Headed South, Away From Reality

It’s pouring down rain in Prague and we’re about to head out on another adventure.  May do some writing from the road this time but can’t guarantee it.

A few interesting and completely unrelated things for the www this morning:

Will Germany leave the Euro?

Campari Popsicles

Rudy says they’d be looking to impeach Bush if he was in charge of the country during the BP mess.  Oh, and a new bill,  would create another government agency and give President Obama the power to shut off the Internet.  Ah, hope and change.  “Overall, 43% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance.”  That’s change you can believe in.

Ah, and this guy got elected in the SC primary.

Why wouldn’t I take a vacation from reality?

Obama Sinking Like A Stone

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor.

The above comes from Politico.  How far the mighty fall.  Bush/Cheney 2012?  Heh.

In other Presidential news, I read that during his Nobel Prize acceptance tour, Obama snubbed the Swedish (ahem) Norwegian King.  Really?  I can’t believe he’d miss the chance to bow to someone.

Sarkozy Sees the Obvious, Obama Does Not

‘President Obama dreams of a world without weapons…but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite,” Mr. Sarkozy said.

Yes, he was referring to Obama’s UN speech about a world without nukes from last week.  Of course, he could have been referring to the speech Obama gave in Prague this Spring.  It was the same dreamy rhetoric only, months earlier.

So, the question is, what took Sarko so long?

One for the Road

I’ll be out for a little bit doing some exploring.  I’m not expecting to have much Internet connectivity where I’m going and after the past three weeks in the office, that is nothing but a good thing.  Now, if I could drop my mobile phone at just the right angle. . .

All kidding aside, there are two articles that I read today that add a little perspective to the going’s on in this world.  Here they are:

Powerline, with the help of IBD, puts a fine point on what is going on in Honduras and The WSJ takes a look at Obama’s poll numbers.  That combined with ScampWalker’s ruminations on death and legacy should give you plenty to ponder while I’m gone.

Yeah, I’ll miss you, too.   Happy Independence Day.

UPDATE: Oh, and this on Honduras from a friend of a friend.

Feliz 9 de Mayo

Or, as President Obama says “Cinco de cuatro.”  This guys is great without the teleprompter.  Didn’t he say we should all learn another language, or something?  Do as I say, not as I do – again.  Ah, leadership.

Anyway, that wasn’t the point of this post.  What I wanted to tell you is that we made tortillas again last night.  About 30 of them (all of the flour we had in the house) and cooked up some fajitas and pico de gallo to go along with them.  The tortillas were even better this time.  I kept the griddle hotter and cooked them a shorter period.  The result was a pillowy, tender, absolutely delicious wrapper for fajita goodness.  I managed to get a few packs in the freezer – despite the protests of my daughter.  She must be over her milk allergy for good because she wolfed them down even faster than I did.

Feliz cuatro de nueve or whatever.


Here’s what I have so far, and I’m not even trying…

He tried to walk through the window of the Oval Office;
Considers the Special Olympics a punchline;
To our closest ally – a box of region 1 DVD’s;
To the Queen of England – no curtsy but an iPod full of his speeches;
Considered by a clepto-petro-oligarch as his “comrade”;
To the King of Sharia Law, a deep bow;
And, who knew, the leader of the free world speaks Austrian:

At a news conference afterward, Obama said his debut on the international stage had convinced him that “political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate,” where he served before entering the White House.

“There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing, and people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics,” he said in response to an Austrian reporter’s question.

Stunning start.  Simply stunning.  Thank goodness he’s cosmopolitan.  Uh, where’s Letterman when you need him?

Blog Spring

I’ve been off the blog wagon for awhile. I was sick with some sort of cold that keeps me coughing to this very day. I missed my trip to Ukraine because of it. We’ve had company in town and also ended up seeing “Mr. Hope and Change” himself a couple of times over the weekend. He was shorter than he looks and Michelle is pretty good looking in person.

Anyway, being back among the living is a good feeling and I’m ready to take to the kitchen and the road again. Watch this space. It’s going to be a busy spring and summer.

No Change on the Horizon?

Yeah, the title could refer to the first few weeks of the Obama administration but, unfortunately, it is referring to the 30 second clips of the new U2 album, “No Line on the Horizon” that leaked today.  After all of the hype of this album, I’m afraid I may have gotten my hopes up too high.  I loved the last two albums but they haven’t aged well.  There was nothing to dig into.  The clips of the new one sound like, well, U2.  That’s not a bad thing but it’s also not what was being sold by all of the press outlets who have reviewed the album thus far.  Granted, you can’t judge an album from 30 second song clips but consider my expectations lowered.  Maybe that’s a good thing?

U2’s performance at the Grammys last night was pretty fun though – even if the sound mix and Bono’s timing were terrible.

Obama’s Lipstick Sunset

The Internet is abuzz with the Obama comment about lipstick and a pig.  Whether or not it was deliberate, I think it might be the thing that could begin the death by 1000 cuts of the Obama campaign.  I wasn’t old enough to understand everything that was going on when Dukakis had his wheels fly off, but didn’t a tank helmet help do him in?

All I’m saying is, even if he didn’t mean it at all, it looks like he did.  He’ll be ruined by perception on this one.  So what if McCain used the expression months ago.  His rival hadn’t just used the word “lipstick” as a punch line in a speech just a week before.

Why did Obama go negative, anyway?  In the words of Peggy Noonan, it’s not where he “lives.”  He’s Mr. Hope and Change.  He’s horrible at going negative.   “Won’t be bullied?”  You just were!  Epic fail, Barak.

Keep up the good work.  Here’s a serenade for you, John Hiatt‘s “Lipstick Sunset.”