Barack Obama took part in the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Monday, continuing the tradition among US presidents to honor America’s fallen. The President spoke a few words about active duty service members in Afghanistan and then laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Sequester Cut.
Before she began working with the IRS and targeting conservative and religious groups, Lois Lerner headed up the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (that’s reassuring). Apparently, in the late 1990’s under her direction, the FEC hammered the Christian Coalition with a tedious and pricey investigation alleging they were coordinating issue advocacy expenditures with candidates for office. The Coalition prevailed, primarily because Lerner had little evidence and even less authority to even bring the charges, but she pursued them doggedly and some say with a good amount of vitriol. If a Democrat tells you the Republicans are now just on a witch hunt, tell them it’s over – we found her.
Sir Paul McCartney sent two hand-written letters to Russian authorities, lending his support to two incarcerated members of the all-girl punk-rock band, “Pussy Riot.” They were originally arrested in March of 2012 and charged with “hooliganism” for protests against Vladimir Putin. McCartney asked that the women be released, writing; “I have had a long relationship with the Russian people, and, with this in mind, I am making the following request in a spirit of friendship for my many Russian acquaintances who, like me, believe in treating people – all people, with compassion and kindness.” The other surviving Beatle Ringo Starr, said only that he thought it was a pretty good reason to riot.
A Virtual Online Class for high school kids in Florida makes the claim that individuals who join terrorist groups may be doing so because of low self-esteem. The materials further teach that sometimes joining a terrorist group provides these individuals with a sense of belonging. It isn’t until the point where the suicide bomb detonates when the sense of belonging begins to wear off. Then the low self-esteem kicks back in and although you’re surrounded by 72-virgins, it’s difficult to make eye contact, brag about your cool car or even get a phone number. If you’re lucky, they have another terrorist group in Paradise you can join and get that self-esteem and sense of belonging back up into the feeling good zone! Bon chance Mon jihadistas!
In a commencement speech at Morehouse College, President Obama told the male graduates; “As an African American, you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by.” That is, unless you go to school in Atlanta (Moorehouse is there) where the Black superintendent damn near pulled off the largest exam-cheating scam in the predominately Black school district’s history. And you won’t have to work twice as hard if you participate in any sort of quota-based or affirmative-action program – you’ll actually have to work less. But never mind, the President says you’re going to have to work twice as hard and he was a Senator for damn near one whole term and voted “present” 130 times and he got by…
The House has approved a bill giving American workers the choice of taking either time and a half pay for overtime or taking paid “comp time” off when they work more than 40 hours a week. But since this involves more options and flexibility for the individual, Democrats and the White House are against it and the measure probably won’t pass in the Senate. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it gets to his desk, which seems kind of odd until you consider that the government can tax your overtime, but not your time. Then it makes sense in an Obama kind of way.
John McCain made an unannounced trip to Syria Monday to hang with anti-government rebels, making him the highest-ranking official to go there since their war began two years ago. McCain has been pushing for the U.S. to provide weapons to opposition forces trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who he says crossed the ‘red line’. Of course he said the same thing about American Indians during the War of 1812. Thanks folks, drive safely…
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