Thursday, May 16, 2013
This maxim or proverb, that originated in 17th century Japan (using 3 monkeys as symbols), seems to aptly apply to the administration of Barack Hussein Obama. In the Western world, the phrase is often used to refer to people who deal with impropriety by “turning a blind eye” to it , or as someone with a lack of moral responsibility by looking the other way or by feigning responsibility. Does Obama meet that criteria?
The three major scandals (so far) of the Obama Administration, the fingerprints of that proverb are all over Fast & Furious, the Benghazi attack, and the I.R.S. targeting conservative groups for harassment.
Listening to Obama and his hand-picked spokesmen, they really adhere to the phrase, hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil, in order to deflect from their incompetence, ineptness, and possible dereliction of duty.
Of course, in the case of Fast & Furious, no one of importance in the White House or the Attorney General’s office knew that guns were being shipped to Mexican drug cartels - according to them, it was all done by lower level administration people. But, in the meantime, pertinent documents have been withheld that would tend to show who authorized this debacle, by using executive privilege as an excuse. Where’s the openness and transparency that he promised us in his campaigns?
When it came to Benghazi, Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, knew nothing about the lack of security at our compound and annex in Benghazi, even though memo’s were sent by Ambassador Stevens and his Ass’t. Gregory Hicks, alerting Washington of the danger months before the horrendous attack took place. After the attack, the powers-to-be told the world the attack was prompted by a stupid anti-Muslim video that no one saw. They refused, for weeks, to admit that this attack was a terrorist attack by a group affiliated with Al-Queda, and to this day, they still seem to fumble with the word “terrorist” in explaining what went on, on that fateful day of 9/11/2012. Could the ongoing presidential campaign have had anything to do with their pronouncements? Is the Pope Catholic?
Finally, Obama at a news conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, was asked when he knew about the I.R.S. targeting conservative groups for harassment? He stated, at the Monday news conference, that he only found out about it in the media like everyone else did, on the preceding Friday. Is he for real? Is he not the president of the United States? Does he not appoint the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service? Well, if you believe what he said, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.
We all know that Obama was re-elected by the close margin of a little over 51% of the vote, mainly by people considered to be “low information” voters - many of them having no clue as to what the issues were and how they affected the country. Many voted for Obama because of his race, by his being verbally articulate, and many voted for him because they didn’t like Romney. To many Obama voters, the “three monkeys” of hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil, was their catchphrase and that’s how they rationalized and cast their vote. Now, we all have to suffer through an Obama second-term, thanks to them.
Obama firmly believes that he is a “Teflon president” and that anything negative about him or his policies won’t stick to him and his administration. After these 3 scandals are fully vetted, he might have a different take on his lack of transparency, and finally on his integrity. You could deduce that the proverb of “hear no evil, see no evil, or speak no evil” has been commandeered by Obama and his Administration because as another phrase so aptly describes him, “the Emperor has no clothes”.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Most likely you've heard that term before, but probably didn't know the definition – just like me, until I looked it up.
It is defined as: “Anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or incompatible attitudes, beliefs or the like, in other words, seeing one thing and believing another”
Politicians (but mostly Democrat politicians) usually fall victim to this aberration. To listen to today's politicians, they all seem to be in favor of “balanced budgets”, but we still have unbalanced budgets year after year. They all seem to see the light and the righteousness of curbing government spending, but do just the opposite in practice.
President Obama keeps saying that in these dire down economic times, we should all make sacrifices, but then goes out and plays over 116 rounds of golf during these past 4 years and during dire down economic times. Is that what you call sacrificing? He keeps promoting the term “shared sacrifice”, but goes about with his wife, “Moochelle”, of living the high life. Of course, even the President should enjoy some recreation/vacation time, but isn't it a bit much when you can do all that golf and also go on multiple family vacations at posh resorts over the summer and winter when many others don't even have a job or an income? He should've set an example for the rest of us to follow. He is the poster boy for the expression, “do as I say, not as I do”. He seems to be milking the perks of the presidency to the hilt, the taxpaying public be damned.
