Saturday, February 2, 2013

Photoshopped...Fraud

George Walker Bush, a real man and true patriot shooting skeet the correct way (as in rifles pointing up)... former president George HW Bush and son Jeb shooting skeet the correct way...and a traitor who should be arrested for treason in a photoshopped photo shooting skeet the totally incorrect way for a set-up photo-op...sometimes a picture does say it all...


American Black's Must Cultivate a Culture of Entrepreneurship

American Black's Must Cultivate a Culture of Entrepreneurship

Armstrong Williams / Townhall Columnist
Recently on Roland Martin's "Washington Watch" we discussed what must be President Obama's exclusive agenda to empower black America is his second term. The only advice I could share with Roland's national audience was that American Blacks must cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit independent of any president in the White house. Why is it that no matter who occupies the White House the plight of minorities and especially American Black's continue to diminish overall. Why hasn't the billions of dollars invested in these communities not lifted their boats from poverty and despair. In fact the government nanny state has only worsened the plight of many across our nation.

I think of my own experiences working on the family farm with my seven brothers and two sisters. Each morning my father would come into our bedrooms around 4:30 a.m. and tell us to get up and work the fields.

We would spend the next two hours before school slopping pigs and cropping tobacco. Was it fun? Not even close. But these early lessons in physical striving taught us discipline, work ethic, routine, and responsibility and instilled an attitude of achievement that was the better part of our later successes. The point I'm trying to convey is that it is not enough to merely wish for the good things in life. You must develop that kind of 4:30 a.m. discipline that distinguishes you from others; you must think of yourself as an entrepreneur.

I guess it is not surprising that minorities, who were traditionally shut out of mainstream society and treated as second caste citizens, would be susceptible to thinking of themselves as victims. Up until just one generation ago, black American's were relegated to the fringes of American society. The overall white, patriarchal society was not about to give up its sense of superiority. So it leaned on minorities with its full weight.

Black children were segregated in underfunded schools. Black adults, regarded chiefly as a source of cheap labor, were denied opportunities for economic advancement. The results were straightforward: many young minorities received a poor education, lacked role models to cultivate their talents, plainly saw that society expected them not to succeed, and consequently stifled their own sense of future possibilities. In countless specific ways, minorities were made to hate themselves. This kind of conditioning was necessary for the maintenance of the elitist white, patriarchal ruling structure.

If black America tended to respond with a certain distrust and hostility toward mainstream business and politics, it was plainly a matter of self-defense. The rise of Black Nationalism and other separatist movements did not happen in a vacuum. They happened because even up to a generation ago, white America ruling class did everything it could to discourage black people from even making the attempt to be successful.

The civil rights movement was born out of an intense struggle to enjoy those basic human rights we associate with happiness. Early leaders of the movement settled on the theory that American society was primarily characterized by racism and that American institutions were grounded in the maintenance of racial privilege. Many of the black politicians who swept into office on the heels of the movement consciously embodied this organizing principle. Their legislative remedies were predicated on the belief that the problems of black people, whether its high crime rates, drug use, poor educational performance, were, primarily, if not entirely, the result of white racism. Their obligation was to promote and protect their constituents by offering remedies to specific aspects of racial discrimination (i.e., segregated schools, disparity in pay, public accommodations, etc.) In other words, they wed their legitimacy to the belief that all the problems confronting blacks were rooted in racism.

To this day, many black officeholders depend on the perception of on-going, widespread racism in order to remain competitive in the electoral process. They underplay the dramatic improvements in economic and social status experienced by blacks over the last 40 years. Large numbers of their constituents, particularly those who came to age during the overt racism of the past half century, continue to believe that the problems confronting the black lower class stem primarily from racism.

Herein lies the greatest missed opportunity of the civil rights movement. They never prepared for the day when the hand of God moved the conscious of a nation and many whites joined the spiritual movement to start treating minorities as equals. Their entire public image, their very legitimacy as political and cultural spokespersons--was predicated on the rhetoric of a black versus white war. As my mentor Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once observed, the [civil rights] revolution missed a larger point by merely changing the status [of minorities] from invisible to victimized.

Tragically, this point was also missed by the pop culture, which glorifies images of black misogyny, violence and victimization. We hold up ‘gansta’ rappers as models of achievement. Hey, they’re just keeping it real we say. Meanwhile our children stare at these sociopath's with adoring eyes. They emulate their mean sense of entitlement, their broken English, and their violence, because this is what the popular culture tells us it means to be black.

This is crystal clear today as many black high school and college students have told me that they had no hope of achieving economic success in this world. So what does this tell us? For starters, liberalism has not solved their most basic problems. Instead, it has put many minorities in the mindset that they must be fed government programs, instead of being given access to capital and the opportunity to create their own jobs.

