Daily Archives: November 6, 2009

Quote of the day

Regarding the bravery of Officer Kimberly Munley in wounding and halting the murderous rampage of Nidal Hasan at Ft.Hood on Thursday:

I love the irony:  A Muslim fanatic being taken down by a woman. – said to me by one of the smartest men I’ve ever known.


According to her Twitter account, Munley lives a “good life.”

“…. a hard one, but I go to sleep peacefully @ night knowing that I may have made a difference in someone’s life,” her page reads.

On November 5, 2009, she made a difference in dozens of lives.  God Bless Kimberly.

When will Obama visit Ft.Hood?

When the appropriate Photo-Op can be created.

Obama Needs to Visit Ft.Hood

Although it took President Obama six months after he took office to finally visit Afghanistan and assess the situation there, it’s a little understandable since the country is unsafe and Washington is nearly 7,000 miles from Kabul.

But yesterday, 13 of our own troops were killed and 30 others were injured in Fort Hood, Texas at a secure U.S. Army base and the president is nowhere to be seen.

That’s a little disappointing, especially since Obama doesn’t seem to have problem making appearances everywhere else when it comes to the little things that don’t really count.

After all, President Obama seemed to make it to Manhattan last month when Goldman Sachs, his number one Wall Street campaign contributor along with several other shadow banking firms attended an expensive DNC fundraiser at New York City’s Columbus Circle.

He also didn’t seem to have a problem appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in September or taking time out of his schedule to drink a beer with a Harvard professor and Cambridge police officer who had a dispute over a local, misdemeanor arrest in July.
Let’s also not forget the president’s overseas trip to Denmark with television talk show host Oprah Winfrey last month to try and convince Olympic committee officials to land the 2012 games in his hometown of Chicago.

The president sure is a busy guy.

Despite all of these impressive diplomatic missions, you would think that 43 Americans, many of whom were probably military personnel being shot at one of America’s largest military bases would warrant a visit from the commander in chief.

According to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, “When a service is scheduled, the president will attend.”

In the meantime, Obama did order all flags flown at the White House and other federal buildings flown at half-mast, calling it a modest tribute to those were killed and serve in the armed services.

That’s putting it mildly.

Now maybe I’m being a little hard on the president, but I don’t think so. It would just be nice if we had a president who seemed like he actually cared about the things that actually count as opposed to jet-setting all over the place to Wall Street fundraisers and comparing egos with daytime and late night talk show hosts.

Even Chris Matthews complained on MSNBC’s “Hardball” in late October that he was dismayed at all of the fundraising activities the president was attending and international media outlets have noticed overseas that his priorities seem to be out of place.

“While campaigning could center around soaring rhetoric, governing is altogether messier,”wrote UK Telegraph columnist Toby Harnden. “It involves tough unpopular choices, and cutting deals with opponents. It requires doing things rather than talking about them, let along just being. Mr. Obama is showing little appetite for this. Instead of being the commander-in-chief, he is the campaigner-in-chief.”

Maybe Senior White House adviser David Axelrod’s 2006 campaign memo to Obama that told him, “You care far too much what it written and said about you,” was dead on. Maybe that’s why Obama is also spending what appears to be more time waging a war against conservative media outlets as opposed to the real war we’re fighting in Afghanistan.

Last month, even late night talk show host Jay Leno quipped, “President Obama agreed to commit an additional 40,000 troops to fight Fox News.”

Now the war is being brought back to our home front. There’s no way to know at this early stage if Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s motives were truly political or if he was just psychologically disturbed.

Either way, this is one of the worst shooting massacres in American history and ironically, it happened at a secure, U.S. Army military installation. That’s the president’s turf and he should be there, at the very least as a symbol of “hope” to those family members who lost loved ones.
Where’s the inspirational Obama when you really need him?

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a Washington, D.C. based lawyer and investigative reporter who can be reached at jshapiro@ufl.edu.

‘Nuff said, Mr. President


Not a cardboard figure: Now a hollow man

This is what it looks like when you have to be told how to feel – when you can’t feel like other human beings do – when you have no empathy for others:

it’s called callous behavior…

But George Bush was criticized for spending minutes in a classroom, trying not to panic children and others present, while he digested the horrific news of the 9/11 attack.

There is no comparison between the events. And if anyone thinks that I’m making that comparison, they need to take a reading comprehension class.

This is about the lack of human emotions in the face of tragedy – period. Any tragedy. Have you seen any true emotion come from TheOne?

He wastes time on “shout-outs” while heros at Ft. Hood are dying or caring for those who are dying or injured. He allows a “life imitates horror” fly-over of Manhattan with Air Force One and terrorizes tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

The callousness and emotionless behavior of this man is stupefying.  And it’s becoming predictable.

Golfing almost every single weekend – about 6 times more in 9 months than Bush did in 4 years  but not giving his wartime General more than 30 minutes  face time in those 9 months, while our soldiers are in harm’s way – can’t be called anything but callous.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat his wife to “date night” in New York, while millions of Americans – many of whom voted for him – go unemployed or under employed and sit home with popcorn and a rented DVD – if they’re lucky.

He was willing to step in and “jump to conclusions” regarding Sgt. Crowley and the Cambridge police “acting stupidly,”  but he’s unwilling to call this massacre at Ft. Hood what it is  – a terrorist attack! He cautions US to be prudent and not make assumptions while he has done the exact same things.

When has he spoken from the heart about the brutal murder of honor student Darrion Albert, on the streets of TheOne’s adopted hometown?

He has time to make the rounds of every late night talk show and Sunday network news show (sans Fox News) but can’t give even more than a total of 20 hours on the wars that our brave soldiers are fighting and dying in.

The examples go on and on and I’m sure that many others can add to this. And all of this in less than a year in the oval office. Oops… he’s not spent that time in the office but at least as president.

What do they call someone who has no emotion but can only mirror the emotions of those around him? Someone who can only absorb the humanness from others, that he, himself lacks? Someone who believes and has made others believe that we ALL serve him? Someone who has done nothing to dispell his grandiose, messiah image being promoted all over our culture, most importantly in our schools?

There is a clinical name for that kind of person.

I’ll leave it at that.

Some days there is nothing else you can do…

The Scream by Edward Munch

Please, be this the end of horrific days.