Posts Tagged ‘kids’

1st May
2013
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

When my kids were small, they’d cover their eyes and think that because they couldn’t see the world, the world couldn’t see them.  It was cute.  It’s not so cute when the President of the United States does it though.

President Obama told Americans repeatedly that al Qaeda was “on the run.”  Even the day after four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama told supporters in Las Vegas, “a day after 9/11, we are reminded that a new tower rises above the New York skyline, but al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin Laden is dead.”  On September 18 and numerous other occasions, Obama said al Qaeda had been “decimated.”  He continued the War-on-Terror-is-so-over-I-won’t-even-use-the-word-terror theme throughout his campaign.

Unfortunately, as many of us knew at the time, and as the Boston Marathon bombings made clear, that’s not true.  No matter how gifted a speaker Barack Obama believes himself to be, he cannot will something to be true simply by saying it out loud.

It appears that the Obama Administration’s strict denial of reality is also partly to blame for the FBI and intelligence failures surrounding the Boston bombings.  Following a September 2011 story in Wired Magazine, “FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims are ‘Violent, Radical,’” 57 Muslim advocacy groups wrote a letter to Obama Administration officials complaining about “the federal government’s use of biased, false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims.”  Instead of asking why these groups weren’t directing their energy towards the jihadists around the world who use the Quran to incite violence and murder thousands of innocent people, Obama’s people promptly “pulled more than 700 documents and 300 presentations,” scrubbing from its counterterrorism training mentions of Islam, Muslim, Hamas, and jihad—which is now referred to as “violent extremism.”  Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tells the Washington Times, “the fact is, religion has been expunged from counterterrorism training.  The FBI can’t talk about Islam and can’t talk about jihad.”

Well, if the Commander-in-Chief is claiming the War on Terror is over and you remove Muslim extremism as a red flag then it’s no wonder the FBI missed the fact that jihadist Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed a threat to America.  Obama wants Islam and terrorism not to be connected, so he ties the hands of our intelligence community and forces them to operate as if they aren’t.  Does this make you feel safer?

The same disregard for reality can be found in his approach to domestic issues.  As predicted by its opponents, the health care law has been disastrous.  Even the author of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Max Baucus, sees “a huge train wreck coming down” with the law’s implementation.  In a press conference yesterday however, an extraordinarily out-of-touch Obama said, “and there will be stories that can be written that say, oh, look, this thing is not working the way it’s supposed to, and this happened and that happened.  And that’s pretty much true of every government program that’s ever been set up…But if we stay with it and we understand what our long-term objective is…if we keep that in mind, then we’re going to be able to drive down costs; we’re going to be able to improve efficiencies in the system; we’re going to be able to see people benefit from better health care.  And that will save the country money as a whole over the long term.”  No acknowledgement of the concerns expressed by small business people, no answers to questions raised by Senator Baucus and others.  “Everything is fine because I say that it is fine.  My presidency has been a roaring success because I want it to be.”

America is not safer, our economy is worse and the man charged with protecting us and leading our recovery says things like, “it’s not optimal,” and “glitches and bumps.”

My kids figured out that we could see them by the time they reached their 3rd birthday.  It’s time for Barack Obama to uncover his eyes and see the world for what it is.  Before he hurts our country even more.

27th December
2011
written by Sean Noble

It is an unfailing truth that kids will focus in on one toy from Christmas and that it will generally be one of the cheapest of the bunch.  It makes me wonder why I don’t just do the dollar store for everything.

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I did not tell my kids what I wanted for Christmas this year, so they were left to truly think on their own.  I got a variety of Dodger paraphernalia, four ties and two shirts.  They know me well: fun and practical.

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I understand the appeal of a white Christmas, but you just can’t beat sunny and 70 degrees.

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Speaking of sunny December weather, President Obama played his 90th round of golf as President this week.  Not only is that nearly double what Bush played in eight years, it is more rounds than I’ve played in my lifetime. (Which is more a commentary on me than Obama.)

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Apparently the NBA season is now underway.

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I always enjoy the year-end specials about the top stories of the year, the year in pictures, best sports moments of the year and the like.  There were some interesting things that happened, but I’m guessing most people will be glad to see 2011 end.

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I really feel for people who have a birthday on or near Christmas.  Speaking of which, Happy Birthday Nicole!

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What does it say about me that I think of PF Changs as comfort food?