Our foreign policy towards Israel is another case in point where “cognitive dissonance” is in play. Our leaders see and say that Israel should stop building settlements because it might rile up the “Palestinians” and that the Palestinians are living in “occupied territory” controlled by the Israeli's, but he hardly ever mentions, if at all, the rocket attacks upon innocent Israeli citizens as the reason why the Israeli's are reluctant to negotiate with the terrorists (the PLO and Hamas). Seeing one thing but believing another, seems to be the “modus operandi” of this Obama Administration.
To further illustrate my point, the movers and shakers in our government, realize that our education system is in dire straits, graduating many “functional illiterates, even with a record amount of money being spent to make education “better”, but then they ask for more money on top of the money they have already wasted by their failed educational policies. It's like throwing more good money (which we have very little of) down the proverbial rat hole. A perfect example was the Wash. D.C. Schools. About 9 years ago, in 2004, Wash. D.C. Instituted a “school voucher” program, on a pilot basis, to give some kids (approx. 1,500 kids) the opportunity to attend a private or parochial school. From all indications, the parents (and the kids) loved it and the students attending these private schools were thriving and learning in that environment. So what happens, the teachers union, a major benefactor of the Democrats, objected and convinced the Congress and Obama to pull the plug on funding this program in 2011, thereby putting those 1,500 students back into the failing Wash. D.C. public schools. But, in 2012, the Obama Administration, relented, through mounting pressure from Republicans and D.C. Parents (who are almost all Democrats), and he authorized 85 more slots to the original number of students getting “Opportunity Scholarships” (a/k/a school vouchers). But, instead of expanding this program, because it was exceeding predicted expectations, to thousands more minority students stuck in failing schools, he reinstated the program, but for only 85 more students. If that isn't “cognitive dissonance”, than I don't know what it is?
The stupidity of the Congress and the stupidity of the residents of Wash. D.C., by voting out the Mayor, who supported vouchers, a couple of years ago, and having the innovative school superintendent, Michelle Rhee, resign, shows that, in some cases, people deserve what they get. They “cut off their noses to spite their faces”, that is a saying that certainly describes the actions of these stupid people who are the poster children for the term “cognitive dissonance”. Agree?
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Thursday, May 9, 2013
After dinner walk.
This evening, Mrs. MORT’s meanderings suggested that following dinner, we should take a walk in the neighborhood. Sounded like a reasonable and workable idea and so I concurred (caved), as is my long-established habit, calculated to maintain a semblance of peace as we enter the twilight of our time here in La La Land.
After a nice dinner at home, we prepared to set off on our perambulatory tour. Normally, when out for such a stroll, I would select a walking stick to add a touch of bon vivant swagger to the adventure.
However, about two years ago, my entire collection of canes, shillelaghs and walking sticks, and the rococo ceramic umbrella stand that contained it, became noticeable by its absence. At the time, when I questioned Mrs. Meanderings about it, she informed me that I never used those sticks and she’d given them to her Son, who sold things at Flea Markets. Three days passed before I could once again breath normally. That was just about the same time my voice returned. At that juncture, while it seemed to make sense to commence breathing again, I made a conscious decision not to speak. It was the right decision.
So, sans an exotic stick with which to aid my swagger and to possibly provide a weapon for use against the odd, unleashed mongrel, I reached for my Metric stick. I like to keep up with technology and so several years ago, I replaced our faithful old Yard stick (36’ long) with a Metric stick (39” long). Ready, set, go.
We set off to circumnavigate our block, clockwise. We’d barely traversed a hundred yards when both Mrs. Meanderings and I simultaneously, began to chant litanies of our individual aches & pains - both direct and referred, strange tweaks & twinges being experienced in our lower extremities and unabashed admissions from each of us concerning our frailties & fatigues that heretofore, had rarely if ever been mentioned..
