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An Interesting Juxtaposition

Posted in Election 2016,President Obama by Ryan on the July 22nd, 2016

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The Gun Control Discussion

Posted in Gun Control,President Obama by Ryan on the June 13th, 2016

From 2015, Charles C. Cooke effectively lambasts the vacuous rhetoric calling for action on guns in the wake of mass shootings. He invites debate on specific and substantive proposals but counters the repeated mantra that of, “we must do something.”

What is that something?

Timely given the shooting in Orlando over the weekend and President Obama’s subsequent insistence to bring up gun control as a central response to the event.

Climate Change’s Reach Expands Further Yet

Posted in Climate Change,President Obama by Ryan on the April 8th, 2015

President Obama took to blaming climate change as a contributing factor in his daughter’s asthma as a child, and encourages action on climate to prevent more asthma related incidents.


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I believe the logic follows that warmer temperatures increases the duration and volume of pollen during the spring, thus exacerbating asthmatic reactions and thus the potential for attacks. It is spelled out here at this NIH website.

Increase carbon dioxide concentrations and temperatures, thereby affecting the timing of aeroallergen distribution and amplifying the allergenicity of pollen and mold spores

 

It didn’t take long for some to point out other likely culprits.

 

If you go to the CDC website on Asthma and second hand smoke (yes, there is a page dedicated to the subject) you learn the following:

Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Tobacco smoke—including secondhand smoke—is unhealthy for everyone, especially people with asthma.

 

Topping the CDC’s list of Common Asthma Triggers?

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Dust Mites
  • Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Cockroach Allergen
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Smoke From Burning Wood or Grass

 

But just like Michelle Obama’s trip to Target, it’s possible that Malia’s asthma will be repurposed by Obama at some point should a politically convenient opportunity arise.

Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Posted in President Obama,War on Terror by Ryan on the June 2nd, 2014

As details unfold about Bowe Bergdahl’s return from Taliban custody, I’m struck at how this is similar to Benghazi. In the sense that it isn’t just a singularly bad event, but a multi-faceted debacle of several interconnected parts, none of which are positive.


 

BENGHAZI

Before: Multiple official requests for more security and precautions following security incidents went unheeded to the point of dereliction of duty on the part of those responsible within the State Department.

During: Limited or no substantive action was taken to respond in real time to requests for assistance during the hours long attack. Both this and the previous point resulted in the deaths of four Americans, most notably, an active United States Ambassador.

After: The Obama administration took the politically convenient route of affirmatively asserting that an internet video was to blame.

 

BERGDAHL

Before: Personal email and new statements from soldiers within his unit strongly suggest Bergdahl went AWOL from his base.

During: Several soldiers were killed during search and recovery operations and asset reassignment related to his disappearance.

After: The furthest reaching ramification I can think of from this entire event is the terrible precedent of exchanging several captives for a US service member. From now into the future, there can be a plausible expectation that the United States government will negotiate on these types of terms.

 


 

 

Controlling the Image

Posted in Government,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the May 13th, 2014

Interesting video about how the White House has denied access at times to control the image of the President.

This video references some of the images I include on my satirical Tumblr site, HumbleObama.com.  It is exclusively dedicated to photos from the official @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama Twitter feeds intended to highlight other things, but just end up as hero shots of Obama.

Zakaria and the Bliss of Ignorance?

Posted in Government,Media Bias,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the October 5th, 2013

Zakaria’s thought lapses strike again.

That is what is at stake in Washington this week. The debate going on there is not trivial, not transitory – and not about Obamacare. Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act, it is a law that was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, then signed by the president, and then validated by the Supreme Court as constitutional. This does not mean it cannot be repealed. Of course it can be repealed, as can most laws. But to do so, it would need another piece of legislation – one that says quite simply “The Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed in its entirely” – that passes the House and Senate and is then signed into law by the president.

He either dishonestly or ignorantly fails to acknowledge the alterations President Obama undertook to delay various portions of the law, circumventing the legislative process. No mention. And yet, when a legislative action is used to somewhat more constitutionally adjust the law, it is extortion and democracy itself weeps.

 

Tra La La La La

Posted in President Obama by Ryan on the August 17th, 2013

Obama Vacations On Martha's Vineyard

Shooting First and Aiming Later

Posted in Election 2012,Foreign Policy,National Security,President Obama,War on Terror by Ryan on the September 12th, 2012

President Obama takes a full swipe at Romney with this statement in the wake of Romney’s criticism of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Cairo Embassy’s confusing condemnation of “hurtful” free speech:

 “There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft at the White House. “And I — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

One is left to wonder, what does “aiming before you shoot” look like then? Apparently like this:

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.  None.  The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

So Obama says that Romney is mixed up in his awareness of the facts, after he just delivered the exact same message his administration disavowed and that Governor Romney is criticizing.

Mr. President, it doesn’t matter if you say how unacceptable violence is, if you criticize “hurtful speech” in the same breath, you are tacitly justifying the violence.

As Governor Romney put it:

I spoke out when the key fact that I referred to was known, which was that the Embassy of the United States issued what appeared to be an apology for American principles. That was a mistake. And I believe that when a mistake is made of that significance, you speak out.

One Hundred Seventeen

Posted in Election 2012,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the July 27th, 2012

President Obama last convened his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness back in January.  In the meantime, he has attended 117 fundraisers.

 

Pray for Bo

Posted in Election 2012,Media Bias,President Obama by Ryan on the April 23rd, 2012

All-Encompassingly has a great post with a video I made with them about the Obama’s dog Bo.  Obama wrote in the 1990s about eating dog meat in Indonesia as a cultural norm and adventurous part of his childhood. I await interest in the story to reach the levels that “Seamus atop Romney’s car” achieved.

In the meantime, we’re encouraging all those that love dogs to pray for Bo.

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