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You know the rules - 25 songs, post the first verse, yadda yadda - I am posting the first line of the song that doesn't have the title of it in the lyric.  "Crying Over You" was too easy.  If the song title is the first line, I will post the next line.

Also, I'm not including spoken words in this, like "On a hot summer night, will you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses", because everyone remembers those.

1)  I got a smile on my face and I got four walls around me - Ordinary Day, Great Big Sea

2)  When your world is full of strange arrangements - The Look of Love, ABC

3)  It was a Saturday night without a whole lot shaking

4)  Everyone, everyone around here

5) Memories consume like opening the wound

6)  Am I throwin' you off? - Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland

7)  Got a call from an old friend, we used to be real close - My Life, Billy Joel

8)  We're rotten fruit

9)  Y'all act like you never saw a white person before - The Real Slim Shady, Eminem

10)  Ground Control to Major Tom - Space Oddity, David Bowie

11)  What's so obvious now, was just as obvious then

12)  You're havin' a hard time and lately you don't feel so good

13)  It doesn't mean much - Sweet Surrender, Sarah McLachlane

14)  How does it feel, like, to wake up in the sun?

15)  Babe, You gotta quit all of your complainin', about lying to your old man

16)  Ladies leave your man at home - Jumpin Jumpin, Destiny's Child

17)  She's got a smile that it seems to me

18)  How does it feel, to treat me like you do?

19)  Look in my eyes, what do you see?

20)  You saw me standing by the wall - Save a Prayer, Duran Duran

21)  Raven hair and ruby lips

22)  Ever since you've been leaving me

23)  There she blows, Jacques Cousteau

24)  A bottle of White, a bottle of Red

25)  My friends know whats in store

26)  NO MORE the crap rolls out your mouth again

27) Well, I don't know where they come from, but they sure do come

28)  He's the wolf screaming lonely in the night

29)  You don't know how to ease my pain

30)  I looked out this morning and the sun was gone

31)  (noone is going to get this one)  She said will you love me when I'm old and ugly?

32)  It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning - On A Hot Summer Night (You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth) - Meat Loaf

33)  Dead I am the one

34)  Left a good job in the city - Proud Mary, CCR

35)  Once upon a midnight dreary I awoke with something in my head - Runaround, Blues Traveller
23rd-Oct-2009 09:11 pm(no subject)
Since it's almost Halloween, it seemed like a good time to talk about my favorite author - Stephen King.

This is my list of favorite King books, listed in order, some with rationalization or explanation. I list in decending order, starting with my least favorite book.

I will not include limited print runs books, illustrated comics like Creepshow, nor his Red Sox book in this. I will not include his short stories or the collections, but I will include his novellas as separate stories. If you want to know how I rank his short fiction collections, Night Shift is my favorite, followed by Skeleton Crew and Everythings Eventual. I dislike most of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and haven't read Just After Sunset, though I watched the N story online, and loved it.
I have not read: Rose Madder, From a Buick 8, Just After Sunset

So, at the top (or bottom) of the list:

58) The Dark Tower - I loved the "real" ending, as I predicted something along those lines from the beginning. The rest of the book, however, was the biggest anti-climax ever. This amazing series went out with a whimper, and the final book seemed to be a big middle finger to all the fans of the series who stuck with it through everything. I don't think authors should ever participate in fan service, however, when they seem to deliberately go out of their way to tramp all over their establish popular settings for the sake of doing so, I don't have to like it either. If this is the way King wants to end TDT, that's fine, I can accept it. But I don't like it. Not one bit.

57) The Tommyknockers - Dark Tower slightly edges this one out. One of the few King books I really struggled to finish. Some neat ideas, but he really shows his heavy drug use in this one. He even admits to not being able to remember writing it at all. He's better off. Bad bad bad book.

