My brother and I had never seen a football game. We were raised playing and thinking baseball 24/7.
Greatest game? Probably the so called "Ice Bowl".
Bart Starr, my all time favorite NFL player and Super Bowl MVP!
Iraq had peaceful multi-party elections.
Let me repeat: Iraq had peaceful multi-party elections today!
For the first time in Middle East history, one-third of the candidates were women!
Yes, women running for office in the new Iraq!
Today, millions of Iraqis showed up to vote:
"Overall, more than 14,000 Iraqi candidates, including almost 4,000 women, are running for approximately 440 provincial council seats in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
According to Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission, which is in charge of conducting the election, 15 million Iraqis are registered to vote."
Captain Ed has an update:
"Iraqis go to the polling booth today in their first provincial elections in the post-Saddam era.
The BBC reports that while the Iraqis have put tight security measures in place and mortars have hit occasionally, a festive mood has broken out in Iraq.
Turnout appears heavy, especially among the Sunni"
Like any new democracy, Iraq will have its ups and downs, disappointments, highs and lows.
Today, we salute the Iraqi people for showing up.
We cheer that women are voting and running in the Middle East.
Last, but not least, we salute the wonderful US, UK and other coalition soldiers who made all of this possible.
What a historic day.
Would any of this have happened if we had listened to Obama, Pelosi and the Democrats in 2006?
We know the answer. This is why the Dems will be in "mute mode" all weekend about the amazing events in Iraq!
It's a shame that the Dems have to be quiet about today's election in Iraq. It's even more remarkable that the party of "diversity" can not enjoy this amazing day for women in Iraq!
Similarly, the IMF expects the U.S. to lead the way out of the global recession, with stronger growth returning in 2010 than in other developed countries.
The IMF predicts 1.6% GDP growth in 2010 for the U.S., compared with 0.1% for Germany, 0.7% for France, 0.2% for the U.K, and 0.6% for Japan.
If the IMF is right, one effect of the current global downturn will be to increase the economic gap between the U.S. and rivals among the developed countries.
At the same time, the IMF projects less developed economies (like China's and India's) to continue to gain on the developed world.
All of which offers more evidence that the hysteria currently being whipped up in Washington over the alleged need to add another trillion dollars in federal debt is overstated, at best." (John Hinderaker)
Can we lower the "doom and gloom" volume?
If this report is true, and our GDP contracts by 1.6%, then that's actually a pretty mild recession.
In other words, we had 1.1% growth in 2008 and a projected 1.6% negative growth in 2009.
Let me get this straight: We go from "plus 1.1%" to "minus 1.6%" and these people are calling this a depression?
Or the worst recession since the Great Depression?
What planet are these "doom and gloomers" living in?
I was around in 1982 and this economy looks like a charm compared to that one!
Again, can we turn down the "doom and gloom" volume?
We've got problems. However, our biggest problem is a media looking at everything in a negative way.
P.S. A Depression? NY Times 4Q profit off 48 pct!
Now, that's a depression!
Speaker Pelosi and the House Dems did not do any favors to Pres. Obama.
They had a chance to draft a genuine bipartisan bill that could have gotten 350 votes.
Instead, they wrote a bill full of money for Dem interest groups. The House proposal had little if any stimulus.
Pres BO and the House Dems now own this package!
As we told our Dem friends, be careful what you wish for....you may get it!
Last, but not least, wonder how many Dems would vote "yes" today?
Wonder how many would join the 11 who broke with the Speaker and voted "no"?
P.S. The best quote so far:
"This is about spending money we don't have for things we don't need," added Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla."
Kyle caught our attention with this post:
For years, we've argued that much of the European press was very unfair to Pres. Bush. Worse than that, they were very unfair to the US, specially the way that the Abu Garib and GITMO stories were peddled.
It was nice to see Bill O'Reilly sit down with the UK's Sky News.
""I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's right.
The European press really did a disservice to the United States by pedalling a lot of propaganda...
I think the hysteria over the rebirth is way, way overdone...
Americans are very uneasy about Obama dismantling the Bush antiterror strategies that have kept us safe for the last 8 years...
If we're hit here after Barack Obama dismantles all the terror measures that kept us safe- He's done." (Gateway Pundit)