"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Monday, March 1, 2010


“In the News”
by John Alexander Madison
March 1, 2010

2nd Amendment Under Attack (again)- In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of individuals to keep and bear arms overturning a Washington D.C. gun ban. On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 the justices will be asked to extend that ruling to apply to all fifty states (incorporation). Are you concerned? Don’t be. It will happen.

Nation of Islam Leader on the Attack (again)- Farrakhan claims the ‘white right’ is using health care to make Obama a one-term president. Nice try Louie but I’ve got news for you, Barrack has done it all by himself. In other words, that dog don’t hunt. (see “That Dog Don’t Hunt” by John Alexander Madison, January 25, 2010).

USA defeats Canada in Olympic Hockey- The U.S. came out on top by a score of 5-3 even though the Canadians were on home ice. Way to go USA. Okay, that was six days ago. It seems our neighbors to the north earned a Sunday rematch and, in overtime, they came out of top by a score of 3-2. The way I see it, that makes it one game apiece with the U.S. ahead in goals 7-6. Now what? This is so confusing. But as Grantland Rice reminded us just last week “For when the great scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not if you won or lost but how you played the game.” (see “If You Can Meet with Triumph and Disaster…” by John Alexander Madison, February 22, 2010.) Sure enough, Canada prevailed yesterday but both teams played a great game. Félicitations, le Canada!

Speaker of the House Claims GOP Directs Tea Party Movement- Pelosi (a/k/a “clueless”) believes the Tea Party movement is being orchestrated from Republican headquarters. She claims it is more like Astroturf than a grass roots movement. Funny, but not accurate, Nancy. The reality is the Tea Party movement has co-opted the core principles of the Republican Party as a stern reminder that this country needs to return to its roots. All Americans should embrace this agenda. (see “Taxed Enough Already” by John Alexander Madison, February 8, 2010.)

Pelosi: Lawmakers Should Sacrifice Jobs for Health Care- Under the “fairness doctrine” (giving credit where credit is due) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right. Over the weekend, she urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers. Well Nancy, you got that right…go for it…and enjoy your pensions next year!

U.S. Government (too) Tough on Toyota- Could it be Congress and the media are piling on in order to lift the fortunes of General Motors and Chrysler, two of three major U.S. Automakers “taken over” by our President’s wrong-minded policies. Ease up, Congress; you may want to re-think your aggressive, anti-Toyota behavior. Toyota employs over 170,000 Americans at its five American plants and 1,200 U.S. dealerships…and they have produced great vehicles for decades.

Patterson, Woods and Kennedy Are Out- New York Governor Patterson drops re-election bid under pressure from The White House. Obama denies any role in the decision. Gatorade drops Tiger Woods. Twenty-nine year old, Joseph P. Kennedy, III (the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson) drops idea of run for Congress, for now. No surprises here.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D- N.Y.) Holds Ethics Panel Chairmanship- Speaker Pelosi admits conflict but, hey, he’s “one of ours.” No surprise here.

Obama in Great Shape*, Still Trying to Kick the Nicotine Habit- President Obama got his first physical as President. Diagnosis: He has tendinitis and a nicotine dependency. Those who wish to support his habit may send cigarettes to 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. (Warning Mr. President: The Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health. 1964)

(*Politically speaking, Mitt Romney says Obama is not in great shape. He says Obama is going downhill faster than Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn. Good one, Governor.)

Rumors Abound That City Manager is Leaving Soon- That got everyone wondering…what City?

EPILOGUE

The XXI Winter Olympic Games provided two weeks of great entertainment- Congratulations to the athletes from around the world and to host city Vancouver, B.C. Kudos also to Michael J. Fox for his remarks during closing ceremonies. Canada is a big tent, Michael, as is the United States of America. And, so are the Olympic Games. Long live the Olympic movement!

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