Despondency Defined

Foreign Affairs – To Form a Government – Lloyd N. Culter The media has been flooding the zone with coverage of Reagan and it can get tiresome, even for an admirer of Reagan’s. However, we haven’t had a full blown state funeral for a President since Johnson in 1973 and we aren’t accustomed to it. Nixon opted for a more modest funeral ten years ago and it was probably a wise choice...
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I’m Feeling Magnanimous

Reagan’s death is getting a lot of attention and, I think, with good reason. I do remember how despondent the country felt after losing the Vietnam War and after enduring the economy of the 1970s. I was just watching Senator McCain, every Democrat’s favorite Republican (unless he became a Democrat; they would find him just as infuriating as the Republicans do), on Hannity & Colmes and he made...
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More On Reagan And That Pooch-Screw Known As The 1970s

The only good things that came out of the 1970s were the Steelers, the Reds (hey, I’m from Mississippi and we don’t have our own teams!!), some movies and some music. Virginia Postrel has a couple of years on me, though she’s way ahead on looks and brains, and remembers why Reagan was so consequential: Amazingly, his prescriptions worked. The economy got worse at first–much, much worse, so...
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A Look Back At Reagan

I wasn’t going to write any more about Reagan today until I realized that tomorrow is the anniversary of D-Day. Tomorrow is a day for the veterans of WW2 and the people who currently serve in the military. I won’t be writing about Reagan tomorrow at all. If I do post it will be about D-Day or some thanks to the troops. However, today is Reagan’s day. As is often the case, Jeff says it best: “You...
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Reagan’s Death

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly ten years since Reagan left the public scene with his announcement that he had Alzheimers. He’s had such a profound impact on my life and has been the best President of my lifetime. The country was a mess when he tookover – interest rates in the low teens, inflation high and unemployment high – and when he left office the country had been transformed....
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Roundup Post

With the cutback in blogging around here I’ve had more time to read. Here’s a quick roundup: * Dan Spencer has a number of good posts. For a post on the Zarqwi aid that was nabbed, look here. For a post on Kerry’s missed vote on the bioshield, look here. For a post on Kerry’s reduced idealism, look here. * Spoons has an excellent link to the biggest dork on the planet. He’s not kidding. *...
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A Successor To The Senator From Disney

Running On Ideas (washingtonpost.com) It will be nice to see Fritz Hollings leave the Senate. It will be even better to see him replaced with a free trade advocate from a textile-heavy Congressional district. He also has some ideas on how people have become entirely too dependent on government. There are some good comments on how health care can be made more efficient through the use of HSAs as well. DeMint’s...
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Condi To Testify Publicly

Statement by President Bush It’s old news by now but Condi will testify, unlike Richard Clarke who refused to testify before Congress in 1999 and cited executive privilege. This only bothers me in one sense: it might impact the type of advice an advisor provides to a President and they are not Secretary’s, i.e. they are not appointed with Congress’s advice and consent. I would suggest...
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More Needless Starvation Over GM Corn

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | GM ban ‘threatening Angola aid’ This is smart. Almost all of the corn in the U.S. is GM corn and any donations we make will likely be GM corn. What is the Angolan government thinking? Almost two million Angolans may face food shortages after the government’s decision to reject genetically-modified food aid, the UN has warned. The World Food Programme said...
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Progressive Christians

Jeff takes a well-aimed poke at a leftist minister that is must reading. UPDATE: This might be out of place on a post about Christians — well it may fit with the word progressive used as a modifier — but Jeff has a number of quotes from other bloggers about him now that he’s returned to blogging. This is the quote from Aaron Hawkins of Uppity Negro: “…humorless, clueless,...
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