In fact, Bush did a little better (but not in a statistically significant way).
As someone who voted for both men (although I did not vote Obama in 2008, I did in 2012) I can only snicker. Most Presidents have sucky second terms. I will just enjoy watching the smug come off of some of the faces of the rabid Bush-haters. It will remain to be seen in the legacy of history of course; anyone who thinks they can really evaluate a President until he’s been out of office at least a few terms is fooling himself.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
Warren Farrell, author of “Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say” and “The Myth of Male Power” joins us this episode to talk about the crisis in boys’ education, the need for real Men’s Studies programs unpolluted by ideology, the futility of arguing with feminists, and more. Join us to listen in, or call in with your own questions, as two historic figures, Erin and Warren, talk about past, present, and future especially as regards boys and men.
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Philip’s latest book is “When Women Sexually Assault Men, The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault,” advertised here:
You can check out this book, written with Dr. Tammy L Hodo, here or here.
Next weekend we will be interviewing Dr. Warren Farrell. An exciting month for Revelations with Erin Pizzey!
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Brian’s got a cool infographic up.
“PTSD” my ass. A few suffer that, yes, but if anyone thinks that’s the main problem they’re kidding themselves.
Earlier Dean and others basically said the NSA surveillance of US citizens was nothing new and nothing to get worked up about. I commented that my main concern was what would happen when others started seeking access to this information. Turns out I was behind the curve, because according to Reuters, this is already happening.
Via Instapundit we learn:
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
“I have never heard of anything like this at all,” said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.
“It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Gertner said. “Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”
“I expected this, but not so soon.” Maybe that should be the epitaph for our Constitution.
For those of you who don’t remember, Michele Catalano was once one of the most popular webloggers in the world. I was a huge fan of her work and she was a big inspiration to me in a lot of ways. We parted company politically some time ago as we each grew and developed in new directions, although we’re still on the same page in some things. But now grasp the irony, if you can, of a former warblogger who changed her mind now being harassed by the government under the Obama administration for policies enacted under Bush, which the left hated Bush for but mostly (with a few noble exceptions) gives Obama a free pass for not just continuing but in many cases ratcheting up.
Unfortunately for them I think they chose the wrong person this time. But it now frightens me a little anyway, and I’m not normally inclined to be frightened over government foulups, just annoyed. But the climate we’re living in today is increasingly making the first amendment a joke.