56) The Library Policeman
55) The Langoliers - a fun story in some ways, but man it's just bad.
54) The Sun Dog (I didn't like Four Past Midnight much, either)
53) Black House - a very poor followup to one of my favorite books. Has none of the magic and wonder of his first. Going back to the well a second times yields poor water.
52) Blaze - just uninteresting.
51) The Regulators - he keeps trying to draw on the magic of his "Bachman" days, and it keeps not working. The Regulators is just "Battleground" but with less interesting characters and a more drawn out plot.
50) Dreamcatcher - his first book back after his accident, and it starts great, but finishes poorly. The whole thing with "Duddits" and the shit-weasels was really bad.
49) The Breathing Method
48) Roadwork
47) Song of Susannah - not bad, just not interesting.
46) Christine - my least favorite of his early works. It takes "Trucks" and just makes it long and with a whiny main character.

This ends the books I actively dislike or am completely ambivalent about. The rest of these have redeeming qualities or have parts I like.

45) Cell - oh man, the book starts so promising. The first 1/3 would have made a GREAT novella or short story. the middle 1/3 was uninteresting, and the final 1/3 was really bad.
44) Hearts in Atlantis - very odd stories. I don't know if I like them, but I reread them. Odd. I can't really wrap my finger around them.
43) Desperation - has great moments, but it never got to me.
42) Secret Window, Secret Garden - I enjoyed the movie version more than the book. Johnny Depp and John Turturro? Yes please.
41) The Running Man - neat premise, and I do like it, but I like everything else more.
40) Firestarter - has some GREAT moments, but again, probably would work better as short novel or short story. Drags too much. Still, it gave us Drew Barrymore and George C Scott in scenes together in the movie, so that's good.
39) Wolves of The Calla - first Dark Tower novel after his accident. Better than the later books, but it really seems like there is a separation - the final 3 books seem like a different series than the first 4. They seem like books with the same characters, and same events, but written by two different people. That's close to the truth. I really hate the man who hit King, if for no other reason than he screwed up the Dark Tower series. I don't think this is how King would have finished it if the accident hadn't interrupted him, almost killed him, and changed him as a person.
None of the rest of these books are BAD, at least to me. They are just now ranked according to which ones I like more (or less) Every one of these remaining books I have reread many times.
38) Thinner - A good story that would have been better as a shorter novel.
37) Geralds Game - I enjoyed this story more than I thought.  Considering the main character is handcuffed to a bed the whole time, it's actually an engrossing read.  Sure, it's not GREAT - and there's some actively bad bits in there - but it's overall an entertaining read.
36)  Dolores Claibourne - very good novel, but it drags.
35)  The Dead Zone - many love this book, I didn't.  I didn't dislike it - and I can see why people do; it's just I didn't find John Smith a good protagonist.  
34)  The Dark Half - an underrated King effort.  I enjoyed it
33)  Needful Things - a good capper to the Castle Rock stories.  Leland Gaunt is one of his better antagonists, and was played amazingly by Max Von Sydow.

Now we reach the hard cuts.  Which of these do I like more?  

