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 · Ron Smith

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Who'da thunk it? A couple of days ago the President and I finally agreed on something.  Today, I’m agreeing with Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

I’m sure she’d be thrilled but I didn’t bother sending her an email that like I did the President as doing so requires senders to sign up for the Senator’s email newsletter. That’s optional when submitting an email addressed to the President—until the White House finds out about Mrs. Feinstein’s snare and no doubt that will change.

During a recent interview on MSNBC, the Senator from California who has served since 1992, said, “I’m not going to tell the president what to do [regarding the crisis in Ukraine]. But I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter. And I think there ought to be increased attention.”

There you have it. Who says there’s no such thing as bipartisanship.

Senator Feinstein said she’s “not going to tell the president what to do” but maybe she and Senate Intelligence Committee pals should powwow and flip a coin or whatever it is they do to make a decision to see which shaman should screw his or her courage to a sticking-place and be swiftly transported to the White House by his or her armed guards to tell the President what to do.

Hey, I’m not swinging over to the Left. I just know the World is watching. 

Sunday
Jul202014

Finally, the President and I agree on something. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled.

In his first remarks on the Malaysian plane crash last Thursday, he said the “world is watching.”

Indeed, the world is watching. I sent the President an email to that effect, telling him that the world is watching and that we, the people, are waiting for his response and actions.

Here’s the response to my missive so far:

“Thank you for contacting the White House.

“President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible Administration in history.  That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the American people, through our website.

“Our office receives thousands of messages from Americans each day.  We do our best to reply to as many as we can, but please be aware that you may find more information and answers to your questions online.  

“We encourage you to visit WhiteHouse.gov regularly to follow news and updates, and to learn more about President Obama's commitment to moving our Nation forward.

“For an easy-to-navigate source of information on Federal government services, please visit: www.USA.gov.

“Thank you again for your message.”  The Office of Presidential Correspondence

I dutifully entered my personal information on the submission form. That’s a requirement for submitting a message to the President who “is committed to creating the most open and accessible Administration in history;” who does so by “taking comments and questions” from we, the American people, through “their” website.

“Their” website. Hmmm. Whose website is it? Theirs or ours? But I digress…

I don’t expect to hear from the President any time soon. He’s at Camp David. Last week must have been exhausting with all those Democratic fundraisers, baby holding, and “managing” world crises.

According to his official schedule I call “The Royal Watch”, the President has no public meetings scheduled for the next couple of weeks.

There is no mention of the Presidential Daily Briefings in the Oval Office, closed to the press, of course. No meetings scheduled with the Vice President, Secretary of State Kerry or Secretary of the Treasury Lew. Nothing being done “for the children”, the catch-all phrase that can’t be criticized.

If you Google “Where is Obama Right Now” the latest information posted is for July 13th and states that “President Obama is taking action to help ensure opportunity for all Americans.”

That was a week ago Sunday and that post doesn’t match the “no public schedule” on the “The Royal Watch” for that day.

As the President said, the “world is watching.”

I’m betting he’s watching the British Open…

Saturday
Jul192014

Laney B sent Thomas Lifson’s recent piece on feminism from the American Thinker and her thoughts on the topic:

“All the feminist prattle in the world doesn't change biology. Women are not men physically, have different biological urges, and the denying of Mother Nature has done more harm than good to those who swallowed the ‘you can have it all’ rhetoric. A solid education and hard work can lead to a satisfying career, but realizing that a career is no substitute for family and love seems to elude the clueless. All that crying after the ship has sailed is a cry for the pity of the less deluded. If one chose career over marriage and children, they were willing to swallow being ‘independent’ well into the years when they should have known better. I, for one, have no empathy for this conundrum.”          

American Thinker / July 17, 2014

By Thomas Lifson

How’s that feminism workin’ out for ya? According to a survey reported in a Psychology Today article, the unhappiest workers are Female

  • 42 years old
  • Unmarried
  • Have a household income under $100,000
  • Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer).

