Monday, April 20, 2009

Getting back up on the horse . . .

Boy, it's tough to restart something like this after a three-and-a-half-month hiatus. so, let me offer some quick thoughts to prime the pump:

I'm disappointed at my president's contrition to friends and foes overseas. I'm all for owning up to past mistakes, acknowledging errors of one's ways, yet diplomacy is about nuance after nuance after nuance. Our president is appearing too much the eager newcomer trying to win over people's hearts. I'm too much a realist to think they'll respond in the way he hopes.

I'm disappointed at the Republicans' two-dimensional criticism of Obama as a socialist. The party needs to start forming a positive identity and set of core, distinct values that Americans can associate with them. Right now, they're only an entity that opposes the commander-in-chief of the United States.

I'm not at all missing my newspaper. The switch to the Inquirer's e-edition has been splendid. A subscription to The Week along with The Economist is keeping me up on top of the issues I need to see. I'm finding the links to opinion at Washington Post on Yahoo! most satisfying.

I miss Battlestar Galactica tremendously. Bill Adama's last line to Lee, "I don't have much time left, son," still echoes in my ear.

I am astonished at how little interest I have in the Flyers' post-season. Is it parenthood, or is it the hangover of the Phillies' campaign in 2008.

God bless Harry Kalas for how wonderful he made baseball sound.

My children are beautiful.

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