Second of all, we need to stop glorifying thugs and start praising those black CEOs and there are plenty of them now--who have seared through the competition to take possession of wealth and prominence. In short, we need to glorify Entrepreneurialism, not victim hood! Entrepreneurialism is the engine that will close the racial economic gap. But we’ll never get there unless the younger generation of American Blacks decides it is time to move beyond the basic covenants of liberalism. That is to say, unless they decide they can succeed as individuals, rather than remain forever victims because of their skin color. If the Republican Party were to get their act and message together, they could be the catalyst for this movement.

How the Republicans Could Lose the House
How the Republicans Could Lose the House
The Republican Party is in danger of another big loss. This time, they could lose the House of Representatives, giving the Democrats control of both chambers as well as the White House.

The Democratic Party cannot possibly achieve this victory on its own. We are experiencing the slowest recovery in our nation’s history. Economic growth is tepid. The job numbers are awful. Millions of people are out of work precisely because of the policies of the Obama administration.

Ask any employer, any banker, any investor — regardless of party affiliation — and you are likely to hear the same stories. ObamaCare is making companies reluctant to hire. Dodd/Frank financial reform is making banks reluctant to lend. President Obama’s continuing threat to raise taxes is making investors reluctant to invest. Labor policy and environmental regulations are compounding these negative factors.

Plus, Democrats have another big problem: ObamaCare will take $716 billion out of Medicare over the next 10 years and spend it on health insurance for the non-elderly. As senior citizens have increasing difficulty finding doctors who will accept them and as they face increasingly lengthy waits for their care, everyone in Congress will feel their wrath.

The next election, therefore, should be an easy win for the GOP. But so should have the last one. Democrats can only win if the Republicans cooperate in allowing them to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

How might Republicans cooperate in their own demise? By engaging in no-win battles over the budget and allowing Democrats to seize a public relations victory in the process.

At the end of this month, the automatic spending cuts (budget sequester) kicks in. At the end of next month there will be a close-down-the-government (continuing resolution) moment. Then there will be a debt ceiling standoff — probably in May. Each of these episodes is fraught with danger for the GOP. To make matters worse, House Republicans seem to have a suicidal desire to keep passing budgets that have no chance of passage, but can be easily demagogued by the other side.

Let’s get three basic truths out on the table: (1) We have a long-term entitlement spending crisis, under which promises we have made far outstretch any foreseeable revenues; however, (2) reform is virtually impossible unless both parties cooperate; and (3) if one party tries to push through a reform on a totally partisan basis that party is likely to lose the next time voters get to vote.

Reform of major institutions almost always creates more visible losers than winners in the short run. An example is ObamaCare. The president and the Democrats in Congress foolishly pushed the measure through without a single Republican vote. The upshot: Democrats got crushed in the 2010 elections. The Republicans not only took the House of Representatives, they won huge down ballot races all over the country.

The Democrats did walk away with a consolation prize, however. They got the health reform they wanted. Republicans are poised to make a similar mistake. But, unlike their opponents, they will walk away completely empty handed.

Yes we do have a problem of continuing and unsustainable federal deficit spending. But the Republicans in Congress cannot force the Democrats to reform Social Security. They cannot force the Democrats to reform Medicare. Or Medicaid. Or the disabilities program. Or any other major social insurance program.

If they try, President Obama will claim he is trying to protect seniors against Republican attempts to destroy the institutions they depend upon. Republicans will be accused of trying to raise the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, of tinkering with the payment formulas to lower benefits and of “privatization” — all highly unpopular reforms.

Democrats will also make another argument. They will accuse the Republicans of hurting the recovery by creating uncertainty. There is a lot of evidence that public policy uncertainty is a chief cause of our slow recovery. Further, the policies of the Obama administration are the main source of that uncertainty. But Democrats could turn the tables on that issue if Republicans engage in highly visible budget battles with the president.

So what should Republicans do?

First, remind voters at every turn that we have a long-term entitlement spending crisis and that the Obama administration has contributed to that crisis — primarily by creating an entitlement benefit for the nonelderly that is not paid for in any realistic way.

Second, signal a willingness to negotiate with the president and with Democrats in Congress to reform the entitlement programs that almost everyone agrees must be reformed.

Third, avoid the appearance of trying to force the White House to reform Social Security and Medicare against the president’s wishes.

Finally, avoid voting for budgets that have no chance of passage and that imply deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
Hillary's Dismal Record At State
By DICK MORRIS /Published on DickMorris.com
 


The media spin is that she has been an excellent Secretary of State.  But its just spin.

Look at the record:

•  Chavez now controls Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Ecuador as well as Venezuela and has big influence in Brazil.  He is providing a base for Iran to move into the hemisphere.

•  Russia has become more repressive and aggressive. Democracy advocates are more subject to arrest and torture and nothing has come of the "reset" except more appeasement.

•  The Ukraine has drifted closer to Russia and further away from the West.

•  Iran is much closer to having the bomb and likely using it against Israel.

