As you know that U.S. President Barack Obama is officially running for a second term in next year’s presidential election (2012). There is an ad describing the legacy of his first term so far. The sponsors: The Republican Senatorial Committee. President Obama, does not approve this message—of course. 🙂 2012 will make 2008 seem like nothing and I can’t hardly wait!
This is one of the best speeches of U.S. President Obama of his presidency. Some people have complained that this was a “pep speech” than a solemn memorial service. After the tragedy in Tucson resulting in an assassination attempt of a U.S. Congresswoman (who at this moment is trying to recover from her wounds), six people killed and many others wounded by a crazed gunman at a meet and greet at a local grocery store, the residents of that community that have been bombarded with sorrow and grief need a Commander-In-Chief to rally to the troops to victory. President Obama’s speech was a celebration of each and every life of the six victims that were brutally cut by an assassin’s bullet and a celebration of the beginning of a long and possibly difficult road to recovery of wounded Congresswoman, Mrs. Debbie Giffords. Some will point out that on my blog, I had a few days ago mentioned that last year was the season of disappointment of President Obama and had found some Youtube satire to confirm it. My concerns about how U.S. Presdient Obama will lead the United States still remain but this is the time to support a leader who needs to comfort a country that has gone through some disturbing events the past few days. I have been disgusted and angered (almost to the point of flipping a table or banging my fist on one)at the finger pointing from those both on the left and right. They have not learned a thing whatsoever and this childish, “I’m right, you’re wrong” game seem all important to them . We should have talks about dealing with mental illness and how those who don’t deserve guns, shouldn’t get guns. Some will say that this is an attempt to nibble at the Second Amendment of The Bill Rights. My response is, “Get out of la-la land and into reality!” In this age of American hyper-partisanism, probably it is time to recognize that those in a political party are not the sum total of their humanity. It would be refreshing that out of this tragedy, the American people can start a positive movement of looking at other Americans beyond labels. Only time will tell.
This is a surpise about Adam Giambrone. I had no idea, an NDP-sensitive type guy had it in him to have an affair. With Giambrone’s emotional departure from the Toronto mayor’s race, it is now the three bigwigs of Smitherman, Rossi and Pantelone. I wish to see Rob Ford enter the race but a certain columnist from The Globe and Mail says that Ford’s chances are “realistically small”. If there is a Loving God on His Throne, I hope that Rob Ford does make up his mind and run and proves this man’s Khafkaesque wish that Rob Ford will lose, DEAD WRONG! Rob Ford, whether you like him or not, maybe the last hope for Toronto. On 10 years on City Council he has seen government waste that you have never seen and seems to give a crap to do something about it effectively.
It seems that there is a Second Coming of ’80’s rock star Joan Jett. This Friday I am definately playing one of her golden oldies and will definately do some drooling over this sexy but tough chick. This spring she will be incarnated by none other than Twilight star, Kristen Stewart in a movie that will touch upon her 70’s group The Runaways (not her 80’s group The Blackhearts). Here’s a sample trailer.
Also kudos to U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama who is on a mission to tackle childhood obesity. It is an epidemic in North America and we all have to declare war on it. Failure to do so will be a drain on the health care systems and a generation of children who will die before their parents. As for one who has battled with the up the and down with weight since my 20’s and have had to battle obesity in my 30’s, it is no picnic. I am currently around 210 lbs. but plan to go down a little more (maybe 190 lbs.) and with the might of God keep it damn off for the rest of my 40’s and beyond! May Mrs.Obama’s crusade against childhood obesity be a successful one. Here is the Youtube.com White House clip with President Obama signing an executive order making his wife leading this task force.
It seems like there is a double standard going on. Ontario Premier will prorogue the legislature but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper does it, he’s a dictator and is threatening our democracy. Yes, Prime Minister Harper is described from one of his former cabinet ministers as a “hardass”. He may be respected and admired but not loved. He sometimes “shoots himself in the foot” but this is still no reason for the double standard that it is okay for McGuinty but not okay for Harper to prorogue an elected assembly. It is known fact that Harper’s predecessors Chretein and Martin prorogued Parliament many times but there was no screaming and whining from the MSM (the mainstream media). Go figure.
Are you ready for Vancouver 2010? I say GO CANADA and make the world proud as The Winter Olympics begins this Friday. To top it off, her is the song called “I Believe” by Nikki Yanofsky.
