You know when I woke up today I put on Morning Joe and started to catch the news concerning flyswatting, the president’s polls etc and I happened to check the menu on the set and noticed that the 1950 movie Harvey staring Jimmy Stewart was on HBO.

I thought about it for a bit and decided that it’s very important to forget the silly troubles of the world for a few hours and not live for them, so Harvey is on the TV as I type. At the moment we are at the scene in Dr. Chumley’s office where Jimmy Stewart and the good doctor are discussing Harvey:

Fly specks, fly specks! I’ve been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!

It is important not to ignore the world but just for a time, it is very important to notice the little pleasantries of the world. Not Obama this or Iraq that or Letterman this or Gitmo that.

As I’ve been watching the movie it hits me that this is the entire theme of it.

The world is what it is; but usually your life is made up of moments not in Washington, London, Tehran. It is made up of moments in your house or apartment or at the corner butcher shop or the little diner/ice cream shop there. If you spend too much time worrying about the rest of the world all your life you will forget to live it.

And even on the worst of days when everything is pressing against you, if you find a bench in the park there is the sun or the rain and the beauty of life around you, the still small voice of God reminding you that although your problems may loom large life is good and it’s a gift.

That doesn’t generate a lot of hits but when they close the coffin they won’t says about you, boy he had a lot of hits.

The Right Wing Gaming room’s author hasn’t posted (or come to game night either) in a while but today he hits it out of the park:

I had a thought the other day, “The price of peace is simple, merely the chains of slavery.”

Patrick Henry put it much more eloquently as follows:

“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Do these words stir anyone nowadays?

It doesn’t stir many because of Narcissism! When the only thing you love is yourself the idea that you risk for the sake of others or future generations is just not there.

My generation, the baby boomers are the most narcissistic that has ever lived. We are the only generation that thought they were brighter than their parents as teens and never changed that opinion.

I have a pet peeve concerning the “greatest generation” nonsense. My father’s generation wasn’t the greatest generation, they would have pointed to their parents as better men as would their parents before them. The only reason why that is claimed is because my generation is the WORST GENERATION that has ever lived in this country. We never stopped being full of ourselves and have wasted the gift that our forebears gave us.

Our children, at least the ones not over medicated and under achieving; the generation actually volunteering and fighting in Iraq is greater than ours and it isn’t close.

7:00 a.m. Photos of Miss California in a hot swimsuit, this is a scandal?

7:01 a.m. Mika doesn’t get the satan thing, isn’t she a Catholic? If she is a Catholic that shouldn’t be weird at all. Tina Brown is one thing but Mika and Mike are both supposed to be Catholic. That earns the post the “War on God” post.

7:02 a.m. I understood what Steele was saying, if they can’t then they are not even trying.

7:04 a.m. She is right about the plastic surgery and nobody is asking it. Why not?

7:05 a.m. They shake their head because Palin called Miss California to offer support and they are making fun of it. Didn’t Palin go through the same?

7:05 a.m. They mention the Pope’s visit but not the walkout. I’d say that was news.

7:08 a.m. It may seem like Christmas now for the left now but Cheney is right and reality has the habit of rising to the surface. 2010 and 2012 is going to be very interesting.

7:10 a.m. Did these guys notices that Powell voted democratic last time?

7:11 a.m. Ok if you don’t think he is doing this for love of country what IS the reason.

7:22 a.m. Mika asks a solid question and Savanah refers to the memo’s as the “so called” torture memos. My God she is a real reporter!

7:31 a.m. “Opponents of health care” that is like “opposing immigration” We oppose NATIONAL health care. We can’t let them get away with the playing with languages.

7:40 a.m. Nobody is saying that the Obama administration shouldn’t hit the former one. A big Zing from Liz Cheney.

7:41 a.m. Joe is calling in…and points out the media double standard and the selective release of intel.

8:00 a.m. Liz Cheney is staying to talk to Eugene Robinson that should be interesting.

8:04 a.m. This is one of the reasons why war sucks. , the problem is the alternative is often worse.

8:08 a.m. I see you want him to shut up because you disagree with him.

8:09 a.m. She crashed his car as a teen. I’m afraid of that one myself.

8:10 a.m. Cheney is just taking him apart.

8:13 a.m. This is a great debate but Ms. Cheney needs to let Robinson make his point.

8:14 a.m. Robinson makes a good point about the legality, Cheney makes a great point about how the legalities were established.

8:15 a.m. God she is able to defend against him AND Barnicle get this woman in the White House.

8:16 a.m. Cheney hits the point, is waterboarding torture or not. That is the actual question. Who is right depends on the answer to that question.

8:18 a.m. Barnicle makes a great point that if he is the only card we have the intelligence is in trouble. Cheney agrees.

8:20 a.m. Why aren’t people talking. Maybe because of the talk of prosecution.

8:22 a.m. PLEASE PLEASE HAVE HER ON AGAIN! I’ll even not change the channel when Andrea Mitchell comes on.

8:25 a.m. Boy I wish Liz was here for this segment.

