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Say What?
Say What?

An emergency room doctor once groaned that the worst day of his year was Thanksgiving. Something about family members gathering, imbibing alcohol and carving up a turkey with a big knife seemed to bring more people to the hospital than any other day.

All that family closeness, it seems.

In that spirit, Midtown Republican offers some phrases you may want to avoid if you’re gathering with other family members who don’t see things the right way.

“Speaking of turkeys, did you see what Obama just did?” might not be the best opening question. Granted it applies to almost every aspect of his policies, but the in-law who still has “Yes We Can” on the bumper just might take offense.

Resist the temptation to gloat over the midterm elections. Sure you want to, especially after 2008. Yes, you’d like to say how it was the worst drubbing since 1948 and that the legislatures turned GOP, too, ensuring a decade of happy Republican redistricting. But, in the spirit of our forefathers who sat down with the Indians and didn’t talk about districts, it’s best to forgo this. However, you can store it for a zinger at a future time.

Another topic you might want to avoid is TV. In particular, “I called in and voted for Bristol Palin on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Wasn’t she terrific?” Someone might choke on a big piece of humble pie and that would not be nice. Along similar lines, family TV seems to be an irritant to many died in the wool liberals. So, “I wonder if the Duggars are going to have that 20th child; I love it when conservative families can fill a stadium!” could seriously annoy the dedicated eco-conscious, tree hugging, recycler worried that too many of us are choking mother earth. That could get ugly, stay away.

Even out of office, President Bush still makes Democrats rant and rave. His new book, “Decision Points,” may have been an enjoyable read, but, trust me, don’t share that information. “I guess it will sell more copies than Obama’s” would annoy them, partiularly followed by “at least he wrote it himself.” Liberals are sensitive about their literary tastes.

Personal financial information has always been taboo at parties, so I would refrain from “Glad I followed Glenn Beck’s advice and bought gold at $700; I bet it hits $1,500!” Even if you volunteer to share your economic tips and advice in the nicest manner, they will not appreciate it.

Similarly, talk of the hike in your insurance premium will not gain you points. And, the likelihood is that they already work for a government agency or company that got a waiver. In this case, you’re going to get a raised eyebrow and a smirk.

But probably the worst comment you could make, the one that could get you  kicked out of the house (should you be visiting) is “I went to the Glenn Beck ‘Restoring Honor’ rally in Washington. It was great! Want to see my pictures?” You’ve been warned. This could send one of them over the edge or you to the hospital. And I won’t be available to pick you up.

A Dim Bulb

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) is next in line to chair the important House Energy Committee, but his ascension to that post is encountering some difficulties.


He’s in conservatives’ crosshairs  because he has shown himself to be a dangerous moderate. Among his black marks are his vote for TARP, his vote against extending the Bush tax cuts on capitol gains and dividends, his desire to require 60 votes in the Senate to pass any tax cuts, his vote to give subsidies to Planned Parenthood and his vote for federally subsidized embryo destruction for research.  Need I say more?

If there is any doubt, consider his bill with Jane Harmon (D-CA) to mandate environmentally friendly lightbulbs. As chair of the Energy Committee, this would be coming up again. As Erick Erickson says at, “giving a reprieve to the incandescent lightbulb must be one of the first acts of Congress in the new year.” He feels, as many of us do, that this usurpation of our rights in our very homes is emblamatic of all that’s wrong with government. Putting Upton in charge of Energy would dim any hopes of progress in this area.

A better candidate would be Pennsylvania congressman Joe Pitts. He seems to have the street creds we want. At least he hasn’t enjoyed wining and dining with Rahm Emanuel, as Upton brags he did.

A petition at hopes to alert John Boehner and other Republicans to flick the switch on this candidate. You can sign on at that website to make your feelings known.

Story Continues to Unfold

The latest installment of  Ulsterman and the White House Insider continues at “He Ain’t No Democrat”  is the title and the “He” refers to Obama. Whether this is all spin or true revelation, we don’t know, but it makes for interesting reading. Also at that site, the Ulsterman story “Obama’s White House vs. Rahm Emanuel” asks why Obama has not endorsed Emanuel for mayor of Chicago. He asks why and whether “there has been a significant rift between two high profile Democrats who so recently worked closely together.” Interesting.

Ford Jr. to Obama: You’re Fumbling

Harold Ford Jr.
Harold Ford Jr.

Our own Harold Ford Jr., fresh from his triumphant book tour, has an article in “Fortune” with advice for the president.

