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Sunday- Happy Easter!

I am not going to church this am. No, the church I attend is in Princeton and I am not there. Today, I am surrounded by fundamentalist churches and let’s just say they’re not my cup of tea. But for those of you out there who are celebrating in style, complete with Hallelujah Chorus, let me just say, “He is risen indeed!”

In the meantime, while we drink our coffee and munch our cinnamon rolls (or marshmallow peeps, aged to a stale crustiness outside, stiff chewiness inside), let’s take a stroll around the web:

  • Kid Oakland tells us the REAL reason why so many people in their 30’s are so maniacal about Barack Obama in Bill and Hillary and the 22 Amendment. I thought it was over something like the profundity of his policies or his personal charisma. But no, it is none of these things. All it comes down to is this:

    Finally, Senator Clinton has not answered a legitimate question shared by many voters under 40 for whom, if she where the nominee, 2008 would be yet another Presidential year with a member of one of either of two immediate families on the ticket. (I’m 39, by the way, and I’ve never had a presidential race without a Clinton or Bush as one of the choices for president.)

    When asked about this in a debate Senator Clinton quipped, “It took a Clinton to clean up after the first President Bush, and it will take a Clinton to clean up after the second.”

    That’s not an answer. That’s not a rationale to support someone’s candidacy to be President.

    If you want a clear reason why so many young people are disenchanted with the Clinton campaign for the nomination, there you have it: Bush. Clinton. Clinton. Bush. Bush. Clinton?

    That’s it. They are holding their breaths because they don’t like the pattern. It has nothing to do with competence or qualifications or vision or experience. In fact, experience is just the *opposite* of what these children want. I used to babysit these brats. How did we let them grow up without insisting that they actually mature? This is *our country* we’re talking about not some new playground game where nobody loses so as to preserve their self-esteem. When people are dying in Iraq and families are losing their houses, health insurance and jobs we have to look beyond our lack of diversity in the choices we have and consider that among the candidates we have left, at least one of them is better than the others based on merit. I swear, I want to send them to their rooms without dessert. Grow up, already. And what’s with this Chairman Dean thing anyway? It’s creepy. Besides, he’s shown himself to be either completely incompetent or just the opposite of a Democratic leader when he allowed FL and MI to be disenfranchised. Stupid, stupid stupid. Anyone who still admires the man at this point in time should have his head examined.

  • A new study highlights the widening disparity in life expectancy in high and low income groups. The major declines happened after 1980, which roughly corresponds to the Republicans assuming dominance in our government either by leading the executive branch or by obstructing every good idea they Democrats ever had.
  • Alegre at MyDD points out what looks like a case of subliminal advertising on Obama’s website. To me, it’s vaguely reminiscent of the X-Files or Heaven’s Gate website. Hmmm, I almost expect to see “I Want To Believe” across the bottom of it. What do *you* read into it? (Ew, I thought I saw something vaguely anatomical in the presidential seal. The whole thing looks like a diagram of a human heart with the eagle on top resembling the aorta and veins. What *is* this? The Sacred Heart of Jesus?sacred heart)
  • NYCweboy is a movie critic! Who knew? He gives a very nicely written review of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. It sounds like just the thing to finish a pretty spring day, should you feel so inclined to see a movie this weekend.
  • One more thing: I think it’s time we acknowledged that of the two authors of Crashing the Gate, Jerome Armstrong turned out to be the more level headed and knowledgeable. Sometimes that doesn’t lead to the big bucks, fame and recognition. But Armstrong is growing on me. In a recent post, By the Numbers, he highlights something that I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now. It’s not just a haka that the Obamaphiles are conducting against us when they demand that Hillary concede. It reminds me of the way that Gore was hustled to give up so early during the 2000 recount process. It is generating fear and anxiety in the Democratic party and then posits an early withdrawal by Clinton as the only resolution to the instability and projected loss in November. And the more I hear this crap from Obamaphiles, the LESS I like them and are willing to vote for them in November. Yes, they are slitting their own throats with this one. We know what’s going on and we don’t appreciate it. So knock it off.