Thursday, August 20, 2009

Off to college

No blogging for a couple of days--we're moving Daughter into college for her freshman year. Hope, anticipation, fear and trepidation are the overwhelming emotions of the day. I hope we've taught her well and given her all the tools she'll need to be successful, both in school and further down the road.

Today and tomorrow there are events for parents and kids, then a final meal and the parents are graciously invited to go home and leave the kids to it. And that is the last time we'll see Daughter 1.0. When we go back in a month for Parents' Weekend, we'll see Daughter 1.1 (or who knows, maybe Daughter 2.0 for all we know) for the first time.

Of course, we'll be in touch via phone, email, video conferencing, texts and who knows how else during the interim. We've given her instructions that Mommy and Daddy would like a quick message each day just to let us know she's OK. That's our single nod to being "helicopter parents". Of course, we've told her that she's always welcome to call us for longer calls than a quick OK, but I'm under no illusions about how often that will happen--she'll be busy with classes, new people and new experiences, as she should be.

For kids, college is about more than going to classes. As we're discovering, somewhat to our distress, for parents it's about a lot more than simply packing a kid off to school.

Edit, 2018: At the fairly strenuous suggestion of most of the RAs (Resident Assistants) at the school, we're going to abort the "I'm OK" thing every day. They think it's counterproductive, and since most of them have more experience at this than I do, I'm going to go with the advice of someone only slightly older than Daughter. I must be slipping....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Is Cash for Clunkers a success?

CNBC wants to know the answer to that question, in light of its issues getting reimbursements to the dealers, who had to front the money for the program. Some have opted out because the money isn't coming through.

Cynic that I am, I think the Socialist in Chief figured that these evil rich car dealers could just be soaked for the money, at least for a while.

My sympathy for the dealers is nil. You crawled in bed with this beast--deal with it.

One can also look at it this way--if this is how an efficient government program will be ran under the rule of The Enlightened One, just how well do you think the health care thing will work?

Well, that isn't working

Let's try fear and intimidation instead:

Democrats on a House committee are seeking detailed financial records from dozens of large insurance companies, officials disclosed Tuesday, part of an investigation into "executive compensation and other business practices" in an industry opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul health care.

The request included records relating to compensation of highly paid employees, documents relating to companies' premium income and claims payments, and information on expenses stemming from any event held outside company facilities in the past 2 1/2 years.

It's time to rein the CongressCritters in.

Not getting the message

It seems that Democrats in Congress simply can't believe their ears.

Given hardening Republican opposition to congressional health-care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance for the minority's cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.

Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view is being shaped by what they see as Republicans' purposely strident tone against health-care legislation during this month's congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals are flawed beyond repair.

Keep it up, Dems. Keep drinking your own Kool-Aid. Keep fooling yourselves about how angry the proles are becoming. We'll see how long you can fool yourselves when the tar and feathers come out.

Poor Barney Frank

(Via the Drudge Report)

It seems he's got his panties in a bit of a wad because the proles are not staying in their proper place...

Rep. Barney Frank lashed out at protester who held a poster depicting President Barack Obama with a Hitler-style mustache during a heated town hall meeting on federal health care reform.

"On what planet do you spend most of your time?" Frank asked the woman, who had stepped up to the podium at a southeastern Massachusetts senior center to ask why Frank supports what she called a Nazi policy.

"Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it," Frank replied.

Barney, I think she spends her time on Planet Reality. On that planet, we don't much care for Socialism--National or otherwise.



Oh, I can feel those muscles stretching out as we warm up. It feels--good.

Will someone please up the dosage on Oliver Stone's meds?

(Via the Drudge Report)

I mean, really.

The controversial director is creating a 10-part documentary series for Showtime titled "Secret History of America."

Narrated by Stone, the series promises to focus on events that "at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complex history of the last 60 years," according to Showtime.

After his last movie, who knows what weirdness is going to come out of him this time.

No, it isn't racist

It's protected political speech. Just because "We won" doesn't mean that you can stifle our rights to protest. After all, "He's not my president".

Images of President Obama’s face in makeup similar to The Joker in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight" began appearing on flyers posted on telephone poles along Main Street and in surrounding neighborhoods early Tuesday morning.

One viewer, who asked not to be identified, told WCNC-TV she was offended by the posters and began removing them from the poles.

“This man yelled at me, he said ‘what are you doing, lady what are you doing?’ and I said ‘what do you think I’m doing?’ ” the viewer said. “I almost cried when I got back in the car knowing that it’s 2009 and people in the community put signs up like that.”

"Chimpy McBushitler"--remember that one lady? Bush wasn't my favorite President, but he got a heck of a lot more right than The Enlightened One has so far. Those of us who supported him had to put up with "Selected not elected" for 8 years. Now we have the Amateur in Chief and TOTUS and his socialist agenda, and we're going to use your play book to fight him.

Right back atcha, babe. Better get used to it, because we're just getting started.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mike Vanderboegh stares down the ATF

Don't know him personally, but he sounds like a heck of a guy to have on your side. Check out his story.

Color me amazed

(Via the Drudge Report)

Or perhaps, astounded:

A man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying weapons while demonstrating outside President Obama's speech to veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken.

Not only does CNN get it right in their story, but so do the Phoenix PD and the US Secret Service. Both of these organizations have my admiration and thanks for having a calm, cool reaction to a citizen exercising his rights as protected by the Second Amendment.

And we should note neither the gun nor the owner started "spraying" bullets around. I suppose that should be considered nothing less than a miracle, given what the gun grabbers say about those mythical evil "assault weapons" and those of us who own them.

Sir, I don't know who you are, but God bless you for your courage. Nice gun you have there.

Edit 1558: FOXNews reports that a Northern Arizona University political scientist has wet his pants is concerned about this "disturbing trend". Wuss.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Worried, big guy?

(Links via Drudge and others)

The Big O is apparently in "Throw it all at the wall and see what sticks mode". He's angry at his syncophantic media for inflaming those paid Republican protesters at the Dem's town hall meetings. He's got some of his presidential campaign ad firms on the case to persuade the weak-minded that red is blue and war is peace. He trots out the memory his sainted, wary of black men grandma just to show us how sympathetic he is with those whose lives would be shortened under his new health care regime. And he may be ready to throw the "public option" under the bus. (And some RINOs are willing to look at his ideas. They never learn.)

It makes me wonder if The Enlightened One is no so perfect after all, and if he isn't taking desperation measures to ensure that he isn't a lame duck 3 years early.

We can only hope.