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Why We Continue to Support Our President

President Obama had a news conference last week.  He talked sincerely about the state of our economy.  We agree with him.  We believe that the partisan politics in Washington is as responsible for the down economy as any other given factor. We really do find ourselves in a chicken-and-egg scenario. Current budget projections are based […]

2Jul2011 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Is A Partisan America About to Lose The Future?

Petty squabbling is consuming The United States Government.  There is gridlock on Capital Hill.  It appears that most people in Congress are running for reelection in 2010 and their message is to blame the other party.  Is this leadership?  Is this the solution to the mounting problems of America?  We need only to look back […]

29Jan2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Rat In The Corner – Iran, Health Care, etc.

To paraphrase Henry Kissinger:  Never back a rat in to a corner – he will come out fighting.  Always leave your opponent an escape route – a means by which they can save face.  President Obama recently used a phrase much as this when referring to Iran.  He said something like, “We are trying to […]

10Jul2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama – Focal Point of Mature Stability

This election was tough.  Hard hitting, loud, boisterous, negative, slanderous, and sometimes mean spirited.  All of us have enjoyed and distressed over the emotional roller coaster.  This was better than any Hitchcock thriller – if tense excitement is what you like.  But the election is over and we are seeing the emotional aftermath.  We can […]

19Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama – Focal Point of Mature Stability | Continued
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The G.O.P.’s Five Stages of Grief (Video)

Grief is an emotional response to loss. Our original curiosity was around the five stages of grief after the election – but the folks who produced this video recognized the grief began before the cancerous terminal patient died. Curiosity drove us to enter “Election Grief” in the youtube search engine.  This one video stood out […]

13Nov2008 | | Comments Off on The G.O.P.’s Five Stages of Grief (Video) | Continued
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Obama election spurs gun sales

by Frank James When President-elect Obama was campaigning and talking about change, he probably wasn’t thinking of this kind of change: people going on a gun-buying spree in reaction to his election. Here’s an excerpt from our colleague Howard Witt’s report today: HOUSTON — A week after the election of Barack Obama, gun buyers across […]

12Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama election spurs gun sales | Continued
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Obama’s Election Night Speech

“. . . But, in a larger sense, we can not improve, we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. This brave man, who struggled here, has consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. . . . It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated […]

10Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Election Night Speech | Continued
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CNN’s Hologram – Cool Techonology

Well, this about takes the cake.  Technology is advancing rapidy – but look at this – you still have to read these words.  That is about as old as Abraham.  The differencs is that we have people from Hobart, Australia, reading this commentary.  They might be rednecks but they are able to use the internet. […]

6Nov2008 | | Comments Off on CNN’s Hologram – Cool Techonology | Continued
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The Early Word: McCain-Palin Post-Mortem

By Michael Falcone As all eyes turn to President-elect Barack Obama, his transition to the White House and the changing political landscape in Washington and across the country, epilogues to the 2008 presidential race abound. Today The Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller goes inside the McCain campaign to find out what went wrong in the closing days […]

6Nov2008 | | Comments Off on The Early Word: McCain-Palin Post-Mortem | Continued
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This Election Was Personal – And Angry

This election was exhausting.  The campaigns were passionate in a time when deep fears griped each of us.  Even George Bush supporters believe he was treated unfairly by world events beyond his control – but those events happened to all of us.  All of us, Americans and our fellow earthly citizens, have been deeply impacted […]

5Nov2008 | | Comments Off on This Election Was Personal – And Angry | Continued
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2008 Election: Winners and Losers

By Chris Cillizza Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States. John McCain will not, likely capping a long and well-decorated political career with a loss. Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate. Republicans will be relegated to minority status in both chambers, forced to re-calculate what their […]

5Nov2008 | | Comments Off on 2008 Election: Winners and Losers | Continued
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Redneck Gazette – Obama Gonna Win

