Saturday, May 23, 2009

Obama—"We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve."

Our President has a message for “We” the people on this Memorial Day weekend:

“We have a responsibility to serve all of them as well as they serve all of us,” Obama said. “And yet, all too often in recent years and decades, we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility. We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve.

“That is a betrayal of the sacred trust that America has with all who wear and all who have worn the proud uniform of our country,” he said.

“We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve.”


Mr. Obama,


It is my opinion that you use the word “we” all too inclusively when addressing this nation. Let’s start with one particular “we”, our government’s responsibility. Yes, to a large extent, our government has failed to provide the basic needs of our veterans. Given your tendency to identify people as belonging to some minority, (that you seem to use as a tool to drive your socialist agenda of “spreading the wealth” or re-distribution), the veteran rates some where in the “minority” category that all too often gets shuffled into a file of “we’ll address this problem later”. While this is not exclusive to any party, I have rarely heard the statement above spoken earnestly by any Democratic leader. Only during the Walter Reed incident/travesty, (scandal), did the self-righteous liberal media bring attention to the needs of veterans. But the indignation was used as a tool to shame one party, while many in our current leadership still looks the other way. Where are the stories on the front pages of our newspapers of our “vets in need” since Walter Reed? The liberal biased media that elected you spent their every moment sensationalizing every alleged incident, that occurred to denigrate our veterans fighting and dyeing for our freedoms, while calling their endeavors and sacrifices “Bush’s War”. This tasteless tactic further divided this nation and its resolve to liberate two nations living in tyranny and devastation. The partisan atrocities of YOUR Democratic leadership, (fueled by a zealous media hell-bent on destroying one political party), will go down in history as one of the most egregious assaults on our military and our veterans. From Harry Ried’s “this war is lost” and John Murtha’s persecution of his own Marines, and even your own statements of “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians”, the Democrat Party has done everything possible to defame and desecrate our military/veterans for purely political gain. And you, Mr. President used these veterans’ sacrifices to further divide this nation for political gain in campaigning for the office that is dedicated to the principals of supporting our military/veterans as our Commander in Chief. Shame on you.

Further, in the current political climate, your third in command, (our Speaker of the House), has chosen to insult our CIA by falsely accusing them of lying to Congress, while YOU, yourself chose to release redacted portions of harsh interrogation memos that prevented American citizens from being murdered, yet still refuse to release the full report. Where’s the “WE” in this Mr. President?

Meanwhile, WE, a major portion of this nation’s citizens HAVE supported and respected our military and our veterans at every step of the way, praising their fortitude, devotion to country, and yes crying when they did not come home alive, or came home less than whole. Where are the stories from our pathetic media of the heroic battles and personal sacrifices our soldiers make every day? Where are the stories of those veterans who died in the past giving their all for our country? Why is it only on two single days of a year, (Veterans Day and Memorial Day), that we pay tribute to the fallen who dedicated their lives to keep this nation free when we provide an entire month to Black History, (a worthwhile cause), Clean Air Month, Lesbian & Gay History Month, and even a National Stuttering Awareness Week? Why does this nation shamelessly dedicate only two days of the calendar year to recognize our men and women in arms while you, Mr. President have the gall to say “We have failed to give them the respect they deserve.”? The “we” that you use so liberally is pejorative, condescending, and a contemptuous insult to the strongest and most patriotic institution ever devised by our forefathers, our military veterans. No, Mr. President, it is NOT “WE”—IT IS YOU, AND MANY OTHERS that have failed to live up to that responsibility.


( In honor of my father, that landed on the shores of Guadalcanal, and to every veteran who has dedicated their lives to this nation's continued freedom, I salute you on this Memorial Day Weekend. And to Dad, who's now in God's hands---Semper Fi! )


Cross-posted in the Green Room (Hot Air)

Friday, May 22, 2009

John Piper---No President Obama

From a commentor at Hot Air:

John Piper has been the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN for more than a quarter-century. When I first met him in 1989, BBC was a small urban church with barely a hundred members. It now has a membership in the thousands, on two campuses, with multiple services and a worldwide publishing ministry.

Piper’s un-watered-down message of the radical grace of Jesus Christ has not changed one whit since the day I met him. I have never met any other living person with a greater sense of humility, nor a greater, more palpable joy in knowing the Savior. He exudes passion for the Gospel like no one I have ever met.

His preaching is deeply exegetic - that is, he digs into the text to uncover its meaning, looking at the original texts (Piper taught Greek at the university level before being called to preach) and cross-comparing them to other Biblical and non-Biblical texts to uncover the author’s meaning. A running joke is Piper closing a sermon with, “I had ten things I wanted to say about this verse, but we only got through three of them. We’ll see you next week.” he preached through the Book of Romans start to finish - it took him four years.
I’m proud that John was my pastor for many years. He baptised me and my wife and officiated at our wedding. skydaddy on May 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Now listen to John Piper properly reprimand our President:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sarah Palin's First 100 Days (by Victor Davis Hanson)

President Palin’s First 100 Days
A near disaster.

