Another Teachable Moment

 

So Barack Hussein Obama thinks it more important to go on a talk show with some of the most vapid ‘talents’ to waste pixels since Britney Spears had a show than to go to the Boy Scouts’ Centennial Jamboree.  Is it news worthy?

Only if you think about how it demonstrates his priorities.

On the former, he can field softballs from a friendly panel who would much rather joke and giggle with him than ask a difficult question about the many failures of his adminstration or push him to denounce the tired tactic of his defenders and enablers of “Blame Bush!”  nearly two years after taking the job he so desperately asked us to give him.

At the latter, he is likely to come face-to-face with people of all hues and creeds who focused on achievement and learning all the things that they can do, rather than wallowing in the conviction of all the things they are sure that they can’t do (even if they never tried).  He will come face to face-to-face with people of all hues and creeds who make the daily attempt to adhere to a code that doesn’t have room for cynicism or the petty divisions that politicians cleverly manipulate in an attempt to increase their own power.  At the latter, he would come face-to-face with people who believe in voluntarily giving service to their communities, not out of a tangled belief in collective salvation, but because they understand their faith enough to know that such service is a betterment to themselves personally, and is the real root of charity.  And finally, he would come to face-to-face with people who believe in right and wrong in personal behavior, and are willing to take a stand regarding those beliefs, rather than bow to political expediency.

Knowing this, I understand his choice completely, and I find it unsurprising.  If I were him, I wouldn’t want to be spending time with boys, young men, and their elders, any one of whom demonstrate more character on their absolute worst days than this shallow shell of a man who has left a trail of friends and associates in his wake so that the electorate doesn’t think too hard about birds of a feather flocking together.  That would have to be singularly uncomfortable. 

I know some conservatives and former scouts who are upset that the President of the United States will not lend the prestige of his office to a celebration of an American Institution.  I myself have mixed feelings about this.  While I regret that the current occupant of the Oval Office cannot suck it up, take a break from his perpetual vacation, and try to inspire young men and boys to aspire to such lofty goals, I find that I am glad that he has once again chosen what is easy over what is right.  If the boys cannot have such an honored guest who demonstrates many of the morals that are the product of the code they live by, then I would honestly prefer that they didn’t have to endure one who clearly cannot. 

And while I too, was a scout, and still try to live up to that code, I fear that their grace and respect is simply more than he deserves.

Crossposted at Taxes, Stupidity, and Death.

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Video: Ann Coulter Tells Joy Behar What She Should Ask Obama On The View, Thursday

Behar had Donna Brazille on to help her with questions, too, but as always, Coulter stole the show.

Ann never disappoints:

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Julie Mason at The Washington Examiner: Cringe-worthy? Obama does “The View”

Yes, it’s cringeworthy, and yes, it’s unpresidential, but as Coulter says, (and she’s always right) Obama does well in these sorts of informal settings, so it was probably a shrewd move on his part to go on.

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A trending topic on Twitter: #PredictedToughViewQuestions

A few submissions:

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Can I be at your next Beer Summit?

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Do those racist, sexist, homophobic, animal killing tea partiers get you wee-weed up?

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Where did you learn to throw a baseball? (can’t blame *that* on Bush now can ya?)

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U’ve faced criticism on spending, oil spill, the war. Tell me, why is thr still so much racism?

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So are you a full god or just a demi-god?

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“Will you shave my back?” (Joy Behar)

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TN Candidate For US Congress, Van Irion to Personally Serve OCA Complaint and MPI to Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Holder in D.C.‏

Just received this press release via email from the Van Irion for Congress campaign:

For Immediate Release

July 27, 2010

Van Irion, lead Attorney, with Anthony Shreeve, lead Plaintiff, for the Obamacare Class Action lawsuit against the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, will personally serve a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction on Obama, Pelosi, Reid and AG Holder this Wednesday in Washington D.C. Irion represents over 25,000 Americans as named co-Plaintiffs on the lawsuit. The preliminary injunction is the first motion of its type to be filed against the PPACA and seeks to immediately bar the government from enforcing any aspect of the health care reform bill passed last March.

“I continue to hear from thousands across the country that are already being negatively affected by this bill. Some are loosing their current medical coverage. Some are business owners being unfairly targeted by the Tan Tax,” says Irion. “As time goes on, more begin to realize that this bill does little to improve quality of care in the U.S., but simply expands a flawed system. What Americans need is freedom to make their own choices for health care and insurance. There are free market solutions to the rising cost and diminishing availability of health care that are being completely ignored by Washington.”

