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Posted in Media Bias,U.S.,War on Terror by Ryan on the May 21st, 2009

Perhaps CNN thought it was irrelevant to mention the Islamic religious affiliation of those planning to bomb a synagogue and shoot down a US military airplane.

The CNN article doesn’t once mention any sort of religious affiliation, desire to avenge muslim deaths, nor the desire to, “do jihad.”  I suppose it was not an important detail.

Prediction: Meghan McCain Leaves GOP

Posted in Media Bias by Ryan on the May 20th, 2009

Just throwing it out there.  She keeps on getting soundbites and headlines because she represents “a bold new face of republicanism.” However, I’m guessing that after a few months, perhaps a year or two, we’ll see her slip to becoming an independent, or even a democrat.

I feel silly adding to the attention that is already out there, but she has become the opposite of the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon.  Instead of Limbaugh representing the “worst” in the minds of democrats, McCain embodies the “best” in the GOP in their minds, and is given ample screen time and headlines.

Apparently she is 24, attended Columbia, earning a degree in Art History.  I feel much the same as Matt Lewis:

What can I say about her that hasn’t already been said? My position can best be summed up by Matthew Yglesias, who wrote: “To the best of my knowledge we’re talking about a young woman who’s never accomplished anything or held a job.”

Obama and Abortion

Posted in President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the May 19th, 2009

Obama’s recent visit to Notre Dame certainly stirred up emotions on the issue of abortion.  I agree with many that it is fine to honor the office of the President of the United States and have Obama come speak at any university.  The bestowal of an honorary doctorate however, seems out of place.  I think ASU said it best when they opted to not award an honorary degree.

The university decided against awarding Obama the degree because it is customarily awarded for “lifetime achievement,” ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler told POLITICO.

“It’s normally awarded to someone who has been in their field for some time,” she said. “Considering that the president is at the beginning of his presidency, his body of work is just beginning.”

People will always disagree on different political issues, but abortion is something that steps beyond the plain old arguments of what the government ought to do with tax dollars.  Instead, it involves the most profound and fundamental actions we take with regard to the moral and ethical issue of life.  For Notre Dame to award a doctorate to someone that “talks out of both sides of his mouth” on the issue just doesn’t make sense.

An Untested President

Posted in President Obama by Ryan on the May 6th, 2009

Obama has been in office a short while (in the big picture) and I found this article by Robert Kaplan quite informative.  In it he outlines the large number of potential crises that Obama hasn’t had the luxury of months of preparation to make a decision about.

Yes, Obama has faced great crises and choices already: the meltdown of the economy, the bailout of the Detroit automobile companies, the release of the Bush-era memorandums on torture. But all of these crisis were entirely predictable. They are leftovers from the last administration. And the decisions Obama has made on them are the product of staff meetings going back to the days before he was even elected. In all of them he has had the advantage of advance planning. The piracy incident off the coast of Somalia and the swine flu epidemic (provided it doesn’t get worse) do not qualify as crises that define a presidency.