Happy not-quite-ending for war hero’s widow and son.

(H/T: Technomancy for Fun and Profit)

Quick background: last year, USMC Sgt. Michael Ferschke was killed in Iraq while conducting door-to-door searches. He left behind his Okinawan-born, pregnant wife Hotaru Ferschke, who he had married a month before by proxy; and, of course, there were problems with her visa. Wizbang wrote about it here and here; Senator Lamar Alexander‘s (R-TN) office has been working on getting this fixed from the start, of course (I understand that some other (Tennessee?) lawmakers also assisted, but I couldn’t find details); between them and the USMC, they’ve made arrangements for Mrs. Ferschke to enter the country on a temporary visa, now that her son is born (more here).
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So, Obama stopped by the Washington Post to reassure them.

Via Glenn, here’s their first and last paragraphs, with my executive summary in the middle:

PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama came to The Post editorial board yesterday with two messages sketchy on details yet reassuring in approach: a commitment to fiscal discipline, and a determination not to be bound by liberal, or indeed any, orthodoxy.

[snip of the President-elect not answering their questions about what he plans to do about controlling the budget, determining what financial sacrifices need to be made, when – or if – Card Check will be passed, what changes – if any – will be made to our current detainee system, and whether all of this means that he’s a centrist.]

Mr. Obama’s indications of ideological flexibility are rather abstract at this point; he has not yet been called on to make the kind of difficult choices about which he speaks so eloquently. But his transition has sounded all the right themes, and, if yesterday’s session is any guide, his presidency promises to begin on the same hopeful, pragmatic note.

For my response, here’s an Isaac Asimovquote from Foundation (pg 71).

“That,” replied Hardin, “is the interesting thing. The analysis was the most difficult of the three by all odds. When Holk, after two days of steady work, succeeded in eliminating meaningless statements, vague gibberish, useless qualifications – in short, all the goo and dribble – he found he had nothing left. Everything canceled out.

“Lord Dorwin, gentlemen, in five days of discussion didn’t say one damned thing, and said it so you never noticed. There are the assurances you had from your precious Empire.”

Further commentary unnecessary, yes?

Looking for something to read? – A maybe new feature.

(Today’s guy: Eric Flint.)

Discussion’s going on right now over at RedState about “How do you folks train/learn?” It’s a good discussion to have, but are you one of those people quietly thinking to him or herself, “Yeah. I should read all that stuff, but…”

Yeah. But.

It’s OK to find it daunting to just jump into the equivalent of 300-level college courses in history, philosophy, economics, and/or political science – although you should read at least some of that stuff, and in some cases, so should I – so if you’re looking for something that will let you gear up a little first, hey, we can do that.  Because you know where all those literary-type people who can’t abide the postmodernists and deconstructionalists and Just Plain Idiots in academia go?

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A mildly sort of, kind of all right article, if you don’t mind the National Geographic theme music.

Although it’s… instructive that while the title of the article is “Disconnected from Obama’s America,” the page loads as “Wary of Obama’s America.” It’s even more instructive that both versions imply that the people who didn’t vote for the man are somehow the Other.

I’d say “Well, at least they’re trying,” except that you really should expect better from functional adults. Even if they’re reporters.

And in the great Guilty Pleasure Watch…

…we have The Deceiver, which is apparently dedicated to the notion that you can make fun of everybody who says one thing, yet does another. They had a field day with the Blago thing, for example – and, hey, I caught ’em linking to right-sphere sites without sneering, so let’s get a bloglink up. I’m sure that they’ll annoy me soon enough.

Give you a taste: “Obama Been Backpedallin’.” which discusses the PEOTUS’ sudden decision to rewrite that pesky I’m-going-to-get-Osama rhetoric. What makes it especially choice is that one of the category’s got the entry under is “Religious” – which, really, perfectly describes the people most likely to feel betrayed over this flip-flop.

Annnnnnd Reid messes up the Burris seating thing to the bitter end.

They seated Million Dollar Burris today:

WASHINGTON – Roland Burris took his place as Barack Obama’s successor in the Senate on Thursday, ending a standoff that embarrassed the president-elect and fellow Democrats who initially resisted the appointment by scandal-scarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


More than a week after his colleagues were sworn in, Burris was seated without objection or a roll call vote, even though Majority Leader Harry Reid had said senators would have their voices heard on whether to accept his appointment.


Senate Democrats wanted to move beyond the distracting controversy and its racial undertones.

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Hey, turns out that the wiretapping thing’s constitutional after all!

(Via Hot Air) You know, I was going to come up with all sorts of snark directed towards the people who are swearing at this NYT headline (“Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal“) – but then I remembered that, really, there’s no sport to it when it comes to this bunch.

So let me just present them with their new theme song, via Beck.. Enjoy!