Contribution from Left

Nov 17 - On this day in 2008, an article titled "How to Fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton" was published on the left-leaning Media Matters website. This piece by Eric Boehlert came out before she was even offered the position.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Organizer in Chief

Like everyone else, I heard the news about the Rolling Stone article that lead to Obama summoning General McChrystal to the White House, which ultimately led to his resignation. Perhaps, unlike everyone else, I was not surprised by much of this.

I am certainly not in favor of airing out our dirty laundry in public. I do think these soldiers should have known better than to trust saying such off-color things with someone that is not a brother in arms. We don’t know if such comments were supposed to be off the record, but our mainstream media and pop culture industry has never been our military’s greatest fans. The most puzzling and disappointing things to me were that Rolling Stone magazine actually had someone embedded with our troops in Afghanistan and that McChrystal actually voted for Obama! As for the rest of it, is it really a story that soldiers use foul language? We have audio of Joe Biden using foul language in celebration of the health care scam. Rahm Emanuel is notorious for his filthy mouth. Is it really shocking that our active duty soldiers do not hold this far left liberal administration in high esteem? Heck, their approval rating among civilians, many of who are completely on the dole, is south of 25%!

General McChrystal has been dutifully serving this country for most of his life. He has spent almost the last decade engaged in war and has spent a matter of months WITH his family over that timeframe. The first thing that came to my mind when this story broke was how Obama dithered over McChrystal’s request for more troops last year. Obama was more concerned with the political consequences than the General’s combat needs. He ultimately took four months to respond and shortchanged the General on the troops. So, I was not surprised with McChrystal's lack of love for the big (O)rganizer.

Unfortunately, I was on an airplane while the U.S. advanced by beating Algeria 1-0 in the World Cup and Obama was announcing that General David Petraeus, Central Command Leader, would be taking McChrystal’s place. If anyone is capable of taking over in Afghanistan, General Petraeus is the first name that comes to mind. I was quite surprised that (O)’s ego allowed him to go with Bush’s guy, but I am glad the soldiers have been given a proven leader. I just wish the Organizer in Chief was as quick to react to the Oil Spill Crisis or in protecting our southern border, as he was in defending his fragile ego. Now that Obama has called up General Petraeus, I wonder if or any other Democrat support groups will be re-running more “General Betray Us” ads in the New York Times?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Excuse me, but that is just ludicrous!

As I go about the process of updating the contributions from the left and the right, I generally cringe and smile respectively. However, I had to devote a little more time and commentary on today's contribution from the left.

Of all the blatant falsehoods told by Barack Obama before and after the 2008 election, his comment on this day last year was certainly one of the most ridiculous of the very long list. Until the recent Joe Sestak story and the whopping one month turn around time for a substantive response to the BP incident, we have come to expect the media to just nod up and down politely while Barack drones on or filibusters. However, you would have thought a comment such as, "the United States is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world," would have generated a bit of push back even during the honeymoon period of their ongoing love affair!

Hindsight being 20/20, we see how effective Obama's apology tour has been with the Ft. Hood massacre, the Panty Bomber in Detroit and the most recent attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square. Of course, we know what each of these terrorists have in common, but we're not supposed to say it. Attorney General Eric Holder even showed us just how far we must go to not offend Muslims, by refusing to acknowledge the Islamic Extremists that have hijacked their faith.

If you are wondering just how ludicrous Obama's claim was last year about the Muslim population in the United States, you don't have to search too long or hard. In fact, if you just Google "Muslim Population in United States" you will find a fairly narrow range of estimates putting their U.S. representation at approximately .2%. Yes, "point 2 percent," as in more than
2 times LESS than 1/2 of a percent! In fact, they only make up approximately 0.7% of the U.S. population. To the right is a very recent survey breaking down the major religions throughout the United States.

As you can see, Muslims are part of the "Other Religions" category, which combined only amount to 4.7% of the U.S. adult population. The Jewish population in our country is nearly three times greater than the Muslims. Heck, there are slightly more Buddhists than Muslims according to this survey.

Besides being patently untrue, what makes Obama's claim so outrageous is the lack of integrity on his part and the media's acceptance. If you attended Yale or Harvard, you might say accepting his comment would require a "willing suspension of disbelief." The rest of us are fine with just calling it a "lie" and the media "shamefully pathetic" for not doing their job.

It always amazes me how the left uses "separation of church and state" when it comes to an actual church or synagogue, unless it is campaign season or the Speaker of the House is trying to get Catholics to push for Amnesty, Health Care or some other leftist cause. The way this administration pussy foots around with Islamic Extremists, while embarrassing the Dali Lama and the Prime Minister of Israel, they seem to only have a certain comfort level with "mosque and state". Pandering to one of the smallest religious constituencies in our country must be another one of this administration's brilliant political strategies. There have been three major Muslim terrorist incidents on our soil since our Apologist in Chief began his reign. Turkey, which was an ally not too long ago, is now aligning with Iran and seems to have just provoked Israel with the flotilla incident earlier this week. So, I guess it seems to be working out fine... if you are an Islamic Terrorist. However, if you are part of the 76% - 78% (depending on which surveys you read) of the U.S. population that happens to be Christian, you might feel pretty offended by Obama's absurd Muslim claim. It will be interesting to see if Christians go with Hope or Faith in November of 2010 and 2012.

Contribution from Right

Nov 17 - On this day in 1974, President Ford visits Japan, which was the first visit to that country by an American President.