There was mutual agreement that a turn of 180 degrees was in order. So we made that turn and hobbled on down the home stretch toward the finish line.
As we approached Kuff’s Kozy Kourtyard, we both agreed that the next time we decided to take a walk after dinner, we’d take the car.MORT KUFF © 5-6-2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
In the Muslim religion, in the Koran, it is stated that you can lie with impunity when you are dealing with non-believers of Islam (infidels). In other words, lying is permitted when the “end justifies the means”. That is called “taqiyya”. pronounced: (ta- kee- ya) .
Well, you might ask, does Barack Obama, who comes from a Muslim background through his father and step-father and his schooling in Indonesia, where he was listed as part of the Muslim faith on his school records, practice “taqiyya”? Does he tell you lies to further his political and social agenda? Let's take a look at some of the things Obama has said over the past few years to find out if he is imbued with the practice of “taqiyya”.
*During his 2008 campaign for president, he stated that he would accept public financing along with his opponent John McCain, but once he could figure out ways of raising big sums of money from donors, he opted out. It was reported that he spent over $700 million to get elected. In other words, he lied.
*In order to enhance his “street cred” among black voters, he stated that he had ties to the Selma Civil Rights March, saying that his parents met at the march, and as result, Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was born - only problem was that Jr. was born in 1961 and the Selma March took place in 1965. That was a big whopper! Only an Obama “Zombie” would defend that gross misstatement.
*He said he would be the most transparent president in history by placing, on C-Span, all legislation that came to his desk for his signature - but he hasn't put one piece of legislation on C-Span since he became president. Is he that forgetful or just practicing “taqiyya”?
*He said that he wouldn't raise taxes on anyone making less than $200,000. So far he's raised taxes on tobacco, tanning parlors, and, when Obamacare kicks in in 2014, the average persons taxes will go up dramatically, as he will assess taxes on his health care bill affecting everyone, which will be most damaging to employers.
*When the place of his birth was called into question, and he refused to produce a birth certificate, in addition to his health and college records, he went against his promise to be open and transparent. Is he trying to hide something? If not, then why not open up the hidden “vaults” and let us see what's in those records?
*He said that he wouldn't appoint former lobbyists, but he went ahead and appointed a slew of lobbyists to his cabinet and to be his unelected Czars.
*He promised to exempt the Catholic Church from some of the mandates of his health care law, in order to get the votes of some hesitant Senators, but he reneged on that promise regarding birth control much to the anger and dismay of the Catholic Bishops. Liar, liar pants on fire.
*He promised before the AIPAC Convention in 2011, that Jerusalem would be the capitol of Israel to much applause from the Jewish audience, but a couple of days later he said the question of Jerusalem should be the subject of negotiation. Was he pandering to AIPAC, and to Jewish voters, just to gain sympathy for his upcoming re-election campaign? Is the Pope Catholic?
*He said that if the Congress passed his “Stimulus” bill, unemployment would not go above 8% and most of the money would go toward “shovel ready” jobs which we later found out, weren't shovel ready, and they never materialized. Was that a lie or just a gross miscalculation?
*He gave the O.K., through his Secretary of Energy, for the “green” company Solyndra, to get a $537 million loan guarantee even though the Bush Administration turned the loan guarantee down because of the shaky financial condition of the company, and which, by the way, the company eventually went belly-up and the taxpayers took the loss. That scenario has been replicated on quite a few other Obama favored “green” companies. Most all the companies who got these loans were Obama campaign contributors. Would that be considered crony favoritism and a form of “taqiyya”?
And finally, over these past few years he has been blaming Bush for the financial mess we find ourselves in today. Granted, Bush had a hand in the financial down turn, but Obama has never taken any responsibility for the massive debt he has rung up, where the U.S. now owes over $16.6 trillion, an increase of over $6 trillion since he was sworn in in 2009. As a result, the United States credit rating was lowered for the first time in our history. He takes no responsibility and actually wants us to go into more debt.