By Victor Davis Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first 100 days of the Palin presidency, according to a consensus of media commentators, have proven a near disaster. Perhaps it was Palin’s scant two years’ experience in a major government position that has eroded her gravitas, or maybe it was her flirty reliance on looks and informal chit-chat. In any case, the press has had a field day, and it is hard to see how President Palin can ever recover from the Quayle/potatoe syndrome. Here is a roundup of this week’s pundit mockery.

LET THEM EAT MOOSE
“Ted Stevens may have gotten off,” wrote Bob Herbert in the New York Times, “but he taught our Sarah something first — like using $100-a-pound beef for her state dinners. And what’s this $50 mil for her inauguration gala? Since when do you fly in your favorite pizza-maker from across the country on our dime? Or send the presidential 747 for a spin over the Big Apple for a third-of-a-million-dollar joyride? Does Palin think she’s still in Alaska and has to have everything flown in from the South 48 by jumbo jet?”

WASILLA CHIC
Also in the Times, Gail Collins weighed in on the already-tired yokelism of the new commander in chief. “What we’re getting is Wasilla chic. That’s what we’re getting. She arrives in the Oval Office, and first thing sends back Blair’s gift of the Churchill bust as if it’s a once-worn Penney’s outfit. Then she gives the Brits some unwatchable DVDs as a booby prize — as if she idled the old Yukon and ran into Target’s sale aisle. Did Sarah send Bristol into Wal-Mart back in Anchorage for that ‘engraved’ iPod for the queen? And what’s this don’t-bow-to-the-queen stuff, but curtsy for a Saudi sheik? Maybe that explains why she brags to Stephanopoulos about her ‘Muslim faith.’ So far, the best things going for her are Todd’s biceps.” ..................

Please treat yourself and go read the whole priceless post.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

PELOSI VS. THE CIA-----IT'S ON!

The Speaker of the House has decided to claim that the CIA lied to her and others in the intel they provided to House intelligence committees while also claiming this is a pattern from the Bush administration's WMD's that were MIA. Nancy Pelosi's weekly press conference had a more than exuberant press corp waiting to hear her pile of excuses for why she remained silent while the CIA performed harsh interrogations on terrorist, (including waterboarding), that were a threat to this nation. S.A Miller at the Washington Times reports that Pelosi's on a mission:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the Bush administration "misled Congress" with inaccurate and incomplete information about harsh interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects and denied being briefed by the CIA about them.

"They mislead us all of the time," she said. "They misrepresented every step of the way."

Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, has come under fire for criticizing the use of the techniques, despite recently released documents that show she was briefed about them by the CIA in September 2002.

She has become the center of the controversy about the techniques — including the simulated drowning method known as "waterboarding" — as the Democrat-controlled Congress attempts to use the documents to prosecute Bush administration lawyers and other officials over the approval of the methods." link

Charles Krauthammer, on Fox's Special Report gives Pelosi more than a bad "report card":



OUCH!

While Allahpundit at Hot Air has one take on this "assault" on the CIA, Ice Cold, (a very astute commenter) has a slightly different take:

AP, you’re about as wrong on your point concerning leaks as you could possibly be.

The situations and issues and actions are entirely different.

Any CIA leaks now are RESPONSES to an unprovoked, classless, possibly dangerous, and contemptible attack on CIA regarding interrogation methods. And the leaks concern facts - setting the record straight with facts about concrete matters (briefings of Congress on specific topics).

The leaks (and it went way beyond that) that were intended to be damaging to Bush were not a response to anything, they concerned POLICY as well as on-going operations, and they all represented an agency or personnel/former personnel out of their lane, or even acting criminally.

The outing of the SWIFT operation and the NSA surveillance of domestic connections to foreign terror organizations were criminal violations of federal laws by arrogant reckless morons who appointed themselves FISA appeals chamber judges, Galactic Arbiters of What’s Right, and President (with declassifying authority) all in one. There isn’t the slightest similarity to the Pelosi affair, on any aspect in question.

The absurd game of tendentious and silly NIEs intended to preserve the Ba’athist tyranny, er, prevent the Iraq war, or to prevent any effective interference with the Iranian nuclear weapons program was about policy - way out of their lane, not criminal, and repeated only because the Bush Admin. lacked the judgement or guts to publicly humiliate the perps for their absurd and unimpressive “analysis” (this would have paid enormous benefits in national security and making the CIA a more serious agency).

Again, there was no retaliation for an unprovoked assault on the agency for authorized (and successful, and vital) activities by a ridiculous, mendacious, despicable political creature - which is the Pelosi matter in a nutshell.

I see that Theworldisnotenough has seized on the same point about the difference (or one of them) between the two cases.

If anyone around here is going to be concerned, be concerned (no, appalled and sickened) by the mediocrity of so much CIA “analysis”, the politicization (i.e., adherence to brain-dead Beltway mindsets as reflected in the MSM and the Dem party and half the GOP) of so many federal agencies incl. CIA, the collapse of any standards of decency or respect in the public square (from Durbin to Murtha to Pelosi to Reid) concerning life and death matters in time of war, and the cowardice and mediocrity of the GOP (and in the Bush years, perhaps simply the incomprehension) that fails to reject and resist these things and thus lets them become the new normal
.................IceCold on May 14, 2009 at 8:05 PM

(as soon as I find IceCold, I'll let him/her know I tend to agree with this)

Saturday, May 09, 2009