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Valentine’s Day Post: How Did you Meet Your Schweetie?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:40 am - February 14, 2011.
Filed under: Holidays,Romance

I always thought the term “significant other” was a bit clunky, so I’ve adopted the term schweetie to describe the individual who is the long-term object of our affection, spouse to some, boyfriend or girlfriend to others, husband or wife to the more traditionally inclined or just plain partner to the practical.

So, on this Valentine’s Day, let  me ask those of you who are attached to provided anecdotal advice to those of us who long to be and to tell us in the comments how you met your schweetie.

The needed presidential speech on fiscal discipline

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:30 am - February 14, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Movies/Film & TV

Last night, I watched the King’s Speech for the second time and despite Timothy Spall‘s appalling (and historically inaccurate) portrayal of Winston Churchill, the film holds up, meriting the many honors bestowed upon it.

While the situation in the United States is not nearly so dire as it was in the United Kingdom in 1939, we need today what our friends across the pond needed then — and what King George VI gave him, a leader who will come before us and spell out the tough path that lies ahead and the choices we have to make.  As our chief of state he delivers his speech on our nation’s growing burden of debt, he needs also conclude on an upbeat note, saying that we will weather this storm and the nation will emerge stronger from it.

The idea for the speech germinated when I saw a poll (linked by Glenn Reynolds) showing how little appetite there is for cutting government spending in specific areas.  People may favor smaller government, but all too many are unwilling to specify where they’d cut.  We need a leader who will come before the American people, tell us that we can no longer afford to live beyond our means and must make cuts even in cherished programs because, simply put, we don’t have the money to pay for them.

Not just that, as the recent negotiations over maintaining the tax rates established by the Bush spending cuts showed, politicians, at least those in Washington (but perhaps not in Springfield, Illinois or Sacramento, California) understand that the Americans don’t want to pay higher taxes, at least not in a recession.

It doesn’t appear, however, the president’s tough words notwithstanding that he will be delivering that speech any time soon.   His budget will fall short of of his own debt commission’s savings plan:

President Obama’s 2012 budget request to be released on Monday will reduce budget deficits over the next decade by only a quarter of the amount proposed by the presidential debt commission in December, a senior administration official confirmed Sunday. (more…)

Haley Barbour’s Test:
Will he nix Mississippi license plate honoring Confederate General?

This should be a no-brainer for Mississippi legislators and the state’s governor, Haley Barbour, particularly given that that Republican is eying a bid for the White House.  As Suzi Parker reports, “The Sons of Confederate Veterans has launched a campaign to issue one of the specialty license plates honoring Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was once the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Of all the Confederate leaders who should not be honored, Forrest tops the list.  He may well have had sound military sense, but he was also responsible for the Massacre at Fort Pillow in April 1864 and, even after the Civil War, continued to treat African Americans as less than human.  Given the brouhaha over Governor Barbour’s comments about desegregation in Yazoo City, he would be wise to nix any honors for a man so associated with such a nefarious institution as the Klan.