32) Cycle of the Werewolf - I really enjoy this story.  It's not his best, and many would have it lower, but I really like it.
31)  Apt Pupil - was one of my favorite stories for a long time, I find it kind of trite and cliched now.
30)  Danse Macabre - a great examination of the origins of Horror through the 50s and into the 80s.  I wish King would release an addendum of where he feels the genre has gone since.
29)  Insomnia - I really liked it, but I can't think of any books I like less.  It's an interesting read.
28)  Secret Window - this will surprise some, me having this up here so high.  It's a collection of King's Forewords and Introductions, as well as some essays he wrote.  I have always had a soft spot for his introductions and forewards to his books - they provided an interesting peek into his mind before biographies and books were written about him.  His Foreword to Night Shift remains one of the best forewords I have ever written - it's as good as some of the stories in there.
27)  Carrie - his first book, and one of his best.  It suffers from being his first, and being a subject matter he admits he has little experience with (the inner workings of the female mind, and female social circles).  Still, it's a great story.
26)  Misery - a really great story, but not my favorite.  Has some of his best moments, and the movie is outstanding.
25)  The Body - I love this story so much, but I love the rest more.  
24)  The Mist - a really engrossing story - chilling and spooky.  Touches on "The Lottery"in places, but with the King boojums and boogermans.  Almost "What If The Lottery Were Writter By Stephen King".
This is really hard now.
23)  Cujo - I really like this book.  One of the first books I read, and I feel it's one of his strongest out and out reads.  His ability to make you CARE about Cujo, by showing him as a good dog, and then as a tragic figure, even while he is ripping apart half of Castle Rock, is one of his greater achievements.  Makes me cry every time I read it.  Old Yeller for the horror set.
22)  Rage - I really like this story, and again, he makes you care about a character you should dislike.  I understand why he took it out of production, but as a kid who was tormented in school, I really identified with it.
21)  Salems Lot - a favorite of many, I used to really dislike it cause I felt it boring.  I finally reread it a while back, and I liked it more.  Still not my favorite, but 10 years ago it would have been lower.
20)  Wizard and Glass - my least favorite of the original Dark Tower stories, I still liked it a lot.
19) The Long Walk - a great read.
18)  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
17)  The Wasteland
Any of these books left now you could almost pic out of a hat - I like them all about equal, but the ones at the top are definite favorites.
16)  Storm of the Century - a screenplay, yes, but a REALLY good story nonetheless.  Wish he'd turn it into a full on novel.
15)  The Eyes of the Dragon - I love this story very much.
14)  The Gunslinger
13)  The Shining
12)  Bag of Bones
11)  Duma Key
10)  Bag of Bones
9)  Lisey's Story
8)  Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption - I liked this story this much before the movie.
7)  It - the prepubescent sex scene drops it lower than it otherwise would be.
6)  The Talisman - man do I love this book, but I like the rest too much.
These final five books are among my favorite books of all time, of any genre or author.  I would never have imagined IT would finish out of my top five, but it did.
5)  Pet Sematary - one of the scariest and creepiest stories King has ever written.
4)  The Green Mile
3)  The Drawing of the Three
2)  The Stand

and, I'm sure some will be surprised at my favorite Stephen King book of all time, and it's not even his fiction:

1)  On Writing.  This is one of the finest books about the craft and art of writing I have ever read.  It is a must read for anyone who like writing, or even just a fan of reading.  It should be required for all people in creative writing classes who want to be published authors.  Also VERY autobiographical.  Flat out on of the best books ever written on HOW to be an author.  He doesn't touch on grammar or anything like that.  Strunk and White have that covered.  This is about how to be an AUTHOR.  How to turn a hobby and a love into a job - what it takes, and how what it is like to write for your job, not as a hobby or an aside.  His love of the craft comes through in every page.  As an english teacher, I would LOVE to break this out on a high school academic english class.  I recommend it to any student who wants to be an writer, even if they don't like King.

Kinda eerily prescient...

Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'

January 17, 2001 | Issue 37•01

WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."

"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."

Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

"You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?"

On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.

Wall Street responded strongly to the Bush speech, with the Dow Jones industrial fluctuating wildly before closing at an 18-month low. The NASDAQ composite index, rattled by a gloomy outlook for tech stocks in 2001, also fell sharply, losing 4.4 percent of its total value between 3 p.m. and the closing bell.

Asked for comment about the cooling technology sector, Bush said: "That's hardly my area of expertise."

Turning to the subject of the environment, Bush said he will do whatever it takes to undo the tremendous damage not done by the Clinton Administration to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He assured citizens that he will follow through on his campaign promise to open the 1.5 million acre refuge's coastal plain to oil drilling. As a sign of his commitment to bringing about a change in the environment, he pointed to his choice of Gale Norton for Secretary of the Interior. Norton, Bush noted, has "extensive experience" fighting environmental causes, working as a lobbyist for lead-paint manufacturers and as an attorney for loggers and miners, in addition to suing the EPA to overturn clean-air standards.

Bush had equally high praise for Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft, whom he praised as "a tireless champion in the battle to protect a woman's right to give birth."

"Soon, with John Ashcroft's help, we will move out of the Dark Ages and into a more enlightened time when a woman will be free to think long and hard before trying to fight her way past throngs of protesters blocking her entrance to an abortion clinic," Bush said. "We as a nation can look forward to lots and lots of babies."

Continued Bush: "John Ashcroft will be invaluable in healing the terrible wedge President Clinton drove between church and state."

