Thursday, January 22, 2009

ChangeFest '09 - Obama's Inaugural Speech

In many respects, Barack Obama's inauguration speech, like his national security appointments, signaled that his administration will be more or less George Bush's third term, at least in foreign policy. That's not a big surprise to those of us who knew that Obama's foreign policy pronouncements during the primary season were silly, but the Left has been more or less in a state of shock for a while now, and Obama's speech yesterday didn't help matters any.

It's gotten to the point where even comedians have noticed. The punch line of this sketch is no joke. I think a great many liberals are hanging on to the idea that they can trust Obama because he is a liar and doesn't mean what he says. Time will tell whether that interpretation is correct or not. In the meantime, it doesn't speak very well of either Obama or his supporters on the Left.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thoughts on the Inaugural

I almost choked on my coffee yesterday morning when I read "Finally .... change is here!!" on a blogger friend's status update on Facebook. Today, a day after the inaugural, this friend is still chanting "Obama, Obama, Obama!" My, my, I was thinking, the MSM must have done an excellent job of glorifying the messiah and his message of hope and change that even Malaysians living as far away as Australia, the Sudan and England are euphoric over Obama's inauguration.

My blogger friend in London said he hurried home from work so he could catch the inauguration ceremony. He thought the inaugural speech was up there with FDR's, and Kennedy's speech. He was moved to tears by the speech. rolleyes Oh my.

Another Malaysian friend living in the Sudan watched the entire inaugural ceremony, was awed and loved it.

I will acknowledge that it was a historic event yesterday, which can only happen in the USA - the peaceful transition of power, and that a person can be elected to the most powerful office in the land, no matter his skin color.

However, sorry, I did not drink the kool-aid, and won't be joining in the Obama euphoria, hype and mania. I think the mainstream media's fawning and slobbering and lack of objectivity over Obama is over the top, a spectacle mostly seen in a dictatorship like North Korea.

My two cents.

Recommended Reading:

Judge Obama on Performance Alone
Let's not celebrate more ordinary speeches
by Juan Williams

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shivering Al Gore

Who among you bought into the global warming crap? Has this winter changed your mind? No? Then you are fanatical indeed!

This ice sculpture of a shivering Al Gore is pretty amusing!

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A critic of global warming is responsible for the icy glare Al Gore is giving this Alaskan community.

Local businessman Craig Compeau on Monday unveiled an ice sculpture of the 2007 Nobel Prize winner and leader in the movement to draw attention to climate change and global warming.

The 8 1/2-foot-tall, 5-ton bust of the former vice president dominates a downtown street corner from its perch on the back of a flatbed truck.

Compeau says he's a "moderate" critic of global warming theories. He used the unveiling of the sculpture to invite Gore to Fairbanks to explain his global warming theories.

He says it will stand through March unless it melts before then. It was 22 degrees on Monday.

Gore could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

New Year Stories

My goodness, the last entry on this blog was last year?! I have been neglecting this blog! Well, part of the reason is that I have been kept pretty busy with my quilting business. I have a bunch of new clients and they have kept me with steady work. No, I am not complaining! I spent quite a bit recently on "toys" of the electronics kind,that is, and I have to pay the bills!

Anyway, since my last entry was on a Thanksgiving turkey recipe, without the pictures, I will include a picture of my Christmas turkey in this blog entry. :-)

My Christmas 2008 turkey.

This turkey almost did not make it. An hour and a half after it was put in the oven, we had an outage! Thank goodness the outage only lasted about half an hour. There I was thinking that all we had that was definitely cooked were a small piece of roast beef, stuffings, and bean casserole. And I had 9 people waiting to be fed!

It was a fun Christmas meal because I had my good friend and her family visiting from Malaysia. We also took them shopping - they enjoyed the After Christmas Sales tremendously, and of course a visit to San Francisco for our guests.

Denice and Kristen at Golden Gate Bridge

Before Christmas, Doug and I took our kids to Universal Studios, partly so we could drive our Malaysian friends back with us to our home, and also to commemorate our (Doug and I) first visit together to Universal Studios ten years ago, not long after our first meeting. The kids had a great time, and we had a great time too.

The kids thought the Simpson Ride was fun.

For the new year, I hope to put in more effort in my quilting business. Like I mentioned earlier, I have a few new clients and I want to maintain whatever clients I have for now. I am not planning on expanding my client base because I want to do more than just quilting with my time. The income I make is good enough for now, in view of my fondness for electronic gadgets!

Last year I thought we were going to give a trip back to Malaysia a miss this year so we could use our vacation time to visit other places, visit Europe maybe. Now I am not so sure. My father's health is not all that great, and I want to visit my parents as much as I can while they are still alive.

In the fall, the kids will be in First Grade. I have thought about where to send them, but have not made a final decision. One of the things I need to do is to check out the different schools, and decide on one that suits their needs.

Anyway, I do not have any New Year's resolutions - yes, just plodding along - but my one wish or desire is not to add anything new to the issues I already have with my health. That means to do more exercise! What else is new, eh?

Hope your new year got off to a good start and stays that way the rest of it.

Cheers. wink