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“The New Diplomacy” by Tarzana Joe

Thursday, February 5, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Tarzana Joe is the poet laureate of the Hugh Hewitt Show. This week’s poem:

The New Diplomacy
By Tarzana Joe

A hopeful day is dawning
And the changing has begun
Let’s all get down to business
But remember that I won

We’re going to change America
And reason not the cost
I’d love to hear your thinking
But remember that you lost

To this little wine and cheese
I bi-partisan-ly greet you
Before we get to the agenda
Did I mention that I beat you?

When it comes to picking policy
There can only be one chooser
Now I am the decider
And you, friend, are the loser

The deficit is larger
And the GDP is thinner
But that’s the way I want it
And guess what? I’m the winner

The government is growing
And I hope you know your place in it
And every chance I get
I’m going to rub your face in it.

Tarzana Joe is available for all your commissioned poetry needs at tarazanajoe@hotmail.com. What better Valentine’s gift than an original bit of verse?

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“Blacklisting Myself” by Roger L. Simon

Thursday, February 5, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Blacklisting Myself: Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in the Age of Terror
“Blacklisting Myself” is Roger L. Simon’s engrossing memoir of a life in film and a dive into neocoonservative politics and new media after 9/11. Believe me, there aren’t many stories that start out chatting about Reds with Warren Beatty and end up reviewing script notes with Rick Santorum.

Roger joins me in hour two today.

Senator Graham on the “Stimulus”: “Well, all I can tell you is that the process stinks, and the substance of the bill sucks.”

Thursday, February 5, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

That’s Senator Graham’s concise summary of the porkapalooza package. The rest of the interview is here. My interview with Senator McCain is here, and with Senator Grassley is here.

Senator Graham’s assessment is that the president has “got his back against the wall now,” and that Senator Reid’s drive for cloture today or tomorrow is an attempt to stave off serious reform of the package. Reid will need at least two of the four Republican senators thought wobbly –Snowe and Collins of Maine, Specter of Pennsylvania and Voinovich of Ohio– but the example of the House may energize the GOP caucus to hang together and force through genuine restructuring of the package. All three of these states stand to benefit significantly from stimulus that is focused and effective, so there are excellent reasons why the GOP’s 41 should hang together on this front. Never has so much money been proposed for so many projects with so little scrutiny. All four of the GOP senators target by the White House have reputations for seriousness when it comes to legislation even if they are to the left of the GOP’s center. It seems unlikely that they will give in to the bum’s rush to get this mess of a bill through the Senate before the public has a chance to absorb the details and react to the specifics.

“Great Powers” with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Part 1

Wednesday, February 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The transcript of the first in a series of interviews with Dr. Barnett is here.

Order the book from Amazon.com here. The second interview, covering Chapter 3, will be next Wednesday.

Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

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