October 13, 2009
October 12, 2009
I hit George Bush's total for 2008, so now I am racing to catch Rove. I also got lazy about writing my reviews as soon as I finished the book, hence some of the short ones.
40) Misunderestimated (Bill Sammon)
In honor of passing Pres Bush's book total for 2008, I read a book about him. A good book. I really liked this.
39) The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Amity Shlaes)
The book was a bit dense and slow going, but I enjoyed parts of it a lot, especially the chapter on Andrew Mellon's art collection.
38) A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
AirForceWife lent me this book, and I read it very quickly and cried all through the last segment. It was a good, though horrifying, story.
37) The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy (Vicky Iovine)
I got a few laughs out of this book, learned some things, and especially appreciated the chapter on what to pack to take to the hospital. It also saddened me to keep reading about all the things a husband should be doing during a pregnancy...
I didn't realize this was a collection of speeches when Leofwende recommended it, but it was good...as Sowell always is.
35) Class 11: Inside the COA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class (TJ Waters)
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was super interesting, but I am still shocked that he was allowed to write it. I learned many things that I supposed I wouldn't be allowed to learn about the CIA.
34) Bold Fresh Piece Of Humanity (Bill O'Reilly)
My mom wanted this book for Christmas, so she brought it back so I could read it. I have never been the biggest O'Reilly fan, but this book rounded out his personality for me and made him more of a complete character than just his show does.
33) Showdown (Larry Elder)
Larry Elder always challenges me to think more libertarian.
32) Takedown (Brad Thor)
Another good one, as usual. I especially liked the idea of inventing a second attack on the US after 9/11. And I love Jack Rutledge as president.
31) A Red State of Mind (Nancy French)
I have known about this book for a long time, and Nancy French has even commented here a couple of times, but I just finally got around to reading it. I thought it was charming as all get-out. And if I ever thought I was irritated by Kerry voters in 2004...
October 11, 2009
Friday my husband called and said that he didn't have access either, though for a sadder reason than I. He then said that he thought a buddy was pulling his leg by saying that Pres Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize.
I was at the lunch table with several relatives. I could've asked them if they'd heard about this news, but honestly, I thought it was too absurd to repeat out loud. I would've felt more serious asking, "Hey, have you guys heard that some people see Elvis at 7-11?" I mean, I just thought it was too stupid to repeat.
I hung up the phone and everyone at the table wondered what my husband had asked me about. So I had to say it.
And then found out it was true.
Let me repeat for emphasis: I thought the mere fact of asking my relatives if Pres Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize was too embarrassing.
Imagine my embarrassment when I found out he did.
Man, I missed a good day to be on the internet. I hear people had mad jokes.
October 03, 2009
I plan to ask my grandmother umpteen more questions about birthing and raising 13 children in the 1950s and 60s.
(Rats, I can't embed this.)
October 02, 2009
I am so used to early ultrasounds, seeing a teeny blob in a big uterus. My first reaction was how big she was. My second was how developed she is.
She looks great.
She had the hiccups and was clapping her hands and rubbing her face.
And everything is perfect: normal heart, normal spine, normal piggy toes.
She's jammed in there so snug...why can't I feel her yet?
Unknown to the world, Obama had in his pocket explosive revelations about an illegal uranium-enrichment facility that the Iranians had been hiding near Qom. The French and the British were urging him to use this most dramatic of settings to stun the world with the revelation and to call for immediate action.
Obama refused. Not only did he say nothing about it, but, reports Le Monde, Sarkozy was forced to scrap the Qom section of his speech. Obama held the news until a day later â€” in Pittsburgh. Iâ€™ve got nothing against Pittsburgh (site of the G-20 summit), but a stacked-with-world-leaders Security Council chamber, it is not.
Why forgo the opportunity? Because Obama wanted the Security Council meeting to be about his own dream of a nuclear-free world. The president, reports the New York Times, citing â€œWhite House officials,â€ did not want to â€œdiluteâ€ his disarmament resolution â€œby diverting to Iran.â€
Diversion? Itâ€™s the most serious security issue in the world. A diversion from what? From a worthless U.N. disarmament resolution?
Yes. And from Obamaâ€™s star turn as planetary visionary: â€œThe administration told the French,â€ reports the Wall Street Journal, â€œthat it didnâ€™t want to â€˜spoil the image of successâ€™ for Mr. Obamaâ€™s debut at the U.N.â€
"Spoil the image of success." Not real success, but the image.
Our president is a narcissist.
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