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Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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9:12a
Still at it
I got invited to an intimate get-together with some Conference United Methodist Men types at a local leader's house. Gil and Sher Hanke (General Secretary of UMM and wife) are attending our Conference, and they were there. We had steak with all the trimmings. I felt very welcomed and included. It was nice.

This morning, Gil spoke at the UMM Breakfast. He did a great job. Meanwhile, I'm sitting up in the display area off the balcony, reading my e-mail and letting things flow by. I'm afraid Annual Conference as it is currently being done amounts to a rally to pick out the coolest bumper stickers for our coffin. Egads.
9:48a
Nobody says it better than ...
In recent months, a lot of Americans have said to me that they had no idea the new president would feel so "weird." But, in fact, he's not weird. True, he's not, even in Democratic terms, a political figure – as, say, Clinton or Biden are. Instead, he's the product of the broader culture: There are millions of people like Barack Obama, the eternal students of a vast lethargic transnational campus for whom global compassion and the multicultural pose are merely the modish gloss on a cult of radical grandiose narcissism. As someone once said, "We are the ones we've been waiting for." When you've spent that long waiting in line for yourself, it's bound to be a disappointment.
-- Mark Steyn

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