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The Christmas Sweater

I takes a lot to put yourself out there for all the world to see.  Glenn Beck has never seemed to shy away from letting his listeners, viewers, or readers see deep inside himself.  The Christmas Sweater is a such a story.  It is a glimpse inside a very painful, life-affirming, and enlightening period of his life.  Beck changes some of the facts to tell his story, but it doesn’t affect the impact of the tale.  As I read this touching novel I found myself trying to predict where it would go.  I knew, obviously, that Mr. Beck survived, but I wondered what path his journey would take.  The Christmas Sweater is an engaging tale and well worth reading.

Update – Hypocrisy

My original post dealt more with the political side of hypocrisy primarily because of the season in an important mid-term election.  The main problem that I had with the post was to keep it focuses with all of the hypocrisy out there.  Two recent items screamed for inclusion under hypocrisy.

Stamp of Disapproval

“Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”

That job description for a Pony Express rider would not garner much attention today, but that was the genesis of today’s postal service.  The only qualifications that might match are the age requirement and the need for a driver’s license.  Unlike most people I have respect for the United States Postal Service.  Their troubles have been well documented by both liberals and conservatives as the USPS is a very popular agency to point to regarding the failure of government.

Astroturf

“Enough” shouted George Soros, “the American people have figured us out.  I am tired of seeing stupid TEA Party folks grabbing headlines.  We need to respond and have our own rally in Washington.  Money is no object.  Just get more people there than Beck had.” 

This is of course fictional, but I envision that similar conversations were held throughout the liberal/progressive elitist organizations and universities since Glenn Beck’s widely successful 8-28 march on Washington. 

The Overton Window

I drove past the gas station the other day and was pleased that the price had gone down…to $2.69 per gallon.  Since I drive nearly 30 miles to work each way gas prices are always on my mind.  It is funny how gas prices at one time reached four dollars a gallon and then eventually came back down, but never all the way back down.  I find it sad that I am now content with prices under $3.00 and get tense when it creeps up.

One Education Under Obama

Somewhat lost in all of the ballyhoo over health care was a provision snuck in late in the process.  Did the Democrats add some language to provide some relief to doctors against excessive lawsuits?  Maybe they snuck in an allowance for insurance companies to be allowed to sell health care insurance across state lines and spread the risk?  How about a provision to allow more use of health savings accounts that accumulate throughout your lifetime?  What about loosening requirements for insurance plans to cover everything from addadicktomies, to botox injections (sorry Ms. Pelosi), to counselling when someone is mean to you?  I know they added a provision to make health insurance more portable?

A Third Party

As we wait to see if we get health care shoved up our posterior a subtopic is how the electorate will react to those who voted to stick it to us.  I got this note from a friend:

“I read some articles recently in which both Karl Rove and Mitt Romney warned tea party activists against supporting 3rd party candidates in elections.  They both seem to think this will divide the Republican vote and increase the chances of the Dems staying in power.  What is your opinion on this?

A Word About Robin

As I prepared dinner this evening, I was listening to the Michael Savage show.  The news-talk radio station that I regularly listen to finally put him on earlier in the evening and I can listen more often.  He is perhaps one of the most interesting hosts on the air.  This evening I tuned in and heard a discussion about Obama being described as a Robin Hood type figure who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.

This characterization drives me nuts. 

Transfer Of Power

transfer of powerGlenn Beck had an interesting show a few weeks ago.  His entire television broadcast featured an interview with best selling author Vince Flynn.  The interview was fascinating and Beck hit a home run with his guest.  Flynn is probably best known for his spy novels with super ghost Mitch Rapp.  I had heard several talk show hosts talk about the series and decided to start reading them and I wanted to start at the beginning.  This started my quest for all of his books.  I prefer hardback books and do not like to pay full price unles it is a new release that I can read and quickly re-sell.  I also do not like dishevled paperbacks.  I know, I am weird.