The Canadian Pacific Railroad has been doing this is the US and Canada since 1999. The train is decorated in lights and looks great. Below is a link to a train website I frequent with lots of high quality photos of this train.
The official White House tweet in memory of Nelson Mandela features a picture of Nelson….. Mandela's jail cell with a visiting Obama in it. On an extra special episode of The ALL ABOUT MEEEE Show!!!
And, birthdays should *never* be used. No need to give potential hackers any more info about you.
We need to know what the other side is saying…even if it's stupid.
“But take it from me, your Senior Plum Line Reckless and Irresponsible Youth Correspondent: young people will eventually come around on Obamacare. Here are six reasons why.”
1. Young people are not actually invincible.
2. Going without insurance is morally wrong.
3. It’s the law.
4. People haven’t grasped how the subsidies work yet.
5. Pressure from mom and dad.
6. Being uninsured sucks!”
Family arriving at Northern Ireland airport are welcomed with Christmas carols. This video is so uplifting. Hope the TAMs enjoy.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher piece at NRO arguing against House bill to revise Patent Law. Rep. Goodlatte and Sen. Lee argue in NRO for supporting the new bill changing Patent Law. Lee is working with Sen. Leahy on this.
My take; Rohrabacher makes a good case against the bill. He discusses specifics in the bill and points out that Goodlatte signed the bill out of committee the day before Thanksgiving and now it has been brought before the full House, the first day back from the holiday. Goodlatte is Chairman of his committee because of Boehner, so I see Boehner's fingerprints all over this. Goodlatte's and Lee's argument relies a lot on repeating the phrase, 'patent trolls'. Undoubtedly there are patent trolls, but the bill seems to be just a big business protector that will hurt America in the long run. It expands the bureaucratic control for patents, increases patent costs, and removes judicial review that has been in place since 1836.
“ABC suspended Martin Bashir in 2008 for lewd 'Asian Babes' speech”
Peggy Noonan captures the essence of our problem. This is a theme she touches on often: The lack of adult perspective. A few paragraphs:
From what I have seen the administration is full of young people who’ve seen the movie but not read the book. They act bright, they know the reference, they’re credentialed. But they’ve only seen the movie about, say, the Cuban missile crisis, and then they get into a foreign-policy question and they’re seeing movies in their heads. They haven’t read the histories, the texts, which carry more information, more texture, data and subtlety, and different points of view. They’ve only seen the movie—the Cubans had the missiles and Jack said “Not another war” and Bobby said “Pearl Harbor in reverse” and dreadful old Curtis LeMay chomped his cigar and said “We can fry a million of ‘em by this afternoon, Mr. President.” Grrr, grrr, good guys beat bad guys.
It’s as if history isn’t real to them. They run around tweeting, all of them, even those in substantial positions. “Darfur government inadequate. Genocide unacceptable.” They share their feelings – that happens to be one of the things they seem to think is real, what they feel. “Unjust treatment of women—scourge that hurts my heart.” This is the dialogue to the movies in their heads.
There’s a sense that they’re all freelancing, not really part of anything coherent.
For four years I have been told, by those who’ve worked in the administration and those who’ve visited it as volunteers or contractors, that the Obama White House isn’t organized. It’s just full of chatter. Meetings don’t begin on time, there’s no agenda, the list of those invited seems to expand and contract at somebody’s whim. There is a tendency to speak of how a problem will look and how its appearance should be handled, as opposed to what the problem is and should be done about it. People speak airily, without point. They scroll down, see a call that has to be returned, pop out and then in again.
It does not sound like a professional operation. And this is both typical of White Houses and yet on some level extreme. People have always had meetings to arrange meetings, but the lack of focus, the lack of point, the sense that they are operating within accepted levels of incoherence—this all sounds, actually, peculiar.
The Republicans have officially run out of feet to shoot off.