Obama At The Bat

A wonderful take-off from Casey At The Bat, by PJTV.

The judgement to lead

As Taleban fighters continue their surge toward the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the prospects of Islamic terrorists coming into the possession of nuclear weapons has never been closer. The gap, in fact, is a mere 60 miles.

The “test” that Joe Biden warned about may be upon us.

“Mark my words…… With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to — we’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him.”

Instead of placating the radical Left by picking a fight with the previous administration over the definition of “torture,” our new president might be forced to employ his considerable skill on the security task at hand.  And, if he is unsuccessful in “mending fences with our enemies,”  he may have to consider acting in the security interests of the Free World by securing the nuclear stockpile.

A year ago, candidate Obama told us that he was very capable of doing this. … “Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

No big surprise if you don’t remember this. It was understandably obscured by the other comments he made at that same San Francisco fundraiser — his famous “clinging to guns and religion” statement. (I mean, really, who can doubt that DHS’s report on right-wing extremism is any different than Obama’s own true feelings about conservatives?)  Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, he alone possesses “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.”  source

What a piece of work, this man.  Perhaps he remembers making these statements.  Let us hope that his recollection is better than the statements he made regarding Cuba as recently as 2004, something that he described last week as happening “eons ago.”

Although Mr. Obama has been quick to blame many of the problems of the nation on his predecessor, one thing he inherited that is in good condition is our military.  Their bravery and mettle may have to bear the brunt of Obama’s “test.”

They, as well as he, are in my prayers.

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World Down Syndrome Day Is Today!

I am compelled to write this, as the Fiftieth Anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day so closely coincides with the insulting remark our current President, B-HO, made about the Special Olympics.

I have no family members with this unique chromosomal condition, but have known many, through the years, who did, and the love and concern they had for their child/grandchild/sibling, was deep and unending. One good friend of mine has a Down Syndrome child, and she and her other boys love him, and cherish him, in a manner that is as inspiring as any love I have ever seen.

B-HO’s words, when I first heard them on the radio, the day after his comedy show appearance, stung me in the heart. What type of callousness could compel someone to say that? He’s not “cool,” he is “cold.”

I visited Hugh Hewitt’s blog today, to retrieve an email written to him by a parent in response to B-HO’s insult, that was read on his radio show Friday, and discovered Hugh has written an excellent piece on World Down Syndrome Day, and it’s Fiftieth Anniversary. Below is the heart felt email sent to him:

Hugh,

Thank you so much for your blog post about Obama’s Special Olympics comment.

I’d like add to what you’ve said by pointing out that the President’s
insult runs much broader than against the set of citizens you’ve
identified, the people with Down’s Syndrome.

I’m the father of a beautiful, young, 12-year-old girl (quickly
growing into a young lady) named Emily. She’s smart — an avid reader and books-on-tape listener — and she’s excelling in school. But Emily also has cerebral palsy, which affects practically all of her physical abilities. Her speech is affected as are her limbs. She relies completely on a motorized wheelchair to get around.

I might sound overly sensitive when I say this, but the President’s
Special Olympics comment is deeply insulting to anyone, I believe, who has any kind of significant disability. It reveals a coarse insensitivity to the plight of people with disabilities. His comment is every bit as demeaning as some of the most racist and sexist things that have been said in public in recent years by politicians and celebrities. While I’ve sensed in some commentators a rush to excuse his comments as unintended and inconsequential, and therefore hardly worthy of rebuke, I believe such an attitude reveals a double-standard in the way our society views and treats people who are disabled. Those in the public eye who have made racist and sexist comments of equivalent offense have been rightfully pilloried.

I have found myself to be angry — not in my sometimes knee jerk,
emotional way — but in a deeply disappointed way. I can still hardly believe that an orator of his ability, one who ardently claims to defend the disenfranchised, could make such a blunder. I fear it reveals an attitude of arrogance and elitism that portends trouble for the way he will govern.

My only consolation is that perhaps the backlash to his comments will have a positive effect in raising the awareness of the subtle but troubling way some in our society treat people with disabilities. I also hope that the President will make a sincere and full apology for his insensitive remarks.

To those who do not live close to the life of a person with
disabilities, my remarks may seem overly dramatic. But living every day with the effects of a severe disability is a tough road. And it’s very disappointing to have the President so flippantly poke fun at a group of people who deserve — more than most — a greater degree of compassion and respect.

Thanks, again.

I was also reminded of a post by Peggy Noonan, several years ago, about her audience with Pope John Paul, and how Pope John felt about Down Syndrome children.

I always get the feeling with John Paul that if he could narrow down who he meets and blesses to those he likes best it would not be cardinals, princes or congressmen but nuns from obscure convents and Down syndrome children. Especially the latter. Because they have suffered, and because in some serious and amazing way they understand more than most people. Everyone else gets tied up in ambition and ideas and bustle, but the modest and limited are able to receive this message more deeply and openly: God loves us, his love is all around us, he made us to love him and play with him and serve him and be happy.

