Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mubarak's Vice President

This is just speculation but it could mean one of two things (or both):

1. it is an attempt to hold onto power by calming any fears within the armed forces, that Mubarak would name his son as his eventual successor.

2. it is his face-saving attempt to ease his way out of power within a matter of months in an orderly way.

I'm worried. President Hosni Mubarak may have been a thug but he is our thug. One that supported the Middle East Peace Process. One that supported the embargo on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, and one that vociferously supported the war against Islamist terrorists.

We really can't do anything. The Egyptian military isn't putting the rebellion down, which raises the question of whether Mubarak will survive or not. Will he be replaced by another army thug that can restore order and preserve the balance of power in the Middle East? Will he be replaced by a genuinely pro-Western social Democrat or will he be replaced by a coalition that includes the Muslim Brotherhood?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

SOTU: Maybe Changing the Seating Wasn't a Great Idea

Our representatives on Capital Hill have reduced themselves to kids sitting at the school cafeteria lunch tables. Who, may we ask will be sitting with whom. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) apparently will be sitting with her "BFF." No friggin' way. Way dude. And she had "back ups" just in case Senator Olympia Snowe stood her up - "Johnny" and "Bob" (Senators John Isaacson and Bob Corker). I wonder how Isaacson and Corker will feel about Landrieu calling them "back ups."

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will sit with with "his good friend" (if I may use a term often used by senators from opposing sides of the aisle in the middle of a debate) Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee). and US Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said he could sit with US Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland). They "try to talk quite often." Try.

Show I vomit now or later. Who cares where they sit? Why don't they just pick their seats and let whoever sits next to them sit next to them? And don't tell us who is sitting next to whom. We're going to watch to hear what the president says, not to see who our local congressman or woman is sitting with.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Arizona Ceremony Honoring the Fallen and the Living

Some very brief comments:

The president shined. No doubt about it. He rose to the occasion though I'm sure there will be some on FOX News complaining because the president, towards the end of his speech, said he wants "our democracy to be as good as she [insert Christina Taylor Green] imagined it" (as opposed to stating we are the shining city on the hill). Sigh. One can imagine a Republican presidential nominee using this in his or her campaign commercials. Still, he touched all of the important points and kept the focus where it belonged - on the victims, both those that survived and those who died. Noting that Congresswoman Giffords opened her eyes was classy and brought hope when it was needed.

I was pleased that the opening spiritual ceremony was led by Native American who delivered a non-Christian prayer (if it could be called that). I'm only sorry he spent so much time introducing himself. His job was to pray pure and simple. Not talk about himself.

The students' speeches weren't that bad either. Something tells me they, particularly the her-denying hero Hernandez, will be running for office one day.

Speaker of the House John Boehner should have accepted the invitation to attend this ceremony. He is the Speaker of the House and as its leader and primary representative he should have been there to represent the House and show his support for his wounded colleague now fighting for her life in the hospital

Sarah Palin should not have spoken today and because she spent the time defending herself, portraying herself as a victim of "blood libel" of all things. She looked small and petty, particularly when compared to the president who did everything to make his speech about those who lost and saved lives and nothing about himself.