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Actually, I see an owl. A rather sickly owl, to tell the truth. But happy.
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When I was visiting WINston last week, he showed me a music video from Russia. Suddenly the lead singer points out Putin in the front row and brings him up on stage. No comment on Putin's political BS, but the mostly young crowd seemed to love him like our youth used to love Obama. Very scary.
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Maybe Jeff can explain how it is that Republicans all seem to use the same language. Currently we're hearing repeatedly that Obama is "dithering" over Afghanistan and Iraq. Are some words more correct than others? Is "dithering" shorthand for some universal truth liberals are in denial over? And what about the flip flops? What does it mean that the Republican Senate leadership abhorred filibusters when Bush was President and they had a majority, but enjoy them now that the numbers are going the other way. Does this mean that "truth" is a variable, and must be seen in context? What does it mean when Republicans launch a jihad against "death panels" and insurance funding for abortions, yet RNC employees have an insurance policy that provides for both those measures? How voluntary is the association between Republicans when the extremists "cull" the Scozzafazzas from their herd? Were any moderate Republicans who lived in NY23 consulted regarding Doug Hoffman's carpetbagging candidacy? Force? As in how liberals force Republicans to mind their own business when their neighbors have abortions? As in how Republicans are forced to accept that other people may have lifestyles the Republicans don't approve of? Setting aside the contentious issue of taxes, I'm curious as to what Obama forces you to do Jeff. Which aspects of your life have been changed by Obama? The liberalism I subscribe to gives me more choices, but the Republican party I grew up in seems to be all about restricting choice and curtailing options.
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Of all the things I've noticed about the Minnesota right since moving here a quarter century ago, their inability to deviate from their talking points has always amazed me. It's as if they have no opinion until their decisionmakers speak out. I cannot imagine the left turning anyone into an unperson the way the right does. I've seen the left marginalize those extremists who didn't fit into the party well, but I've never seen the left ignore a major player like the right is doing with Strom. To play the right's game of taking every comparison to an extreme, it's rather astonishing how much the Obama=Hitler crowd sticks with the Stalinist strategy photoshopping dissidents out of the old group pictures.
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Got your prescription yet Charlie?
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When I was helping clients get into grad school programs, a disproportionate number of med school applicants I worked with were older because there is a huge medical school bias against older applicants. Let me take that a step further. Medical schools are the most biased institutions I worked with in the course of a dozen years and 7,000+ resume clients. In my experience, medical doctors who decide to teach and then move into administration are among the most biased people on this planet and I don't mean that in a good way! Add to that the fact that the field of psychiatry is about as opionated as it gets, and I'm sure the real story of Hasan's education will make a great book for some ambitious writer. But before Hasan could be considered for a psychiatric residency, he had to be admitted to a medical school. Here's a link to his med school: http://tinyurl.com/3b4pvy I would suggest he probably wouldn't have gotten into a "real" medical school.
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