Lincoln ranked best president by historians

From Yahoo News:

“WASHINGTON – Just days after the nation honored the 200th anniversary of his birth, 65 historians ranked Abraham Lincoln as the nation’s best president.

“In C-SPAN’s only other ranking of presidents, in 2000, former President Bill Clinton jumped six spots from No. 21 to 15. Other recent presidents moved positions as well: Ronald Reagan advanced from No. 11 to 10, George H.W. Bush rose from No. 20 to 18 and Jimmy Carter fell from No. 22 to 25.”

But what about George W. Bush, you ask? I’m glad you asked. Here is what the survey had to say about him:

“Former President George W. Bush, who left office last month, was ranked 36th out of the 42 men who had been … continue on, dear reader!

Let’s Hope This One Falls Through Too

So, I know that President Obama has had a difficult time with those political appointments he keeps making since taking over. Seems some of those folks have had to back out for various reasons. Let’s hope this guy doesn’t make it as Deputy Attorney General. Why? (italics mine)

One of the leading legal defenders of pornography has been David Ogden, a lawyer who can only be described as a First Amendment extremist, who has even argued against laws against child pornography.

President Barack Obama has nominated David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General of the United States. This nomination is both ominous and dangerous. Given David Ogden’s high visibility in defense of pornography, this nomination sends a clear and unmistakable message. The pornography business

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The Gloating Has Already Begun

Apparently my post from last week asking for grace and dignity was completely overlooked by a lot of people (which is not surprising considering my blog is only read by 300 unique visitors a day). On the morn of this most historic occasion, the gloating has already begun. Blog posts have sprung up with gloating and relishing the impending inauguration of Barack Obama. Maybe I was naive to think that the namecalling and insults would end once he was elected. Maybe I am too new to this whole political thing (this being the first election EVER where I have been so motivated to learn about the candidates and just where they stand on issues important to me), and didn’t realize that having “your” candidate win … continue on, dear reader!

A Historic Night

When my kids ask me many years from now what I did on the night the first black president was elected, I can tell them I watched “Lords of Dogtown” starring Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch as the original skateboarders in the 1970s. Good times.

As for the election itself, while I am sad in the outcome, I’m resigned to it (but gratified that the popular vote was more evenly split despite how the ever-ridiculous and unnecessary electoral college votes came down). But the next two years will be a potential hailstorm of change – and not for the better. Obama has a blank check to do whatever he wants now that both the Senate and the House are decidedly Democratic in majority. And here’s … continue on, dear reader!

Cootiegirl: The Undecided Voter

Each day over the past few weeks, CootieGirl has picked a different Presidential candidate as her choice. If she likes Daddy more than Mommy one day, she shows her solidarity by declaring Barack Obama as her choice. Last night she liked me best, and proudly announced John McCain was her pick.

“Why?” asked Denis.

“Because he’s old,” she replied matter-of-factly.

Needless to say Denis and I both laughed. Then I said, “And in this case “old” means “experienced,” which is a GOOD thing.”

I then went on to stress to the point of how great it was that Daddy and Mommy had the privilege of the ability to vote for whoever we wanted – even if we disagreed with one another. I told her that’s … continue on, dear reader!

I Voted…Have You?

Denis and I both voted this morning before work. I took the kids to daycare while he got in line, and then I followed about 10 minutes later. I had to park in a parking lot two lots away from the church where we voted. Fortunately it stopped raining right as I parked – I was not excited about standing outside in the rain.

Denis had a reasonable spot in line but I felt bad at the thought of cutting (and I’m sure the 100+ people behind him wouldn’t have been too happy either), so I went to the back of the line. I immediately pulled out my book and started reading. After many MANY years sitting on the shelf I pulled out the classic … continue on, dear reader!

It’s Called Grace and Dignity – Try It, You Might Like It

It’s already happening and the election isn’t even over yet. All across the blogosphere, Obama supporters are salivating, rubbing their hands together in orgiastic glee at the idea of gettin’ their man in office.