The speech was met with overwhelming approval from Republican leaders.

"Finally, the horrific misrule of the Democrats has been brought to a close," House Majority Leader Dennis Hastert (R-IL) told reporters. "Under Bush, we can all look forward to military aggression, deregulation of dangerous, greedy industries, and the defunding of vital domestic social-service programs upon which millions depend. Mercifully, we can now say goodbye to the awful nightmare that was Clinton's America."

"For years, I tirelessly preached the message that Clinton must be stopped," conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said. "And yet, in 1996, the American public failed to heed my urgent warnings, re-electing Clinton despite the fact that the nation was prosperous and at peace under his regime. But now, thank God, that's all done with. Once again, we will enjoy mounting debt, jingoism, nuclear paranoia, mass deficit, and a massive military build-up."

An overwhelming 49.9 percent of Americans responded enthusiastically to the Bush speech.

"After eight years of relatively sane fiscal policy under the Democrats, we have reached a point where, just a few weeks ago, President Clinton said that the national debt could be paid off by as early as 2012," Rahway, NJ, machinist and father of three Bud Crandall said. "That's not the kind of world I want my children to grow up in."

"You have no idea what it's like to be black and enfranchised," said Marlon Hastings, one of thousands of Miami-Dade County residents whose votes were not counted in the 2000 presidential election. "George W. Bush understands the pain of enfranchisement, and ever since Election Day, he has fought tirelessly to make sure it never happens to my people again."

Bush concluded his speech on a note of healing and redemption.

"We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it."

"The insanity is over," Bush said. "After a long, dark night of peace and stability, the sun is finally rising again over America. We look forward to a bright new dawn not seen since the glory days of my dad."

Sometimes, Karma really does work.

Harper and the Neo-Torycons tried to force through a financial package that had something every opposition party could hate.  From cutting publicly funded campaign financing - which would effectively cripple the opposition parties, while providing almost ZERO tax benefit to the Canadian people despite Harper's spin (its 30 million bucks - you'd never even notice the difference) - which would open the doors to corporate lobbyists and special interests a la the US system, and who benefits most from that - why the TORIES of course!  What a coinky-dink!  Then theres the suspension of public sector employee strikes until 2011.  Unless Harper is stupider or more arrogant I thought, he'd know thats an NDP hot button issue, to no economic stimulus.  At all.  Zero.  Nada.  Despite every other civilized country doing SOMETHING to mitigate the disaster the world economy has become, Harper is going to stand pat for now.

So, Harper is used to the LIbs bending over backwards to accept all his crazy schemes while they sort out their leadership and internal bickering issues, but finally found the right combination that would have them say "screw our problems - let just get this guy out!" 

After laughing off the possibility all morning, cue Ed Broadbent and Jean Cretien - the Dynamic Geriatric Duo!  They come in, bust some heads and get the NDP and Liberal caucuses to realize that the sum of their parts is greater than the parts themselves.  Toss in the Bloc, who have never seen an opportunity to stick it to Harper they could pass up, and lo and behold, you have consensus for a majority - a TRUE majority that represents the actual will of over 50% of the voters in Canada.

NOW the Tories finally wake up from their power-mad induced haze and realize - wait a minute - this is a MINORITY!  If they all band together, they can beat us!!  Cue the speeches of "anti-democratic", "against the will of the Canadian people" and "anti-Constitutional" - despite NONE of these things having any bearing on reality or truth.  Hey guys - you only got THIRTY SEVEN PERCENT of the vote.  That means SIXTY THREE PERCENT of the voters said "NOT YOU!"  Your 37% does not represent the will of the Canadian people.

So, cancel the Opposition day, cause they'd vote you down.  Delay the Financial update for a week and hope those 63% of voters somehow decide they DON'T want their votes to matter and decide you're better than the alternative. 

Harper is DONE.  Dear god in heaven I hope Flaherty is DONE and I mean GONE.  He's a jack hole dividing force that believes in scorch-and-burn politics. 

