Observations from the Cheap Seats

  • Can’t wait to hear all the PMSNBC criticism of Caroline Kennedy’s recent interview regarding her interest in the U.S. Senate seat from New York!  You know, the same kind of criticism which they leveled at, you know, Sarah Palin, for like her, you know, interview with Charlie Gibson and that you know lady from CBS News, Katie Couric.  What do you mean “don’t hold your breath?”  You mean they won’t like, you know, make fun of Ms. Kennedy like, you know, they did when Ms. Palin didn’t fully explain the Bush Doctrine?  I mean, you know, I am not sure that Ms. Kennedy even knows who Bush is, you know, let alone his doctrine, you know.  Oh well, and I was so much like looking forward to, you know, the Saturday Night Live skit of Ms. Kennedy.
  • I repeat my warning to Governor Paterson – these are serious times demanding serious people.  Caroline Kennedy ain’t it, you know.
  • You might remember that I penned a diary entry a few weeks ago on Closing Guantanamo in which I opined that the alleged claims that President Bush had tarnished the U.S. reputation and relationships abroad was simply the product of critics’ cross-pollinating each other’s articles with their similar bootstrapped critiques and not actual documented damage.  Jay Nordlinger in this week’s National Review touches on this notion of fictionalized damage to the U.S. reputation abroad in his very well-written article, Diplomatic Health.  I commend it to your reading.
  • A couple nights ago, I noted my “bristling” at the “Coexist” bumper sticker which adorns many cars in this college town.  Perhaps, I was a little too prickly in my critique, but my point is this — there is no more tolerant place on earth than America.  There is no other place on earth where all the factions, represented in the bumper sticker, “coexist” better than in America.  As an American, rather than tell me to coexist with my fellow Americans, perhaps our political statements and energy are better served by telling the world to coexist.  Likewise, as a Christian, Christ would not have me promote peace amongst the peaceful, but amongst those who routinely use armed conflict as the most appropriate and desired means of interaction with those of disparate views.  It seems to me that this bumper sticker affixed to cars in Kalamazoo misses widely on both counts.
  • In case I don’t post before the New Year, may you all have a happy and prosperous New Year.

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