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Rodney Dangerfield made a very profitable career off his famous lament, “I can’t get no respect.” Seems these days that President Obama knows exactly what Rodney was talking about. In an article that appeared Monday in Der Spiegel, a weekly magazine published in Hamburg, Germany, President Obama’s “nice guy act” was mocked and the successes of his professed aim to bring civility and mutual respect back to American foreign policy were questioned.

In an effort to rid the GOP of what some of its members derisively call RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), self-styled conservative party leaders have developed a 10-point loyalty scorecard by which it intends to measure every Republican seeking elective office in the upcoming 2010 election cycle.

health careITEM: The Associated Press reported on November 4: “In a coup for House Democrats, AARP will endorse sweeping health care overhaul legislation headed for a history-making floor vote…. Backing the 10-year, $1.2 trillion House bill is a tricky move for AARP. Many retirees are concerned about cuts in Medicare payments to medical providers, which will be used to finance an expansion of health insurance coverage to millions of working families.” That endorsement, of course, help supporters of comprehensive healthcare "reform"to get the legislation through the House.

levee breachA federal district court held last Wednesday that the federal government generally and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers specifically were culpably negligent in the failure of Corps-constructed levees to withstand the rising tide caused by the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

Two thousand and nine may yet go down in history as the year political correctness attained the force of federal law. Just recently, after all, we finally saw a “hate crimes” bill folded into a must-pass larger bill when it was clear the bill could not be passed on its own merits.

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