“At the half-time of Obama’s first term, our country is down – and so is my party,” writes Ford. He continues, urging Barack Obama to make some half-time adjustments.

“The most important thing our leader can do is to push the reset button with business and not raise taxes on companies in a time of economic hardship.”

In other words, Obama, you’re making a mess of it. Funny how Ford personalizes it to “his” party (vs. Obama’s? Pelosi’s? Reid’s?).  And funny how the Democrats seem to have an obsession with a “reset” button. Remember Hillary and her lame reset button with Russia? What kind of sitcom world are they living in? Can you just wiggle your nose as in “Bewitched” and make everyone forget what happened before then? Are they serious?

Anyhow, Ford continues with the Dear Abby. Number 2 on his list: “Order his (Obama’s) department heads and agency chiefs to declare a  moratorium on new regulations until further notice.” The chairman of the Democrat Leadership Council wants Obama to “ask the GOP to accept a nine month extension on unemployment benefits for the hardest hit by this downturn.”

Nine more months? On top of 99 weeks? As Jack Kemp said, there’s a difference between unemployment as a safety net and a hammock. This advice seems double-edged as it would certainly make the unemployment number climb and undercut Obama in the 2012 election.

Ford continues, urging Obama to make sure Congress keeps his health care reforms and he says we need a strong oil and gas industry. That, too, might be hard to implement since Obama seems to enjoy shutting down oil production in the Gulf and other places off the coast of the United States.

Ford also wants Obama to get new people on the team. He interprets the November election as meaning Americans don’t want an us vs. them mentality, but an us and them cooperation.

If that’s what he thinks the November tsunami was all about, then no wonder he was the only Democrat Senate candidate to lose in the Democrat thumping in 2006.

Truth Stranger Than My Fiction

A previous post, “Of Me I Sing,”  satirized Obama’s new children’s book about American heroes. Such people as Saul Alinsky, Benedict Arnold and Bill Ayers seem like the most likely heroes in Obama’s anti American world view.

Come to find out, the satire was truer to reality than I realized.

No, he didn’t name the above people. But some of  his choices are almost as disturbing when you’re talking about young minds   having to read this propagandist drivel.

Sitting Bull gets a high five from the Commander in Chief because of his “stunning victory in 1876 over Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in the battle of the Little Big Horn.” When I said Obama would applaud Benedict Arnold for taking over West Point for the British, it was spot on. Obama likes it when the American military suffers a defeat.  He continues, “Sitting Bull spoke out and led his people against many policies of the United States government.” As I noted, violence against the American people gets a yawn or applause from the president. ” He was a medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises,” Obama says. “It is fine that we are different.”

So different in fact, that he wasn’t even an American. Sitting Bull “was the most Indian Indian,” says historian Robert Utley. Even Sitting Bull’s great grandson disapproves of the pick. “He was never an American,” he says.  “He was Lakota.”

I guess the American qualification just doesn’t matter to Obama as seen in another pick. Cesar Chavez, the activist and founder of the United Farm Workers, sounds like a choice for the illegal immigrant and union population. However, as with Bill Ayers, perhaps he felt he owed him one. As Ayers is often called the true author of  Obama’s “Dreams from my Father,” Chavez coined the phrase “si se puede.” In English, “yes it can be done” a phrase mightily close to “Yes We Can.”

Most of us wouldn’t consider a heroin addict, alcoholic who brought about her own demise as a role model either. That’s why his choice of singer Billie Holiday seems odd, too. Perhaps he saw “Lady Sings the Blues” a few too many times.

The title of the book also happens to be the title of  a famous American musical. “Of  Thee I Sing” has been called the greatest American political satire ever. It won a Pulitzer, which is not surprising when you consider it was a collaboration  between the Gershwin brothers and writer George S. Kaufman. Can’t the president ever come up with anything on his own?

Obama candies his digs by allocating the royalties to help the children of fallen or disabled servicemen. This fits his profile, too. Hide your real meaning behind something seemingly beneficial.

Let’s hope he ends his book writing career – at least til his one term is over.

Down, But Not Out

George Soros couldn’t stop the Republican tsunami, but that doesn’t mean he’s thrown in the towel. He’s just buying more towels.

He already has the Center for American Progress,, Democracy Alliance, the Open Society Institute and the secretary of state project. has the whole Soros tapestry. He’s been weaving his mischief for a long time. He’s not about to stop now.

