Friday, October 02, 2009

Risk, Reward


Americans used to think like this. And were allowed to.


The president also was gambling with
America’s reputation, not just his own.

The last 18 hours–that is, President Obama’s airborne pow-wow with Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the stone-wall rejection of the president’s bid to win the Olympics for Chicago–leave my head spinning.  It’s such a weird sequence of events, such an anomalous combination of the deadly serious with the impossibly trivial, that it makes my brain hurt.

Whether he wants to be or not, Barack Obama is a wartime commander-in-chief.  The war in Afghanistan, and even the “Long War” aren’t epic conflicts on a World War II-scale, but they’re damned serious fights involving vital American strategic interests.  Maybe we armchair students of American supreme command see things too much through the Roosevelt-and-Eisenhower, Lincoln-and-Grant lenses, but these are still critical moments.  They seem even moreso thanks to the president’s very public uncertainty about what course to take, and the reports that he’s had so little communication with Gen. McChrystal since he was dispatched to Kabul.

The president’s decision to involve himself so publicly in the Chicago Olympic bid is almost equally perplexing.  Pundits concluded that he wouldn’t have done so unless he’d been assured of success–but Chicago didn’t make it out of the first round.  This is not just bad staff work, but recklessness of a high order ... [Is it just me?  comt]

Hear our Prayer

"Hear our cry Obama"
Say Amen Mofkr

Michael Moore: A Capitalist Story

Crime Inc.Gov

A Thuggish White House
"For even more Fox lies"
 Everything this Administration does has the touch and feel of a street gang.  The White House Blog, for example,  looks more like the Daily Kos than dialog from the Executive Branch of the United States government.  It is in fact an extension of the Fact Check  spin machine Obama used during the campaign.  It's also very discomfiting that the Obama Administration takes on individual critics like Glenn Beck,  and FNC, the lone dissenting television voice, with the full weight of the United States government.  


Reality Check: Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame

Posted by Jesse Lee
Reality Check
Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States. In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride and unity for the country, but once again Fox News' Glenn Beck program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings.
RHETORIC:          BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT "HAD THE OLYMPICS."   Glenn Beck said, "Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics."  [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY:              VANCOUVER'S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010.   Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games from February 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12-21, 2010, respectively. [, accessed 9/29/09] 

For even more Fox lies, check out the latest "Truth-O-Meter" feature from Politifact that debunks a false claim about a White House staffer that continues to be repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network.
Beck may have meant to say Montreal's Olympics, but there he'd have been untruthful since " Montreal’s 1976 Olympics left the city with $2.7 billion of debt that it finally paid off in 2005." - New York Times .  Even if he was referring to the Vancouver Olympics,  a $1 billion projected loss is probably being  conservative.  Obama's a punk, and a street thug.  It shows in everything he does.

Michelle's Dresses

A Question of Attire

 There were disapproving comments made about the dress the Wookie chose to wear at the Medal of Honor ceremony for U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, a few weeks ago.  A tad festive, one might say.  But the two of them pulled out all the stops at last night's La Grandiose Balle Olympique in Copenhagen.  (rollover)


Democrat's fear of sunlight

51 Words
Here, in 51 words¹, everything you need to know about Democrats. 
Last week, the Finance Committee considered an amendment offered by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) that would have required the committee to post the full actual language of the proposed legislation online for at least 72 hours before holding a final committee vote on it. The committee defeated the amendment 13-10. [source]
¹ - as calculated by Word Count

Olympics say NO to Obama

Chicago Bounced in First Round

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 The One and the Wookie put their full prestige on the line to get a Chicago Olympics, and were slapped in the face for it. 

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