Liberals, NDP and BQ - don't lose sight of the prize.  You've got the Tories on the run, and you got the scent of blood.  Go for the kill.  DO NOT FLINCH.  You only get one shot at this.  Screw the Dion problem - ignore it.  He's the PM, Layton is the deputy.  Give BQ guys some cabinet seats, make Duceppe some post he wants.    If Dion has to step down, then Layton becomes PM (oh god that would be AWESOME - talk about the ultimate middle finger to Harper.  He'd be ready to lose his MIND watching Layton take the position of PM.  You might have the collective heads of every dyed blue Tory in the NATION explode simultaneously watching Layton become PM even for a DAY.  LOVE IT!!!!  "In the news today, 90% of the population of Alberta had simultaneous heart attacks at the news Jack Layton, head of the NDP party, was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Coalition Government.  While cheering and celebration was heard in the downtown areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax, a massive earthquake struck many parts of the nation, as the corpses of past PC prime ministers began spinning erratically in the cemetaries where they were buried."
10th-Sep-2008 08:20 pm(no subject)
A very happy birthday to my Sweet Baboo aevalin .  I can't even say how happy you make me.  So I won't try.  But I guess I just did, so there.  I love you very very much, my sweet schmoopie.
7th-Sep-2008 06:52 pm - Web Meme - the Omnivore 100
Something interesting I found, sure its been passed around before.
1. Venison YUP
 2. Nettle tea  Don't even know what this is
 3. Huevos rancheros I've eaten a version of this
 4. Steak tartare nope, but would
 5. Crocodile  No, but would
 6. Black pudding yes, and blech
 7. Cheese fondue Yup
 8. Carp no, but I would
 9. Borscht No, and yuck but I'd try it
10. Baba ghanoush Yup
11. Calamari Yup
12. Pho oh hells yeah, and I will eat it many many more times
13. PB&J sandwich done and done
14. Aloo gobi  no idea what it is
15. Hot dog from a street cart yes and yum
16. Epoisses  once again, never heard of
17. Black truffle  no, but I would
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes oh yeah, many times
19. Steamed pork buns YUMYUMYUM
20. Pistachio ice cream  Yup and yum
21. Heirloom tomatoes nope, at least I don't think so
22. Fresh wild berries many times
23. Foie gras no, but I'd try it just to try it, but I dislike liver, not to mention intentional harm to animals just to give us something we don't need
24. Rice and beans of course
25. Brawn, or head cheese um...ew  Don't know if I could
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper yup
27. Dulce de leche no I haven't, but it sounds yummy
28. Oysters Yup
29. Baklava (Both Greek and Persian) eaten both
30. Bagna cauda  no I haven't but wouldn't say no
31. Wasabi peas yup
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl no, but that sounds delicious
33. Salted lassi yes
34. Sauerkraut  yes and yuck, if its not on a fully loaded hot dog
35. Root beer float oh yeah
36. Cognac with a fat cigar no, but I'll skip the cigar
37. Clotted cream tea  I've had clotted cream, but not in tea
38. Vodka jelly yeah, but as jello shots
39. Gumbo yup
40. Oxtail   in soup - wasn't a fan
41. Curried goat yup
42. Whole insects ummm...they were in candy, so yes
43. Phaal  never heard of it
44. Goat’s milk yup
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more no I haven't but will
46. Fugu no, but I wouldn't say no
47. Chicken tikka masala oh hells yeah
48. Eel in sushi, so yes
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut yup - yum and yuck at the same time
50. Sea urchin   in sushi, yes
51. Prickly pear no
52. Umeboshi   no, but would
53. Abalone   eaten many mulloscs, but not that one
54. Paneer  nope
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal christ yes
56. Spaetzle   no
57. Dirty gin martini  I've had gin martinis, not enough of a fan to know what a "dirty gin" variety is
58. Beer above 8% ABV Pffft...easily many times
59. Poutine oh yes and oh yum
60. Carob chips  oh yeah...good
61. S’mores oh yeah
62. Sweetbreads um...ew.  no
63. Kaolin can't even find a food usage on wiki
64. Currywurst no, but I'm intrigued
65. Durian no, but would try
66. Frogs’ legs  no, but I'd try them
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake oh yeah
68. Haggis no, but what the hell, I'd try it in scotland
69. Fried plantain yup
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette no, and yuck
71. Gazpacho no, but I can't see it being a taste sensation - I hate tomato soup
72. Caviar and blini   nope
73. Louche absinthe   I've had real absinthe - does that count?
74. Gjetost, or brunost  no, but I'd try it
75. Roadkill no, and yuck
76. Baijiu no, but I'd try it
77. Hostess Fruit Pie   no, they aren't around here, but I want to just to say so
78. Snail no
79. Lapsang souchong   no
80. Bellini no, but I would
81. Tom yum yup
82. Eggs Benedict yup
83. Pocky yup
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant ?????
85. Kobe beef DO WANT
86. Hare no, but I would.  I've had rabbit though
87. Goulash   Yes
88. Flowers Artichokes, yes.  Also edible flowers on cakes
89. Horse   no
90. Criollo chocolate no, but would
91. Spam   yes, sadly
92. Soft shell crab no
93. Rose harissa no, but I would
94. Catfish nope, but would
95. Mole poblano oh yeah, and oh yum
96. Bagel and lox yup
97. Lobster Thermidor   yum
98. Polenta yes
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee   no, but would
100. Snake no
Originally Posted by Bill O'Reilly for BillOReilly.com
Friday, September 5, 2008

