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16th January
written by Sean Noble

Rich Galen runs a blog/email list that is top-notch.  In fact, Rich was “blogging” before anyone knew what it was.  He would just send his “posts” out as emails to those who signed up for his free service – which you can still do. 

Rich is a perfect name for him, not because he is rich (I don’t think he is) but because his life has been full of rich experiences.  Anyone who has had a chance to work with him, listen to his stories or read his blog has also been enriched.

I got to know Rich when Congressman John Shadegg served as the Chairman of GOPAC back in the mid-to-late 90’s.  Rich served as the executive director of GOPAC starting in 1998, which also coincided with the beginnings of Mullings.  Just to give you a flavor or Rich’s wit and humor, this is a portion of a recent post:

During the recent campaign for President, candidate Obama pledged to close the prison at Guantánamo. The American Civil Liberties Union ran a full page ad in the New York Times to remind one and all of that promise.

In the accompanying press release the ACLU wrote:

Obama, as a candidate, pledged to “close Guantánamo, reject the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions.”

The ACLU, also called for President Obama to foreswear anything stronger than reduced potty breaks in interrogations, saying,

The ACLU calls on President-elect Obama to sign Day One executive orders banning the use of torture and abuse.

In case you didn’t think they were serious, the ACLU wrote:

There is no room for patience or delay in these areas. We have to hold President-elect Obama’s feet to the fire if we’re going to turn hope into reality.

Let’s take a moment to examine that phrase: “Feet to the Fire.”

In one sentence the ACLU’s demands that unsavory techniques be banned from questioning suspected terrorists. In another, the ACLU urges putting the feet of the President of the United States into a flame to force him – torture him, if necessary – to do what they want.

Interesting, huh!?   

Classic Rich humor.  Not only is Rich funny, he is also an institution, and anyone who cares about national politics needs to be reading everything he writes.

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