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We are really fortunate if, in the course of our lifetime, we find one person beyond parents and -- perhaps -- siblings, of whom we could honestly say, "I can trust this person with my very life."
     This observation is prompted by the self-reminder that eighteen months ago, I was supposed to be dead. A half-dozen doctors said so after a quadruple coronary bypass that went well was followed by complications that required surgery four more times and almost six months of hospitalization, most of it in intensive care and weeks in a coma.
     Yet I'm alive and quite well, thanks to one person. My wife, Susan.
     When doctors told her there was no hope, she refused to concede the finality.
     She and our dog Calvin slept night after night in our car in the hospital parking lot until the institution's management relented and let her sleep in a chair in my room.
     She insisted on being there at 4AM when the regular lab reports became available; reports that led quite literally to daily life-and-death decisions by medical personnel. Mine were invariably negative, but by the time doctors arrived she was prepared to counter their pessimistic conclusions with argument and pleading based on real information obtained because sympathetic overnight nurses, doubtless in violation of hospital rules, allowed her access to a computer.
     Thus she spent endless nighttime hours researching every word of diagnoses she got from the doctors whom she questioned repeatedly.
     She went far beyond our (quite good) medical plan in search of expertise and medical opinion; reason to hope and reasons to try new approaches to my condition, already adjudged as terminal. And she succeeded.
     She was so effective in asking vital questions and pressing for alternatives that when I was finally released, the hospital asked her to take a job there as their in-house patient advocate on behalf of people not so blessed as to have a family member willing or able ... who could and would do what she had done for me.
     If you ever ask yourself if you have someone in your life that you could quite literally trust to fight for your life, I hope you're as fortunate.

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Are we clear on this? Obama (A) wants more of us to drive electric cars, while simultaneously (B) has his crazies at the EPA issue orders that would kill coal-powered electricity generation -- which is MOST of the nation's electricity.
     Just ... brilliant ...

There are only two choices when judging Obama's bungling of the oil/gasoline situation:
1. -- He's stupid. Or ...
2. -- He is deliberately undermining the nation's economy.

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Pollster Scott Rasmussen weighs in on the inevitable doom of Obamacare ...
     "There are three ways the health care law could meet its end. The first, obviously, is the Supreme Court could declare some or all of it unconstitutional in June.
     "If it gets past that hurdle, the law also could be ended by Election 2012. If a Republican president is elected, the GOP will almost certainly also win control of the Senate and retain control of the House.
     "But even if the law survives the Supreme Court and the next election, the clock will be ticking. Recent estimates suggest that the law would cause 11 million people to lose their employer-provided insurance and be forced into a government-backed insurance plan. That's a problem because 77 percent of those who now have insurance rate their current coverage as good or excellent. Only 3 percent rate their coverage as poor ... ( and thus create) a pool of vocally unhappy voters.

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A moment of candor from Crazy Joe Biden, speaking of the late Mayor Richard M. Daley at a Chicago fundraiser:
""I never had an interest in being a mayor 'cause that's a real job.  You have to produce.  That's why I was able to be a senator for 36 years."
     If avoiding work and evading responsibility for his silliness were his objectives, he has succeeded.

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... and still more from Crazy Joe. He wants a "global tax."  Riiiight ...
     Try to summon a mental picture of this goofball tromping around the jungles of New Guinea of Uganda, trying to collect a "global tax." The dude is a total head-case!

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Columnist Mona Charen (Townhall.com) reminds us ...
     "About 153 young black men are killed every week in America -- 94 percent of them at the hands of other young black males. Only one of those who were murdered on Feb. 26 has dominated national news coverage -- because his killer was not black."

     Meantime, while Cong. Bobby Rush of Chicago was accepting accolades from his fellow rabble-rousers for wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the House of Representatives, back in his home district, two young black men wearing "hoodies" walked into a convenience store and opened fire, killing one young black man and wounding five others.
     Last week alone there were seventeen murders in Chicago, which leads the nation in that category in actual numbers, not per-capita. The city is well above the 100-mark only three months into the year, the overwhelming majority committed by young black men upon other young black men.
     Instead of show-boating in Congress, Mr. Rush might better devote his time to the slaughter going on in his own backyard.

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It was an easy prediction, easily fulfilled. Rush Limbaugh is still on the air ... sponsors are plentiful ... and ratings are higher than ever.
     And liberals, including the deluded dopes who fantasized about killing his career, are still stupid.

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Recommended reading ...
     The American Spectator website ... Friday entries ... "The Nation's Top 50 Progressives… and Socialists and Communists" ... by Prof. Paul Kengor.
     Get to know your top communists, many flying the flag of Democrats.

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It is no accident that "progressives" want to overturn such laws as Florida's "Stand your Ground." After all, that law enables citizens to use arms to defend themselves when a call to 911 surely would not bring aid in time. Reducing citizens to a state of defenselessness is, to these cretins, a noble objective. Yesterday's Rich Benjamin article in the New York Times proves the point, ridiculing people who live in gated communities for being concerned about "safety" (his quotation marks).