8:27 a.m. If Cheney was there she wouldn’t let Mitchell get away with the torture line in fact even though she said afterward advanced interrogation she made finger quotes to say “yeah right”. Can you say squirm?

8:30 a.m. She claims American values trump American safety (she didn’t use the term American safety).

8:33 a.m. Carlos Watson compares Dick Cheney to Roger Clemens in terms of passionate defense, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that if she was still there.

8:34 a.m. They didn’t get to the point. Mika is correct this is not a winning issue for Democrats.

I must confess I wasn’t a big fan of getting rid of Manny, a first ballot HOF and one of the best hitters in the game. Although a lot of credit goes to Curt Schilling the Sox won two more World Series rings with him than they did with Yaz, Ted, Rice and Lefty Grove combined.

But considering this news I’d say he makes a better choice than me.

David Pinto is all over this. One particular link really is funny as Jose “Whitaker Chambers” Canseco was asked about Manny and drugs last month:

Canseco laughs and offers his theory. A-Rod was exposed only when his name was leaked from a list of 104 major leaguers who in a 2003 test showed up positive for steroids. Because the test was anonymous, those names were not supposed to be made public. But in Canseco’s mind, baseball’s power brokers know who is on it: players he is sure will be seen as toxic if the truth comes out.

He says this, despite the fact that A-Rod isn’t being treated as toxic, nor are other players who were caught up in the steroid scandal but publicly apologized, including Miguel Tejada, starting shortstop for the Houston Astros, and Andy Pettitte, a starting pitcher with the New York Yankees.

Why didn’t Ramirez get a long-term deal? Canseco asks. Why were owners gun-shy about signing arguably the game’s best hitter?

Never mind that Ramirez was asking for a mega-deal at age 36. Or that he was negotiating in a sickly economy, while weighed down by the heavy baggage of a surly reputation. Canseco will have none of it. To Canseco, the drawn-out negotiation, the lack of a long-term deal, the lack of interest all raise red flags, and so he tells the Bovard crowd that Ramirez’s “name is most likely, 90%,” on the list.

Canseco admits later that he has no way of knowing. But it makes sense to him, so he threw it out there — kaboom! — swinging for the fences, still.

Late Saturday, I tracked down Ramirez to tell him what Canseco had said. The immediate response is pure Ramirez: He laughs. Sitting at his locker, he says, “I got no comment, nothing to say about that. What can I say? I don’t even know the guy.”

Now the question comes, Manny is going to lose 7.7 million because of this but without the ‘roids would he have made the millions he already has?

UPDATE: This post got a ton of hits from something called Alpha inventions. I found this post on the subject here. Unfortunately I hit the sack early yesterday so I didn’t catch the hits till this morning but there is a way to test this…

…if you are an actual human coming from Alpha Inventions you can confirm that you are real by picking any one other post, any post at all and clicking on it. If I might suggest pick on from December or January that way it would prove that Alpha inventions is the real thing…

…And of course welcome to the blog take a look around lots to see here.

Does anyone remember the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?

When Jeff Smith started his filibuster (this was in the days before the 60 vote rule) all the information getting to his town was from the Taylor machine. This meant that the average people only heard about a young upstart making charges against the well respected “Silver Knight” Joe Paine.

Eventually however when Smith’s boy rangers support him in their newspaper Boys life, the reality of the Taylor machine comes out in the violence against the children to suppress the paper. It caused people to realize something was wrong.

Over the last few months several things have happened that might be an indication that several sleeping giants might be coming together.

Item: The White House Attacks on Rush Limbaugh bring attention to him to the point cumulative in his speech at CPAC. The speech is televised not only on Fox, but on CNN exposing him to an audience that only knew his as a caricature of what he actually is. His audience has not only increased but he finds himself in other public panels where people actually have to deal with what he says rather than what other people say he does.

Item: Rick Santelli gives this rant online:

The Whitehouse and the media go after this guy, but his suggestion of Tea parties lead to hundreds of thousands of locally organized people in hundreds of cities all over the country protesting the government, notably without violence or property destruction. The media dismissed or insulted them with oral sex jokes. The Boston Globe didn’t even cover Boston’s. And yesterday the president who pretended he didn’t know about them attacked as hundreds protested in St. Louis where he was speaking.

There are now 500+ cities preparing to host teaparties on July 4th.

Item: The Culmination of Doug Kemic’s and friends attempts to shoehorn president Obama positions into Catholic acceptability comes as Notre Dame Invites him to not only give the commencement speech but to receive an honorary degree. The somehow unexpected scandal results in 350,000 people signing the petition protesting this. It becomes a cause celeb among believing Catholics, dozens of Bishops publicly come out against Fr. Jenkins’ position and his twisted logic on why the ultimate pro abortion president is an acceptable speaker at the most famous catholic institution in the nation. Finally Mary Ann Glendon, one of the most respected lay people in the American Church declines the Laetare Medal and attendance at the ceremony highlighting the moral choice for Catholics by example as the president finds the abortion question is still above his pay grade.

