Nov 18, 2009 Political
A few days after he was sworn into office, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to close Gitmo in one year. The egotistical young man had this notion that it was an easy task and that it could be done within a year despite the fact that George Bush had tried for years to move the detainees out of the place. It was evident that Bush had trouble because the task is difficult.
Nonetheless, Obama the brazen decided to make good on a campaign promise and sign the EO to shutter the place. Now there is nothing wrong with trying to shut it down but it is obvious that he overestimated his ability when he put a timeline on the act.
Gitmo will NOT be shut down by Obama’s self imposed deadline. Obama, in a rare interview with Fox News, said he was not disappointed that his deadline had slipped and that he knew it was going to be hard. Keep in mind that Obama’s EO says that the facility will be closed in one year and contains disposition instructions for anyone remaining there at the end of that year.
The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order. If any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guantánamo at the time of closure of those detention facilities, they shall be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. [emphasis mine]
So he knew it was going to be hard? Right, if he knew it would be hard he not have given himself a year to do it and he would not have pigeonholed himself with those specific disposition instructions. He is a calculating politician and he does not like to do things that cast him in a bad light. His problem is that he has such an elevated opinion of his ability that he is unable to accurately predict what will happen and when.
It seems as if he is finding out the hard way that it is real easy to claim that one will change the way things are done in DC but that doing it is actually not that easy. He anticipated that his charm would be able to get things done.
He is finding out that it is not as easy as he made it sound. If he had paid attention to Bush rather than bashing him for what was taking place he might have figured out that the task was difficult.
If he had then maybe he would not be admitting failure in his ability to carry out what he says he will do.
Sep 8, 2009 Political
Well, I have read the text of the speech that BHO will be giving to America’s schoolchildren, and on the face of it, it seems innocent enough- but I still have reservations about it, simply because many of the students will not understand it.
This is because the Resident is still in campaign mode (has he ever stopped?), and the words he uses may or may not be understood by those who are in junior high or high school, but they will not be understood by very many others who are younger, simply because he uses words they might not have encountered yet. This may, at least for an English teacher, be the true lesson here, but otherwise, for many students, it’s time to doodle in their notebooks. Here’s an example. Also note the subtle propaganda- that is to be expected.
“You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.”
Now, I don’t know where he gets his facts, but the sad fact is that very little real history is taught in schools these days- one day on the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, and about one to two days on the Revolutionary or Civil wars.
Instead, all the emphasis is on the civil rights era- which is important, but without the teaching of prior history to lay the foundation, is kind of a “floating”, aimless history with no anchors in the past.
If a person wants to be effective in the future, he or she must know what mistakes were made in the past. That way, they are not repeated. The Resident’s foray into economics should be a good lesson in the mistakes of the past for all economics courses.
“No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.”
The speech is OK- I believe it is short of inspirational, but then I think he should actually think of the words he is saying- perhaps they could help him also- particularly the last paragraph there. His problem in his life has been the adults he has trusted- I wouldn’t put Rahm Emanuel, John Holdren, Cass Sunstein, or many of the others he has surrounded himself with to be shining examples of good company- you are known by the company you keep, and this company is the kind your parents warned you about- they are like Eddie Haskell- they are bound to get a person in trouble.
And in the end, that may be the lesson these students end up learning from the Resident.
Jan 21, 2009 General
Well, as much as anti war peaceniks can be.
Today Barack Obama shocked his loyal followers with his words. They had never heard of such a thing and the stunned silence and short applause was their reaction to what he told them, his act of betrayal. Barack Obama told them they would have to work. That dirty four letter word that would take them off the rolls of tax recipient and put them on the rolls of taxpayer.
After Obama won the Democratic nomination a woman named Peggy was on TV. She stated (as she was crying) that she thought he was wonderful and that she would not have to pay for her gas or her house because Obama was going to pay it for her. She was named Peggy the Moocher by Michelle Malkin.
A few days ago I was listening to a local radio show and the story of a local business owner was told. His business was way off and he had little to no work but he kept an employee on. It was a black guy who knew the business and the owner kept him on so that he would have an employee ready to go when (and if) business picked up. One day the guy shows up and quits his job. The owner asked him why and the response was that Obama was going to be the president and he would be giving out checks so “I don’t have to work.”
These two people reflect the attitudes of way too many out there who supported this guy. They think he is going to give them money and pay their bills. Unfortunately, that might not be a totally inaccurate assessment if they were stock brokers. But, many believe that they have to do nothing now because they will be taken care of. It is a shame that this country has devolved into a society where people not only think it is appropriate for the government to give them money but they expect it. What is even sadder is they have no concept that the money has to come from others. Either that or they don’t really care.
In any event, Obama must have really rung their bells today. Peggy the Moocher is probably crying but not because she is happy. The sainted one said that everyone was going to have to work. That is a four letter word that makes liberals cringe and has the effect of water on the Wicked Witch. Yes, Obama told them he needed them to work and I know that must have been like a saber through the heart.
After his speech where he dropped that bombshell on the part of the population that pays 3% or the taxes, he received very little applause. For all the hype leading up to what Rush Limbaugh calls the Immaculation, the applause was weak.
I imagine it was because most people were looking at each other asking if they had heard correctly.
I almost heard their collective hearts breaking and their skin crawling when he mentioned hard work.
Not to worry too much. A lot of us were at work today because not everyone can be on welfare.
Maybe they were doubly disappointed because the clouds did not open and a voice did not say “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” They were no Angels suddenly appearing and showering him with glory. No, he was quite ordinary and he sinned against the crowd by mentioning hard work.
They were all traumatized by this event. Great, now we will have 2 million disability claims.