Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Now this is interesting. According to a PEW Research study, having daughters makes parents more likely to be republican. And, boys who grew up with sisters in the house were more likely to identify as adults with the Republican Party.
Why might this be? The best guess is: "The authors speculate that men and women might want more socially conservative policies when they have daughters and thus be more attracted to the GOP."
Organizing for America, OFA, the post election reincarnation of Obama for America, has been posting some of the strangest tweets to encourage people to drum up support for ObamaCare during Thanksgiving family dinners.
The President's own Twitter account is doing this as well and competes for the strangeness award with OFA.
Here's one from OFA which uses the possibility of a food injury to push people to "get covered".
And from @BarackObama, a partnering of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving with talking points for ObamaCare. I can't grab the picture from this one, but here's the link.
Here's the text: Celebrating Thanksgiving. Lighting the Hanukkah candles. Talking about health insurance. Gotta love dinners like these.
Sometimes a news update by a reporter and the reaction to the information by readers makes me laugh. What did we ever do before comments were a part of stories? Last night CBS White House correspondent, Mark Knoller tweeted this:
"Pres Obama also holds talks tomorrow with King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The 50-year old monarch has been on the throne since July 1999."
"Good news. We need to solve the festering problems we've been having in Monaco."
Mark Knoller tweets all day long and into the night with matter of fact statements on the daily White House press releases.
The New York Times, constantly working to aid and abet President Obama, uses a term to describe the mess he's gotten into over health care promises which turned out to be false. The paper calls it "incorrect promises".
"The split between lawmakers and the White House reflects the dilemma the president finds himself in as he seeks to follow through on last week’s acknowledgment about his incorrect promise on health care coverage."
Reading the term "incorrect promise" caused one reporter to spend an inordinate amount of time searching back to the 70's through back issues of the NYT's through Nexis. He found that "never once in that time, until today, did the paper use the phrase, incorrect promise.
As you might expect there is much joking going on at the expense of the NYT's today.
Aside from this ridiculous phrase, the split is not only between lawmakers and the White House, the split has spread to most people in the country if the latest polls are to be believed.
The Post Dispatch has a front page story with a headline which asks, "Why Can't Obama Run Government as Smoothly as His Campaign?"
Well, the answer seems obvious to anyone who's been even remotely curious or interested in the man and his history. He never ran anything in his life until he became president, the only thing he knew how to do was talk. If journalists had been even remotely curious about him since he was elected a senator from Illinois they'd have discovered he basically voted present for much of his life.
And the Affordable Care Act is now in place and it's a mess in large part because just getting something on 2000 pages of paper was all he cared about, not how to implement it or even know if anything in it was workable. Get the vote, move on and let bureaucrats come up with the regulations.
Nothing like letting government workers set up the rules for our health care.
Politics has been crazy, I don't know about you, but I stopped paying attention when the baseball playoffs began. It was just too hard to figure out who was doing what and why, who was saying what in what context and how do we know who was correct with all the screaming from pundits.
Anyhow, historian and commentator, Jon Meacham tweeted this: "When the word moderation becomes a dirty word we have some soul searching to do."--George H.W. Bush, after the 1964 election."
Sometimes moderation can be real wishy washy-no substance thinking. Other times it can mean, COME On PEOPLE stop thinking about your own little kingdom and do the right thing or at least do something which shows some well thought out plans. STOP turning those who don't agree with everything you say into evil manipulators as though that will make your opinion more viable.
1. The House voted 407-0 to allow furloughed workers to receive back pay. 407-0! What did Harry Reid say? "if furloughed workers are guaranteed back pay, there's no reason to keep them out of work.
"It's really cruel to tell workers
they'll receive back pay once the government opens and then refuse to
open the government," Reid said on the Senate floor, suggesting that
House Republicans have authorized a "paid vacation" for furloughed
workers." The White House has endorsed the bill.
2. In a separate measure voted on by the House on Saturday morning,
lawmakers voted 400 to 1 in favor of a bill allowing military chaplains
the ability to minister on Sunday without breaking a federal law that
forbids furloughed government employees from working. Who was the only no vote? Democrat Bill Enyart of Illinois, more specifically, the Metro East.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Whip
Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) tried to track down Enyart or his aides to see why
he voted against the resolution.
Now worship is forbidden? Time to go back to early church practices and have house churches.
No word on whether Reid will bring either to a senate vote.
Then the AP has a question and answer session with the president and asks him about whether or not he believes the Washington Redskins should change their name? Journalistic malpractice.
Truly politics and media can turn on a dime from one thing to another. All week the focus has been entirely on the government shutdown and furloughs. Today it is all debt ceiling. But let's back up. I'm not ready for another heated debate.