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Thank You, Karl Rove! :-)

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Karl,

On behalf of millions of my fellow citizens, I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a job well done and a  ‘Mission Accomplished.’

As everybody knows, and as it has been proven again and again in history, we Democrats are too unorganized, undisciplined, not scrupulous enough (…you name it…) to have been able to do what you almost single-handedly accomplished in just a few years.  You were absolutely correct at the outset of Bush’s presidency, when you said you will be able to create a permanent Republican majority for decades to come.  Funny thing happened on the way, though, …..you’ve created a permanent majority, alright, but it’s a permanent Democratic majority!  Thanks to your disastrous policies, mean-spiritedness, divisiveness and incompetence, leading this country into absolute chaos, you have become every Liberal’s hero.  We couldn’t have done it better ourselves.  The Republican Party should consider suing you for malfeasance ….. Just a thought ….. Not that we particularly care.

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Karl Rove, aka  ‘Bush’s Brain’

You were the  ‘Brain’  behind the 43rd President of these United States, George W. Bush, who will go down in history as one of the most incompetent and worst presidents ever, opening the way for a competent, intelligent, inclusive, first black president who will lead us out of the ditch we find ourselves in, thanks to you.

The Democratic Party sends a special Thank You message.  They are very grateful to you for making this once 50/50 nation into a majority Democratic one.  The Republican Party, on the other hand, has become a regional party, located in the South, and even there, the Democrats have made inroads under Obama’s leadership (see Virginia and North Carolina).  The rest of the country is mainly lost territory for the Republicans and the trend with demographic shifts will favor the Democrats even more in the years to come.

As far as policies, even people who usually are not fond of government, are now calling for more government regulations and oversight (funny thing, how people change their minds when they lose jobs, health care, homes, money and dignity …..).  And here is a little prediction:  If and when we will get anything close to Universal Health Care in this country and with that follow other industrialized nations, the Republicans will find themselves in the political wilderness for an even longer time.  And I believe we will see steps in that direction pretty soon.

All that’s left for me to do is to say

Thanks, Karl ….. For a   MISSION  ACCOMPLISHED !!!

From a grateful Nation!

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Barack Obama and Rick Warren

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I have been thinking about this subject for a few days now and have to admit, that I’m still not completely clear where exactly I find myself on this issue.

While I am not gay and therefore don’t experience the discrimination directed towards them, I do support their fight for equality and I’m absolutely sure that we will get to that point before long.  Reading a lot of opinions from all sides, it seems to me that Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to do the invocation at his inauguration has caused some hurt and heartburn with some people.  As I do not like bigots, homophobes and hypocrites myself, at first glance, this choice seems to be troubling to me as well because of some of the really outrageous statements by Rick Warren in the past.

However, I do agree with Obama’s obvious desire to reach out to people he disagrees with on some, even important issues.  As he has always stated his desire of wanting to unite this country, you cannot do that if you exclude people who disagree with you, have not voted for you, may not even like you.  The only way, it seems to me, to change anybody’s heart and mind is through engagement, listening, debating, and in the end the finding of compromise solutions most everybody can live with.

And if this is a first step in that direction, we should all have an open mind and be supportive.  In the end, it matters what Obama thinks about the issues important to the gay community and from all I can tell, he has been the most supportive and progressive of anybody in the recent past, at least in his statements so far.  So, now we can watch whether he follows up with actions that will make a real difference to the gay community, and if not, I’m sure there will be plenty people reminding him, regularly …..  🙂

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Barack Obama Vs. Some Annoyed Liberals

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I’m getting a little annoyed myself, but it’s directed at some of my fellow Liberals.  For a few weeks now I’m sitting here in absolute amazement listening to the very Liberals who not only supported Barack Obama during the primaries and the general election, but were telling everybody who dared to question his strategy, to just rely on his good judgment, as he had been right on almost everything so far, not only on the issues, but also in reference to his brilliant strategy, as we know.

How then can those very same people now question Barack’s judgment when it comes to some of his cabinet appointments?  Some call them too centrist, too right of center, not liberal enough, not enough ‘change,’ and on and on and on.

