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Obama’s Many Gaffes Reflect A Deeper Problem

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Michael Ledeen writes about President Obama’s many gaffes, which go largely ignored by Big Media:

Yet someone who tells a crowd in Vienna that his “Austrian” isn’t very good, who tells Marines that he’s pleased to speak to the “Marine Corpse,” and who, just today, said he’d given the Medal of Honor to a survivor from the 10th Mountain Division, when in fact the award was given posthumously, doesn’t fit my definition of a brilliant and cultured man…

And these people think they’re the smart guys, and we’re the dummies, even though we know that German is spoken in Vienna, and many of us would be mortified to make a glaring error about an American hero.

The gaffes are important.  They tell us a lot about the nature of our leaders, and it’s not good news.  But it is news…even though it’s not reported as often as it should be, or with the sort of concern the gaffes deserve.

From the comments thread:

Forget about Obama, the joke is on the media here. They created him and now they are trying to explain him. If they had done their jobs, he never would have been elected.

I agree. There were plenty of clues in 2008 that Barack Obama was not qualified to lead America, and the Democratic party had several more qualified candidates to choose from. But the liberals selected Style over Substance, Ambition over Leadership; and then hoped that he—and we—could survive until he accrued enough on-the-job training.

But Barack Obama lacks more than just experience. And no amount of on-the-job training will make up for a lack of character, integrity, and intellect.

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June 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

Oh, For God’s Sake: NBC Uses Golf Telecast To Make A Political Statement

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The NBC peacock showed its true colors Sunday when the network cut the words “under God” from the pledge of allegiance.

NBC on Sunday decided to cut the words “under God” from the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that accompanied the beginning of its coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

Later, after receiving a barrage of criticism, the network issued an on-air apology of sorts, admitting only that “a portion of the pledge” was omitted. They would not say on the air what words had been omitted.

It’s quite obvious that the omission—which occurred twice—was intentional.

In short, NBC producers edited The Pledge of Allegiance to specifically remove the words “under God” and broadcast it to a nationwide audience viewing the U.S. Open on a Sunday afternoon.

NBC is not sorry that they offended millions of Americans. They knew that millions of viewers would immediately recognize that “under God” had been omitted. And they knew that a large percentage of those viewers would be offended.

NBC producers chose to use a sports broadcast to further a political agenda, severely damaging their own reputation in the process.

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June 20, 2011 at 4:58 am

Note to the President—It’s not a laughing matter.

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John Mariotti at Forbes doesn’t share President Obama’s sense of humor:

President Obama may joke about “shovel-ready projects not being so shovel-ready” but it isn’t funny to the 15 million unemployed Americans or to the 425,000 Americans who file for unemployment each week.  In fact, the humorous stimulus failures President Obama and his jobs council chuckled about cost Americans $800 billion.  For what?  Who knows?  The Obama administration had to “invent” estimates for jobs saved/created, because they sure don’t show in the regular measurements.

In case you missed it, the incident Mariotti refers to occurred in Durham, NC recently:

At this point, Obama smiled and interjected, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.” The Council, led by GE’s Jeffrey Immelt, erupted in laughter.

How very Presidential.

 

 

 

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June 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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BBC Admits Using Fake Footage In Report Attacking Primark

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The BBC has finally—after three years—admitted to using fake footage in a program attacking clothing manufacturer Primark. The Telegraph reports:

The BBC will make an on-screen apology to fashion chain Primark after a report found it was ”more likely than not” that it included faked footage of child labour in an edition of Panorama about the firm.

The news program, “Primark: On the Rack”, was originally broadcast in June 2008.

As a Primark spokesperson said:

Millions of people have been deceived by Panorama. Viewers who watched the programme, shoppers who were then fed the lie, sourcing experts who believed the lie, teachers and pupils who viewed the programme in lessons, have all been badly let down.

Yet another news agency dispenses with the truth in their zeal to attack Evil Capitalism.

From the comments on the Telegraph article:

I remember the former BBC newsreader Richard Baker after his retirement saying that there were times during his long stint as a newsreader when he found it difficult to believe the truthfulness of the stuff he’d just read out.

