Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Today's Washington Times article

Here's today's installment of the Times' five-part series on American cultureal influence throughout the world: World speaks our language and attends our colleges

This has been an interesting series so far, giving a balanced look at the good and bad points of American cutltural domination.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

America's on top of the world

Here's an interesting article from yesterday's Washington Times: America enjoys view from the top. Its a nice synopsis of the U.S.'s position in the world and the influence we have over our modern global culture. It's also Part 1 of 5 in a series this week.

Here's Part 2: America becomes global marketplace

I'll post the remaining parts as they're published.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Christmas greetings

Here's something I received from my dad and thought that I'd share it with all my readers. I apologize for not posting more frequently, but this has been a busy time of year with work, travel, moving and the the holidays. I will get back up to speed after the holidays are over and both the new Congress and President Bush's second term have begun. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here's some of the reasons Bush got reelected and won mort popular votes than any other president ever has.

(Dave Kulow) We had a neighbor when I lived in DC who was part of the secret service presidential detail for many years. His stories of Kennedy and Johnson were the same as those I heard from the guys who flew the presidents' plane ---(yes, Kennedy did have Marilyn Monroe flown in for secret "dates", and LBJ was a typical Texas :good ole' boy" womanizer.
N ixon, Bush 41, and Carter never cheated on their wives. Clinton cheated, but couldn't match Kennedy or LBJ in style or variety.
The information below is accurate. Bush 41 and the current president Bush make it a point to thank and take care of aircrews who fly them around. (When the president flies, there are several planes that also go - one carries the armored limo, another the security detail, plus usually a press aircraft) and both Bush's made it a point to stay home on holidays, so these Air Force and security people could have a day with their families.

(WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN, AND WHAT IS)

WHAT WAS

Hillary Clinton was arrogant and orally abusive to her security detail. She forbade her daughter, Chelsea, from exchanging pleasantries with them. Sometime Chelsea, miffed at her mother's obvious conceit and mean spiritedness, ignore her demands and exchanged pleasantries regardless, but never in her mother's presence. Chelsea really was a nice, kindhearted, and lovely young lady. The consensus opinion was that Chelsea loved her mom but did not like her.
Hillary Clinton was continuously rude and abrasive to those who were charged to protect her life. Her security detail dutifully did their job, as professionals should, but they all "loathed" her and wanted to be on a different detail. She was hard work because she was so nasty and mean toward her detail. Hillary Clinton was uniformly despised by the Secret Service as a whole.
Former President
Bill Clinton was much more amiable than his wife, Hillary. After the Secret Service would cringe at the verbal attack antics that Hillary would use against her husband, the then President. They were embarrassed for his sake by the manner and frequency in which she verbally insulted him, sometime in the presence of the Secret Service, and sometimes behind closed doors. Even behind closed doors Hillary Clinton would scream and holler so loudly that everyone could hear what she was saying.
Many felt sorry for President Clinton and most people wondered why he tolerated it instead of divorcing his "attack dog" wife. It was crystal clear that the Clintons neither liked nor respected each other and was true long before the Monica Lewinski scandal. Theirs was genuinely a "marriage of convenience".
Chelsea was much closer to her father than her mother, even after the Lewinski scandal which hurt her gravely. Bill Clinton did in fact have "Charisma", and occasionally would smile or shake hands with his security detail. Still, he always displayed an obvious air of superiority towards them. His security detail uniformly believed him to be disingenuous, false, and that he did nothing without a motive that in some way would enhance his image and political career. They did respect him, unlike his wife, but they did not particularly like him and nobody trusted him. He was polite, but not kind.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

Al Gore was the male version of Hillary Clinton. They were more friendly toward each other than either of them were towards former President Clinton. They were not intimate, so please don't read that in. They were very close in a political way. Tipper Gore was generally nice and pleasant. She initially liked Hillary but soon after the election she had her "pegged" and no longer liked her of associated with her except for events that were politically obligatory.
Al Gore was far more left wing and very hateful, not just politically opposed, to Republicans than Clinton. Al Gore resented Bill Clinton and thought he was too "centrist". He despised all Republicans. His hatred was bitter and this was long before he announced for the Presidency. This bitter hatred was something that he and Hillary had very much in common. They often said as much, even in the presence of their security detail. Neither of them trusted Bill Clinton and, the Secret Service opined, neither of them given liked Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton did have some good qualities where Al Gore and Hillary Clinton had none in the view of the security details.
Al Gore, like Hillary, was very rude and arrogant toward his security detail. He was extremely inappreciative and would not hesitate to scold them in the presence of their peers for minor details over which they had no control. Al Gore also looked down on them in disgust as they finally observed and learned on one occasion when Al Gore got angry at his offspring and loudly, in their presence, pointed at his security detail and said, "Do you want to grow up and be like them?".

Word of this insulting and demeaning verbiage by the former Vice-president quickly spread and he became as despised and disliked by the Secret Service as Hillary. Most of them prayed that Al Gore would not be elected President and they really did have private small celebrations in a few of their homes after President Bush won. This was not necessarily to celebrate President Bush's election, be to celebrate Al Gore's defeat. He was much disliked. Al Gore was not a good and kind person. That he could have been our President may suggest that God was "answering prayers" and looking out for the country with Al Gore's defeat.

WHAT IS

Everybody in the Secret Service wants to be on
First Lady Laura Bush's detail. Without exception, they uniformly concede that she is perhaps the most nice kind, and genially good person they have ever had the privilege of serving. Where Hillary plenty refused to allow her picture to be taken with her security detail, Laura Bush doesn't even have to be asked, she offers.

She doesn't just shake their hand and say "Thank you". Very often, she will give members of her detail a kindhearted hug to express her appreciation. There is nothing false about her. This is her genuine nature. Laura Bush is this kind of a person and her security detail considers her to be a "breath of fresh air". They really love her as a human being.

They joke that comparing Laura Bush with Hillary Clinton is like comparing "Mother Teresa" with the "Wicked Witch of the North".

Likewise, the Secret Service considers President Bush to be a gem of a man to work for. He always treats them with genuine respect and he always trusts and listens to their expert advice. They really like the Crawford, Texas, detail. Every time the president goes to Crawford he has a Bar-B-Q for his security detail and he helps serving them their meals. He eats with them, sits with them, and talks with them. He always asks about their family, the names of which he always remembers, and he of course, knows each of them by their first names, and calls than by their first name as a show of affection.

They believe he actually loves his security detail and that he is deeply and genuinely appreciative of their service. They could not like love, or respect anyone more than President Bush, and most of them did not know they would feel this way until they had an opportunity to work for him and learn that his manner was genuine and consistent. He has never changed in the time that he has been President. He always treats them with the utmost respect, kindness, and compassion.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Neal Bortz on Christmas

I don't get to listen to Neal Boortz very often, but here's a sentiment that I agree 100% with:

“Frankly, I'm getting a little weary of this ‘Happy Holidays’ nonsense. Could be I need to calm down. Lately I've been just a wee bit terse with people who hit me with the ‘Happy Holidays’ line. It's Christmas, dammit! About 85% of the people in this country celebrate this time of the year as Christmas, and that's enough for me. If 43% of the voters could decide that Bill Clinton would be president for four years, I'm willing to accept the mandate from 85% of the people that this particular season of the year is Christmas.”
Merry Christmas to all my readers.