While I am a proud Liberal, I am also a realist.  I understand that Barack Obama will face a tremendous challenge when he takes officially over on 01/20/2009 (heck, I think everybody wishes he would be in charge already).  Because of that challenge, he surrounded himself with people who are not only bright and capable, but people that he will feel comfortable working with and who represent a cross section of America; people who will be acceptable to most Americans, even if they didn’t vote for him.  Don’t you remember one of the leading themes during the campaign, and still true today, wanting to unite this country which has been divided for so long?  I think he’s off to a good start doing  just that.  So, with that in mind, we should give him the benefit of doubt.  I have a good feeling that he knows exactly what he is doing.

BOTTOM  LINE:  THE  PEOPLE  BARACK  OBAMA  APPOINTS  WILL  EXECUTE  HIS  POLICIES,  AND  THAT’S  ALL  THAT  MATTERS  AND  SHOULD  PUT  EVERYBODY  AT  EASE.

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Obama 1, Al-Qaeda 0

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So, the other day the world was subjected to another PR offensive by Al-Qaeda’s #2, trying to influence impressionable people in the Muslim world with their twisted ideology, yet again.  Only this time, the lead character of Al-Qaeda’s nemesis has changed and listening to #2’s diatribe, that seems to cause them a little heartburn.

Trying to convince others that America, where a black man with the name Barack Hussein Obama who looks like much of the rest of the world, was just overwhelmingly elected, is this terrible place that needs to be defeated, all of a sudden has become a lot more difficult and just doesn’t jive anymore.  And they know it.  The insults thrown at Obama, from calling him a ‘House Negro’ to show casing him as an agent of Jews, clearly show that they feel they are losing the PR battle.

America’s face to the world changed in a very dramatic fashion on election day.  And something quite remarkable happened.  The fifteen-year-old Muslim teenager in Pakistan all of a sudden realized that if America can elect Barack Obama, it can’t be so bad after all.  And with the coming changes of policies and attitudes toward the rest of the world, that new positive feeling will only intensify and America will once again become the beacon of hope for so many around the world.

Now, does that mean that we won’t face any more threats from the likes of Al-Qaeda?  Certainly not.  When animals are cornered, they are usually the most dangerous, and there may well be an effort to reassert themselves, but one thing is already clear:  They are losing the grip on power over certain segments of society in the Muslim world and with that they will have problems recruiting new members and may well face a backlash from the very people they have been popular with up until now.

I never liked the term ‘War on terror.’  I’d much prefer ‘Fighting terrorism,’ as it is a tactic and in my mind can only be defeated by a combination of good intelligence and police work, some limited military action when necessary, and the changing of hearts and minds in the process.  However, if this current trend is continuing, we’ll be well on our way to destroying the very network that has brought so much pain and despair to the entire world and Al-Qaeda (The Base) won’t have a base to recruit from anymore.  And this may just become one of the most important accomplishments of Barack Obama’s presidency.

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Farewell To Bush

 

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Here’s a  good-bye gift he won’t forget!!!   At least somebody is giving him a ‘Heads Up!’   🙂 

What in the world are we going to do without Bush? — Oh, I forgot.  We’ll be busy cleaning up his mess…..

In the meantime, click on the following audio link for a ‘Farewell To Bush,’  ‘Bushisms’ that made us laugh and cry…..a lot!!!  Courtesy of the ‘Bill Press Show’   www.billpress.com.  Enjoy!!!   🙂 

http://www.billpressmedia.com/nsmpc/FAREWELL-Bushisms.mp3

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The Merchants Of Hate Are Dead !!!

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Well, you ought to think that the right-wing hate machine would stop for at least a second, reflect on the election, do some soul searching, and find ways to get the Republican party eventually out of the wilderness.  But no, disregarding the entirety of Bush’s presidency, they blamed everything that went wrong over the past eight years up to November 3rd (and the list is long, and there’s still time left …..) on, you guessed it, Bill Clinton.  And with the election victory by Barack Obama, starting on November 4th, they have already started blaming him for everything going wrong from now on, before he’s even sworn in.

