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So Obama's decision to invite Pastor Warren has both the left and right foaming at the mouth? (When something pisses off both varieties of kooks, you know it must be a good thing!) Barack is starting to turn out to be quite the moderate after all, no?

The only comment to add to this fine post is that the day of federal intervention is coming sooner rather than later. As more and more state pass civil union laws or grant gays full marriage rights, more conflicts will come into play between other states and federal employee rules that don't grant or recognize gay marriages. With both sides itching for a fight, we can expect the courts to hand down a decision that will become as famous as Loving v. Virginia.

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 24.12.2008 @ 03:12


It's a wash for me, Rick; I don't watch 24 and never will. On the one hand, scrolling through your reviews distracts from the "red meat" of your blog. On the other hand, you clearly love the show and enjoy writing about it; therefore inspiring you to blog more. As long as reviewing 24 jump starts your creative juices, I say go for it. (Thank God you don't blog your attempts at cooking like other bloggers!)

That's because my "cooking" skills are limited to boiling hot dogs and making hamburger patties.


Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 22.12.2008 @ 16:09


Ok michael reynolds, no point in belaboring a point here. Saddam is dead now, and we are seen as the main cause of instability in Iraq. Rightly or wrongly, thats how we are seen by Iraqis. As a result, the shoe throwing shouldn't surprise or offend anybody.

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 16.12.2008 @ 16:20

michael reynolds, do you honestly think that the average non-american sees Bush as "the representative of this country abroad"? No, they just see him as a total ass who's just a placeholder until January 20. Certainly the readers (and writer) of this blog feel that an attack on our leader is an attack on all of us, but we are not representative of humanity. The average earthling is not very educated, loves American culture, hates Bush, and is glad to see Obama elected. Such advanced thinking about respecting the Office of the President of the United States is lost on them. (In this case, all the shoe thrower cared about was that here was the man who invaded and screwed up his country these past 5 years.) When most of the world wants to throw shoes at Obama, we can talk about our country being disrespected; somehow though I don't see such an event happening. (After all, there are advantages to having the MSN in your pocket!)

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 16.12.2008 @ 13:50

"The shoe toss was as much an insult directed at the left as it was Bush."

Unless another Iraqi throws his shoe at Obama, no way is this true. Few non-Americans think that insulting Bush is the same thing as insulting all of the American People. The minds of most people on this planet no longer see Bush and the USA as being the same thing. (They are now thinking that Obama and the USA are one and the same! Scary, but true.) Therefore, why should anybody (especially liberals) see this as being an insult to the United States?

Hyperlon, Rick was right to call you out for equating the Tiananmen Square Tank Man. (No moral equivalency between the 2!) However, you are correct in making the point that the Shoe Throwing Iraqi Journalist will be remembered. This image has now entered the consciousness of the entire planet (thanks to the MSM), and no future summary of the war will be complete without mentioning the shoe throw. Right or wrong, playing that clip makes for a simple (and lazy) summary of what the Iraqi people think about Bush after 5 years of liberation.

PS- michael reynolds, I didn't know there should be a litmus test for shoe-throwers! Aren't all nationalities equally qualified to throw their footwear at each others leaders? (Not that its ever a good idea...)

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 15.12.2008 @ 18:54


After what Patrick Fitzgerald did to Scooter Libby (and by extension the Bush administration), I never thought that Republicans would ever have anything nice to say about him ever again. Judging by the reactions around the web, one would gather that the GOP was had collective amnesia about Plamegate, such is their gratefulness for the Fitz! I wonder how long before he is turned upon again?

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 11.12.2008 @ 08:07


Hey Rick, seeing how our soon to be ex-president promised to reduce the growth in government yet consistently increased it in size, would it not be possible for our next president to say he will increase government yet actually slow down its growth? Obama is looking to be quite the pragmatist/realist with his cabinet picks; perhaps he will take a similar approach to the budget as well.

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 9.12.2008 @ 01:12


I find this quote from jambrowski quite revealing:

"...thing that scares me though is that bushy has made the “Office” more powerful than ever…"

Yes! This is exactly the situation we now find ourselves in. Even Obama supporters realize that he may have too much power for our comfort. Two questions for all you conservatives out there:

1. What were you doing when "bushy" was grabbing executive power? Opposing him or cheering him on?

2. Could this have been a legitimate reason for liberals to hate "bushy"? BSD just may have a solid foundation, no?

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 4.12.2008 @ 01:11


Reading a post like this reminds me of Ronald Reagan. For all I disliked about the politics of his party and many of his presidential decisions, never could I say that I disliked the man, because his optimism for America and her future never wavered, no matter what the the nay-sayers halfway around the world or in his own movement said to the contrary. Even in his Alzheimer's Letter, knowing that he was doomed to die in a particularly tragic and lingering fashion, he still managed to beleive in all of us: "...When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be I will face it with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."

Not to compare Mr. Moran to Mr. Reagan, but there is something illuminating by reading the critiques on Rick's post. A good number of people here claim to be as Conservative as the author of these words, but cannot trust the country and its citizens to make a collective decision contrary to their wishes. Simply put, they lack faith in their fellow Americans. Perhaps that is why I keep on coming back to this blog instead of others that more closely share my political views. Those who love and have faith in the USA, no matter how much their politics collide, know that in the end America will come out stronger than ever. Good job on the post, Rick!

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 4.11.2008 @ 00:11


So Obama has to keep an certain distribution of liberal and conservative members of the press aboard his plane? And if he doesn't, he's a enemy of democracy? What is this, the Fairness Doctrine? Seriously, it's his own damn campaign! These people are traveling with him at his pleasure, and if he decides that it is no longer his pleasure to have the Washington Times travel with him (and to be replaces with JET), then so what? As long as taxpayer dollars are not begin used to fly the plane around, then the Obama campaign is in the right to do whatever they want. (How the press judges them for it is of course a legitimate topic.)

Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 1.11.2008 @ 04:13

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