No, not you. Don’t be paranoid.

Nevertheless, they are no doubt already drafting their posts to be published on the late eve of November 4, bashing all those who chose not follow Obama, squealing in delight over the idea that now, finally, all will be right with the world! Obama is in office! He won! Weeeee….Our taxes will go down (probably not, but keep thinkin that way!), that healthcare will be available for everyone (probably not, but it’s cute that you keep thinking that, too), and that Yes We Can! and … continue on, dear reader!

Not The Only Divided House

Someone at my office is going through the same thing as we are in the Cootie household. One spouse likes Obama, the other doesn’t. And much like our case, it’s not that the non-Obama supports McCain, necessarily, but just doesn’t much like Obama’s hyper-liberalism. As I told someone for work, “I’m not necessarily pro-McCain as I am anti-Obama.”

Anyway, the Obama spouse asked Young Attorney and L-Train to decorate her husband’s office with dozens of pictures of Obama. Very funny. I admit I helped with the joke by super-sizing the pictures onto 11×17 paper.

I just wish I was going to be there tomorrow when he sees his office. Sadly, I’ll be arriving after he gets in. But with any luck I’ll get to hear … continue on, dear reader!

PalinGate

It’s no surprise but Governor Palin has been found guilty of ethics violations. “A legislative investigator found that Palin violated state ethics laws and abused her power by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.” Nor will it be a surprise when her conservative base continues to faun over her. These are the same people who have blinders on when it comes to President Bush and his disregard of a little something we call our Constitution.

Of course her ethics violation means nothing to those who love her style of “straight-shootin'” politics. Nor will it tarnish her hockey-mom status, but she had us all believin’ she’s a “breath of fresh air” in politics, not part of the Washington establishment, not in … continue on, dear reader!

The Letter I’ve Sent – What About You?

This is the letter that I’ve sent to my House Representative who voted “Yes” on today’s bill. I will also be sending it to one of my Senators that voted “Yes” earlier this week.

“Shame on you. Shame on you for voting yes on a bill that is so egregious.

  • $6M for “Kids’ Wooden Arrows”
  • $128M for “Auto-Racing Tracks”
  • $148M for “Wool Research”
  • $192M for Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands Rum Producers
  • $478M for filmmakers
  • Senator Byrd’s pet projects which mainly benefit Nevada residents as his election nears.

At a time when the government should be working for the people, politicians had to get their dirty little hands in there and push their pet projects into a bill that SHOULD HAVE ONLY DEALT WITH ONE

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Did I Watch The Debate? No. Here’s Why.

Politicians are so frustrating to me. I wish we could toss out every single one of ’em this November and have a brand new election with people who are earnest about honesty in government and who haven’t become jaded and jaundiced by lobbyists and special interest groups. I already know a few of the local schmos that won’t be getting my vote when the time comes (hello, Reps. Spratt and Clyburn).

I watched the first 20 minutes or so. And what had me begin to think about turning it off was the very first answer Biden gave in the debate. When asked about the bailout, Biden complained about “economic policies of the last eight years” that led to “excessive deregulation.”

Um…Dude. Is your calendar off? … continue on, dear reader!

The Crap Sandwich

So this whole bailout thing. I’ve been loathe to post about it, but after reading this op-ed piece which pretty much sums up exactly what I’ve been thinking the past 24 hours, I figured I’d let Jonah Goldberg do the talking for me. Hat tip to Erin for directing her FB readers to that op-ed piece.

Also, yesterday a blogger I read had an AMAZING video on her website that basically outlined how this entire financial crisis came to be going back to the 1979. I wanted to post that this morning, but apparently the video is no longer available on YouTube. However, the followup video she posted that shows the warning signs going back four years ago – warning signs which were brought … continue on, dear reader!

Is Sarah Palin a Space Alien?

Apparently someone thinks she is.

With a hat tip to Electric Venom, here is a great article separating the fact from fiction with regard to Sarah Palin:

It’s a pity that so many lies are being spread and not retracted when the truth comes out.

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