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Culture Watch, Vol. 56|
March 2, 2009
As the market continued to tank, reaching 1997 levels this week, the media focused
their attention on Michelle Obama's arms,
sparking a national conversation on the
new trend she has started - namely, going sleeveless in winter. And, boy, aren't
her arms toned?
Meanwhile, Michelle's husband continues his raid on present and future taxpayers
by proposing doubling a trillion dollar deficit in order to pay for, well, stuff.
His new $3.6 trillion budget
includes more spending than anyone in history has ever
proposed, including lots of goodies for his supporters. But, as Obama said, "There are no earmarks,"
leaving millions wondering what
those app. 9,000
, uh, earmarks, are.
Apparently, the proposed budget that has been released employs some mechanism to
hamper keyword searches, but we should have it figured out by next week. Hopefully,
before it's passed. Meanwhile, the change we voted for is happening, much of it
under the radar.
GOVERNMENT AT WORK:
Obama's budget includes $300 billion in revenues from a non-existent cap and trade system on CO2 emissions. Translation:
Expect to start hearing more about a 'global warming crisis' in the coming months.
Obama will need another crisis to justify imposing a cap and trade system on emissions.
Any wonder the market is tanking? Does anyone else this think this may be A Contrived Crisis?
The US government has started nationalizing banks,
taking a stake in Citigroup this week. Of course, Citi stock tanked. If I were
a conspiracy theorist, I'd be wondering why every step the Obama administration
takes makes our current economic crisis worse.
Meanwhile, India has announced more tax cuts to stimulate the economy. And Israel's Netanyahu
plans to apply the same small-government policies as he did six years ago as
finance minister, when his tax and spending cuts helped lift the economy out of
More change - The Pentagon is reversing another Bush policy.
They will now allow the media access to photos of our war dead.
Sen. Barbara Boxer is urging the U.S.
to ratify a United Nations measure meant to expand the rights
of children, a move critics are calling a gross assault on parental rights that
could rob the U.S. of sovereignty. Oh, and those Katrina 'perpetual victims' have
gotten another extension
of federal aid. Wasn't Hurricane Katrina in 2005?
Last but not least,
the D.C. House Voting Rights Act passed a key procedural vote,
making passage of the legislation all but certain. The only thing standing in the
way is the Constitution.
For those that think government is the answer, you need only check out The NASDAQ Relief Index
, which tracks companies that have taken
government assistance. It is now down 50% since its inception... which was earlier
worldwide. A carnival float depicting a flying angel, President Obama, with Europe
being dragged along is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf,
A 24-page booklet by the National Education Association and American
Psychological Association, tells students that homosexuality is a "normal expression
of human sexuality" and communicates that religious-based viewpoints are harmful,
and even dangerous. It is now being distributed to all 16,000 school districts.
The war against
the family is showing results as the number of households with kids hits new lows. The
percentage of American households with children under 18 living at home last year
hit the lowest point — 46% — in half a century.
The White House quietly announced on Friday that Obama is starting the process of overturning protections President
Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.
European astronomers have taken a stunning photo of a Big Brother-style cosmic eye, nicknamed the Eye of God,
staring down from space. Very cool.
'face of the economic crisis', Henrietta Hughes? The woman who begged Obama
for a house on national TV, and then got one? Appears she may, in fact, be the owner
of multiple properties. Oops.
And who can forget the 'octo-mom'? Nadya Suleman has been offered $1 million to star in hardcore porn. But,
hey, the offer also promises a year of health insurance. This Angelina Jolie wannabe
can still claim the moral high ground by claiming she has to do it 'for the children.'
My question: What type of person wants to see the mother of 14 in a porn movie?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Not to worry, no matter how bad things get, someone always has it worse. From our
Schadenfreude Files, we bring you this odd news: A cat aptly named Ugly is attracting a lot of attention at an Exeter vet clinic, where
clients say they can't take their eyes off his striking appearance.
Despite the plethora of alarming news, there remain a few beacons of light. Rush
Limbaugh rallied conservatives at CPAC 2009. He was GREAT. Check out the
video of his speech here. It will make you feel better.
In the interest of leaving you with a smile on your face, I refer you to
this video of Ann Coulter's speech at CPAC.
Till next week, keep smiling. Things can only get better.
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