Sounds exactly like the feminist ideal: a woman who needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. On her own, independent, unburdened, I am woman, hear me roar. Except that she’s not very happy.

The author, Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D., notes that while it is possible the survey is inaccurate (the sample size is only 670 North American white collar workers),

In fact, a comprehensive analysis of the trends in subjective well-being across several decades revealed similar findings regarding female happiness. In The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness published by the American Economic Journal, researchers Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that although women's life circumstances by most objective measures have improved greatly over the past few decades, women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relatively to men. 

Dr. Carter’s further explorations of this “paradox” deals with married women, who suffer the burdens of unequal cooking, etc. For example:

56 percent of working women assume responsibility for cooking compared to only 29 percent of working men, and 62 percent take care of the laundry compared to only 31 percent of men. 

But that completely evades the point that it is unmarried women who are unhappiest.

It’s almost as if there is something like human nature and sex differences. The biological fact that females carry the next generation within them, and then nurture them with mother’s milk couldn’t possibly incline women toward nurturance, could it? Why that’s heresy to feminists! It’s certainly “old-fashioned” and probably “patriarchal” so it must be wrong.

So I guess we are stuck with a “paradox.” Reality doesn’t fit with our assumptions. But instead of questioning those assumptions, we just reframe the question. Men and women are exactly the same, so much so that people get to choose which sex they live their lives at. It is all a social construct anyway. Ask any liberal.  The “party of science” knows that chromosomes mean nothing.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/the_unhappiest_workers_of_all.html

I’m with you on this, Laney B. As Coco Chanel said, “I do not know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men.”


Friday
Jul182014

Yesterday, President Obama tried to manage two horrific world crises by phone from the White House and Air Force One.

Then he was off to a photo op at the Charcoal Pit restaurant in Wilmington DL, where he posed for photos, picked up a baby—de rigueur for all politicians—and mentioned Joe Biden whose home is nearby.

Glad handing and baby holding accomplished, he was off to New York for two Democratic fundraisers.

The White house says the President does not want to get ahead of the events unraveling after the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East. So while he was at a photo op and a pair of Democratic fundraisers, the brain gang at the White House and the State Department were working frantically to figure out what Obama should do next.

Words and actions matter especially when they are coming from the Leader of the Free World. I saw little evidence of Obama’s leadership and management of these horrific events.

Let’s not forget that the United States is still ranked at the top ten list of Super Powers in the World atop of the Russian Federation.

The People’s Republic of China; France; Britain, Japan, the Republic of India; the Federal Republic of Germany; Pakistan; and the Republic of Brazil round out the list.

It’s ironic at this point in time that the term “Free World” comes into play. That term originated from the Cold War and used to “distinguish between democracies, specifically the United States and Western European countries, and the communist Soviet Union and its allies. As the United States led the war against communism, the President of the United States came to be known as the “leader of the free world.” This term is often used today because of the hegemony exercised by the United States and the power of the presidency itself. As president, a leader can begin a war, overturn legislation, and build diplomatic relations among countries.” (From www.wisegeek.com)

It’s not just Obama, folks. Republican House Speaker John Boehner went with a wait-and-see approach, saying “Many innocents were killed today. It is horrifying, and we await the facts. Right now, we should all take a moment to reflect, count our blessings, and convey our prayers to the loved ones of the victims.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said late Thursday that “authorities still were trying to determine whether any Americans had been on the plane.

This is what passes for leadership in this once great nation.

Obama’s aides are briefing him as I am writing this. Vice President Biden is in attendance. Remember, he was added to the Obama ticket for his “expertise in foreign affairs.”

Fingers are flying across computer keyboards at this moment as those behind the scenes prepare a statement for the President to read at a Press Conference at the White House—just bumped from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—before heading to Camp David for a weekend getaway.

Official word from the White House is that the President’s comments will “be dominated by the investigation into the Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine and the Israeli invasion of Gaza.”

Just another example of the White House telling us what we know and not telling us what they know or what we need to know.

This story has more moving parts than a Swiss watch, an apt metaphor for what will transpire today at the White House and around the world.

Tick tock.