To answer your last question first, YES, since both are apparently acceptble behaviors in the Arab culture. Bowing for a President is not proper protocol when addressing a foreigh Arab leader. You seem to forget that GW was roundly criticized by the lib-corps for being in the pocket of the Saudis. You want it both ways, huh?
You continue the sexual metaphors with the "kiss and hold hands." What's with that?
Personally I believe that having mentors, whether on talk radio, in the pulpit, in good books or friends, is much better than having none at all. Let me challenge you, Bare, instead of trying to impress us with your Dem talking points, tell us who inspires you to think the way you do. Impress us with something more than the NYT; mention real people. Here's a chance to really swing your shrinking 2.8cm.
How odd. And it is the 10th use by you. Interesting.
Now, for the interesting question, you seem to think that I use NYT talking points. You have plenty of my words to use as examples, you have plenty of unique phrases to deal with. Match them up with any external sources or external talking points. I will give you a hint, you won't find any. I don't cut and paste and I don't crib.
As for who I read to glean my opinions, my daily read is over thirty varied newspapers and online magazines, worldwide, from Conservative to Liberal, from National Review to Financial Times and Newsweek to the Economist to Editor and Publisher and a sweep of three or four national newspapers from NYTimes, Miami Herald, LATimes, SanJose Merc News and Chicago Trib. I also read the London Times and a couple of Middle Eastern aggregates.
I am an active member of one forum that is specifically for retired AF Officers, one for Masters/PhD Economists and one for my PhD media work.
As for who I read, I don't even know where to begin on that list. I read both conservative and liberal writers in everything from the National Review, Salon, New Republic, then we move to folks like Thomas Merton, David McCullough, Churchill, and the conversations on BWOT have had me rereading many of the original books and letters by Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Clay, Franklin and folks like Lincoln and the Roosevelts.
I read about four or five hours a day and I read very quickly. I seldom even see a TV except for what I have to see for classwork and a slice of news and I don't do sporting events except Formula One, Indy, and a few other race weekends.
I have very good mentors on both the Economists and Retired AF Officers fora and I mentor fledglings as things are passed down.
I don't have THINK on my avatar just for giggles.