The BBC will now apologize, but their original mission has been accomplished and the damage to Primark has been done.

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June 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

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The Holy Bible: Some Books Are Better Than Others

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Reading the Book of Job, one is reminded that some books of The Bible are better written than others. For me, it is a torturous task to slog through the seemingly endless back-and-forth between Job and his comrades. The story of Job could be told more effectively in far fewer chapters. Ninety percent of this book reads like an entry in a Bad Shakespeare contest.

This makes me wonder if there is any readable, non-academic commentary on the writing of The Bible. I assume that there is, but I haven’t gone looking for it yet. What are the best-written books of The Bible, and what makes them so? Can different authors’ styles be identified? How does a particular translation (KJV, NIV, etc.) affect the readability? Do we know of other writings by these authors, that are not included in The Bible?

Has anyone ventured to pick The Five Best Books of The Bible? How about The Five Worst? And why were some of these authors and books chosen to be included in The Bible?

The Bible is not literally The Word of God. It is a collection of writings about God and His relationship with us. And those writings are by mere mortals, some of whom were better writers than others.

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June 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

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Do unions hold a disproportionate amount of power?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The union membership rate for public sector workers (36.2  percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private sector workers (6.9 percent).
  • Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the highest unionization rate at 37.1 percent.
  • Black workers were more likely to be union members than were white, Asian, or Hispanic workers.
  • Among states, New York had the highest union membership rate (24.2 percent) and North Carolina had the lowest rate (3.2 percent).

Unions represent only a small percentage of American workers.

So why do they wield so much power?

Under the entry for “Dominant Minority”, Wikipedia states:

A dominant minority, also known as alien elites if they are recent immigrants, is a group that has overwhelming political, economic or cultural dominance in a country or region despite representing a small fraction of the overall population (a demographic minority). The term is most commonly used to refer to an ethnic group which is defined along racial, national, religious or cultural lines and that holds a disproportionate amount of power.

A disproportionate amount of power.

Consider how much influence unions have in selecting our lawmakers. Consider how they have brought major corporations like Boeing to their knees.

And then ask yourself: Do unions hold a disproportionate amount of power?

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June 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

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Obama vs. Boeing: “We’re ready to play offense for organized labor.”

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For those of you who have not been following Boeing’s battle with the National Labor Relations Board, here’s a brief summary:

  1. The unions have repeatedly halted production,  costing Boeing millions of workdays and billions of dollars.
  2. Boeing decides to build its new aircraft in South Carolina, where employees are not required to join a union.
  3. The NLRB is preventing Boeing from building aircraft in South Carolina.

Matt Patterson at Pajamas Media writes:

But the Obama administration has, through the NLRB, sided with the unions, in essence affirming Big Labor’s self-assumed right to blackmail and bankrupt private industry. The decision against Boeing (which the company is set to challenge in a June hearing) is indeed a dark and ominous sign:  As Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore poignantly put it in the Wall Street Journal, “It’s the first time a federal agency has intervened to tell an American company where it can and cannot operate a plant within the U.S.” It’s as if a government agent blocked your way while you were fleeing a mugger and ordered you to go back and hand over your wallet.

Why would the Obama administration take such a blatant anti-business stance? You’ve probably figured it out already, but Patterson explains:

Of course, Obama is under tremendous pressure to deliver some favors to the unions, who have spent hundreds of millions to put him and other Democrats into power. Having failed to deliver labor’s long-cherished “card check” legislation before last November’s GOP tide swept over Congress, and seeing unions withering under the assault of Republican governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and New Jersey’s Chris Christie, the White House undoubtedly felt it had to give its money masters something.

It’s not like this should come as a surprise to anyone. After all, Barack Obama himself said in April 2008:

We’re ready to play offense for organized labor. It’s time we had a president who didn’t choke saying the word ‘union.’ A president who strengthens our unions by letting them do what they do best: organize our workers.

That’s one campaign promise he has tried to keep; one debt he is trying desperately to repay, at the expense of Boeing and America.

[UPDATE: Updated the URL for this article, removing the apostrophe, which seemed to be causing some linkage problems.]

 

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June 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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