I know a woman who once worked with the retarded. The Down syndrome children would ask her to comb her long blond hair, and then they’d get lost in it, lost in the beauty of it. They touched it and patted it and walked through it like curtains. It takes a kind of spiritual genius to know a hunk of long blond hair is heaven. They knew. The pope knows they know.

Those words have remained with me, and were the first to enter my mind, while B-HO’s words stung my heart.

Contrast our current President’s words with those of Sarah Palin.

Since our current President is so lacking in compassion, and incapable of a sincere apology to all the families with special family members, I feel I must speak out.

God Bless all the special children/adults, and their families, from someone who sincerely loves you as one of God’s creations, and for the special gifts you bring. There are many people in this world incapable of sincere compassion, but there are many more of us who cherish you and your ability to teach the rest of us, about the love God wants us to have for him, and for each other.

Why I won’t be voting for Barack

It will come as no great surprise to regular readers of this blog that I have decided to not vote for BH Obama next month. Since several respected Republican pundits and politicians have stirred the pot recently by making their reasoning for endorsing Obama part of the political discourse, I thought I might reveal some of the reasons why I am not supporting him, especially since McCain was not my first, or even my second choice in the Republican primary.

One of the great pleasures of self employment for me is the freedom to decide with whom to do business. In a small business, the need for trust is critical. I wouldn’t any more hire a known liar than I would risk a large inventory to a potential client without an unimpeachable letter of credit. Why would I jeopardize the financial security of those who depend on me by making such an immature business decision?

Further, I wouldn’t knowingly decide to depend upon a supplier with a track record of not doing what he says he will do. Choosing vendors and suppliers is as much about dependability and accountability as it is about cost.

Bottom line is this: since I get to choose, I choose not to do business with liars.

My vote is no less important.

On several occasions, Obama verbally committed to participating in public Presidential financial system, saying he would “aggressively pursue an agreement” with John McCain. In fact, he completed the MDN Questionnaire which included this question…

Question I-B:
If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?

OBAMA: Yes. …[snip]… Senator John McCain (r-AZ) has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.

In his first major consequential decision, Obama chose expediency over integrity.

Obama lied. Credibility died. His refusal to keep his word is more than troubling. It is a window into his character. If he will lie about money, what else will he lie about?

I don’t do business with liars, nor will I vote for one.

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McCain, Obama react to Georgia-Russia conflict

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama gave their opinions today on the current conflict between Russia and Georgia, both expressing their hopes for a cease-fire and a negotiated settlement.

McCain … believes NATO’s North Atlantic Council should convene an emergency session to demand a cease-fire, and begin talking about a peacekeeping force for South Ossetia.

Obama thinks the U.N. Security Council should pass a resolution calling for an immediate end to the violence. He also thinks a U.N. mediator should join efforts to try to end the fighting. source

I suppose someone forgot to tell Mr. Obama that Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, with full veto power over any resolution.

He must be exhausted, lugging around that giant brain all the time.

h/t newbie 2008

Jeremiah Wright is the least of his problems

It’s time to back away the Jeremiah Wright kerfluffle.

If Lanny Davis and other Clinton surrogates want to play the race game, then so be it. Obama is no racist, nor is he responsible for the inflammatory and seditious statements made by Jeremiah Wright.

Earlier today, I saw a video that has been mentioned by several bloggers on the right, which compares certain passages from Obama’s book and with selected video clips from several of Wright’s sermons. The viewer is led to the conclusion that Obama poses a threat to the country because of his racial beliefs.

The reason that Obama should not be President has nothing at all to do with race, and to spend time on these kinds of tactics won’t defeat him. It ignores the fact that his lack of experience leaves him unprepared to assume the duties of the job. It also ignores the fact that Obama exudes a certain grandiosity that surpasses mere cockiness and is, well, unseemly, if not dangerous.

Earlier this week at a San Francisco fundraiser, Obama said, “…foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.

Oh, please.

After belittling Mrs. Clinton’s experience as First Lady as being ceremonial fluff, Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, only he passes the 3 AM Leadership Test. Indeed, he alone possesses “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.” What a piece of work. source

And as for the ultimate foreign policy test, the one John Kerry called, “passing the Global Test,” Obama proposes a diplomatic Manhattan Project of sorts, with Iran’s Mahmoud Amadinejad. The same Ahmadinejad who said today, his country’s objective was to destroy what he called corrupt western powers:

“Our objective is to annihilate all corrupt powers that dominate our planet today,”
source

Iran is building nuclear weapons, and has tested the delivery systems to carry out Ahmadinejad’s objective. If he uses them, he gains favor of his god, and ushers in the End-Times chaos of the 12th Mahdi. If he is in turn incinerated in a retaliatory strike, he gets to spend eternity with 72 virgins. He wins either way.

Taking a college trip to Pakistan, living in Indonesia for four years as a child, and having poor relatives in Africa has convinced Obama that he has the necessary gravitas to engage in foreign policy on behalf of the world’s only superpower.

Jeremiah Wright is the least of his problems.

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