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Archives for August 12th, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 10:54 PM Central

I’m surprised how tired I got. I guess we were moving pretty much the whole time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 10:51 PM Central

That was a good workout! We ended up playing 13 games.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 9:18 PM Central

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Jude all set to get smoked by me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 8:54 PM Central

Jude and I are about to go play some tennis.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 7:43 PM Central

There will be no webcast this evening.

The next scheduled webcast is tomorrow afternoon, a 3:00 PM Dad’s Fireside Chats webcast.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 5:54 PM Central

A great article by Monica Crowley.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 4:03 PM Central

I might have to listen to that one, Mark. I just finished a depo in Belleville — my first in about a week.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 1:31 PM Central

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At a rest stop on my way back from Pekin. While traveling, I listened to an audio recording of a Mark Twain short story, “The Stolen White Elephant.” From its title, I assumed it would be a somewhat-serious caper story, so I was caught off-guard by how hilarious and absurd it turned out to be. I’m actually a little sore from laughing so hard!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 11:05 AM Central

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The grass is thirsty, but Nathan is coming to the rescue!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 9:11 AM Central

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The answer to yesterday’s quiz is… Mark was checking his body fat percentage on this little handheld device.

We had some close guesses, and I believe three people were right on. Congrats to Terri, Hailey, and Tammy for getting it right!

Thanks, everyone, for writing in!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 8:25 AM Central

I find myself in Pekin, Illinois, for a deposition this fine morning. It took awaking around 4:30 in the morning to get here on time, but at least it was nice to witness the sun rise.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 7:59 AM Central

Like many other American citizens, I have been following the progress of the town hall hearings/forums that are being held this month in various cities around the country. 

It is inspiring to see, within the crowds that gather for these meetings, the faces of so many apparently solid, God-respecting Americans, “salt-of-the-earth” folks who run the spectrum from grandmothers to veterans to toddlers.  Its appears as if something quite spontaneous — and marvelous — is breaking forth (at a grassroots level) across this freedom-loving land!

In an approach that resembles the well-known “Whack-A-Mole” arcade game, the president has been frantically trying to beat back the groundswell of popular indignation that has been building within this country in response to his frenzied efforts to ram through Congress (within a matter of weeks or months) a hastily-thrown-together health care bill that would result (if he has his way) in a  takeover by the government of one-sixth of our nation’s economy (and over one of the most personal dimensions of our lives – the doctor-patient relationship). 

Despite Mr. Obama’s cool presence and silver-tongued oratory, American citizens, in growing numbers, are rejecting the basic premises — the very foundations — of his smoothly-articulated and frequently-delivered sermons to the American people.   And amazingly, some of the most finely-crafted arguments against Mr. Obama’s proposed plans (and his overall approach) have come from traditionally liberal sources.

For example, the Washington Post contains this cautionary column by editorial page writer Charles Lane.

Just as striking is a piece penned by self-described liberal Camille Paglia (entitled The President’s Healthcare Horror), in which she expresses the same sense of disgust and — well,  horror – that millions of common-sense folks have been feeling as they witness the lofty, patronizing, even dictatorial attitude that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other liberal leaders have displayed toward the very American citizens to whom they, as public servants, should be humbly accountable. 

We are living in thrilling times!  I cannot shake my hope — and confidence — in regard to the ultimate outcome of the present  struggle for our country’s soul.  The recent groundswell of tea parties and town hall gatherings is one clue that a “dozing giant” (perhaps after being poked one too many times) has begun to stir.  The result might well be a pendulum swing (in terms of the 2010 and 2012 elections, cultural and media trends, etc.) in the direction of simple, “true-blue,” life-respecting values, those timeless traits that have always been the lifeblood of the American character, and which, if one dares to scratch the surface of our national “skin,” can still be seen coursing boldly through our veins.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 6:00 AM Central

FamTeam updates this Wednesday:

  • Photo Of The Day
  • Dad’s Diary
  • Dad’s Fireside Chats (Video)
  • Luke’s Notebook
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 12:34 AM Central

We try to keep an eye out for cars when we’re on those late-night strolls. I find I can sometimes recognize our vehicles by their headlights.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 12:30 AM Central

Wow, look at how Fox News is dominating cable news. All this town hall stuff must be driving more viewers to them than ever.

Hardball on MSNBC only gets 710,000 viewers? That’s nuts!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 12:28 AM Central

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A few of us are out for an evening stroll.

I’m glad you guys stepped off of the road when I was driving home because I didn’t see you until we were pretty close to you!

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