At Least Obama Has His Priorities In Order…?

These days, it takes quite a bit to surprise me when the topic is President Obama. This though, this did just that. And not in a good way.

President Obama addressed the crisis in Japan briefly today, as he was in the middle of something at least as important, if not more so. Was he consulting with world leaders on how to deal with the situation in Libya? No. Was he trying to talk to the major oil-producing nations in efforts to control the erratic cost of one of our most necessary resources? Nope. Okay, well since he wasn’t doing either of those things, surely he was visiting with U.S. troops abroad, keeping their spirits high and reinforcing the importance of their mission. Right? Well…not exactly.

He was talking about filling out NCAA basketball tournament brackets with Doris Burke from ESPN. This is not a joke. Our President’s message:

“One of the things I wanted to do on the show was, as people are filling out their brackets — this is obviously a national pastime; we all have a great time, it’s a great diversion. But I know a lot of people are thinking how can they help the Japanese people during this time of need. If you go to usaid.gov — usaid.gov — that will list all the nonprofits, the charities that are helping out there. It would be wonderful for people to maybe offer a little help to the Japanese people at this time — as they’re filling out their brackets. It’s not going to take a lot of time. That’s usaid.gov. It could be really helpful.”

I really, truly, have no idea on where to even begin addressing the incredible (negative) scope of that statement. Tens of thousands of citizens from a country we hold as a dear ally are DEAD, and many, many more will suffer the same fate soon. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, leaders the world over (for the most part) were expressing sorrow, reassurance, and assistance to the American people. They dropped what they were doing and made it their priority to make sure the United States would recover, even if only through words. We lost approximately three thousand of our countrymen that day, and a few years later, when a major tsunami hit Indonesia and over two hundred thousand people lost their lives, President Bush did a hell of a lot more than give lip service, in passing, to a website where concerned Americans could donate to the relief efforts. Now, present day, we have this wholly incapable, aloof, callous, self-centered community organizer focusing on writing on a piece of paper for a fantasy game (one of our “national pastimes”) instead of trying to even pretend to be concerned with any one of the dire situations facing the world, nay, even facing our OWN COUNTRY! “It would be wonderful for people to maybe offer a little help to the Japanese people at this time” he says. Yeah, and it would be wonderful for people to maybe pull their heads out of their asses next November and offer a little help to our Constitution and give some hope to proud Americans across the nation.

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Posts TBA

The result of the Super Bowl, a rough weekend, and a complete lack of inspiration or issues I am interested in has resulted in a delay in posting.  I didn’t want the blog to fall completely inactive, so I’m putting up this notice.

New posts should be up soon.  I’m keeping me eye open for material.  Stay tuned…..

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Sometimes A Personal Loss Is A Loss For Everyone

This particular post is a personal one for me.  A very good friend of mine suffered a relatively unexpected heart attack and passed away yesterday.  You may think that his passing means nothing to you, but I believe you are wrong.

My friend, Bob Beimdick, was amongst the most interesting people I have ever met.  He was 66 at the time of his passing.  He held graduate degrees in education and history, and worked in our local public school system for 30 years, amongst other educational posts.  He was the former President of the Historical Society, and served on the Board of Directors of numerous historical sites.  He was a writer, with several of his works published.  Amongst his works is an amazing book (with stunning photos) on the history of our home region (he lived near the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, and his research and subsequent information and pictorial history is unsurpassed by any book I’ve ever come across on these subjects) where he spent the majority of his life.  He wrote and directed numerous plays for our local and state playhouses which all were met by popular and critical acclaim.  He was cultured and well-travelled.  He was an active and important member of his Church.  He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the Army as a corpsman.  My humble post cannot possibly list, nor do justice to, the endless accomplishments of his life, or the spirit he exhibited in the process.

Having had a brief moment to reflect on our friendship, I was surprised at how two people who are so very different could possibly have so much in common.  We were of two very different generations, with two very different sets of experiences, with two very different political attitudes and outlooks on many things.  That said, there are few people, if any, that I would prefer to spend an evening with.  He was supremely intelligent, witty, funny, and perhaps the best conversationalist I have ever encountered.  Perhaps most importantly, he was a loyal and extremely caring and thoughtful friend.  Simply, he was one of those rare people who it is just impossible not to like.

Though we often disagreed on politics, on many occasions Bob and I would sit (either at a local restaurant or in his living room) and begin an argument that would last hours.  The arguments were often passionate, but never unreasonable, and civility always reigned supreme.  Time and again these battles occurred between the two of us, and time and again, after many enjoyable hours (and often, many enjoyable beers), we would without fail, resolve the issue to both of our satisfaction.  Bob was the kind of person that if you had a problem or just needed to talk, he would invite you over immediately, in the dead of night, even if he had to be up to drive the 30 miles to work at 4 a.m.  (Trust me, I know he would, because he has done that for me–more than once).