According to the Politico and the American Thinker blog, CAP is providing Obama with a blueprint on how he can skirt Congress to get his liberal wishes fulfilled. “Power of the President” is a report proposing 30 executive actions the president can do to promote his energy, economy, health care, education, foreign policy and national security policies. It recommends using executive orders, rulemaking, agency management, convening and creating public-private partnership, commanding the armed forces and diplomacy. In other words, how he can override the will of the American people.

But Soros isn’t just looking at the executive branch of government. He is aiming at states, promoting ballot initiatives as he did in California in the last election. In California he was behind the move to allow marijuana to be sold and one that would have put control of redistricting in the hands of the state legislature. In Nevada, he worked to end state judicial elections, favoring appointments by officials. An end to the electoral collage is something else he has called for and he pushes a no borders immigration policy and would like to see the legalization of all drugs.

Supposedly, Soros had shares in OSI Systems, the company that owns Rapiscan that makes the new scanners being used at airports. Remember the oil rigs that moved to Brazil during the Gulf oil spill? Soros has investments in that company, too. Coincidence?

A heavy investor in green energy, Soros would benefit from its promotion, too.

And just recently, just before the firing of Fox commentator Juan Williams, he donated a chunk to NPR.
At age 80 most people, even philanthropists, would give it a rest. Not Soros. And that makes him a very dangerous man.

Of Me I Sing – Obama’s Real Letter to His Daughters

Although the publishers have released President Barack Obama’s “Of Thee I Sing – a Letter to My Daughters,” a copy of the real book has fallen into the hands of Midtown Republican. The acknowledged book talks about the standard American heroes such as George Washington, Jackie Robinson and Georgia O’Keefe, but Sash and Malia already knew all that. They can’t get away from it, living in the White House as they do.

The real book Obama wanted to publish has his thoughts on other real American heroes. Let’s see what he wrote.
He starts with Benedict Arnold.

OK, so he switched sides. Isn’t that the same kind of thing as switching political parties? Kind of a bipartisanship?

So a bunch of backwater Yankees got fed up with taxation. Arnold understood that they should have embraced the big government move the British were making. Hey, eventually we would have had universal health care earlier than we do without all that bothersome blood shedding.

Arnold captured West Point so he could surrender it. Your welcome, America! At least in the end he got to retire to England and lived out his days happily with the Union Jack.

Next we’ve got J. Edgar Hoover.

Isn’t it about time a great American transvestite got his due? Kind of a trailblazer there, aside from his remarkable record keeping and that in the days before computers. The first director of the FBI used his power to harass political dissenters and activists in ways that Chicago politicians only dream about. Maybe some of this was illegal, but, hey itwas all for the common good. I like him because he took a post and kept it. No limits of two terms for J. Edgar. He served from 1935-1972; I’d like to do the same.

The next hero is a two-fer. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

American Communists, they saw the world in a different way and isn’t that good! They passed on nuclear information to the Soviets to help them get an atomic bomb. That was way ahead of my similar effort in pushing for nuclear proliferation reduction (mostly just on our part). I would say that sharing knowledge is a good thing, don’t you think? The clever Rosenbergs also managed to cause discord. Grassrooots protest about their executions gave social justice a bump. What a legacy!

Now William Ayers.

You don’t always get the chance to lionize someone you know personally, but William Ayers certainly gets my attention. An elementary education theorist (that’s where the propaganda really begins), Bill even babysat you girls, with his better half, Bernadine Dohrn. He opposed the Vietnam War when it wasn’t popular. You see violence is OK only when it’s used against the American people, never by American soldiers abroad trying to defend freedom there. The Weather Underground and its public bombings here was just trying to express that anti war thought. Besides, Bill helped me write my “autobiography” so I owe him one.

Then Margaret Sanger.

Girls, remember during the campaign when I said I wouldn’t want you punished with a baby? You can thank my next person for that one. Margaret Sanger made birth control and abortion acceptable in polite society. Think of the industries she spawned: Planned Parenthood, abortion clinics, pharmaceuticals and other birth control item manufacturers! She also gave us Democrats a way to divert money to our friends through federal funds to abortionists, both here and around the world. In the process she made a lot of Bible thumping, Mass practicing Christians all hot under their religious collars. An avowed atheist and socialist (sigh! I can’t come out), Sanger believed in eugenics, too. If we’d followed her earlier we wouldn’t have the drag on Social Security and Medicare money we have from these bitter life clingers. Sanger didn’t like the handicapped, feebleminded, morons, insane or epilpetics, but who does?

