Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Life of Julia

Looks like Obama is trying to appeal to all the sheep in the country with his latest re-election ploy.  Have you heard of Julia yet?  Well, you have now.  From
"The Life of Julia"

This article, from Human Events, sums up my initial reaction:
"Who the hell is 'Julia,' and why am I paying for her whole life?" by David Harsanyi

The Wall Street Journal also chimes in, in James Taranto's column, Best of the Web Today:
"The Lonely Life of Julia"

I would add a few things.  Is Julia really so stupid and weak that she can't do any of this stuff herself?  Does she have any free will at all or are one-size-fits-all government programs the way she wants to live her life?

What does Obama think about women?  What do Democrats think about women?  Do they think that women are too weak and stupid to do any of this stuff for themselves?

Even you like some of these programs, does anyone really think that the government is at all capable of doing this stuff well?  And doing it efficiently?

Let me put it another way: WHAT ARE THE COSTS?  Democrats love talking about the benefits but they never bother to talk about the costs.  They never mention that the high taxes necessary to support these programs will hamstring our economy such that Julia won't be able to easily find a job.

The Heritage Foundation produced this more hopeful and more free vision of Julia's life:
"A Better Life For Julia"

And there is this grim version of Julia's life (or should I say Julias' lives?) from National Review Online:
"Julia" by Kevin D. Williamson

Here's a brief taste of this article:
"4 months: Julia’s mother decides that giving birth will be hard on her figure. She kills Julia. Under Barack Obama, her right to do so is absolutely nonnegotiable."

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Song of the Day: Jackson Browne - The Pretender

This has long been one of my favorite songs.  I especially like the explanation he gives at the beginning of this video.

"Jackson Browne The Pretender"

Jackson Browne explains:
"Someone asked me what, you know, who The Pretender is.  And I, it's, it's um, it's always been my pleasure to avoid answering that question.  But uh ... Because it's not me exactly.  Although sometimes people applaud for me at that moment in the song as if I am.  But in truth there is some of The Pretender in me.  But it's anybody that's sort of lost site of some of their dreams and is trying to make, sort of going through the motions, trying to make a stab at a certain way of life that he sees other people succeeding at.  So, maybe it's a lot of people of a certain generation who sort of embraced a material lifestyle in place of dreams that they had, that sort of disintegrated at some point."

I don't think that I embraced a material lifestyle, but I did chase something ... I don't know how to describe it ... a little different than my dreams.  Something that I saw other people succeed at, but I was unable to.  So maybe not exactly what Jackson Browne was singing about, but very similar sentiments.

Enjoy the song, and don't feel like you have to be A Pretender.