And without letting themselves being interrupted by inconvenient facts like the complete failure of Republican policies, Bush’s incompetence, and the resulting disastrous situation the country finds itself in, they have focused their hateful rhetoric on Barack Obama.  Okay, let me lay it out for you in simple terms:

YOU JUST GOT YOUR BUTTS KICKED.  WHAT PART OF ‘OVERWHELMING ELECTORAL DEFEAT’ DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?

….. Your negativity, fear-mongering and hateful diatribes have been completely rejected.  Nobody else, besides your fringe right-wing nutjob supporters, is interested in listening to your BS.  The problems we are facing are just too enormous to mess around right now.  We have to pull together to find common sense solutions and all you try to do is continue to divide us.

Here’s the bottom line:  Until Barack Obama lies us into an unnecessary war, tramples on the constitution, condones torture, crashes the economy, doesn’t respond adequately to natural disasters (….. and on and on and on — the list is endless …..), we don’t want to hear from you.  It’s one thing to be the loyal opposition but that’s not what you’re interested in.  You’re just out to ‘divide and conquer’ with your fear-mongering and hatred.

AFTER THE NIGHTMARE OF THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, THE ADULTS ARE BACK IN CHARGE !!!

And here’s a reality check for you:  Barack Obama had the highest pre-election favorability of any presidential candidate since that question was asked in 1992 at 62%.  His favorability right now, a few days after the election is at 72%, and 65% believe the country will be better off four years from now and that he will be very successful.  So, I guess you’re not as powerful as you think you are.  So sorry!

WE ARE VERY PROUD OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA !!!

We know it’s killing you.   🙂 ….. And that’s a good thing!!!

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Message From WORLD: ‘We Are All Obamas Now!’

‘Voters said no to incompetence and divisiveness and elbowed their way past the blight of racism that has been such a barrier to progress for so long.  Barack Obama won the state of North Carolina, for crying out loud.  The nation deserves to take a bow.  This is not the same place it used to be.’ — Bob Herbert, Columnist

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By illustrator Patrick Moberg, as seen on   http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com 
   

‘Obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts, like me.’   🙂  —  Barack Obama discussing which dog to get for his two girls.

Don’t you also feel the calm that has set in since election day?  A lot of people seem to have smiles on their faces, no matter how bad their personal situation is, because now there’s hope.  Or as Jon Stewart joked on the ‘Daily Show:’  ‘People walking around in New York, smiling and trying to make eye contact, are making me nervous.’   🙂

By now, most everybody here has probably seen the expressions of joy at Obama’s victory from people all over the world and realized that most everybody in other countries hoped for an Obama victory as well.  Everybody just wants America to return to the promise of being a beacon of hope again.

The following is very personal anecdotal evidence of how things have started to change in an instant on election night.  My friend M. has been traveling to Europe for business pretty frequently over the past decade or so and found himself overseas on election day as well (of course he voted early   🙂 ).  I remember him telling me of situations after Bush got elected in 2000 and even worse, after he got re-elected in 2004, where he found himself being questioned by people overseas like this ‘How in the world could America have elected such an idiot?’  M., after trying to explain that about half of America, including himself, did not vote for Bush, finally gave up, frankly, because he was tired of trying to explain the unexplainable. So he took the easy way out most of the time and answered when asked whether he was American ‘No, I’m Canadian,’ and with that avoiding heated discussions.

Now, M. was of course aware that most all of Europe, as the rest of the world, was wishing for an Obama victory and he told me of amazing scenes where Europeans celebrated Obama’s victory as much as people did in the streets of America.  What really impressed him, though, were his personal experiences.  He told me about the woman behind the counter in a little bakery, who after he took a chance when asked whether he was American by saying ‘Yes, I am.  And proud of it today!’ coming around to him, embracing him, and giving him a kiss on his forehead with the words ‘We’re so proud of you and Obama!’  And he mentioned quite a few instances like that and ended his email with this

I’M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!  AND I’M PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT!’

….. Ditto!   🙂

Over the past few days I have read numerous stories like that from Americans overseas and have seen people from all continents, with very diverse backgrounds and faiths, being overjoyed by what has happened in America and we all should be very proud!

You know what was missing?  I didn’t see anybody burning American flags anywhere ….. And that’s a good thing!   🙂

OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER !!!

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