Cloward and Piven

Cloward and Piven aren’t as well known as some of these others, but that’s probably good – for us. But I’ll give them a shoutout anyhow. Without these two Columbia University professors we wouldn’t have a game plan. Or Fannie and Freddie the Community Reinvestment Act, TARP and a disintegrating economy. Brave souls, Richard Cloward and Frances Piven started overwhelming the system 40 years ago using a manufactured crisis and what do you know? Today I’m President. Thanks, guys!

Jane Fonda

I’m throwing Jane Fonda in for your mother. Like Mom, she wants to decide what Americans eat and get you to feel the burn and get out and exercise. Fonda made a hot movie, “Barbarella,” and that gets her points with me. Then she went to North Vietnam to protest the war in the ’60s. Seated on an anti aircraft battery making signs with her hands in a kind of primitive fist pump, Fonda wanted to stop the war and accused the U.S. of torture. She made a lot of people mad, including John McCain, held prisoner during her shenanigans. Nuff said!

Walter Cronkite

The era of the Vietnam War gave us a lot of heroes, as you might have noticed. What a time to be alive! I was, of course, if I could ever find that birth certificate for the year. But I didn’t live it. We’re trying to recreate it now. So a tip of the hat to another hero, Walter Cronkite. If you want to make someone acceptable as he spews outrageous, left wing things, just give him a nice sounding name, like “Uncle Walter” Cronkite and dub him “the most trusted man in America” and watch the propaganda go down smoother than my “Yes We Can.” Delivering the news on TV, he looked like your grandfather but undercut the nation with a young man’s vengeance. The good evidently don’t die young because Uncle Walter held on to age ’92.


I saved the best for last. Saul Alinsky. Community organizer, he was the oak from which all the Acorns fell. Right in our own Chicago. He wrote “Rules for Radicals” which is our 10 Commandments, Bible, Koran. It told how ordinary citizens could subvert the system with a blueprint for revolution but called social justice. He dedicated it to Lucifer. Now that takes guts in 20th century America. The genius was that even seeing that dedication, Americans still wouldn’t believe it. Just like they don’t want to believe I’m doing what I’m really doing either.

Study these outstanding citizens, girls. Now that’s my America!

Midtown References

Although Midtown is a rather vague term for an area in Memphis, it basically entails Central Gardens, Overton Park, Hein Park near Rhodes College, Cooper Young, Annesdale Snowden, Little Hanoi and the Parkway.

Our voting precincts are 11-0, 16-1, 16-3, 17-0, 20-1, 20-3, 21-0, 28-0, 32-0, 33-0, 36-1 and 36-3. If you do not know your precinct number and polling place, you can find it at Simply plug in your house number and street and it will tell you where to vote.

All of Midtown is in the 9th Congressional District and we are represented by Steve Cohen (D). Memphis office: Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building, 167 N. Main Suite 369, 38103. Phone: 901-544-4131. In Washington: 202-225-3265. Email:

Our Senators are (1) Lamar Alexander (R), 455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone: 202-224-4944. Email: His Memphis liaison is Lora Jobe, and (2) Bob Corker (R), 185 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone: 202-224-3344. Email: His Memphis liaison is Nick Kistenmacher, email:

In the state senate, Midtown is represented by districts 29 and 30. District 29: Ophelia Ford (D), 54 North Arcadian #120, 38103. Memphis number: 901-575-2321, Nashville: 615-71-1767. email: District 30: Beverly Marrero (D), 243 Hawthorne, 38112, 615-741-9128. email:

In the Tennessee House, we are represented by districts 89, 90 and 92. District 89: Jeanne Richardson (D), 797 N. Evergreen, 38107, 615-741-2010; email: District 90: John Deberry (D), 1207 Sledge, 38104, 901-725-0130; 615-741-2239; email District 92: GA Hardaway (D), 1243 Worthington St., 615-741-5625; email

Our City Council/School Board is mostly in 5, but some are in 4 and 7. The address is 125 N. Main Room 514, 38103, phone: 576-6786. District 4: Wanda Halbert,; District 5, Jim Strickland,; District 7, Barbara Swearengen Ware,

County Commission is mostly district 2, but some 1. Commissioners in District 1 are Mike Ritz, Heidi Shafer, Mike Carpenter. District 2, Walter Bailey, Henri Brooks and Melvin Burgess. The phone number is 545-4301. All emails are first name.last