Redneck Gazette Election Prediction Obama Gonna Be President McCain Goes Home It looks like this here election is a done deal. That fella from Illinois attracted most of the people. And we can tell you why. Because he did a better job – that is why. Some folks around here talked about him being a […]

3Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Redneck Gazette – Obama Gonna Win | Continued
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The Final Fix Electoral Map

The Final Fix Electoral Map After two years of following every jot and tittle of a presidential race that has had more twists and turns than this political junkie could have even imagined, we’ve reached the end. Read Full Post Here

3Nov2008 | | Comments Off on The Final Fix Electoral Map | Continued
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Barack Obama – The Color of Water

These are troubling times of war and of economic despair. Yet there is a sense of hope. 50 million people in this country lack health care. Yet there is a sense of hope. We speak of immigration as if we are talking about cattle. Yet there is a sense of hope. Hope transcends troubles. Hope […]

30Oct2008 | | 9 comments | Continued
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Election Anxiety

Only the fools are not nervous about this election.  Too much is at stake.  By every measurement this country is worse off than it was eight years ago – and the decline continues.  Every news cycle brings new anxiety – new fears for our future.  And there remains uncertainty in the election outcome. The Bush […]

23Oct2008 | | 6 comments | Continued
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BBC – Mock the Week (Targeting Obama and McCain)

This is filmed for the BBC – British Broadcasting Company. The Program is Mock The Week – and nothing is off limits. These guys are awful – awful in the sense that nothing is sacred. In these videos they mock Barack Obama, John McCain, and the US Elections. We found this to be quite funny.

19Oct2008 | | Comments Off on BBC – Mock the Week (Targeting Obama and McCain) | Continued
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Gender and Ages and Race, OH MY!

Here at The Fireside Post, we intend to drive home our suggested connection between the elements of this election cycle and the the kooky world of Frank Oz.  Allow me, if you will, to expand on it a bit. There are some great messages of hope and tolerance in the Wizard of Oz.  The movie […]

15Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Gender and Ages and Race, OH MY! | Continued
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Obama Wins – Thanks to ACORN

Obama will win this election, no doubt about it.  He speaks about hope, change and civil liberties.  When he speaks everyone listens, from the elite to the redneck.  His Leftist support group ACORN has helped to spread his message, but they don’t stop there.  They have helped bring voters to the booths in record numbers […]

13Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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McGrinch

Media has painted McCain as the Grinch. Here is the story. This McGrinch was a citizen of Peopleville. The residents of Peopleville where a happy bunch, who all would come together for the best interests of the people. There where mainly two types of people in Peopleville. The Republiwhys and the Demawhats. They were a […]

11Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama, McCain, Townhall Debate, 10-7-2008

Obama and McCain  will be facing off tonight in a Town hall style debate.  This is a format that McCain has favored.  During the primaries, when McCain was down in the polls and in money, he resurrected his campaign with a town hall format.  McCain is relaxed in smaller groups of people, talking freely with […]

7Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Stubborn McCain Champions War

John McCain owns the Republican Party – at least for the next two months.  He owns the Republican National Convention.  He owns the message being presented by every speaker and every video.  The stubbornness of John McCain is evident in the message presented.  McCain’s life bookends are all about War.  His adult life is framed […]

4Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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McCain’s RNC speech – text & video, 2008

I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way. In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.I fight for Americans. I fight for […]

5Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Joe Biden responds to Governor Palin

Joe Biden talked on the air with Matt Laur – that guy from one of those morning shows.  Joe Biden is not intimidated and is showing his considerable political skill.  McCain’s speech writers prepared a well crafted speech – but Sarah Palin delivered it with vigor and skill. Listen to Biden’s response:

5Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Andy of Mayberry for President

One of the Republican talking heads was on television today saying that there are about 100 cities of over a million people in America and there are 10,000 cities with fewer than 10,000 people.  “We are a nation of small cities.” That is their defense of Sara Palin for Vice President.  Whooee!  Why don’t we […]

3Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Karl Rove on Palin and election (video)

The Washington Post is very generous in sharing information (well, I guess that is their job). This writer believes that Karl Rove is an excellent example of someone who does things right – but seldom does the right things.  This is a man who has successfully shaped American politics the past eight years.  This is […]

2Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Karl Rove on Palin and election (video) | Continued
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Political Humor – 2008

These cartoons are made available by the Time web site.  Thanks to Time for sharing.  Others are self attributed.

1Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Political Humor – 2008 | Continued
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The Yearn for Normalcy

We really don’t know what ‘normal’ is – but all of us want it. We want safety and security. We want to own our home, raise our children, attend school plays and athletic events. We want proper health care for our family. We want to go to work and receive a decent pay check. We […]

25Aug2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Self Image of Presidential Candidates

Theodore Roosevelt knew he was the best man for the job.  He knew it in his heart and soul.  H. W. Brands wrote “T. R. The Last Romantic.”  While reviewing the 1904 election Brands writes candidly about Roosevelt,: “Like most great men, and like many who fancy themselves great, Roosevelt convinced himself that his own […]

30May2008 | | Comments Off on Self Image of Presidential Candidates | Continued
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Media Pendulum Swings Right

The phenomenon of the American Media is in full swing. The mass of opportunity is driven by the gravitational pull of pollsters. With the inertia growing, it seems improbable that we will see any shift to professional journalism in the near future. The throttle is open for the pendulum to swing far right. The value […]

26Apr2008 | | Comments Off on Media Pendulum Swings Right | Continued
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Obama, Clinton, ABC debate, 4-16-2008

6:40 PM: Here we go again. These debates are tiring – but very necessary. There are undecided voters out there who want information. They want to make a good decision – they know that bad decisions in the past two Presidential Elections have proved disastrous for our country and for the world. Clinton has been […]

17Apr2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama Clinton Ohio debate, 2-26-2008

6:30 PM CST at Cleveland State University. The debate should be interesting. We will open with a brief synopsis of the past few days and then have a running commentary during the debate – the post will be updated every 15 – 20 minutes, the first update at about 8:20 PM CST. I sit at […]

27Feb2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Schizophrenic Politics – a Penrose Triangle

The observation of politics is a science and an art. The Love/Hate relationships of candidates create that schizophrenic confusion that befuddles ordinary people. The triangles of relationships is unsettling. Obama and McCain challenge each other – but what is the context? We can follow an argument, or debate if you will, along logical lines – […]

26Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Kevin Spacey as Mike Huckabee

This election cycle is so dramatic. It seems as though, no matter who wins or how it plays out, the 2008 elections would be a prime candidate for a made-for-TV movie. First of all, I think that Mike Huckabee’s character would be played by Kevin Spacey. Spacey could totally play the over-anxious, yet uncannily cool […]

14Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Vacuum the votes – but not in a Vacuum

Son, We are having fun trying to understand the candidates in this 2008 election process. Obama is young and vibrant, Clinton has the bet grasp of issues, McCain is a moderate Republican, Huckabee wants to replace the constitution.  In the nominating process we like to look at the political Parties.  Who is conservative enough, liberal […]

14Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Vacuum the votes – but not in a Vacuum | Continued
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An American Epic – the Election of 2008

Son, Pay attention.  Don’t blink.  We are watching history unfold.  We are seeing voters showing up for Party Primaries in numbers that are unprecedented.   The Democratic Party is drawing twice the number the Republicans are drawing.  We see a black man, a woman, and aging war hero, and an evangelical Christian minister in the […]

13Feb2008 | | Comments Off on An American Epic – the Election of 2008 | Continued
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Skipjack Politics

Son, The Chesapeake Bay separates the DelMarVa Penninsula from the rest of the world.  The folks on the Eastern Shore have always had their own ideas about  the world.  With the power on independent thought they changed the world.  And these folks vote just like the rest of us. In was on the Choptank River […]

12Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Skipjack Politics | Continued
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Bill Moyers and Big Media

Son, You will note that I really like Bill Moyers.  I have addresed the issue of Corporate Media.  I find the pundits seeking Nielson Ratings to meet the needs of their Corporate owners – thus failing the American public.  The idea of the 1st Amendment is central to a free society. Corporate Media ownership removes […]

31Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Bill Moyers and Big Media | Continued
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The Debates – good or evil

Son, There is value in our election process. The Founding Fathers debated the idea of having the popular vote. There were some who thought the idea was flawed. Some said only landowners should vote. Some said only those with an education should vote. Some wanted a Monarchy. The debate amongst the Founding Fathers – a […]

24Jan2008 | | Comments Off on The Debates – good or evil | Continued
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Election Process – the debates are good for process

Son, There is value in our election process. The Founding Fathers debated the idea of having the popular vote. There were some who thought the idea was flawed. Some said only landowners should vote. Some said only those with an education should vote. Some wanted a Monarchy. The debate amongst the Founding Fathers – a […]

23Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Election Process – the debates are good for process | Continued
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Violations of our Constitution – Revolution

Son, We have written a number of times about our Founding Fathers, and their intent for this great country. Today finds our country again at the threshold of revolution. But American Revolution has come to mean that we have an election and the people decide in a peaceful manner what direction the country should take. […]

18Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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What Distinguishes America from other Countries

Son, You and I are honored to live in the greatest country in all of human history – and even pre-history, if I may be so bold. This is a common refrain in this time of Presidential elections – but is there truth to the statement? I believe there is. If there is truth – […]

18Jan2008 | | Comments Off on What Distinguishes America from other Countries | Continued
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Hey Hillary – You go Girl!

Son, It is a great night for Democrats.  The pollsters and pundits, including me, guessed wrong on New Hampshire.  Hillary Clinton has pulled off a win that leaves the Democratic Party in a healthy position to continue this race. John Edwards is saying that he will continue through the convention.  Barack Obama has great strength.  […]

9Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Hey Hillary – You go Girl! | Continued
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General Mood versus Individual Issues

Son, Statistics rule. The current political campaign for President highlights this truth. All of us pundits have been somewhat befuddled. But not as befuddled as the candidates themselves. Hillary Clinton has the most exhaustive list of issues and answers to the issues – yet she is struggling for support. Romney has taken traditional and well […]

7Jan2008 | | Comments Off on General Mood versus Individual Issues | Continued
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Why Iowa Matters

Son, Politics – No one likes to lose. Worse – if we back a loser then we become the loser in the game of influence. Backing the winner translates into bragging rights, then influence, then power, then more bragging rights. It is the fundamental flaw of our electoral process. Caucuses are inherently unfair, or should […]

3Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Year of Fear – 2008

Son, Irony abounds. An Election for President of the U. S. is upon us. We are talking about the leader of the free world. Some candidates for this heralded office use fear to jerk the chains of voters. Freedom and fear are not compatible concepts. Further irony reeks from the pores of candidate supporters – […]

30Dec2007 | | Comments Off on The Year of Fear – 2008 | Continued
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Media Hosts Fail in Presidential Debates

Son, Is our inept Media driving foreign policy?  Do we rely on celebrity Media Hosts to define important issues?  I hope not.  Because the Media Hosts are so infatuated with themselves that they are not aware of a big world and real issues that have real consequences. I hearken back to the Democratic Debate.  Time […]

28Dec2007 | | Comments Off on Media Hosts Fail in Presidential Debates | Continued
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Democratic Debate II – October 30

I posted my last commentary after a half an hour. I was trying to capture actual quotes from the candidates. After posting that hodge-podge of information, I sat back and just listened. I am beside myself with conflict. We have some really fine people running for President on the Democratic ticket. I like Joe Biden. […]

31Oct2007 | | Comments Off on Democratic Debate II – October 30 | Continued