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Slow Blogging

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:38 pm - August 26, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Family,Travel,Vacation Blogging

As per my last post, I don’t know how much time I’ll have for blogging in the next few days.  As this goes up, I’ll be somewhere in the Beehive State, either driving to the home of a good friend and his family or hanging out with said family.

From then it’s onto Colorado to spend some time with family, relaxing with my Dad in the Rockies, then visiting my brother at his new digs in Denver–and seeing assorted cousins and friends in Mile High City.  Will try to do some vacation blogging . . . .

And with my sister visiting my Dad and my step-brother ensconced in Denver, I’ll get to see at least three nieces and four nephews, only one of whom has met her newest cousin.

Denver Brunch, Saturday September 5

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:48 pm - August 26, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Travel,Vacation Blogging

Since I’ll be in Denver for the better part of next week, would love to meet our readers who live in the Mile High City, so am planning a brunch on Saturday, September 5.

And if all goes well, ColoradoPatriot will be joining us as well.  E-mail me for more info.

(If you can’t make the brunch, but would like to meet, let me know and we’ll work something out.)

If you can’t find evidence of Obamacare Opponents Committing Violent Acts, well, then, just get some left-wingers to stage them

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:45 am - August 26, 2009.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left

Not even two weeks ago, I dashed out a quick post, wondering if any left-wing blogs had covered the report of a Mississippi man “pleading guilty to posing as white supremacist on Facebook.”  Dyron L. Hart created a name and used “a white supremacists’ (sic) photo to pose as a white man who planned to kill blacks because Barack Obama had been elected president.

Well, Mr. Hart’s got company.  And this guy’s done more than just threaten violence.  This young man acted it out, staging an attack on his own party.  24-year-old “Obamacare supporter Maurice Schwenkler” has been arrested “on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters” in Denver.

Amidst his roundup on the arrest and its implications, Glenn offers, “All I know is that while these folks are talking about violence on the right, it seems like the actual violence is coming from the left.”

No wonder left-wingers hae to stage these things; they need to realize the narrative they’ve created.

If this kind detail had been buried in a report investigating FoxNews coverage of a Democrat . . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:30 am - August 26, 2009.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Media Bias

MORE NEWS ON THE RATHERGATE SCANDAL: Mary Mapes knew before she put the story on the air that George W. Bush, the alleged slacker, had in fact volunteered to go to Vietnam.

A google news search yields only links to conservative and iconoclastic (how I define Gawker) blogs (as of 10:45 PM PST, 08/25/09).  I would dare say if this had been a detail at odds with the gist of a FoxNews exposé of a Democratic politician, we’d be hearing a lot more about it.

In Memoriam, Edward Moore Kennedy

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:22 am - August 26, 2009.
Filed under: National Politics

Edward Moore Kennedy, for over forty years the senior senator from the great state of Massachusetts and youngest brother of former President John F. Kennedy “died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.”  This comes at a particularly sad time for his family; his elder sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver having passed earlier this month.

I share Michelle’s sentiments that “There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism.  Not now.”  There is indeed much for us conservatives to criticize about this man; he was a longtime champion of many causes and much legislation we and our allies have vigorously opposed while opposing bills near and dear to our hearts.

But, he was also a man dedicated to his home state, working closely even with Republican Governors when the Bay State’s interests were at stake.  And he often worked together across party lines, forging lasting friendships with his political adversaries.

When then-President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized during his term in office and then-Vice President Dan Quayle came under attack from the media as unqualified to serve should something happen to the President, Kennedy rose to defend his former Senate colleague–at a time when even Republicans sat silent.  In 1982, Quayle and Kennedy had teamed up to craft the Job Training Partnership Act.

And Kennedy became increasingly friendly with his Utah colleague, Orrin Hatch, as they served together on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He may have been a liberal, but, as the years passed, he did not treat his political adversaries as enemies, instead he saw many as colleagues who, though coming from different political and philosophical perspectives, were fighting the same fight, seeking to achieve the same goal–the welfare and well-being of the United States of America and its people.

He was, as we all are, flawed, but, in the hour of his passing, let us remember his strengths.  And they were many.