It may sound odd or inappropriate, but I almost have to smile when I think of his funeral tomorrow.  I KNOW that there will be a large number of attendees, and it will be a crowd to behold.  There may well be Senators, representatives, and District Attorneys (many of the OPPOSITE political party!) in attendance.  There will be teachers and school board administrators.  Former students of a wide age range will be there.  Entrepreneurs and academics will attend.  Waiters, waitresses, and bartenders will be in the crowd.  The crowd that will turn out to mourn the passing of Robert Alan Beimdick will span every age, color, creed, political affiliation, and occupational background known to man.  I submit that it is rare the man who can affect so many people, call so many people “friend”, and to have so many different people proud to have called him a friend.  I think that Bob himself, a humble man, will be surprised when he looks down and can see the countless people that he has touched over the course of his 66 years.

You may not have known my friend Bob, but his loss is your loss, too.  We have lost a dedicated, distinguished educator.  We have lost a man who served his country when it was the most unpopular time in our history to do so.  We have lost a man who by his wit and hard work brought entertainment and learning to countless thousands of people.  More than that, there are countless people who lost a rare friend, both caring and selfless.

You may not know Bob Beimdick, but trust me when I tell you, the world is a lesser place today without him.

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Boom Goes the Dynamite

For the first week of the turmoil in Egypt (and the greater Middle East), I was, for some reason, cautiously optimistic that the valid grievances of the Egyptian people would be resolved in a manner that would benefit the Egyptian populace, and maintain stability both within the country, and serve as an example of how it should be done to the other nations of the region. 

Then the looting started.  And the violence, arson, destruction of Egyptian museums, neighborhoods, and government buildings.  This has continued without pause for the last few days, and there is little reason to believe it will do anything but get worse going into the weekend, as the protesters make an effort to forcibly remove President Mubarak today.  I have gone from cautious optimism, to dread at the prospect of what is coming.

I support the call of the people for a more open nation, with political and media freedoms, and without corruption.  However, it is fairly clear that unless the Egyptian Army becomes the caretaker of the nation until the elections, that this chaos will continue and escalate, and the Muslim Brotherhood and all other kinds of extremist Islamic groups will take the opportunity to seize what power they can outright, and shoehorn themselves into the rest.  In the end, this isn’t good for anybody.

I pray that someone, anyone with credibility, steps up and steps into the greatly expanding power vacuum before it is too late.  This must be done soon, before the region explodes into chaos, oppression, and a devastating regional war that would have immense consequences for the entire world.  The consequences of escalating chaos, violence, and disorder would not be good for the Egyptian people, other nations in the region, or any nation on earth that has an interest in the region (which is pretty much everyone). 

Let’s hope that someone snuffs out the fuse soon, before the entire region explodes like a powder keg.

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America’s Last WWI Vet Turns 110

All of the Doughboys are not yet gone.  In fact, Frank Buckles is celebrating another birthday:

Frank Buckles, the Missouri native who is America’s last doughboy, turns 110 years old today.

Buckles is doing well at his home in West Virginia, hunkering down against the winter weather.
*snip*
Buckles enlisted in the Army in 1917. He drove an ambulance in France during World War I and is the last surviving U.S. veteran of that war. Buckles visited the Liberty Memorial in 2008.

Here’s wishing Mr. Buckles a Happy Birthday!

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A Big Day in Egypt

Just a quick post on the subject, so you won’t find any links here.  I will attempt to add some later in the day.

Egyptian protesters are attempting to organize a huge rally today.  I suspect there will be developments over the course of the day.  The Army has promised not to intervene to quash the protests, and they should be commended for this decision.  Further, it appears that there is opposition leadership emerging (not in any way supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, who are apparently suffering from their opportunistic decision to not support the protests until the masses did it, and sustained it, on their own).  Citizen committees are forming to protect priceless exhibits at museums, hospitals, etc, from damage and looting.  Good stuff all around.

Let us hope this trend continues.  Today may be a big day in Egypt.

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Navy Better Be Ready to Standby

The situation with Navy Captain Owen Honors isn’t finished yet.  If you need a catch-up, read this and this.

I said in the first post, that having spent a significant chunk of my life aboard aircraft carriers, that there was no doubt in my mind that multiple officers that were senior to Capt. Honors were aware of the videos. Well, it seems the Navy is finding out that not only were they aware of them, but Captain Honors told Navy investigators that these superiors gave the go-ahead.:

In a statement to investigators, Capt. Owen Honors said he had “affirmative and tacit approval of senior Navy leadership” when he made and broadcast a series of videos to the crew of the carrier Enterprise in 2006 and 2007.

The former Enterprise commander said in his 15-page statement to Fleet Forces Command that the ship’s two commanding officers, two strike group admirals and “myriad other senior military and civilian distinguished visitors” were aware of the videos, Navy Times reported Sunday.

Dave Brown, managing editor of Navy Times, said Honors’ statement includes two points — that senior leadership encouraged the videos by discussing them weekly and that Honors was never told to stop making them — that contradict what the Navy has reported.

Oh yeah…..this is the good stuff.

This was a first class, gutless, sell-out job by the Navy if there ever was one, and it hurts me to say that. But dammit, if you’re going to ruin the career and burn down one competent, qualified war-fighter for some irrelevant, non-issue PC crap, the Navy sure as hell better burn the officers in the chain of command, and the rest of the superiors that rolled over on the guy once there was a concocted media outrage.

It will be painful, but this must happen. The Navy must be all one thing, or all another. It cannot tolerate officers that laugh with you then shove the knife in your back during a “CYA” move. This is unacceptable.

Stay tuned……

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