Joe the Plumber in Phoenix Last Sunday at a Tea Party Event

Some particularly telling excerpts: “I am not politically castrated — new word for political correctness, by the way. I am not politically castrated. Put a fence in, start shooting. End of story.” (the plumber’s fix for illegal immigration) “Line up every damn last terrorist, I’ll torture them my damn self. And I’m not just talking.”…

CultureMutterings Episode #1

Here goes the first video post. Basically, the idea behind it is a beginning for what I am calling CultureMutterings – basically a video post about recent news, recent CultureMutt posts and reactions/rebuttals to some of the comments made on the posts. This is my first stab at this and I am obviously highly camera trained…. enjoy

Yes He (Still) Can: Obama got his mojo back through health care

We hadn’t seen this Obama in a while but what Obama proved tonight is that he could do more than win the most significant election in a generation; he could pull off one of the greatest comebacks of recent political history and truly grab the reins of leadership with both hands. As both friend and foe predicted, Obama’s success as a leader hinged on his ability to deliver on health care. The Republicans knew this and fought accordingly. But in the end, it was Obama that won. As he said tonight: “We rose above the weight of our politics. … We are still a people capable of doing big things.” And this is a president who is still capable of doing great things.

Why I, a Swede, Believe in America and in Health Care Reform

I will admit that as a Swede, I often compare America to what I have in my country of birth. Yes, Sweden has socialized medicine and yes, this does bias me in favor of providing health care as a right for all. But I made a very conscious decision ten years ago to move to the United States. The reason? I still believe with all that is in me, that America is the land of opportunity. I still believe that things, very good things, can be done in this country that cannot be done anywhere else. I am proud of my adopted country and I defend it whenever I travel. This is where I want to live and this is the country I am committed to on a level that makes me feel deeply invested in doing all I can to improve this country for all that live here.

Red-faced Turkish Prime Minister Threatens to Deport 100,000 Armenians

If genocide denial doesn’t work, maybe mass deportation will. Or so goes the apparent logic of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Incensed that Sweden and the United States have recently decided to call the WWI era massacres of approximately 1.5 million Armenians “genocide”, Erdogan told the BBC’s Turkish service yesterday that, “If necessary, I may have to tell… 100,000 (Armenians) to go back to their country because they are not my citizens. I don’t have to keep them in my country.”