"It's now official: So in vogue are attacks on President Obama that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism." - E J dionne Jr
"I believe that the Obama approach is reasonable, and about the most that can be expected, given the powerful conflicting pressures. The plan deserves the support of the American people." - Leslie Gelb
"The puzzling thing about politicians of either party who claim to be "centrist" or "moderate" is how much they sometimes sound like party-line right-wing Republicans." - Joe Conason
Thanks a lot, Joe. I consider myself a moderate, but next to some of the Blue Dog Democrats I feel like a radical liberal. Living where Libertarianism got started, and the home of focus on the Family, I also feel like I'm surrounded by pod people, who get their beliefs from rote party and pastor lines. I've always enjoyed the eccentric ways of artistic people, with their emphasis on creativity and finding new ways of looking at the world around us. In contrast, I find in many ways my neighbors to be as bleak as the winter landscape. Even the people I worked for at the library I found disappointing in their false intellectual liberalism, not willing to live the ideals they professed to believe.
So, let's solve the illegal immigration problem, so that people like Pat Buchanon, Tom Tancredo, Lou Dobbs, and other Republican hypocrites can give thanks. Actually, it looks like the problem is solving itself. The Border Patrol reports that all arrests have gone down significantly for those trying to cross over illegally. Unemployment has risen drastically for illegals here, as the housing market remains depressed and little construction going on. Economists predict that the housing and job market will take another hit come this Spring. As a result, people are either going back to their home countries, or are asking for help from their families so that they can weather out the recession here.
The bad news in Mexico is that the drug wars are continuing, with people getting murdered left and right. It opens up jobs for the police, but you might have to be suicidal or corrupt to take the job...
a million thanks...
One of the nicest and easiest things to do this holiday season is to write a letter to a service person in the armed forces and thank them for their dedication and risking their lives and sanity in the name of our country. You can go to www.amillionthanks.org, or write a letter and send it to:
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