Item: Beauty pageants are kinda passe but A gay celebrity blogger chooses to inject politics into a question at the Miss USA pageant.

Miss Carrie Prejean echos the president’s position and loses. Hilton attacks her both on his blog and calls her a Cu** on MSNBC live (Norah O’Donnell notably not objecting). Miss Prejean stands by her opinions and offers pity and prayers for him. The media dives into the story. Suddenly Miss. Prejean’s is the face of traditional marriage and Perez Hilton is the face of Gay Marriage. Prejean comes out the winner and Miss USA becomes the 1919 Cincinnati Reds?

Item: A nice sunny day in New York is suddenly shaken by a low flying jet circling near NY buildings. People stream out paniced only to find out later that day that it was all a White House photo opt. Millions of New Yorkers who voted for president Obama are suddenly reminded of one of the worst day of their lives and even Olberman gets it.

I wrote on each of these events over the last few months, individually they are mistakes and oddities, combined in the first 100 days of an administration with a declining economy and now 60 votes it becomes a galvanizing and uniting force.

If the democrats are not worried they should be.

I’m listening to Rush Limbaugh today and I’m hearing the same general idea that now is the time to strike. If that’s not an endorsement of an idea I’d like to know what is.

Update 2: Noticed I forgot to bold some items corrected. And it just hit me it will be very interesting when the president visits the Pope in July post ND. Particularly since he is still without a Vatican ambassador.

Update 3: Bill Whittle figured this out on November 6th:

So consider this, my fellows in arms:

On Tuesday, the Left – armed with the most attractive, eloquent, young, hip and charismatic candidate I have seen with my adult eyes, a candidate shielded by a media so overtly that it can never be such a shield again, who appeared after eight years of an historically unpopular President, in the midst of two undefended wars and at the time of the worst financial crisis since the Depression and whose praises were sung by every movie, television and musical icon without pause or challenge for 20 months… who ran against the oldest nominee in the country’s history, against a campaign rent with internal disarray and determined not to attack in the one area where attack could have succeeded, and who was out-spent no less than seven-to-one in a cycle where not a single debate question was unfavorable to his opponent – that historic victory, that perfect storm of opportunity…

Yielded a result of 53%

Folks, we are going to lick these people out of their boots.

There is much to do. That a man with such overt Marxist ideas and such a history of association with virulent anti-Americans can be elected President should make it crystal clear to each of us just how far we have let fall the moral tone of this Republic. The great lesson from Ronald Reagan was simply that we can and must gently educate as well as campaign, and explain our ideas with smiles on our faces and real joy in our hearts. For unlike the far-left radical who gained the Presidency on Tuesday, we start with 150 million of the most free and intelligent and hard-working people in the history of the Earth at our backs, with a philosophy that — unlike theirs, which has resulted in 100 million dead in unmarked graves — has liberated and enriched more people and created more joy than any nation or combination of nations in our history.

How can we lose this greater fight, my friends? How can we lose, unless we give up?(emphasis mine)

Update 4: This would have been item 6 if I had not been in bed when it happened. In fairness it is only an item because of the timing but it happening within 90 days of item 1-5 makes it more significant.

…when people suddenly decided that Gay Marriage was the norm and marriage as it has been practiced for thousands of years became “controversial“? Maybe our brilliant miss USA contestants can answer this question. What year did all of us who maintain this belief, (the majority of the country and the world) suddenly convert into bigots? Can anyone name the year when people could believe this without being a bigot? What was the year? 1990, 1994, 2002? What year did you magically become a bigot by not supporting gay marriage? Were people like Richard Cohen and Frank Rich always bigots without knowing it until they changed their mind or was there a moment where they could remain unbigoted?

Do we have to assume all our parent and grandparents were bigots for their entire lives. Have all of our president been bigots?

It would be interesting to hear the answers to this. Any takers?

Will lightly blog morning joe while fixing the ipod and getting ready for the Carpenter.

7:06 a.m. Story one is Georgetown. Tim Kaine is first.

7:08 a.m. Kaine dodges it but then Johnathan confirmed that it was requested.

7:11 a.m. Rationalizing the veterans “threat”.

7:13 a.m. He is not hesitant about Coleman backing down, some things are more important than others.

7:37 a.m. Oh local news? Such as not reporting on 1000+ people protesting on the Boston Common? Good thing we have that Boston Globe eh?

7:39 a.m. Would you pay for the NYT online? I wouldn’t.

8:02 a.m. I wonder if they reviewed Levin’s book?

8:09 a.m. Actually we are paying for Carter letting the Islamists in.

8:11 a.m. Castro is a bridge too far for Matthews. Matthews thinks the cold war was a good war. He is going on about Castro is the bad guy.

8:12 a.m. The NYT trying to defend Castro and the cold war. Matthews is defending Reagan. Am I actually awake?

8:20 a.m. Hitchens had himself waterboarded so he can speak with some authority on this.

8:26 a.m. His big worry is an attack pulled off by an ex-gitmo person.