First off, his mother was a Kansas girl. Never lived in Kansas though, but with deep roots. You know, like Kansas bloody Kansas. John Brown the insurrectionist. Jesse James and Quantrill. Bushwhackers, Guerillas. Wizard of Oz Kansas. I think Barack has Jefferson Davis back there in his ancestry someplace. And then his father. An African intellectual. Bantu, Masai, Griot type heritage - cattle raiders, lion killers. I mean it’s just so incongruous that these two people would meet and fall in love. You kind of get past that though. And then you’re into his story. Like an odyssey except in reverse.
The Kind Blunt Price Act for Marijuana Regulation
Proposed by Ron Kind (D-WI), Roy Blunt (R-MI), and Tom Price (R-GA)
The Green Honda Deal Act for Hybrid Tax Credits
Proposed by Gene Green (D-TX), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Nathan Deal (R-GA)
The Dicks Johnson Weiner Act for Cockpit Security
Proposed by Norman Dicks (D-WA), Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
The Berry Fudge Goodlatte Act for Caffeine Research
Proposed by Marion Berry (D-AR), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
The Wolf Slaughter Graves Act for Alaskan Wildlife Protection
Proposed by Frank Wolf (R-VA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Sam Graves (R-MO)
The Obey Bono Act for African Debt Forgiveness
Proposed by Dave Obey (D-OH) and Mary Bono (R-CA)
I like Sinatra. I like old-school. You know, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin. Love Dean Martin. He was one of these guys who just didn’t give an F. He just didn’t. Life was a party, and you either want to party or you don’t. But yeah, I like those. I’m a big Pack Rat. I love the Pack Rats from the 1950s—Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, those guys.
Three of the most archaic laws still on the books come with substantial opportunity costs that can be measured in dollars:
1) Ban on Marijuana. By keeping pot illegal, we’re wasting money keeping non-violent felons in overcrowded jails, and depriving the state of billions in tax revenue.
2) Death Penalty. It is more expensive for the state to execute a felon than to provide a life sentence. This is due in large part to legal costs. Turns out, when someone is scheduled to die, they will appeal to every court possible, and each time they do, the state has to waste money on their own lawyers who have to argue why it’s better to kill than to let live.
3) Gay Marriage. To get married you need a license, that license costs money, and to deprive gays the right to get married is to deprive the state of millions in lost license fees. Also, more marriages lead to more families, which increases the number of adoptions and lowers the amount of state money spent caring for orphans.
Each of these are reactionary. Someone’s sensibilities are offended, so there’s a law. With the economy sinking, moral outrage is now an unaffordable luxury. We now have to make a choice between jailing potheads and fixing potholes. I vote potholes.
During the 2003 Iraq invasion, Gupta was embedded with a Navy unit called Devil Docs and, while covering its mission, performed brain surgery five times, the first of which was on a 2-year-old Iraqi boy.
“The Sen. Barack Obama who showed up for the first debate with Sen. John McCain did a fine Bill Clinton imitation.” (WSJ)
“What’s most striking about Obama’s approach to foreign policy is that he is less an idealist than a realist who would advance American interests by diplomacy and by using military force prudently and cautiously. This sounds a lot like the foreign policy of George H.W. Bush.” (E.J. Dionne)
“Obama emerges as a liberal Reagan who can reunite America.” (Andrew Sullivan)
“The similarities between Carter and Obama are considerable.” (NYO)
“The last time a loser of one of California’s presidential primaries went on to win the state in the general election was in 1976, when Gerald Ford became his party’s nominee and carried the state in the general election.” (PolitickerCA)
“His rhetoric does include echoes of the 1968 Nixon campaign.” (Encyclopedia Britannica Blog)
“He’s also the fulfillment of Lyndon Johnson’s dream.” (Seattle PI)
“A president like my father.” (Caroline Kennedy)
“Barack Obama pledged the largest new investment in roads and bridges since President Dwight D. Eisenhower built the Interstate system in the 1950’s.” (Politico)
“President-elect Barack Obama and his team are modeling their domestic agenda on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Keynesian liberalism.” (Washington Times)
“How about Obama as Hoover? Now there’s a real story.” (American Spectator)
“Five past presidents, [including] Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge — had black ancestors, which would make Obama the sixth of his kind.” (MSNBC)
“In its amazing, quasi-messianic confidence in rousing and inspirational effects that an Obama presidency would have on the entire world, [Obama’s speech] instead arouses memories of a liberal Democratic president whom conservatives remember all too well — Woodrow Wilson.” (Human Events)
“One of Obama’s first decisions on entering the Oval Office in January will be choosing his rug. President William Howard Taft, the first to occupy the office in 1909, found the wood floor too cold, commissioned an olive-green shag pile and 17 successive Presidents have followed suit.” (Telegraph)
“Given Obama’s aspiration to practice a transformative politics in this season of discontent, Kennedy may not be the senator’s best role model. The man he really wants to be is Theodore Roosevelt.” (Washington Independent)
“Grover Cleveland was 47 when he took the oath of office for president. Obama will be 47 when he takes the oath of office for president.” (Daily Kos)
“Chester Arthur went to great lengths to lie, to hide facts, to make sure that his dual citizenship did not stop his quest for the White House. Now, Barack Obama is trying to circumvent the Constitution by hiding his birth certificate.” (crazy person’s blog)
“If Barack Obama is elected President, he will be the first Harvard law school graduate to become President since Rutherford B. Hayes.” (Volokh Conspiracy)
“Barack Obama spoke at a rally in Ulysses S. Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, after winning the race for the White House Tuesday night.” (CNN) (a stretch? perhaps.)
“Johnnie Maier, chairman of the Democratic Party in Ohio’s economically depressed Stark County, said Mr. Obama probably faces the greatest challenges since Andrew Johnson.” (Globe and Mail)
“When Abraham Lincoln appointed his secretary of state, he picked his greatest opponent in the battle for the presidency, who just happened to be an able and popular senator from New York.” (Independent) “Some are comparing this plan to Abraham Lincoln’s so-called ‘Team of Rivals.’” (NPR) “It is the season to compare Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln.” (Newsweek)