Irion says that any regulation of health care on the Federal level is unconstitutional as it is not a specified Federal function in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and is specifically barred by the 10th Amendment. Obamacare must be repealed as unconstitutional, but so must regulations that prevent or discourage buying insurance across state lines and individual ownership of health care insurance. These are reforms Irion plans to push for when he is elected Tennessee’s next Third District Congressman.

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Gregg Juster
Chief of Staff
Van Irion for Congress
gregg@juster.com

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Not That It Matters Anymore, But There WAS A Second Source For That 2008 Obama/Ayers Babysitting Story

For the entire election year of 2008, conservatives were desperate to get the MSM to cover important stories about the Obamas, but the truth kept getting squashed by the Obama campaign.

Here are just a few, out of countless stories that never gained the traction they deserved, because the MSM bought, (or covered for) the Obamalies:

Obama’s extensive background working with ACORN became: “Barack once represented ACORN in a successful lawsuit alongside the U.S. Department of Justice”.

His 20 years practicing black liberation theology at TUCC with the race-baiting Rev. Wright, his “spiritual mentor” became: Barack occasionally attended church at TUCC, where he often disagreed with a fiery Pastor he thought of as ‘an old uncle’, and in fact, he wasn’t even there for the  controversial sermonsseen on YouTube. Obama threw Wright under the bus when the media attention became too intense. That, and his speech on race effectively ended the media scrutiny.

Another story the media didn’t pursue: the longtime  friendship of the Obamas and former Weatherman terrorist, Bill Ayers. A relationship that went back at least 20 yearspossibly more,... became: “the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.” .That was the official line the MSM went with.

The Rev Wright story was important because it could have warned American voters that the “post-racial” candidate was nothing of the sort, as we’ve all come too late to discover.

The ACORN story was important because it could have warned voters about the Alinsky “end justifies the means” radicalism that has come to define his governing style.

And the Ayers story was important because it could have warned voters about the virulent anti-American radicalism that we’ve seen in so many of Obama’s policies.

One promising lead that would have shed light on the Obama/Ayers relationship, and was never followed up on in the fall of 2008, was the Ayers babysitting story. That one was quashed because, according to the rumors circulating at the time,  there was only one nervous, anonymous source,and the media outlet being tipped on the story, needed at least two anonymous sources to run the story.

Hillbuzz recently took note of the fact that The Politico’s Ben Smith was a member of the Obama-supporting Journolist cabal: Our experience with Journolist member (and committed Obama operative) Ben Smith during the 2008 general election:

The McCain campaign approached us with a story they had on Obama, which needed a second source to confirm.  They had found a young woman in Hyde Park who had played with the older Obama girl on occasion, and knew about babysitting William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn did for the Obama girls.  The young woman was the daughter of a McCain supporter in Hyde Park (probably the only McCain supporter in Hyde Park), and was barely a teenager.  The McCain camp went to Ben Smith with this story, but he refused to look into it because the only witness to the Ayers/Dohrn babysitting operation was a teenaged girl who happened to be the daughter of a McCain supporter.

We were charged with finding someone else who could verify that Ayers/Dohrn babysat the Obama girls.  We brought their old swimming instructor up, and Ben Smith shot that person (now a respected advertising executive) down because she, too, was a Republican and a McCain supporter.  So, Ben Smith refused to do a write-up on the Ayers/Dorhn babysitting…despite getting two different people who didn’t know each other to verify that this happened on more than one occasion.

When you look at a map of the Hyde Park area, you see Louis Farrakhan, the Obama/Rezko Mansion, and the William Ayers residence in very close proximity to one another…about as close to each other as The Gap, Banana Republic, and Express are to each other in a typical suburban mall.  Walking distance.  So close, young children could easily walk between the houses without parents worrying about them.

That story was one of many that could have deep-sixed the Obama campaign, but thanks to Journolister, Ben Smith, it was the story that was deep sixed.

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Pundit and Pundette: Stanley Kurtz is back, with a book: Radical-in-Chief

I became a huge fan of Stanley Kurtz during the 2008 campaign. Dr. Kurtz, a painstaking, scholarly, responsible researcher, was, in my view, foremost among those happy few who dug deep into the question the liberal media struggled so very hard to ignore — Who is Barack Obama? Of course, Kurtz received the smear treatment for his efforts.

I have wondered what he’s been up to since then. Now we know:

Like Pundette, I  became a Stanley Kurtz fan during the 2008 election, too. Can’t wait to read his new book to see what else he was able to dig up.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

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