So does Barack Obama practice “taqiyya”, after what I listed previously, you make the decision. But remember, if it looks like a duck, walks like duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Thursday, May 2, 2013
My esteem has reaching a new low since Political Correctness
has become a predominate factor for liberals and progressives,
making me aware I've been missing out from receiving awards
and recognition even if some of my achievements have not been
stellar and below par. Even if you're a blundering misfit, there
are no losers, just winners and everyone gets a prize by P.C.
accordance and collectivity.
Where is my Nobel prize? What did Barack Obama, Al Gore, Jr
and Jimmy Carter do to deserve theirs? And why did Bill Clinton,
who couldn't keep his pants zipper up and lied to a grand jury be
nominated for one. It just isn't fair. I did exactly the same thing
they did....nothing, and that's just what I got, nothing!
And while we're at it, where is my fair share?
Conservative traditionalists need not apply.
Conservative commentary from George Giftos
Boca Raton, Florida
The Left = Political Correctness = Speech Control = Thought Control!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
How many of you think that there is a disparity in our economy about the pay to men (higher) as to the pay to women (lower)? Probably most of you, as that's what the media and some politicians have told you to believe. Is it true? The answer is superficially YES, but practically, NO. How can that be when we all know that men generally draw higher pay than women?
Let's look at the facts. The “Paycheck Fairness Act”, that is presently bouncing around Congress, seeks to finally “end” pay differences between men and women, or so they say or want us to believe. The legislation is well-intentioned if there really was an organized conspiracy to keep the pay differential at the bogus figure of 77¢ on the dollar that women are paid as compared to men.
As you can see, men and women don't do the same work (in most cases). Ever since the 1960's and the woman's liberation movement (made up mostly of disgruntled liberal thinking women), this 77¢ figure has been kicking around. With all the “sensitivity” training about how women can (or should) be miners, movers, truckers, carpenters, plumbers, soldiers, construction workers, firemen, and cops, women continue to prefer the office environment. They (women) generally gravitate toward jobs that involve lower stakes, shorter work weeks, a preference for personal relationships over ruthless, cutthroat competition, and, of course, to be near home for the children. Take the medical profession (where more than 50% of the people in medical school are women), 73% of pediatric residents were women, and 64% of dermatology residents were women - but, 60% of residents learning surgery were men. Is the pay for surgeons generally higher than for internists and dermatologists? Of course it is!
Another factor that must be taken into consideration in determining pay scales are experience, education (although the education gap has closed substantially over the years), overtime (which men are more likely to accept), and travel away from home. Taking all that into consideration, the real pay gap is more like 5¢ rather than the 23¢ as the woman's groups claim as the disparity. In fact, a career woman with no children (in most cases) makes salaries on a par with what men make.
The proposed legislation (Paycheck Fairness Act), proposed mainly by the Democrats, if passed, would be a boon to the trial lawyers who would more than be willing to take a business to court claiming pay discrimination. The trial lawyers are one of the biggest contributors to the Democrat Party. Do you think that was taken into consideration when proposing this bill? Is the Pope catholic?
A provision in the PFA would require employers to disclose salary information so that everyone knows what their fellow workers were making. What kind of chaos, in the workplace, would that kind of knowledge be put to use? Lawyers working on commission (a/k/a contingency fees) would be authorized to pursue feminist class-action shakedown lawsuits that would include all women in a firm unless they opted out. Just what we need, more “junk” lawsuits and more paperwork.
In today's economic environment, women tend to gravitate to employment in fields such as, teachers, nurses, and government jobs, which tend to have more stability and job security, than do men, who are affected more by the economic downturn by having jobs in the private sector.
So when you hear some of the strident feminists and liberal politicians, claiming that women are getting the the short end of the stick in regards to pay - don't take them at their word, as to what they claim are mostly all exaggerations and faulty biased facts made to look like something which it is not. As the old saying goes (to paraphrase), the road to hell is almost always paved with good intentions. So it is in this case. Kill the PFA!
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann