Andrew Sullivan posted a remarkable quote by Obama made back in the heady days of the mid-90s:

“The political debate is now so skewed, so limited, so distorted… What if a politician were to see his job as that of an organizer, as part teacher and part advocate, one who does not sell voters short but who educates them about the real choices before them? As an elected public official, for instance, I could bring church and community leaders together easier than I could as a community organizer or lawyer. We would come together to form concrete economic development strategies, take advantage of existing laws and structures, and create bridges and bonds within all sectors of the community. We must form grass-root structures that would hold me and other elected officials more accountable for their actions,” – Barack Obama, 1995.

We’re lucky to have this guy as our President at this moment in history.

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This new Gallup poll helps to demonstrate how short-sighted the Grand Obstructionist Party has become:

An excerpt:

The American public gives President Barack Obama a strong 67% approval rating for the way in which he is handling the government’s efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill, while the Democrats and, in particular, the Republicans in Congress receive much lower approval ratings of 48% and 31%, respectively.

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I recently reconnected with one of my favorite professors, Dr. Monza Naff, from my old college days. She wrote a book recently on a topic that I’d never considered.

Think for a moment; why is it that we, as a society, have come up with rituals for certain momentous life events (e.g., birth, the passing into adulthood, marriage, death, etc.) and not divorce? Regardless of my general views on religion, I can understand the human need to mark chapters in the human experience with some kind of ritualized happening. When it comes to the big ones, like death, the rationale becomes even clearer.

Here is a short writeup of Dr. Naff’s book, Must We Say We Did Not Love? The Need for Divorce Rituals in Our Time:

After completing the legal process, adults and children alike may still feel the need for some kind of rite of passage to cement their intentions so they can move on into the future instead of staying stuck in the past. Parents may want to offer their children greater security and ease in the transition. Based on the author’s 25 years’ work co-creating rituals with divorcing couples and families, this book shows you how. By sharing engaging stories of real people in varied circumstances, Naff highlights key elements to consider in creating a divorce ritual that’s appropriate for you. The ritual can be simple and informal or structured and intricate, honoring each person’s beliefs and/or philosophy.

Grounded in a brilliant analysis of the psycho-spiritual value of ritual, this book offers you a way to deeper peace and resolution through a 4-element process, flexible enough to fit your feelings and values, your children’s needs, and your goals for the future. Even in the midst of pain and anger, you can create an opportunity for healing.

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As I noted a few days ago, Michael Phelps was caught by a tabloid smoking pot and has since been subjected to all the rampant stupidity inherent in our nation’s misguided crusade against marijuana.

Now, a Very Serious New York Times sports writer gets into the act with this finger-wagging drivel:

Phelps has not denied or confirmed anything. He has instead apologized for setting a bad example, which it most certainly was. No matter how many people defend marijuana and extol decriminalizing it, there are studies that say the stuff is bad for important functions like reasoning, and can lead to worse abuses.

The swimming federation and Kellogg have every right — in fact, a responsibility — to punish Phelps.

Here is my reply to the writer, George Vecsey (his email is [email protected] if you want to drop him a note):

Your article on Phelp’s pot smoking was so insightful. God knows you can’t become the #1 world record holder of gold medals or, say, the President of the United States and have yet been a pot smoker. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were obviously lying when they admitted to smoking weed — it would obviously be impossible for them to rise to such a high status and yet have been polluted by the demon drug.

Now that Phelps has tried the deadly life-destroyer, he is obviously incapable of ever achieving the heights of athletic success he previously enjoyed. It’s too bad that Phelps is now destined to a life of penury, addiction and despair. Kids, take note!!

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As I noted a few days ago, Michael Phelps was caught by a tabloid smoking pot and has since been subjected to all the rampant stupidity inherent in our nation’s misguided crusade against marijuana.

Now, a Very Serious New York Times sports writer gets into the act with this finger-wagging drivel:

Phelps has not denied or confirmed anything. He has instead apologized for setting a bad example, which it most certainly was. No matter how many people defend marijuana and extol decriminalizing it, there are studies that say the stuff is bad for important functions like reasoning, and can lead to worse abuses.

The swimming federation and Kellogg have every right — in fact, a responsibility — to punish Phelps.

Here is my reply to the writer, George Vecsey (his email is [email protected] if you want to drop him a note):

Your article on Phelp’s pot smoking was so insightful. God knows you can’t become the #1 world record holder of gold medals or, say, the President of the United States and have yet been a pot smoker. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were obviously lying when they admitted to smoking weed — it would obviously be impossible for them to rise to such a high status and yet have been polluted by the demon drug.

Now that Phelps has tried the deadly life-destroyer, he is obviously incapable of ever achieving the heights of athletic success he previously enjoyed. It’s too bad that Phelps is now destined to a life of penury, addiction and despair. Kids, take note!!

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As I noted a few days ago, Michael Phelps was caught by a tabloid smoking pot and has since been subjected to all the rampant stupidity inherent in our nation’s misguided crusade against marijuana.

Now, a Very Serious New York Times sports writer gets into the act with this finger-wagging drivel:

Phelps has not denied or confirmed anything. He has instead apologized for setting a bad example, which it most certainly was. No matter how many people defend marijuana and extol decriminalizing it, there are studies that say the stuff is bad for important functions like reasoning, and can lead to worse abuses.

The swimming federation and Kellogg have every right — in fact, a responsibility — to punish Phelps.

Here is my reply to the writer, George Vecsey (his email is [email protected] if you want to drop him a note):

Your article on Phelp’s pot smoking was so insightful. God knows you can’t become the #1 world record holder of gold medals or, say, the President of the United States and have yet been a pot smoker. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were obviously lying when they admitted to smoking weed — it would obviously be impossible for them to rise to such a high status and yet have been polluted by the demon drug.

Now that Phelps has tried the deadly life-destroyer, he is obviously incapable of ever achieving the heights of athletic success he previously enjoyed. It’s too bad that Phelps is now destined to a life of penury, addiction and despair. Kids, take note!!

Share

As I noted a few days ago, Michael Phelps was caught by a tabloid smoking pot and has since been subjected to all the rampant stupidity inherent in our nation’s misguided crusade against marijuana.

Now, a Very Serious New York Times sports writer gets into the act with this finger-wagging drivel:

Phelps has not denied or confirmed anything. He has instead apologized for setting a bad example, which it most certainly was. No matter how many people defend marijuana and extol decriminalizing it, there are studies that say the stuff is bad for important functions like reasoning, and can lead to worse abuses.

The swimming federation and Kellogg have every right — in fact, a responsibility — to punish Phelps.

Here is my reply to the writer, George Vecsey (his email is [email protected] if you want to drop him a note):

Your article on Phelp’s pot smoking was so insightful. God knows you can’t become the #1 world record holder of gold medals or, say, the President of the United States and have yet been a pot smoker. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were obviously lying when they admitted to smoking weed — it would obviously be impossible for them to rise to such a high status and yet have been polluted by the demon drug.

Now that Phelps has tried the deadly life-destroyer, he is obviously incapable of ever achieving the heights of athletic success he previously enjoyed. It’s too bad that Phelps is now destined to a life of penury, addiction and despair. Kids, take note!!

Share

As I noted a few days ago, Michael Phelps was caught by a tabloid smoking pot and has since been subjected to all the rampant stupidity inherent in our nation’s misguided crusade against marijuana.

Now, a Very Serious New York Times sports writer gets into the act with this finger-wagging drivel:

Phelps has not denied or confirmed anything. He has instead apologized for setting a bad example, which it most certainly was. No matter how many people defend marijuana and extol decriminalizing it, there are studies that say the stuff is bad for important functions like reasoning, and can lead to worse abuses.

The swimming federation and Kellogg have every right — in fact, a responsibility — to punish Phelps.

Here is my reply to the writer, George Vecsey (his email is [email protected] if you want to drop him a note):

Your article on Phelp’s pot smoking was so insightful. God knows you can’t become the #1 world record holder of gold medals or, say, the President of the United States and have yet been a pot smoker. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were obviously lying when they admitted to smoking weed — it would obviously be impossible for them to rise to such a high status and yet have been polluted by the demon drug.

Now that Phelps has tried the deadly life-destroyer, he is obviously incapable of ever achieving the heights of athletic success he previously enjoyed. It’s too bad that Phelps is now destined to a life of penury, addiction and despair. Kids, take note!!

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