News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: Never content to accept a win, special interest groups (perhaps the bane of our society) have already begun to dissect America’s victory when a team of soldiers killed Osama. The Onondaga Indian tribe released a statement criticizing the use of the code name “Geronimo” for bin Laden,
“Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic group’s hero. Geronimo bravely and heroically defended his homeland and his people, eventually surrendering and living out the rest of his days peacefully, if in captivity…Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our people…Why would that be honorable to us? All they know is just cowboys and Indians, the stuff they saw on TV.”
Why do they make such a heap big deal about this? I found it interesting that in their complaint about stereotypes they used a stereotype that all we know about Indians is cowboy movies. People of my generation grew up with a lot of those type of shows like F-Troop and the Lone Ranger, but younger folks (that’s forty and younger) were not.
To compound the insanity, Congress and specifically the Democrat-controlled Senate is ready to conduct hearings on the use of the term. Perhaps Joe Biden’s outing of the Seals was not enough to paint a target on their backs and the Democrats want to drag a few of their commanders in front of the cameras to explain their insensitivity. It is time to include diversity, social justice, and sensitivity courses to the already demanding training given to our special forces. These heroes just killed the NUMBER ONE MOST WANTED MAN IN AMERICA and a special interest group is complaining about the code name used. No one would have even noticed had they not made a bid deal about it. It is time to stop playing the victim card unless that is what you want to continue to be.
Brief 2: Perhaps there is no greater evidence of the Obama Administration’s view on use of executive power than these two stories. Both concern a citizen’s right to access services that were somehow deemed to be infringed. In one instance the legal case was dropped by Obama’s Justice Department and the others are being vigorously pursued. The Associated Press reports that Eric Holder and the Justice Department has filed at least six lawsuits against people who have blocked (allegedly) access to abortion clinics. Contrast that with Holder’s decision to drop the case against the New Black Panther Party when they blocked (on video) access to a voting precinct. Is it now okay to block/intimidate white voters, but not to exercise your rights of protest at abortion clinics? There is a law against blocking access to abortion clinics and people who violate the law should be punished in criminal court (as many were), but this is civil lawsuits and looks a lot like punitive punishment for folks who disagree with your political position. How many among us can financially afford to defend ourselves against the resources of the federal government?
Brief 3: The Washington Times is reporting that Obama has hired an outside firm to “coach” Obama and Biden to make them better speech readers. The no-bid contract is for an estimated $100,000 on top of the estimated cost of government employed speech writers who cost taxpayers $624,000 annually. This expenditure falls in the category of thousand dollar hammers as an indication of wasteful spending. The money would be well spent if Biden didn’t keep putting his foot in his mouth and Obama didn’t keep whistling his “s” and his prodigious use of “Um” while speaking sans teleprompter.
Brief 4: Some experts are saying that the current flooding along the Mississippi River may be worse that the famous 1927 flood. God help all of those affected. I couldn’t help but contrast the fact that the Obama administration is actually blowing up the levee in this instance yet no one is screaming and George W. Bush was accused of similar activities during Katrina and he was labeled a racist.
Brief 5: The Pittsburgh Steelers’ soon to be ex-running back Rashard Mendenhall has once again proven that loads of money and free time does not a thinker make. Earlier this year Mendenhall supported fellow Kool-Aid (sorry Kool-Aid) drinker Adrian Pederson of the Minnesota Vikings when he compared their contract fight with NFL owners to slavery. Mendenhall, perhaps not willing to play second fiddle, expressed his feelings about how we misunderstood bin Laden and that al quaida (cannot bring myself to capitalize or correctly spell their name) didn’t knock down the twin towers (I am paraphrasing). He is stupid and he fumbled the ball late in the Super Bowl. Nuff said.
Brief 6: I was shocked when I read this story. Truly shocked! Time magazine actually has a positive article about George W. Bush. Bush was much maligned by the left and their media lap dogs for his initial handling of the 9/11 crisis. President Bush was reading a story to a kindergarten class when he was told of the strikes. Rather that rush out of the room, Bush was seen to calmly finish his story before leaving.
Now nearly ten years later some of the actual students have spoken out and have praised Bush’s handling of the situation,
“But I’ll always remember watching his face turn red. He got really serious all of a sudden. But I was clueless. I was just 7. I’m just glad he didn’t get up and leave, because then I would have been more scared and confused.”
“I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out, so we all wouldn’t freak out.”
“I don’t think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?”
“Today, when we talk about 9/11 in class and you hear kids make mistakes about what happened with the President that day, I can tell them they’re wrong because I was there.”