Apparently he got his cake and ate it, too, at a party "including several children of mixed race." Who, little Idi Amin Lucas, little Pol Pot Smith and little Janjaweed Jones? (The Associated Press)