“I hope he fails.” That was a quote from none other than Rush H. Limbaugh III, the famous ultra-conservative radio talk show host on American airwaves giving his wish about the Obama presidency. “I hope he fails.” I ask to myself, is this man crazy? Well I know the answer and the question is rhetorical. For over the 18 years since I knew of Rush, he is a man that is tragically blinded by his own narrow ideology and if one dissents from his narrow world view it seems he’s incapable from refraining to take personal pot shots at people who sees things differently. I will even dare this strong statement: He is like (no, he is) a Sith—and the Sith only think in absolutes. Let all Star Wars fans understand what I am talking about. I remember in 1992 when Bill Clinton was elected president, what I heard from then U.S. Senate Republican leader Bob Dole saying that, he wanted Bill Clinton “to succeed” in his presidency but somehow in 2009 we have another Republican leader (thankfully not an elected leader but one of the airwaves) who dogmatically asserts, “I hope he fails.” At least Bob Dole was (and I believe he still is) a gentleman in every sense of that word.
But first, I should and need to make some serious confessions about myself in this post. My own mother a few days ago asked me a damn good question, “How is it that you were once a fan of Rush Limbaugh?” Trust me in my early 20’s I drove some people nuts of my fanship of Limbaugh (my dad was not even exempted, neither some people at the church I used to attend or people at my-then workplace at that time). Trust me, as I turn 39 today (yes the last of my thirties on my birthday)—I have grown up and have been through a lot of hard knocks. I think I am far, far wiser than the naive (but well-meaning) person as I was in my early 20’s. I also think that at time, Rush Limbaugh was filing a void. I was at that time a member of a fundamentalist sect (to be fair which was moderating in it’s hardline stances in which I am eternal grateful but that’s another topic), I was a college graduate but was unemployed for a while, scrimping at various jobs. He was articulating my dissent and anger at the excesses of the left wing which included radical feminism, radical environmentalism, the freewheeling lifestyles of Hollywood’s rich and famous and those who had little care for the traditonal family. I still have no use for the the excesses of the left wing but believe you me, I have co-equally, co-essentially and co-eternally have zero patience for the excesses of the right wing either but Rush does not (because of his stubborn blind ideology) see any excesses in right of centre politics. Actually, he believes the excesses in right of centre politics is a virtue. Wikipedia had said this about Rush and it fits him to a T, “He has loudly criticized political centrists, independents, and even moderate conservatives [like myself], claiming they are responsible for Democrat Barack Obama‘s victory over Republican John McCain in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election and inviting them to leave the Republican party altogether, while calling for the adoption of hard-line far-right philosophies in order to ensure the survival of the Republican party.“Eventually in 1995, I just stopped listening to Rush altogether. It is not a case of Rush Limbaugh doesn’t get it—he does NOT want to get it. Believe me the difference is important as night and day. At a community “Obama bash” I went to this Saturday afternoon, a woman questioned that me as a conservative (albeit a moderate conservative that Rush hates with a passion) what draws me to President Barack Obama, I explained that President Obama transcends party politics. Those who feel that it’s cliche to say that he’s a transformational leader—tough, the proof is in the pudding! America is blessed at this time for somebody who dares to look outside the box for a change. Rush in his stupidity, loves his little box and perversely enjoys being imprisoned by it.
To say, “I hope he fails.” Is simply irresponsible. To suggest or even think about Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate being “obstructionist” with the President of the United States is not an option. Rush in his narrow ideology believes that the Republicans must seize power,take power for the sake of it. Wrong again! This attitude is the perfect reason that they have lost the White House, Senate and House and if they have not been humbled by it, they richly deserved to be irrelevant in American politics. Frankly, the Republicans need to be co-operating with the President but at the same time not compromising their principles. As a conservative, I believe that President Obama needs to listen to the voice of fiscal responsiblity and yes, some kind of fiscal restraint when necessary. This is where the Republicans should come in make their case. Does Rush Limbaugh want the the very liberal, tax and spend wing of the Democratic party to call the shots? This is what the Republicans need to be thinking of and planning to take back either the Senate or the House in 2010 to give Obama fiscal conscience and not to lose it. If Rush is dreaming of a Sarah Palin run 2012, he simply has it all wrong and his priorities still out of whack. For an Obama presidency to fail, would also mean another rough ride for America and America has had enough of the rough rides that it’s been getting in recent months. Frankly, President Obama has the best advice to Republicans: “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” May more Republicans heed this advice and I pray to God (and I’m serious) that they will go far, very far with that kind of advice. It is a new era and a new chapter in American politics. It’s time for Rush to get on board, but because of his stubborness, he won’t. Pity.
“Rosa Parks sat down, so King could walk. King walked so Barack could run. Barack ran so that all of us can fly.”
—Nova Scotian Regional Pastor, Reverend Elias Mwamba Mutale.
I know, I know! There is no legal requirement for President Barack Obama to redo the presidential oath but I am glad that the President and Chief Justice John Roberts were courteous enough to do a solemn oath in which they BOTH messed up the first time yesterday! At least they got this one right!
On a more serious and respectful note, I still wish the new President of the United States, Barack Obama, will have a very successful and accomplished presidency. God bless and protect him and his family. God bless the United States of America.