Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rush Limbaugh, the leader of the Republican Party, seems to be fixated on having gay sex with Obama.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama's inauguration represents the greatest public relations defeat for Al Qaeda in their short history. Bush represented everything that made the Third World suspicious of America --- he was born filthy rich and enormously privileged, is a fundamentalist Christian, borderline illiterate, and has no knowledge or interest in anything outside of his own circle. He was the epitome of the stereotypically ugly American: aggressive, lazy, ignorant, apathetic, shallow, destructive, and incapable of empathy. He made Americans easy to demonize. He was Al Qaeda's greatest resource.

Now we have an American President who has a Swahili first name, an Arab middle name, and an African last name, who does not come from a rich family, who spent his early childhood in the Muslim nation of Indonesia, who is a minority in his own country, whose father was an East African immigrant. Obama has personally written books which are well-written and widely available, and who respects the Constitution, the rule of law, and human rights. Unlike his predecessor, he has higher goals than his own narrow political advantage. Obama will try to solve problems in Palestine, rather than to merely help the Israelis dominate the Arabs militarily. Over the coming years and months, as the Muslim world begins to notice that Obama means what he says and acts on it, minds will change. I predict that this will be Obama's greatest legacy --- convincing the Muslim world that American-style democracy represents their interests better than Al Qaeda's reactionary violence.

The leaders of Al Qaeda are undoubtedly smart enough to clearly see the implications of these facts. So I expect desperate terror attacks against the people and governments of India and Pakistan.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Some passages from Obama's Inaugural Address that I highlighted:
The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God–given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
...we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non–believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Address was inspiring and yet strongly unsentimental. Here is my favorite line so far:
...there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
Reminds me of the medieval Persian poet Rumi's line to the effect that when the body suffers, the spirit rejoices.

Also: if any conservatives take the time to actually listen to it, they should be surprised at how conservative the sentiments are. Especially coming from an America-hating Muslim socialist.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I am ready to predict the Republican nominee for President in 2012. The nominee will be...(drum roll please)...

Jack Bauer!

(Shhh...don't tell them he's a fictional character. Let's let it be a surprise.)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Can we blame the recession on Obama yet?