Rolling Along *Open Thread*
Day turned to night, and night to day, and here we all still are. Whew! Either we dodged a bullet, or we are the ones left after the Apocalypse that is Sequestration. Whew. Glad we made it through.
And speaking of Sequestration, guess whose Approval numbers are down? If you guessed President Obama, you would be right! Yep, they are down to 47%, according to Gallup. That was the result of 1,500 people polled. If you want to see the complete breakdown, click HERE.
But who is asked does matter, of course. I know that the recent Bloomberg poll everyone was highlighting was way more heavily skewed toward Democrats, and even then, his rating was at 53%. You would NEVER have known that from the media, though. The headline was this: “Obama Approval Rating Reaches Three Year High In Bloomberg Poll.” Oh, YIPPEE! A whole 53%? Wow! Gallup’s poll wasn’t as high, though, but more around 51%.
I mention that because it will be interesting to see where it is in the next month or so when people realize we are all still standing, that teachers really aren’t going to get the boot immediately, or that the firehouse isn’t sitting empty. Oh, and when people realize just how BAD it is that the United States Of America released THOUSANDS of illegal immigrant criminals to return to the streets and their life of crime. Oh, yeah. Especially since they intend to release MORE of them, though NOBODY knows who is doing this, just that they did, and that they are.
Sec. Napolitano is CLUELESS about this, though. Clueless. She has NO idea who came up with this and who executed this plan. And want to guess the states that were most affected? Arizona, of course – we have seen Gov. Brewer discussing this, and she is NONE too happy about it, as you might expect. But also California (big surprise), Texas, and Georgia. And they plan on releasing thousands more despite the fact – FACT – that Sequestration is a maintenance of current spending in the next fiscal year, NOT a cut of current funds. I’m assuming they just wanted more voters our there for 2014. Not to be cynical or anything, but there you have it.
Then there is the whole Bob Woodward v. White House issue that has been going on for a few days now. Kathleen Parker had a very good piece about this very thing in the Washington Post from March 1 about the impact of what this represents:
[...] This is no tempest in a teapot but rather the leak in the dike. Drip by drip, the Obama administration has demonstrated its intolerance for dissent and its contempt for any who stray from the White House script. Yes, all administrations are sensitive to criticism, and all push back when such criticism is deemed unfair or inaccurate. But no president since Richard Nixon has demonstrated such overt contempt for the messenger. And, thanks to technological advances in social media, Obama has been able to bypass traditional watchdogs as no other president has.
More to the point, the Obama White House is, to put it politely, fudging as it tries to place the onus of the sequester on Congress. And, as has become customary, officials are using the Woodward spat to distract attention. As Woodward put it: “This is the old trick . . . of making the press . . . the issue, rather than what the White House has done here.”
Killing the messenger is a time-honored method of controlling the message, but we have already spilled that blood. And the First Amendment’s protection of a free press, the purpose of which is to check power and constrain government’s ability to dictate the lives of private citizens, was no accident. (Click here to read the rest of this good piece.)
I think that sums it up nicely, don’t you? Obama = Nixon. Now THAT’S a comparison I bet many WaPo readers didn’t expect, but there you have it. It’s accurate, to be sure.
Wow, this really has been quite a week, hasn’t it? Holy moley. But hey, at least the nation is still standing, despite the Doom-And-Gloom-In Chief, so there’s that! Yep, we are still rolling along:
Ain’t this a great country, or what? For a more laid back tune that celebrates the same idea, “Driving Home” by Cheryl Wheeler seems like a good one:
Nice, right? Especially for a Sunday morning.
A couple more things, both horse-related – big surprise, I know! I watched a documentary the other night that was really good, “Buck.” It is about the real Horse Whisperer, Buck Brannaman. Brannaman escaped a life of abuse and cruelty from his father, finding solace in horses. I highly recommend this documentary (Robert Redford is in it, too).
And I have been reading a book entitled, “The Eighty Dollar Champion.” Here is the author, Elizabeth Letts, talking about her book, and the true life subject of the book, Snowman, and his owner, Harry De Lever:
It is a fascinating book, and incredibly informative on a number of horse related issues, like how different riding styles came into being, the buying/selling of horses, and so much more. But it is the love story between Harry and Snowman that is so touching, the connection between this man (as well as his children), and this horse he literally saved off the slaughterhouse truck as the driver was about to be rolling along. It is a testament to the connection between horse and human, survivor to survivor, and a bond that runs deep.
So, what’s on your minds or hearts today? Let’s hear it!