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I think what happened in the Indian Ocean is phenomenal. The Captain of the Maersk ship is a certifiable hero and I’m inclined to give our White House all the credit in the world for stepping up and letting the high seas hooligans have a little taste of US Special Forces. And then Steph reminded me of the details of the tethering of the pirates’ lifeboat and the ostensible negotiations that were going down. Hot Air ponders the same questions. As for me — you terrorize a major shipping pathway for a year, take one our countrymen hostage and then point a gun at him while asking for $2 million ransom? — pretty sure I’d lie to you with a great big trusting smile, tether your boat to make sure it was within sniper range, offer you some coffee before talks got under way (as Zimmer puts it) and then promptly eliminate your backup on the lifeboat and let you know the jig is up. I suppose flying the white flag as a ruse was ill-advised…Probably better just to go in and take em out without offering to negotiate at all. But that would sound too much like “We don’t negotiate with terrorists” and that can’t be right. Could it?

Hell, I don’t know. But I know the extortionist thugs will think twice before mucking about with an American vessel again. And I’m cool with that.

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“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you./No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13

This is the scripture passage I always think of at Easter. It’s what he did. Had he not, those no account friends of his (who threw him under the bus to use the modern vernacular) would very handily have been dealt with by the same authorities of the day. Not much debate about this. Would you do the same for your buddies? Now ask me why I’m a Christian…

Thinking about this, listening to this (and loving both the album art and the fact that the whole thing seems heavily influenced by 60s American girl groups and has a full monologue over Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata)and feeling elated about this. Oh Baby D, I’m so happy for you and Big D and I can’t wait to meet the little cornshucker. I give you Chicken Little D and big love for this Easter season. Make it good.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came to UGA yesterday and spoke, first to a group of Law students and later to a group in the chapel. This kid was supposed to go but didn’t. I don’t want to talk about it…

Regardless, I like old Newt. He’s a smart cookie and I hope he runs in 2012. I’m aware conservatism isn’t hip. I’d rather be square and formulating my opinions logically than groovy and deluded. Here are a few news stories covering the event, one from the wire and one from my former place of employment. Be sure to read his remarks from the AP piece about gay marriage and how he implies that if the decision is the will of the people within a state then discussion should center on the fact that it is the will of the people within a state and should be respected as such. Here’s the rub: many, many people will hear that he spoke of gay marriage, never bother to read his remarks and just chalk what he said up to those evil conservatives trampling everyone’s rights again. Lame.

Pretty cool to see him standing behind the SPIA lectern, which was the school my master’s program came from. Damn I wish I could’ve been there…

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So I’m hearing the North Korean rocket/missile launch was a dud. Glad to hear that many nations have condemned the launch regardless which, as I was reminded by Pops a day or two ago, was really more about posturing as a weapons dealer than threatening attack. Fail.

Anyway, Brewfest was fun. We have some winners: sis-in-law was a newbie to cider beer and fell in love with Woodchuck, while baby bro and I were smitten with the Jamaican Dragon Stout and the Scottish Innis and Gunn, respectively. No brainer that I would like the Scottish beer….delish.

Reading this and wondering what the future holds…

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…yeah, that’s all I’ve got today. Listening to this, reading about this and laughing about this. Bright side? Baby brother and wife, most excellent friends as well as family members, are coming for a visit Sunday to attend the BrewFest. So hey, something to believe in.

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…yeah, that’s all I’ve got today. Listening to this, reading about this and laughing about this. Bright side? Baby brother and wife, most excellent friends as well as family members, are coming for a visit Sunday to attend the BrewFest. So hey, something to believe in.

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I’m going to need to step out in a minute here and grab some coffee because the rainy day has me yawning into my keyboard. But I wanted to say something that’s been on my mind lately re: Obama and some of his spectacular faux pas recently as we gear up to see how he handles himself on the world stage at the G20 conference. First, I readily admit that I’ve likely been very quick to judge him negatively so early in the game; definitely not fair and I appreciate you calling me out on it Steph. That said, I have noticed something of late which speaks to my main reason for not voting for him, questionable policy goals and political alliances aside. He’s inexperienced. He’s so green that he doesn’t know that his own party will make him look a fool to keep him in line, hence the ridiculous goodwill gifts to visiting heads of state, terrible talking points in boring speeches and the lack of oversight on scripted jokes while on late night TV shows (probably should have opted out of that guest appearance altogether but I’m sure you were advised it was a good “image enhancer”). As I’ve always said, Pelosi and the rest of the cabal will have you do their bidding and there will be image hell to pay if you do not Mr. President. And you’re green enough to think image takes precedence over actually getting the work done in what is increasingly a scary world. Lose the arrogance, take a risk that at some point someone may take issue with something you do even though it will be the right thing to do, and stand up for yourself. I believe you capable of it. I have to. Probably would have been better to work your way up to the powerful office you now hold learning some of these things and how to negotiate them along the way. But the reality is you don’t have that luxury. And neither do your country nor the people who believed in you enough to take a chance on you. So step up. Quick.

And now for some levity. Totally stole this from Baby D cause she’s all about kids keeping it real.

Happy April Fool’s. Beware the pranksters…

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