Like him or not, you have to give Barack Obama credit for waging a smart, focused campaign. Destroying the Clinton machine was a major achievement and so was putting together a successful convention in Denver. Obama is now firmly a part of U.S. history, no matter what happens in the presidential election.

The problem some Americans continue to have with the Senator is that he is long on charisma but short on detail. This frightens some voters. Who the heck is this guy, anyway? So when Obama finally agreed to speak to me this week, specifics were on my mind.

First, the man. The Barack Obama I witnessed is self-confident, determined and driven. He was acutely aware of his surroundings from the moment he entered the room. He looks you in the eye and touches your shoulder. He understands how to connect one-on-one.

As far as philosophy goes, Senator Obama is convinced that the federal government should be in control of income distribution and, to some extent, should regulate the free marketplace. That is a classic liberal position, and Obama promotes it well.

The Senator also believes that poor Americans have a basic right to free health care and monetary supplements from the government with no strings attached. The American substance abuser, for example, would derive the same benefit as a hard working, laid off worker would. Again, classic liberalism. No judgments made regarding entitlements.

So, if Barack Obama does become president, there will definitely be change. His left-wing base will demand it, and he will come through. You can decide if that's change we should believe in, but keep in mind that the unintended consequences of government interference in the marketplace are impossible to predict. Free markets have a way of chafing under government imposition.

On the foreign policy front, Obama has convinced me that he is tough but cautious. He rose up quickly because he vehemently opposed the Iraq war. But now I see a man who understands the victory that has taken place in Iraq. I don't believe he wants to screw that up. I could be wrong.

After going mano-a-mano with Obama on television, I am also persuaded that he is a sincere guy—that he wants the best for all Americans. He's an ideologue, but not a blind one. He understands that his story is incredible, and, I have come to believe, he is grateful to the American system for allowing it happen.

It is true that we don't know whether Senator Obama has the ability to solve complex problems, but you can say that about all presidential contenders.

Like most politicians, Obama has used guile and good luck to accumulate his power. He can be ruthless, kind, unfair, and generous. In short, he's a real person trying to achieve an unreal position—that of the most powerful person in the world.

God help him.

Have I read this right?  Did Bill O'Rielly COMPLIMENT Barak Obama?

Watch the video - its very interesting.  I don't watch BillO, but I will be watching the other parts of the interview next week.  I think Obama comes across very well in the first part, and ya know - kudos to Barak.  McCain cancelled media interviews in places that didn't give his advisors an ass-kissing.  Obama goes on possibly one of the most hostile shows, with a very confrontational host who is adamantly opposed to his philosophy, and has so far come off very well.  Thats class, and thats some cojones.  Will McCain go on Countdown?  Doubtful.
And BillO doesn't give him an easy ride.

This is going to be, and has been, an interesting damn election.
Good thing too, cause the Canadian version is going to put us all to sleep.
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