Comments: Thank You Jeebus

The President's executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review
So what's new, pussycat? EO's have to be published, by law.

Posted by Don Bacon at January 20, 2009 01:49 PM

Don, don't fact check a punchline. It's funny. You know from his other posts that Jon knows the score.

I couldn't watch Obama's bomfog. But here's what a real transformational leader, Frederick Douglass, had to say about Obama's unity BS:

Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. ... It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Posted by Carl at January 20, 2009 02:13 PM

Carl, don't tell me what to do and we'll get along fine. Otherwise we won't.

Posted by Don Bacon at January 20, 2009 02:39 PM

Anyone think there's anything significant in the fact that Obama is the first President in recent memory who hasn't directly participated in the murder of other human beings?

It used to be practically a requiremnt for the job to have killed someone, either as the Governor of a death-penalty state, or by serving in the U.S. miitary. Murder was once such an important resume-builder (especially for Democrats) that Bill Clinton interrupted his '92 campaign to return to Arkansas to kill a mentally-disabled man. John Kerry built his whole unsuccessful Presidential campaign on his record of killing Vietnamese people.

This time around, hardly a word about Obama's lack of killing experience (a lack of experience that he will quickly address.) That seems worth noting.

Posted by SteveB at January 20, 2009 03:13 PM

Well there is Obama's support for strikes into Pakistan, which increased thereafter, killing many innocents. Obama's aye vote on every Pentagon war-spending bill isn't exactly chopped liver, and his advocacy for doubling-down in Afghanistan isn't designed to decrease the killing of Afghans.

Posted by Don Bacon at January 20, 2009 03:45 PM

SteveB - Who did GWB kill? Directly, I mean?

bluestateleftist - are you serious? That poem sucked ass. I mean, really, picking the lettuce? The sentiment is nice, but god, what clumsy phrases.

Posted by saurabh at January 20, 2009 05:29 PM

Who did GWB kill? Directly, I mean?

Well, the phrase I used was "directly participated", and Bush directly participated in the killing of more than a hundred people as Governor of Texas (I still proudly wear a "Wanted for Murder" t-shirt with Bush's mugshot on it that was printed during the 2000 election - if only we knew...)

Just to be clear, I'm not saying Obama will be a different President because he hasn't directly participated in murder (until becoming President, that is), just that - perhaps - we're living in a different political environment than in the past because someone who hasn't killed people was able to be elected President.

Posted by SteveB at January 20, 2009 07:07 PM

Now that Obama is president, I am finding the politics-as-usual much more depressing than when Dubya was president.

Posted by Murfyn at January 21, 2009 01:09 AM

Murfyn: Well, at least GAZA got a mini-vacation for the inaugurational festivities, and really, that's a plus.

Posted by Mike Meyer at January 21, 2009 10:08 AM

So what's new, pussycat? EO's have to be published, by law.

Bush's presidential website had over 2400 lines of code intended to stop search engines from indexing the site.

Obama's Presidential website has 0 such lines.

Posted by joel hanes at January 21, 2009 11:23 AM

Joel Hanes -
Holy shit! Where did you get that information? I've never heard that before.

Posted by Aaron Datesman at January 21, 2009 05:50 PM

Aaron - he's referring to robots.txt, a standard file instructing search engines and such what they should index, etc. You can actually ignore it if you want, but almost all software on the internet scrupulously abides by robots.txt. I wrote a blog post about it in 2004, here:

Of course, we shouldn't surmise that Obama's better in this department - the new administration gets new equipment, which means new web servers. I'm sure as time goes on the size of their robots.txt will also grow.

Posted by saurabh at January 21, 2009 06:14 PM

I am reliably informed that I am full of a brown substance that promotes plant growth :

>> Declan McCullagh points out in CNET:

There's just one problem with these comments. They're wrong. As of Tuesday morning, the Bush administration's robots.txt file did only two things: first, it pointed search engines to the high-graphics versions of the page, as opposed to the text-only versions, and second, it tried to keep type-in-your-search-query pages from being indexed.

I regret not checking the assertion against reality before repeating it.

Posted by joel hanes at January 22, 2009 04:18 PM