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It's hardly surprising that Obama would appoint Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, to head the World Bank which sends bushels of American dollars to foreign countries. After all, Kim is anti-capitalism, as is evident in the book he co-edited a dozen years ago, "Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor."
     In it, the dominant theme is that economic growth is bad for the po' folks. Inexcusable stupidity. Where the hell does the think the money that his ilk is so eager to give away comes from?

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Burt Prelutsky doesn't bother to hide his disdain for liberals ...
     "Liberals never think for themselves. Aside from plotting how to game the system in order to steal elections, none of them ever has an original thought. Even questioning Barack Obama is regarded as an act of heresy.
     "Every liberal in public life has called for abolishing the Second Amendment. Now why is that? I happen to know a number of liberals who own guns. What’s more, rich liberals who don’t own guns have security people on their payroll who carry them. Even anti-gun advocate Sen. Dianne Feinstein was once found to be packing a heater in her purse, and yet, with a single voice, liberals squeal for the abolition of all firearms. The only reason for all this hypocrisy is because some influential liberal along the way decided it was a divisive issue which could be used as a wedge between them and the rest of us.
     "How else could a Chicago punk at a San Francisco fundraiser be so certain that he would derive laughter, applause and huge campaign donations, from a bunch of limp-wristed fat cats by demeaning his betters as 'those who cling to their guns and their religion'? For good measure, he was well-guarded at the event by a squad of Secret Service agents armed to the teeth."

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It was a leak that obviously originated in the White House: word that Azerbaijan, which adjoins the northeastern border of Iran, had given permission for Israeli aircraft to refuel and, if necessary, re-load on their airfields in the event the Israelis decide that an attack on the maddest madmen of the middle-east is necessary.
     Former UN ambassador John Bolton is doubtless correct in his assumption that this leak was yet another effort by Barack Obama to undermine Israel and forestall such an attack -- at least until after our November election.
     The Israelis clearly don't believe or trust Obama, nor should they.
    
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Message to those concerned about Romney's Mormonism ...
     Are you seriously worried about a threat from Mormons that remotely equates with the manifest threat from the Muslims that Obama endlessly appeases?

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 A sure sign the Republican race is over: The serious discussion is now about the choice of a VP running-mate, not whether Romney will get the nomination.

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Yesterday, during a bit of morning channel-surfing, I came across Fox News doing a pointless, silly interview with some clown who supposedly had a formula for winning the lottery. (Old Las Vegas joke: "Find us a guy with a 'winning system' and we'll send a limousine or private jet to pick him up.")
     This interviewee resorted to a tactic that's gotten more than one guest thrown out of the studio during my modest but long career as a talk-show host. In response to a question, he replied, "That's in my book."
     It is understood by all parties involved that there's a quid pro quo regarding talk-show appearances. It works like this: guest appears, expounds on his/her presumed area of expertise and in exchange the guest's book or affiliation is mentioned in the introduction, close and at commercial breaks.
     My own policy was as follows. If a guest resorted to the blatant advertising tactic of responding to any question with "It's in my book" he/she got one on-air warning not to do it again. If they made the mistake of repeating that error, they were told to get out -- also live and on-air.
     It didn't happen often ... but it DID happen.

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Smallest surprise of the year. Current TV, the cheesy little cable operation headed up by Al Gore with an audience of dozens, has fired Keith Olbermann. He, in turn, is threatening to sue Al & Co.  
     Gee, wonder if he'll name Al "The Worst Person in the World?" And if he does, who will hear him?

He's being replaced by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, well-known patron of hookers -- a real step-up in class.

Since Olbermann was adjudged too nutty even for Gore's little leftist playpen, perhaps MSNBC could use him.
Al Jazeera probably has too much integrity to hire him.

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Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal on Obama's reaction to getting caught with his "flexibility" message to Russia's Putin --
     "When he knew he'd been caught, the president tried to laugh it off by comically covering a mic in a following meeting. It was all so . . . creepy."

Poor Peggy ... once a brilliant speechwriter ... now demonstrably the last to figure out this phony.

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Dr. Bud relates this ...
     "Just thought I'd pass along some advice my broker gave me. I called him this morning and asked him what I should be investing in ... told him I thought we ought to be looking for a safe haven in which to invest.
I asked him, 'Should we move to precious metals, foreign currency or what?'
     "He responded, 'If the current President is in office much longer, canned goods, water and ammunition are probably your best bet.'"

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Jay Leno --
     "Newt Gingrich has announced he's laying off a third of his campaign staff. Is that surprising? He laid off two-thirds of his wives."
     "The Pope met with Fidel Castro. As you know, the Pope is the world's most recognized religious figure, not counting Tim Tebow."
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