•  We've lost Egypt and Islamist power is sweeping the Arab world.  The singular achievement of American Mid East diplomacy over the past fifty years -- the Camp David Accords -- are being undone as we speak.

•  North Korea gets ever more brazen, has become a nuclear power, and now has put a satellite into orbit.

•  China still weakens its currency making our products too expensive there and theirs' cheaper here.  And it launches cyber attacks against institutions like the New York Times with total impunity.

•  The Islamist offensive in sub-Sahara Africa gains momentum.

•  Afghanistan is no closer to putting down the Taliban, is still one of the most corrupt of the world's governments, and Pakistan's collaboration with al Qaeda grows more and more evident.

And then there's Benghazi.  The cover-up -- dressing the terrorist attack up as a demonstration over a movie gone wrong -- disgraces her tenure.  It was a transparent attempt to sweep an issue under the rug to help Obama get re-elected.

The press corps that follows Hillary around the world is unanimous in praising her.  They are her captives.  Covering Hillary is their full time assignment.  If they annoy her, they are frozen out on the plane and can't do their jobs.  Sycophancy alone is tolerated.

Has Hillary been a good Secretary of State?  Look at the record.

What a photo-op...knew it was coming

by Ed Morrissey / Hot Air


Barack Obama recently told the New Republic that he understands the concerns of gun owners, because “in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”  As critics chortled over both the notion that skeet shooting is what concerns gun owners and the idea that Obama shoots clay pigeons “all the time,” the White House has finally released a photo to back up its claim … and only one photo, dated August 12, 2012:
That led to a barrage of questions from journalists about whether the White House could offer proof that the president had gone shooting. It also led a Republican congresswoman to issue a challenge for a shoot-off. The White House has not responded to the challenge, but it has now uploaded this image[.]
And here it is:

Fox News reported earlier this week that there’s not likely to be more photos:
News of President Obama’s apparently long-secret fondness for skeet shooting came as a surprise to those who say they have witnessed the president’s “awkward” attempts at pinging the (clay) pigeons.
This has only happened with the president at Camp David, at most, a couple of times, according to a source who says he has been to the retreat on a half-dozen visits with Obama.
“The only time he shot skeet was for President’s Cup,” said the source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. “I was there. He stayed for about five minutes, and couldn’t leave fast enough.”
Skeet shooting “is very hard,” said the source. “Especially for someone not used to guns … He couldn’t have been more uncomfortable.”
The source said a friend of his recalled Obama skeet shooting one other time at Camp David — very early on in his first term.
That didn’t stop Obama’s advisers from bragging about the photo this morning, though, and sneering at “skeeters” (via Twitchy and Weekly Standard):

Dan Pfeiffer @pfeiffer44
For all the "skeeters": POTUS shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David on Aug. 4, 2012. http://bit.ly/WlDMYG 

I’ve done plenty of target shooting, but I’ve never gone skeet shooting. Nor is that the reason why most gun owners want their rights respected.  The publication of the photo, and especially the defensive attitude of Obama’s advisers, speaks volumes about their insecurity on the gun-rights issue.

But this certainly makes for a great weekend Caption Contest.  Have at it in the comments!
The Shark Tank

Senator Rubio and Albert Martinez sharing a laugh Rubio Hinting At Possible Gubernatorial Run? 

By Javier Manjarres


Senator Marco Rubio is one of the “next generation” of Republican leaders who’s been blessed with a set of superior communications skills that enable him to articulate the conservative message better than most of his colleagues in the Senate.  While Rubio oftentimes attempts to insert some form of comic relief into his speeches, those of us who’ve covered him for quite some time agree that he should stick to his day job and leave the ‘funny-business’ to the professionals.

One of these attempts at “funny” occurred Friday morning during his bi-weekly political science teaching job at Florida International University where he works as a sort of a ‘color-commentating” professor.  The political science class he teaches with Professor Dario Moreno is held every Monday and Friday morning.

According to several students,Professor Moreno told the class that the Mid-term exam’s essay portion would be based on one question.  He asked the class which of the following candidates they think would win Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race- Governor Rick Scott, Alex Sink, Manny Diaz, or Charlie Crist.  In response to the professor’s question, a somewhat serious-sounding Rubio felt compelled to pose his own question to the class- “How about, who is not talking about running for governor who would have a high probability of winning?”

Moreno then turned and asked Rubio if he was considering running for governor, but Rubio laughed the question off.

Was Rubio really implying that if he were to run for governor of Florida- which he is almost certainly not going to do in 2014- that he would easily win?

Back in 2009, many thought running for Governor was a very real option for Rubio.  Prior to the commencement of his 2010 senatorial campaign, Rubio was mulling over his options to run for several elected positions, before announcing for U.S. Senate.  Two of the options Rubio was contemplating running for were Attorney General and Governor.

Obama...more dangerous than you can imagine, part 2