Olsson's -- Patrick Buchanan ("Where the Right Went Wrong"):
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Description of Pictures: Patrick Buchanan, senior advisor to three former American presidents and candidate for President three times discusses his new book. "Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency," in which Buchanan claims the Bush Administration and Beltway neocons abandoned conservative principles, and how a tiny cabal hijacked U.S. foreign policy and may have ignited a "war of civilizations" with the Islamic world that will tie America down in this region for generations.
Some notes from his presentation:
He had four main areas where he thought W was totally out of step with the conservative ideology (which Buchanan feels that Barry Goldwater best typified):
Illegal immigrants: We have to defend our borders against the invasion. Basically, they're from too close to actually consider themselves Americans. They can just drive home. Immigrants from Asia and Europe and Africa knew they were stuck here so they developed loyalty to country.
Free trade vs sending jobs overseas: It's destroying our economy. One job here for every $20k in spending yet 10 in China for that amount so the trade deficits are huge impact on our way of life. Favored having mutual duties (20% tariffs) in all countries to encourage countries that want to sell in the country to build plants here like Japanese car manufacturers did. Thinks we're essentially selling our souls with our one-way transfers to China.
Budget (too many social programs): Bush hasn't vetoed anything which is almost unheard of and W is big-government to the hilt. Buchanan felt we needed to be cutting federal spending.
Iraq total mistake: Afghanistan made sense but Iraq has left us open to an endless occupation and radicalized the area, all for an unjustifiable reason. (Obviously the WMD claim was lunacy.). We could have dealt with Saddam who wasn't an actual threat to our country. Either is Syria. Disagrees with a foreign policy that basically ignore ...More...
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.
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